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My dollars went to a second OTC Yoda rather than the OTC one. The faces of the ones I saw were just way too off for me, plus the cloak did little to impress. I like the snake, but not 10-bucks like.

The second OTC Yoda I have (actually, the fiance found it at the store) has a paintjob like I never beleived I'd see, and really makes the figure one of the best looking Star Wars toys I own, period. Add in the extremely posable arms, and I have no need for another Yoda in the foreseeable future.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: September 3, 2004, 07:46 AM »
I'm gonna go against the grain and plauy a little Devil's Advocate here...

I seem to remember a lot of folks saying they wanted all the Jedi Council figures made, no matter what. Thanks to these sets, t has happened.

I remember seeing people post "All I want is a (insert Jedi name) who can sit down like they did in the council scene with softgoods skirt and knee joints" Thanks to these sets, you've gotten quite a few of those.

Look, the first two sets were marginally decent: new characters, new sculpts. Some folks bought six of them to complete the Council circle. If you didn't, well, at least you now have the option of picking up sets with different figures to complete your scene.

It's sort of a case of being careful what you wish for, 'cause if you keep saying "I don't care how it gets done, I want the full Jedi Council Screen Scene," boy are you gonna get it.

(BTW, I never wanted one, I haven't bought a single one of these sets, and I don't expect to now.)

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Cloud City
« on: August 30, 2004, 10:51 PM »
So, when are we due for some more updates here?  Don't leave us hanging like this Muftak!  Hopefully you're settled into your new place by now and you've delved back into your Cloud City project.  Your fans await!   :P

My fans... ::)

My toys are still not settled to satisfaction at the new place. Way less room than I had before (on account of the fiance moving in and all, but don't tell her I said that!) so I no longer have both a workroom and a display room. It took forever just to get the Death Star back out and situated.

And so much to do while there is still some summer in the air..! Cloud City hasn't even been unpacked yet, but I am hoping to get to some of that stuff in the next couple weeks. Plus I finally found a Cloud Car Pilot at the store, so my motivation is coming back to me.

In the meantime, here's a Cloud City Prequel to enjoy first diorama from two years ago, which I built to gear up for the Death Star.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 27, 2004, 11:46 AM »
Mosnab, I've seen that wave show up once and once only here as well. It was at a TRU, they seemed to have one case and that was that.

I'd assume they're in the pike for other stores, but I couldn't put a guess on when. Seems like everyone is still putting out those first couple cases of stuff. I hope the retailers didn't blow it again by ordering enough of the first few waves to fill their own warehouses till Christmas. It's happened before...

Remember back at the height of Saga when Hasbro was aggressively marketing these things but the shelves were crammed with the first couple cases of figures? Remember drop shipments arriving at every KB in the country on the same day of the newest waves? Hopefully they'll be ready to take care of us again, clearing the VOTC that don't move to make way for new waves. Maybe we'll see special Obi-Wan/Han Solo two-packs offered for six bucks someday...

Power of the Force 2 / Re: The Beginning of POTF2
« on: August 26, 2004, 01:18 PM »
I remember seeing the Toy Fair image of the first bunch of POTF2 figures in a Wizard Magazine sometime in the spring or summer of 95 and feeling my heart skip a beat.

They were real...modern...Star Wars figures!!

At the time I was collecting odds and ends of toys: Aliens stuff and X-Men stuff are what I remember mostly. Sometime that September I was at the local TRU and saw a handful of the new Star Wars toys on the pegs. My first grab consisted of Luke, Han, Chewie, Ben, Artoo, and Vader. They were all that was there. A few weeks later I found a couple of Stormtroopers and a Leia. Then a Landspeeder and an AT-ST.

I skipped out on the X-Wing and Falcon ,but eventually picked up a TIE. I liked the toys a lot...even the big EU extra weapons everyone came with. The lightsabers seemed a little long, but they were see-through colored plastic so I forgave them.

And those bios on the back of the cards...what an extra! I had been playing the RPG for a few years prior, and it was neat to see all the info from the Sourcebooks carried over to the new toys.

