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The Prequel Trilogy / Different Cuts Of The Film?
« on: May 24, 2005, 02:31 PM »
That's the word, and a buddy of mine who I've seen the movie with twice now brought it to my attention and I think he's right...

One difference was in the battle over Coruscant...  When Grievous' ship is falling, it seems the Captain orders the "reverse thrusters" or something to level the ship out and we see the engine burst...  In the other though, Anakin's the one who initiates the engine burst to slow the ship down in its descent...  Did anyone notice this?

Today my buddy mentioned that there's a dialogue difference...  Padme lamenting the rise of the Empire during the Senate sequence.  In one version she says, "This is how democracy dies", and in another she says, "this is how Liberty dies"

Or something to that effect...  I may be slightly misquoting but there's differences I guess people are noticing.

Anyone caught any of that stuff yet?

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The Prequel Trilogy / The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: May 23, 2005, 09:01 PM »
OK, this caught me off guard in all 3 viewings, but the Tantive IV didn't LOOK like the Tantive IV in ANH that I remembered...  I found this odd, but I noticed RIGHT away the major differences and so tonight I checked a site that I KNEW would be talking about it and I had my thoughts confirmed... 

The Tantive IV CGI Model in E3 isn't accurate...  at all.

It's main flaw is that a whole mid-section of the ship is gone.  Cut away...  ANH footage puts the length of the ship at about 150m compared to the Star Destroyers...  I agree with that, the films are canon.

The CGI guys at ILM today appear, to me, to have cut away the ship in the middle...  This happened to many sources as well because a publicity shot of the TIV in ANH has it at an angle where you can't see a mid-portion of the ship.

I'ts incredibly strange though...  There's other little subtle changes and things by the CGI guys... 

I'm not terribly irked...  Explanations can be fudged on it, but I'm sorta saddened that they did such a sloppy CGI model of a ship from ANH that would be easy enough to just research and make an accurate model of.  It appears (as I see it) though that the CGI guys at ILM just took some reference books and used those designs instead, in all their inaccuracy.

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Feedback / JediSearch's feedback
« on: May 20, 2005, 06:42 PM »
Hey everyone...

JediSearch (Stephen) is newer to the boards but just did a huge favor for me.  He was able to obtain one of the Target giftcards from 4/2 for me since I missed out on them completely and sent me one free of charge!

The guy rocks...  Thanks Stephen, I owe you one for this!


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Toy Reviews / New Review: Feltipern Trevagg
« on: May 12, 2005, 04:56 AM »

This guy's a freak, and you gotta love that!  Hasbro fleshed out some of the most obscure figures in plastic form when they unveiled their "Cantina Wave" to us, and boy did they make many a die-hard collector happy. 

Three Cantina aliens all at one time, and now I review the final figure from that fantastic wave, Feltipern Trevagg (Cantina Encounter)!

Read The Full Review Right Here, and as always I appreciate any feedback, comments, opinions or whatever if you'd like to share.

Basically, I liked the Cantina wave overall, even Dannik Jerriko, but part of me thinks I gave him props because I know I can fix him too...  Otherwise he's somewhat a letdown.

Feltipern won my heart as maybe my favorite figure of the wave though, with his fuzzy head, vibrant (and clean) colors, great articulation (all things considered), and what I think is probably the most accurate sculpt in the Cantina overall.  Hasbro knocked one out of the park as far as I can tell.

The figure's great, but read the full review to judge for yourself...  I recommend this wave to everyone though if you don't have a set.  They're the kinds of figures we put up with 10 horrendous efforts from Hasbro just to get this little bite of how good that company CAN be when they want to.  They make collecting worthwhile. :)

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The Prequel Trilogy / Jedi After Episode 3?
« on: May 10, 2005, 03:52 AM »
This is partly hypothetical, and there's partly some roots in EU here as well, but it's a question I've wondered since E3's been rolling around now and we know the inevitables that come of that film.

So my thought is, do any Jedi besides Obi-Wan and Yoda live in hiding on into the years of the Empire?

The films most likely imply nothing of the sort happening, but at least one instance in EU claims at least ONE Jedi lives on through the days of the Empire, likely in hiding, and even past ROTJ.

His name is Qu Rahn...  Just a bald human with a goatee, who is executed by the Dark Jedi Jerec in the Dark Forces storyline (In the game Jedi Knight).  He's a friend, and possibly was being hidden by, Kyle Katarn's father Morgan...  Anyway, the story there, whcih I personally love, has made me wonder what others have thought of Jedi escaping and going into hiding.

it seems that the Jedi are all over the galaxy...  It's likely that SOME are alone, and woudl be able to escape...  That's how I see it anyway.  I'm not sure if other stories exist of Jedi escaping and going into hiding other than Rahn...  Anyone know?

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Feedback / Venik's feedback
« on: May 9, 2005, 04:02 PM »
Hey guys, I wanted to introduce you to a new chap I just bought a couple items off of.

Venik is a great guy, fast communication, and very quick/well packaged items so I wanted to kick off his positive feedback here at Jedi Defender.

I hope Kevin's gonna hang with us here at the site and do lots of trading!

