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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: March 2, 2005, 07:16 PM »
KBZ, since I have yet to see a decent photo of one loose (and since Hasbro neglected to put up a preview photo of it), can you say how the Grievous looks with all four arms out?  I know you're not going to open it right now, but I was just curious if his "action feature" looked silly or if it was sculpted/integrated into the figure's design well.  Also, is the paint job better on this one than on the Preview figure (e.g. the unpainted left bicep plates)?


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: March 2, 2005, 07:12 PM »
Darth Broem, I agree with what you're saying as far as the action features go.  As much as I loathe and despise them, it was the only way we got certain characters in the AOTC/Saga line (your avatar, for example, as well as Count Dooku).  Some of the action features worked quite well and didn't harm the figure's aesthetic appeal at all (Kamino Escape Jango is the first one to come to mind), but others were a complete disaster (Acklay Battle Obi-Wan and his overly friendly right hand, as well as Tatooine Attack Anakin with his "slightly miffed" Jedi foot nudge).  The way things look, several of the ROTS figures are on the non-offensive side of action features, but the way that some of these features depend on leg squeezin' makes me worry that the figures won't be able to sit down at all.

So, when someone finds the Anakin or Obi-Wan figures early (since apparently the only time the local WM employees can read is when it affects my ability to find things), can they do a quick check to let me (and everyone else) know if they can actually fit inside the Jedi Starfighter(s)?  I was hoping they would start giving everyone the "gummy" skirts (check out the Outlander Club Obi-Wan for an example of what I'm talking about) as opposed to the traditional stiff rubber skirts so they could sit down, but off the top of my head, I think that's the only figure they've done that on in the last few years.




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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 2 Figures
« on: March 1, 2005, 05:05 PM »
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Looks like Rebelscum now has a preview up of the C-3PO figure, which apparently has removable limbs as well.  Either that, or they're just ripping appendages off of each figures they preview

I'm wondering if the removable limbs are actually intentional or if it's just simply the way it was made.  The Saga Endor Rebel Soldier and Captain Antilles figures have some fairly easy to remove wrist and elbow joints, respectively, but I don't think it's that intentional; I think Hasbro's just too cheap to use good plastic in this day and age. 

With my earlier Dooku peg-wrist comment, I wonder if the photographers at RS aren't just pulling everything apart for the sake of pulling it apart.  Maybe I'm wrong, and there is some reason for it, but either way, this could be the most violent wave of action features ever released in a SW line if all the appendage impairment is true and not a manufacturing thing.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: March 1, 2005, 04:57 PM »
After rereading my post, I also wanted to point out that back in the day, I also had to walk to school every day, uphill in both directions, wearing nothing but cardboard boxes on my feet, in the pouring rain without an umbrella.  :D

As for the robe thing, I'd rather have one "ultimate" version of a character in a particular outfit than 15 different versions of a character where no single one comes close to doing it justice as a "perfect" figure.  I know that Hasbro doesn't want to do a "perfect" figure (how else would they sell the 1000th version of Darth Vader?) and holds back in some areas, but why there are going to be two figures of Anakin in the same outfit (okay, so one has a robe and "spooky eyes") on the first day of release, while neither can serve as a pilot figure for the Jedi Starfighter that will have already  been out for almost two months by that time is beyond me.

There was an old Dana Carvey standup special where he was talking about how his son went nuts over a particular brand of toy, and he was talking about how often, the only difference in the toys would be (and this was reaching) the position of one of the hands.  "Megator, Megotee, Megotoo...each click of the finger means $7.99 more from you!"  (I probably have the quote wrong, but that's the spirit of it, I think)

Even with the VOTC figures, Hasbro held back.  With at least half of those figures, you can look at them and say "well, this would have been better if (fill in the blank)."  If there was a theoretical Collection 3 (WTF am I thinking?  More glut?) with just the main characters in a multi-articulated, non-action feature marred assortment, I'd pass on Collection 1 entirely.  But then again, that's probably the reason there aren't mega-articulated versions of the main characters: if there were, nobody would be buying their "Darth Vader with projectile vomit" action figures and it would kill their whole "kids love action features" theory dead in the water.

Okay, I'm going to stop being so negative about all this.  This is what happens when you have a bad day and decide to post. ;)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - Battle Arena Assortment.
« on: March 1, 2005, 01:18 PM »
I honestly think that they should set up a section of the aisle in each store that can be easily broken off and separated for these sets, the Attacktix stuff, and the Force Battler figures.  It would have a pre-attached "CLEARANCE" sign above it and would say "Come back in two months when nobody's bought any of this crap and get it for 1/10th its original price!"  ;D

So yeah, count me in on the clearance bandwagon.  There is something to be said for a variety of products, I think, but by the same token, there is something to be said for too much peripheral garbage all at once.

