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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 11, 2004, 12:15 AM »
It's not even the plastic ammount, so much as it's an overall lack of "quality" in a lot of items.

The Wampa, for instance, is articulated fairly well...  Lots of joints, a nice removable arm, a great base, great sculpt, good paint application...  Interacts with ANOTHER figure too.  Those are good ultra things.

Riekean on the other hand is a figure with LESS than the old POTF2 standard 6 points of articulation.  I mean the guy has 5!  That's pretty rough to accept in a $10 figure, no matter how inactive the guy was in the movie.  His base isn't exactly complex either.  He was, for all intents and purposes, a $5 figure.  Even then he was only a $5 figure because his accessory wouldn't be just a tiny blaster.

The Denizens are kind of the same thing...  One new thing has no articulation whatsoever and could've been an accessory packed in with a basic figure (J'Quille perhaps?).  The other new thing is the only real "highlight" of the set (Bubo that is), but ins't overly complex itself.  The B'Omar Monk's not really an inspiring character in the first place, and I think that's why he was a mail-away before.  A repack of him just doesn't cut it much either.

The line, I fear, is really in for a rocky road.  I could be wrong, but right now it isn't seeming that way since Ultra's the only line I can find with any relative ease anymore. :(

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 10, 2004, 10:43 PM »
I picked it up today, and just figured it'll be nice to have Bubo and a red jar Monk.  The Cabageshite guy is weird...  OK I guess.  

The Bubo figure is HUGE.  not sure he's oversized or what, but he's huge compared to what I thought.

I need to check some footage of ROTJ out to review that sequence though.  I just don't think this is right as far as scale goes.  That's disappointing, considering everything.

THis set is the weakest shipping with Jabba I think.  Unfortunately, I think Hasbro's really killing the Ultra line themselves, and combined with its higher pricetag (which immediately pushes itself away from the hardcore collectors), I think it's a doomed line eventually.

The 3PO with escape pod was utter crap to me...  The Riekean figure was nice, but should've been a single carded figure...  The Wampa's great from top to bottom, but I'm starting to see it linger around now along with the previous two.

Jabba on the other hand will move some because, it's Jabba and as good a ROTJ version as we've gotten and are likely to get.  The Denizens though were already ALL sitting on the pegs (where I got mine today) while all the Jabba's were already taken.  Seems to me that these won't be tough to get.

So, to me, this line's got a bleak future, as much as I maybe love the idea of it.  These figures could stand to be a LOT more than Hasbro's giving I think.  The single figure line's on a major upswing at least.  These $10 pricerange figures definitely have been a weaker point for Hasbro in the past though, and hopefully will be something the company can turn itself around on.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 10, 2004, 07:29 PM »
He'll reship, I feel sure, so no worries really.

This wave overall rocks though.  Must have many multiples of all 4 figures!  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How Do You Become?
« on: February 10, 2004, 01:29 PM »
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So much more courteous than I'd have imagined. :)

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Other Collectibles / Unleashed Bossk Rocks!
« on: February 9, 2004, 04:16 PM »
I dont' like the Unleashed line particualrly...  They're not my general cup of tea, as I don't care for statues, but even I have to admit that the upcoming Bossk is great.

His images appear in the latest Star Wars insider for the first time, and they are REALLY neat.  Bossk's hopping through some broken wall of some sort (looks great) with his mouth agape, growling Trandoshan slurs with his arms outstretched.

Simply, this Bossk figure looks really neat, and a must-have for any Bossk collector, or lover of all things Trandoshan.

And why do I like Trandoshans?  Cuz they gets alllllllll da ladies.  Jockin' the Wookies and slappin' the hoes.  That's livin' Trandoshan style.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: February 9, 2004, 04:13 PM »
Got my new Insider today, and Dengar looks to be a really REALLY prime choice of a figure.  His articulation is shown off some, by having him in a goofy pose with his arms out.  Looks like he'll be a winner, for a fat guy in bandages.

