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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: January 12, 2004, 03:53 PM »
Well, my early thoughts are this:

-Lando General...  Wow, what a really nice looking figure.  Colors seem spot-on from what I can tell, and if that shoulder holster is removable that just kicks ass plain and simple.  The fact it is functional is great unto itself!  

Looks like some nifty articulation going on too possibly.  Ball/socket right arm at least, though it almost appears the left arm isn't articulated byeond the shoulder.

Kudos to Hasbro for not sculpting the shoulder pad to the body as they did with the open vest of the Rebel Endor trooper from Saga.  Very limiting to the arm articulation.

Great little officer's blaster it seems too, a nice addition and the cape looks plastic from what I can tell.  It's holding shape in the images, so sadly no silk cape...   That, to me, would be the only major gripe I had with Lando...  His inability to sit maybe would be a second gripe since he did do a fair bit of sitting in those duds, but still it looks great.

Yet another amazing fodder figure.

-General Crix Madine...  Wow, another doozie, but dull as hell.  Still, it's great to see "Old Supercuts" back in action...  (Get it, "old blood & guts" was General Patton...  General Madine's "Old Super cuts"?  It's a joke son!)

His blue color on his Spec. Forces shirt MAY be off, I'm not sure, but it is looking pretty decent.  I can't see his left arm enough to gauge what articulation it may have beyond the shoulder...  His right arm, like Lando's, appears to have a ball/socket joint though, great for posing in some amazing "Look at this diagram" poses.  He could be talking about anything from the latest assault on the Shield Generator to how Hasbro's stocks recently decreased on his handy pie chart.  

Either way he looks more poseable than he probably was expected to be.  

Again, no knee articulation and that limits him some (and Lando who deserved it more IMO), but no biggie.  A tactical thingie maybe would've been nice with Madine, but I'll take an officer's baton and some extra articulation any day over that, if it's between the two.

So, as for shared parts...  I've blown the images up and right now I'm going to tentatively say there's no shared parts except possibly the right shoulder...  

The chest badge on both figures is clearly different when magnified, and not a slight retooling but they're actually set differently on each figure.  The lines and folds of fabric sculpted into each uniform area of each figure also indicate separate sculpts.

So, while parts could've been used I'm gonna say for now that they're both completely separate sculpts as far as I can tell from enlarged images.

So in conclusion...

Both look great (And I still like Han AT-ST too, just from an army building standpoiont alone), and while I'm disappointed in no silk cape for Lando (or so it seems) I'm ecstatic to see his great little holster.  Hell, I'll make my own cape for him if need be.  :)

Articulation in the knees for sitting officers might've been a nice touch but that still seems like a step Hasbro's not going to take yet...  for now.  Maybe it was Madine's skirt piece and Lando's molded cape that even kept them from considering it perhaps?

Either way, great figures...  This is yet another wave I'll probably order a case of since it's got customizing fodder galore, and army building potential in it.  Head swap officers, and Head swap Imperial Army Regulars (AT-ST Pilots) galore!


Scott sent me a sympathy PM...  I'm up to two.

Stupid thing is, I didn't even have a clue what he was talking about in it.  All it said was "Now you have two" and I'd forgotten about this topic...

I spent all freaking weekend trying to figure that out, even writing back to him saying "WTH?"

Now I see why I don't get a ton of PM's...  I'm an idiot.  I won't take my lack of friends so hard now.

Imrahil from Rebelscum says his figure ripped just as I mentioned here in my warning, so I'm glad I posted it and possibly helped a few of you not make the mistake of posing that leg too much....  Or at least being very careful with it when you do pose it.

I'd be livid if I broke the only damn one of this figure I got, that's for sure.

A ball/socket hip should become standard now too.  :)  Super Articulation taken to yet a whole other level!  

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Distribution of Clone Wars Wave 3
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:28 PM »
The remnants (Kit and Sae See) are floating around at WM's in my area...  2 off the top of my head got in rather large shipments of these figures actually.

The Clones were scooped up immediately.  I got the very last (And the only one so far in my collection) Clone at the one WM I speak of...  Unfortunately, that figure was packed evenly with Kit and Sae See...  Stupid Hasbro.

Anyway, I hope the Clone sees a repack on another card, or better yet is offered in some sort of set similar to the 3-packs.  Hell, this figure is what the 3-packs should've had in it in the first place.  Would've cost less in the long-run most likely.

