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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 24, 2004, 01:20 AM »
Sculpted with different hands too, according to the Insider...  Sounds like she's seen modifications over her development.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What a loser...
« on: July 23, 2004, 08:24 PM »
Beam me up Berry!


I'm watching TNG right now...  Great episode Lando, the one where they encounter the "Bratain" adrift and the crew killed each other because they culdn't get into REM sleep and went insane.

I think this was a Halloween-ish episode when it was released.

Very cool one...  Seeing the ship fall apart...  Worf almost kill himself.  Great!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2004 NEW NEWS ON SANDCRAWLER
« on: July 23, 2004, 07:12 PM »
Anyone picking up a COUPLE Crawlers and want to unload their extra Death Star Droid?

I'm having a tough time justifying the vehicle still, but that's a dandy droid.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Coruscant Wave
« on: July 23, 2004, 07:11 PM »
Great photos from Galactic Hunter.  Kudos to them for the score on those!

Yarua = great

Bald chick = great

Pablo = cool, but looks action posed for the arena.  :(  Rather have had a poseable figure...  I'll hold off till I see one better though.  Articulation's rough to tell on those robes.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 23, 2004, 07:09 PM »
Chewie, I guarantee the staff appreciate your sentiments above.  I know I do.

There is b!tching though, don't kid yourself.  ;)  Too many knowledgeable guys and gals arund here not to have some good debating.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 23, 2004, 04:49 PM »
Count me in on a couple Yarua for customs.  Nice work to GalacticHunter with the slides images for sure!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 23, 2004, 04:35 PM »
I gotta go to the gym so I'm likely to miss this fun stuff.

I hope Matt really digs about Super Articulated Figures...  I want more, more, more!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: July 23, 2004, 04:34 PM »
Got the OTC Bespin Wave today.

ALL 3 are winners, though Leia's left a bit wanting...  Rather lame, unposeable Leia, and honestly my Leia Collection Leia's staying on Han's arm.  OTC one will maybe be posed in my Bespin set-up then...  One of the rare times one of the exact same character will share shelf-space.

The Lobot is great (could be better, but for Lobot, he's great) and Cloud Car Pilot is awesme from top to bttom.

No goofy leaning either, like he appeared to have in some photos.  That's a GOOD thing.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 23, 2004, 04:25 PM »
F'n pack him in a 4-pack you cheap bastages.   ::)  He'll become at least an even break eventually.  This doesn't bode well for the esteemed apple eater we all want.

God Dammit.  :(

Anyway, nice that they liked the "Versus" 2-pack idea, you hear that Bob?  It could be a reality for us yet!

Nice assortments comning up, and that Cantina Wave is awesome.  While I'm in the minority, Dannik Jerricho has been on my list for a while.  Too Human, sure, but I dig anyone smoking a bong in a bar.

The others are cool too, especially Myo.

The Handmaidens are a godsend to a lot of you, I know.  not my thing, but I'll happily buy em.

I hope Pablo Jill isn't scrimped on and he's really poseable.  Cool Jedi should be.

Oh Matt, thank yee for the news!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What a loser...
« on: July 23, 2004, 04:03 PM »
I like, and watch Star Trek (TNG and DS9 anyway), and I can safely say only douchebags call us "Warsies".

The rest are pretty cool guys.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: July 22, 2004, 08:05 PM »
May want to take HMI up because I can't guarantee I'll find either set Keldor.  I know the Wampa's dried up pretty well around here.

Newbies / Re: Hello everyone
« on: July 22, 2004, 06:25 PM »
Come aboard...  Enjoy the beef medallions.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Topless vOTC Luke
« on: July 22, 2004, 04:55 PM »
Definitely a cool idea...  It's topless fodder, which is rare.  The best there was is from the Indiana Jones line, but it's certainly not poseable.

His arms are the only "awkward" looking part I think...  It's useable though if you want a shirtless figure.  It's at least something tos tart with.

Luke's build is small though...  May not look great on the legs of another figure.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 22, 2004, 04:53 PM »
That 2nd design is NICE.  Hasbro, you watching?  Freakin' A there man...

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: No! I changed my mind!
« on: July 22, 2004, 04:35 PM »
More pieces doesn't necessarilly denote more labor involved though...  In the case of CT Han, he's more "complex" to put together...  VOTC's vastly simpler in construction.

As a comparison, VOTC Han is made of 17 individual pieces NOT counting the "pin" in each ball/socket joint (other than neck), but the pin would count as a single piece technically I believe, since they are all the same I think, just unique colors.  The pistol, which I counted, technically isn't new either.  The figure's construction is simply a matter of popping each limb into the appropriate socket in a sequence.

The Commtech Han is made of 15 pieces (not counting the 2 knee pins again whicha are a single mold I'd assume, and its construction is that which requires sonic welding for the torsoes, which costs more, as well as the articulation points being "constructed" at the knees.

In that view, they're fairly close in pieces, but not close in construction style, with one being noteably more complex.  

The articulation points on VOTC (As well as many ball/socket style joints on SW figures) are using a method where the pins are molded to the individual piece as well, which is actually a cost-effective method that 21st Century Toys has used on part of their figures (the torso) for making the removable limb feature more "sturdy".  It's only possible on the pliable plastics both cmpanies use now for the majority of their figure's construction.

The thing to remember is that EACH of these figures has a base cost that's unique to them, and with every unit produced Hasbro's costs increase variably, but fixed costs depreciate to a greater extent.  IE: it costs a little to cast the parts, etc., and get a figure on the shelves frm a previous set of molds, but in the end it's taking $ off the long-term fixed costs like the mold toolings.

The Han Cantina's really being played out...  VOTC's not (yet, as it is too early to say they won't run him into the ground now), and his costs are still relatively high given that he's not a figure that is going to see the pegs (so far) as much as Cantina Han.  I think Hasbro's going to address this and produce more...  The figure's construction is simple, it requires no more plastic than any other figure (just more individual pieces, and how that breaks into costs isn't necessarilly more), and from a "consumer happiness" standpoint it's vastly superior and "untapped".

I think we'll see VOTC Han for cheaper someday, somehow.  I think we'll see most, if not all the VOTC released again someday, but again this all boils down to Hasbro...  Some of their decisions are so clearly perplexing to us, and cannot really be explained ANY which way, that it's just so hard to predict anymore.

I like to THINK the Stormtrooper will see a wide release...  I hope it does, really.  Like Jeff said above though...  It could just be too logical a choice for it to ACTUALLY happen, haha.  :)

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