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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Prices for recirculating VOTC
« on: October 19, 2006, 08:35 PM »
Ah... okay, thanks :) I could never really tell from the pictures quite how good the figure would be in-hand.

I would love to get an early bird Chewie, but figured they were expensive/uncommon by now. Maybe I should scratch that bit about "leaving" and post a new, shorter wants list....

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Prices for recirculating VOTC
« on: October 19, 2006, 07:58 PM »
Yep, I haven't sent the money order yet (missed getting it out today.... really need to get it done tomorrow in time to go out with the mail that day), but I went ahead and did the "buy it now" thing last night. :) Really looking forward to it; my best-articulated/sculpted Chewbacca so far is still my Millenium Falcon Mechanic Chewie. Kinda sad, really...

I've more or less decided against buying an episode III Chewie unless I find one really cheap, and then I'll use him either for an episode IV Chewie or actually display him with prequel figures. I managed to find a single review, which basically said his articulation is okay (as it looks) but his head is super-loose because of the "wookie rage" action feature. What I really wanted was the VOTC Chewie anyway, so I think I've made the right decision.

It's also good to know that is the best price I'm likely to find him at. Thanks :)

So, what kind of prices do the others usually go for?

Original Trilogy Collection / Prices for recirculating VOTC
« on: October 19, 2006, 12:18 AM »
It's been two years since the VOTC figures came out, and as everyone knows, they've gone mostly without reprint; C3PO in the ROTJ commemorative DVD collection (which ironically, as a set, cost just as much as he did alone), R2D2 reprinted without his accessories and with a glued-on hatch, the Stormtrooper partially used then completely reprinted with modifications as the Evolutions and TSC Sandtroopers respectively, parts of Han reused/retooled for the VTSC Trenchcoat Han, and Luke's ugly head reused on the VTSC X-Wing Pilot Luke.

That said, people hoard these. Madly. Many people love to army-build with the VOTC Stormtroopers and it seems to be common that each one now costs $30, even loose- a 300% price increase over the original.

Looking around on ebay, as I have in the past, I find the prices to be consistantly high. VOTC Chewbacca is, at cheapest, $15- more commonly $20. Han, Leia, Obi wan, and Luke seem to  start out at some nice price like $7 and usually hike up to $15 (or more) by auction's end. R2D2 and mysteriously C3PO seem to hold similar prices to Chewbacca; high. Lando is usually about $12-$20, and he's supposedly still pegwarming (not anywhere that I've ever found, though sadly). Anything with Vader's name on it on eBay has an automatic excuse to charge $10 over anything that could ever sort of be reasonable. These are just my observations looking around in the past and recently.

So my question is, what should someone usually expect to pay? eBay is awful for ridiculously high prices- I see the DVD commemorative collections being sold for $30, POTF2s individually going for $15-$30 for stuff like a loose Jedi Luke- prices that are, frankly, ridiculous. Is there a better way or place to buy the VOTC figures? What's a good deal on any of these?

I bring this up because I'm contemplating buying a Chewbacca soon (as in possibly tonight/tommorrow, maybe) for $15.50 counting shipping- on "buy it now," at that. It's the best deal I've managed to find on eBay. I'm just curious to see if those who have more experience have any insights about buying these at this point in time, in general.

My Yoda seems to be an older one, without the "Episode I" listing. The bubble was a little dented on top though.

I was a bit shocked when I saw these; it took a few seconds to really register what they were. I'd never looked in clearance before; these things must have there when I was 11!

I think I'll open the other two and double-check (probably eBay and Rebelscum) and see if Yoda's alternate card gives him any kind of special value. I'm not much of a carded collector (all my figures are loose but I tend to not throw away the cards/try not to shred them up too much opening them), so unless there's a lot of people looking for this, I think I'll open him, too.

I'm pretty happy with this find :) All main characters and figures I didn't have, dirt cheap. Can't beat that. Plus, I have a Yoda for every movie appearance now :) I feel as though I've caught up on him in some way.

Thank you for the responses and advice! On a side note, I seem to be around more often now than I was before I left... :-X

I was shopping out of town today, and trying to find the Commemorative DVD repack boxes- yes, I know no one but me probably wants anything in those, but the ROTJ and ESB boxes would be pretty good deals for me, since I don't have any of the included figures. I didn't find them- they aren't anywhere in Wal Mart at all, no place I can find where they might've ever even sort of been- and no employees have a clue what I'm talking about when I ask, either.

