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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 3, 2004, 01:12 AM »
Most have O-Rings though...  I think the only one I've seen lately that doesn't was the Stormshadow with action feature, but he's being redone O-Ring style and put on a motorcycle in that one shot.

Lot of new figures appear to be reappearing this year in new, accurate paintjobs too.  I see Scarlet in a tiger-stripe camo like a Spec. Forces soldier would wear...  The new Sniper, who was good in the first place, is also getting a redo.  I see a couple redecos in urban/night camo...

The Wild Weasel I'm slightly disappointed in, as I've wanted a new, cool WW, but the figure looks "skinny".  He'd be cool if he had legs like his original figure though...  The bulky red flightsuit rocked, with the maps and crap.

When I was little, there was a contest on in the afternoon when Joe & Transformers aired on Fox around 3 or so.

The contest was that they flashed a secret word (something simple/to do with the toons) and when yous aw the word you had to call in and if you did you won the Joe or Transfrmers lineup for the year.

I won that contest here...  It was great.  The secret word was Optimus Prime...  I immediately took the Joe package, of course, and got a Ratler, SHARC, tons of figures (some I already had, but I didn't care since I was already customizing by part swapping).  It was simply great...  

One of the best days of my life I remember.  :)  The Rattler rocked too.  I had so much fun having it fly around my yard dogfighting a B-Wing I got on clearance at Gold Circle (which is long gone from my area now, but was a cool ass store).

Cool stuff...  *sigh*

I'm gonna be hooked on picking some of this up...  It's inevitable.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 3, 2004, 01:06 AM »
Every case breakdown I've seen is an assortment of 12...

-1 MB Driver
-1 U.S. Tanker
-1 U.S. Rifleman w/Mackinaw Coat
-1 U.S. BAR Gunner
-1 Patton Dress
-1 Patton Tunisia
-1 Patton Bulge
-1 German Tanker w/reversable winter/autumn fatigues (wish there were 2 of him and no MB Driver myself)
-2 German with open great coat
-2 German with closed great coat

Total: 12 Figures.

That's a pretty good assortment, other than I'd probably (personally) replace the U.S. Tanker and Jeep Driver with an extra German Tanker and U.S. Rifleman.  

Be more for army building, and the MB Driver flat out sucks balls.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 2, 2004, 11:41 PM »
HOLY Schnikeys....

Check it out.

Got this in the Joe thread over at GalacticHunter, thanks to Apokolips over there...

Look at all the nods to vintage ARAH...  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 2, 2004, 11:40 PM »
On hold...  I talked to a 21st rep and he said they ARE coming, and other reps have said '05 for the Japanese and Marines...

They looked awesome, I mean they really were outstanding, "hardened" looking soldiers...  Though the Japs never did show up, but I imagine they'd have been great looking too, and they've BEEN mentioned so I hope we're getting them too.

I think the modern figures were due out first...  They had 2 Afghan "Freedom Fighters" and some varius U.S. and British SAS figures I think...  Some of those guys have leaked out into mainstream through vehicle pack-ins.

Anyway, there is some news...

The BotB figures are out, and I'm not sure but this may include Patton figures as well...

The FW-190 is out too on the west coast and includes a new German Pilot.  I gotta see it before I buy it.

BotB is only available online, but the German Infantry are already being touted as the "best figures ever", namely the open great-coat soldier.

I want to get a case because individually they're $7, but for a case of 12 (including 1 of each Patton, 1 of each U.S., 1 German Tanker, and 2 of each German infantry) they're $6.  Not sure if cases are in, but individual figures ARE so I'm assuming cases are too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gentleman, Turn Off Your Cell Phone
« on: July 2, 2004, 05:39 PM »
Methinks she ate mexican and stood too close to an open flame...

Blames it on the phone.  Typical girl.  

She tried a one-cheek-sneak, and it blew up in her face...  

err...  well, maybe not her face.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Dodonna and Antilles Swaps
« on: July 2, 2004, 05:30 PM »

In life, 3 things are inevitable.  Paying Taxes, Death, and the Rebel Fleet Trooper is always going to suck.

hehe  :)

Great pics there Scott, and an early "thanks"...  ;)

I've done the Antilles/Dodonna swap.  I'm thinking of hollowing a head cast out for the Antilles in trenchcoat, only because I don't like seeing him mixed into my generic officer ranks like that, but Dodonna's only needing some red dots on his rank badge and he's finito.

I didn't swap the arms around actually...  I left Antilles arms with the jacket because I felt they didn't match up particularly well.  There's a cuff difference there then, but the fit seemed better with the jackets.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 2, 2004, 05:23 PM »
The funny thing about that gun is that the Han pistols never bother me if they're pliable.

