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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Last CD You Bought
« on: May 24, 2005, 10:29 PM »
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History

I think that's the last one, anyway.  I don't buy a whole lot of CDs anymore.

John

WOW... I didn't think anyone listened to them besides me  :D

I've got one of their albums.  Intriguing stuff.  Certainly not pop crap.

5807
The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Which Clone is Commander Bly?
« on: May 24, 2005, 07:58 PM »
Nope.  I was making an argument based on the info that was available.  And it's still contradictory.  Beyond that, I've just been making the observation that you are master of the pointless.  Now GFY.   ;D

5808
The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Zett's scene
« on: May 24, 2005, 01:33 PM »
True, Lando.  All of the Jedi we saw getting gunned down by Clone Troopers were ambushed.  There was no warning, and that's what made it so disastrous.

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Bail Organa called it the Tantive.  He made no reference to a number as I recall.  There are also signifigant differences based on some background on the Episode IV ship.  Notably, that by the time of A New Hope, the ship had been signifigantly armored.  DK's Incredible Cross Sections has some background on that.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 23, 2005, 07:16 PM »


OWNED.  So totally OWNED.

Yes, you were indeed.

 :D

BFD.  What do you want, a medal?  It's trivial things like this that illustrate what a  ::) wonderful  ::) human being you really are, LOL!

BTW, I don't recall a single line or name being uttered in the scenes on Felucia.  It makes your personal little crusade to name every clone trooper that much more pointless.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 23, 2005, 04:18 PM »
Blue Clone Trooper Bust   :o   :o

GG Blue Clone Trooper Bust   :o

I'm surprised to see that second one go for $325.  That's kind of low for the blue Clone Trooper.

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I think all of the theories have credence.  There is one more that has to be considered:  Palpatine is a liar.  The ways of the Sith are betrayal and treachery, and I have no doubt that lying is not beneath the Sith.

I think it's very possible that Palpatine came to know of Anakin's immaculate conception.  Anakin told him about the Tusken Raider massacre, so it's a fair bet that Anakin told him about the mystery of his birth as well.

Palpatine may have used this information to manipulate Anakin.  He referred to him as "son" on one ocassion and has acted as a father figure to Anakin ever since the end of The Phantom Menace.  Add in the story of Darth Plagueis and it's evident that Palpatine is playing Anakin on a number of fronts.  The truth could be that Anakin's conception was in fact the will of the force, but Palpatine may be leading Anakin to believe that the Sith had something to do with his birth.

I just count this as one of a few possibilities.  This is going to be big-time EU story fodder.  Hopefully if this story gets told, Lucas will have one of the more high profile EU authors address this.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Collectibles 1:1 Busts
« on: May 22, 2005, 04:51 PM »
I don't think it takes a brain surgeon to figure out what Sideshow's first piece would be.  Darth Vader.  How could they NOT do that for the launch of this line?

Bearing that in mind, I think these things could easily cost $600+.  I would be very surprised if they cost less than even $500.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: What was LeBron thinking...
« on: May 22, 2005, 01:22 PM »
This story has been developing for a while.  Apparently Russell Simmons and Jay Z are also involved in advising LeBron from a financial standpoint.  This was actually something that was ahot talk radio topic.  And if you think about it, he might actually be trading up.

First look at his NBA contract.  He's gonna get the max contract that the NBA's collective bargaining agreement allows.  All that would have to be negotiated are any perks that get thrown in with his deal.  He can get  a lawyer to do that for him.

The rest of his agreements are with endorsers.  In that respect, I think having someone like Russell Simmons on his side is actually pretty smart.  The guy is a guru for marketing and promotion as is Jay Z.

If you keep LeBron's friends limited in their roles, handling his day to day finances, he probably won't get in trouble.  I can see someone who is in this fantastic position wanting to help his friends.  As long as he has good financial advisors giving him solid investment advice to backstop his friends, he'll probably be fine.

I think the upside might be that he won't be paying 10 or 15% of everything he's making to an agent now.  Sure, people are going to get their cut, but it looks like he's trying to take an almost Michael Jordan approach to marketing himself right off the bat.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: May 22, 2005, 08:34 AM »
The ROTS Army ranks 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
2 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
4 x #43 Wookiee Warrior
4 x Yarua
1 x Rorrworr
1 x Tarfful
1 x Chewbacca

...and there are still a few more Clones and Royal Guards to open.

