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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 17, 2005, 08:29 PM »
Nice...  hard to believe these are just due next Monday already...  C3, E3, new figures galore, Clone Wars out the ass...

I'm overwhelmed to say the least.

The teaser commercials are fan-frickin'-tastic too.  The Clones with mini-guns?  Fuggetaboutit!  Gonna be fun...  Gonna be sensory overload too, but it's gonna be fun.

Toy Reviews / Re: Review: Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah)
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:17 PM »
Spirits and Holographics too.  That Holo Emperor SUCKS. 

Part of me would love casting a full size GG bust in translucent resin for a giant Emperor head...  That little exclusive blew though.

The Holo Sidious was miles superior to that...  Dunno why we got the same thing for $10 that we got basically for free from Frito Lay some years prior.   ::)  And both sucked, but it sucks less when it's free, ya know?  :P

Toy Reviews / Review: Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah)
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:03 PM »

Didn't want to let this go...  My news post on the Spirit Ben already has found its way to the bottom of our front page!  :)  News is just hectic at this time of year I guess, hehe.

Anyway, up next is Original Trilogy Collection Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi (Dagobah Wave), and this is a dandy of a figure with what I wholely expect to be made into an "alive" repainted version some day as well.  Would I turn my nose to that?  Hell no!

Click Right Here and read the full review, and of course share your opinions here if you'd like or form your own review...  Whatever.

Me, I enjoyed this figure...  It's a massive update.  I'd dig a Ben who could sit since he did sit to explain some junk to Luke, but how does one pull softgoods off in spirit form?  I like to think of myself as a seasoned customizer, and even I'm at a loss on that one short of using the utmost in pliable plastic for the skirt...

It's possible if you went that route though, as there's currently some Germans with trenchcoats in the X-Treme Detail line that the coat flexes tremendously.

I don't know how that would turn out though on a spirit character.

My biggest gripe with Ben though is he makes the other characters in spirit form just look flat out bad at this point.  Yikes!  Hopefully they get redone, and though I'd expect a new Spirit Anakin, I'd like the old style Anakin done up too...  For the nostalgia.  I mean, just use the same mold, ya know?

But, Ben's pretty good... Sparse on accessories like R2 was, but he fleshed out that wave well so just read the review and of course you're welcome to join in the picking of nits if you'd like!

Toy Reviews / Re: Review: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:55 PM »
Havne't really noticed that on mine...  I only got one though, so I dunno if that's a potential problem.

I know the Saga R2 that used basically the same body and everything had problems like that though...  Some did anyway.  Sloppy electronics inside.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:52 PM »
The good thing for you guys is Target's are a dime a dozen out there in Cali, right?  I always thought they were anyway...

Out in Pitt, they're still sporatic.  There's 5 I can think of off the top of my head, but they're all spaced apart quite a bit, and none are "close" to me.  45 minutes at best, and some a bit more than that.

I'm hoping the 5 have people spread out enough though...  I figure I can hit 2 of them in relative speed, incase.  I want the Vader but part of me doesn't want to deal with this crap either...  That I can skip these and not feel bad about not having a complete chrome set since it's not on the same cardback as all the others.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:50 PM »
This one is for Jesse...what "Could" be if Hasbro would just try ...

Hah!  Thanks Paul, I needed a laugh today. :)

I'm actually thankful to see Lucas made the Alderaanians in a separate uniform all together, and the Troops from ANH 100% different and less well clothed.  It keeps with the notion the guys in ANH aren't "Alderaanian Rebels", except for maybe by blood, and that their uniform's a blanket Rebel uniform for all races/species...

I do hope for a new one after ROTS perhaps...  With the future, Hasbro said they were running with army builders more because they were awakened to that market niche within the brand, so I'm hoping classic AB's will get some facelifts along the way, especially the Rebs (Hoth, Fleet Troop, Endor)...  They are overdue for some quality, poseable, neutral figures.

The pic gave me a laugh man, thanks.  :)  Good to hear from ya too, it's been a little while.

To me, that's the marketing campain shot of a lifetime that Hasbro SHOULD have been using.  Little vision there on their part.  That just looks kickass.

