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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at SW.com and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 01:59 PM »
I think they look great!

I love that Y-Wing Pilot.  I've already got plans to put him in my Y-Wing and take Hasro's first Rebel Pilot that came with it and use him for soemthing else...

Gotta have 2 of those new TIE Pilots for Vaders wingman scene...

Although, I can't wait to read what our resident RFT expert has to say about Dodonna and Antilles...

Will those customizers be able to use these for RFT and Officer Amry Building???

Jeff

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Toy Reviews / Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Starfighter
« on: November 13, 2003, 12:10 PM »
Hi All,

I picked up Anakin's Starfighter last night at Target.

I wasn't sure I was gonna buy it, but the first few episodes of the cartoon convinced me I needed to have it.

Features:
VTOL Thruster: Positionable rear thruster for verticle take off/landing.  Goofy feature, but at least Anakins's Starfigher is a little unique here.

Positionable lasers:  Four paser cannnons, the two on the underside of the ship have a swing down feature that gives it almost a x-wing quality

Swing Wings:  Another feature stolen from US military aircraft, the wings (wingtips?) are positionable for either "attack" or "flight" mode.

Proton Torpedo:  Neifty little launch feature, you turn his Astromech's head to launch the missile.  Neat play-feature.

Drawbacks:
(big surprise here) - Clone Wars Anakin, you know the PILOT of this vehicle DOESN'T Fit in the cockpit!  No surprise with E2 vehicles having similar "features".   Ani's stance is too wide, his skirt too infexible, his Arms/sleeves too poofy!  I tried to cram him in there and it could be done, but only with potential damage to the figure (loosening/cracked joints)

On the plus side, I was able to get the Secret Ceremony Anakin (minus the cloak) into the pilot seat with much less difficulty (and the headband fits on him too, so there is a viable alternative.

Overall, I din't like the look of the toy at first, but with the cartoon and first hand "play experience" I can honestly say I am glad I bought it.

I give it a B+

Not the greatest vehicle, but a unique interpretation of the Jedi Starfighter...

Jeff




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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: November 10, 2003, 02:09 PM »
There is a case coming probably beginning of December with

3x Saesee Tiin
3x Kit Fisto
3x Clone Trooper
1x
1x
1x

The 1x are either Mace, Asajj, Obi or Durge...they will probably rotate those.

Most pre-orders from on-line stores list the case pack as:
2x Obi-Wan
1x Durge
as the last three slots.

I agree though that they should have done it differently, but I'd like to see:

2x Tiin
2x Fisto
8x Clone Trooper

I gotta have at least a DOZEN of these super-articulated Clones.

Nice, neutral, and GOOD.

Jeff


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Saga '02-'04 / Re: WHAT KIND OF WAVE WOULD YOU LIKE HASBRO TO DO!!!!
« on: November 6, 2003, 10:23 AM »
Hmmm...

I'd REALLY like to see a ME Cantina Wave:

Chewbacca (nice new neutral pose)
Hem Dazon (Arcona)
Bom Vimadin
Fetipern Trevagg (Gotal)

w/Ultra = Denizens of Cantina 2-pack
Jawa w/Blaster, Little Rat-guy (forgot his name), and Curved Bar Section


And then, I'd like to see a Bespin wave with:

CD-ROM Vader w/Blaster Bolt Deflection
Ice Cream Maker Guy (Then I could say I knew the guy who got him made)
Lobot (neutral pose)

w/Ultra Han Solo and Bespin Toture Rack

(this is in addition to the Leia, Guard, Cloud Car Pilot wave that is rumored for 2004)

Jeff

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 29, 2003, 10:36 AM »
What the heck?

From yakface.com:

"I don't remember reading about this one, but I was actually
looking for the second series of clone wars figures from the
cartoon this morning and ran accross a couple of cases of
the series 1 that had all the Arc Troopers repainted in red."

http://home.comcast.net/~jawenig/ToyPics/ArcTrooperVariation.JPG

Check it out...

Will there be more down the road?

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Tatooine Wave (Luke, R2 and R1)
« on: September 26, 2003, 09:36 AM »
Hi All,

Hasbro just posted pics of the 2nd 2004 wave, Luke, Drink R2, and R1 Astromech:

http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/pl/page.headlines/id.952/dn/default.cfm

AND they announce the full line up for 2004 Wave 3!!!

"And check back next month to see the next Wave of 2004 3 ¾"; figures from Jabba's Palace including Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise, Shawda Ubb, J'Quille, Elom, and Holographic Luke Skywalker, as well as the next release of Ultra figures including Jabba the Hutt and a three pack of B'Ommar Monk, Bubo & Wol Cabbashite."

All those new Jabba Aliens! I think I'm gonna pass out...

Also some news about the new Animated Clone Wars figures being Target Exclusives...

Go check it out!

Jeff






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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 11, 2003, 08:59 AM »
So...do the 'inards' fit inside of it?  I have one on order at Amazon (I hope they don't cancel this on me too!!! :P).

The innards DO fit inside, although the palstic on the TaunTaun is pretty rigid so it is a little tricky to get them in there.  They look much better partially splayed out of the belly.

