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Gotta laugh at the effort on that excuse.  I'm kinda getting a less sympathetic feeling for Ebays seller rules at the moment.

He'll 3rd graders are laughing at that effort.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Luke's Bespin "Fatigues"
« on: June 7, 2014, 11:19 PM »
I have viewed those as Hoth boots (cold weather) and the boots would be officer (anyilles) style otherwise.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 6, 2014, 01:36 PM »
It has to either blow up with Han and Chewie, or be handed down like a Subaru to his kids.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 5, 2014, 12:16 AM »
Assuming that by this point it's a new republic, and not just a continuation of the war. ;) 

Yeah I don't even know how to say "EU" at this point without wondering how that gets received then.  Then again some folks always just ignored it anyway.

The way EU fleshed out military hardware was actually pretty solid for the most part though, and something I always liked (in the OT anyway).  Evolution was pretty static...  the Empire, further tied to its "nazi" roots, was trying its hand at "wonder weapons" much like the Germans did...  And so things like the TIE Defender come about and are a big evolutionary step forward (for fighters in the SW galaxy) without being absurdly perfect.

They were working on cloaking technology for larger ships, and stuff, the Darktrooper Project...  or in my little stupid Star Wars universe, they were also working on a biological warfare project with this new freaky alien species they'd recovered. :P

I love the TIE Fighter evolution, but really it doesn't have much pre-ANH you can think of (outside EU again), and I really just don't look at the Prequals as having ships in them that directly tied to the TIE Fighters...  The ROTS Jedi fighter had maybe the closest ties, but they're pretty loose still...  I'm anxious to see how (and I believe we've seen SOME of how) the TIE Fighters evolve or even simply begin as a new branch/style of fighter...  Obviously some simple visual or sound elements don't necessitate that they're related (V-Wing sounds, ROTS JSF cockpit, etc.).  A mower and a car both have an exhaust but obviously they're not closely related.

Rebels has that funky squatter winged TIE that looks more like concept art versions of TIE ships.  It'll be interesting to me to see what they go with.

I'm equally anxious to see what the Rebels have for fighters, assuming we'll see a more organized military for the Rebels at some point in the toon?  The Y-Wing and others are there...  what else though?  I could see Alliance squads using JSF's for interceptors, or V-19's even.  I have a V-19 sitting around with the specific purpose of an Alliance repaint and mods because I just love that ship, and love the idea of the Alliance using them for interceptors if they can get their hands on them.

It's easily up there with the TIE Defender and TIE "Avenger" Advanced for a fav EU ship design of mine.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 4, 2014, 09:37 PM »
Taking into account the EU, the X-Wing is a ship under development leading up to ANH, and when the Empire tries to nationalize the company making it the designers bail and take the design and prototypes to the Alliance who then begin manufacturing X-Wings.

Y-Wings are old school ships modified and used by the Alliance...  So is the Z-95 and the T-Wing if you delve further into the EU, and probably a number of other fighters are sprinkled around to various cells and squadrons who are part of the Alliance all around the galaxy.

The X-Wing is a pretty purely Alliance ship then, like the A or B-Wing which the A-Wing is prototyped and in pre-production in the immediate events right before ANH (if you again subscribe to EU) with Yavin even having a couple of the prototype design available to them.  The B-Wing is developed years later as something to assist against the capital ships the Empire deploys in great numbers.

The Empire/ALliance tactics are different (again all EU stuff, but some truth from the film POV) in that the Alliance puts a greater value on their pilots and thus try to develop more costly, but more durable craft...  The Empire use swarm tactics more, though they have and further develop ships as the war escalates to more greatly match (or outmatch) one-on-one what the Alliance puts out against them.

I look at the X-Wing as an evolutionary step forward in the plane's design, kind of like taking the Spitfire and making that next step forward to the Mustang...  Similar, lots of the same principles and design elements, but wholly new when ultimately compared to one another.  Similar to the CW3D Fighters looking like evolutionary steps forward of AOTC design.  Ani's 2D fighter looks (and is labeled) a modification though...  The ROTS Jedi Fighter then seems really like a whole new fighter design, not even really of the same family just the same guys flying them.  The V-Wing, to me, seems more like where the AOTC style Jedi fighters went in terms of evolution, and then those and perhaps the ROTS Jedi fighters wind up converging to see the Empire's TIE fleets grow out of that...  But the Jedi Fighters almost seem to go the way of the dinosaur in a way, just elements go from them to the TIE Fighter, but a whole new Fighter style and design is born and grows along with the Empire's birth.

