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Vintage Kenner / Re: Action Figure Display Diorama SWShop
« on: December 23, 2004, 03:50 AM »
A strange little thing to surface...  Very pricey though, I agree.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 23, 2004, 02:15 AM »
Their 7" line isn't anything spectacular Brad...  mostly statues, which I guess have their merits, but to me they're just "eh".

Though, I've now got my curiosity piqued on 3.75" poseable gangsters...

And who wouldn't take those?  :)  I remember as a kid how I always wished the Dick Tracy line was like that...  So they could interact with G.I. Joe, for whatever reason I had concocted in my mind, haha.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 22, 2004, 07:57 AM »
Either way it means I'm needing to whore myself if I plan on affording all this stuff.

Dusty Trails is getting into the game too now?  Thank God someone's willing to pick up the ball because all 21st Century does is play with its ball most of the time by itself... 

Yeah, that was meant to sound perverted too.

Man, this western line has me psyched like you wouldn't believe too.  I may buy this magazine just to have it in-hand.  :)

More war stuff, western stuff, etc...  Now if they jump into other eras we're gonna go nuts too.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 22, 2004, 04:05 AM »
I just hope they do more of this to start...  Given smaller companies track records they could clam up all of a sudden.

Colonia soldiers would rock though...  French & Indian war or Revolution?  Get outta town!  Civil War would be my favs though.  Very expansive era, very popular, very diverse line then...

Hell, I wish they'd get into World War two and give 21st and BBI a run for their money there too...  World War I...  Tons of eras I'd love to see covered here.

The Original Trilogy / Re: HyperSpace has Some Benefit...
« on: December 22, 2004, 03:59 AM »
Photoreceptor, that's it...

Tons of great cut scenes.

Another of my favorites is the apparantly cut female Rebel X-Winger from ROTJ with a helmet that sported the Blast Shield helmet emblems on it.

Very freaky, never knew it was filmed. 

The clear shot of a female Rebel Commando from Endor too...  Where'd that chick wind up during the whole filming thing because you never see her clearly in the film.

The whole woman thing with the Rebels reinforces Lucas's intended implication of a female/minority-less Empire too.  I kinda like that EU took it the opposite direction, but it's neat seeing he had females duking it out with the Rebel troops.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 22, 2004, 02:09 AM »
(via PM if necessary)

And it will be.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: December 22, 2004, 02:07 AM »
Long-live torrents eh?  I agree...  Too bad single files are fubar.

Newbies / Re: Noobie
« on: December 22, 2004, 12:10 AM »
Vintage is one of the few areas at Scum I still visit to read up on things...  I notice less and less posting there though.  Still a more solid area to read up on things.

Welcome to the asylum Andy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 21, 2004, 11:51 PM »
After looking closer, their articulation is IDENTICAL to the U.S. Paras...  Right down to the pivoting thigh joint.  The elbow hinge is even identical in design to 21st's style.

Great stuff.

BTW Paul, I think I see pretty clear "gaps" at the hats for removable headgear too man!  REALLY nice sculpts.  Not the slightest bit cartoony or poor quality there.  The whole thing looks like authentic (100%, right down to the tin cup which is sweet) sculpts, tons of articulation...

If the horses suck I'll just be replacing them with better ones in the same scale *cough*PTE*cough*.

Nice pictures man, thanks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: December 21, 2004, 11:46 PM »
Well I'm gonna go with Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth cars (Save for Neons or their deviations)...  I've owned/driven several, all well beyond 100k.  Currently drive a Le Baron and love it to death...  Hell, my original Caravelle is running strong as ever, at pushing really close to 200k.

For pick-ups I think Fords are unbeatable IMO.  My father insisted on a Dodge, and may I humbly say NO to endorsing those...  overpriced and sketchy quality IMO.

Uhm...  I get custom PC's so I can't comment really other than the dude that built mine did a smashing job.

I endorse 21st Century Toys and BBI's 1:18 military toy lines as some of the highest quality, benchmark setting toys...  Few misses with vastly more hits.

I endorse several restaurants in Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Rare, Sesame Inn, Pittsburgh Steak Co., Buffalo Blues, etc.

I endorse Joe Boxer underwear...  Though I dunno how things are shaking now that they're at K-Mart.  ???

I endorse Rue 21 Clothing...  Cheap, and stylish.

I also endorse the Pittsburgh Steelers...  Here we go!

Oh, I endorse Craftsman Rotary/"Dremel" tool.  NOT Dremel.  Why?  Because it's the same damn tool but the Craftsman one is cheaper.  Inside the casing, the Craftsman atually has dremel labeled parts.  Don't be snookered folks!

