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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 21, 2004, 11:39 AM »
What I'll never understand about Hasbro and softgoods is that they MADE awesome softgoods on a Jedi's robes already.  Total Control Mace Windu.  

That guy's robe even has a pattern to it that matches the way his arms were sculpted.

The fabric hangs very well, and even catches wind in a fan to look like he's got a breeze blowing his coat around.

Why they choose to not use that knit fabric all the time is beyond me.  It doesn't need sewn at the edges, it has stretch to it, it hangs off the figure better than any fabric I've ever seen.

Go with that, ya know?  

I've been searching for that type of fabric high and low in my area just to sew up my own robes for some other Jedi figures.  Carry Old Mace in my pocket for reference, but I've been having a tough time finding the right match.

I'd think Hasbro would be able to do this irregardless though.   It'd look great on all figures I think.  Yoda's coat almost looks like this is what they used even.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:57 AM »

Come on, there's gotta be a level of "fun" for you being his step-dad.

Like "Go replicate me a beer you geek".

Catch him crying about his dead Starfleet father and tell him real Starfleet officer's don't cry...  Quit being a ninny you space-nerd.

Have Worf smack him around or something...  

Tell him "Wesley...  I am your father...  That was just some guy your mother shacked up with while I was off civilizing alien cultures filled with humanoid, hot, naked, oddly colored females.  Bite me you geek...  You're a disappointing son!"

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:38 AM »
I was thinking of that too, but doubting it happens personally.  

The thought of a Super R2 is great though.  :)

On the figures, it sounds like they don't ALL have ALL the articulation points of a "SA" figure.  Leia seems to have only one wrist from how things are worded, but nonetheless it's the nicest Leia ever...  Really a nice figure.

I'm just imaginging that R2 will be a poseable, plain, clean R2.  nothing more.  :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 21, 2004, 12:14 AM »
See I can't stand Troi.

I've seen some "less clothed" shots of Troi and I just wasn't doing backflips.  Crusher's got the red hair kickin' though, the eyes...  She's got all the body Troi had, and on top of it she's got experience with age.

Terry Farrel beats both of them though.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: May 20, 2004, 11:37 PM »
These Premium/Vintage OTC (aka vOTC) are a thing of beauty.

I am glad that the basic OTC sucks, because instead of buying all those repacks, I'll be saving up the cash to shell out for 2x each of these 12 masterpieces.  I'd much rather spend $240 to get 24 of these figures than $240 on 48 recarded/rehashed figures.

You can say that again Jeff...  I'm jonesin' for 2 sets of these as well, and more of at least some of them...  Even at $10 they're the best figures ever for this line.

I hope, once again, that these see a wider release for cheaper prices later down the line.  I also hope this opens some doors (and eyes) that these kinds of figures are doable in this scale and with normal "standard" packaging they're doable for fair prices.

Give me more figures like these please.  They're damn near perfect IMO.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:44 PM »
I don't feel I am the exception actually...  I hear the same complaint uttered over and over.  My brother collects this line die-hard (I pick up one here and there), and he's got the same gripe about how they execute a great figure but stick a crappy head on it.

The Gondorian Ranger and Rohan soldier are the 2 most noteable I can think of off-hand though, but I've heard a new Rohan Sooldier's in the works?  I'd be happy to see that...  Hell, just seeing the old one with hopes of customizing it would make lots of people happy.

Beyond that, the only gripe about Army Buliders has been a lack of them shipping.  They're not always easy to come by I've noticed, though some are reshipping like the Uruk Hai Crossbowman, which is a great figure.

I do look at things closely, but my gripe's one that I'm hearing a lot...  And at the same time it may be something that the company's trying to alleviate too if that 2nd Rohan rider's to come about.  

Beyond that I think this line's great, even with action features sometimes.  I mean, my Uruk Hai Crossbowman's feature sorta works even.  Can't complain there.

The one MAJOR gripe I have with the line is the scale, only because i too agree that I dislike 6" as far as displaying.  The price drop's helped with even buying the random figure though.  I'd like to have seen this line done in 3.75" though...  To me you'd have been better off with the grand scale of the films.  Play environments and large beasts just aren't feasible all the time in the scale it's currently in, whereas a 3.75"/1:18 line would've yielded a Balrog long ago, and the possibility of many other creatures and sets like a Helm's Deep even.

The little AoME line doesn't make up the differenence either.  It's really sad in comparison.  

Beyond that, I don't see many gripes about the line...  No substantial ones really anyway.  The odd "This sculpt sucks" leaks out though, and some of their repacking seems questionable.  That's all toy lines anymore though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:35 PM »
This is my lil Sci-Fi Monkey...

