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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Cloud Car Pilot
« on: March 23, 2005, 09:49 PM »
Another day, another review...


Cloud Car Pilot does a fly-by today in my review column here at Jedi Defender!  A grand figure if I may say so myself.  This guy's got everything a good army builder should have.

He's got lots of accessories that attach to him in holsters and on clips, he's got a removable piece of headgear, he's got pretty good articulation...  Is he great though?  Well, not perfect.  He's not a VOTC quality figure or anything, but he's not far off really either.

Plus he sports a great deco I think, based on McQuarrie art.  Gotta love that!

Read the full review RIGHT HERE!!!

Of course, let us know what you think too...  I've got a handful of these guys that I lucked into at the great Wal-Mart OTC Clearances, and a few I just picked up at random trips to stores.  This guy didn't sit on pegs long though around me.  The clearanced ones always were fresh to the pegs it seemed.

Hope you nabbed an army too because a lot of positive signs point to a Cloud Car in the future.  And even if those signs are false, you can always buy the vintage one that really holds up well even today!

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Star Wars Insider
« on: March 23, 2005, 09:15 PM »
The clone story was good Brad, but a tad too Earthy too...  Just my opinion.  I digs them Clone Commando guys though.

They need to get more exclusive images I think going...  That'd be their big draw.  And crackdown on people putting scans up.  It's their best hope to make the rag appeal to a broader group.

I liked this issue though, but you're right that the cheapening of the bags sucks.  :(  Mine had dinged up corners and stuff.  I hate that.

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Takes traffic to make traffic...  Customs here, customs there, it's all good but the point of the FFURG FForums Customizing Community is to bring all customizers together at a site maintained and moderated by customizers with separate sections for separate areas of customizing...

Do other sites have that? 

The problem is, the other site you're hinting at mainly I think CHEWIE, is that the people there want more eyes on their stuff rather than to hear honest criticism...  They don't want to hear a critique, but just to get a "Very Nice!" with every reply...

The only way the community and customizing will grow is if customizers try to be a tighter-knit group.  It doesn't mean a site's forums like here at Jedi Defender aren't good for discussion or showing off one's wares, but it doesn't help customizing any if everyone flocks to one forum at a collecting site just to "show off" their stuff...

Hell, half the time anyone makes a criticism "over yonder", it degenerates into a fight between people, or it simply goes unnoticed and never responded to because half the people there don't want to be told they're not perfect.

Sad, but true state of the hobby that FFURG is/was trying to remedy.

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Oh ZING!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Arc Starfighter - Best Vehicle for ROTS?
« on: March 23, 2005, 08:21 PM »
Can you perhaps measure from wingtip to wingtip and nose to tail?

I'd dig having those numbers...

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Big FFURG News!  The Schedule of Events for C3 is UP and running!

Come one, come all!


Celebration 3 Schedule Available
After much work, we now have available The Schedule Of Events for the FFURG/Forgotten Force Fan Table at Celebration 3. Our table will be staffed by the staff of FFURG as well as volunteers throughout the entire time the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall will be opened during Celebration 3. As such we have a full load of presentations, sessions, and activities planned for the show. From general questions & answers, to sessions on sculpting, painting, and softgoods, to a kids workshop, we're covering the entire world of customizing. As part of the announcement of the schedule, over the next couple of weeks, we'll be spotlighting a particular event at our table here on the main page. So for our first spotlight we have Figure Construction...

On Thursday at 3:00pm and Saturday at 11:00am we will be doing Figure Construction sessions presented by the staff of FFURG. These sessions will cover a variety of topics from the basic to the complex. We'll be going over the pre-visualization stage of customizing, i.e. designing your custom. Also covered will be the Boil & Pop method used for disassembling action figures, as well as post re-buidling for those situations where your limb or neck post is damaged. Limb shortening/lengthening will also be discussed as a means to get the proper scale for your customs.

And click this link for the full FFURG C3 Schedule Of Events!!!

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 22, 2005, 09:38 PM »
Good episode tonight...  I liked the idea of seiging shielded cities like that, rather than the fast/furious attacks of the films and stuff...  Another tactic, and neat to show how the war varies.

The battle scenes were good this go-round...  More good clone action.  Greivous/Dooku were cool too.

I'm confused if the battle at the opening was the siege Obi/Ani broke as well...  Same thing, or different?  I dunno.  I liked their leader though, and his exchange with the droid with the macrobinoculars at the beginning.  :)  Very funny.  Another Separatist Leader I guess...

I love this series...  I'd kinda like seeing this continue as well, and with it becoming a half hour series that runs alongside whatever other TV Series the Lucasfilm crew has set up...  Could be really interesting, and both could appeal on different levels I think...  in different ways.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 22, 2005, 09:27 PM »
Yeah, I dunno if you can do that manually at WM or TRU...  I know Target has a number pad to type it in though...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 22, 2005, 05:27 PM »
It basically is just that Jesse, and there's price scanners throughout the store, kinda like WM and TRU have, and you can manually type the code in... 

