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The Original Trilogy / Ground Combat...
« on: September 8, 2003, 10:00 PM »
OK, now, being that I'm probably one of 23 people on Earth who gave Force Commander a glowing review, I'm probably in the minority as far as those who know the specifics of the game, but it brings about an interesting (to me anyway) topic on the original trilogy as I see it...

We see little on ground combat in the original films...  A commando assault on a small bunker entrance, and a "blitzkreig"-esque assault on a small defensive line whose job was just to hold up their opposition long enough for transports to take off.

Well, Force COmmander expands the area of ground combat in Star Wars some, and does it interestingly...  It shows some of the weapons of war that the Alliance use, as well as expands on the vast array of combat vehicles at the disposal of Imperial Generals and commanders.

What's your opinions or thoughts on ground combat in Star Wars then?  Have you played Force Commander to know of some of the vehicles?

What are some of your favorites if you know of any of the ground vehicles then?

Would you rather be with the Impy's or the Reb's if you had to choose one (Not morally/ethically, but which one would suit your "tactical" personality more)?

Yes, this topic is kinda lame, but I was just pondering Force Commander and how badly I want to make a fully mobile heavy tracked tank with full interior. :)  

Oh the dreams of a customizer with no time and even less $.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Stupid Music Downloads
« on: August 31, 2003, 11:25 PM »
I'm by no means an avid downloader, I just go to the trough once in a while.  Unfortunately, I'm no expert on getting what I want, and with how many different "versions" and remixes of songs that are out there, it can be a royal pain.

My questions to you guys is what are you doing right to get the songs you want?  What sites/servers or whatever are you using?

I've been trying for THREE freaking days to get "Magic Stick" (Lil Kim and 50 Cent) mixed with the old "Stroke Me" song...  This thing's getting lots of Radio play around here, I enjoy the song, but I'll be damned if I can find this (Uncensored or even Censored) online.

I keep getting a different mix every time I download, but NEVER have I found the mix I want.  I'd love an uncensored version of it but I dunno what I'm doing wrong on Grokster.

Any help?  Anyone got it and wanna just swap it with me some other way? :)  That'd be ideal and appreciated haha.

God this is frustrating, and I'm on dial-up so it's REALLY irritating for me. :(

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Anyone Want a Republic Fighter?
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:27 PM »
Not that I expect it to EVER happen, but I got to thinking after Matt sent me the Comic-Con Clone Wars sketch booklet...

There's a GREAT photo of the Republic Starfighter which is a hybrid design that has the nacels of a Y-Wing built into a condensed Y-Wing fuselage.  For its size/shape, I'm guessing it to be some kind of Interceptor, and maybe even an interceptor in the Koensayr line of fighters (WHo make the Y-Wing Fighter/Bomber).

It's a great design, and would be very neat to see it come to a reality in a to-scale 3.75" version.  

Has anyone else seen this and thought it was one of the more unique items in the booklet?  Anyone else think it would be cool to see one made, and if so who pilots it?

Are there clone fighter pilots, or would they have Republic troops fly them (Like Anthony Daniels' character at the Outlander Club perhaps?) instead of the Clones.  Seems to me there's SOME military presence other than clones for the Republic...  There was in Episode One anyway.

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Saga '02-'04 / Jedi Defender/Hasbro Q&A... Thoughts?
« on: August 10, 2003, 01:16 AM »
Check the front page of Jedi Defender and follow the jive till you find the URL Textfull story link.

So what are your thoughts on the answers...

I personally STILL find the "flimsy weapons are a choice for child safety" answer a bit bogus.  

Hasbro said at one time that it was the industry standard, but when people called them on that they've now changed their tune once again.  Now the industry standard has changed I guess, and Hasbro does it from the kindness of their heart?

I also question the "Kids like action poses" answer...  Why would G.I.  Joe do so extremely well with kids AND adults, even in a year when Star Wars was to be the dominant line under Hasbro's umbrella, and they're made for poseability and "fun".

I believe these 2 issues to both be cost-cutting ones, plain and simple, and we've been given run-around answers.  Not what I like to see...

The interview is a good read, and I highly recommend you check it out...  The Sandcrawler sounds to be an almost-go right now, so good news for you Sandcrawler fanatics (not MY thing personally, but I did want the droid from it, haha).

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Modern Classifieds / 12" Collection For Sale
« on: June 28, 2003, 09:15 AM »
Hey guys,

I hopped out of 12" figure collecting some time ago, and have sold off a piece here and there, but now I'm just unloading it all to free up space at my place. 

All my figures are complete, with their boxes (opened carefully by me in most instances, but a few are sealed).

