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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC V-Wing Starfighter
« on: February 16, 2007, 09:20 AM »
Definitely liking this.  And I can't believe it's going to be on shelves within a month or two.  But I have to wonder after reading the latest issue of Dark Horse's Dark Times if they'll do a repainted version in a grey/Imperial color scheme.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Big Lebowski toys!
« on: February 16, 2007, 03:03 AM »
The nihilists might make for cool figures.  Walter needs someone to beat on, after all.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: February 15, 2007, 04:26 PM »
I think that the cool thing to do might have been to space out all of the Clone Commanders.  Having 5 of them as convention exclusives makes things a little tough.  But then *IF* Gentle Giant offers them individually online after the conventions, as well as offering the box sets at the end of the year, then I can see them exercising some measure of due dilligence.

But they really seem to be going above and beyond with the exclusives this year.  Look at this:
MINI-BUSTS
-Chewbacca with gas mask
-Spirit of Yoda
-Spirit of Obi-Wan
-Coruscant Clone Trooper (AFX exclusive)
-Darth Malak (C4 exclusive)
-Commander Gree (C4 exclusive)
-Commander Cody (SDCC exclusive)
-Commander Neyo (Blister exclusive)
-Commander Bly (Forbidden Planet exclusive)
-Commander Bacara (TBD exclusive)

ANIMATED MAQUETTES
-Mace Windu (Star Wars Shop)
-R2-D2 with Yoda (World tour exclusive)

BUST UPS
-Han Solo & Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper armor

It seems to be bordering on out of control.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Big Lebowski toys!
« on: February 15, 2007, 12:43 PM »
I saw figures of The Dude and Walter this past weekend at Toy Fair.  Looking pretty cool, too.  I think Entertainment Earth is carrying them.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Kotobukiya!
« on: February 15, 2007, 11:30 AM »
Don't be so sure about that.  One little tidbit to come out of ToyFair is that Master Replicas is taking over US distribution of Kotobukiya products.  That may set more of a standard price, and those prices may tend to skew higher as MR's product runs a little more expensive.  When Dark Horse/Diamond were handling distribution you were very likely to get competitive pricing.  Now, I'm not so sure.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour
« on: February 14, 2007, 09:51 PM »
Interesting.  I saw Page & Plant tour behind their Unledded project.  That was pretty solid, and the drummer they had was great.  Still, they had a much larger touring band than Led Zeppelin during their heyday, and Page really didn't handle much of the guitar soloing.  It was a good show, but it probably didn't compare to Led Zeppelin live in 1973.

Years later I saw John Paul Jones with his own band opening for King Crimson.  They brought down the house!  Jonesy played some obiligatory Zep tunes, and he actually sang, too.  He did a really cool version of "That's the way".  He ended up with this monstrous instrumental version of "When the levee breaks", and let me tell you, Crimson had a hard time following them too, and those guys are no slouches.

It's definitely intriguing to think of what a reunited Zeppelin would be like.  But then I think of what a powerhouse drummer John Bonham was, and it would be difficult for anyone to follow him.  As for his son?  I saw him in that show on VH1 with Ted Nugent.  The guy is in his mid 30's and he looks like a wreck!

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It seems that Casefresh in Australia got some cases of the last wave of production Titanium.  Among them are Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker and the Cylon.  They're out there, but very limited.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 2007 Star Wars Comic Packs
« on: February 14, 2007, 11:58 AM »
I'll bet there must have been a display real estate issue, too much crap to show. :P

It certainly seems that way.  People were on top of each other trying to photograph everything on display.  Among the things that were MIA at the Hasbro booth?  Comic 2-packs, battle packs (general release or exclusive), 3" Titanium vehicles.  And most of the things that were shown were already known or photos had leaked already.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: TRU exclusive Bantha & Rancor?
« on: February 13, 2007, 10:59 PM »
I was always under the impression that those bags were filled with water.  But dead former slaves?  That would smell worse than the banthas.  ::)

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC pegwarmers
« on: February 13, 2007, 10:40 PM »
What stores?

