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Episode 1 / Re: Wave 2 accessory sets
« on: July 9, 2005, 12:20 AM »
Tattooine set had a couple black pistols in it I liked...  I think that was the set.  They're completely new sculpts and reminiscent of Han's DL-44.  They're different enough that they look nice with customs.  About their only worth though.

The tools the sets had were neat.  Odpening backpacks were fun even if the shoulder straps sucked.

I hate these paint variants that float out...  They are confusing and can really make picking up a nice single version of a figure harder than necessary.

For instance, finding Vader w/his table has been nye on impossible in my area.  A buddy of mine picked me up one that I have to get off of him at our next meeting, but I have no clue (nor choice) in which paint variation I get...  :(  And with the way Deluxe clogs pegs it'll be a real bitch for me to find the other versions to pick one up I potentially would like more.

This charred Anakin you're searching out info on Rob, sounds much the same, and with him being one of the hotter figures right now he seems like he'll be as big a pain to find the paint variation you want.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: I don't like action features!
« on: July 8, 2005, 09:25 PM »
The problem I felt that plagued action-feature figures was that it often still came at the cost of additional articulation.  That is what it seemed like to me anyway.

You slap ball/socket knees on Mace Windu, or the Anakins and Obi-Wans, and I'd have been a little more pleased with collection 1 this go-round.  Plus loose arm joints tended to be right on the tails of an action feature.

#6 Clone's the ideal action-feature-laden figure in my book.  Great articulation, great sculpt, and a feature you can't see but which works for what it was supposed to do.  I liked the Super Battledroid from AOTC for that reason.  Short of more arm articulation, I would've totally been happy with that figure.  I love the exploding feature, the battledamaged chest...  Those were neat ideas.

Drop that lame-ass extra "world devastator arm" he had and give his regular right arm a swivel joint at the forearm, and I'd have bought a lot more SBD's.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Introducing Jasmine Alyssa Cable
« on: July 8, 2005, 04:04 PM »
Congrats to you and your wife Bill!

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 8, 2005, 03:35 AM »
Eh, the Japanese didn't have the swiftest junk in the war anyway...  I'm not surprised since I don't know many people that could name a piece of Japanese armor but a Panther or Tiger Tank are sorta known names... 

I wish they'd crank out those movie figures.  I think 21st has a good thing going with maybe doing Bridge Too Far, Bridge on River Kwai, Platoon, or other war film figures...  I'd take some SPR figures i know, or a Band of Brothers boxed set of re-issued 101st Para's with new headsculpts.

At this point though, those boxed sets they showed a while ago would be nice to see something new about...  Same with some new figures.  They gotta get off their ass and put stuff out routinely though, and stop dicking us around about junk.  BBI as well, who showed those great WW2 US infantry guys then nothing...  Well screw you too BBI!  >:(

Other Toy Lines / Re: Army of Darkness?
« on: July 8, 2005, 03:32 AM »
Maybe means another trip to Suncoast I guess.

They're not the absolute best fodder, but if you need corpses there's nothing better I say. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 8, 2005, 03:18 AM »
Well, like I said, GIJ waist/hips are generally unattractive... 

I'm all for the AT-TE Gunner's ball/socket hip joints, and SA Clone/Stormtroopers have a great ball/socket torso...  I can't see that looking great on figures you can't hide it on though.  It'd look like crap on a Han Solo figure for instance.  It worked on VOTC Chewbacca because it could be hidden under the fur...  It'd look terrible on an Episode One Obi-Wan though...  Just not my cup of tea.

How the ball/socket hip looks would depend on the figure as well.  On VOTC Luke, Ball/socket hips look like **** really.  On the AT-TE Gunner they're nice, but the armor of the character can hide a lot.

Flexible plastic and actual rubber are different eggs...  I don't think they'd have a durable plastic with the elasticity required for the O-Ring styled articulation.  There comes a point where you need either plastic, or rubber, but not a rubber-like plastic.

And again, if it's constructed the same way as a GIJ is, I think the gaping hole in the back looks terrible as well.

For my mileage I'll applaud Hasbro's Super Articulation style they have right now, as it's the balance of looks and articulation that this line's tried for.  I do think there is such a thing as "over-doing it" with articulation and I think GIJ styled articulation would be crossing that line on a lot of figures.  I love poseability too though, but only if it's not too obtrusive to how the figure looks.  That's what I dig about SW figures and what I don't care for about GIJ.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 05:09 PM »
The Japanese are going to be at SDCC, so they're on the way...

I would like Russians and British troops, maybe some French Resistance too, but Italians and stuff may have a tougher time appealing to people outside the die-hards.  Kind of like obscure armor and planes...  I dunno.

I'd think Russians and British, or even just British figures would have some popularity. 

I'dd be happy with much of anything right now though...  Besides the Marines, it's been a while since new figures were out.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 02:57 AM »
Yeah, I blew the pic up and it's really neat looking...  Actually.

Weird, but if you wanted an "Eagle's Nest Defense" diorama it could work maybe?  I was thinking that SS in parade dress were still defending the Eagle's Nest when the 101st arrived, but in short supply.

They're definitely 21st figures...  Look to have the new articulation, all apear to have removable headgear...

