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JEDIpartner
10-05-2012, 09:24 AM
I haven't found them in the wild, but others in my area have apparently found them around my quasi-frequent visits to TRU, which really annoys me. Obviously, they aren't getting too many of them at one time or people are just buying them up in large numbers.

I just got my two units in the mail yesterday (at the time of this posting, you can order it here (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12885973)). I was able to order them at the start of the week using a gift card I got for my birthday. I have to say that, while they are nice, I found myself to be a bit underwhelmed by it. I don't really know what I was hoping for, but it's merely OK. The stand is what makes it for me. How simple is that? I think the new bike itself is fine and the scale is definitely better, but the Biker Scout figure doesn't really sit that well on the seat. I've finagled with it and got it as close as possible, but it's impossible to lean the figure forward and have his butt down. The cannon accessory is lame and falls apart pretty easily. I doubt that I will be doing anything with it, so it's going to go in the "the box". The Scout's gun doesn't really fit into the boot holster very well and you really need to jam it in there (in order for it to not fall out when you turn the bike upside down?).

I'd give the whole thing a B or an "almost" B-.

JediTricks
10-08-2012, 11:58 PM
I was able to get a very satisfying pose on the figure at Comic-Con, but I haven't gotten mine from the site yet to see if I can recreate that at home.

Surprised to hear the cannon doesn't stay together well, that's the first I've heard of that.

mtriv73
10-09-2012, 08:05 AM
Everything you say is absolutely true JP, but it's still my favorite thing that has come out in a long time. The biker scout needs some tweaking, and the gun was destined to go into a box and stay there before I ever took it out. The bike itself is (for an inexpensive plastic toy) perfect. I'm sure we'll get rereleases in a couple years with Luke and Leia in endor gear. Hopefully those figures will stay seated a little better. All in all since it was the bike I was buying it for, I'm perfectly happy with it.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-09-2012, 02:48 PM
A TRU employee told me after scanning the tag that the entire state of Colorado is completely devoid of these bad boys. Their exclusives have normally been plentiful around here - maybe too plentiful, so TRU decided to cut back? The Yavin pilots and Ewoks sets haven't been difficult to find. Anyway, I should just order online soon, but it's a shame that an exclusive that people might actually want multiples of is in such short supply.

JediTricks
10-10-2012, 03:53 PM
I just got my two units in the mail yesterday (at the time of this posting, you can order it here (http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12885973)). I was able to order them at the start of the week using a gift card I got for my birthday. I have to say that, while they are nice, I found myself to be a bit underwhelmed by it. I don't really know what I was hoping for, but it's merely OK. The stand is what makes it for me. How simple is that? I think the new bike itself is fine and the scale is definitely better, but the Biker Scout figure doesn't really sit that well on the seat. I've finagled with it and got it as close as possible, but it's impossible to lean the figure forward and have his butt down. The cannon accessory is lame and falls apart pretty easily. I doubt that I will be doing anything with it, so it's going to go in the "the box". The Scout's gun doesn't really fit into the boot holster very well and you really need to jam it in there (in order for it to not fall out when you turn the bike upside down?).

I'd give the whole thing a B or an "almost" B-.My pair arrived in the mail about an hour ago. The stand isn't level, which I find ever so slightly disappointing as it means chase scenes will look off, but then I remembered that the stand can be pulled out slightly and now it's level but not as secure - maybe I'll clearband it to level flight. Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.

I cannot imagine what you're doing that doesn't have the figure in the seat, mine is leaning down further than what you see in the film - I just checked the entire scene to be sure - and he is right in the seat as much as in the film. I'll include a photo.
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I didn't even have to hinge the footpedals forward (the pedals move forward as a single unit in several clicks).

The cannon accessory on mine doesn't fall apart at all. At first I thought the legs were way too floppy, but it turns out they have stops to click past which keep them firmly in place (and the back leg pegs into the bottom of the cannon), and it stays transformed onto the bike pretty well too, so I'm surprised to hear this one.

My one complaint is that the set I opened has a number of small QC issues - paint slop, glue slop, and the nose vane assembly is tilted slightly off-center - but largely I'm quite happy with this one.



I'm sure we'll get rereleases in a couple years with Luke and Leia in endor gear. Hopefully those figures will stay seated a little better. Your figure doesn't stay seat well? I've had this thing upside-down twice already and still in the same pose. BTW, I think the figure is really good, only the black of the PVC joints for the shoulders and ankles hold it back from being a full home run.



A TRU employee told me after scanning the tag that the entire state of Colorado is completely devoid of these bad boys. Their exclusives have normally been plentiful around here - maybe too plentiful, so TRU decided to cut back? The Yavin pilots and Ewoks sets haven't been difficult to find. Anyway, I should just order online soon, but it's a shame that an exclusive that people might actually want multiples of is in such short supply.Ask the employee to check how many are on order. California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah have 1,000 on order from Hasbro just waiting to arrive even though my state is also devoid of them. I think the problem is that the exclusive is either too popular or the manufacturing too slow for demand, for the price and value this set beats every other TRU exclusive I can think of.

mtriv73
10-10-2012, 05:56 PM
It stays on just fine, I just can't get him to sit down all the way. It's like he's hovering over the seat.

Darth Metalmute
10-10-2012, 07:55 PM
It's back in stock at TRU. I would have loved to buy two, but 22 dollars is expensive.

