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If they're REALLY superior quality products, I'll look into picking up an AT-AT myself...  For what MR is likely to charge though, this thing better be damn good.  Their prices on replica items seem outrageous to me.

The origianl Ertl kits for the AT-AT weren't inferior quality so I've gotta be pretty wow'd by this MR AT-AT to bite on buying one.  I'll see though, as it is my favorite vehicle in the trilogy so having a good quality replica of one could be cool.  Would help me in my little project as well. :)

Other Collectibles / Star Wars Models... Not Dead from C&D's.
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:53 PM »
For those possibly curious if you CAN get Star Wars Models from someone other than Fine Molds (great line though, don't pass em up!), or *gasp* Code 3 (If you can call those models) then here's a linky dink for you.

Zarkus Model Kits (I was directed to them by the small company, Scale Model Technologies who were forced to cease their production of Star Wars models by Lucasfilm and some of its license holders) are producing a nice lineup of Expanded Universe ships.  Check out some pics below as these are really top quality model kits.

Incom Z-95 Headhunter (antiquated) Starfighter


Imperial Stormtrooper Transport (From X-Wing Series of PC Flight Sims, and one of my personal favorite ships)


Dash Rendar's Corellian YT-3000 Light Transport, The Outrider

These are some damn nice models, so if you're looking for really accurately designed models based on EU, this company's putting out quality kits you shouldn't pass up.  The Stormtrooper Transport's one of the most commonly seen ships in EU if you follow the X-Wing series.  They're used for docking and boarding capital ships as they carry a nice compliment of Troops inside.  They make good general all-purpose transports as well for the Empire, as well as good support craft for invasion forces.

I liken them to a Space AT-AT, though they're not any way related other than they serve a similar purpose of dropping troops into battle where needed.

Some good stuff out there guys, and in a scale matching the Fine Molds kits which I believe are also 1/72 scale (I think all of Zarkus's kits are 1/72 scale if not mistaken).

Options are out there, and hopefully they remain so for all the people wanting to have high-quality models sit on their desks and shelves.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: CW Deluxe Spider Droid - Ever seen it?
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:42 PM »
I've actually seen this a couple times Matt, but not as of late.  TRU had them actually sitting for a short time, but don't know if they still have them.  I'll keep my eyes peeled if you're in need of a 2nd one per chance.

One TRU had one the last time I was there, but that was quite a while ago.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 12, 2004, 02:03 AM »
My Questions to Hasbro:

-What's the possibility that we see the Super Articulation feature of the Clone Wars Clonetrooper expanded to other army builders?  

I think that all the Imperial Troops are a no-brainer (Scouttroopers, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Sandtroopers, etc.), but other characters like the Rebel Fleet Troopers, Rebel Hoth Soldiers, Rebel Endor Commandoes, and possibly the Jedi figures could stand to see the Super Articulated treatment.

-Has Hasbro considered taking a page from the G.I. Joe line's popularity by making a "Versus 2-pack"?

I'd personally love to see an idea like Super Articulated Hoth Rebel Soldier Vs. a Super Articulated Snowtrooper.  Or, perhaps a Super Articulated Rebel Fleet Trooper Vs. a Stormtrooper.  Army Builders would indeed rejoice at the opportunity.

-What is the possibility of a Modular Death Star Playset?  

A series of sets that allow the customer to build a playset outward left or right, or upward stacked upon each other, in a cube style that offers a fan the chance to build and infinite playset of the Death Star.

A similar idea could be used for a Hoth Trench set where the trench can be extended left or right infinitely if the customer so wanted.  Remake a scale artillery tower, or a Hoth Rebel Tri-pod cannon, and it'd be a great little diorama series, plus good for army building.

-Will it be possible for the AT-ST or Snowspeeder to see a resculpt so both are 100% true-scale to the films?  

The Landspeeder's resculpt was great, and seemed to do well, so I'd love to see these two get a similar treatment to improve their quality, especially since both vehicles were featured more prominently in the films.

-And of course, the obligatory question about Expanded Universe figures, will Hasbro be producing any Expanded Universe beyond the Clone Wars lineup?  

I for one would love to see some more figures from the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series of video games, considering how well the original Kyle Katarn and Darktrooper seemed to do, even when offered at an inflated price through the Fan Club.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stress relief-What do you do to relax?
« on: February 12, 2004, 01:42 AM »
I drink.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 11, 2004, 12:15 AM »
It's not even the plastic ammount, so much as it's an overall lack of "quality" in a lot of items.

