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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I stole mail! Yay!
« on: August 10, 2004, 06:06 PM »

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:59 AM »
Now I actually like Leia.  She's my favorite behind Han only so far...  I think the likeness is as close as any ANH Leia, and the articulation looks good.  She's not "great", but properly scaled and all.  

Han, to me, is the only clear winner in the first series unfortunately.  He's the only one I can't find any real complaints about.

Leia's missing gun, footholes, and the articulation being slightly lacking were my gripes on her.

Obi's artiuclation, hood, and sculpt all kinda bit to me, but he's doable as an Obi in a speeder.  That's good I guess.

Luke's, to me, like Obi.  Cool ideas and bad execution.

I'm surprised how many don't like Leia...  I think she's as good as we'll probably get of her in this outfit. :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-TE
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:54 AM »
To the moans of many I'm sure, I have to say that unless it's to-scale, I'm not all that interested.

That said...  It's DOABLE to-scale because it's easily something you could make that needs "assembly required" as it were.  The legs could each pop off like the AT-AT did, to save packaging space I think.

If it's to-scale, I'm all about it.  I'd buy multiples and evne customize Galactic Civilar War AT-TE mods (they're modded into straight unarmed transports, or so they seem in the Empire series).  

I'd buy two even if they're to-scale just to have a Clone army around.

Pack in a driver (SA Clone) and I'm a happy camper.

I'd go $60 on that...  No lights, no sounds, just a straight fun toy.  Maybe even $70, but $60 for sure.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 10, 2004, 01:11 AM »
I agree.

For every plus Luke has, there's a negative.  It acutally seems that Ben's more "winner" than Luke overall.

The thing about Luke is that there's such a slew of him in this outfit, he's somewhat passable as at least different.

Still, I'd rather have seen:

-Sculpted Shirt...  I don't get Hasbro's DESIRE to articulate his torso like this really, and the coat's so rigid on him that the torso's only cool with the shirt off.  This is an instance I wholeheartedly think Hasbro went overboard with softgoods.

-Improved Height...  TOTALLY agree here.  I've seen people mention his height being accurate, but I think Hammil's about 5'8" or so?  Unsure exactly, but he's definitely not this small.  He's short though...  But this figure's a washout.  So is Pilot Luke in height.

PERFECT Luke height is Saga Jabba's Palace Luke.  In comparison, this LUke's a good half a head + shorter, and in 3.75" terms that means a LOTTA midget going on.

-Better Headsculpt...  I think, had this figure seen all the above improvements, that he'd not be bad enough to warrant a complaint on the head, but at this point he is.

-Personal Beef...  Notice the part of his lower torso with a ridge?  I'm really not sure what the deal is, but his torso below his waist is pretty ugly.  A nicely sculpted piece here would've really helped the torso look a lot better in my opinion.  Minor, under the shirt, but important to me.  With him being shirtless and all...  Or the option there.

Some great pluses though...

The leg articulation, and really the articulation overall, are outstanding.  Equaled by Han so far only.

The ball/socket hip though, indeed, would rock on a biker scout, Endor Leia, Endor Luke, EU Rebel Biker Scout (just throwing in a personal want), Dooku on Bike, Anakin on Swoop, etc...

Great figure possibiliites, and Hasbro's now gone the extra mile and proven they CAN ball/socket a hip joint without it looking like a G.I. Joe.  NO Company has done that this well in this scale.  To that end, my hats off to the innovator there.

I personally (tooting my own horn) was pondering this EXACT execution for customizing.  They need only have the post, on the inside, have a rounded edge so it's a little more "fluid" when posed.  It kind of locks into place now as it is, which his awkward when posting him.

Again, this articulation boggles my mind why they even did it, but they did it better than one could have even hoped for.

Too bad the SA Clone and other figures in VOTC DON'T have this joint too.  It's amazing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday bobafett14!!
« on: August 9, 2004, 08:06 PM »
Yeah man, happy B-Day.

