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    New assortmorts, new disappointments

    I've been collecting sw stuff since the late 70's, and when the POTF line came out I collected every piece, until the end of the POTJ line. Hasbro has made some money off me, and after I opened up a collectible shop in a mall I made money off hasbro. Today the Saga assortment is the new mold of things, and so far 80% of every figure seems more like unleashed/mcfarlane molds than action figures. So what is next for individual blister card figures: Let's take a look - Obi Wan - Acklay (already made, another stance figure), Mace Windu - Total whatever (made, another stance), Boba Fett (made, another stance), R2-D2 - Christmas ornamant (no words necessary), Anakin Mechanical hand (was never in the movie, expanded stuff, does he wield his saber at padme after the wedding?), Padme - Factory escape (despite her facial expression this looks like an exciting figure - I'll buy this one), Library droids (Another buy), Tusken raider (made, may buy because you can never have enough tuskens), Darth Tyranus - force lightning (made, another stance), Barriss offe (a great disapointment, nice statue, needs a stand to display), Chewbacca - Mynock (made, another stance), Han Hoth (the legs are questionable, but fig looks good enough to buy, and it's a classic fig). There are more comming, but unfortunately my point is made. From buying one of everything and 2 of the classic films I have went down to possibly buying only 4 figs out of over 10. What has happened. What I'm asking is if we are all collectors, and we are all lovers of SW why are we buying figs like Mechanical Anakin wife beater, Flame sludge Boba. I've have seen many complaints about the statue figs, but Kenner keeps making them because they must sell. Why are they being bought if so many hate the stances. What's your opinions on this figs, and do you buy them. Opinions, not philisophical ramblings please.

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    Sorry dude, but the Boba Fett looks great, IMO. You have to remember, one fans dissapointment is another fans enjoyment.

    As for Anakin, of course he appeared in the movie. Remember that bit at the end with his mechanical hand when he married Padme? Small detail I know, but come must remember.

    Yes, he did not wield his saber in the scene, but imagine if this figure didn't come with an accesory. Everyone would be *****ing about how it's "just an anakin". Besides, we don't yet know that he won't have a regular hand for interchangeable purposes....

    I think you have to look at the Jedi Youngling packs as well. Those things look great, and the yoda may be the best yet.

    Personally, I think Hasbro is doing a decent job...with a few missteps along the way. No different from any toy maker, really.

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    I realize your point about one fans disapointment is anothers delight, but the figures made now are unleashed figures not necessarily action figures. The figures we get now are like a seperate line of themselves. As for the Anakin Arm I know about his arm in the end of the movie, however his pose was dominantly nuetral. To have him in this pose suggests something else. It would be like buying a ceremonial Luke or Leia with action poses. I love the SW line, but seeing such poses of characters that should not have them diminishes the purpose of making the figure. It's almost a expanded universe quality, not a sw film quality. I have seen very few neutral poses over the past year, I don't think they are doing a decent job, although I will continue to buy those few decent figures they make.
    The yoda and jedi pack (thanks for mentioning that one, forgot it) Your right that one is a buy too.
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    But......this Anakin ISN'T in an action pose......

    Look at the SSG pics without his robe......he clearly is a neutral stance figure with articulation. Yes, the picture has him "in a pose", but that wasn't pre set by Hasbro....

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    First, I've been into my SW hobby since 1978, also.

    I build scenes. I generally don't "collect," but somehow I end up with more SW figures than the average collectors do.

    That being said, I don't ordinarily do resculpts unless I can use them in other scenes so I don't always have the same Obi-Wan in one scene, as the next.

    To the figures:

    Obi-Wan Acklay? - I've held the actual figure (wasn't mine) and he doesn't turn at the waist, plus his action feature makes him bring pleasure to himself (if he's empty handed - though you better make him hold a LIT lightsaber or spear, if he has just the hilt, it could look even worse!) But I can use 1 or 2 of these figures to give some variety to my scenes.

    Mace? I haven't seen in person. 2 things should happen: his cloak will be dark brown, and that knob on his back will be removeable for displaying him. Then I'll buy him.

    Boba Fett? I don't need any Fett figures - I'm even saving an extra 300 figure anniversary one for any excuse of a cool EU scene. But the new one looks good. I think I'll buy him.

    R2D2: he's in so many scenes, I try to wait for different releases of him so I can have only 5-10 of the same figure of him, and use others for other scenes. this one looks terribly "fake," based on his paint job. If he's better in the final release, and his 3rd leg can be placed extended-out, and that string stuff hidden well enough, I'll get up to 5 of him. I need at least 3 or more R2D2's as it is now - so I was expecting resculpts anyway.

    Note, I normally can't stand resculpts as they take away from more never-before-made characters from shipping in their assortments, however, I understand why Hasbro does this, and that resculpts allow new folks into the hobby, who'll help support sales numbers so we CAN get our never-made-before figures.

    At least I can find a use for half of them and get them off the shelves.

    Anakin - I wanted a cloak that hung straight, like Vader's and the way it usually hangs on him - and should be hanging on him at his wedding. The current cloak looks ok for some scenes, but the figure will be useful for the non-angry face. Maybe up to 11 of this figure. I'll put him in my scenes so he's turned and you can't see his mechanical hand - or I'll use some extra Sith accessory robes on him. It'll look pretty close to the movie that way anyway.

    Padme - a great figure.

