I see. I was playing Battlefront II for a long while, but slowly it faded away as the PS3 got enough good games to steal my attention. I still love the concept and can't imagine why Lucasarts has made it into such a massive problem with all the foot-dragging and company-shifting on the probably-vaporware SW:BF3.
Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL
I just finished playing Uncharted 2 for PS3 and that game is amazing, it's a stunningly beautiful world but also an immersive adventure gameplay style, certainly not just "there because it's Coruscant" for me, in fact I wouldn't care if it world-hopped a la TFU, it's the Star Wars type of adventure I crave.
Still a lot of coin, but I am glad you got most on sale.
Thankfully I only bought one or two at $10 and the rest were on some sort of sale, ranging from TRU's multiple buy-two-get-one-free sales to Brian's Toys' $4.99 sale, so it's not quite as nutty as it seems. (It's close, though.) Hasbro seems hung up on keeping his hands neutral and not giving him bulky wrist articulation, but you're right, an alternate set of arms - or even just an alternate left arm - would have been ideal. I've been a proponent of having a Battle Droid that can hold the blaster properly, but I ended up loving this one anyway since it's so damn cool in every other respect.
I think they told me at Comic-Con the thin wall design of the arms makes mass-produced articulation that meets Hasbro quality and safety standards impossible, and we discussed the idea of alternate arms but it was a casual conversation so I don't remember what came of that. I know they're gunshy about doing more alternate body parts, that it takes away from the toy-ness, but in this case I really can't think of a better, easier, or even cheaper way of achieving a screen-accurate Battle Droid ready for battle.
IMO, this is easily the best Biker Scout sculpt, but having googled the set, I do see what you mean about horrible poses ruling the day, why does nobody just stand the guy up and start from there??? They generally seem to have him posed like he just took a dump in his armor. Everything is sculpted more accurately and more to human proportions, yet a diagonal hip hinge seems to make people think it's hard to pose.
I agree. The Biker Scout is great, but even if it isn't to your 100% satisfaction, you're doing yourself a disservice by not getting the set since the Speeder Bike is amazing. Some photos online I've seen of the Biker Scout have been posed extremely poorly, but if you do it right he looks great on or off the bike.
The whole packaged experience is looking backwards, that is not a new product, it's not bright, it's not dynamic, it's terrible at showing off the product, there's no room for pack-ins or better accessories, it's difficult to put on pegs and sift through, the card back has no character details and even after the redesign doesn't look all that good, the giant picture is selling characters that haven't been on the big screen in at least 7 years - focusing on the character alone isn't enough right now - so the whole look is only there to appeal via nostalgia. And putting new characters on old-style cards really doesn't help, it's still a line trying to sell to people in the 1970s, not the 2010s.
Originally Posted by Tycho
The MTT isn't a ship-to-ship battle vehicle, and in its big screen battle it didn't shoot a single shot and didn't face off against another large vehicle (unless you want to count the Fambaa, which I don't). The clones have vehicles, the droids have sheer numbers AND variety.
You are on to something - but also Both Sides in a conflict have to have Big vehicles if we're to keep up the arms race and make it fun. Obviously the Republic has AT-TEs, Turbo Tanks, etc The Separatists need things too - even if the Clone gear (eventual Imperial gear) is more cool. The MTT is what there was to work with. Hailfires, Tank Droids, AATs, and even Octoparras are not super-size vehicles.
I didn't combine anything, you had the MTT and K-wing in the same paragraph. Your YIR comments involved a Gungan Sub, Republic Cruiser, Kaminoan clone facility craft, Medical Frigate, and K-wing all as a response to my claim that "nobody wanted the MTT", read your own comments again.
You combined discussion about the K-wing and the MTT here which didn't work. The MTT is the subject, and Hasbro has already made and released it. So they got it to market. Now a positive attitude will help to SELL it since it's there already. You're exactly right about a K-wing, but I'm not even lobbying for it (Let's get the Sailbarge!!!) I'm only saying about the bomber - that I think it's cool - but not even on the same level and multi-purpose-use as the MTT - like as an enemy large vehicle like the BAT-AT since most of our large vehicles are "good guy:" TurboTank, AT-TE, BMF....
Without engaging on a personal level with SW anymore - either through watching the movies again, or playing with the figures - perhaps it's just time to put it in an emotional drawer and prepare yourself for closing it. That's ok, not everything can be forever. I sometimes feel that way about SW after the last few years of collecting have taken the wind out of my sails - I remember noticing Derryl's muted reaction when I told him vehicles were a large part of why I was still in the brand, not realizing he knew that the line was going to ween off of those and I'd be left with less attachment as a result, maybe that's where it is for you too and you can see it coming clearer.
Originally Posted by bigbarada
And yet we still don't have a Leia or Han ANH worth a crap. :p
Talk about their self delusion! No way in hell a February release could ever get any attention at all, especially a 13-year-old post-converted 3D re-release of a film widely derided as damaging a well-loved brand.
Over on Rebelscum, people were seriously expecting to see the same level of excitement and anticipation over Ep1 3D as we saw over Ep1 back in 1999 (before anyone actually saw the movie).
OOOOOOOOOH! Good burn! Oh, but it also burned us, sad. :(
However, when I envision store shelves clogged with unsold Episode 1 merchandise, then I realize that those people who wanted 2012 to be a repeat of 1999 actually got their wish.
And then you said...
I'm kind of giving the toy the benefit of the doubt for being the best vehicle of the year. I told myself that I wanted to wait until I heard some actual in-hand reviews to decide if I was going to seek it out. I don't know, maybe I'm being so critical of it because I actually do want it, but I'm trying to convince myself that I don't. I'll consider taking a trip down to TRU and looking for one this weekend.
Heh heh, awesome. You can return with the receipt if the sale's still in effect and get that BOGO action (if your store is cool, the register lady will just do it on the spot for you if you bring her another one, if not buy 2 on the sale and then return one using the original receipt). Glad you enjoyed it, but I do look forward to hearing more detail about why you feel the Scout figure looks cheap (aside from the paint, which, yeah).
Originally Posted by bigbarada
Hasbro weathering has sucked on vehicles FOR YEARS NOW, even their better efforts like the Landspeeder still have these same goofy blobs of silver paint that look either like someone got into the silver Sharpies and went to town, or like a robot sneezed on the vehicle. I am considering tracking down some ultra-fine-grit paper and taking the solid silver down on mine.