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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:39 PM »
Is the Han really that decent though Nick?  It's looked really bad in images I've seen.

This is the first posts I've noticed of anyone finding this set...  I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.  Still unsure about buying it but if the Han's decent enough I'd bite.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Silver Sandtrooper!
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:38 PM »
I'm actually hoping to get this guy...  I have a complete set of Silver figures right now, and I really would like to keep that going.

It's one of the only carded things I own or even want to own.  I'm perplexed why a Stormtrooper wasn't done first, but whatever.  Sandtroopoer's ok too.  

I hope this guy's not tough to get...  So far the Vader's been the only one to go that route.  

As a set they look actually decent...  Unique...  A 3PO and Stormie wouldn't turn me off though, and a red vac-metalized (POTF2 sculpt?) Royal Guard would be neat in a way too.

I hope they don't do flesh characters though.  That'd look bad methinks.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hasbro Jedi Points Survey - Did U Get One?
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:35 PM »
I'm holding them, irregardless.  

I hope they come to be useful...  I'm not going to count on it but I hope.

Mail-away exclusives are one of the biggest things I miss about this line.  G.I. Joe has so many Fan Club exclusives and things, it's great for those who collect hard-core in that line.  I wish we'd have that kind of attention here as well.

I'm curious, really, h ow this line's going to go after E3.  I can take or leave it...  I'll just go on customizing, so I wn't be broken-hearted when/if it stops production right away.  I'm curious if Hasbro has the foresight to go really collector-oriented though, or what effect a TV series may have.

You'd think in an upcoming film year they'd do an exclusive mail-away...  It's coming up on the seemingly last chance to do so in a truly "profitable" fashion (By Hasbro's opinion of what they think will yield them the maximum benefit anyway).  I'd argue it could work for them in non-movie years too though.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Designed by You...
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:31 PM »
If I were running the show?

I'd reuse parts where it were logical...

If I re-released a Gammorean, for instance, I'd release him with a new skirt piece, maybe a new head (removable hat), and new arms...  The rest would be original.

If I re-released Han it'd be down the road and it'd be the VOTC Han, which looks far superior IMO.  If I were to re-release ANY Han now though I'd have sent out the POTJ Bespin Capture Solo, all posed like he's firing on Vader.  Great figure.

But, if I were to run the line as I saw fit....

-Increased articulation...  Across the board, we'd see heavier use of the ball/socket joints at the elbows, knees, shouolders, and at times at the hip sockets as well.  If a figure didn't have ankle ball/socket joints he'd have boot cuts at least.

-Army Builders would see release as individual single figures, with super articulation, and then they'd see 3-pack releases reusing the body completely with 2 new heads and the original headsculpt packed into a single set.

-If demand is there, they'd see further release in online 4-packs.

"bland" figures like Senators, etc., would see cut back production and articulation, and if the demand remained a figure would be repacked later and that would be TOLD to collectors prior so they don't go ga-ga thinking it's a short-pack.

-Exclusives would be used to promote the line...  Buy so much, send us the receipt and UPC's and you get a Jabba's Dais with new Salicious Crumb figure.  Buy so much and you get a little set of unique accessries (Thermal Detonators, maybe some EU ones, a holographic Vader, perhaps stands).

-Playsets would be incorporated into the Screen Scene line, and priced at $15-$30 depending on the set.  $30 for a vintage Dagobah Hutt though?  I'd be all for that.

-Soft Goods versions of figures would possibly be running variations with sculpted versions.  A Han Endor with a soft-goods coat is replaced with a Han Endor with a cloth coat...  Supply would be increased based on demand.

-The OTC card design will be a standard after E3's run would be finished.  

-EU figures would be mixed into their own wave at some point in the year, and they'd include "main characters" to entice kids but also they'd include background EU for the collectors.

-No figure's production run would end...  Evaluation for demand would be answered if the demand is there.  Ephant Mon-esque situations wouldn't happen.

-Exclusives would no longer be handled by Hasbro direct...  Pack-ins would be ofo the same quality as carded figures.

-Action features would ONLY be put into figures if it didn't hinder the articulation/aesthetics.  They'd have to be self-contained (which ironically these are the ones that work the best most often).  

These are just general things I'd change with the line being as it is...  I'd be setting the line up totally different than it is myself if there were total control.  It could really be a performer in 2 markets if you wanted it to be.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: $1.00 basic figures = K-Mart
« on: May 21, 2004, 05:18 PM »
A great deal for you BB.

I've not had the fortune of finding anything good at K-Mart pretty much since Saga was initiated.

