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Toy Reviews / NEW JediDefender.com Review: "Bar2-D2"
« on: July 18, 2004, 03:14 AM »
Hey guys and gals, finally we're back with a new review on the front page, and hopefully this'll be the first of many to come in the near future (I know, we're behind on things!  Catch up time!)...

This review is for the amazing "Bar2-D2" figure, or R2-D2 (Jabba's Sailbarge) for its more official name from Hasbro.  :)



CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW!

So click on through and enjoy...  I have to say, it was a figure I enjoyed.  Probably the best "vanilla" R2-D2 to-date, far surpassing the previous reign of R2 w/holo Leia.  A nice job by Hasbro to make R2 more than a "scene specific" figure.

But, as always, read the review to see what I didn't like about him as well.  No figure's perfect...  Ever.   ;)  :P

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Modern Trading / 12" Haves Trade List & Meager Wants
« on: July 16, 2004, 09:18 PM »
HAVES:
(All Mint with their boxes, only ever displayed loose, unless otherwise noted)

POTF2 12":

Luke Skywalker (Original/Tatooine)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin)
Luke Skywalker (Ceremony)
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)

Darth Vader (Original)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Original)

Han Solo (Original)
Han Solo (Hoth)

Princess Leia (Original)

Lando Calrissian (Original)

Greedo (Non-exclusive)

Tusken Raider (Gaffi Stick version, **99% sure**)

Admiral Ackbar

Boba Fett (original)

C-3PO (original)

Cantina Band Member (Wal-Mart Exclusive Figrin D'An)

AT-AT Driver

Snowtrooper

Sandtrooper (White Pauldron)

Stormtrooper (Original)

Chewbacca in Chains

Grand Moff Tarkin (Single Boxed Figure)

POTF2 EXCLUSIVES:

FAO Luke/Bib Fortuna 2-pack (x2 MISB)

FAO Tarkin/Gunner 2-pack (x2 MISB)

Diamond Sandtrooper (Orange Pauldron, x2, 1 sealed, 1 open)

POTF2 6":

Yoda (Original)

R2-D2 (Original)

Jawa (Original)

POTJ 12":

50th Luke Deluxe Figure (MISB)  


 WANTS:

POTJ or Saga Imperial Officers (Mostly Saga)
Super Articulated Clone Troopers
Princess Leia with Hood Up (Commtech)
Sandtrooper 4-pack (POTJ Figures, diff pauldrons)
VOTC Luke, Vader, Lando, 3PO, (everyone except the first 3 figures) MOC
VOTC Bespin Wave
Saga Endor Wave (Of course!)

I'm considering selling the 12" figures also, just PM me if interested either way.

JJ

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Other Collectibles / Sideshow Premium Format Figures
« on: July 4, 2004, 03:43 AM »
I'm not a big statue/minibust fan myself...  I'm intrigued by Sideshow, a relatively small company, jumping into this though with a Star Wars license, and I'm also curious to see how this:

A) affects Unleashed, as 1/4" statues, to me, would be superior to Unleashed.

&

B) How this is going to be perceived by other lines that are similar, such as the minibusts from GG...  And the die-hard collectors of said lines.

Very curious...  Seems like they've stirred the pot.

I was certainly flabergasted because I, at first, thought it was some secret maneuver that Hasbro had dumped 12" rights to others and that Sideshow picked it up.  Their 1:6 scale action figures are quite amazing.

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Toy Reviews / NEW Review: Deluxe Durge w/Swoop
« on: July 3, 2004, 02:11 AM »
Out of Sheer Boredom, I bring you Durge Deluxe...  He's been on my to-do shelf, and I just didn't get to many CW figures in general other than the SA Clone so I have decided to do Deluxe Durge here as an unofficial review for the site...

He's one I felt deserved a nod!   So on with the show!

When Hasbro started the modern line publicly in 1995, articulation has always been a less than stellar aspect of the figures.  They were really not the super poseable items their G.I. Joe cousins were, and of course sculpt wasn't the highest quality either.

Flash forward to 2003, and Hasbro totally floors its fans with a deluxe version of a new "enemy" introduced in the Star Wars EU series, Clone Wars, by introducing a figure that gives you every bit of bang for your $10.

To me, Durge is, without a doubt, one of the most financially worthy figures I've ever seen in any toy line...  $10 gets you a speederbike with tons of detail, a trident/lance weapon that attaches to the bike, 2 newly sculpted pistols, a sawed off blaster rifle, and a figure that's so heavily articulated he makes even the most articulated figures in the 1:18 scale look like they suddenly could do some improving for sure.

