OAFEnet Email Update for Thursday, August 6

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  • JOE FRIDAY! Along with Snake-Eyes and Cobra Commander's new headgear (ruined FOREVER! again...), Shana in her slinky black stealth armour was one of the first images pimped to the media from "Rise of Cobra," so it's a bit odd that the appropriate action figure wasn't in the initial series of figures to hit shelves, turning up only later...
  • When Stay Puft went kerblooey, everybody got drenched in molten marshmallow leavings. Thus, the figure is absolutely bathed in white paint apps. The sculpt is the same as the normal figure, with a fully sculpted uniform (and proton pack!) done as a separate piece that fits over the torso. So that's all the same - it's just white. In fact...
  • This set's called "Echo Base", but it must be acknowledged, Echo Base was a wee bit bigger than this - it's more like an Echo Base Expansion Pack (at least it's not randomized), but that's no bad thing. Lego has favoured Hoth with several releases over the 10 years it's been giving "Star Wars" its best, and they can't ALL be giant boxes...
  • MARVEL MONDAY! For some reason, the little claws are unpainted. There's a red app on the back of each hand suggesting blood, but the actual claws are the still the same color as the skin. Is that a mistake, or a cost-cutting measure? The stock photography shows them with a bone paint app, so it was obviously the original intention...
  • MARVEL MONDAY! A constant battle within Minimate-dom is the degree of detail, and frankly, I feel DST has been getting too detailed with their sculpts. I prefer Minimates that err on the side of simplicity, since that's the nature of the base body itself. But unlike other recent figures (say, the "Iron Man" movie figures) the detailing on these...
  • TRANSFORMERS TUESDAY! Freelance concept artist Josh Nizzi designed Long Haul in 2007, after the first movie came out. He was just playing around, but the people who matter saw it and he was hired. Now it's a real toy, and all of a sudden your every accomplishment in the world seems like utter crap. Best go stick your head in the oven...
  • If you try to appease people by bringing characters back from the dead, they complain that undermines the dramatic tension caused by the threat of death (likewise if no one ever dies in the first place). En fin, the only authors who can make a death meaningful and realistic and make it stick are those who're onto a really strong story...
  • In honor of the multiple costumes you can dress your little rock avatar in, McFarlane released their "GH" with chase repaints. Johnny, being the popular one, got three variants, each with different hair colors. Oh, and one had green pants. Woo. This one, at least, manages to really mix things up, giving us the punk rocker in full body paint...
  • The body is basically an Otaku 1.0, Triad's female show-off figure designed (unlike most 1:6 scale figures) to look good no matter how many clothes she's not wearing, thanks to her remarkably skin-like semi-translucent gel body and the omission of the more unsightly torso joints that would normally make a 1:6 body look like some kind of consumer product...
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