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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: August 19, 2004, 01:13 AM »
So, I caught that when it was first posted, and I still don't get it.  That's just someone taping two kids as they play Doom 3?  Or what?

And with that...  Who, when playing a video game, screams?  What kind of sissy would do that?

BTW I nominate Durge/Greg(g) or Peep Admiral/Darth Cyrax (A GH member, but worthy of the nod) as the culprits.  Or any mix of the above. :)  I could think of a couple ninny's from some other site's though *cough*lurking dorks*cough*

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Celebrity Mug Shot
« on: August 18, 2004, 07:08 PM »
Wait?  Did someone get served?

Dance off!

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 18, 2004, 06:27 PM »
OK, well, here's my take on things:

21st Cent. Modern Figures

First, the sculpts on these figures are a mix of really detailed/nicely done, all the way down to what I can only categorize as some of the sloppiest work 21st's done ever.

The figures sport "skirt pieces", which are all nice and these are the first 21st figures to do so other than the Battle of the Bulge, but they're not "opened" at the sides or center to allow greater range of motion like the BotB figures are.

The headsculpts are very animated on the two Afghani looking guys.  That's a shame because the one with a little Afghani hat has a removable hat and would be a goood army builder if he didn't have the animated face.

The British guy looks the best to me personally.  Best articulation, sculpt, and overall quality.

The Spec. Forces, again, I can confirm sucks in every way except his arm articulation and hat.  Very  poor figure really.

The weapons in all the packages are bent horribly.  It appears someone at 21st must moonlight at Hasbro on this.  The plastic's cheap looking, feeling, and it has ruined the weapons (a shame since they're all  new). 

The U.S. and British fellow have removable stocking caps, which is cool...  And one Eastern Warrior has a removable hat that is commonly seen worn by the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Very cool!

In short, had the head sculpts, leg articulation (both style and sculpt) and weapons been better, these figures would all be winners.  Had they been changed in these ways, they'd be as good as the BotB figures actually.

Eversparkle Playset (Eversparkle's such a truly stupid name)

In short, for $15 you really can't ask for a ton more.  :)

You get 8 figures with 4 unique headsculpts (2 unique black men...  One seemingly older than the other, and 2 unique white men, one younger and one with a mustache and seemingly older), which while they're not BBI or 21st level of detail they're good generic headsculpts.  Customs Ahoy!

There's a plethora of gear, and it's all relatively undetailed though passable.  Especially the tri-pod machine guns and mortar.  The mortar's actually having poseable bases and bi-pod legs.  Very realistic. 

There's 3 sizes of crates and boxes which have removable lids and fit some of the ordinance inside.  Very cool.  Detailed and would look good with a paintjob.

Lots of the other little gear pieces like grenades, pistols, binoculars, clips, pouches, etc., are all molded with a peg on them like 21st figure's gear is, with the intent of it fitting on a figure's holes on their belt area/legs.  Their tiny accessries are kind of disappointing.

There's knee pads and nightvision goggles that have working straps, but they're a pain to get on and awkward when you do.  Far inferior to BBI's efforts in this area.

There's a 3-piece brick wall that frm the front looks neat, but from the back is "hollow" so it is a tad disappointing.  I'm thinking of filling the back in with epoxy and giving it a good paintjob.  It'll shine then!

There's stacks of sandbags that are similar in nature to the wall, and disappointing looking from the back.

There's 2 3-piece tables you build and they look nice within the building.  Again, a paintjob is needed.

There are 2 rocket launchers that look like German Panzeerschrek's, and they come with 4 long missles for them which look neat.  Not the greatest rocket launcher, but the rockets make a  neat modern accessory.  BTW the mortars (there's 2) have little mortar shells too!

There are 2 nice M-16 rifles, 2 rifles I can't identify, and 2 sniper rifles with molded-on bi-pods.  The sniper rifles are very nice and I'm replacing my BBI rifles with these.

The M-16's will flesh out some army builder BBI figures too.

The playset itself is really great.

If you have mutliples of these sets, you really are only limited by the # of pieces you have from the # of sets you have.  There's several different wall sculpts, colors, and "styles" included. 

The floors interlock nicely, and there's a pin piece that fills out an open locking hole on the floors.  Tough to explain, but it's neat.  The pins are in short supply though.  Really they should include twice the # of those that they give  you.

The pieces all go together nicely, and you can ALSO stack upward so if you're ambitious and wanted to make a large office building, all you need to do is buy lots of sets.