PROS

Articulation:  First, and by far and away foremost is this figure's amazing articualtion count.  Sporting what on paper appears to be a modest 12 points of articulation, this figure sports the first heavy use of ball/socket articulation points on a Star Wars figure.

What's that mean to you and I?  That means this guy is uber poseable...  Action poses, neutral poses, dancing poses, goofy flamboyant poses...  He does it all!

The count goes something like this:

-2 Ball/Socket Shoulder Joints
-2 Ball/Socket Elbow Joints
-2 Wrist Joionts
-1 Ball/Socket Neck Joint
-1 Ball/Socker (or Double Jointed) Torso Joint
-2 Standard Hip Joints
-2 Ball/Socket Knee Joints

Total: 12 Points of Articulation

12's not a lot really...  X-Treme Detail figures from 21st Century Toys sport upwards of 18 points, and extra sets of arms...  BBI's Elite Force 1:18 also sports 16+ points of articulation.

What BBI and 21st don't have is the aforementioned heavy use of ball/socket joints though, and Durge has that going for him in abundance.  It allows for an impressive range of motion in a single articulation point, to say the least.

All props in articulation on this guy!

Sculpt:  Incerdible Detail Abounds on this figure...  Top to bottom, he's the spitting image of a non-cartoon version of Durge.

I was really against Durge as a character till I saw he was pretty uniqe in the cartoon, but what first began swaying my opinion was the awesome sculpt of the figure.

He has elements of Boba Fett, but they're very muted compared to my intitial impressions.  He doesn't feel like as much of a knock-off now.

The sculpt has lots of dents and dings...  Durge's fingers are made to fit in the trigger guard on his blasters, but they easily hold his trident as well...  His joints are seamlessly hidden within the sculpted armor of the figure too.  Very stealthy.

Overall, you really see a lot of detail on this figure.

A favorite aspect of the sculpt that I noticed is his separate hoses on his torso that go from his body armor to his thigh armor...  They have a very "Star Wars" look to them.  Very unique.

Durge's armor is sculpted so that it screams violence...  Sharp angles to impale enemies upon in hand-to-hand combat, spiked shoes for gripping various terrains, and his helmet has TONS of personality.

It gives an ominous impression that this guy's a bad mofo, don't piss him off!  Very cool looking, and all thanks to a top-notch sculptor.

Whoever at Hasbro worked this magic deserves a hand.

The working holsters on his armor are just the icing on the cake then, so with his plethora of weapons he doesn't have to set them down to use any other one of them.  

Great stuff folks!

Accessories:  For $5 this would be insanely ridiculous.  For $10, it feels like this is everything a Deluxe figure should be, but sadly they aren't all near this good.  As a matter of fact, short of the Ewok w/Glider or Bacta Luke, I can't think of a Deluxe off-hand that really was even near as impressive.

Durge comes armed with:

-Silver Jetpack
-Silver Double Pistols
-Silver Sawed-Off Rifle w/"strap"
-Silver Trident
-Green/Cream decoed Swoop Bike

It'd have only been topped if Durge maybe came with the bolo weapon the carded figure had, and perhaps his second jetpack.

As it stands though, the figure's got a lot going for him.  The "strap" thing on the rifle's nice too because it allows Durge to romp around with his rifle off his bike and not have to put it down to use the Trident.

The bike itself is excellently sculpted, with tons of dents and dings, and it includes a place to mount the trident for jousting Clones, as well as a sheath for the rifle accessory.  

As mentioned above, his pistols fit in his holster on his thighs, and the Jetpack snaps easily into his back.

On top of all this, NONE of these weapons are flimsy.  Not a single one of them is the slightest bit limp, like Amanaman's staff or whatnot.  Why is it this figure can have good stuff, but others cannot?

Again, the limp plastic used isn't for safety reasons.  That's a mere excuse that's been refuted multiple times now.  It's the fact that the limper plastic is less expensive, and they're willing to sacrifice quality at Hasbro sometimes to save a couple pennies on a figure.  That's a real shame.

On Durge though, no expense was spared it seems, and he's come out smelling like roses!

Value:  Again, I cannot stress enough the value you receive with Durge.  He's simply worth every penney of his $10 pricetag.  I'd seen him clearanced because he shipped pretty well, but didn't nab one.  Wish I had, just to have custom fodder that he offers up.

If you see Deluxe Durge, and haven't yet bought one, do so because you've spent $ well so long as you like the character.

CONS

Paint Aps:  Now, don't get me wrong.  Durge is ok as far as paint aps go, but anyone who nabbed the basic carded figure knows that the Deluxe figure was missing something in the paint department.

