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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: February 14, 2004, 04:39 AM »
**rolls a rock on Speedermikes head**

j/k of course. :)

The packaging is of no consequence to me...  I'd rather they just carded stuff as always.  I'm not a firm believer in catering to the packaging crowd other than to do your best to make sure the packaging doesn't sucumb to damage easily (like the saga cards have been known to do).

Not to say a big "Bite Me" to the carded guys or anything, I just wouldn't wanna incur a price hike because of this, and as we're seeing with LOTR's toy line going the OPPOSITE way and their prices going down, I just hope that this won't be the situation we're in.

No matter what though, I'm jonesin' for SA figures going well beyond this small batch.  We gotta see more.

We gotta see SA army builders (the most deserving), and possibly SA versions of the core characters in their variious other duds.  SA Bespin Escape Leia anyone?  SA Han Bespin?  SA Han, Luke, and Leia Endor with soft goods accessries?  SA Rebel Fleet, Hoth, and Endor Troopers?  SA Storm, Scout, Snow, and Sandtroopers?  Yes, I think so to all these.

Some Prequal era SA figures would be nice too.  SA Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Maul?  I'd buy that 3-pack, thank ya kindly.

I'm loving that Hasbro's  making what they are though, and will only be disappointed if they leave it at this.  I remember so many people saying they'd not do this very thing to me, and now it's happening, and I'm just loving it. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Homebrew
« on: February 13, 2004, 08:08 PM »
My family's uh, homebrewed, but not beer...  

My great grandfather was a shine runner, and after he died my grandfather and grandmother kept his still and copper tubing.  After my grandmother died some years ago (I was around 12, so it's been a while) it turns out that my father gathered up the shine still and other stuff, and brought it home.  All works and everything...  Very interesting actually.  

It mostly just sets as a decoration in my parent's home, and the tubing and things are put away in the garage.  Makes some very potent liquid though, if put to use.   :o

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Bespin wave
« on: February 13, 2004, 08:02 PM »
Short of the OTC figures with super artiuclation, this is my favorite wave pictured today, easily.

-The Bespin Leia was never high on my list, because I was content with the Leia collection version.  I rather like that figure.  With that said though, this obviously is a far superior figure to one I was quite happy with already.  The headsculpt is one of (if not the) best Carrie Fisher likenesses ever.  The articulation in the arms seems nice, and above par...  For all the more she did in the outfit, it's nice anyway.  Too bad her Bespin Escape figure isn't as neutrally posed and articulated!  Anyway, it's a great figure resculpt, even if I still prefer the soft goods for poseability.

-Lobot...  High frickin' time this guy got redone...  Nice articulation.  Weird accessories...  Short of somehow lighting his cyborg implant things up, he's great looking.  Nice "apology" figure...  Some extra articulation would've been sort of cool though.  Just in the legs maybe, so he couold be "running" with some Bespin Guards to escape, or defend, or just so he could boogy down like he used to.  

-Cloud Car Pilot....  Simply great figure.  I can't tell the articulation in the arms at the moment, but his legs are heavily articulated.  Do I see a possibly removable communicator device?  Or was that thing a macro-monocular?  Working holster with blaster pistol?  Great!  Great sculpt, and coloring to match-up to the puppet used in the Cloud Car itself.  If he has a removable helmet, he'll simply be that much more great.

Now, if only they'd take his body sculpt, repaint it to the ICMG colors, and make hima new headsculpt.  :)

Great wave, easily my favorite pictured today.  That pilot's gonna stand out on pegs too.  Really great stuff.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Dagobah wave
« on: February 13, 2004, 07:55 PM »
Great figures, if not a little "specific" for scenes.  The Luke, at the very least, is awesome custom fodder for a good Luke.  I'm wondering if hollowing a Bespin Duel Luke's head will work for a headswap?  And if there's some way to give new hands to him, or if those ones are poseable?

I'm gonna take the images and blow them up to see what I can make out as far as articulation goes.

The Luke looks great though, for what it is, and the Yoda is indeed a great figure.

I still wanted a Yoda with soft goods, removable belt, and a cloth backpack though. :(  I'm disappointed somewhat with him in that regard, but have wanted to do a custom anyway using a new Yoda's head (this one will work) and the vintage Yoda's pieces otherwise.  Have to make the pack myself though, unless that one works well (it looks great).

The Dagobah R2 is WAY better than the one with the Red 5 X-Wing...  If he has a 3rd leg, and all ankles are poseable, then he'll be fodder as well.  Astromech repaints galore.

