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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Baby Russell arrived, 03/20/05
« on: March 21, 2005, 01:01 AM »
Way to go Dean, congratulations man.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: March 20, 2005, 03:09 AM »
I caught Robots on Friday...  I found it to be quite good, but not the best in this sort of 3-D film genre that appeals to adults and kids alike (Clumping things like Shrek, Ice Age, and Toy Story together regardless of who makes them).

It's got little SW quirks...  Though not many.  It's ok though, and had me laughing.  It kept my gf's 2 sons and their 2 friends entertained as well, probably moreso than myself, but the film wasn't bad it just didn't have as many adult jokes as other films like this have in the past.  Felt it was much more slanted to the kids than the big kids.

My highlight was the E3 trailer...  Whoa mama!

But, anyway, I came away with another gripe to add to Jared's ones up there...

3) You should be allowed to punch parents that ENCOURAGE their kid(s) to talk.  Some woman beside me did just that with 2 children ENTIRELY too young to take to the theatre (one required sitting on this woman's lap through the film).  At a toon I expect a certain level of chatter, but this woman literally held conversations about the film with her kids (or grandkids, she looked too old to have kids that young) throughout the film, start to finish.

And worst of all, in the SW trailer too.   >:(

Can't fault the kids here...  But if I could've bitch slapped the parental unit and gotten away with it..  well that thought crossed my mind more than once.

Toy Reviews / Review: Bespin Leia
« on: March 19, 2005, 04:15 AM »
Thanks to some serious ass-busting, my reviews are going up at lightning quick speed, so here we go with another one that's been lying around in the archives, Bespin Leia.

Not the best figure in the world, and one I think Hasbro could've tried to wow us a little more on, but it also serves a certain purpose to put this figure out and be done with her...  My review's a little critical but that's because I felt so GROSSLY underwhelmed by her.  A truly bland chunk of plastic that, if they aren't gonna try at making her interesting, then I hope they never retread this territory again then.

Click HERE to read the review, and of course everyone's welcome to chime in here if they'd like or do up your own review (not necessarilly in this thread either, do whatever) and opinions...

Myself, I've spent $5 better in my life, but thems the breaks.  Like I said, she serves a purpose and replaces a rather unattractive Leia that was in her place.


Just so you guys know, in my review I listed her as having THREE points of articulation when in reality she has 5.  I completely overlooked the rather useless cuts she has in the middle of her arms. 

A half-assed wrist articulation?  I don't know what their deal is, but I did short-change her on that, so just for the record I'm aware of that.  She still has pathetically limited articulation...  5 points was standard 10 years ago.  Too bad Hasbro decided to jump back into the 90's.  Wonder if they can pick me up some flannel and change my grades from my Junionr year in high school while they're there?  ::)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: March 19, 2005, 03:26 AM »
Hmmm, further investigating and all the Series 2 are in the 4 to 4.5" range...  Including a captive human.  Interesting.

3 just around Pittsburgh...  Not sure if anyone's gonna even bother locally that I know, though I imagine some will.  I'm going with the intent of buying little.  More hoping to get the local gang out for a drink afterwards...  That'd be more fun to me.

May nab an army builder or two though, just to satiate any figure needs I have that evening. 

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Trailer
« on: March 19, 2005, 02:18 AM »
I got back from the lil lady's this evening after we took a tear to see Robots...  Part of me had the intent of seeing the Trailer only, and the movie was just secondary...  The movie was better than I thought (Funny SW line in it too), but the kicker was the trailer of course.

Seeing it on that screen rocked...  She even commented to me that it looked like a good movie.  This coming from a woman who doesn't look at SW fondly.

The space battles look like if they were in IMAX format they'd make you sick...  which of course now i hope it reaches the IMAX format somehow. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: March 19, 2005, 02:13 AM »
Hmmmm....  Thanks man, I appreciate these helpful links Mr.PL.

Sounds like a possible replacement, or at least temporary one, but I'm still intrigued on the Kenner set with the (likely) more poseable figure and eggs with slime.  I dig eggs with slime...  Just keep picturing a great custom diorama of Imperials stuck to the walls of her nest, slime on some...  Couple laying on the floor with their chests burst open.

Morbid, but so damn cool!


Part of me also holds a TREMENDOUS ammount of hope now though that McFarlane sees perhaps that the 4"-ish scale's superior...  That perhaps he'll start catering to it more.  He may make some of the worlds shittiest toys but as stand-in items they'll work, and if they're mini dioramas/playsets then the more the merrier.

