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Toy Reviews / Re: Review: Dagobah Luke & Yoda!
« on: March 14, 2005, 03:12 PM »
Yeah Jason, it was a nice touch...  I just didn't mention it though because it wasn't a stand-out to me I guess.  It's the way his stand worked was all, so I guess I felt I was including that by mentioning the stand itself.

I wasn't overly impressed with the Luke I guess...  Underwhelmed by the arms and all, I was sorta down on this one after that.  Though as a figure he's great in most ways up TO the arms.

I hope to have a fix for that in the near future.  Unfortunately VOTC Luke's arms tend not to match up to Dagobah Luke as well as I'd like them to.   :-\

Toy Reviews / Review: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: March 14, 2005, 03:08 PM »
And another one down...  Look for Spirit-O-Ben-Louis soon though!

He's lean, he's mean, he's uh...  dirty.  Well, he's not something you haven't seen before really, as he's actually mostly reused parts and things, but he is something new in the paintjob.  Very nicely new actually.

But is he a good figure?  Well that you have to decide for yourself!  Click Right Here to read the whole thing and see what you think. 

Myself, I found the figure lacking the 1-2 punch I needed to make me content with the purchase.  I like the figure as a repaint, and it blows the pack-in R2 away that came with the Dagobah X-Wing...  The problem though?  He's not anything new really, and he came with nothing to make me say that he was worth the $5.

A base is cool, but not a single accessory bit the big one.  A problem with astromechs, but look what we've gotten with others like R2-Q5...  A neat little holo Death Star.

I think Hasbro could've tossed in the Dagobah X-Wing accessories like Luke's luggage, or the Flashback Yoda Lamp, or all of them...  Just to give this guy some oomph as a toy.

Anyway, read the review, get back to us here, have fun.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 14, 2005, 02:51 PM »
A-Typical of Target really...  I like them generally, as a store, but when it comes to STar Wars they're all about treating it as a collectible and making it a frustrating line to buy there at times.

Not that I harbor any love for Wal-Mart...  Toys R Us is what it is too.  They all are pretty shoddy at times.  I prefer shopping at Target though...  lesser of the 3 evils I guess.  Or of the 4 or 5 evils if you count KB and KM too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: March 14, 2005, 03:06 AM »
New one for me...  Well not really new, as I've watched this off and on for a while, but it's funny nonetheless.

This show is great...  Real or fake, it's funny... 

I think it's sorta like Jerry Springer in that there's just no way that the trash is acting that well, otherwise they'd have a career outside of being a criminal, but other times it seems like it may be scripted...  So I figure it's a mix of real and fake, but the real is real funny.

The host is fantabulous too.  Love watching the guy just really poorly ridicule the cheater on the cheatee's behalf.  He's the type of guy that I'm 100% positive lost in every "rip battle" he was ever in.  Even "Yo Mama" jokes probably confuse him.

He's great when he's in some confused cheater's face though with those camera lights blaring...  The show just makes me laugh.  I guess I have too much free time.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Score
« on: March 14, 2005, 12:37 AM »
One thing I noticed is that the Royal Guard is blue on the card, but the figure is red - is this a variant or something?

Brad, yeah...  It seems like a running change of blue and red guards, the helmets obviously being different too, but basically the same otherwise (no forcepikes, bummer :( ).  The figure rocks all get out...  I got a look at an opened one at the local meeting we had here on Saturday, and wow.  Nice articulation, holster for the sidearm, rifle...  Love the robe too.

Hard to say if one or the other is "rare" yet, but I'm wagering neither will be...  I'll be replacing (customizing) some E1/E2 versions and then also replacing my royal guards I have for the Emperor as well on my classic Imperial shelf.  May just go all out and nab extras for Carnor Jax and things as well.  Great figure!  Easily one of the best of the new line I think.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 13, 2005, 08:13 PM »
K-Mart would be wise to sell early...

After this, it's Hasbro's line to sell, not the other way around, so retail has no real fear of reprisal on a line that is not going to have a huge backing after this film.  Sell early, beat the rush.

At $8 a figure after tax, which is absolutely a rediculous price, I walked away from all but one figure at K-Mart, and that one I even have a stinging feeling from purchasing.  I mean, there's half a tank of gas or so.  At that price, KM will be left in the dust of all their competition if they DON'T cash in on an "early leak", intentional or otherwise.  Especially with TRU and Target having a promotion on 4/2 and WM dropping to almost the old MSRP.

KM's pulling stuff is only going to shoot themselves in the foot.  At the prices I saw though it serves them right.  As nice as those Royal Guards looked, I had to walk away and just wait for something reasonably priced.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: March 13, 2005, 03:04 PM »
Having now seen many of the Collection 1 figures in person, I have to say I'm a bit more underwhelmed than at first.  Some I think I'll like ok enough, some though just plain out suck...  A lot even remind me of Episode 2 launch figures in overall quality.

Even the Clone is in this range to me sadly...  THough he looks much better than say, Anakin.  Some had loose wobbl arms in the packaging though (Mace) which is simply a bad sign to me.

Great Collection 2 figures.  But Collection 1, even with some effort to make them appeal to adults, is going to be a bit underwhelming I think...  A little more so than I'd hoped.

