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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's this place's THING?
« on: March 20, 2003, 05:41 PM »
I had no idea it was that kind of site.

Cool.  :D

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Saga 4-packs: Love 'em or hate 'em?
« on: March 20, 2003, 05:38 PM »
I like it when they make me retire customs...

I have given up on screen accurate Star Wars customs until Hasbro quits making these things altogether! Just when you think you've found an uber-obscure figure from the movies, along comes Hasbro before the paint's even dry to announce, "Oh yeah! We've been planning that one for YEARS! BWA-HA-HA-ha-haaaa!"

Even concept figures aren't safe. I'm sticking to fan-fic for the time being. My Mace in Jedi Training Gear is pretty sweet, and I doubt Hasbro will ever be offering THAT.  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / What's this place's THING?
« on: March 20, 2003, 05:25 PM »
Wuher's has EZ Cheez, the BHC has monkets, but what does Watto's have?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Saga 4-packs: Love 'em or hate 'em?
« on: March 20, 2003, 05:00 PM »
- Imperial Set: The only thing that will keep me from buying more than one is the Vader figure. I have no use for lots o' Vaders otherwise I'd be picking up a case of these army builders.

- Bounty Hunters: I'm in it for the swoop. Everything else will probably become custom fodder, unless I like the deco better. (Will Fett's final deco be TESB or ROTJ flavored?)

- Rescue on Hoth Set: After seeing Hoth Han's ridiculously wide stance (shades of General Lando!), I suspected a tauntaun was a comin'.  No army-builders means only one for MisterPL.

- Rebel set: Considering Hasbro's already offered Endor Troopers and Hoth Troopers as exclusives, I'm going to guess these will be from ANH. Repainted Rebel Fleet Troopers (Massassi Temple deco) would be cool, variant heads would be cooler, but would a Fan Choice figure be out of the question? Is this where Hasbro will put General Dodonna? A Yavin Rebel Hangar Technician maybe? So many choices...

Whittling the choices down to ten was a bear. I'd hate to be Star Wars product manager for Hasbro. (That's a bald-faced lie.)

That Sandcrawler idea just came to me. Must be the creative environment I'm posting in. I think I'll stay. ;)

Slightly OT, I have sketches I did of a Sandcrawler carrying case that would be perfect for an exclusive figure or two. It would be sculpted, of course, but double as a foldout play environment similar to the Episode I Artoo-Detoo carrying case. Dang that was a fun case. I bought two.

Maybe we could have a Top Ten ANH Vehicles/Playsets list some time?

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Stikfas figures...???
« on: March 20, 2003, 04:31 PM »
LOL, OCB! But please tell me you're not one of those "Han wore his vest in TESB!" fanatics.

Newbies / Re: Post sober.
« on: March 20, 2003, 04:25 PM »
BTW, regarding the customization of Stikfas, is it safe to assume you've already seen this guy's excellent work John...? Since Stikfas is a Hasbro licensee, I wouldn't be too surprised to see some official SW product coming down the line in the not so distant future...   :)

I replied in that thread, but yes, I saw those customs. As a Star Wars collector, those are the LAST customs I would choose to do. Maybe if Hasbro had never done such great 3 3/4" figures, I'd feel differently but doing Star Wars Stikfas seems redundant to me. (Still, the thought of a fully poseable protocol droid is appealing. Hmmm...)

I'm doing a "definitive" line of mostly DC characters (mainly from the Silver Age), but I'll throw some Marvel and Star Trek characters in there, too. I like the idea of having figures from many different "universes" co-existing in the same scale. Brings Mego to mind. My first Stikfa custom was a Batman Beyond, however. Something black, something easy, just to get my feet wet. Now I've got a modern Nightwing, a Silver Age Atom, and an Obsidian all going at once. It's addictive and therapeutic at the same time.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Stikfas figures...???
« on: March 20, 2003, 04:01 PM »
These are pretty pricey as is. I'd expect Hasbro to offer a set of G.I. Joe Stikfas kits before they put any other licenses on them. Considering it's an in-house license and they've already got a military slant to them, G.I. Joe's a natural.

Star Wars would be an obvious choice. Image a single Stormtrooper Kit with enough accessories to allow you to build not only a standard stormie, but a Sandtrooper and Death Star Space Trooper as well. If done properly, licensed Stikfas could be HUGE.

Custom Stikfas ICMG anyone?





Newbies / Re: Post sober.
« on: March 20, 2003, 03:08 PM »
PS I also now have procured a shopping cart for our little trip to CA

It's a big archive. We should bring at least two.  ;)

I'm going to have to politely ask that you not bait OCB like that...

MisterPL: Master Baiter. I'm not sure I like the way that comes off.

Anyway, I'm sure Han's coat is actually reversible, and my trip to the archives with OCB will prove it. We're going to need a cameraman, though. Any takers?