Take it easy!

JJ


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Toy Reviews / New JD.com Review: Dannik Jerriko
« on: May 9, 2005, 02:25 AM »
Arnold would've called him one ugly son of a bitch...  Let's face it, Dannik Jerrko (Cantina Encounter) is not winning any beauty contests!


However, and as boring as he may be to some, this guy was one of my all-time favorites from the Cantina.  Maybe it was because he WAS close to human looking (and humans from the Cantina are rare, unless they're main characters), or perhaps it was because of his very nonschelant look towards Obi Wan's demonstration of power with a big ole flashlight?  I don't know, but this guy always just looked neat to me.

I dig Dannik overall...  You'll find my review was pretty up on this figure, and really I liked the Cantina wave from Stem to Stern.  I think that this wave of figures is Hasbro demonstrating that they can "up the anty" in this line.  It's even been improved upon by many figures in the ROTS line now, as many feature ball/socket shoulders while the Cantina dudes do not.

Dannik Jerriko suffers from either the end result of some seriously bad acne, or a Hasbro flub in judgment...  OK, there is no "or" here, it was simply that Hasbro made a mistake when they decided to put the probe things on his face, and  use 2 gaping holes to attach the probes to.  They're EU, they're ugly, they add little to the figure...  I think Hasbro maybe had their heart in the right place though, so I tried to be lenient.  I still like the figure myself, but I'll like a lot when I can fix a head cast up so those holes are GONE.   :-\

Anyway, without further rambling, Click Right Here and read the full review.  As always, share your thoughts with us on this figure.  I think Dannik was one of the more "controversial" figures to trickle forth from the OTC line, so any opinion is welcome.  I know many were more down on him than I was, and I can't blame anyone one bit for that.

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Revenge of the Sith / I'm Not A Fan of Molded Sabers
« on: May 2, 2005, 01:08 AM »
I gotta say...

I nabbed the Palpatine figure tonight in the red robes with the extra head/hands, and I'm really not liking these sabers molded into the hands and all that.

I understand single-piece saber/hilts rather than the removable blades and all that jazz...  I don't LIKE that, and I think the removable blades w/hilts were pretty cool, but this whole thing of Hasbro molding the saber TO the hand and making the hands removable sorta sucks.  I only say that about Palpy here because he doesn't have a "normal" right hand really.  Just the bony Evil hands. 

I guess I think Hasbro can do better by making a saber (single-piece), and then just a hilt, rather than sabers stuck to hands.  If kids are gonna lose the whole saber, so be it...  I can bite on the issue of removable blades being fragile though...  But no saber sorta sucks.   :-\

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Toy Reviews / New Review: Myo
« on: April 14, 2005, 02:32 AM »

Coming back atcha with another review, and this one's kicking off a doozey of a wave of figures...  The Cantina Wave!  And more specifically, we pick apart Myo in today's review...

Myo is point man then, and he's no slouch folks...  Don't let the drunken stagger and the frosty brew in his hands fool you. 

None of this wave is really bad either, but of course nobody is perfect, even one-eyed green freaks with big "Ambrose Burnside" muttonchops!  This figure still ranks as one of my favorites in the modern line though, as does the entire wave, so I'm gonna give this guy lots of praise.

So READ RIGHT HERE the full review, and of course feel free to share your thoughts/opinions with us on this figure as well. 

Gotta love those freaky background aliens.  This is the type of thing Hasbro puts out that makes collectors giddy to find in the aisles of their local retailers!

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Revenge of the Sith / Target Coupon... Some hope?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:21 PM »
Well I just got ahold of my mail, and low and behold I too got the Target ad with $1 off figures coupon...  I don't hold a Target card, nor do I ever get anything from them in the mail, yet I got one, so yay me.

Some hope for those wanting that coupon...  May be able to try using it over at Wal-Mart, or as I recall someone thought about trying to use it for a price adjustment too at Target, if I recall correctly.

Seems like more of us may get these coupons than we once thought though.  I'm really amazed I got this, to be honest.  But either way it seems that figures are going $1 off on 4/3 anyway.  Maybe picked over some, but either way it's good news for folks.

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Cloud Car Pilot
« on: March 23, 2005, 09:49 PM »
Another day, another review...


Cloud Car Pilot does a fly-by today in my review column here at Jedi Defender!  A grand figure if I may say so myself.  This guy's got everything a good army builder should have.

He's got lots of accessories that attach to him in holsters and on clips, he's got a removable piece of headgear, he's got pretty good articulation...  Is he great though?  Well, not perfect.  He's not a VOTC quality figure or anything, but he's not far off really either.

Plus he sports a great deco I think, based on McQuarrie art.  Gotta love that!

Read the full review RIGHT HERE!!!

Of course, let us know what you think too...  I've got a handful of these guys that I lucked into at the great Wal-Mart OTC Clearances, and a few I just picked up at random trips to stores.  This guy didn't sit on pegs long though around me.  The clearanced ones always were fresh to the pegs it seemed.

Hope you nabbed an army too because a lot of positive signs point to a Cloud Car in the future.  And even if those signs are false, you can always buy the vintage one that really holds up well even today!

