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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC C-3PO
« on: July 22, 2004, 03:47 PM »
I agree, it's irritating.  A removable limbs figure would've been neat...  It IS possible to do articulation on these style figures though.  I at least would've enjoyed knees.  And with howo the knee is designed on the costume, it would've been possible with some ingenuity to do it hidden underneath the can-shaped knee.

The R2 and 3PO both are less "amazing" than the other figures in the line.  Even Old Ben who, I thought, was the suckiest.

Again, I feel it's packaging that's costing, not the figures, but still these figures aren't anything impressive beyond 3PO's nice sculpt.  R2's not even really that impressive as far as sculpt goes though either.  Tough to improve on what they've done with astromechs as it stands.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: July 22, 2004, 03:21 PM »
Someone around here may be able to help you out Keldor.  I can keep my eyes peeled for you anyway.  

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 22, 2004, 03:20 PM »
I'm really all for more VOTC, but I'd like new figures like Jeff pointed out.  Something that actually ADDS to Vintage in some way, at least in a card...  Some new figures, and maybe mixed with some old-school remakes too, but at least a FEW new figs.

ANH:

-Fleet Trooper
-Tarkin
-Wedge
-Sandtrooper

ESB:

-Rebel FootSoldier (Not Vinty styled card, something new)
-General Veers (Include his armor/helmet as an accessory, but make it a carded Veers in officer uniform version)
-Snowspeeder Pilot (generic, or Dak)
-Imperial Snowtrooper

ROTJ

-Han Trench Coat
-Leia Poncho
-Luke Poncho & removable Jedi Vest (ultimate Luke)
-Emperor

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: No! I changed my mind!
« on: July 22, 2004, 03:09 PM »
The thing is, the more they make of a figure, the more the fixed costs (mold toolings in this case) depriciate over time...  They can keep cranking out Han Cantina but it's not affecting what it cost them to do Han VOTC, PLUS, and this is a biggie...

How many more Cantina Han's are you going to sell?  At some point the figure does become an outdated resource.  Only something "new" is going to sell...  This is a varying concept with certain figures, but it's pretty solid with the Han.

On a Stormtrooper, CT's are gonna sell still, but at some point I'd think you'll alienate your market even, and sales may drop off.  A VOTC's going to sell better, and costs are only going to depreciate.

They really have the control when you think about it...  I wholely believe they see this though, and will someday at least re-release some of these figures.

Also, the more parts doesn't really cost more...  You're into just raw plastic totals used (very minimal) and even with more parts it's not cost effective for Hasbro to mold a "simpler" figure in any way other than final construction.  Costs saved is minimal at that point.  Negligible really due to the simplicity of construction.

Not to mention, modern figures are single-piece torsoes, and cheaper plastic...  Even VOTC.  Cantina Han's a multi-piece torso (both upper and lower), with a more complex construction system.  

Again though, the costs at this point are negligible.

The "cost" for these VOTC's carding and packaging.  That's the short-term variable costs since it's a limited run.  It's pretty elaborate too, even when compared to other action figure lines with similar types of elaborate packaging.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: No! I changed my mind!
« on: July 22, 2004, 02:06 PM »
No doubt there...  I want 100's, but will be appreciative of having even 3 I think.  I'm setting a goal of 5 at the $10 pricepoint.

That's $50 alone...  Yeesh.

Anyone wanna take bets on whether Hasbro makes these available at a good price or not?

There's a real gamble.   :o

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Toy Reviews / Re: NEW JediDefender.com Review: "Bar2-D2"
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:44 PM »
Cool, but could use some additional "stuff" for a VOTC.  It's the more disappointing figure of the bunch I've felt Dave.  At least comparable to 3PO.

I'm less than pleased with the droids from the wave...  :(  At least everyone else is looking great.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:41 PM »
Funnier every time I see it.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: No! I changed my mind!
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:35 PM »
See my post in the VOTC thread...

Even at $10 I'm buying at least a few extras if I see them.  I'll just have to hope I can build a 100+ army like the CT army...  

I'm still going to make a hand/gun set for my CT's though and fix them up special too.  I just want these new ones for EVERY pose possible.

Hasbro, if you're reading, you can have my $...  Just make these available at some time for $5 a piece (or less in big army builder sets).

A neat idea would be a set of 6 figures like their Cobra set...  5 Stormtroopers, maybe a black tuniced officer, and maybe 1 of the Stormies with a white pauldron and the other 4 with black or something.

THAT would kick ass.  Unlikely to EVER happen, but it would be so nice.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:24 PM »
I think most would agree with you on the R2, Force Guy.  Very bland...  Include damn near every tool and a pop-up sabre, and I think people would've been impressed by it.

The Stormie's my favorite, easily.

On the Fett, I disagree with you though...  I think the detailing's amazing, and the proportions look right to me...  I think the camera angles are tugh to judge him by entirely.  The hose to his right gauntlet's awesome.

I think with his cape, scalps, and rangefinder we'll be more impressed.  He's incomplete looking right now, and with good reason I guess since he is incomplete.

Chewie is great...  Anyone else hoping for a removable bandoleir for customs?  Looks like it might be a separate accessory to me.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Madine and General Lando...
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:17 PM »
I got Saga extras from a case that Paul Mundheim here traded to me...  Felt lucky to have them (Thanks again Paul).

I'm hping to get a 2nd set and some extras of Madine and Han as well on the OTC card.  The Madine is, without a doubt, one of the better figures in the Saga line.

Lando and Han tie for the weaker figure of the wave, but they're still good.  Lando's left arm's disappoionting though, and paintjob sucks.  Great holster and blaster though.

Han's neat as an army builder if you do headswaps...  The molded-in communicator sort of bites though.

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I'm a big FPS gamer too Jasper...

This is shaping up to be nice, if not a bit odd compared to what we know of the Clones and such.

The view's goiong to be weird though.  i can't get past the view....  Realistic, but I just hope I adjust to it.

Should be fun, but I STILL want a tactical FPS game based in the classic trilogy...

After a new flight sim in the classic or post ROTJ era that is!  :)

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Newbies / Re: Greetings JD Citizens!
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:12 AM »
A welcome from me too...  Enjoy the place as much as we all do.

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Newbies / Re: Hi Everyone
« on: July 22, 2004, 01:11 AM »
Velcome

I've seen Keldor nicks before, and now I know where they come from I guess.  (I wasn't a He-Man fan if you can't tell).

Have fun, roam around, talk to people, join in conversations...  Have a good one here.

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George Lucas raped me in his own Abu Gharib prison.

Steven Speilberg pointed at me as they put a bag on my head and made me stand around nude.

Is this Freedom LFL?

IS IT!?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:45 AM »
Busy busy day...  Even without the site up.  :)

It's been fun seeing around the net all the people talking about it...  There's a handful of folks who are, for some reason, taking a nutty over the article and the images as if it smehow offended them...

The cries of "Fake Fake Fake!" in one particular place had me laughing my ass off for a while.

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