The Kit and Sae's are still around...  Not nearly as abundant though.  Wave 2 was the wave that hit and was never seen again hardly around my area.  I got the last Assajj one Target had, and have never seen Durge...  The Obi's and Mace's held off for a while, but in about a month were all gone it seemed.

Clone Wars seemed to sell amazingly well.  I remember one WM opening tons of Wave 3 cases, putting them out, and when I got there all that was left was one Clone (the one I got) and rows of Kit and Sae....

I went to that same Wal-Mart then in about mid-December, a month after I was first there, and they were down to two pegs of Kit and Sae figures...  They REALLY moved a lot of CW stuff.  Much more than I'd thought they would, and much more than Saga seemed to move.

The Clone Wars cartoon was one of the first things I've seen to get kids back into the SW line, if even for a short period of time.  Shudder to think what a full cartoon series could do for it?  :)  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:19 PM »
There's some pretty shoddy choices in the HOF series it seems...  Namely that Obi-Wan from E2.  It wasn't even good the first time it was released, much less a second time around.

I'll take maybe one Darth Vader from the MOTDS set since I've not found a second one, and I'd take some stormtroopers of course since a simple customizing bit and they're a much improved figure.  I still would like a Super Articulated one though.

Beyond that, I'll skip all of them I guess.  I just hope these aren't mixed in so heavily that they become pegwarmers.  The initial re-releases of these like Han and Leia seem to get sold at some point...  The Maul and Vader moved relatively quickly actually.  Kept in low #'s they're not as big a problem as they could become.  

I feel bad for anyone wanting them for their collection though, like a carded completist.  Yikes...  :(  That would certainly suck methinks.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:09 PM »
I'm with Spuffy on that...  Cool packaging, still not gonna bite on these though, except perhaps that Luke.  Even then though, if they're $10 I'm going to be hesitant to even nab the Luke at that price.

These just don't hold much interest at all for me at this point...  

The more time drags on, I actually am seeing a LOT of things I'm not interested in for 2004, like the HOF figures (Except perhaps some stormies), the glasses, or the "Trilogy" assortment of vehicles.

Actually the Trilogy Assortment sounds downright terrible due to the shelf-space it will inevitably take up, unless those ships are dramatically different in some way.  A propoerly scaled TIE Fighter I'd buy 3 or more of...  A rehash of the Rehash KB exclusive though will simply suck.  The Falcon wasn't a big seller in the first place.  I'm thinking the X-Wing may be Red Leader's?  

Either way, there's a lot of stuff I'm going to be passing on right now I think.

The glasses are nice looking, but I can't justify the pricetag I'm betting will follow them, even for the one figure I wanted.

I have one...  What the hell's wrong with me?  :'(  

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 8, 2004, 04:26 PM »
You're disgusting, and I'm ashamed that I call you my friend...  You dirty, dirty man.   ::)  ;D

Nothing is perfect...  Ever.  

Hey, I still love my clone damn you!  I only have 99 more to go, or so...  :)

(by the way, keep the mushy stuff on the downlow...  Sheesh, I'm getting looks around here!)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hoth Wave 2 Thoughts
« on: January 8, 2004, 12:29 AM »
Since his holster's in question, give him a removable belt.  :)  Been done before, and it could work great I'd think.  I'd dig seeing a removable belt in SW again...  Been a while for that neat feature.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts?
« on: January 7, 2004, 02:55 AM »

Wait, Where's P.W. Herman?  Shouldn't he be in here enjoying the fun banter?  Or is he a Scum only kinda guy?  Damn. :(

My thoughts are that I don't wanna go to class Monday because I'm feeling like dung.  

Thoughts on my thoughts?

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 6, 2004, 08:54 PM »
Saw the first trilogy figures ever in my area tonight.  A ringwraith, an Aragorn/Helm's Deep, and a Frodo w/Sting.  A pretty sorry lot really but I'm excited to nab $5 figures when I do happen upon them.

So long as TB makes sensible decisions, and makes figures available that the people want like Haradim Archers and whatnot, then I'll be happy to start buying LOTR figures routinely.

I did get the last ARmored troll TRU had tonight though.  $20 for a troll is a steal.  It's a fine troll I think.  The head rubber is definitely improved a LOT too.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 6, 2004, 03:01 AM »
OK, let's take it beyond army builders then some...

