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Messages - Jesse James

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The McTrooper's definitely a good repack...  Overlooked a lot too.  He's one I never saw at retail and I believe it was Matt who helped me get that figure.

He's a nice figure mostly though, looks pretty cool...  I'd hoped to nab a couple just for the parts, but now count myself just as lucky to have one.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Return of the Beast Assortments
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:31 AM »
The only thing I'd suggest is somehow making the packaging big enough tos neak the Bantha back out...  It's a great toy, one of the best in the modern line, and that with new pilot would rock.

But honestly, I could see this doing well overall if there were incentives to buy it besides the beast or vehicle.  For instance, a good pack-in pilot with something...  Like repaint the T-16 Skyhopper, maybe a slight retool on the cockpit so it's more realistic looking, and kitbash a Fixer figure (the parts for a good Fixer exist, a head may need sculpted is all).

Or do the Landspeeder with a single-piece "knocked out" Luke and a Tusken figure?  Hell, if a new Tusken was made for the basic line, a nice heavily articulated one with softgoods, you could pack him in with the Bantha painted uniquely, pack him in with the speeder painted uniquely, and pack him on a basic card...  Lotta mileage out of that sculpt.

I'd be all for the $20 pricepoint unified line if it had some nice quality to it.  A blue repaint A-Wing would fit nicely into this line as well, and would probably go over fairly well.  Again, a repainted Pilot body with a new head/helmet would be ideal, and cost little.  Lotsa incentive to get the items then.

On a Taun Taun series, I could easily see re-using the current Taun Taun sculpt, but for figures I'd kind of dig something new...  Or at least some articulated legs/arms (and a working holster) for Hoth Luke while using the Saga sculpt otherwise...  Whatever coat he's wearing.   :-*

BTW, I'd dig seeing the Wampa packed into an "Echo Base Defense" kind of a set.  A new Hoth Rebel with the tan vest, and carrying the heavy cannon they used...  That'd be rocking.

Other Collectibles / Re: ROTS Burger King Promos
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:19 AM »
Hey, just dug through this thread and wanted to ask for some help from anyone who got extras of the plush.

I'm in desperate need of:


I'd like an extra Chewbacca as well if someone happened to have one.  If not cool, but those top 3 I REALLY need for a full set and just can't get them.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If you had to stay in bed for 3 weeks
« on: August 1, 2005, 11:25 PM »
Saw your post about the Harley, Paul.  I kinda figured you'd had more than a dirtbike, and I'm sorry about you having to sell that...  :( 

Keep your spirits up though bud, JD's in your corner of course.

Tear up some people online to feel better...  Talk some **** on them.  :)

Take care man, and you'll be straightened out right quick for certain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday JediMAC!!!
« on: August 1, 2005, 02:19 AM »
Yo man!

Happy Birthday to Matt, and let us all hope and pray he isn't dancing, judging by his picture there. :)  Have a good one though bud, you earned it!  Drink lots and have a blast. 

Get lotsa Star Wars stuff too...  Anything, just get SW stuff or it won't feel "complete".

And of course, take it easy bud, and enjoy your day!

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:54 AM »
What, a PSWCS Shirt?  *whistles innocently*  Yeah, that's just me in my PSWCS Shirt.  *whistles innocently*

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:27 AM »
The show sorta bit...  It wasn't a wash, just saw a lotta disappointing things throughout the day.

First, I kicked the day off with 2 Hotwheels nimrods up my ass at Target waiting for the store to open before I popped over to the Toy Show.  I can't say I've ever had to deal with guys like this, even in our hobby, but what a couple of douchebags!  I felt like backhanding the one for being RIGHT behind me. 

The second I pulled into the lot and got out of my car to go in the store (I thought it was open), I see these maroons JUMP out of their cars and practically run to the store's door.  I was closer, so I stood there waiting on them to open it up so I could just run in and leave, but man they acted like they were 10 years old wanting to push past me.

There were only the three of us there!  How dumb is that?

Anyway...  Oh yeah, the show.

I got random junk bits and pieces.  Vintage was sporting some ok boxed stuff I saw...  Carded stuff I'm always diappointed in though as it's always damaged in one way or another.  Boxed I'm more relaxed with though so there's stuff I considered picking up.

