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Saga '02-'04 / Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 5, 2004, 05:04 PM »
BobaFett14, a guy I know from my local collector group mentioned this idea over at before, and it's one I really love.

It's a "Vs. 2-pack" idea with Super Articulated Army Builder-type figures sold together on a single card.  Imagine the possibilities though!

-SA Clone Vs. SA Battledroid
-SA Stormtrooper Vs. SA Rebel Fleet Trooper
-SA Scouttrooper Vs. SA Endor Rebel Trooper
-SA Snowtrooper Vs. SA Hoth Rebel Trooper
-SA Jedi Knight (Various) Vs. SA Super BattleDroid or Destroyer Droid
-SA Rebel Pilot Vs. SA Imperial Pilot

That's a pretty cool idea to me though, and could include lots of other characters/ideas...  Like what about a SA Fett Vs. SA Han or Luke maybe?

The army builder idea though rocks...  Great way to get army builders (Good SA versions) out en masse to the people and at a fair price for 2 good figures.  

I would sink tons of $ into this idea...  I mean a lotta dough.  It's one of the better army building ideas I've heard in ages, and would seem to apply to other aspects of the line as well beyond army builder figures.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hoth Wave 2 toughts
« on: January 4, 2004, 09:39 PM »
I'd take a couple Hoth waves actually...  I think there's lots of improvements to be made to the figures all around, such as:

Wave 2, Basic Figures:

-Super Articulated Hoth Han...  soft-goods hood that folds down, removable hat and goggles.  Include a 50% of run variation where he's snowcovered, and that would rock (For an outdoors Han).  And of course, both versions come in both blue and brown again. :)  

-Major Derlin...  Decently articulated body, removable hat and goggles, working holster with blaster sidearm, cloth scarf piece attached to helmet.

-Hoth Astromech/Gonk 2-pack...  A white Gonk with the top-mounted power ports, and any astromech from echo base they've yet to make in a single set (Reuse the Gonk and astromech bodies of course).

Wave 2, Ultra Figure:

-Torryn Farr with Hoth Ion Control Console...  A LARGE (bigger than the sensor readout with Riekean) screen, command chair, and Torryn's sporting 14 points of articulation with a removable headset.  Light-up screen for Ion control wouold be nice.

Wave 3 Basic Figures:  

-Hoth Luke...  Basic Luke (not damaged), with improved articulation at the legs/mid-arms.  Working holster with blaster, removable hat w/cloth scarf and removable goggles (good ones).  I like the Saga figure, but a basic one that was more poseable with more "stuff" would've been nice.  

-Hoth Leia...  Super Articulation, or as close as they could get, and maybe have her come with some Echo Base accessories like boxes or whatnot for the hallways of Echo Base for the "Scruffy Nerfherder" moment?  An EU Datapad would be neat too since she was busy getting the base set up and all.

-Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot...  Generic Pilot figure with blue emblem helmet (Or could be a Dak figure).  Include head variation Wedge and Hobbie even?  12-14 POA  on them.

Wave 3 Ultra Figure:

-Hoth Rebel Technician w/ Vehicle Maintenance Energizer...  True-scale (new) Veh. Energizer with hoses, tools, etc...  Hoth Technician includes a removable hat, and decent articulation.

Wave 4 Basic Figures:

-Super Articulated Hoth Rebel Footsoldier...  Just as the name says...  Removable helmet with head variants would be neat, but not necessary.  Simple head variants with molded on hats would be nice though.  A cloth scarf on one would rock too.  Good plastic used on the backpacks and rifles as well, and a working holster with sidearm of course.  I'd buy  this one in droves.

-Luke Snowspeeder Pilot...  New sculpt from the previous generic one, and include a grappling hook weapon that attaches to Luke's belt, working holster with blaster pistol, and sabre connects to his belt as well (removable blade).  Removable helmet of course as well.

-Hoth Rebel Officer...  Head variant of the Derllin figure released with a backpack, macrobinoculars, and a blaster rifle for out in the trenches.

