I'm in, too.
I'm in, too.
Target West Hollywood had a couple Pre Viszlas, CW figs on sale there for $6.49, TVC on sale for $6 but all they have are wave 1 pegwarmers - 4LOM, Dengar, AT-AT Commander, Cloud Car Pilot. MOUNTAINS of them.
In TF, they had a couple Skullgrins (based on the Straxus/Darkmount mold) and 1 Thunderwing, which I bought for $9.04.
Also, Bkusna's figures arrived, that was very cool of him to send me these and I greatly appreciate it. Ackbar, Cato Parasiti, Draa, and Embo all showed up looking fantastic. His generosity really took a load off my collecting mind, shoring up pretty much every figure I had been looking for. And they're all great figures.
Admiral Ackbar is a worthy upgrade to the ol' POTF2 version, the head sculpt and paint are tighter, the body more his style, and that's saying a lot because the old one was really good. The new version has a ball-jointed neck, good addition (although a nitpick, it's a touch too far forward so the joint shows a little), and ball-hinge shoulders, elbows, and knees, plus rotation forearms. The outfit sculpt is good, though his rank badge is inaccurate. His accessories are his baton and the panel from his chair, which he can hold in his right hand, both are good, the panel works better than I expected, but they put it in the tray with the thin microphone stalk bent the wrong way so it's permanently wilted away from him. He's pretty much a top notch upgrade in every way.
Clone Trooper Draa uses the newer Cmdr Stone body, and sports green stripes and a logo on his helmet. His big gimmick is that he's got 4 accessories - a cloth-top backpack, standard blaster, standard rifle, and a new non-firing rocket launcher. The figure itself looks fine without all his gear, this is the first one I've gotten using the new helmet on the new torso, they use the smaller neck from the figures with heads under removable helmets, it's effective on this helmet-only head with a decent range of motion and the neck doesn't show too much, but it's not quite as good as the original design, there's not enough downward range of motion and the underside "lip" isn't as deep. The accessories make the man though, the backpack looks good on, the rocket launcher is cool and fits in his hand better than others AND it has a strap to wear on his back. Not the best clone ever, but a good expression of the basic army-building concept.
Cato Parasiti is the female shapeshifter bounty hunter, the one who turns into Jocasta Nu. The figure has a lot of articulation and for a female figure (they usually get less), very well integrated. Sculpt and deco are top drawer, although oddly the pouches on her waist are pegged on, entirely removable and potentially losable. Flip-up mask gimmick is keen. About the only thing I'm not totally sold on is the gigantic sniper rifle, it's bigger than I remember it in the cartoon - it does have a solid feel though, not at all rubbery like most would be. Lots of bounty hunter personality on this figure, and it's covered in semi-nonsensical aurebesh writing (her pants seem to say blastech but spelled with a Q or something). A very good figure, the right blend of creepy character and techno armor.
Embo is pretty damned awesome, just as the character was on the show. The sculpt and deco are rock solid, even the paint on his soft-goods skirt is good work. Articulation is good too, not some statue, the ball-jointed neck is the most important as it gives him tons of personality to express. Accessories include removable plastic armor, 2 small throwing knifes that holster into the armor's bandolier, the awesome Embo hat that pegs onto his head, and his large bowcaster with its hinged bow halves and it pegs into his bandolier and it even has the little painted logo on it. So, pretty much the most boss figure of the year, I suspect he'll be on my short list for YIR (year in review) in fact.
Nice to see another familiar face around here. :cool:
JT - try dropping Ackbar's console in boiling water for a few seconds. It softens the plastic enough to lose it's "memory", then you can reposition it how you want. If you want it to hold in a certain position, throw it immediately in the freezer for a few minutes.
I have fixed many "permanent" warping on figures and accessories this way.
Which was still awful - so I sold it on e-bay. That's a bit of a digression, though. Sorry.
It's easier to set something wider like that though where it has more shape to it, like Starscream's tail (I'm assuming it's Energon Starscream, could have been Sharkticon or Slugslinger or any of the Superion Maximus guys tho'). I may give it a shot, but I suspect it's SO thin that it's like trying to restraighten cooked spaghetti.
I'm IN. (fingers crossed)
I'll give it a try.
Count me in.
Yeah, I watch the CW series. If the current trend continues, they're going to lose a lot of the "kid" audience. The ratings are going to drop (if they haven't already) and the series will be canceled. The series is getting to "preachy" and not enough action. Last season I couldn't wait to come home and watch the latest episode off my DVR. This year, episodes are just sitting on my DVR and I'll watch them when I have nothing else to watch.