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Saga '02-'04 / Re: What killed the deluxe line?
« on: May 12, 2003, 07:17 PM »
***Stands and flexes like Spaceghost***

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 11, 2003, 10:09 PM »
I doubt they revisit it anytime soon...  Maybe though...  Maybe a Yavin guard version or something different.  With army builders it's really up in the air...  But, Hasbro's slow on army builders somewhat too, so I'm not gonna hold my breath for an update anytime soon since he just got one...

Kinda like the bikerscout, and now the Snowtrooper...  I'm wanting updates, but not expecting them soon.

I have a couple of the POTJ one, and one of the black haired guy loose...  One of my POTJ ones is cracked apart in my parts bin, but with Antilles on the way I may wait to see what parts he offers up.  His shirt and helmet would be identical to the RFT's in sculpt...

I have a couple extra black haired RFT's for trading as well, and a couple POTJ on the card I got when I ordered that case...  Just haven't traded them yet.

The Red haired RFT eludes me still though...  As does the dark haired Saga Impy officer.

I'm taking the one loose POTJ officer down from his display, as he was there for display reasons only so with the new head variants there in his place I won't need to waste the space with him there...  He'll act as backup fodder if I ruin one of the pieces on the cracked apart one I have.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 11, 2003, 08:29 PM »
Hey all, here's a quick image of the Marine 3-pack that BBi is going to be selling at "Major Retailers" this year.  I'm hoping to walk into Wal-Mart and find these personally!

EDIT: I guess they dont' allow links over at RTM, which isn't surprising because their site's a tad stingey IMO, but check the link below for all the images.

BBi's stuff is REALLY well detailed, features 16 points of articulation per figure (On their first series anyway) including ball/socket shoulders and a ball/socket ankle joint.

Needless to say they're uber poseable!  

BBi's #1 drawbacks are:

-Availability...  Up till now I've only seen them at online etailers and Electronic's Boutique stores in the mall.

-Visible articulation...  Some of the joints aren't overly well hidden, including the pin in the knees, and that BBi uses that "45 degree angle cut" joint that 21st Century created but scrapped for old hinge style...  Why BBi adopted it on the elbow, I'll never know, but it's ugly and noticeable.

-Gummy gear...  Their weapons make some Star Wars weapons look rigid.  

But, with every con, BBi makes up for it in other areas and then some!  Their positives are a-plenty, and include....

-Awesome sculpts...  I have 7 Generic heads that I'm using for Star Wars customizing from their first series SWAT figures and one Spec. Forces guy alone.  On top of that, their bodies are sculpted very well also, and with very intricate details like stitching in fabric and such.

-Good poseability...  Even though the articulation is noticeable, you get one very poseable figure.

-Interchanging parts.  The torsos, arms and heads pop off with ease, but do pop in quite sturdy for play.  They make for some mix/matching if you wanted to do major "army building".  

-Gear...  You get a lot with each figure...  Everything from knit stocking caps, to helmets, to ballcaps, to an assault rifle, to a pistol that fits in a holster, to a removeable belt, to removeable webbing gear...  These guys often come with quite a bit of gear.

-Gear sculpts are great too.  

-Price...  At $4.99 these figures make Hasbro's attempts at toys look like a joke.  They're amazingly detailed and executed, and cheap to boot!  Can't beat that with a stick!

I honestly can't say what the new figures will be like, but that picture of the Marine 3-pack looks substantially better than their 1st series figures.  Joints look well hidden which was my biggest gripe probably.

Buying them in a 3-pack will make army building a SNAP too.  Way to go BBi!

I highly recommend them to you guys, they're great figures for a very reasonable price.  And check Raving Toy Maniacs for more shots of their 2003 product and carded images of their 2002 U.S. Spec. Forces figures.  

The 2nd series is due out in July I belive, and WW2 planes (and possibly more) are POSSIBLE for later this year.

Star Wars Action Figures / Ricky UK made a new figure...
« on: May 11, 2003, 08:05 PM »
And wow it's a neat one! :)

Not shabby at all!

The figure is inspired (I think) by the Imperial Aquatic Assault "Seatrooper" Stormtrooper from West End Games.  The image was most noticeably seen in the Imperial Sourcebook I believe.

Neat design, one of my favorites anyway.  I'm really glad to see someone make one, and make it so well.  Ricky does some fine work, but this is a really neat piece.

I have this guy on tap, but I've been planning to take some liberties with the details on it.  Ricky's is FAIRLY close to the images from West End Games though.

Pretty cool stuff for sure!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 11, 2003, 02:00 AM »
Wrists won't do the figure any good without bicep articulation though...  They'd just swivel to point the gun up side down or right side up.