I'd much rather sell them in groups (or everything at once), rather than 1 at a time, so if you've got multiples you're interested in I'm all ears.

Just let me know if you're interested in anything!

POTF2 BASIC LINE:

Luke Skywalker Tatooine (MIB) $10
Luke Skywarlker Hoth (MIB) $20
Luke Skywalker Ceremony (MIB) $10
Luke Skywalker Bespin (MIB) $10

Han Solo Original (MIB) $10
Han Solo Hoth (MIB) $10 (Goes good with Sideshow figures!)

Lando Calrissian (MIB) $10

Darth Vader Original (MIB) $20

Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi Original (MIB) $20

C-3PO Original (MIB) $15

Tusken Raider w/Gaffi Stick (MIB) $15 (OUTSTANDING figure, one of my favs)

Greedo non-exclusive (MIB) $10

Admiral Ackbar (MIB) $15 (OUTSTANDING figure, one of my favs)

AT-AT Driver (MIB) $15 (Go good with your Sideshow Impy's!)

Sandtrooper Whiite Pauldron w/Droid (MIB) $15

Stormtrooper (MIB) $15

Boba Fett (MIB) $30

Chewbacca in Chains (MIB) $20

IG-88 (MISB) $20

R2-D2 Original (MIB) $10

Jawa (MIB) $10  (Only Jawa game in town)

Yoda (MIB) $10  (Still holds up great)

100th Luke Skywalker (MISB) $30


EXCLUSIVES:

Diamond Sandtrooper (Orange Pauldron)  $20

Wal-Mart Cantina Band Member (Figrin D'an) (MIB) $15 (way cheaper than Sideshow!)

FAO Luke Jedi/Bib Fortuna 2-pack (MISB x2)  $50 each (Great Bib figure)

FAO Tarkin/Death Star Gunner 2-pack (MISB x2) $50 each (ONLY way to get a Gunner)

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Saga '02-'04 / New Figure Pic in Insider!
« on: June 28, 2003, 08:59 AM »
This month's insider is going to feature a picture of the new Fan Choice Concept Stormtrooper, fo those interested (***cough***MisterPL***cough***).



(Got the pic from Here, though there's no other shots of the figure)

It's interesting, and as an "offshoot" trooper it's neat.  I'm certainly going to use it for custom fodder, and if I could somehow BS it into continuity I would.  As it stands, I think it's got good parts for a custom AT-PT walker pilot I believe.  The shield looks neat, and the "glowing" sabre looks to have been pulled off.

His holster's clunky though, as is the armor.  It almost looks like the armor's a separate piece, though I'm doubting this is true.  It just doesn't look as "smooth" as the commtech stormtrooper's sculpt, and there's something odd about it in that regard.  You'll know when you see it.

Overall though, I welcome it...  I do believe I voted for someone else in that election, but this figure appears to be nicely poseable with 3 good accessories (blaster w/holster, shield, and a floor-piece base), with fairly decent (seemingly) articulation, and no action pose.

Not much more I can ask for...  well, except more articulation because I doubt he's sporting 16+ points like I think all figures should. :)  

He's near enough to blend into stormie ranks though too, for those who don't mind a little "off" look.  I mean, if you use POTF2 figures in your ranks there's no way in the world you WOULDN'T use this figure.  I'm a stickler for detail so I won't be mixing them in myself, but I'll be buying a few for something or other.

I think the shield will make a neat EU/Fan-fiction crowd control device too.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Galaxies: Who's in? Who's out? Who cares?
« on: June 21, 2003, 05:27 AM »
I personally am out for the time being...

I feel the specs are high enough that I don't want to bother trying to run it on my machine right now till I get a substantial upgrade...  It's not like it won't be there when I DO decide to wanna play it.

Also, no high speed internet = no online gaming...  at least not FUN online gaming.  So I'm sitting out the Galaxies deluge right now.

I've followed the game's developement somewhat, and I've known a handful of insiders on the Beta who were willing to dish the dirt to me as they learned/played the rough cut of it.  

It's an interesting concept for those not knowledgeable of this type of game, and while other games in this genre are life-consuming, the developers of Galaxies I feel have tried to make it more accessible to the casual gamer...

Ya know, guys with girlfriends, jobs, wives, kids, and generally with something OTHER to do on occassion.  That's a plus I think.

I'm hearing criticism around the net about Galaxies though, and that's a shame considering the push this game's receiving.  It's early though, and the game's gonna have bugs in the beginning...  

So what's everyone's thoughts?

