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SG-1 Action Figures At Last!

Yeah, I'm not the first to post on this, but mine just came today, so of course I had to do some SQUEEing! (*SQUEEEE*!!!!) And make some observations...

So yeah, the faces are still vaguely... wrong. I'm still wondering whether I could doctor the painting on them a bit. (What? I used to paint miniatures! Give me a break!)

The fact that the Daniel figure comes with [a] teeny little flexible glasses with actual clear plastic lenses, [b] a boonie, [c] something that is either a tablet or a piece of parchment, which he can actually grip, and [d] a magnifying glass (no archaeologist should be without one, I guess?), cracks me up.

Okay, so, granted: if you actually put the glasses *on* him, he looks like he's wearing WWI aviator goggles (Curse you, Red Baron!). And the boonie is... not so much a success, in terms of fitting on his head. (I don't get that; they make other accessories out of this soft flexible plastic: Jack's tac-vest, for example, and the BDU jackets of the torsos, as well as the fatigues tunic that Gen. Jack wears, are the same deal. Like, the BDU jacket collars are soft and flexible, and there's actually space between the t-shirt and the jacket -- which is where I wound up tucking the frame of the glasses. My point being: it was entirely within their capabilities to make a soft and completely hollow boonie that could have fit down on Daniel's head, but for some reason, they didn't.)

Also, the table/parchment is blank. Which I guess makes sense. And sets up a great joke along with the "magnifying glass": "Gosh, Daniel! The alien script on that tablet is so small you can barely see it! Lucky thing you have that magnifying glass along with you!" Har har! (Note: magnifying glass does not actually magnify.) I doubt that I can resist the temptation to put little hieroglyphics on it. Or! No! I know! I could make it a little alien Rosetta-stone-thing! With Asgard script and Ancient script and Furling script! Oooh!

Moving along... several things about the Serpent Guard also kind of delighted me. First, that they gave him one of those little round shock-grenade things. Cute! (Except his hands can't really hold it. And it is small and round and cannot *sit* on anything with trying to skitter away.) But then they give you *two* tips for the staff weapon -- closed, and open. Now, that's a neat idea (although obviously it would have been a skillion times cooler if they'd made it able to open and close on its own. But the switch-in tips is a nice compromise.) But best of all -- the Serpent Guard's head *pops off*! And then the Serpent Helmet pops *on*! That's pretty cool. And a fairly reasonable way to deal with that issue, I guess. (I had assumed that the helmet would just be partly hollow and fit on over his actual head, but I wondered how bulky that would be. Problem solved.)

This led me to experimentation with some of my multitude of Jacks (now *there* is a happy thought!). This was my conclusion: Jack and Daniel's heads pop off, too. Perhaps they are not SUPPOSED to, but they do, and then you can get them back on again, so long as you are willing to use sufficient force and be a bit patient. (Experiment conducted with Black Ops Jack.) A little investigation suggested that their hands might pop off in the same way, although I haven't actually done it yet. This means of course that if you really wanted to, you could... well, you could have BDU Jack without a hat, or you could put the black fingerless gloves hands on BDU Jack (who has also been painted with Young Jack brown hair, btw). Or you could have Black Ops Daniel. etc.

Sekrit Message for Jenlev: it's a GDO. I swear. :) But no, I have no idea why all of the regular run of figures get these weird white vibrator-resembling GDOs. But the Black T-shirt Jack from FCBD had a properly grey GDO.

Sooper Sekrit Other Message for Jenlev: I see what you mean about it being difficult to snap the Gate together.

So basically, right now above my computer, Daniel appears to be trying to talk to Totoro. (Sadly, not to scale; now *that* would be awesome.) And Jack is contemplating zatting a deinonychus (as well he should). (That *is* to scale, actually.) And I am amused.

