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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: June 1, 2004, 01:52 AM »
I like both...  I think they are the true "ultimate" versions of both figures, yet while I love the Leia figure I was slightly let down by the Ben.

The Ben's lack of knee articulation is VERY disappointing.  The only good there is at least he can still be seated in the Landspeeder.  He just can't be seated in a real chair...  That's highly disappointing that Hasbro would skimp that one little area...  That one little detail.

The cloak I can deal with, but then again I'm trying to make my own less puffy one too so I'm biased.

Hasbro's work with softgoods is attrocious at times, and I'll admit Ben's OUTER robe is definitely not that hot.  Why they use that thick fabric I'll never understand.

I reviewed Total Control Mace Windu here when I started...



I'm sure a lot of you guys never bought him, but he was a surprisingly fun figure...  Irregardless though, he had THE BEST type of fabric on a figure in this scale that I have ever seen/felt in person.  It's woven tightly, it doesn't require stitching at the edges, it is THIN, it hangs well and even folds up some...

It's simply great.  Hasbro should be using it exclusively for sftgoods in this scale, yet they've never used it since.   >:(  Really pisses me off, honestly.  They've acheived "perfection" but refuse to repeat it.

So Ben's not bad but could be better...  Leia, to me, is as good as it's gonna get.  

They're skimping on articulation still, which sucks, but they're still making some pretty good figures.

To me the Leia's one of the most needed because I don't think an ANH Leia (arguably one of her most iconic outfits) hasn't got a "good" figure yet.  That looks perfect to me.  Still I see how a softgoods hood would really have done great!

I'm anxious to see all the others.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: TRU Endor 4 Pack
« on: May 30, 2004, 04:34 AM »
Yeah, how about that one...

I set my sites REALLY low on this set, I honestly did, and yet Hasbro still undercut me.

I suggest Saga Endor Han and they deliver POTF2 Endor Han...

I suggest POTJ Biker Scout, and they dish out POTF2 scout.

I mean...  Wow Hasbro!  You caused me to lose $5 tonight...  I lost my bet that you AREN'T 100% retarded in your marketing department.

I mean, honestly...  I gave them the benefit of the doubt and look what happens.   >:(  I'm usually the guy everyone thinks is TOO hard on them, and see what I get?  Give 'em an inch and they take a mile.  

I feel...  oddly betrayed here.

Oh well, it's their toy line's funeral...  I'm just here to remind them how nice things could've been.   :D

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Non-Spirit Obi-Wan
« on: May 27, 2004, 01:49 AM »
I was just gonna say, actually, about that I'm not really jonesin' for a non-spirit version of this figure.  

I wouldn't turn it aside...  I'd put it in my Cantina perhaps since he wasn't sitting most of the time there, but I just don't really WANT this figure now that the Vintage OTC one is coming up.  To me, "old" ben is really done now if that figure's as good as I'm assuming it will be.

I'd rather they went with redoing E1 and E2 Kenobi's so THOSE two have a decent version of themselves.  As many exist, you'd think they'd have had one good vanilla one by now.

Like I said though, i'd not pass him up only because he's appropriate for a few of my collection shelves, and likely would find a home in the Cantina or Tatooine shelf somewhere...  Where he wouldn't, the VOTC would go, though that passenger seat in the Speeder's crying out for him to hop in and ride shotgun...

FINALLY!!!!  >:(

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It's mostly the era Scott...  The advancements in CGI since 1997 are HUUUGE.  A lot of it is thanks in part to ILM themselves who've had to literally create new techniques as they went along in film making for the prequals...  Other companies like Pixar are adding to this too.

The work on the LOTR trilogy made some huge advancements itself.  When I saw the way Helm's Deep came together and how it was pretty much a program set up just for that battle, it really put into perspective (for me) the way they advanced things a lot.

In 1997 the effects from CGI were still really "new", and not nearly as fluid and realistic as they are today.  At the time they were really cutting edge though.  Just as effects in the original trilogy as it originally was were amazing to people at the time.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 26, 2004, 08:07 PM »
Since I like to keep this updated as much as possible...

Spitfires and P-40 Warhawks are across the country, and many are sold through already.  Wal-Mart sucks is all I can say.  These never hit here in Pittsburgh as near as I can tell or I'd have had a Spitfire no doubt.  That's a fine plane.

With that said...

The Battle of the Bulge figures are supposedly on their way, both U.S. and Germans.  They're shipping soon to E-Tailers like Bad Cat Toys but over at GP's there a couple options to getting them!  I'm just not sure who all.

Bad Cat has a case assortment of them for $6.25 per figure before shipping.  Gotta buy by the case though right now.

They are ALSO shipping with Patton figures though.

The assortment I saw at Bad Cat was like 12 figures, and sported 2 of each German, 1 of each Patton figure, and then the rest were U.S. figures (I guess since they'd already seen some limited release to TRU before the deal ended).

Beyond that, little of note figure-wise.  I wish 21st would get their asses in gear on figures.  They really  need to have a steady release of NEW figures throughout the year before pissing with all these planes.  I like planes sometimes, but due to space and cost I can't buy them all.  Figures though, I'd buy at least one of each, and likely multiples of the most "generic" guys too.

Gimme some leathernecks and japs to duke it out please!  Some Russians, Brits, French Reisstance, and some resculpts of U.S. and German infantry wouldn't hurt either, know what I mean? :(

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: May 25, 2004, 01:05 AM »
Yeah, I'm laugin' it up over that one.  I wannna see that as our new mascot.  The quote's just too much.  :)

The kitbashes are sort of silly.  Sculpt a new head at least, ya know?  And you KNOW these aren't going to be like $10 or so, to adjust for the obviously lessened cost of mold tooling.