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Lobot
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:53 PM »
And yet another new review...  Big "ups" to Jeff for posting these in rapid succession!


So how do you like your Cyborgs served?  Side of fries perhaps?  With 4 lightsabers and an action feature?  Or just in black bionic suits with one mean-ass red saber?

Myself, I'm a fan of Lobot...  Dull?  Perhaps.  But you can't deny that he holds a weird place in the Bespin line-up as actually being a man of action, even though he did very little.

Hasbro's first Lobot was hardly anything special, though it was sharply sculpted.  His disco pose just killed him though as a figure, and Hasbro OWED us a better, neutral Lobot...  They delivered, thankfully.

Click Right Here and read the full review, and let us know what your opinions on Lobot are.

Myself, I'm pretty happy.  Lots of good sculpting, lots of good deco (for what he is), and while he only has 2 accessories, they're both very cool and creative ones from Hasbro.  Kudos to them for thinking outside the box a little bit with accessories, on a figure who really doesn't have much to include as far as accessories go.

Read on, and enjoy.  He was one of my more favored OTC purchases I think.

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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review: Bespin Leia
« on: March 19, 2005, 04:15 AM »
Thanks to some serious ass-busting, my reviews are going up at lightning quick speed, so here we go with another one that's been lying around in the archives, Bespin Leia.


Not the best figure in the world, and one I think Hasbro could've tried to wow us a little more on, but it also serves a certain purpose to put this figure out and be done with her...  My review's a little critical but that's because I felt so GROSSLY underwhelmed by her.  A truly bland chunk of plastic that, if they aren't gonna try at making her interesting, then I hope they never retread this territory again then.

Click HERE to read the review, and of course everyone's welcome to chime in here if they'd like or do up your own review (not necessarilly in this thread either, do whatever) and opinions...

Myself, I've spent $5 better in my life, but thems the breaks.  Like I said, she serves a purpose and replaces a rather unattractive Leia that was in her place.

ATTENTION

Just so you guys know, in my review I listed her as having THREE points of articulation when in reality she has 5.  I completely overlooked the rather useless cuts she has in the middle of her arms. 

A half-assed wrist articulation?  I don't know what their deal is, but I did short-change her on that, so just for the record I'm aware of that.  She still has pathetically limited articulation...  5 points was standard 10 years ago.  Too bad Hasbro decided to jump back into the 90's.  Wonder if they can pick me up some flannel and change my grades from my Junionr year in high school while they're there?  ::)

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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review: Spirit Obi-Wan (Dagobah)
« on: March 17, 2005, 06:03 PM »

Didn't want to let this go...  My news post on the Spirit Ben already has found its way to the bottom of our front page!  :)  News is just hectic at this time of year I guess, hehe.

Anyway, up next is Original Trilogy Collection Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi (Dagobah Wave), and this is a dandy of a figure with what I wholely expect to be made into an "alive" repainted version some day as well.  Would I turn my nose to that?  Hell no!

Click Right Here and read the full review, and of course share your opinions here if you'd like or form your own review...  Whatever.

Me, I enjoyed this figure...  It's a massive update.  I'd dig a Ben who could sit since he did sit to explain some junk to Luke, but how does one pull softgoods off in spirit form?  I like to think of myself as a seasoned customizer, and even I'm at a loss on that one short of using the utmost in pliable plastic for the skirt...

It's possible if you went that route though, as there's currently some Germans with trenchcoats in the X-Treme Detail line that the coat flexes tremendously.

I don't know how that would turn out though on a spirit character.

My biggest gripe with Ben though is he makes the other characters in spirit form just look flat out bad at this point.  Yikes!  Hopefully they get redone, and though I'd expect a new Spirit Anakin, I'd like the old style Anakin done up too...  For the nostalgia.  I mean, just use the same mold, ya know?

But, Ben's pretty good... Sparse on accessories like R2 was, but he fleshed out that wave well so just read the review and of course you're welcome to join in the picking of nits if you'd like!

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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: March 14, 2005, 03:08 PM »
And another one down...  Look for Spirit-O-Ben-Louis soon though!


He's lean, he's mean, he's uh...  dirty.  Well, he's not something you haven't seen before really, as he's actually mostly reused parts and things, but he is something new in the paintjob.  Very nicely new actually.

But is he a good figure?  Well that you have to decide for yourself!  Click Right Here to read the whole thing and see what you think. 

Myself, I found the figure lacking the 1-2 punch I needed to make me content with the purchase.  I like the figure as a repaint, and it blows the pack-in R2 away that came with the Dagobah X-Wing...  The problem though?  He's not anything new really, and he came with nothing to make me say that he was worth the $5.

A base is cool, but not a single accessory bit the big one.  A problem with astromechs, but look what we've gotten with others like R2-Q5...  A neat little holo Death Star.

I think Hasbro could've tossed in the Dagobah X-Wing accessories like Luke's luggage, or the Flashback Yoda Lamp, or all of them...  Just to give this guy some oomph as a toy.

Anyway, read the review, get back to us here, have fun.

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