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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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: "Borat" punks Oklahoma City politicians
« on: August 16, 2004, 09:29 PM »
Always rent it of course...  Make sure.

Myself, I think he's funny, but I think he's funny the same reason I think the interviews are funny on the Daily Show.  People look dumb.

The difference here is that oon the Daily Show they're often morons anyway, or most would consider them such.  On Da Ali G show, a lot of these people are protecting us, and making the decisions that will affect our lives, and even the world as a whole, for many years.

They're still dumb.

I personally think the $23 would be worth it just to see his character from Kazakhstan...  Borat. 

"I want to make romance to you...  Only if you allow".

Drunk or sober, that is a funny character every week.

Other Collectibles / Re: GG Armory Vault 1/6th Scale Helmets
« on: August 16, 2004, 07:03 PM »
I really don't do many high-end collectibles.  I have a Tarkin Bust, and that's about it, so I'm actually liking these images.  May go with "military" helmets from the line...

IE: No Vader and likely no prequal stuff, but I'd consider doing Imperial/Rebel helmets.

They're really  nice...  Kinda makes Hasbro's 12" figures look silly really.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: holy crap!!
« on: August 16, 2004, 01:27 AM »
My F'n Madine's  hand broke when I was doing a review for him.

Great figure...   crappy plastic...

I like this wave, and they're excellent custmizing materials and army building fodder, but damned if they didn't short us on them.  They still hit here too though.  Peple find them from time to time and post.

I need a couple more of each, but really need a Madine.  I hope their OTC run's substantially better than Saga has been.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: August 15, 2004, 03:13 AM »
I'm content with that, especially if the Greivous is a more "clone wars" representation like reported, since rumor is he won't be so CW-ish in the film.

Another astromech.  Yay!

Wookies are cool.

Other guy...  Uh, great I guess.  Dunno him and I've avoided most major plot things, so cool.  Random guys are good.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 15, 2004, 03:10 AM »
Oh Dave, I'd KILL for bootleg Star Wars in the U.S. that was half as nice as stuff like this.  It just is dangerous water for a company to tread.

With militaria, they can copy without trampling on toes, so long as they don't directly copy licensed material, like plane names, vehicle names, historical character names, etc...  Like 21st has the license to reproduce Gen. George Patton, which was rather expensive.  As well as a license to repro Dodge products frm the war.  I guess BBI has the rights to "Humvee" though.

Contrary to popular belief, these little licenses cost TONS to these small toy companies, and have much less/shorter earning potential than Star Wars does to Hasbro.  In the end they're equally expensive, if not more so, but the companies shell out big bucks for them.

Plane names, squadron insignia, and I guess noseart are also all copywritten materials as well.  I learned a lot from my long discussions with some of these companies over the years.  They give you some really good insight into the industry that Hasbro rarely ever shares, and they give it to you from a truly costly perspective due to their size.

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