For knees, I think the RFT's legs are overrated...  Overuse of that articulation can kill, that's why 21st Century dumped it for more numerous points that aren't as noticeable.  It worked for the RFT because the pants are baggy, but I'd honestly still take the old hinge joint over that 45 degree cut...

The hinges on XD figures are built into the leg, and on baggy pants that looks great.  No pin like on the Hasbro figures, so it's much more hidden.

Like I said though, it's just "nice"...  Hasbro can do better though.  Much better for army builders I believe.

Power of the Jedi / Re: Masters of the Darkside
« on: May 11, 2003, 01:52 AM »
I picked mine up at a local Wal-Mart back during their release...  They shipped several times to the same Wal-Mart actually, and I saw them a couple other times at other places as well, but that one Wal-Mart I saw them 3 different times in.

If only I'd known then what I know now...

But I did buy my one, and it's an ok set.  The Maul's supposedly making his way to a card this year?  The Vader may not be far behind, though I'd rather have the blaster shot deflecting Vader myself.

The Vader's the set highlight by far, but he's still not perfect.  Probably the tightest Vader sculpt though, and good soft goods cape.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF Boba Fett Spirt Figure?
« on: May 11, 2003, 01:47 AM »
Solid (or even multiple part) "spirit of" figures aren't hard to create actually, so generally if you see one you've NOT heard of it's probably a big  ole fakey.

There's resins that, without even tinting, will turn out that hazey blue-green of holo/spirit figures...  Some of them are pretty cheap resins too, and would result in some pretty cheap figures.

But that was one Bogus auction for sure.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 10, 2003, 09:49 PM »
Yeah, that BoB stuff is pretty top notch.   Too bad that line's limited in the # of figures it is going to have.  Only 3 Germans, and 4 U.S. total...

I hope they make a 2nd BoB series some day...  I want a U.S. rifleman and BAR in trenchcoat. :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's Up For A Chat?
« on: May 10, 2003, 09:47 PM »
I just clicked the chat link, it started to load a page then...

I waited, it took a little while, then in the lower left corner of my browser it read "done" as if the page had loaded, but what I'm assuming is the "chat screen" was still not loaded (Looked like it WAS gonna load, but never did and the browser said done so my PC wasn't doing anything at that point).

So I have no clue what's up...  It never asked me to sign on with any name either...  I never got that far I guess.

Sorry guys, maybe chat's just not for me?  :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 10, 2003, 09:35 PM »
As of now, I'm ranking him as "just ok".  he's unique, and neutral, and a working holster is fine and dandy.

The fact that he APPEARS to not be real poseable is annoying though.  Hasbro had no real NEED to put in the tri-pod cannon, and personally I already have 4 of the things so I could've done without it all together.

I'd rather seen a cloth hood and skirt piece put on, and the articulation on this figure is kinda insulting for an "Army builder".

The main problem I see is, while they improved in sculpt they chose not to improve in articulation much at all, or so it appears.  I'll buy some, and it's parts to make customs of GOOD poseable snowies, but it's nowhere near what Hasbro's ABLE to do.

Even if the arms were poseable to hold a blaster w/2 hands and neutrally at his side, it would've been a lot better.  

Hasbro appears to not have chosen that route though, and on a figure that desparately needed some better poseability I believe.

So, in the end...  Is it great?  No.  Is it bad?  Nah, just not as good as it could be.  Adds some diversity, but there's still great ammounts of room for improvement here, especially for an army builder.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 10, 2003, 01:24 AM »

The paras have been out for some time, so keep your eyes pealed at various TRU's if you have the means...  You may find a stray Falschirmjagger here and there.

I just found a fresh case of paras the other day actually, and got a Private Wilson (U.S. 101st Rifleman) and a Private Rupert (82nd ready for his D-Day Jump).


The Humvee is probably one of the weaker products I've bought from 21st, so if you're going on first impressions do NOT buy that vehicle.  The figure is an abomination, and the Humvee itself doesn't justify the $30 pricetag.

The Bradley though, while I don't own it, is supposedly one of the best vehicles ever.  Full interior for troops and all.  I didn't get it because $40 was beyond my means that day, but now I wish I'd just bought it and left the Humvee personally.

My favorite line is the Battle of the Bulge right now.  They're easily the best figures I feel...  The paras and Falschirmjaggers are a close 2nd though, and the USMC Pacific theatre figures look to be awful nice (And rumored Japanese don't hurt either!)...

I think 21st makes some of THE best product out on the market today, honestly.  They blow Hasbro away in overall quality in what you get in an action figure.

