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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:09 AM »
Wow, the topic sees some life.

More than I can say for 21st Century.  :P

The big possible rumor now is that they've possibly been taken over or sold.  Seems that items are coming out in the Motorworks boxes, but with 21st Century Toys stamped on the vehicles (as always), yet not a SINGLE mention of 21st Century Toys anywhere but the company stamp in the plastic itself.

Nowhere on the box...  Nothing.  SOme other company IS listed however (forgetting the name).

Could it be 21st Century has been sold?  Or possibly just partnered with another production facility allowing them use of the molds produced?

Hard to say at this stage, but I want a freaking Bradley Fighting Vehicle for my BBI Grunts, that's all I know!

21st may be in the crapper big time, and trying to dig their way out.  A shame, considering how well their figures sell.  If they'd focus on those instead of huge plane after huge plane, the line would be doing much better I think.

Planes are nice, but you gotta do that stuff in moderation.  Big ticket items just don't move well, as any toy company will gladly point out (And as FAO Swartz will gladly attest to as well).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:03 AM »
Just think though...  It means more more more more more for the rest of the year.

Those uber long rumor lists don't look so improbable now.

I'm curious to see how Toy Fair and Hasbro's private show (Should they do one again) pan out.  What surprises could be in store for later in the year?

Or are we just gonna see what's churning now, and on upcoming confirmed lists be reshipped?  It's a long year...  And the way they're pumping new (and great) stuff to us, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a LOT of great figures given to us this year that we've not got a clue on yet.

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No offense was really meant to you Matt, or others in that thread over at Scum, but I did take a bit of a shot at those claiming the Code 3 ships look better than model kits out there.

As nice as the one guy is in the thread, he's just REALLY off-base about plastic ships, and almost sounds scourned by what Hasbro's done by butchering the toys so he thinks all plastic looks unrealistic.

I guess that WAS a little bit of a shot...  Not its original intent, but I honestly think that anyone claiming Code 3 as being high quality just doesn't know what they're talking about.  

It's like the people that say the prequal's CGI sucks, when anyone with experience in CGI and computer animation in general will tell you it's cutting edge stuff, and the most impressive animation in a film anyone's likely to have seen...  Even superior in complexity to LOTR (Which I love, I'm just being honest).

Some people just don't like it though, and are convinced that it's "poor quality" when it's  not...  Just like I guess a couple folks think the Code 3 sets are somehow superior to the Fine Molds model kits, or even an AMT/Ertl kit from the 1980's.  Plastic, by its very nature, takes better detail than most cast metals do even.  Some people just aren't willing to accept that though.

I think it's them trying to justify the $300 pricetags in their mind.  :P

Seriously though, those C3 items would be worth $100 or so...  They're not even competitively priced against other die-cast metal models out there even.  I mean, I got a 1:18 scale Willy's jeep from World War II not that long ago, and it was only $30, has a working steering mechanism, full detailed engine, removable accessories like tools and such.  

I just don't get Code 3 then, and their exorbitant pricing, and their desire to push out other product that, by all means isn't even the same TYPE of collectible.

Code 3 then pi$$ed me off in a couple ways.

1) they pushed a superior product in model kits away, and have killed NEW Star Wars model kits (including some obscure EU ones) from being made.  This means model kits, which I love building, are now not available readily, and new kits of new vehicles aren't going to be available till Code 3 gives up its license.

2) They offer inferior quality product when compared to other "similar" items, like model kits (even pre-built ones) when it comes to their overall detail, accuracy, and yet claim their product to be "high-end".

3) They eliminate any form of competition, which I'm not wild about ANY Star Wars license for this reason...  hasbro b!tched at Lego for offering individual figures (Like who the hell's gonna quit being a die-hard Hasbro figure collector to buy Lego figures?), and so Code 3's sissy behavior over the C&D they MADE Lucasfilm enfoce (Lucasfilm actually had model-makers BUYING the kits from these "garage" kit companies).

