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I passed yesterday on TRD Vader, Jedi Luke, X-Wing Luke, and several others...  Grabbed Dagobah Wave in its entirety though.

Unless there's a significant enough paint difference, and the figure is "good" to me, I'm going to be passing.

I'll likely nab the Tusken, Jawas, Gammorean, Stormtrooper, TIE Pilot, a 2nd set of Endor Wave (or more) for customs, and possibly anything similar that strikes my fancy, but...

Wicket and lick it....  So can most of the other repacks.  Just not of interest to me.  This includes Bespin Luke, who is irritating because his figure's on clearance at KB.  This is one that shouldn't have been re-released, or redecoed.  To say I wasn't pleased with it in the first place doesn't help my opinion of it now either...

The Jedi Luke was tempting because he looks great on the new card, but then again so do all the figures...  I'm just gonna forget these retreads though.  Carded guys are going nuts and it'll be my little bit of help to them to not hog up most of any of this stuff.   ;D

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How's Star Wars Selling in Your Area?
« on: July 14, 2004, 11:05 AM »
My area is now weird...

-Wal-Mart, Kittaning, PA - Plethora of Barris, Alya Secura, Younglins/Yoda, and Ultra Ewok.

-Wal-Mart Greensburg - 2 HOF Anakin's, 1 Ultra Ewok (That's literally it!)

-Wal-Mart Delmont - OVERFLOWING PEGS full of Barris, Alya, Younglings/Yoda...  There was ONE OTC Spirit Obi.

-Target Greensburg - OTC waves with a sporatic HOF figure.  They had Dagobah Wave.

-K-Marts (at least 3 I've seen) - All of them got VOTC waves in, though Luke is MIA...  Also got those playskool figures in.  They have remnant HOF figures as well as some remnant Saga '02 here and there as well.

-TRU Greensburg - Ironically, they have VOTC to complement a sea of Saga Hoth soldiers.  Not much else...  The regular shelfwarmers though like the last X-Wing, 4-packs, etc...  They also have a full array of OTC ships (X-Wing, TIE, and Vader's TIE).  Not sure how those are gonna move...  I'm considering a Vader's TIE though.

To say things are moving well is an overstatement I believe...  NEW stuff is, like VOTC I think...  Well enouogh at $10 a figure anyway.

OTC figures were just put out when I got there at Target so it's tough to judge those right now but I'm assuming since they're new they'll move.

The old stuff though is sitting stagnant, and unless some clearances hit it isn't going to change.  Only Target has REAL space at all their stores for this stuff.  TRU, and most WM's have pegwarmers that aren't goiong anywhere fast.  KM has pegwarmers, but at least they're forcing new stuff out on the pegs.  Good for them!

I'd go as far as to be accepting of an Ozzel bdy with new arms...  The arms are the only real gripe I'd have though.  They really aren't poseable for anything but the choking pose or "arms behind the back" kinda pose.  

Gotta have more than that for the generic officer fodder dagnabbit!

if only they'd take Jesse's advice and slap those heads on the Ozzel grey uniform, the world would be just a little happier

Actually, I'd rather they just repainted the Officers in light grey for "Techs".  

If they make a new officer in tunic, to replace the "officers" from POTJ and Saga, I'd rather they actually used a new sculpt...

Only because Ozzel's body is a bit puny.  I'd rather they make a generic lower level officer that's built better than a wimpy old dude.  No buff figure though of course either.  The POTJ/Saga Imp. Officer's sculpt was JUST right.

Ozzel's cool enough, but besides his sculpt I'm not wild about his arms either.  Very unposeable.  

1 super poseable officer sculpt though, with various generic heads?  Count me in for quite a # of those!  Recolor them even...  I'll take whatever Hasbro dishes.

Yeah, as I recall a lot of folks were PO'd because they wanted the FF and had just bought such and such figure without it...  That was more a complaint than figures being repacked at all.

I do recall the resculpts of Flashback causing a lot of trouble as well, especially the Luke.  Ironically the LUke turned into one of my favs of t hat line then...  And Beru became insanely sought after as one of the only "new" figures.

Some peple did...  I know that, to me, it was insanity because some of the figures repacked were such terrible pegwarmers at the time, just as now the OTC repacks are filled with some less than stellar choices.

The repacks caused a back-up of figures too...  OTC could, but I think the popular cardback is going to help them, at least for a while.  That's up in the air yet though.  Saturation happens, and you coulud easily see the same thing happen as the repacks of old.

The FF figures were an odd-duck because they were offering a new pack-in...  I don't know many people who went die-hard for the FF's though.  I knwo I wanted a complete loose set though, so I bught at least one of every FF figure at the time...  And oddly, some of the more over-saturated figures became some of the more rare FF's.  Fett and Sandtrooper come to mind, as does the AT-ST driver.

