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Out of pure chance I stopped by my local Target this morning and took a look around for some new figures. Walked straight past the always-cramped VOTCs because a General Lando had caught my eye. Never saw him in Saga, so I grabbed it and quickly plied through the pegs looking for Madine and Han.

Nada. I was happy with finding Lando though, and as I turned to walk away, I realized a VOTC Chewbacca was staring me in the face. And above him was a Boba Fett...

I searched and found Stormtroopers and R2s as well. I wound up buying Chewie and Stormtrooper...(as well as that General Lando and a spare Cloud Car Pilot.

The VOTC pegs were filled with all of the figures!! If I had never seen a VOTC before today, I could've walked into that store and bought all 12 and thought nothing of it. I hope this is the trend for the holiday season. (Not that I need to shop anymore, but, you know, out of compassion for my fellow collectors.)

Chewie's bandolier is NOT[/b] removable. Though it is a separately sculpted piece, it is pegged and glued into his shoulder. A little customizing will take care of that, of course (much easier than grinding down the whole piece like you used to) but it was so close to removable that it hurts. Still, he's a great figure. Main problem is the paint on the "blond" fur highlights tends to go a little overboard, resulting in Chewies that look like they just finished a tub of vanialla pudding. His head is not as movable as the CCCapture version, a disapointment as well. Other than that, everything is perfect. His waist works great--think the Wampa, but more solid. I have a Wookiee that can lean through 360 degrees! I'm really happy with him.

The Stormtrooper, on the other hand, is flawless. I was afraid of the working holster, especially after the Concept trooper from last year, but Hasbro nailed it with a new design I haven't heard mentioned before--the gun fits through a "keyhole" slot in the flat holster piece, rather than plugging into a big square cup. It really works and looks right when empty. These will make excellent bases for customized Han and Luke Troopers, too--the head pops of nice to give you a practically-empty helmet already, all the work will come in getting the big white neck ball down to the size of the other headholes. He looks good mixed in with my CT Troopers,even if he makes them look a little tall and lanky. I think I'm gonna have to stop back on my way to work and pick up a second...it's just that good.

I passed on Boba in the end. His head is too big for my taste, and his gauntlets are really bulky, even in person. The rubber cape sealed the deal--the 300th version looks better to me, so I'll keep the 10 bucks.

Artoo would've had a time convincing me. He looks like Artoo, all right, but the chrome dome is a minus to me, and the tools just aren't worth the ten bucks. So it didn't happen today.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Star Wars Fan Boy
« on: September 17, 2004, 11:52 AM »
He looks great! The cloak especially is very well done.

As far as a lightsaber, you should look around for one of those Mega Action Obi-Wans from a few years back. It was 6", so the lightsaber should be pretty much in-scale for the Simpsons stuff:


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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro Update: 2005 Figures
« on: September 16, 2004, 07:50 AM »
GH is reporting the Cantina Wave will also include a Scout Trooper, Stormtrooper, Sandtrooper, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Yoda.

If this pans out, it'll be the first reissue of that Sandtrooper (I'm assuming these others will all be the OTC versions) and will pretty much guarantee the Cantina guys as 2-pers.

Looks like they're trying to get in the swing of releasing army builders, but someone needs to tell them no one is building an army of Cantina Hans (though you certainly could at this point).

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I'm impressed with the VOTC Lando, but they could've really nailed the perfect figure if they'd only given him decent arm articulation. The 45-degree cuts at the elbow really serve no purpose if the arms won't straighten any which way you turn them.

There's no reason he wasn't made to the same specs as Han, so in that I'm disappointed. His cape is a real improvement from the POTJ version, it lost all the bulk so it hangs much nicer. It's still not removable, but that doesn't seem to be what VOTC is about (<gulp>Chewie<gulp>).

And his legs are right up there with Han's, if not better because there's no distracting holster hanging all funny lookin'. Lando's shoes are just incredibly detailed.

(On a side note, why is it that now that I have super poseable versions of these guys, I find myself putting them in the wildest of poses, the likes of which put Hasbro's worst posing offenses to shame?)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: September 15, 2004, 09:55 PM »
I spent the last two days combing the area to a depth I've avoided for a long while. But they were beautiful days, so why not enjoy the road and some new figures to boot?!