What paint is there is in the lines, and crisp, but Durge is entirely too clean for a figure so battle worn in sculpt.  The paintjob culd've been miles better...  If there was a place expenses were cut, it was definitely in the paint aps department.

That was somewhat disappointing to me because the sculpt isn't done justice when the paint is skimmed.  Paint applications can really highlight details you otherwise missed on a figure...  For instance, look at the upcming repaint of the Jawas, and Tusken figures...  Or look at the Cantina 3-pack coming to K-Mart.

Paint can make ALL the difference in how a final figure looks, and it can really show what a nice job the sculptor did in the first place.

Hasbro's skimming here is disappointing because it doesn't really show appreciation to the guy/gal that put all the effort into creating the figure.  

Too bad.

No Accessory Paint:  As with the figure, the weapons are lacking in detail from paint as well.  And pure silver weapons stand out like a turd in a punchbowl.

Some detailing on the handles of the weapons, maybe some paint detailing to the barrels...  Something...  Antyhing would've been nice to bring out and highlight details in this figure's accessories.  They're cool, but just not AS cool as they could've been.

The deco on the bike accessory also was wanting, just like the figure.  There was some detail, but not real black highlights to simulate scorching or anything...  Very dinged up sculpt and some paint, but just not enough to really bring out the true details to the bike that it deserved.

OVERALL

What can I say?  Durge is awesome...  Deluxe Durge that is.  The basic carded figure lacks EVERYTHING the the Deluxe figure has except paint aps.

This Durge is everything the Star Wars line should be...  We should be seeing Army Builders like Hoth Rebels, Fleet Troopers, Death Star Troopers, generic Imp. Officers, etc., who are this great...

We should be seeing Jedi figures this poseable for their many action-packed moments in the last film and the next.  

We should see main characters in their various outfits sporting articulation like this for their many moments proving their title of "Hero" in the films.

Instead, we usually get figures with limited articulation...  

Let's hope things are on an upward trend in articulation though.  I'm personally hoping the VOTC sells so well that Hasbro realizes articulation's the route to go in the basic $5 figure line.

Let's hope, because a line of figures as nice as this Durge would just floor me, and would easily be the top toy line in the boys market that is out right now.

Fingers crossed here at least...  Ya reading Hasbro?  You can do it when you want to guys!  And ya can do figures virtually perfectly.  

Way to go on this one!

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Clear Station channel 105.9 WXDX, you can kiss my hairy white ass.  I've officially taken them off my car's dial and now K-Rock, the Rock of Pittsburgh, 93.7 is on (well, it was before as the old Top 40 station it was beforehand).

93.7 is now a new station and Stern's on in Pittsburgh again finally, after I've dealt without the only radio show I ever really listened to.  Thank God because my commute(s) have sucked bigtime without Stern on.

105.9 dumped Stern under the whole FCC fallout BS, like other Clearchannel Stations, and I'm happy to hear he's back, as you can tell.

"The X" as it's called, probably won't be off my dial actually...   ;D  Just not as frequently stopped by on my flipping when it's not morning time.

Score one for Stern, and for me having something I enjoy back even if some schmucks out there don't want me to have something I enjoy on my drive to school in the mornings.

I for one am happy as a clam.

Plus, this station comes in loud and clear every day no matter where I am...  even out here in BFE where some stations lose some clarity because of all the hills between here and the city.

My happiness is 2-fold as well...

I got to watch the FINAL show from B94's morning show "John, Dave, Bubba, and Shelly".  4 of the most overly obnoxious DJ's in Pittsburgh...  Overprivilaged snots who talk about the most obnoxious topics and none of which has a good personality or opinion.  

They were literally crying...  I suppose if I lost a job I'd had for 9 years I'd maybe cry too, but I despise these people's obnoxious persnalities so much I can only wish them luck in another city a hell of a long way from here.

Vindication today for me!  I have been avenged on 2 fronts!  Viva La Jesse!

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The Original Trilogy / General Public Trilogy DVD Trailers Up...
« on: June 21, 2004, 01:11 AM »
Wow, I actually broke some news first for once...  Yay me!

The Trilogy DVD Trailers are up at www.amazon.com right now, as first reported here at www.JediDefender.com and stuff.  :)

Check it out on our front page, or move on through Right Here for yourself.

After watching the trailer, I personally didn't notice changes...  Not sure what's going on really still, but I'll be excited to see that 4th DVD with the bonus stuff at least.

I really wonder if Lucas isn't just holding off for a full 6 film set someday or something.  I have to admit though, I'm anxious to see what (if any) changes are made at this point.

