View Full Version : What do you think about 'add-on effects' like Captain Typho's laser flash?

01-15-2002, 01:43 PM
What do you think about 'add-on effects' like Captain Typho's laser flash?

Now that we've seen some of Episode II's figures, we've seen lightsabers come with blaster deflection effects as well as even the guns having add-on firing effects.

Like 'em?

01-15-2002, 02:22 PM
Looks silly if you ask me. It's almost as bad as the prototype Bespin Vader with the pinkish SPLASH from his hand.

Plain and simple, just more crapola to be charged more for......:crazed:

01-15-2002, 02:24 PM
I don't mind them as long as they can be removed. Shaak-Ti's blast reflection looks stupid though.

01-15-2002, 02:56 PM
This takes me back to the days of the Flashback figures, and especially Palpatine's force lightning bolts which were detachable. In that case, removing the effects would make the figure look pretty dumb. I'd be inclined to remove any deflected/produced blaster shots from Jedi, Naboo or any other figures, unless of course it is complementary and enhances the figure. Just another way Hasbro is able to recoup more money from us. :( :)

01-15-2002, 03:03 PM
Hmmm, works for some but looks daft on others. If anyone noticed the little pegs on Jango and Boba's backpacks on the jet thrusters, there will obviously be little flame jets to attach to them which will look cool.
The blast deflections on the sabers will look poo. But the blaster bolts will look okat if you like to make dioramas or play with the toys, no longer will the toys just stand threateningly, now they can actually shoot other characters. :) That has to be cool surely?
I'm not sure that whoever took the photos of the prototypes has any kind of imagination though as they obviously thought the blasts were some kind of hand held accessory when it was patently obvious that they were blasts to go with guns and sabers and hand deflections in the case of Plo Koon by the looks of it.
I'll wait until I see them close up and factory produced before passing final judgement because the Hasbro promo pics are always misleading in that they show the toys in a far better light than the actual toys that hit retail. ;)

01-15-2002, 03:26 PM
I think they are kinda dumb and unnecessary. I can't imagine these things will help the figures stand any better than they already don't. Yeah... I was really confused when I first saw these things on the prototypes. I was like, "What are those weird candy things they are holding???" Now it makes sense... well, not much, but a little more. More things for kids to lose. More things for kids to swallow and choke on before they decide they arean't safe and discontinue these as well.

01-15-2002, 03:44 PM
:mad: I really wish people would stop complaining about these. From what I have seen NONE of them are permanent, they come off. I think they are great for dioramas.

Darth Ludicrous
01-15-2002, 03:59 PM
Look, I know we're pretty much universally dissappointed in the ep 2 figs thus far, but some of the negativity is a bit out of control. We're gonna criticize these accessories for being choking hazards now? Or being "more to lose" or "an excuse to charge more"? Let's not get carried away!

I can see basing your opinion on how they look, or how useful/necessary you find them relative to other accessories, but the criticisms above are a bit ridiculous. Particularly because they would apply to just about anything Hasbro could decide to include with the figures.

I'm guardedly optimistic about these effects. By far the best thing about them is that they are (apparently) detachable--if you don't like them, throw 'em in a box with the rest of the extra accessories we've been given in the past. At least these are different and, at least potentially, cool.

01-15-2002, 05:25 PM
I really do not mind the add on accessories. As these are supposed to appeal to kids, it makes sense to me that the figures would have some more to them. We collectors just want a figure of our favorite character(s), Mom and Dad Q. Public want bang for the buck. If the items are not removable, my guess is that they are, then we can selectively choose what we want to buy. Perhaps all the gripers out there could boycott the off the wall accessories and send Hasbro a message??? Hey at least there'd be more for the rest of us who really don't care!!

01-15-2002, 06:52 PM
They are REMOVEABLE accessories.

I am anticipating they will look awesome in diorama set-ups!

01-15-2002, 09:42 PM
Honestly, I think it's an ok gimmick but not something I'd really like to see a lot of. It doesn't add anything to imaginative play, and it lowers the accessory count. It's more "let's turn these into statues" which I'm not for.

01-15-2002, 09:55 PM
I'm with Tycho (that's a first! :) ) and with JediTricks, though at first glance they seem mutually exclusive. They look cool with some figures and will add some to those times when they are put out to be posed and dusted, but they have the potential for distracting from honest to goodness play value for the kids. Maybe if Hasbro melted all the accessories down they could use the extra plastic to release some more playsets and ships. That's something I don't think anyone could argue with (though I've been surprised in the past!)

01-16-2002, 01:31 PM
Like JonoFett, Palpatine was the first thing I thought of. He looked pretty cool when the bolts were on, but when you took them off, he looked like he should be saying, " LOOK at these wretched hangnails! UGH!". As long as the figure doesn't lose coolness with the abcense of his or her accessorie I'm all for it. After all, it can't possibly be as bad as the "awesome" rocket-firing R5-D4, right?

Mandalorian Candidat
01-16-2002, 02:10 PM
It's an ok idea. Still like the commtech chips better, though.

What would be really great is if Hasbro and retailers decided to lower the price. Who wouldn't be for that?

01-16-2002, 09:17 PM
I think its a great idea,I've been wanting it for ageas and I'm glad they have started it,GO Hasbro!

