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D'oh!

I've got the gun's magazine on backwards. It's supposed to be pointing outwards, not inwards...

"You can't sell it until you get it from him, but you gotta sell it to pay him to get it to sell it".
---Jerilock, talking about me trying to raise the money I need to pay for the toys I already bought....

NekroDave's picture
Posted by NekroDave on 16 June, 2010 - 15:53
Sorry, NOT a Machinder

I see neither red nor blue nor green nor yellow on this thing, therefore it CANNOT CANNOT POSSIBLY be a Machinder of ANY sort, I deduct one million points from your score, you LOSE, you get NOTHING, good DAY sir.

(Kidding. But seriously--red/blue, green/blue, red/yellow, blue/yellow, blue, yellow, green...and here's Troop-kun all severe black-and-white...eh?)

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"All the dogs in this sector have turned into red monsters!...don't tell me that it's impossible!"

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Posted by RobotBastard on 16 June, 2010 - 16:41
I absolutely love it. While

I absolutely love it. While for some reason I missed out on the machinders as a kid (Im sure my mom hid me from them in fear of me wanting them) I love the fact that it combines 2 things I like together- Star Wars and old robot design. Being a chogokin fan, I actually prefer this over a diecast Stormtrooper release although I wouldnt mind that :)

I caught the Boba Fett on the side box...nice. I hope I come across some cash soon so I dont miss out on the Trooper

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Posted by chachipower on 16 June, 2010 - 17:22
I actually really like how

I actually really like how it isn't totally restyled to fit in with vintage Machinders. Its overall appearance is halfway between the style of Popy Chogokins and other vintage Japanese items, and the style of the Kenner Star Wars toys. In fact, the proportions and detailing really resemble some of Takara's original Star Wars items, like their diecast Darth Vader... and that's the perfect look for this thing. The box graphics as well are reminiscent of the Takara SW toys in some ways. The overall feeling, to me, matches what an actual vintage Jumbo Stormtrooper would've looked like, if produced with an eye for both the American and Japanese markets.

I really appreciate all those close-ups of the blaster rifle, because there is a lot going on there, detail-wise.

recognizer's picture
Posted by recognizer on 16 June, 2010 - 17:52
No... NO!!!

*screams at monitor*

KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

YuushaFan's picture
Posted by YuushaFan on 16 June, 2010 - 20:22
^^Clearly a Star Trek

^^Clearly a Star Trek fan.^^

Hahahaha!

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 17 June, 2010 - 15:55
^^Clearly not a Jumbo

^^Clearly not a Jumbo Machinder fan.

Though I wouldn't say no to Fort Max if I could get my hands on it at a decent price.

YuushaFan's picture
Posted by YuushaFan on 17 June, 2010 - 16:24
A Fort Max is clearly not a

A Fort Max is clearly not a Jumbo Machinder.

"You can't sell it until you get it from him, but you gotta sell it to pay him to get it to sell it".
---Jerilock, talking about me trying to raise the money I need to pay for the toys I already bought....

NekroDave's picture
Posted by NekroDave on 18 June, 2010 - 15:18
I love this guy.

There are so many things done absolutely right with this toy. The sculpt is pretty much perfect, it's ridiculously heavy, and the spring loaded fist is really, really powerful.

My minor gripes would be that the construction of the gun feels a lot cheaper than the rest of the toy, and the pointing finger is really kind of an eyesore. I don't know if this is just my specimen, but the arms are not especially tight. He'll keep his arm up while holding the gun, but any movement and it sinks downward.

But then I fire the fist and none of that matters.

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Posted by SpaceRunaway on 16 June, 2010 - 21:25
Oh, man. First a

Oh, man. First a stormtrooper, then a fett? Enough with the dudes in armor. Throw us kaiju/robot fans a bone! Give us ackbar or IG88! I realize they have to make the most iconic characters to sell the most pieces, but come on.

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 17 June, 2010 - 00:21
Really?

You're going to complain about getting a toy that people have been dreaming about, in their wildest fantasies, since 1978?

