Indiana Jones - Volume VII

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  1. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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  2. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Indiana Jones is now in stock at FPI. They received four units in totoal. I do not
    know the edition numbers as yet.
    Mine is paid for and will be with me on Friday. Amazingly, there was someone on the list ABOVE me! Mine came out at £849.99 as that was the price when I ordered it in October 2006.
    CBD will be the one and only place I post pics of this maquette so keep watching on Friday night for an update and a review.
     
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  3. Trilogy Pub Talker

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    Someone above you on the list?! Shocking!
    It's good to hear FPI have finally taken delivery of this maquette. Though I can't help but wonder how long it'll be before they receive their next shipment.
    Let's hope they start to receive a regular flow to fulfil those long awaited preorders.
     
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  4. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    I know, who the heck was above me? I know it wasn't you Ed since you bailed out about six months ago.
    Toynk just replied to amessage I sent them regarding the Indy CM's they have up on ebay right now. Apparently they have numbers 47 and 53, indicating that if CM are still producing in batches of 50, they have produced a second batch already.
    I won't know for sure until Friday, but these FPI pieces may well be from bacth two as well. I say that because there has been an unusually long wait time on this piece given that Asaka received his four months ago. Anyone know for sure what number Enzo got? Ed can you find out for us banned SF members on CBD (which seems like most of us these days)
    It remains to be seen if they have fixed the hat problem.
     
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  5. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    I call bullshit :indy:
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  6. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    haha
    One is an inanimate object, incredibly expensive and once you have one it is very hard to get rid of.
    The other is a Cinemaquette.
    I bet she hasn't got the T-X though.
     
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  7. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    :lol: LOL...You guys are too funny :lol: :lol:
    Hey Steve,looking forward to friday night! :indy: :indy: :indy:
     
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  8. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Indy is out for delivery. Fingers crossed! Should be here before 12PM
     
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  9. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Can't be long now! :indy:
     
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    Well, I got number 67. And CM have fixed the ribbon problem. It now appears on the correct side.
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    The ribbon has been glued across the front of the pinch in the fedora, NOT across the join between the hat and the trim.
    There was also a tiny chip on one of the back tubular pillars on the base, but I could have touched that up/and or lived with it. There was alos a tiny black spec of paint on the left side of Indy's temple a la the black spot that appeared on the nose of MK Ultra's Jack Sparrow, harly noticeable and again, liveable with.
    I wonder if the rest of batch two has this problem?
     
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  11. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    That's a shame. :no:
    I wonder if the factories were simply instructed to reposition the ribbons on the already produced pieces and messed it up like that?
    So are you calling it a day then, Steve, or will you go on with the unpacking?
    What's your overall impression?
     
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  12. Trilogy Pub Talker

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    Wow, what a kick in the teeth after a two year long wait.
    I'm sorry to hear this, Steve.
     