My Mom actually found C-3PO and Boba Fett for me not long after (half-circle Fett, that I proudly opened up and stuck on my shelf with all the others.) I had seen pictures of the New Fett on a Toy collecting magazine (no idea which one anymore) and thought--Wow!! It looks like a model or something! I had no idea it would be out so quickly. In the comic magazines they touted the return of Star Wars toys, and I learned what would be coming next.

It wasn't long before I had that next batch of figures,  Yoda, Lando, Luke Pilot, TIE Pilot (the hardest one for me to find back then!) Hoth Han and Dagobah Luke all hit here that same winter. Then it was a long wait, eight months or so, till Shadows toys hit.

I collected the entire POTF2 line steadily and displayed it all, until I moved into my own place in Summer '98 and had to pack everything away. Most of that old stuff still hasn't come back out. I "took off" from collecting for a couple years then, until 2001 or so when POTJ started to heat my enthusiasm back up. By then I was online alot of the time, and found the RS/CSW communities just before the big merge. And I've been with it ever since.

Original Trilogy Collection / VOTC...haven't I seen these before?
« on: August 26, 2004, 01:00 PM »
File this one under the "nothing new under the sun" heading...

I was thinking this morning about how all-out Hasbro seems to be going with the rehashes this year to capitalize on the DVD releases, and comparing it to the THX VHS releases back in 95. You know, the whole POTF2 thing.

I thought "wouldn't it have been great to see fifty figures spanning all the movies released at once back then?"

To which I replied: "Yeah, but they all would've been rehashes from the vintage era, probably, with only six new figures thrown in."

"Not necessarily," I responded. "after all, we also got the VOTC line this year. That's something"

And then it hit me: The VOTC of 2004 mirror the original POTF2 line-up almost exactly. To wit:

Luke Skywalker (ANH outfit)
Han Solo (ANH outfit)
Princess Leia (ANH outfit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Darth Vader
Artoo Detoo

Followed closely by:

Boba Fett
Lando Calrissian

Throw a Pilot Luke into the VOTC, and you have the first two waves of POTF2 represented completely. Plus a rehash of the vintage X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Falcon.

Kind of amazing how far we've come in ten years, and how much things are exactly the same.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: CHEWIE's CUSTOM UPDATE
« on: August 25, 2004, 06:55 PM »
Those are all just phenomenal. Seriously...I'd buy that Bib Fortuna in a heartbeat!

Even though it's all identifiable parts (for the most part) your use of them is absolutely great. You take the pieces of that Jedi Warriors 3-pack and make 'em look good!Hasbro could sell 3-packs of sets like these and I'd eat up whole cases at a time.

Greta work all around CHEWIE! Even the backdrop is outstanding!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 25, 2004, 06:46 PM »
I'm still searching too. Stores are picked over.... only OTC Hans and about 2 VOTC Hans are the best I could find.

I've just gotten home from a road trip from NE Ohio to Maine (by way of Boston) and back, making a few WalMart/Target stops along the way...and the only conclusion I can make is that New England is as ruled by Dagobah waves as the Midwest.


Well, okay, that's not entirely true...I did in fact find a Wal*Mart in Scranton PA that had three Lobots warming the pegs (and nothing else, no Aaylas, no Hoth Troopers), and I relieved them of one of him.

And my fiance' had the good luck to pick me up a nice Spirit Obi and Bespin Luke (as well as an OTC Yoda that has the most spot-on paint app I've ever seen. Museum quality!) the other day, so I can't complain too much, I've gotten just about everything I've been looking for...

...except...Cloud Car Pilots... :(

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: August 8, 2004, 02:53 PM »
I nabbed an OTC Greedo...  I have to say, he's really nice.

I second JJ's sentiments. I saw an OTC Greedo today and WOW[/b] what a nice paint job. I didn't pick him up though--I already had a VOTC Vader and Luke in the bag and I just couldn't justify an extra of a figure I already have a few of.

