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  1. I'm "All-In" for this Kickstarter! The figures look so great that they have inspired an interest in the Wild West that I never really had before. The figures are also compatible with the Marauder Task Force figures, so there will definitely be some head swaps between the two in my collection to add some more variety! Anyone who is a collector of 3.75" scale figures should get on board with this Kickstarter campaign - even if it's just one figure to help boost the funding. Chicken Fried Toys, Boss Fight, Marauder - they know what we want and are going out there and making it happen even as Hasbro and other companies are hit and miss with their new offerings. Kick(start) some Chicken! Bah-GAWK!
  2. I am "All-In" for the Dime Novel Legends Kickstarter! I never would have thought I would be interested in Wild West era action figures, but these figures look so great that they have inspired an interest in the Old West. PLUS - they are designed by Boss Fight and build on the same structure as the Marauder Task Force figures. That means more heads for customization between the lines!
  3. I know our hopes have been crushed before with the Indiana Jones line, and while I don't know any more than anyone else here on the board, I see reason for hope. A commemorative type release of these figures would make a lot of sense. We know Hasbro already had tools made for Toht and Dietrich, and odds are that the motorcycle is the same as the one that came with the German solider from "Last Crusade" with some slight modifications and the sidecar added - the original release did have attachment points on the right side for a sidecar. Hasbro and Lucas have a long history of these sort of commemorative figure releases corresponding with movie, video game, and DVD releases. Just in the last year or two we've seen figure sets for The Clone Wars, The Force Unleashed, and for the DVD release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I don't know anything about this reported new Indiana Jones game, but from the look of it all of the figures are from Raiders. The German motorcycle did appear in Raiders during the cargo truck chase - it just wasn't featured as memorably as it was in Last Crusade. I'm really surprised by what appears to be the giant sherpa since we never saw anything about him... I wonder if they'd throw in an Indy with him since it's also surprising that we haven't seen a different Indy packed with every other figure. As far as these figures looking like customs... they probably are. Customs made by Hasbro. All of the toy companies do that for these sort of conventions in order to gauge interest on a product before they actually put in any more time and money to actually get it ready for production. And since Hasbro owns both the Star Wars and GI Joe figure lines, and since they are all 3 3/4" scale along with Indy, it would make sense that they would use bits from Star Wars and GI Joe figures to cobble together rough prototypes for this sort of display. Now if we could just see additional two packs of the German Mechanic and Indy in German uniform and white dress Marion with white suit Belloq then the world would be an awesome place.
  4. Can anyone tell from the pictures we've seen, or has anyone been close enough to get a better look, what head is on the new Roadblock figure? From what I can see it doesn't look like the more animated looking head that we've seen on the Resolute prototype figures from China. But it also can't be the regular Roadblock head from the other 25th anniversary Roadblock figures because that head was too small to begin with and the new Roadblock sculpt is even bigger (according to reviews from people who snagged the prototypes) than the 25th Roadblock. Anybody know?
  5. When I think of GI Joe I still think of the opening narration from the cartoon show: G.I. Joe is the code name for America's daring, highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against COBRA, an evil organization determined to rule the world. My very first G.I Joe was a birthday present from my aunt in July of 1985. It was the Bridge Layer and Tollbooth, and to this day my parents tongue-in-cheek blame her for starting my collection. From that point on my brothers and I would amass a huge army of Joes and Cobras. My parents moved to a smaller house after my brothers and I had gone off to college and weren't ever going to be living at home again full time, and so I salvaged the surviving bits and pieces of the collection during the last great toy purge as my parents got ready to sell the old house. My level of dedication to G.I Joe has waxed and waned over the years. From 1985 - 1991 was the "golden age" for me as a child of the 80s when G.I. Joe was at the forefront of my toy buying. Other lines came and went during that time, and I experienced a brief resurgence in my interest for G.I. Joe with the Battle Corps figures in 1993 and 1994 since they were cool new versions of some of my favorite characters like Shipwreck, Duke, and others. When the Toys R Us 15th Anniversary figures came out I was tempted by them, but didn't end up buying any of them. I regretted that decision for a while, but since I now have a full line up of original 1982 figures courtesy of eBay I realize that had I bought the Toys R Us sets they would probably just be sitting in the repaints and extras box at this point. I know it sounds odd, but September 11 really brought G.I. Joe back into focus for me. I still remember picking up issue #1 of the Devil's Due run on Wednesday, September 12 and feeling a strange sense of reassurance. I remembered playing with G.I. Joes as my dad watched the live CNN coverage of the Gulf War in 1991, and so watching the aftermath of 9/11 on television I