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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Mad Max...
« on: August 11, 2004, 01:12 AM »
I had not heard this, but Gibson's still spry enough to pull it off if he did it.  

I'd just worry it'd be a bastardized Road Warrior, ala the sequal to "Escape from New York", or some such.  Something that tries to hard to mimic the originals (or in this case, "the best") for a new audience...  

I'd like seeing it if it tied some things up...  If it at least showed some conclusion to how society developes.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 11, 2004, 12:25 AM »

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: August 11, 2004, 12:09 AM »
In Pittsburgh, the reigning champ is STILL the Hoth Rebel Sooldier.  This guy's dominating pegs at Wal-Mart stores, a few Targets, and TRU's he's at times the only figure it seems.

NOT good.

Had this figure been a GOOD figure, would he be sitting?  I somehow doubt it.  If he'd had a neutral pose, incredible arm articulation, a proper height, and a nice sculpt, he'd have been one of the hottest figures for army builders in '03/'04 I believe.  He might've even required repacking to satiate demand.

Throw a working holster w/removable to-scale RFT gun, and a removable hat and you'd have a figure you couldn't have kept on the pegs IMO.  SA would've made him so hotly demanded it'd have taken army builder sets to make people happy I think.

In the same vein, some Wal-Marts in my neck show signs of the Yavin wave backing up, but I think you'll see them move eventually.  Antilles seems to back up then trickle off slowly.  "Dutch" and TIE Pilot never last.  Dodonna's always left last.

I see the Hoth Soldier everywhere though, save for a few Target stores who had been emptied prior to OTC shipping.  

It's really terrible.

Now, WM has pegwarmers exclusive to themselves...  The Younglings/Yoda E2 repacks, and the female Jedi repacks (Aayla Secura and Barris).  They are EVERYWHERE at Wal-Mart.  I honestly can't think f a Wal-Mart that desn't have at least one of those figures, and most of them have entire pegs full of them.  One WM in particular near me has the normal peg hooks filled with them, and then n an Endcap they have a TON of stuff from the end of Saga like Hoth, Yavin, Star Destroyer, and Jabba's Palace waves.  

Endor was there, I guess, but sold out.  The rest are just hanging around...  They're stripped down, and there's less every time I go, but it's an ENTIRE endcap, so it's slow dwindling at that store, and there's still those repack Jedi and Younglings in the regular area just sitting on 10 pegs or so full.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Mad Max...
« on: August 10, 2004, 11:37 PM »
OK...

Beyond Thunderdome was on tonight, and my mother and I were talking and she said she saw my brother also watching a Mad Max film, and she asked me questions about like where Max went, etc...

And, I'd never really thought about it, but this is a series I REALLY like, and I feel all 3 were solid films, but I honestly don't know what else there is?

What did happen to Mad Max?  There's some illuding towards the lost children making a society...  The oil hogs in The Road Warrior make a home as the "great Northern Tribe" as well...

But is there more to this series that maybe you guys know of?  Comics, novels, what?

I was thinking too, that in this day and age of video games that meld genres together like GTA, or Halo, how nice a well made Road Warrior game could be, but I digress.

I'd just never really thought about this series, and if there's more to it...  I haven't seen the original Mad Max in so long I don't even recall the details as to what happened to the town he was from, or the people.  It's just vague recollection, and that I actually liked it too.

What's the deal anyway?  Are any of you guys Road Warrior nuts?

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 10, 2004, 11:28 PM »
I've found the guns to be pretty rigid in cmparison to others actually.  Han's didn't pull as much detail as the Cantina's, but the 2-pack Han's gun (virtually identical, with only minor differences in the sculpt) is far more detailed than both and a really rigid plastic.  Go figure.

Leia's stormie blaster's rather nice thugh...  As rigid as any ofo those things are.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRON Man
« on: August 10, 2004, 07:50 PM »
But it still makes a point....

His sack's a much more fierce weapon than a sword.  I can't even face him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: August 10, 2004, 06:08 PM »
Oh my...    :D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I stole mail! Yay!
« on: August 10, 2004, 06:06 PM »

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:59 AM »
Now I actually like Leia.  She's my favorite behind Han only so far...  I think the likeness is as close as any ANH Leia, and the articulation looks good.  She's not "great", but properly scaled and all.  

Han, to me, is the only clear winner in the first series unfortunately.  He's the only one I can't find any real complaints about.

Leia's missing gun, footholes, and the articulation being slightly lacking were my gripes on her.

Obi's artiuclation, hood, and sculpt all kinda bit to me, but he's doable as an Obi in a speeder.  That's good I guess.

Luke's, to me, like Obi.  Cool ideas and bad execution.

I'm surprised how many don't like Leia...  I think she's as good as we'll probably get of her in this outfit. :(

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-TE
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:54 AM »
To the moans of many I'm sure, I have to say that unless it's to-scale, I'm not all that interested.

That said...  It's DOABLE to-scale because it's easily something you could make that needs "assembly required" as it were.  The legs could each pop off like the AT-AT did, to save packaging space I think.

If it's to-scale, I'm all about it.  I'd buy multiples and evne customize Galactic Civilar War AT-TE mods (they're modded into straight unarmed transports, or so they seem in the Empire series).  

I'd buy two even if they're to-scale just to have a Clone army around.

Pack in a driver (SA Clone) and I'm a happy camper.