What was really disappointing was the modern and what people wanted for basically junk.  Episode One figures for $6 or $7 that were $1.99 clearance at one point.  Lame.

I basically got none of the E1 army builders I wanted because people just wanted outrageous money for stuff. 

Second disappointing thing I witnesses was where basically every new figure in the area went if you didn't get to the stores in time.  TONS of new modern stuff.  One guy had a box about half the size of the folding tables FILLED with modern figures that were just released.  AT-RT Drivers, Obi Pilots, Tarkin, Ask Aak, Mena Tills, Zett, etc., etc... 

And Clones.  Guys with SA Clones for $15 and $20...  Target Clones for $35 and $40...  Clone paint variants (Green Commander, etc.) for $25 or more...

I just hate those ********, plain and simple.  I have nothing but snide remarks for them when they try making their deal with me while I look at their stuff.  One guy said, "I'll sell you that for $20" (about a Green Commander), then went on his schtick about it being an exclusive and limited edition item.

I looked at him, laughed, told him he was wrong and that I'd pick it up for $6 when I see it at the stores, and simply walked away.  I have such an urge to bitchslap some of those guys though, seriously.

I love seeing the old GIJoes and stuff though...  I like checking out vintage, though I didn't pick anything up this time, and I like getting deals on older modern stuff or loose stuff.  I picked up a couple loose ROTS figures for as low as $2 each, and I nabbed a bunch of droid customs fodder in a "3 for 10" table.

Got some Army of Darkness fig sets for 3 for $10 also, and wish I'd bought at least 3 more now.  :(

Got my Vader w/Med Table (also selling for $30+ at the show) from Dave for $10, and a bust-up of Leia I'd been wanting.  Nabbed the 3 plush BK things from Todd that he's been holding for me forever...

Drank some good beer, had a nice cup of soup, and that was the day...  Got some sun on the way home with the top down, and the gf made me shishkabobs!

Not a bad day, other than the scalpers/dealers leaving a sour taste in my mouth.  Seemed like more than ever.  Riding the ROTS wave I guess.

Never saw Eddie Munster or the Soup Nazi...  Saw the Batmobile though.  Yippy ****.

Oh!  I did get a couple ornaments (Destroyer/TantiveIV, and a nice see-through one of the ANH Poster) for cheap.  Love that poster too, that's a sweet little item.

Fun fun fun!

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:13 AM »
I think BBI's likely gotten some kind of deal to do a certain # of cheap-o figs for Target...  They want something on their shelves like CHap Mei or whatnot.

It's junk...  But if it's making BBI some $ to put into other stuff, so be it.  I want WW2 figs too!

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 31, 2005, 05:48 PM »
I thought I read something about the resources being well integrated at least...  So that'll be good if it's teh case.  Like if yout ook a planet known for ores/mining, you have that for better ship production...

I like the concept of being hated by who you "control" too...  But I don't want to see too much interaction with the civilian population unless it's them acting to support or revolt against who it is controlling them.  Like I said, that's cool in a Civilization or Lords of the Realm, but when you get to Star Wars things become so vast that micro-management of civilians and their happiness becomes redundant and annoying.

I thing building strong militaries is cool, but I still don't want there to be any real way (or at least it's incredibly difficult) to become just a giant military juggernaught that's unstoppable.  Games just aren't fun if youhave no challenge from your opponent.  That was a problem with Force Commander and almost every RTS up till the "Total War" series (and even then, there was always a point in TW where you knew your winning was inevitable).  Force Commander though, it came way too early...  It was fun at the time, but it's noticeable in every strategy game so I hope they're trying to curb that... 

I will say, I always still liked mowing down my opponent even when I was unstoppable.  FC tried to curb that by making you want to conserve forces (as much as possible) toc arry over to the next mission.  That was a good idea often unrecognized (And something that EAW seemst o have incorporated in their game).  You could build troops from a weak rookie level to an advanced military if they could survive...  I liked that aspect, especially when you played as the Rebels in FC where unit conservation became kind of important since you were often limited.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 31, 2005, 11:30 AM »
I'm not a huge fan of gathering resources...  I'm not sure how they could improve on the Force Commander Point system either though.  I thought it was really perfect...  At least for combat.

