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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:46 PM »
I've heard a bit of interesting news about Sam's Club lately that goes beyond this stuff, but I'm not surprised to hear Star Wars in there too.  They've been doing stuff like this every now and then so that's a good thing.

I'm curious if the figures will be different though...  THAT will suck.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Other Retailers... Check them out!
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:20 AM »
K-Mart's been a haven here at times.  They were the first to break the 4/2 streetdate of ANY retailer in the country, and they have actually probably had more consistancy of getting in EVERY figure from various lines.  Albeit many were here and gone within the day when things were "tight" in the line, but KM's been a solid distributor.  Above and beyond Wal-Mart that's for sure.

Price is killer though.  Right now, ROTS stuff's selling at KM (and they're bone dry at most locations), but it's $7 - $8 a figure.  :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:17 AM »
Thanks to our own JediMAC, I finally got an Anakin set...

Holy **** this is great.  Not without flaw, but great...  The packaging is probably the best I've ever seen,a nd these sets prove Hasbro can put out superb quality at a very fair price.  I mean, this packaging is about 100x more elaborate than VOTC, and 3 figures with a lot of gear for $20 is a deal compared to $30 for 3 VOTC figures.

Some skimping here and there, and some of it is incredibly lame and inexcuseable.  Also, some areas that could've been skimped to save cash in production weren't and there's a sense that if done intelligently you could get "more" out of these as far as quality, but in the end I have to say that these sets are still great...  or at least this one is.

Thanks Matt, a TON!  Now I only need to find 2 more Anakin sets for the kids, one or two more for me, and then onto all the Sith and Clone sets I want.  Oh joy, oh joy, especially when I couldn't find a goddam Anakin set on my own.   ::)

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Gets 12
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:10 AM »
Count me among the Thrawn votes.  And I've been utilizing what methods I can to kinda help him along.   :-*

Vos was probably third on my list while Jade was second.

I actually was disappointed with the list though...  Like Snowbunny Padme didn't strike me as a great choice.  Kyle Katarn or a Darktrooper were two SORELY missing EU characters though and the pollers didn't give any game chaaracter any play which sucked. 

Kyle would've gotten my vote, though a Darktrooper would've maybe taken it had it been available as well.  Kyle's THE EU character I dig the most.

Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: August 21, 2005, 02:55 AM »
Considering that Matt has 11 pages of positive feedback just here at JD (god only knows how many pages deep his feedback threads are at other sites!), I doubt my latest positive trade with him is even adding much to this. :)

Once again, Matt hooked me up with stuff I can't find for the life of me.  I've lost track of how many times I owe him for all the help he's given me.  Matt's among the greatest in the hobby as far as making this hobby a fun and easier thing for everyone.  He helps people routinely, at his own sacrifice, and that's an asset to the collecting community that too many have not given him his due respect!

Matt hooked me up with the SDCC Leia, an Evolution Anakin Set (that I can't stop messing wtih, and a KFC Anakin variant. 

Thanks Matt, I owe you yet another one for all this loot!  I'm sure I'll be begging for help again sometime soon, haha.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront II!!!!
« on: August 20, 2005, 03:04 AM »
Nice stuff Diddly...  Thanks for the update on this.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 20, 2005, 03:02 AM »
The A-Wing was abundant here too Jason.  While I love the ship, it did clearance here as well.  It went pretty fast though as there weren't a ton.  I remember the B-Wing being rather abundant.  I know they sold at first but then sat...  That initial rush died on them.

The only 12" speederbike fig I wanted was the Scout and that was a set I never saw...  Same with the Y-Wing when we first got Targets in this area.  That was non-existant here.

Target's REAL spotty with exclusives and I'm always sorta bummed to hear when they get one.  TRU's the best at distributing exclusives I think.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront II!!!!
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:23 AM »
X-Box...  I don't think I've heard much of anything planned on XB360 yet...

I got BFI last night for $20 and the SP campaign is almost already beat.  The game's incredibly easy to play by yourself.  It's eyecandy though and ok for customs ideas and whatnot.  Having played it almost start-to-finish though I think I'll wait for a low price on BFII as well before buying.  MP gaming's not my thing, but the game's very fun to look at and has an enjoyable aspect to itself...

The Original Trilogy / Re: Are Stormtroopers Clones?
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:06 AM »
What isn't addressed is why they became such horrible shots and only about a 10th as efficient as the Clones in the PT. 

There are EU answers to this though...  And some film evidence that discounts Stormies being "bad" at their job as well.

First, the Dark Forces game was the first EU attempt at explaining the E-11's ineffective accuracy.  It fits with what the E-11's actually earth-based counterpart is.  It's a small, sub-machine gun.  For WW2 buffs it's the equivalent of a Thompson compared to a Garand...  The Garand was a much more efficient weapon at long ranges and in squads, but the Thompson was a one-man wrecking crew in short-ranges, and a good single-man support weapon for a squad.

Dark Forces shows the E-11 as being not WILDLY inaccurate, but it's not a gun you aim unless you "modify" it with a tactical scope (arguably this is a secondary setting for the gun, kinda like the stun setting they have, that requires modular parts to enhance the gun...  It's still not perfect long-range weaponry though).