felt a need for the familiar comfort of G.I. Joe. I was a Junior in college at that point, and all of my G.I. Joes were back at my parents' house, so I went out and bought a few of the Real American Hero two-packs that were out at the time so I could have a few Joes to set up on my desk. At that point I started rebuilding my RAH collection from eBay and other online retailers as I also continued to collect the new figures through G.I. Joe vs Cobra, Spy Troops, and everything else up to the present. These days my collection is focused on the 25th Anniversary figures. I've pretty much got all of the vintage stuff I want, and the 25th Anniversary line is a way to recapture the childhood excitement that those characters represent in a way that doesn't have me worried about breaking thumbs and crotches off in the process. And so, 24 years after that original Bridge Layer it's still G.I Joe against Cobra the Enemy, fighting to save the day. They never give up, they're always there, fighting for freedom over land and air. A Real American Hero - G.I. Joe is there.
  6. Hey everyone - i know that we've all struggled in finding the Temple of Doom figures, and so I wanted to help my fellow collector out with a website that I found after weeks of searching. Go to http://www.canyonwall.com/indianajones.html and you'll see all of the Temple of Doom figures as well as a few others from the line. Unfortunately the Temple Guard is sold out. I bought my set and then went back after they arrived (I wasn't going to believe the website actually had them in stock to make another order until I had them in my hands) to order more Temple Guards and they were out of stock. I hope that helps a few people out!
  7. I think Nemesis is rated just about where it belongs in the film series - some fans really hate it, some really like it, and most just kind of let it be. It just has way too many problems to really be given too much praise. The biggest problem is that the director didn't know anything about Star Trek. Sure they got some fancy screenwriter with some fancy credits to his name that claimed to be a fan, but in the end I think it did more harm than good. He was such a fan that he just recreated bits and pieces of other Star Trek movies and TV episodes and cobbled them together rather than approaching the project as one big new story. The entire movie feels like it's just another run through of the routine rather than something special for the big screen. Sure, Riker and Troi's wedding was a big event, but even for those of us who watched the TNG characters for 15 years it felt a bit like "Eh, might as well..." There's almost no point to the Romulans being in the movie. Shinzon and the Remans could have been any other race and it would have worked just as well without any real changes. Plus, the whole "Shinzon's a clone of Picard that everyone forgot about" was so contrived and manufactured an idea that it didn't really hold any dramatic weight to it. And then there's B4.... a terrible idea that doesn't fit in with anything that had previously been established about Dr. Soong and the development of his androids.... After First Contact the idea of Picard running around with a phaser rifle to solve all his problems was more than a little ridiculous. It's like everyone was sitting around at a pitch meeting talking about how great First Contact was, and somehow they settled upon the idea that it was all because of the phaser rifle so all future TNG movies should use them. The entire climax of the film was just a shallow copy of the climaxes from Wrath of Kahn and Undiscovered Country. A ship that can fire while cloaked and the Enterprise has to figure out how to outmaneuver it? Done earlier and done better in Undiscovered Country. The ship is disabled but there's a doomsday device that the logical minded character has to sacrifice himself in order to stop? Been there, done that. I really wanted to like Nemesis, and I've tried watching it again and again and with the deleted scenes hoping it would get better, but in the end it's just kinda there.
  8. I've gotten flamed for this before, but I think there is a mentality that you're not allowed to make a patriotic US war movie at any point in history after World War II. Everything set in the eras from Vietnam to the present is about incompetent and corrupt military leaders and politicians, and the only "heroes" are those who spend the whole movie philosophizing about pacifism, free will and the "real" meaning of freedom and liberty.
  9. I don't think anything can save this movie at this point. I know there's a lot of nay-sayers and doom and gloomers on the boards about it, and a lot of others who are saying to give it a chance and not to judge before we've seen it....... and while everyone can form their own opinion I think us nay-sayers have a lot to back up our fears. I think the accelerator suits are the coup de grâce that puts the movie over the top beyond the point of redemption for many of us. Why pay homage to Sigma Six (if that's even the case) that was a part of the GI Joe mythos for about 3 years and completely ignore the military realism that was the hallmark of GI Joe in the 1960's before the Adventure Team and was again the driving force behind the first few years of A Real American Hero in the 1980's? Nothing about the accelerator suits makes sense to me. In the X-Men movies they went for the all black leather costumes because they didn't think they could make the comic costumes look good on the screen. That argument clearly doesn't fit here - what's hard about BDUs and fatigues that already exist in the real world? The accelerator suits are far more complicated than anything the characters have ever worn in the comics, cartoons, or any of their toy iterations except for Star