Way to go man. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Saint Patricks Day!
« on: March 17, 2005, 01:20 AM »

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: March 16, 2005, 11:32 PM »
I will own that...

I won't go ape **** with this minis game, but I WILL own that.

Code 3 and Master Replicas can go sit and spin.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: March 15, 2005, 11:42 PM »
Interesting too, the ad for the 4" Snapkit Alien Vs. Predator figures says USCM's too Mr. PL (and others interested).  Could it be we'll see a 4" scaled Vasquez, Hicks, or the rest of the squad?

I'd take ANY of those ASAP.  :)

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: March 15, 2005, 09:25 PM »
One of the few figures I've never seen...  Never picked one up, never saw one on pegs...  Can't even trade for one it seems.  Sort of a bummer since he was the more iconic one too, and I'd dig having one.

I plan to whip up my own, but I'd dig a CW one for my collection too of course.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:33 PM »
Most Pittsburgh News stations are running a thing where they tell you the cheapest in your area.

I'm irked because Giant Eagle is under fire here because they are giving the $.10 coupons for shopping at their stores (Every $50 you spend gets you $.10/Gal. off at "Get-Go" pumps), and now all the gas stations are bitching that it's not fair and they're trying to get it stopped. 

Which, if they did do that, I'll be going to Get-Go out of spite to the others, irregardless.  Their price will just be the same as everyone else, so I'll go there and give the finger to all the other stations.  They can lose money.  I hope they rot, the bastards.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:18 PM »
Making army builders exclusive is a kick in the balls unless Target surprises everyone and actually makes these widely available.  It'd require incredible saturation to do that though, if these are any kind of super articulated figure.

I'll withold judgment, but something tells me this is a bad situation coming for any army builder.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holy Mother of ROTS!
« on: March 15, 2005, 05:09 PM »
I'm actually getting pretty underwhelmed myself by a lot of the ROTS product too.

Deluxe, Vs. 2-packs, 99% of the vehicles, and about 50% of the Collection 1 figures are all underwhelming me or simply flat out suck in my opinion.

The other stuff...  Attacktix, GH, etc., etc., etc., etc....  None of it ever appealed to me and I never planned to get any of it.

I'll get deluxe, vs., and that other stuff when it's on clearance, I'm likely to do the same with most of Collection 1, and the vehicles/playsets are destined for that as well.

Off-hand the only bigger-than-basic-figure items I can think that I'll get maybe at full price are the AT-RT (looks to-scale, so that suits me), Greivous' wheel bike, Obi's thingie...  Yoda on the Cancel.  The beasts are to-scale so that's fine, and Greivious' bike looks it too, as does the AT-RT, so those all appeal to me.  I just hope I can make good figures for all those, haha.  Hasbro sure as **** didn't.

The figures are hit and miss...  Some are great, and I'd say it's a far superior offering to E1 or E2's line-ups.  The vehicles leave a lot to be desired though, there's a bit of oversaturation too with all these side toy lines too I believe, but whatever...  It's the last hurrah so I completely expected a blitz like Episode 1 had...  Let it all fly and hope for the best.  Retail will buy it, it's just what effect it has AFTER the E3 hype dies that I worry about.

Will retail be sour on all SW product, even limited lines for collectors?  Eh, it's very possible.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Parallel parking...
« on: March 15, 2005, 03:44 PM »
They're really fun to drive, as long as you have the discomfort tolerance and necessary stupidity

Oh man!  We took my buddy Dan's from Pittsburgh to Chicago to see our friend Eric who was out there for school, and we drug his girlfriend with us because he basically invited her ( rolleyes )...  It was about an 8 to 9 hour drive in one with maybe 2 stops on the way to stretch our legs.

Never, ever, again...  Never.   >:(

First off, the drive from Pittsburgh to Chicago is boring.  You go through Northern Ohio and Northern Indiana.  Those two places SUCK.  Flat, desolate, baren in many places.  It just sucked.

To make it worse though, it was cold-ish when we went so no top down...  It was like late April, but still cold that year.

It just sucked...  The entire thing.  Uncomfortable as all get out.  In the city the Jeep was a plus though because once in Chicago we were fighting ina nd out of traffic, maneuvering into tight parking, and the Jeep performed well.  The trip there was hell though.

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