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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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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Sith Infiltrator on Ebay
« on: February 22, 2004, 04:52 AM »
A very nice 3.75" scale Sith Infiltrator's made its way up on Ebay.

 http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3177182536&category=2474

This thing looks perfectly to-scale, and I can't see much detail that wasn't missed.  Opening cockpit, boarding ramp, etc...  This is just a nicely made ship, top to bottom.  Excellent detail work, and a great paintjob to boot.

Here's some pics from the creator's  WEBSITE RIGHT HERE :

Maul in shot for scale comparison
 

Cockpit Detail
 

Overall Ship
 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:43 PM »
I don't usually get into deep thought, but with one class I'm taking I am somewhat forced into self-reflection and evaluation of who I am and how I behave with and to my fellow man.

I go to a private Catholic College Northeast of Pittsburgh, but relatively close to the city (like 15 minutes).  As it's a Catholic school, I'm forced to take a religious studies/philosophy course as part of my curriculum.  That, at first, seemed AOK by me, as I'm always open to broadening my mind to new things.  No biggie, right?

Well, last semester I took "Introduction to World Religions" because I thought it'd be pretty basic, and give me some grassroots knowledge about religions that (at the time) I thought I already had at least a loose understanding of.

I found out that my instructor, a Catholic priest and a nice guy (don't let my following negative opinion sour you on the kinda guy he is), had different things in mind.  The class encompassed everything from North and South American Indian religious beliefs to religions of the ancient world...  And it ran right up through current religions as well.

A very difficult course ultimately, so I wound up withdrawing because my GPA has to be relatively high for some of my grants and financial aid to be approved.  Better a W than an F.

So this semester I replaced the previous Rel/Phil class with "Contemporary Moral Problems in Modern Society".

Quite a mouthful.

I've found it a bit more easy to comprehend, as there's much less terminology that has words that are completely foreign to me.  Literally.  World Religions of course has tons of terms that are simply not easily translated to the English language so it almost felt like learning some other language necessary for theology classes last semester.

Anyway, my Morality class I'm taking this semester is still difficult because I find my instructor (same priest as last semester) is simply a tough instructor in both his pace and the material he covers.

The class though, discusses various ethical theories and ideas...  Thing's like Kantian Deontologism, Ross's "Prima Facie" Deontologism, Egoism (What I've determined I practice), various forms of Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, etc...

Lots of stuff, simpler to understand though because the basic root of these terms aren't foreign to me so I can cope with this class more.

Anyway, the class makes you reflect on yourself somewhat, because we discuss various ethical situations, and how we personally would react to them.

I find that, when it comes to business (which both my majors are central to) I tend to focus on performing efficiently...  As I should.  To acheive the maximum benefit for the most people.  This sometimes includes difficult choices though, like say cutting benefits to employees when a company is failing (a fairly simplistic example, but you get the point).

On the issue of personal ethical choices though, I find I'm much more the egoist.  To those who dislike me, it's probably no surprise.  To myself, I was slightly surprised to the extent it was, but overall I expected it since I like to think I know myself fairly well, and I know that I like to make myself happy foremost.  

In personal decisions, few outside individuals actually ever influenced me.  

So, do you ever do self-reflection and realize you're a jagoff too?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 16, 2004, 05:23 PM »
Just a general call to anyone who is into the hobby of Remote Controlled vehicles...  Whether you race them, horse around in your back yard, belong to a club, or whatever...  I'm just curious who maybe has an interest in this hobby.

I used to be into them, starting out with Tyco vehicles when I was a little kid then moving onto the big hobby trucks when I turned into my teen years.

I got a Kyosho Outlaw Ultima Stadium Truck when I was around 14/15 years of age and built the kit myself.  I had a blast with that, but now I'm wanting to move onto bigger and better things.

I'm looking to get into Nitro trucks (gas powered) and even do a little star wars customizing crossover, but mostly I want the truck just to play around with when I'm bored out here in the sticks.

