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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2008, 03:50 PM »
I'm glad this was my least favorite part of the comic... this is a mega-morphing pass for me. Also, what is with all the hatred for the Crimson Empire series? I really liked both stories, but that might have more to to with getting both Graphic Novels for $3 each.

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2008, 04:05 PM »
What the **** kind of stupid **** is this? Maybe I'll buy it if it comes with some new Megazords. And a Green Ranger. Or a White Ranger. Or Alpha-5. Hell, why not just throw in a TP roll, paint Palpatine's face on it and pretend it's Zordon?

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2008, 04:48 PM »
Where's the Shadow ninja???
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2008, 04:48 PM »
Wow, those are shockingly dumb.

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2008, 05:03 PM »
I'm actually in the minority here I guess as pretty much digging this one.  What's not to like about Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax in their ninja training gear?

I actually passed on the Republic Commando set and the Death Star Briefing set, so I'm due anyhow.

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2008, 05:23 PM »
I wish there was a green ranger
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2008, 05:24 PM »
I just noticed the Yellow Ranger Ninja has a Pokeball on its head. Star Wars/Power Rangers/Pokemon triple crossover?

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #22 on: July 14, 2008, 05:45 PM »
If my eyes are not mistaken the legs appear to be the same mold as the TAC Training Fatigue Clone Trooper. They have the same stupid stance too. Anyone else agree?

Yup.  I had the same reaction when I saw them this morning, and tried to squint and make a comparison, and it seems this is the case.  However, it looks like-- and maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me here-- that there are at least 2 unique torso sculpts, and possibly the arms are different as well?

(And where's the green dude?  Wookieepedia has one more named guy, they couldn't squeeze in greenie and dump the Emperor or something?)

I have to say this is a very easy pass and a very odd choice given that Crimson Empire is not that popular. (Maybe in the late 90's since there was not that much SW to go around)

Which is why it's "popular" in the sense that it has any level of awareness.  I won't say that it's great, but popular?  Yes, absolutely.  It's right up there with Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire, Shadows of the Empire (hey, there's a pattern here.)  Most Star Wars comic series just faded away into nothingness, yet fans kept talking this one up for quite some time.  As someone who picks up and reads all of these things since Dark Empire, I can say that a lot of them are extremely forgettable.  (Or at least, I forgot them.) Not so much Crimson Empire.

This one clicked.  OK, so you're not a fan, and I personally didn't much care for the human faces in the interior art, but it did introduce a bunch of neat looking characters and it seemed everybody and their brother made a custom Kir Kanos and/or Carnor Jax from when the series debuted until the release of the actual figures at the end of 2007.  For a miniseries that was "not that popular," it's probably one of the most widely known (and I assume widely read) series that Dark Horse put out.

This set is hardly essential, but as concept box sets go it's a pretty solid idea.   As comic series with any level of fan awareness go, Crimson Empire's near the top of a very short list.  The series was OK, but it really benefitted from gorgeous covers and amazing, memorable imagery.  You can blame these figures (and the three others so far from the series) on Dave Dorman's insane level of talent and the fallout from a few paintings he did like ten years ago.

Anyway, go go power rangers and such.  I hope they sneak in a cardboard Squall for them to fight on or something.
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #23 on: July 14, 2008, 07:11 PM »
I think I may pull a wait and sale thing on these...  The previews sets have all been available cheaper in the last year so I may wait on these since I'm not digging them but wouldn't mind having the set.  Full price though, I think I'm out on that one...  Sorta wishing I'd waited on other sets like the Commandoes as they went for cheaper and ultimately I was disappointed with the articulation level of the figures...  They're not a bad deal at the price they're at though, but this set really just doesn't interest me like the Imp. Officers and Commandoes did as far as the character selection, so yeah, a sale may help me make the purchase...

At least if it eases up the shipping cost, I may be more pleased with the buy.
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2008, 07:31 PM »
Looking at the way Adam is defending these makes me think these are the mystery EE box set.  ;)

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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2008, 08:13 PM »
Looking at the way Adam is defending these makes me think these are the mystery EE box set.  ;)


I thought this may have been the EE set, but none of these match up to any of the shadows in the pic (one should match per adam saying one fig in the pic was the real shadow.)

I kind of dig them, at least it something new somewhat.
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« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2008, 08:41 PM »
WOW.

New low! :D
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2008, 08:46 PM »
I thought this may have been the EE set, but none of these match up to any of the shadows in the pic (one should match per adam saying one fig in the pic was the real shadow.)