Canadian stores....Nothing you should be worried about for the time being  :)

Give it 3-4 weeks.  Then let the whining about pegwarmers begin!  :P

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Wave - Force Unleashed
« on: February 12, 2007, 08:51 PM »
Okay, now I understand a bit more about the origin of the Unleashed name as it is applied here. FU is EU, essentially, which is A-OK. 

Well, that's positively innuendo-laden!  The word unleashed as it applies to the game is really one of the only appropriate words I can find to describe what you see in the game, and I tend to be a wordy bastard. ;D  Check out the game demo and you start to get a feel for what we're in store for.  Because the Force is in play in ways that we've never seen before in this game.  The force powers that we saw in the prequels do not compare with the force powers you'll see in the demo.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Sith Infiltrator
« on: February 12, 2007, 08:33 PM »
For a ship that is on screen for a grand total of 10 seconds, the SI doesn't DESERVE a larger vehicle.

In a world where sometimes we have to make compromises, I agree.  The Sith Infiltrator is shown in a total of what, two scenes, and only one of those is in flight.  That flight scene is a transitional scene with no dialogue and no ship to ship combat.  Had the Sith Infiltrator been involved in some kind of direct pursuit scene of the Queen's starship, or combat with the Naboo starfighters it probably would have been manufactured back in 1999 or 2000.  There had been rumors that one had been designed and shelved for years, and looking at it's role in The Phantom Menace objectively you can see that the ship isn't really inherently important to the story.

Then getting into the business aspect of things, the costs of producing a larger vehicle go up.  Especially if there's no previous tool available for the ship.  And then, how to make it profitable?  Well, consider the fact that there is probably no room in WalMart's planogram for a vehicle like this that *might* sell for $39.99 in a less scaled down form.  A version of the Infiltrator at that price point would still be scaled down, but might satisfy more collectors.  But since it's a non-movie year and WalMart is Hasbro's biggest account, WalMart wins that argument. The largest vehicle that they're likely to accept that is not an exclusive is in the Assault Vehicle line and that retails for $19.99 - $24.99.

So can I live with this particular compromise?  Sure.  Because we're not likely to see a project come along from Lucasfilm where Darth Maul plays a prominant part as does his Sith Infiltrator.  We're not likely to see Hasbro say we made a mistake and it's way off scale, let's make it right.  And having seen it in person now, I think it looks alright.  The paint apps look dead-on.  The landing gear looked right.  It doesn't look outwardly deformed by being scaled down.  And having loved the vehicle line as I have since 1978, I'll be adding this one to my collection along with all of my out of scale X-Wing's, TIE Fighters, Falcons, Republic Gunships, ARC-170's, Y-Wings and Snowspeeders.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2007: A New Hope
« on: February 12, 2007, 04:05 PM »
Here's my ANH list...


TATOOINE
Uncle Owen Lars (resculpt)
Wioslea
WED-15 Droid


TANTIVE IV
U-3PO


CANTINA
Bom Vimdim
Dice Ibegon


DEATH STAR
Death Star Docking Trench Stormtrooper
Han Solo in Stormtrooper armor (movie paint apps)


REBEL PILOTS
Garven Dreis - Red Leader (done like Dutch Vander)
Gold 5 - Pops

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Rogue One / The Playset Thread
« on: February 12, 2007, 03:30 PM »
I saw the diorama pieces that Gentle Giant was showing as part of their Bust Ups line.  Morgbug's comparison photo was pretty dead on in terms of the size of these pieces.  They're quite similar to the Tomy mini-dioramas of a couple of years ago, and those aren't all that fantastic.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Wave - Force Unleashed
« on: February 12, 2007, 03:26 PM »
Steve Sansweet previewed the game itself at Comic Con.  He said that in the game you would get to see the Force unleashed.  I guess that the name was floating around at that time, and since then there had been postings on video game sites calling this title The Force Unleashed.  One site even had what looked like preliminary cover art.

Also, based on talking with Darryl DePriest from Hasbro, he said that the list that got published a few weeks back was legit.  It had actually come from Hasbro's French division.  With that in mind it seems pretty clear that since this wave was listed under Basic Figures, we can safely assume that they're going to be part of the Basic Figure line.  As for packaging?  I think these might be on a card with graphics similar to what was hanging over the figures at Toy Fair.

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