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  1. I went to my local Wal-Mart yesterday and found the new GI Joe: Resolute wave of figures including Blowtorch. While looking closely at the packaged figure, something caught my attention...this particular Blowtorch figure was packaged with a Cobra logo stand instead of a GI Joe logo stand. At first, I thought that it would more than likely have a coresponding Cobra character's name printed on the stand, but when I checked the package from the side, I saw CODE NAME: BLOWTOURCH was clearly printed on it. I posted a few pics below, but I was wondering if anyone else has seen this type of variation/error.
  2. I was randomly checking HTS earlier today and was able to pick up 2 of each wave 2 figure (except for the trooper). As I got to the checkout screen, I did a quick Google search for any promo codes and came across the 25FALL code and saved 25%. I guess I lucked up because these went fast! I was really hoping that Rowdy Roddy Piper might be availble, but I guess I'll have to go evil-bay to get one now.
  3. I will be attending during public admission on Saturday and I'm looking forward to aquiring a few items I need to fill out my collection. Man, I'm so excited! I will be bringing the two ML customs below with me and I will be accepting comissions to produce more now that I have some free time.
  4. Yeah, I read about this the other day. Have some faith in Beattie. http://www.latinoreview.com/news.php?id=2780
  5. Awesome work, man! That's definitely the first ML Dusty custom that I've ever seen and I have to say you did a great job sculpting/painting it. Dusty is one of my favorite characters from GI Joe and he was the only figure I took with me every time I deployed to the desert. I will be separating from the USAF next month and moving back home to GA. As I will no doubt have some free time on my hands as well as easier access to figures/accessories for custom fodder, I will be working on some new ML GI Joe customs that I've been planning on for while now. I just hope they can match the level of exceptional quality of the customs I seen recently here on TNI.
  6. Here's some pics of the vintage vs. new GI Joe figures from my collection (I know they are large pics, but I felt it was appropriate to see the details): I like the paint apps and detailed sculpting of the new figures; however, I found them very difficult to pose and hold their weapons securely. The plastic used feels very cheap when compared to the vintage figures as well. The GI Joe stands need to be redesigned as the pegs need to be centered because the holes are no longer located on figures' heels.
  7. SmallJoes has the single-carded figures back in stock: http://smalljoes.com/gijoe_figures.shtml
  8. You can go clubin' at Buckhead, ride rollercoaters at Six Flags Over Georgia, take a walk in Underground Atlanta, see The World of Coca-Cola, eat at the Varsity by GA Tech, take a trip to Stone Mountain, see the animals at Zoo Atlanta, watch a show at the Fox Theatre, or anything else you might wanna do if you have the time. Here's a list of Atlanta's tourist attractions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Attractions I actually hail from Dublin, GA (home of the "Redneck Olympics") and I'm very happy that I will finally get to attend the convention in my home state's capitol.
  9. Dude! That Buzzer is pure perfection! I love the sculpted-details and the paint looks flawless. Your work just keeps getting better and better; I can't wait to see which character you make next.
  10. An '86 Gen Hawk sealed on a damaged card for $25 shipped is a pretty good deal if you intend to open it. It's not easy to find a perfectly mint loose Hawk as the paint on his hair and eyebrows is usually worn a bit due to the tight fit of his helmet. The silver paint on his belt buckle can easily wear as well. I've seen a several moc '86 Hawks go for about $20 each over the past few years, but they don't sell for much less than that. I'm always looking to buy factory mint figures on damaged cards as they are usually much cheaper, especially army builders like the '86 Viper. Recently, I picked up four of them for $25 each all from the same seller. The cards were opened up just enough to for the original owner to take out the battle ribbons. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...p;rd=1&rd=1
  11. Branch: USAF TIS: 5 years, 4 months Grade/Rank: Capt/0-3 AFSC: 37F (Manpower & Personnel Officer) Commissioning Source: AFROTC Det 160, University of Georgia Current Duty Station/Unit: RAF Lakenheath, UK/493d Fighter Squadron Deployments: AEF Silver (Section Commander), AEF 3 & 4 (PERSCO) --Charles
  12. I'm currently deployed, but I did manage to get some pretty cool stuff for Christmas. Honestly, I did buy most of this stuff for myself and I can't wait to finally get home next month to enjoy them! Playstation 3 (60GB version) and Ridge Racer 7 (I actually bought the console and game here at the BX...this is gonna be one heavy carry-on item) Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, plus 3 other games (my wife has it at home and has been playing it with her friends...she's leaving Zelda just for me since she bought it) Gears of War (got this game from the shoppette the other night and we have been playing it constantly) Xbox 360 HD-DVD player (my wife got this for me) Yamato Macross Plus 1/60 YF-19 Yamato Macross Zero 1/60 VF-0A MP-3 Starscream MP-4 Convoy Complete Version Marvel Legends Series 14 & 15 Hot Rodimus Ford GT & Syaosyao Transformers Classics: Rodimus A large metal sword that is styled like the one FFVII Cloud uses (My best friend Danny got it for me, but he's gonna hold on to it until I PCS back to the US) A new bed (my wife bought it for the both of us) Some candy and cards, but I think that's about it.
  13. Meh, you guys don't know how good you all have it when it comes to Macross toys these days. I still remember vintage Takatoku and Bandai 1/55's being quite rare and commanding prices of $300 to $500 for non-armoured versions to $1000 to $1500 for the DYRL variants. While the latest Macross offerings from Yamato aren't cheap, they are superior in almost every way to the old "chuncky monkeys". They feature an insane amount of detail with sculpts that follow the line art almost flawlessly. There are a lot of little moving parts and the painted/tampo-printed details are tight. They are relatively expensive to design and produce from a manufacturing stand point and the actual market niche that Yamato caters too is very small compared to other toylines. It's also important to note that these Yamato toys come in very large boxes and have to be exported for sale outside of Japan. Most sellers in the US and other countries have to secure their pieces through a middle-man and pay costly shipping fees which get passed on to you. Are they worth it? For a lot of long-time fans of Macross, the answer is a definitive yes. This is considered the "golden age" for Macross toy fans 'cause we have never enjoyed such quality and variety as we currently do. As much as I love my Yamato valks, the Bandai 1/55 Elintseeker is still my favorite.