I've found one simply isn't enough myself...  I'm buying at least two more at some point.  I figure I can spare $30 for that.

So, in the end I'm pretty pleased.

Again, as with all the parts, the playset could use paint.  There's nice detail in the walls, and while they're a little "thin" they're nice.  I think there's sci-fi and military potential there, and with the right paint they can look good in multiple settings (Africa, Europe, possibly the pacific).

The problem with having one set is the # of different walls tend to contrast some.  That's not good, so you really may want mre just for consistency.  I'd love t contact Eversparkle and just get MORE of a SINGLE piece or couple pieces rather than buy a whole set.

Honestly I'd buy a box of just the playset pieces than the accessories and figures.

$5 or $10 would go far with that.

My opinion, nab it.  I'm nabbing at least 2 at some point, maybe more.  It's a great item...  Little toyish when completed, but I'm thinking paint and some fixing up will help it immensely.

The tabs that interlock will be the biggest eyesore.  No biggie there to me personally, and if I was making permanent buildings I'd even shave them off and cover them with some epoxy that's sanded flush or smething.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB Takes it in the Pooper
« on: August 18, 2004, 02:12 PM »
For the heater incident, and the fact your floor doesn't slope the right way, there's a sensor you can buy Scott, that lays on the ground, and when water touches it it sounds out a loud beeping...  It's kind of like a fire alarm.

My family's had the water heater incident a number of times ourselves when they just wear out, and where we live doesn't have a basement.  There's a furnace room off from the living room (because it's a flood zone and an old house).  So when the heater breaks it can flood the entire living room.   Needless to say the sensor's a must.  The same went for our washer which was decades old (seriously) and started leaking last year.  We got a sensor to know if it was overflowing...  Eventualaly just got a "new" damn washer, but the sensor helped.

Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: August 17, 2004, 06:14 PM »
I shoulda posted this a while ago, but I just today got my SDCC Package from Matt.  Of course it's packed with free stuff, it's packed with figures he went out of his way to get me, and...  on top of all this...

Matt's nt even pestering me to pay him.

Can't say enugh about how he helps out the SW community.  7 pages of good feedback should speak for itself.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 17, 2004, 06:06 PM »
Harley Euler's package arrived to me today...  The modular playset's pretty cool!

I'll do a bit more of a review when I can get it built.

Accessories are a mix of cool and "eh".  Figures are kinda poor but th e headsclupts (3 unique out of EIGHT, yes 8 figures).  A nice generic black guy, white guy, and older white guy with mustache.

I got Matt's SDCC package today too.  Haven't opened the modern figure set just yet...  Kinda hesitant to even.  These were limited editions and Matt got me like #64...  That's freakin' LOW.  I'm impressed.

Great day all around...  More when I get some time.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star
« on: August 17, 2004, 05:50 PM »

Yeah, that Tantive IV rocked harder than that hairdo there...

Well, I got a playset in the mail today.  A modular 1:18 "bombed building" you set up yurself in the order you want.  It's a knock off, came with 150 accessories, 8 figures (with removable helmets and super articulation), and you just slap it together.

Grand total:  $15.

It's a cheap knock-off toy of BBI's Elite Frce or 21st Cent. Toys XD figures, but it's really quite nice.  Hasbro really could do something similar, but better, and even in "sections" that they could price each section at $20 or less even.  Make each section interlocking (stackable, or interlock from either side), and you'd have an incredible ENDLESS modular Death Star.

Alas, this seems a bit too cmplex.  You can't tell me that, if it isn't overly complex in design, that they couldn't get that out for $20.  One figure pack-in, and even that I'd make either a straight repack like the CT Stormie, 4-pack Stormie, or something similar, or a cheap kitbash like a POTJ Officer with DST head.

Do different rooms over time, people will go nuts.

I still say the same methd could be used to make a to-scale Millenium Falcon that you build over time.  They release 2 pieces once...  Sell through thse then 2 more...  Then the cockpit's released and it snaps to the rest of it.

Voila, super Falcon.  To-Scale.  Adult collectors go ape**** with glee and hang it from their celing as the "ultimate" piece.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 17, 2004, 05:42 PM »
I'm still searching for Yoda and Vader.   :-\

Rest of the world isn't like Pitt on these.  THey're selling out here except for 2 to 3 straglers of the original wave.  And I too am now seeing Han mre than the others.  I'm unclear why unless he's seen a better shipment than Ben and Leia.

