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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 22, 2005, 04:35 PM »
500th and VOTC, if I'm not mistaken (I didn't open my 500th) are one in the same, but different heads, so that'd make it the VOTC sculpt I think.

The arms are almost definitely VOTC...  It's the legs I can't tell about.  They look it to me, but I can't clearly see the knee articulation either.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« on: October 22, 2005, 04:34 PM »
I like R5-D2 from the Star Tours line but not as a replacement R5-D4.

Given that the body's 100% unlike R5-D4 due to the HUGE gash on his left side, and that the eyes on his dome are too few and nothing like the film R5's, I think that makes some pretty big differences.  Not to say I wouldn't buy a re-release of R5-D2 painted differently or something (even if not in the film), but R5-D4 simply needs a new dome sculpted and slapped onto the Preview Astromech R4's body (or I'd even be happy with it being put onto R2-Q5's body sculpt since that would work).  This is a figure so long in the wait though that anything half-assed isn't going to cut it I'm afraid.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: October 21, 2005, 03:18 AM »
Well, at least it brings to the attention of the masses that people like that DO actually exist in reality...  I figured they were ficticious characters only seen in films like Carrie.

I damn near expected a couple forks and knives to fly over and stick that heffer to the wall.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 20, 2005, 03:40 PM »
My only gripe with a Holo Vader is that he's tiny when he is holographic in the movies.  I actually am looking forward to, hopefully, his mini-holo figure.  I have a holo mini of him a buddy made for me and it's been alongside my POTF2 Veers for a while. :)  Pretty cool little guy.

A full size holo Vader I'd take though, but if I only ever got a mini holo one with Veers I'd be completely happy.

Hmmm, that makes me wonder...  If there is a mini-holo Vader amidst the mini holo figures, and if they're mixed in randomly, will Veers with Mini Holo Vader be the ultimate variation on that figure that people want?  :) 

Power of the Jedi / Re: Rare? Medium Rare? Medium?
« on: October 20, 2005, 05:01 AM »
Only what your heart says he's worth to you...

PS: He's not a Power of the Jedi figure, so try to keep focused on the POTJ stuff for this thread.

I wonder how big that Speederbike will be?  Those are small ships, right?  I was sort of hoping to see them sneak something larger into one of these assortments for the Speederbike, and maybe sneak us a resculpted to-scale Bike for the 3.75" figures.  I'd have dug that actually.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 20, 2005, 01:05 AM »
Yeah that Snowtrooper's definitely an oddball...  If the legs are a little to the "neutral" side (if they're POTF2 they should be) he'll be a slightly better army builder than the Saga's total sculpt, but not much...  Short of SA that figure's going to blow irregardless.

Riekean's still the "wtf" of the wave.  He's not the greatest figure anyway (lacking even a waist joint), and never was a HOT seller.  If he has the board he's sorta cooler at the $5 pricepoint, but that's gotta sting to a lot of people too...  Tough pill to swallow.

Veers just rocks, and I am so hoping for him to have his officer's cap.  :)

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Clone Commanders
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:59 AM »
Yeah I'd agree that Bacara's a cool character but his figure fell flat...  Knee articulation would've probably turned my frown upside down though, even with the lacking (and limp) arm articulation, but the two combined were a major let down...  Especially given what they proved they were able to do with the #33 Commander, the #6 Trooper (who featured the same damn feature), and of course the #41 Trooper...  There was a bar set they failed to reach so that's a lot of where my conclusion came to.

Had both figures been of #33's overall quality I'd have said a  tie on their greatness and Bacara would've edged out the #33 simply because he was actually in the movie and a cool unique looking guy...  But as figures they'd be equal.

I can only hope I go to a funeral where "Walkin' On Sunshine" is playing.  If I ever know someone personally who has that kind of sense of humor, I'll consider myself lucky.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 19, 2005, 02:40 AM »
Trick of the camera I think, plus I believe I see the gap for the ankle joint but my screen and eyes aren't the best. :)

On a Gonk note, if he has the swinging legs, save those clear rubber bands that they use for holding weapons to figure's hands, as they make a great way to hold a Gonk's legs together.  I've yet to have one of those bands break on me too BTW.

I reiterate about articulation that I TRULY hope Hasbro isn't on the decline in this department.  If they are, to me they're looking at the line as a failing property at this stage and aren't wanting to invest too much in it...  Jason and I were just talking about this and it's a sad possible thought.

I'm hoping for some kind of SA figures down the line's life.  I have too many unfulfilled wants (mostly resculpts ironically) with the line for it to truly be on its last leg.  It'd go out with me not being too pleased with how they handled things.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Clone Commanders
« on: October 19, 2005, 02:30 AM »
So we're back with a new one this week...

Another duel review, this time taking a close comparison and in-depth breakdown of the pro's and con's surrounding the Clone Commanders.  Check out the Full Review Right Here to get all the dirt on these guys.

For me, the winner was clear-cut really, but it boiled down 99% to an issue of poseability more than anything else.  What's funny is that I think the retail acceptance of one of these Commanders over the other is evidence of how Hasbro should focus on quality figures if they want the sales at retail.  One sculpt's clearly been the "winner" over the other out there in the stores while the other sculpt is a notorious pegwarmer for many.

So share your thoughts, check out the review of course, and enjoy!