4) Their price is just outrageous...  Like I said, for all the removable panels and things, I could go with $100 or less, but not $300...  That just sucks to me for all the more you get.  I mean, the scale of the X-Wing may not even be right, judging by eyeballing it (I could be wrong on that), so how can someone justify $300 for it?  I wouldn't pay $300 for a 1:18 scale X-Wing that was done RIGHT, much less Code 3's...  

But, when it all boils down, I'm mostly irritated because I can't get a single new damn model kit because of Code 3.  The best I can hope for is Fine Molds to make more kits, but I don't even know if they are holding a license at this poiont, an d there's been little heard from them, even though they've made arguably the best model kits for Star Wars ever.  :(

My last bastion of hope was the small garage companies that made limited edition resin kits (mostly of EU ships), and they're now unable to make anything...  And it's 100% the fault of Code "whiney b!tch" 3.

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He could be anyone...  He's like the wind.

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I'm tellin' ya Matt, don't do it man!

:)

Besides Code 3 being intrinsically evil, in that they don't want a SUPERIOR product to be available to the fans, and for less, then it's because their product simply doesn't live up to a $300-ish pricetag.

I'd buy model kits first...  There's a great XW and TIE model out from a Japanese company.  

Eh, I know you don't do models...  Just a suggestion.  I've grown to hate how Code 3 ran some good model companies out though, and there's NOT A SINGLE actual model kit on the market for STar Wars anymore because of them, unless you want to buy from Japan (And even then, I think their license may be up and they're not making any more sets than the XW & TIE).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 4, 2004, 06:29 PM »
I feel lucky to have spotted the JP wave at this point.  I've not seen hide nor hair of the Tatooine wave, save for the Bar2-D2 that I'm thinking was just a repack in the JP wave.

I needs me some R1-G4 and a Jedi Luke.

But, this wave...  I need all too much of this wave.  Multiples of ALL of them. :(  Especially Antilles and Gold Leader.  

The hunt's on.  I just hope these things are easy enough to find.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront at Star Wars.com
« on: February 4, 2004, 02:24 AM »
I guess this news is old (It is to me I know, probably to you too), but there's a trailer up for battlefront at Lucasarts if you're wanting to check it out.

It's not much, but it's a taste...  The game looks like a GREAT engine for a game based in single-player action, but I still just can't get into multi-player.

To me, a game's gotta have story and depth to be interesting, MP doesn't have that generally.  They're saying Battlefront WILL have a Single Player Feature though, but whether it's a full game or just a cobbled together thing so you can play by yourself to practice, I do not know.

Maybe I'll be surprised by this one?  Probably not though.

bring on Republic Commando though!   :P  May be a prequal game, but I wanna be a Republic Trooper in a FPS.  Finally, no more freakin' lightsabers and Force power crap.  Just good old fashioned fraggin' people with a blaster.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Toys-R-Us finds
« on: February 2, 2004, 11:58 PM »
Star Wars is relatively dry at my local TRU's, though I've not been making routine toy runs lately because of weather, time, and sometimes $.  

I simply hate seeing the miles go up on my odometer too, haha...  

TRU's have had a minimal selection though, and the last one I was too (Monroeville, PA) had a wall of the Bail Organa and Janus Greejatus figures...  Blah!

I was afraid that wave would become pegwarmers if shipped heavily. :(  They have at our TRU it would seem.

I haven't been to the one TRU (Greensburg, PA) for a short while, but I'm guessing it's still got a TON of Jango figures (Final Duel and Pilot), some POTJ Bespin Guards, and some Saga leftovers of some sort...

Most WM's have had Clone Wars left overs....  Target's are a mix.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Army Builders-An itch you just cant scratch!
« on: February 2, 2004, 11:54 PM »
I've used my army builders for gaming too, but as I'm able to reproduce the minis I have, I'm leaning more towards simply gaming on the more widely accepted scale.  It's smaller, has a diverse line-up of trooper types, and an already established and defined set of rules and regulations.