I kind of dig them, at least it something new somewhat.
still want a pink power ranger though

It doesn't really match the EE description of being an exclusive that "includes 6 unique action figures and accessories" either - maybe 4, and that would be pushing it.
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2008, 09:58 PM »
I remember this particular bit from CRIMSON EMPIRE.  Can't say that I really care for the figures though.
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Re: Crimson Empire Crucible Exclusive Set
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2008, 10:10 PM »
If my eyes are not mistaken the legs appear to be the same mold as the TAC Training Fatigue Clone Trooper. They have the same stupid stance too. Anyone else agree?
Yup.  I had the same reaction when I saw them this morning, and tried to squint and make a comparison, and it seems this is the case.  However, it looks like-- and maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me here-- that there are at least 2 unique torso sculpts, and possibly the arms are different as well?

Based on the photo provided the only thing that appears to be different to me is the heads underneath the helmets. While there does appear to be a slight crease difference on the torsos I cannot see Hasbro tooling 2 different torsos for this set, it's too minor of a difference. I think it might be the lightning playing tricks on both of us. You may be right, it's really hard to tell. No mistaking the legs though.......

I have to say this is a very easy pass and a very odd choice given that Crimson Empire is not that popular. (Maybe in the late 90's since there was not that much SW to go around)

Which is why it's "popular" in the sense that it has any level of awareness.  I won't say that it's great, but popular?  Yes, absolutely.  It's right up there with Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire, Shadows of the Empire (hey, there's a pattern here.)  Most Star Wars comic series just faded away into nothingness, yet fans kept talking this one up for quite some time.  As someone who picks up and reads all of these things since Dark Empire, I can say that a lot of them are extremely forgettable.  (Or at least, I forgot them.) Not so much Crimson Empire.

This one clicked.  OK, so you're not a fan, and I personally didn't much care for the human faces in the interior art, but it did introduce a bunch of neat looking characters and it seemed everybody and their brother made a custom Kir Kanos and/or Carnor Jax from when the series debuted until the release of the actual figures at the end of 2007.  For a miniseries that was "not that popular," it's probably one of the most widely known (and I assume widely read) series that Dark Horse put out.

This set is hardly essential, but as concept box sets go it's a pretty solid idea.   As comic series with any level of fan awareness go, Crimson Empire's near the top of a very short list.  The series was OK, but it really benefitted from gorgeous covers and amazing, memorable imagery.  You can blame these figures (and the three others so far from the series) on Dave Dorman's insane level of talent and the fallout from a few paintings he did like ten years ago.

Anyway, go go power rangers and such.  I hope they sneak in a cardboard Squall for them to fight on or something.

I have to respectfully disagree with this being a solid concept box set. I am not just saying that for the sake of disagreeing either.  To me, a collector focused exclusive set that includes two repacks of very common characters that collectors have had enough of (sans a kick ass ROTJ Emperor) strikes me as two bad choices right off the bat. I would understand the choices if this was going to be a mass retail set, but it's not. Combine those two repacks with four very obscure non-troop & non-saber wielding colorful power ranger-esk ninja characters makes the BF II sets look irresistible. Most E-Tailers could not even sell out of the Briefing room and that was a good boxed set. I understand Hasbro's repaints & repacks necessity in certain sets but this one makes no sense to me at all. Looking at fan reaction across the major SW websites, this is one set that has not been well received so far. I have supported every internet boxed set (including the very atrocious BF II sets which I only kept 3 figures from the two sets: Gonk, Jet trooper & Engineer) I have no desire to see any fail, I want Hasbro to continue making them. I just do not see this as a good choice for a set, I want to support this one but just can't.  On a more positive note, I am really looking forward to your EE set, I already have 2 sets on pre-order. I know you wont let us down, every set you have made thus far has rocked. (Please no B-Wing dudes.....Please no B-Wing dudes.........)

I do agree that Crimson Empire is a well known DH comic (to the 27+ crowd). Kir Kanos was really the only requested figure from that comic, Canor Jax did get some fan love too. Outside of that I have not read or heard one request for any other characters from Crimson Empire series since their comic pack was made 2 years ago. If there is requests please share, I am open to being wrong on that one. The hardcore guys got the one figure they wanted - Kir Kanos, and they were given some icing with Canor Jax. Comics like HTTE, SOTE and DE are still populating fans top 10 wants lists to this day.

Outside of that Crimson Empire falls into the realm of the Boba Fett comics. Forgettable except for the main character.
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