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Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:57 PM »
What Rob said...

I've always felt like AFA is for people not confident enough to figure **** out on their own.  I hate them and feel they're a pimple on the ass of the hobby, frankly.  They provided a service that did nothing more than jack up the prices of carded products for really no reason besides, "Some guy, somewhere, who nobody really honestly gives a **** about says this product is ______ quality".

I can determine that on my own.  If I can't, that's on me, but why be in the hobby if you can't absorb the knowledge yourself and need that AFA logo?

I hope this is the demise of them as a company in this hobby because, clearly, their opinions are horse hockey, and they don't know a thing more than anyone else, and if anything they know significantly less than most people who actually pay attention, learn, and enjoy vintage collecting.  They're purely detrimental.

If you went to a guy to get your brakes fixed, and he said, "Well they should be good, but if they fail that's really not my fault just so you know", would you get your brakes done there?  These guys are scam artists IMO.  They have been from day one.

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Collect All 92! / Re: Rancor Keeper
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:28 PM »
I am happy with the new one, but the fact they redid it was kinda goofy, yeah.  There's a lot of things they shouldn't have done, and this probably was among them.  The POTF2 does look worse though, you have to admit, and was in some ways worse than the Vintage figure ironically.  What we get with the Legacy figure is all the bells and whistles on a lard butt nobody really cares about.  At least now he's able to hug that green dude to speaks gibberish though, right?  I guess.  :-\

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:01 PM »
Saw this over the weekend finally...  Like I've said, if the measurements hold up, (1/17 by "official" measurements of the ship, but taking into account that all of the models including the lifesize prop vary, there is room for +/- there), this is basically a properly scaled X-Wing to action figures for $40...  Given the costs of underscaled ones you can put a figure into, I think it's a pretty solid deal.  What was the last price of an underscaled X-Wing?   :-\

What sucks is it's clearly not made to be complex at all...  Wings don't open, there's no cockpit or droid socket (not a full one anyway), and it only has a forward landing gear somehow...  Not sure what the rear gear would be, but I'm guessing the forward gear is just shorter than it should be, ultimately, and probably just plugs into a hole in the bottom.  Oh, and the laser's tips are simple half-circle bits...  Definitely cheaper looking.

Anyway, if you wanted an X-Wing to park next to an A-Wing that doesn't look comically small next to it?  This is your ship actually.  I know everyone's bashing it, but it's actually pretty detailed too with panel lines, the rear-hull greeblies, etc....  It needs painted (stickers, ugh), but man it's a good base, and for cheap.  I'm waiting to see if they show at K-Mart before I buy since I have coupons there and lots of points, but I'll get one at Target later if I have to.  I'm aiming for a few actually, and if they hit clearance I may buy up whatever I see.

I'd have paid $100 for this (seriously) if it had a full cockpit, opening hatch, full sized 3 landing gear w/hatch doors, and a full droid socket...  oh, and a paintjob.  Like, a real paintjob.  As it stands though, for $40, it's a good custom starting off point to make something that is actually pretty good, and at a pretty fair price to do so.  Try doing one from scratch and see if you can even accomplish something slightly less than this ship for $40, much less with the details it actually does have.

Hell, just a paintjob on this, it's going to display nice with figures around it, some ladders, and the Yavin cart that pretty much looks comically sad next to the previous Hasbro X-Wings.

This is another one of those things people are pissing their pants angry about that all I see is the positive here.  I wish we'd get a Y-Wing now that accompanied it (same scale).  I'd be giddy.  The shell is more than enough to work with.  I'll make it work...  And Hasbro isn't going to do one this scale with all the bells and whistles I'm afraid.  I wish they would because I'd gladly pay for it, but it's in the realm of "playsets" that isn't very likely to ever happen.

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Yeah I think what's left of collectors prop up this end of things online pretty much...  I know I only check the toy aisles when I'm in stores for other things.  And even then I do a lot of shopping on Amazon now.