I have gamed with my SW figures though and it was rather fun. :)

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Feedback / Re: BigDumbWookiee's feedback
« on: February 2, 2004, 05:35 PM »
I can't say enough about how great Adam (BDW here) is to deal with...  He sold me more of his extra Fact Files again, for just $25.  I got a HUGE pile of them, and even 2 of the binders, and Adam even tossed in a free film cell which I didn't even expect at all.

$25 would've probably covered just the shipping on these things because they're DAMN heavy in big piles like I got, so there's no way he even got anything out of this.

These are one of my favorite resources for customizing, and just reading up on a Galaxy Far Far Away, and I wouldn't have any of them if it weren't for BDW sending me extras he gets, so I am very appreciative of that.

Adam's a cool guy as always, and an asset to the SW community as a whole...  I'm just glad he spends time here with us.  You can consider yourself in good company around these parts because of folks like him.

Thanks again Adam,

Jesse

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Army Builders-An itch you just cant scratch!
« on: February 2, 2004, 05:27 PM »
Dioramas, Dioramas, Dioramas...

And also gaming...  And just how great they look lined up.

OK, that's a few reasons I guess, but basically I have an love for the military aspect of the films, and lean towards that in my collecting then I suppose.  Star Wars is a rich fictional military background...  It's something that is expressed not only in the films, but in video games, books, the RPG, comics, the Miniatures Battles game, and the action figures.

I like to make a permanent diorama from time to time, but I also like the idea of the ability to flesh a diorama out "on the fly", just making it up as I go...  Maybe utilizing the weather, or a natural outdoor setting like a small creek at just the right time.  A lot of good army builders are fun for that.

When I was a kid, army building was fun with the G.I. Joe line because you could have some kickass playing around when you had a small army of Vipers, or Cobra Soldiers to fight your heroes in the Joe line...  Flint always kicked some rear as I recall (Decked out in Han's trenchcoat of course).  

I think a lot of folks just like the looks of a lineup of Rebels, or Imperials...  Customizers take it another step by making some diversity in the ranks for realism, but either way it's an additional way to own a bit of Star Wars...  And own it over and over and over in some cases.  My stormie army is over 100 now, and they look great together. :)  

I'm just antsy for Hasbro to crank out some good army builders for figures that haven't had a really good poseable army builder made yet.  The Hoth Rebel's probably at the top of that list...  I'd put either a new SA Endor Rebel or SA Rebel Fleet Trooper as 2nd for the Rebels.  For the Imperials almost ANY figure needs made SA at this point...  Snowtroopers, Sandtroopers, Stormtroopers, Biker Scouts, Officers, Death Star Troopers, Gunners...  They all could use a SA version I think.

I hope the SA Clone was just the start of something great from Hasbro.  So far it's a one-time-only deal it seems, but I have hopes that this figure's instant popularity spawns some other SA, or near SA figures that are just that "perfect".

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Clonetroopers!
« on: January 31, 2004, 12:32 AM »
I'm almost half thinking the clones in the game coming out (Republic Commando) aren't clones at all.  I wouldn't doubt that they are Republic standing military.  They just have armor similar to Clones.  Maybe that's a Republic thing even?

The game never mentiosn them being Clones...  It seems to stay away from the title Clone all together.  Very strange...

I'll be surprised if they're yet another Spec. Ops Clone type then.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:15 PM »
To me, that LOTR line should've been pimped a LOT more than the Armies of Middle Earth.  I think that company should've been given whatever contract was given to the company making AoME.

They are nice  though, if you're into diorama building or gaming.  A good dual role.