That VOTC Luke really took by surprise. I had no desire or intent to ever pick him up, but when I saw him in real life he looked like really an amazing figure--the soft goods did not come out nearly as wonky as the pics seemed to convey. I bought him and popped him open and I have to say it really is a nice figure.

Vader is up there too. His chain is a little distracting, but if you tilt his head down in a "menacing" pose it lays nice, and even turns with his head. More glittery than I'd expected, I might have to take a Sharpie to it. And my god, that cape--it's enormous and billowing but light and hangs great. Just a great Vader, almost really worth the 10 bucks in and of himself.

So, so far I've only passed up Ben and Yoda VOTCs. The Jedi can't get no love from me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Operation Mindcrime 2 is Coming!
« on: August 4, 2004, 10:11 PM »
I remember now.

I remember how it started...

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Setting the Bar
« on: August 4, 2004, 10:07 PM »
I can totally see these coming back again someday, as ten-dollar sets with some changes.

Han could have his chest remolded to allow for a removable vest. They could remake his gunbelt to be removable, and slap a removable stormtrooper belt in the package too.

Chewie could have "poppable" head hairstyle changes, and a removable bandolier (if not already. ;) ) and gas mask.

Luke could come with a ton of accessories--all the old T-16s, tools, rifles, floppy hats, maybe even a poncho. Then give us the blastshield training helmet and a new lightsaber with snap-on training remote. Throw all that in and they would have a "new" figure I would pay ten dollars for (whereas I'm not gonna buy him in the VOTC pack).

Vader could be remade with a plastic cape, and removable headgear. Throw in some other accessory and he'd be "new" and worth it too.

I don't think we're seeing the last of "most" of the parts of the VOTC. Definitely never in Vintage packages. I can see why they'd be reluctant to make them 5-dollar figures someday, though. After the "special" Fett became a pack-in twice, I don't think collectors (at least, not openers)would bite on the special 10-dollar figures anymore.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 4, 2004, 09:46 PM »
Best. Chewie. Ever. Looks like Hasbro has another winner.

Too bad he doesn't have ball jointed knees though.  :(

Fear not, Diddly:

He has pivoting thighs, ball-jointed knees, and standard articulation at his ankles and hips.

As for the separate bandolier, I did indeed assume it would have to be for the articulation to work. I suppose it could very well be a part of one of the three sections (if it were I'd guess the shoulders--but look at how it drapes over the left shoulder joint so well...) Matt is correct to point out it isn't listed as a separate accessory, though, and they did list Luke's shirt and belt as such so...

I'm holding out that it's removable. From nothing other than my own sheer willpower, if necessary.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 4, 2004, 04:10 PM »
That Chewie sounds really nice. Removable bandolier, three pose-points in the torso, the articulated ankles. The sculpt looks really nice as well, for a ROTJ Chewie it's really spot-on. 80s BonJovi hair and everything.

I'll definitely buy him.

Not so sure about Fett. It looks nice and posable, but the arms look wonky, maybe just too big or something. I'll have to see it in person to be sure, but it doesn't impress me too much right now.


I am really trying to be a fan of the new "head on a stick" articulation. It sounds really neat in theory, it looks a little wonky at the jawline of most of the figures, but it does give the heads more posablitity.

The deal-sealer ought to be the ease of popping off the heads. The Clone Wars Asajj Ventress figure was able to have a nice removable cloak thanks to the feature. Dagobah Luke actually comes with two heads to make use of the easy head-pop.

But why for the love of all that's holy does every neck post need to be a different size?

I tried to play around this afternoon with some simple stuff--Dagobah Luke's head on VOTC Han and vice-versa, but the necks are two different sizes and the results are awkward. So I tried Ozzel, yet a third size. So I tried Dagobah Yoda. He's actually pretty close to Ozzel, but why in the world would I want Yoda to be wearing an Imperial Admiral Uniform (unless he's in disguise..?)

Way to go Hasbro. One step forward, two steps back.

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