Again dipping into EU, the X-Wing's design is tied to the Z-95 and other ships in the Incom Corp library...  I figure the X-Wing we see is going to be something we see more than one of.  The time elapsed, it makes sense.  It's something I wish we'd seen more of with the Y-Wing, and wish we'd seen Z-95's, but I guess Lucas didn't agree.  ::)  I personally loved seeing the YW show up in CW3D at least though, in one form or another.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 03:14 PM »
Got to look more closely at that stuff...

I can tell you the engine's "intake" on the X-Wing is HEAVILY modified (IE: a ****load bigger) but the thrusters in the back look the same, as do the cannons on the wingtips.  The nose is truncated and I'd say the ship has an overall more Z-95 feel to it (IE: it looks more like McQuarrie's X-Wing designs), but with sharp angles.

It almost looks like the two intakes are one now and the wings open on the outside of the intakes rather than the intakes mounted on the wings and separating for each engine.  That means the engines are stationary and the wings move alone with only the guns mounted to them.  Interesting and major change to the ship, but yet still keeping it so distinctly similar.

The ship's definitely an evolutionary design forward, and I have to say I kind of love it.  It shows the type of minor steps the tech of Star Wars seems to take as years go by...  Things don't seem to make big leaps in the Star Wars galaxy, haha.

This looks like an X-Wing designed to be faster, more nimble...  Little things like shortening the nose, bigger engines...  They make sense, and can be explained with lots of tech speak as to why they weren't done before but as time goes on they could be done.  I love seeing stuff like that, unlike say the PT ship designs that were picked simply because they looked cool or because their looks bridged the two trilogies but didn't necessarily make a lot of "tech sense".

I am curious to see Walker technology...  or other Rebel Fighters.  Will Y-Wings even be in service?  Will there maybe be a whole new Y-Wing design like the X-Wing's improved design?  Will A-Wings still be in service?  Or the B-Wing?

I'm excited by stuff like this...  It's just the kind of thing that gets me revved up for the new movies.

He doesn't have much paint iirc so he looks slightly out of place IMO but with robes he sorta fits in as just an oddly built human being which there seem to be a few sprinkled around the movies anyway.  Like near humans sort of.

The other RH guys are just big enough to annoy you that they're basically useless. :(

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 02:32 PM »
Wow wow wow.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: June 3, 2014, 02:30 PM »
Did you get the IG lancer droid?  A fav of mine for simple obscurity.  My only gripe has been no bikes and now likely never to happen.  Custom time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:25 PM »
OK that was all I needed to hear (I like to stay spoiler free on it if possible).

I have a buddy who read the books and I'll ask him questions he simply refuses to answer.

Looked at this more because of the discussion that the Officer might be different, but I see nothing there different at all, right to the oddly painted hands...  Looks the same to me...  I hope.  :-\

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:07 PM »
Eh it's possible it's not Tatooine sure...  Unless there's only one desert world in Star Wars, haha.  Or maybe they're all just specific colors, but no two desert planets share the same color.  ;)

Yeah I actually thought the same thing...  Why does this HAVE to be Tatooine?  Though it probably is, but not necessarily.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 2, 2014, 10:51 PM »
I haven't read any of the books or anything Scott, though I want to...  I just don't have the time to devote to getting into a book and finishing it these days.  I've had 8 cars to fix, and I'm not a mechanic, haha.  That doesn't even touch on the houses between mine and hers, football with the kids and their offseason schedules.  And oh, yeah, work.  ::)

I'm amazed I get time to watch GoT even.  I squeeze it in though.

I'm just really annoyed right now I lose a character I really thought would be bigger going forward, now nada.  Buuuuuuuttttttttt, I guess he has a bro, and I'd think his bro is pretty po'd.

Did the Mountain die?  Got stabbed but did he die?  I assume that would be answered next week but couldn't tell this week.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 2, 2014, 10:46 PM »
I'd not looked at it closely but a head is enough for me to not really care.  Could see them doing a new one or repainting any myriad of ones that fit it though, and making it a nuisance for many.

Classic move.

I still can't get past people wanting just like one or two new things in there and a pile of stuff most of us already have, for the prices that it'll inevitably go for.  Who, at this stage, would possibly be ok buying the Rancor, again?  I have 2 TFU ones, 1 of the new Jabba ones (the shiney slimey one), and then the POTF2 of course (not delving back into vintage)...  I'm pretty ok on Rancors.  Very little would make me want to buy something like that again, and anything I would want put into the set would annoy me immensely.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: June 2, 2014, 08:48 PM »
Get the Quarren and Mon Cal Troopers too.  You'll dig 'em.

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