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Saga '02-'04 / Newest Deluxes - much better Hasbro!
« on: May 15, 2003, 12:53 AM »
No, these aren't perfect, but I think that Hasbro has done a much better job on the latest deluxes; Kamino Obi Wan, Kamino Jango, Dwarf Spider Droid and Super Droid Builder.  For the most part, I think these are almost as good as Bacta Luke/Sail Barge Leia/3PO&Battle Droid/Nexu; especially the Kenobi.

Anyway, I received these yesterday from newforcecomics, and I think Jedirhino wanted to see what I thought of them, so here's my thoughts:

Super Droid

A pretty creative idea by Hasbro.  If you actually use the "quick-steel" compound, your Super Droid will probably look a little odd though.  The detail on the actual sculpted part of the droid is fantastic though, and even has articulated ankles.  Also, the compounding chamber is awesome.  It looks great in my ever expanding factory conveyor belt.  Also, my Super Droid is sitting down as if he is an incompleted droid, looks pretty cool that way.  The "creation" feature is kinda cheesy for adults perhaps, but I think most kids would like it; I know I would have about 15 years ago. ;)  This is a cool set in my opinion, I give it a pretty high grade at a B+

Dwarf Spider Droid

After reading all the bad reviews about this a while back, I'll admit that I wasn't expecting much.  But, truth be told, I opened mine and I really like it.  It would be a lot better if the cannon was proportioned right (can easily be customized though I think) and if it had the detail of the B'Mor Monk from a few years back, but I think this one is acceptable for now and I'll likely get 2-3 more.  The walking feature works fine, but they probably should have painted the white wind-up knob being so it didn't stand out so much.  Again, that is easily fixable.  If they decide to redo this in a few years though to make it more movie accurate, I won't complain.  Overall, a B.

Kamino Jango Fett

I wish they had used an all new sculpt for this Jango, or at least paid more attention to paint details on him.  But his action feature actually works almost half of the time (jumps from a platform and sticks to a Kamino column); and he looks freaking awesome hanging from the column.  Kudos to Hasbro in that regard.  Also, the Kamino column is great for a diorama, that alone makes this deluxe worth buying to me, as I will get at least one more for that column.  Overall grade to me is a B- because they used an old Jango sculpt.  Also, his helmet looks like it is removable, but it isn't.  

Kamino Obi Wan

Now this is one of my favorite deluxes ever, Hasbro captured the likeness of Obi Wan in this scene very well.  He is also posed well, and we finally have a plastic cloaked EPII Kenobi.  His legs unfortunately aren't articulated at all, but I'll forgive Hasbro this time because his waist still is which does make him slightly poseable, but his real articulation gem is his right elbow.  Total poseability!  This figure looks awesome squaring off against Jango, and he also comes with a column that has an action feature that works very well.  The hole in his hand is barely noticeable for the action feature (much better job there Hasbro), and they did a good job concealing the one in the back of his shoulder.  I give this an overall of an A.

Also, both columns with the Jango and Obi Wan connect to bases, and the bases connect to each other for a cool little diorama.  This is much better work by Hasbro, and is leaps and bounds above the crappy "flipping" deluxes, Anakin v. Geonosian Warrior, etc.

I know that not everyone may not agree with my assesments, so does anyone else have these yet?  If so, what do you think of them?


Saga '02-'04 / Re: Which army-builders need a facelift?
« on: May 14, 2003, 11:33 AM »
I think the Teebo sculpt is awesome.  If they used his sculpt with new accessories and paint job I would pick up a couple more.  That should be an easy job for Hasbro to do.


Saga '02-'04 / Re: What killed the deluxe line?
« on: May 14, 2003, 11:31 AM »
I have to leave here in a minute and run some erands.  I should be able to give personal reviews this afternoon. :)


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: No Worries for the Red Battle Droid
« on: May 14, 2003, 02:06 AM »
I think it's ultimately Hasbro's fault on the lack of new product to be found at retail.  There's some good posts on this in the SAGA forum if you disagree with me. ;)


Saga '02-'04 / If YOU could pick some Screen Scenes
« on: May 14, 2003, 12:47 AM »
What would they be?  Can everyone try to come up with one or two ideas for each movie?  If possible, these should be ones that connect to each other in some fashion, as the Trash Sets, War Room and Jedi Council do.

Some possibilities...


Battle of Theed

- Maul fighting Obi Wan and Qui Gon
...connects to...

- Amidala and red Royal Guard shooting at a Battle Droid


Arena Battle

- Mace Windu, Jango Fett and OOM-9 Battle Droid

...connects to...

