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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: September 16, 2007, 08:58 PM »
True...  He merely could've lifted the equipment in the chaos that ensued.  An opportunist.

See maybe he wasn't even into ice cream. Could have been a common looter with thoughts of a quick credt. ;D
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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Ultra Line in 2007?
« on: September 16, 2007, 03:22 PM »

I could very well see that the Han and Yoda could have been in a higher price point of the Ultra/Deluxe line, but If we do see a return on this line, I want to see more offered for the price than what we have seen in the basic line. The line will fall flat if not, even if the Han with rack cost the most to produce. If they can't top that I can see the end of the Ultra/Deluxe line all together.

I gotta respectfully disagree with that.  Truth is, unfortunately, we showed Hasbro that we'd pay just about anything for a Star Wars figure.  $13 at Target for (bad) basic figures like Lava Obi Wan, Lava Anakin, black clone, grey and purple clone, a Saleucemi clone that wasn't even in the movie, then we go to conventions and pay $15 for a basic figure and will wait in line all day to do it, if necessary, then $17 for a basic Grievous figure at SWShop.com.

A basic figure on an Ultra card for $9.99 is not going to kill the line.  Not when we've already established that we'll pay $13-17 for a basic figure in many other situations.

I agree to a point, but you are pointing out exclusives. Yes, they were basic figures in the sence. One reason I think we need to like Hasbro then need to halt their dicking of the fans here. I don't know about you, but I only have the Saleucemi Clone (got on clearance for about $5) and some of the McQuarrie concept figures from that list. $15 for McQuarrie concepts doesn't fall into the $15 for a basic figure IMO, because you got 2 figures for the $15 and if you half that it works out to $7.50 each about what we pay now for a basic figure. I want the Grievous, but I will not pay the high price they want. Same goes for the exclusives that are not any good or not up to par.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Ultra Line in 2007?
« on: September 15, 2007, 12:18 PM »
It certainly does make you scratch your head a bit, huh?  Well, I spoke with Hasbro's Derryl DePriest about that very subject at Celebration 4.  And he said that there are a number of figures in the Basic Figure line that could easily go over to an Ultra/Deluxe figure card or price point.  The ones that we spoke about included Han Solo with torture rack, Yoda with Kybuck and Hermi Odle.  But because of the needs of the line those figures were put in the Basic Figure assortment.  And keep in mind as well:  those figures cost more to develop and produce.  Hasbro averages out the costs of each figure across the line, and Han Solo with torture rack was one of the most expensive figures to develop in the 2007 line.

The thing that is keeping Hasbro from doing a Deluxe figure line is the VTAC line.  Those figures are priced right where a Deluxe figure line would be.  Also, you need to factor in the fact that the VTAC line takes up space in the retail planogram that a Deluxe figure range would occupy.

Now with news via the Q&A process revealing that the Vintage figure line is on hiatus in 2008, we may very well see the return of a Deluxe figure line.  Hasbro is shifting the focus of their premium sculpted figures to Evolutions.  And the Evolutions line occupies a different price point as well as a different location in the retail planogram.  Given those factors, we might have Deluxe figures back in the mix next year.

I could very well see that the Han and Yoda could have been in a higher price point of the Ultra/Deluxe line, but If we do see a return on this line, I want to see more offered for the price than what we have seen in the basic line. The line will fall flat if not, even if the Han with rack cost the most to produce. If they can't top that I can see the end of the Ultra/Deluxe line all together. I feel most of the figures are not up to par with the price we pay now and if they go back to skimping on the higher priced items over the norm, than I can see they will continue until we get nothing for what we pay in all lines. The consumer & fans set what Hasbro does, so if they offer junk/low quality and we buy than why would they offer more if they don't have too? They give us that crap everytime the fans want something out of the norm (ICMG or any odd characters) saying that it/they won't sell. We have the final say, but it's like more are just happy with what they give us. That really sucks as it screws with the others that would like something better.
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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: September 15, 2007, 11:57 AM »
What, in your world nobody's allowed ice cream?  You commie.  >:( 

 ;)

Okay, like that ;D. Not so much that don't allow ice cream, but I think it needs a more Star Warsy name before I would allow a character to be "ice cream man"  ;).
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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Star Wars Comic Packs
« on: September 14, 2007, 08:28 PM »
I'd happily pay $10 for two $7 figures and a $5 comic in contrast to a $17 figure with a clamshell.

I blame that on the store more than the manufacturer...  I have a feeling SWS's just dicking around the consumer because they know they can.  Same as Target and their exclusive prices.  They jumped from $10 figures to $13 or so at one point if I recall...  Just a little squeeze to see how much more they can make.  Very dickish.

Agreed Jesse.

It's why I haven't pulled the trigger on the Greivous yet. I'm thinking they are going to choke on that fig and end up selling it at a big discount. If it gets down to $12 or less, I'll bite. But really, I'd rather pay the $7 that's it's worth and no shipping charge.