Always had a thing for Good Ole Dr. Crusher.

She was so hotter than Troi...  With her bigger than a midget's fist "accents" on her breasts.  Absurd.

No, no, no...  Dr. Crusher all the way.  I've always been curious about the truth of that hair color since I was a young lad first seeing her on ST:TNG.   8)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: May 19, 2004, 06:26 PM »
I'm off to Rush on Memorial Day I think it is...  My friend's a huge Rush nut, and insists we all go, so I'm always up for seeing ONE concert a season.

Honestly, Concerts aren't my thing though...  I'd sooner listen to a CD than stand around an entire evening trying to see some pin-head sized people on a stage hundreds of yards away, listening to people scream, yell, and watching the most challenged individuals I'll ever see annoy me while they "have a good time".

I'll have fun at the concert, I'll drink and have fun being with my friends, but I find they're just not things I would push to partake in.  I'd be just as content to listen to rush on my buddy's sound system at his place while we all get together to BBQ.  

I may be in the minority there, but that's me.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Anakin in ROTJ now Hayden???
« on: May 19, 2004, 02:48 PM »
RnQR's saying the Greedo scene's likely to have been changed...  I only can hope that and Luke's ninny scream are fixed.  They're the only 2 things that really irked me.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Anakin in ROTJ now Hayden???
« on: May 19, 2004, 02:26 AM »
RnQR I think tossed out the idea that you die as the Jedi you last were, or something to that effect.

I dunno...  It's a tie-in, but I kind of liked the old Anakin too...

Then again, this isn't exactly something to get in a twist over either like the Han/Greedo thing or Luke's sissy scream.

I'm torn...  The debate over what to add or change to the classic trilogy is an old one for sure.  I'd personally welcome:

-Updated graphics on computer readouts/targeting displays in ships.
-Updated battles (ALL Major battles) to have more ships, troops, etc...  Like Hoth I could envision lines of infantry running with the AT-AT's, or the EU concept of speederbikes.  Some extra AT-ST's flanking the AT-AT's would be nice...  I don't want the existing stop-motion work messed with though.  It's CLASSIC and perfect if you ask me.  They just need some filler.

I'd take Ewoks too...  Add some Ewoks, change up the battle some.  

And in the space battle of Endor, add Rebel ships...  maybe (if he had some sense) tap the EU and stick an Imperial Interdictor Cruiser in there "holding" the Rebel Fleet there...  It serves a purpose and you can easily show it being blown to pieces in a background shot.  Some extra Reb ships would make it more balanced and climactic though.

I'd not mind seeing some Senate sequences intercut with ANH to show it being dissolved...  Or editing in a Holographic EMperor into the conversation where Vader Chokes out Motti like a b!tch.

If these are done RIGHT, they'd be great IMO.

I'd do what I could to enhance saber battles too...  Not over-do it, just do some small things to make them jive slightly more with the faster pace of the prequals.

And of course, edit BACK the Greedo scene, Luke's scream is deleted, touch up the Vader arrival in ESB so it's cleaner/more unique, and I'd add in a couple deleted scenes in their entirety AT LEAST on the bonus disc.

The Anchorhead sequence with Biggs, the Imperials/Wampas on Hoth, the Rebs/Wampas on Hoth, Jerjerrod/Vader/RG's on the DS2, and the Sandstorm farewell on Tatooine would all be things I'd like in their entirety.

Some expanded stuff on Jabba's Barge like the fight 3PO breaks up would be nice, and I'd not mind them adding the finished sequence of the Scout/Rebel disguised and Han/Troopers running gunfight DOWN the Corridor to the reactor.  Those are things that expand the time, and give you a better sense of how lng things take.

I'd really want a truly ULTIMATE DVD set.  It'd be putting to shame even the best that the LOTR trilogy would have to offer.

Alas, they appear to be working much harder on their DVD release(s).  :(

That's how I've looked at it too Brad, but I'm keeping an open mind to the possibility of some Clones in there.

I don't agree with the "They're incompetent Clones though" excuse for their aim.

They blasted the bejesus out of Rebels on Hoth and the Tantive IV, Obi-Wan remarked upon their skill with blasters...  People overblow that BS abut them not hitting Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, etc...  It's stupid.  They're the heroes, they're not gonna die in the film unless it's pertinent to the story.  No need t explain it then.

Inferior Clones = Inferior Marksmanship is just such a silly answer...  

To me, till I see some canon to the contrary I'm gonna stick with recruits too, but I've got my contingency plan which follows LFL's current "official" stance with there being a mix of recruits and Clones.

I don't know about draftees though...  I think there may be some, especially in the non-combatant roles like Technicians, etc.  

