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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Am I the only one...?
« on: December 28, 2003, 05:26 AM »
I've just got the one and I've put him through just about every pose imaginable.  I prefer him with the rifle, and I even gave him a lightsaber and a cloak and pretended he was Obi Wan for a while.  He's the goods.

This figure might be a great basis for a Clone Wars Obi-Wan in armor to go speederbike jousting, don't you think?  I actually thought that was a cool segment in the animated series.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Target = Marked Down Prices
« on: December 28, 2003, 05:23 AM »
Count other big ticket items on sale, too.  I scored some of Clone Wars basic figure wave 2 for $3 and change, Clone Wars army builders for $6 and change, and the Clone Wars Command Gunship for $20.98.  Target is nice!

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 24, 2003, 12:26 PM »
Thanks for the clarification.  I'm just jonesing for the Witch King in armor.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 6.5 Earthquake... Damn that was scary!!!
« on: December 23, 2003, 02:44 PM »
Hope everyone is okay.  It's a good thing that epicenter wasn't 100 miles south of where it happened, otherwise things might've been a lot worse.

I can't really identify, since we don't have very active faults around here.  The slight tremors we have had I've managed to sleep through.  However, when I worked in Manhattan, I worked in a high-rise building on the 19th floor.  On occassion, we'd get strong winds hitting the building, and it would sway so much that you'd get disoriented and nearly sick to your stomach.  And this could go on for hours.  Ugh!  It was like being sea-sick on dry land.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 23, 2003, 02:29 PM »
Is the Ring Wraith you mentioned the Armored version of the Witch King?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 22, 2003, 06:49 PM »
What's encouraging about Qui-Gon being listed is this:  it doesn't leave a Council member seatless.  We could get a standing robed EI Obi-Wan, as well as EII standing versions of Obi-Wan and Anakin.  Think of it like this:

EI Qui-Gon with Yoda & Ki-Adi Mundi
EI Obi-Wan with Plo Koon & Eeth Koth
EII Anakin with seated Shaak Ti &  Adi Gallia
EII Obi-Wan with seated Coleman Trebor & Saesee Tiin

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 22, 2003, 06:30 PM »
I can't believe anyone thought that for a second.  A lot of Tolkien's perspective on "The War Of The Ring" came from his experiences in the first World War.  Frodo and Sam's relationship is based on that between an English army officer (Frodo) and his Sergeant or aide (Sam).  Both are usually from different social classes, as are Sam and Frodo.  However, their collective experience has drawn them together due to the horrifying circumstances.  That brings about a type of closeness that can't be explained to most people.  The only way I think you can even begin to understand that kind of close relationship without living it is to watch something like the HBO miniseries "Band Of Brothers".  Or, just read Henry the 5th's speech in Shakespeare's work on the eve of the English battle with the French at Agincourt on St. Crispin's day.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: December 22, 2003, 06:17 PM »
I like Ozzel, and I like Dengar.  Ozzel with choking articulation is sweet!  I can see a custom Captain Needa in myfuture.

I'll als admit, I like this Bossk.  However, I'm still of the opinion  that if there was going to be another Bounty Hunter resculpt in this wave, it should have been 4-LOM.  The POTF2 Bossk has held up much better over time than the POTF2 4-LOM.  

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 22, 2003, 06:15 AM »
I've seen an Aragorn/Gimli/Legolas 3-pack.  However, it was at a specialty shop, and I'm told it's an Australian exclusive.  Surprisingly, they only wanted $30 for it.  That didn't seem completely unreasonable, but it didn't call to me like it was the One Ring or anything like that  ;).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 21, 2003, 04:48 PM »
So if that is definitely the case, where are the epic films like "The Odyssey", or "The Illiad"?

Saga '02-'04 / Re:
« on: December 21, 2003, 04:30 PM »
A number of people from the NJ site got in on the act with this site.  Several of them are already wondering quite what happened, as their orders haven't been fulfilled, they've been charged, and they haven't gotten responses to their emails.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 21, 2003, 02:14 PM »
"As for peter Jackson  he gets way to much credit, all he does is transform the book onto the screen with the help of a few others, big deal." - Movie Critic GNT

In my own critical opinion....what a twit!  He doesn't even know the proper form of the word TOO, a descriptive word, as in "GNT posts way TOO much".

As for Peter Jackson:  PJ has really taken Tolkienn's vision and made it reality on screen.  He's done so through an extraordinary effort, having done a number of things never done before in major motion pictures.  Like?

-Using multiple units shooting footage simultaneously and using satellite hookups not only to communicate, but also to direct and view dailies from a completely remote location.

-Using new technology in digital animation like WETA's Massive software which enabled those immense battles.

-He and his wife lent such a complete air of devotion to the essence of the story due to their own fandom and love of Professor Tolkienn's work.

-He took 3 years to prepare for the filming of this trilogy, including building  working sets of Edoras and Hobbiton that took nearly a year to complete.

-His treatment was so deadon that he got the funding upfront for all three films from New Line Cinema.

-Gathering together the resources and talent to craft one of the best CG characters ever seen on the big screen in the form of Gollum.

Speaking as someone who works in television, and knows what massive efforts go into a television production, I can say with an extreme level of certainty that the film achievements of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy have been nothing short of miraculous AND revolutionary.  It takes a leader, in the form of a director and executive producer like Peter Jackson to make something like that happen.  Is the series perfect?  No, but I put the challenge to anyone to make a better rendition than Peter Jackson and crew have.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Celebration 3 is heating up.
« on: December 21, 2003, 05:59 AM »
I took a road trip with a friend out to C2.  From NY, it was about 11 hours driving.  I also drove out to Wizard World Chicago this past summer.  That was even longer.  And after that, I'm all for flying out to C3.  I'd rather get the travelling over with quick and easy.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 19, 2003, 02:27 PM »
Woohoo!  Got my Harad Archer today.  All I can say is....NICE!

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Celebration 3 is heating up.
« on: December 19, 2003, 02:26 PM »
I spoke with one fo the actors who will be signing at C3, and he told me that Indy was definitely a strong possiblity.  He also mentioned Las Vegas was in the running, too.  

Both cities are pretty good.  Indy was definitely very clean, friendly and hosipitable.  It could certainly stand to be a litte better organized in some respects.  Las Vegas is good in these respects:  it's got a tremendous number of hotels available for accomodations, and plenty to do during off hours.  Las Vegas also has the largest convention center in North America.  You need either a bicycle or a Segway to get around the place.

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