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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:45 AM »
Busy busy day...  Even without the site up.  :)

It's been fun seeing around the net all the people talking about it...  There's a handful of folks who are, for some reason, taking a nutty over the article and the images as if it smehow offended them...

The cries of "Fake Fake Fake!" in one particular place had me laughing my ass off for a while.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:39 AM »
I'm not even gonna say much on these...  First sets were fairly decent.  At least NEW figures, NEW characters...  They filled sme void.

These new sets are REALLY lame right now.  As much as I want a cmplete set, I'm going to be hard pressed to buy into them.

It's a shame because, once again, Hasbro will say "well the fans just didn't like these, they must suck", when it's not the concept that sucks but rather the execution is attrocious.

The first sets didn't sell great...  unless they limit these things in prduction, they'll go nowhere fast.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: We Need More Cantina Figures!
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:36 AM »
I've been planning my own custom Blue Snag...  So I'm mixed.

Theirs is sorta crappy compared t what I had planned, not to toot my horn.   :-\  I was gonna use Takeel's head for a more vinty look and cast some of the vinty figure's parts for authenticity, but use Zutton's body which is waht the original was based on.

Now...  Theirs is ok, but I think I'm still gonna make mine since they'll look dramatically different, yet oddly similar.

The Ponda Baba though...  [Eric Cartman] Come on here Hasbro, you're breaking my balls [/Eric Cartman]

And the Obi's just as bad.  At SDCC he's pictured as the freaking POTF2 figure, seriously, and Hasbro's more "official" shot has the Flashback figure which isn't even accurate (had his hood down in the sequence).  Dare I say I'd almost rather have had a Tatooine Luke?  :)

If I had to pick though, and had to stick to Hasbro's "head up your ass" standard, I'd go with 2 of the 3-pack Aliens and just paint them better...  Added leg articulation even optional, but like Nabrun Leids and Labria with cooler paintjobs wuld've been nice.

Dan Curto and myself have both mentioned how EXTREMELY nice a Bannis Keeg Kitbashed figure would've been though, and not cost Hasbro a dime to make more than it will to rehash and Obi and Ponda.  And people would've actually said "hey, thanks Hasbro!" instead of moans of hatred to boot!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:31 AM »
Random thoughts...

-Vader = near perfection...  Short of a removable 3-piece helmet, removable hand with visible wiring stump, and a real chain for the cloak, I couldn't think of him being better in the slightest.  Just GREAT figure.

-C-3PO = Eh...  This figure hasn't got any redeeming feature to make me say "Oh yeah!".  No extra articulation, no pull-apart feature even (and he's packaged on ESB card, what gives?).  Sadly his counterpart is just about as interesting.  And the search for an articulated 3PO goes on, and on, and on.

-R2-D2 = Eh...  Just like 3PO, R2's pretty bland.  What he DOES have going for him is a nice datalink and buzzsaw, and they do look like spiffy sculpts.  His dome's chrome though, which isn't exactly accurate considering his helmet's a duller silver color.  He's a basic R2 though...  I guess that's cool, but better for $5 than $10.

-Boba Fett = Where's the rest of him???  He seems like he's missing smething...  Wookie Scalps and his rangefinder!  Hmmm...  I dig him, though I really hpe for real braided hair wookie scalps.  If that's the case, he's pretty darn near perfect in my eyes judging by the articulation.  He's everything POC Fett isn't.  What's cool though is POC Fett's blast effect is going to rock with this Fett, and POC Fett's a little better purchase now with his action pose, now that I know something more universal is coming.  Bring on an ESB version withs ome slight retooling and a pistol holster.  :)

-Stormtrooper = Awesome!!!  Everyone must be disillussioned with the hobby, or by the $10 price, to not be going ga-ga over what everyone's asked for for ages!  A finally, truly, super articulated Stormtrooper!  Even at $10 I want at least a handful.  At $5 I'll take an ass-load, and if they do a 4-pack for under $20 I'll take what I can afford and just go on one hell of a diet for a while.

This should be a figure that sees SUPER wide release for the life of the line.  Period.  

If Hasbro came to me tomorrow and said, "Jesse, you'll only ever get figures this good if we package them in these special cards, clamshells, and bubbles, and you'll always have to pay $10 for them...  But we're willing to do every main character in every "action" outfit they wore as well as army builders", then I'd say I'd pay the $10.

The level of quality on the Han is just that good...  I'd take it.  I'd gripe about the $10, but I'd take it.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: TRU Naboo 4-pack
« on: July 22, 2004, 12:19 AM »
5 words...

At Least Its Army Builders...

That's 5 right?  1... 2...  Uh, yeah ok.

So yeah, it's 5 semi-army builders.  Good droid, good Gungan, nice Kaadu w/Tarpals (or random Gungan cavalry if you wished it) and then that Naboo Guard who I think sucks, but that's just my opinion.

They'll get my $20 for that...  Not the POC, or Endor sets, but this one they will.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 21, 2004, 01:17 AM »
I hope they carry the specific backgrounds over.  More costly I'd assume, or at least more time-consuming to someone who is saddled with desiging them, but it is what really stands out n the OTC ones to me.

