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I'm not a bigtime fan of the repacks, but there are some that could stand to be done.  I'll list them by their appearance in a film.

THE PHANTOM MENACE

-Ascension Gun Amidala
-Naboo Royal Guard
-TC-14
-R2-B1
-Sio Bibble
-Darth Sidious hologram
-Pit Droid 2-pack
-Security Battle Droids (repainted with blue markings)
-Coruscant Guard
-Darth Maul - Sith Training from SAGA line, but with all black tunic
-Darth Sidious


ATTACK OF THE CLONES
-Coleman Trebor
-Wat Tambor
-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Outlander Bar Encounter
-Elan Sleazabaggano
-Saesee Tiin - Clone Wars version but with complete horn and articulated knees
-ARC Trooper - bother versions
-Clone Trooper - Clone Wars SA version
-Mace Windu - EPISODE I sneak peek version but with AOTC lightsaber
-Super Battle Droid - version from the Yoda Deluxe figure set
-Padme Amidala - Droid Factory Chase
-Count Dooku - Geonosian Escape


A NEW HOPE
-R2-D2 with Holo Leia
-Jawa with Power droid - Commtech version
-Princess Leia - Commtech version
-Admiral Motti
-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Dagobah spirit but painted
-TIE FIghter Pilot  - SAGA version


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
-Han Solo - Bespin Capture
-Admiral Piett
-AT-AT Commander


RETURN OF THE JEDI
-Ree-Yees
-Ten Numb with red flight suit
-Arvel Crynyd with grey flight suit
-Ephant Mon

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: $3 OTC
« on: January 14, 2005, 12:47 AM »
Got a couple of decent pieces on sale.  VOTC Stormie for $7.  OTC Cloud Car Pilot and Madine for $3 each.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 13, 2005, 04:55 PM »
Behold the Marvel Metamorphs!.  Um.....yeah.  Apparently our favorite heroes are now transformers as well.  Pictures aren't the biggest, but I think we get the idea.

Didn't they try this once with not so great success? I smell pegwarmers.

Yeah, they did something where the character turned into an animal or something like that.  I can't believe they would make such a dumb mistake AGAIN.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS figures you will pass on?
« on: January 12, 2005, 11:56 PM »
Sort of along the lines of what you're talking about, I won't be buying everything immediately.  I'm going to space things out.  Some characters I'll be buying right off the bat.  But I'll be waiting on the majority of the line.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: January 10, 2005, 04:45 PM »
My guess is that things move from a landing platform to interiors, and then outside.  Sorry, trying to be as vague as possible for the spoiler free.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 10, 2005, 02:43 PM »
I see that TheGD.com is reporting that Toy Biz will be releasing a whole mess o' gift packs in 2005.  Here's the breakdown they are reporting, and visit the link above for more info:

81651-5 The Burden of the Ring Bearers Gift Pack
Boxed Set Includes:Gollum, Prologue Smeagol, Haldir, Bilbo Tranfixed, Frodo with Sting, Twilight Frodo, Ring & Chain


Haldir?  That has to be a misprint.  I would think that it might be Isildur, not Haldir.

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I think the issues of character and story are what set apart the OT and PT.  I think it's actually pretty easy to see why there are such differences between the two.

The OT deals with (somewhat) everyday people.  Meaning people who are NOT Jedi.  As a result, we've got a story full of people who are struggling to make a better life for themselves, and it tends to make them a little saltier. 

-Leia is an adept political operator who will resort to unorthodox methods. 
-Luke is a dreamer trying to follow in his father's footsteps. 
-Han is a loner who is mainly wrapped up in his own problems and has a scurrilous past. 
-Chewie is his loyal sidekick.
-The droids are the comic relief
-Obi-Wan & Yoda are the mystical guides
-Lando:  a traitor/scoundrel who redeems himself
-Vader is the villain who seeks greater power, hunting the heroes to serve his own purposes.
-Palpatine is the overseeing evil genius.

This is where things differ greatly from the PT.  Everyone has some sort of overriding motivation.  The PT is quite different in contrast.