I could never understand why everyone lately is trying to dick the Star Wars fan. All these high prices for an execlusive is just crazy, and ever the normal basic line of slect figures are totally out there on-line. I wonder if they are thinking the ride is going to be over soon or something. I want that Grievous figure, but I don't think I'll get him unless the price drops too.

It's funny how the comic sets really kind of tear your opinion from one side to the other.  On one hand, $5 a figure is great (the comic is irrelevant to most of us, let's face it).  On the other hand some figures are a little weaker than others...  And yet again you get some truly outstanding figures as well (look at Het/Darkwoman.  It's like night-and-day with the two figures).  The comic packs are NEAR perfection to me.  Hasbro just needs to tweak something here and there with any of them, and bam they're amazing!  I mean, the Luke/Mara set would be much more outstanding if Luke had articulated knees over articulated ankles.  That alone would have garnered no major complaints from me on that set.  

If Hasbro were to just do a little fine-tuning to their design of the sets, I'd be in figure heaven with them.

As it is, I'm really not disappointed with them, they're good generally...  I just wish they were that notch better is all, because clearly they could be.  Of course though, if you dislike EU they suck regardless.

Anyway, I really like these comic packs and agree with Jesse here too. These could be some top notch sets with not very much more work if at all.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: September 14, 2007, 08:17 PM »
Or Character X was last seen in Jabba's Palace during Luke Skywalker's infamous visit to rescue his friend, Han Solo, from the Hutt's vile clutches. Presumably died during the "Battle" of Carkoon.


Rather than:

Character X was an undercover Rebel agent working as a skiff guard in Jabba's palace, trying to prevent a secret operation by a group of skiff guards smuggling tibanna gas to the Empire.

After assisting Luke Skywalker at the famous Battle of Carkoon, Character X led a snowspeeder patrol on the Endor moon, looking for the shield generator. After Character X spotted the generator, he alerted General Solo. If it weren't for him, Solo's strike team would never have found the shield generator and the Rebels would have failed at Endor. For his efforts, Character X was awarded the Kenobi Medallion by Mon Mothma, who was later revealed to be his twin sister.

Shortly before the Yuzzhan Vong invasion, Character X passed away peacefully in his sleep, but his spirit will live on.

 :P

Was this ever stated somewhere that the same actor played the ICMG and Skiff Guard in question? I don't see ICMG working for Jabba the Hutt at all in any sense. I don't really care for the back story on StarWars.com too, as I agree with Jesse and his simple story. Not every character in Star Wars needs to be Heroes. Really there needs to be the simple people to protect or the story gets to lame. Look at it as if super heroes and everybody as has special powers and such in those stories it would not be any fun as there is no one to put into harms way for the hero to save, etc. About the only thing I care for is the computer core thing, but I do understand why a few don't care for that as it's an ice cream maker, but that never sat with me in the Star Wars world.
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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Ultra Line in 2007?
« on: September 13, 2007, 12:31 AM »
This is interesting to read as Hasbro is making a few of these ideas in the basic line. Octuptarra Droid, Droideka with shields, and Han Solo with Bespin Torture Rack, so why would any one want to pay $10 or more of what they are offering to us for $7? With that many of these ideas could be worked into the basic line, like NEW Owen Lars with Moisture Vaporator, Nute Gunray w/ Mechno-Chair & Darth Sidious Hologram, C-3PO (dirty deco) with Oil Bath, Death Star Trooper with Control Room Console, etc.

If they do bring back this line I would like to see some bigger items included, like Admiral Ackbar w/Endor & Death Star 2 Hologram table, Geonosian Picador with Orray, Death Star Gunner with Cannon, etc. Even it is bumped the price up a bit, it would still be cool.
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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Star Wars Comic Packs
« on: September 7, 2007, 07:21 PM »
I like all of this wave, but what is the deal with non-gloved hand on Fel? Doesn't the TIE have no life-support? I only wish they would offer more of a standard to the articulation on these sets. I hate the angle cut joints and Hasbro needs to stop use it. It just offers very limited movement that it's not worth it IMO.
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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Customs by Fritzkrieg Update 09-06-2007
« on: September 7, 2007, 12:56 AM »
Fritz,
I really like what you can do, but can you really call these desert customs Imperial ;). They look more like a band of mercenaries that raided an Imperial surplus depot.

