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I do not recall now how he looks in the BB.  Or at the end of tcw.  That’s a pretty solid point on the binocs though they didn’t bother me a lot.  I probably have another helmet somewhere or the other Rex I can swap buckets or something.

The cloth poncho thing was a highlight.  Details and stuff.  Reminds me of a cutscene from a game of Mon Mothma meeting a defector with armed guards in similar robes, all cloak and daggery. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Razor Crest
« on: February 22, 2022, 04:26 AM »
Still haven’t even opened mine.  I’m drained.  I got a giant box of **** from bbts and it was all I could do to open that even.  I have way too much garbage on top of work to enjoy any of this stuff and feel burned out. 

My set came in today and my opinion hasn’t really changed on it.  The set is a nice exclusive set of unique clones.  The Rex is pretty fantastic in general and I’d love to have a phase I Rex now more than ever, and a Rebels Rex.  The Rex replacement 501st commander has a cool headsculpt, and the commander who I believe gets arrested helping the Syndullas are pretty cool additions.  The elite clone is cool too and the deco is a weirdly spot on finish to the animation.  I really like how he turned out but it makes you want a squad of him too.

All the helmets are……. Snug haha.  But they’re nice and sturdy helmets, and imo the overall clone sculpt holds up well still.  I do wish we’d see clone wars cartoon troopers/commanders updated in TVC more now though.  Cody Phase I and II are my primary wants given how nicely done clone commanders are now.  Bly would be up there too.

But yeah, def want the bad batch and Omega at this point.  I enjoyed that show and storyline a lot more than I thought I would.

No argument with Jeff there, they really should’ve named this something else because Bad Batch it isn’t.

How about just "Bad"

I like the set honestly cuz the clones were, sorta important I guess.  I like the Rex a lot, and the clone that wound up getting arrested is cool… but it’s just random clones and not really what the name implied I guess haha.  Not that I feel misled or anything, it just isn’t correct haha.

No argument with Jeff there, they really should’ve named this something else because Bad Batch it isn’t.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Nevarro Cantina Playset
« on: February 18, 2022, 05:45 PM »
Thanks Rob.  I feel like the Carboite chamber is under appreciated by playset fans for delivering a complete scene (if you buy 2 of course), while this goes hard the other direction.  It delivers little at all for this particular scene and does it in what feels like a half assed way.  I’m kinda let down because I’d hoped for better.  Hasbro’s use of cheaper materials for the playsets is detracting too.  It makes me appreciate the Bespin one even more honestly.  A lot more HIPS plastic there.

The bar piece works for me, the accessories, not much else.  Def a wait for clearance item if you wanted more.  I’m pondering how I can combine pieces to make it double sided. 😕

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Nevarro Cantina Playset
« on: February 17, 2022, 11:29 PM »
I got these today…

Gotta say the Navarro Cantina is disappointing to me.  The execution feels lackluster.  Everything about it feels sort of cheap, really.  From the plastic, to the exterior being hollow and undetailed, the cardboard pieces in place of plastic and functional bits… the Tantive IV was much more “significant” in execution than this turned out.  This feels like they really half assed a lot of it.

The highlight is probably the piece of bar and the accessories.  They’re ok but not without flaw… the bottles are molded in single clusters of 3 to save a dime rather than individual ones.  You get a couple glasses and stools.  They look nice together and the stools are nice too, I guess.  That’s little “wow” though.

The way the whole thing is designed it isn’t very conducive to expanding the set to make something more grand, visually speaking, though you can do some expanding, it again falls short of the Tantive IV in that regard.

The pack-in is ok.  I think I’d have liked the flame trooper better though, had they included him with a new flame effect being “pushed back” on him or something, as occurred in the show.  The Death Trooper is ok but nothing we don’t all have plenty of, and getting an obscure pack-in from the show wasn’t ever likely.