I'm mostly buying on Amazon at this point...  Just easier.  I see stuff at retail and it's fun to walk away from it too.  Liberating.  The only place I've bought figures in the last year was actually K-Mart.  They were the only ones stocking TBS 4".  I've seen all 3 waves in some abundance, and so far nobody's put out 4 here yet.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:27 PM »
I see them sporadically at Target and K-Mart...  Don't hit TRU much ever to really call it, but they had Jabbas I know last I was there.  I wasn't paying attention to what else though, just know Jabba was there.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:25 PM »
Here it's Leia Leia Leia, with Greedo a close 2nd.  Han's still not around nearly as much (TRU some, one at any given KM I visit), aside from those TRU Cantina sets of course.

Not much of anything else...  The Deluxe figures are not exactly flying out the door, Scout included, but I'd not call pegwarmer on those yet by any means.  Leia's reigning champ for now.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:34 AM »
Just noticed that the EE pre-order for the Raptor mini-speeder hicky jiggy is actually the same price, plus free shipping, as BBTS's is with shipping costs added (even if you have a pile-o-loot going).  I may be cancelling my BBTS order on that and pre-ordering via EE then.

http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=TNAR1440&id=JE-405087801

This makes me hopeful prices will be competitive.

EE's order says it comes in Oct., and BBTS is listing the Raptor for Sept., so it may just be that prices went up on the older items perhaps?  BBTS still has them listed for $10 less each, so that's the route to go on the Quad Eyes or Mk2 Speeder and any figures.  Though you can't get the Wings of Samothace thing at BBTS any longer.  I'm kind of shocked they'd list it at EE even since it's hand-made by the line's creator.

Anyway though, the Raptor's the same price plus free shipping so it's cheaper actually.  EE is the route to go.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:36 PM »
I agree on the Emperor thing manipulating things, but I don't view him as "controlling large portions of the Senate" or anything.  Manipulating perhaps.  Ability to control an individual, perhaps.  Controlling who groups of people, like telepathically, to get his way?  Eh, I don't agree on that.  I'm with Darb on that, in that the Republic was inherently corrupt from the onset of our introduction to it in E1, on through really to the Imperial Senate of ANH which we only hear mentioned.  I think like all of politics, there's a pretty corrupt nature backing it with good people too, and people who are some of both.   :-X

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'the' Rebel fleet massing near Sullust. Again it's inference it's the only one.

See I disagree with that inferring that there's only one.  I think it's pretty easy to take it either way, similarly to how everyone's called "Commander" but it doesn't denote a specific rank.  It could mean that indeed it's the only one, or it could mean it is just another one that's big enough to get attention.

For instance from the Empire's POV, someone could say, "The fleet has arrived, and will now blockade the Rebels from escaping the Death Star".  That's not the only Imperial Fleet it seems, but "The fleet" is still the appropriate thing to say.  It's an ambiguous thing to say, is I guess what I'm saying.

Likewise how would the Empire know the Alliance, who they're spread out trying to engage since at least the end of ANH, has this one fleet and that's all the ships they have to dub it "the (only) fleet"?  I think the more ambiguous use of the term is more likely then.

Not to say I don't think Lucas' intent was basically this is it, and this is all the Rebels can muster, and to save on models we'll paint 30 quasi-Mon Cal looking ships in background matte paintings, etc..  Like was said, it's the tidy movie ending scenario...  Tidy movie ending scenarios rarely make sense though, and I've always felt like there was more always going on...  From Yavin, to Hoth, to Endor, all the battles feel too small for the gigantic galactic nature of Star Wars. 

EU always backed that notion up but I don't view EU now any different than before.  Honestly I don't view anything Disney's doing as anything than just more EU at this point and Lucas has just bowed out and given up.

Let me also say, why would the Alliance put ALL their eggs in one basket, based on a strategy where their capital ships they're taking are playing a minor role in the mission?

First, what are the plans for those ships?  There are even non-combatant ships there which have unknown purpose (The Hoth Transports).  One theory is they're packed with explosives...  floating bombs.  There is at least one medical ship there which one may assume is relatively limited in armament, but why is it there? 

The fleet arrives at Endor, they're not surprised to show up and see nothing but a half-finished Death Star, and they just start flying towards it.  Again, what is the point of the Alliance fleet being there?  Why not just hyper ships in, let them do their thing, and leave, if you were expecting this?