I think a lot of the gripe is a lack of something people REALLY want, IE: new figures.  Sme folks just didn't want the downtime...  I know I could've stood some more new stuff beyond just the Bespin and Dagobah waves, but the time off's been ok too.

Original Trilogy Collection / Vintage OTC Figure Poster!
« on: July 13, 2004, 05:54 PM »
Hmmm, guess it doesn't help that I Pm'd him for a poster too...  Yikes.  :)

Like I said, if you can't because you're helping too many, by all means skip me...  haha.  That is a nifty poster though!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: July 13, 2004, 05:52 PM »
Scored the Dagobah Wave today...  Got VOTC the other day, though I still need Luke.

K-Mart here got them all in a-plenty but Luke who's MIA I believe still...

My KM was $10.49 a figure while others were $9.99.  From what I have nticed, any KM that wasn't near anything else had them up $.50 while every KM near a WM, Target, TRU or whatever had them at the $9.99 price.  I got mine for the higher price since i'm in BFE and KM is all there is, but reports from the city were vastly different.

Toys R Us had them here as well today when I scored the OTC Dagobah wave at Target and stuff...  Saw remnants of OTC Dagobah wave at a WM as well.

No Bespin Wave, but I'm looking...  Want a Stormie or two as well.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Line: The End
« on: July 13, 2004, 05:26 PM »
My Saga opinion...

Overall, it was a 50/50 line at best I'd say...  Improvements made were marred by many mistakes made.  Quality was all over the board.  Availability was, pretty much, the only 100% plus because I have pretty well found everything except that last wave, which Paul Mundheim shared his extras with me so other than doubles for customs I'm cool on them.

I even saw the dreaded Ephant Mon twice...  That's twice more than some did though.

I feel Clone Wars was tougher to find, as there were figures in that series I saw not once, some I only saw one time and one of (SA Clone) and some which I saw twice or so but flew off the shelves quickly (2nd wave).  THAT is a line that could do with a 4th series or more I think.

Saga though had lots of goodness, especially in the latter end here...  Jedi Luke, Dengar, Antilles, Dodonna, TIE Pilot, "Dutch", etc...  I mean, who'd have thought we'd get all 3 Rebel Generals in one figure line, and actually within 6 months of each other or so?  WOw!

There WERE some other figures I never saw...  I never saw Palp's figure, and the McTrooper.  I blame that one on Retail 100% as they did their usual moronic ooverordering at the build-up to X-Mas and that wave just got screwed...

But while Saga had the hits I mentioned above, they also leaked out crap like the Hoth Rebel Soldier, and pretty much 50% (and that's being lenient) of the figures from April 23rd '02 on there till the Hoth Han and TRD Luke/Vader supposedly marked the end of Action Features...

If you're talking percentages then, I'd say POTJ was superior to Saga.  They were a much shorter line though, and much more comparable to just the tail-end of Saga.

OTC cards should've started last year...  That's really what I'm thinking right now.  :)  We could forget Saga and have had these dreamy new card figures then for all those kick-ass figures from Saga's demise.

-What's the chances of seeing the quality shown to the VOTC figures carry over to the basic line, at least as far as articulation goes?

-Has Hasbro considered the idea of "Versus" 2-packs where they include one Super Articulated Army Building figure Vs. another (IE: SA Hoth Rebel Soldier Vs. SA Hoth Stormtrooper, or SA Fleet Trooper Vs. SA Stormtrooper, etc.)?

-Has Hasbro considered resculpting the AT-ST or Snowspeeder vehicles ever?  Either one done to-scale and as exquisitely as the Landspeeder would be awesome.

-Action Features aren't making a comeback for E3 are they?  (And if they say yes, freak out on them Matt)

-And not a question, but ask them to give army builder figures a shout from the collectors...  When DONE RIGHT they sell awesome.  I'd love to see new stuff like Fleet Troopers, Hoth Rebels, Imperial Officers, etc...  They just gotta do stuff right for it to move, not like that Saga Hoth Soldier.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 12, 2004, 07:31 AM »
Well  I finally got these the other day...  (No Luke yet)

Initial impressions are actually mixed...  not so much on Han, but rather Leia and Obi-Wan.  Well, actually none of the 3 are truly "perfect"...  neither was the SA Clone, but dare I say that he and Deluxe Durge were slightly more so than these figures?  Hmmm

-Han...  The closest to perfection by far and away I'd say....  My only gripes are the holster and the vest really.

Sculpt's incredible really, the articulation's hidden perfectly, and he's truly super poseable, but...  The holster's thigh-loop is awkward because it doesn''t hold the gun.  I almost would have rather seen a sculpted pistol belt, but yet part of me is ecstatic with the separate holster too.  This is a real catch 22 for me.

