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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?

5792
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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Here are my ten...

JEDI
-Cin Drallig - Jedi Swordmaster
-Obi-Wan Kenobi - SA, softgoods

CLONE TROOPERS
-Spec Ops Clone Trooper
-Commander Gree
-Commander Cody
-BARC Trooper

SITH
-Emporer Palpatine - SA, Senate Chamber Duel

SENATE
-Padme Amidala - bun hairdo

DROIDS
-2-1B Droid

WOOKIEES
-Merumeru - Wookiee Captain

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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.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 27, 2005, 01:35 AM »
Tonight....

2 x Tarkin
2 x Meena Tillis
2 x Ask Aak

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Easter Eggs
« on: May 26, 2005, 11:06 PM »
I thought finding Animation Director Rob Coleman, and IMLer's John Knoll and Roger Guyett was a find.  They were in the opera box next to Palpatine and Anakin.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: May 26, 2005, 05:37 PM »
The ROTS Armies continue to grow...

ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
15 x #6 Clone Troopers
6 x Clone Pilot
4 x Clone Commander
7 x AT-TE Gunners
4 x Target Clone Troopers
2 x Deluxe Clone Troopers
4 x #41 Clone Trooper
1 x BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper
2 x AT-RT with AT-RT Driver

SENATE
4 x Royal Guard (red)
4 x Royal Guard (blue)

SEPERATISTS
4 x General Grievous's Bodyguards
1 x Super Battle Droid
1 x Super Battle Droid from Deluxe Obi-Wan
2 x Battle Droid
2 x Tri-Droid Fighters
1 x Vulture Droid with Buzz Droid
1 x Neimoidian Warrior

WOOKIEE ARMY
10 x Sneak Preview Wookiee Warrior
5 x #43 Wookiee Warrior (tan)
4 x #43 Wookiee Warrior (brown)
4 x Yarua
1 x Rorrworr
1 x Tarfful
1 x Chewbacca


I think I'm going to seriously cut back on the the regular Clone Troopers.  Considering that you only see about 20 or so all white Clones in ROTS, it seems kind of silly to have quite so many all white Clone Troopers.  I'll probably get a few more of Clone Trooper #41, but after that I'm going to hold off on more regular Clones until they start offering repaints of the Utapau, Spec Ops and Shock Trooper legions.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: May 26, 2005, 05:32 PM »
Dr. J looks awesome.  Between the 70's 'fro and the ABA ball, it's a sweet looking figure.

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It doesn't seem that Liam Neeson was uncooperative.  He took part in the Vanity Fair group photo and also attended one of the charity premiers that was held in New York.

After seeing the DVD's for both TPM and AOTC, I've seen that Lucas is a ruthless editor.  There are some good scenes that were cut from both movies.  The one that comes to mind in AOTC is when Padme brings Anakin to meet her parents.  It works very well from an acting and exposition standpoint, and it makes the development of the love story somewhat less herky-jerky.  But Lucas saw fit to cut it because it was a semi-long scene and he thought the movie was running long. 

I would venture an educated guess (I work as an editor) that he felt ROTS was running long, too, and cut this scene as well.  He achieves the basic goal of this scene at a later point when Yoda and Obi-Wan are talking in the conference room on the Tantive.

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