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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Elite Clone Troopers?
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:56 PM »
Well, that settles that then.  Yay.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:50 PM »
BBI is exclusive to TRU.  21st Century was, but issues over "Nazi" product as some PC groups claimed caused TRU to tell 21st Century NOT to make any more German product.  In essence nixing 50% of what 21st was able to make, simply because people don't understand history or choose to label anyone a Nazi.

The 21st deal fizzled and BBI was picked up.  They've done mostly modern U.S. items, but they did do a Sherman and Mustang here recently too.  BBI's supposedly going to jump into WW2 stuff more (seen infantry, they have paratroopers on tap with working chutes too).  There's also a "Futuristic Sci Fi Military" line that BBI's got in concept phases and stuff.

21st Century Toys has a deal going with Wal-Mart right now, and while many people are finding 21st Century stuff in droves at their local Wal-Marts, I can't say I'm one of them.  I have seen lots of planes over the years, and at times I've seen tanks now and again.  They actually cast a lot of the tanks in die-cast metals as well, which means you get one huge-ass, and real heavy piece of toy for $40 (or less).

Figures are shipping now though I hear...  Marines in cammoflauge paintjobs (their solid green counterparts were released not long ago) and Japanese Infantry which just started shipping this month.

Also tanks, their 1.5 ton truck, etc... 

Online, Bad Cat Aviation, Small Blue Planet, and other stores carry 21st stuff.  Some cheap, some not-so-cheap.  Depends.  Most carry BBI too.

BBI just hasn't put out new figures in a while, so they haven't restocked.  Most did restock withs ome repaints of the modern marine figures, or army...  Or they've restocked with the chopper pilots...  If they've only got 3 or 4 different figures, they've sold through a lotta stuff.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:20 AM »
Hey, Star Wars painted stock cars...  Guess this wasn't too far off.

I'm still not a fan though...  It's very MUCH like the 70's vans, actually, which I'm also not a fan of. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:17 AM »
Well, from the Insider Article, it seems Lucas actually intended for the captain to be a relation to Wedge Antilles, and still be the SAME guy...  The call was for someone who "looked like Denis Lawson", and so McGregor asked Lawson who turned down the role.

If I'm understanding this all correctly, that is.

But, a guy was chosen who looked different then (Nichols or whatever his name is).

While I agree, to an extent, there was maybe intent for them to be the same guy at one point, to me the two actors both look in their 30's.  You can clearly see the ANH actor so it's not like his helmet's covering his face.  There's a number of close-ups of him and he isn't in his 40's or even 50's, much less older...  So to that end I think intent goes out the window to the films evidence...  I can't see explaining how a 30-something dark-haired (black hair?) guy can be a 30-something light brown haired guy after 20 years...

Not to mention, he's still a captain after 20 years.  Ouch. :)

And not to mention they don't remotely resemble each other...  I can't be certain on eye-color but I thought ANH had light eyes and ROTS dark...  I gotta check these little things out (wish I had a DVD-ROM for captures) because this will bug me to no end... 

It's like the Tantive IV between the two films...  Nicklab mentioned it wasn't ever referred to as the Tantive IV in ROTS, just the Tantive I believe...  References are already citing them as the "same" ship, however they both are structurally COMPLETELY different as the ROTS CGI model used ****** pictures of the ANH model that omit a mid-portion of the ship due to perspectives being wonky.  I'm certain of Lucas's intent, but in the end they're 2 different ships to me because they aren't the same ship physically on-screen (and I'm not a fan of "additions" being made to the ship to give it substantial length between the two films  Just not a fan, nor find it as plausible as them simply being different ships).

I agree though it's nothing major...  We just disagree.  If I find anything I'll add something.  May move this side-debate over to the films section or something.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 21, 2005, 02:48 AM »
I dunno...  Ass explosions aren't the best, generally...  *shudder*

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 02:45 AM »
I thought he got the name Colton in EU through that storyline that was about Leia prior to ANH...  Her and the Tantive IV wound up at some chick smuggler baron's hideout and stuff.  The comic's details are escaping me and for the life of me I'm not finding the one or two issues of that series I had...  But I know I read that.

I don't have the figure's cardback to read anything either... 

I thought the name may have been spat out in a game or two, but that's something I can't check on since the game I'm mainly thinking of is the original X-Wing game. 

Beyond that, I'd like to read what the Fact Files say, they're a good resource too, but I don't have an Antilles entry in the ones I have...  He may not have gotten one for all I know, but I thought I had read one on him.

In the X-Wing Novels I thought there was a distinct mention of Colton Antilles too, and how he's not related to Wedge, blah blah blah...  To settle that age-old debate.

I also thought he was mentioned by name in the Radio Drama for ANH...?  He wasn't in the novel though as I recall.

