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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 4, 2005, 12:28 AM »
Dang, almost forgot.  I need to pick up the Marvel Select She Hulk tomorrow in Philly!  ;)

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Why Lucas tinkered with Star Wars!
« on: June 3, 2005, 01:17 AM »
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I think Lucas is actually looking at things from a somewhat unique POV in the movie industry.  He's actually willing to go back and fix things and not leave some screwups out there for all eternity.  I think it's almost like a software company sending out updates for a program.  They recognize the imperfections and fix them.  So does Lucas.  He has the will and the means to fix his mistakes.  I can't fault him for going back and making the best movie that he can, even after the theatrical release.

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I see what you're saying, but the original versions of SW occupy such a unique position in cinematic history that I believe they should be preserved for their historical value (artistic debates being an entirely separate issue). I don't see the harm in having the originals available, if for no other reason than as a basis for comparison with the updated versions.
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I agree with the historial argument and sentiment.  I also think that in all actuality there is an archived version of the 1977 release in a vault, somewhere.  I don't think anyone is trying to destroy the film as it was originally presented.  Film preservation is actually a fairly signifigant issue in the movie industry.  A great deal of old films have been lost due to poor storage of the original negatives and deterioration of that stock.

But I think Lucas has taken this public stance that "the original films don't exist" so that he can avoid the debate about what should be out and what shouldn't.  I think there is tremendous potential for that issue to become totally unruly, since many a fanboy fancies themself an uber film critic.  Why not cut that kind of nonsense off at the pass?

I think ultimately, as far as what is on the market, the ball is in George Lucas's court.  He is going to want the version he likes out on the commercial market.  He's the owner of this intellectual property and it's his right to exercise his artistic control over the movies.  If a fan is so intent on having the theatrical release, or the '96 release, they can always have their VHS versions burned to DVD so that they last longer in better condition.  Lord knows there are enough bootlegs of them out there that you can buy DVD versions of the various releases if you want them.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: June 2, 2005, 11:23 PM »
The last time I ordered a case was for MLB 10 (I think).  That was the one with Jeter, Palmeiro, Mulder, Delgado, etc.  Great assortment, but I haven't wanted to order an entire case since.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Why Lucas tinkered with Star Wars!
« on: June 2, 2005, 01:35 AM »
Earning my living as a television editor and an independent record producer, let me side with Lucas on this.  When you put together a tv show, a CD or a movie, there are going to be compromises with the finished product.  There are going to be points that you as a creator are going to find objectionable, but you're facing a deadline, budget constraints, uncooperative/unavailable talent or inferior technology, and they're keeping you from getting things the way you envisioned them.  It's because of these outside forces having their way with a project that Lucas has said in the past that "movies aren't finished, they're abandoned".

What adds insult to injury for the creator is that every time you see the finished work, you see or hear every imperfection.  With every record I've ever produced, as much as I notice the good aspects, I know where every fault lies.  You know where each imperfection is and it makes you wince.  I bet to this day, even with the DVD version of A New Hope, Lucas winces every time he watches the TIE Fighter's flying around the Millenium Falcon and sees the matte lines around the solar panels.  I noticed them years ago and they're frankly kind of distracting.  I imagine that particular item may be fixed by the time a 6 DVD box set comes out with the entire Saga, but I would bet good money that Lucas is still unhappy with those shots.

On the issue of things that he's gone back and fixed, is anyone really bothered by the fact that he moved the rank insignia on Admiral Piett's uniform to it's correct position at the end of TESB?  Don't think so.  Do people like the way that the cgi Jabba looks in the DVD version of ANH?  Hell yeah!  It's looks much better than the inflated orange garbage bag that looked like Jabba in the '96 special edition.  How about the windows in the Cloud City corridors that we saw in the special edition as opposed to the plain white walls that were in the 1980  theatrical version of TESB?

I think Lucas is actually looking at things from a somewhat unique POV in the movie industry.  He's actually willing to go back and fix things and not leave some screwups out there for all eternity.  I think it's almost like a software company sending out updates for a program.  They recognize the imperfections and fix them.  So does Lucas.  He has the will and the means to fix his mistakes.  I can't fault him for going back and making the best movie that he can, even after the theatrical release.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Store Displays
« on: June 2, 2005, 01:13 AM »
Woohoo!  I've got a Kellog's display on the way.  Also working on getting the Pepsi Yoda.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: May 31, 2005, 08:46 PM »
I actually saw some of the NBA Legends figures tonight.  They look cool, but I'm not enough of a fan to buy all of these figures.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: May 31, 2005, 08:16 AM »
TRU and stores like Gamestop seem to be among the few that really carry Sports Picks.  The line got super hot and it seems that it's peaked.  I know they aren't as hard to find around me as they had been, and the area is inundated with collectors and scalpers.

On a related note, I've heard that Todd McFarlane is going to scale back on the number of variants that ship in a case.  I think they're trying to make the line hot again by making things harder to find.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 30, 2005, 11:45 PM »
I found a Gamling the other day.  How weird is that?

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Power of the Jedi / Re: favorite POTJ figure
« on: May 29, 2005, 03:01 PM »
There were definitely several great POTJ figures.  This line ranks as one of my favorites in the modern era.  Only the VOTC line beats out POTJ, IMO.

