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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: January 10, 2005, 12:29 PM »
Eh, yeah, but I just hate when they do dumb **** like that.  Take the old design, use it, and just bedone with it.  I'd say they felt it wasn't logically laid out, which I can't say I disagree with, but respect those who "created" it, ya know? 

And the Alliance tanks look to NOT be the Force Commander/G Battlegrounds tanks, which were perfectly designed and quite "Star Wars-ish" I thought.  Again I think they're taking themselves too seriously with bashing the old RTS games and trying to distance themselves from it.

The irony is they took the EU design of the AT-AT barge that Force Commander actually created, and that the ICS books adapted for their own use.  I think they didn't realize that FC came up with that design. :)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:59 AM »
And the front page now has more information on this game with links to a magazine article soon to be on shelves.

Interesting if true...  I truly dislike seeing this game's developers take it upon themselves to "rewrite" EU as they see fit though.  EU's supposed to at least TRY to work together, and they're simply scrapping past RTS designs it appears.

The TIE Crawler looks NOTHING like the craft that appears in numerous EU writings as well.  This is a design as old as EU itself since it came from the old West End Games books, and the game's developers seem to have felt that they could redesign the vehicle as they saw fit.  Not a good move IMO.

Hope the game is as good as they boast, otherwise we'll see more the same opinion about Star Wars RTS gaming.  It's not been good over the years, so let's hope that doesn't happen.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III Beast Assortment
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:30 AM »
I believe Obi-Wan's his pack-in, but since I'm not keeping up with the spoilers much I'm not entirely sure on that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: January 9, 2005, 03:48 AM »

So does she get bumped up on the list now?

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of her.  She's ok though, but just not "wow" enough with all this competition.

And she's also too good for Brad Pitt.  I mean, how tough must you be to please, ya know?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 8, 2005, 06:32 PM »
I knew where we stood Dave, no worries. :)

Newbies / Re: Hi guys Im new!
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:23 AM »
mmhmmm...   :-X

Other Toy Lines / Re: Army of Darkness?
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:22 AM »
I wanted some of the skeletons and such for customizing...

I've heard of issues with them being fragile though, and breaking like a McFarlane "toy" tends to, after just a few movements of a joint.

Still wanting to get the dead bits and pieces for customs though.

Beru and Owen charred, here I come!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebel scum mods are gone!
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:15 AM »
As a matter of fact he PM'd me about something I was selling, showing interest, and never got back to me...  I hate when people do **** like that.



Sorry Jesse

For what Dave?   ???  You didn't do something did you?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Be Gone With Ye! The Simpsons
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:14 AM »
Just concurring with the above...  If you listen to that Bowl game's half-time show and still think AS is a "good singer", your opinion is 100% invalid.

I have flatulents that carried a tune better.

How can you have head variants on Capt. Panaka? That's like saying make a Darth Maul with head variants  :P

Generic Naboo Officers dude! :)  There's more than Panaka throughout the flick, he's just the one that's gonna get us the generic white guy to go with him, and get offed in the hallways of Theed Palace.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:05 AM »
First, you are a sheep Jared.  :)

Second, something Jason said,

While you do make some valid points, we also have to take into account where the production costs lie, will it be based on the single figure, or the full 4 pack of figures. But I don't know much on that front so I won't assume anything.

I personally think the key thing to it all, and the thing nobody's likely to ever know, is what the total production run is on this for EE.  They're touting it as "limited", and if it is then there's some legit explanation to the pricing there...  I don't think it's ENTIRELY an explanation, but it's a thought, and one we'll never get an answer to.

The other thing that's not really answerable right now, and likely ever, is:  Does MORE at a lesser price yield higher profit than LESS at a higher price?  A lot of times, volume's the answer.  More likely than not I'd say, but not always of course.  A lot depends on the product, and that very thought ties into what EE's said they'd commit to buying.

So many people who routinely say they're going to buy MORE of something are now saying "Ya know, one set's all I want", and some are even not getting in on this at all.

When you order a case with local buddies, the price is tolerable, but you're still screwed if you want more whites on this, and that will always suck.  It makes getting one set almost your only route unless you truly think $10-ish is a good price to army build at...  And the high price itself (IMO) defeats the entire IDEA of building armies.

Maybe Hasbro thinks people will go ape**** and just buy up stuff in droves at $10 per figure these sets, I dunno.  I can't justify it...  If I was wealthy, I suppose I would probably do it and be damned any thought of making a statement by not buying, but as it stands I was justifying VOTC Stormtroopers which I want probably 10x as much as these Clones.