And you're going to ask for two characters that historically have been incredibly slow sellers? What, do you want to kill the line already?!? The ROTJ Ackbar was available on the shelf until 1989... and IG-88 was one of the worst selling figures in 1997-era... Maybe you'd like a Jar Jar Binks Jumbo, or maybe that ramndom guy from Episode III... jeez. While an Ackbar jumbo would be fun (I collect everything and anything Ackbar) ...beggars can't be choosers. I'll be happy with the trooper, Fett, and Vader.

The Stormtrooper Jumbo is the toy equivalent of marrying a super model, hitting the lottery, having a number one movie, novel, and album, AND getting a free set of every Popy diecast ever made MISB... all on the same day.

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 17 June, 2010 - 13:14
I don't know, I thought I

I don't know, I thought I was just...expressing an opinion. About a toy.

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 17 June, 2010 - 16:19
Good for you

I love how people here now just post stupid things just to comment, then when called out for it, say "it's only a toy." Are we going to start getting "FIRST!" comments on every review now?

Why not be happy with the good stuff when it comes out, than complain about everything like a 14 year old?

This is the 1st real Jumbo in decades. A big, big deal for jumbo fans... I for one have much respect for S7 for even trying to do it, let alone pull it off; and wouldn't think to complain that they should make that guy who looks to the right in the cantina as a jumbo first.

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 18 June, 2010 - 09:16
Big R, settle down. Jack's

Big R, settle down.

Jack's active member of the toy collector community with ties to several boards other than this one...boards where he regularly posts *real* content...not just vitriolic fanboy comments that are more about ego and politics than toys. You won't get far by comparing fellow site members to "complaining 14-year-olds"...not to mention how offensive that is to ACTUAL 14-year-olds.

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Sanjeev

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Posted by Sanjeev on 18 June, 2010 - 10:17
No, Big R's right. "You

No, Big R's right.

"You can't sell it until you get it from him, but you gotta sell it to pay him to get it to sell it".
---Jerilock, talking about me trying to raise the money I need to pay for the toys I already bought....

NekroDave's picture
Posted by NekroDave on 18 June, 2010 - 12:47
Et tu, Nekro? ::collapses,

Et tu, Nekro? ::collapses, bleeding, into the arms of a mon calamari babe in a bikini::

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 18 June, 2010 - 17:26
It's all in the wording. If

It's all in the wording. If you had said something like "I know it's not feasible, but I would prefer Ackbar and IG-88", that would have been fine because the statement is all about you and clearly shows you have some understanding of how things work, even if you wished things worked differently. But when you start making demands of a company ("enough with..", "throw us...", "give us..."), particularly when those demands are so completely and obviously ludicrous that they seem intended just to get a rise outta someone, I have no problem with you being called out, even harshly.

"You can't sell it until you get it from him, but you gotta sell it to pay him to get it to sell it".
---Jerilock, talking about me trying to raise the money I need to pay for the toys I already bought....

NekroDave's picture
Posted by NekroDave on 19 June, 2010 - 10:21
Maybe

C'mon Sanjeev... really?

I wouldn't call "where can I buy on Y!J" or "great job!" as *real* content. Esp not what I was commenting on. If I insulted your friend, sorry,
but I don't base people's worth on post counts, or what board they post at, or even the toys on their shelf. If you think my comments are ever about ego or personal politics then you don't really read them do you?

Take a second look at JS's posts and tell me that isn't the silliest thing you've seen on CDX in a long time. C'mon man.

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 19 June, 2010 - 12:57
I think we can agree that my

I think we can agree that my pointing out that "It's just a toy," is a logical fallacy in the context of theargument. I got a D in my logic course, so I couldn't point out exactly which fallacy it is. However, I think that Dave is right in pointing out that it's all in the wording. All I was saying was that I would prefer obscure characters. I never actually said that I felt they should have made an ackbar INSTEAD of a stormtrooper. If you look at my first post, I acknowledge the practical necessity of an iconic character. I can see how my first statement can be considered silly. However, I see nothing wrong with that. I also see no point in getting angry over anything on the internet.

