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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 10:25 PM »
Is it bad when, after taking the test, you're told that you aren't desired within hell due to the fear of your taking over the joint?

If that is bad, ignore what I just said and don't bother me for a while.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Vintage Assortment of 12
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:58 PM »
MisterPL made a good point though.  If these ARE only shipping in minimal #'s, then I'd just as soon they DIDN'T tease us with a Stormtrooper.  To me, that would be the ultimate kick in the ding ding.

I'll be plenty pissed off enough if they make these truly limited figures.  It will be one of the single most craptacular things Hasbro ever did, seriously.  With the already heightened demand it would do nothing but take a big nasty dump on the hobby overall as far as I'm concerned.

These MUST reship on OTC cards, and reship a-plenty.
To do otherwise is to show you honestly DO NOT care about the life of this line I think, nor about your consumer base.

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it would be the type of thing where I'd say "if I could only buy one more set of figures, these would be it".

I agree Mosnab.  These are, without a doubt, the best figures Hasbro's ever done judging by these early shots.  They're simply great looking figures that everyone's gonna clamor for.  Let's just hope for the best.

I too was worried after reading that statement of "miss em and you're out" at GH.com.  Very disconcerting.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:52 PM »
Figure production generally starts a year (+/- couple months) in advance.  A line like the E3 line I'd say, is without a doubt, in some preliminary stages of production right now, as Hasbro's probably just developing the core ideas they want to run with...  Possibly character selection's going on, and gathering what may be necessary from LFL as far as references as well.  

The production of the films is moving deep into the process now where they're working almost exclusively on visual effects with ILM.  That means costuming's done, and a lot of the CGI work is on its way to being done, so character design is almost complete at this time.  Hasbro should have the fuel they need for the choices they need to make (who is good in the initial assortment(s), and who's out, and who's good for later assortments, etc.)...

I'd expect figures the same time in 2005 as they shipped in 2002.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Recarded rehashes up the ying yang!
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:47 PM »
The only thing about the rehashes is that I just am simply hoping that Hasbro repacks these awesome figures that are shipping now, so they're not scarce.

I mean, I know I want lots of Antilles, TIE Pilot, and "Dutch".  I'll take Dodonna's too, as well as lots of the other figures from the other waves even, but that Antilles wave is just the pinnacle of army builders in a single case.

I hope Hasbro's not gonna saturate the market with POTJ figures nobody really wants and short us on the new stuff EVERYONE's clamoring for.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:43 PM »
I don't usually get into deep thought, but with one class I'm taking I am somewhat forced into self-reflection and evaluation of who I am and how I behave with and to my fellow man.

I go to a private Catholic College Northeast of Pittsburgh, but relatively close to the city (like 15 minutes).  As it's a Catholic school, I'm forced to take a religious studies/philosophy course as part of my curriculum.  That, at first, seemed AOK by me, as I'm always open to broadening my mind to new things.  No biggie, right?

Well, last semester I took "Introduction to World Religions" because I thought it'd be pretty basic, and give me some grassroots knowledge about religions that (at the time) I thought I already had at least a loose understanding of.

I found out that my instructor, a Catholic priest and a nice guy (don't let my following negative opinion sour you on the kinda guy he is), had different things in mind.  The class encompassed everything from North and South American Indian religious beliefs to religions of the ancient world...  And it ran right up through current religions as well.

A very difficult course ultimately, so I wound up withdrawing because my GPA has to be relatively high for some of my grants and financial aid to be approved.  Better a W than an F.

So this semester I replaced the previous Rel/Phil class with "Contemporary Moral Problems in Modern Society".

Quite a mouthful.

I've found it a bit more easy to comprehend, as there's much less terminology that has words that are completely foreign to me.  Literally.  World Religions of course has tons of terms that are simply not easily translated to the English language so it almost felt like learning some other language necessary for theology classes last semester.

Anyway, my Morality class I'm taking this semester is still difficult because I find my instructor (same priest as last semester) is simply a tough instructor in both his pace and the material he covers.

The class though, discusses various ethical theories and ideas...  Thing's like Kantian Deontologism, Ross's "Prima Facie" Deontologism, Egoism (What I've determined I practice), various forms of Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, etc...

Lots of stuff, simpler to understand though because the basic root of these terms aren't foreign to me so I can cope with this class more.

Anyway, the class makes you reflect on yourself somewhat, because we discuss various ethical situations, and how we personally would react to them.

I find that, when it comes to business (which both my majors are central to) I tend to focus on performing efficiently...  As I should.  To acheive the maximum benefit for the most people.  This sometimes includes difficult choices though, like say cutting benefits to employees when a company is failing (a fairly simplistic example, but you get the point).

On the issue of personal ethical choices though, I find I'm much more the egoist.  To those who dislike me, it's probably no surprise.  To myself, I was slightly surprised to the extent it was, but overall I expected it since I like to think I know myself fairly well, and I know that I like to make myself happy foremost.  

In personal decisions, few outside individuals actually ever influenced me.  

So, do you ever do self-reflection and realize you're a jagoff too?

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Hey
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:59 PM »
Generally the cheaper the tape, the more likely to leave residue there is.  There's masking tape made specifically for hobby enthusiasts, and you may wanna look for it at your local hobby shop.  

I've had the same residue problems in the past.  It happens to us all at some point I think. :)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Vintage Assortment of 12
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:53 PM »
The possible "limited edition" status of this line is utter BS.

I just complained about this in the TF thread too, and this one little issue has me royally pissed off, to tell you the truth.  If these ARE Limited (In that they don't release these figures again on the standard line's cards), then Hasbro's done nothing but to make one big advancement to the modern line take about 2 HUGE steps backward.

Like I said at Galactic Hunter, can anyone say "Playmates Star Trek:TNG" with me?

MisterPL was giving me some hope that these super articulated sculpts will be reused, and I truly hope he's correct, but Hasbro's limiting things is a BAD sign overall.  Let us all hope for the best of course.

I was hoping the SA treatment wouldn't even end with these 12, and that we may see it become more widespread across the line as a whole.  I still hope for this.  For a Star Wars toy line that really "wows" you with every new figure.

I'm very curious to see/hear more news from Hasbro about all of this, nonetheless.  They've definitely got my attention right now.

I just hope I'm able to get plenty of these figures as I want them not only for my collection but customizing too.  They're just so great looking.  The Han is, as far as I can tell, perfect.

As for a 2nd Han, I almost wouldn't mind an apology Endor Han over an Emperor.  I see your point about an Emperor though too Matt, and would love both honestly.

Han though, that's a figure that really could stand the soft goods treatment I think, and super articulation given his role at Endor.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:46 PM »
Some reports from GH.com say the "Vintage" 12 figures are goiong to only ship once, be $10 each, and never ship after the first allotment is gone.

WTF is up with that?  :(  I'm hoping those figures are mixed into the regular OTC line then at a later point, as they are truly "ultimate" versions of main characters.  The best ever.

If Hasbro drops the ball here, they're making one step forward in Star Wars figures, but taking 2 steps backwards by making them "Chase" figures and expensive chase figures to boot.  This news has me bumming today in what should otherwise be a glorious moment for collectors, especially openers.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Midnight Madness 3
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:43 PM »
E2 didn't really have a midnight madness here.  Most people went to Wal-Mart stores to get what they wanted, and while WM had the area roped off, most of us went in and got what we wanted when we got there.

My WM had only me and about 6 others, 2 of which were "significant others" buying for loved ones.  Not many collectors, and nobody I even knew from the local collecting group even.

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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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