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Promising Galahad
11-11-2005, 06:20 PM
Luke in Jedi garb has been a hot topic on the OSW (One Sixth Warriors forums), which is apparently where all SC members are discussing him too, but I think it more appropriate to discuss him here since this was the license (12" Star Wars) many of us were waiting and hoping for.

The exclusive is already sold out. I missed out, having been at work, but I can't say I mind considering my indifference for the exclusive accessory (skiff guard gun). Had it been the femur bone, I might have been saddened. It seems Sideshow is learning just what should and shouldn't be an exclusive.

The figure itself looks darn good right now (it has me asking, Medicom who?). Mat appears to have done a fine job on Hamill's likeness. It's an understatement, but I'll leave it at that until I see the final product. I don't care for the open mouth expression, however.

Extra hands!!! This deserves three exclamation marks. I was actually thinking this would not happen. I'm glad to be proven wrong. They even included an ungloved blaster damaged hand! I never even thought about that. I hope extra hands will become more common in future releases.

The clothes look better than expected after seeing the original teaser close-up image. I hope Sideshow actually figured a better way to allow the shirt flap to close than with annoying velcro (ala Medicom).

The figure appears to be the short version of the standard body. Luke is thin, but the figure itself is still too thin. I think a T-shirt and shorts will remedy this, however, which I have plenty of. The shoulders don't look too bad either. I was afraid they would appear too broad.

This first entry in the Star Wars 12" line already appears to be what I've been waiting for since I began collecting 12", or more accurately, 1/6 scale figures.

Now you know what a great companion piece would be? Jabba the Hutt, of course! (Hint to Sideshow)

moebius9
11-11-2005, 06:35 PM
I like what I see for the most part but I will do a little whining since it is the internet.....

1) Note the price, they have fulfilled my prediction and now nudged the $50 price point, after baiting a few $45 figures lulling us into blind acceptance. So, I will not buy from them direct if at all possible.

2) That being said, nice let down on giving the news letter members a chance to get the exclusive. I saw it announced on every freaking toy news site before I ever got the flash message. Not that it matters since I don't need that extra blaster but for principal only I bemoan this. And if this isn't a good tell on how they may be underestimating the sales of these things I don't know what is. 1250 sold out that fast! Whoah!

Anyways, nice figure but a bit pricey IMHO. I will still get one but through alternative means. And I do look forward to all this SW 12" stuff. It is a key hole that is being filled in my collecting.

EVILFACE
11-11-2005, 06:56 PM
Man that One Sixth site has some hate towards Sideshow.

oxbeard
11-11-2005, 07:02 PM
Actually, I'm glad I saw it on the boards first as I didn't get my email until after it had sold out. I think SS did a great job though ensuring more collectors and less scalpers by using the 1 piece limit. I know that can be circumnavigated but still a great effort on their part.

I am real excited about seeing this one in hand. From the pics the likeness looks great. I have to admit I had expected Andy to get dibs on this one, but Mat has done an amazing job. I'll likely try to pick up a couple regular versions via a dealer for cheaper so I can actually have the varying displays using the hands. The variety on this one has just blown me away. I am curious though what future ES will look like after the quick sellout of the exclusive.

Promising Galahad
11-11-2005, 07:11 PM
I too am upset that the preorder wasn't first made available to newsletter subscriber's through a link within the newsletter itself. I still have yet to receive my newsletter, but what is the purpose of subscribing to begin with when anyone and everyone, not solely subscribers, are able to make an immediate preorder? But again, I really don't care for the exclusive accessory for Luke and am not that bothered that I missed out (I am on the waiting list, however). As I said previously, had the femur been the exclusive I might have had a bone to pick with Sideshow. (Yes, pun intended.) Others, apparently feel the opposite as I, wanting a stockpile of Skiff Guard blasters. They bring up a good argument: if this is an exclusive accessory, and exclusives are accessories not to be produced for other figures, than we may not (or won't) see the Skiff Guard blaster accompanying another figure (like a Skiff Guard). That would actually upset me. There are also those who are as unimpressed as I am toward the exclusive accessory and wonder why the bone wasn't the exclusive. I actually think Sideshow got it right. They've had previous accessories that seemed too important to exclude from the regular release, or offered so little that the exclusive should not have been an exclusive only accessory. The blaster might be enough to please a few, but but not as recognizably associated with Luke as the femur bone is to displease the many who may have missed out on that had it been an exclusive. I think this was a good, but tough call. The open mouth expression, however, I still have a problem with. I hope I'll grow attached to it in time. Otherwise, the head sculpt looks great.

moebius9
11-11-2005, 07:48 PM
The more I think about it the closer I am to changing my mind on the real purpose of the exlclusives. Originally I was thinking along the lines that SS is just out to force us collectors to buy direct. In the case of Luke the exclusive seems pretty meaningless to me. That blaster just isn't something I want or need. So, I am starting to think that SS is using the exlcusives for the sole purpose of testing the market for a particular figure. This is going to let them know how much demand there is for that figure so they can determine a more accurate production run for the regular figure.