I dunno that $150 is what I wanna plunk down for 16 figures though.  :(  Otherwise I'd buy a set.

Now, do that with all Wermacht in field grey, and cammo, and winter fatigues, and I'd buy ALL 3 sets.  Maybe even a couple of each if given time.

Same with Marines, and US Army Infantry sets.  I'd dig paratrooper sets too so long as they both were D-Day/Europe specific...  A Market Garden set wouldn't hurt either.

For the German sets it would be great if field caps and helmets were included for all troops, but that's just being picky. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 02:02 AM »
I'd buy them, but for no real reason other than to have a set...

I'd much rather see Series 1 US and German infantry in the new articulation style with removable headgear.  That's a 12-pack that would get me.  I guess 21st maybe feels that, if they're gonna get slapped on the wrist for selling "Nazi" stuff anywya, they may as well actually SELL Nazi stuff... 

I'd really rather that they focused on common war-time uni's though like U.S. infantry and German Infantry...   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 7, 2005, 01:58 AM »
Frankly, I'm excited about the Jedi vs. Sith set.

It features Asaj (who I don't have) and I always fall for the removable armor gimmick.

The downside is the sculpt on's pretty ******.

I'm kinda digging that set too Ruiner...  Especially the Obi-Wan figure.  Not sure on the armor, but I think he looks like a decent Episode 2 Obi-Wan which is sorely missing in this line.

Assajj...  I have one, but I'd take another for customizing reasons.

Anakin is at least a CW figure realistically sculpted, which I'd like more of.  I don't care for the toon figures really.

The others I'm indifferent about.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 7, 2005, 01:55 AM »
Yeah, I like GIJ's for what they are as well...  I think they're a good toy line, they're just their own "style", and that works for them. 

There's huge gaps at their hip joints though, clearly visible.  They have huge gaps where the metal pins go into their thighs.  They often don't want to sit right at the waist (their ass sticks out awkwardly) because of the O-Ring mechanism.  They, of course, have a huge hole in their back to allow for the screw to secure their torso halves.  The O-Rings do dry-rot over time, it's inevitable (all rubber materials deteorate quicker than plastics).  The waist joint is often more visible than on Star Wars figures (sometimes it sits well and tight so it hides the articulation enough but sometimes it doesn't).

I haven't ever known anyone to t hink that the GIJ articulation was really "pretty" compared to what Star Wars has in its line...  That's mostly because GIJ was a toy line based on articulation over aesthetic appeal while Star Wars has changed over its modern line in an attempt ot find balance...  At first the line was aimed squarely at kids, but slowly Hasbro realized kids don't sustain a toy line like this forever so the line changed for a more "realistic" look...  Then over time articulation was increased here and there, but keeping the figure appealing looking has always been an issue that Hasbro has faced.  In recent years they've adopted a lot of ball/socket articulation, injection molding is routine, and they've been able to put out a highly realistically sculpted figure that also sports a lot of articulation (when they want to give it a lot of articulation).  They could still improve the line standard I believe...  A lot of the Collection 1 figures for the ROTS line, for instance, could've used knee joints but didn't get them (Mace Windu, etc.).  However, I would say that they've made great strides.  I just hope they keep at least the Royal Guard's articulation as the bare minimum for army builders, "action" oriented figures, and main characters...  Be nice if it was kept to aliens and background collector-ish figures too, however Senators and the like just don't need the articulation, nor can many support that level of articulation unless cloth robes are used. 

I think GIJ's are cool...  I think they do some really neat things with that line...  But I think it'd make for some ugly figures in the SW line.  I just hope Hasbro keeps their current attitude towards articulation and maintains these improvements over the line's life post-films...  I fear a regression, especially with seeing figures like the Wookiee #2, Neimodian Gunner, and Bacara, who all have less articulation than I'd have liked to see.

Episode 1 / Re: Wave 2 accessory sets
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:26 AM »
No, those were the Target exclusive sets released during Saga's run...

Another good idea gone awry at the hands of Hasbro, actually.

Of course, I'm in the minority though who actually thorougly enjoyed the little Hoth Tank Droid.  Still, those sets were pretty weakly executed in their own right, especially at their price.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:22 AM »
At a recent show, BBI unveiled 1:18 scale Paratroopers (82nd and 101st) with working chutes...  Now, there's a catch.

The figures look unbelievable, and BBI's new articulation is great, but unfortunately it appears the harnesses and life vests are molded on gear that cannot be removed.  :(  This sucks total balls, to be perfectly blunt.  It'll be cool to have one or two guys like they're landing or something, but they don't make good figures for ANYTHING but this.  :(

I'm so bummed that they don't have the removable gear...  That'd make them truly fantastic figures.  They still look good for what they are, and have lots of equipment (Machine guns, mortars, etc.).  BBI's always got top-notch accessories.  I just wish we'd have figures that could complement the 21st guys in a diorama.  I hope they opt for some non-parachute-laden paratroopers.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:19 AM »
Yeah I'm bummed too Paul...  But, you never know if the line will get picked up by someone somehow, so don't give up totally...  Can hope for it, ya know?

I'd still love a Civil War line since it was just something so influencial on my life, but whatever...  Not for now I guess.

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