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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:24 AM »
Spuffy, I'm still searching.  Nothing found tonight (not a single '04 or prior figure on the shelves actually).

I'll let ya know asap though, after the snow's through and I can get back to a closer WM I feel sure will have stuff.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:22 AM »
Got a set sans R4 tonight (One of the local guys just happened to be there scooping up the LAST R4, so we chatted for a few then parted ways).

I have to say, the Wookie is hands down the best figure out of the wave, and that's saying a lot because I'd say all 3 of the others are VASTLY superior efforts to E2's Sneak Preview wave, except perhaps the R4 compared to E2's R3 unit.

Anyway, the wookie simply rocks all.  He's huge, he has completely removable armor (at least it appears to me his body armor or jewelery would come off if you worked the braids around it), and he holds a rifle with TWO hands!  Yes, Hasbro has actually seen that it's important that a figure with a rifle hold it with two hands...  Nice! 

My only gripes are the big squares cut out of the soles of his feet, the sorta mis-matched paintjob on the fur at every separate piece (the figure almost looks like it was painted and then assembled, rather than the other way around), and that his helmet doesn't fit him well (falls off, so better loose than too tight so it won't fit on I figure).  Oh, and his knee joints are VERY loose.  Mine are anyway...  They almost bow under his weight if posed the wrong way.

Still a grand figure...  Something to behold.

It does appear that they're packing Tion Medon and R4 less to a case too.  Not to raise panic, but R4's were all gone and Tion's were down to two when I got there while Wookies were all over the place as was Greivous.

I'm easily "in" on I'd say 10 more wookies...  Dare I say this is one of the best army builder figures ever made by Hasbro, so hats off.

Tion Medon's what I expected.  His cane's cool...  He has a rifle that, unless it's used in the film, is a bit out of place as an accessory...  He's really quite poseable for what he is actually, and he's a top-notch sculpt with great deco.  He's dull though beyond being kinda freaky looking.  (BTW, the Wookie's articulation is pretty nice too.  Shame to see Hasbro dropping ball/sockets for angle-cuts in some places, but he's still lightyears ahead of anything offered in 2003 or prior, save for a SA Clone).

R4 I only got a glimpse of so my opinion stands.

Greivous is odd...  His arms arne't as poseable as I can tell they could be, and as much as I'd like.  He's got a great saber though, and apparantly someone at Hasbro fibbed to all the people who asked for "single-piece sabers" to come back because he's got the removable blade going on.

His robe actually CONNECTS to his chest via pinholes in his chest (very small and unnoticeable) and 2 small pins on his robe.  Pretty nice.

He's still sporting a lot of articulation and 5 ball/socket joints which is great...  His saber seems like it was intended to plug on him, but I can't tell if it does somewhere.  He's a little tough to pose I'm finding, and I sorta am hoping for a more poseable one in the basic line.  If not, this is a happy substitute...  This guy gets you pumped for E3 though, lemme tell ya.  Makes you want to see him in action.  He just oozes evil, and I was one of the many who didn't care for the concept at first.

That's a mini review...  Figure goodness I tells ya!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookie Army
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:12 AM »
I can buy that...  Especially if Wookie Age, which Lucas was pretty in on himself, is quite a long time, though Chewie's sporting a lotta grey come ROTJ, and even in ANH. 

Either way, this guy's huge.  I just got the set this evening and he's easily the best figure so far.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Celebration 3 Figure: Talking Darth Vader
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:11 AM »

Count me in on the line waiting thing... 

Guess we'll really get to be good friends since we'll obviously be forced to stand with each other for such a long period of time.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:42 PM »
Cut all costs at all costs, and raise prices too...  Thanks Hasbro.

Seriously though (well, I was I guess, but anyway...), these are hitting here too I'm being told...  A WM near me put out a bunch (6 pegs worth) today.  Sounds like everyone's having some premature problems.

And you thought you were the only ones with people who couldn't read the date on the box!  Pffft!  Pittsburgh will match your illiterates and raise you a nimrod!   :-X

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:08 PM »
I like your idea Jeff...  That'd be neat to see, but pros would bitch about it, you know it.  :)

It'd be great though...  Pick a large, good arena and go with it...

If Lemieux's healthy, I think you'd have to bump Pittsburgh slightly. :P  At least better than the Crapitals.

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:02 PM »
Hey Adam, PM me your Rebel Storm minis list...  I'm looking for army builders (Stormtroopers, etc.) for cheap...  it's generally been working out since they're most commons and uncommons. 

Building my troops to actually play the West End Games game with the new minis while I amass my WEG army separately incase I run into someone who still uses those ones too...  Nice to be covered on both sides of the gaming fence I figure.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookie Army
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:00 PM »
I'm wanting quite a few...  I'm just curious if this is "wookie average" and Chewbacca's really just a small guy for his race, or a younger Wookie perhaps?

