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Vintage Kenner / Re: Do You Display Your Vintage Figures?
« on: March 16, 2011, 01:24 PM »

A custom based on a prototype for a canceled vintage figure.  In my opinion, it's the best one out there.  Fits right in with the regular vintage line.  Here's a photo of the original wax sculpt:

I thought so! That is amazing, man. Where did you find that? Was it very expensive? (AND HOW CAN I GET ONE?!?!)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Japan
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:15 AM »
Whatever they are paying those 50 dudes working on-site, it's not enough. Those poor guys are fighting to save the whole damn country. Truly heroic in light of the tremendous personal risk.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 16, 2011, 09:11 AM »
I guess what's needed in the Star Wars community is some sort of equivalent to the "Council of Nicea" (to draw a simple historical comparison to the church council called by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 CE to determine an official religious cannon for Christianity) where Lucas and leading representatives of the EU community can hold a council and sit down and hammer out the "official" story line for Star Wars... Just a thought ;)   

They already have a High Potentate of Continuity, that Leland Chee schmoe, he just does an abysmally poor job of managing that stuff. Or else they just keep doing whatever they want and he is faced with an impossible task of trying to sort it all out after the fact. One of those.

I tell you what, if I ever create my own universe, ain't nobody sticking their greasy little fingers into that shiite except me. Lucas was a greedy fool for franchising that stuff out in the first place. He should have maintained strict quality control from Day 1, and we wouldn't have the mess that we do now. (Or at least nowhere near as bad)

Wow, Wolffe sold out already!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:16 AM »
Time to call in the Super Action Battling Seizure Robots!

RE The Reactor Issue: No one should ever build anything so big and so dangerous that cannot be simply turned off. I don't understand why there is not a giant metaphorical extension cord they can't just pull out of the proverbial wall socket.

Yes, my knowledge of nuclear physics is astounding.

Seriously though, how safe is it to have a power source that you cannot control?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:09 AM »
[phil hartman as frank sinatra] Hey, I hear ya!  I say turn her 'round and do your business baby[/end phil hartman as frank sinatra]

There's still that body sneaking around under those sheets.

"I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!"

I have to say, I really love how they have rolled this wave out with multiple cases on the pegs/shippers. I have never understood the point of stocking one measly case of new figures, stick 3-4 cases out at once and they will sell. Way more consumer friendly to snag everything you need at one convenient location.

I hope they do the same with Wave 3.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:41 AM »
Pretty satisfying wrap-up, all in all. I loved Ahsoka impaling Osi...good brutal stuff. Does anyone remember that old animated film from the 80's called Rock and Rule? I swear to God Osi Sobeck had to be modelled after Mok.

Great toy fodder in this episode too. Hello, animated Adi Gallia! We already know Saesee Tin is coming out, but we also got 2 new starfighter repaints to trawl out now too. And I absolutely need a Deluxe set with at least one Anooba.

Whose idea was it to make the rendezvous point a low level island surrounded by lava?  ::) Not the easiest place to defend tactically. And how the hell did those Crab Droids crawl onto there? Are they somehow lava resistant?

Tarkin is a douche.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:26 AM »
Yeah, I opened my spare over the weekend and put it through some rigorous kid-testing. My girls loved it, especially firing the missiles over and over at my poor Aqua Droid. I don't have any astromechs handy, but that slot makes a nice seat for Yoda.

My only complaint is that the pop-up gun panels come off a bit too easily, but that's a minor issue. It's a cool, fun vehicle and very convenient for displaying loose figs.

Wonder if/when we will see something else in this midsize assortment?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 11, 2011, 03:11 PM »
Dooku makes me laugh. You're trying to secure information that could turn the tide of the war, and you entrust the whole operation to a bunch of droids and that goofy ass warden? Damn right that needs your personal attention.

Whether it's intentional or not on the part of the writers, I chalk this up to the fact that Dooku and Sidious are truly just playing both sides for their own gains. They really don't care who "wins" and if you think about - Sidious really doesn't want the CIS to win, he wants to be in the position as chancellor to reform the Republic into an Empire and become Emperor - it would have to work slightly differently if the CIS wins the war....

Yeah, that's a great point, I guess I just wonder how much Dooku was really ever privy to that grand scheme. I always felt like he was more of a pawn in the whole game. Like Sidious had a plan for whichever side came out on top, and he let Dooku do his best to win it for the CIS and may the chips fall wherever.

It does seem like the CIS would have won out eventually.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:10 PM »
Found a second splash of TCW Wave 2 at a different Wally over lunch and was able to score not only an extra El-Les, but also a fairly decent Anakin and 2 more Aqua Droids.  ;D

I still hate the new Anakin, but at least I have one now that doesn't look like he has some severe neck affliction.

I think I'm done now with this wave. I really have to stop hunting because I don't think I can resist buying every Aqua Droid I see.

Other Toy Lines / The Walking Dead
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:03 AM »

 :o :o :o

I'm all in on this one. Would give my left nut to see what Michonne will look like.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:55 AM »
I decided to keep my spare of this thing since I don't expect any new mid-size vehicles until the Fall. I did take it back to Walmart yesterday for a price adjustment though, since I had a $5 Clone Cash coupon to use that expires on 4/1.

No more signs of any other new stuff about.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Do You Display Your Vintage Figures?
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:53 PM »
Here's mine... on a shelf with risers just like everything else:

What's the deal with that Yarna?  ???

Picked these all up last night at Walmart, but I believe the case assortment only had 1 El-Les, so I am still on the hunt for another opener of him. I did get multiples of Wolffe, Ahsoka, and the Aqua Droid.

This is a great wave, I think these offerings are even more appealing than the batch coming up in Wave 3. The execution on most of these figures is just marvelous.

Quick hit thoughts:

Ahsoka - Wasn't planning to buy an opener for her, but it was too hard to pass up. The paint apps are fantastic on this version, very crisp and bright. Great level of detail especially on the head sculpt. I never liked the original likeness of her figure, so this one is a vast improvement to me. She's very frail though.

Aqua Droid - Out of the park grand slam, an absolute masterpiece. This thing is just twenty different kinds of awesome, from the hulking scale to the terrific poseability. If they had 10 on the pegs I might have bought them all. I just have to test if it actually plays well in water. One of my top 10 TCW figures ever, easily.

El-Les - Only 1 of these in this case assortment apparently, so I could not open him for a closer look. I'm definitely looking to pick up another though, he turned out terrific. As others have noted, his rifle is pretty damn sweet too.

Wolffe - I'm not big on clones, so I may end up returning my extra, but he's a work of art, no doubt. Might be the best face sculpt for a clone yet in terms of attention to detail. I want to see more of him on the show now.

Anakin - Ugh, WTF? This thing is just atrocious, every bit as bad as the Aqua Droid is good. First off, it's a horrible likeness, and way too gaunt, like a Jedi Chris Collinsworth. To make matters worse, the paint apps are completely horrible. The neck in particular is a huge problem area. It's not even a question of white vs flesh colored - I looked over at least 6-9 different ones and had a hard time finding one I could live with, even to keep carded. It's hard to describe without seeing it, but it's like they skimped badly on the paint, and then had some kind of smearing, leakage from other parts of the torso or something. This might be my #1 WORST TCW figure ever seen.

Despite the Anakin abomination, 4/5 of the wave are just outstanding, so I recommend it highly for those interested. Good luck on your hunts!

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