Keep your eyes peeled for your copy of Insider because they're getting good toy images as of late.  :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:04 PM »
Actually, aquatic stormtroopers were developed by West End Games for the original RPG.  Very cool design.  The gear they wear (fins and such) can be removed should the troop  need to fight on land, or in an underwater station of some sort.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:09 AM »
Wow, the topic sees some life.

More than I can say for 21st Century.  :P

The big possible rumor now is that they've possibly been taken over or sold.  Seems that items are coming out in the Motorworks boxes, but with 21st Century Toys stamped on the vehicles (as always), yet not a SINGLE mention of 21st Century Toys anywhere but the company stamp in the plastic itself.

Nowhere on the box...  Nothing.  SOme other company IS listed however (forgetting the name).

Could it be 21st Century has been sold?  Or possibly just partnered with another production facility allowing them use of the molds produced?

Hard to say at this stage, but I want a freaking Bradley Fighting Vehicle for my BBI Grunts, that's all I know!

21st may be in the crapper big time, and trying to dig their way out.  A shame, considering how well their figures sell.  If they'd focus on those instead of huge plane after huge plane, the line would be doing much better I think.

Planes are nice, but you gotta do that stuff in moderation.  Big ticket items just don't move well, as any toy company will gladly point out (And as FAO Swartz will gladly attest to as well).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:03 AM »
Just think though...  It means more more more more more for the rest of the year.

Those uber long rumor lists don't look so improbable now.

I'm curious to see how Toy Fair and Hasbro's private show (Should they do one again) pan out.  What surprises could be in store for later in the year?

Or are we just gonna see what's churning now, and on upcoming confirmed lists be reshipped?  It's a long year...  And the way they're pumping new (and great) stuff to us, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a LOT of great figures given to us this year that we've not got a clue on yet.

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No offense was really meant to you Matt, or others in that thread over at Scum, but I did take a bit of a shot at those claiming the Code 3 ships look better than model kits out there.

As nice as the one guy is in the thread, he's just REALLY off-base about plastic ships, and almost sounds scourned by what Hasbro's done by butchering the toys so he thinks all plastic looks unrealistic.

I guess that WAS a little bit of a shot...  Not its original intent, but I honestly think that anyone claiming Code 3 as being high quality just doesn't know what they're talking about.  

It's like the people that say the prequal's CGI sucks, when anyone with experience in CGI and computer animation in general will tell you it's cutting edge stuff, and the most impressive animation in a film anyone's likely to have seen...  Even superior in complexity to LOTR (Which I love, I'm just being honest).

Some people just don't like it though, and are convinced that it's "poor quality" when it's  not...  Just like I guess a couple folks think the Code 3 sets are somehow superior to the Fine Molds model kits, or even an AMT/Ertl kit from the 1980's.  Plastic, by its very nature, takes better detail than most cast metals do even.  Some people just aren't willing to accept that though.

I think it's them trying to justify the $300 pricetags in their mind.  :P

Seriously though, those C3 items would be worth $100 or so...  They're not even competitively priced against other die-cast metal models out there even.  I mean, I got a 1:18 scale Willy's jeep from World War II not that long ago, and it was only $30, has a working steering mechanism, full detailed engine, removable accessories like tools and such.  

I just don't get Code 3 then, and their exorbitant pricing, and their desire to push out other product that, by all means isn't even the same TYPE of collectible.

Code 3 then pi$$ed me off in a couple ways.

1) they pushed a superior product in model kits away, and have killed NEW Star Wars model kits (including some obscure EU ones) from being made.  This means model kits, which I love building, are now not available readily, and new kits of new vehicles aren't going to be available till Code 3 gives up its license.

2) They offer inferior quality product when compared to other "similar" items, like model kits (even pre-built ones) when it comes to their overall detail, accuracy, and yet claim their product to be "high-end".