I highly endorse nicely articulated, neutrally posed, decently made Star Wars figures.  :)

I endorse supporting for all your customizing needs.

And of course, I endorse as the greatest little Star Wars site on the net.

I'm sure if I could think of more I would...  I just can't off-hand.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 21, 2004, 10:14 PM »
I'm picturing an awesome commercial like those ones for diamonds...  :)  With the right casting, that could be great.

perhaps we should downplay that at C3

PRobably the last celebration event...  I'd think so anyway.  I wouldn't worry about it.  They aren't running it. :)

I'm not talking slapping a Hasbro rep in the face with any body parts or nuffin' of course.  The point stands though.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 21, 2004, 09:40 PM »
Paul, you rock dude.  Thanks!  I'm gonna show those off at FFURG for custom fodder.

From my estimation (I borrowed them and lightened them up to see articulation and break points), I can see some really 21st Cent. Toys-ish articulation there.  Possibly as heavily done as the Paratroopers were.

I think the hats may come off...  it's possible.

I may shoot an email over to Dusty Trails too.  Absolutely infriggin'credible here.  :)  Very realistic figures.  I'd be all over these for casting and for just collecting a set...  Customizing some too!

Great stuff!

Some of the stuff the Playmobil line has may be able to be used there too...  They have an older style Colt single-action... 

This could be huge.  I can't see a Cannon and Gatling without troops too.  I hope we see Indians, Cavalry, and more noteable characters from history.  The Doc Holiday's very close in likeness to Val Kilmer's character from Tombstone.

I'm sure as **** glad that Earp doesn't look like the Costner version...  not close to Tombstone's Kurt Russel really either.  Closer to that than Costner though.

Which reminds me...  I'd take some Dances with Wolves characters...  OH!  What about figures based on characters likenesses from Deadwood on HBO?  I could only imagine if they had voice chips that had lines from that show.  Good lord.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: December 21, 2004, 09:32 PM »
I gotta wait for X-Mas for my Yarua...  Dammit. 

You're forgetting Worrororororororororororor though...  No love for the EU Wookie? :)  Too bad he's short now...  I'm half-tempted to whip a Worororrororororororor figure up out of either Yarua and a cast of Worrorororororororororr's head or a VOTC Chewie...  I dunno. 

The figure never looked like the character in the RPG other than the headsculpt.  He didn't sport the bandoleir like Chewie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Trilogies
« on: December 21, 2004, 08:17 PM »
I'd put the OT ahead of LOTR...

The story's more my taste...  It's not got the seriousness the LOTR trilogy carries with it.  To that end, to me, it's a better story because it's more of an escape. 

LOTR is SO close to Star Wars in my mind though...  I really don't want to pick one over the other.  I consider them pretty much equal.  I rank the prequals below them in a tie with Indiana Jones (This is just out of trilogies I personally enjoy).

The thing then is what's in the movies that makes one better than another as far as effort, in my view.

To me, the Star Wars films were more "hard fought".  They did more for film in general than the LOTR trilogy did.  That's not to take away from the LOTR trilogy, but Lucasfilm's subsidiaries have transformed not just the film industry but entire ways in which films are even marketed.  LOTR was POSSIBLE because of the efforts Lucas's special effects teams have acheived.

As far as visual effects comparisons, I'd say the prequals are equal to LOTR actually.  Actually, LOTR's features CGI characters that took less work than in the prequals.  When broken down, the Gollum figure's so vastly LESS complex than, say, Yoda...  He's more on a level with a CGI Clone or battledroid in complexity of animation.

The battles turned out better for the story...  More "real" in look not because the animation in the prequals is bad, but it's not put together well from the coordination standpoint, if that makes sense.  In LOTR Helm's Deep, Minis Tirith, etc., are all really seamless battles that look logical and realistic. 

In the end though, from what goes into them and the level of quality they are, they're pretty equal series to me, so I give the edge to Star Wars only because it's advancing the industry overall.  LOTR's efforts were cool though, and equal to the prequals...  I'm sure ideas there are being adapted elsewhere too.

To me the classics set the bar for effects though and continuously have improved hollywood...  I don't think LOTR's spawning anything like that.

It's a great series though, it'll always be equal to STar Wars in my heart, and it surpassed IJ to me which I thought wouldn't happen.

As for the others...  Alien and BTTF would be under the prequals and IJ...  The rest I could care about.  Really I could care about Alien and BTTF too...   :-*

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