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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Clones Return?!?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:35 PM »
Ah, well I guess those have shown here...  now...  I dunno.  I didn't buy them, but they had plenty it seemed.

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I think I have extras of her too.

Monkey face...  hah!

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Feedback / Re: Scott's feedback
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:20 PM »
Scott hooked me up with some of his army building extras from over the years.  A nice AAT, some STAPs, and a slew of Droid Fighters.  The Separatist ranks grow!

Thanks Scott, pleasure of course to deal with...  Fast, and puts up with me dilly dallying on paying him too. :)  Plus my ineptness with Pay Pal!

Thanks man, I appreciate it!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:18 PM »
I loved that ship of hers. 

The Enterprise though, in AGT, I remember it ripping right through the hull of a Klingon Warbird like it was a hot knife through butter.  Sweeeeeet.

ST:TNG and DS9 (at their respective ends) had probably the best Space Battles short of Star Wars.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Clones Return?!?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:10 PM »
I hit up Target tonight, and no Clones but they DID have the clamshell case packs out in abundance.

I thought those were a bust and got recalled since they didn't fit?

Thoughts?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Build your own lightsaber
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:09 PM »
I actually really want this, and I'd love to get the kids each one, but at $35 a pop that's steep.   :-\  The only place out here with them is Target currently.

If I could find them at Wm I'd get 2 on lay-away to ease the sting of that buy.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What ROTS Repacks do YOU want to see?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:07 PM »
If the droids were made of a decent plastic, I wouldn't cry foul on a re-release of them either.  Cream, Red, EU Green, and a Commander would all be welcome...

Just gotta get the plastic fixed.  It's fine on the Episode One versions, and they have an extra joint in their legs, so Hasbro's just letting everyone down on those.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:04 PM »
I scored Marine figures tonight, finally.   ::)  And the one rifleman they only had in camo so I had to settle.  I don't like the camo though since it wasn't heavily used in the pacific theater.

Gotta pop these open! :)

Not a fan of the headsculpts on some, and the hands that are molded so you can't use them on some are REALLY F'n annoying.

Finally some Leathernecks.  Now I need to find those Japanese.  The cardbacks show 2 of the same Japanese guy though.  I hope that's a mistake.  Some of their headsculpts look almost racially stereotypical.  Kinda frightening.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Are action figures dying?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:02 PM »
The best thing to do when wanting to look in the Toy Industry Crystal Ball is to check out Asia...  Their toys are almost squarely aimed at a more adult market while kids are geared to electronics anymore (as are adults, who have disposeable income to spare I guess).

For instance the Hot Toyz snap-kit figures are a prime example of the trends...  These things are sold in the f'n checkout lane of stores and they're basically a super articulated, highly detailed, incredibly sculpted, mind-bogglingly painted, and nicely accessorized figure from Aliens Vs. Predator...  All ina  little blind packed box.  They're complex, a "kit" so there's some fun in constructing it, a collectible, an amazing action figure, and they're sold like next to the Kit Kats... 

You can't even get that here in a Toy Aisle much less the checkout lane.  It's incredible.

I think Action Figures aren't going to die, but I think we'll see the trend of them being aimed at adults increase as time wears on, especially the Star Wars brand which will lose kids in general by year's end I believe.  At least this resurgence they've had with ROTS's popularity.

Still though, whole lines are popular the world over...  GIJ, Star Wars, and Transformers to name 3.  I think they have their place, they'll just be changing over time, at least in who their respective company feels their market is.

I know like 1:18 military figures have this almost 100% adult market that is voracious for product but the companies supporting it are slow about it.  They're action figures though, through and through, and popular to no end.  It's all adults though.  I can't see a kid wanting a German in a trenchcoat, or a Japanese Officer, or an Iwo Jima Camo Marine...  Thems daddy's toys!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 10:52 PM »
Well now that's interesting.  Nice pics...

Looks to me like only the saucer section's completely original though.  The neck looks a lot bigger than others...  I see the D in there though I guess.  And that timeline was altered or whatever since it's destroyed in Generations, so you're right that's not even an in-universe Enterprise I guess.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Are Stormtroopers Clones?
« on: August 18, 2005, 10:50 PM »
There's several ways of looking at this...

