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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 22, 2005, 06:01 AM »
I started, then stopped, but I think if you just work the braids under the armor one at a time going around it, you'll pop the armor right off.  I do believe it comes off though...  Which rocks to me.

I love the figure though...  It's really great.

I like how he actually holds his rifle or just stands there, or stands howling, or runs, or whatever you want, and also you can have him AIMING his rifle like he's really shooting it...  I mean, it's such a minor thing to so many people but yet it's such a HUGE thing for the figure to do this flawlessly but still look great in many other poses.

That's what it's all about to me...  They nailed it.

Now if they'd do a Hoth Trooper, Fleet Trooper, ENdor Trooper, Scout Trooper, Snowtrooper, Sandtrooper, Bespin Guard, etc., etc., etc., etc. just like that...  :)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:49 AM »
I'm all for the cap and ousting Bettman too...

I'd dig some rule changes once the supreme butt pirate of the NHL takes his leave.

He should have to run a gauntlet in every NHL city that's had a team since the 60's or 70's (whether they have their team or not).  Every fan's allowed to bring one stick of specific dimensions and they get as many hits as they can as he runs past.

Dumb ass.

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Just to throw something new in for me I'd not considered...

We're getting snow, obviously, since it's creeping across the midwest to us now, and today we're looking at a fair bit... 

I hate when people go to the store the night before and clear it out of things they don't really need (most likely) but think that they're going to need...  Like this snow's maybe gonna make the roads BAD (not even closed) for a day or two, and yet everyone thinks they're going into hibernation.

I just wanted some ice-cream to go with a desert I brought home from supper, and the store was ASS PACKED at like 11:30 at night with just tons of people going crazy and buying up tons of specific product.

I remember the "blizzard of '93" and the one in '96 too, and neither one really crippled my town...  Sure stuff closed, even businesses and state schools which took a lot, but my front wheel drive car STILL got me around to deliver my papers the first time, and the second time I still managed to drive to teh store for my mother.

I just don't get it...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: say your swarmed........
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:40 AM »
Tripper, can you give more rules to the scenario?

IE: what are our limitations of movement, etc...

I think, if I went mobile, I could probably get many of them...  Possibly get away, unless that's not a possibility at all (Like they just keep coming from all directions).

I'm not a HUGE person by any means.  I'm 5'11" and near 200 lbs., and I do have some experience with boxing/striking training including how to fend off several people coming at me to escape them... 

They're short though, so that's an interesting variable...

If they're really REALLY annoying too, you have to factor in potential "berzerker rage" you'd get by simply being so irate with them...  Like imagine they're kids from the show Nanny911 and you may be able to decimate their ranks quickly, efficiently, and without even feeling the sweat break just based on sheer adrenaline...

Do we get to use a large implement at all, or just fists?

I'm truly intrigued with this topic, and I laughed out loud when I read it too.  Nice.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:24 AM »
Spuffy, I'm still searching.  Nothing found tonight (not a single '04 or prior figure on the shelves actually).

I'll let ya know asap though, after the snow's through and I can get back to a closer WM I feel sure will have stuff.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:22 AM »
Got a set sans R4 tonight (One of the local guys just happened to be there scooping up the LAST R4, so we chatted for a few then parted ways).

I have to say, the Wookie is hands down the best figure out of the wave, and that's saying a lot because I'd say all 3 of the others are VASTLY superior efforts to E2's Sneak Preview wave, except perhaps the R4 compared to E2's R3 unit.

Anyway, the wookie simply rocks all.  He's huge, he has completely removable armor (at least it appears to me his body armor or jewelery would come off if you worked the braids around it), and he holds a rifle with TWO hands!  Yes, Hasbro has actually seen that it's important that a figure with a rifle hold it with two hands...  Nice! 

My only gripes are the big squares cut out of the soles of his feet, the sorta mis-matched paintjob on the fur at every separate piece (the figure almost looks like it was painted and then assembled, rather than the other way around), and that his helmet doesn't fit him well (falls off, so better loose than too tight so it won't fit on I figure).  Oh, and his knee joints are VERY loose.  Mine are anyway...  They almost bow under his weight if posed the wrong way.

Still a grand figure...  Something to behold.

It does appear that they're packing Tion Medon and R4 less to a case too.  Not to raise panic, but R4's were all gone and Tion's were down to two when I got there while Wookies were all over the place as was Greivous.

I'm easily "in" on I'd say 10 more wookies...  Dare I say this is one of the best army builder figures ever made by Hasbro, so hats off.