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 19 June, 2010 - 16:42
Yeah, really. You're right:

Yeah, really.

You're right: I don't count "where can I buy", "great job", and "+1" comments as real content. And for the record, post count means little to me...and while we're at it, I've never met Jack.

Do I agree with Jack's post? Not really. Do I think it's silly? Absolutely. But these are toys...they're *meant* not to be taken NEARLY as seriously as the vast majority of comments (not just yours, R) on this website have come to suggest in recent times.

If you can't see how attacking a fellow site member, personally, for posting a light-hearted comment about a fun toy is wholly and completely f-ed up, then I really don't know what to tell you. I'm sad for the future of this website...and bs like this burns me out on the "hobby", as a whole...

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Sanjeev

Sanjeev's picture
Posted by Sanjeev on 19 June, 2010 - 20:04
i want a chewbacca

i want a chewbacca :3

rraaaaaaaagh <3

VF5SS's picture
Posted by VF5SS on 18 June, 2010 - 13:31
Why not act like an adult

Why not act like an adult instead of tossing ad hominems at anyone who expresses an opinion that differs from yours? I never said I thought the toy was bad, I just don't care for the character. Respect your collection dx brothers, enjoy your stormtrooper, and don't poop on me just because I want a Muftak jumbo.

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 18 June, 2010 - 17:24
I wouldn't poop on you for

I wouldn't poop on you for wanting a Muftak Jumbo.
I'd be right on line behind you.

I wouldn't poop on you anyway. Ackbar is a great idea, and I usually like and agree with 90% of what you say on TBDX and here. Maybe you forgot that on your way to the "Post comment" button.

But here, you posted a very silly response, "it's just a toy"- which to me is the ultimate cop-out way out. It's the idiot's way out, and you're not an idiot, are you? And it does sound very childish, you have to admit.

See Dave's comments above for how I feel as well. He put it better than I ever could.

Again, if I offended you, sorry... but you can't post stupid stuff about a toy people have been waiting 30 years for, and expect to get a free ride.

The Big R's picture
Posted by The Big R on 19 June, 2010 - 12:50
Great review, paint apps

Great review, paint apps look pretty darn good on this thing.

north-exit's picture
Posted by north-exit on 17 June, 2010 - 05:20
Cool figure!

That's a sweet looking figure, I just wish it weren't so damned expensive otherwise I'd pick one up in a heartbeat. I love the details on the thing and how they molded details on the helmet (the grey part next to the eyes and the lines on the "cheek") that on both replica (full sized) and screen used helmets are only decals. It's funny that those parts are actually molded on a, relatively small, toy in while on a many times larger real deal they're only decals; of course that might not please the hard core Star Wars costumer but I really appreciate that sort of attention to detail even if it's not really screen accurate.

Riceball's picture
Posted by Riceball on 17 June, 2010 - 14:32
Love that Box!

Super 7 Did a great job on this. Toys don't manufacture themselves so taking a couple of years to figure out how to make a JM having never made one before is fine by me. When I talked with them at Designer Con last year they said they should of waited when they were closer to production before they announced that it was being made. This is also their first Licensed item as well and I'm sure there was a learning curve with getting a licenses from one of the biggest in the industry, Lucas Films.

The toy is brilliant but I really love that box and the small detail of folding cardboard to keep the figure in place like the original is a nice touch. And the graphics are great! A true throwback to the 70's and Japan manufactured toys.

The next product after Boba Fett? They need to do a small run of official Italian Bootleg Stormtrooper version in funky Yellow/Blue/Red colors with some Boba Fett parts thrown in to keep in spirit of an Italian Bootleg. Just my 2 cents!

Awesome job and glad they finally got it out to the masses! Hopefully this will get Bandai off their arse to get some classic JM made again!

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

Modcineaste's picture
Posted by Modcineaste on 17 June, 2010 - 15:31
Special feature

Though shown in the first image, Dave neglected to mention the Stormtrooper's best feature. Phantom legs.

servbot30's picture
Posted by servbot30 on 17 June, 2010 - 16:28
I don't care for Jumbos,

I don't care for Jumbos, never was a fan of Star Wars... But I really, REALLY want this for some reason.