If this is average, I'm jonesin' for quite a few of these...  If Chewie's average than I'm disappointed somewhat to get "the fat guy", ya know?  But I dunno...  He's cool, either way, just maybe not to the point I want tons...  5 though, I'd say, at least.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 02:56 PM »
And Tion has a pimp cane...  That has to count for something.  :)  It made Poggel a more interesting figure I thought...  Give him the big hat and you're off to the Pimps & Hos convention.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Sad State of Padme Episode III Figures
« on: January 21, 2005, 02:55 PM »
She gets the shaft, I agree...  On the other hand, I guess I never cared for her in all her outfits either, so I just didn't care if we got her in them all or not unless they were prominent...  I think perhaps over time we'll see more of them roll out and that's ok more or less.

I think any one of prominence should get a figure though, like Droid Factory Padme's outfit was pretty prominent...  Can't think of too many other ones though since she does have so many costume changes.  It gets to be a bit much.

I liked it better when a character wore the same clothes all the time...  Made it stinkier, but easier for figure making. :)

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 21, 2005, 01:29 AM »
I wouldn't doubt it, and if it is "limited" (possible, but why the hell limit a set for army building?  Dumber things have happened though) then the price these are ringing in at is at least a little more understandable...  Still not 100% justified to me though, but short production runs have higher start-up costs involved. 

annoying, stupid, and a larger production run would've sold just as well, but it does lend more credence to the price.

Again though, you're right Jeff that it's all in their best interest...  Maybe they're honest with their consumers though?  I dunno.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 21, 2005, 01:05 AM »
Pens are trying to pimp Wheeling Nailers (Don't ask me what the name means) games...  Wheeling, WV isn't too far really, if you live down near Pittsburgh, but I'm a good 2 hours or so from Wheeling... 

They are playing a game at the Pen's practice arena, however I can't get there that night...  :(  I'd go...  They were pretty good last year I thought.

If I want hockey, it'll be watching peewee or pick-up at the rink where my gym is I guess.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 2005 - What are you watching?
« on: January 21, 2005, 01:01 AM »
In general I just turn the TV on and let it go on one of my more favored channels, but I've gotten hooked on some shows lately.

I dig:

-Nanny 911 & Super Nanny...  SN is not as good though, which is surprising since you'd think they'd be identical.

-Wife Swap (or whatever that is on ABC)...  That is just great.

Beyond that I'm a pretty big Comedy Central Loyalist...  Had Spike not taken Star Trek TNG and DS9 off the evenings, i'd still be watching it nightly.  What a bunch of dickweeds.  >:(

I watched the first couple rounds of American Idol to see their worst get kicked off.  The actual competition's retarded to me, but I enjoy the people embarassing themselves in the first two episodes.  I loved listening to Howard Stern's recap of them.  Funny.

Which brings me to the other show I watch...  Stern...  I tend to watch him on E! since I am a Stern fan through & through.  My buddy got Sirius for X-Mas (just on a whim from his dad) and it's really great...  I wasn't gonna go over, but seeing the product for what it is, I think I'm gonna buy into it just because it's so great on its own.

Hmmm, beyond that I like the History Channel and sometimes just put it on and leave it on if Comedy Central's airing crappy stuff.  Wanda Does It, Shorties Watching Shories, and Drawn Together just sucked to me...  I hate that Blue Collar Comedy Tour too.

Comedy Central still has the best programming out of any channel on TV right now though.

Oh, but HBO's great when Deadwood, Sopranos, and Bill Maher are all new...  I dig Dennis Miller re-runs too, and they've had great stand-up specials lately (Lewis Black, and Dave Attel from 1996!), but they're all reruns or new crap I dislike right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: January 21, 2005, 12:53 AM »
yeah, i can't even say I've been burned on Ebay ever.  There was what I feel was an attempt but I can be a very persuasive (IE: persistant and rather intrusive) and think I got my product because I was raising hell...

It's just outta hand.  And for the Canuckleheads, it costs a LITTLE more to send but not what some of those guys say they'll charge to ship up North...  It's total bull****.  Not only are they spiking it on domestic shipping but I've seen guys say "Well, it's gonna cost another $5 or so to ship to Canada".

I declare Shenanigans on that ****!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 12:30 AM »
Indeed, those are great pictures Jared, thanks!  I dig knowing just how great a figure that Wookie's turning out to be.  So that's NOT the officer Wookie named Tarful then?  Just a generic one?  Very cool to me...  I just hope he's abundant enough to find.

I wonder if Chewie's sort of a runt for his species?

Tion Medon's cool I think, nonetheless.  As cool as any "senator" type figure can be.

Greivous is really growing on me, and the fact the first version they make of him's pretty poseable and "neutral" and I'm already getting hyped to see more of that guy in Clone Wars and E3.  Rock on Star Wars!

My disappointment for R4 is a surprise...  I don't like "features" with the middle leg, and wish Hasbro would've just done a basic re-release of the R2-Q5 body...  To me, that's astromech perfection.  I dig the colors though (a first), and the planet's neat too.

I just hate pissing with what I felt was perfect...  VOTC R2 doesn't even compare to all the astro's that used the R2-Q5 body, IMO.

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