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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.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone #6 vs Clone #41
« on: June 27, 2005, 03:08 AM »
The Gunnery crews in the space battle are what stand out to me...  Hadn't thought of looking in the temple closely though...

Man I gotta go see that again...  Just itchin' to go.

i didn't tape it Dale, sorry...  Hopefully one of these folks can help.  I don't have any tapes TO tape with.   :-\


Well, to me this just shows how loose the LFL people are with the continuity...  All the more reason to NOT accept everything written!  However, I will say that a lot of Fan-Fiction is very nice work...  Much of it even surpasses the stuff LFL is paying for, which is sad given what they probably are paying to get some of that stuff written!

It's funny but I've seen people make custom levels to games that are so nicely written and play so well that you just WISH they had some pull in developing the storylines of games.  Lucasarts has lost a step there (at least from time to time).

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Anybody get the plug n' play yet?
« on: June 27, 2005, 12:58 AM »
From what I hear it's the same game as the Vader one, just for those not sure... 

I've yet to get either since there appear to be so many.  It's one of those things I want but don't wanna pay full price for...  The game shots look ok though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 27, 2005, 12:57 AM »
Thanks for the # Jay Double, as it may help quite a few people out (hopefully).  Currently no word on these showing in my area but perhaps soon.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: June 27, 2005, 12:43 AM »
I think AOTC Anakin and ROTS Anakin both look fantastic actually...  As per our front page, here's some images of what I think the final product's going to look like while the shot shown before is the figures from C3 which weren't seemingly the "final" product.


I think the headsculpts on both look great in those pictures...  Much truer to the actor than the hand-painted ones at C3 which can either be REALLY great or not too accurate. 

I agree that ROTS Ani's robe poofs a bit, however I've never trusted displayed shots unless a collector did it.  :)  I can get my VOTC Obi's cloak to lay better than any shot I ever saw, yet it still sorta bites.  I'm thinking that, by the look of the fabric on ROS Ani, I can get the robe to lay better than the effort made in that picture. 

The Vader, I think, had a removable helmet...  It may just be another Vader, but if it's got a removable helmet and the ball/socket joints I'm thinking it has, it's going to blow the VOTC out of the water which is currently my #1...  :)  I'm all for that!

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