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  13. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Well Lars, the hat was actually the last thing I unpacked, so you can imagine what a let down that was.
    The tiny chip on the base I can deal with myself. We are talking like 2mm of paint missing. The tiny spot of black on his left temple is probably removable, and again, it is virtually impossible to see with the naked eye.
    But the hat is just so annoying.
    I don't think the factory was instructed to fix the hats that had already been glued down with the ribbon on the wrong side. I simply think the first fifty came out wrong, and that was that. Which does raise a very interesting question. Why the heck didn't CM's "white glove inspection" pick the error up for its US based customers, huh? I mean, lots of US customers received an Indy direct from CM that had the ribbon on the wrong side. They should have spotted that.
    Anyway, I digress. I think the factory changed the process for the second batch and put the ribbon on the right side. Though I am prepared to bet money that all of the hats in the second batch were glued across the pinch if they were done on a production line. That's one person fixing the band down. And it's likely that that one person kept on fixing them down wrong and QC kept passing them.
    Impressions? The piece is amazing. One thing you will not see in ANY photo is the energy the piece has. By that I mean that he looks like he is moving, and has been froze in time. The closest thing is the Alien, which I feel is also very knietic. But Indy is more so. The piece is slightly off balance, which conveys Indy transferring his weight oto his front foot as he cracks the whip really nicely. This is complemented by his jacket being open, and his left hand being out to the side for balance. The whip is totally poseable in any position you like, which is also a lot of fun in allowing you to find the right pose for you.
    But I have to say, the hat is the porest part of the whole piece. Everything else is perfect. Honestly it is. But the hat just isn't up to the quality of the rest of it. It is molded (as we already knew) and not made of authentic materials, which is crazy given the fact that everything else on Indy - down to the metal gun, and leather holsters and belts and jackets is authentic. Because of the attention paid to the hairstyle on this one, it is almost like CM expected people to display it without the hat, and for that reason they just weren't that bothered with it. I know that sounds crazy, but it's a feeling I have got.
    Anyway, as you can probably gather, I am a little down about the whole thing. And Tril is right - a bit of a kick in the teeth given the wait. So I will review the piece properly, but right now I am too deflated.
    I don't want to bring any doom and gloom here, but the problems wih the hat on this piece just make me concerned about the Predator. If errors are getting through on something as simple as Indy's hat you have to wonder what the heck will happen with the PRedator. I think I mentioned before elsewhere that demand on this one is crazy, and a lot of new collectors will be buying CM's for the first, and probably last time. And a lot of those people are not familiar to splashing down $2000 on a statue, and are probably sacrificing a few other orders to pick this up. So all eyes will be on it, and expectations will be raised beyong the roof. CM will either get this right, or they will make a huge loss trying to please a lot of very pissed off people. Which will it be? Members of the lounge, I request your opinions on this!
     
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  14. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Hmm, yes. As you might know I tend to be even more picky with stuff like that. I feel that they have to make double sure that the Silicon areas in particular are free from any kind of residue because a collector can so easily "fix" it for the worse and there's no second try.
    Applying some magic sculpt to a little dent in the base and/or touching it up is within tolerance, but that Fedora is just gross.
    Still it's an assuring feeling that you have the freedom to request a replacement now. Plus it gives you the chance to fiddle with the already damaged one.
    Actually, when I called FPI for a new Jack Maquette, they asked for my confirmation to inspect the new piece before shipping it. Not sure if they really did though. After all a foreign replacement is a quite expensive task cost-wise.
    Still hope you'll give us some more pics Steve. Some quality full body shots would be nice, there's almost too many super close up's.
     
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  15. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    pics pleasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssse!
     
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  16. Trilogy Pub Talker

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    Yes, please indulge us with a photo or two.
     
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  17. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Hello all.
    Well I slept on the matter. Basically I am not going to go through "Aragorn II" and send the whole piece back, only to get a second one which has problems elsewhere. Looking at the piece of missing paint on the base it is now obvious that one of the molded leaves has just come loose from the base and taken a bit of paint with it. The tiniest bit of paint will fix it.
    ButI need a new hat! But I have to say I am in two minds about actually displaying him wit the hat though. The hair is really nice on this one, and a lot of care has gone in to styling it just right.
    I also noted from my shipping note that I ordered this pice on the 14 August 2006! Two years and two months ago.
    Pics to follow later when I have my Dad's camera.
    Steve
     
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  18. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Bring it!
     
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  19. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    So what you're saying is that your plan is to display him without the hat?
    I still think you should deffo get a hat replacement and maybe some discount if you keep this piece.
     
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  20. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Well, I have had Indy out, and been photographing like mad ready for the review. This piece has grown on me so much.
    I noticed that some of the photos of the face under intense magnification showed that what I thought were specks of paint on the face were in fact fine bits of hair from the stubble which were stuck against the oily silicone. I removed these with a very fine, clean paint brush - so no worries there.
    I am going to keep this piece and just replace the hat. To answer your question Lars, I really love the portrait without the hat, and since the hat is not the best thing about this piece, I'll probably leave it off.
    Question for Lars - I want to use photos for the review. Shall I email them direct to you for uploading so I can see them in the nextgen picture interface, or can I give you a link to photobucket where the images are hosted and let you do the rest?
    For now, here is one shot. Lars, apologies if it is too big and needs taking down. Direct link provided as well in case this is the case.
    Steve
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