JediTricks
10-13-2012, 03:55 AM
It stays on just fine, I just can't get him to sit down all the way. It's like he's hovering over the seat.How high off the seat are we talking? I mean, his hips go WAAAAY out to the sides, I would think that'd cover any possible issues there.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-13-2012, 09:55 PM
I ended up finding and getting one today, so either they're still shipping or the employee was full of it. :p Anyway, it's pretty damn sweet. I thought the cannon was flimsy too until I re-read JT's comment about the back leg plugging into the cannon and now it feels better. My Scout Trooper tends to look fine in the seat but hover over it a few millimeters, so while it's not perfect it looks just fine. The stand makes it fly higher than most of the bikes did in the film, but it was probably designed that way for stability so it's not bad. The silver battle damage is much less detailed than the box image shows as well. Those are all the complaints, but really, the positives far outweigh the few negatives. The bike feels much sturdier than the 2002 version so sagging won't be much of an issue. I love that they included the clear stand as well as a removable kickstand, so it can look good just sitting there as well. The scout really does work well with it aside from that little space and the added neck articulation helps get him in several awesome bike-riding poses that the 2006 one can't achieve. If you're on the fence at all, well, don't be. It rocks!

SirSteve
10-24-2012, 01:24 PM
Finally found mine! I like it!

JediTricks
10-25-2012, 03:21 PM
That is so weird that you guys are having problems with the figure not sitting on the seat. It's all about how you pose the figure, how far you bend the knees and how you position the ankles and hips - some tips on that: the knees may have to be rotated out to get maximum bend, the hips can go as far as you want, don't let the hip boxes get in your way as they will move if you tell them to.

The stand seems to be set to hover the bike just over any figure's head, that is about twice as high as they flew in the movie but it makes more display potential possible. The stand is designed so that the bike is horizontal when set to a banking angle, and slightly upwards when not banking - I think the best angle for display is about halfway into that bank, it brings the nose up in a way that makes it subtle for a superior display.

It's currently the main display on my desk, just it and the Planet Express Ship and the HMS Bounty Klingon Bird of Prey Micro Machine, and that TVC battle droid I keep observing for wilt.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-25-2012, 10:54 PM
After I posted, I was able to get him a little lower and actually onto the seat. Maybe he wasn't off by a few millimeters, but only one millimeter or so - it was a very tiny difference that was only obvious if you looked hard at it straight-on, but now all is well.

JediTricks
11-16-2012, 11:59 PM
After I posted, I was able to get him a little lower and actually onto the seat. Maybe he wasn't off by a few millimeters, but only one millimeter or so - it was a very tiny difference that was only obvious if you looked hard at it straight-on, but now all is well.Because of the armor design, there are some angles where it'll always look a microscopic amount off, so you just gotta try to concentrate on getting the pose you want and then seating it as much as you can get it. Glad to hear yours worked out.

JediTricks
01-13-2013, 05:18 PM
For some reason, I woke up this morning and had a yen to recreate the Gentle Giant Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike statue pose using the Hasbro piece. I don't own the GG piece, but have admired it for years, and knew that I wouldn't be able to recreate the best of that piece's beauty - the hovering effect of the bike, the extreme pose on the right knee and elbow - but felt like it'd be an interesting exercise to try to see what I could get. Let's face it, that's a $500+ statue and this is a $22 toy. Here's a reminder of what GG did:
http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/biker-scout-with-speeder-bike/p12064.html

And attached is what I came up with:
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It looks better in person, without the harsh lights and from a slightly higher angle.

The first challenge - floating - was cheated by using the pedals and attaching the removable landing gear at the front.

The second - keeping the figure on the bike - is almost a cheat, the figure is juuuust barely able to sit on the bike sideways like this, he slides off pretty easily and requires a lot of posing work to get there.

The third - pose - you can see how I addressed. It actually went through 3 or 4 iterations to get here, the knee and arm don't have enough range but still I wanted some height on the knee, you can't really see it in the image from the angle I took it, but the knee is quite a ways up there.

It also hadn't occurred to me until I was working on the pose that the GG speeder bike is underscaled, that's how it's able to float and still have the figure touch the ground and lean up all at the same time. Using this set's scale, what I should have done was lower the pedal set a click, but that would have looked weird I think.

Anyway, just sharing a fun thing.

JetsAndHeels
01-22-2013, 11:12 AM
Are these still in stores? I totally missed out on this, and after seeing the pics and reviews I want one.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-22-2013, 11:31 AM
Are these still in stores? I totally missed out on this, and after seeing the pics and reviews I want one.
They should be. Last time I was at a TRU they were sold out, but they tend to sit on exclusives and these shipped pretty heavily after the initial slim pickings. I ended up getting four of these bad boys and probably wouldn't say no to a few more.

JT, that's a pretty cool setup. Yeah, the GG bike looks weirdly undersized once you realize it's out of scale.

JetsAndHeels
01-22-2013, 12:05 PM
That's good news. I will probably take a trip to TRU (closest one is an hour away) next week after I get paid and see if I can grab one.

JediTricks
01-24-2013, 07:45 PM
Still available on the website as well, and the site can give you some idea which stores in your area have 'em: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12885973


Bikerscout, the forumite not the figure, texted me last night that this Biker Scout has reused parts, so I got the VTSC figure off my wall and sure enough, the lower arms (below the elbow) and lower legs (below the knee), and belt are reused from that older figure. The funny thing is, looking carefully you can see the difference, there's a much sharper and more detailed quality to the sculpting and molding on this new figure's parts than on the VTSC one. I wonder if the mainline release will continue that trend. I suppose this means anybody who doesn't like the black knee pins could swap them for that VTSC figure's white pins, but the shoulders are a wholly different design so I don't think that'd go.

JetsAndHeels
02-05-2013, 12:23 PM
I got one. I like it a lot.

That's really all I need to say. :)

JediTricks
02-06-2013, 04:10 PM
I got one. I like it a lot.

That's really all I need to say. :):thumbsup: Glad to hear it. Honestly, it amazes me how much better this exclusive is than most mainline items much less exclusives. If Hasbro concentrated more on getting it this right, I doubt we'd have seen Droid Factory canceled.