The Wampa, for instance, is articulated fairly well...  Lots of joints, a nice removable arm, a great base, great sculpt, good paint application...  Interacts with ANOTHER figure too.  Those are good ultra things.

Riekean on the other hand is a figure with LESS than the old POTF2 standard 6 points of articulation.  I mean the guy has 5!  That's pretty rough to accept in a $10 figure, no matter how inactive the guy was in the movie.  His base isn't exactly complex either.  He was, for all intents and purposes, a $5 figure.  Even then he was only a $5 figure because his accessory wouldn't be just a tiny blaster.

The Denizens are kind of the same thing...  One new thing has no articulation whatsoever and could've been an accessory packed in with a basic figure (J'Quille perhaps?).  The other new thing is the only real "highlight" of the set (Bubo that is), but ins't overly complex itself.  The B'Omar Monk's not really an inspiring character in the first place, and I think that's why he was a mail-away before.  A repack of him just doesn't cut it much either.

The line, I fear, is really in for a rocky road.  I could be wrong, but right now it isn't seeming that way since Ultra's the only line I can find with any relative ease anymore. :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: February 10, 2004, 10:43 PM »
I picked it up today, and just figured it'll be nice to have Bubo and a red jar Monk.  The Cabageshite guy is weird...  OK I guess.  

The Bubo figure is HUGE.  not sure he's oversized or what, but he's huge compared to what I thought.

I need to check some footage of ROTJ out to review that sequence though.  I just don't think this is right as far as scale goes.  That's disappointing, considering everything.

THis set is the weakest shipping with Jabba I think.  Unfortunately, I think Hasbro's really killing the Ultra line themselves, and combined with its higher pricetag (which immediately pushes itself away from the hardcore collectors), I think it's a doomed line eventually.

The 3PO with escape pod was utter crap to me...  The Riekean figure was nice, but should've been a single carded figure...  The Wampa's great from top to bottom, but I'm starting to see it linger around now along with the previous two.

Jabba on the other hand will move some because, it's Jabba and as good a ROTJ version as we've gotten and are likely to get.  The Denizens though were already ALL sitting on the pegs (where I got mine today) while all the Jabba's were already taken.  Seems to me that these won't be tough to get.

So, to me, this line's got a bleak future, as much as I maybe love the idea of it.  These figures could stand to be a LOT more than Hasbro's giving I think.  The single figure line's on a major upswing at least.  These $10 pricerange figures definitely have been a weaker point for Hasbro in the past though, and hopefully will be something the company can turn itself around on.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 10, 2004, 07:29 PM »
He'll reship, I feel sure, so no worries really.

This wave overall rocks though.  Must have many multiples of all 4 figures!  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How Do You Become?
« on: February 10, 2004, 01:29 PM »
are you bringing the Astroglide

So much more courteous than I'd have imagined. :)

Other Collectibles / Unleashed Bossk Rocks!
« on: February 9, 2004, 04:16 PM »
I dont' like the Unleashed line particualrly...  They're not my general cup of tea, as I don't care for statues, but even I have to admit that the upcoming Bossk is great.

His images appear in the latest Star Wars insider for the first time, and they are REALLY neat.  Bossk's hopping through some broken wall of some sort (looks great) with his mouth agape, growling Trandoshan slurs with his arms outstretched.

Simply, this Bossk figure looks really neat, and a must-have for any Bossk collector, or lover of all things Trandoshan.

And why do I like Trandoshans?  Cuz they gets alllllllll da ladies.  Jockin' the Wookies and slappin' the hoes.  That's livin' Trandoshan style.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: February 9, 2004, 04:13 PM »
Got my new Insider today, and Dengar looks to be a really REALLY prime choice of a figure.  His articulation is shown off some, by having him in a goofy pose with his arms out.  Looks like he'll be a winner, for a fat guy in bandages.

Keep your eyes peeled for your copy of Insider because they're getting good toy images as of late.  :)

TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:04 PM »
Actually, aquatic stormtroopers were developed by West End Games for the original RPG.  Very cool design.  The gear they wear (fins and such) can be removed should the troop  need to fight on land, or in an underwater station of some sort.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:09 AM »
Wow, the topic sees some life.

More than I can say for 21st Century.  :P

The big possible rumor now is that they've possibly been taken over or sold.  Seems that items are coming out in the Motorworks boxes, but with 21st Century Toys stamped on the vehicles (as always), yet not a SINGLE mention of 21st Century Toys anywhere but the company stamp in the plastic itself.