  14. Cool display! There's just something special about those original Joes that make them so iconic. All you need now is an original Hawk. I still need to pick up a JUMP pack set for my collection; I think Stalker looks great with that set.
  15. Awesome vintage collection, man! I'm a big fan of the Cobra Officers and Soldiers. I only have one Viper Pilot that I like to have stand apart from the normal ranks for some reason, too. That Storm Shadow looks flawless! Thanks for sharing!
  16. Goo Gone is great stuff; I use it all the time! You can definitely find it at Wal-Mart or any other large retail store, probably near the cleaning supplies section and sometimes near the paint section as well. I've even seen it sold at automotive stores and and gas stations. I would suggest you also pick up some Q-Tips to apply the Goo Gone with. Just moisten the area by rubbing lightly with the Q-Tip, wipe away the gooey sticker residue with a damp cloth and you should have that vehicle looking factory clean in no time. The thing you need to remember when using Goo Gone is that it is all about how much pressure you apply to surface that you are trying to clean. If you scrub too hard, it can actiually leave visible marks on the plastic. Also, be very careful around clear parts as it can cause them to get foggy if your not careful. After using Goo Gone, I suggest you wash the vehicle in soap & water prior to applying new stickers.
  17. Saw this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUV3vpFMMSc&NR "That's why he the Doc." And here's what happened first in case that last clip got you interested:
  18. Thanks, I would have bought one from you had I seen your auction first. I think the light grey color would have made it easier to paint. it makes the figure look like he's actually talking into the mic rather than just grinning.
  19. Well, um, thanks for your opinion. You don't happen to own an original mic do you? To me, this so called "market" ruined the fun in collecting GI Joes. I bought the figures currently in my collection because I enjoy having them, regardless of what their potential market value might be. To para-phrase another collector, I'm more concerned with enjoyment of the hobby than the after-market value of such small pieces of plastic. As much as I'd like to own an original, I just don't see myself shelling out some ridiculous price for one. I imagine this seller probably made an investment in the original and is merely trying to recoup his cost. He even went thriough the trouble to make them noticibly different so they wouldn't be confused with the originals. Here's a few questions for you. What is this seller "stealing" exactly? Is he directly taking profits away from Hasbro? Is his product in direct competition with a current or future Hasbro product? Does Hasbro even have the original mold after all these years? Does this particular part have it's own patent?
  20. I saw this eBay auction about a week ago for a Heavy Metal replacement mic. I figured $20 was worth it seeing how my attempts at getting an original were pretty unsuccessful over the past few years. I received it in the mail today and was shocked by how small it actually was. I almost regretted spending the money for such a small piece of plastic until I equiped it on my Heavy Metal figure. I'm still amazed at how much of a difference such a small accessory can have on the appearnce of a figure. It was originally molded in a dark brown color, but I repainted it to match the original mic. Anyway, I took a pic so you could guys could see for yourself: So what do you guys think?
  21. I picked these up a while back for some pretty sweet prices, but I have to let them go to help pay for a toy that I wanted even more...a 1984 Macross Bandai 1/55 VE-1 Elintseeker (very expensive and rare). I meant to pay for that particular item with a credit card via Paypal, but I accidentlly spents funds from my bank account...and, well, it's another two weeks before I get paid again. Anyway, while I always thought it would be cool to own the items below...I never actually thought I would get the opportunity to own them. If you have been looking for a Night Boomer or any of the vehicles from the Sears Dreadnok Assault sets, please take the time to look at my auctions and help a brotha out. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...E%3AIT&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...E%3AIT&rd=1 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...E%3AIT&rd=1
  22. As a kid, I absolutely loved the Dreadnok Thunder Machine. I'm not sure why, but the fact that it looks like it was built entirely from various parts found at the scrap yard appealed to me. The dual gatling guns and removable amour plates always made for some road rage fun against my friends' Joe vehicles. But even then, I never quite understood how that turbo jet engine that was attached to the back could work in the real world. I mean, it's a freakin' jet engine with the turbine directly behind the driver and passenger seats. Thrasher would have to be some kind of mechanical engineer genius to pull that off. Then I saw this: http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/ Ok, so maybe it's a VW Beetle with a jet engine, but I immediately thought of the Thunder Machine when I saw it. I guess Hasbro wasn't to far off on this concept.
  23. Marvel Legends GI Joe will be all pro.
  24. Honestly, the only 3 3/4' GI Joe figures I care to collect anymore are the original ones from the 80's. While I do like a small handful of the new style GI Joe figures and comic 3-packs produced in the past couple of years, I'm perfectly happy with the ones I played with when I was a kid. These days, I prefer spending my money on the vintage army builders like Crimson Guards, Cobra Officers/Soldiers, BATs, Snow Serpents, etc., rather than buying the new DTC stuff or Sigma Six. As much as I love the 3 3/4" line, I think it hasn't much left to offer me. You guys can say what you want, but when (not if) Hasbro releases Marvel Legend GI Joe figures targeted towards collectors that feature iconic sculpts faithful to the main characters/figures, includes detailed weapons and accessories, super articulation with no gimmicks ... I believe it will totally over shadow the current GI Joe 3 3/4" line.
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