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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscumians?
« on: August 13, 2003, 06:07 PM »
I pretty much act the same at Scum now as I have in the past...  Just in a lesser capacity.  I don't post nearly like I used to...  Topics I've seen posted, reposted, and reposted yet again just don't interest me anymore.

I mostly hit up Saga or the Customs to just check things out...  And of course I post a snippit and link of my reviews as they crop up here at to each of the "Major" sites as I see them (Scum, and  I did work for Scum in the past, it's an ok staff to talk to...  Especially Mark and Dan.  Dan's actually someone I consider a "friend" and if you know me, you know I don't keep many friends around here.  Partly because Dan works for where I'm also a staff member.  He's a nice guy, and his intentions for the site are of the best nature.  He just offended some.

Scum's not what it once was in the forums though.  They let certain members post over and over about the same things.  Making fun of the handicapped and people they consider "beneath" them seems to be an AOK behavior over at Scum that I just simply feel is disgusting.  How can you be allowed to actually say a whole group of people (Oh, like say retail employees) are beneath you and are scum of the Earth, and NOT get banned?  Then to repeat it over and over (Or OTHER things about OTHER groups of people), and STILL not get banned just shows a lack of caring about your site and the content/people who are visiting or posted within.

Am I bashing Scum?  Maybe...  But to me it's a simple task of better moderation.  I remember Dax being the most level-headed guy, and cracking down on people (Even me) to "break it up".  He was always civil, and even would privately let me know his personal feelings on the "flame war" that he was separating...  I just wish that before the split they maybe would've done some cleaning house at the forums because a lot of the trouble makers weren't new.

Sure a few are...  Many weren't though.  

Scum is alright, and I still stop by daily, but I just don't have the desire to be involved in many of the topics, or to associate with many of the people.  And again it boils down to the lack of policing of the boards over there.

Around here it's not as necessary right now, as more show up I'm sure it will become more necessary. I hop into once in a while too, and it's pretty tame...  A couple people there who I regularly agree with and like to read their posts.  Oddly, Shabbyblue was a guy I USED to not always agree with, but now I find I do tend to have a similar opinion which is odd.  How things change and all...

Anyway, Scum's alright...  The traffic is it's greatest asset though, and their customs forums are the adopted forums, so I do like the traffic there and try to look in and see who's doing what.  That's a big part of my hobby though...

When I want to talk collecting though, I'm finding I like to read the posts here first and foremost.  And the general topics section here is definitely more tame and I feel it's 100% better to either or Scum at this point, and I hold in pretty high regard.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Hailfire Droid
« on: August 13, 2003, 05:45 PM »
Does look REALLY good.  Early shots of it with figures nearby made me think it's actually made to-scale too, which is all I ever ask for with vehicles (Though this is a droid, not a vehicle I guess, sorta kinda).

The accuracy looks pretty spot on so I'm happy as a clam.  Count me in for a few if they're easy enough to get...  Which seems unlikely by my recent trips out to retail.  Hopefully I'll nab what I want though. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga A-wing
« on: August 13, 2003, 05:42 PM »
This is THE vehicle I'm looking forward to most this year...  A repaint, but a worthy one.  EU, but believable as a real deco...  A neat re-pack/retool pilot (Is his head really different?  I heard he was just the 3-pack asian pilot's head).

I'm hoping to nab 3 actually, because I'd like a flight of them...  I just hope they're easy enough to find.  Target's notorious for making things NOT so easy to get.   :-\

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes Wave 2
« on: August 13, 2003, 05:36 PM »
Aww man, Pittsburgh is like months behind on stuff.  I've yet to find Wave 1 (And these are sets I REALLY want).  Wave 2's on its way.  This is killing me, haha. :)  I hate being behind like this...

Hopefully soon though.  I do think these are some of the nicer figures and sets that Hasbro's done in a long time.  The Mace's hand poses are strange, but he's still a rockin' Jedi, and good custom fodder for us customizers.

The Wave 2 sets are even better though if you ask me.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How are you feeling?
« on: August 13, 2003, 05:34 PM »
I'm not sure really how I feel, but I tend to lend my thinking more to what you estimated Jimmy, in that it'll end shortly after Episode 3's release and one-year ride of popularity.

The end of the film franchise could cause secondary interest though that fuels it for a little longer perhaps?  

I could see it going beyond 2007 in some limited capacity though, and Hasbro have talked like the contract extension was to sell product for longer.  It could though, also have been a way too get the contract price lowered ultimately, and keep a competitor from buying the license.  That's a common tactic in the toy industry when dealing with licenses.

I have strong doubts things last to 2018 though, that's for sure.  I think 2010 is being overly optomistic even, and for a long-term toy license that shouldn't be.

The films haven't done what they thought they would for the Star Wars license though, and I think they've been detrimental to the long-term life of the various licenses tied to Star Wars.  The Toy Industry is 10x as fickle now as it was in 1985 too, which is food for thought.  more collectors with more choices...  They could drive Star Wars in some small way, but they also can and already are moving on to other things in many instances.  Even people who were once die-hards.