He's traveling this week as far as I knw, so he may not be in to say anything for a bit.  Just a heads up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRON Man
« on: August 9, 2004, 08:05 PM »
Jared making the best point of the thread...

I just wanted to interject a moment.

I made a few compromises. I wanted to be as close to the original as possible, but let's face it: I'm not the same shape as either Bruce Boxleitner or Jeff Bridges (the actors who played Tron and Flynn, respectively). I'm somewhat overweight, as you see (one drawback of wearing spandex is that it does nothing to hide one's obesity). Therefore, I decided to make myself a character in the same universe, but not one of the known characters, which gave me much more latitude in what I could do with paint and other design items.

The guy acknowledges his shortcomings physically....  I give him credit, and honestly, I feel bad that he's had so much ridicule.

The thught of ANYONE who dresses up at a con being chastised anymore than anyone else is kind of sad really.  It shows caddiness in our own hobby really.

The only thing the guy should rethink BIGTIME is the fact he has the most horrendous moose-knuckle I've ever had the disgusting displeasure to witness.  He really SHOULD be wearing a cup, and I guess this is smething he didn't think of.

In the final costume though, just because he's heavy, he's been made fun of by people who were doing the same damn thing...  Perhaps they're in better shape, but they're still equally "losers" in their own right.  

And this is 100% not a slight on them.  I'm thinking of joining the 501st as an Imp. Officer...  Dressing at cons, etc.  If I do, I'm no better than he is though, just maybe in better shape.

And since he openly says "it hurt", I feel bad about it, and that he had to put up with it...  Guy's just trying to have fun.  

He'd be better off in THIS thread if he didn't have the moose-knuckle shot though.  I'd be fixin' up those "pre-dress" outfit shots BIGTIME.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 9, 2004, 07:52 PM »
Yup.  I'm hearing good things about the set.  Like accurate sidearms, .50 cal machine guns with tri-pods (hotly needed in this scale), mortars, a bazooka with rockets, etc...

Even has tables I think?

And the figures aren't bad either.  A ntch below PTE in overall articulation (not hard to do considering PTE's figures have like 20 points of articulation each), but they have removable helmets.

I have heard the helmets kinda suck.  We'll see.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 9, 2004, 07:48 PM »
I'm torn on Yoda myself...

It looks definitive, and I like the softgoods, but if it's really puffy, I dunno.  

With Dagobah Yoda coming out at the same time, he's a REALLY tough figure to surpass.  It is, probably, as good a Yoda as you can get without getting one with awesome softgoods.  

I'm torn.   :-\

I nabbed Luke today.  Freaky figure.  I'm digging the ball/socket hips.  A first and really something I'd love to see down the road on other figures (anyone on a speederbike, namely), and I dig the bare arms.  Best bare arm fodder available.

The torso's oddlly sculpted, but it really didn't need to be.  That's disappointing.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 9, 2004, 04:04 AM »

Proving once again that even knock-off 1:18 scale military toy companies have more sense than Hasbro...

This is a neat little playset that retails for $15, has 4 remvable helmet figures, and I think 150+ pieces total or some such (I have one on the way, I'll pimp it when I get it).

The company's small and does knock-offs.

Imagine this format/concept in Star Wars terms?

Interlocking Hoth sets like Trench pieces, gun towers, or even cave halls and such?

Interlocking Death Star sets?  Maybe even stackable like we've seen in the Diorama section of our site?

Interlocking Bespin Set?

Interlocking Jabba's Palace or Cantina?

Interlocking Theed set?

Interlocking Coruscant set?

If this is what a knock-off company can do, Hasbro can do better still.  I'd love any of the above if Hasbro took this idea and made it quality.  

Oh well.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: August 8, 2004, 04:05 PM »
I'm at the Hampton Inn where Bob's staying too.  I was able to book a room smewhere between the minimum time they allow it at HI for you to book rooms in adavnce, and the point when LFL/whoever blocked reservations by taking up all kinda space at hotels near the convention center.