I have a feeling we'll be seeing the quote "STAR WARS TOYS UNDERPERFORM FOR HASBRO IN 2005" around this time next year, alongside Hasbro quotes of, "The support just wasn't there; we don't understand what happened."  ::)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: March 1, 2005, 01:11 PM »
My one and only request for Collection 1.  I want an Obi-Wan, an Anakin, and a Mace with full Jedi robes.  No stupid action feature that mars the robe itself.  They can even put Agen Kolar's robe (modified?) on them to do it so they can have their stupid action features still...I just want a figure of each of them in a robe. 

To think that we have yet to get an Obi-Wan from AOTC in a full robe that isn't drenched in water or that has been assaulted by the fluff cycle is baffling, and there hasn't been a Mace figure in a decent robe since the Episode I Sneak Preview figure is baffling to me.  I'm hoping this will not continue with the ROTS figures.

As for the action features, back in the day we had what is apparently now rare these days: imagination.  We didn't need oversized firing rocket launchers for arms or "Sith Lightning Attack" missles coming out of people's sleeves; we just made believe that they were there.  By that same idea, I again point out that I have yet to see a single child buy a Star Wars toy in the last three years that is not a role-play lightsaber.  Either way, this is the last year where Hasbro can claim that they have a huge fanbase of children buying the toys, because after this year, the collectors are all Hasbro is going to have.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Trailer
« on: February 28, 2005, 10:59 PM »
Jebus...first they make me sit through TRL on MTV to see the teaser trailer, now I get to sit through OMG TEEN ANGST and Mischa Barton's sickly looking ass to see the full trailer. ::)

Who exactly are they trying to appeal to here?  Something tells me that the crowd who sticks by the talentless hack fraud Ashley Simpson isn't exactly the SW type of folk.  Not to generalize or anything, but I don't see the mall crowd saying "OMG, HAYDENZ SOOOOO HAWT WHEN HE'S EVIL LOL."

In case you can't tell, I hate all this type of ****.  :D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 2 Figures
« on: February 28, 2005, 08:16 PM »
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Anyway there are nice loose pics of Dooku over at Rebelscum.  Big Spoilers though on that figure if you don't want to know.

Although the figure looks really nice, I think that they (RS) kind of pushed something a little further on the "spoiler" feature than it was intended to go, or Hasbro has screwed up the spoiler itself.  I'll attempt to explain this by darkening the text, although this hasn't worked in the past...

The left hand post surgical removal, ha ha, doesn't look like it was intended to be removed.  Where the right hand has the peg on the hand/wrist and the hole in the arm, on the left arm, the peg is on the arm and the hole is in the wrist.  Maybe I'm not up on the latest SW universe skeletal structures and everything, but I always figured that if the Chosen One sliced through my arm with a lightsaber, it would leave a "clean" cut.

The figure does look great though.  Needless to say I'm going to be going after the Collection 2 figures first and the Collection 1 non-Clone figures will wait (probably only a few minutes, but they will still wait).  ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 26, 2005, 11:25 PM »
I had a big rant in this space that several of you may have already seen, but in the interest of not starting an "OMG INTARWEB LOL" war, I deleted it all.  Basically, the entire post could be summed up in one brief group of statements:

As Harry Tuttle told Sam in "Brazil," "We're all in it together, kid."  No collector is better than any other collector and we are all equals.  We need to worry more about helping each other as people and friends and fans and less time worrying about how others will perceive us if we don't have ROTS photos two months early. 

I'm going to stop hugging the tree now.   8)

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Possible Animated Wave 4?
« on: February 26, 2005, 11:23 AM »
I am really hoping this is true, as I am a huge fan of these figures.  In the beginning, I didn't know if I'd like the designs, but once the series started in the fall of 2003, I really fell in love with the way the SJ team had interpreted the characters.

I'm thinking that some of the figures will include the "new" versions of Obi-Wan and Anakin from Season III, animated versions of Grievous' Bodyguards, and anything else that is supposed to show up in Season III (which I know nothing about otherwise). 