Brigade. From a marketing perspective, having characters in identical costumes is always more difficult than when each character has a unique look. That's why in the new Star Trek Chris Pine's Kirk is in all black for most of the movie - so he stands apart from Pike, Chekov, Sulu, and the rest of the bridge crew that might be wearing yellow. The accelerator suits may be based on ideas the US military has on eventually creating some sort of exo-strength and speed enhancing armor for soldiers, but it's hardly the foremost "next step" in military technology. And for GI Joe the suits essentially rob the characters of any of their unique specialties and talents. It takes GI Joe from an "elite, highly trained, special mission force" to "anybody can wear one of these suits and be a super soldier". Of course the biggest thing that bugs me about all of the changes that were made for the movie is what I suspect is the biggest reason behind them all - the all important international box office numbers. Most major blockbusters today are counting on a significant portion of international sales for their profits. The producers are afraid that the audiences in France, Russia, Japan, India, and wherever wouldn't pay to see US military characters, but they loved Batman and Iron Man so let's throw something that looks kinda like those at them. The entire movie seems like they put the cart before the horse. They had all their ideas and all their visions, and just tried to slap some familiar character names on to what they had made after the fact. I'll go see it when it comes out, but I have the absolute lowest expectations for it.
  10. The costume department had designed all new uniforms for the TNG crew, but then the producers/directors (someone) decided it would be too much change and decided not to go forward on those new uniforms. But, Playmates Toys went into production of their Generations figures before the studio decided not to change things, so that's where the odd looking Generations figures come from. That's what the new uniforms were supposed to look like. The DS9 jumpsuits make perfect sense from a TV production/marketing standpoint in that they wanted the DS9 crew to look different from the TNG crew when they were both on the air at the same time. And the DS9 uniforms make sense for the DS9 crew as more "work" uniforms for putting a run down old Cardassian station back together. But the DS9 jumpsuits never made sense for Voyager. When Voyager left the Alpha quadrant, everyone in Starfleet was still pretty much wearing the TNG uniforms. Sisko was wearing one when he was back on Earth in season 4's "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost". All the other Starfleet officers in those episodes were wearing the TNG uniforms. Every other Starfleet officer who came to DS9 was wearing a TNG uniform. So to automatically start the crew of Voyager in DS9 jumpsuits doesn't make any sense on a Starfleet level. And if the point of the DS9 uniforms was to make the crew look different while TNG was still on the air, it doesn't make sense to put Voyager's cast in DS9 uniforms when DS9 is still wearing them too. DS9 didn't switch over to the grey and black "First Contact" style uniforms until midway through the 5th season, which would have been close to the end of the 2nd season on Voyager. Of course there's the whole fact that I never really liked Voyager........
  11. I may be wrong or misremembering where I saw it, but I thought that at some point it was described that Qui Gon's views on "the living force" were a bit different from the Jedi mainstream. It could stand to reason that within the Star Wars universe there are a variety of dogmatic interpretations of the force just as there are different denominations or sects within the major religions on Earth. Just think about it... all Christians have the same basic beliefs, but the specific denominations of Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, etc. all have their own individual dogmas and teachings that differ from each other. Same with Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, etc. So, one particular branch of the Jedi Order could really support the idea of Midichlorians while another branch could reject those notions.
  12. Where is the belt and holster combination from? I need some of those!
  13. BradMan

    A Few Customs

    Yup... pulled the Snake Eyes knife sheath off, cut the Duke leg's useless holster off, dremmeled 'em both down and glued the sheath in place.
  14. BradMan

    A Few Customs

    I've seen a few people with a fairly consistent combination of parts to create a Resolute Flint figure, and while I was inspired by those I also wanted to do something a bit different. One big thing is that I didn't want to use the actual Flint figure head because the beret just seemed out of place. When I saw the TRU Greenshirts battle pack I knew that the comic pack Hawk head was exactly what I was looking for in order to get the proper look for how I envisioned a modern realistic looking covert Flint. I also didn't want to use the Resolute Duke elbow pads the way I had seen others do this custom. As much as we all hate the rolled up sleeve Duke arms, they were the exact look I was going for. A quick hand swap got rid of the awkward looking joint at the wrist, and I am quite pleased with how they look.
  15. BradMan

    A Few Customs

    Like many others I realized after having it in hand just how cool the Resolute Duke figure was. That being said, the lack of a functional holster is one of those little things that kept this figure from being perfect. So, I picked up another one to "fix". The holster, HK pistol, and leg pouch were stolen from a knock-off SWAT figure I had lying around.
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