5816
Hey Hasbro! / Re: Kotor Figures
« on: May 21, 2005, 01:44 PM »
This would definitely be a cool line.  There are some interesting characters, certainly.  The one thing that would make this line a little tough to do is this:  the main character.  Yes, those of us who have played the game know that Darth Revan is the main character.  There is a distinct look to that character.  The tough part is which customizable character do you make of the redeemed/amnesia suffering Revan?  While it's very cool that you get to design your own character in KOTOR, I think that's one of the things that keeps Hasbro from making a redeemed Revan.  Which selectable person  would Revan look like?  I'm somewhat stumped about how Hasbro would do this myself.

5817
Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 21, 2005, 10:56 AM »
Unbelievable.  I can't believe that someone would be willing to spend that much on this piece.  I know that some auctions had closed at over $1K, but for this thing to break $2K?!  That's just surreal.

5818
Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 21, 2005, 10:50 AM »
Did the second Clone with Neyo have a different helmet or one similar to Commander Neyo's?  That shot with him, Stass Allie and the other clone on BARC Speeders was REALLY quick.  Also, were they on Saleucami?  That wasn't very clear.

The BARC Troopers were awesome.  Especially when they came over the top of that Wroshyr tree limb on Kasshyyyk and started firing on the Droid Army.  Give those guys their rifles and some decent articulation and I'll be pretty happy.

As for the various legions, it seems that the Utapau legion, the troops on Kasshyyyk, the Spec Ops troopers and Shock Troopers got most of the screen time.  The troops on Mygeeto and Felucia got less, and the ones on Cato Neimoidia (the pilots) and Saleucami got the least.

Does it seem strange to anyone that almost ALL of the troops on Kasshyyyk were BARC Troopers?  At least with the exception of Commander Gree, those are the only Clones on Kasshyyyk that I could pick out.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 19, 2005, 11:16 PM »
That one id'd as Commander Fox looked more like some kind of a Clone Trooper medic.  He was looking over one Clone Trooper, and then advised that "nobody could have survived that fall".  That's the sense I got from watching it.

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Well, let's analyze  the cases.

GLOWING = Army Builders
GREEN = Core heroes & villains (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Dooku, Palpatine, Grievous, Padme & Darth Vader)

BASIC FIGURES

COLLECTION 1

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 1
1 x # III/01  Obi-Wan Kenobi - Slashing Attack
1 x # III/02  Anakin Skywalker - Lightsaber Attack
1 x # III/03  Yoda - Firing Cannon

1 x # III/04  Super Battle Droid - Firing Arm Blaster!
1 x # III/05  Chewbacca - Wookiee Rage
1 x # III/06  Clone Trooper - Quick Draw Attack
1 x # III/07  R2-D2 - Droid Attack
1 x # III/08  Grievous's Bodyguard - Battle Attack!
1 x # III/09  General Grievous - 4 Lightsaber Attack!
1 x # III/10  Mace Windu - Force Combat
1 x # III/11  Darth Vader - Lightsaber Attack
1 x # III/12  Emporer Palpatine - Firing Force Lightning


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 1, Rev. 1
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with slashing attack (EIII #1)
2x Anakin Skywalker with lightsaber attack (EIII #2)
2x Yoda with firing cannon (EIII #3)

2x Clone Trooper with quick-draw attack (EIII #6)
2x General Grievous with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9)
2x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 2
1x Yoda with firing cannon (EIII #3)
1x Clone Trooper with quick-draw attack (EIII #6)
1x Grievous's Bodyguard with battle attack (EIII #8)

1x General Grievous with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9)1x Mace Windu with Force combat (EIII #10)
1x Emperor Palpatine with firing Force lightning (EIII #12)
1x Tarfful with firing bowcaster (EIII #25)
1x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26)
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jedi kick (EIII #27)
2x Anakin Skywalker with slashing attack (EIII #28)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 2, Rev. 1
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with slashing attack (EIII #1),
1x Anakin Skywalker with lightsaber attack (EIII #2),

