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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC display idea, need your help!
« on: September 6, 2004, 01:17 AM »
For the back, I think a cardback or title type thing that fills the back would be neat...  Like a blank SW card template, a blank ESB card template, and a blank ROTJ card template for the 4 figures from each line.

And like Dave confirmed, the pegholes are different, but nab yourself some nail files (disposeable) while waiting in line or when you're in Wal-Mart some time, and just file them down.  They're oversized, not under, so at least you can sand them smaller.  Just be careful, take your time, etc...

The cardback thing would be easy enough to do if you wanted.  Folks at FFURG or in the customizing area here will help you I'm sure.  I'm not a carder myself, but I'm sure I can aim people at it if you do wind up needing any help at any point.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vehicle discussion/speculation!
« on: September 6, 2004, 01:13 AM »
A nice call there Jeff for sure.

That isn't a bad deal...  I still am not wild about the ships or the figures really, but irregardless it's a good deal.  A far better deal than what you'd get at TRU buying the same stuff.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: new custom fodder - bust ups?
« on: September 3, 2004, 08:15 PM »
I'm not familiar with them Dave, but if they are in-scale then I think if cast they could be useful fodder, sure.  At least useful head replacements, but whether they're in-scale or not is the question.  Can you get a comparison image up perhaps?

Like Han with VOTC Han side-by-side?

Really nothing is, unless there's something within the way it's marketed...  Like Marketing them as "who they are" from the Cantina would maybe be a loophole where they can claim it was them and nobody else?

1:6 scale companies get away with REALLY amazing likenesses of characters/actors though and market them as "nobody".  There was a "droid Hunter" figure out by a company not long ago that's so blatantly Harrison Ford's Bladerunner character that it's not even funny...  There's a Detective John McClane figure too marketed as something else and it's a stunning Bruce Willis headsculpt.

Others have managed, but it's in how they market it.  The Tonnika sisters are the Tonnika sisters...  I dunno how Hasbro would get around that I guess and the actresses probably have that cornered.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: September 3, 2004, 08:10 PM »
It's sort of a case of being careful what you wish for, 'cause if you keep saying "I don't care how it gets done, I want the full Jedi Council Screen Scene," boy are you gonna get it.

That's exactly why I nitpick...  If they ain't gonna do it right they need the "feedback" then.  And they didn't do it right on these... 

I'll never be one to say "I want it at all costs" because you're right Muftak.  They'll give  it to you...  Bend ya over and all.  It's like saying "I want Biker Scout 4-packs at all costs" when I don't like the Biker Scout figures available.  I want a 4-pack, but only if it's SA scouts that saw a carded release somewhere along the line...  :)  Otherwise I'm ok with having 3 of him (his 3 major variations).

Nice score to Gundam...  He should trot by and give some imrpessions some time.

I'm looking forward to Lando myself...  3PO bites.

I've yet to find Vader and Yoda BTW...  Still non-existant in my neck of the woods, and most stores now have almost bare pegs for VOTC.  The most I see is 5 figures at a time, and that's maybe 2 stores who got the 1st series in "late" (IE: Wal-Mart stores).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: September 2, 2004, 11:15 PM »
Haven't you heard Princess?  I'm a hideous fat guy that sits at his computer all day making snide remarks on message boards....  A troll not only in actions but physical appearance, the only difference being that I'm not fond of raw goat meat, and the homeless kick my ass when I try setting up camp under the bridges.

Don't believe the hot hype.

I'm as hot as a JELLO Pudding Pop.  Just ask my enemies.  Damn them for pigeon-holing me.

16 points of articulation?  You aim too low Jared...  18-20's my prediction.

I also think Matt's sweater will set a trend in baggy sweaters for decades to come, known only as "wearin' a Matt", and Matt will somehow benefit financially from it, using his likeness around the country in advertising.  :)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: September 2, 2004, 08:54 PM »

haha, j/k...  I made this about something at another site, incase I wanna whip this one out and i wanted to test it.  Carry on please.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: $20 Bill, $20 Bill!
« on: September 2, 2004, 07:51 PM »
That happened here...  Pathetic.

The employee actually gave change for it even.  I mean...  Just pathetic.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: September 2, 2004, 05:47 PM »

Tarkin & Chaos.

1 Guess which one's Tarkin and which is Chaos...  :)

What next? Machines better at sex?

Someone needs to watch HBO's "Real Sex" series.  The last one I saw here just last week I believe had these elaborate "tables" that put every man's best efforts to shame.

We can only look on in disbelief and pray our personalities count for something. 

Fat chance.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: JediDefender Battlefront/Commando Clan
« on: September 2, 2004, 05:31 PM »
Just a note for you PC guys thinking about this over a console...  There's gonna be a LOT of action in this game which means a lotta burden on your machine's performance.