It's probably a combination of the 2 theories but it helps me deal with it in my own mind better. I bet the regular run is like 15k on this figure.

wookilar8
11-11-2005, 08:02 PM
I too am upset that the preorder wasn't first made available to newsletter subscriber's through a link within the newsletter itself. I still have yet to receive my newsletter, but what is the purpose of subscribing to begin with when anyone and everyone, not solely subscribers, are able to make an immediate preorder?
Sideshow subscriber's got a news flash e-mail. For one hour only way to order was through the news flash link.:joy

Viking28
11-11-2005, 08:07 PM
In the case of Luke the exclusive seems pretty meaningless to me. That blaster just isn't something I want or need.

That could be why the blaster was choosen, something that was exclusive but not to exclusive.


Not that it matters since I don't need that extra blaster but for principal only I bemoan this. And if this isn't a good tell on how they may be underestimating the sales of these things I don't know what is. 1250 sold out that fast! Whoah!


I think it is a pretty good number for an exclusive figure.

Promising Galahad
11-11-2005, 08:15 PM
Sideshow subscriber's got a news flash e-mail. For one hour only way to order was through the news flash link.:joy

Thanks for the correction. It seems I have an e-mail gremlin as I didn't receive the news flash e-mail, either. One hour isn't much time still, especially when one is at work, not knowing when the preorder will become available.

Darklord Dave
11-11-2005, 08:29 PM
It seems my work email blocked the flash announcement from getting to me, so I just now saw it. Thankfully I was watching the boards when people started to buy.

TheObsoleteMan
11-11-2005, 09:28 PM
I think the $50 price tag is fair considering everything he comes with, especially if you were lucky enough to get the exclusive with the blaster. I don't have that same feeling of being ripped off like I did when I ordered the Kurgan.

moebius9
11-11-2005, 09:38 PM
I'm not saying we are being ripped off just noting the subtle way they are desensitizing us to the price hikes by trickling a few exclusives out at $5 more a pop. Then the regular version goes up, then the exclusives go up $5 and the regulars follow suite. Their prices have nearly doubled over the past 3-4 years. That's pretty significant to me and makes me wonder when the ceiling will be reached. I guess if people are buying it wont. But, just noting it! I guess I am just proclaiming myself as NOT being blind to it for some reason. It wont stop them from doing it nor me from buying most likely. LOL!

TheObsoleteMan
11-11-2005, 09:41 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Vader's price tag hits $60.

Darklord Dave
11-11-2005, 09:48 PM
They said the SW figures will be deluxe items between $50-100. I'd rather pay more and them not skimp on accessories or detailing. So Vader will probably closer to the high end of the scale.

Hardcase01
11-11-2005, 09:55 PM
I just ordered my Luke online and can hardly wait for MR bugeye floppyjoints to arrive!! Is this a great day or what!?

TheObsoleteMan
11-11-2005, 10:05 PM
Best day ever!

Murderofcrows71
11-12-2005, 07:06 AM
Yeah I didn't get my Sideshow news bulletin in time either I just happened to be home and kept checking the preview page that said it would forward to the preorder page when it was up. I got the exclusive, but was hoping for something more than a blaster, but am glad that it's not a big deal, hopefully Sideshow is slowly learning that the figure itself is the point of sale not the exclusive and do away with them.
That being said the Luke figure rocks. I'm a huge follower of the Buffy line and really wasn't gonna buy any of the Star Wars line figuring they'd concentrate on the newer trilogy more to start out with. Being fresh in everybody's heads and all. Not a huge fan (or a fan at all really) of the new trilogy but a huge fan of the classic trilogy. That sculpt of Hamill looks superb, heres hoping it stays that way through production. Now I may have to get a set of the main heroes and villians of the classic Star Wars flicks. I guess I'll have to put off buying a house for another year....thanks alot Sideshow.
..........oh by the way.............where's GILES!!!!!!!

Murderofcrows71
11-12-2005, 07:09 AM
[can hardly wait for MR bugeye floppyjoints to arrive!! Is this a great day or what!?]

Hardcase doesn't your mailman get offended at the name calling?

Ironman1188
11-12-2005, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the correction. It seems I have an e-mail gremlin as I didn't receive the news flash e-mail, either. One hour isn't much time still.