Also, for those wondering, they did away with the "push-button" on the saddle that would make the Taun-Taun "run" on the older PotF2 versions.
(althought when you look inside the TaunTaun belly, you can see they left the gears on the legs so you can see how the other version works).

So, IMHO, it is MUCH easlier to get this Taun Taun to stand in many different positions without the funky running mechanism.  Also makes the saddle look a bit smoother/cleaner.

Just some random TaunTaun bits for ya!

Jeff

ps.
The weirdness of Leia's face coloring bugged me at first, but now a few days later... not so much.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 9, 2003, 11:51 PM »
So whats the price tag so I can compare it up here when they come out?

Same as the other two (Bounty and Imperial)... $19.99 in the USA.

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 9, 2003, 09:27 PM »
picked me up one of these today!  It is awesome!!!  

I too just found this today at TRU (Roseville MN).  Excellent set for the money.  The Taun-Taun is GREAT!

Leia is the worst of the bunch, but I love Taun-Tauns and droids.

The new Hoth Han looks cool riding this new TaunTaun too!

Jeff

PS.
The TRU SKU from the receipt is 076930267035 for those that are curious about those kinds of things...


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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Defender Wish Lists: Mos Eisley Cantina
« on: August 4, 2003, 10:54 AM »
Here's my list:

1. Arcona - Hem Dazon!
2. Gotal - Felktipern Trevagg
3. Lizard Man - Hrcheck Kal Fas
4. Smoking Dude - Dannik Jerriko
5. Horn Head - Bom Vimdin
6. Worm Lady - Dice Ibegon
7. One-Eye - Myo
8. Bug Lady - Wioslea
9. Rat-Man - Reegesk
10.  Bloody Stump Arm Ponda Baba (those little magnets cry out for this!)

Runner Ups include:
11. Baniss Keeg (I customized him with an Ellors Madak)
12. Melas (I customized him with a Ketwol).

I have customs of these two already, but I'd buy Hasbro's versions if they made them...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Anyone preorder the wave 13 case from NFC?
« on: July 28, 2003, 01:58 PM »
Hi All,

I just heard that Hasbro cancelled wave 13 so NewForce isn't gonna get anymore of that exact case.

A replacement case with "most" of the same figures will be offered in Sept/Oct timeframe.

I'd be careful though, because with Hasbro "most" could mean only threee of the figures!

I guess this is one of those few times when pre-ordering blows up in your face!

Glad I picked up a Wat Tambor at Target when I saw him...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Points? Your Prediction
« on: July 18, 2003, 03:23 PM »
The verdict

Sounds like it is an auction!

We are still finalizing what will be auctioned on the site, but we will have hard-to-find items like Jorg Sacul, Toy Fair Darth Vader and the R2-D2 Astromech Droid. The promotion is scheduled to run for a three-month trial period. We will then evaluate the program for the future; however, this may be the only opportunity to ever use your Jedi Master Points, so don’t save them up for something in the future! The total number of auctions will also be limited, so bid early. As more details about the promotion are finalized, we will post on the website, so check back here.

How are they going to keep track of the points?

What if jerks out there bid 1,000,000 points, "win" the auction, but don't have the points to send in?  Will they just get a mean note from Hasbro or will the Big H have to go through the list of bidders until someone actually sends the points in?

OR, will we have to send in our points first so they can be counted and then be eligible to vote in the auctions?

I'll be waiting to see how this potential fiasco turns out...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Anyone preorder the wave 13 case from NFC?
« on: July 3, 2003, 02:29 PM »
Hi,

Yesterday, I saw this news at NewForce that they received a limited amount of Waves 13 AND 15 on Tuesday Jul-01 (very limited):

"Star Wars wave 13 and 15 update
July 1, 2003 | 9:17 PM | newforce

Today we received a very, very small quantity of wave 13 and 15 cases...we will start shipping out preorders as they were submitted (FIFO, except where we tried to combine a seperate wave 13 and 15 preorder to save shipping...)...We hope to receive more product or allocations from Hasbro next week, and will update here (our email update list is temp out of commission)...all preorders that can be filled, have processed at this point..."

Then today, I received a UPS ship notification e-mail today!

The orders are being filled FIFO, so depending on when you pre-order, it may not be much longer wait!

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Re: Re: Target Has New Items
« on: June 18, 2003, 03:38 PM »

Great, yay, woo-woo.  Oh yippee, go Target.  Figures.  No Targets in Canada :'(

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Morgbug,

When are you just going to give up and join us down here in Minnesota?

It's so close to Canada and it's chocked full o' Targets!

You know you want to!
 ;)

Jeff

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Wars toys are OUT!!!
« on: June 18, 2003, 11:19 AM »
Also today I was at a Target store and I asked about the Star Wars toys. I was told that they are in the back for a promotional type event. I think we will be seeing some adverftisements in the very near future.

The Hunt is on my friends, the hunt is on.


Hi,

I live in MN and have friends at Target's main offices and Distribution Center.  

I can confirm that Target does have some promo events (weekly Ad) planned for Clone Wars this summer and that most Target stores already have Clone Wars product (basic figures and 3 vehicles: Gunship, Starfighter, AAT) in the back room...

Nataku

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