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The Original Trilogy / Stormtroopers and Clones... LFL's Mess.
« on: May 12, 2004, 08:22 PM »
This has been widely debated over the years, and we've touched on it here partly I think, but in the recent Insider (#76) there's an interesting note from LFL about the situation.

Lucas has always said he intended Clones to = Stormtroopers, but some discrepencies in the films, EU, etc.,  have said otherwise.

Lucas still holds that Clones = Stormies to him, but he's seemingly (or so was said in Insider) backed off that stance somewhat and has himself explained the height and voice differences of teh films away...

Insider says that Lucas feels that new hosts were used (an early fan theory) and thus the variances in height and voices, but also that the process by which hosts are picked is politicized and subsequently less thann "perfect" hosts are chosen.  A high ranking officer's nephew is chosen based n the officer's position rather than the young man's personal military skill.

So Lucas is taking a somewhat fan-based stance, ok, cool...

He goes on further to say though that the EU's NOT incorrect and that conscriptions, volunteers, and other sentient humans are within the ranks as well...  IE: Kyle Katarn, Davin Felth, etc...

It's interesting to see Lucasfilm themselves back off the idea that "They're Clones, that's what I always intended", which Lucas has more or less claimed, and now that they're trying a more EU friendly approach.

I'm more in tune with the new "answer" as it were...  I still debate the validity of cloning at all.  Personally I think Clone ranks are thinned down dramatically (my persnal preferential thought oon the matter), and are hardly used anywhere.  Deemed "creepy" even by some troops perhaps?

The article's interesting nonetheless.

And irregardless, nobody's answer is canon still...  The ranks aren't proven to be either on-film and I highly doubt they are ever actually explained in a canon fashion.  Suits me, but it leaves some interesting theories by both fans and Lucasfilm itself.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Respect Where it's Due? (Star Wars Style)
« on: May 12, 2004, 01:06 AM »
I was reading Insider tonight, and this just sort of had me a little irritated by the wording of it...

I was reading through the letters to Steven Sansweet, which he tends to answer some seemingly simple ones most of the time, but he was stumped last week I guess by a letter regarding Sabaac, and if the game were ever produced by anyone.

Sansweet said no...

He was corrected by a few, but most noteably by Bill Smith who worked for West End Games, and supplied him with the information that a Sabaac game with cards, rules, etc., was published in one of West End Games' companion books to the old RPG.

OK, fine enough right?  Answers the question that it WAS produced, right?

Well, yeah, but then Sansweet went on to say further that he still holds true that he was right.  He said,

"I still stand by part of my original answer about there not being any 'real' sabaac game:  In the 'real' sabaac game there are 76 cards in the shape of gaming chips withelectronic innards that make them change value randomly during play."

All due respect...  There's no "real" game at all, and it's all made-up crap by EU authors.  The West End Games licensed concept of Sabaac's as equally "real" as some other EU creators concept of how that game "really" works.

I found that rebuttle of his somewhat tacky I guess...  Picking of nits in a fanclub magazine, and to me it was disrespectful to the West End Games staff and Bill Smith in particular to contradict him like that.  To imply his game was somehow worth less in the view of Sansweet and "fans".  I've seen some other WEG bashing in the past as well, just not from someone respected like that.

Yeah, a senseless post...  Just had some thoughts to share about something that has no real topic but here to stick it in.  :)

MisterPL, do you have any expansion?  I know you have connections to WEG...  Or I thought you did.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Bit Late, but... KOTOR II announced.
« on: May 12, 2004, 12:51 AM »
Yeah, about a week late or so...

E3 took place this past week I believe, and Lucasarts made the announcement of Knights of the Old Republic 2: Sith Lords.

I'm just now playing KOTOR 1 all the way through on X-Box...  It's enjoyable, if not a tad slow, but I just can't devote enough time to it.

I'm almost dreading WANTING to play another KOTOR game I can't devote time to, haha. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 14, 2004, 03:34 PM »
Errr, no it's not a porn site I'm promoting, but rather the 250th anniversary of the French & Indian War!!!  Yes, that's right.  How time flies!

Anyone else excited? :)  

No?  Bah!  I hate you all...  This is big news to a lot of us in the NorthEast, sort of...  And Canda's Eastern pieces.

A link for you all from Pittsburgh...

http://livesite.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/living/vignettes/s_110773.html

Of note, the actual area of downtown Pittsburgh was a fort established by the french as Fort Duquesne (Duquesne university ring a bell?), which later was captured by the English and renamed Fort Pitt, and thus the surrounding area became the city of Pittsburgh.

My area's dotted with Indian names, battlefields, and is still kind of considered one of the "keys" to controlling the United States (from a strategic military point of view).  