5 -  Coruscant Guard
4 - Imperial Officer
3 - Sandtrooper
2 - Han Solo - Bespin Capture
1 - FX-7

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: May 29, 2005, 09:26 AM »
Here is my realistic guess at what we might get.  It's not necessarily a wishlist.

Collection 1 - Core characters, most army builders
-Yoda - Senate Chamber force battle
-Padme Amidala - Senator (Anakin, Obi-Wan & Palpatine's arrival)
-Commander Cody
-Emporer Palpatine - Senate Chamber force battle
-Special Operations Clone Trooper (blue markings)
-Mace Windu - SA, softgoods

Collection 2 - Secondary characters
-2-1B Droid
-Ongree Jedi Council member
-Utai docking facility worker
-Fireship Pilot
-Security Battle Droid
-"Bettie" Protocol Droid
-V-Wing Pilot

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So how many times have you seen it?
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:23 PM »
Only twice so far.  But I'm looking forward to seeing it at least three more times.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: What was LeBron thinking...
« on: May 28, 2005, 11:44 AM »
Oh, I agree that him helping his friends can backfire on him.  They're not professionals, definitely.  But in the same regard, there have been plenty of professional agents who have ripped off their clients.

With regard to his shoe deal and other major endorsements, I think he's probably going to have people like Jay Z and Russell Simmons handle those deals.  They're smart, modern business men.  If he leaves other small business to his friends, they can probably handle some of the personal matters.  They'll probably screw a few things up.  But, LeBron needs to take responsibility for putting them in those positions of responsibility for his money.

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Palpatine tells the newly dubbed Darth Vader "Only one has learned the secrets of eternal life.  Together we will unlock the secrets of the force..."

That seems to rule out Palpatine to me.

the secrets to eternal life wouldn't necessarily be the same thing as the secrets to creating life. plus he never says that the one person wasn't him, he just says to Anakin we will unlock the secrets of the force. that doesn't necessarily mean he is not aware of what the secrets are, just that he will be helping Anakin to find them.

It came across as if the powers are related.  And if only one Sith came to master these powers, it seems that the one would be responsible for the immaculate conception.  The story of Darth Plagueis and his powers only seems to be bait from Palpatine to lure Anakin Skywalker to the dark side.  For when Palpatine reveals that only one has achieved the powers of eternal life, it seems that he revealed his own deception to Darth Vader. 

If Palpatine were responsible for Anakin's birth, it would all seem far too convenient, IMO.  It definitely seems that this was intentionally left unresolved.  The origins of many mythological and religious figures have been in many cases ambiguous or mysterious.  There's the Christ analogy for one.  Then there are the numerous heroes of Greek mythology such as Hercules and Perseus who were supposedly children of the Gods, and the story of Rome's Romulus and Remus who were raised by wolves.  Lucas seems to be drawing heavily on these traditions to form some of Anakin's story.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Prequel to a Prequel?
« on: May 28, 2005, 11:23 AM »
Who came up with this one...Supershadow?  ;D  I really think that the movies are done.  Star Wars is going to live on, but not in movie theaters.

I wouldn't be opposed to this storyline being explored in an EU animated series.  But the timeline sounds way off.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 28, 2005, 10:46 AM »
There are definitely some good options for the Evolutions line.  Here are some I've thought of...

Obi-Wan Kenobi
-The Phantom Menace w/ SA, softgoods, rebreather, Obi-Wan's lightsaber, Qui-Gon's lightsaber & CommLink
-Revenge Of The Sith w/ SA, softgoods, lightsaber
-The Empire Strikes Back - Hoth Vision

Luke Skywalker
-A New Hope SA w/ lightsaber, Stormtrooper utility belt, grappling hook, Stormtrooper blaster
-The Empire Strikes Back in Snowspeeder Pilot gear, SA w/ removable helmet, blaster, holster, grappling line, lightsaber & mine
-Return Of The Jedi SA Throne Room duel w/ binders & lightsaber

Han Solo
-A New Hope SA w/ regular blaster & holster, Stormtrooper blaster & holster and medal
-The Empire Strikes Back SA, Carbon Freeze Chamber Han w/ Carbonite block, binders, SG jacket
-Return Of The Jedi - SA Endor battle Han w/ SG trenchcoat, mines

Jedi Masters
-The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon Jinn w/ SA, sg, lightsaber, commlink, holoprojector
-A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ SA, sg, lightsaber & training remote
-The Empire Strikes Back Yoda w/ SA, sg, backpack, pot, gimer stick, light

The Fetts
-Attack Of The Clones Jango Fett w/ SA, removable helmet, blaster pistols, both rocketpacks
-Attack Of The Clones Mess Hall Clone Trooper in red fatigues
-Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett w/ SA, sg, rifle

Bounty Hunters
-Zam Wessel w/ SA, sg, two different heads, blaster pistols, rifle
-Greedo w/ SA, blaster pistol
-Zuckuss w/ SA, sg, blaster rifle

Astro Droids
-R2-D2 w/ various tool arms, extendable third leg
-R4-P17 (ROTS) w/ repair tools, removable dome
-R5-D4 w/ extendable third leg, motivator

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