Wave 4 Ultra Figure:

-Multi-piece Anti-Infantry Tower (Large tower from trenches)...  Just the tower, no figure necessary, but would be a great set...  Comes in pieces so you build it, and can take it apart like it's blown up.  Door opens and it has an interior w/ladder to the port out the top.  Perfect for the new officer with his binoculars!


-Hoth Trench playset...  They make a full-scale piece of trench, for maybe $15 or $20...  The trench can interconnect turned any direction to the same set, so you buy more and can make a zig-zag trench diorama like...  The set includes:  

-Super Articulated Snowtrooper with cloth mask and skirt piece, working holster, no rank bars (Just a grunt).  

-Hoses/power boxes.

-1 Rebel tri-pod cannon (collapsable).

$20 would make this a great piece I think...  Lots of fun, and one everyone would want multiples of I'd wager.  :)  I'd buy it I'm sure, and would love how it would look with the anti-infantry tower too.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ice Cream Maker Guy
« on: January 4, 2004, 09:11 PM »
He isn't really interesting, but he'd make great fodder as far as I'm concerned so I'm sure, so long as Hasbro did him really well, I'd buy a couple of him.  

I wonder if he has an assistant?  Be cool to get a variation too. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to OCB!
« on: January 1, 2004, 02:07 PM »
Happy B-Day to you today Scott, and I hope you have a blast with your new hove-a-round judging by the photo.

And a belated happy B-Day to Stan of course as well.  

NY B-Days huh?  Hope neither of you got hosed on getting less stuff since it's so close to X-Mas.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: video game characters
« on: January 1, 2004, 02:03 PM »
I'm not gonna argue there...

-Dark Forces/Jedi Knight:

-Kyle Katarn, Jedi Knight (Jedi Knight)
-Kyle Katarn, Rebel Agent (Dark Forces)
-Kyle Katarn, Dark Jedi (Mysteries of the Sith)
-Jan Ors (Jedi Knight)
-Imperial Heavy Weapons Trooper (Jedi Knight)
-General Mohc, Dark Forces Project Leader (Dark Forces)
-8T-88 (Jedi Knight Series)
-Jerec, Dark Jedi Leader (Jedi Knight)
-Sariss, Female Dark Jedi (Jedi Knight)
-Bohc, Twi'Lek Dark Jedi (Jedi Knight)
-Yun, Dark Jedi Training (Jedi Knight)
-Maw, Crippled Dark Jedi (Jedi Knight)
-Gorc/Pic, Twin Brother Dark Jedi (Jedi Knight)
-Qu Rahn, Jedi Knight (Jedi Knight)
-Morgan Katarn (Jedi Knight)
-WeeGee, Katarn Family Droid (Jedi Knight)
-8T-88's Gran Thug (Jedi Knight)
-Reborn w/color variants (Jedi Outcast)
-Sith Cultists w/variants (Jedi Academy)
-Customizeable figure for Main Character (Jedi Academy)
-Mara Jade (Mysteries of the Sith)
-Phase I Darktrooper (Dark Forces)
-Phase II Darktrooper (Dark Forces)
-Phase III Darktrooper (Dark Forces)
-Accessory pack (w/Fusion Cutter, Railgun, Stormie Rifle, Briar Pistol, Extended Stormie Rifle, Thermal Det. Bandoleir, IM Mines, Lightsabre hilts and blades, Shield Pack, Phrik Sample, Death Star Plans, Backpack, Disruptor Sniper Rifle, 8T-88's arm/data pad, Morgan Katarn Holograph)

-Raven's Claw (Jedi Academy)
-Mara Jade's Ship (Mysteries of the Sith)
-Moldy Crowe Vehicle (Jedi Knight)

X-Wing/TIE Fighter Series:

-Keyan Farlander (X-Wing)
-Maarek Steele (TIE Fighter)
-Ace Azzameen (X-Wing: Alliance)
-Olin Garn (X-Wing: Alliance)
-Aeron Azzameen (X-Wing: Alliance)
-Antan Azzameen (X-Wing: Alliance)
-Emon Azzameen (X-Wing: Alliance)
-Carmen Viraxo (X-Wing: Alliance)
-MK-09 Droid (X-Wing: Alliance)

