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Original Trilogy Collection / VOTC...haven't I seen these before?
« on: August 26, 2004, 01:00 PM »
File this one under the "nothing new under the sun" heading...

I was thinking this morning about how all-out Hasbro seems to be going with the rehashes this year to capitalize on the DVD releases, and comparing it to the THX VHS releases back in 95. You know, the whole POTF2 thing.

I thought "wouldn't it have been great to see fifty figures spanning all the movies released at once back then?"

To which I replied: "Yeah, but they all would've been rehashes from the vintage era, probably, with only six new figures thrown in."

"Not necessarily," I responded. "after all, we also got the VOTC line this year. That's something"

And then it hit me: The VOTC of 2004 mirror the original POTF2 line-up almost exactly. To wit:

Luke Skywalker (ANH outfit)
Han Solo (ANH outfit)
Princess Leia (ANH outfit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Darth Vader
See-Threepio
Artoo Detoo
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

Followed closely by:

Boba Fett
Lando Calrissian
Yoda

Throw a Pilot Luke into the VOTC, and you have the first two waves of POTF2 represented completely. Plus a rehash of the vintage X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Falcon.

Kind of amazing how far we've come in ten years, and how much things are exactly the same.


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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: CHEWIE's CUSTOM UPDATE
« on: August 25, 2004, 06:55 PM »
Those are all just phenomenal. Seriously...I'd buy that Bib Fortuna in a heartbeat!

Even though it's all identifiable parts (for the most part) your use of them is absolutely great. You take the pieces of that Jedi Warriors 3-pack and make 'em look good!Hasbro could sell 3-packs of sets like these and I'd eat up whole cases at a time.

Greta work all around CHEWIE! Even the backdrop is outstanding!

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 25, 2004, 06:46 PM »
I'm still searching too. Stores are picked over.... only OTC Hans and about 2 VOTC Hans are the best I could find.

I've just gotten home from a road trip from NE Ohio to Maine (by way of Boston) and back, making a few WalMart/Target stops along the way...and the only conclusion I can make is that New England is as ruled by Dagobah waves as the Midwest.

I CAN'T FOR THE LIFE OF ME FIND THE BESPIN WAVES!!

Well, okay, that's not entirely true...I did in fact find a Wal*Mart in Scranton PA that had three Lobots warming the pegs (and nothing else, no Aaylas, no Hoth Troopers), and I relieved them of one of him.

And my fiance' had the good luck to pick me up a nice Spirit Obi and Bespin Luke (as well as an OTC Yoda that has the most spot-on paint app I've ever seen. Museum quality!) the other day, so I can't complain too much, I've gotten just about everything I've been looking for...

...except...Cloud Car Pilots... :(

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 8, 2004, 02:53 PM »
I nabbed an OTC Greedo...  I have to say, he's really nice.

I second JJ's sentiments. I saw an OTC Greedo today and WOW[/b] what a nice paint job. I didn't pick him up though--I already had a VOTC Vader and Luke in the bag and I just couldn't justify an extra of a figure I already have a few of.

That VOTC Luke really took by surprise. I had no desire or intent to ever pick him up, but when I saw him in real life he looked like really an amazing figure--the soft goods did not come out nearly as wonky as the pics seemed to convey. I bought him and popped him open and I have to say it really is a nice figure.

Vader is up there too. His chain is a little distracting, but if you tilt his head down in a "menacing" pose it lays nice, and even turns with his head. More glittery than I'd expected, I might have to take a Sharpie to it. And my god, that cape--it's enormous and billowing but light and hangs great. Just a great Vader, almost really worth the 10 bucks in and of himself.

So, so far I've only passed up Ben and Yoda VOTCs. The Jedi can't get no love from me.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Operation Mindcrime 2 is Coming!
« on: August 4, 2004, 10:11 PM »
I remember now.

I remember how it started...

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Setting the Bar
« on: August 4, 2004, 10:07 PM »
I can totally see these coming back again someday, as ten-dollar sets with some changes.

Han could have his chest remolded to allow for a removable vest. They could remake his gunbelt to be removable, and slap a removable stormtrooper belt in the package too.

Chewie could have "poppable" head hairstyle changes, and a removable bandolier (if not already. ;) ) and gas mask.

Luke could come with a ton of accessories--all the old T-16s, tools, rifles, floppy hats, maybe even a poncho. Then give us the blastshield training helmet and a new lightsaber with snap-on training remote. Throw all that in and they would have a "new" figure I would pay ten dollars for (whereas I'm not gonna buy him in the VOTC pack).

Vader could be remade with a plastic cape, and removable headgear. Throw in some other accessory and he'd be "new" and worth it too.

I don't think we're seeing the last of "most" of the parts of the VOTC. Definitely never in Vintage packages. I can see why they'd be reluctant to make them 5-dollar figures someday, though. After the "special" Fett became a pack-in twice, I don't think collectors (at least, not openers)would bite on the special 10-dollar figures anymore.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 4, 2004, 09:46 PM »
Best. Chewie. Ever. Looks like Hasbro has another winner.

