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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 22, 2005, 01:41 PM »
Since we didn't see this ship in the Walmart Planogram shots we saw last month and since this is the first time we have seen the ship, is it possible that this is a painted hard-copy or prototype?

It strikes me as odd that there would be so many screw holes when they could just have peg-and-socket construction that is glued together to avoid this look.

While I'm still definitely getting this vehicle, I'm hoping this will be corrected by the final release....

Oh - Jesse - I can understand your disappointment in the scaled-down size of this ship, but I think any bigger and it would have put the vehicle in the Queen's Starship, Millenium Falcon, AT-AT price point territory and I'd be willing to bet that Hasbro didn't want that.

For me, I'm just happy that it can accomodate the correct number of crew members (3 pilots and 1 astromech).

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 20, 2005, 08:14 AM »
If you meant Anakin (figure III-28), I apologize, when I saw the #2, I just assumed you meant Anakin (figure III-2) from the first wave of Collection 1.

If you meant figure III-28, if you check out this picture from GH, you'll see that this one comes with a separate lightsaber as an accessory and no hand with lightsaber molded into it...

Sorry if I caused any confusion....

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 20, 2005, 07:59 AM »
jokabofe or nicklab, does the anakin skywalker #2 lightsaber attack fig come with a hand accesory that does not have a lightsaber permanently attached? it looks like the sabers in the pics are attached to his hand unlike the anakin included in the toy fair press kit. and i also assume the darth vader #11 obviously has a removable lightsaber. thanks.

I'm not sure where I saw the picture, but Anakin #2 comes with:

1) Right hand
2) Unlit lightsaber hilt
3) Right hand with blue lightsaber sculpted in
4) Right hand with red lightsaber sculpted in

I couldn't find the picture where I saw this first, but here is a link to the RS picture of the figure from Toy Fair:

Revenge of the Sith / Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:21 PM »
Since it's an actual Press Kit and not just a figure, I would have to say they most likely will not be selling any extras. Although I guess you could always keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Besides, if got a bunch of extras and tried to sell them via their site, it would be a disaster.

You're probably right - the Toy Fair Vader turned into a nightmare for all except for those who ordered first thing when it went up on the WOTC Fan Club store.

Since the figures aren't unique, it's really not that big of a deal. In the Star Trek collector community - there is a similar piece that was put out the same year that Star Trek: First Contact came out in theaters - it was a Borg figure mounted to a tri-fold piece of cardboard - it's purpose was to hype the fact that (a) the Borg were coming to the big screen and (b) Playmates was making toys for it. It is probably one of maybe a handfull other Playmates Trek pieces that still have any considerable value.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:16 PM »
It was hard to tell, and they had people watching over us like we were criminals or something, so I was afraid to touch anything  :D

I know that feeling, picked up the same vibe almost ten years ago when I went to the Playmates Toys press even to cover their Star Trek line for my own little home-grown Trek website. I can kinda understand it though - all it would take is one jerk to touch something and screw up their display.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:01 PM »
Mustafar Playset with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader action figures

Dave - did you get any indication what those disks are that Obi-Wan and Anakin are standing on? Are the figures FIXED to those disks or are they just stands that are thrown in with the playset?

Revenge of the Sith / Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:00 PM »
And in case anyone cares, I put some pics of the Press Kit that was given out today up on the main page.

Great pics Dave - they confirm how the kit works too - pretty neat idea - would love it if they sold the extras (if there are any) via, like they did with the Vader a couple of years ago...

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 19, 2005, 10:28 PM »
The ARC-170 has a droid socket! YEAH!!!!!

I am happy now!  :) :) :) :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 18, 2005, 03:51 PM »
At least the quick change Palpatine comes with a second hand that isn't molded to it.

I think that these other figures have them molded on so when you do the "action feature", the weapon won't go flying across the room.


The Obi-Wan also comes with an empty hand and an un-lit lightsaber. I'm hoping the Anakin will have the same, but with a second hand with a lit Red lightsaber, I don't have much hope for two more accessories. This is Hasbro after all.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 18, 2005, 03:21 PM »
The lightsabers are molded to the hands?

Yep - the first Obi-Wan is that way, as is the deluxe quick-change Palpatine/Sidious figure.

I'm not even sure that any other figures are like this - it may be just unique to these three figures.

I just checked Mace Windu and Darth Vader (over in GH's image bank) and Darth Sidious (over at RS) and none of these three figures have the hands with lightsabers molded to them.


Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:22 PM »
Alright, clearly you guys missed what I'm saying.  Look at the saber in the package.  It's a black gloved hand and it's Anakin's hilt, not Vader's.  Just struck me as odd. 

It's amazing how the toys can spoil certain elements in the movie - there is a lightsaber coming that has the feature that you can change the blade color from blue to red AND the hilt is Anakin's.