I can see resource gather's place, but in galactic-scaled combat like this it is really almost trivial...  It's something that you shouldn't have to manage really,a nd it should just be assumed more than a facet of the game.  It makes more sense in games like Lords of the Realm where each county/shire's production was the means by which the county grew, survived, and defended itself...  But in Lords the control and care of the people was important...  In Star Wars gaming thepeople are too vast in number to be a micro-feature of the game, and they're more a macro thing where they're assumed taken care of.

Harvesting resources then becomes sort of silly...  At least controlling it in any real fashion...  It should be a more natural exercise that just comes with control of a planet or system...  I'd simply adapt the Force Commander point structure to the galactic conquest theme.  It's perfect.  The only thing I'd change is to make it so you can never get too much momentum going where you just become a steamroller and are unstoppable.  Not much fun in that.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Governor Tarkin
« on: July 31, 2005, 02:21 AM »
The Imperial every Star Wars fan LOVES to hate is hands down Grand Moff/Governor Tarkin.  The destroyer of planets, the cruel executor of the Emperor's "New Order", the scurge of the galaxy...  Eh, I'm getting carried away.

Governor Tarkin only had one previous figure based on his appearance in A New Hope and remains high on my list of resculpts I'd like to see at some point in the modern line...  His Revenge of the Sith figure isn't too bad though, and shows what potential for a new Classic Trilogy Tarkin exists.

The new Tarkin shows the character in his younger days, though he still closely resembles a walking corpse...  Just with better hair.

Hasbro nailed a lot of detail on the figure though, he's a solid base even for a potential classic styled variant of the same character, however I would like new legs/boots as the pants and footwear don't match up to the ANH style of Imperial Uniform...  I guess over 20 years or so the Empire changed their style somewhat.

He's not perfect...  He's a sign of the slipping levels of articulation on Collection 2 figures (nobody can tell me that a more flexible "skirt" and poseable knees isn't something they'd like on this figure just so he could sit and command people to do bad stuff), but overall he's a nice effort from Hasbro.

Anyway, go Read The Full Review, and as always hop on in and share your opinions with us. 

Since I've written this review, I will add that I have not seen the Tarkin wave of figures again...  Not once.  Granted, Hasbro's pipes seem to be pretty clogged (they need figure fiber I guess), but I hope you've got this figure in-hand because I haven't caught one on the shelves since that first day I saw about 8 of him...  *poof* all gone!

Enjoy folks!

Newbies / Re: Hola
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:39 AM »
And just as good to have you here my wafer-thin snack friend.

While I prefer regular old Lays chips (or BBQ chips), or on occassion some Ruffles, it's always nice to see Dorito's too.

Have a good time...  Any questions just ask one of us...  Enjoy the site, and have fun!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sci-Fi Hotties.. ONLY Sci-Fi
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:34 AM »
She still is pretty good too...  Good for her.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:33 AM »
Indeed DR, it looks to be a bit graphic which suits me fine.  Star Wars can be too squeaky clean at times.  The movies skirt the line at times, but often times EU's just not visually intense.  This stuff looks good though.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Diorama Bits...
« on: July 30, 2005, 01:30 AM »
The mention of Build-A-Rama came up in another thread and I thought I'd point out that they DO have some little bits for Sci-Fi dioramas (I think even the real-world stuff like oil drums and such can carry over to Sci-Fi too though).

Dunno if you guys have seen them though, so here's pics of the sci-fi stuff.  Kinda neat.  If you do buy this stuff, push the owner (Mark) to do more Sci-Fi things...  Give him ideas, but bare in mind he works in resins which are costlier in general to produce items, and he does this stuff himself so things can get expensive if you go "big".
Cargo Crates & A Generator Thingie

I don't mean to do too much advertising for the guy as he's not a sponsor, but I do believe he's good for the hobby...  Mention where you came from, push the Sci-Fi stuff and that you'd dig seeing other items...  You just might get it (this stuff came about after I hastled him about simply DOING Sci-Fi stuff so he does listen some).

Mark is definitely a nice guy to deal with though, he does great work too...  Just look at the more expansive military lines.  He even does figure accessories too, so imagine what he could do for Star Wars figures even!

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