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Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:13 PM »
For the scale-curious, the AT-AT looks spot-on...  Resources put it at 15m tall, which is inaccurate to even the films, so ignore that...  it's between 20 and 22 m tall in the films, and has many clear shots.

Eyeballing the pictures above (which have minis in them, great!), the AT-AT looks DEAD on in-scale.  It's one of the few things I'm sure I'm going to buckle down and pre-order.

The AT-ST I'm assuming will also then match up to the AT-AT and figures in scale...  Kudos to WOTC putting out some really quality pieces that minis gamers have wanted for YEARS.  Literally decades now.

The problem now is that the Alliance has many ass-whippings coming their way if they don't mount up some armor.  Most minis gamers have been fielding rebel (and Imperial) tanks for years...  Customs, kitbashes, whatever.  Time to bump up those numbers though with AT-AT's ont he move!  :)  Though mini gamers have been using Kenner AT-AT's anyway, but I digress.

That is sweet, thanks for the pics Brent...  I didn't get any good shots of it at the con so your picture more than makes up for it.  You rock man!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: To soft good or not to soft good?
« on: May 10, 2005, 08:07 PM »
There's a customizer out there who goes by the name of Findswoman...  She worked the FFURG booth at C3 for a while showing how to do quality softgoods customs, and she really does a great job.

If I am able to find a custom of hers I'll link it here...  She had some of her stuff on display at the booth during C3.  She really does top-notch work with fabrics on 3.75" figures (I'm pretty sure she works with 12" figures too but she shines with the 3.75" since it's not always an easy task). 

She had a Zuckuss (POTF2 I think) that was in the case...  If you'd seen this thing, you'd have WANTED softgoods on your figure even if you ardently oppose softgoods use.  The figure just looked tattered, worn, and perfect.  It was nicely done. 

I just never get over how Hasbro's Jedi robes ALWAYS suck.  They did that TC Mace right...  I can only imagine a whole robe in that fabric would look fantastic.  I'm one of the few who actually really enjoyed that figure for what it was....  Its robe was the best fabric ever.

A ROTS case-in-point about bad fabric though...  Take a look at Agen Kolar's skirt.  I dunno what they were going with (VOTC Obi's skirt is more the proper fabric, but is missing all the "layers" necessary for accuracy) on Kolar's skirt...  It's got the layers VOTC Obi's doesn't have, but the fabric is incredibly stiff.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: To soft good or not to soft good?
« on: May 10, 2005, 05:30 PM »
I'm loving ROTS because of the softgoods features...  Not exclusively, but they're a huge part anyway.

Case in point, Luminara Unduli and Shaak Ti are both the best "apology" figures from their Saga incarnations that I could fathom, short of ball/socket ankles and elbows (yeah, nothing's perfect).  A look at Luminara's skirt, and it's flawless.  It has texture that looks in-scale, it has ribs in it that look like folds in the fabric in-scale...  She's great, and it allows for one super poseable (mostly) Jedi.  I love that figure, and Shaak too.

Count Dooku, and his upcoming Evolutions version, both are, again, near flawless in my opinion.  Great figures.  

Ki-Adi has a great softgoods robe too, and makes for the best version of his figure so far.  He's fantastic.

I think cloth allowed this too...  It doesn't look bulky or puffy on any of these figures to me, and it fits perfectly.  I'd cite the Royal Guards, but they already have been mentioned.

At times it's good...  At times it's not so good.  I'm ok with certain figures (VOTC Yoda) because alongside him came the OTC Yoda...  You get the best of both really, at about the same time.  I actually like VOTC better I think just because it's the first really poseable Yoda...

I think ROTS has done well for cloth features though.  I think Saesee Tinn is a huge step forward compared to his Clone Wars version...  A little fabric glue though, and CW SaeSae Tinn looks pretty good too.  Sometimes the cloth just isn't great because they can't all be hand-sewn and have special attention paid.

Obi-Wan VOTC though...  That's bad softgoods robes.  You make that in a light/limp fabric like the "Total Control" Mace Windu's cloak though, and you have yourself a really REALLY nice removable cloth Jedi robe.  Sometimes it's more the quality material used than the idea that all soft goods look bad...  