I like the Lava though...  I can just see it getting old, like previous cards have after the films are gone.  

Toy Reviews / Re: NEW Review: "Bar2-D2"
« on: July 21, 2004, 12:36 AM »
Thanks Dave!

Yeah, R2 was one of the better figures this year I think...  Or at least as good as another R2 could be.  They're really milking that character at this point.  He's the new Tatooine Luke when you think about his many recent renditions.

Funny thing is they can do more still...  A pop-up saber version and "w/tools" version that are better than pervious attempts could really be pulled off well.

I'd sooner have a new R5 though than another R2.  After VOTC I'm spent on R2-D2 for a while.  R5 would rock, as would some astro repaints.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 21, 2004, 12:26 AM »
A great Scoop of course Scott...  

I'm still undecided on whether I like it or not myself too...  I'll miss OTC personally.  Not the repacks, but the packaging is still the best.  :)

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 20, 2004, 07:15 PM »
Saw the Snake Eyes, Scarlet, and Eskimo set, as well as the Cobra Command set at K-mart here Mosnab.

Very cool really...  Re-used bodies it seemed, liek the Eskimo has Big Ben's body I think, but a new head and collar/necklace stuff I think.

Scarlet's body may be Jinx, not sure there.  Snake Eyes is a repaint.

The Cobras have new heads too, except perhaps the soldier.  They're cool too but the Barroness' head is weird because her glasses are separate like her hair (part of her hair sculpt actually) and they're really odd.

They magnify her eyes like coke-bottle glasses.  Looks like the pair my Uncle Carl wore.  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 20, 2004, 07:12 PM »
I'm actually running into P-40 Warhawks here!  Hooly crap.

Wish I could find a damn Spitfire.  :(

I'm gonna get RAF P-40 if I can maybe.  Put it on Lay-A-Way...  They're nice planes with a NEW pilot.  F'n sunglasses on the guy though.  :(

ALso, 21st Century Toys is attending SDCC...  Yup, they'll be there right alongside BBI I think (not sure) and of course Hasbro.  They'll be selling, for the first time ever, the modern figures!

Yup, the Eastern Warriors are due there!  I want me some Tally Ban!  My Marines are tired of shoooting Cobra Terrorists.

BTW, they're marketing the "Eastern Warriors" as CIA Trained Operatives if nobody knew that.  Yup, allies, not enemies.  Who are we kidding though?  These guys are buying up weapons from Destro like a mofo in my world.

The modern figures there, I think, are the CIA Delta Force dude, the Royal Marine (I want that figure!) and the 2 Eastern Warriors...  Or that's what the site showed at 21stCentury Toys homepage.  The U.S. SPec. Forces figure with the Humvee sucked BAD so I hope he's being scrapped.

Newbies / Re: Hello!
« on: July 20, 2004, 07:08 PM »
Welcome over here IAS, have fun, ask Q's, post away...  Make lotsa friends.  Forget the old days elsewhere too!  :)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Coruscant Wave
« on: July 20, 2004, 06:55 PM »
2 Sens and a cool Alien Jedi are up my alley for much needed relief to the line...  From  prequal standpoint anyway.

Lots of cool possibilities, so hopefully Matt doesn't go apecrap and get thrown out when he "falls down" so to speak.

Judging by the grin beneath those corny-assed glasses though, I think it's inevitable Matt's going to be in trouble at the show.   ::)

Ya know, stress would just float away without the pink sweater man...  Seriously.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: July 20, 2004, 11:41 AM »
We're up higher right now...  Around $1.89...  $1.85's easy enough to find thugh too.  

I've not been doing a ton of driving myself though so I've been avoiding the effects lately.

I'm a total loose collector Mosnab, but I have had a slight temptation for carded with these cards.  They really are amazing looking.

However, to me I just can't justify 2 sets of figures to look at...  not right now anyway.  I'll maybe nab something I think is really special looking for a carded keeper, but I doubt it...  My Silver figures will likely be the only carded figures aside from Vintage that I have hanging about in a display.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 19, 2004, 03:00 PM »
The $10, I 100% believe, is specialty packaging...  Not the figure itself.

The articulation's considered a "fixed cost" on the overall product, while "limited edition" short-run packaging is a variable cost.  Over the long-haul, both can be lessened should more be produced, but the packaging is supposedly not goiong to be reproduced after this series' first (and thus only) run.  The articulation, should the figure(s) see re-release someday in any format, will be a cost that diminishes over time...  

I like to think Hasbro wise enough that, if they're to re-release a Han ANH someday or ANH Leia, that they use these sculpts...  Of course, what's logical and what actually is to occur tend to vary greatly.

The Han and Leia are, without a doubt, the best of both versions.  Neither figure's perfect though....  Han's damned close though.  I'd say closer than the Clone even, which wowed me bigtime.

Deluxe Durge is up in that running as well.  A truly amazing piece of work...

The packaging on the VOTC arguably increases this to $10 value, depending on how you view the paradox of value for yourself, but it certainly is costing Hasbro more to do this "special" packaging.  I just wish we weren't paying for it.

I think the Basic OTC card is miles better myself.   :-\

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