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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Mace Windu (Lightsaber Attack)
« on: September 10, 2005, 01:11 AM »
Forgot to put this out last night...  Busy.

Taking a look here at Mace Windu (Lightsaber Attack) in all his glory.  For those of you looking to find that definitive Mace Windu, well keep looking further because this isn't it.   :-\

I had to tweak my point of view a bit really to review this figure because had this been released in the 2002 Attack of the Clones figure launch, I honestly would've probably given it some praise for effort.

But comparing Mace to other ROTS figures he's a letdown really.  He's missing the articulation and aesthetics of collection 2 figures, and I think that while he's been a popular sell-through at retail that he's a letdown overall and I long for a truly super articulated Mace with a great likeness and softgoods robes.

The figure's a sign of Hasbro's effort to make Collection 1 BETTER though, and you have to give them some praise for that, but the figure is off the mark of quality as a LOT of the Collection 1 figures in ROTS's line were.

That's not to say the #6 Clone was a bad figure though,f or instance, but figures like the kicking Obi-Wan, Yoda, or Anakin were all missing something (or many things) and so is this Mace. 

The line's done well, I wholely believe that can be attributed to kids this time around whereas the last 2 films weren't that great to the public and subsequently the toy lines failed too.  ROTS had a lot more kid interest, Collection 1 moved then, but the kiddies will be leaving as they always do so hopefully that Mace we all want (you know you do) is on its way the way we want it.

Read the full review though, check back here if you'd like, and enjoy!  Thanks for the readership too, I wanted to take a moment to thank you guys that have chimed in and shared your thoughts and comments about the job I'm doing.  I appreciate that and you, as do all the Jedi Defender staffers.  Thanks!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: September 10, 2005, 01:00 AM »
A big HUGE thanks to Ryan (Sith Lord Chaos) as he got me some Evo sets to get me at least caught up for my minimum wants for now. ;)

I'll get my duplicates as I find them but I totally appreciate the help keeping an eye out for me like that Lando, it's definitely appreciated!  I've had such bad luck on these.

The report you just made though Blackdog, about ALL those sets, that's promising.  Maybe these are just slow to get pushed out the door and have only been at a trickle?  VOTC was like that as I recall, then the deluge came.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: September 10, 2005, 12:54 AM »
I don't like the price, but it's not deterring me from wanting a 2nd TIE to at least have a flanking flight of 2.   :-\  The ship is just that good.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: September 10, 2005, 12:51 AM »
Thanks to Brent, I got one in the mail today. :)  Sweeeeet.  That rounds out the CW line for me pretty much.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: why so few jedi from the clone wars???
« on: September 10, 2005, 12:50 AM »
I like movie sculpting but accurate to the toon's looks of each character.

For instance Mace's costume wasn't like his film ones but it was not garbled up with all kinds of ugly armor really.

Sae Sae Tinn they made a good figure for him, as with Obi-Wan, but both could've used more articulation.  Both were in the better category of CW figures I thought.

Figures I'd like include:

-IG Lancer Droids w/bikes (Deluxe ala the Deluxe Durge)
-Lancer Clones w/bikes (released with the droids, and I'd like new bikes/swoops for both figures.  Do the speederbike justice and sculpt it to-scale like the Secura BARC Speeder got)
-Aquatic Assault Clone (Kit needs a companion)
-Massassi Battle Anakin (articulate the other arm and legs on the battlepack Anakin, tone down the "make-up", and that's a nice SA damaged Ani).  A softgoods vest you can "rip" off him is a neat idea too.
-Armored Obi-Wan...  No removable armor, just nice articulation softgoods cape, and removable helmet.  I'd buy an extra Clone for the bike just for this figure. :)
-Battledroid Deluxe Pack (3 droids, 1 cream, 1 red, 1 green).
-SA Clone Deluxe Pack (3 Clones.  2 white, 1 color and that color varies by pack)
-SA ARC Trooper (blue and red variants w/"special weapons" like the shoulder launcher, mini-gun, etc.)
-Muftak Jedi
-Ithorian Jedi
-New Mace
-New Anakin (E2 and E3 styled heads interchangeable for early and late-war looks).
-Grievous Damaged Ki-Adi Mundi
-Royal Guard re-releases (blue and red)
-Republic "Crewman" (seen prepping Torrent Fighters)
-Yoda w/Mount Deluxe Figure
-Damaged Mace Windu & SBD Deluxe 2-pack

I'm sure I could think of other stuff really if I had my DVD to look at too.  Not to mention vehicles.  I'd love a to-scale Torrent Fighter and to-scale Fanblade fighter.  :)

Oh and then the thugs from Assajj's "trials" there's a ton of ideas there...  Snowbunny padme, 3PO incognito (cloak), Palpatine variety...  :)  I love the CW toons and think figures from them would just be great, but only in the movie styled sculpting, just keeping accurate to the toon's ideas of costumes and such.