If anyone's into the hobby, please feel free to jump into the conversation...  Share what you have, what you do (race or play), etc...  I'm curious how many here are into it besides myself.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront at Star Wars.com
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:32 AM »
Star Wars: Battlefront, a new Multiplayer Shooter game has made its initial official appearance around the web at (of all places) http://www.starwars.com/.

The game, to me, appears to be a Star Wars version of the immensely popular game, Battlefield 1942, which pits various Allies and Axis troops, tanks, planes, and other items against each other in multi-player gaming format.

Be sure to read the whole shebang right here at:

http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2004/01/news20040113.html

I personally am not fond of this type of game so I can safely say this is NOT tickling this gamer's fancy at the moment.  To me nothing can replace a single-player story driven game, and MP wears pretty thin after a while.

With that said, the title (for PC, X-Box, and PS2) shouldn't see its share of gamers who've been hell bent on playing a Star Wars version of BF1942 (Which has a conversion project for Star Wars actually in the works, and which is an all but useless effort now).

Here's some screenshots for you:



Nice AT-ST, and good graphics...  Shaping up to look decent at the least.



Nice lineup of Rebel troop types running around there too.

Still, I think a great Squad-based First Person shooter with a multi-player feature, but single-player based game would've been more welcome.  While Republic Commando's well in the works with what seems like something similar, I think fans are craving a classic trilogy Squad based FPS game to come out from somewhere.  

Since I've played Call of Duty (A WW2 FPS shooter), I've been itching to do some gaming in Star Wars, and in a similar fashion.  Levels that follow the war and have a purpose.  MP isn't gonna cut it for me though.  :(

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Customs Community and Group Projects / FFURG.com - News and Updates
« on: January 14, 2004, 01:58 AM »
Tooting my own horn a bit...  And Jason's (aka CorranHorn) horn since he actually physically posted this at FFURG for me since I'm a complete PC moron.

www.FFURG.com has officially updated with a new reference section by yours truly, Jesse James, pertaining to the PC Flight simulator game, X-Wing: Alliance.  The link can be found right here:

http://www.ffurg.com/references/xwa.htm

and here's a bit of a teaser...  OOOOoooo



I like to think it's a nice little set-up with pictures and descriptions of the main characters heard/seen throughout the X-Wing: Alliance Flight simulator.

The game's a great game, and a not too shabby story either, so it's fun to check out even if you don't plan to do figures from the game even.  It gives you a brief teaser to the game/story anyway.

So please check it out...  Use it to crank out some figures perhaps too.  I think some of those guys would be great to use up some Imperial Dignitary bodies, or Orn Free Tah, or other Senator/long robe type characters.  Just a thought.

And as always, may the FFURG be with you!

PS: Thanks to Jason (Corran Horn) again for posting it and always doing lots of work for FFURG.  More than I ever do anyway.   ;D

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Saga '02-'04 / Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 5, 2004, 05:04 PM »
BobaFett14, a guy I know from my local collector group mentioned this idea over at Rebelscum.com before, and it's one I really love.

It's a "Vs. 2-pack" idea with Super Articulated Army Builder-type figures sold together on a single card.  Imagine the possibilities though!

-SA Clone Vs. SA Battledroid
-SA Stormtrooper Vs. SA Rebel Fleet Trooper
-SA Scouttrooper Vs. SA Endor Rebel Trooper
-SA Snowtrooper Vs. SA Hoth Rebel Trooper
-SA Jedi Knight (Various) Vs. SA Super BattleDroid or Destroyer Droid
-SA Rebel Pilot Vs. SA Imperial Pilot

That's a pretty cool idea to me though, and could include lots of other characters/ideas...  Like what about a SA Fett Vs. SA Han or Luke maybe?

The army builder idea though rocks...  Great way to get army builders (Good SA versions) out en masse to the people and at a fair price for 2 good figures.  

I would sink tons of $ into this idea...  I mean a lotta dough.  It's one of the better army building ideas I've heard in ages, and would seem to apply to other aspects of the line as well beyond army builder figures.

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