Anyway, the point of my post is that I did stumble upon three figures in the clearance area, marked $1 apiece because they're 5+ years old. They are a Naboo Escape R2D2, an episode I Yoda, and a POTF2 Slave Leia. All on worn cards (no doubt from being thrown around/moved/who knows what over the years), but new, in-store.

I haven't opened any of these because I'm not sure of the rarity of these figures. If they're fairly common/easy to get, cool, I got them cheap and they'd make neat additions to my collection. However, if they're rare, I may want to trade or sell them. Has anyone got any advice on this?

Saga Collection '06 / Re: How many SAGA2 Sandtroopers do you have?
« on: October 15, 2006, 03:20 PM »
I found one. I also had two Evolutions Sandtroopers. I don't have any VOTC or still even commtech/OTC Stormtroopers yet, so I'd removed one of my evolutions Sandtrooper's armor to make him a dirty normal Stormtrooper.

Now I've done that to my TSC Sandtrooper, and put his gear on one of the Evolutions Sandtroopers. I'm thinking about customizing/removing the dirty spots from the TSC Sandtrooper eventually- I have no desire to pay the $20+ one needs to get their hands on a real VOTC Stormtrooper these days. I think I'm going to, long-term, have that guy for my SA stormtrooper, keep the two evolutions stormtroopers as I have them now, and try to get some Commtechs/possibly a POTJ sandtrooper. I have a handful of POTF2s for "dummy" stormtroopers already, and one POTF2 Sandtrooper.

I don't army-build, I militia-build :)

Also, "tacky stuff" is wonderful for keeping the thing attached to the back of his belt in such a way that it doesn't tend to fall out so much, but is still completely removeable. Tacky stuff has been one of my best friends in this hobby...

Collector's Tips / Re: Opened Cards... what to do with them?
« on: October 7, 2006, 01:29 PM »
Thank you! I never realized that so few people seem to keep the bubbles from opened cards.

I think I'm going to keep any VOTC cards I get (currently still just one...), but on all the old cards I'm going to remove/throw away the bubbles and stick them all in a box somewhere. If it's still unmanageable I might selectively throw some out, or maybe cut out the backgrounds on my TSC figures to use for backgrounds for displaying the figures.

Basically the newer and more common it is, the less bad I feel about mangling it. :)

Revenge of the Sith / ROTS Chewbacca - good or bad?
« on: September 27, 2006, 07:31 PM »
Okay, I've looked in the past, and am looking again, and cannot find one review for this guy. He has some kind of action feature but I can't figure out how it works, and more importantly, if it impairs articulation.

He looks good; ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, turning wrists, "standard" hips (but that's where the action feature trigger is) and either ball or swivel knees. The sculpt is so-so, but then again, I was contemplating customizing him.

The reason I'm asking now is because I'm thinking of buying a Heroes and Villains reprint one if I should find one, but I don't know if there's something horribly wrong with him because I have very little information. Just pictures.

Additionally, if he is an okay figure, does anyone know if headswapping would be possible/reasonably easy on him? I was thinking of using a different Chewbacca head on one- probably the Millenium Falcon Mechanic Chewy- to make a ROTJ Chewbacca. Of couse, the VOTC is better, but a custom would be kind of fun to do- assuming I get the chance to work on it- and much cheaper for me- then I could still buy a VOTC chewie eventually, be able to use my leftover parts for a different wookie custom or an ANH-style chewy, or whatever. Not a popular idea, I'm sure, but I'm just wondering if what I want to do is actually doable.

Plus if I made one, I could pair him with my Han custom, and the VOTC one- if I get one- with my VTSC Han. Ahh, customs no one technically needs to make, yay.

Anyway, any information on this figure would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

P.S. - Yes, I know this is a little inconsistant with what I said about both leaving and putting off the hobby for a while, but I am trying to not miss too many opportunities to buy things while they're still in stores. I'm not sure how long H&V will clog the shelves, so that's why I'm asking this now.

Okay, I'm not really here and stuff, but I found this and wanted to post it in every forum I go to so that more people know about it.

Now this all sounds good and interesting in theory; so many aspects of it to study, and what it could teach us about the universe. On the other hand, there's a risk, with a BS number attached for ease of the public mind- according to one person I've heard, negative numbers are never used in real risk calculation- that it could destroy the planet.

I think it's interesting on one hand, but ultimately I don't think that's worthwhile.

Anyway, just wanted to get this out there for more people to learn about and think about.

Watto's Junk Yard / Leaving for a while (or since a while?)
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:13 PM »
Okay, I'm not sure how many of you know me or anything, until a few weeks ago (or maybe a month or so) I posted around various places on the forum, and was working on some custom figures. Sadly, those customs all sit in the same box they were when I was posting, or in half-completion sitting out in my room.

