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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Mara Jade
« on: March 1, 2005, 12:27 PM »
I was keeping up with the topic too Paul, thanks for sharing the finished figure.

It's a better head using the Jinx figure I think...  Much more true to the MOTS box cover.  I'm still not sold on the torso though really, only because I think the Star Wars line lends itself better to the overall "look".

I think a torso like Droid Factory Padme's perhaps would've worked better maybe?  I wasn't a big fan of the Joe torso idea ever...  Joes are only good for accessories and heads I've found, though you did blend the lower leg with the Han Cantina upper legs quite well.

As a secondary choice, and I think you used this on your previous attempt, I think the Aura Sing body's superior to grafting a Joe torso as well.

I think the smaller Jinx head would've set better on a smaller SW figure torso then too, and it could've been grafted to the Han legs to make a curvy woman's figure. 

The accuracy of the figure seems pretty good though overall...  The paintjob seems pretty good too, keeping true to the character on the box, though the skin seems pale.  Easily could be the camera flash though.

My only other suggestion beyond the torso was perhaps trying to use the Luke Ceremonial jacket over Hoth Leia's...  Leia's is a bit small, kind of untrue to the look on the box, but the Luke's is the exact style.  I don't know if the "exagerrated" chest on the Luke figure (and subsequently his coat) would have benefited fitting her, ummm, "attributes", haha. :)

Good work Paul!  She needs a Dark Kyle to fight now though! 

I don't see many MOTS Mara's ever surface with her purple saber.  To me, the purple saber was her trademark more than the Luke saber really...  It gave her some distinction.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 2 Figures
« on: February 28, 2005, 06:58 PM »
yeah, that robe idea's probably one of the better ones Hasbro has tried, so long as it doesn't look odd in person.  It seems cool by all photos seen, so I'm digging it.

A nice answer to the Hasbro inability to make a good cloth Robe.

The irony there is that Hasbro CAN do good cloth robes, they just needed better fabric.  If anyone here got the "Total Control" Mace Windu figure, they know there's a fabric out there that hangs JUST right.  Hasbro never sought to use that fabric on a sewn, removable robe though.  It would've worked perfectly though...  If I could find that exact fabric I'd be sewing up my own Jedi Robes constantly for all these figures that need a good cloth robe.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 2 Figures
« on: February 28, 2005, 05:17 PM »
So Mas Ameda is the Star Wars Gene Simmons?

I wonder if he markets himself on all kinds of merchandise...  Mas Ameda T-Shirts, Mas Ameda Keychains, etc...  Eh, guess not since Lucas would sue him.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 2005 Academy Awards
« on: February 28, 2005, 02:38 PM »
That crap went on last night?

Huh, how about that...

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: February 28, 2005, 02:35 PM »
That's a cool one Dale...

Having seen that now though, I'm thoroughly unimpressed with Hasbro's toy.  That is something I'm officially passing on till clearance.  They did a horrid job.

I love that Lucas must've liked the ARCs enough to carry them over to film on some level...  He calls them Commanders, but I already am just assimilating the EU to the films.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vader's TIE / TIE Bomber Question...
« on: February 28, 2005, 02:28 PM »
N/P Muftak...  My TIE's are all in a pile at the moment on a shelf.  Those that can be, dismantled.  I wound up with a mini fleet of bombers with nowhere to put them all till I get some good shelving going.  That, I fear, will be quite some time.

Modern Trading / Re: Need Jerriko - Have VOTC Yoda/Lando - Feb 25
« on: February 27, 2005, 02:58 AM »
Hey Ook,

I have 3 POTJ Fleet Troopers (at least my list I'm looking at does though I am pretty sure it's current) if you're interested.  I'd just want to recoop my cost on them of course.

Send me a PM if you'd be interested,


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: February 27, 2005, 02:50 AM »
The Feltipern's a nice one because his first version had the gun all warped.  Easily fixed, but still I hate warped weapons because of the shoddy plastic Hasbro uses...

Oh yeah, and I am very pleased I don't piss with carded figures...  I'd just be irritated beyond belief.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vader's TIE / TIE Bomber Question...
« on: February 27, 2005, 02:46 AM »
They're almost identical in width Muftak... 

The wings aren't exactly the same, but the only differences is in how they mount to the ship (Vader's come off, the Bombers are premanent unless you took it apart).  The height/length is identical to the TIE Bomber, width is identical just by eyeballing but a slight discrepency could be there...  If it is, it's so slight you can't see it.

I'm maxed at 21 it seems.  These just aren't showing up anymore here sadly.  My 21st I got at a KB and it seemed as though it possibly had been there a while on top of that so I'm not even counting it as a recently put out figure.

Felt bad paying the mark-up but I bit the bullet on that one.

Be nice to nab more at the better $9-$10 price or (yeah right) WM clearance prices.  WM made short work of all its VOTC.  Even the first level of clearances to $7 pretty much wiped all VOTC out around here.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 26, 2005, 10:02 AM »
I'd expect that not to change actually.  21st is a very good company...  Pretty adept at taking a 1:6 head and just scaling it down for 1:18 too.  Dragon does a similar process when they whip up 1:18 figures (as rare as that is).