-Tons of vehicles

Force Commander:

-Lt. Brenn Tantor (Imperial Uniform)
-Lt. Brenn Tantor (Rebel Uniform)
-Brenn Tantor (Stormtrooper Uniform)
-Dellis Tantor (Imperial Uniform
-Dellis Tantor (Rebel Uniform)
-Dellis Tantor (Stormtrooper Uniform)
-General Tulon
-General Taskeen
-Imperial Artillery Pilot
-Rebel Transport Pilot
-Rebel Tanker
-Rebel Swoop Scout

-Tons of Vehicles

Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: Unbelievable Scout Walker
« on: December 30, 2003, 04:08 PM »
Someone in Poland has a lot of time, and a lot of plywood. :)

But, I'm curious...  If you're gonna go through the effort of making such a HUGE thing, why not make it 1:1 scale and have it lifesized instead of just being a hair under-scaled?

Did Michael Sabotage the materials supplied to the buiilder so he couldn't do a true 1:1 item?  Hmmm, conspiracy theories already begin to swirl like the curls of a mullet.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Where's Yoda?
« on: December 30, 2003, 01:59 PM »
Most all sources claim he's been on Dagobah since the fall of the Jedi...  Guess he's just chilling out in the swamps I suppose.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Target = Marked Down Prices
« on: December 30, 2003, 01:55 PM »
I need to get back out and look...  I want an Obi CW for customizing as well as some others.  And x'ing my fingers in hopes of finding some Wave 3 CW lying about...  Namely Clone troopers!

Could use the screen scenes on clearance for fodder but they've not gone on sale and the Mace Windu one (the one I really wanted to hack apart) is non-existant anywhere but TRU.  Wonder if I can get a pricematch there?  Hmmm...   :-\

Beyond that, stuff's pretty well clearing out to just Wave 1 Clone Wars stuff...  Still Jedi Fighters lying about though, and some Droid Launchers...  Hopefully Saga will take its place.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 30, 2003, 01:52 PM »
Wow, now that's a nice breakdown of the rumor list there Scott!  Even better than the one above there I posted in.

Great work with all the pictures.  That's making things a LOT easier to follow since some of the names were vague to me!

My top 3 are still Hermi Odle (I want him to come with apples!), Death Star Trooper, and Stormtrooper...

I just hope the latter two have super articulation and great army building features like working holsters and removable headgear ('cept maybe the stormie).

Hem Dazon's a nice one too since he's my top Cantina Alien personally, and Dannik Jerricho's my second most wanted Cantina Patron.

I'm only slightly disappointed by the lack of army builder-type figures, though there are a handful like the Cloud Car pilot and figures who've already been confirmed for next year I suppose.  

I'm curious just how much of that gets made...  That' seems like a LOT of figures for even a movie year to see. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 2004 Figures Release List
« on: December 30, 2003, 01:46 PM »
Hermi Odle, Death Star Trooper, and Stormtrooper are the most anticipated on the list for me I would say...  All 3 I want to see done or redone, and the latter two I'm hoping for super articulation and great features (working holster, removable helmet, etc.).

I'm curious how the rumor mill will pan out ultimately but that is indeed a nice list going there.

Great work compiling it all together Scott.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: December 29, 2003, 03:30 PM »
I just got my FC mag and was flipping through...  Insider had a lot of "new" images this go-round, but nothing we've not seen before aside from Red 1, and the AT-ST Han.

The pics of the other figures are really clear though, and I have to say that Gold Leader and the TIE Pilot are 20x as great as I thought before...  Gold Leader appers to have some extra articulation in one arm at least...  The TIE Pilot's bordering on "super" articulation.  Why, I do not know, but he does sport a lot of joints so far including ball/socket knees.  Good for him!

Now if they'll only make everyone else that great! :)  Fleet Trooper, Hoth Reb. Trooper, Scouttrooper, Hoth Stormtrooper, and regular Stormtrooper, I'm looking at all of you!  :)  Oh and Endor Rebels too dangit!