Those battlepack figures we got recently were all a disappointment to me.  Even Assajj was worse (IMO) than the CW carded figure I felt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday rebeltrader!!!
« on: September 9, 2005, 04:09 PM »
Happy birthday man!

Feedback / Re: CHEWIE's feedback
« on: September 9, 2005, 04:07 AM »
I too forgot to post some feedback for CHEWIE here recently for some stuff he'd sent me.  Not Star Wars, but he was really overly prompt shipping it while I get my online deals hashed out, haha. 

Thanks CHEWIE, you rock man, and definitely are an asset to the boards here!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: September 9, 2005, 12:02 AM »

I have 1 Anakin set so I'm looking for multiple Clone sets (obviously), at least 2 Sith sets, and 1 more Anakin set.  Yeah, got my work cut out for me.

Hasbro made great sets with these, and I even like the packaging enough that I'm not tossing it for certain.  It's great.  Then they don't seemingly get them to retail in any quantity at all.  Unbelievable.  I can't imagine they would not push these at least as hard as the VOTC were, but so far they seem just like a real bitch to track down.  I'm workin' on it though out here but retail's dead once again.  WM's are empty and only Target's seemingly stocking much right now.  Go figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: HELP FROM ANY FANS
« on: September 8, 2005, 11:55 PM »
Sure, if he was someone we all knew, then I would probably believe him.

Funny you should say that.

I lost my collection tonight in a tragic curling accident and would like help.

70 VOTC Stormtroopers, and 10 Clone evolutions sets are what I need.  Any help, thanks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Jesse James!!!
« on: September 8, 2005, 03:46 AM »
Chris, you're a busy man...  :)  And you're welcome, you know I like the gig.

Thank you IA...  Totally appreciated, and I had a good day for sure.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Runs affected by Gas Prices?
« on: September 8, 2005, 03:39 AM »
I'm going to hop in and first say that namecalling isn't tolerated so nobody do it...  I don't care how much anyone disagrees here right now.

I'm going to also say though, that there is the walking of a fine line of being terribly offensive with some opinions.  I partly agree and respect opinions on both sides I'm seeing, but I'm also "poor" and buy Star Wars figures, as are many others I know, and I don't know anyone who doesn't manage a balance in the hobby right now...  And no, I don't own a home.  So, I'm going to ask that when we discuss the behaviors of collectors, we try to respect them all and remember that poor, rich, and in-between are all entitled to happiness in life so long as they can manage their lives themselves.

In this world, if you drive and pay for gas you have a right to an opinion on it irregardless of your income level and other spending habits, and we need to remember that.  There's a lot of varying factors around gas prices and this whole situation.  It's a touchy one in the world obviously.  There's no need to "add fuel to the fire" by arguing about the issue and what some people maybe "should" be doing in one's opinion.  Nobody here knows the other person intimately enough to judge them like that, so let us drop it at that please, on both sides.

Thank you, please drive through.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Jesse James!!!
« on: September 8, 2005, 01:19 AM »
You guys just rock. :)  Thanks again. 

And Brad...  We'll always have Paris.   :'(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: HELP FROM ANY FANS
« on: September 8, 2005, 01:16 AM »
I need loose stormtroopers - anyone want to send me some?

You saw the PM he sent me, he's already got dibs Rob.   ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 8, 2005, 01:14 AM »
Yeah, Kris Benson's wife, he's a starting pitcher here for the NY Mets.  If you ask me, I think she's seriously overrated to the point of being annoying.

That skank listed her favorite restaurant being in Pittsburgh...  It's one of the few times I wished for irreperable damage to anything in our fair city just so she would stay away.

I wrote Stern (that's where that interview was at E, I remember it well) an email he read on the air that said, "Pittsburgh reached our whore limit so we basically had to let Benson go due to his wife".  And it got a chuckle.

She's a skank, and I can't say we miss her or him here in the city.  Then again I forget we have a ballteam now and then.  I just look at their park as nice scenery to the skyline.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: why so few jedi from the clone wars???
« on: September 8, 2005, 12:43 AM »

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