This thread sure managed to fall way down the list...
So has anyone else here been collecting the DST figure line at all? I finally got to see my Series 1 stuff the other day and I have to say I had mixed feelings. Looking at the figures carded I was actually REALLY disappointed, to the point where I was considering dropping the line all together. The likeness on Six, Lee, and Anders really weren't that good. Lee is the best of the three I'd say but he isn't all that great. Hot Dog and Helo are by far the two best headsculpts of the wave IMO.
When I finally got around to opening the figures I felt a lot better about them. While carded they were posed in a way that made their legs look like they were sculpted with a really wide stance. As it turns out all the figures except the red dress Six have very nicely hidden ball-jointed legs. That really was a nice suprise. Articulation is actually one of the major pros this line has so far. Most figures have balljointed legs, shoulders, wrists, and heads, hinged knees and elbows with swivel biceps/thighs and a swivel waist and ankles. DST does reuse parts more than about any other company I've seen. The legs on Helo and Anders (and any subsequent figure that will be using those legs) are wider than I'd like them to be, even with the ball joints. The painting on all the figures seems to be consistent and for mass produced figures really is pretty good.
The figures leave something to be desired as far as the accessories go. Neither Six came with anything. They could have at least thrown in one of those cylon gadgets from '33', a briefcase for Caprica Six or something. Helo just came with his gun, which I guess when you consider he is in uniform makes sense. I have gotten use to DST's work on the Stargate lines where almost the entire bubble is packed with accessories, so seeing the BSG bubble so bare kind of sucks. I would have liked the pieces to build the draedus console or anthing else from the CIC, much like the Stargate line's bigger stuff. Lee and Hot Dog have a decent amount of goodies, they comes with sidearms, a helmet (it is very nice two piece design that fits snugly on the head), and two sets of hands one gloved, one bare. The peg on one of Hot Dog's hands already broke off inside his arm though so I'm going to have to find a way to get that out.
Anders comes with a machine gun and a sidearm. As I went to open this one i noticed one of his arms had already fallen off during shipping and was just floating around the package. Lucky they pop back on, but it still falls off every now and again.
I could have sworn I ordered exclusive Chief Tyrol from BBTS, but I haven't heard anything about him and when I checked their site again today he wasn't even listed anywhere. DST seems to be pretty bad with exclusives, hell 3 out of the 6 series 1 are exclusives somewhere. Luckily New Force seems to be able to get them all and they have them at a decent price. I was able to order a set of 6. They didn't have Chief Tyrol either and I looked around and couldn't find him anywhere. I looked on eBay and saw him from one US seller and two British sellers and that was it. He really looks like he will be a pain to track down.
So yeah, overall for the first series it wasn't too bad. I'll stick with the line for awhile. There definitely is room for improvement though. I'm excited for Series 2. Admiral Cain is looking like she will be just as difficult to track down as Tyrol though... I can't wait for Starbuck and am looking forward to seeing some real pictures of the cylon. Hopefully they will reveal some at ToyFair.