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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 6, 2004, 05:34 PM »
As of today, I saw both Han and Obi at stores around my neck of the woods Beth so if need be give me a hollar.  They hit en masse this week at Wal-Mart stores and Targets.  They've subsequently sold well too as Han's disappearing some and Ben's around.  Leia's so-so.  The Han does move quick.

I got the first one I saw today for my 2nd Han, but saw him twice more.  He was just lesser than the others.

I STILL have no Luke.  And with the Bespin wave showing up I'm a little nervous on Luke since I actually like that figure as opposed to lots of other people.

Then again I love this line overall.  Even Ben I think is the best old Ben there is.

Anyway, shoot a PM over if you wind up stuck Beth and I'm sure myself and anyone else will help if we can.  I still owe you one anyway.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: August 5, 2004, 08:41 PM »
Nice.  You sir are an incredible Star Trek Geek.  I thought I was bad that I'll fight with my friends about ging out on Fridays because of Bonus Treks, but you're a billion times worse than me Dale.  :)  You pull that stuff outta thin air.  I can't even vaguely recall episode titles.  I bow to your powers on this.

That is awesome, and her pic in her starfleet uni's a hot one...  I remember Worf kinda let Data know he'd be PO'd if he hurt her.  haha  Good episode.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: August 5, 2004, 08:13 PM »
I don't see an edit to it...  Perhaps I'm missing it?

Anyway, would I?  The one on the right (In my Klingon Image) wasn't terribly bad looking as I recall...  The photo's not doing her justice.  The other one with the bigger, uhm, "ridges", had kind of a Klingon Butter Face.

Anyway, Worf's wife/Alexander's mom was HOT, but half human too...  So she exuded a little less Klingon.

The one from the Riker = Q episode though never did it for me beside her outfit...  It was non-existant as I recall.

The chick that Data dated in one episde was pretty decent looking...  Hmmm.  I don't recall episode titles to point things out specifically.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Setting the Bar
« on: August 5, 2004, 04:21 PM »
Here's something I've thought about since a while back when I first mentioned the idea of a "collector's line" of more expensive, but super posoeable figures and then the basic $5 figure line.

My concept was that the basic figures could still sell in pre-posed fashion if there were to be a SA version of the figure.

For instance, Han Solo in ANH.  You give that SA version (preferably with all the accessories he'd need), and then at the same time in the basic line a figure like Death Star Escape Han sneaks in...

I for one am happy to see pre-posed ANH Han's now that they've made the VOTC Han ANH...  So long as they're really well sculpted, detailed, and accessories should make them more appealing.

So I think there is a market for arguably lesser figures now.  There is no market for the CT Han though, short of the carded collectors.  To me VOTC Han should be the recarded figure then.  Whether Hasbro says "no!" or not.  They can kiss off.

As far as whether they CAN be better than what they are?

-SA Clone...  Easily could use feet holes of course, but also, who would argue with ball/socket hips like the VOTC Luke figure?  I doubt I would, especially if it's well hidden (Luke's seems ok from what Paul showed us).

-VOTC Han...  Same could be said of Han, with the ball/socket hip, but also I think the holster's unsightly.  It's the figure's biggest drawback to me.  The way it "hovers" from the legstrap on his thigh.  Very odd.  I actually think a molded on holster (maybe not the belt, just the holster) would be better, but that's me...  Or connecting it to the thigh and using a much more flexible plastic than the stuff they used?  

Removable Stormie belt wouldn't have hurt either.  He's pretty shy on accessories really.

-VOTC Ben Kenobi...  Well, what COULDN'T be improved?

First, the arm articulation's attrocious.  Angle joints suck to me...  21st Century Toys was the innovator of this articulation style, and they subsequently QUIT doing it.  Why Hasbro would pick up the proverbial "other man's trash" and run with it, I don't know.  Ball/socket elbows on Jedi are doable (Screen Scene Mace Windu for instance), and Obi should've had the same.  

The fact his legs have ZERO articulation beyond the basic hips, I think it's safe to say he could use ball/socket knees, ankles, and the hip splits articulation like Luke wouldn't hurt either.  He was kinda "extreme" posed when fighting Vader after all.

I think his soft-goods skirt is sorta cool, but it's not accurate.  Had it had the layered effect with the ties and straps that hung down, I think it'd be 10x better.  

His outer cloak is a nice pattern, but poor fabric.  Easily they could've used the SAME material they used on Total Control Mace Windu, and that cloak would've looked awesome.  Why they opted not to, one will never know.  It's the perfect fabric for this scale.

No saber hilt or way to clip it on his belt?  Also a let-down to me.  Obi spents most of his time that way, so that's disappointing to me.

-VOTC Leia...  I kind of like her as she is, but she too is missing ball/socket knee articulation as she just sports hinges.  I can see how doing her ankles would be tough, but part of me thinks it is possible still.  