-Padme/Amidala is much like Leia, but probably more idealistic
-Qui-Gon Jinn is something of a Jedi rebel, but he still serves the Jedi Council loyally.  His story needed to be further fleshed out.
-Obi-Wan Kenobi has developed slowly from an apprentice to a master, but is still a Jedi.  Hence, no ordinary personal conflicts arise for him aside from the master/apprentice relationship between him and Anakin.
-Anakin is the dreamer in the PT.  He seeks to become a Jedi and does.  His ambition, attachment and quest for power are the source of his undoing.
-Jar Jar Binks is something of a loyal sidekick, but really more comic relief in TPM.
-R2-D2 seems to have taken on the Chewie role of loyal sidekick in the PT.
-C-3PO is more of the comic relief side of the droids.
-Darth Maul is the malicious villain with very simple motivations:  destroy the Jedi.  In other words, a very one dimensional character.  None of Maul's backstory is important, and we don't even see his ambition to destroy his own master.
-Count Dooku:  the traitor.  Someone of great power and knowledge who has turned on the Jedi.  This is somewhat similar to Lando's role, since Dooku is used by Palpatine to get to Anakin, much in the same way Vader uses Han, Leia et all to get to Luke.
-Darth Sidious:  again, the evil mastermind.

Even though there are numerous parallels in how the characters function in the stories, the key differences are their own personal motivations.  How are they so drastically different?  Easy answer.  In the OT, our heroes are constatnly on the run from the evil authorities.  In the PT, they're part of the authority system and they're also part of something of a religious order, but they don't see that the system they serve is evil until it's too late.  This makes for a more subtle kind of story, and I think that's why it hasn't taken root as well with many fans.

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I'm genuinely surprised by these offerings.  Female characters don't tend to sell as well as male ones.  However most of the Jedi that have been offered in the 12" line have sold decently.

They look good, but the fanboys will always have issues with the lightsaber colors.  Even I noticed in this case.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Anyone? Picture Help
« on: January 9, 2005, 03:58 PM »
There have been a number of images circulating about this scene.  What I've consistently heard is that Dooku was supposed to use two lightsabers against Yoda.  However, George Lucas is a ruthless editor, even with his own material.  He saw that Attack Of The Clones was running long, and cut the duel between Yoda and Dooku.  In fact, in some of the behind the scenes footage on the AOTC dvd, you can seen Christopher Lee wielding 2 lightsabers at one point.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Anakin is Vader Before the Suit?!?
« on: January 9, 2005, 03:27 PM »
Think about it from this standpoint...

When we meet Obi-Wan on Tatooine in ANH, he talks about Darth Vader.    This is all stuff we know from the movies already.  This exchange tells you that Obi-Wan knows that Anakin became the Sith Lord called Darth Vader:

LUKE: How did my father die?

BEN: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he
turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi
Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all
but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force.


So at some point prior to the duel, Anakin must take on the name of Darth Vader.  It's easy to just deduce that since the duel was the last time Obi-Wan had encountered him before their duel on the Death Star.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Wookie subtitles?
« on: January 9, 2005, 03:20 PM »
It makes sense to me.  They've done subtitles for Huttese, why not for the Wookiees?

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 8, 2005, 10:58 AM »
Also one has to wonder, whose idea was this 4pack in the first place? Reading some posts one would think that Entertainment Earth brought the idea to Hasbro, but does EE have the ordering power to be able to do so? What if it was Hasbro who brought the idea to EE after the major retailers passed on it (which if they did, sucks major ass!).


I heard about this set from a good source about 6 weeks ago.  Sure enough when I heard that the story was that it was EE that approached Hasbro about doing this.  They're definitely ramped themselves up with Star Wars in the past few years.  Just look at the Holiday Jawas.  That was an EE exclusive as well.

With the change in management in the Star Wars brand within Hasbro, you also had to see something like this coming.  The new brand manager came from the GI Joe line, which may be somewhat on the skids, but is actively doing the troop builder thing.  Hasbro ultimately wants to make money, and they do surf message boards for ideas.   They know which figures are hot and which aren't, and they also know there's a market for army builders.  I fully expect them to do things like this if they're serious about maintaining a solid fanbase for the toy line past 2006.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 8, 2005, 10:47 AM »
I can't believe the cost discrepancy between buying one set and buying them by the case.  The cost per figure breaks down like this:



If you buy just one set of 4 figures, it comes out to ~ $8.77 per figure.

Buy the set of all 4 variations, and it's ~ $7.50 per figure.

Buy a case, and the cost goes down to ~ $6.25 per figure.

So buying in bulk is definitely an advantage for savings

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NABOO

-Queen Amidala - Post Senate


-Naboo Security Captain



JEDI
-Super posable Qui-Gon Jinn with softgoods robes
-Super posable Obi-Wan Kenobi with softgoods robes

SITH
-Super Posable Darth Maul with Softgoods robes


POD RACERS

-Dud Bolt


-Ben Quadinaros


-Clegg Holdfast



SENATE

-Aks Moe - Gran Senator


TRADE FEDERATION

-PK Droid



***EDITED - Deleted one entry, added PK Droid

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 5, 2005, 01:13 AM »
The last one I saw in the store was the one I bought.  If I see another I'll be sure to pick it up Brent.

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