I feel like the fleet the Alliance takes is there as a screen...  They'll park in an orbit away from the Death Star's range (supposed range), while the fighters go in.  They're likely holding reserve fighters back, ready to go when/if needed, to make sure this DS is destroyed, but they're maybe really only there to set up this basic blockade/screen of the area to make sure nothing gets away perhaps.

Obviously the Empire shows up with their own massive fleet, they pinch the Alliance between the DS and themselves, and "It's a Trap" and all that jazz.  But the Alliance fleet seems built for something other than a ship-to-ship battle taking place at this point.  It's almost like there are ships there for picking up survivors, evacuees, prisoners, extra fighter support, etc.

What it's NOT there to do, and we know this, is to A) engage the Empire's capital ship fleet, and B) engage a fully functional Death Star Super Laser (Bearing in mind Death Stars are also defensively designed against "large scale assault"...  so why try one?  The fighters sneaking in and out are the obvious only plan here).

So all that said, would the Alliance have committed their ENTIRE fleet to an engagement where A) they're not expecting ship-to-ship naval engagement outside of fighters, and B) they're not expecting to engage the Death Star itself in any role besides supporting the fighters going inside it to blow it up?

It seems to me the Alliance probably brought what they felt would get the job done, with a little extra umph for safety's sake, and it would've had its other fleets scattered around wherever they were before to avoid having all their eggs in one basket.

Just some thoughts...  Endor's also probably one of the more poorly thought-out battles in the OT too.  That doesn't help anything.  Yavin and Hoth were much more strategically sound battles it seemed.  ;D

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:46 PM »
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The entire Rebel fleet is present at Endor

With you to here...

This is debatable.  Again the Alliance is small, on a galactic level...  Are they small on an "Earth" level?  Probably not.  I've always envisioned them to have many fleets themselves, just many less than the Empire.

The battle itself doesn't even convey the scope and scale of what the Alliance brings in because half the ships are barely visible save for shot-by-shot close examination and they're mostly background dots on a matte painting, very distant from the battle but clearly not Imperial looking (assuming all the Empire brings are Destroyers and anything similar).

This is a lot of what you believe, perceive, or just want to believe maybe.

In the EU though, the Alliance was anything but "small", just small comparatively.  That means nothing, nor did it ever really mean anything, at this point of course.

Personally I viewed the Alliance, and the war in general, something like this...

The Alliance is group obviously, but at its core there is a strong central body.  Strong militarily, organized, equipped.  They have "safe worlds", they make use of wild space, the outer rim, etc.  They have support from a wide variety of factions rebelling on their individual planets.  They all attempt coordination, but as with any alliance, there may be friction.  Dresellians would fall under one of those militias to me, Tibrians, etc.

Anyway, again my personal view of how the Alliance is running the war on their end, they're looking to keep mobile so they keep many fleets...  They pull hit and run tactics.  They'll shoot, then scoot, and keep the Imperial fleets broken and chasing.  They'll try drawing them out of the inner worlds as much and into the outer rim (or beyond) to run their supply lines thin.  The Alliance bases (and this is my opinion) are likely set up to be hard to detect, but near enough to these supply lanes where they can harass and inflict the most damage on the Empire that is possible while the Fleets try to keep one step ahead of them.

In some EU that used to be supported as a tactic...  The "first major victory" mentioned in the opening crawl of ANH was actually a series of major ships destroyed.  One sabotaged, one outright destroyed while stranded due to support vessels with repair equipment being destroyed, etc.

The Alliance had come into its own tactically and gotten the attention of the Emperor at that point.

Just a thought.  I enjoy talking the hypotheticals of the war strategies in Star Wars.  The movies obviously don't deal with minutia like that because it bores most people to even think about this stuff.   :-[

Lucas wanted everything a tidy ending at the end of ROTJ but that just doesn't jive to me, and never did.  Even as a kid, it never made any sense.  It was like Matt said.  Lucas showed in a flight suit with his flanneled bulge poking out, he called mission accomplished.  Nope.  :-\  Good for a movie ending.  Bad for a nerd to apply logic to.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:14 PM »
:)

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Meh.

