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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: My first customs (Clones)
« on: May 12, 2005, 05:01 AM »
That's good work man...  Very smooth painting, and from what I can see there's minimal brush strokes left (if any), very straight/smooth lines...  You did a goodjob.

Clone repaints are kind of the Astromech of the new generation of customizers I've noticed.  At one time, repainting an R2 was how people really got into the hobby.  It's that leaping board people needed to see that they can make their collection that much more diverse than what Hasbro will do for them...

Clones have taken that role now it would seem, and it's nice to see new faces giving things a try.  Hopefully you start getting into the more advanced stuff then like head/part swaps, and the like. 

What was it Obi Wan said?   "You've taken your first step into a much larger galaxy...."  :)  Customizing consumes you!  You wanna check out the more "advanced" stuff, just stop by or check other people's work out and get inspired.

Toy Reviews / New Review: Feltipern Trevagg
« on: May 12, 2005, 04:56 AM »

This guy's a freak, and you gotta love that!  Hasbro fleshed out some of the most obscure figures in plastic form when they unveiled their "Cantina Wave" to us, and boy did they make many a die-hard collector happy. 

Three Cantina aliens all at one time, and now I review the final figure from that fantastic wave, Feltipern Trevagg (Cantina Encounter)!

Read The Full Review Right Here, and as always I appreciate any feedback, comments, opinions or whatever if you'd like to share.

Basically, I liked the Cantina wave overall, even Dannik Jerriko, but part of me thinks I gave him props because I know I can fix him too...  Otherwise he's somewhat a letdown.

Feltipern won my heart as maybe my favorite figure of the wave though, with his fuzzy head, vibrant (and clean) colors, great articulation (all things considered), and what I think is probably the most accurate sculpt in the Cantina overall.  Hasbro knocked one out of the park as far as I can tell.

The figure's great, but read the full review to judge for yourself...  I recommend this wave to everyone though if you don't have a set.  They're the kinds of figures we put up with 10 horrendous efforts from Hasbro just to get this little bite of how good that company CAN be when they want to.  They make collecting worthwhile. :)

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: May 12, 2005, 04:09 AM »
16.5" high (a hair less) should be the height if the figures are 1/52...  Though their scale seems suspect.  Many are a whole head taller than others.  It's insane with that line at times.

Brent, I too am looking to army build...  I'm trying to build up on the common troops to play under the WEG rules...  I wish they'd whip up a lot more soldiers and just do packs of common troops.   :-\

Newbies / Re: Achuta!
« on: May 12, 2005, 03:48 AM »
Hey JediSearch, welcome aboard....

That's a great link, I've never seen that before.  May come in handy actually from a customizing point of view.  You never know when little resources like that become pretty useful.  You can make your scripts semi-realistic, if you wanted, in dioramas and things.

Anyways, have a good time...  Hope you enjoy the place, and any questions you've got you're welcome to ask.

Modern Classifieds / Re: Anyone want VOTC Bubbles and Cards?
« on: May 12, 2005, 03:36 AM »

I sold a ton over at FFURG's forums to a carded customizer.  You may wanna try that.  His nic there is Mecanno Man.  I dont' think he's on over here.

I agree with Rob...

You wanna blame someone, retail and Hasbro are right there...  Solid cases of Clones would sell.  3-packs of Clones would sell.  Clones sell.  Hasbro doesn't get the figures out there...  That's more the problem.  They shouldn't EVER offer a Clone as an exclusive.  To me, that was a bad move in and of itself.

The "Hoarder" title applies to people with other intents...  They want to trade to help themselves out (I don't necessarilly disagree with this), or the term as I more generally apply it is to people "investing".  Investor maybe is better than hoarder.  The guy who gets all the CLones he can thinking he'll make a buck down the road.  No different than a Scalper...

Army builders...  I know that's at least why SOME of the Clones are gone in my area, I can't fathom it isn't at least part of the reason I can't get a TE Gunner or Commander (Or #41 Clone, or Wookiee Warrior #2) in my area, but I also think scalpers/hoarders(investors) are in the mix there more.  And at least ARmy Builders are my collector buddies just with different styles...  The other guys are just jagoffs that are screwing the hobby over for personal gain.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 11, 2005, 03:10 AM »
TRU's they still appear in.  That's all I hear at this point though.

I'd like more myself...  Tough to come by for me, but our own Kneel Before Zod (Rob) has quite a hefty army. :)  He found lots.

I found that the biggest floodgate opening of them was when Wal-Mart clearanced the OTC/VOTC and stuff that never saw pegs at that store wound up hitting pegs for $7 or less!  I got 3 Stormies that way actually.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jedi After Episode 3?
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:19 AM »
Canon is what Canon does and stuff...  I agree.  I'm just speaking hypothetically here, since the Jedi Knight storyline appeals to me... 

The only thing that I see that doesn't jive with Jedi surviving is their apparant lack of effort to help the Alliance...  Besides Ben's name being on some "911 list" for Leia, it seems odd that Jedi in seclusion/hiding wouldn't try fighting somehow...  Then again they seemed to not be terribly interested in galacitc politics, and if they're scattered without communication perhaps some feel it's best to just walk away from the situation and fade into obscurity...  Disillusionment with war, especially after basically losing, would seem a possible reason they'd not really want to fight on.

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:12 AM »
I truly hate our Toy Show for scalpers though...  It's turned into (well, it's this way every time STar Wars is on a "high" I guess) a scalper's delight...  $15-$20 Ephant Mon's on $3.99 KB cards, every ROTS figure you couldn't find was at the show last go-round...  Pisses me off sometimes.

