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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:26 AM »
They're not Hurricanes by the time they reach in where we are, but Katrina's slated to come right up the Ohio Valley and nail Pittsburgh.  The damage they can do here's severe though.  Ivan last year was right after another one, and the 1-2 punch they created was pretty severe.  Ivan pretty much did it all on its own though, and caused massive flooding, landslides, deaths, damage...  I got stranded last year north of the city from about 3:30 to midnight trying to figure out how I'd get at least to my gf's house on backroads since every main route was out of order for the night pretty much.

It was a rough night, and I wasn't home to take care of the house which almost had water on our first floor level...  I was at my gf's which flooded in the basement fortunately, but people down from her had total losses...  They're still cleaning up around here from last year.  It's a mess, and there's a ton of fear about what Katrina could do.  Some are predicting far worse, others less, so who knows.  All I know is I'm not getting stuck out in it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 29, 2005, 02:54 AM »
Yikes, I can't help but watch the Weather Channel religiously right now.  Scary stuff. 

And like last year in September, this Hurricane's current path projections have it on a straight heading for Pittsburgh about mid-week.  Obviously it'll diminish at that stage, but last year's hurricane caused heavy damage to our area, and was something I got caught up in so I'm taking those days "off" basically and doing nothing but defending my property here as best I can.  My have to help at the little lady's place too though since she was in a majorly hit area last time and I'd expect nothing short of the same this time. 

I hope the people down on the gulf coast are alright...  At the same time I have to prepare for my own potential problems from this.  Scary seeing it coming like this.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security)
« on: August 29, 2005, 12:55 AM »
If I could've made a top 10 list of army builders I didn't really want from the Star Wars films, I bet I would've had the Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security) on that list somewhere. 

I'm really perplexed at some of Hasbro's figure decisions for the ROTS line like this guy, the Neimodian Warrior, and the Mustafar Sentry.  All army builders, all with positive marks working in their corner, but all figures that I could've lived without in favor of getting something a little more interesting to me personally.  Not to mention that they all are lacking something here and there as well.

Personally, the Utapauan is not one of Hasbro's best efforts in the ROTS line.  He falls prey to many of the same failings the Neimodian Warrior did, though I somehow like that figure a bit more than the Utapau Warrior.  A wonky pose and lacking knee articulation make for a less than fun figure.

Hasbro's taken an obscure and somewhat uninteresting character and made a moderate figure of him basically.  That equals boredom on the pegs, and a figure that could be prone to backing up the system ala the Neimodian.  Not a good thing for collectors at all.

As always, feel free to read my full review on him Right Here, and of course share your thoughts.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Runs affected by Gas Prices?
« on: August 29, 2005, 12:10 AM »
I can't say it hasn't affected me.  I know my trips have decreased, but I'm not sure that it was a conscious decision on my part or just that I'm more busy than I have been for a while.  If I was making as many trips as I had been, it probably would impact me more, but I'm lucky to get one a week in right now, maybe two, and often I try to tie it to other things (home items or whanot...  I know I'm doing some house work right now as far as improvements go and so I try to tie it to a trip to the Lowe's store to save some).

My gf had to pick up her dishwear lay-away at WM the other night so I tied a toy run onto that. :)

I know when I am filling up though I tend to NOT fill all the way.  I put a set ammount in that gets me above 3/4 tank or so.  I can usually put in $17 once I'm around 1/4 tank and that gets me above 3/4 tank.  It's not that I do any better though obviously, it just is a help in my own mind that I'm not putting $25 in to fill it to the brim like I would need to.  I also think I subconciously base my trips on how much gasoline I have.

I know I'm taking advantage of fuel perks as much as I possibly can locally.  When I have them saved up I have a couple gas cans I fill along with my car (which I usuallly run to E before the fill-up).  That way I figure I'm maximizing my dollar.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Captain Antilles
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:40 AM »
Oh man, EU's labeled Alderaan as a "colony"?

I'm not a fan of that idea...  Whether stretching the limits of what's possible or not, I always liked the idea of humans being indigenous to multiple planets (with of course colonies existing, but I never looked at Alderaan as a colony before). 

I'm just gonna pull the EU Shuffle and plug my ears while singing, "La la la la la la I can't hear you!" and ignore it.   :D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:35 AM »
Hasbro's been wonky with what they say is happening with Clones.  Supposedly ALL this stuff's being produced/pushed now and they're utilizing all their molds to put out all the Clones they can (while keeping plain whites mixed in).

At this point, I think they could pull extra #6's they've got making all-white Clone #6's and put it to a different paintjob (the shocktrooper needs better distribution I know).  But that's my opinion.

I really think all 3 basic Clone grunt sculpts should see all the flavors of Clone trooper at this point though...  And like they did with the 1st Target Clone, they should be utilizing the Clone Wars SA sculpt as much as possible as well.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:32 AM »
I'll keep my eyes open Brent.  KM's are abundant around Pitt yet so if I get a 2nd one it's yours.  I was going to consider buying 2 for myself but at $25 and being packed even with that lame Imp set, I'm doubting that's a good idea anyway. 

I'll be hitting KM's this week in search of this so I'll let you know should I find anything.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:30 AM »
May have to nab 2 501st sets...  I wish the Clone pilot was a variant on some level...  Or at least the as-of-now harder to find Black pilot.  Some unique helmet markings would've worked for me though.

The extra Ani I wind up with will either make for the fodder bin or a hand-off to one of the kids since they dig Anakin in general...  The pilot's my only stickler that I wish was at least different then, but whatever.