Like some other hobbies before it, I have found I do not have the time and energy to focus on my customizing nor my collecting right now, and I haven't been/don't really feel currently like weaving my way any further into the community here (though it is a very nice one from what I've seen). Therefore, I just wanted to announce that I'm taking my leave. I'll poke my head in occasionally to look around, but I won't be very active for a while. I will finish my custom figures eventually, and may post here again towards that time, but I simply don't have the time or money to work on them the way I want to... yet.

That said, I will still be collecting here and there. I just have more important concerns that come first for me; moving, living, college, and my primary hobbies to boot (namely anime/manga collecting, and videogames).

Thank all of you who sold me stuff, each deal was nice and I was pleased. Thank you for all the advice and help and comments, as well. I hope someday I do return and have some cool customs to post ^.^

Until then, farewell. *bows*

Star Wars Universe / The Lady Luck (Lando's ship)
« on: August 6, 2006, 11:04 PM »
Introduced in Heir to the Empire, Lando apparently picked up a cruise-ship kind of a thing with which he cavorts around the galaxy (when he hasn't got "real" work that is), the Lady Luck. It's not nearly as fast or handy as the Falcon, but it was used in the Thrawn Trilogy and several other EU books for various purposes. So it's kind of an old staple piece of the EU, kinda.

Anyway, I don't remember any sort of statistics or class name being listed in HTTE, (though there might've been) but I was kind of hoping to find some pictures of the ship. Would anyone happen to have any or know more about the subject? It would be very helpful, thanks :)

Toy Reviews / TSC Battle of Endor Wave #042 - C3PO
« on: August 1, 2006, 04:27 PM »
I was shopping out of town yesterday and, to my surprise, found Endor Wave figures at a Wal Mart there! Are these even supposed to be out yet? I'm not sure, I could post one of those store reports things maybe if they aren't (I also saw Moff JerJerrod, Darth Fuglyous, and Chief Chirpa). Also, if anyone wants pictures of 3PO, his chair, or the packaging, I could scan some upon request.

Anyway, I grabbed one of the C3POs of course (R5-D4 too ^.^), and I have to say, I love this figure. So, I figured why not give a review, right?

Sculpt: 4.5/5
This is the best looking C3PO I've seen... for the most part. I have to knock down half a point because he's got some noticeable flaws, but they did everything else so right I had to give it a near-perfect score anyway.

The head sculpt seems to be reused from ROTS C3PO, but they've done the neck differently; it's much lower set into the torso, and to me, this looks much, much more accurate. The torso is amazingly similar to ROTS C3PO but doesn't seem to be identical; there's a new little raised bump on his chest. Oddly, the mid-section wiring on his back is identical to ROTS C3PO, but the front wiring is totally different, going all in straight lines- which is, I believe, accurate to the movie (it maches the picture on the packaging at least). Also, the upper torso is much better-positioned on the bottom torso, with the appropriate amount of room to show the wiring; my ROTS 3PO always tends to cover too much of the wiring in the front and too little in the back, but this guy has a good balance where it should be.

The arms are also very ROTS C3PO like, but the thumbs are more detectable; I think maybe they noticed the proble mand reworked the sculpt. The arms hang in a very similar position overall, though I swear the right arm leans in a little more than before... hard to say. They have the same non-seperate elbow piston things, but overall most of the details look sharpish- better than ROTS C3PO a little I think. However, it's here that the worst flaw is found, too; for some strange reason there's this really smooth drop on his right shoulder. It looks kinda like a doorknob; it's like the upper arm leans too far back in the "shoulder joint" (keeping in mind this is all one piece of course) and there's this smooth part in front of it. It's not horrible, but it definately doesn't look good, either.

The legs, then, are the all-new part of the sculpt, and they look pretty good to me. The feet have sort of an angularness to them; I'm not sure if it's accurate, but it looks accurate to someone who didn't do research at least ^^. The knee joints look surprisingly good sculpt-wise, and are not disappointing at all. For some reason, though, the thighs have screws in them, on the inner side...

The hip joints don't blend in as well as past C3POs for some reason; it's good in that the hip/thigh looks like an appropriate seperate piece of plating, but there's kind of a weird space, and the lack of paint on this area- which I'll get it in a minute- really make it more noticeable. It's okay, but it looks a little wonky sort of. I think it might be related to the way the articulation is done, however, which I'll also get to in a minute....