Yes, I wasn't home either, but did not get this special email, and agree an hour is not much time. I did get the regular though, only because I'm not sure that secondary prices will be all that much lower. Lower shipping directly from Sideshow would be nice.
I know a single boxed figure in a Sideshow carton is $6.85, and thats high enough.
I do look forward to seeing this in person. My son asked when looking at the photo "Why does he have a pimple?" and I realized...this sculpt just might be nailed perfectly.

occulum
11-12-2005, 07:16 AM
Im not interested in this, although I do think its a cool fig.

But I do think SS should rethink that Flash EMaill thing. Didnt receive mine til 1am this morning. I wouldve been highly pissed had I been interested in this and wasnt aware of the boards. Hopefully theyre reading all the issues with this. They should scratch Email Blast off their list to reveal Exclusives in the future

james1976
11-12-2005, 07:38 AM
-- not a reply to anyone in particular, but it seems like this is the facial expression they were going for in the sculpt. looks pretty close to me.

http://mikex.me.uk/misc/rotj/pages/rotj_mq_362.htm

wyrmn3500
11-12-2005, 07:40 AM
-- yeah, what was up with the flash e-mail thing? I only knew about luke because i happened to be doing my daily check of the board & saw the posts about the pre-order for the exclusive. then i get up this morning & see the flash e-mail thing -- wow, great timing :)

anyway, have to say that i'm really impressed by luke -- the sculpt is simply fantastic, waaaaayyy better than anything i've seen -- the lightsaber looks really accurate, and the outfit looks great! cannot wait to get him!

Alice Adrenochrome
11-12-2005, 08:03 AM
The more I think about it the closer I am to changing my mind on the real purpose of the exlclusives. Originally I was thinking along the lines that SS is just out to force us collectors to buy direct. In the case of Luke the exclusive seems pretty meaningless to me. That blaster just isn't something I want or need. So, I am starting to think that SS is using the exlcusives for the sole purpose of testing the market for a particular figure. This is going to let them know how much demand there is for that figure so they can determine a more accurate production run for the regular figure.

It's probably a combination of the 2 theories but it helps me deal with it in my own mind better. I bet the regular run is like 15k on this figure.

I totally share moebius9's opinion.

chamildav
11-12-2005, 08:03 AM
Yeah, I got my flash email with the announcement at 2 am this morning. This system may not be the most ideal way to let you know about an exclusive opportunity for newsletter subscribers but I don't know what would work better either. At least it worked for some folks. In my case it's good I was watching the board.
You know, I'm surprised there is ANY hating being done on this figure. My standards may be too low but the sculpt is unbelievable and the costume details appear to be also. I guess were just a tough crowd to make happy. I haven't seen the actual product yet but since I can only base my opinions on the pictures posted this is distinctly better done than the Medicom release at about a third the price. What's not to like?

Alice Adrenochrome
11-12-2005, 08:06 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Vader's price tag hits $60.


Come on guys! Please don't encourage them to ask more money for the 12" figures!

moebius9
11-12-2005, 09:04 AM
:DYeah, by the time we get to Boba Fett my Marmit will seem like a good deal?

I like all the extra hands though and understand that it's gonna cost a bit more. I am just vocalizing the pinch in my wallet. Thay aren't making it very easy these days announcing PF LOTR while rolling SW out. Now, we just need 12" LOTR figures and Indiana Jones to make me sell my Condo to finance the collection.

EVILFACE
11-12-2005, 09:32 AM
Yea, I hope a Indiana Jones figure is coming too.

kierbaudy
11-12-2005, 10:26 AM
I hope if sideshow does repeats of characters that they redo the sculpt and not follow the POTA trend, which really hurt that line.

Seaward
11-12-2005, 12:37 PM
I am not surprised that the price jumped to $50.00. The Star Wars license must have cost a pretty penny, and one must consider that Sideshow stuff doesn't ever pop up in brick and mortar stores. Hasbro could sell figures for twenty bucks, given their distribution channels and quality, but I expected this price. I am kinda upset that this sale went live during fantacular, and Sideshow forgot to make this one easy for the aforementioned fans. I was able to snag one as I kept checking the boards, but I was disappointed that we didn't get the exclusive sneak peek in the newsletter, nor did we get the advance warning on the ordering link. Their mail was delivered hours after I had ordered! At least the exclusive accessory wasn't something integral to the character. I would have been honked off if the exclusive were the cloak, or the femur or some such. I think that the advance notice to the newsletter members may be out of the picture for the Star Wars stuff, given that Sideshow is probably trying to reach as large a market as possible. I know not to get my hopes up that I will be lucky enough to be able to be in front of a computer for the rest of the pre-orders, but knowing what to expect, I am still really excited for this line!

oxbeard
11-12-2005, 12:51 PM
Keep in mind it is not really fair to compair Hasbro to Sideshow. First there is a definite difference in quality and lets face it, you truly get what you pay for. Second, we actually see the production numbers for SS, in this instance 1250 for the exclusive Luke. While we don't know yet about the regular version, I'm sure the numbers won't compair to the large numbers that Hasbro produces of each of their figures. Again this can reflect on quality as well.