I think the show is going to be smaller with them breaking it up, but I hope I'm wrong...  I'll be there, but for every Target Clone I see I'll feel like leaving a Cleveland Steamer on their tables.   ::)


Can you elaborate on the toy?  Is it a 3.75" thing or different?  I'm not super familiar with the Matrix films...  I remember their walker-type things that were like the mech suits in Aliens though...

I'd like taking one of those and using it simply for a mech suit in Star Wars...  this looks like it oculd be a good base.

Where'd you pick that up at if I may ask?

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jedi After Episode 3?
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:22 PM »
I could see Jedi doing things OTHER than warring too...  Checking up on potential military fronts and whatnot...  investigating losses or "situations of interest".  There's a lotta Jedi but they dont' need to all be leading armies of course.

I liked the Rahn story, though little seems known about it.  Sad he gets offed like he does, by who he gets offed by, after surviving so long through even the Emperor's death...  It's like running the marathon think you're in first, only to find out someone was just out of your vision.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: This week in SW Comics.....
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:18 PM »
Nice!  Thanks Brad.

I'm gonna try my luck at one of the last comic houses in Pittsburgh (Phantom of the Attic) since it is on my one semi-routine toy run.  If that fails, it's off to Amazon to buy that and a few others (to make shipping worthy).

I like that bound format myself...  I like things being compiled in one book.  I need that for customs stuff too.  Good Juggernaught and Empire Era TE pictures.

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:13 PM »
For the scale-curious, the AT-AT looks spot-on...  Resources put it at 15m tall, which is inaccurate to even the films, so ignore that...  it's between 20 and 22 m tall in the films, and has many clear shots.

Eyeballing the pictures above (which have minis in them, great!), the AT-AT looks DEAD on in-scale.  It's one of the few things I'm sure I'm going to buckle down and pre-order.

The AT-ST I'm assuming will also then match up to the AT-AT and figures in scale...  Kudos to WOTC putting out some really quality pieces that minis gamers have wanted for YEARS.  Literally decades now.

The problem now is that the Alliance has many ass-whippings coming their way if they don't mount up some armor.  Most minis gamers have been fielding rebel (and Imperial) tanks for years...  Customs, kitbashes, whatever.  Time to bump up those numbers though with AT-AT's ont he move!  :)  Though mini gamers have been using Kenner AT-AT's anyway, but I digress.

That is sweet, thanks for the pics Brent...  I didn't get any good shots of it at the con so your picture more than makes up for it.  You rock man!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: To soft good or not to soft good?
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:07 PM »
There's a customizer out there who goes by the name of Findswoman...  She worked the FFURG booth at C3 for a while showing how to do quality softgoods customs, and she really does a great job.

If I am able to find a custom of hers I'll link it here...  She had some of her stuff on display at the booth during C3.  She really does top-notch work with fabrics on 3.75" figures (I'm pretty sure she works with 12" figures too but she shines with the 3.75" since it's not always an easy task). 

She had a Zuckuss (POTF2 I think) that was in the case...  If you'd seen this thing, you'd have WANTED softgoods on your figure even if you ardently oppose softgoods use.  The figure just looked tattered, worn, and perfect.  It was nicely done. 

I just never get over how Hasbro's Jedi robes ALWAYS suck.  They did that TC Mace right...  I can only imagine a whole robe in that fabric would look fantastic.  I'm one of the few who actually really enjoyed that figure for what it was....  Its robe was the best fabric ever.

A ROTS case-in-point about bad fabric though...  Take a look at Agen Kolar's skirt.  I dunno what they were going with (VOTC Obi's skirt is more the proper fabric, but is missing all the "layers" necessary for accuracy) on Kolar's skirt...  It's got the layers VOTC Obi's doesn't have, but the fabric is incredibly stiff.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: To soft good or not to soft good?
« on: May 10, 2005, 05:30 PM »
I'm loving ROTS because of the softgoods features...  Not exclusively, but they're a huge part anyway.

Case in point, Luminara Unduli and Shaak Ti are both the best "apology" figures from their Saga incarnations that I could fathom, short of ball/socket ankles and elbows (yeah, nothing's perfect).  A look at Luminara's skirt, and it's flawless.  It has texture that looks in-scale, it has ribs in it that look like folds in the fabric in-scale...  She's great, and it allows for one super poseable (mostly) Jedi.  I love that figure, and Shaak too.

Count Dooku, and his upcoming Evolutions version, both are, again, near flawless in my opinion.  Great figures.  

Ki-Adi has a great softgoods robe too, and makes for the best version of his figure so far.  He's fantastic.

I think cloth allowed this too...  It doesn't look bulky or puffy on any of these figures to me, and it fits perfectly.  I'd cite the Royal Guards, but they already have been mentioned.

At times it's good...  At times it's not so good.  I'm ok with certain figures (VOTC Yoda) because alongside him came the OTC Yoda...  You get the best of both really, at about the same time.  I actually like VOTC better I think just because it's the first really poseable Yoda...

I think ROTS has done well for cloth features though.  I think Saesee Tinn is a huge step forward compared to his Clone Wars version...  A little fabric glue though, and CW SaeSae Tinn looks pretty good too.  Sometimes the cloth just isn't great because they can't all be hand-sewn and have special attention paid.

Obi-Wan VOTC though...  That's bad softgoods robes.  You make that in a light/limp fabric like the "Total Control" Mace Windu's cloak though, and you have yourself a really REALLY nice removable cloth Jedi robe.  Sometimes it's more the quality material used than the idea that all soft goods look bad...  

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