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 18, 2005, 03:37 PM »
I think a general concensus we could make is the repacks are definitely gonna hate online case sales from what I'm reading...  Which is to be expected I suppose.

I hope Hasbro's not leaning towards cutting the line back from where they had it with REvenge of the Sith...  So many figures in ROTS got articulation galore that weren't even as "important" (for lack of a better term) as these figures that got short-changed.

For instance, Mas Ameda's sporting ball/socket joints all over his arms and equal articulation at his legs to Veers and Derlin...  They could've had some knee joints, but for whatever reason they don't.  Very odd thinking at Hasbro sometimes.

Lando, I hope you're right about the Trooper Evolutions sets...  It's probably my biggest wish for the line, and that they're released in very high numbers. :)

So if we took those repacks out and replaced them, what is it you'd want then?  Or if you just tweaked them if you like them....

For me, I'd replace Riekean with Saga Luke with a "clean" paintjob, and if the Derlin figure's holster works I'd see if replacing Luke's with Derlin's was possible so he had a functioning holster.

I think even the POTF2 Hoth Leia would've made sense to repack over Riekean...

On R2, if he was dusted with white, and is the VOTC sculpt, I could see him as a figure I'd buy for the "scanning for life on Hoth" scene alone.  Not that I couldn't customize that myself as well, but I'd buy it to save the time/$.

A dusted white 3PO would definitely replace Vader then on my list...  Not that Vader's a bad figure, but given how many Vader's almost every store has around me, I think they'll still have them come time that the Saga Waves are showing up. :)  A snowy 3PO to stand with R2 then would be fine by me.

I'm surprised at the lack of love for the Gonk.  I'm really happy to see him actually...  He could stand to have some accessories though, I agree.  It'll be his most damaging feature.  The Imperial Astromech came with that holo-death star, and that was cool.  Hasbro sorta cheaps out on droids anymore though.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 18, 2005, 05:11 AM »
VOTC R2 with Snow would make some sense given his sensorscope too...  3PO, well I'd have taken the ROTS sculpt with some snow "dusting".  I'm in for those.

But anyway I agree that a Rebel Soldier's more needed but knowing Hasbro, if you asked them that question they'd say "We just did one".

And then they'd ignore you while you explained to them what an utter piece of **** that figure was...  Or they'd say, "Well we just put one out and it sold bad so we're not gonna do that again"....  because god forbid they see that a poor quality toy doesn't sell.   ::)

For my money, the Snowtrooper and Hoth Rebel Footsoldier are both the most needed resculpts of the Hoth figures if you ask me...  They're in my top 10 figure want list overall even.  The Snowtrooper's in dire need of super articulation, or a figure AT LEAST the quality of the Clone Commander #33.  The Hoth Rebel could sport super articulation and even a hidden ball/socket torso joint due to the outfit.  No good army builders exist for Hoth though and I agree that it sucks not to see them in the mix...  I wasn't expecting them at this point though with the Saga sculpts being probably "too new" for Hasbro to put out others so soon.  I'm hoping at some point in the not-too-distant-future they do revisit both figures with SA, and some head variants for the Rebel would be ideal.

I'll be army building (slightly) on Derlin though and Veers I'll likely pick quite a few up if he has his kepi too...  To me that's the best "generic" Officer they've ever done.

Other Collectibles / Re: Lava Lamps
« on: October 18, 2005, 04:27 AM »
So I'm just bumping this to see if anyone's heard/seen anything on these yet?

I keep checking Target and Wal-Mart in hopes of scoring at least one of these Lava Lamps.  I can't believe something this seemingly simple has become such a tremendous pain in my ass to track down.  I never even see these on Ebay or anything...  You'd think it hadn't even been released!

Other Collectibles / Re: Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers
« on: October 18, 2005, 04:24 AM »
Durability, I've found, is rather high...  I got the E3 Anakin saber and it takes a whack.  I wouldn't go nuts dueling with it, but you can clank it around some and it doesn't break.

Cool?  It's scored a 73.  :)

Seriously though, it's fun...  People who aren't even huge fans seem to oggle these things if they see them. 

The Vader Saber is easy to find, it's the ROTJ Luke one that's been a bitch to pick up at Borders I've found.  A new Borders opened at a new mall near me and so far it's not on any major toy runs so none of the collectors I know of have been going near it...  They had 4 I think of the Luke and Vader sabers (4 each that is), and I figured since it's a lower traffic place I may be able to hold off on getting it till I got some $ together.

Well I just popped in over the weekend and to my dismay all the Luke sabers were gone but a beat-to-hell demonstration model on the display and a single packaged one.  My gf, fortunately, had the $ to get the Luke one for me before they sold out and I can pay her back.  They had all 4 Vader's...

Also, a Halloween (temporary, for only during the season) store in the mall had the same display but with all Vader sabers.  They hadn't sold a one of them, so Vader's is easy to get...  Especially at $120 which is the retail around here for them.

They're fun as hell though.  I want to get a nice mix of them and I'm building a riflerack styled rack for mine that will hang on the wall.  I'd like one of every color (hoping they redo Mace's saber), and maybe 2 Blue so I can get all the "iconic" designs too (Anakin and Obi-Wan E3 Sabers, Vader, and ROTJ Luke).

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