Lots of interesting things, to maybe someone interested in military history.  

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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review: R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction)
« on: April 12, 2004, 02:33 AM »
Hey everyone,



Back again with another review, incase you didn't notice on the main page.  The figure's the R1-G4, and this is a nicely made piece of plastic.

THE BIG OLE LINK

Check it out please, and click the link above to read the full review.  Then, we can sit and discuss, and we'll have smores later!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Daily Show
« on: March 31, 2004, 01:13 AM »
Anyone catch this tonight?  The Daily Show's at its all-time best.  The story on the spammer was simply great.

It showed this guy that's a spammer trying to justify his actions, and honesty it made this guy just look like a fool from start to finish (really little needed to be done to make him look like a fool.  He did all the work).

The guy even gave out his email address of Scottrichter422@yahoo.com and they flashed it up on the screen.  :)  

Too Funny.

Stewart's taken this show to a whole new level... The new staff they have are great and don't miss a beat when old staff move on...  The whole thing's just great. :)  Anyone else live to see this at 11 every night?  I know I watch my local news early just to be sure I don't miss this, haha.

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Conventions / Pittsburgh Comic Con
« on: March 23, 2004, 11:45 PM »
Coming April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd is the 11th Annual Pittsburgh Comic Con.

Check here:

http://www.pittsburghcomicon.com/

Anyone attending from the boards here?  Of course I'll be there since it's about 40 minutes from my house at most, but will likely only attend the Saturday show because of my time constraints on the weekends.

I'm sure most of the Pittsburgh guys are gonna be there like BobaFett14 from Scum forums and some of the Eastern half guys (Bill Cable I think is coming out for it).

The show this year coincides with the same weekend of the Pittsburgh Toy Show as well.  Mousedroid let us know at Rebelscum that this wasn't intentional but that it's worked out that way.  They're in the same building, so you can do a Con and Toy Show the same day.  Makes things convenient.

If you're gonna be in town, you'll have to let me know...  Either to run into each other or even if you're curious about things to do after the show's closed.

The show's at the Pittsburgh Expo-Mart by the way, which is in the Suburb of Monroeville (Not within the Downtown Pitt area) which is really easily accessible.  Very convenient for everyone to get to, and only a 15 or 20 minute jaunt (traffic permitting) down into the heart of the city too.

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Saga '02-'04 / Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 12, 2004, 03:25 PM »
I posted this over at Rebelscum, as that's where this whole thing took place (In the customs section) but I was appauled to see someone blurt out how proud they are to scalp things.

No misunderstandings, this person simply scalps and is proud of it...

Wanna read the thread?  It's all  RIGHT HERE for your viewing pleasure.  I actually got into a debate with this woman about selling custom figures, and stealing other people's work like custom cards and selling them in particular.  

I did a little snooping of this person's Ebay auctions though, and found that she scalps brand new Saga figures as well...  

I called her on it, and she as much admitted that she buys up stuff to make a profit off it.

Some of my particular favorite quotes of hers in her lame arguments include:

Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

 
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The reason why you see the saga figures on Ebay right now is because they are hot off the shelves and I can make money off them. I have probably 1000 carded figures from POTF, POTJ, EP1, SAGA and vintage. I collect them because they are there, but that doesn't mean I think they are any good. I see people scuplt much better figures with their own 2 hands. Hasbro is purely out for profit and not to please us collectors. That is the "real" shame of this hobby.

& Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

 
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Nor, do I like people calling me unscrupulous because I engage in activites that 100,000+ others engage in, such as making profit off a hobby. Hell, people paint, cross stitch, and do tons of things and sell them on Ebay for profit.

Like I said...  Far be it from me to start a scalper thread here...  I'm often as tired of them as you are, but when I see a scalper proudly discussing his/her actions on a collecting forum, I flat out chuckle about it...  Then I let everyone know who is out there gloating about what they do.

What a charmer that person is!    :)

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Jedi Luke (Jabba's Palace)
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:30 PM »
Yeah yeah yeah, been a while, I know...   :P

But, finally a new review is up and running, and hopefully we'll have some more right around the corner.  

This week it's Jedi Luke from Jabba's Palace...  Feel free to check him out RIGHT HERE, and as always let us know what you think here in our forums.

My opinion was a real roller-coaster on this figure...  Some great features, and some not-so-great features like bad paint aps, poor accessories, and lacking articulation.

Check out the review linked above or on our front page, and speak your mind though.  Gonna be tough to compete with Brad's Jedi Luke review there, but I think we can try.   :P

PS: Thanks to Brad, Scott, Matt, Chris B., and the gang here for putting this up for me!

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