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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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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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are you bringing the Astroglide


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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