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 17, 2005, 08:29 PM »
Nice...  hard to believe these are just due next Monday already...  C3, E3, new figures galore, Clone Wars out the ass...

I'm overwhelmed to say the least.

The teaser commercials are fan-frickin'-tastic too.  The Clones with mini-guns?  Fuggetaboutit!  Gonna be fun...  Gonna be sensory overload too, but it's gonna be fun.

Toy Reviews / Re: Review: Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah)
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:17 PM »
Spirits and Holographics too.  That Holo Emperor SUCKS. 

Part of me would love casting a full size GG bust in translucent resin for a giant Emperor head...  That little exclusive blew though.

The Holo Sidious was miles superior to that...  Dunno why we got the same thing for $10 that we got basically for free from Frito Lay some years prior.   ::)  And both sucked, but it sucks less when it's free, ya know?  :P

Toy Reviews / Review: Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah)
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:03 PM »

Didn't want to let this go...  My news post on the Spirit Ben already has found its way to the bottom of our front page!  :)  News is just hectic at this time of year I guess, hehe.

Anyway, up next is Original Trilogy Collection Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi (Dagobah Wave), and this is a dandy of a figure with what I wholely expect to be made into an "alive" repainted version some day as well.  Would I turn my nose to that?  Hell no!

Click Right Here and read the full review, and of course share your opinions here if you'd like or form your own review...  Whatever.

Me, I enjoyed this figure...  It's a massive update.  I'd dig a Ben who could sit since he did sit to explain some junk to Luke, but how does one pull softgoods off in spirit form?  I like to think of myself as a seasoned customizer, and even I'm at a loss on that one short of using the utmost in pliable plastic for the skirt...

It's possible if you went that route though, as there's currently some Germans with trenchcoats in the X-Treme Detail line that the coat flexes tremendously.

I don't know how that would turn out though on a spirit character.

My biggest gripe with Ben though is he makes the other characters in spirit form just look flat out bad at this point.  Yikes!  Hopefully they get redone, and though I'd expect a new Spirit Anakin, I'd like the old style Anakin done up too...  For the nostalgia.  I mean, just use the same mold, ya know?

But, Ben's pretty good... Sparse on accessories like R2 was, but he fleshed out that wave well so just read the review and of course you're welcome to join in the picking of nits if you'd like!

Toy Reviews / Re: Review: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:55 PM »
Havne't really noticed that on mine...  I only got one though, so I dunno if that's a potential problem.

I know the Saga R2 that used basically the same body and everything had problems like that though...  Some did anyway.  Sloppy electronics inside.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:52 PM »
The good thing for you guys is Target's are a dime a dozen out there in Cali, right?  I always thought they were anyway...

Out in Pitt, they're still sporatic.  There's 5 I can think of off the top of my head, but they're all spaced apart quite a bit, and none are "close" to me.  45 minutes at best, and some a bit more than that.

I'm hoping the 5 have people spread out enough though...  I figure I can hit 2 of them in relative speed, incase.  I want the Vader but part of me doesn't want to deal with this crap either...  That I can skip these and not feel bad about not having a complete chrome set since it's not on the same cardback as all the others.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 17, 2005, 05:50 PM »
This one is for Jesse...what "Could" be if Hasbro would just try ...

Hah!  Thanks Paul, I needed a laugh today. :)

I'm actually thankful to see Lucas made the Alderaanians in a separate uniform all together, and the Troops from ANH 100% different and less well clothed.  It keeps with the notion the guys in ANH aren't "Alderaanian Rebels", except for maybe by blood, and that their uniform's a blanket Rebel uniform for all races/species...

I do hope for a new one after ROTS perhaps...  With the future, Hasbro said they were running with army builders more because they were awakened to that market niche within the brand, so I'm hoping classic AB's will get some facelifts along the way, especially the Rebs (Hoth, Fleet Troop, Endor)...  They are overdue for some quality, poseable, neutral figures.

The pic gave me a laugh man, thanks.  :)  Good to hear from ya too, it's been a little while.

To me, that's the marketing campain shot of a lifetime that Hasbro SHOULD have been using.  Little vision there on their part.  That just looks kickass.

Way to go man. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Saint Patricks Day!
« on: March 17, 2005, 01:20 AM »

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