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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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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: February 11, 2007, 05:21 PM »
It said there with still be waist-ups along with the full figures. My impression is that the ones that will be full figures will be 'short' characters they wouldn't make otherwise, like the Ewoks they mentioned.

You would be correct.  The environment elements that are part of the Bust Ups line are pretty small.  The figures in those scenes are roughly the same size as the Bust Ups, and are NOT in scale with them.  A comparable piece to give you an idea of the size of these Gentle Giant Bust Ups "scenes" are the Tomy mini-dioramas.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: February 10, 2007, 01:05 AM »
Tonight it's Breckenridge Brewery's Avalanche amber style ale.  Very nice, and nicer still that someone felt the need to send it to me from 2,000 miles away for Christmas.  :o

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At first I thought that this auction was ludicrous, and just another example of collector greed gone mad.  But then I got pleasantly surprised when I saw that 95% of the proceeds of the sale will be going to CHARITY.  I know that some of us may snicker and giggle at members of the 501st in some situations, but I know that a lot of what they do revolves around charity work.  And seeing them auction this figure off for charity is just tremendous.  Especially considering what someone was willing to pay.  Hope the check doesn't bounce, Phil.  ;D

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Toy Reviews / Re: Not a review, just some 30AC/TAC pics.
« on: February 10, 2007, 12:48 AM »
Cool pics Brent!  The Galactic Marine looks pretty good, and the comparison shot is nice to see.  The thing that I'm liking is the bio pamphlet.  Is there anything on the other side of that?

Oh, and I've got a comparison shot posted for the Saga Gold McQuarrie Stormtrooper and the 30AC version HERE.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: February 10, 2007, 12:37 AM »
I kind of like this.  I felt like there were far too few Sith in our Gentle Giant collections to begin with.  Well, at least since Gentle Giant kind of hit a wall there since they've already made all of the movie based Sith in mini-bust form.  I think this is better than them revisiting Darth Vader again, or making a decrepit ROTJ Emporer.

Plus I think that the character choices are starting to get somewhat limited for Gentle Giant.  They've made a mini-bust of pretty much every major character in the Saga so far, barring Jabba the Hutt and some others.  Do we want them to revisit ANH farmboy Luke?  Or try TESB Han Solo?  Personally I find choices like that boring.  I think the only revision type piece that I might find interesting would be a force spirit of Obi-Wan, and I just don't know that Gentle Giant can make the materials work for a bust like that.

I also think that GG might have gone with a character like this so that people wouldn't be upset about missing out on a major character by virtue of it being an exclusive.  You've got to want this piece if you're going to want to get it.  So making a video game character might not be a bad idea in the grand scheme of things.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Wave 1 - Revenge of the Sith
« on: February 7, 2007, 11:12 PM »
How is this any kind of a surprise to you?  The WalMart employees are the dregs of retail, and as a chain they're just not customer service oriented.  The only thing that I've seen payoff when trying to patronize WalMart?  Persistence.  Just keep going back until you find the item you're looking for.  I have seen exceptions, when you would actually come across a fairly nice and helpful employee who isn't a complete moron, but those instances can be few and far between.  ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: celebreties you've met?
« on: February 5, 2007, 11:00 PM »
Hmmm.  I've met so many of the Star Wars actors that I hardly think most of them are worth mentioning at this point.  But I'll list the major ones.

James Earl Jones
Carrie Fisher
Billy Dee Williams
Miss America - 1983 - Debra Maffett
Mitch Kupchak - 1983/84 L.A. Lakers
Don Maloney - NY Rangers
Dave Maloney - NY Rangers
Sparky Lyle - NY Yankees
William S. Kuntsler - Attorney
Les Paul - Legendary guitarist/inventor of multitrack recording, solid body electric guitar
Omar Epps
Johnnie Cochran
PJ Harvey (okay, well I just stood in line behind her in a record shop)
Lawrence Taylor (2 times, but I was apprehensive about approaching him)

I also wound up on the same flight to Comic Con as Deepak Chopra, Joe Quesada from Marvel Comics and the artist who created the Joker.  Kind of cool, I guess.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Sith Infiltrator
« on: February 5, 2007, 04:48 PM »
I was wondering when images like this were going to surface.  Well, we had to expect something like this when Hasbro said in the Q&A's that they were scaling this ship for the Assault Vehicles line.

I've always thought that to even get this toy in the ballpark, it would have to be sized like the B-Wing.  But that would probably doom it to being an exclusive and limit it's potential profitability.

I recall seeing an image that shows the cockpit.  It looks like it's going to be a tight fit, even for the Saga Legends Darth Maul that's on the way.

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