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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Poe's X-Wing Fighter with Poe Dameron
« on: September 8, 2015, 02:38 PM »
Poe's X-Wing was the primary item I wanted to get from this line and I rushed all over my area on Friday and Saturday looking for it, but the ship was nowhere to be found at retail in Central California, so I got one via  Hard to say if all the running around looking for the X-Wing was truly worth it... 

I'm still sort of mixed with it.  The toy captures the look of the new X-Wing and I like the look.  I like the vintage-style wing opening mechanism and the wings feel secure when in the opened position.  The cockpit was better-detailed than I expected and really has about the same amount of room as the larger OT X-Wing tooling.  I like the use of clear plastic for the rear canopy and the fact that the canopy opens correctly.  The rubbery parts are very annoying, but easy to correct by soaking in hot water to straighten them out.  I like the Poe figure, but it is a bit large and so I have a different, smaller, pilot in the seat until I can find one of the carded Poes. As many others have said, I wish Hasbro went with the larger size for this ship.  They could have easily done it...  The current toy just sits low and looks smallish.  But this is a kids toy first and a collector's item second.

Finally opened the TIE I got on Friday.  I rather like it and would place it among the best of the vehicles that have come out thus far, as others have said.  Funny, but in my area in Central California, while Poe's X-Wing is nowhere to be seen, there are still a few of the TIEs around and its really the superior toy.  The wings are smallish, but not too out of proportion with the cockpit ball.  Mine did not have any significant warpage.  Since this is supposedly a newer and more advanced version of the TIE Fighter, I can live with the smaller wings.  Detail is pretty decent as well on both the exterior and interior.  Granted, its nothing like the highly-detailed TIE Interceptor and TIE Bomber from a few years ago, but its a lot better than the old vintage and POTF type TIEs.  My only real gripe is the seating arrangement.  I know it all has to do with cost, box size, playability, etc, but based on models I've seen of the new First Order Elite TIE Fighter, the two crewmembers sit back to back, not facing each other in opposite directions.  Perhaps we'll get a more deluxe version at some point.  But seating arrangement aside, its still a great toy! 

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 6, 2015, 01:09 AM »
I got the Desert Landspeeder and was actually rather pleased by it.  Have a couple of ROTJ Rebel Endor soldiers crewing it and the vehicle is very much like the DPV buggies or other stripped-down & heavily-armed vehicles modern special forces troops use.  So not disappointed there. 

The real treat (for me at least) turned out to be the Revell Snaptite X-Wing and TIE kits.  They weren't really model kits, but rather toys you have to piece together.  They are approximately 1:48 scale, but have excellent detailing, moving parts, light & sound features, and are pretty solid in construction.  A win in my book. 

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 4, 2015, 02:06 PM »
I've managed to get the complete wave of the 6" figures, Rey's Jakku speeder, the elite TIE fighter, and a few figures, but have not been able to find Poe's X-wing anywhere, either last night or this morning.  Crappy or not, that was the ship I most wanted to get. 

I made a good sweep of my area this morning, checking several Targets, Wal Marts, and a Toys R Us.  Plenty of the new TIE fighters.  I did find the X-Wing on, however, and managed to get $10 off the purchase price, which brought it down to the same price it is at Toys R Us, etc.  I have Prime so the shipping was free and it will arrive in a couple days.  Should have done that first before I went out this morning as I easily burned $10+ in gas driving all over town for little gain!