I'd go $60 on that...  No lights, no sounds, just a straight fun toy.  Maybe even $70, but $60 for sure.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:11 AM »
I agree.

For every plus Luke has, there's a negative.  It acutally seems that Ben's more "winner" than Luke overall.

The thing about Luke is that there's such a slew of him in this outfit, he's somewhat passable as at least different.

Still, I'd rather have seen:

-Sculpted Shirt...  I don't get Hasbro's DESIRE to articulate his torso like this really, and the coat's so rigid on him that the torso's only cool with the shirt off.  This is an instance I wholeheartedly think Hasbro went overboard with softgoods.

-Improved Height...  TOTALLY agree here.  I've seen people mention his height being accurate, but I think Hammil's about 5'8" or so?  Unsure exactly, but he's definitely not this small.  He's short though...  But this figure's a washout.  So is Pilot Luke in height.

PERFECT Luke height is Saga Jabba's Palace Luke.  In comparison, this LUke's a good half a head + shorter, and in 3.75" terms that means a LOTTA midget going on.

-Better Headsculpt...  I think, had this figure seen all the above improvements, that he'd not be bad enough to warrant a complaint on the head, but at this point he is.

-Personal Beef...  Notice the part of his lower torso with a ridge?  I'm really not sure what the deal is, but his torso below his waist is pretty ugly.  A nicely sculpted piece here would've really helped the torso look a lot better in my opinion.  Minor, under the shirt, but important to me.  With him being shirtless and all...  Or the option there.

Some great pluses though...

The leg articulation, and really the articulation overall, are outstanding.  Equaled by Han so far only.

The ball/socket hip though, indeed, would rock on a biker scout, Endor Leia, Endor Luke, EU Rebel Biker Scout (just throwing in a personal want), Dooku on Bike, Anakin on Swoop, etc...

Great figure possibiliites, and Hasbro's now gone the extra mile and proven they CAN ball/socket a hip joint without it looking like a G.I. Joe.  NO Company has done that this well in this scale.  To that end, my hats off to the innovator there.

I personally (tooting my own horn) was pondering this EXACT execution for customizing.  They need only have the post, on the inside, have a rounded edge so it's a little more "fluid" when posed.  It kind of locks into place now as it is, which his awkward when posting him.

Again, this articulation boggles my mind why they even did it, but they did it better than one could have even hoped for.

Too bad the SA Clone and other figures in VOTC DON'T have this joint too.  It's amazing.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday bobafett14!!
« on: August 9, 2004, 08:06 PM »
Yeah man, happy B-Day.

He's traveling this week as far as I knw, so he may not be in to say anything for a bit.  Just a heads up.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRON Man
« on: August 9, 2004, 08:05 PM »
Jared making the best point of the thread...

I just wanted to interject a moment.

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I made a few compromises. I wanted to be as close to the original as possible, but let's face it: I'm not the same shape as either Bruce Boxleitner or Jeff Bridges (the actors who played Tron and Flynn, respectively). I'm somewhat overweight, as you see (one drawback of wearing spandex is that it does nothing to hide one's obesity). Therefore, I decided to make myself a character in the same universe, but not one of the known characters, which gave me much more latitude in what I could do with paint and other design items.


The guy acknowledges his shortcomings physically....  I give him credit, and honestly, I feel bad that he's had so much ridicule.

The thught of ANYONE who dresses up at a con being chastised anymore than anyone else is kind of sad really.  It shows caddiness in our own hobby really.

The only thing the guy should rethink BIGTIME is the fact he has the most horrendous moose-knuckle I've ever had the disgusting displeasure to witness.  He really SHOULD be wearing a cup, and I guess this is smething he didn't think of.

In the final costume though, just because he's heavy, he's been made fun of by people who were doing the same damn thing...  Perhaps they're in better shape, but they're still equally "losers" in their own right.  

And this is 100% not a slight on them.  I'm thinking of joining the 501st as an Imp. Officer...  Dressing at cons, etc.  If I do, I'm no better than he is though, just maybe in better shape.

And since he openly says "it hurt", I feel bad about it, and that he had to put up with it...  Guy's just trying to have fun.  

He'd be better off in THIS thread if he didn't have the moose-knuckle shot though.  I'd be fixin' up those "pre-dress" outfit shots BIGTIME.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 9, 2004, 07:52 PM »
Yup.  I'm hearing good things about the set.  Like accurate sidearms, .50 cal machine guns with tri-pods (hotly needed in this scale), mortars, a bazooka with rockets, etc...

Even has tables I think?

And the figures aren't bad either.  A ntch below PTE in overall articulation (not hard to do considering PTE's figures have like 20 points of articulation each), but they have removable helmets.

I have heard the helmets kinda suck.  We'll see.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 9, 2004, 07:48 PM »
I'm torn on Yoda myself...

It looks definitive, and I like the softgoods, but if it's really puffy, I dunno.  

With Dagobah Yoda coming out at the same time, he's a REALLY tough figure to surpass.  It is, probably, as good a Yoda as you can get without getting one with awesome softgoods.  

I'm torn.   :-\

I nabbed Luke today.  Freaky figure.  I'm digging the ball/socket hips.  A first and really something I'd love to see down the road on other figures (anyone on a speederbike, namely), and I dig the bare arms.  Best bare arm fodder available.

The torso's oddlly sculpted, but it really didn't need to be.  That's disappointing.

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