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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 16, 2005, 06:18 PM »
Is it important?

Yes.

Why?

I would give my X-Box to my gf's kids in a heartbeat if i knew I could play my old games on the new system...  I do like playing my old games, and I do like minimizing the # of systems I have on one shelf.  With an N64, Cube, XB, and potentially any one of these new systems, the entertainment stand needs all the room it can obtain. ;)

So yeah, I'd like backwards compatibility a lot...  My old games get as much wear/tear (the ones I really enjoyed anyway) as my newest ones do, so long as I have the time.  Beyond backwards compatibility though, if this system is indeed making MP gaming their focus, that's a bigger issue to me and if the games are catered to that same mode of thought it's more than enough reason for me not to get the new XB.  Like everything else, I'll look at everything before I buy and get what bets suited me.  Back in the day it was the Cube for me, and when XB came down in price it suited me as well, so I'll see what Sony/Nintendo offer and pick which one I want the most and get it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 16, 2005, 04:39 AM »
Not that I'd roll her out of bed, but Trish just never did it for me.  I don't like women with shoulders broader than my own.  She's a stocky thing.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: SA Arc Commander from CW toon
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:32 AM »
Again, lots of praise on that figure Redgek, very nice.  The subtle arm details are nice given how the original ARC's looked from teh CW line with the big forearm gauntlets.  I'm not sure they were bad, but I think they could've been improved over big silver things.

I like the Katarn Bryar pistols but they seem a bit big...  The Bryar's actually a sawed off rifle, more than a military gun, but the Bryar's seem to match up to the cartoon (while still having a realistic sculpt figure) very well...  They don't fit in the holsters though, huh?  That's a bummer.  I think I'd probably have gone with the COmmander pistols just to utilize the holster I guess.

Anyway, great figure...  I wish Hasbro would get on doing this figure up like this, actually.  E2 Clones are just too rough to come by yet for me to wanna try this.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Attakus Dioramas... 3.75" Scale?
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:28 AM »
Too bad it's just half a ship.  I wonder how they could do the other half for a Hoth diorama?  :)  Voila, complete Falcon.

I wonder what the scale is on that though? The Falcon varies a lot in the movies...  3 foot seems small by a bit, but that'd be great if it was 100% to-scale.

At least it appears that the whole cockpit is there, if it's to-scale.  That'd make a LOT of folks happy I think.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:15 AM »
Jagr looking like he actually was still an NHLer...  I'm amazed.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookiee Army
« on: May 15, 2005, 06:29 PM »
Eeee, yikes...   :-\

I picked a couple Wookiee's up the other night at Target and Wal-Mart...  Got cream and brown variants in the same night, and honestly I'm not impressed.

He could be worse, but his goofy legs are just like Tarful's...  Not to mention they're pre-posed and it makes standing the figure tough (damn "walking" sculpt to them).  I much prefer the preview Wookiee, and I think Hasbro didn't do this figure justice like that one.  Color me unimpressed.

Not to mention that my cream wookiee's arms keep falling off.  I'm really not pleased with these figures.

I hope the film makes some mention why some Wookiees are absolutely HUGE while others are tiny by comparison as well...  This species is all over the place in toy form, and I'm hoping this is not just a Hasbro flub and that they're all comparable in the movie. 

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:13 PM »
Simmer down now!

Let's not spark the political stuff...  Friendly jabs (if that's what it is) are fine, but the political BS stays off the site, that's our rule.

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I have printed out templates to make an AT-PT though (out of paper) I will probably try that out sometime, but am unsure of what paper to use.

Have you considered using a paper model?  There's free downloadable paper models online, and one I saw was an AT-PT I'm sure.  Could make a good stand-in at least in a game...  Maybe even be good enough for you to try scratch-building your own from plastic. 

Paper Models are good stuff...  I just buy a heavy weight paper at an Office Supply store and print them out on that on my basic color printer.

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Yeah I've seen a ton now at retail...  I wouldn't call it rare anymore, but it's amazing what people can do to a single area if they have the means to buy up all the stock.

