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Messages - Jesse James

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Yeah, welcome aboard to JD...  Amazing you posted your first post about this.  You should go introduce yourself in the introductions forum....

A very nice Destroyer that's being talked about...  Not $2500 nice to me...  But a lot of work went into it for sure.  I'd dig building one myself but nowhere to display anything that big for certain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's got the best burger?
« on: June 28, 2005, 04:41 PM »
Did they have TV's in the floor?

With my head hung low because of the attrocious bill, I did notice some TV's in the floor, yes... 

And I swear that bird was saying "Thanks for the paycheck, sucker!" under that stupid assed mask.

Yeah, but they sucked.   

Revenge of the Sith / Re: New Deluxes
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:38 AM »
I'd dig a Droid 3-pack, but only if it was ALL battledroids (not the super, or any other droid).  An officer/Oom9 paintjob, and done in 3 color variants.  Green, Cream, and Red...  I'd prefer one sculpt though, and poseable.

Take the Droid from the Episode One Naboo 4-pack (the TRU set) and just cast him in all those colors.  That'd be a sweet set I'd sink a lotta money into.  As it stands my Clones are shooting at thin air for the most part...  Well, a couple spider droids act as targets too I guess.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:36 AM »
Close...  He's not blind, but he only has feet so that's all he's able to paint with.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 28, 2005, 12:29 AM »
What I find funny is army building exclusives at all...  Exclusives, by their nature, generally are a shorter production run than basic run items, so really it seems like a shot in the foot in the long-run as far as profitability...  If you can sell more, shouldn't you try?

Price on these could be anywhere but just because the Target Clone was overpriced doesn't necessarilly mean these will be...  Look at the 4-packs from a while back, they weren't really poorly priced for what you got, they were just piss-poor sets...  A deluxe-sized exclusive is sort of new, so where it falls price-wise is anyone's guess...  Same with production runs though, these could be made in droves, and they could really actually sit.

I recall the Clone Wars 3-packs actually getting to a point where they didn't fly off the pegs, at least where I live, and even some were found when TRU finally clearanced Clone Wars Deluxe.  I still regret passing that Spider Droid and the 3-packs I saw sit on sale for $8 since they'd have made good trade bait, and I'd kinda like having the Spider Droid now.  Live and learn.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Urban exploration
« on: June 27, 2005, 10:15 PM »
May have to check that out...

Pittsburgh's got a lotta old buildings around sort of like that.  Old Assylums and whatnot that are usually overgrown now by the surrounding woods and things.  Creepy but they never get torn down or anything.  One was to go down because of a Wal-Mart that wanted to be built where it stands but the people in the area fought the WM so it still sits there.  A guard is paid to watch over it and that's all.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: June 27, 2005, 05:48 PM »
The headsculpts look accurate to me...  They look like Christensen spot-on, and miles beyond any previous attempt. 

My beef with the 2nd pic there Jess, is the hand-painting more than the sculpt.  The eyes are all wrong, the skintone's a little funky...  Hand-painted early samples can really be hit or miss, and that one's a miss.  I think the sculpt's just dandy though as I'm sure it's what they used for tha tproduction photo just above it.  And that, is a sweet looking figure to me...

ROTS Anakin is the same.  Much crisper sculpt, accurate...  Blows his basic counterparts out of the water.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jorg Sacul AFA u 100
« on: June 27, 2005, 05:45 PM »
It's all in who you know.

I think the AFA grades "on the curve" for big dogs like Brian Smelling and Cloud City because they probably send items in "bulk" for grading.

Just like politics baby!   :P

That's a really good point Ruiner...  And it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.  Who's to say the AFA people aren't being dishonest, ya know?  But...  People seem to feel a need to have others judge their stuff instead of judging it for themselves.  If I had such a lack of faith in myself in this hobby (I mean, vintage is a tough hobby to know inside out, but modern?  Sheesh!) I think it'd be time to hang it up...  People really need to work on their confidence/self-worth issues I think...

The ones I hit probably have 12 or more Lando's and as many Yoda's.  That's every store...  These seem to be the casemates these Stormies come with I think.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 27, 2005, 05:29 PM »
The only positive to that rumor is that if it is the 3-pack I can ignore looking for it too hard...  I've cut deluxe sets out as something I have to have all of, and those Clone 3-packs absolutely blow in my opinion. 

$10 for a lack in overall quality to get basically 1 more figure than you would if you bought these as all "basic" poseable figures is not a fair trade-off in my eyes.  Gimme 3 SA figures.  You have all the molds tooled for grunts, so it's the only thing I feel is worth buying at this point...  I'm with Jared though in waiting for some confirmation on this, but if it holds true to the current word, I'll just have money for other **** I actually have interest in buying.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: June 27, 2005, 05:12 AM »
I've now seen some pictures of the next Hot Toys AvP line...  Looks sweet.

If you get all 8 you get pieces to build a 12" Alien Queen too I guess.  Among the new stuff was an Eldar Predator, a "Transforming" Predator, a chest-bursting predator, open and closed Alien Eggs, a Grid Alien, Warrior Alien, and Scar Predator...

Not sure what is up with those eggs.  They better be something more than just set dressing or they'll be ****** for $10-ish.

I'm in for a set though I think...  I'm pleased as punch with the Hot Toys figures I got.  They fit in well with Star Wars, and look BIG compared to average human figures just like they should.  A little unstable/limp and wanna fall over at times, but they work. 

My aliens give me more fits than my Predators...  They can be a real bitch to stand up.  It's a balance on the legs and tail.

Toy Reviews / Re: Commander Bacara...thumbs down
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:22 AM »
I'd be more lenient if the left arm were better, but overall I agree with you Scott.

However I think his skirt is removable...  It seems to have a snap feature similar to the first Clone Commander, it's just on pretty snug.  A little hot water may loosen that up a bit but it seems possibly removable.

I'd take a resculpt however I doubt it happens for some reason. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:19 AM »
I know I've seen customs with 2-piece helmets (BTW, thanks for that shot Jared, I'd forgotten about that one)...  I like to think if a customizer can do it, Hasbro can, but they simply choose not to for whatever reason. 

I'd dig a 2-piece one too...  I'm so happy to see this be a seemingly substantial improvement over the VOTC though that I'm just jonesin' to pick that set up...  I'll forever want that 2-piece helmet though...  And a nice meditation chamber too.

I got Bacarra today too...   :-\

Not too swift...  However, after rethinking this topic I'd take ONE resculpt of the Clone...  Something that was only an improvement.  SA Clone articulation + AT-TE Gunner's hip articulation + removable helmet ala the TE Gunner...  A lot on one figure, but that'd be the only thing I'd want to see "new" in the basic Clone sculpt...

Beyond that, I still think the #41 Clone could be the perfect base, and would've made Bacarra worth something more than a one-time-buy kind of figure (or two if you want his accessories to make a SA Bacarra).  He's lacking for certain...  I'm not sure why certain figures are losing the leg articulation.  He has, the Neimodian Warrior, Wookiee Warrior...  Seems like a big step backwards to me, especially since the Wookiee's legs swivel even.  Bacarra's definitely the weakest of the Clones thus far though and I hope his grunts (when/if they arrive) are substantially better.

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