Tion Medon's what I expected.  His cane's cool...  He has a rifle that, unless it's used in the film, is a bit out of place as an accessory...  He's really quite poseable for what he is actually, and he's a top-notch sculpt with great deco.  He's dull though beyond being kinda freaky looking.  (BTW, the Wookie's articulation is pretty nice too.  Shame to see Hasbro dropping ball/sockets for angle-cuts in some places, but he's still lightyears ahead of anything offered in 2003 or prior, save for a SA Clone).

R4 I only got a glimpse of so my opinion stands.

Greivous is odd...  His arms arne't as poseable as I can tell they could be, and as much as I'd like.  He's got a great saber though, and apparantly someone at Hasbro fibbed to all the people who asked for "single-piece sabers" to come back because he's got the removable blade going on.

His robe actually CONNECTS to his chest via pinholes in his chest (very small and unnoticeable) and 2 small pins on his robe.  Pretty nice.

He's still sporting a lot of articulation and 5 ball/socket joints which is great...  His saber seems like it was intended to plug on him, but I can't tell if it does somewhere.  He's a little tough to pose I'm finding, and I sorta am hoping for a more poseable one in the basic line.  If not, this is a happy substitute...  This guy gets you pumped for E3 though, lemme tell ya.  Makes you want to see him in action.  He just oozes evil, and I was one of the many who didn't care for the concept at first.

That's a mini review...  Figure goodness I tells ya!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookie Army
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:12 AM »
I can buy that...  Especially if Wookie Age, which Lucas was pretty in on himself, is quite a long time, though Chewie's sporting a lotta grey come ROTJ, and even in ANH. 

Either way, this guy's huge.  I just got the set this evening and he's easily the best figure so far.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Celebration 3 Figure: Talking Darth Vader
« on: January 22, 2005, 04:11 AM »
*sigh*

Count me in on the line waiting thing... 

Guess we'll really get to be good friends since we'll obviously be forced to stand with each other for such a long period of time.  :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:42 PM »
Cut all costs at all costs, and raise prices too...  Thanks Hasbro.

Seriously though (well, I was I guess, but anyway...), these are hitting here too I'm being told...  A WM near me put out a bunch (6 pegs worth) today.  Sounds like everyone's having some premature problems.

And you thought you were the only ones with people who couldn't read the date on the box!  Pffft!  Pittsburgh will match your illiterates and raise you a nimrod!   :-X

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:08 PM »
I like your idea Jeff...  That'd be neat to see, but pros would bitch about it, you know it.  :)

It'd be great though...  Pick a large, good arena and go with it...

If Lemieux's healthy, I think you'd have to bump Pittsburgh slightly. :P  At least better than the Crapitals.

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Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:02 PM »
Hey Adam, PM me your Rebel Storm minis list...  I'm looking for army builders (Stormtroopers, etc.) for cheap...  it's generally been working out since they're most commons and uncommons. 

Building my troops to actually play the West End Games game with the new minis while I amass my WEG army separately incase I run into someone who still uses those ones too...  Nice to be covered on both sides of the gaming fence I figure.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookie Army
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:00 PM »
I'm wanting quite a few...  I'm just curious if this is "wookie average" and Chewbacca's really just a small guy for his race, or a younger Wookie perhaps?

If this is average, I'm jonesin' for quite a few of these...  If Chewie's average than I'm disappointed somewhat to get "the fat guy", ya know?  But I dunno...  He's cool, either way, just maybe not to the point I want tons...  5 though, I'd say, at least.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 02:56 PM »
And Tion has a pimp cane...  That has to count for something.  :)  It made Poggel a more interesting figure I thought...  Give him the big hat and you're off to the Pimps & Hos convention.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Sad State of Padme Episode III Figures
« on: January 21, 2005, 02:55 PM »
She gets the shaft, I agree...  On the other hand, I guess I never cared for her in all her outfits either, so I just didn't care if we got her in them all or not unless they were prominent...  I think perhaps over time we'll see more of them roll out and that's ok more or less.

I think any one of prominence should get a figure though, like Droid Factory Padme's outfit was pretty prominent...  Can't think of too many other ones though since she does have so many costume changes.  It gets to be a bit much.

I liked it better when a character wore the same clothes all the time...  Made it stinkier, but easier for figure making. :)

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 21, 2005, 01:29 AM »
I wouldn't doubt it, and if it is "limited" (possible, but why the hell limit a set for army building?  Dumber things have happened though) then the price these are ringing in at is at least a little more understandable...  Still not 100% justified to me though, but short production runs have higher start-up costs involved. 

annoying, stupid, and a larger production run would've sold just as well, but it does lend more credence to the price.

Again though, you're right Jeff that it's all in their best interest...  Maybe they're honest with their consumers though?  I dunno.

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