But anyway the Red Leader images aren't anything to write home about.  The pilot's crammed into the ship and it's a distant shot so what he's exactly looking like is impossible to tell by these images.  Almost looks like a bigger (removable) style helmet, but after those possible prototype images leaked that Scott posted a while ago, I'm not gonna hold my breath for a decent pack-in with that fighter.

Oh, and the socket for an astro is empty, so no word there either though I'm wagering no R5 for him.  Maybe carded someday, or we can hope at least.

The clear images of all the other upcoming Jabba's Palace and Tatooine figures look great though.  The articulation on some of those figures is far beyond Hasbro's norm...  Now if they'd only keep this up all the time, and for all figures.  

Lando Skiff's still gotta be one of my favorites just in images so far.  WOW!

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 29, 2003, 02:34 PM »
Oh man, things I'd love to see?  

Basic Figures:

-Resculpt Boromir (FOTR) with super articulation and cloth cape
-Orc Swordsman (Minis Tirrith)
-Orc Pikeman (Minis Tirith)
-Orc Archer (Minis Tirith)
-Gondorian Soldier (Removable Helmet)
-Gondorian Ranger Resculpt (Neutral headsculpt)
-Gondorian Ranger Variant (Faramir's Lt./older guy)
-Uruk Hai Swordsman/Pikeman (Comes with both weapons)
-Re-release of 1st Orc Warrior Figure (Too damn hard to find)
-Orc Scout (Mordor Tower)
-Orc Warrior (Mordor Tower)
-Ring Destruction Frodo (Removable finger)
-Ring Destruction Sam
-Army of the Dead Soldier (variants perhaps too?)
-Orc Standard Barer
-Gondorian Royal Guard
-Rohirrim Militia (Civilian armed/Helm's Deep) Young
-Rohirrim Militia (same as above) Older
-Berzerker Uruk Hai with removable arrows and fuse/torch
-Dunderling Warrior (Head/accessory variants)


-Orc General (Minis Tirrith) w/Warg ride
-Nazgul Rider (with Witchking and regular Ringwraiths)
-Rohirrim Soldier (New head) with horse
-Gondorian Soldier (New Head) with horse (Ride to Osgilliath)
-Gondorian Ranger (New head) with horse
-Oliphant with Rider/Driver (Sure it's gonna be huge but I agree, it'd be great...  Even if it wasn't articulated!  Look at the 1:6 scale tanks put out, I think an Oliphant is possible)
-King Theoden with horse
-Eowyn/Pippin with horse

Deluxe Weapons:

-Orc Seige Tower (If we're getting an Oliphant...?  ya know?)
-Orc Catapult
-Gondor Trebuchet
-Uruk Hai Balista
-Uruk Hai Battering Ram (Includes 4 Uruk Hai with Ram)

And I'll tell ya what, I could go for figure after figure that we don't see in the films but who were in the books...  The mongul-like riders that the Rohirrim fought at Minis Tirrith...  The backup Rohan and Gondorian forces...  The pirates (We saw them, but only briefly)...  The Elven forces lead to Minis Tirrith by Elrond's sons...  Elrond's sons...  Elrond from Minis Tirrith...  

I could go for ALL of this stuff.  Hell, even Dwarf troops, though they're not in LOTR at all, just to have them though.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: December 29, 2003, 11:41 AM »
I'm actually somewhat excited to get the figure because it's a prime army building/customizing (Head swaps) opportunity for me.

I've been a proponent for a new AT-ST pilot for a long time and this Han makes a fairly decent looking generic pilot.  Head swaps will abound though for me, as the helmet is indeed removable (with chin strap, whippee!!!), which rocks.

He's partly rehashed from the Imp. Officer it seems, but has a new left arm (at least) and what appears to possibly be new legs as well, though they're not articulated any differently.  They do appear to be less spread apart than the POTJ officer's were.  

The right arm appears rehashed, as does the body.  

It would've been nice if Hasbro included the TIE pilot legs from the pack-in Bomber pilot, as they do fit the Officer sculpt perfectly and are articulated at the one extra point at the knees.  

The helmet looks great...  It's big, as are the goggles, but as you can see in this photo below, the helmet's supposed to be really big.  They nailed it as far as I'm concerned (Though the chinstrap's white instead of black, not a biggie to me though).

