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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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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 22, 2004, 11:01 PM »
Onto Artoo...

I have to say I'm really disappointed in our ROTJ version of Artoo. I was hoping for an ultimate opening swiss-army R2. The "chrome dome" is probably Hasbro's attempt to add perceived value to the figure, but its inacuraccy leaves the Bar2 still a superior figure. The arm is a nice feature, looks like it may connect magnetically from what I can see. I assumed there would have to be a sensorscope, though. I'll have to pass until they rehash it somewhere down the line...

And that's all from an opener's point-of-view. If I were a carded collector, I'd be royally upset with them for changing the card text from the vintage version! If they were going to change something, they might as well have used the much nicer looking "Star Wars" card image with a  ROTJ logo.

<--That's no "extension arm!"

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Ki-Adi had overdone eye shadow. He looked like CC DeVille, so I didn't buy one.

That's funny--that's probably the only way I would buy that set!!

Well, it seems that first batch of OTC figures has blown in and blown out of every Wal*Mart and KMart around here, and all I have to show for it is a Dagobah Luke and Yoda and a VOTC Han.

Not too bad, I guess, but I need those Bespin figures to spur me to finish building Cloud City!!

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Well of the Souls / Re: 12" Indiana Jones!
« on: July 8, 2004, 08:47 AM »
 >:(

First Samuel L Jackson takes over the role of Shaft, now he's bumping Harrison Ford out of Indiana Jones..?

For shame, Sam, for shame...

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Well,  I saw a couple Vader TIEs this past weekend at a local TRU, and it really whetted my appetite for (at least seeing if not buying) some real OTC stuff.

I agree that if the E-tailers aren't able to get there shipmetns of the first cases in, it's because all the Wal*Marts in the land are gearing up to have a 12-foot section of OTC figures in the future. Of course, it'll all be that first casepack, and what I really want are those Bespin figures...

Should be an interesting second half of summer.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:46 PM »
I saw F9/11 today. I don't come from a Republcan background, but I wouldn't say I'm Democrat either (definitely liberal-leaning, though.) That said, he made some very good points that, had they been brought to light back in '00, might've made the GOP reconsider W as their candidate.

MM's very dry wit is in tact. It was a good film, it certainly stirred some things in my heart.

If you don't want to hear his opinion (and you know already what it is anyway), I'd suggest not going. If you have an open mind, this is a top-rate documentary.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Graduation!
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:40 PM »
Congratulations!!!

As for advice: do what you want to do, don't follow money. Oh, and when the robots take over, try to make sure you're on their side.

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sigh...

I'm right there with you, CHEWIE, wishing playsets were a priority for Hasbro.

There are three big strikes against palysets (as already mentioned and pretty much universally accepted):

1) Too expensive for Hasbro to invest in the toolings

2) Too expensive for the consumer to purchase at the store

3) Not enough shelf space at the retailer

I wish the impetus was there to look beyond these limitations and figure out a way to get us some neat stuff. Just look at Kenner's solutions to these problems twenty years ago: the vintage Death Star was mostly space, defintiely home-assembled, and completed with cardboard walls. The only Cloud City Playset was aslo a cardboard pop-up one that fit into a TV-Dinner sized box.


I'd be willing to take a board-based playset, something you assemble at home and fits in a box no bigger than a board game. Key pieces of the set could be molded in plastic that would then "plug in" to the walls and floors, but for the larger surfaces, I'd take cardboard-like parts printed to look movie-accurate.

The Death Star playset I made for myself (as an example) exists really as mostly flat sticker-covered walls with just a few pieces thrown in to bring it to life (computer consoles, doorways, etc).

It could be made without the toolings, it could be cheap enough to buy, it could take up less space on the shelf.

In short, it could work if anyone were willing to think outside of the (plastic) box.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:32 AM »


not


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Watto's Junk Yard / Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:21 AM »
Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse

I ran into this phenomenon first hand over Father's Day weekend.

It appears the younger generation has the wrong idea about who Uncle Jesse really is...

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