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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 30, 2003, 10:35 PM »
With rank or station being indicated by the bright stripes though, I can see this...  The ARC's should, in theory, have their own rank structure for their own order/chain of command issues.  

It'd be important for when they're in combat, incase C/O's are offed at some point.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth Rebel... :(
« on: October 30, 2003, 10:32 PM »
Oh I agree with that indeed.  The skirtpiece and headsculpt are a little addition that make it a LITTLE better than the POTF2 figures (Though I rather liked the Deluxe Hoth Rebel for what it was at the time), but the severe lack of articulation on this figure is pretty bogus.

I mean, how much action did we see outta those Rebel Echo Base troops?  Tons, and that just ruins this figure that he can't be posed in tons of action poses.  Army builders deserve that extra umph to make them fun to buy tons of.  This figure just got the shaft from Hasbro it seems. :(  

I like the comment that it seems almost like it was an afterthought figure...  Or possibly was created a LONG time ago, possibly when we first saw this and the Snowtrooper show up on lists a couple years ago?

Saga '02-'04 / Hoth Wave
« on: October 30, 2003, 06:13 PM »
Well, here he is...

And I have to say I'm pretty disappointed...  This isn't much of an army builder given what Hasbro's completely capable of at this stage of the game.

-The rifle, obviously, will be a gummy plastic and bent much like the Endor soldier's rifles....  

-The torso may very well be a reused POTF2 body judging by how broad shouldered it appears...  Not a sharp looking job there if it's a new sculpt.  

-The headsculpt's mediocre...  It's a generic rebel trooper with his goggles up which is nice in a way, but it's not the swiftest looking sculpt either.  

-The bowed legs are a big let down for any army builder...  If you're not going to articulate them, at least don't make them spread apart like that.  Not to mention they appear to be very awkwardly unproportionate just as the POTF2 figure's were (Too skinny, etc...)

-And the final, and to me the most disappointing aspect of this figure, is the articulation...  A basic 6 point figure?  Sheesh...  :(  Why no arm articulation to hold his blaster rifle properly?  

This guy's really nothing special right now...  his only redeeming feature is the skirt piece with a holster (Which MAY be functional).  If that's the case, that's good, but right now there's too much "bad" circling this figure than good.

A nice posable army builder is what we should've gotten for this, a figure who desperately needed resculpting from the POTF2 days.  Much like the Snowtrooper, I think the Hoth Rebel Soldier still is in need of yet another resculpt, even after this Saga figure...  Nice poseable versions of both army builders would be very welcome to me, and I'm sure many other collectors.

Unfortunately, this is a dark spot on the recent photos we got from Hasbro that were pretty sharp.  It was expected with this figure for me, but I really am disappointed that this one got the shaft from Hasbro...  I know I'd have bought a ton of this figure if it were worth it...  Now I'll just nab the "one" for my collection I guess.  :(  

A truly wasted opportunity I think, on Hasbro's part.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
« on: October 30, 2003, 12:14 PM »
"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

This sets up a good joke about Fox News, but I'll simply refrain.  :)  I just wondered if anyone else saw this wonderful opportunity presented?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Trick or Treat
« on: October 30, 2003, 12:12 PM »
I'm making a shark costume and going drinking tomorrow night.  I think a shark drinking will be funny on multiple levels.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 30, 2003, 12:08 PM »
That's a  BIG production error.  ;D

I think, after this many different photos (thanks Matt) it's probably legit...  I mean, imagine how many ARC's we have seen in stores.  I'd not be surprised if they have hit the half-way point of their production run (The general mark where the "running change/intentional variation" is made) and now we'll see red ARC's.

The only problem is, will they ship with MORE Anakins and  Yodas, or with Waves 2 and 3 of CW figures?

The ARC's are the ONLY CW figure selling out here.  Every store has either no ARC troopers, or maybe 5 at most...  Then Anakin and Yoda warm pegs.  And people say Army builders don't sell well!   ;)

Honestly, now I kinda wouldn't mind OTHER ARC variations.  Like a green one or something...  Then again, nobody knows what the ARC rank structure goes like so who knows if green or other colors even "exist".  May be a fun custom product though!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 29, 2003, 11:24 PM »
A chap at says he got one at WM tonight...

So, the mystery continues (no photo), but could it be a running variation that nobody heard of.  Like Scott said over in the aforementioned thread, it would be the first time in a LONG time that something snuck out without being leaked on the net boards first in a LONG time.

Like walking into the local 5 and 10 and finding the newest wave of G.I. Joes that you didn't even know were gonna come out!  (I'm reminiscing about when I was little and would find new figures at the local department stores...  Ah, the days before the net)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: October 29, 2003, 11:20 PM »
Hmmm, $45 for the Saga X-Wing with a figure?  Eh...  :(  

Not that I'm NOT happy to get a Red Leader figure (If he has a removable helmet), but $45 for another X-Wing is pretty expensive...  

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 29, 2003, 12:38 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if it came to fruition, but that looks custom to me, personally.