Beyond that thugh, I like Leia's arm articulation well enough, and the only real flaws she has are no feet holes and no sporting blaster.  

I like her headsculpt, though I see others say she's still not close to Fisher.  I think she is.  

Anyway, that's my take on the SA/VOTC figures I have thus far...  Nothing's perfect, and everything's fixable, but Han's damn close, and so's the Clone.  I think even Leia's pretty great.  Only Obi disappoints me.

I also notice a lot of general gripes about the new ball/scket heads.  Honestly, I think it's just cheaper for Hasbro.

They've taken their construction of figures down a notch...  Before they used a more expensive plastic on figure torsos (more rigid) that required 2 torso halves to be fused together.  They've changed that now to a single-piece torso made out of the same pliable plastics used throughout the modern line on heads/limbs.  The old-style ball/socket joints appear to have gone the way of the do-do (though "Dutch" had one, so who knows).

I think they do this now though because it limits construction on the figure while maintaining the greatest range of motion.  Arguably better than figures like the CT Stormtrooper.

I agree it turns out odd sometimes, but I think it's good on VOTC Han and Leia.  Ozzel though...  Definitely odd looking.  That's the sculptor's fault though, not the articulation style.

Look at Antilles...  He looks great I think.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Opinions on Rebo Band and Rancor
« on: August 4, 2004, 06:42 PM »
The packs are Sy Snootles and Joh Yowza (as Mikey D pointed out to me.  I got them mixed up too Carl) and Droopy McCool's packed with Barquin D'An (A Bith like in the Cantina).

These are still one of the neater sets...  Too bad Hasbro can't make exclusives like these anymore huh?

Short of articulation, they're great looking figures.  I see a lotta griping on their scale though, but some images imply they're NOT out of scale while others imply they're grossly ut of scale.  Very strange.

My biggest gripe is more with the SE than the figures, but Sy Snootles just isn't as cool in the SE as her puppet was, so I miss the vintage figure of her actually.  :(

It could definitely be just as you mentioned though Jared, as I was thinking something similar.  

I'm hoping removable.  Wookie Fodder's in need.

I too noticed no word on it being removable, but...  I wouldn't be surprised if it is.  Looking at the photo, it's either really raised fromthe sculpt or it's separate.

The other thing...  The # of articulation points in the torso, to me, implies a separate bandoleir.  I don't know how they'd do it otherwise without it looking awkward or hindering the articulation.

I'm holding out hope...  For now.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 4, 2004, 02:02 PM »
I do believe it is the most articulated figure ever for Star Wars.  This actually even boarders  21st and BBI's level of articulation...  Though, there's one thing I think is misleading.  They seem to count the range-finder's moveable feature as an articulation point.  I personally wouldn't/won't when I wind up getting and reviewing the figure.

They seem to be stretching some things I think with this one...  SA Clone's pretty tough to beat in articulation count, so unless Fett's sporting extra joints I think they're fudging the books a little.

The Stormtrooper's still the biggest surprise.  I'm really anxious to see what's doing there.

Fett, to me, looks superb.  I wonder if they'd ever use the majority of that figure and do an ESB one then?  I'd buy it in a heartbeat.  Hell, I'd buy an ARC if they cobbled that Fett with a SA Clone, and I'd buy a Jango if they reworked Boba a little.

THat sculpt could see reuse quite a few times I'd think.

I thought they were after your sweater.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 4, 2004, 01:41 AM »
No, it wasn't rare.  It was actually tremendously overpriced at $25.  It sat and sat even long after the deal with TRU fell through.

Once again turning the tables...  We never knew you were a heartbreaker Matt.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Breaking the bank, what's the price?
« on: August 3, 2004, 07:52 PM »
I'm, at this time, wagering this won't occur.  I could see a hike to $7 by the company just because Hasbro's filled with the mindless, but I'm still going to bet on no major pricehike beyond that at this time.

Same with scale changes...  

If it happens, then so be it.  It's every excuse one needs to dump the line and let it go the way of Playmates Trek.  

Honestly, how many of us would actually care though I wonder?  It'd make my customizing list much more clear for me anyway.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Breaking the bank, what's the price?
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:34 PM »

I'd not heard this.  :)

If it's the case, I'm out...  I'll easily give up this hobby...  No figure's worth that price.  As it stands, VOTC aren't mre than $5 on flashy limited packaging.  They're not $13 figures, and they're F'n awesome.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:06 PM »
2 guys from Pittsburgh have gotten theirs in so far, and both are either crushed bubbles or bent cards.


And that reply is utter BS.  No business should be run so piss-poor.  That's really, honestly, terrible.  The Fan Club's a travesty overall now.

Newbies / Re: Hello
« on: August 3, 2004, 04:04 PM »
Extending my welcome too Carl...  Nice to have a normal name around.  :)

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