If Ani was a Clone Trooper though, this set would be something I think they could restock and sell again and again.

TV-9D9 / Re: Animal Icons- Star Wars Creatures
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:22 AM »
I'll tell ya what, like a nimrod I forgot to watch it every time and missed it basically, but I caught some stuff at the end and this was a REALLY in-depth program.

I was thinking it'd be more animal planet than Star Wars, and really would only glancingly compare SW animal life sparsely to earth animal life.  HOw wrong I was for that little bit I saw.

Of particular interest was them describing Wookiee's and how in-depth LFL went into their backgrounds.  It was addressed how Kashyyyk was (as Lucas wanted it) to be a jungle world...  I felt it kept to EU well, and Lucas's early visions of the planet, but someone brought up that Wookiee's would be hot with all that fur, but the orangatan's (sp) were used as a counter-argument due to their habitats and physiology...  Fascinating.

PLUS it confirmed something I wasn't sure was "true" or not, but that Chewbacca indeed is a runt.  That Lucas explained the Wookiee's to the production people and said that basically fans would be surprised to see Chewbacca is very small for his species, and that true Wookiees are the gargantuans we got with the preview action figure while some are smaller and of course there's in-between I suppose.

That makes Chewie's character a lot more loveable knowing that he's not the bruiser Han pimps him out to be, but more or less just a friend...  It's the REAL Wookiee's you need to watch out for while playing them at holo-chess. 

I wish I'd caught the full show now.  That was a valuable resource I felt.  Worth having on DVD.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:14 AM »
Looked like MacArthur had hit the beaches at the local WM tonight.  Green-shirt Leathernecks by the higginsboatful.  So many they didn't have nearly enough pegs.  Probably could've filled 2 more with the figures piled on the bottom shelf.

I want XD figures, but some diversity would be nice.  Seemed that all they were throwing out there was Green Marines.  No camo, no Japanese, no Battle of the Bulge, and no pilots/pattons.   :-\

BTW I'm highly disappointed with the lack of at least extra hands for these guys.  21st's hands they used suck donkey nuts, to put it bluntly.  My guys can't hold their guns in firing poses with these hands even.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:05 AM »
Hmmm, that's tough.

From a "business" standpoint, no...  It's a $30 toy at best considering the cockpit and all the "complexities" are re-used bits and pieces.  The solar panels are simple single-pieces of plastic so I think $30 due to the shelf space is sufficient and "fair".

I think $40's ok if you've got it extra...  It's kinda like VOTC figures.  I don't think they're $10 figures.  They're $5 figures on what I look at as $5 worth of packaging (though I disagree with that price being the packaging's value, but you get what I'm saying).  I gladly spent the fundage on VOTC though because Il iked the figures so much...

The TIE's great, it's fun to have...  It's probably a more iconic ship for Star Wars than anything save for the Falcon.  It's not $40 great, but the $40 only makes me know I'll get the one...  If I'm lucky maybe one or two more on sale, but I doubt I get another full price one unless I again find that I can afford it.  This was an early B-Day gift for me, so I was fortunate in that.  I don't have the $40 to blow on it right now but having it, and having it opened here, I know I'd have spent $40 on it if I did have it.  ;D

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:01 AM »
One of the few things I know I never saw.  Pissed me off to no end, and I still don't have one.  If they'd make a GOOD Red ARC Trooper utilizing a SA Clone and just adding some accessories like a kama/holsters and that same rifle, I'd be pretty content but Hasbro's such a hive of douchebaggery that they miss this easy sell.

I'd buy blues and reds if they were "realistic" sculpts but accurate to the cartoon as far as their details (IE: not the CW version). 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 02:16 AM »
Very cool...

I'm afraid it dwarfs the FX X-Wing in my view...  X-Wings are fair sized ships for fighters, as far as overall area they take up, though they're kinda compact in the actual ammount of "steel" there is going on there, but anyway the TIE's bigger suffice it to say just because it's like a big cube basically.

Looks sweet though... 

I wish Hasbro would just do resculpted to-scale vehicles and charge appropriately for them.  Scale AT-ST, Scale Snowspeeder, Scale Y-Wing, Scale X-Wing...  Forget about the "big" things like AT-AT's, Sandcrawler's or anything that isn't even made yet that's in the "just too big" and simply put out definitive versions of the ships they CAN acheive something great on.  This TIE Fighter just makes me long for that.

Heh, Dresellian's punking the Imperial army.  Sweet...

I'd suggest mixing up the belt-fed grenade launcher a bit DR, with perhaps a new barrel on it at least...  I've got a bunch of those myself I'm tinkering with.  I'm making a large energy feed for one and an oversized "clip" for another more mobile model.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 01:07 AM »
The way the thing is packaged actually has it looking less wide than it actually is too.  This is what was throwing me off when eyeballing it in the box as to "scale".  Put together, it's quite nicely proportioned and you see the scale of it's much more accurate than it appears in the box.

The TIE Int and Bombers are scaled ships, so it's interesting seeing just how small they are compared to the Fighter but only due to the flat, large wings.  The Int's about half the height actually, but matches it in height by its length...  It's very interesting.  Shame I have more bombers than anything though.  I'd like 4 TIE Fighters actually, but not at $40 a pop. 

I'm hoping beyond hope that the 10k units is somehow false and that these things ship in such droves that a clearance is guaranteed.  Count me in for 3 more if they hit $30 and are easy enough to get ahold of.  It takes a LOT to get this kind of praise out of me for a Hasbro vehicle, but they managed.

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