Nowhere on the box...  Nothing.  SOme other company IS listed however (forgetting the name).

Could it be 21st Century has been sold?  Or possibly just partnered with another production facility allowing them use of the molds produced?

Hard to say at this stage, but I want a freaking Bradley Fighting Vehicle for my BBI Grunts, that's all I know!

21st may be in the crapper big time, and trying to dig their way out.  A shame, considering how well their figures sell.  If they'd focus on those instead of huge plane after huge plane, the line would be doing much better I think.

Planes are nice, but you gotta do that stuff in moderation.  Big ticket items just don't move well, as any toy company will gladly point out (And as FAO Swartz will gladly attest to as well).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: February 6, 2004, 05:03 AM »
Just think though...  It means more more more more more for the rest of the year.

Those uber long rumor lists don't look so improbable now.

I'm curious to see how Toy Fair and Hasbro's private show (Should they do one again) pan out.  What surprises could be in store for later in the year?

Or are we just gonna see what's churning now, and on upcoming confirmed lists be reshipped?  It's a long year...  And the way they're pumping new (and great) stuff to us, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a LOT of great figures given to us this year that we've not got a clue on yet.

No offense was really meant to you Matt, or others in that thread over at Scum, but I did take a bit of a shot at those claiming the Code 3 ships look better than model kits out there.

As nice as the one guy is in the thread, he's just REALLY off-base about plastic ships, and almost sounds scourned by what Hasbro's done by butchering the toys so he thinks all plastic looks unrealistic.

I guess that WAS a little bit of a shot...  Not its original intent, but I honestly think that anyone claiming Code 3 as being high quality just doesn't know what they're talking about.  

It's like the people that say the prequal's CGI sucks, when anyone with experience in CGI and computer animation in general will tell you it's cutting edge stuff, and the most impressive animation in a film anyone's likely to have seen...  Even superior in complexity to LOTR (Which I love, I'm just being honest).

Some people just don't like it though, and are convinced that it's "poor quality" when it's  not...  Just like I guess a couple folks think the Code 3 sets are somehow superior to the Fine Molds model kits, or even an AMT/Ertl kit from the 1980's.  Plastic, by its very nature, takes better detail than most cast metals do even.  Some people just aren't willing to accept that though.

I think it's them trying to justify the $300 pricetags in their mind.  :P

Seriously though, those C3 items would be worth $100 or so...  They're not even competitively priced against other die-cast metal models out there even.  I mean, I got a 1:18 scale Willy's jeep from World War II not that long ago, and it was only $30, has a working steering mechanism, full detailed engine, removable accessories like tools and such.  

I just don't get Code 3 then, and their exorbitant pricing, and their desire to push out other product that, by all means isn't even the same TYPE of collectible.

Code 3 then pi$$ed me off in a couple ways.

1) they pushed a superior product in model kits away, and have killed NEW Star Wars model kits (including some obscure EU ones) from being made.  This means model kits, which I love building, are now not available readily, and new kits of new vehicles aren't going to be available till Code 3 gives up its license.

2) They offer inferior quality product when compared to other "similar" items, like model kits (even pre-built ones) when it comes to their overall detail, accuracy, and yet claim their product to be "high-end".

3) They eliminate any form of competition, which I'm not wild about ANY Star Wars license for this reason...  hasbro b!tched at Lego for offering individual figures (Like who the hell's gonna quit being a die-hard Hasbro figure collector to buy Lego figures?), and so Code 3's sissy behavior over the C&D they MADE Lucasfilm enfoce (Lucasfilm actually had model-makers BUYING the kits from these "garage" kit companies).

4) Their price is just outrageous...  Like I said, for all the removable panels and things, I could go with $100 or less, but not $300...  That just sucks to me for all the more you get.  I mean, the scale of the X-Wing may not even be right, judging by eyeballing it (I could be wrong on that), so how can someone justify $300 for it?  I wouldn't pay $300 for a 1:18 scale X-Wing that was done RIGHT, much less Code 3's...  

But, when it all boils down, I'm mostly irritated because I can't get a single new damn model kit because of Code 3.  The best I can hope for is Fine Molds to make more kits, but I don't even know if they are holding a license at this poiont, an d there's been little heard from them, even though they've made arguably the best model kits for Star Wars ever.  :(

My last bastion of hope was the small garage companies that made limited edition resin kits (mostly of EU ships), and they're now unable to make anything...  And it's 100% the fault of Code "whiney b!tch" 3.

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