The Prequel Trilogy / Jedi After Episode 3?
« on: May 10, 2005, 03:52 AM »
This is partly hypothetical, and there's partly some roots in EU here as well, but it's a question I've wondered since E3's been rolling around now and we know the inevitables that come of that film.

So my thought is, do any Jedi besides Obi-Wan and Yoda live in hiding on into the years of the Empire?

The films most likely imply nothing of the sort happening, but at least one instance in EU claims at least ONE Jedi lives on through the days of the Empire, likely in hiding, and even past ROTJ.

His name is Qu Rahn...  Just a bald human with a goatee, who is executed by the Dark Jedi Jerec in the Dark Forces storyline (In the game Jedi Knight).  He's a friend, and possibly was being hidden by, Kyle Katarn's father Morgan...  Anyway, the story there, whcih I personally love, has made me wonder what others have thought of Jedi escaping and going into hiding.

it seems that the Jedi are all over the galaxy...  It's likely that SOME are alone, and woudl be able to escape...  That's how I see it anyway.  I'm not sure if other stories exist of Jedi escaping and going into hiding other than Rahn...  Anyone know?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Enjoy The Next Few Days
« on: May 10, 2005, 03:39 AM »
I have 2 fond memories of Star Wars films as a kid...  Seeing The Empire Strikes Back at the Ford City Drive-In (someone with bookoo $$$'s front yard now), and seeing ROTJ at Cinema 3 that still is on the hill here... 

The SE's recaptured that for me, but as an adult I appreciated the night out with my friends that accompanied the films...  I'm so hyped for this film, I can't stand it. 

This year, VIP tickets at the biggest theater in Pittsburgh...  Night out with collecting buddies...  It's as good as it gets for me.  Even my gf's kids are hooked right now, and I'm gonna take her two sons and their buddy Austin to see it soon after it is out...  My first experience at making new SW fans I guess.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: This week in SW Comics.....
« on: May 9, 2005, 07:58 PM »
I gotta start checking this thread out some, thanks Corman.

I had given up comics, but damned if I don't get the urge...  I bought a SW Tales at the local supermarket while doing some shopping for my parents, and it was surprisingly good (hate that they made the Scout on Endor a Clone...  F'n EU traitors!).

May need to pick stuff up though now...  I would rather get them in that graphic novel type format where they're all in one book.  Just simpler on me, to just put it on a bookshelf.  I really wanted that one Empire series with the Amanaman, but don't even know if it's all compiled in that format I like.   :-\

I tried taking an extensive # of photos at the exhibit.  It was the only thing I did Sunday before I went home, short of trying to see people to say goodbye. 

The lines to this were rivaled only by the store I think...  It was probably the most popular exhibit.  I think it was worth it, but I'm nerdy like that...  Being next to film props gives me the jollies.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 9, 2005, 07:49 PM »
You can print on water-transfer decals as well with the right materials.  Water-transfers, for the uninitiated, are the dealies that came with model kits that you cut out, would soak in water, they'd transfer, and "set". 

If you go ape**** with it, you can buy solutions that actually have the stuff bond to the pourous surfaces of plastics and stuff.  (It's good to be a customizer with model building experience. :P )

Erik Schroeder's had a set of "shoulder" and "helmet" emblems from the classic trilogy up at his site for years, and they work great with water-transfer if you get the right paper and stuff.  Very helpful for those of us who have shakey hands (myself included).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday DaBigKahuna!!
« on: May 9, 2005, 06:20 PM »
Happy Birthday to JK and DBK, hope you get lots of loot.  Good time of year to have a birthday I guess, what with all the new stuff on shelves.  Makes shopping easy on everyone who buy for you!

The Original Trilogy / Re: Thoughts?
« on: May 9, 2005, 06:15 PM »
It's a good enough answer to suit me for the most part, but the VD (heh) is definitely EU as well...  Though, Lucas's collaboration on any given piece of material can easily vary.  I'm not sure if this is from the horse's mouth or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was.