POTJ on the other hand, I found EVERY SINGLE WAVE at least once there.  That store, a mere 5 minute drive away, was the only stop I needed.  Even at $1 more for figures for most of the line, I still got my figures there.

They had the RFT wave there multiple times, the Bo Shek Wave some, everything...  The only time things backed up was at X-Mas, because K-Mart's ordering is so piss poor.

Now though...

My K-Mart's a wall of Zam "That's a man baby!" Wessel.  We DO have some new-ish Jedi figures though ironically, but nothing's $1.  $3 though but I think that's only Zam and arguing with the CSR desk is a pain.  I've tried to do so for price matches and they act like it's gonna break them.

I gotta hop up there just to see what's doin' with these clearances. :)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 21, 2004, 11:39 AM »
What I'll never understand about Hasbro and softgoods is that they MADE awesome softgoods on a Jedi's robes already.  Total Control Mace Windu.  

That guy's robe even has a pattern to it that matches the way his arms were sculpted.

The fabric hangs very well, and even catches wind in a fan to look like he's got a breeze blowing his coat around.

Why they choose to not use that knit fabric all the time is beyond me.  It doesn't need sewn at the edges, it has stretch to it, it hangs off the figure better than any fabric I've ever seen.

Go with that, ya know?  

I've been searching for that type of fabric high and low in my area just to sew up my own robes for some other Jedi figures.  Carry Old Mace in my pocket for reference, but I've been having a tough time finding the right match.

I'd think Hasbro would be able to do this irregardless though.   It'd look great on all figures I think.  Yoda's coat almost looks like this is what they used even.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:57 AM »
Wes?

Come on, there's gotta be a level of "fun" for you being his step-dad.

Like "Go replicate me a beer you geek".

Catch him crying about his dead Starfleet father and tell him real Starfleet officer's don't cry...  Quit being a ninny you space-nerd.

Have Worf smack him around or something...  

Tell him "Wesley...  I am your father...  That was just some guy your mother shacked up with while I was off civilizing alien cultures filled with humanoid, hot, naked, oddly colored females.  Bite me you geek...  You're a disappointing son!"

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:38 AM »
I was thinking of that too, but doubting it happens personally.  

The thought of a Super R2 is great though.  :)

On the figures, it sounds like they don't ALL have ALL the articulation points of a "SA" figure.  Leia seems to have only one wrist from how things are worded, but nonetheless it's the nicest Leia ever...  Really a nice figure.

I'm just imaginging that R2 will be a poseable, plain, clean R2.  nothing more.  :(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:14 AM »
See I can't stand Troi.

I've seen some "less clothed" shots of Troi and I just wasn't doing backflips.  Crusher's got the red hair kickin' though, the eyes...  She's got all the body Troi had, and on top of it she's got experience with age.

Terry Farrel beats both of them though.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 20, 2004, 11:37 PM »
These Premium/Vintage OTC (aka vOTC) are a thing of beauty.

I am glad that the basic OTC sucks, because instead of buying all those repacks, I'll be saving up the cash to shell out for 2x each of these 12 masterpieces.  I'd much rather spend $240 to get 24 of these figures than $240 on 48 recarded/rehashed figures.

You can say that again Jeff...  I'm jonesin' for 2 sets of these as well, and more of at least some of them...  Even at $10 they're the best figures ever for this line.

I hope, once again, that these see a wider release for cheaper prices later down the line.  I also hope this opens some doors (and eyes) that these kinds of figures are doable in this scale and with normal "standard" packaging they're doable for fair prices.

Give me more figures like these please.  They're damn near perfect IMO.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:44 PM »
I don't feel I am the exception actually...  I hear the same complaint uttered over and over.  My brother collects this line die-hard (I pick up one here and there), and he's got the same gripe about how they execute a great figure but stick a crappy head on it.

The Gondorian Ranger and Rohan soldier are the 2 most noteable I can think of off-hand though, but I've heard a new Rohan Sooldier's in the works?  I'd be happy to see that...  Hell, just seeing the old one with hopes of customizing it would make lots of people happy.

Beyond that, the only gripe about Army Buliders has been a lack of them shipping.  They're not always easy to come by I've noticed, though some are reshipping like the Uruk Hai Crossbowman, which is a great figure.

I do look at things closely, but my gripe's one that I'm hearing a lot...  And at the same time it may be something that the company's trying to alleviate too if that 2nd Rohan rider's to come about.  

Beyond that I think this line's great, even with action features sometimes.  I mean, my Uruk Hai Crossbowman's feature sorta works even.  Can't complain there.