If you're thinking PC i think you'll need something beefy, what with all the players and stuff.

I don't know if I'm buying or not.  I'm debating still.  I think I may go with X-Box because, at this point, my PC is showing age...  I need a new graphic card, and it seems Windows 98 just ain't cutting it anymore as an OS.  Fortunately upgrades are rare to truly keep up with modern gaming, but I'm at the point I likely need to, just to even get a game loaded on my PC.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro Website's New Look!
« on: September 2, 2004, 05:28 PM »
Definitely interesting.  Nice layout...  Whether they'll actually break much news is the question, but if they do that's some purdy visuals going on.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 2, 2004, 02:07 AM »
Well, tonight I opened the modern military figures set that was a SDCC exclusive.

The set   includes:

-1 Royal Marine
-1 U.S. Special Forces Soldier
-1 "Eastern Warrior" with RPG
-1 "Eastern Warrior" with what I think is a Dragunov Machine Gun (The U.S.'s .60 Cal. equivalent?)


-The Eastern Warriors are BOTH surprisingly better than they were given credit for.  The one in blue with a Turban and the RPG is actually nicely sculpted, though I hate his "screaming" face sculpt.  It's horrible.  The articulation at his legs is limited in that he has no shoe-top articulation like 99% of the line has.  For some reason 21st is all over the board on these modern figures as far as articulation goes.  They dropped the ball.

The 2nd Eastern Warrior with the Machine Gun has a bandoleir of bullets, a clip-on ammo can to his gun, a removable hat...  Very cool.  His outfit required a molded skirt-piece as well extending his camo jacket and ethnic garb.  His hat is the classic Pakistani/Afghanistan hat...  It's like a bowl with no brim.  His head sculpt's much better.

Neither figure has movable shoes/feet unfortunately, and the guy with the hat has a weird  sculpt on his legs where they're shorter than they should be, so his knee almost seems lower than it should be.  It actually works out, but this same feature is a flaw on the U.S. Spec. Forces guy.

By and by, these 2 are nice.  I'd actually take head variants of them to tell you the truth.  More neutral heads would be nice.  And one other thing...  RUBBERY WEAPONS SUCK.  21st went cheapo like Hasbro on their weapons.  I'm having a bitch of a time straightening the Dragunov and RPG out, which were horribly bent several directions. 

Crappy 21st, crappy.

-The U.S. Spec. Forces guy sucks...  He's so bad I didn't even open him since I had one that came with the Humvee.  His legs have that stubbiness to them, but to a much worse extent and they're VERY noticeable.  His foot articulation's nixed as well, and again his weapon's very flimsy. 

The Spec. Forces guy has one redeeming feature, his removable stocking cap which is neat.  If he had a better lower half, he'd be quite decent really, though his headsculpt is pretty ****-tacular in comparison to the rest of the modern 4-pack figures really.

-The Royal Marine takes the cake as crappiest of the lot.  Boy did my opinion do a 180 on this one from its in the package perspective, and this is exactly why you should hold final judgment till you get it in your hands.

Crappiest of 21st's efforts to date, short of the mini figures with the vehicles actually.

Beyond his SAW being bent horribly, and his feet being terribly awkwardly posed for no reason, and his skirt piece for his jacket being so rigid you can't move the legs, 21st removed one of the most important aspects of their figures, the articulation at his bicept that actually allows a figure to hold a rifle.

Yes, 21st, the king of articulation, cut articulation at the bicep on this figure so he basically can't even hold his heavy support weapon.  A weapon nobody could fire one-handed even if they were Rambo...  Well, Rambo could but nobody could do it accurately, ever, even old Sly Stallone.

I mean, what an utter crock of ****.

The Marine des have a nice sculpt...  Probably the nicest of the bunch, and a great deco too.  Give me this guy with proper articulation and a pliable skirt piece and a rigid weapon, and I'd buy a dozen to make a squad and do some headswaps.  They're not bad really overall other than that damn bicep articulation.

So, my overall opinion...

Well, first I gotta thank Matt (JediMAC) again for nabbing them for me, but as far as how I feel...  I like the Eastern guys, and gimme maybe a handful more because they're neat enemies even though 21st is marketing them as CIA trained allies (Shrewd move 21st, but smart).  The other two guys suck though unfortunately.

The 5th Modern figure, if you're wondering, is the current pack-in pilot with the choppers out there...  He's in the versions of the cobra helicopter floating around Wal-Mart stores, which are easy to find here so they're likely easy to find everywhere.

He's a CIA operative in a ballcap with sunglasses.  I do not have him as I don't own a chopper (odd pack-in figure considering he's not a pilot but whatever), but I've heard nothing good on him.

Weird that 21st goes balls to the wall on what, for all intents and purposes, is supposed to be a hated enemy for your guys, and the Coalition troops flat out blow.

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