    Yoda - while we're bringing up great figures.

    Library droids I'll buy 1 set of. They're ok. I could have done without them - ever. But I do like them as a trivial matter.

    Tusken - it's too cool to pass up. Think I'll do the scene where the one Tusken attacks Luke in ANH. But other than that, I already have 2 extra Tusken figures (or more). I didn't need it.

    Dooku: - I'll buy some to save for EU scenes and I still need a couple that I was waiting for a different sculpt for. It's a good figure!

    Chewie: - I still have an extra Chewie Mechanic (my favorite Chewie figure) so I don't need it. Unless it really impresses me, no I won't buy it.

    Han Hoth - a really good figure I have absolutely no use for. I did some custom Han Hoth's years ago that I'm actually quite happy with. I *might* get this one because I like it, but I save money by not buying what I don't need for my dioramas. If I do get it, I'll have to adjust my dioramas such that I use this Han in my probot scene, move the custom one to the Bacta Tank scene (which should be Han Bespin) and use the Han Bespin in perhaps a custom torture chair scene? I don't know. I hate having extra figures I'm not owning for a reason. That's one more reason why I do not replace older POTF2 figures with modern resculpts - that and a nostalgia factor.

    But yes, I am buying the new figures, and that's why.
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    I'll take another look overlord, but I want to see your opinions on all the new figures, not just analyze mine. What do you think of all the new figs, and what will you buy. Also do you like this stance direction hasbro is taking the line.
    After 11 months The BEST/WORST figure poll is still going strong.

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    Well, as for stances.....I see it like this.

    I don't play with my action figures. I open 'em up, fiddle around with all their bits and then stick them in the display with all the rest of my figures. So, for me, playability is not a factor. Quality of sculpt, and the detail in a figure (paint apps, etc) are what matter. I want these things to look cool on the shelf. So, the action pose thing really doesn't bother me at all .

    As for the figures.....

    Obi Wan: Aclay Battle, seems to look the most accurate of all the saga obi wans to date. I'm still waiting for a cloaked one, but this one seems to fit nicely with TA anakin for a "final duel" type montage.

    Mace Windu: Total control, I will be picking this up as my sole AOTC windu figure. I love the two handed lightsaber wielders, and he has a cloak. Good enough for me.

    Boba Fett: Great sculpt, great paint job, nice details. A definite purchase for me.

    Anakin: A great looking cloaked version. I really do hope this comes with a regular hand as well. If so, I'll buy two, one for battle, and one for the inevitable "secret ceremony" padme.

    Padme: great figure. Lovely detail, articulation allowing her to have a more neutral stance, and a great add on piece for diorama builders. Best Padme figure in a while.

    Tusken: I always pick up tuskens. It's a cool figure

    R2: Useless. It looks terrible, poorly painted, and I have no use for it.

    Youngling Packs: Best yoda yet is to be found here. The younglings are sculpted beautifully, and I can't wait to see them at their studies on the shelf.

    Dooku: It's a much better sculpt than the first, so I'll be picking this up. I like the angrier look on his face.

    Library droids: I think these will surpass Dexter Jettster as the most accurately sculpted figures in the saga line. A must have, een if they weren't in the final cut of the film.

    Han Hoth: looks great, has a nice paint job, and I am looking forward to him.

    Chewie: He looks nice, though he's also sort of unnecessary. He isn't as well done as bespin chewie. I'm waiting to see if the final product has a removeable bandolier.....the pic I've seen gave me the impression it might. If not, I'll pass.

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    I will be buying all the new figs. I usually start off with the better looking ones and work down. The pegwarmers will always be there probably will be R2 and Padme. Possibly Mace as well.
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    So what you're saying is that you don't care about the action features because you don't actually use the figures for anything more than ornamentation and you'll buy pretty much anything hasbro puts out regardless of whether it's good or bad. So that says to me that it isn't kids buying star wars but people like you who snap up all the figures because they don't really care much what's in the blister. So it's totally pointless putting action features into the figures since no-one uses them. Sorry to be a pedant but to catch a fool you have to play a fool. What you've basically just said is that you have little taste and aren't a very discerning collector. I keep hearing your argument about them being toys but all you want is ornaments for your display case. Toys don't come into the equation as far as your argument is concerned, your argument is invalid based on the fact that you aren't actually interested in toys just statues. Those of us who open the toys and actively use the product as intended and enjoy products as intended have a considerably more valid argument. you've just shot yourself in the foot my friend. henceforth I will make a point of skipping your opinion. inconsequential comments. you are the weakest link - goodbye.

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    Ok, I am going to assume that garbled, somewhat intelligible rant is directed at me.

    Yes, I collect them to put them on display. I enjoy Star Wars figures, not to sit and play with them, but to admire them on a shelf. Sue me, oh holier than thou "I want figures I can play with and that makes my opinion SOOO much more valid". Hogwash. I want good figures, you want good figures, we simply have different criteria for what we consider purchaseable. Get off your high horse, EJ. YOU are not the be all and end all of collecting, despite what your ego tells you.

    As for being discerning, I collect the figures I think look good, and pass on the ones I don't like the look of. See comments above on sex organ R2.

    FYI, I do open the figures. I'm not a carded collector, and I often fiddle around with the layout on my shelves.

    As for skipping my opinion and such...feel free to do so, I've been skipping yours for a month now

    P.S. Thanks for adding my name in on the edit.


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