Obviously this figure covers both action at the beginning of the movie and the end.

What is MORE disturbing to me is the LACK of a right hand w/o any lightsaber molded in it! So you're either going to have to have him sitting in his fighter with no right hand! Here's to hoping that the empty right hand IS in with that figure and you just can't see it in the package.  >:(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 18, 2005, 12:29 PM »
I agree that there is a chance that this could be the LAST playset ever put out by Hasbro. While I deep down had hoped that they would simply re-release the old Death Star and Ewok Village playsets, that hasn't happened.

Like with the Arena playset, I will be getting this just because I am a completist. With the Arena however, I didn't get a second one until it went on clearance. I might wait for the same thing to happen here for my opener one. I do want to get it simply because of the importance the planet Mustafar plays in the birth of Darth Vader as he is in the OT.

I guess in my mind, I was hoping for something more like the Theed Generator Complex playset from TPM - only a bit bigger - in other words, little areas where you could plug Anakin and Obi-Wan in and recreate sections of the Duel. I never imagined that they would actually try a "lava" feature - any attempt at a lava feature is a "damned if they do, damned if they don't" scenario:
1) If the lava is just painted and doesn't do anything, that might be viewed as lame
2) If the lava is like an "ooze" then parents will be hesitant simply for the "I don't want that crap getting into my rugs or furniture" factor
3) If it doesn't look good, collectors who only buy stuff based on looks will just pass

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 18, 2005, 12:20 PM »
Well - I'm going to respond to my own post based on what we've seen from Hasbro's site...

1) A good look at the ARC-170 and the Mustafar playset. I hope both are done well but both could end up *bleh* - for the ARC-170 if it's been scaled down so much that it only accomodates ONE pilot, I will be VERY disappointed. With the playset, if they make it so it can be added to later like the Droid Factory section of the Arena playset, then I'll be okay with it, but if it's flimsy and gimmicky like the Theed Hangar playset then I'll be disappointed.

The ARC-170 looks good - I haven't gotten as good of a look at it as I'd like, but I like the packaging AND I like the fact that it looks like it will accomodate at least two pilots - I don't see an Astromech in the ship that's hanging - but that could be a GOOD thing - it might mean the ship simply has a socket that will acctually ACCOMODATE an R2 unit!

The Mustafar playset is, as I feared, small, looks lame and some of those areas sticking off to the side of the volcano look a bit flimsy. I guess they're limited on what they can do and keep the price point under $50. I'm a tad bit concerned that the Obi-Wan and Anakin figures might be permanently attached to those large disks - they are displayed that way AND they are shown that way on the packaging. Something tells me that this playset only really covers the climax of the final fight - notice how on the packaging it looks like one of the lava-flows looks like a slide? I can see it now...

"Hey kids, re-inact Anakin's painful dip in a river of lava! Place your Anakin figure at the top of the Mustafar playset and watch him slide his way to his bionic future as the evil Darth Vader!"  ::)

2) At least ONE item we hadn't heard solid confirmation of yet: Whether that be the AT-TE or the Turbo Tank, I don't really care which of the two really - I'm just really hoping that Hasbro will deliver on one of these larger vehicles.

Well - unfortunately NEITHER of these vehicles is on display. UGH! Perhaps they are going to take a "Wait and See" approach to see how well the line sells.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:15 AM »
I prefer Target to WalMart simply for the same reasons that Matt stated above. Granted your shopping experience can vary depending on how helpful the Target employees are, but that is a wholely different matter - at least in Target, I know there is a CHANCE I might get some help - at WalMart, forget about it.

Did you all know this: At WalMart they have the same guns as the Target employees do, that they can use to scan the labels on the end of pegs and get info on whether or not they have any more of an item in stock in the back, in the overstock offsite warehouse or EVEN if they have more on the way and what the delivery date is?

I actually got the toys associate at the Toms River, NJ Walmart to help me right after the OTC figures started to hit - they had pegs, but no figures. So she was like "hold on" - went and got a gun from heck knows where, scanned the bar code and was like "We don't have any more, but we're getting them on this date" - I was shocked that they have the ability to help customers like this, but yet they don't.

Unless the pegs are full, I have NEVER had any trouble getting a Target employee to either re-fill them if they have more or check to see if they have more (if it's a store with an older price scanner) - to me, that alone makes the trip to Target a million times more satisfying.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 18, 2005, 11:07 AM »
What are the discs that the pack-in Anakin and Obi-Wan figures are on? Are they FIXED to those bases? If so I am even more disappointed in this playset. I had hope (for some silly reason) that this would be where they would pack in a superarticulated version of each character.

Sometimes, I don't even know why I bother...

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