The Clones have a similar support weapon too...  The one that climbs the crabdroid and empties a clip is seemingly similar to the E-11.

So DarkForces (and subsequent games in that series) have sort of established the E-11 as just an inaccurate gun...  If we take those into account, it works.  They're rapid fire, "spray and pray" type weapons, and if all your guys are carrying that it's a crazy scenario.  Plus the E-11 seems to be a sidearm of some sort in the Empire as well...  Some Sandtroopers carry them while also carrying a larger, longer-barreled weapon that is presumeably more accurate.

It's possible the gun such as Chewie's Stormie rifle he runs around on the Death Star with, or other "Sandtrooper" weapons are then the weapons issued an Imperial "in the field" while the E-11 becomes somewhat a secondary weapon in some cases.

The gun Chewie has, interestingly enough, had a rack of them in the Hangar Control Room...  Could be that the more accurate gun is there to fire from the control room should a situation like that arise.  A wide open space like that hangar, and that'd make perfect sense really to have a little stash of those from a high vantage point like that.

Anyway, second point about Stormtrooper accuracy...  They're only seemingly inaccurate with main characters in Star Wars.  That I can buy into as "it's just a movie".  I mean, it has to be that way really, so reality sort of goes out the window.  "Heroes Luck" is what I chalk it up to then.

But when the EMpire's attacking Hoth, clearing out the Tantive IV, or frying Ewoks...  They're fairly efficient with the E-11.  The Tantive IV troops are mowed down like crabgrass.  Hoth troopers fall back from not only armor assault but also a noted mechanized infantry push who seemed armed with support guns and E-11's exclusively (from what we could see...  Unseen in any SW situation is always a major variable to consider...  The troops we do see are clearing a "tight" space out though so the E-11 does make sense there again).

Lots of possibilities for either argument as to Clones, recruits, or a mix of the two...  I've always felt Stormtroopers got shafted on their efficiency though.  When compared to their Rebel enemies (who are quite capable soldiers themselves depending on if you buy into EU or not), the Stormies are deadly efficient.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:06 PM »
I merged the Customs topic with this one too...  I didn't catch it earlier.

It's a film topic so one thread in the film area should suffice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:03 PM »
I hate them both, however I still prefer shopping at Target.  Mine still allows DPCI searches though so I dunno that that is a nationwide thing.

WM's **** for distribution though and has tanked another toy line I like so currently I hold more anymosity towards them.  They start offering gasoline on the cheap cheap though and my opinion may be swayed.

Honestly I like K-Mart more than both.  They've been a good company up here that has had more steadily reliable distribution over the 10+ years of the line.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 10:49 PM »
The gaming material is as official as any book.  People who know me know I certainly don't discount the RPG's as source material.  The issue of "squad size" though becomes something that gaming rules can fudge around and aren't necessarilly accurate or good guidelines though. 

As a resource though, RPG books are generally great...  I would say the WEG stuff's better than a lot of current stuff.  Definitely superior to WOTC's garbage books they put out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 19, 2005, 10:47 PM »
We went to a place called St. Elmo's I think it was...  It was nice.  It was where Lucas ate dinner Saturday evening I guess...  Found out while talking to the waiter that he had a room booked for himself, McCallum, and a bunch of names I didn't recognize, haha.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:30 PM »
I don't know that I'd follow any gaming book necessarilly, as they sometimes have to make adjustments for fair play and such... 

Squads and teams can vary greatly by any military's need.  I like to envision around 12 men in a squad generally, but I can just as easily see 10, or 8 - 9 even.  There's no set standard to this though written anywhere so you could make it whatever you wanted to EUCM... 

Would you want a sniper for each squad?  A 2-man support gun team?  Those are also things to consider when figuring how you want to break these things down as well.  And of course there's other specialists and whatnot.

Lots to consider.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:27 PM »
Best moment for me was being one of the last to get into McCallum's spectacular, and only after I went to catch it on a whim thinking I was too late.  Of course, a tie for best moment came prior to that at the Hasbro thing, but besides that bit of ego-boosting I went by myself to the McCallum thing...

I walked to the disgustingly long line, and just as I started to wait, it started to move at record pace, and I was one of the last 20 or so to get in to the last show he was attending.  To top it off my buddy Scott and his wife Nikki were in PERFECT seats in the back and had an open one they could give me.  So I had a great seat in the back to see the whole thing...  The footage, the music, and just having my senses on overload was great. 

Twas a good day.  Then I went out and paid $100+ for 2 steak dinners.  hah!  But man, they were good dinners.

I needed more time with people more than at C3...  The gf and I were sick Saturday night so we didn't get time in with people that night.  Just crashed at the hotel...  I could've stood hanging with the PA guys more, and of course the JD and FFURG guys I missed getting to see more than I did.  FFURG I only got to hang with at the show.   :-\

Still, it was a blast, just felt like I could've delegated time a little more efficiently.  Being my first time at a con like that though, I feel I did fairly well too.

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