Comments

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jenlev
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
hee hee hee! oh the glasses and the parchment. and *cough* the gdo. seriously....was there no one on the staff of the company making these who didn't at least raise the gdo-resemblance query? *veg*

and yay for the magnifying glass and the writing. hmmmm...definitely go for writing an alien rosetta stone script onto it.

and i love the idea of switching action-figure heads. jack could even go under-cover as a jaffa.

as for the gate....impossible. i've given up. or maybe it's just my crashing new laptop that's become contagious and infected my stargate.

i'm so glad they all arrived and safely, and that they're settling in so well. *hugs*
eregyrn
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
And the great thing is that if Jack went undercover as a Jaffa, Daniel would have to be all, "Jack! You've been working out!" *snort*

Next time we see each other, bring your Gate pieces, and I'll get 'em together for you. I would feel more confident about it now that I've actually done mine. As with popping the heads off, it took some willingness to... force it.
jenlev
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
bwahaha! ::::faints laughing:::

oh that *is* exactly what daniel would say. hee! ok, this has made my morning, i'm going to carry that image to work with me and take it out to giggle at as needed.

and i will indeed bring the gate pieces with me. and the ramp. and maybe an extra jaffa or two.... *veg*
rihansu
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
The hands do pop on and off with very little force. (I discovered this accidentally with my freebie Jack variant. I'm very proud that I've gone months without making any Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader jokes.) But once you've popped them off they pop off on their own with annoying regularity.

The glasses and boonie are so, so bad. It's a nice feature that the glasses are removable, but I bet they could have gotten a more realistic look if they were attached to the figure.

The boonie is weirdly rigid and molded to his hair too, so it can't look anything but dumb. I wonder if it could be hollowed out a little so it fits down over the hair? There appears to be some excess plastic there.
eregyrn
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I was totally thinking the same thing: I wonder if I could scoop this out? What would I use to do that?

I think they could indeed have done better with glasses fitted to the figure.

See, for my mileage, if they went to the trouble to figure out how the Serpent Guard's head could pop on and off more easily than the regular figures' do, then what they ought to have done is just make ALL the figures with heads that pop on and off on purpose. And then they could have included extra heads. So you could have had a long-haired-Daniel and a Daniel-with glasses and Daniel-without-glasses. And you could play "Double Jeopardy" with the extra heads! Win/win!
rihansu
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
What would I use to do that?

I was thinking one of those grinder tools that professional dog groomers use on dogs' toenails. They have a rounded, rotating head with sandpapery stuff on it. That would be small enough and take off small enough amounts. I wish I had one to experiment with.

So you could have had a long-haired-Daniel and a Daniel-with glasses and Daniel-without-glasses. And you could play "Double Jeopardy" with the extra heads!

I love this idea. That would just be awesome.
eregyrn
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm. And I actually do have a dremel-tool...
lerefuge
Aug. 17th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
OMG can you take pictures? Did you order them off the company? I was seriously considering getting them.
eregyrn
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hey! *waves* Well, I have a fairly crappy digital camera, unfortunately, so I don't know that my taking pics would be that useful. It's not clear enough to show details. You should ask Jenlev. :) Her digital camera is awesome. She's posted some Action Figure Theatre already. And I know there are other folks who've posted pics, around. (I think some of them are listed in the sg1_debrief newsletters.)

I ordered a set off eBay from a retail store. (Vaughan & Sons, I think it was.) They were offering this thing where if you bought the entire set (which included the Black Ops Jack figure), they'd throw in the General Jack figure, which is rarer. (Like, I believe that in any given case of figures, there'd be one General Jack included, versus however-many multiples of the others.) And I'm enough of a fangirl that I wanted that one, so I just did that.
advection
Aug. 17th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
I love the image of Daniel talking to Totoro, and in my head it is to scale. :-)

Hooray for you getting the new figures! Hooray for the heads that pop off! (A statement that probably shouldn't be taken out of context ... ) And hooray for the accessories -- the Jaffa shock grenade especially, and takes me right back to my G.I. Joe days. He always had the coolest Stuff.
eregyrn
Aug. 23rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
It really is *ALL* about the accessories! :D

To be honest, the shock grenade could be better (it isn't detailed with the engraved lines that the actual prop is on the show), plus as I say, the characters can't really hold it, and it's hard to put it out because it just rolls around if you don't stick it on something.

And I'm disappointed in the P90s. They're not quite right -- too flat/skinny, not detailed enough.

But still!
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