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Rogue One / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 5, 2017, 01:48 PM »
The Jedha Revolt 4-pack has been marked down to clearance price, and is now $12.99.  I ordered another for the Hovertank Driver, and I might try to make a custom Benthic Two-Tubes out of Edrio.

Thanks for the heads up on this...I had been on the fence about how much I "needed" this set, but at that price I couldn't resist!

Now to get busy building the Sears-style cardboard backdrop that should have been included with this in the first place...

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So the other day I was looking around the web for some Star Wars music to listen to and stumbled across a band calling themselves "Galactic Empire" with an album's worth of cuts from various Star Wars soundtracks, all played in the style of a classic '80s heavy metal band. It was a really fun listen, and I wound up buying the album off Amazon to support the endeavor.

Standouts are the Imperial March and the Cantina Band. They hit the main prequel themes, too, but give deeper due to the OT stuff--I was surprised to find The Asteroid Belt cue on there, but it works great. No Disney-era stuff.

If you like the old metal (I am pretty sure a lot of us here do.) and appreciate the soundtracks, I suggest you give them a listen.

Any one else hear about these guys?

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 4
« on: February 4, 2017, 09:11 PM »
Yay, Bistan finally. Though the paint on that one doesn't seem so great. Hopefully the production version is better.

How do you still have this unscathed optimism?  ;D Production paint better than the photography sample?? Seriously???

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 29, 2016, 09:20 PM »
And speaking of Spaceballs, I find it oddly satisfying that the "Shield Gate" subplot had already been spoofed thirty years in advance...

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: December 27, 2016, 04:25 PM »
Anybody know what the thick silver "pen like" things are that nearly all the characters have in pockets either in the front of their shirts or in pockets in the upper arms?

Code cylinders.

They even have their own Wookieepedia page!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 19, 2016, 03:14 PM »
As soon as we hit the singularity, AI will figure out all the solutions in a matter of hours.   ;D

As soon as we hit the singularity, we'll be able to upload our minds into space-exploring robots and leave the meatbags behind...

...which makes the possibility of finding and colonizing an Earth-like planet out there kind of moot.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 16, 2016, 06:22 PM »
If five different companies can do 6" figures I don't see why another company can't step up and make properly scaled "SW vehicle collectibles" that are actually representative of the onscreen source material.

Hasbro can keep making their ****** under scaled Nerf toys, and we collectors can get stuff like The Ghost and Kylo Ren's shuttle that actually go with the figures we buy. WIN WIN!

I'm just spitballing here, I know all the factors that would combine to make this highly improbable. But I would be more than happy to shell out $100 or more for a quality Ghost, even if I had to have it shipped from Japan.

I don't like being Mr. Wet Blanket, but I don't think $100 would even get you the Galactic Heroes version of the Ghost if it was coming from a smaller company doing a more limited run. If you were looking at a figure-sized Ghost with some kind of playset-like features on the inside to interact with figures and the existing Phantom, near the size of the TFA Falcon, I feel like a far more realistic price would be somewhere more in the ballpark of $600-$800.

As for the U-Wing, I like it and am tempted to get this toy. The TFA TIEs, X-Wings, and Speeders had no pull on me at all, so this is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned.


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Exciting news! I'm even (especially?) intrigued about the box, given how Pawlus has pushed in the past for diorama-style packaging.

If the "previously released" character is an update of the Lars Family Power Droid, I'll eat my hat!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 12, 2016, 03:11 PM »
Didn't have time to post these in here yesterday, and yes I know they are not technically ReAction, but I saw that Super7 has another wave of He-Man figures coming to SDCC!

http://super7hq.com/news/motu-375-action-figures-wave-2-at-sdcc-2016



I want to like this line...I really want to get into this line...

I was holding out to see what Wave 2 looked like before I decided on Wave 1. I'm slipping more to the "no" side now. Something here just seems...off. I don't know what it is.

And why Sorceress in Wave 2 and not Teela? I'm disappointed. I should be all over a 3 3/4" MOTU line. I wish I was.  :-\

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: July 6, 2016, 12:02 PM »
Has anyone seen a teaser poster for this, or know if there is going to be one?

Pretty bland stuff...


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Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 23, 2016, 07:47 AM »
What were those grey action figure displays that were stackable and space themed. IIRC, they had swappable foot pegs. Can't remember the name of them.

Those were the Ultarama...



I had some of those back in 2000! They weren't expensive, but  they were extremely generic. Still, I was glad to have something figure-specific in the days before I was brave enough to build my own...

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Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:29 PM »
I know there have been a few marginal attempts at this over the years, but as I recall the price points were crazy high (someone refresh my memory on the company and price point - I think they were $100+ and not modular - sort of like nice reproductions of some of the classic mail away displays).

There were Action Figure Display Dioramas made by a company called Pride displays back in 2006...



They were officially licensed and sold for $60. They made 3000 in their initial run and couldn't sell through.

They didn't market them well IMHO. Clearly these were designed to hold the two waves of vintage ANH figures, but they didn't want to spell that out and alienate modern figure collectors. People poo-pooed them (myself included at the time) as too retro and too pricey for being "just a stand."

The company went out of business before they could release designs intended for ESB and ROTJ vintage lines...



...as well as planning to finally throw modern collectors a genuine bone with a ROTS themed display...



Definitely not playsets. Nor marketed as such.

Definitely a failure, business-wise. And the last thing tried in the Star Wars realm that was a display or a playset.

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Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:24 PM »
While I loved the playsets that came out with Vintage (the Death Star was one of my favorite toys as a kid), I honestly wonder how seomething like that would be received today.

Today a Death Star playset would look a lot like this:



...and collectors would love loathe it.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:17 PM »
As a loose figure collector, I have bought several figures from Tunghori in the past and had only one minor issue with quality--a glob of paint on a figure's face that kind of looked like a large mole. (I performed a minor Xacto surgery and solved the problem.)

Without the benefit of side-by-side comparison to "acceptable" figures as you say, I have not had an issue with any of the others.

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Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 19, 2016, 05:53 PM »
Sincerely, I jumped the gun there. Twelfth parsec did do that to a close friend of mine, so it chaps my hide to see them promoted.

No worries.  ;D

If that's true then my esteem for their work has dropped considerably. This hobby is hollow without its ability to build ties between fellow collectors.

Karma will get them theirs.  >:D

Back on topic, I believe a lot of what Nicklab wrote is true, but I don't think Hasbro feels they had too many "misses" with the last Force Friday offerings. I expect more of the same from them this time out.

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