Disconcerting thing was that in at least two Target Stores that I hit between 8:00 and 8:30am - stores that were not open the previous evening - things looked very picked over right at the offset.  Not sure if employees got first grabs, but it almost looks like they did :-\

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 4, 2015, 04:50 AM »
Arrived at TRU at about 11:10pm and was in about the last third of the line.  I wanted the X-Wing and TIE Fighter, despite the weak reviews.  Got in and was able to snag a TIE fighter and Rey's speeder bike, but never saw the X-Wing.  I assume it was there, just others got to it first.  There were people with shopping carts full of stuff.  Then went down the street to a Wal Mart, which was a huge let down - mostly just Legos, figures, etc.  I did pick up some of the 6" figures, though and got the ones I wanted.  Then went to another Wal Mart which was stocked about the same and didn't get anything.  Wal Marts were pretty much empty compared to the near-chaos of Toys R Us.   Lastly went to the one Target in my area that was open.  No X-Wing.  I'm not entirely disappointed nor am I entirely etastic for the evening's finds.  Guess I'll try hitting another Target early tomorrow to see what turns up.  Have to keep reminding myself there is going to be tons of these things sitting around in a matter of days or weeks :) 

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Six?
« on: March 8, 2014, 08:20 PM »
Guess it's time to finally get Netflix...  But anyhow, am over at my brother's house in SoCal for the weekend, who has Netflix and have seen at least the first story arc which gives some chilling insight into how Order 66 will work in ROTS and how all those "nice" clones become Jedi killers and who knows what. Don't want to spoil too much, but if you like Clone Trooper Fives, the story arc may find some scenes difficult...  One of the better CW episode arcs in my opinion.

Picked this up the other day.  Don't really need another X-Wing, but I wanted a version with the new cockpit tooling since I didn't get the "Trench Run" set last year.  The new fuselage tooling is generally nice, but I'd like to know why Hasbro simply didn't go all the way and make new engines, main landing gear with doors, and wings.  Instead its sort of a hybrid between the old 1996 tooling and the new 2011-12 tooling.   

In any event, I intended to get this ship as sort of a "legacy" purchase since my very first Star Wars toy, an original vintage X-Wing I got when I was about 4 years old, was also "Red 3" and came from Toys R Us.  I still have that ship ;)     

Haven't posted here since I can't remember when...  No loss of interest in Star Wars or the toys, just not that much exciting until the past few weeks ;)

I got a Slave I myself, which arrived in the white shipping sleeve.  Corners on the box were dinged a bit, but as I typically open my items, it wasn't a big issue.  The ship and all parts were there on mine - no sign the actual box had been opened or tampered with.  I noticed the issues with the wing-spring right away.  I found that by disengaging the strut on one of the wings and turning the part with a little force, it snapped into the flight mode and held there.  Its not really anything to cause me too much worry...

I was a bit disappointed by the Han Solo in Carbonite figure, which was just a hollow shell - I wanted something more solid that at least had some weight and would make a "plunk" if I stood it upright and tipped it over.

Still, I am very happy Hasbro made the ESB version of Slave I using the large-scale tooling.  Its a classic ship and was well over due.  It saved me from having to eventually repaint my Clone Wars version, which was the initial reason why I got that.  Now my Boba Fett figure has his ship 8)     

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Disney Star Speeder 1000 playset
« on: December 11, 2011, 12:48 AM »
My brother works at Disneyland in Tomorrowland (of all places).  I live some distance away so the game is trying to coordinate with him to get me one of these, particularly as he could get it with a 40% castmember discount 8)

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 15, 2011, 11:58 AM »
Great episode and my favorite from the story arc overall.  I particularly liked how it firmly established the Anakin/Vader and Tarkin relationship.

I'm not as well versed with the EU aspect of Star Wars as many others.  I've only dabbled in it a little, but its something I've largely stayed away from as a personal preference.  I tend to take that which springs from the mind of George Lucas as being the ultimate cannon as the Star Wars universe is, afterall, his ultimate creation.  So, to me the CW series is more cannon than what appears in much of the EU material...  Still, that's not to discount the fact that even Lucas contradicts his own work and certainly not to discount the vast creative body that makes up the EU and which has given the Star Wars universe a sense of life and vitality far beyond that of any other sci-fi genera.