3) They eliminate any form of competition, which I'm not wild about ANY Star Wars license for this reason...  hasbro b!tched at Lego for offering individual figures (Like who the hell's gonna quit being a die-hard Hasbro figure collector to buy Lego figures?), and so Code 3's sissy behavior over the C&D they MADE Lucasfilm enfoce (Lucasfilm actually had model-makers BUYING the kits from these "garage" kit companies).

4) Their price is just outrageous...  Like I said, for all the removable panels and things, I could go with $100 or less, but not $300...  That just sucks to me for all the more you get.  I mean, the scale of the X-Wing may not even be right, judging by eyeballing it (I could be wrong on that), so how can someone justify $300 for it?  I wouldn't pay $300 for a 1:18 scale X-Wing that was done RIGHT, much less Code 3's...  

But, when it all boils down, I'm mostly irritated because I can't get a single new damn model kit because of Code 3.  The best I can hope for is Fine Molds to make more kits, but I don't even know if they are holding a license at this poiont, an d there's been little heard from them, even though they've made arguably the best model kits for Star Wars ever.  :(

My last bastion of hope was the small garage companies that made limited edition resin kits (mostly of EU ships), and they're now unable to make anything...  And it's 100% the fault of Code "whiney b!tch" 3.

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He could be anyone...  He's like the wind.

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I'm tellin' ya Matt, don't do it man!

:)

Besides Code 3 being intrinsically evil, in that they don't want a SUPERIOR product to be available to the fans, and for less, then it's because their product simply doesn't live up to a $300-ish pricetag.

I'd buy model kits first...  There's a great XW and TIE model out from a Japanese company.  

Eh, I know you don't do models...  Just a suggestion.  I've grown to hate how Code 3 ran some good model companies out though, and there's NOT A SINGLE actual model kit on the market for STar Wars anymore because of them, unless you want to buy from Japan (And even then, I think their license may be up and they're not making any more sets than the XW & TIE).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 4, 2004, 06:29 PM »
I feel lucky to have spotted the JP wave at this point.  I've not seen hide nor hair of the Tatooine wave, save for the Bar2-D2 that I'm thinking was just a repack in the JP wave.

I needs me some R1-G4 and a Jedi Luke.

But, this wave...  I need all too much of this wave.  Multiples of ALL of them. :(  Especially Antilles and Gold Leader.  

The hunt's on.  I just hope these things are easy enough to find.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront at Star Wars.com
« on: February 4, 2004, 02:24 AM »
I guess this news is old (It is to me I know, probably to you too), but there's a trailer up for battlefront at Lucasarts if you're wanting to check it out.

It's not much, but it's a taste...  The game looks like a GREAT engine for a game based in single-player action, but I still just can't get into multi-player.

To me, a game's gotta have story and depth to be interesting, MP doesn't have that generally.  They're saying Battlefront WILL have a Single Player Feature though, but whether it's a full game or just a cobbled together thing so you can play by yourself to practice, I do not know.

Maybe I'll be surprised by this one?  Probably not though.

bring on Republic Commando though!   :P  May be a prequal game, but I wanna be a Republic Trooper in a FPS.  Finally, no more freakin' lightsabers and Force power crap.  Just good old fashioned fraggin' people with a blaster.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Toys-R-Us finds
« on: February 2, 2004, 11:58 PM »
Star Wars is relatively dry at my local TRU's, though I've not been making routine toy runs lately because of weather, time, and sometimes $.  

I simply hate seeing the miles go up on my odometer too, haha...  

TRU's have had a minimal selection though, and the last one I was too (Monroeville, PA) had a wall of the Bail Organa and Janus Greejatus figures...  Blah!

I was afraid that wave would become pegwarmers if shipped heavily. :(  They have at our TRU it would seem.

I haven't been to the one TRU (Greensburg, PA) for a short while, but I'm guessing it's still got a TON of Jango figures (Final Duel and Pilot), some POTJ Bespin Guards, and some Saga leftovers of some sort...

Most WM's have had Clone Wars left overs....  Target's are a mix.

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