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Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Purchases
« on: July 26, 2006, 12:04 PM »
Scored the entire Endor wave (pt 1) plus a UGH Snowtrooper last night.

As of last night...2.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 25, 2006, 06:20 PM »
It's not opinion, it's fact.

Okay then, it's FACT.

Pardon me.

Do that again and I might have to wear sunglasses to work on my computer.   ;D 

I think a number of sites were asking Hasbro to take Endor Luke out of the case in San Diego.  I saw one of the RS guys trying to make that happen, but I don't think Hasbro wanted to accomodate the request.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:49 PM »
It's not opinion, it's fact.  I confirmed as much with a Hasbro rep at SDCC.  Endor Luke is based on the Jabba's palace figure but with a gloved right hand and the added accessories.

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:47 PM »
Unfortunately Nick many of us weren't at the presentation and as such don't have the context that you refer to.

The audiocast of the presentation is available on Hyperspace if you want to listen to it.  Check it out HERE.

Listen to it, and I think you'll be able to detect the snarkiness in it almost immediately.  First off, they called it the "Best Wave Ever".  Comic Book Guy or VH-1's Best Week Ever anyone?  Then there's the progression through Willrow Hood, then Gargan, then the "X-tra crispy Lars 2-pack", Funeral Pyre Qui-Gon, blasted Jawa 2-pack and Funeral pyre Vader.

Obviously the telling of a joke loses it's effectiveness in the retelling.  Hopefully the audiocast can put this whole affair in context.

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:18 PM »
I think the process of the presentation becoming progressively more absurd as it went on is where the joke lies.  The premise gets funnier and funnier as Hasbro announces things that are more and more ridiculous.  That's just basic humor at work, and it worked itself up to the punchline of the supposed release date of April 1, 2007.

Where I think it's not funny is that this particular community has gotten so wrapped up in the ICMG petition that anything approaching a joke on the subject just isn't funny anymore.  In other word, it's being taken too seriously.  We are after all talking about Star Wars toys.  While it would be kind of cool to add ICMG to my own Cloud City display, I'm okay with waiting for this figure and I'm okay with making a joke about it.  It's certainly not a matter of life or death and I don't think it should be handled with such kid gloves.

If anything, I think "the joke" has pointed out that Hasbro recognizes that there is demand for at least some of the characters they mentioned.  Hence the joke.  They wouldn't know to make the joke if they weren't paying attention.  They do read forums on a regular basis in an effort to tap into ideas for figures.  No doubt this is where the ideas for some of the Clone Troopers due out in the next 6 months came from.  An interesting aside from the joke?  One of the designers at Hasbro offered freely after the Q&A that he would be interested in making a Yarna figure some time in the near future.  That might mean they could also be interested in ICMG at some point, too.  I think it would actually fit in with a Cloud City themed wave.

But I do think that the topic is touched on so frequently here that people have become hyper-sensitive about it.  The nature of humor is such that invariably someone or something gets picked on.  Either they can accept the comments as a joke or they can't.  If it's such an outrage, then write a complaint to Hasbro's customer service. Or a more powerful gesture would be to vote with your dollars and not buy Hasbro's product.  IMO, it was just a joke and needs to be taken as such.

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 12:59 PM »
I think that anyone who was in the room for the presentation knew by the time Hasbro got to the "Xtra crispy Owen & Beru Lars" that this was a gag.  Seriously, a total of some 6 figures of corpses in some state of charring?  If you couldn't figure it out pretty quickly, then you probably don't have much of a sense of humor.

And if you think about it reasonably, why would Hasbro make figures of dead people?  I mean, they are supposed to be ACTION FIGURES.  What kind of action feature are these figures supposed to have?  Rotten decomposition smell action that starts wafting from the figure a couple of days after you open the blister card?  It was this train of thought that made the proposition of a dead Padme figure seem utterly repulsive and ridiculous to me.