Dagobah wave is really starting to clog up the local Wal*Marts, hopefully the DVDs will coax some more of those out. They had been dead for nearly a year, until August when they actually received some new OTC--I found my Bespin Luke there (much to my surprise.) Now they're overloaded with Yodas, Swamp R2s, Hans, Pilot Lukes, and Spirit Obi-Wans. Not to mention the display shelves full of ANH VOTCs. Oh well, guess I'll check back with them next August...

TRU was where I origianlly found my Luke and Vader VOTCs, but other than that one time they're just crammed with Saga stuff from late 2002. Oh, and OTC Buddies... ::)

KMart has been the only local place I've seen a hint of the Bespin Wave. I finally found a Bespin Leia there today, if I could just find one more CCPilot I'd be a happy man.

Target seems to be the happening place in my area. Not only did I actually find all 8 VOTCs there (at the same time--in multiples!!), but they also had the newest OTCs, including my beloved Jawas! A nice set, indeed, as far as repaints of old figures go, and some of my favorite figures ever anyway. Also picked up a TIE Pilot, since I never saw the Saga version on the shelf around here.

Based on all the great things I've read I picked up a Lando. Threepio I left behind, his head is simply weird-looking to the point of distraction. That brings my VOTC tally up to five-of-eight...actually a couple more than I thought it'd be, so I guess they're a surprise hit at my house.

So not a bad couple of days. Five new figures to show for it, and I'm really done hunting until the OTC Generals show up (which I've yet to see in their Saga versions).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sesame Street
« on: September 15, 2004, 05:26 PM »
My birthday cake from 1977.

That said, I've always believed it was because all of us were addicted to Sesame Street that MTV became such a successful cable channel. I mean, by the time we were "too old for that kiddy show," our minds were already so warped our idea of quality programming was three-minute clips featuring catchy music and funky visuals.

When I've seen modern Sesame Street stuff, it may break the heart of the three year old inside of me, but I am glad they've learned to tone down the format.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC DVD Sets
« on: September 14, 2004, 03:12 PM »
Word on the street is that these sets are gonna be ten bucks or so...that casts them in a different light in my eyes.

Now I'm thinking I might pick up the TESB and ROTJ sets after all.

Does the price of these affect anyone else's view of them?

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The best analogy I can give as far as the VOTC scenario I have put forth above, overreacting as it may be, is this:

WAVE ONE (Han, Leia, Ben):  May 3rd Episode I Collection 1 assortment

WAVE TWO (Luke, ESB figures):  Battle Damaged Droideka/Qui-Gon soft goods/Swimming Jar Jar assortment

WAVE THREE (ROTJ figures): Sio Bibble, TC-14, R2-B1

Way to go Hasbro.  You've proven yet again why you're a bunch of morons. >:(


I'm not ready to be quite so pessimistic. The beginning of the Episode 1 Collection was extrememly overproduced. The end was underproduced. Those figures are hard to find because Hasbro was killing the line (which they'd had every intention of keeping going indefinitely) and just plain shut down the factory in the middle of production.

The VOTC, on the other hand, was a limited project from the get-go, more akin to the Target exclusive Clone Wars Cartoon figures. Case breakdowns made it hard to find some of the second wave figures at first, but eventually it all evened out. The truly popular figures (Yoda, Clones a little) sold quicker, the dogs (Dooku, Durge) sat until clearanced, but everything was available if you looked for it.

The end of the line does usually make it harder to find something, but only for a time. If the figures are produced in equal numbers, they'll be out there, but (like BoShek and Pilot Cinema Scenes and Ephant Mon) they might take a while to show up.

My worst case scenario is not finding these until they get blown out at TRU or KB in 2006. Just like I'll be sorting through shirtless Kit Fistos looking for posable Clone Wars Clones next Christmas.

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My dollars went to a second OTC Yoda rather than the OTC one. The faces of the ones I saw were just way too off for me, plus the cloak did little to impress. I like the snake, but not 10-bucks like.

The second OTC Yoda I have (actually, the fiance found it at the store) has a paintjob like I never beleived I'd see, and really makes the figure one of the best looking Star Wars toys I own, period. Add in the extremely posable arms, and I have no need for another Yoda in the foreseeable future.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: September 3, 2004, 07:46 AM »
I'm gonna go against the grain and plauy a little Devil's Advocate here...

I seem to remember a lot of folks saying they wanted all the Jedi Council figures made, no matter what. Thanks to these sets, t has happened.