Release is coming June 25th or 26th as I recall (Now I totally forget which it is, but no matter),  so who's all geared up to sit doe-eyed in front of a screen for several weeks?  And is anyone sayin' just fuggedaboudit till the vehicle expansion is released?   What species are ya pickin' if you are playing?  What job?  What political affiliation?

Hmmm, should be an interesting couple of weeks coming up I'd think, unless nobody's gonna play it. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Whoo!!! My Monkey Smokes Again!
« on: June 20, 2003, 08:12 PM »
Thanks to a kind gentleman on Ebay selling replacement cigarettes anyway.

My mother's old paper mache smoking monkey, a truly classic toy, is back in action as of tonight.  My replacement 20 cigarettes came in the mail, and I immediately got my monkey from his home in the Cantina, and let him smoke 'em, cuz he gotz 'em.

He worked flawlessly, blowing smoke rings like he was in the 1950's all over again. :)  

This is easily one of the funniest things ever to me, and while simple, I am entertained more with every puff.  I had one as a kid, and I'm still surprised any of these managed to get into my age-range.  They're hardly "toys" by today's standards, that's for sure.

I have a nice set of plastic monkeys I need to try out, and now's the perfect time...  

Off to play with fire!

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Eh, ok I'm not the one to suddenly turn into 50 cent, but whatever...

Anyway, what's your take on droid colors?

It's obvious that battledroids come in a silver metal color if not painted, because it's clearly seen UNDER the paint on their scrapes.

OK, fine...  But why were Fed. BD's tan, and the BD's on Geonosis are red?  And why are SBD's their gunmetal color and not red?

With HBO showing AOTC now, I've had plenty of time to see AOTC over and over again, and likely will see it plenty more...  and even longer still when Skinemax gets it (if they get it?) like they do most HBO shows.

I have come to a personal conclusion that BD's are actually painted as a way of camoflauging them...  Most military products are on Earth, and it makes sense to do so with BD's...  I've seen no clear indication of them being painted for any other reason than that, and the red does quite nicely match Geonosis.

I would assume the tan of the Trade Fed's lineup was either the "base" paint used and camoflauging wasn't a priority to them, or it was intentionally used as an "Urban" camo deco to blend into the architecture of Naboo's cities.  Awfully tan looking place anyway, and it makes some level of sense.

SBD's I've come to the conclusion that their coating, which I believe is what gives them their gunmetal look (I assume they're as "silver" underneath as a standard battledroid) is something of a  blaster-retardant material...  A simple thing that gives them a lil extra "umph" on the battlefield that a Standard droid does not have.

I must admit, seeing the movie for about the 8th time now has enlightened me to the military strategy and coordination of droids...

Did you know there's commander battledroids on the field in the Geonosis battle for instance?  The one Windu summersaults over is one for sure, which I personally did not realize before.  I find it interesting...

Also, I believe the edited droid control ship raid implies that Battledroids no longer have the "Knock out the ship, knock out the droid army" weakness that the TF's army had on Naboo?

Droids independantly thinking and acting?  Seems to me that clones aren't so darn superior anymore, especially when one sees BD's acting pretty darn intelligently on Geonosis.

I've not got the Visual Dictionary for Episode II, so maybe they shed some EU light on what the droid's red color variation is for exactly, but I was curious if any of the rest of you had thought of this at all?  

I seem to recall seeing some awfully tan looking droids in a hangar on Geonosis though too, with blue "pilot" markings...  Very odd to mix them in there too.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Army Builder 3-pack pics...
« on: June 10, 2003, 05:43 AM »
I'm a tad surprised nobody's mentioned these over here, so I figure I'll make a post on it...

The 3-packs of droids, droideka shooter, and posed clones are up over at www.galactichunter.com for your viewing pleasure.

Lots of great shots of each figure are available, which is always appreciated.

My response to these hasn't changed a lot personally...  I don't see $10 as a BAD price per say, but it's not the end-all-be-all deal of the century either like some are claiming it to be.

It's "alright" is all...  I still say Hasbro needs to get off their duff and make a fully poseable clone with a natural "neutral" pose.  Mass market that in the white deco and THEN I'll buy a ton...  As a completist, I may just get one set of 3 white clones...  I may pass on the color rank variations.  Not sure (one side says to buy them, another says no).

The droid's are dummed down too, if you didn't know, and aren't as poseable it seems...  A real waste considering the molds for these were already produced.  I feel that's the REAL disapointment, as I sort of assumed the clones weren't going to be good for much of anything.