I just happened to get a bunch of new minis in today for Star Wars...  I got:

-Spacetrooper/Zero-G Stormtrooper
-Rebel Officer (Capt. Antilles uniform)
-Rebel Scout
-Rebel Fleet Tropoer (Last one I needed, the 2nd female trooper)
-Probot
-Hoth Footsoldier
-Imperial Stormtrooper (Cold Weather Gear)
-Imp. Naval Trooper with E-Web Cannon
-AT-PT
-Stormskimmer (Imp. Landspeeder thing)

All good stuff...  It cost me $38 for all of that, which is pretty cheap for this hobby since these are out of print.

I'm 99% up to snuff on minis that are army building type of minis now...  I need to now focus on getting the aliens and "hero" figures like the Han's and Luke's and such.  Also the Emperor and the two Royal Guard figures incase I ever wanna do an "Assassination" type of mission.

Cool stuff...  I had a good day today between getting the Jabba's Palace wave and a pile of new (and some rarer) minis.  :)  I'm going into the weekend on a high note!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:08 PM »
Lucky day for me...

I just found the Jabba's wave today, all of it, at a local Wal-Mart...  Not a bad haul at all, and they had Bar2-D2 as well, though I'm still in need of all the rest of the Tatooine Wave.

JP wave is a good one...  Keep your eyes peeled.  J'Quille and Lando are hands down some of the best figures I've seen in a LONG time, short of the Super Articulated Clone.  they're real nice...  And a big kudos to Hasbro for at least using rigid plastic on Lando's pike.  No gummy weapon for old Lando, nope!

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:06 PM »
For the vehicle issue...

I'm not sure what to make of what's listed.  I half expect the TIE Fighter and X-Wing to be the Vader TIE and Red Leader ships...  And a Falcon will just be something we've yet to see.  I could be wrong of course, but ALL those ships in a single year?  Seems fishy to me is all.

I'd take LOTS of things resculpted though...

-To-scale AT-ST...  This easily tops my list, and if they ever did this I'd be in line to buy a half dozen of them.  No walking feature, just poseable legs.  Cockpit built for two (or two ewoks and a wookie)...  Could be a very nice item, though one I'm not personally expecting.  Oh, and opening window armor would be kinda neat too.

-To-Scale Snowspeeder...  I'd LOVE to see this one done to the proper size for the action figures.  Include a Generic Dak (with removable helmet) type of pilot this time, and I'd dig it even more, but even without figures this is easily my 2nd most requested item.

-To-Scale Speederbike w/super articulated scout...  I'd take this in a heartbeat, and I think others would as well.  I'd be lining up to buy this one too, and in droves.  If for no other reason than simply to get an army of nice SA scouts.

-To-Scale TIE Fighter...  They're close...  Just need to fix the panels at this stage since they have the proper cockpit mold now.  Again I'd buy this one in multiples.

-To-Scale Tatooine Skiff...  Lower on my list, but the original is a bit undersized so I'd take a newly detailed and sized one.  With the new Skiff Lando, I can just imagine him hanging off of a new skiff.

Beyond that, I'm not sure of anything that I'd consider "reasonable" to expect from Hasbro at this point...  I mean, I want the age-old "Modular Millenium Falcon" done to have a full scale Falcon but I just don't see them ever bothering with it...  I want a full scale Sail Barge (Not as big as people think), but just can't imagine it being done.  Lots of play value with a vehicle like that, and it's really more a playset than a ship, but I'd love one either way...  

The ships I listed are the only things I'm expecting them to ever retool really.  Possibly a Y-Wing...  I'd like that if it were to-scale too, but the Y-Wing seems to be an area Hasbro doesn't wanna get too close to.  

It'd be nice to see all the fighters redone personally, and done larger, but I can just imagine the uproar everyone would have who bought the X-Wings they've put out already.  I'm just tired of my A-Wings almost being as big as all the other ships.  :P

Anyway, I'd take some of the ones I listed though for sure...  To me, they're the most absurd looking vehicles in the line when compared to other newer vehicles, or even the detail put into the figures.  Things like the AT-ST and such just look bad in comparison.

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