I think 2007 is a reasonable idea of when the line could end though, even if we don't want it to stop because certain things we want haven't come out yet, even by that time.  

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 13, 2003, 02:17 AM »
I hopped by TRU today and they had some BBi stuff low and behold.

They had shelf space for the Little Bird but all were gone.  They had all the Navy Seals, but only one of select figures, and they had the weapons set.

Also, they had the Humvee, which while some sorta b!tched about it over at GP's site, I'd say it's as good as 21st's Humvee...  It DOES say "Humvee" on it on the back fenders which is dumb looking.  They paid for the rights to "Humvee" though so they're milking it I guess.

The vehicle looks slightly less detailed, but a bit more sturdy than 21st's (And slightly larger).  The pack-in driver is 10x 21st's pack-in driver though, and is in desert tan jump suit.

No dune buggy,  no dirtbike, no choppers, and no U.S. Special Forces or Marine 3-packs...

BUT, One guy at GP's site got the Blackhawk, and gave it a GLOWING review.  Said it's worth the hefty pricetag.  One pack-in pilot though, so we're doomed to find a co-pilot somehow, or hope BBI makes one carded.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
« on: August 12, 2003, 09:50 PM »
Guys, the GC is EASILY worth the $.

More exclusive games you won't see ported to PC was my main reason for buying it, and it's paid off.

My library is small as I don't alot a ton of $ from my budget to gaming, but I've got Rogue Leader, Eternal Darkness, Splinter Cell, and Bounty Hunter.

All 4 are TOP games if you ask me...  

I'm looking to pre-order RS3: Rebel Strike as well, and F-Zero which are both top exclusive games.

I highly recommend it, and if you already own a DVD player it's that much easier to go the Gamecube route.  I'll get KOTOR, and Jedi Academy for PC where they'll run smoother and where Jedi Academy will have custom levels by editors for it anyway so no loss to me there.

There's a TON of other games I've played that I enjoyed a lot as well, but have yet to buy...  Resident Evil series, and Metroid Prime being a few of them.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: My Customs are up now... Finally
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:33 PM »
I agree, there's some great figures there.  Lots of Ewoks too, which I think are always welcome customs considering Hasbro's lack of attention to the Ewok species.

I like your sitting Wolfman figure...  Looks darn good like that.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Anyone Want a Republic Fighter?
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:27 PM »
Not that I expect it to EVER happen, but I got to thinking after Matt sent me the Comic-Con Clone Wars sketch booklet...

There's a GREAT photo of the Republic Starfighter which is a hybrid design that has the nacels of a Y-Wing built into a condensed Y-Wing fuselage.  For its size/shape, I'm guessing it to be some kind of Interceptor, and maybe even an interceptor in the Koensayr line of fighters (WHo make the Y-Wing Fighter/Bomber).

It's a great design, and would be very neat to see it come to a reality in a to-scale 3.75" version.  

Has anyone else seen this and thought it was one of the more unique items in the booklet?  Anyone else think it would be cool to see one made, and if so who pilots it?

Are there clone fighter pilots, or would they have Republic troops fly them (Like Anthony Daniels' character at the Outlander Club perhaps?) instead of the Clones.  Seems to me there's SOME military presence other than clones for the Republic...  There was in Episode One anyway.

Thanks for the Link Matt...  If it were a snake it woulda bit me!  I searched and I think I even looked at that but apparantly not close enough.

Lando, that's cool!  If you're interested, Star Wars Miniature's Battles can STILL be adapted to the 3.75" figures somewhat.  

It's a fairly simple game really, but not for little kids.  Definitely for older kids and adults due to the intricacy of the games generally and such.  Finding minis is the real pain though. :(

Though WOTC is maybe going to crank out a new minis game for Star Wars, so here's to hoping on that, and that it's as good as the original from WEG.

I've found a game with the 3.75" can be easily adapted though, especially with the round bases out that are pretty specifically sized.  I haven't adapted vehicles personally, because of size, but wanted to one day when a few of my scale vehicle projects were completed.  Played outdoors on a nice day (And with a lot of work) and you could have combat even in a cityscape or whatnot.  

For small squad based matches though, it is really simple though.  Even scaling up some of the explosion templates is pretty simple, and they just print right out then. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:15 PM »
That's cool Nick...  I wasn't really disbelieving you, just the #'s seem awfully rounded, which is sort of strange even though ordering takes place in round #'s generally.  Of course, I'm sure those #'s changed after the initial release plus what was ultimately sent back as well, so they weren't that round ultimately I guess, haha.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: That's it! I'm done...
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:13 PM »
Congrats on the catch-up Matt.

Sometimes feels like I'll never truly be caught up but the lack of interest I've had in the past year makes it easier to take. I've focused more on the customizing techniques I want to master instead.

Sounds like your collection's all-too-frustrating to be packing up right now, but I'm sure it's all worth it in the end. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Who's Left From Hoth?
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:09 PM »
Figures I think we still need from Hoth vary...  We've got a good start on needs listed so far though!