If I don't get a Snow Bunny Padme or Obi-Wan in Clone Armor for this line, though, I'm going to be very disappointed. :-[

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 25, 2005, 02:44 PM »
I take that comment on scalping as very funny, considering the man is charging other "fans" exhorbitant prices to have one of the actors write their names on something, and then only if it's something that he authorizes them to sign.   ::)

Here I was under the impression that the Celebration(s) were all about the fan community and having fun, but apparently, it's still all about the almighty dollar to Mr. Wise.  Famine, if you do see him, be sure to ask him about this, as (at least personally) I find charging money for people's autographs to be a form of scalping in its own way.  Certainly more of a "scalping" action than buying two of something for trade bait.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:09 PM »
Not to get off on another RS/Wise-bashing tangent, as he's never done anything to me personally, but RS has always come across as the "company shill" on the majority of stuff Hasbro does.  I can't remember the last time that they haven't bent over backwards to say how great Hasbro is and how every single product is "wonderful" or "long awaited" and how Hasbro is "really listening to the collectors."

There were two really telling occurrences recently though that finally drove the nail into RS.com's coffin as far as I was concerned:

1-A few weeks ago, there was an article on some website (I'm sure someone here can point it out) that talked about the relationship between LFL and the SW fansite community, and how other franchises (most notably Peter Jackson's LOTR camp) had embraced fan sites while LFL seemed to keep them at arm's length.  T'Bone from starwarz.com was great as always, and was eloquent in his commentary on the relationship (or lack thereof) between LFL and fansites.  Then they bring in our buddy Philip, who said (and I'm paraphrasing):

"I guess we picked the wrong franchise to back (referring to SW over LOTR, I guess).  TheOneRing.net took their design and aesthetic from TFN."

Wise also made allusions to being "important" and how he should be treated as such and not dismissed by LFL.  Basically, his comments came across as "I should be treated as a god, even though I am basing my fandom on how important I am perceived rather than actual actions, and I'm jealous of the other sites that do things a lot better than I do."  At least that's how I read them.

2-Notice how RS.com hasn't really mentioned the Clone Trooper 4 packs from EE since they were first announced?  I wonder if that has to do with the fact that another site was partially behind getting the set made and certain site owners were jealous that they didn't have a hand in this?  And it's like that with everything: RS swore up and down that they would not post leaked photos from ROTS toys and whatnot, but when JD.com, GH.com, Sandtroopers, TheJawa, Yakface, etc started showing them and leaving RS in the dust, what do they do?  They crank them out faster than you can say "I'm only in it for the money!"

I'm not a big fan of people who think that because they run a website (and don't even have a hand in the updating of said site unless they need to get their personal point across), they are somehow "more important" or a "bigger fan" than other people.  We're all fans (or we are all supposedly fans), and we should do things to help each other out; not use their sites to shill for companies so they can make a buck off the fans (as in PW's autograph group he started up a few years ago).  His little "Backed the wrong franchise" comment just reinforces the fact that he is not a true SW fan (there I go judging again) and is, truly, only in it for the money and his own inflated ego.

Mods, feel free to delete this post if it's too inflammatory.  The last thing I want is to play a part in starting a war on the internet.  :-\

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Other Collectibles / Re: Counting Up the Star Wars "Lines"
« on: February 22, 2005, 05:22 PM »
The only things that have been coming to my mind when I see the pile of inevitable clearance garbage ummmm **** various items of dubious nature that are coming out this year is how much it reminds me of other "marketable entities."

If you're easily offended, please skip this part of the post now.

Hello Kitty and the Sanrio characters show up on some really odd items in Asia, including condoms and *ahem* "marital aids."  And yes, I have (regrettably) seen both of these.  But hey, they could do a special campaign with Star Wars I guess: either a special line of "martial aids" with lightsaber hilts as the bases in various colors, or prophilactics with the warning, "Use the Force of Trojan or wind up with younglings you will."   :o

KISS, music aside, but more specifically Gene Simmons, seems to be willing to put their name on anything these days.  Just when you think Gene has done it all, you see the KISS casket.  Maybe they can make a Star Wars casket that has a camoflage action so when they close it, it disappears so you can become one with the Force.  Or they can do special runs where they actually encase your body in a carbonite (yes, I know it's not real; maybe another molten liquid) block.  Only 4000 dollars at StarWarsShop.com, although good luck getting ahold of someone to actually order one.

