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.
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.
Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL
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:
And attached is what I came up with:
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.
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.
Originally Posted by JetsAndHeels
JT, that's a pretty cool setup. Yeah, the GG bike looks weirdly undersized once you realize it's out of scale.
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.
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...uctId=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.
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.
Originally Posted by JetsAndHeels