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 ;)   

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 5, 2011, 06:40 PM »
Not a bad episode at all.  The commando droids with the shields were interesting.  Things just keep getting worse and worse for the clones and Jedi...  Sad to see Echo die, but interesting to see Tarkin and Anakin start to agree a little more on some key issues and start building their relationship.  I'll be interested to see how they're all going to escape in next weeks episode.  Obviously we know at least three of the characters make it out and into the later films ;)

TV-9D9 / Re: The death or disappearance of Ahsoka?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:32 PM »
In retrospect, Asoka, should have died in last night's episode of "The Citadel" in the Carbon Freezing process (which was a scene I though was unnecessary and cheesy).  Afterall, we know from ESB that carbon freezing was supposed to be dangerous - Lando notes that if you put someone in the carbon freezing chamber it could kill them - yet in the episode, the Jedi and Clones seem to go about the process with pretty much a routine or devil-may-care attitude.  So, they all jump in the freezing chamber, including Asoka (unknown to Anakin), something goes wrong and she doesn't survive.  They arrive at the Citadel, get thawed out, and there's the dead Asoka.  Anakin blames himself, Obi Wan lectures him about how he instilled his rebelliousness into his padawan and look what it got him, their mission nearly gets compromised, Anakin gets pushed closer to the Dark Side... and well we know the rest.

Sorry, just having too much fun ;)

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:21 PM »
That was a fun episode. 

On one hand, the story wasn't completely original as it has a basic premise we've seen in many previous episodes throughout the series: Anakin, Obi Wan, Asoka, and the clones getting sent to rescue a Jedi holding some sort of valuable information we've never heard of before (but on which the whole fate of the galaxy rests) in some sort of impenetrable location.  On the other hand, the episode brought in new - and old - characters and works to set up the key relationship between Anakin/Vader and Tarkin in ANH, which I liked 8)

The whole Citadel interior really reminded me of the Death Star Detention Block from ANH more than anything else (and it was kind of fitting to see Tarkin in that setting).  I kept waiting for someone to blast a hole in a wall and all our heroes go sliding into the garbage chute :P

Nice to see Phase II armor appearing more often on Clones as well, even now some of the main ones.

My biggest beef with the episode was the carbon freezing thing.  It was just too thrown in there and too cheesy.  Don't they already have scanner-proof compartments that they could hide in like on the Falcon?  In ESB, Lando and even Vader expressed too much concern over the process of freezing a person in carbonite (heck, Vader didn't want Luke damaged by carbon freezing, so he tested it on Han Solo - and there was surprise that he lived) yet this episode made it seem as though the process was completely routine, harmless, normal, and that one could have a carbon freezing chamber (complete with Ugnaut) right in their own hanger.  In some respects, the carbon freezing sequence in this CW episode diminishes the drama and danger of the carbon freezing scene from ESB, which was always one of the most emotionally powerful of any scene in the Star Wars saga, at least in my opinion. 

I did, however, like the wisecrack about not wanting to wind up as a wall decoration ;)   


TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: February 18, 2011, 01:16 PM »
Please no young Han Solo... Chewbaca in ROTS with Yoda (and now here on Clone Wars) was pushing it and I hope they don't go that far with Solo.  Something tells me they will eventually, however.  I am stoked about Tarkin in tonights episode, however :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: February 7, 2011, 12:33 PM »
OK, so here I was rather excited to see that we would be getting a large version of the attack shuttle - its big, looks cool, could transport a platoon of clones, have lots of detail and features while conceivably keeping it real.  However, after seeing that catalogue picture, I'm now pretty much turned off by the whole playset-transformation thing and the vehicle itself.  Its really too cheesy for me and something many of the other large vehicles made to date didn't quite stoop to.  Granted some large vehicles are practically playsets in their own right - think the BMF or the AT-AT - but they remain within the context of the vehicle they are supposed to be and don't transform into something completely out of context. 

I guess this is just the realist in me coming out - I do primarily collect realistic military models and prefer the Star Wars items that more-or-less follow suit (and Hasbro has delivered many of those as of late). 

Nevertheless, I have to say that when all folded up, the Attack Shuttle still does look pretty cool 8)   

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