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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Breaking the bank, what's the price?
« on: August 3, 2004, 07:52 PM »
I'm, at this time, wagering this won't occur.  I could see a hike to $7 by the company just because Hasbro's filled with the mindless, but I'm still going to bet on no major pricehike beyond that at this time.

Same with scale changes...  

If it happens, then so be it.  It's every excuse one needs to dump the line and let it go the way of Playmates Trek.  

Honestly, how many of us would actually care though I wonder?  It'd make my customizing list much more clear for me anyway.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Breaking the bank, what's the price?
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:34 PM »

I'd not heard this.  :)

If it's the case, I'm out...  I'll easily give up this hobby...  No figure's worth that price.  As it stands, VOTC aren't mre than $5 on flashy limited packaging.  They're not $13 figures, and they're F'n awesome.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:06 PM »
2 guys from Pittsburgh have gotten theirs in so far, and both are either crushed bubbles or bent cards.


And that reply is utter BS.  No business should be run so piss-poor.  That's really, honestly, terrible.  The Fan Club's a travesty overall now.

Newbies / Re: Hello
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:04 PM »
Extending my welcome too Carl...  Nice to have a normal name around.  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:02 PM »
Cruise the trade area.  It's your best bet I think.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 3, 2004, 03:14 PM »
Yeah, the count on Hasbro listed a double-jointed waist though, which I assume's just the same as Deluxe Durge and SA Clone had as well as VOTC Luke seems to have.

It's so flush thugh, it sure doesn't look articulated, I agree.


This is going to be interesting to see the figure in person.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 3, 2004, 03:53 AM »
Justin never mentioned his brother was into 21st figures...  I work with him at FFURG actually.

21st's contract with TRU is dead at this point and they're marketing figures thrugh E-tailers.  TRU's still sometimes have old stock thugh, but nothing one can **** on.

At GP's site, you may be able to barter with smeone for figures.  I've thought of selling off my 1st series collection since I dn't even have teh room to display them anymore.  Only figures though as they're pretty much all I had and the few vehicles I had I wanted to keep.

Toy Reviews / Re: NEW Review: "Bar2-D2"
« on: August 3, 2004, 02:44 AM »
Thanks for the addition Diddly.

I'd have agreed with Vator a month or so ago, haha...  I'd have thought VOTC would at least be super poseable (as much as an astro can be) but from what I hear there's a fixed 3rd leg?  Whatever...  :(

Bar2's holding the title with Holo Leia R2 close behind.

Also, if you're really anal, both are great because holo Leia has the restraining bolt on.  Technically it's "different" right? :)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 3, 2004, 02:42 AM »
I'd really not count n it at this point though Diddly.  :(  

This is something a lot will see as minor...  Another "RFT" type issue in a way.  Sure the figure's better than the last one.  No doubt.  The wrist thing is pissy of Hasbro though...  That does suck, and this figure's dropped in my eyes.  I now am looking more towards Fett and Vader I think, unless the arm articulation makes up for the wrists some.

To say I'm NOT disappointed would be a lie though.  $10, this figure should have both wrists done.  Excuseless.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 3, 2004, 12:22 AM »

I can't say I'm familiar with old 1st series stuff and where it's available, but...

Small Blue Planet
Bad Cat Toys

Those are the two most named stores I can think of so you may find what yu need there.  I hear they show at TRU too sometimes still.

I think may even have some 1st series infantry figures available.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 2, 2004, 11:16 PM »
Yeah, that was what prompted my remark about the figure falling apart.  I feel certain this is not a final production shot, but still it's odd looking and kinda sloppy to put up for promotion.

Anyway...  Something I've noticed.

It says "wrist" articulation, not "wrists" plural.  Ugh...  Could this be where the missing 14th articulation point is?  That Hasbro would be so assinine as to have ONE wrist stuck?

That's extremely funny, if not extremely sad at the same time if it's the truth.  :)  I mean, if this truly is how the figure's done, and one wrist is stuck, tha'ts just absolutely incredible.  Really.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: August 2, 2004, 07:23 PM »

Eh, I had some time...  Found a site of Star Trek women.  Figured it's pertinent.

his ability to effectively moderate these forums has been compromised.

Uh oh...

Well we know what this means then.  Matt's going to randomly shut threads down at his own discretion, berate any new members at the site, and start a torant of "official" threads.

Starting with:

The Official I love Mathew Illard Thread!  :)

Maybe all Illard needs is support?  He could be so much more!

CW Mace and Ozzel are the only two that, personally, I think sucked.

The others I like...  They're not condusive to customizing though...  The peg-style necks were.  Ball/socket necks in the old-school style were NOT good for customs though, so it's a mixed blessing I guess.

Ozzel just need more hair.  It's weird.

Antilles though...  Awesome.  Same with Dagobah Luke and VOTC Han/Leia.  They look great to me.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 2, 2004, 06:42 PM »
Great photos Paul.  Nice to see a figure with ball/socket hips.

Onto the Stormtrooper...  Some interesting text over yonder at Hasbro about the articulation.

His elbows aren't being described as ball/socket if I'm not mistaken.

Considered the best 3 stormtrooper ever, the new stormtrooper was created from scratch with incredible attention to achieving the right head proportions.

OK, good news there...  The head does look spot-on, and that shouold mean a hollowable helmet that'll fit well on lots of headsculpts I'd think.

With 13 total points of articulation, this stormtrooper has ball-sockets at the neck, shoulders, and waist. He has insert-molded elbow joints, knees, and ankles, in addition to standard articulation at the wrist and hips.

13 points?  Hmmm, interesting...  Super Articulated Clone has 14.  What's the Stormtrooper missing though?  The count seems to encompass all the Clone has.

-2 standard wrist
-2 ball/socket elbows (Hasbro lists "insert-molded", which is a new term to me.  I'm curious to see what this is, but till then we'll say ball/socket)
-2 ball/socket shoulder
-2 ball/socket ankle
-2 ball/socket knee
-2 standard hip
-1 ball/socket waist (assuming like the SA Clone's double-jointed torso)
-1 ball/socket neck

This is strange because that comes to 14, not 13, unless Hasbro's cut articulation on a wrist or something?  

Plus, some of the joints, in blown up photos, are clearly the same ball/socket joints (though they're using this new term of "insert-molded", whatever that means) used on VOTC Han, or the SA Clone.  Very strange wording there, and the totals aren't jiving to me.

Could it be the Stormtrooper's  NOT perfect, and that it's something less than the Clone?  Interesting...  

Definitely the best to-date, but I wonder what the deal is here now.  Hasbro's image isn't the swiftest either...  The figure looks like he's falling apart, so hopefully that's just not the final result, haha.


Stormtrooper comes with a standard issue blaster that fits in a holster.

I dunno about you guys, but the holster is a cool feature to me. :)  It works too, finally!  

I've heard a couple gripes that a ROTJ Stormie has a holster, but in actuality they did have them in many scenes, namely on the Death Star.  It was on Endor where they seemed to not have them as much, for whatever reason.  Production issue perhaps (different filming local...  Maybe forgot to have them on-hand or whatnot).

The holster rocks to me...  Was good news.

I'm curious on the articulation now however.   :-\  Wondering what we're gonna get in the end.  Blowing up the image from Hasbro, it looks just like ball/socket joints...  I'd hate for them to have gotten all creative  this figure, trying out some new "style" of articulation when they've mastered it on other figures.

"if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and the SA Clone and VOTC Han sure as hell ain't broke.  That's perfect in my book!

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