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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: August 30, 2004, 07:25 PM »
Hmmm, I partly like the idea...  Espeiclaly after seeing Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, and Firefly, but part of me longs for Hasbro to simply improve the 3.75" line to the point where there's realistic sculpt proportions, increased articulation (wrists, boot tops, and maybe a mid-thigh swivel would be a huge start), and increase the use of features like working holsters and sheaths on the characters.

I'd like the line to stay 3.75" I guess since that's become it's hot scale I think.  12" is so-so...  Especially with their competition.

If the Marvel Legends style ones were less "outrageous" in their sculpt though, and more realistic, I'd maybe change my mind on those then actually.  Seeing as how vehicles are not Joe's focus anymore, maybe it'd be a good idea?

Since you brought this up, I figured I'd make mention on something I read at forums the other day.

J&R Productions, which is a company that's been casting and reproducing heads, gear, and such for G.I. Joe in 3.75" scale have been SHUT DOWN by Hasbro legal teams.

The owner's trying to work something out currently with Hasbro.

It's a shame because the owner is just trying to give those who enjoy a certain aspect of the hobby (customizers) an outlet that they don't get from Hasbro...  MisterPL makes strong arguments for why it's right of Hasbro to enforce their trademarks, and nobody can argue it's their property to do with as they see fit, but I think in the end it will only serve to hurt them (however minor) as a profitable business, and in the eyes of the consumers who support their product wholeheartedly.

In this day and age of fighting for every sale in the aisles and on the net, I think Hasbro should weigh carefully their decision to let J&R productions continue.  They may just be "cutting off their trademarked nose to spite their face", as it were.

In the end I think they'll deem the situation not worth bothering with to any great extent, and they'll simply tell J&R "no" to everything and one more source to help customizers will go the way of the do-do, unless he does things on the QT.

So these seem to have dried up...  This anyone else's experience?  I haven't seen extras to nab for anyone or I would.  I'm gonna check some KM's closer to the city after school a day this week.  See what I can maybe find there... 

My KM's out here are all dried up on the Cantina set though.  They came and went FAST.  I'm glad I didn't hesitate to hit them early and often now.

Are they disappearing out in Cali too?

I'm content enough with the staff because it straightened out and all...  Looks ok so long as I pose him holding it right.

Amanaman's staff I've wanted to do something with though...  Definitely NEEDS redone due to the weight of the skulls and stuff.

I'm wanting to try a cast of it in something more rigid though first.  See if I can't acheive myself what Hasbro was incapable of doing.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookie Army
« on: August 30, 2004, 04:39 PM »
Hmmm, Snoova with the Vanilla Ice do. 

Sadly, i'd probably take a NEW Snoova if it was to-scale and incorporated some of the more modern features, like "separate" armor pieces (maybe removable), a nicely detailed/painted ax, maybe some soft goods... 

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Assinine Ebay Auction
« on: August 30, 2004, 04:34 PM »
What's worse than the auction itself is the way the guy's acting at Rebelscum.  I'll copy/paste some replies he's posted just for the amusement factor involved.

Slaprat wrote (At Rebelscum):
I am the seller of the OTC Luke. I can assure you that it is legit. I am an avid collector and do not wish to pull anything on anyone. I simply have no need for error cards, this is how I found it at the store. In fact I an still looking for the correct version for my collection. This posting and the emails have really upset me. I work for the State Police and am prepared to get signed affidavites from Forensic Scientists to prove the package has not been tampered with. Why would I do such a stupid thing and then put a close up picture on the auction knowing that the true of the true collectors would be looking at it. Give me some credit. I do not have the time to seemlessly open two, inner and outter, packages and then replace a figure and seemlessly reseal them. You should really watch out what hurtful types of things you say on here without doing your homework and working with the sellers. The law states that if someone says or does something that will cause unjust economic loss to someone else that person is lawfully responsible to compensate for the loss. Translation: you could be sued for slander or a harmfull tort. With such powerfull tools as posting boards comes great responsibliy.


NO, I am not going to sue the whole message board. However the guy who emailed those who have bid on the auction telling them that the figure is a fraud could potential have crossed a very sticky line.


You know, this is comeletly rediculous, you all are so right it is not worth is over an ebay auction. You just have no idea what it is like to be accused of doing something you didnt and then to have it turn into this. I would love to post the email I received from one of the posters who was threating me which is the primary reason I have gone a bit off the deepend. If it sells it sells, if not who give a crap. My appologies.

I mean, that's some real verbal diahrea right there.  He was accurate in saying he went off the "deepend" though at least.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Anybody find OTC at retail yet?
« on: August 30, 2004, 04:27 PM »
My excuse on getting a Greedo was a little lame, but it wrked for me...

I figure there's umpteen Rodians in ANH.  There's at least one other in the Cantina that looks like Greedo and Jabba had a whole little squad of them at the Falcon, so I've just bumped the older Greedo's back as generic "Jabba Goon" or Cantina Patron Fodder.

Like I said, it was an excuse to me...  Helps me visualize them as unique characters instead of Greedo upon Greedo.

I myself have seen one Stormtrooper, and nabbed him because the card's so spiffy.  Saw a TIE Pilot too and skipped him, and now wish I hadn't.

I saw the Bespin Wave all of one time, and boy am I glad I bought 2 CCP's when I did...  I debated doing so because it was the only two they had, but I went ahead and was a little greedy that day...  I figured they'd probably ship again soon as I'd heard other areas had Bespin Wave in abundance.  Then nothing ever resurfaced of that wave.  Very strange.

Dagobah's all over though, and select from it are starting to earn pegwarmer status I believe.