Then again, if it ain't on-screen, it ain't "canon"...  So I dunno.  My beef is that he still can force pull items to him, choke people, etc...  He has offensive and defensive capabilities with the force but no lightning?  That doesn't make a lot of sense to me I guess...  A hand can produce lightning, but a nub can't?  Or a nub with metal covering it?  I dunno, but that seems weird in and of itself.

TV-9D9 / Re: SW Live Action TV your thoughts
« on: May 9, 2005, 06:12 PM »
I'm not sure what to make of a live-action TV series for SW.

It works for Star Trek at times...  I mean, TNG and DS9 are still 2 of the best shows ever on TV if you ask me, and I'd watch every re-run if Spike would put them on later in the day when I actually could watch TV.

The problem will be duplicating that kind of success...  Not easy.

Personally, I think following the budding rebellion, perhaps even the earliest days of the "Rogue" Squadron mates.  That'd be great...  You get action, stories would be varied, plenty of main characters both alien and human...  Wouldn't be hard to duplicate known characters from the films, but you wouldn't really need to delve into "mains" like Han, Luke, Leia, etc... 

I'd like to think this is the concept Lucas may run with but I fear it's not.  A different story every week, I've found, isn't something I'm wild about.  I know that the little side stories interjected in the Clone Wars shorts were distracting, and I felt that the 2nd season with its strict continuity was better.  Sure it was sorta neat watching the Mace and Kit episodes in Season one, but they were sort of dumb asides that didn't "fit" as well also, and they were the weakest episodes IMO as well.

Live action could rock...  You can't have them "exploring" like in TNG, but DS9's last season was all-out war.  Nothing but ass kickings in space.  Huge battles.  Death and destruction.  And it rocked that series to the core...  You could deal with that.  Hell I'd dig it if they interwove it with the Kyle Katarn storyline somehow...  Rogue Squad meets Kyle Katarn on his various missions for the Alliance.  That'd be too much to dream for, if you ask me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Scalper
« on: May 9, 2005, 04:31 PM »
The thing that gets me are the people who do pick up things and put them on e-bay to help fund their collection and get offended when other people call them scalpers. There is no fine line. You either scalp something or you don't. I don't think less of those people who do that, I just don't think they have any point to argue.

Gee, that reminds me of someone...  Hmmm  A site I used to go to, long, long ago...

Anyway, yeah, I agree with that 100%, though I'd say I DO think less of those people since they often get beligerent when you call them out for what they are...  Their excuse has always been, "Well all I do is sell stuff on Ebay to fund my collecting habit...  See, I'm a collector!  Yay!"

I'm never any less amazed every time I hear that uttered by someone.  It's like it is ok since they're turning around and buying more stuff with their $.  If I scalped, I'd buy more stuff too with profits I made...  More SW figures, gas in my car, food...  It's still scalping though.  That point has evaded so many people though, who've tried to make that above argument.

Newbies / Re: Newbie
« on: May 9, 2005, 04:25 PM »
Hey, I remember the Smurfvader nick...  Don't recall your posting a lot, but I do remember that.  Small world, eh?

Toy Reviews / Re: New Review: Dannik Jerriko
« on: May 9, 2005, 04:17 PM »
Yeah, I tried to give credit to where Hasbro earned it, and to also point out that they took what could've easily been my favorite of the Cantina wave (based on the overall headsculpt, sans holes), and tanked it with the 3 dots.

He got worst of the wave in my eyes, and being that he was my favorite character fromt he Cantina to be made, that kinda shows how that stung to me.

He's good in every way except his gaping pock marks in his face that Hasbro did.  I think their hearts were in the right place, but their minds were drifting.  You can't take an EU thing and sacrifice the sculpt of a movie character for it.  That's just not koscher.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 9, 2005, 04:10 PM »
I think Clones are needing a multi-pack at this point...  Large box sets of multi-colored grunts, and an officers set too.  And ya know it'd sell like crazy.

Great topic Scott, love all the pictures and this hashes a lot out that I have been confused on.  Someone was trying to build a Commander Cody in customizing and I couldn't picture who the hell he was.  Now I know.

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