A closer comparison could probably be made between Sideshow and Medicom. Of course, I don't own any Medicom so I can't speak for the differences here. But from the pics, looks like Sideshow has a better offering at a significantly lower price.

Darklord Dave
11-12-2005, 03:02 PM
The costume on the Medicom figure is okay but he's too skinny and the sculpt and skin tone are very wrong. You'd never think it was Hamill if he wasn't in the costume. And the SSC one is 1/3 the price for the exact same thing. I'm glad I have the Medicom one as he goes with the medicom Vader, but I doubt I'll feel the same after SSC puts out a Vader that's just as good.

TheObsoleteMan
11-12-2005, 09:06 PM
Just got my flash e-mail for the exclusive Luke pre-order. Whew, just in the nick of time!

Polystoner
11-12-2005, 09:28 PM
Just got my flash e-mail for the exclusive Luke pre-order. Whew, just in the nick of time!


Me too! 10:51:36 PM Nov 12th! :banana

TheObsoleteMan
11-12-2005, 09:31 PM
Me too! 10:51:36 PM Nov 12th! :banana

Hurry before they're all gone!

Polystoner
11-12-2005, 10:10 PM
Hurry before they're all gone!

Not to worry, I just put in a "flash" order! SS should get the order request, say, sometime before midnight tomorrow! :rolleyes:

But seriously. I was thinking maybe I should change my address with SS to a yahoo email or hotmail or something like that. I use the email for my own web server. Although it is an Interland server. Never get those newsletters any quicker than 18 hours later than everyone else. :sick

Promising Galahad
11-13-2005, 09:54 AM
My flash e-mail arrived today, Sunday, November 13, 2005 4:02 AM. I received the regular newsletter this morning as well, at 10:29 AM. Coincidentally, I've received another e-mail from them announcing that, in 1999, they will begin selling collectible 8 inch figures based on classic Universal monsters. I can't say I'm all that interested in 8 inch, figures. Perhaps, something slightly bigger, GI Joe or Barbie sized with actual clothing would be cool. I'd love to see a Frankenstein's Monster done in this way, with some chains, perhaps a Bride to go with him. A Creature from the Black Lagoon with, I dunno, a rubber suit or something, that'd be awesome, too! I'd go for some James Bond figures in this scale if done right, too. A 14" Jaws! How cool would that be? I'd also like to see some truly good Star Wars figures in 1:6 scale. Hasbro, doesn't seem able to accomplish this. Maybe they'll get wise and pass the torch off to someone else someday, so to speak. Can't think of to whom, however. Oh, and I hear that guy from "Trainspotting" will be in the next Star Wars film. True? I need to move to California or something and find an agent so I can be in it, too! If not Episode I, than one of the sequels. That'd be great. Oh, someone know what a Spongebob is? No, not yet, huh?

Promising Galahad
11-13-2005, 10:07 AM
Kidding aside, when's the next announcement on Star Wars 12" figures? Luke can't be the only one? There should be at least twelve others coinciding with his release: Vader, a Han, Slave Leia, Chewbacca, Lando, Anakin from Episode III, Padme from Episode II, Emperor Palpatine, Yoda, C-3PO, R2-D2, and, uh, the rest.

Darth Waller
11-13-2005, 01:52 PM
Snow Bunny Padme won the EU poll, so I bet she'll be announced in the near future.

Ironman1188
11-13-2005, 02:08 PM
Snow Bunny Padme won the EU poll, so I bet she'll be announced in the near future.

I still can't believe that in the "rich with characters" Star Wars universe, Amidala was even a choice, let alone the winner in this contest.
I know if we were given the chance to pick one more POTA figure before the end, it sure wouldn't have been Taylor!!

Collector Freak
11-13-2005, 06:48 PM
I'm glad I got the exclusive after seeing the going prices on eBay! :horror :google

Promising Galahad
11-13-2005, 09:55 PM
D'oh! I forgot there is a Star Wars forum here on the board. In my defense, I usually only go to the general discussion of the various boards I visit, with one exception, so forgive my oversight. This subject has already been talked about in great detail and the debate continues regarding Luke within the SC's Star Wars forum. Dave, feel free to close this one up, unless we feel like talking about another Luke... say Perry, perhaps. On second thought, let's just close this thread up. No offense to Mr. Perry.

Darklord Dave
11-13-2005, 10:48 PM
I left it open because I think this guy deserves to be talked about. But as there are a few other threads about him in the SW forum we can leave this one here.