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  1. My previous post was to say that ANOVOS may or may not be using the factory that Imgill knows, and that others arent as good at doing stuff the way their clients want first try. Tried to edit to append that, but couldn't get a cursor past the quote block. Any rate, for further edification Imgill later followed up with this:
  2. Oh, also, regarding Germain's posting of Global Effects' statement, I offer this vastly differing experience MovieFreak over on the RPF has had with his company's dealings with Chinese factories:
  3. The most pertinent things I've seen lately surrounding the data black hole that's been bugging us for so long are: - Disney's re-upped ANOVOS' license for another three years. - Multiple people had previously contacted and gotten responses from LFL and Disney licensing folks, so all parties are aware of problems with ANOVOS. - The latest on the class-action is the judge had ordered it to ADR -- Alternative Dispute Resolution. This means mediation between parties, and, I feel, is the best chance we all have of seeing ANOVOS not go under and take our money with them, and start getting back on their game. Anything beyond that would be speculation on how exactly that would happen. The plaintiffs don't want customers' funds to vanish into a bankruptcy. Disney doesn't want the bad press. LFL wants to keep getting licensing fees, which they won't if ANOVOS fails, as -- after Icons, Master Replicas, Museum Replicas, and The PropStore, as well, before them -- I can't see anyone else being in a hurry to pick up that high-end costume/prop license. Thing's cursed. My hunch is that the Mouse might float funds to get things caught up, while also sending people in to whip ANOVOS into shape on the business side of things. I can't see them being cool with being on the hook for refunding everyone if ANOVOS goes under or loses their license or otherwise won't be able to deliver all the ordered product, which is what the plaintiffs are asking -- that the customers be made whole, either in the form of the quality products they ordered in good faith, or in the form of full refunds if such won't be forthcoming. From a cost-benefit standpoint, it is more in their interest to prop ANOVOS up and turn things around. They stand a better chance of getting a return on that investment, particularly if restructuring is a condition of such. Speculation, as I said, but not uninformed.
  4. I'd managed to miss this before. I was just poking my head into this subforum to see if there was any discussion of the recent Legion vote. This is much more pleasant. I have a lot, that range from "wearable, but still being upgraded to my personal standards" to "under construction" to "research/sourcing/accumulation phase" to "will probably do someday after all the rest of that crap is taken care of". That last category is mostly my Trek costuming, which further consists mostly of replacing everything I made back in and just after high school, that I outgrew before I hit 30 (damn shoulders), and that it's taken me a while to find it in me to re-do. I won't go into those -- or, really, any of the "maybe someday" ones here... Star Wars, chronologically: • Custom Golden-Age Sith • Custom Mandalorian Crusader • Custom ROTJ-inspired Jedi (drawing from Lucas' comments during Mark's costume fitting session) • Republic Judiciary uniform (the Radiant VII crew in TPM) • Alpha ARC Commander Trantos, Phase I • Clone Trooper, Phase I (specifically, from when Trantos went undercover as a plain trooper) • Custom Clone Wars Jedi General (same Jedi persona, but in armor for the conflict) • Trantos' Phase II getup • Fenn Shysa's Mandalorian Protector uniform (ESB-accurized version of the Clone Wars flashback in the comics) • Imperial Commando (what the RCs and ARCs were combined into after the end of the wars) • Early Imperial Starfleet pilot flight gear (Han's outfit from the deleted Academy sequence) • And the casual uniform and jacket (a mishmash of Han's ANH pants, suede jacket from Solo, and a black shirt) • ROTS/TFU version of the Emperor's Guard • "v0.5" of my custom Mandalorian Protector, testing materials and patterns, and just having fun • TFU Senate Guard (the original gray version, that were guarding the ruin of the Jedi Temple, not the blue version of the Royal and Shadow Guard) • Senate Guard garrison uniform (aka "Rebel Fleet Trooper", a term I have fought for decades) • Non-approvable protest U-Wing pilot uniform (treated cotton flightsuit instead of nylon, jacket made to match ESB Snowspeeder jacket, not R1 version, etc.) • Imperial Mandalorian Supercommando (going with the white "Supertrooper" version of Boba, here) • Idealized ANH Stormtrooper combat armor • ANH Stormtrooper non-com garrison uniform (two-piece uniform, no rank, kabuto helmet, DH-17) • ANH Stormtrooper officer Class A uniform (Praji, Jir, et al) - Solo greatcoat - R1 rain poncho - Conjectural Stormtrooper officer battle dress (abbreviated version of R1 Tank Driver over two-piece uniform, a la Veers) • ANH Darth Vader • Storm Commando (further evolution of Imperial Commando, post-Battle-of-Yavin -- not a Shadow Scout, as the Legion defined it back in '02) • Nova Trooper • Hoth Rebel uniform (functionally insulated for Winter wear) • "Summer" version of above, derived from comics and R1 • ROTJ Royal Guard • Conjectural Royal Guard flight gear • Royal Guard combat armor (red Stormtrooper armor with an SE-44C -- not a Magma Trooper as the Legion defined it back in '02) • Fenn Shysa's "Mandalore" getup (post-ROTJ) • "v1.0" of my custom Mandalorian, also post-ROTJ Supercommando • Captain Cardinal • Second Galactic Empire Stormtrooper (aka Legacy) Anime: • Macross Defense Force uniform • Macross flight gear • Yamato pilot uniform Video games: • Spartan Gungnir armor and laser rifle (Halo 3/Reach era) • Illusive Man (Mass Effect) • NCR Veteran Ranger (Fallout) Comics/movies-of: • MCU style Cyclops (conjectural, not Fox's X-Men franchise) • MCU style Guardian • Iron Man Mk XIX • MoS style Kryptonian Other: • Late-16th-century period garb, minor Scottish nobleman • Armor for above • COBRA Crimson Guard (original action figure style) • Dieselpunk "plague doctor" • Steampunk/Weird West roving adventurer Most of these will be packed away, but I hope to at least display those thirty-odd helmets in a "hall of heads" set-up, as well as a similar weapons wall.