Right now, my area seems to have had plenty of the Clones in and now some seem to sit a little due to the price. 

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 15, 2005, 04:29 PM »
I'd say, currently, nobody is "right" on this...  The Visual Dictionary is as much a piece of EU as anything...  So is the "Official Site's Databank", Comic Books, or pretty much anything else...

I think everyone, despite what's in print form anywhere, should judge by the film only as to what's "fact" or not.  The Databank puts AT-AT heights at 15m when the film shows they're clearly a bit larger...  If we're discussing "canon vs. non-canon", then the films will forever be the only true evidence, and so far nobody's got that backing them up.

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Yeah, overall character diversity has been good, but the WOTC line's been disappointing for army builders I think...  Lots planning to change over to the WOTC minis (from WEG) to play the tabletop game I think are still pretty disappointed...  It's rough going from 12+ variations of a troop to 2 or 3.

I'm hoping they create more over time...  The number of people actually playing with the commons in games is substantial.  I just hope the line's classic trilogy troops expands over time.  I'm hoping for maybe troop sets, actually, as the line does seem popular even outside its collectability range... 

Are you gonna work with customs of the vehicles in Universe Huge, Dime? 

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: My first customs (Clones)
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:21 AM »
Glad to hear it!  You're gonna be sculpting your own figures in no time!  You're hooked, haha!   :D

Astromech painting is a GOOD place to start on trying out damage  effects and "washes", or "drybrushing".  The Clones are a little tougher, as there's a look in the film that's really specific.  DarthDelicious has done the battlescarring fantastic justice though, so if you do decide to try that his figures are a good example to look at...

Astromechs are a great way to start out though, as their series of panel lines and things can get you into the basic gist of blackwashes and things, to see how they add a little depth and "worn" look to figures.  The smooth lines of the Clone armor is slightly more difficult, but still something worth attempting.

Perhaps some #6 Clones can donate themselves to the experiment when you want to try it out then... 

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I think the Clone casting call is a great idea.  First because there's just been so many Clone customs as of late, but secondly because the Clone repaints are something I equate to the "astromechs customs of today".  Clone color variants are a great way to get into the hobby...

I'm glad a lot of new faces are trying customizing out by getting into repaints.  Some are simpler straight color markings applied, others I've seen have really elaborate markings with lots of realistic battledamage...  It's good seeing lots of new people try customizing out though, either way you slice it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 15, 2005, 03:05 AM »
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the focus of their gaming... 100% on-line... that's just not the type of gaming I'm interested in at all.

That's currently my feelings, Bill.

And I'd go so far as to say that even FPS games are more appealing to me as SP games, not MP.  The MP gaming experience, in my view, has been a letdown and something I lose interest in quickly.  I prefer RPG's, FPS SP missions (I'm tearing through Doom 3 which has a surprisingly deep story, if not one we've seen before), and military strategy gaming...

Sims are a close second (1up.com had Rogue Squad and TIE/X-WIng in the same category recently, and even somehow had their heads up their asses enough to think X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter was somehow BETTER than X-Wing, TIE Fighter, all their expansions, and X-WIng: Alliance which was 100x better as a SP and MP game than XvT, but I digress...  Anyway, Rogue Squad and the XW series aren't the same game, but again I digress.), and to me Sims are only solid on PC... 

But yeah, MP is fun for a little while but I'm sad to see that the new XB is heading that way almost all together.  I'll wait to see how this system plays out I think...  What the games are that are offered and such. 

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Very nice reworking of the Greivous' Guards Justin...  I can't say I like the figure, but you're doing it some justice, and the electro-effects on the pikes are just sweet.  I love that a weapon was even created that can stand up to a Lightsaber...  but that's beside the point.

I'm not a real fan of the figure because I'm thinking he's a bit underscaled after seeing more and more footage of them.  They seem rather small as figures, especially the sort of pinhead fate they suffer from.  :( 

Be nice for an SA one to come out at some point.  He's not a bad figure as far as poseability goes though, save for those knees.  He definitely could use those, you're right.

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