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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Agen Kolar (Jedi Master)
« on: July 26, 2005, 04:47 AM »
Kicking off the Revenge of the Sith line of figures is a pretty darn good one, and the first figure I personally spotted at retail...  Agen Kolar (Jedi Master)!


You can check out the full review Right Here, and of course you're welcome to share your thoughts with us on this figure as well.

Agen was a fun figure to review, no doubt.  This is pretty close to perfection in an action figure, and all for the basic figure price.  To say this is rare in the modern Star Wars line (at least to this point) is an understatement.  Agen's not without flaws though...  Most noteable right now is his inability to hold a saber with 2 hands.  How Hasbro gets that wrong on any Jedi figure is beyond me at this point.  It's just common sense, but unfortunately Agen misses this point.

However, Hasbro's new Jedi robe attempt is pretty unique and something very few would argue with seeing in the future.  I'm still a softgoods fan, but this multi-piece removable plastic robe is pretty spiffy.

Tack onto that a saber with removable blade (and hooks to his belt), a great sculpt, and articulation that's pretty sweet even IF he can't hold a saber right, and you have a nice figure.  Probably some of the best Jedi Knight fodder for customizers too, ever.

Agen's a sign of great Jedi to come...  Read the review, and enjoy! :)

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: July 26, 2005, 02:24 AM »
I'm planning to get there earlier this go-round...  May as well I figure.

Every damn time there's a funk throughout the show though...  distinct body-odor smell.  Damn scalpers.  :)

Should be good though...  I always look forward to the Toy Show.  I just hope it gets a big turnout.  I've got some things I'm on the prowl for this outing so that should be cool.

If I golfed, I'd be all about going out golfing with you and Vaughn, Bob.  I wanna golf, but it's a hobby I can't afford. :(  And I ain't gonna be the one dragging you guy's game down.  You wanna show me how to play sometime at a driving range though, and I'm there!  I'd love to try.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 26, 2005, 02:21 AM »
Yeah I would've thought Zett to be the popular one...  Antilles is no surprise to me though considering the piss-poor quality relative to anyone he's hanging next to really...  Not to mention he's about as interesting looking as a Palpatine figure when it all boils down.  Oddly, Bail has managed to move better than some figures, so I'm curious to see how comparatively good/bad Antilles sells.

Not that Bail's a hot figure himself though, of course. ;)

Given Zett's hopping all around I'm really disappointed his figure is so unposeable.  :(  I think that, more than Antilles, he's a disappointment just because he had a great sequence, he's really interesting looking, but he sports the weakest articulation of any of the Jedi figures.

The Utapau Warrior looks rockin' to me though...  I think eventually he'll hit Neimodian Gunner status, but till then I'm all for nabbing a small group of them.  A mini-army.  When we get Utapau Clones, and we will, they're gonna need some Indigenous species helping in the fight I figure.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 26, 2005, 02:15 AM »
I gotta get off my ass and do some toy runs here.  I've been slacking with the slow-down/stop we have had around my area.  All I've been hitting has been K-Mart, and they're dead now too.

I NEED this set!

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Advertising
« on: July 26, 2005, 02:10 AM »
Advertising toylines is supposedly less effective, or so the story goes...  I think it's something good for magazines...  On TV it's tougher.  Adults collecting or wanting to collect generally get into it on their own...  Targeting kids is tough because a lot of stations aren't always willing to air "toy commercials" on their channel (MTV for instance)... 

I know I don't see SW advertised much of anywhere though.

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A little private company I know is making 1:18 "battle" playsets where you buy a building by the floor, and it stacks.  This, actually, is an idea I've submitted to different companies at different times (Hasbro included).  Our own Muftak's sort of done something similar to this too, in customizing.  He's made multi-level dioramas that stack a bit...

I've always envisioned a Death Star done this way...  You buy it by the floor.  They make a single "standard" size cube, maybe a variety of interiors though, and you buy as many as you want, and stack the cubes as high as you want.  Ideally they'd connect side-to-side as well.  You stack 'em up or out, make a Death Star as big as you want...  It'd work with other environments too.  A hoth Trench piece that can connect on either end to other same trenches...  Make one small segment with a scale laser tower and one larger segment with gun-outlets and a cannon (ala the vintage Imp Attack Base).  Either end can connect though, sort of like the old micro collection playsets... 

I'd dig stuff like that and they could be done relatively cheap actually.  Don't get into frills, complex "action features" or anything, and you could do these incredibly cheaply.  Pack-in an army builder or a variant type figure...  It'd be pretty nice.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 26, 2005, 02:02 AM »
Yeah, there's 2 Barada's, and the vintage styled one is a whole different outfit...  It'd require a new sculpt almost entirely for the POTF outfit to be made...  A repaint would be a very half-hearted attempt I think.

On the issue of reusing VOTC so soon, I can see a reasoning behind not wanting to see those figures re-released in a basic format, I also think they're the best versions (at least 50% of them are) of their respective character so anything less would be just as annoying to see as well...  VOTC Chewie with a real chain on a removable "dog collar" seems like a neat basic figure to me.  I try to look at the original VOTC as $5 worth of figure with $5 worth of packaging...  I'm not even a packaged collector 90% of the time, but those ones I had to keep at least the packaging nice and neat.

