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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Master Points Auctions LIVE!
« on: September 30, 2003, 03:11 PM »
Scott said it best.

This is stoopid.

And what's worse, overseas and Canucks are out of it entirely yet they too have been buying SW crap with JMP's, and have heard the same promises of "You will be able to use these, hold onto them", and now they're just SOL I guess.

I've had my points separated for a while, but not counted.  I doubt I have enough to compete.  I'll just have to hoep the Ktik figure and the other wave 2 Cantina sets make it to retail sometime because I highly doubt I'm gonna be able to win one in this fiasco.

Other Collectibles / Re: New Insider CLone Wars Poster
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:29 PM »
Amen to that!

That new Clone, in the bllown up poster, is just amazing looking...  Lots of ball/socket joints that are seamlessly hidden, and even both fingers are out in the "trigger" pose so you can have right or left-handed clones.

Nice touch!

This is indeed how Hasbro should take the line...  All figures that are "action" oriented should be this poseable...  Jedi, Army Builders, "heroes" like Han's or Luke's, etc...  They all should pose as nicely as this Clone looks like he will.

I can't wait till  I can buy as many of this guy as Hasbro will allow.  Put em in 4-packs and I'll buy even more.

Hell, articulate G.I. Joes that nice and I'll start collecting them too I think.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:22 PM »
And the floodgates finally opened...

I went into Target on Saturday evening and they'd put out tons of both series 1 and series 2.  Go figure...

From sporatic sightings of these here and there to a boatload of them showing up at once, and at the same time.  Very strange.

Anyway, my opinion of these sets dropped upon opening them...  They're nice in a way, but I think they definitely are not $20 pieces.  $15 seems much more reasonable to me, especially upon seeing how tiny the packages were, and how some of the figures are on the "cheap" side.  

They're one of those items that are nice to have, but just don't live up to their cost as far as value goes.  I'll get more into it when I get a review of them done for the site I think.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Wave 4 Battle of Yarvin
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:16 PM »
Hmmm, there's a lotta unique figures I could go for f rom Yavin.

Lots of the generic mid-level officers would be good army building figures.  The Rebel Honor Guard is a good idea too with their pikes and dress uniforms.

A generic Rebel Pilot that saw headswaps would be good too...  unique heads for red and gold leader, and then a generic young pilot.  Each with a unique helmet (The generic guy with the standard blue emblems/black visor deco).

Personally, I could go for a new rebel fleet trooper as the "Ultra" figure in the set.  Give him a collapsable look-out tower, scanning pistol, articulation out the whazoo, removeable helmet, and blaster with a working holster like the last one shoulda had and that'd be a dandy figure by me.  ;D

With Dodonna and Antilles (Odd that Antilles is included in a wave for Yavin when he wasn't near Yavin in the movie) confirmed I'm not one for more of the officers in that uniform like Willard and crew...

A technician with removeable helmet would be a great asset though too!  They could even reuse the Imperial Officer's body with new legs and new arms.  Include a helmet and a headset you can remove and he'd be even better for army building.

Astromechs are ok, but I'd sooner see character figures over simple astromech repaints...  Though there are a good many of them floating around there it seems.

Power of the Jedi / Re: Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin....
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:09 PM »
If you heat these guys up in a lil boiling water their robes will pop right off for you to admire the sculpts underneath.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 6 Deluxe heading our way 2004
« on: September 27, 2003, 02:48 AM »
Be careful what you ask for. They managed to shrink the Escape Pod down small enough to fit onto a blister.


Oh man, all I've read about that damn escape pod is that "it's great!" when I was thinking it's possibly one of the most bogus accessories ever.

That should've been done to-scale, and there's really no excuse for it not to be.  I think Hasbro cheaped out on it, and this pretty much excludes us ever getting a proper one...  

This could've been one great piece too.  I would've nabbed a bunch if they were to-scale for dioramas, gaming pieces, etc., but that mini-pod just bites. :(  And the 3PO, while a nice sculpt, is a rehash...  

That's a pegwarmer waiting to happen I do believe.  It's been the only major disappointment I've seen in the upcoming things so far.  >:(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Segway 1, Bush 0
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:59 PM »
In my heart, inaninate objects, rogue inventions, and dastardly animals will always have 1 up on our president.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad^2
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:57 PM »

Of course, not that we need TOO many clones of Scott running around the Earth (Good lord, perish the thought!)...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Root Beer
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:55 PM »
A&W's are semi-common here now as parts of the Long John Silver combo franchise.

Unfortunately, my nearest LJS didn't combine, but the next 2 closest LJS's did combine with A&W.

But again unfortunately it seems LJS doesn't do a hot business.

What's better?  I would argue that Barq's rootbeer in a frosty mug is better. :)  A&W certainly is nothing to turn your nose to though, especially with a scoop (heaping) of vanilla in it!

Did anyone have a "Rax" around them by t he way?  What the hell happened to those?  There's only ONE left in PA that I know of...  Hardees is the same.  There's a single lone Hardees down in a small part of Pittsburgh near my ex's house.  We'd pass it taking this backroad to the one mall nearby.  

Rax and Hardees used to kick so much butt, and now they're gone.  :(

Pittsburgh's devoid of good fast food for the most part.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 01:57 PM »
The only thing I can say disappointed me about this news is no Hermi Odle, who was the one Jabba's Palace character I truly was interested in.

Not that the others are BAD announcements.  They'll be great additions to the gang of uglies already produced.  I just wanted Hermi Odle more than anything else from JP.

The pictures shown are amazing, though I'd like to have seen Luke without the cloak too (I love the cloth cloak by the way!  FINALLY some Soft Goods stuff so our figures can be posed!), but it's looking nice even with the cloak on.