The Spirit Ben rocks.  Much needed, and great figure.  I love it...  Can't wait to nab him.  I wonder if they'll ever make one sitting for his moments in ROTJ when revealing to Luke the story of his father and everything?  

That's a far superior transluscent figure than the Holographic Luke that just released.  Too bad it's not as nice as the Kenobi.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: February 13, 2004, 07:49 PM »
These, unfortunately, are indeed pegwarming here now...  Or at least starting to at some Wal-Mart stores.  Targets are cleared completely almost, and TRU's get in dribs and drabs of figures, but WM's unfortunately decided to get BACK in the game at a bad time.

I bet there were 8 cases of these opened at one Wal-Mart, and while the "hot" figures of the case sold (i'm assuming mostly for completists or people who've heard the Stormie and Vader are in demand), the figures like Leia, Han, and Maul are lingering, as well as a couple others here and there.

Hopefully they'll clear out and I'll walk in and see a wall of Yavin wave, and leftover Jedi Luke's and R1's from the Tatooine wave.  :)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage Style Figures from Hasbro???
« on: February 13, 2004, 07:46 PM »
Super articulated figures of main characters gives me little reason to actually complain about these.  Though I do have some reservations about how they'll turn out looking (articulation aside).

-Luke Skywalker...  Shaping up nicely, but I don't quite follow why his cloak's made of soft-goods and not plastic?  Considering Luke didn't run about Tatooine Topless in the films, I'm a bit intrigued as to why the decision was made.  Simply articulating him heavily would've suited me, so long as the "skirt" piece that hangs over the legs were made of a very flexible plastic (Obi-Wan Coruscant Nightclub's a good example how to do this figure even, or even the FLash Back figure looked right).  The romvable belt's cool, and could've been done on a fully sculpted figure as well (even include a Stormie belt?).

-Obi-Wan...  Soft-Goods were a necessity on an Obi-Wan at some point.  Sculpted fans have had their Obi's with and without Robes since the start of the line so I'm happy to see one that actually can sit down for once.  Softgoods opponents will be upset, but, and this is blunt, I simply don't care.  Like I said, every Obi to this point has been sculpted...  Let the soft goods fans have THEIR figure too.  It's like Jedi Luke and his cloth cape.

-The ships...  In one big resounding voice I say, "Bleh".  I'm gonna skip them I believe...  I just cannot justify spending money on these unless they're truly impressively redone, but those photos imply they won't be at all, so I don't mind passing on them at all.  They look like all the old POTF2 original sculpts.  Just not interesting.

So, my opinion is that the figures rock.  Super Articulated versions of Star Wars figures are, and have been, an area this line has lacked competitively in since its inception in 1995.  It's nice to see Hasbro no longer turning a blind eye to articulation.  I hope we don't see an end to this concept of improved "toys" rather than statues.  This isn't something that should cease in movie years giving way to poorer quality again I don't believe.

I truly hope the Super Articulated Clonetrooper has opened the eyes of Hasbro that articulation CAN be done on these figures, and it doesn't need to look terrible, and it can make these characters more enticing to adults and kids alike.

I'm quite happy to see these figures and anxious to see the rest now.

And with the ships...  good for those who want them.  For me, I'm simply gonna pass this time.  If they go on sale, they go on sale, and I will consider purchasing them.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 13, 2004, 12:10 AM »
Nah, actually a Wal-Mart near me.  They had 3...  No Jabba's though, who I was hoping for.

Had 3 Wampas too, who must be reshipping with that wave.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Models... Not Dead from C&D's.
« on: February 12, 2004, 09:40 PM »
Yeah, haha...  I dunno how to respond to it though?  I have my "confirmation" about the situation, and if you want my honestly opinion they're simply not being honest with the customers, yet the customers are buying into what they say.

Sad thing is, because it's a legal issue, it really can't be discussed openly, so the whole thing's a moot argument.  :(

Fortunately, they've not run EVERYONE out of the business of model making though, so at least there's a slim opening for some models to be made, and this company isn't too bad at all.  Their models have full detailed interiors as well, though I'm not so sure on the Outrider.  The Stormie transport does though, right down to troop benches.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 12, 2004, 09:35 PM »
Nah, I agree, I think Hasbro at least got it much closer than I originally thought.  I need to rewatch the sequence where Bubo snaps at I believe 3PO and R2 when they're ushered in.

That's the only other source I wanna check (the actual moving film), but thanks to Jason's shots he sent, I think the figure is indeed much closer to scale than I thought.  Possibly a tad oversized, but I'm not really even sure on that.  He may be just right.