The Mace is so close to being a good figure though, it's irritating.   :-\

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: New Footage!
« on: March 12, 2005, 02:41 AM »
What's great is Greivous.  :)  Liked that...  Creepy.

Very cool.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Full 56
« on: March 12, 2005, 02:35 AM »
I concur Jared.

I was immediately likening him to the Cantina wave.  He's not perfect, but he's far from bad either.  He has plenty of articulation but can't hold a saber with 2 hands, which sucks...  He has the kickass robe...  It was a neat idea however I still prefer a cloth one made of good material. 

Speaking of material, Agen's skirt is cloth but sewn together which is sorta tough to pose his legs then, and it's not the limpest cloth either.  Yet I totally see Agen making a good "Old" Obi-Wan if you wanted one.  :)

His saber's old-school wtih the removable blade AND fits on his belt.  Kick ass!

He's not bad...  Just not perfect.  I like him though, he's fun.  I think some figures will disappoint where a corner's been cut more than Agen does...  Others though I think will look pretty good. 

If those damn figs at KM weren't $8 each, I'd have at least gotten a couple more.  :(  KM just put a knife in my heart...  Damn them!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Have them all 3/11/05!! pics too.
« on: March 11, 2005, 08:48 PM »
Well, you were right Bob.  Tons of figures out on pegs at that KM.

At $8 I passed on most, buying only Agen Kolar... 

I'm gonna say the ROTS line's probably going to rival the Cantina Wave at the tail end of OTC in quality.  Pretty good, not perfect, but a huge step ahead of AOTC's debut line.  Collection 1 will definitely suffer just on the ones I looked at, but still some aren't bad.  Mace looks worse than I'd hoped though.  Still, not horrible, just worse.   :-\

Definite lack of Clones at the KM, which implies to me perhaps they were raided prior.  I dunno.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 11, 2005, 08:45 PM »
Thanks to a tip from my buddy Bob, I found a plethora of ROTS figures tonight at a local K-Mart.

The problem?  At about $8 (yes, $8) per figure, I sure wasn't gonna buy a lot of these.  I did buy one.  The lone Agen Kolar they had, who is a neat figure.  Great?  Maybe.  Perfect?  No.  Fun?  Yes. 

And I'd say this is an Obi-Wan waiting to happen.  An old Obi-Wan that is.  He's a perfect base for that.  Could use less stiff cloth though (and it's sewn so it's tough to move his legs) but otherwise he's neat.

Collection 1 definitely outnumbered collection 2.  Someone beat me there and bought what i'm assuming was almost every clone.  The C1 Clone had one rep there.  I passed...

It was hard, but at $8 after tax, I really just can't justify buying everything I wanted, namely the red guards.  Not a single blue guard on the pegs there either.  Very strange.

Oh and Cantina's were $11 now.  I grabbed a spare for Ktik.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Have them all 3/11/05!! pics too.
« on: March 11, 2005, 04:05 PM »
Tonight Bob?  You're ******** me right?


I gotta call you dude!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: March 11, 2005, 02:45 PM »
Interesting Mr.PL, thanks...

I have to check out the McFarlane Queen then...  I want to get one that's best detailed and to-scale.  Soemthing to compliment the Hot Toys figures on their way here...  Can't wait to put a predator in my Cantina too, heh.

I wanted the Load Lifter as a SW custom base too...  Nothing major, just something to have impy's workign with in a freighter's bays or something.

Toy Reviews / Review: Dagobah Luke & Yoda!
« on: March 11, 2005, 02:37 PM »

Up for your viewing pleasure is the OTC's dynamic duo, Luke and Yoda, Dagobah Training!

Easily two of the most needed resculpts for the modern line, Yoda has never looked better, and neither has Luke, but does that make good figures?  Well I'd say yes, and I'd say no.  I think the majority may be against me on Luke, but I found him wanting as an action figure...  A nice resculpt yes, but not much of a fun toy, which really hurts him in my eyes.

Still, Hasbro has some innovative ideas here, and the two go together great as a neat little set.  They look fantabulous on a shelf, there's no denying that.

Read my review though RIGHT HERE and get all the skinny.  I think these are two worth purchasing, but I'd buy Luke again if he included just a little something extra in the arm department. 

Ya know, cuz I likes to pose my toys!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Full 56
« on: March 11, 2005, 01:29 PM »
Well, I'm sad to see Antilles is the sopping wet pile of diahrea I imagined...  What a shame he got the shaft but Organa's a pretty great figure overall.  Sucks they cut corners on him, even if all he maybe does is stand around.  He strikes me as something of a "soldier" for Alderaan.  Guess Organa's the better fodder figure now.

That said, he's the only disappointment so far...  Barring any minor ones that spring up here and there like the seeming crappiness of the Collection 1 Clone and things.

Screw him though...  The SA looking clone coming later is the one I want.  I'll use Collection 1's for dead clones I guess.  Overall this is shaping up to be some great figures.  I like the AT-RT looking dude too.  A great figure.

We need more though...  I want a SA BARC now that they do a white version of for ROTJ then as well.  :)

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