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Announcements / JD Give Away - Lego Minifigures, Series 1
« on: November 10, 2011, 12:05 PM »
Hyped up about Lego Minifigures on our forums?  Then we've got a new JD Give Away for you!

Courtesy of site owner Paul, we're giving away some Series 1 Blindpacked Lego Minifigures via our forums!

Check out the Lego Minifigure Give Away Contest Page for the full set of rules on how you need to enter to win!  The rules are simple and easy to enter!

We'll be giving away a Grand Prize Complete Set of Series 1 Minifigures, and breaking down the remaining figures available among our entrants in the order their names are drawn.

Good luck to all who enter, and we hope to see your name in the mix!

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: 2012 Naboo Pilot & Ric Olie
« on: October 18, 2011, 10:12 PM »
Been a while again but I did another review...  this time I did one on the new Naboo Pilot & Ric Olie figures, courtesy of!

Clicky to read the review!

I have to say, I liked both pilots, a lot, and had few real complaints...  The usual suspects of a lack of paint aps (mostly just on detail stuff, the paintjob's not even really bad at all) and the eventual regular retail price will probably be the main factors against the figures. 

Ultimately they're articulated heavily, and are vastly superior to the original Ric Olie figure.  They actually made him fairly interesting.  :-X  And the head variant is just icing on the cake.  Hasbro trying to get their collectors to double-up on Naboo Fighter purchases in 2012? ;)  The base figure would be a nice way to maybe get the black Pilot out, and the woman would be nice too though I think she may require a new torso ultimately.

The helmet paintjobs are particularly slick.  Make sure you check that out. 

As always, apologies for photography.  I did that myself, and do the best I can with what I have.  :-[

Enjoy and share your thoughts please!

Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Ewok's Pimped Out Ride...
« on: October 4, 2011, 11:26 PM »
...isn't done, but guess what I found!?  :)

I was cleaning out storage buildings I have for a family sale we were going to have, and wouldn't you know it, I saved a "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves" Battle Wagon, and it's 99% complete, only missing the "hook" piece to the catapult.

I'm going to give it a paintjob since, even with a box and almost complete, these are apparantly worthless.  I'll make it my own Ewok wagon since that was its birth in the first place, but with a good paintjob I think it'll be a billion times cooler, even lacking the big skull.

Plus, I really feel as though Ewoks have a ****** display set-up and I now have a pretty sizable army of furballs between hood swapping, a little minor repainting, weapon swapping, etc.  It's really easy these days to make a decent army of these guys!  If only there were Wompus, right?  Right.

So yeah, something for them to ride into battle (without any clear means of it moving itself).  Yeah, it'll basically just be a big way to display them without having an entire Ewok Village playset out there (I have that too, but yeah, it's a spacehog for figure displaying).

The Vintage Collection / Vintage Figures Being Pulled Off Shelves
« on: September 22, 2011, 11:57 AM »
So Yakface and JTA are both reporting that Vintage Figures are getting taken off the pegs...  I've not seen this myself yet, but it's good news since it does seem to be happening according to their reports.

I'm just curious which ones ultimately are gone, and can the ROTS Clone PLEASE be the first one to get yanked?

I saw Dengar/CC Pilot mentioned, and that's all well and good, but I don't have literally 3 dozen of those at a single store.  ROTS Clone, yeah, he overshipped a little bit.  My WM stores would probably have gotten in a deluge of Wave 7 if it weren't for this pud.

Other Toy Lines / Anyone Buying M.U.S.C.L.E. Guys?
« on: September 7, 2011, 09:11 PM »
I've got a box of these little pink buggers that really need a home, even their wrestling ring (though it's seen better days).  They were pretty slick, and boy howdy I'd like to see them find a good home since they're not doing me any good here now.

I can't tell from Ebay really if you can sell them easily or not though.  Seems like some, perhaps, but others not.

Since the good ole Rebels don't sport facemasks (except in EU outfits like the Infiltrators), I was thinking about which distinct/unique troopers I'd really like to get in the modern line...  With some pretty definitive Rebel Trooper bodies that would require only a new headsculpt, or possibly a new torso or small alteration to arms or whatnot, I think there could be some very cool specific characters (named or unnamed) put into the line.

First up, I really want this guy made...
(Fun to note whoever loaded the pic put the name "pornostache" to the .jpg file)

So Hoth Pornostache Commander is my first pick...  Some will go right away with a certain Endor Rebel I think, but this guy is cool, had a line, and sort of had a figure in the Vintage days...  I hope someday they figure a way to sneak him into a multi-pack or some such.

Let's try to just do one at a time that we'd really like... 


The Vintage Collection / 2011 Hasbro Fans' Choice Poll
« on: September 1, 2011, 06:07 PM »
Hasbro has announced a new Fans' Choice Poll for Star Wars!

