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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: C-3PO (ROTS version)
« on: September 3, 2005, 11:34 PM »

This week we are taking a close look at C-3PO (ROTS).  The 3PO has become one of the hot figures in the Revenge line overall actually.  I've seen him on April 2nd and never again.  I'm very glad I bought him that day too since he's been really impossible to find for many.

The figure's not too bad either.  It has pop-off limbs/head too which I always appreciate.  I don't quite understand WHY though, or if 3PO had this incorporated in ROTS but it got cut, but it's welcome nonetheless.

The weird thing about the construction of the figure is that at each point of articulation that pops off the figure has a "socket" built into it of a plastic that has flexibility.  This keeps the figure from going all loosey goosey on you when you've posed him a bit too much.  It's a good feature, and it's funny but this design would lend itself well to Hasbro articulating a 3PO at the knees, wrists, and numerous other joints.  The days of a SA 3PO maybe are just around the corner then?

And that's where this figure sort of fails...  Hasbro could've articulated him a bit more and they chose not to.  Still, the figure looks good on the pegs, it's been "hot", and it should replace the MMC 3PO sculpt as the top sculpt to re-release in the future.  I know I'd buy the ROTS sculpt again with a silver shin if it were offered.

At least till that SA C-3PO comes out...  :)  Come on, you know you want one!

So, share your thoughts and all that... 

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Captain Antilles
« on: September 3, 2005, 11:28 PM »
I'm hearing a lot of "variety" on who this guy is supposed to be.

I know Lucas was intending for the character to be played by Dennis Lawson for a "Wedge Antilles" connection but that changed when Lawson wouldn't, so there's THAT connection too, haha.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security)
« on: September 3, 2005, 11:26 PM »
Obi Pilot's on my to-do list I think, but I just found the figure about a week ago so I haven't gotten it written up just yet.  We've got a lot of others coming up though as well.  Keep your eyes on the review page for sure...  Knowing you're wanting that one will help me prioritize that some. :)

Thanks for the input!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: September 2, 2005, 02:43 AM »
No doubt.  Should've been 4 troops and Ani...  Hell, Ani's not even "right" really...  That's Hasbro for ya though.

Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: September 2, 2005, 12:56 AM »
Jeff just sold me some vintage weapons recently, they arrived great, he was very fair on pricing (better than fair), and he shipped even before I was able to pay him because I've got too many irons in the fire right now, haha. 

Jeff's just a good guy, trust him greatly!

Not that I'm telling you anything the last 6 pages of material didn't already let you know.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: September 1, 2005, 10:26 PM »
Yeah, the quality of it as a final "result" is what keeps me from being too upset at the $40, but at the end of the day if I was doing a review on this I know I'd be listing the cost and pilot as 2 pretty big negatives ultimately.  If it was $30 though I'd not be questioning my desire to buy a 2nd one right now.

This TIE shows me how utterly wasteful the Sandcrawler was though.  That thing was a double whammy though since it included a droid most people wanted (I know I did).  I was fortunate to find a friend to literally GIVE me the pack-ins from that though as he was using his SC for miniatures gaming (good use, and good justification then).  It's that kinda stuff though that makes me wish if Hasbro did pack stuff in, that it was not new in any way.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: September 1, 2005, 06:00 PM »
I think they were in the $27-ish range here...  KM is an ok store but they rape you with price hikes and it's frustrating.  In non-movie years KM is usually a little less, which is funny, but in movie years they gouge.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 1, 2005, 02:43 AM »
Oh yes, and not a far cry from the Hatfields and McCoys as pictured above.

make the beards shorter and patchier, and turn the hats into mesh ballcaps, and you've got about what was duking it out.

The lines at that station went out onto the highway, like I said.  People were hogging in from both entrances, cutting in with their cars and sorta angling to force other people "out" of a pump they'd been waiting on...  Fight broke out.

I've noticed about 5 stations just within my 5 square mile area that have "pre-pay only" out on their pumps now too...  And I don't live in a high crime area or anything, but it seems things are going a bit awry at least where I am.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: EP3 Clonetroopers
« on: September 1, 2005, 12:00 AM »
The Wookiees did get shafted bigtime.

The #43 is a terrible sculpt, with a horribly "posed" foot that makes standing him a real pain, and his articulation is cut so that sucks as well.

If they made the legs separate at the knee, thus requiring the extra "work", why didn't they make the knees hinged like the Preview figure?  That alone would've been about enough for me to be happy with that figure.

The weapons were weak too though...  The Preview had a nice rifle, but I think the bowcaster deserved more love than a lame-ass feature stuck on it.

I actually dislike Tarrful quite a bit due to the articulation...  He also has a weak paint application compared to others, but whatever.  The articulation was my beef with him.

I would like a resculpt of the #43 which I see as the "in-between" sized Wookiees that lie somewhere between Chewie big and Preview gargantuan. :)  A bit more articulation (at least at the legs anyway) and a nice bowcaster resculpt...  I'd dig that. 

I'm actually into the repainted preview WOokiee though.  I'd take a couple straight re-releases of that figure just repainted.  Even with the same accessories, it'd be nice since it's the better figure.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:54 PM »
Indeed, the Interceptors were only noticeable during his arrival in the 4-ship flight diamond formations.  Bombers and Fighters abounded too.

I always thought it funny that  they snuck another fighter design into the final battle but didn't give it too much prominence or importance to show it as a superior ship in any way...  Funny little detail work that the classic trilogy was notoriously great at showing.

I saw most of the POTC repacks once...  The Cantina Wave, Coruscant Waves (anything new basically) didn't fly off shelves but it didn't sit either.  Steady mover and if you were lucky you found them right away too.  I know I got some at K-Mart then found the Cantina wave at WM for clearance prices.

Saw them multiple times though, but I only saw those repacks like the Sandtrooper once, and never again.  Never bought them but should've since it was for those clearance prices.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:44 PM »
You know it Shannon...  :)  Keep up the good spirits.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:43 PM »
It spiked here and I got to watch some hillbillies fight it out at a pump on the hill above my house where it was still $2.49/gal. while others in the area had jumped to $2.79-$2.85/gal. or so.

The line was out onto the highway to get that gas...  The irony was a station had it for $2.55 the next hill over and no real lines.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:38 PM »
Ennis, I hope you're going to be alright and that your home/property is as safe and sound as it can be.  Take care on your trips to your home when you are able to.

The TV footage of down there is just too much to watch at times.  I was watching a thing about the looting last night and that's scary to see how things turn when law/order are lost.  Saw something about a shoot-out between looters and stuff.  Scary.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 31, 2005, 03:47 PM »
I've done lots of measuring and comparing.  Trust me Anton, it's about as close to-scale as Hasbro's ever been.  It measures when compared to dimensions I have from source material at about 1:19 scale rather than 1:18 but given Hasbro's lack of scale on figures (plus them being generally SLIGHTLY shorter than 1:18 anyway) this puts the ship pretty much spot on.  The cockpit is good too compared to what I have for it.  ILM pictures of the model compare nicely to the old Kenner design.

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