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12" Figures / 12" Cad Bane?
« on: March 2, 2010, 02:19 PM »
I was going over some Sideshow QnA's from early December, and the question was asked; "...is there any chance for a 12-inch Cad Bane...?"

Well the answer was kind of odd; "We have a semi-clever idea to bring him to a product sooner than later, but we're going to take our time to get a real meaty Cad Bane figure worked out..."

What do you make of that? I have an Idea. Cad Bane is a very unique character with a complicated outfit and tons of accessories. But there was one scene in Children of the Force where he had none of that, the scene where he disguised himself as a clonetrooper to make his escape. More exactly he was in Trooper Denal's armor.

Well Sideshow already has their Phase I clonetrooper armor all ready to go, I think it would be "semi-clever" to make a Cad Bane head attach it to the body and call it "Cad bane in Disguise!" If they included Denals uniquely painted helmet (with Macrobinoculars...) that would make it better! Of course if they included the trooper backpack and Jedi Holochron that would be "semi-genious".

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / CW Super Vulture Droid
« on: December 1, 2008, 03:27 PM »
Entertainment Earth and BBTS have these up for preorder.

What are these?

My guess is we'll get a Droid Starfighter the size of Greivous starfighter that can fire more missles and perhaps have a cockpit for more play value.

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Toy Reviews / CLONE WARS JEDI STARFIGHTER
« on: November 21, 2008, 11:30 AM »
I've never reviewed anything before but I thought this was so cool I'd try.

The Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter is an entirely new sculpt based on the vehicle used by Obi-Wan Kenobi (and for a moment Anakin Skywalker) in the Clone Wars movie. Visibly it differs little to the Episode II Jedi Starfighter, but this toy is an entirely different animal.

At first glance it appears that the only difference is the location of the astromech navigator, this is not true, for instead of a fixed offset "dome" the CW Starfighter has a full working droid socket, where you can place any astromech you wish (I believe we are close to 40 different R2s, R3s, R4s, R5s, and R7s).

I love this feature and wish they would apply this to all vehicles with astromechs. The X-wing, ARC 170, and Episode III Jedi Starfighter have applied droid sockets with mixed results, but here they got it perfect. The droid socket is actually an open cockpit with a hinged access panel. Snap open the panel, drop in your R2, swivel the dome a little (to avoid it's holoprojectors), and snap it shut. The droid fits in snugly and at just about the right height. I tried it with the R4-G9 and clear domed R-3 figures and they both look great.

But that's not all! The droid socket is also a full sized cockpit sculpted and detailed for a standard 3 3/4" action figure. Say you want to take Cody into battle, you can. Say after landing you want to take a short trip; ditch the droid, eject the front section, and you can. Lots of play possibilities.

That's right I forgot, the forward section is removable, creating 2 vehicles. The forward section with the droid cockpit slides out and 2 small wings spring out. It is armed with a retractable missile launcher underneath. The back section by itself resembles the Episode III Jedi Starfighter, even so far as having a (fake) forward viewport. The back section is armed with 2 missile launchers.

For added play value those guys at Hasbro designed this vehicle to fit nicely with the hyperspace ring, made available last year at Toys R Us. Simply remove the side mounted missles and it snaps in place. One interesting feature that I think adds play value is that the forward section fits in nicely ALONE. Those hyperspace rings always seemed so vulnerable, now your R2 can pilot it to a safe distance 'til the battle is over.

I think this a great toy with a lot of play value. If I had one as a kid I can imagine playing with it for hours.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Lucas donates $175 million to USC
« on: September 20, 2006, 02:03 PM »
So George Lucas decides to donate $175 million to USC, which may seem very generous unless you consider that it came straight from our wallets!

It's kinda like  re-gifting, like if you get a gift card for Christmas and just pass it it on to someone else at no expense to yourself.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Major Derlin in Palmdale
« on: May 12, 2006, 06:20 PM »
The  Travel  Channels  "Made  in  America"  is  sending  a  filmcrew  to  the  place  of  my  employment  next  Tuesday.  John  Ratzenberger  hosts  the  show.  Anybody  want  a  signed  Major  Derlin  action  figure?

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