Was it unfortunate that Willrow Hood and Yarna d'al Gargan were lumped into the group?  Yeah.  They have strong cult fanbases and the ICMG petition has been going strong for some time.  And I know that this site has been a stronghold for that movement.  I would also venture a guess that ICMG and Gargan probably had respectable showings in the Fan's Choice Poll but they just didn't break through the way some people wanted.  It's a poll.  Things like that happen.  But for us not to be able to laugh at ourselves in this kind of situation?  ::)  I think that once you start to take things too seriously, you're not having fun with them anymore.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:52 AM »
I got two.  There were so many Clone parts in the bowl that it was tough to figure some of them out.  Especially since the bases don't have any distinguishing features that would make it easy to mate them with their respective Bust Up.  That was just trial and error.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:28 AM »
100th Bust Up is Boba Fett:

Getting this piece was a little challenging.  Building as many Bust Ups as possible in 2 minutes, drawing pieces from a bowl with 20 disassembled Bust Ups was kind of harrowing.  I actually got a little nervous!  But I tied the person I was competing against and we both got the Bust Up.

Regarding the piece itself, it's not the same as the original Boba Fett Bust Up.  Rather, it's a vac-metallized version of Boba Fett from the Bounty Hunter set that's yet to be released.

The paint apps are okay by me.  I think that the Nabrun Leids repaint is actually quite good.  But what bothers me about this wave is that it's a WalMart exclusive.  WalMart doesn't have a great track record in managing their exclusives, and when it comes to the Basic Figure line it gets to be even more of a concern.

I do seem to recall a collective groan rising from the crowd at the Comic Con Q&A on Friday upon hearing the news that this wave is exclusive to WalMart.  Target would have been a much better venue for these, but it seems as though Hasbro wants to throw WalMart a bone.  It seems that staying in WalMart's good graces is a big concern for any company that wants shelf space in their stores.  Unfortunately though, it seems that Star Wars shelf space has been diminishing at Wally World.  Ugghhh.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: New rumor list!
« on: July 19, 2006, 01:09 AM »
Well, it's the only Trooper that LFL has identified as part of an elite corps.  We'll probably find out soon enough.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: New rumor list!
« on: July 19, 2006, 12:24 AM »
I am kind of surprised to see Yarael Poof in there. 
It's not a terrible figure, even by today's standards.  Hopefully he'll come with a lightsaber.  And hopefully he won't have a hard time holding it like Foul Moudama.

They love to put Kit Fisto out there don't they?
Maybe this is in response to their total goof in making a Jedi Starfighter for Kit Fisto that none of the three previous Kit Fisto releases will fit in.  I tried them all in the Plo Koon fighter (same model) and none of them would fit.

Some of those look okay to me like Holo Cmdr Cody, Vader's astromech droid, the clones depending on what they are.  I forget who Cmdr Appo is?  I will need to google him.  I might go for the BD 2pack if they make them out of sturdier plastic...maybe.  It's an okay list IMO. 

There are definitely some interesting choices.  Holo Cody is cool since it seems that they really want to compelte the Jedi Temple War Room scene.  I figure they're doing Vader's astromech since they're putting out the Vader Sith fighter.  It's a cool companion piece to go with the ship.  And the other Imperial astromech?  Well, it seems like they're not wasting time in getting the R5-D4 repaints out there now that they've finally got an R5 unit out that's not a complete turd.

As for Cmdr Appo, I wonder if it's going to be another 501st Clone, or the somewhat different design with suspenders and such.  That design basically looked like the Commander Gree armor in 501st markings.

Hoping that the Battle Droid 2-pack isn't just two Battle Droids.  My personal hope?  That it's a Pilot Battle Droid with a PK Droid thrown in for good measure.  But even I can't be that optimistic.  ::)

The real question mark in this lineup?  The ELITE CRPS CLONE TROOPER .  The only trooper that's coming to mind is in fact...
41st Elite Corps

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Saga Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 17, 2006, 11:12 PM »
Tried to fit all three Kit Fistos into an AOTC Jedi dice.  Not one of the three that's been issued to date will fit in the EPISODE II Jedi Starfighter.  Well, the Clone Wars one will, but you have to pop it's head off.  But I just don't think that counts.

An even dozen now.  That's it for me.  The next Sandtrooper I buy should have ball jointed hips and a Dewback packaged with him.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Saga Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 16, 2006, 12:52 PM »
Scored this last night.  Altogether pretty cool.  But the astromech decals didn't fit very well.

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