Nice touch on the blaster too.  I wonder if we'll get a Gammorean with working holster some day?  Wouldn't that be a dandy extra to put the blaster in, and recreate the scene all together?

The R2's definitely got signs of greatness.  The 3rd ankle appears articulated as do his outer ankles, which is a good sign (His just having a retractible 3rd leg is a good sign).  My worries lie in the tray and serving spout.  What's left on his dome if the spout is removeable?  And does the tray come off even (If it does that's a really tight fit).  If there's only a tiny pinhole on top of his dome, and the tray removes then I agree that this could very well be the finest R2 ever.

It would be the R2 that the Flying Saga R2 SHOULD have been, with removeable accessories and a heavily articulated astromech body underneath.  We'll just have to wait and see if Hasbro thought this figure out properly.

The R1 droid, tied with Luke, was the highlight image to me...  I've seen Luke before so I wasn't so gaga over that, but that R1 is just sweet.  I wonder if it'll be a single carded figure or what he could come with?  Kind of bland for an individual figure just the way they've been packaging things of late.  Still, it's a new droid that looks amazing.

Isn't it ironic that we'll get an R1 droid before we received a decent R5-D4 figure?  

I would've never predicted that one personally.

And the list of figures was just great!  A truly "A list" of characters I think that MANY collectors wanted (Even if my Hermi wasn't on it).  Bubo's probably my favorite announcement cuz he bites at people, but the whiphid iisn't a bad choice either, and just the # of people who've made a custom of him s hould warrant Hasbro to make an "official" one.

Now I hope next time they go to the skiffs and crank out some new goons, and Hermi Odle of course from the palace.  The skiffs could use some "new" guys though, like Sgt. Doalynn, a Human guard, the cackling Nikto, Weequay Skiffmaster, etc...

Even without variations I think they can crank these out for ALL army builders and make a MUCH better sales rate on their army builder figures.

I mean, I'd have taken just THIS sculpt in a 3-pack before those pi$$-poor pre-posed clones we wound up with that are uber cheap in feel, deco, and sculpt.

Gimme this guy with repaints.

Gimme a Scout like this guy!

Gimme a Stormie like this guy!

Gimme a Rebel Fleet Trooper with Head Variants like this guy!

Gimme a Hoth Rebel Soldier like this guy!

Gimme a Snowtrooper like this guy!

Gimme Sandtroopers like this guy!

Gimme EU Troopers like Aquatic and Space troopers like this guy!

Gimme Endor Rebels like this guy!

You get the idea...  

Hell, give me ALL figures articulated like this guy.  That ball/socket joint worked flawlessly on the Luke Bespin figure and wasn't noticeable.  It even looked like a fold in the fabric.

Can't beat that with a stick. :)

The articulation count goes a lil sumpin' like dis...


For a total of 14 points.  

What of that is ball/socket, is anyone's guess...  It could be every major joint though, judging by the image (I blew it up trying to get a good look).

Here's to hoping for greatness...  I just hope the "natural" pose is very neutral, unlike that damn red clone's pose where his bow legs and arms clenched tight at his sides (because of no ball/socket shoulders) meant he was limited to only a handful of poses, and they were ALL action poses.


Bumpin' this one up...

The new CloneTrooper is pictured in the latest Insider's pull-out/pack-in Clone Wars poster for those interested! has a nice image of it too, from the poster, but it's not a very large image for deciphering where the articulation points are.

I'm guessing heavy use of ball/socket joints though, which is great, and he looks to have a natural/neutral pose...  no more bow legged clones!  Yay!

If every army builder got this kinda treatment (from what I can tell anyway) I'd be a much happier Hasbro Consumer, and I'd be welcoming MORE pre-posed 3-packs with open arms.

Here's to hoping Hasbro gets off their collective rears and takes this kind of articulation to other army builders like Stormtroopers, Scout Troopers, Snowtroopers, Hoth Rebel Soldiers, Rebel Fleet Troopers, etc., etc., etc....

I for one would be in debt, but happily. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 23, 2003, 06:05 PM »
I agree with others that this set's turned into an improvement.  The only thing though is that I only want the 2-Horn variant. :(  Which at this time seems the most difficult to find.

Luckily, my area dried up as far as Bounty Hunter sets which SUCKED.  Fortunately they sold mostly.  Sad that the sporatic spottings of them became instant pegwarmers though.

The Imperial set seems to sell in a trickle...  There's definitely less now then a month ago.  I may nab another to do my "army building duty" and help clear this crap out.

And then just hope I get a non-broken-horn variant of the Hoth set at some point.

At that stage, unless they REALLY rethink how they do these 4-packs, I'd be content to see them go the way of the do-do...

If they became army building sets, or if the figures saw HEAVY retooling, such as new legs or whatnot, I could go for new sets.  Until that point, these are just not that great for me to want more.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: First Look at Jabba at GH
« on: September 23, 2003, 06:01 PM »
More than the fiugre I think the lack of a full dais/base is what sucks.  

But, the figure's a disappointment too...  I'm not even someone who was clamoring for a new Jabba so much even.  I was happy with Jabba Gllob in my collection because I was thinking someday they'd wind up doing a whole new ROTJ Jabba...

Little did I realize that by having an inkling of faith in Hasbro to "do the right thing" they'd wind up making me disappointed in Jabba's figure line-up once again.

Oh well.

I have to say one thing I disagree with everone on though...  Jabba Glob rocked.  I love how he drools. :)  Come on that was a FUN toy!  At the time anyway...

Love to have him droolin' all around and stuff.  It's just funny, and it actuall worked.  

But uh, yeah that figure coming up isn't so cool and the original vintage figure is, sadly, superior.  :-\  Go figure.

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