New Star Wars Fans' Choice Poll

We'll have details soon on how we plan to poll our readers to send into Hasbro.

This is pretty exciting stuff.  Can't wait to see who's going to make the top 20 list!

Feedback / Jimree's feedback
« on: September 1, 2011, 12:33 AM »
My buddy Jim picked up a few figs I had for him this evening.  I don't believe he has a Feedback thread going but he's picked up multiple items off me in the past since he lives fairly close.

Thanks man! :)

The Vintage Collection / Target Vintage Collection Luke's TaunTaun
« on: September 1, 2011, 12:24 AM »
The great mystery of Vintage Luke's Taun-Taun, and not having a rider... 

The high-res shots really show how nice the saddle is compared to the POTF2 one.  Very slick.  Check out the new high-res pics

The deco isn't as hyper detailed as the Landspeeder, but it's sweet nonetheless, and those boxes are so tempting on their own even.

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / 12" Scale STAP
« on: July 18, 2011, 03:02 AM »
So the Sidesshow Online Toy Fair revealed a bit more today!

1:6 Scale STAP...

What better way to make a big ass display piece for your Battledroid figure(s)?  That's pretty slick.  I'm sort of surprised.

The video also says repaints are obviously going to be flying with the Battledroid...  Makes sense to cover the cost of that figure's tooling.

Really though, that's an awesome piece to make right out of the gate for the clankers.  :)

And the IG-88 tease is interesting too...  I hope he's 1:6 scaled and not a statue or anything.  Love IG-88, and Hasbro's figure gives me high hopes for what Sideshow can do in a larger scale.


12" Chalmun's Cantina Environment teaser posted...

It's a neat dual way to display it, which is cool so it's not just a one-sided deal, but part of me wishes it were a tad more complete.  I'm sure it's not going to be cheap as it is though so they're keeping the cost down, but I love the outside with the Sandtroopers.  That's pretty slick.

It's hard for them to top Yoda's hut, but they seem to be trying.

The deal of the day here...

12" Battledroid 2-Pack...

The Exclusive version is actually interesting, being the "1138" designation on one of them (unlike Gree who just has a stand).  I'm shocked for $120 they're selling 2 Battledroids though.  that seems very inexpensive. 

They seem really sharp though, but the guns look a tad small to me.  Maybe I'm just too used to Hasbro's sculpt though.  It probably is a smaller gun as I know Padme looks a little off holding the battledroid rifle.  It looks like a cannon.

Anyway, this was the surprise of the day for me...  2 12" figures for pretty cheap.

Wow...  Yakface revealed this secret was coming and it looks really sweet.

I really feel the Clone prices have been fairly reasonable too, given what all they entail in development and production.  I haven't bought an armored trooper of any kind yet, but Sideshow keeps swaying me.  I keep thinking if Hasbro went up in price much more I'd just bail and buy Sideshow.  You get more for your money.

I love that they gave him his Clone Wars hairdid...  I kind of hope Hasbro changes their figure around to reflect that (I'd rebuy him for that change).

The Vintage Collection / Could Droid Factory Survive....
« on: July 9, 2011, 09:28 PM »
...In another form?

I was thinking about the "Build-A-Droid" pack-ins the other night.  Mostly about how much I missed them, ultimately, and how they were persuasive in getting me to buy figures just to finish a droid here and there.

But I was thinking too, how many droids can you crank out?  At this point it's rough...  I could see generic battledroids making it into the ranks, but will people care?  I can see some more EU droids or whatnot, but I was thinking maybe the "Build-A-_____" concept could live on in another way?

Build a Clone?  Build a Trooper?

Something where you could mix/match parts may go a long way too...  Clones, while having some color or gear variety, ultimately would mix/match well if Hasbro planned out the idea in advance enough.

They've not said BAD can't come back, just that it's on hold during Vintage...  At today's prices, getting something extra with a figure is about the only way to feel like you're getting a bonus or any bang for your buck.  Extra gear on a figure like the Gammie makes the price easier to stomach, but likewise you have a figure like Logray where $8.99 + is stickershock.

Is there room for the "Build-A-____" concept to grow beyond droids?

LEGO / Lego Kids Fest
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:40 AM »

We were invited to cover the Lego Kids Fest event when it came to Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center last weekend.  I went down Friday afternoon for the VIP event prior to the show opening to the public, and it was insanely fun!

I did a write-up here you can check out:,47107,

There's an extensive Image Gallery with the story as well, so the pictures in the story are only a small fraction.

The show is traveling around to different cities, so if you can make it to one, and you're into Legos at all (or have a little one that is), you'd do yourself a huge favor to check this out. 

I had way more fun than I thought I would.  I was expecting to just cover the event, but wound up joining in on the Creation Nation build, and spending a lot of time checking out all the displays.  It's something to definitely check out if you're able to.

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