The one MAJOR gripe I have with the line is the scale, only because i too agree that I dislike 6" as far as displaying.  The price drop's helped with even buying the random figure though.  I'd like to have seen this line done in 3.75" though...  To me you'd have been better off with the grand scale of the films.  Play environments and large beasts just aren't feasible all the time in the scale it's currently in, whereas a 3.75"/1:18 line would've yielded a Balrog long ago, and the possibility of many other creatures and sets like a Helm's Deep even.

The little AoME line doesn't make up the differenence either.  It's really sad in comparison.  

Beyond that, I don't see many gripes about the line...  No substantial ones really anyway.  The odd "This sculpt sucks" leaks out though, and some of their repacking seems questionable.  That's all toy lines anymore though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:35 PM »
This is my lil Sci-Fi Monkey...



Always had a thing for Good Ole Dr. Crusher.

She was so hotter than Troi...  With her bigger than a midget's fist "accents" on her breasts.  Absurd.

No, no, no...  Dr. Crusher all the way.  I've always been curious about the truth of that hair color since I was a young lad first seeing her on ST:TNG.   8)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:26 PM »
I'm off to Rush on Memorial Day I think it is...  My friend's a huge Rush nut, and insists we all go, so I'm always up for seeing ONE concert a season.

Honestly, Concerts aren't my thing though...  I'd sooner listen to a CD than stand around an entire evening trying to see some pin-head sized people on a stage hundreds of yards away, listening to people scream, yell, and watching the most challenged individuals I'll ever see annoy me while they "have a good time".

I'll have fun at the concert, I'll drink and have fun being with my friends, but I find they're just not things I would push to partake in.  I'd be just as content to listen to rush on my buddy's sound system at his place while we all get together to BBQ.  

I may be in the minority there, but that's me.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Anakin in ROTJ now Hayden???
« on: May 19, 2004, 02:48 PM »
RnQR's saying the Greedo scene's likely to have been changed...  I only can hope that and Luke's ninny scream are fixed.  They're the only 2 things that really irked me.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Anakin in ROTJ now Hayden???
« on: May 19, 2004, 02:26 AM »
RnQR I think tossed out the idea that you die as the Jedi you last were, or something to that effect.

I dunno...  It's a tie-in, but I kind of liked the old Anakin too...

Then again, this isn't exactly something to get in a twist over either like the Han/Greedo thing or Luke's sissy scream.

I'm torn...  The debate over what to add or change to the classic trilogy is an old one for sure.  I'd personally welcome:

-Updated graphics on computer readouts/targeting displays in ships.
-Updated battles (ALL Major battles) to have more ships, troops, etc...  Like Hoth I could envision lines of infantry running with the AT-AT's, or the EU concept of speederbikes.  Some extra AT-ST's flanking the AT-AT's would be nice...  I don't want the existing stop-motion work messed with though.  It's CLASSIC and perfect if you ask me.  They just need some filler.

I'd take Ewoks too...  Add some Ewoks, change up the battle some.  

And in the space battle of Endor, add Rebel ships...  maybe (if he had some sense) tap the EU and stick an Imperial Interdictor Cruiser in there "holding" the Rebel Fleet there...  It serves a purpose and you can easily show it being blown to pieces in a background shot.  Some extra Reb ships would make it more balanced and climactic though.

I'd not mind seeing some Senate sequences intercut with ANH to show it being dissolved...  Or editing in a Holographic EMperor into the conversation where Vader Chokes out Motti like a b!tch.

If these are done RIGHT, they'd be great IMO.

I'd do what I could to enhance saber battles too...  Not over-do it, just do some small things to make them jive slightly more with the faster pace of the prequals.

And of course, edit BACK the Greedo scene, Luke's scream is deleted, touch up the Vader arrival in ESB so it's cleaner/more unique, and I'd add in a couple deleted scenes in their entirety AT LEAST on the bonus disc.

The Anchorhead sequence with Biggs, the Imperials/Wampas on Hoth, the Rebs/Wampas on Hoth, Jerjerrod/Vader/RG's on the DS2, and the Sandstorm farewell on Tatooine would all be things I'd like in their entirety.

Some expanded stuff on Jabba's Barge like the fight 3PO breaks up would be nice, and I'd not mind them adding the finished sequence of the Scout/Rebel disguised and Han/Troopers running gunfight DOWN the Corridor to the reactor.  Those are things that expand the time, and give you a better sense of how lng things take.

I'd really want a truly ULTIMATE DVD set.  It'd be putting to shame even the best that the LOTR trilogy would have to offer.

Alas, they appear to be working much harder on their DVD release(s).  :(

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