I mean, give a new head to Eeth Sloth...  Give some figures a LITTLE retooling.  Not everything, just a little bit.  Make it worth the (you know it's gonna cost) price they'll inevitably charge.

Cloth does NOT cost this much.  I've been to the fabric store looking to do my own soft-goods customs, it doesn't cost an arm & a leg for some knit fabric!   :P

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I actually cut Woodchuck Luke's teeth out when I got the POTJ figure ages ago...  I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought to do that.  Just wish Hasbro had tried fixing it back in the day rather than letting it go to production that way.

I'm debating his height anymore, but all in all he's not a bad figure.

These are still ones I won't be buying...  THe Hoth Vader's not enough for me to buy it.  The Luke Bespin is one I'm on the fence on....  

The Gamorrean does look a bit crisper.  That's neat, in a way.  Shows how good a sculpt that was.



Anyone think Bossk's sporting POTF2 legs on Saga body?  Hmmm

I may  nab him if that's the case.  Much more "ESB-ish" than his Saga counterpart if that's the case.  The Saga one's almost an EU version of Bossk sorta running.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: $1.00 basic figures = K-Mart
« on: May 23, 2004, 07:09 PM »
That's how my local KM is BB.

$3 each for the wall 'O Zam, and full (over) price for "new" figures like those Hall of Fame wave figures.

KB's doing the same sham...  Spiking prices to $6.99 at times for new figures.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack
« on: May 23, 2004, 07:07 PM »
Hmmm

I'm miffed at the inaccurate shirt still...  I may hold off a long time, just to see what comes of this set as far as clearances.  I'd rather wait on Hasbro to either make an accurate carded figure or to do it myself eventually than to pay the $20 for it if it's still inaccurate.

At least it's not as bad as those online images implied though.  Yikes that was an oogly figure.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Mail Away A-wing Pilot?
« on: May 23, 2004, 07:05 PM »
I can confirm that didn't exist, but I can also say that if you tried you likely COULD get Hasbro to mail you an A-Wing pilot.  

I got ann AT-AT on clearance (super low) with no figures...  They'd been stolen.  After contacting Hasbro I got an AT-AT Commander and Driver in the mail, in plastic baggies.  Just like Kenner used to do back in the day, Hasbro held onto some extras in bags (at least pack-ins) during the POTF2 days.

This is likely what the seller has, and he's stuffed it into any one of the mailer boxes that were legit to other figures.

I got my figures in a padded envelope, in sealed plastic baggies, not a mailer.

I'd assume this is the Seller's scam, or he genuinely thinks this is legit.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Playoffs for Lord Stanley's Cup NHL '04
« on: May 23, 2004, 03:15 AM »
I disappointed in Philadelphia's loss...

Go Calgary.  

Was really hoping to see two teams I liked go to the playoffs, but alas it wasn't to happen.  Now it's all on Calgary for me.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ephant Mon
« on: May 23, 2004, 03:10 AM »
Yeah, it makes you wonder....  I'm really hoping for some cleared pegs soon.  I haven't been to stores for a while (mostly cuz of rising gas prices).  When I do go I fear I'm going to see the same old stock I saw last time I was out though, and all those damned Jedi and Youngling repacks that plagued EVERY Wal-Mart in my area.

I don't know which is worse.  The Jedi/Younglings or late 2002/early 2003 stock that's now lying about the TRU stores here.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: $1.00 basic figures = K-Mart
« on: May 23, 2004, 03:03 AM »
Here's some weirdness...

My nearest K-Mart still has that sea of Zam figures, BUT....

Now they have the Hall of Fame wave.  Leia, R2, 3PO, and 2 Stormtroopers are still there for $5.79 (i think that's the price).

And the next furthest K-Mart on the way to my girl's house is loaded with remnants of the Ozzel wave, Yavin Wave's there in semi-abundance I think (she was there, nto me) and they had some of Jabba's Palace as well.

$6.19 per figure there I believe she said.

Strange...  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 22, 2004, 06:43 PM »
Wes only pulled that chick because of Picard...  She thought getting in with him would get her in good with the old man.

What's more, Wes didn't even get anywhere with her.  He just went back to SF Academy with his tail between his legs after Data rescued the crew from that stupid holo-game that was brain-washing the crew.

Wes is still a yutz.  

He'd never have matured to pull the kinda ladies Riker and Piccard did...  A disgrace to the Prime Directive's little brother, the Prime Ladies Directive.  

"As Starfleet Officers, it's your duty to be space pimps yo!"

Admiral Kirk made that one up before he "died".  He had a slew of them, they were like the Rules of Acquisition for Starfleet, created by one perverted old man with a hairpiece.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: after star wars
« on: May 22, 2004, 01:35 PM »
I.....

Simply won't care.

It can end tomorrow and I'd not weep about it...  I'll have films on DVD if I wanna watch them.  I've got figures, and I will still customize to make my own...  

Beyond that I'd just enjoy the hobby as I always have.  Collecting's just an area that fills a small void.  Customizing's always been more fun to me, and more satisfying and it won't end with the line's end.

If there's a TV series, I just hope it's good...  If there's new movies, well I hope they're good too.  None of it really bothers me though...  There's things I'd like to see but if not I'll still be "collecting" just in my own way.  :)

And at least then I'll know what I HAVE to make instead of guessing only to have Hasbro create it sometime down the road!  

I know I'd spend a lot less time in stores, and have a bit more $ on me than I currently do.  That's not really bother me at all.

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