1x Super Battle Droid with firing arm blaster (EIII #4),
1x Chewbacca with wookie rage (EIII #5),
1x R2-D2 wqith droid attack (EIII #7),
1x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11),
2x Tarfful with firing bowcaster (EIII #25),
2x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26),
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jedi kick (EIII #27),
1x Anakin Skywalker with slashing attack (EIII #28)



SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
1x Grievous' Bodyguard (EIII #8)

1x General Grievous (EIII #9)
2x Darth Vader (EIII #11)

2x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3, Rev. 1
1x Super Battle Droid (EIII #4)
1x Chewbacca (EIII #5)
1x R2-D2 (EIII #7)
1x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #27)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #28)

1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
2x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
2x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 1
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)
1x General Grievous (EIII #9)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimodian Warrior (EIII #42)
1x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)

1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 2
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
1x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Tarfful (EIII #25)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
1x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 3
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)

1x R2-D2 (EIII #7)
1x General Grievous (EIII #9)
2x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
2x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
2x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 5
1x Tarfful (EIII #25)
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #27)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #28)
1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

2x R2-D2 with Mustafar sounds (EIII #48)
2x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)
2x Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar with Vader Hood & Cloak (EIII #50)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 5, Rev. 1
2x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
3x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x R2-D2 (EIII #48)
2x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50)
2x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6
2x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41),
1x R2-D2 (EIII #48),
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50)
1x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)
2x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54)

2x Obi-Wan Pilot (EIII #56)
2x Mustafar Sentry (EIII #55)


COLLECTION 2

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 1
1x Count Dooku - Sith Lord (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine - Superme Chancellor (EIII #14)

1x Bail Organa - Republic Senator (EIII #15)
1x Plo Koon - Jedi Master (EIII #16)
1x Battle Droid - Separatis Army (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO - Protocol Droid (EIII #18)
1x Padmé (pregnant Padme) - Republic Senator (EIII #19)
1x Agen Kolar - Jedi Master (EIII #20)
1x Shaak Ti - Jedi Master(EIII #21)
1x Kit Fisto - Jedi Master (EIII #22)
1x Royal Guard - Senate Security (EIII #23)
1x Mon Mothma - Republic Senator (EIII #24)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 2
1x Bail Organa - Republic Senator (EIII #15)
1x Battle Droid - Separatist Army (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO - Protocol Droid (EIII #18)
1x Royal Guard - Senate security (EIII #23)
2x Ki-Adi-Mundi - Jedi Master (EIII #29)
2x Saesee Tiin - Jedi Master (EIII #30)
2x Luminara Unduli - Jedi Master (EIII #31)
2x Aayla Secura - Jedi Knight (EIII #32)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 2, Rev. 1
1x Plo Koon - Jedi Master (EIII #16)
1x Agen Kolar - jedi Master (EIII #20)
1x Shaak Ti - Jedi Master (EIII #21)
1x Kit Fisto - Jedi Master (EIII #22)
2x Ki-Adi-Mundi - Jedi Master (EIII #29)
2x Saesee Tiin - Jedi Master (EIII #30)
2x Luminara Unduli - Jedi Master (EIII #31)
2x Aayla Secura - Jedi Knight (EIII #32)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 1
1x Bail Organa (EIII #15)
1x Padmé (EIII #19)
1x Kit Fisto (EIII #22)
1x Royal Guard (EIII #23)
2x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
2x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
2x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 2
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 3
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 4
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Bail Organa (EIII #15)
1x Padmé (EIII #19)
1x Mon Mothma (EIII #24)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
2x Tarkin (EIII #45)
2x Senator Ask Aak (EIII #46)
2x Mon Calamri Senator (EIII #47)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 4, Rev. 1
1x Padme (EIII #19)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
3x Senator Ask Aak (EIII #46)
3x Tarkin (EIII #45)
3x Mon Calamri Senator (EIII #47)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 5
1x Royal Guard (EIII #23)
2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
3x Utapaun Warrior (EIII #53)

3x Captain Antilles (EIII #51)
3x Zett Jukassa (Tado) (EIII #52)


To me, these case assortments look pretty well loaded with Army Builders as well as the core characters.  There may be a couple of cases missing there, but this does seem pretty representative of what's at retail and what's on the way.  It seems to show that Collection 2 is kind of dragging things down.  Those are the characters I see that aren't selling as well.  Thankfully they aren't shipping in the quantities ofCollection 1.

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