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Autograph Guest List C3
« on: February 26, 2005, 08:57 AM »
Some guy in a Star Wars costume actually had the cajones to threaten people?

Hmmm, I wonder if anyone knows just who this king of douchebaggery actually is/was...  Ya know, just incase ya bump into him and wanna laugh your ass off in his face for even thinking of saying something that absolutely asinine.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Autograph Guest List C3
« on: February 26, 2005, 03:50 AM »
Here's something I'm glad I don't get into too much...

I've always dug getting the "Imperials" and "Rebels" autographs...  Pilots, officers...  never jumped into main characters really beyond getting Prowse to sign (and hoping to get JEJ to sign the same image some day).  Beyond that though, the whole autograph thing is a crock to me on some level...

Celebration seems to make it extra tough to get too excited over as well, between horrific stories about lines and then the cost is higher than regular cons.

The only name I really wouldn't mind having is Bulloch to sign a Fett and Imp. Officer picture, as well as perhaps Baker signing something but still the whole thing just sours me on autographs.

I'll wait for these people to come back through Pittsburgh at Comic Con here instead maybe...  Lot of those names have made appearances here (most actually) already.  Pissing around with that would just annoy me at C3 I think.

Power of the Jedi / Re: favorite POTJ figure
« on: February 26, 2005, 01:22 AM »
The POTJ line-up was filled with great figures...  Some of my tops are:

-R4 droid (the green/white droid)
-FX-7 (best droid ever still I think)
-Jek Porkins
-Bacta Luke
-Bespin Guard (one of the best army builders ever)
-Teebo (Best Ewok ever)
-Mon Cal Officer/Crewman (Great generic army builder)
-K-3PO (Nice repaint, and needed, just needed a hideable damage feature)
-Sandtrooper (again, great army builder short of wrist articulation)
-Tessek (One of the best Jabba's Palace aliens still)

Hell, I even liked the EU guys like Snowbi Wan, and Qui Gon/Obi-Wan Jedi Training Gear figures.  The Mauls were just stale though.

And unfortunately POTJ was a sign of things to come with static poses...  Eeth Sloth was a great sculpt but an attrocious figure, and Bespin Leia, Bespin Lando, and DS Escape Han all exemplified figures that were nothing more than a statue you couldn't use outside of its one pose.  Those sucked to me for their static poses.

However, my favorite figure from POTJ was easily the...

Imperial Officer!

While I think it's been fairly well widdled down that these guys are actually gunnery crewman (IE: Gunners without the helmets like we're used to) after some photo evidence from ANH (or they could be pilots at rest too), the figure was nonetheless an incredible army builder.

Fairly generic, fairly plentiful (could've stood being moreso though, given that he was always the first to sell-out from the later waves he shipped in), and fairly poseable, he was a great figure overall for filling in any Imperial diorama.

The saga headsculpts just added to his coolness then, but he was a must have in multiples for me.  I still pick any of them up if I find them for $5 or less.  Just got a pile of all 3 head variants not long ago from someone at Scum actually.

The Imp. Officer gets my nod, though all the figures I listed were fantastic and hold up well even against the VOTC quality we're seeing now...  Let's just hope that new and better level of quality carries over to future waves of classic figures then though.  Even though POTJ was cool, VOTC showed just how much better things can be.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 26, 2005, 01:07 AM »
The license to Skycaptain's weird to me too...  I guess the company, as I understand it, that was trying to license that film just asked them to whip a plane up in the film's deco...  Since they had a P-40 (it's not a Mustang btw, different planes) tooled and all already...

To me, it's odd, but they're getting some recognition for it...  The fact they're delving into licensing is a good sign for the company.  They've done licensing before, but generally it was something along the lines of "Dodge" selling them the license to do the Dodge Command Car, or Cargo truck from WW2...  Stuff like that. 

Their first big license was getting the Patton family rights to do George Patton items, which was surprisingly expensive.  21st is really showing that they have rebounded though, even though I've argued they have expenses and overhead that most likely surpasses large companies like Hasbro in how they must plan financially...  Plus now licensing fees.  If what I heard is right, the Platoon license wasn't anything short of pricey, even for a large company, what with acquiring the actor's likenesses and the film's rights and such.  That's a lotta bigname people who are making appearances in plastic (incredible likenesses too, just outstanding!), including Johnny Depp, Tom(d?) Berrenger, and Charlie Sheen...  Not to mention Willam Defoe.  I guess there's 6 more of the actors to come too maybe?  I dunno.

They really picked their **** up after the last couple years where financial troubles plagued them.

To me the Bridge Too Far line may be the most interesting.  :)  That's an old film...

On the note of Skycaptain, and its disappointment, the movie Sahara is also under 21st's licensing rights...  The one kid from "That Thing You Do" (The funny blonde guy) and Matthew McConnahey (sp?) are the only two getting figures I guess and they're really only gonna repaint a couple of their current vehicles and include the figures as pack-ins.  I think a stand-alone figure line would've been more impressive.  Sucks they didn't push that movie with more figures I think.

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