Some random thoughts...
First, again apologies from the staff but unforseen circumstances, and ones out of the site's control of course, just killed our coverage of the event. It's a shame because our man in the field we've sent in the past has always delivered some of the best coverage of the event, but as they say... stuff happens. I'm enjoying reading around the net about everything though, checking out all the sites for their coverage...
... I'm actually ok with the Sandperson Bill, but only because there's so many sculpted ones that I'm wanting something "new", and also I think by the pictures it's clear that Hasbro can't hire someone to pose that stuff for ****. They can't seem to get anyone to really make that stuff look pretty... I mean, look at the Floppy Hat Luke's hat. Terribly stupid, but that's them.
The Han looks fantastic but the shirt looks different at the collar than those early photos appeared, doesn't it? The Luke needed posed better to really look better but it looks great. Those are ball/socket elbows by the way, or else my eyes are just so starved for ball/socket joints that I'm missing something here.
The Scout Trooper is insane looking. Perfection short of MAYBE having ball/socket hips so he mounts a speederbike properly. Greedo, I like. And his vest looks better than I thought PLUS it contours around the holster a lot better than a plastic vest would while not warping the pistol's handle.
The Lucas Stormtrooper is just really silly... It's a novelty, nothing more, so I could care less. I'm surprised it isn't silver.
Overall I love VOTC and I must have multiples of the whole wave but definitely many multiples of that Scout. I gotta get 20 of that figure at least. Just fantastic.
-Basic Figures Overall
... What an F'n Yawn-fest there... Not a lot to look at, not a lot to really get giddy over that even is there, so I guess I'm just a tad let down. I liked a number of the items, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing I"m doing backflips over is all...
... he looks great, he looks better than Veers, but again it's a figure lacking knee articulation and a removable hat. The only ways to make an Imperial Officer better at this point. I will dig adding him to the wall of the choked, but he really doesn't stand out as exciting.
... I love him. He has the standard perfect Ewok format... If I had a complaint it's his weight seems to be a bit undersculpted. I recall Chirpa as looking like some Samoan Chief on his throne, all chubby and stuff. the figure looks pretty good though, has the wrist joints, all the other standards, a REALLY crisp sculpt. I like it a lot basically, and since I'm Ewok starved I'm happy to nab one.
... I'm ok with the re-used sculpt but the legs look really nice. Hinge joints work for me since, as Bill Cosby noted, 3PO doesn't have really the same range of motion as a human knee in the films. He can sit, and they did it just as I always envisioned them doing it but they always claimed they couldn't... Amazing they just now caught up with the imagination of customizers.
-Death Star Gunner
... Love it. Looks like ball/socket knees there, and articulation like the AT-AT Driver resculpt basically. The extra armor plate is awesome, a holster with blaster is great... Removable armor is good for armybuilders too because, especially in ROTJ, they're seen running around without the blast armor. It also looks to me like it won't be a problem blending in with the POTF2 figure. I love that, and will gladly buy a TON of this figure if I can find it. I want 20 if possible, maybe more.
... I'm still bummed no knee articulation on him but I love the figure overall. True to the EU body design. I just can't stand that the 04/05 Cantina Wave got knee articulation but now like Hem isn't and things... Blah.
... I love him but, again, the knee joints would've been nice. I'm anxious to see his little communicator accessory and if it clips to his belt ala Leia's Thermal Detonator... I wonder what he looks like under the hood and if his goggles come off (almost looks like they do). I like him better than the Hem figure sans the knees since Hem's sitting ability in the Cantina would've been nice, but either way I'm liking this figure better right now.
... Pretty nice looking, and like I've said before I really like that my other Hammerheads will look cool along with him. They'll display well together I think. Always good when you don't necessarilly HAVE to retire a figure ya know?
... I still like him. It's a cheap way to get a new figure, I'm ok with it because I don't really think we'd have ever gotten an EU Jedi otherwise. I hope now though for Roron Corobb to fill out the 3-Jedi team that protect Palpatine.
... Cool... Dull, but cool and I really wish I could get a lot of those panels to do a whole set-up with droids now, but it's cool irregardless.
... Great figure overall. Nice articulation, nice equipment, a sharp as hell sculpt. Count me in for a team of these guys just because.
... With this headache shipping to stores now it's funny seeing him at Toy Fair but he looks great. Super ARticulation, you can't complain, and a rocking paintjob.
... So is he super articulated? I see ball/socket elbows... I can live without ankle joints, I've always said that, so if they're not there fine, but the ball/socket elbow joints appear to be the reality here. Sculpt is AMAZING looking, but paint aps matching up to the damage seem like maybe they should have worked a little harder on, but overall it looks good. Removable helmet too is great and I can't wait to see the customs of him with that little mini Obi-Wan Holo on his forearm like a little Palpatine giving him Order 66.
If Cody's SA (or damn close) then I'm a happy camper, and I think he is more now than ever, so yay.
... I love the box from the garage with the gear... This is a figure you kinda don't mind buying again (it seems like its all old parts to me anyway) just to get all the new equipment he comes with. If more figures came with new accessories like that I'd probably buy more repacks.
... Great. Finally... Thanks.
... I'd be remiss if I said I am ok with this over the Evolutions Sandtrooper. Hasbro has a better sculpt, use the goddam thing. It looks ok though, I'll buy a couple, but Hasbro can do better I think with this since the sculpts are there. It'll be nice having a grunt is the real positive. So far the only one was in the 4-pack so a black pauldron trooper in a neutral pose is good to have anyway.
... Looks cool but now I want the R-series droid as a basic figure.
Now this is where it all ends. Am I the only guy that is just sorta not impressed with Toy Fair's display? None of that was a big surprise, and honestly most of it we'd seen already in one capacity or another. Just that handful of figures were new but expected... I figured we'd see some of these other waves that I would think are on their way to stores before too long too...
Most of that stuff we'd already seen though, so how can one get really amped about any of it? I was more glad to get GOOD photos of a couple of those figures like Cody to determine articulation... So overall I didn't miss much since I wasn't at a computer all weekend. I don't feel so bad that I wasn't around here.