I'm getting mine I think, and I'll hack it up.  I'm definitely not buying more though.  It would help make an "ultimate" one, but it'll be a bit of work.  To me, it's a failed effort because of the head though.  The body is fine, and you might be able to fix it (you may not either), but at this stage I'm soured on it pretty much.  I'd cancel the pre-order but it'll just tack shipping on so piss on it.  I'll keep it.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:20 AM »
Mind blown if they'd remove all EU only to put all EU back in.

People who sold all their EU memorabilia would jump off a cliff.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:06 AM »
Wilt the stilt Palpatine?

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OK, yeah...  Then probably not October, no. :)

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:58 PM »
Nazi comparisons within Star Wars have their limits though.  Or at least I've always felt it's something people hold onto too much.  Visually there are some comparisons that are obvious and some subtle...  The term Stormtrooper transcends an SS Stormtrooper from Nazi Germany though, and I've always felt the Empire's Stormtroopers were more akin to the Stormtroopers of World War I and their overall purpose, but with a mix in of some of the German SS Troops of WW2 as well.

In WW2 though, the Germans weren't an empire to start...  The Empire in Star Wars, ultimately it is an Empire already.  It's just rebranded.  The Republic Senate becomes the Imperial Senate, and that isn't even disbanded until ANH and the Death Star's completion.

The Galactic Empire, at its onset, was a welcomed sight to most as well...  Nazism actually wasn't a popular political movement at first though, and didn't take hold right away by any means. 

Regarding the birth of the Galactic Empire though, Like Padme says, "This is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause".  The Third Reich was more born out of the way WWI ended for Germany.

In Star Wars I feel like the Empire's born at the end of ROTS obviously, people seem to want it and it seems to be a popular idea...  The war's over, and the only people who'd be against it would be the losers of the war ultimately, and as the Empire settles in and begins expansion I would assume it's where they expand that really get annoyed by it.

There's cut footage from ANH of Luke/Biggs discussing the nationalization of the planet...  That before long Owen would be another tenant farmer under the Empire's thumb.  Likewise, in TPM Tatooine's established as separate of the Republic and even far worse (they seem like a dangerous place, the Hutts appear to be inherently corrupt and dangerous, and slavery is tolerated here).  By ANH we see the Empire has obviously expanded to this planet, and overtaken it to some degree...  again, for better or worse.  Obviously some would support this, but people like Owen would hate it once he'd basically be farming for the greater good and not for himself.

Add into all that, the galaxy is literally millions of these worlds, if not billions, or more, who knows really, and the Empire seemed to have a VERY firm grip and support just at the end of ROTS...  In galactic terms that's not all that long I'd think really for the Empire to have solidified things by ANH to the point that the Rebellion is small (on galactic terms...  Small could be literally billions of soldiers and maybe hundreds of planets supporting it, and it's still just dinky compared to the Empire's side of things).

Flash forward the time from Jedi to the new trilogy...  The Empire and Alliance could really theoretically just be on more even footing is all. 

One has to assume immediately after Endor there's a certain fragmentation.  Palpatine probably didn't have a solid plan for a successor I'm guessing.  Just prior to and after Hitler's death, there was a lot of jockeying for position as to who was going to be in charge and call the shots...  It was also a crumbling situation though, so it's again not a direct analogy.

I'd think though it's reasonable some higher ranking people people within the Empire looked to take control, but there'd also be a lot more to take control of too.  You lost one fleet (a major one) and a 2nd Death Star, and your supported leader, by this point.  You're hurting, but someone is bound to be competent who could take charge and unite as well.  There are probably tons of people to pick from.  That was always the Thrawn Trilogy angle...  Grand Admiral Thrawn united things, and turned it around.

Evil Empires have disappeared quickly in our past because they've largely been beaten to a pulp by someone else at that point and just disappeared.  Think about the British Empire's decline though...  Far slower, and maybe more of an analogy perhaps?  Fell via rebellion to some degree...  not totally by any means, but some.

Just some thoughts though.  I think a galactic conflict, Galactic Empire, and its obviously galactic scale means it could have a galactic-sized timeline to it too that really transcends most anything in Earth's history...  The Empire could linger on for at least decades in some form or another.

I kind of found the 3 year span of the Clone Wars comical because it's so short.  I wish we'd seen it last somehow from TPM to the end of ROTS's timeline.  Much longer, much more destructive and impactful around the galaxy.

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