Marvel #1 supposedly had "Captain Colton Antilles" in it too I think...  Not sure though, don't own it.

And on another note about the same topic...  A bit in one of the recent Insiders (2004 issue) I guess the Antilles role was offered to Denis Lawson who turned it down...  Lawson's no spring chicken though.  So the character's age changed dramatically between the actors.  That's weird.  And I guess Lucas was maybe intending for the captain of the Tantive to be related to Wedge... 

There's a LOT of confusion around this, but it seems to me the name Colton's not imagined, but based in something.  It's just not based in much.  And I'm sticking by my guns...  Antilles in ROTS is not Antilles in ANH.  Related perhaps, or not, but they're different guys. :)  And so is Captain Colton...

But there's more confusion to the mix.  Why is there a Captain Colton on the Tantive IV with another Captain?  Who the hell's in charge!  Someone on Alderaan got a little over-zealous giving away promotions dammit.

In the words of C-3PO: "I'm so confused".   ???

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:38 AM »
EU's established ANH's as Colton Antilles...  He has some backstory, but I wouldn't say it's anything elaborate.  But he definitely has some established "history" and character.

Since LFL seemingly HAS established Antilles from ANH as having hte first name "Colton", and the ROTS guy as "Reymus", they are 2 unique people to me...  Bulloch's character is wholely separate, as is his name, so I don't count it as interfering...

BTW, no intent to spiral this topic out of control...  Right now though, the names are established as different in EU so they are different characters by EU standards...  What Lucasfilm may change that too, what they may try to adapt that to, or what they may simply ignore is up in the air.

I have no clue what Lucas's intent was.  I've seen nothing mentioned.  I'm going to look into this some though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Shark Thread
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:26 AM »
I caught it on a whim just when it started actually.  It was good...  Sorta funny.  About what I expected overall with the myths.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:24 AM »
Wow, that rump is so plump it almost pops out at ya.  It's like it's 3-D.  FHM deserves some kind of award...  I dunno what, but they need to make something up.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Lightspeed tunnels?!
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:17 AM »
Anakin's chit-chat session with Ric Olie perhaps would have shown something since they were at the controls of Amidala's ship.  Not sure on that though and my copy's nowhere to be found here right now.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:11 AM »
I've read somewhere the first names are different.

They are, physically, 2 different people though...  Plus, unless he's capable of stopping aging, they can't be the same guy regardless of even what LFL may say.  Hair color was even different (but not GREY like one would think it would be after 20 years or more).

I am going with different guys even if Lucas himself came out and said otherwise.  Screw him and his jiggly neck flab.

Oh, and ANH Antilles has no scars...  Cosmetic surgery must've been on his priority list I guess.   ;D

EDIT: out of curiosity I didn't see a databank entry for him on the official site.  Was curious about any backstory they had maybe, but at this point I'm guessing that LFL just isn't talking so Hasbro will be left with little information... 

I'm sticking to my guns on this, the figure sucks, and that ain't the dude in ANH... 

***plugs his ears and starts yelling, "I'm not listening" over and over***

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:08 AM »
I always wanted a Sarlacc playset that was the base with stands for a barge, and 2 skiffs to hover over it.  The Barge would be a separate playset then...  To-scale, simple plastic that opens up, no frills or anything...  Big play/display place for figures.

You can drop them in the pit and whatnot...  Fun fun fun!

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:07 AM »
SW figures with "Choppers" = dumb.

I just feel taxed to write much more than that on the subject.

Watch the figures be SA though and great. :)  hah.

I'm not a terribly big fan of Hasbro's vehicles overall...  I've widdled my collecting habits down to where vehicles aren't something I have to have to feel "complete", however the pack-ins still snag me generally.

Anyway, I can't think of anything I'd want re-released at this point...  It's not interesting to me I guess and I would rather shelf-space and finances were turned to new sculpts of old stuff, or new sculpts of new stuff...  and just hope they turn out as I'd like.

On that note though, I'd like to see:

-new to-scale AT-ST
-new to-scale Snowspeeder
-new to-scale Lars Speeder
-new to-scale Y-Wing
-new to-scale B-Wing
-new to-scale X-Wing

etc...  AT-ST's probably tops on my list I want done up like the Saga Landspeeder.  Snowspeeder definitely is 2nd on my list then the rest are up in the air.

Vehicles are a real mixed bag though so I'm just not interested in repainted/re-released stuff.  Not my bag.

I liked the A-Wing though at least. :)  That was nice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Luke & Leia WOOOOOOO!
« on: July 21, 2005, 12:52 AM »
Hmmm, wonder if the Obi-Wan will be new then, or reused sculpt since Bail is?

Bail didn't even wear that outfit while holding the Leia baby as I recall...  That does indeed suck.

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