My WM is seemingly doing away with the price scanners anymore...  Targets have them readily available all the time though, but WM and TRU here both seem to be taking them out or something.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-RT - the walker army-builder
« on: March 22, 2005, 05:23 PM »
EU, I'm going to make a bet, will say that the green "camo" is something Clones do to themselves more than the Republic issues.  Like the colors by unit designation now, the Clones will also take a hint and green up in a forest environment if it's to their benefit...

The reason then they won't in the Empire is individualism is frowned upon.  All uniform, all alike...  Little to show rank, and even then when it is worn it's minimal.

That's what I'm assuming the change is, and I'd wager EU goes that route too, but we'll see.  The Clones show budding individualism, and the Empire squashes it in its troops (recruits or otherwise).

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Death Star Trooper ?
« on: March 22, 2005, 03:18 AM »
I wouldn't argue with that.

From AT-AT Driver to Ewok I'd cover everything imagineable in the classic trilogy.

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Lobot
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:53 PM »
And yet another new review...  Big "ups" to Jeff for posting these in rapid succession!


So how do you like your Cyborgs served?  Side of fries perhaps?  With 4 lightsabers and an action feature?  Or just in black bionic suits with one mean-ass red saber?

Myself, I'm a fan of Lobot...  Dull?  Perhaps.  But you can't deny that he holds a weird place in the Bespin line-up as actually being a man of action, even though he did very little.

Hasbro's first Lobot was hardly anything special, though it was sharply sculpted.  His disco pose just killed him though as a figure, and Hasbro OWED us a better, neutral Lobot...  They delivered, thankfully.

Click Right Here and read the full review, and let us know what your opinions on Lobot are.

Myself, I'm pretty happy.  Lots of good sculpting, lots of good deco (for what he is), and while he only has 2 accessories, they're both very cool and creative ones from Hasbro.  Kudos to them for thinking outside the box a little bit with accessories, on a figure who really doesn't have much to include as far as accessories go.

Read on, and enjoy.  He was one of my more favored OTC purchases I think.

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 21, 2005, 08:31 PM »
The stuff on the gunship's just noseart like in World War 2...  Or even today, Warthog "Tank-killers" often have the shark motif.  Dunno what the beast was on the Gunship but I liked it.

The episode was fantastic...  Great Clones, especially ARCs, making Greivous do a little work...  I liked the new weapons in a "Mini-Gun", and a "Pom-pom-Gun".  Some heavy weapons are much needed for SW grunts.  Many customizing ideas just popped in my mind, haha.

I thought the Anakin/Padme development was ok...  Showed the tension, wasn't overdone...  Nice seeing 3PO get his gold plating and there was humor there too with his showing it off.

The Knighting was ok...  A little too earthy I thought, but whatever.  Plus, how do you knight anything that doesn't grow hair and stuff?  See, the whole ceremony applies only to humans really...  Just seems odd, but then again I'm not a huge fan of the braids and stuff from the films.

Overall, great episode...  To me this series shines with the combat and stuff.  I liked it from start to finish, but the highlight is the beginning of the episode with the ARC rescue...  I liked the bombs they leave in a trail to the wreckage too, to blow on the way out and clear their path of escape.  Very clever...

The voices of some of the Jedi bugged me, but I'll live.  Namely really Kit Fisto who needed something more alien I thought, but no big deal there.

Great episode and I'm already stoked for tomorrow.  I wish these were a full half hour though.  They easily could fill that much time per episode actually.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Death Star Trooper ?
« on: March 21, 2005, 05:40 PM »
That's ok about the multiple posts mutantpoo, I took care of them since I was up when you posted.... 

Yeah that's one of the rumor lists floating around over on that site...  It has about as much validity as most others, so he may come or may not...  Things change at Hasbro routinely, and they're not the only ones to say a DST is maybe coming, but till Hasbro says so they're just another rumor in the pipelines.

Hopefully this summer we'll see what the end of 2005 may hold, and if it's got any Classic Trilogy figures mixed in or not.  I'm not sure I wanted a new AT-AT Driver particularly, but the DST is one of the top army builders I'd like seeing as a super articulated figure with removeable helmet, working holster,  and the color variant I mentioned.

I'd take one in a heartbeat...

Hell, even if his articulation/pose was just as nice as the Cantina Wave's...  That'd be rockin' to me.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 21, 2005, 05:31 PM »
Wow...  I mean, just wow.

Vader's a neat gimmick, the Clone Specialist looks like an SA Clone with great accessories, the Vulture Droid is EASILY a must-have in multiples, and I'll take Yoda with Cancel since it's a neat looking item.

That Clone though...  I gotta have a sqad of those guys.  Gonna cost me, but they're must-haves.

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