I had hopes for the droids, but that appears to be for not.  The red droid looks goofy standing there with its gun and its arms out.  A boil/freeze may work for the red droid at least.  I'm just kind of disappointed that I'll get an unposeable SBD and Droideka as well though.   :-\

I mean, I can boil/freeze 3 red BD's to look cool enough (and they did make them "break-apart" which is an improvement IMO), but what am I gonna do with the other 2 unposeable droids?  

Seems a bit silly to me.

I think the set should've been 1 SBD, and 2 red BD's.  Then the Droideka set separate...

The Droideka shooter is ok...  Nothing amazing, but I'll knock those cheap-@$$ clones around with the rolling Droideka, you bet your sweet bippy on that.  

Since the prequals aren't a cutsomizing focus for me, and aren't likely to be anytime soon, I'll just have to wait and see what they maybe work on for a GREAT basic poseable clone.  Maybe someday...  maybe someday.   :'(

PS: The paint aps are NOT good on these...  Dare I say they appear to be as shoddy as the recent Imperial 4-packs, and possibly worse.  The droids looked a little better than the clones though.  

Maybe it's the white/black uniforms that make the poor paintjobs stand out, who knows?

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The Original Trilogy / Regime Change...
« on: June 8, 2003, 04:37 AM »
I was thinking about this tonight because it's 4 a.m., I can't sleep, and I think I have a chemical imbalance.

Anyway, So we see the political climate in Episode One right?  It's a half-@$$ed democracy of sorts, where not only do individual planets have representation but also financial institutions, and Business organizations...  It's also likely that trade guilds and labor organizations have some say in the galactic political process as well.

At the same time, it's this obviously corrupt and very slow process that leads to a civil war.

The "Separatists", or Confederacy join together to form an independant government aside from the Republic.  The Republic doesn't want this...  The most "recent" event we can liken this to on Earth (That the majority of us reading/contributing to this topic can relate to anyway) is the U.S. Civil War...  The Confederate States of America seceeded from the United States of America over individual rights.

It's similar in a way...  

Now, we're led to believe the leaders of the Separatists are inheritly evil by Episode Two.  I don't necessarily BELIEVE they're all bad (Though I think it's established the Neimodians are).  EU has established several planets joining the secession as well who are leaving because they're genuinely fed up with the crap government handed them by the Republic.

OK, so by this we see that regime change was needed, right?  I mean, WE know the Republic was crap...  

Problems could abound in the Republic's world that we have no clue of...  We know the Naboo conflict was one issue, and thinking of it in Earth terms it's as if the whole of our world's population were overthrown by an invading force, with millions of casualties...  That's a mass issue.  That's the equivalent of World War 2 happening within a month or so, for an example.

That's ONE conflict out of who knows how many other civil wars, conflicts and other issues that can be directly blamed upon the Republic's very poor structure.

OK, so the "dark times" come...  The Clone Wars end, and the Empire takes over...  The Empire gives some "System's rights" up until the events of A New Hope we know, because it's not until the Death Star's completion that the Emperor dissolves the Senate.  

The Empire brings with it a change of rules I guess...  In some EU writing, the Empire's got some "fine points" set out that you cannot possibly get from movies that show it as 100% evil.  For instance the Empire sets up control on trade so that groups like the Trade Fed. cannot pull their blockade BS.  The Empire restricts arms trading, and expands space exploration/colonization.  The Empire takes a personal interest in every colonized world, either through small patrols or full garrisons.  The Empire attempts to curtail the "Scum" of the galaxy like Han Solo.  The Empire establishes training and schools.  In the game TIE Fighter, the Sepan Civil War (A system of human inhabited planets) is ceased by Imperial Intervention that's fair and just for both sides.  

Anyway, we all know the "bad" stuff that comes with Imperial control as well...  The slavery, Alien prejudice & human priority, martial control of the galaxy, mass propoganda, control of personal freedoms, etc...

Now, during the Empire's time, the another civil war breaks out...  Several planets ally with each other, much like the separatists did prior to the Clone Wars onset.  They title themselves "The Alliance to Restore the Republic".  Sounds better I guess.  The Alliance seems hunky dorry by the film's view, but what are they asking for?

Well if they're truly wishing to restore the Republic, are they wishing to restore it to how it was?  It was pretty darn crappy by my estimation...  So why would you WANT to restore it?  Would crime run rampant again?  Would political backstabbing the wheeling/deeling of politicians not take over once more?

What's so great about the Alliance other than they say the Emperor's a bad guy, and point out where he is bad?  

OK, so here's my question...  Which government do you want?  I'm going to request that you THINK of this as a human...  IE: Don't think "Well man I like wookies, and so I'd hate to be one in the Empire's reign"...  Just think of it like you're a human, though  having some sympathy is fine if that's what makes you choose the choice you do.