Seeing as how t he ARC is the ONLY CW figure who sells out around here, I wouldn't mind a red one shipping sometime to make variation hunters help clear out the figure's production run.

Wish you could make Anakin and Yoda that interesting, but that appears to be for not and they'll be pegwarmers for quite some time.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:09 PM »
Just grand news today...  I'm really anticipating/have high hopes for the  Yavin wave...  Lots of army building and customizing potentials there, and I'm anxious to see what we may get out of these figures.  

Especially Antilles...  I'm really hoping he's a top-notch figure for building up my fleet officer army...  Troops need commanders, and Antilles is the quintessential "generic" officer.

I would love to know what other figures they'd include in a Yavin wave?  Fleet Troopers, Honor Guards, Petty Officers/mid-level officers, Pilots, Technicians, various High Ranking Officers...  There's a lot of options for Hasbro to work with, and almost all are army builders (except for the odd "main character" rehash/resculpt in their ANH outfits).

The deluxe and basic figures left for Yavin are much anticipated by myself.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave Pics!
« on: October 28, 2003, 04:53 PM »
Indeed, a nice looking wave thus far...

Nice scoop there Scott, way to go!

Who wouldn't say Lando's the BEST looking of the group.  Holy cow!  Working holster, removable helmet, force pike...  he's sharp.

The 2 new aliens of the group do Indeed reuse the body mold which was expected/feared by many...  If that's the case for the actual props I'm cool with it.  I like their blaster rifle too (though it'd have been nice if one of them came with a unique gun, but I digress).

They appear to be pretty well articulated too, for a couple background furballs.

Jabba's Jabba...  We've been down the road of what could have made this guy better and what we SHOULD have probably gotten in a $20-ish set (The good news, ROTJ Vintage Jabba's dais isn't expensive).

Rappertunie is...  Well, he's like WA-7.  He's set dressing, even as an action figure...  Very uninteresting to me, and not useful for much more than sitting next to the other Jabba's band figures we have already, haha.

Bubo ROCKS, for being basically an accessory...  :)  The B'Omar's unfortunately a rehash, as I too was hoping for a new sculpt with maybe just the 4-legged version of the B'Omar Monk...  It's not something I really wanted a 2nd of, but I do want that Bubo cuz he rocks.  The other "thing" in that set is funny that it's even being made...  It's also funny that he licked 3-PO's head.  I'll probably have to incorporate him into that mottif somehow.  It's his claim to fame afterall.

The Holographic Luke looks to be the "weakest" of the group, but for some reason it's still welcome to me.  It's something I know I wanted for no good reason.  What I'm curious about is, why the sabre?  :)  Not that I mind getting an extra one of those awesomely sculpted Luke Jedi sabres (That's a NICE accessory), but he's a hologram! :D  A "projection" accessory that attached somehow to R2's dome and connected to Luke would've been better IMO.  A sort of "force effect" thing.  He looks to be simply the ROTJ Luke sculpt reused, like Holo Sidious...  That's fine though.

That Lando still holds the title for best of the bunch, with the 2 aliens (Whiphid and Elom) in a close 2nd for that title...  Lando is just a truly vast improvement, and I didn't even want a resculpt of him till now.  They really REALLY improved Lando...

Now I want even more resculpts of POTF2 figures...  If they are all this great, how could you not want to see more resculpts?  That puts the POTF2 Lando Skiff to shame and I used to think it was a half-decent figure.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Kitik Keedkak and pals
« on: October 27, 2003, 09:42 PM »
Yeah, I'm personally holding off on these for a wide-spread distribution, just because I'm stubborn.  It's very unlikely that these would NEVER be released at this point.  Someone's bound to pick them up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So Cal wildfires...
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:55 PM »
Yeah Matt, I've been hoping you're ok too...  

Cali's got to be the worst place on Earth for Natural Disasters...  Earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, etc...  I hope everything is gotten under control out there really soon, and that your home is spared in the meantime while they get a handle on all of this.

I'll never complain about our incliment weather, that's for sure.

TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:53 PM »
I noticed some of these too, and I like the new Clone Fighter...

Moreso I liked the fighter that looked like an off-shoot of the Y-Wing design though, which was shown in the Clone Wars sketchbook that Matt brought back from SDCC for some of us...  It's a neat design, smaller, and almost resembles an interceptor type of fighter made by the same team that make the Y-Wing Fighter/Bomber.  

I'd love to see either of these "Republic Fighters" produced though as scale toys...  Pack in a new clone pilot with less goofy pose and I'd be really happy with these.

I'd take a Quarren soldier too at this point.  THose guys just look too cool to pass up. :)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:41 PM »
I nabbed this Thursday and I've been having a blast so far...

The walking levels aren't great, but they're not terrible either...  not nearly a "deal breaker" for the game to make it a flop IMO.

The level design's surprisngly unique and different...  A better mix of space and atmospheric engagements I'd say.  

Hopefully I'll have a full review up for all to read on the main page after I've gotten a little further into the game.  I'm having fun so far though, if not getting a little frustrated at the complexity of some of the missions.  (Good frustrated though...  It's a challenge, and a welcome one)

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