Anyway, great use of parts. I have always loved how you blended parts together. And this one is no exception for the great work you do. Thanks for sharing.
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Now the micro-man figure really sets this Republic Commando off. I have always disliked the micro-man bodies, because they looked to lanky and didn't really fit in with the Star Wars figures. This one though looks great and the extra highth from the micro-man doesn't really show, as it is a plus. I have always thought the Republic Commando looked a little on the short and chubby side, so this is a big improvement. Really killer job on this one. I might have to try this one down the road. Thanks for sharing.
roron corobb

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: September 4, 2007, 04:00 AM »
I would have to tatally agree with you there Jesse. I have changed my collecting so much after the Toy Fair Vader thing, that I have sold all my vehicles (except for a few). I don't really care for the underscale or too toyish looking vehicles, but I'm not saying that Hasbro should stop making them. I'm happy for all that like the vehicles with all the new stuff that have shown up. Really you can look at that as more money for Hasbro for making more items or that is how I see it. When an item does really well that means hopefully I'll see something I really want. I really like to see every walk of Star Wars though, so I'm in for figure or anything they want to make. If they do well that means something else will be redone or make that would have not been able before. Really nobody should look at when a figure they don't care for is made it took the place of something they wanted, as it just maybe will be at a later date with the success of the product they didn't want ;). Or to put in a different way, just respect someone else's opinion as the world would be very boring if everyone had the same likes and dislikes ;D.
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Feedback / Re: Talon_Karrde's feedback
« on: September 3, 2007, 09:38 PM »
Talon_Karrde is a great guy. I receive the stuff I needed from him in great condition. Great trader with great communication. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I would deal with him any time in the future. Thanks again Talon_Karrde.
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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Battle Pack Ideas?
« on: August 20, 2007, 10:12 PM »
One reason we have these battle packs is for Hasbro to make money on old tooled molds. If the figure in hard to make (ie with articulation, etc) you would not see it in a pack. One new figure should be the norm, but with Harbro the are trying to max the profit on these sets. Two new figures is pushing it in their eyes. I could see some of these battle packs, but the ones with all the vintage type figures and heavy articulation would be out of the question in most cases. Granted I would love to get 5 really cool figures in one set, but as it stands now Hasbro only wants to do Clone Trooper sets that are any good. You can see this with the older sets where we got some okay new figures, 3 to some as they found they are not worth the cost so then now they are all repacks/repaints. These are really only dream sets with most of what people have came up with, but if I could have a pack or two here are my picks:

Tatooine Purchase of the Droids battle pack:
TAC Jawa x 2 (maybe one with new head or even if they retooled an old POTF2 head to work that would be cool with me)
New Owen Lars (would like articulation, but might be asking for too much)
fill out the rest with some Droids (old and new, maybe some smaller ones like M-HYD, or any of those other droids would be cool)
And I liked when they added some diorama item in there, so a Moisture Vaporator or 2 would rock
I just would like for there to be no main characters

Funeral of Shmi Skywalker battle pack:
Cliegg Lars with hoverchair
Owen Lars
Beru Whitesun
Padme Amidala
Anakin Skywalker
but I don't think any figure that has been made before would work for any of them, so they would all be new. I know I'm dreaming on that one.

I think we all could come up with really cool battle pack, it is just if they would fit into Hasbro's view on them and can still make them the most money possible. That is really all Hasbro cares about in the long run anyway, because if they cared what we wanted I think all figures would have super articulation and be the most accurate they could make them.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: KOTOR Figures Thread
« on: August 20, 2007, 02:19 AM »
Commando's good for what it is, has some flaws, but the story more than gameplay is what drives KOTOR.

KOTOR 2 isn't nearly as good however...  Not that it's bad, it's just a lot of duplication of the first I'm afraid. 

I would have to agree to a point with Jesse here, but I really liked the changes that were made in KOTOR2. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, so I won't get into them with details. The best has to do with light and dark side and the main party plus the bonus to one and offering different characters to join your party when light/dark side and/or male/female. Overall it's much like KOTOR. The story is better in the first KOTOR, but I think the characters were cooler in KOTOR2 minus some back stories for them.

Odd thing happen to me when playing the first KOTOR, a glich changed the Wookiee character Jaalbar's class to a Jedi. I couldn't give him a lightsaber, but he was able to use force powers. I still have that game saved, so when ever I want to have a Wookiee Jedi to play he is there. I really fun game for RPG gamers a must, and if you can take the long game play I would recommand to Star Wars fans too.


As far as figures go, I'm all for more...  I feel if they're going to delve into an EU property, Hasbro should cover more than 2 or 3 figures from said property.  I think it'd be really great if you were able to, somehow, get a figure that was slightly "customizeable" to make a close approximation of your character from the game, however I don't see how it would be possible.

I'd be cool with getting some of the main party characters though, maybe a Sith/Republic Trooper, a Sith/Republic Officer...  Maybe an alien or two from one of the planets you visit since their designs are quite Star Wars-ish and fit in.

I wouldn't go overboard at once on KOTOR figures, but mixed in here and there and I"d love to see quite a few actually.

I would have to totally agree here about the figures. There are many cool characters I would love to have as figures, but we could get floaded fast. Maybe a few here and there would be the best. With that said I would like to see some more Shadows of the Empire figures made, or at least the ones that we got resculpted.

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Modern Trading / Re: Trade List of roron corobb *New 8/19 Update*
« on: August 19, 2007, 06:09 PM »
08/19 bump. Thanks for looking.
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