Love them, just worried about finding 5 stormtroopers, 2 fetts, 2 chewies, 2 Vaders, 2 Yodas, 2 Landos, and one of each of the others. 

The Original Trilogy / Fun with the Military!
« on: August 17, 2004, 02:18 AM »
So, I'm really into the military aspect of Star Wars...

Who else is?  Anyone else ever like doing anything fun with fan-fiction or sketching?  I've futzed around with making my own characters...  Designing my own structure to Imperial and Rebel ranks.  Like different troop types and stuff.

Anyone else into these extremely dorky things?  Has a habit such as mine ruined your dating life, and strengthened your right (or left, depending on what handed you are) hand to the point you can crush coal into steel?

Or are you really cool cuz your mom says so, just like mine tells me!  Yay!   ;)

So do you have fun with this as much as I do anyway?  It's probably THE reason I'm so into Force Commander and the X-Wing series of games.

Yeah...  Wow those are major pricedrops.

I kinda laugh at people who paniced on this one, ya know?  I talked to some comic-book guy at the local toy show during comic-con earlier this year, and he bragged about getting a set and claiming they cost him "$100" or so...  Went on abut how these would easily cost $500 for a set.

Guess not.

A personal note on these...

What's up with their A) Lips (if they have them, and namely Wuher), and B) the fact that everyone looks like they were cleaning out what must be the most plugged toilet in Mos Eisly?

I guess this answers the age-old SW question of: "What color is alien poop?"

It's all brown judging by Wuher.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 17, 2004, 02:11 AM »
Can't say much more than Jared did.

Very stupid, and I agree that the Stormie's gonna be short-packed.  You know it...  I know it...  The American People know it...

Hasbro:  Slappin' consumers in the face with their collective sack one figure at a time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: jjks = Home Schooled :mad:?
« on: August 16, 2004, 11:44 PM »
Oh no doubt...  You could do a classic Scum count down to those being mysteriously deleted.  Should take a screen capture of every page of that thread.

As far as the multiple aliases (I don't have any, for the record), I think it's more just older guys get bored and do it.  The younger guys that do it usually aren't funny.

Personally I got a kick out of home schooled, especially the squat Mace Windu avatar.  Something very "I need to take the short bus to home school" looking about it.  I found him interesting.

Found some of the other nics there that I've known to be other regulars to be funny.  The havoc's sometimes all that is/was interesting.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 16, 2004, 11:31 PM »
Some less than stellar reviews coming in on the "Modern Troops" exclusive SDCC 4-pack.  Not to worry Matt, I'm still happy to get them when they arrive! :)

BTW I'm gonna pay you...  Honest.   :-*  :-\

The whole wave, from what I'm hearing, is underwhelming in sculpt...  Articulation lacking on some.  I can first-hand confirm that the U.S. Spec. Forces guy (Donned in a kind of "Hunting Bin Laden" digs) does NOT have nice leg sculpt, or articulation.  It's like his articulation's too low...  Very strange.

That figure, at least, isn't one of their better sculpts, and from what I can see one of the Afghani guys looks similar.

The Royal Marine and other Afghani I'm hoping for good things on.  We'll see when I get ahold ofo them.

Evilchuk at GP's was giving a little review, and mentioning he has a lot of Eversparkle's interlocking playset.  Wonder what he thinks of those though?  I got one of those n the way too as I've noted.  Should be good news on that at least.

I'm still happy to get at least 2 half-decent looking figures from that modern set, including a freakin' middle-eastern guy.  I mean, if you asked me last year if we'd ever see Iraqi's or Afghani's, or a militant muslim looking guy I'd have said never in a million years.  Now look...  Go figure. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: August 16, 2004, 11:21 PM »
SW: night of the old republican 2 - Jango Pesic

Totally off-topic but I'm laughing my ass off at your sig.  That's rich. 

Sounds like a really funny documentary about Ronald Regan's space defense program.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Nataku's X-Wing Mechanic
« on: August 16, 2004, 11:09 PM »
That's funny Jeff.  Good use of some of the more complex fodder to use up.  Fat guys just rarely translate to good fodder.

The only thing I'd do is change up his pants to match...  maybe shave off that front thing (sash thingie) and make him wearing those big Joey Buttafuoco pants or something.   ;D  Dunno why but that makes me laugh out loud.

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