So to that end, I'd dig seeing VOTC Chewie out just because anything less is going to be sorta crummy quality.  Hasbro should just save a buck, re-release a sculpt they have, slap some new crap on him...  If they were REALLY nice they could include a tentacle arm or something weird...  A pike maybe?  The ROTS Chewie sorta sucks though so I'm not a fan of that one re-appearing.

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The downtown area for Pittsburgh isn't in terrible shape, it could just use a new arena on its uptown end...  The PNC Park/Heinz Field projects did some good for that part of the city (which is just the opposite side of the river from downtown...  Technically they really are all one thing).

They talk about just building the new arena basically beside where the old one is.  There's an old hospital and church they would knock down, and where the Igloo is there'd be parking then I guess. 

I'd like it to happen myself...  It's the oldest arena in the league, and it is showing that age, so it'd be nice.  I like new stuff when I drive down tot he city. :)

We need a nice transit system too though.  That'd help Pittsburgh just as much at this point.

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How do I post a middle-finger?  Ah **** it...

ANyway, yeah we were pretty giddy...  Hockey's been a buzz anyway, but the ball bouncing "our way" for once helped tremendously. :)

The "next one" with the truly "great one" together?  Fuggetaboutit!   :P

Now all Pittsburgh needs is for a new Arena...  We're not folding anytime soon, especially considering that, the day of the NHL/NHLPA deal, the prices of Pens tickets dropped by about $20-$30 :)

I think you better take alook at the Caps folding.  They seem more likely to me at this point.  ;D 

I hope we get a new areana, not just for the pens, but because our downtown/uptown area NEEDS something new.  PNC Park (even with the PIrates blowing goats) did a LOT for the North Shore.  A new arena/slots area would do a lot for uptown too.  Hard to explain without knowing Pittsburgh's geography, but suffice it to say that it'd make about 100% difference for the entire city.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: July 25, 2005, 01:02 AM »
Trades and stuff?  I'm not sure Rob, actually.  I didn't keep up with picks and stuff that franchises perhaps pushed away, but that maybe is the reason?   :-\

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Eh, what the hell...

Non-Star Wars?  I've got to go with the NCC-1701-D...  7 years watching the TNG crew, and I'm simply hooked.  Not to mention all the years of re-runs I've watched the Star Ship Enterprise continue its "Trek" through the galaxy...  I love ST:TNG and wish it was on in the evenings more.  :(

However, as much as I love ST:TNG, I gotta give props to an EU ship, the Moldy Crow...

Ship of Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, the Moldy Crow is the ship that brings about Kyle's adventures in the Star Wars universe.  He's Solo on Force steroids.  :)  I dig Katarn, I dig his stor...  I dig him so much I even dig his fan-fiction people did about his character making custom levels for the Jedi Knight game.  :)

Katarn just rocks.

A close 2nd for me would be the Corellian Freighter "Otana".  The ship owned by the Aazameen famaily during the "X-Wing: Alliance" games.  The story's never been completed because the game was in development when TPM came out...  It got cut short so TPM games could be put into production.  That simply blows.  A Star Wars flight sim completing the Azameen story is LONG overdue.

The Otana was a Corellian YT-series freighter...  More advanced than the Millenium Falcon or Outrider...  It's a kick-ass ship, and has a cameo at the battle of Endor.  The storyline of "Alliance" is unparalleled to me...  Lots of intribue, twists, and turns, and it fits perfectly.  The Otana is a custom project of mine that I truly wish I had the time to focus on it.  :)

So there ya go.

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Newbies / Re: Intro from Darth_Ennis
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:53 AM »
Hey Ennis, welcome aboard...  Hope you enjoy the site. 

The name's not one I recognize, but JD's one of the sites that a lotta the "old timers" from some years ago have come to find as a new home since Rebelscum's just changed over the years...  It's unbearable really.

Enjoy the stay, glad to  have you aboard, and if you have any questions or anything feel free to ask... 

Customizing area's really blown up over the past months but enjoy the modern (and vintage) collecting areas because they're some of the finest on the net for sure.

Take care,

JJ

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Ep 3 Air speeders
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:46 AM »
I like them too, and would dig them if done to-scale.  Jedi or "Republic" airspeeders would be neat.

I'm sorta curious why they even had those different ships instead of just using their Jedifighters, but whatever.  They were different, and I'd dig seeing some properly scaled verisons.

Not the most interesting ship though unfortunately.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Lava Lamps
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:45 AM »
I think Dale's sure those aren't Lava Lamps, but was just showing me different examples of what he has found...

I coulda sworn I'd seen different Lava Lamps at one point.  May have to just start looking around I guess.  I would dig a Lava Lamp at some point though in my collection.  :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:40 AM »
Man, Chewbacca had a whole other hairstyle when he was all dolled up with cains in JP, so I'm hping he at least sports the ROTJ headsculpt.  Why not just slap a dog collar accessory on the VOTC Chewie, ya know?

Oh well, if the accessory is, at least, removable itself...  That'd be cool.  I will just give it ot my VOTC Chewbacca.

I hope Barada's sorta new...   :-\

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