In general I’ve enjoyed the sets we got and paid full price for (at least) one… this is one I’d wait it out on though.  It just doesn’t feel worth the $ right now.  Not this time anyway.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Nevarro Cantina Playset
« on: February 17, 2022, 01:23 AM »
Same here.  Oof.  When it rains it pours.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Razor Crest
« on: February 17, 2022, 01:20 AM »
Still haven’t opened mine.  I’m too tired when I get home and settled.  All I wanna do is eat and watch TV till I pass out right now.  Toys are fun for sure but I’m just run down right now.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2022 TVC Wave 5 (New TVC Wave 26)
« on: February 16, 2022, 01:56 AM »
All bad batch!  You’re all welcome.

Got mine… irked on Axe but got him.  None lasted long at all though even with the limits.  Other exclusives with other stores seemingly were available a lot longer but not these three.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Razor Crest
« on: February 16, 2022, 01:52 AM »
I got mine Monday, but as someone noted, I have to enjoy it being a stand to put a car’s gas tank on that I’m fixing… long story.  So I haven’t even opened it. Can’t have nice things. 🤦‍♂️

Nice review Ryan....we still need Jesse to weigh in on this one.

I love these army builder sets and consider them fine additions.  Superior I’d dare say to the carded figure really.  Makes it all the more meh that they didn’t at least give the Rogue One Trooper a new hair color for variety’s sake.

Now it’s like the rebels like to recruit at the retirement home.

With my sets generally I felt the paint apps were good but I think mine have some paint straying as well (like Ryan’s sets).  Such is collecting though.  I see it often these days.

Obviously the sculpt is pretty amazing… miles ahead of the potj figure.  To get some extra ethnicities now too is nice, and something I’d love seeing with the Endor and Hoth rebels and also the echo base trooper.  I’d kinda like pretty significantly new Endor Rebels though, in general.  And I’d dig seeing some Imperial Mud Troopers in a pack using some of these new parts and them to have some multiple ethnicities.

I would never turn my nose up at a new sculpt like Ryan mentioned, but honestly I don’t think we’d ever get that and I don’t think it’s necessary… but I’d totally buy a bunch, haha.  A little modding I can get these to kneel better for hallway defense posing an’nat.  The holster thing, whatcha gonna do?  Well the Echo Base Rebel you can steal his holster and belt and pop it onto the RFT.  It’s an acceptable substitute.  But it’s not accurate, no. 

I like the idea of helmet variants but I have so many of the honor guards I’ll just use those.  The white helmets that seem to lack a visor are weird but doable with some paint remover.  I’ve modded some of the antennas with real metal antenna and it looks nice I think. 

The Antilles is a mixed bag to me.  Overall I love it and feel it has a rogue one variety look to it.  It’s a superior action figure to the 03 figure, but it’s not accurate sculpt-wise to that figure, so that’s noteworthy.  I prefer the new one’s head though, to the weird Sixth Sense kid looking 03 figure’s face that wasn’t bad at the time, but I’d off now to me.  That said, I’d still buy that figure cheap and just articulate his knees haha.  He works still.  Can’t have enough Rebel variety.

I wish we’d get a Gareth Edwards variant that maybe had the Death Star plans as an accessory, someday.  I’d also never turn my nose up at a new (or new legs anyway) Antilles for a carded figure of a dude I wish had an individual card.

I have 6-7 of the new packs and I’d had a pile of the new figure to begin with, so it’s just nice having an expanded army.  It’s nice too that this sculpt has so many other “army builder” type figures that head swap easily to it.  Im assuming it was all on accident since they don’t standardize neckball size in this line like other lines do.

Now bring on the shore troopers and a billion other packs of army building goodness! 

59 exclusives.  Why does Hasbro hate us so much????

Yup.  Same feels.

That said, they’re awesome looking and I want Miggs in his underworld and prison outfits too.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2022 TVC Wave 5 (New TVC Wave 26)
« on: February 15, 2022, 01:41 AM »
I’d buy sweater Mon Calamari.  I hope he comes with some flan.

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