Rodian Sniper
01-17-2002, 03:00 AM
Lose it!
:crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed:

01-17-2002, 08:05 AM
As long as it can be removed,Ok.I just want the figures and good lightsabers and such.

01-17-2002, 05:04 PM
Hasbro should just take all of these flashy add-ons, stick them in a bag and sell them as a "Battle Effects Add-on Pack." Then they'll see just how many people are excited about them.

It would seem that Hasbro is trying to cater to the diorama builders and not to kids. But then again the diorama builders, along with the customizers, are the only ones who buy up all the garbage in the line. Let's just hope Hasbro doesn't ever try to cater to customizers exclusively, then we'll see nothing but bags of detached arms and legs.:rolleyes:

01-17-2002, 05:23 PM
As a customizer and one who builds dioramas, I love that idea!

Thanks for the thought Big B. I'll e-mail Hasbro right away!:crazed:

(I actually would like those, but I hear you: the figures should Not be pre-posed in the extreme in most cases (or all cases) but these accessories are cooler than Zutton's giant gun. The glass was good. The ankle blaster POSSIBLY even authentic. But a blast you could attach to it might be more useful than the morter and rocket-launcher cannon he also seems to include - which would be more practical if he were a Whipid or Elom).

The most value-added pack in I could use is still the clear action figure stand. Simple as that.

Rodian Sniper
01-17-2002, 06:23 PM
I like the star wars figures like them made them in the latest line...Teebo & etc. Bendible knees...ball sockey arms...and that's it.

01-17-2002, 06:28 PM
I'm with Tycho (not again!) on the clear stand pack-in. I've bought a ton from RealStands (not a commercial) and they've been the most useful accessory yet.

And BB, while you're right, one of the reasons I always wanted a Droid Factory (which I still don't have :cry: ) is so that I could "make" my own figures from the parts. Imagine the fun we could have with arms and legs and stuff!

01-17-2002, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by stillakid
I'm with Tycho (that's a first! :) ) and with JediTricks... Believe me, nobody was more surprised at me agreeing with Tycho on something than me. ;) I could see a bag of "blasts" that can clip over weapon barrels and "deflected blasts" that clip on saber blades being a set sold out of the fan club, but put in with each figure? It's not for my tastes.

01-18-2002, 12:49 AM
Why is everyone picking on me? :confused:

01-18-2002, 08:49 AM
I think if you can remove it fine.
but they do look kina cool i'm on the fence!

01-18-2002, 11:16 AM
I know this isn't the time nor place, but It took me the better part of a half hour to get 25th anniversary Han & Chewie out of their plastic prison. Lighten up, Hasbro. Stores hire their own security.

01-19-2002, 03:28 PM
You're right, dude, this isn't the time or place.:D But I feel your pain.

Flash add-ons? Feh! Just one more thing for me to chuck in the garbage (just like the Force Files, Flashback Photos, Slides and that hideous Salacious Crumb that came with Amanaman).

I did like the Commtech chips though, a little tweaking of the technology and they would have been perfect!

01-19-2002, 09:22 PM
I think that when they look cool --- they'll look very cool.
And when they look bad . . .

But who cares? It's just an added bonus anyway.
And I'd rather have something new than multiple guns.

Speaking of accessory packs -- I'd love for there to be
a Cantina Glasswear set. I'm tired of it looking like
the Cantina's gone dry.

01-19-2002, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by Tycho
Why is everyone picking on me? :confused:

Cause they can ;) It least we are getting our moneys worth with it :)

01-20-2002, 01:11 AM
Well, GNT - let's take a look at how much do you really contribute to discussions around here, and how much is plainly post-padding with cute remarks?

[cute is highly subjective to your opinion of what is cute as well.]

To your credit, your supplimenting posts with images you upload is very much appreciated. But between your last remark, and being the butt of a lot of Jedi Trick's smart remarks, my tolerance has worn thin. My skin's not That thick, nor are my feelings. When I disagree with someone, or have a widely diverse point of view, I try to supply as much information and persuasive dialog as I can - but I don't pick on someone just because I am more often than not in disagreement with them. Ask Stillakid - we are really on polar opposite sides of an issue, but we can get along (I just delete the really derogatory stuff I write to him before I submit my posts).:Pirate:

01-20-2002, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by Tycho

Ask Stillakid - we are really on polar opposite sides of an issue, but we can get along (I just delete the really derogatory stuff I write to him before I submit my posts).:Pirate:


01-20-2002, 11:51 AM
Sorry Kid. Hope you knew when I was kidding.

I suppose the difference between what I said in jest, and what's been directed towards me for years (concerning the fact that I usually have an opposite view from the negativity that often seems contagious here), is that I normally don't make jokes at other people's expense. But they assume I can take it, just because. See what happens if I fire one shot across the line?

I'm thinking about reinventing my personality on these message boards. Oh, I won't change the way I support my opinion and generally positive view of Star Wars, but I'll begin inserting my opinions about other people's upbringing, intelligence, education, moral values, psychological status, etc.

Yes, in fact maybe we'll try that for a while and see how people that dish it out can take it.

Don't worry Kid. You're not on my hit list. You've always tried to argue intelligently. I'll just send the light ordinance in your direction.

My point is I've always treated people in these forums with respect. Let's see what happens when I behave just the opposite.

01-20-2002, 03:53 PM
No, no. Don't worry about me. I know a jest when I see one.:p

01-26-2002, 06:27 PM
i like em~!