I'd also say that you should ALLLLLLL check out BBi's Elite Force 1:18 line.

Their figures are all modern, but they're REALLY articulated, well sculpted, and neat little toys.  They're also going to be sold (supposedly) at "major retailers" this year in bulk.  IE: you may walk into Wal-Mart and find their awesome new Marine Corps 3-pack (In Desert tan) for $15.  Not too shabby once you see the ammount of stuff you get guys!

If I ever find some good pics, I'm gonna show you guys how much these BBi figures rock.  They have a Blackhawk helicopter on the way too, and let me say the chopper is MASSIVE.  It's got a pricetag to match, but it's full 1:18 scale and full detailed.

I want my BBi marines dropping out of that mamajama into a diorama ASAP though!

But, to answer your question Nick, I really like the lines. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's Up For A Chat?
« on: May 10, 2003, 01:17 AM »
Hum, well can't get it to work or I'd join...  Just doesn't open.  Very strange.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What did you want to be growing up?
« on: May 8, 2003, 10:46 PM »
2 things I really wanted to be that were "dreams"...

Stock Car/Race Car Driver...  My father raced when he was young.  He did drag racing with his old corvette (I believe it was a '58) and he also raced a 1940 Ford Coupe at a dirt oval track around the Pittsburgh area called Lernerville.  He raced a couple other small local tracks as well.

He was going to build my older brother Sean a car when he got old enough, and at that time it was still feasible to go out and build yourself a car without needing sponsorship and a vast fortune.  

My brother, in his infinite wisdom decided to rebel against my father tremendously though, and my father didn't do this for him.  

I wanted a car too...  I am partial to sprints myself, or modifieds...  But, unfortunately when "my time" came the sport of auto racing became one that only the wealthy can enjoy (Even going to a race costs you an arm and a leg, and I'm talking LOCAL racing, and World of Outlaws shows, not NASCAR or the big game!)...  My father wasn't able to just hop into racing like he was with my oldest brother, so there was no chance of me going into it.

The sad thing is, I know I would've done well...  I'm not good at MUCH in this world, but I can push any car to its limits and beyond, and bring it back in one piece.  Unfortunately that just wasn't meant to be, what with all the sponsorship needs, and dramatically increased costs.

The second thing I wanted to be...

Play in the NHL...  This was a pipe dream if there ever was one.  I started to play hockey later in life, and professional hockey players are most often groomed to be professional players from the time they're born.  I didn't start till around 10/11 years old though.  

To top that off, I am not overly skilled...  My skill came in that I was a leader and a bruiser.  I didn't take much crap from other teams, and lead mine by example (Captaincy of 2 teams, and alternate on 2 others).  I played hard-nosed hockey by standing in front of the net and taking a pounding from the other team's D.  I got crappy BS goals that were shots that went off me, or rebounds...  Never had that moment in the spotlight when I had the gamewinning breakaway goal where I faked the goalie out of his skates because of my "dazzling" moves.  :D  That just ain't me.

Still, I wanted to play in the NHL so bad, and still get a lil teary eyed every start of the NHL season, and every start of the cup finals...

Now I live vicariously through watching hockey on TV and live.  Hell I couldn't even last a pick-up game anymore the way I feel.  I still just love the game though, even if my Pens suck.  :)  I'll always support em!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours wave 3 FINALLY!
« on: May 8, 2003, 12:52 AM »
Yeah, I would go as far as to say that two of the droids are some of the best "droid" figures ever made by Hasbro, and definately good for EU.

The one droid, a little "box" looking thing with a welding arm is especially well detailed.  Not overly complex, and definately not a $10 item, but he blends in seamlessly in the Star Wars world.

He's got that campy "Cheap" feel that the original movie had...  He reminds me of the Gonk droids...  Simple, but effective and believeable.

The other droid I love is a rust colored droid (Sorry for no names here, I go by their looks for recollection).  The rust droid has a ball/socket head, GREAT detailing, and the sculpting puts almost every Saga figure to shame amazingly.

You'd be absolutely amazed at the level of detail on this guy, and he looks like a VERY believeable Star Wars droid with some heavy industrial type job.  Think ASP-7 with 10x the detail and thought.

The droids that are stripped down animatronic creatures from the park are neat too in a way, and hold a unique spot.  

The price and availability are the main drawbacks to the figures...  And their R3 unit isn't as good as R3-T7 was (he's the non-poseable POTJ R2 body).  The R4 unit found a happy home in my Rebel Astromech pool though, and the rest reside in Jabba's droid torture chamber.

Yeah, definately cool work Michael, hadn't seen/heard from you in a while so it's nice to see you're still working on the bigger projects.

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