So, all in all it's not a shabby looking figure at all I don't think...  High on anyone's list?  Not likely...  Necessary?  Not really...  But decent and good fodder/army building?  Yeah, it's ok.

I still want an Endor Han with a removable trench coat though, and neutral pose, and decent articulation, and working holster...  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Christmas 2003 Score Thread
« on: December 25, 2003, 08:34 PM »
I did well, as my mom still spoils me beyond what she should.

I got:

-Grand Moff Tarkin Bust...  I friggin' love this thing!  It is the EXACT replica of Tarkin, right down to his white undershirt on his uniform...  This is the FIRST Tarkin to be the correct color of grey too.  For anyone who wondered what color his Tunic is, check out this bust...  I know this has been a point of debate.

-A replica of Jesse James' Revolver and Wanted Poster...  Weird, I know, but my name actually is Jesse James, and so I've got a weird collection of actual things from the James Gang's past...  I have a reprint of one of his wanted posters already but now I have a 2nd which is the more commonly seen/known one...  The replica of his revolver is exact, even in weight and it still has a functioning action.  This is a nice stand-in till I'm able to afford the real thing...  That's a ways off, but this really was a surprise one for me and I'm digging it. :)

-TONS of delicate sculpting and modeling tools...  My mother really went all out and got me a ton of professional Jewler's, Sculptor's, and Modeler's tools for  my customizing endeavours.  Some much needed diamond-files especially.  I'm really appreciative of that kinda stuff.

-2 walkin' & sparkin' Dinosaurs...  Anyone have those as a kid?  Wind-up Dino's that walked and shot sparks out their mouth?  My mother found 2 and bought them for me...  :)  Dumb to most, funny as hell to me...  They found a lovely home in my Cantina next to the "Toht" guy from Raider's of the Lost Ark, and a Trandoshan custom I did once.

-Chocolate...  Love real peanut butter cups from this place around here, and got some of those...  MMMMMMMMMmmmmmm

-Halo PC...  Played it some, and then got on here. :)

-Cashmere Sweater...  I admired it from afar at Express, and now it's mine!  Now who is the sweater master around here huh?  Eh, it's still Matt, who am I kidding?

-Long-Sleeve Orange County Choppers Tee and skullcap...  Love them bikes JJ makes, though I'm more a WCC kinda guy myself as far as the show I enjoy. :)

-Few Powertools...  *grunt grunt grunt*

-Socks...  Ah, I recall chucking these aside as a child, but now it's a real treat to get "Wigwam" socks.  Damned if these things haven't become impossible to find, yet my mother managed to get me 2 pair.  I'm good for another couple years!

-All the year's Holiday Ornaments from Hallmark...  Love the TIE Fighter if you haven't seen it.  Just a great sculpt.

So I made out pretty well and it's not over cuz I'm running to my friend's house for us to exchange some gifts and I'm sure she got me some nice things.  

Been a fun day, and I've had the luxury of being home ALL day and doing nothing.  Gotta love it...  :)  I just dread going back to college now since it's the next "big thing" coming up, blah.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Am I the only one...?
« on: December 25, 2003, 08:19 PM »
I'm holding slight hope they are setting a high bar with this SA Clone personally.  Waiting to see some improved Soldier figures in this same style now.

The thing with the army builders though, is they can repeatedly release them...  Single characters they'd have more trouble with, but you kn ow if I got a Super artiuclated Han Solo for instance, I'd personally be excited for some "dynamic" looking Han's released at a later date...  And that definitive Han could always be recarded as the need was seen, like with their "Flight to Alderaan" repackaged figure.

Either way though, I do think they have an option  now to either keep the standard alive and wow us with all the army builder figures, or they can neglect others...  The articulation's great, and ball/sockets seem to disguise well on cloth/flesh as well as armored figures (Look at Bespin Duel LUke's knees for instance).  I think they really could just milk a single profit for repeated release and wind up making MORE over the long run really...

And like I said, I'd take a dynamicly posed version of the same super articulated character then and not be as critical since I had the definitive version for the army building and whatnot.

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