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Old May 9 2012, 03:05 AM   #361
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Just breaking this evening on Sandtroopers.com... the very first carded images of the upcoming Vintage Collection Shock Trooper, Sandtrooper(orange pauldron variant with hovering patrol droid) and "Emperor's Wrath" Darth Vader on the regular Vintage cardbacks we've become familiar with. These will also be available on limited-edition chase cards with a different design(refer back to one of my previous posts).



These are supposed to be in the next wave after Grand Moff Tarkin. Supposedly.
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Old May 9 2012, 03:25 AM   #362
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Hi-res photos of the entire "Lost Line" chase variant wave of Vintage. Compare to the pictures I just posted above for the differences in packaging.




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Old May 9 2012, 03:25 AM   #363
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I always thought the POTJ Emperor's Wrath Vader was a pretty neat figure. It'd be cool to get an updated version.

On the Hot Toys front, here's Thor.
Tada!

To be honest, I think the headsculpt needs some work before the final product is released.
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Old May 9 2012, 03:37 AM   #364
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That is impressive! It's hard to swallow sometimes that these are considered toys...they look more like Madame Tussaud's waxwork dummies. I think it looks pretty much like Chris Hemsworth even without any tweaks made to the head sculpt. I wish the more mainstream toy companies could achieve accuracy like this on their larger figures and dolls.

ETA: Am I the only one who thinks the new Bespin Leia looks more like Hilary Swank than Carrie Fisher?
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Old May 9 2012, 04:06 AM   #365
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The thing is, at $200 a pop "pretty much like Chris Hemsworth" is not good enough. You saw what they're capable of. The Tony Stark that is freaking spot on Robert Downey Jr. The Terminator that looks like someone shrunk Arnold Schwarzenegger and stuck him on my shelf. We've come to expect perfection from them.

Also, now that you mention it, yeah I kinda see Hilary Swank in there.
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Old May 9 2012, 04:14 AM   #366
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Yeah, you make a great point. For $200 I pretty much want Hemsworth's face surgically transplanted to my toy. That's a lot of scratch to drop on one item. After seeing your Tony Stark that's a mighty big standard to maintain. Were the Bruce Lee figures from Hot Toys as well, because those are beyond spellbinding. They are the most life-like Bruce replicas I've ever seen, and that includes some wax statues and dummies I've seen pictures of.
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Old May 9 2012, 04:18 AM   #367
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Yeah, the Bruce Lees are from Hot Toys, too. Can you believe that there's some collectors that are criticizing the hell out of those sculpts? I've seen ones saying the the Chris Evan likeness on the upcoming Captain America is dreadful. Granted, some of the complaining is just completely unrealistic, but it demonstrates the level of perfection that Hot Toys fans have come to expect.

Oh, and you may find this of interest:
The reason I will soon be broke

That's right. Hot Toys is now making Star Wars. And their first offering is actually two whole figures with a huge display piece, and the same poseable eyes as Bruce Lee and the Joker. Wow.....

Just Luke has been shown so far, but they've confirmed that Han and Anakin are on the way. No word on what outfits, though.
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Old May 9 2012, 04:26 AM   #368
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Must...have...

But...am...already...close to broke.

ARRRGH!!!
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Old May 9 2012, 04:28 AM   #369
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You can always do the payment plan.

Thank god Sideshow put that option in place. No way could I afford half as much stuff without it.
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Old May 9 2012, 04:54 AM   #370
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If I'm not mistaken, I think I've heard about these Luke, Han and Anakin figures from Hot Toys. Something posted on the collector sites recently. I think the Han will probably be his most classic look from A NEW HOPE, but I have no idea about the Anakin...but I think it's safe to say it won't be of a nine-year-old Jake Lloyd. You can't get dynamic action poses from a kid in a Podracing helmet or holding slave tools.
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Old May 9 2012, 05:07 AM   #371
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I think the safe bet for Anakin is an Episode III version.

Speaking of which, I don't think I've shown this off yet:


This is possibly the most badass looking thing I have. Yeah it's a statue, but what an awesome statue. I stuck a Hasbro stormtrooper in there so you can get a sense of size.

Here's a closer pic:


The best part? This is a $350 statue that I got absolutely free. Sideshow actually gave one away in a quick draw trivia contest in one of their chat events. That was one of the happiest moments of my life, no joke.
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Old May 9 2012, 05:12 AM   #372
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I've seen stock photos of the Yoda/501st Clone before, but I don't think I've ever seen your pictures of it. Wow. That's some badass shit there. Hasbro would never have the cojones to recreate this scene...at least not since the Unleashed line of movie-accurate, stand-mounted figures ended a few years ago. Yoda brutally impaling a Clone Trooper through the heart wouldn't fly with some of the more family friendly, politically correct folks at Hasbro.

That's so awesome that you got a $350 set like this for free! I've won some 3-3/4" action figures in online contests, but never anything this cool. Kudos!
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Old May 9 2012, 05:18 AM   #373
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I miss the Unleashed line. I have a few of them. For $15 plastic statues, there were some pretty good ones. The ROTJ Luke is probably my favorite.
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Old May 9 2012, 05:22 AM   #374
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The Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine with the maniacal, huge Sith lightning bolts and flapping robe is my all-time favorite from the line. The OT Stormtrooper would come second. I never bought more than eight or ten of them because I just didn't get as into the line as some did, but I made sure I got some of the best ones. I have the Boba Fett with the Sarlaac tentacle...at one point that set was going for over $100. The Episode IV Han Solo running up the Falcon ramp and firing his blaster is also incredible...it has one of the greatest recreations of Harrison Ford's face and chin scar I've ever seen Hasbro make. That thing is almost Hot Toys quality!
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Old May 9 2012, 05:23 AM   #375
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I missed out on Han, and kick myself for it to this day.
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