My list would include:

-Hoth Rebel Soldier (Yes, redone) with better articulation, macro binoculars, and a removable hat with a real cloth scarf attached to it.  

-Brown Vested Petty Officer...  I agree with others, he's in demand.  Bren Derlin may act as this guy, but a variation head (generic) would be nice as half of the figure's run, or even a greater than half run?

-New Gen. Veers w/Removable armor, hat, and helmet...

-New Imperial Snowtrooper (Grunt) with working holster, great articulation, and soft goods skirt/mask pieces.

-Dack with Removable helmet

-Hoth Rebel Technician (Long brimmed hat with ear covers)

-Vehicle Maintenance Energizer (Not a figure, but would be  a neat Deluxe item).

-Power Droid with sockets on its head.

-New To-Scale Snowspeeder (Again, not a figure but I'd love an all-new to-scale sculpt on this bad boy).

-Rebel Taun-Taun Scout (Footsoldier able to ride a Taun-Taun basically).

-Rebel Laser Tower (Yet again not a figure but it'd be neat to see a to-scale version of the tower released, maybe even with a figure who can hold his binoculars to his eyes?)

-Rebel Tri-pod Laser Cannon (It was different, and sometimes didn't have a pod but was just resting on the side of the trench...  I'd dig this personally, with a gunner).

-Hoth Luke Pilot figure with removable helmet, lightsabre, blaster with working holster, and concussion grenade (And maybe his magnetic grapple rope?)

-Hoth Han Solo without action feature or action pose, and a cloth hood and removable hat.  What I wish the Saga version was. :)

-Captain Lennox (I believe that's his name...  "First catch of the day" fellow).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 03:00 PM »
For clarity here, I'm gonna quote what I posted in the first place, which like I said, had nothing to do with me saying Army Builders outsell Core Characters...

I said...

Is he an army builder though, and thus should outsell a regular background character?  Yes...

So should an Army Builder like the Hoth Rebel outsell a Cantina patron, or droid?  Yes...  That's what I said, so hopefully this is clear to those who misread, or didn't read my posts now.  

In the case of Toys R Us, and the NY metropolitan area (quite a high sales area):  when the SAGA line debuted, Toys R Us had orders in for roughly 200,000 pieces (figures) of Collection 1.  The orders for Collection 2 were roughly half that, at about 100,000 pieces.  Core characters, as most know, were almost exclusively in Collection 1 (with some army builders in the mix here, like Clone Troopers & Destroyer Droids), while several army builders (Geonosian Warrior, Endor Rebel Soldier, Royal Guard, Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, Imperial Officer, Rebel Trooper, etc) were in Collection 2.

As for this, that seems iffy as far as the validity of the #'s if you ask me.  I'm not saying you're wrong, but I don't exactly know you're right either.  

Either way though, we're talking about something that's not really even relative to what was being discussed.  The issue was, does the Hoth Rebel deserve as much articulation and attention as any other figure, which I feel all figures deserve the same ammount of attention personally.

As for how well army builders sold in 2002/early '03, I personally cannot find a 2002 army builder much at all anymore.  It's mostly main characters left over (And mostly April 23rd junk) or some background characters like Lott Dodd, or some other boring secondary character.

SBD's, Clone Troopers, Geonosians, Battledroids (red or tan), etc...  They all are gone from my local stores.  That's just the Pittsburgh area of course, I don't travel all over the country anymore, and each area is different, but that's what I'm personally seeing.

And once again, nothing's fact till one sees actually #'s...  Hasbro themselves have said in the past that they recognize the market for army builder figures, and that they indeed DO sell well.  I'm not saying that, they have...  It's why they remixed army builders multiple times in POTJ's run, why they made the e-tailer 4-packs, why they made the Clone Wars 3-packs, and it's why they're still cranking out an army builder here and there from the classic trilogy.

Like I said though, different markets during that one year window when you have a movie too, and the 3 years when you have downtime.    

Jimmy said that NO army builder outsells any core character (I believe that's near exactly what he said, I lost that page it was on), but I personally don't agree with that...  I think the Commtech Stormtrooper has outsold MANY core characters...  I think quite a few other army builders have outsold different core characters as well.

It's pretty specific information, and nobody here can give a TRUE answer.  It's just what you think, but I believe the POTJ Imp. Officer can and would outsell say the Commtech Han Solo...  I think the Imp. Officer may already have outsold him actually.  But nobody can back that up so it's a moot point really.

Newbies / Re: Darn you JJ!!!
« on: August 12, 2003, 02:18 AM »
Took a little arm twisting, but here he is...


Now to get Justin and DanB to show up...  Just so long as Justin behaves himself.   ::)

Haha :)

Welcome over man...  Hopefully you stick around, but like Matt said the place is light in the customizing section so the traffic isn't like it is over at scum...  Then again I find a lot of what's at Scum isn't stuff I want to reply to anymore either, so it's like having no customizing home but here and over at FFURG for me anymore. :)

Hey, messing with casts tonight...  Not going well...  I'll keep you updated man.  

Later, and enjoy the site!

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