I don't know how to explain it. He's got flaws, but somehow looks far better than ROTS C3PO to me; he doesn't look like a skinny beanpole, but rather very much like the real C3PO, in some subtle way. The neck in particular is a huge improvement, as is the midsection; and I think the new legs are larger in diameter, which is also, I believe, more accurate. He's no VOTC C3PO, that's for sure.

Articularion: 4.8/5
Okay, I can't bring myself to give him a 5 because his arms are no better than a POTF2 and so on, but this C3PO does everything right any C3PO has ever done right, plus the ever-awaited knees, and a nice surprise or two... he's the best yet, definately.

The arms are pretty much like ROTS C3PO; they're even detachable. The head, however, I'm not sure; it might be removeable, but it seems to be in there kinda tight. It moves around from side to side a little, so I *think* this might actually be a 1999-esque ball-jointed head! I'm not sure; it leans forewards and backwars a little bit. If it is a ball joint there's not much of a range; I really think it's probably just a removeable head. It's hard to tell, but whatever it is, it works.

The knee joints are great. He can sit, he can stand, he can kneel, he can run for his life in a way he was never able to in any movie or book... what can I say, they're working hinge joints, and they're very solid. They're an improvement that's been a long time coming, and I love them. C3PO finally makes some other figures look bad in this department, from his own wave even!

The waist is much like the ROTS waist, but as I said, better positioned. It feels a little more moveable here, more sturdy. I can't ask for more from this waist, really.

And then there's the surprise... maybe my figure is broken, but it seems to me that his left thigh turns. His right thigh doesn't do it, and it's a little loose, but it turns... that means the whole leg turns. This means he can take a little more advantage of his knee to look like he's walking or crouching somehow, or he can just stand a little differently. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but it's nice, and I love it. In any case there definately seems to be a seperate piece attaching the upper leg and the main hip joint. In fact, I really have to wonder exactly how these legs are assembled; like I said, there's a screw on the inner-side of each thigh, for some reason.

Paint: 4/5
The vacuum-plated gold is a sheen golder than ROTS C3PO, and I think it's a good thing; ROTS 3PO looks a little bit silvery. Likewise, the silver leg joint here looks okay, at least as good as say, Millenium Minted Coin 3PO's silver leg part. The eyes are painted in the same style as ROTS C3PO, as well.

The wiring on the front is painted awesomely, with very smooth, accurate details... then the back is a bit of a mess. Missed spots and silver specks on colored wires. I don't get it. Anyway, the colors for the wires are silver/white, red, and blue, and overall it looks fairly accurate to photographs really.

Now here's the bad news: the knee joint and hip joints are completely unpainted. Thus a (possibly transclucent?) beige color is quite visible. This is probably because of the way the knees work; paint would scrape right off. I don't really understand the hips though, I don't think they'd need it, unless the thigh-swiveling is an intended articulation point.

Also, while it's no surprise, it's a bit sad to see the painted wiring on the back of the knees from ROTS 3PO absent here. Alas, just more beige.

Accessories: 5/5
It's darn well time 3PO had any sort of accessory, so it's approriate he get one big enough to account for all the plastic Hasbro and Kenner never used on any previous incarnation. The chair looks great; the sculpting is pretty good overall. There's some assembly requied, and the posts that go in the arms have an annoying habit of being loose and sometimes falling/pushing out if you aren't careful. The chair is subtlely two or three tones of brown; it looks like a plastic imitation of wood, which is to say, not wooden, but appropriate for most action figures. It fits in surprisingly well with the mini-diorama from my old POTF2 "Jedi Spirits" display, actually. 3PO sits pretty well in the chair if you pose him right, and if you really want to, you can plop down an older C3PO (or a human/alien or ewok possibly) in the chair; it's just that the legs will stick up a bit comically unless they have knee joints. Overall a fun and interesting accessory.

I can't complain about the red mini holos as much as I thought they could; if you care about collecting, these look kind of nice in their own way; if you want to paint your holos realistically Red makes a good Vader/Maul/Sideuous because you can keep the original color on the lightsaber. If you want a chess set or to divide the "Good" and "bad" figures, red and blue ae good; indeed, it's the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire colors. But still... they're just holo figures, so I'm not too worked up. On the plus side I happened to get a Luke with this guy, and I kinda like him... even though his cloak/lightsaber make him inaccurate for any scene of hte movies, he can be an EU Luke I guess. Whatever.

The stand is nice; 3PO has a hole a little too big on his foot so it's slightly loose, but it works. It has the ROTJ logo embossed on it as usual, and simply says "C-3PO" on the stand keeping it nice and versatile (though some older C3POs don't fit on this peg).