-The "Official" stance Lucasfilm Ltd. currently takes with this issue is that Stormtroopers (within the classic era) are a mix of Recruits, and Clones of various hosts (Fett Clones among other hosts chosen intelligently and beaurecratic back-scratchingly).  This makes EU jive on all levels with the films, etc...

-Lucas probably intended them to be Clones.  Intent means nothing in Star Wars though other than it's nice if that's what you agree with or not.  Interpretation then's all up to the "critic" if you will.

-The films give no definite answer of course, other than they're Clones up to E3, and then come E4 they're seemingly different guys at least to an extent.  To that end, you could just as easily counter LFL's position by saying no they're all recruits because in the end it's an EU debate, not one within the films.

For myself, I currently hold that they're recruits.  E3 ended with some pretty happy campers in the Senate...  I think the Empire was a popular movement, and was widely accepted around the galaxy save for some idealists, some stronger-willed beings, some isolationist planets, etc...  Thus the Rebellion Nucleus is made up of those types.

Lucasfilm's little explanation of everything isn't bad though...  It keeps EU storylines like Kyle Katarn's, Bren Tantor's, or whoever else that has a Stormtrooper history, right in line with the films it just twists what we thought was the truth around some, and introduces Clones into the Classic Trilogy.  That's fine, it just isn't what I currently personally go with, but that's me.

If I were to go with that explanation, I think I'd twist it to my own liking some...  Something along the lines of Officers within the Stormtroopers being sentient recruits, and Stormtrooper training/leading being a major stepping stone in an Officer's career in the military...  Like at one point Veers donned the armor and led a squad in battle personally.  Then the "lower" Stormtroopers are all Clones of Jango (I don't like the introduction of multiple hosts and I don't necessarilly buy into the "degrading genetic material" bull**** about why no Jango Clones exist, etc.).

That's if I were to personally go with the LFL explanation, which I don't...  yet.  Recruits has worked fine for me.  It makes customizing more fun too when you can pick whatever face you want under the helmet. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 18, 2005, 06:01 PM »
I haven't heard the word "peckerhead" in years, I think I forgot about it.  I must now endeavor to use it more often.

And yes, C3 was a blast and it was great hanging out with you in line. 

I should get down to Pitt more often.  Every time one of the comicons or toy shows get announced I think about running down for it but I haven't done it yet.  I'll have to try harder!

   E...

The local guys always do some drinking, trading, and general hanging out so I'm sure you'd be a welcome addition man.  :)

C3 was a blast...  Hardly got to chat with you after the show though.  I didn't get to see many PSWCS guys at all.  Twas a hectic weekend for certain, and I feel like I didn't divide my time up as well as I should have.  I missed hanging with the FFURG guys after the show too, and only saw my JD gang a couple times...  Was just a busy time.

You get into town, make sure you let me know though...  PM me here or email me or whatever...  I'm always up for grabbin' beers with the Star Wars gang.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:47 PM »
The entire structure of the Enterprise in AGT was different, wasn't it?  I thought I'd seen it listed as a different Enterprise as well somewhere ( a model kit I thought, but I can't recall).

The one with the C didn't change on the outside other than damage, and the interior was refitted for combat situations.

The one I'm referring to was a 3-Nacel Enterprise I'm sure...  I don't recall where though.  I easily lose track of episode names, etc.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Revenge of the Sith made all EU wrong!
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:43 PM »
Exactly...  I don't think that's reaching at all.  That's growth.  You can't have your master hold your hand for life.  It's like when Luke went to confront Vader/Emperor...

Why wouldn't/couldn't Obi-Wan help him there?  Seems to me that your own free-will and growth are important aspects of becoming a Jedi Master.  You have to grow, and you can't do that if you're constantly being hand-held by someone...  Maybe the dead Jedi realized that and Obi-Wan saw it was Luke's time to become his own man and re-establish the Jedi Order as he saw fit.

I find it very interesting then the way that the NJO comes about as allowing attachment and stuff...  The perils still exist for them that they had previously, but it sorta curbs the possibility of Vader-ish things happening.  I dig that way that EU tied in sorta (but not really) with ROTS.  Freaky.

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I heard a thud...  Must've been Matt hitting his head off a wall in frustration.   :-*

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