I think the Empire's a master of propoganda...  I envision them arousing anti-alien sentiment throughout the galaxy, and rallying support from millions of systems.  Even sometimes non-human worlds.  I like to think of them as promising a better future to the galaxy...  Taking that which is in a shambles and bringing order to it.  

Cracking down on piracy
Cracking down on lawless worlds
Cracking down on the "Separatist Worlds" which have multiplied and include human worlds like Alderaan and such
Cracking down on Commerce (Controlling it themselves)
Cracking down on Bounty Hunting/Vigilanties
Cracking down on big Industry (In their pocket, or you're against us)

There's a cutscene in the TIE Fighter video game that really embodies what I see as the true "Vision" the Empire portrays to the Galactic public.  They bring an end to the Sepan Civil War (2 human worlds warring amongst themselves) and offer to these 2 worlds the Empire, which will help them rebuild and organize.  They're offered "paradise" within the Empire's Umbrella.

That kind of enticement's the same logic that won the German population's support in World War 2, even if you didn't always agree with the means to the ends.  

I find that parallel to our own world intriguing.  

So I envision TONS of support to the Empire...  It's more remote worlds, fronteir worlds, and those which held the ideals of the Republic above the peace the "New Order" would bring (and worlds which are subjucated because of their resources or alien races inhabiting them) which are the rebellious planets...  And then there's worlds with populations that are torn between one or the other.

There's some good parallels to draw on in the U.S. Civil War and War for Independance as well.  Very good history to look back on.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 18, 2004, 04:00 PM »
Holy schnikey's does he ever...

There's an interview you'll never see with someone who ACTUALLY talks at Hasbro.  No, no, no, not just the schmucks at cons and toy shows blowing smoke up your ass, but the REAL people who'll tell you the actual in's and out's of their business.  The actual dealings they have.  The actual REASONS they make decisions they do.

I'm still waiting on Hasbro to give us the actual reason for cheap plastic...  Come on Hasbro Just say it...  "Cooosssstttssss Lessssss".  Come on, it's not that hard.  

Nah, you won't hear that kind of discussion from them.  Too busy keeping the smokescreen going that has a lot of fans blinded thinking Hasbro does all they can for you.   ::)

Out of that interview with Jesse Falcon, the one issue I'd have taken up with him is the way the LOTR line is NOT full of generic army builders.  Often they're marred with specific face sculpts...  It's not so bad on Orcs since they all tend to look alike by their race/species anyway, but when it's a Gondorian Ranger or the Rohan Soldier, it looks like shite.  I hope they're addressing that in the near future.  I'd love a neutral Ranger (head variants would rock), neutral Rohan soldier (again with head variants) and neutral Gondorian Soldier...  

Wonder if we'll get all 3, and the variants?  That would rejuvinate my collecting the line dramatically.  I already have picked up a couple recent releases, and I have to say the Witch King's taken the cake as my favorite of the new figures.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Helter Skelter
« on: May 17, 2004, 03:54 PM »
The 80's had some good years...  I'd nominate the first year of the G.I. Joe ARAH line the best year ever...  198freakin'2 baby.

K-Mart just opened on the hill from me (a big deal then), G.I. Joe was brand new and on that stores pegs in abundance, and I was a wee child loving everything about those toys.

Yo Joe!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who Stole My Bike?
« on: May 15, 2004, 02:52 PM »
Typical Playhouse Imposters...


I watched PWBA again the other day on HBO Family I think it was.  Great film.  :)  

"It's in.....  The Alamooooo"

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 15, 2004, 01:55 AM »
I nabbed a busted up Stuka (flying pig) at Toys R Us today fr $24.50...

I had t haggle the price with them on it though.  The canopy's smashed beyond believe, ugh.  The pilots were fine though, as was MOST of the plane.

I stress MOST because one prop's also snapped off.

This is cool though fr $25, and I'm going to do a downed Stuka...  Something to hopefully have with surrounding Russian Infantry someday!  :)

I was happy with the purchase...  This was one of 21st's finer plane's I think.  A big honkin' pile of plastic for sure.

I wonder where this lone one came from?  Must've been in stock in the back.  The floor personnel at TRU were appauled that anyone put it out even, and were reluctant to sell it to me.  They agreed to $24.50 saying they'd get full price from the vendor if they did a "send-back".

I got news for them, vendors with which you no longer do business are not obligated to take back product.  There's no 21st/TRU contract, so there's no sending crap back.  I felt like pulling that card on them, but figured $25's not horrible, and I can patch the canopy together and claim it as part of the ultimate battle damage I'm gonna dose her with.  :)

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