Too bad he doesn't have ball jointed knees though.  :(

Fear not, Diddly:

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He has pivoting thighs, ball-jointed knees, and standard articulation at his ankles and hips.

As for the separate bandolier, I did indeed assume it would have to be for the articulation to work. I suppose it could very well be a part of one of the three sections (if it were I'd guess the shoulders--but look at how it drapes over the left shoulder joint so well...) Matt is correct to point out it isn't listed as a separate accessory, though, and they did list Luke's shirt and belt as such so...

I'm holding out that it's removable. From nothing other than my own sheer willpower, if necessary.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 4, 2004, 04:10 PM »
That Chewie sounds really nice. Removable bandolier, three pose-points in the torso, the articulated ankles. The sculpt looks really nice as well, for a ROTJ Chewie it's really spot-on. 80s BonJovi hair and everything.

I'll definitely buy him.

Not so sure about Fett. It looks nice and posable, but the arms look wonky, maybe just too big or something. I'll have to see it in person to be sure, but it doesn't impress me too much right now.

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...you-know-whats.

I am really trying to be a fan of the new "head on a stick" articulation. It sounds really neat in theory, it looks a little wonky at the jawline of most of the figures, but it does give the heads more posablitity.

The deal-sealer ought to be the ease of popping off the heads. The Clone Wars Asajj Ventress figure was able to have a nice removable cloak thanks to the feature. Dagobah Luke actually comes with two heads to make use of the easy head-pop.

But why for the love of all that's holy does every neck post need to be a different size?

I tried to play around this afternoon with some simple stuff--Dagobah Luke's head on VOTC Han and vice-versa, but the necks are two different sizes and the results are awkward. So I tried Ozzel, yet a third size. So I tried Dagobah Yoda. He's actually pretty close to Ozzel, but why in the world would I want Yoda to be wearing an Imperial Admiral Uniform (unless he's in disguise..?)

Way to go Hasbro. One step forward, two steps back.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Irony
« on: August 1, 2004, 07:54 PM »
That's a little too ironic, Virex.

(And yeah I really do think...)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers toys
« on: August 1, 2004, 05:04 PM »
Finally saw a new Alternator at the store today. It was Silverstreak, one of 'em on the shelf amidst dozens and dozens of Sideswipes and Smokescreens (hmm, all of them are "SS" names, what does it mean?). I wandered around holding him for a while, but in the end didn't bite. I will say if he had come out the same time as Smokescreen I probably would've picked up BlueSilverstreak instead. The silver paint job looks much more like a real car (not glaringly plastic) and I think I prefer the "street edition."

(Who am I kidding, someday I'll own it, but not today...)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday JediMAC!!!
« on: August 1, 2004, 04:59 PM »
Happy Birthday!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 24, 2004, 09:05 PM »
I like it.

If you'd asked me twenty years ago what I'd want in Episode III packaging, I would've been all about young Vader and the lava duel, so this is fulfilling all of those ten-year old boy wishes perfectly.

Yet it's not retro at all. If anything it's futuristic. Maybe a little sci-fi, a design element that Star Wars stuff has never taken much advantage of before. I'm looking forward to seeing one of these with a figure inside of it. I'm also looking forward to seeing an aisle full of these at Wal*Mart. With the large character picture on the right side of the bubble, it should be easy to sort through the pegs (as looking at Clone Wars Cartoon figures has taught me).

I feel for the carded people though. It will probably be even more of a hassle now to find a mint package, what with the big round bubble and die-cut top. Mine will all end up in the trash eventually anyways.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 24, 2004, 06:18 AM »
You know, thanks for working your tail off for us today/yesterday, Matt. I know I really appreciate the zest you seem to have brought to your one on one with Hasbro. Tellin' em like it is with those crappy cantina sets and all...


They said NO WAY IN HELL will any of the 4" VOTC figures get re-released later on in the standard ($5) carded line.  I expected a negative answer to that, but not such an adamant one.  I told them that was totally unfair to deny collectors the greatest army-building figure of all-time, in the new Stormtrooper (looks GREAT).  They replied "We're not denying anyone.  The collectors can army-build all they want with that one."  Yeah.  Ok.   ::)  I reminded them that it was a $10 figure that was being placed in a line that's supposedly going to see a much more limited release than the standard OTC line.  Their reply:  Shrug.  Hmmm....  Oh well...   >:(


I'd just like to add that there is a little room for manuevring here, if the figures see rerelease in some other form (not the basic line) Jesse's 2-packs, or Ultra figures with large accessories, screen scene fillers, etc. Just like Ephant, they have the molds now, it would be very unlike Hasbro to not use them again.

And to whoever the rep was Matt talked to, let me assure you that there's NO WAY IN HELL you'll get me to buy another ANH Han Solo figure, ever again. The VOTC one serves all my needs just fine. Same looks like it'll go for a couple more of these, but the door swings both ways, you know...

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