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If they're REALLY superior quality products, I'll look into picking up an AT-AT myself...  For what MR is likely to charge though, this thing better be damn good.  Their prices on replica items seem outrageous to me.

The origianl Ertl kits for the AT-AT weren't inferior quality so I've gotta be pretty wow'd by this MR AT-AT to bite on buying one.  I'll see though, as it is my favorite vehicle in the trilogy so having a good quality replica of one could be cool.  Would help me in my little project as well. :)

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Other Collectibles / Star Wars Models... Not Dead from C&D's.
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:53 PM »
For those possibly curious if you CAN get Star Wars Models from someone other than Fine Molds (great line though, don't pass em up!), or *gasp* Code 3 (If you can call those models) then here's a linky dink for you.

http://www.angelfire.com/art/zarkus/zarkusmodelkits.html

Zarkus Model Kits (I was directed to them by the small company, Scale Model Technologies who were forced to cease their production of Star Wars models by Lucasfilm and some of its license holders) are producing a nice lineup of Expanded Universe ships.  Check out some pics below as these are really top quality model kits.

Incom Z-95 Headhunter (antiquated) Starfighter


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Imperial Stormtrooper Transport (From X-Wing Series of PC Flight Sims, and one of my personal favorite ships)


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Dash Rendar's Corellian YT-3000 Light Transport, The Outrider


These are some damn nice models, so if you're looking for really accurately designed models based on EU, this company's putting out quality kits you shouldn't pass up.  The Stormtrooper Transport's one of the most commonly seen ships in EU if you follow the X-Wing series.  They're used for docking and boarding capital ships as they carry a nice compliment of Troops inside.  They make good general all-purpose transports as well for the Empire, as well as good support craft for invasion forces.

I liken them to a Space AT-AT, though they're not any way related other than they serve a similar purpose of dropping troops into battle where needed.

Some good stuff out there guys, and in a scale matching the Fine Molds kits which I believe are also 1/72 scale (I think all of Zarkus's kits are 1/72 scale if not mistaken).

Options are out there, and hopefully they remain so for all the people wanting to have high-quality models sit on their desks and shelves.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: CW Deluxe Spider Droid - Ever seen it?
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:42 PM »
I've actually seen this a couple times Matt, but not as of late.  TRU had them actually sitting for a short time, but don't know if they still have them.  I'll keep my eyes peeled if you're in need of a 2nd one per chance.

One TRU had one the last time I was there, but that was quite a while ago.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 12, 2004, 02:03 AM »
My Questions to Hasbro:

-What's the possibility that we see the Super Articulation feature of the Clone Wars Clonetrooper expanded to other army builders?  

I think that all the Imperial Troops are a no-brainer (Scouttroopers, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Sandtroopers, etc.), but other characters like the Rebel Fleet Troopers, Rebel Hoth Soldiers, Rebel Endor Commandoes, and possibly the Jedi figures could stand to see the Super Articulated treatment.

-Has Hasbro considered taking a page from the G.I. Joe line's popularity by making a "Versus 2-pack"?

I'd personally love to see an idea like Super Articulated Hoth Rebel Soldier Vs. a Super Articulated Snowtrooper.  Or, perhaps a Super Articulated Rebel Fleet Trooper Vs. a Stormtrooper.  Army Builders would indeed rejoice at the opportunity.

-What is the possibility of a Modular Death Star Playset?  

A series of sets that allow the customer to build a playset outward left or right, or upward stacked upon each other, in a cube style that offers a fan the chance to build and infinite playset of the Death Star.

A similar idea could be used for a Hoth Trench set where the trench can be extended left or right infinitely if the customer so wanted.  Remake a scale artillery tower, or a Hoth Rebel Tri-pod cannon, and it'd be a great little diorama series, plus good for army building.

-Will it be possible for the AT-ST or Snowspeeder to see a resculpt so both are 100% true-scale to the films?  

The Landspeeder's resculpt was great, and seemed to do well, so I'd love to see these two get a similar treatment to improve their quality, especially since both vehicles were featured more prominently in the films.

-And of course, the obligatory question about Expanded Universe figures, will Hasbro be producing any Expanded Universe beyond the Clone Wars lineup?  

I for one would love to see some more figures from the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series of video games, considering how well the original Kyle Katarn and Darktrooper seemed to do, even when offered at an inflated price through the Fan Club.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stress relief-What do you do to relax?
« on: February 12, 2004, 01:42 AM »
I drink.

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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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