I really think they're missing the ball on selling more for less, but that's me, and I can't prove that notion.  When dealing in something with such low costs in the first place (which this has to be), I can only imagine selling it in the highest total units possible (since that seems, to me, the logical way to go) would make more money.  I dunno.

Oh lord...  I will be lucky to even name 10 characters from TPM. :)

OK, my top 10...

1) Super Art. Darth Maul...  Break-apart saber with removable blades, and cloth Tatooine Cloak, of course.  If he pops apart at the waist, more the better.

2) Super Art. Qui-Gon Jinn...  Maybe they can get his likeness right this time.  Cloth Jedi cloak would be nice too, and a hilt for on his belt.

3) Super Art. Obi-Wan...  More the same as above.  Maybe this one's headsculpt will be nice as well.

4) Super Art. Naboo Soldier...  Yes, I asked for it.  A Naboo Soldier resculpt with SA, and a removable hat.  Head variants would rock as well.

5) Super Art. Capt. Panaka...  Captain Panaka resculpt with removable hat.  A head variant or two would be real nice as well.

6) Super Art. Naboo Royal Security...  The red armored dudes...  Head variants.  Reuse the E1 figure's helmet even.

7) Gragra/Swokes Swokes...  Love this thing.  Wanted the Pez dispenser even because it looked so good with the figures.

8 ) Generic Naboo Pilot...  With the trench coat, and removable helmet.

9) R5 Unit...  Either Jabba's or one of the Queen's, but I want an R5 unit somewhere.

10) Ithorian Senator...  Just because I can't think of much else.

BTW, I'd take any way to get the Eopie out because I don't have that either, and woudl like a couple actually.  I wanted to not go for Deluxe on my top 10 though, but that is definitely a good candidate to re-release somehow. 

I agree on the scout.  Attrocious.

I'd actually like to see a DELUXE SA Scout come out with a NEW to-scale bike, (no features or anything, just a bike), and a clear stand it sits on for a hovering effect.  That'd be an ideal new item I think, but I'm not counting on it.  Just a wish.  I'd go up $5 on that one even I think.

I'd rather not see a 4-pack fo the POTJ sculpt...  Just like I'd rather not have seen a 4-pack of the Endor Rebel (POTF2 or Saga), or of the RFT (any head variant of it), etc.

If they dump out new sculpts in the regular line, and if they adhere to super articulating them (or coming damn close), then I think they are fair game for army building.  And at this point I think anything's fair game for a resculpt.  I'm not counting on it, but even the RFT, the Hoth Soldier, the Snowtrooper, and the Biker Scout are all potential to get new sculpts.

The 4-packs are just gravy for Hasbro then...  They're almost pure profit considering the primary costs will have dwindled, and only running production costs (which are generally minimal) would remain...  That's what's so extra irking about the Clones too.  They're almost pure profit.  They could sell for LESS than retail.

It's the same reason you get those 4-packs at Toys R Us, and when you break down the costs that are involved, they're pure profit...  Simple, easy to make, molds are there, you just put more out and the profit margin on every unit sold increases by a percentage.

Yet the SA Clone is being sold for $10-ish a figure unless you're in on a case.  It's not like they WOULDN'T profit off it at $20 per 4-pack, they just are sticking us thinking it will work to their benefit.  Will it?  That remains to be seen, and I can't say we'll ever truly know, because there's a lot of "Well what if they'd sold (x) ammount at $20-$25 a set insteady of (y) ammount at $30-$35 a set?", ya know?

Factoring costing on all levels to make sure you're doing what is ideal and most profitable is not a black and white job, believe me I know this all too well because it's an area of work I've enjoyed in the past, and I think Hasbro's missing the broader picture on this army builder set IMO.  They'll profit off it (They wouldn't produce any if they didn't have guaranteed sales that benefited them), but they could've done so much better I believe.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 7, 2005, 06:59 PM »
I think it's pretty safe bet Paul.  I think what we saw even leading into Christmas (Like the beginning of Dec. at least) was NOT new product, but rather old stuff just working its  way through WM's systems.

Target's been dead for VOTC in my neck of the woods since about mid-december.   TRU just never was the happening place for it.  WM screwed themselves by clogging pegs with ANH wave about 2 months after K-Mart and Target had already done sales on those figures and were moving into ESB.

nothing is to say they WON'T do new sculpts and then do the army builder packs.  Remember, Hasbro said they're realizing the potential from army builder figures now back at SDCC I believe, and so we may see some good things here.

I'm anxious to see what they do AFTER ROTS now.

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