I unfrtunatelyt hink I get in on Thursday, not Wednesday like most of who I know of are doing.  That means I'm either cming out a day later, or perhaps getting my reservation bumped up a day?

Anyway, got a nice room I guess, right there...  I'll be seeing whoever I can, dependant upon my commitments at the show with FFURG, and of course here with  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: do you have too much stuff?
« on: August 8, 2004, 03:55 PM »
A bit too much...  

In my stupidity, I bought extra POTF2 stuff at times that really had no value or need.  Some was for my vague attempt at a carded collection, and some for trading/selling to friends, but friends usually didn't need it by the time I got it.

Silly me.

I have a 12" collection taking up space I've tried to sell off here and there, but people often only want a piece or two, and don't buy enough for me to justify breaking things up a lot.  

My dream would be finding smeone whoo'd buy the whle thing for my cost or slightly less and just being rid of them.  Hasbro 12" figures are just not my bag anymore.

All in good time perhaps.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 8, 2004, 03:51 PM »
My good friend Bob (Bobafett14) nabbed me a VOTC Luke, so to that end I'm set!  Very cool.  Now onto VOTC ESB figures.

No 3po, no Lando...  Weird distribution methods Hasbro seem to be using with the VOTC.   :-\

As to Greedo, I was actually going to skip him because I felt this was one of the "rip-off" repaints.  A figure who just saw a pretty good repaint not long ago and all.

The thing is though, and this is what prompted me to bite on this, is that the Rodians in ANH are practically army builders.  There's at least 4 with Jabba when he confronts Han at the Falcon in the SE, and they closely resemble the first CT Greedo.  I figure Wal-Mart Cantina Greedo makes just some nice diversity in the "gang of goons" Jabba would have.  

So to that end, to me, those figures (And even POTF2) make ok army builders, to an extent.

And now OTC Greedo's happily taking a seat in the Cantina with Cantina Han...  And all is right with the world.

Anything I can use to justify the purchase of, essentially, the same figure fr a 3rd time. :)

It'll get me through the Gamorrean, Tusken, and Jawas too, as well as TIE Pilots and CT STormies I perhaps run into.  

The OTC Strmie really looks crisp.  Quite nice itself.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: R.I.P. Super Freak (Rick James)...
« on: August 6, 2004, 08:24 PM »
Duh, didn't even see Matt's post, so I removed mine.

Anyway, I don't jump into these too often but just this past year Rick James was on Chapelle Show looking good, getting back in the limelight some, and bam...  Weird.

As he said...  "Cocaine's a hell of a drug..."

I still ain't gonna stop laughing at that Chapelle Show though.  Still the funniest one ever.

Toy Reviews / Re: OTC Millenium Falcon
« on: August 6, 2004, 08:20 PM »
I'm away from home and sort of jamming through the board, so I hope I'm not starting a thread without spotting a similar one.

Don't worry Jared.  I'm not going to harp on re-treads/re-reviews of the same product here.  I think everyone's review deserves its own thread if they wish.  It's all about the continuing discussion in the threads to me.

Good review...  

Personally, I'm getting away from ships overall unless they're REALLY close to-scale or dead on.  That's a customizing focus of mine and an area I've quit being a completist in.  Things like the Y-Wing just bug me.

Of course a Falcon's too big for most folk's tastes to be to-scale, but it's on my to-do list.  We'll see.  :)

The new Falcon's and improvement, but what I keep hoping for is a to-scale, detailed, light-up cockpit someday.  :(  Wish one would come out soon.   :-\

Toy Reviews / Re: NEW Review: "Bar2-D2"
« on: August 6, 2004, 08:17 PM »
Yeah, HOlo Leia's solid for a "I haven't been cleaned since back on Alderaan" figure prior to having his bolt removed.  Bar2 fills any void in the films beyond that point that an R2 would be needed that isn't filthy or have his "tools" out.

If one were ambitious, and didn't mind little holes in his sides, you could make him adaptable to the removable tools from the R2 w/Sensor scope too.  I've thought about this just so I have a nice R2 w/tools myself.

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