Yeah, those are a little outlandish, but whenever I see Darth Vader water sprinklers or Jar Jar tongue candy, I remind myself that it could be far worse. :)

Now to actually contribute to the topic, lest we forget the Epic Force fiasco of 1997-1998.  As much as I would like to forget those, it was Hasbro's first of many unsuccessful ventures into the "mid-sized" action figure world, and was probably only surpassed in head slapping badness by the three POTJ-era "large action figures" of Obi-Wan, Maul, and the Droideka (there was a name for this line, but I can't recall what it was).  Not an ongoing line, but it's still a part of SW toy history (and I am very thankful for that).


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Basic Action Figures - $5.99
One of each for me, and every one will be opened and *ahem* displayed.  ;D

Deluxe Action Figures - $9.99
One of each (eventually).  I'll probably just get the Anakin/Vader and Palpatine/Sidious to start with.  Obi-Wan will wait until clearance, I'm sure.

Battle Arenas - $19.99
I'm still thinking about when I'm picking these up.  They will probably be somewhere low on the list, I'm sure.

12" Figures - $19.99-$49.99
I'll get Palpatine, Vader, and Grievous, but nobody else.  Hasbro doesn't exactly have the best record on female dolls, especially those who have weapons to hold.

Vehicles - Battle Vehicles - $14.99
One of each, which will be opened.

Vehicles - Assault Vehicles - $19.99
One of each, which will be opened.

Vehicles - Gunship (Large) - $29.99
No thanks on the Gunship (one is more than enough), but I will get an ARC fighter.

Playsets - $29.99
I'm going to wait on this one, but I probably will end up getting it eventually.

Unleashed - $14.99
First things I'm going for, they will be opened, and no, I'm not kidding.

Force Battlers - $9.99
No thanks.

Galactic Heroes - $4.99
No thanks (I've managed to stay away from them with the exception of the Bounty Hunters and Vader/Obi-Wan)

Jedi Force - $7.99
Maybe if they do a Palpatine, but otherwise, no.

Darth Tater - $7.99
I'm debating on this one.

Attacktix - $5.99 to $9.99
No thanks.  Sure to join the ranks of Epic Force, the Cruisemissle Trooper, and the Jango Fett wrist launcher in the "It should have been in the clearance aisle to begin with" file.  :D

Role Play - Various Prices
If they do a Mace Windu lightsaber with the Episode II/III hilt instead of the half-Maul hilt, I might pick one up.  If they do a Palpatine saber, probably that too.  Other stuff, no thanks.

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I went out in 1999 with a friend to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and TRU at midnight.  We went to WM first (since I'm kind of introverted and didn't want to deal with the mess at TRU, since that was where *everyone* else was going) and we were about fifth in line.  By the time midnight came around, there were about 40 people behind us, and it actually was run really well.  They had an entire aisle fully stocked, and they allowed 10 people at a time to go down the aisle and get what they wanted.  No worries about a particular figure running out either, as they had pallet upon pallet of figure cases ready to restock if something ran low.  I was able to get one of everything I wanted without any problems whatsoever. 

The one interesting thing that I remember about that night was the fact that neither WM nor TRU had gotten any of the 12" dolls or the Accessory packs, while K-Mart had gotten both.  Weird.

In 2002, I went to an out-of-the-way SWM and was only one of two people there.  Me and the other guy just stood around talking before they actually let us down the aisle.  I got everything I wanted, as did he, and we spent about 20 minutes digging through the pegs to find him a Luminara Unduli and myself a Royal Guard.  I managed to get 26 figures (finding out in the AM that Dooku had been released as well) and all the ships, plus the soundtrack.  The next day I walked into another WM and found a Dooku.  And all was right with the world. 

Strangely enough, K-Mart was once again the only retailer that had gotten the 12" dolls for a few weeks.  They were also the first retailer to get the Ultimate Jango Fett doll too, if I recall correctly.

This time around, I don't know what I'm going to do.  I keep hoping that there will be a definitive list of what is and isn't coming out on 04/02/2005, but as with last time, I don't think I'll really know until I get in there.  I'm going to be budgeting a bit this time around though, and I'm thinking that if I do go out at midnight, I'm just going to get the three Unleashed figures and the more "desirable" (as in, "I'm buying the ones that I foresee being irritating to find if I wait" like Vader or Clones) action figures, and worry about the ships, dolls, deluxe, etc. at a later date.  I have a feeling that I'm going to be really sick of that Vader head staring back at me within three months time.

The simple fact that there is a release date for toys blows my mind to this day.  I mean, I could see it if there was something they wanted to keep under wraps, but when you release Head Choppin' Jango Fett, Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku, and/or Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine/Sidious well over a month before the film, I see no point in an actual release date.  Everyone's already seen the toys, so stock them already.

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