Pliable's ok in many smaller weapons...  Didn't work so great in the case of the last Cantina alien with his goofy gunslinging pistols that were pathetic (and yet Hasbro somehow expected them to hold up blast effects...  Apparantly nobody had physics 101 that works up in Pawtucket.  :) ), but in general the smaller guns it works ok on.

It's the crap like the Rebel rifle, Amanaman's staff, or something so large and weighty that it just isn't going to work out...  

Han's guns never bugged me if they were pliable.  When a Rebel Rifle's bent at a 90 degree angle in the packaging though...  Blah.

Funny thing there, the Hoth Soldier's rifle, or the 2 I got ahold of, were not near as pliable as the Endor Troops version.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Luke's Poncho
« on: July 2, 2004, 05:19 PM »
The good thing there is at least sewing's not rocket-science...  It's tough, but doing things by hand can yield good product, and even better than that poncho (which I liked too, at least I liked the deco on it...  very accurate).

I'm working on soft-goods items for customs myself...  Finding the right fabric, and in the right colors, appears to be my biggest barrier.

If youw ant a tip on what fabric to start with CHEWIE, look aat Total Control Mace WIndu sometime.  The fabric is, simply, perfect.  It has texture that's realistic in this scale, it stretches, it's thin, it doesn't need hemmed, just simply cut, and it's easy to work with.

It's a "knit".  That's all I know.  I carry TC Mace with me in my pocket when looking for fabric matches.  Not had a ton of luck, but mostly because fabric stores are things of the past here...  Few and far between, and with limited selection.  I have yet to hit my most likely targets yet though because they're each about an hour away, and in areas I tend not to go too often.  Soon though, and hopefully I'll yield some good fortune.

Make my own damn ponchos then.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: eToys has Old Crap
« on: July 1, 2004, 06:25 PM »
Those are all 12"ers I can't recall ever seeing "cheap"...  At least the ones I really noticed on the list like XW Luke, Hoth Leia, and Fett...

Decent figures too.  

12" is something I'm getting out of, otherwise I'd nab some extras for customs I think.

Couldn't argue with that.

Dragon, even with their exclusives, make them pretty available to everyone, and price is pretty great too, considering what you get when compared to other 1:6 lines.

Everything I've wanted, I know I can order somewhere for the same price I'll pay if i find it at any store they're sold at...  Can't argue with that much at all.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:29 PM »
The only thing about the metalized figures that attracted me is the way a complete set will look as a center-piece to a set of loose modern figures...  

More an homage to the films than to figure collectors I guess.

The Baseball thing...  I dislike baseball enough to not care I think.  :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours thread... Wave 4 coming soon?
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:27 PM »
Least interesting wave yet...  Unfortunately.

I maybe would take a set...  Oh Matt!   :D

The one on the right's ok...  One in the middle's most "Star Wars" looking.  The one on the left, eh...

All have bad paintjobs I think.  Not very grimey and Star Wars "used" looking, which is what I liked about some of the earlier ST Droids.

The one shaped like a blue box with rivets and a welding arm is, to me, the epitome oof Star Wars looking.  I'd like a handful ofo that figure if they were just as cheap as a normal Star Wars figure.  :(

The Original Trilogy / Re: Jedi in the Cantina
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:24 PM »
Garrouff Lafoe actually goes from the bar to tell the Stormies right away...  He can briefly be seen taking in the fiasco.

Others do take notice too...  Staring, silently, for a moment...

I agree with Nataku that they're backing off then because they feel it's in their best interest.  Those there old enough to remember Jedi clearly maybe know better than to step on toes, and anyone else would be leary of making a negative move towards our heroes because they just watched 2 armed men who had the proverbial drop on one oold man lose an arm and some guts to him in one rather quick motion.

I remember being at a bar one night and watching a little, unassuming man take down 3 rather large guys...  Nobody said anything, nobody did anything...  The 3 guys, who were sorta dicks, got what they asked for, and left licking their wounds dealt them by the guy.  :)  Felt similar to me...  haha

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday mosnab!!!
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:16 PM »
Have a good one guys...  

JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:15 PM »
I'd be torn...  I'd want one if it looked "Star Wars", but if it had the team logo on it or something, forget it...  

I'd officially pass on that and not feel bad.  :)  of course, I hate baseball, and would hate the headache of getting one anyway even if I liked baseball.

The Joe figure looks normal in that picture though...  Is it the final product or what?

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