Alright, this is a goofy topic, I'm sorry...  Maybe it's just me, and stuff like this keeps my interest.   ;D  Feel free to ignore the topic all together if you find this 100% boring.

I'm thinking that I'm actually leaning towards the Empire...  I'm disheartened with the Republic after seeing the prequals.  The Empire sort of brings a "hope" the Republic didn't.  The only thing is, the Alliance is thinking idealisticly, and maybe they'd planned government changes to curtail political wrong-doings that ran rampant in the Old Republic.  I dunno...  

I'm a bit on the fence on the issue I guess.  If you've played TIE Fighter, you'd be on the fence too.  It's quite an interesting story, and after playing it (And reading some of the "Empire's Side" in various forms) you'd question this too I believe.

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Saga '02-'04 / OK, what the.... (Nexu!?)
« on: June 2, 2003, 12:09 AM »
....hell happened to my Nexu!?

I went today to just look at it, and this is literally one of the first times I've picked this figure up since I bought it.  It's sat upon my shelf with the other 2 Arena beasts since purchasing.  I was gonna test the sounds since I hadn't removed the batteries and what not.

Well, what do I find?  My Nexu has CRACKED in several areas along the bellie...  Not just one small crack, I'm talking FULL cracks to the point the body is separating.  

I unscrew the battery compartment and see the spring inside the battery slot is forcing the body apart in the back, but it doesn't explain why there's cracks at the leg joints as well that are completely separating.

I've not done ANY playing with this figure at all.  It was basically bought and set upon a shelf, and this if the first real "handling" it's seen in a long time.  Needless to say I'm royally pi$$ed off right now at Hasbro.

Now I'm out my Nexu and this is unfortunate as that figure has completely dried up in my area.  

And of course, god knows Hasbro wouldn't replace this if asked.

It's a shame because I really liked this figure at one point, but now my opinion is 10x lower...  There's no excuse for a toy crumbling before your eyes.  What's really sad is that it happened just from sitting on my stand...  

No rough play (no play at all), no handling, no extreme temperatures, no direct sunlight...  Nothing.  And the toy just fell apart...

Yikes.  :(  What a piece of junk!

It makes me wonder if this is an isolated incident or if others have experienced this?  Hmmmmm....

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The Wookiee Arcade / New Jedi Academy ScreenShots
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:28 AM »
http://www.lucasarts.com/products/jediacademy/

Check it out folks...  Lotsa fun for everyone!

While I'm disappointed to see a game that may not have improvements on blaster/ranged weapons, I still think the game looks sweet.

The screen of the docked ship at a Tatooine-Esque spaceport is VERY nice work.

Take note that the Jedi are wearing "Hoth Rebel" uniforms while on that cold weather planet...  Pretty nice attention to detail.

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Saga '02-'04 / Soft Goods?
« on: May 21, 2003, 03:24 AM »
Yeah yeah yeah, age old debate I know...

This one comes about though, because it relates to my recent review of Mace Windu: Arena Confrontation.

His cloak's softgoods except for the arms, but for those of you who own this figure, I think you'll agree with me that the SG's are REALLY nice.  They're a silky material that hangs really well on the figure, even forming folds that look realistic in the smaller scale.

Would full cloaks in this fabric be of interest?  What if Han Solo got an Endor coat in this fabric?  Or the Skywalker's got their ponchos with something like this?

I was really impressed that Hasbro used a great material for this though, and was pondering what other SG items using this exact material style would be like.  

If I had paid attention in Home-Ec, I maybe would try my hand at making a Han coat after finding some of this fabric at the local Jo-Ann store I think.

I wish Hasbro would take this ball and run with it...  It definately beats the thick and stiff junk they've given us in the accessory packs and things.  I mean, that Han coat in the Endor Victory set was a JOKE.  Looks like Home One's laundry department used a bit too much starch...  That or Chewie did.

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Saga '02-'04 / KB isn't the only one with sales...
« on: May 21, 2003, 03:18 AM »
Check TRU.com (Amazon I guess it is) also, as they WERE clearancing their exclusive landspeeder.

It's a nice piece even at $20.  The new one's to-scale, has a decent pack-in Luke, and Luke's hunting rifle even clips to the side of the new Landspeeder just as the rifle did in the movie.

I'd gotten a couple on sale earlier in the year for customizing, and just ordered 2 more the other night because that ship really is a nice piece of work.

I hope those of you who don't have it take advantage, because I felt that was one of the surprise hits of 2002, and it's sold out of every TRU I've been to since around December of last year so online (And for 50% off) is a great deal guys!

Don't pass it up!

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