-Super Articulated Jango Fett Vs. Super Articulated Mace Windu...  OOOOOoooo this one could kick major ass if it had every feature to the Jango we could possibly want.

-Super Articulated Luke Jedi Vs. Super Articulated Boba Fett...  Another cool one with major possibilities, even if Luke's just done in a decent figure now.

-Super Articulated Darth Vader Vs. Super Articulated Bespin Luke.

-Super Articulated Vader (hell, even repack it) Vs. Super Articulated Jedi Luke.

-Super Articulated Vader (ANH style) Vs. Super Articulated Obi-Wan.

-Super Articulated Obi-Wan Vs. Super Articulated Zam Wessel.

-Super Articulated Obi-Wan Vs. Super Articulated Darth Maul.

-Super Articulated Qui-Gon Vs. Super Articulated Darth Maul (Tatooine Figures).

-Super Articulated Qui-Gon Vs. Super Articulated Battledroid (white).  

-Super Articulated Yoda Vs. Super Articulated Dooku.

-Super Articulated Dagobah Luke Vs. Super Articualted Dagobah Yoda (It was sort of a "Vs." thing, right? :) ).

-Super Articulated Rebel Officer (Brown Uniforms) Vs. Super Articulated Imperial Officer (Black Uniforms).

-Super Articulated Imp. Royal Guard Vs. Super Articulated Rebel Honor Guard.

-Super Articulated Imperial Tech Vs. Super Articulated Rebel Tech.

-Super Articulated Admiral Ackbar Vs. Super Articulated Admiral Piett.

-Super Articulated Grand Moff Tarkin Vs. Super Articulated ANH Leia.

-Super Articulated Wicket Vs. Super Articulated Leia Endor.

-Super Articulated Han Endor Vs. Super Articulated Imperial Officer.

Or, we could even include a Scout or Stormtrooper with SA main characters in many cases, like an ANH Stormtrooper with an ANH Han or Chewie...  You get ultimate main characters and army builders all in one set.  

This idea really could spark a whole new life to Star Wars from a play standpoint...  Giving insentive to the kiddies to get back into it for sure.  Play off the success of the G.I. Joe 2-packs that really took off.  It would be great I think.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: January 5, 2004, 05:09 PM »
I dig the Luke too Scott, and hope he's not going to become the difficult one to find.  I'd probably nab two so I could do some reproduction of the one for customs.  

The use of the smaller Biggs or Wedge bodies with a collar piece was a pretty good idea, and this really improved the Snowspeeder pack-in figure some.  It fills a Luke Snowspeeder void that the line's had since the older ones are the pinhead versions...  I'd take 2 of him I do believe.

The other glasses though, and the REALLY lame figures are just not my... uhm, cup of tea I guess. :)  

Those figures could've been better, I agree, and I'd have likely nabbed a set had they been superior figures instead of simply reissuing some already once pegwarmer status figures.  

The glasses look nice, but I can't say I would drink out of glasses like that...  Display maybe, but I don't really want glasses except my vintage ones.  These just don't interest me enough I guess.

Saga '02-'04 / Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 5, 2004, 05:04 PM »
BobaFett14, a guy I know from my local collector group mentioned this idea over at before, and it's one I really love.

It's a "Vs. 2-pack" idea with Super Articulated Army Builder-type figures sold together on a single card.  Imagine the possibilities though!

-SA Clone Vs. SA Battledroid
-SA Stormtrooper Vs. SA Rebel Fleet Trooper
-SA Scouttrooper Vs. SA Endor Rebel Trooper
-SA Snowtrooper Vs. SA Hoth Rebel Trooper
-SA Jedi Knight (Various) Vs. SA Super BattleDroid or Destroyer Droid
-SA Rebel Pilot Vs. SA Imperial Pilot

That's a pretty cool idea to me though, and could include lots of other characters/ideas...  Like what about a SA Fett Vs. SA Han or Luke maybe?

The army builder idea though rocks...  Great way to get army builders (Good SA versions) out en masse to the people and at a fair price for 2 good figures.  

I would sink tons of $ into this idea...  I mean a lotta dough.  It's one of the better army building ideas I've heard in ages, and would seem to apply to other aspects of the line as well beyond army builder figures.

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