I remember seeing people post "All I want is a (insert Jedi name) who can sit down like they did in the council scene with softgoods skirt and knee joints" Thanks to these sets, you've gotten quite a few of those.

Look, the first two sets were marginally decent: new characters, new sculpts. Some folks bought six of them to complete the Council circle. If you didn't, well, at least you now have the option of picking up sets with different figures to complete your scene.

It's sort of a case of being careful what you wish for, 'cause if you keep saying "I don't care how it gets done, I want the full Jedi Council Screen Scene," boy are you gonna get it.

(BTW, I never wanted one, I haven't bought a single one of these sets, and I don't expect to now.)

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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Cloud City
« on: August 30, 2004, 10:51 PM »
So, when are we due for some more updates here?  Don't leave us hanging like this Muftak!  Hopefully you're settled into your new place by now and you've delved back into your Cloud City project.  Your fans await!   :P

My fans... ::)

My toys are still not settled to satisfaction at the new place. Way less room than I had before (on account of the fiance moving in and all, but don't tell her I said that!) so I no longer have both a workroom and a display room. It took forever just to get the Death Star back out and situated.

And so much to do while there is still some summer in the air..! Cloud City hasn't even been unpacked yet, but I am hoping to get to some of that stuff in the next couple weeks. Plus I finally found a Cloud Car Pilot at the store, so my motivation is coming back to me.

In the meantime, here's a Cloud City Prequel to enjoy instead...my first diorama from two years ago, which I built to gear up for the Death Star.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 27, 2004, 11:46 AM »
Mosnab, I've seen that wave show up once and once only here as well. It was at a TRU, they seemed to have one case and that was that.

I'd assume they're in the pike for other stores, but I couldn't put a guess on when. Seems like everyone is still putting out those first couple cases of stuff. I hope the retailers didn't blow it again by ordering enough of the first few waves to fill their own warehouses till Christmas. It's happened before...

Remember back at the height of Saga when Hasbro was aggressively marketing these things but the shelves were crammed with the first couple cases of figures? Remember drop shipments arriving at every KB in the country on the same day of the newest waves? Hopefully they'll be ready to take care of us again, clearing the VOTC that don't move to make way for new waves. Maybe we'll see special Obi-Wan/Han Solo two-packs offered for six bucks someday...

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: The Beginning of POTF2
« on: August 26, 2004, 01:18 PM »
I remember seeing the Toy Fair image of the first bunch of POTF2 figures in a Wizard Magazine sometime in the spring or summer of 95 and feeling my heart skip a beat.

They were real...modern...Star Wars figures!!

At the time I was collecting odds and ends of toys: Aliens stuff and X-Men stuff are what I remember mostly. Sometime that September I was at the local TRU and saw a handful of the new Star Wars toys on the pegs. My first grab consisted of Luke, Han, Chewie, Ben, Artoo, and Vader. They were all that was there. A few weeks later I found a couple of Stormtroopers and a Leia. Then a Landspeeder and an AT-ST.

I skipped out on the X-Wing and Falcon ,but eventually picked up a TIE. I liked the toys a lot...even the big EU extra weapons everyone came with. The lightsabers seemed a little long, but they were see-through colored plastic so I forgave them.

And those bios on the back of the cards...what an extra! I had been playing the RPG for a few years prior, and it was neat to see all the info from the Sourcebooks carried over to the new toys.

My Mom actually found C-3PO and Boba Fett for me not long after (half-circle Fett, that I proudly opened up and stuck on my shelf with all the others.) I had seen pictures of the New Fett on a Toy collecting magazine (no idea which one anymore) and thought--Wow!! It looks like a model or something! I had no idea it would be out so quickly. In the comic magazines they touted the return of Star Wars toys, and I learned what would be coming next.

It wasn't long before I had that next batch of figures,  Yoda, Lando, Luke Pilot, TIE Pilot (the hardest one for me to find back then!) Hoth Han and Dagobah Luke all hit here that same winter. Then it was a long wait, eight months or so, till Shadows toys hit.

I collected the entire POTF2 line steadily and displayed it all, until I moved into my own place in Summer '98 and had to pack everything away. Most of that old stuff still hasn't come back out. I "took off" from collecting for a couple years then, until 2001 or so when POTJ started to heat my enthusiasm back up. By then I was online alot of the time, and found the RS/CSW communities just before the big merge. And I've been with it ever since.

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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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