Packaging: 4/5
The TSC packaging is nice, yadda yadda. Exclusive to 3PO's package is a nice, tree-filled endor backdrop, an insert with a nice, standard picture of C3PO- which I believe actually is from Return of the Jedi, though he's not in the chair- and the comments on the back aren't toxic this time. Actually, I like how they say he "was able to make his disinterest in a nice meal composed of Luke, Han, and Chewbacca clear" or whatever exactly it did say; it was chuckle-worthy.

Overall 5/5
Okay, those numbers don't add up, but this is the best C3PO made to date. I hope Hasbro never reuses an older mold, because this guy is great; he looks good, and the articulation is the best any protocol droid could ask for at this point. Throw in some angle-cut elbows and you've got darn near perfection. The accessory is great for (careful) play or for display or dioramas. This is the only C3PO yet that I would even consider paying $10 for; ROTS C3PO may've already made a mockery of VOTC C3PO, but this guy just makes the VOTC look all the worse.

All in all, an excellent C3PO, an excellent protocl droid, a fitting companion for newer R2D2s... I'm happy. If I never have a better C3PO, I'll still be satisfied. But if they make a better one that'd be cool, too, of course...

EDIT: maybe this should've gone in the "Hey Hasbro" section or something, sorry. >.<

Okay, as every collector everywhere has complained by now, Hasbro has never, ever liked articulating legs. It's obvious; the priority for ball joints is the head, then the shoulders, then the ankles (mysteriously), then the knees (which almost never get it, and only do so at the price of ankle articulation usually- although that's okay). Ball joints are never on hips; there is exactly one Star Wars figure in this scale that has them, VOTC Luke. One figure in 11 years.

I have no idea what's up with this. Legs need to move almost as much as arms, and knees especially are extremely important for the playability, so a figure can run and sit and such. Why would anyone want a boot swivel or even ball-jointed ankles when there could be knees? I can understand Hasbro wanting to use less ball joints because of cost prices, but why would they ever, much less repeatedly, put them on the ankles instead of the knees?

Anyway, I've been thinking abou this for an idea, and the review for Garindan brought it to mind again; remember the Commtech line? It was like "wow, knees that... MOVE!! amazing!" Star Wars figures never had ball joints then, so hinged knees were an amazingly cool thing. Looking at Commtech Han now, I have to admit his knees are still better than most new figures on the shelves.

So is ball joints are so expensive, why not adopt Commtech-style knees- at least have a hinge, so figures can kneel and sit? If the commtech style is expensive, surely they could come up with some new kind of hinge or at least incorporate some kind of angle cut a la the debateably sucky POTJ Rebel Fleet Trooper- it beats nothing. Or maybe even GI-joe style knee hinges.

I could stand to see wrists go or an old peg-mounted swivelling head instead of a ball head, if it meant there was some kind of knee joint. For that matter, if it's all about saving plastic, I think everyone would much rather have some knee joints on their figures instead of a stupid little hologram figure, right?

Hasbro is obviously stubborn, and all about money, and soforth and so on. But I think it could be beneficial if people started really stressing this point- even compromise, lamer knee joints, not neccesarily ball joints, would be good. Something so they don't have to constantly stand in one position. It's not 1995 anymore, and no competing toy company stiffs knee joints- look at those ugly The Corps figures, cheap ugly crud, yet guess what? Their knees move!

Sorry if this is a bit of a tirade, I don't hate all figures without knee-joints or something, but it really bothers me to see Hasbro continuing to do this. I'm sure a lot of people agree, it's lame and disappointing, and as visible in the current figures, it's a constant flaw infesting the entire line. All that seperates most new figures legs from POTF2 or even vintage figures is the sculpt quality. That's it, and that's sad.

Anyway, just my thoughts. *shrugs*

Star Wars Universe / Re: luke skywalkers death?
« on: July 29, 2006, 01:56 AM »
There's also a matter of how many people want to actually read something like that, and how it's done. For example, Chewbacca's death in the EU books really angers and throws off a lot of people, not only from that book but also the books following *raises hand*

However, an official explanation might exist somewhere or be written, but from my overall, removed study of what Star Wars novels and comics seem to be around, I don't think this yet exists, as Jadesfire says.

But don't go on my word, I've read very little and my interest is focused on the Original Trilogy and New Republic eras (which incidentally means most of it is from the 70s-mid 90s). *shrugs*

Feedback / Re: Mikey D's feedback
« on: June 26, 2006, 10:11 PM »
Mike was very friendly to deal with, and shipped me a couple loose figures very quickly- excellent trade, thanks! :)

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