- wrecked Picador sled w/ Anakin and Padme fighting Super Droid


Millenium Falcon

- cockpit with Han, Chewbacca and Luke in seats

...connects to...

- room w/ Dejarik table with Obi Wan, R2D2 and 3PO


Bespin Capture

- Bespin dinner table w/ Lando, Leia and Han firing blaster

...connects to...

- dinner table w/ Fett, Imperial Officer and Vader deflecting blast


Ewok Village

- Han tied to grill w/ Ewok and Princess Leia

...connects to...

- seated throne 3PO w/ Ewok and captured R2D2

I think there are a lot of possibilities here we could come up with, and I've seen some good ones at rebelscum and nomad's, but maybe we can come up with an even better list here! ;)


Saga '02-'04 / Re: What killed the deluxe line?
« on: May 14, 2003, 12:30 AM »
Heh heh heh, I always like it when dimetrodon gets pissed at Hasbro. :)

I agree with you, most of the SAGA deluxes are a joke; Hasbro could do so much better.  So far, I like the following:

- 3PO w/ Battle Droid - A+
- NExu - A+
- Flying Geonosian - A

Everything else is pretty subpar in my book as far as SAGA deluxes go (I'm not a fan of the speederbike Clonetrooper either), but then, today, I got my new deluxes from newforce, and I am very pleased.

- Kamino Obi Wan w/ column - A+
- Kamino Jango Fett w/ column - B
- Dwarf Spider Droid - B+
- Super Builder Droid - A-

If anyone wants, I'll be happy to start a new thread and give comprehensive details on them.


Saga '02-'04 / Re: What's up with availability
« on: May 14, 2003, 12:21 AM »
Yep, and Hasbro is also the ones who keep repacking the Destroyer Droid for whatever reason, overproduced the heck out of pilot Jango, etc, etc, etc.

For them to blame the retailers is a pathetic excuse and by saying that it isn't their own fault is lame.  They handled this the wrong way, and I feel they owe the retailers and fans an apology.


Newbies / Re: I Welcome Myself
« on: May 13, 2003, 02:03 AM »
Good to see you here dimetrodon, I think you'll like this place better than rebelscum (so far I do) and this place is a little more lively than nomad's (I'll never totally leave there though ;)).


Saga '02-'04 / Re: What killed the deluxe line?
« on: May 13, 2003, 01:58 AM »
Ok though, deal.  Sell me a new SAGA red Battle Droid for 2 dollars and you have your money.  I'll even pay for shipping. ;)  

Yeah, if I could find one.  ::)

I'm in the same boat.  What a ridiculous way to treat an army-builder that nearly everyone wants a few of.  Oh Hasbro...


Saga '02-'04 / Re: What's up with availability
« on: May 13, 2003, 01:55 AM »
I'm a little too tired to go into nearly as much detail as JJ did, so I'll make it short and sweet:  I blame 99% of it on Hasbro.


Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 13, 2003, 01:51 AM »
Yeah, it would be hard to argue with the CT Stormtrooper being the ultimate army-builder.  I would rate the Fleet Trooper as a close second though.  

After that, there are several in the running for third place.


Saga '02-'04 / Re: Which army-builders need a facelift?
« on: May 13, 2003, 01:48 AM »
Ewoks would be cool....

I could use a few more of those fuzzballs getting blasted by my Stormtoopers and AT-STs in my Endor diorama. ;)


1 - Ice Cream Maker Guy (what collection is complete w/out him? ;))

2 - Cloud Car Pilot w/ Cloud Car!

3 - Pre-Carbon Han w/out jacket on

4 - Toryn Farr w/ operator chair

5 - General Rieken w/ tactical readout

6 - Dagobah Luke resculpt

7 - Lando resculpt (non-action pose or well articulated)

8 - Hoth Rebel Trooper (well articulated)

9 - Snowspeeder pilot generic non-buff

10 - Bespin Guard (black version and head variant of POTJ one)


Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 12, 2003, 01:43 AM »
Man, you really are disappointed in that figure! :o

I agree with you though, if they had made the improvements that you want it would be practically flawless.  Still though, I love this figure the way it already is and have about 25 of them including head variants.  They look really good in dioramas.


Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Snowtrooper
« on: May 11, 2003, 09:31 PM »
I'm still sold on the Snowtrooper, I think it looks nice.

Jesse, I do agree with your assessment on the swivel knees, but I think it could have worked on the Snowtrooper too.  

Seeing that your signature here (and at Rebelscum for a long time) rips on the Fleet Trooper, how many do you have?  Also, do you think Hasbro is going to revisit that figure and make the improvements that you desire, such as a working holster and removable helmet?


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