Macross, Gunpla, Gunpla, Macross... Heck, let's go with both.

Val Varo's picture
Posted by Val Varo on 17 June, 2010 - 19:23
I knew it!

Bobba Fett!
I suggested the next should be Bobba and someone listened!
Akbar! Sheesh, all he ever did was sit in a swiveling chair!
IG88, come on! Too skinny! Didn't even move in the movie!
Great choice (and predicted by me *pats own back. thank you, thank you)!

The Spice must flow.

Fremen72's picture
Posted by Fremen72 on 17 June, 2010 - 21:20
Yeah, IG-88 kind of sucks,

Yeah, IG-88 kind of sucks, but Ackbar is awesome. He's monstrous poetic comedy from the heart of an alien sea. He would just a cooler costume than what he had in the movie. Ackbar wearing Ming's robe from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie would be the greatest jumbo since astro mu bread.

jacksauce's picture
Posted by jacksauce on 18 June, 2010 - 17:18
super shogun

everytime i read the words stormtrooper and shogun i think of that awesome samurai stormtrooper XD

i'm pretty sure i'm one of the younger site members here but i think this guy looks fantastic!, he's a kinda out of my price range(and by kinda i mean totally)but he's really nice to look at

makes me wonder if some crazy dude will ever army build these! (hey you never know it might happen XD)

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Posted by Cannonfodder4000 on 18 June, 2010 - 01:01
It's an amazing creation,

It's an amazing creation, but I'll need to read a few more reviews before I can justify buying this over any number of pricey vintage toys (Kenner Alien? Bionic Bigfoot?)

What I'm most concerned about is QC. Are these arms holding a proper jumbo flying pose or not?
Otherwise it looks like a grand slam.

Materialist Zen's picture
Posted by Materialist Zen on 19 June, 2010 - 12:54
I've been thinking a lot

I've been thinking a lot about this guy since he's gotten such a huge reaction on this site. I think this piece raises a number of interesting questions about this hobby and why it is that we collect. First of all, this is a piece that nobody has any nostalgia for -- it did not exist when we were children. Yet it appeals to nostalgia by mimicing the form of these beloved machinders that were part of so many of our formative years. In short, the toy is a simulation of a machinder, designed, somehow to create a kind of simulated nostalgia for both a form and a character that we remember from our youth.

That got me thinking about the broader hobby of collecting vintage Japanese toys. It seems to me that there is something very similar in our collecting the obscure toys. For example, I recently picked up a vintage Bismarck ST Chogokin. I have no nostalgia for this particular character -- I'd never even heard of the character before. Instead, this toy bore a resemblance to the Shogun warriors of my youth -- it appealed to a kind of sympathetic nostalgia for something I never knew existed. In buying something that resembles the object of nostalgia, we are able to re-create the joy of the new that we felt as children. I'll never forget the first time I saw a Dragun Jumbo, or a Daikumaryu Shogun Warrior over at my cousin's house, or the first time I saw Force Five. Finding Japanese toys that resemble these characters (or brand new American toys that mimic their form) perhaps provides some fraction of that initial joy and wonder.

Just a thought.

Txos's picture
Posted by Txos on 21 June, 2010 - 10:27
I'm surprised they didn't go

I'm surprised they didn't go with Darth Vader. That seems like an obvious choice, even over a Stormtrooper. A jumbo Darth with a vinyl cape and big lightsaber? Yes please.

duke togo's picture
Posted by duke togo on 22 June, 2010 - 17:55
but...

the stormtroopers are adorable man

exia00astraea's picture
Posted by exia00astraea on 22 June, 2010 - 18:43
It would be awesome if the

It would be awesome if the darth had the same lightsaber gimmick as the first wave of action figures, where the arm had a collapsible saber inside.

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Posted by jacksauce on 23 June, 2010 - 18:29
 
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