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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!

I can't find where on GH it says anything about an ultra articulated clone though?  Hope they didn't retract something because they were mistaken...  :(

And I agree with the above...

I actually am MORE appreciative of the 3-packs now that they're going to make a good definitive clone.  Hopefully, it will just meet the expectations we all have.  It should be VERY poseable, and also be capable of maintaining a very neutral stance as well.

I want a clone that can look like he's running, walking, standing, firing 2-handed, firing one-handed, dying, dead, looking up, looking down, looking left, looking right...

If he had a removable helmet too, he'd be just freaking amazing though. :)

White clones can, and should always ALWAYS sell if they're of the uber poseable variety.

Imagine Stormtroopers in the same fashion?  **drool**

Imagine ALL army builders like rebel fleet troopers, hoth rebels, snowtroopers, sandtroopers, scout troopers, endor soldiers, etc., in the same fashion?  **MAJOR drool**

I'd be in figure heaven then.

I'd pick up a figure every time I was at the store if they were there, ya know?  And I'd likely run out of room quickly to store all of them...  But I'd have one hell of a lot of BIG dioramas with LOTS of variety that I made myself.  I'd even use them for gaming I think.  

Imagine an outdoor "strategy" game using the figures...  You could have one large game with your Star Wars buddies, that's for sure.

To me, this is great...  I'm hoping to nab 100 at least, maybe more depending what bundles they're put into and whatnot.

THIS is what they s hould've done all along, and scrapped the pre-posed clones in the 3-pack.  3 Uber articulated would've been MUCH more welcome I believe.

I can't wait to start a grand army of the Republic, FINALLY.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Questions and grime Recipies
« on: August 11, 2003, 01:10 AM »
Hey Famine,

Might I refer you first to which is THE first and foremost customizing resource website.  It's also my 2nd home basically.

They have some griming up articles that should help you out under drybrushing or painting techniques I'm sure.

The issue of scratch building droids is a fun one, because youc an simply take various pieces of plastic, and if you have a knack for it you can slap them together and make an interesting droid.

For instance, the yellow droid that came with the one E1 accessory pack makes a nice base for droid customs.  Also the "Battle Bots" figures which MisterPL says are being clearanced at TRU's now, are good possible custom droid fodder out there for low low prices.

Now, as for spacing out the legs of a protocol droid, that's tough...  The 3po figures have spaced out legs already for the most part, is that what you're using?

The plastic used on most 3PO figures (not all though) is rigid, so spacing the legs apart won't really work without breaking them, sad to say.

But protocol droids tend not to stand with their legs apart either.  Check out 4-LOM even, as his legs are pretty close together.  Probably a complication of the costume because Anthony Daniels and all the other bi-pedal droids seem to have their legs together tight as well, and the costumes probably don't lend themselves to be very flexible.

Generally they're all screwey Dimetrodon...  :(  Sorry to say.

They usually have a mechanism that attaches to whatever button makes them work, or the mechanism is built into it...  Hard to explain without popping one apart, but I'd suggest (If it's in your budget) to pop open a Kit Fisto sometime.

His action feature arm (Though a well hidden feature that didn't itself hurt the figure) is really different than his normal arm.  :(

As for the Clone Head, I haven't ever popped one apart to say one way or the other. :(  I know it's a strange articulation style compared to how other ball/socket necks have been for Hasbro figures.  The latest Dooku was different too, and the Clone and Dooku don't look as nice as say the Concept Stormtrooper or Clone Pilot's joints look.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 10, 2003, 02:46 AM »
GP's site sees a glowing review for the BBi Littlebird.

I guess it has multiple weapon configurations, and the pack-in pilot looks like "Dubya".

Not that I'm a Republican, but having a "Dubya" head should make for interesting customs. :)  Like now I want an Imperial Admiral "Dubya" and a Rebel General Dubya, or a pilot Dubya...  Oh and a stormtrooper Dubya. :)

I guess the pilot's a great figure though, and it's confirmed that the figures and their weapons ARE a more rigid plastic.

I'm hearing the BBi Humvee's suck compared to the 21st Century ones though.  I can speak from experience that 21st's isn't much to write home about though, and the BBi one IS cheaper.  I think it may be in better scale as well, and possibly just needs a good paint job.  Just my early (Non owning) opinion right now.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Kit and Saesee...Pics
« on: August 10, 2003, 02:23 AM »
Yeah, Saesee jumped 10x in my opinion.  I like him even more than Kit at this point.

That looks to be one VERY poseable figure.  

I wish the Saga Jedi for last year had this much attention paid to them...  The Clone Wars Jedi strike me as some very nice figures...  If we'd gotten a Kit Fisto in his Jedi Garb like that, or Nikto Jedi, or Shaak Ti, or whoever...  I'd have liked to see poseable versions of ALL those figures.  Instead it was the pre-posed figures of 2002 who aren't likely to see many (if any) resculpts.   :(

The Jedi rocked all in the movie, too bad their respective figures couldn't say the same.

Announcements / Re: Chris Rhoads' EXCLUSIVE Hasbro Interview!
« on: August 10, 2003, 02:19 AM »
Hey man, sorry I started a separate topic for this issue in Saga...  I should've known one of you would beat me to the punch and put it in the Announcements section (Which I didn't even glance at tonight...  Duh me I guess).

I agree with the sentiments of others that some answers we got were not what we wished to hear...  In some cases I doubt they're the answers that accurately reflect the facts either.

The issue of rubbery plastic for weapons was brought up to Hasbro before, and at that time they said it was industry standards forcing them to, now they say they're doing it out of the kindness of their own hearts?  Something's strange there.  And at a higher cost?  Interesting...  In my work with liquid plastics I've not found that flexible plastics cost more than rigid.  It's actually quite the opposite.  

I still feel that's more a cost-cutting issue more than anything else.  

The other issue I found curious was the "Kids like action poses, not articulation" answer.  

This basically goes 100% against the intensely strong sales of G.I. Joe to not only adult collectors but also to children.  I think it's once again an issue where articulation is cut to save $ in a line that's retail strength has been waning in recent years.  

Good news on the Sandcrawler of course though, for those who were interested in this vehicle (Seemed like quite a few people).  It's not one I was looking forward to for various reasons, but it's good for those who were.

Now that new A-Wing, THAT is another story...  Man I need 3 of those beasts! :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: More News...
« on: August 10, 2003, 02:08 AM »
D'oh, good eye Matt.

I missed some of the slides because I wasn't browsing through all.

An R1 and drink tray R2?  Hmmm...  I wonder if R2 will have an opening panel with a sabre handle spot?  That'd be pretty sweet I do believe.

That Luke is still the highlight of that to me...  I can't wait for him!

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