All the while VOTC remains a weird case...  1st wave has remnants that hang around, but there's many (I'd say most) stores in my area that have completely empty VOTC pegs.  The few that do have VOTC are usually TRU's or KM's, and they have Han's and Ben's with a straggler Leia every once in a while.  There's no "abundance" of these figures that I've heard other areas have, they're just scattered here and there.

I hope this means ESB is going to be similarly easy to find for me at some point, and that ROTJ is REAL easy to get then (cross my fingers on that, but I doubt it happens).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: August 30, 2004, 02:51 PM »
Mikey beat me to that one.  Short of a man who killed himself (and can you really trust an insane person's judgement then?), I don't think anyone thinks Courtney Love is hot.

I can't get into random bruises and sickly skin color myself.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Boba Fett..... Voiced by Jango Fett?
« on: August 30, 2004, 03:27 AM »
That's something I agree on...  I liked hearing just British and American accents.  I could see a variety of UK accents actually, and even the odd Irish one snuck in like Jabba's that was dubbed over.

The thing is that Lucas is pushing this accent issue, like you said, with it starting iwth the Neimodians.

Those are characters who should've had their own language and freakin' subtitles.

I like Watto, dunno why, but the Neimodians it just doesn't look/sound right together.... 

Same goes with Dexter Jettster.  I don't look at that thing and think of that voice.  A surly American accent perhaps, but not what we got.

I'd label Jar Jar as similar, and all Gungans... 

Sometimes, Subtitles can really make your characters more "deep".

Chewie never uttered one intelligible word in the whole trilogy, but yet he was such a vastly superior character to many prequal characters that you can understand EVERY word.

If I were to redo the prequals, thse are things I'd have changed up.  Tough on Jar Jar to limit him to Subtitles though, unless you actually limit his character as well (not a bad thing though).  If you leave him with all his dialogue now though, Subtitles would be distracting.  On the Neimodians and Dexter though, it'd be really quite nice actually, what with their limited lines anyway.

Original Trilogy Collection / Assinine Ebay Auction
« on: August 30, 2004, 02:25 AM »

Just absolutely stupid...

What's worse is that this schmuck selling this is in Rebelscum claiming he can get a "signed affidavit" from Crime Scene Investigators PROVING it's not tampered with.  Claims he's part of the State Police wherever he is.

He's also laying claim that he can sue people for contacting Ebay or bidders on/about his auction, and causing him "economic loss" I believe is how he put it.

An incredible tool the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Garden Weasel itself.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: August 30, 2004, 01:42 AM »
Done and I swapped the thread title out there so you know what I edited in your post Vader.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: August 30, 2004, 12:09 AM »
I've always kinda laughed at her whole schtick on "images".  She grew up in one of the whitest, preppiest, suburbs of Pittsburgh but always pushed for that image of a chick from the streets.

In a word, she's laughable.

On her physical looks, I actually think she's good looking so I disagree there, but I agree she's skanky.  Skanky's ok sometimes.  I didn't catch her on the VMA's but sounds worth a look.

Shakira's everything cute that Aguillera is not however...  If we're talking pop-music girls here.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Anybody find OTC at retail yet?
« on: August 29, 2004, 11:16 PM »
A Target I was at nearby me was pretty packed with the OTC Dagobah wave, and select repacks like Han Solo (I'd classify his OTC version as a pegwarmer at this point, as there's tons around  now and they are the same figs every time I'm in the stores).

They had Boba Fett, Greedo, Luke Jedi, TRD Vader, and Han's in abundance.

No Jawas, Tuskens, and no VOTC Yoda/Vader.  Those are what I'm die-hard searching for now, and they're just not to be found AT ALL around here. 

Missed the VMA's because of power outages, but caught this tool and Scott Evil on the Graham Norton Effect.  He's a doofus.  The only claim to fame he could muster up was his Scooby Doo role, which nobody should be that proud of.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: August 29, 2004, 11:00 PM »
I'll add Natalie Portman, but with an explanation...

I don't see why people go Ga-Ga over her.  She's cute, I admit, but she's not the end-all, be-all of womanhood.  She's just cute.  I've seen better at clubs on a weekly basis than her, so I can't see all the fandamonium.

I've never seen anyone list Carrot-Top in a "hot" thread anyway, but I have to admit that the dude's ripped.  I wouldn't tell him he's ugly to his face.  Years of looking like that, but with his size, have probably made him quite capable of kicking the ever loving **** out of any one of us.

I saw him once in Pittsburgh just eating his lunch at Station Square (where the only comedy club at the time is/was), and he actually was quite normal.  Keeps his hair pulled back and stuff. 

Anyway, I agree on Paris Hilton.  She's a double-bagger but I'd probably still do my business if the chance arose.  The face is where I think she's off.

Same with Sarah Jessica Parker (BTW she's my good buddy's second cousin, which is your useless fact of the week, brought to you by me).

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 29, 2004, 08:11 PM »
A bit of an update...

If you g uys are looking for deals, get thee to TRU now.

Select BBI stuff's 50% off, as is most of the left-over 21st Century Product like Command Cars.  I'd take a Command Car or two or three for $12.  LAV's, dirtbikes, and Buggy's are all clearanced for BBI. 

I wish the helo's would...  They're about all that's left here.

Playsets from 21st are 50% off now too, so Fountain's are $10 about.  Not bad at that price.

If anyone has a wide selection available at THEIR TRU, by all means give me a hollar because mine are all cleared out.  I'd like to nab some stuff if someone's willing to help though,  namely a Command Car or two, and an LAV or two.

Just give me a hollar!


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