Hasbro really needs to finish the Cantina aliens and other obscure characters before they drop the 3 3/4" altogether, take a year-long hiatus, and jumpstart with a 6" line of definitive Star Wars figures. To that end they should consider offering the following:

- Cantina Boxed Sets: a few sets that include never-before-done figures like the Tonnika Sisters, Kitik Keed'kak, Myo, Bom Vimdin, and last but certainly not least Hem Dazon. Resculpts of existing figures like Dr. Evazan or reissues like Figrin D'an might be welcome and could help keep costs down.

- Imperial Forces: I'd really like a set of figures from the Death Star that includes the hard-to-find Motti figure along with a resculpted Tarkin, a Colonel Wulf Yularen and a General Tagge. Old guys in military dress rock. (Especially if they come with that cool table.)

- Rebel Forces: Ditto for the good guys. Characters like General Dodonna, Commander Bob Hudsol and Del Goren would be great huddled around the Yavin tactical monitor. Throw in a generic technician like Col. Feyn Gospic and I'm happy.

- Droids, droids, droids: The sandcrawler scene was for robots what the cantina scene was for aliens and dammit, I can't get enough! I want a box shaped like the Jawa sandcrawler with a flip-up lid revealing a window featuring the following droids: R5-D4, WED Treadwell, CZ-3, RA-7, LIN-V8K Demolition Droid, and R1-G4.

- Anchorhead: Letting my geek out here. I want Biggs and Camie and Fixer and Deak from the cut scenes. Heck I'd even take another Wormie if Hasbro would finally include his poncho.

- The Homestead: As much as I like the first incarnations of Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru, they look pretty sick next to the more current figures. Resculpt  and accessorize them with a 2X-3KPR maintenance droid, a fully articulated Treadwell, and a few scurriers and I'm tickled.

- Concept Art: The McQuarrie Stormtrooper is just the tip of the iceberg. Give me the rest. Concept versions of Chewbacca, Luke, Leia, the droids, and especially Vader are all dying to be offered as a boxed set. I know this is EU, but it's GOOD EU.  ;D

Sorry about breaking formation, I was on a roll. If I had to choose my Top Ten from all those I've mentioned, they'd be the following:

- Tonnika Sisters
- Kitik Keed'kak
- Myo
- Hem Dazon
- General Tagge
- Anchorhead Biggs
- Del Goren
- R1-G4
- CZ-3

Technically that's ten, but I've got to scream out for a Concept Vader to go with that Stormtrooper that's coming out. Love that McQuarrie art!

Newbies / Post sober.
« on: March 20, 2003, 09:29 AM »
Just thought I'd swing by and check out the place. JediMAC was nice enough to give me a personal invitation, which is always flattering. It's like being invited to a party.

For those unfamiliar with me (which might be more than a few since I've been accused of being private  ;) ), here's some background:

- Picked up a black crayon when I was two to draw - not color - in my Batman coloring book. Haven't stopped drawing yet and Batman's still my favorite fictional character.

- Saw Star Wars in 1977 when I was ten; love at first sight. Been collecting the 3 3/4" line ever since.

- Married, two kids, dog, renting a big house but looking to own and probably relocate.

- Worked for West End Games for two years, helping to develop the Expanded Universe (yes, some of that is my fault). As a designer, I worked on various ship designs and also illustrated a Topps trading card for their Star Wars Galaxy II set.

- Currently I'm an art director with CSS Industries, a Star Wars licensee that manufactures Star Wars Valentines for kids. It sounds silly but it's virtually identical to the demographic Hasbro goes after and has gotten me beyond the gates at Skywalker Ranch, so I can't complain. The company also has the dubious distinction of owning Illusive Concepts (the folks who brought us the life-size Han in Carbonite collectible) and Don Post Studios (a venerable Star Wars licensee until Paper Magic purchased them shortly before Episode II hit).

- On the 'net, I'm MisterPL, a nickname given to me by my colleagues. (Sometimes my son even calls me that.) I've been through the CSW/RS/GH transition, having been roaming nomadically through forums like Yakface's Realm (pre-porn era, of course) and SSG. You'll see me stirring the pot at the Official Site from time to time, but I usually stick to GH and RS for news.

- Random opinions: Stikfas are God's gift to customizers. The Lord of the Rings is Toy Biz's best line ever. Art Asylum is truly screwing up the Star Trek license, though its Minimates line has me hooked. And DC Direct is FINALLY putting out some first-class super hero figures with mass-market appeal and I'm loving every minute of it.

- "Post sober." That's been my online motto forever. It stems from too many encounters with Jekyll & Hyde posters. One day they're civil and fun, the next they're flaming you while typing with their elbows. It has recently been brought to my attention that "post sober" actually means "drunk," but I love the irony so much I think I'll keep it.

There, I hope that's enough info to tide people over. Thanks again for the invite. I'll be around.

- John

(PS - Han's coat is blue.)

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