  5. I still haven't been able ot find an answer since first posing this question. I'd love five minutes with Michael Kaplan.
  6. Since I'm one who ordered "with helmet", wanted the TFA version, will likely be getting the TLJ version if hints are accurate, and the TFA buckets are already hella expensive on the secondary market... if you wanted to swap whenever the heck my probably-TLJ helmet arrives, lemme know. I know their advertising photos of the TLJ helmet show something less than 100% accurate to the film prop. Maybe the finished product will nail it better, we'll see. But the offer's there.
  7. Has anyone heard yet whether those of use who ordered our kits "plus helmet" will be getting the TFA (what I ordered) or TLJ (to match the armor as it actually is) version? If the latter, I want to contact ANOVOS and see if they can revise my order to armor-only, refund me the difference, and I'll put that toward one of their TFA helmets from the secondary market. Which would irk me, as I could've had helmet in hand long since if I'd've had to go that route. For the TLJ-specific armor pieces, I'm strongly considering whether I want to ask folks with the Alpha or Beta kits who want to upgrade to TLJ if they want to swap cods and forearms (and maybe helmets, if necessary)... Or try to source TFA-accurate armor pieces from one of the vendors, and just deal with the lack of lineage... Or 3D print and scratch-build my own using the TLJ pieces as a starting point. *sigh*
  8. When I ordered it, I ordered "Star Wars, The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper armor" and selected the "with standard helmet" option. I have let them know through e-mail and chat, since seeing the test pulls, that what they advertised was TFA armor, not TLJ armor. I ordered TFA, I want TFA. Bad enough I now have to figure out what to do for the cod and forearms, but if they alter the helmet to the TLJ version without communication or approval from me, I'm going to raise a little hell.
  9. Right. Kinda what I was getting at -- the sooner there's something up showing how to address that area, the sooner it can be pointed to to help out people who don't realize. Trust me, I have gone through your build thread a good half-dozen times to to get some things burned into memory -- and I know I will again once I have actual armor pieces to mess around with. I meant specifically I'll be looking for people's approaches to turning the TLJ cod into the TFA cod. I'd rather, if it's at all possible. I'd rather not have to source a TFA cod separately. I'm also going to be looking at how resilient the resin for the ab/belt boxes is and how tricky it'll look to be to hollow them out further. If I have to source plastic ab/belt boxes, I may do the cod, too, if modding the included one would be too difficult or too likely to crack. The fan builders are good, but I like the lineage of the ANOVOS kit. I'll cede the latter if I have to, but grudgingly.
  10. Yeah... I've been on the fringes of the 501st for almost two decades, and I wish I could say it no longer needed repeating: There's no such thing as an approvable-out-of-the-box costume. A piece, maybe. But never the whole thing.
  11. I'll say the same thing her as I did on the RPF... ANOVOS is, I guarantee, 537% aware customers aren't happy. I figure in addition to the letter they're going to have something to say during the panel before they open the mic to questions. I expect, intended to forestall some of the ire. I dont know if all the panels at Celebration are subject to the lottery ReedPop is doing, or just some. Folks who are going (sold my passes in disgust a month ago out of sheer underwhelm at the program and guest list that was shaping up, not to mention the fiasco of the room blocks), maybe make sure y'all can get in sooner than later. And I implore anyone who makes it in and up to the mic... Firmness is good, don't let them wriggle out with a canned answer -- but be respectful, and hold the anger back. More is likely to be gained from establishing a dialog (that has been so missing!) than throwing them on the defensive.
  12. As I said, I have plans for how to tackle that. I've been drafting several versions of relevant posts depending on what I finally hold in my hands. Once I do it and have pics I don't want to delay sharing because it's taking me a while to describe my process. Meantime, I'll be looking for anyone's tutorials on how to TFA-ify the cod. Other parts I'm not sure about how I'll tackle -- I'm not happy with the ugly-but-film-accurate overlapping biceps and legs. Since I'm doing Cardinal and he's not aprovable (and may never be), I might make them seamless or engineer functional latches...
  13. The red Stormtrooper first appeared in the Spring '95 issue of Topps' Star Wars Galaxies magazine. It was a short story about Lumiya, set after ROTJ, when she was going around convincing defecting Imperial research facilities that to do so would be a mistake. To help accomplish this, she had a couple squads of Royal Guards in red Stormtrooper armor, called out as such in the story text and RPG notes in the sidebar, and illustrated as such for the story by Colleen Doran. This was right when the 501st was just starting. Not saying no one in the nascent club did this back then, but i doubt it. Meanwhile, the Visual Dictionary, published in '98, mentioned the simple existence of the Magma Trooper, no description or illustration. It was someone in the 501st who decided the former was the latter, from apparently not doing their homework. It's an error I've spent years fighting to uncollapse. Meanwhile meanwhile, the clone Emperor dates back to Dark Empire #2, from early '92. Tom Spanos did it before then to inspire the British artist?
  14. Same white as you use for your armor, I'd say. And any satin black should work for those bits.
  15. The basic kit also comes with the gaskets (just no neck seal, hence having to order it separate), so you'll have full sets from both. *heh* I'd suggest maybe putting them up for sale on here, if you don't want to keep them as back-ups.
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