The other thing is the vest is molded on.  I like the removable vests myself, and think it would've improved this figure had it been, considering they did the holster belt.

Not disappointed, just found a couple things I consider flaws...

-Leia...  Disappointed in the articulation.  The angle-cut joints at the elbows suck anymore, and it's an articulation style that's going the way of the do-do.  Ball/socket's hide better and provide more range.  That said though, HER cut joints are as good as it gets for that style so I'm not really upset with them.

Her knee joint I am disappointed in, to see she didn't get a ball/socket knee set like Han.  Much better than the hinges.  Her feet are sculpted in a way that a running pose is difficult for her.  I've managed though, so again I'm not too disappointed, just a little.

No mini blaster?  Sorta sad there...  I'd loved to have had an accurate version of that gun for her to blast stormies with too...  Stormie rifle's nice though, and she can hold it with 2 hands, but looks cool without it as well.

The lack of soft-goods hood.  I'd have liked a hood to drape on her for both ANH modes...  Oh well.

I'm still digging Leia...  Best Leia yet I think, though the headsculpt's nowhere near the quality of Han's or Ben's.  Still good though.

-Ben...  Biggest letdown of the lot.  his cloak is bulky and awkward, and this is coming from a Softgoods fan.  We knew it would be, but nonetheless it's disappointing.

I'm also very disappointed, and this is probably the only thing I was very disappointed with other than a $10 pricetag, to see they skrimped 100% on his leg articulation.  He has absolutely no knee or ankle joints, and Obi-Wan should considering his climactic duel.  Very disaappointing to see he is just a basic figure, especially since they went to the effort of a soft goods skirt.

The other thing is that Obi-Wan does NOT have ball/socket elbows, and the lack of them is what makes his arms look atrocious without the cloak on.  Really they don't look bad if you have them in the one pose they look decent in, but if you don't, well, lookout.

Ball/socket elbows, again, would've improved the physical looks of this figure, and allowed for a much greater range of motion than what he has.  His arms are at such an acute angle that he really can be tough to get in "normal" poses.  :(  I'm hoping a new cloak sewn up for him in a looser material will look cool though, and that I'll just be able to work around the other things.

So overall, only Obi's a letdown.  Not bad...

But for $10, I wanted closer to perfection on at least Obi.  Leia's not bad at all really.

The packaging is clearly where the $'s at in these figues...  They're really just nice basic action figures though otherwise.  Really nice basic action figures.  :)

The packaging is cool enough that I carefully slit open the bubbles to take the figures out.  I'll keep it as a backdrop to each one I think...  It's unique...  As a non-carded collector though, I'd certainly have been happy with cheaper stuff.  Even if there were no clamshell or whatnot, just something cheaper...  $10's a lot for any action figure these days, unless they're larger than the 6" scale and pretty nicely done.

Perhaps he has bought a lifetime pass to the film and is watching it repeatedly?  No time to post then?

Tis a good film afterall.

I went Friday night...

Packed theater, and rightly so.  It's very funny...

Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to this film as much as some others I was wanting to see, but I was really happy I went...  My female companion was moore interested in seeing this as were my friends, so it was a nice get-together as well, but the movie rocked.

Plenty of space?

Favorite part was easily the combat sequence between all the different channels.  Tim Robbins as the lead of the Public Channel was funny, but all the comedian cameos of that "clique" were funny too...  And a surprise.  I didn't know they all popped up.

Old "Brick" throwing the Trident was the best part of the sequence though.  The whole theater was howling at that...

Also, a funny political shot at the end when they gave the updates on where each character went in life...  :)

Staying till the end yields some extra stuff, but nt a ton.  Outtakes, and a little bit of Ron Burgundy and the guys at the end.

Very funny...  I've seen a lot on "making of Anchorman" specials that didn't make the film surprisingly...  Funny stuff too.

Nobody else catch it this weekend?  Seems unlikely!

I'd say, out of everyone, "Brick" gets the most laughs throughout the film.  

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 9, 2004, 07:44 AM »
Not bad...  1st series Panz. Gren's didn't look bad with XD Infantry either, but I'd say there's a MORE noticeable difference in the GI's.  the colors don't match up exactly, and the helmets aren't even cmparable (XD's pale in cmparison).

I have the Halftrack driver standing with them, and he looks cool enough...  The Khaki of the jackets is different though, but not terribly so.

I think the Paras look 10x better with them though...  I'm hoping 21st redoes Infantry basics at some point.  They were supposed to since they had molds for legs and such ready, but I don't have a clue where that would stand now.

I'd buy Infantry ALL over again if they had the new articulation and removable helmets.  I'd gladly rebuy, and buy even more than the last go-round.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: IT is coming
« on: July 8, 2004, 05:58 PM »
I think "it" took a dump in my front yard...  Damn... Uh, "It" I guess.

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