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Saga Collection '06 / Re: VOTC and OTC Returns in 2006!
« on: June 1, 2005, 12:32 AM »
I'm really at odds with myself on this one...

I agree with Scott that, at best, these are $8 figures...  The bubble and cardbacks were special, they took extra work/effort...  Packaging can be pricey, and that was probably as price (per item) as it gets.

If they're doing every figure from the vintage line (I'm somehow doubtful of that, but one never knows) then I think the cost of packaging becomes somewhat negated...

I'm not AGAINST more VOTC...  I think the quality in the VOTC is unmatched, even in ROTS's line (short of their SA figures and perhaps the Royal Guard/Senate Guard).

So to that end, I'd like more VOTC, but at $10 a pop I'm hesitant to let out a big "Yay!" on this one.  I guess we'll have to see what manner the VOTC could pan out.

I'm glad to hear the OTC style in general will come back.  I think it's the best to-date, and the most representative of Star Wars as a franchise.  I'm not a packaging fan, that's why I generally don't touch on it in my reviews, but even I was saving some of those OTC cardbacks.  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Where's Worse?
« on: May 31, 2005, 08:29 PM »
The only sign of intelligent life in Cleveland is the sign that says how far it is to Pittsburgh.

I vote Cleveland...  The armpit of America.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Diddly and Muftak!!
« on: May 31, 2005, 08:28 PM »
Happy Birthday to Diddly and Muftak...  Have a good one guys.

And Dale, I knew it!

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The thing about the Utapau warrior is that Medon's NOT taller than a human by much really...  Those guys others are citing, I almost wonder if they aren't just officials overseeing things with the Clones?  Maybe not POW's?

I thought they were prisoners at one point too, but the outfits seem more ornate (making them taller then perhaps), and they're not the same as Medon as far as height goes.  He's right around Kenobi's height in the film.

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1) Commander Cody

2) Coruscant Firefighter

3) Random Human Jedi (Male)

4) SA Sidious/Palpatine (red robes/Mace fight)

5) SA Utapau Clone

6) SA Kashyyk Clone (BARC Trooper?)

7) Commander Gree

8 ) SA SnowClone

9) New Battledroid (leg articulation, better plastic)

10) More White Clones...  SA preferred.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Tank Droid
« on: May 31, 2005, 12:29 AM »
If done to-scale, it's probably one of my top vehicle wants right now...  that Hasbro's capable of doing properly anyway.

Working center tread would be great...  It's a fairly small vehicle, it's "exciting" in a way...  Was in a great action sequence and would complement the Wookiee Copter well enough...  I'd take one for sure, just so long as it's not fudged as far as numbers go.  I'd take a few actually since they were so numerous.  3 sounds about right, if not more.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Store Wars
« on: May 30, 2005, 04:08 AM »
They had a better Fleet Trooper (made out of vegetables) than Hasbro has done.    ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So how many times have you seen it?
« on: May 30, 2005, 03:14 AM »
4 after this weekend...  Would like to see it more but I'd be flying solo on that I fear.  My friends are tapped out and the gf said once was enough.  Damn.

May have to do the matinee any way for it...  Wish we had a digital screen within driving distance, but unfortunately it seems the armpit of U.S. (Cleveland) is the only place even remotely close with one...  unless the theater opening in July has one at it.   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Pics to Names!
« on: May 30, 2005, 03:11 AM »
Man, Matt got to take Lucas to Hooters at some point at C3...  Now that's dedication.

The old man's havin' a good time, but no pointing at Lucas's hooters Matt.  He's likely sensitive about that.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday DSJ!!
« on: May 30, 2005, 03:09 AM »
Happy (Late) B-Day's to Chuckles and Famine...  Sorry for the late wishes...

And happy B-Day to Dale...  I was going to photoshop you into a picture of "The Last Supper" but didn't have time.  Ah what the hell, you're probably in there anyway. :)

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Greivous' Cough?
« on: May 30, 2005, 02:59 AM »
I've heard the Shaak Ti scene as well...  I think it would've made Grievous a more pivotal enemy...  A threat at least.  The film kinda made him out to be a pansy, and without the toon he really wouldn't be cool to me otherwise.

He did whip up on Obi-Wan for a while though...  That's something I guess.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 30, 2005, 02:52 AM »
Without a doubt Dressel...  That was a choice I'd thrown out myself to others.  The Rebel Soldier's evolution in the classic trilogy is great, and that makes a fantastic army builder set itself. 

On the Endor soldier in that set, I think I'd want a POTF2-styled Endor Soldier over the Saga one...  I like the guys in the full camo duds.  I think they're more representative of them in combat.  I'd just hope the upper body of the Saga figure could be put on poseable lower legs from an Evolution set trooper then.  It works with the POTF2 legs so far...  They just need to be poseable. :)

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Greivous' Cough?
« on: May 29, 2005, 05:38 PM »
True, but any # of reasons for Obi-Wan leaving could've been concocted as well, and made sense...  He could've gone to Utapau after the Separatist leaders even, no Grievous necessary, had it been known they were there, and they simply escaped to Mustafar...  That would tie in with why Palpatine wanted Anakin appointed to that job as well...

I like Grievous myself...  I just think he wasn't a necessity, but he worked well for what he was.  He was cooler in the cartoons than in the film though, as far as "wow" factor would go.

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Hmmm, Photobucket's who I hear the best news about short of opening up your own site...  I went there to just host pics online when I want to.

I'm sure someone will give some better advice on this than I can.

Most people seem to create their own site...  WIth the # of figs you churn out, that may be a better option for you DD, over a simple image hosting site.  :-\  Then again, there's quite crappy website hosts too, like Geocities who I cannot STAND seeing customs posted on...  Gotta be someone reliable though somewhere online.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jedi = Star Trek red shirts?
« on: May 28, 2005, 04:11 AM »
I agree with Jason pretty much...

Palpatine, to me, wholely caught the quartet by surprise...  That's how I'll forever justify the sequence in mymind. I'm disappointed slightly by the quick deaths of 3 of them, and felt it was the weakest fight sequence of the film, but I try to attribute the surprise factor (with perhaps a bit of handy work with the force to kind of "stun" them as well?  It's a force ability that shows up in some EU and is quite effective) as the key to that...

The Jedi falling to the Clones though, that harkens back to Anakin's sorta naieve view of the Jedi (this isn't a slight on OUR views of the Jedi either, as being "super heroes", so don't take it that way) when he was a child. 

Anakin felt they were indestructable...  As a child, he saw them as even omnipotent really, and capable of anything.  Qui-Gon explicitly said that he only wished that were so...  Perhaps he was being a bit humble, but If Jedi were not able to fall easily like anyone else then their situations wouldn't be as scary either.

I think a Jedi's ability to sense that which is taking place around him varies...  Some, like Yoda, are able to clearly sense their situation, while others aren't...  The Jedi in battle were focused elsewhere...  We don't see really how valiant an effort was made at the Temple...  Factor in surprise (with the lack of focus) and all that, and I see the Jedi deaths as tragic betrayal.  Betrayal that, to the Jedi, maybe was as hard to swallow as Anakin's betrayal is for Obi-Wan.

I was thinking the other night how bonds may grow witht he Clones...  Some Jedi may see them as tools, others may see them as comrades though (Obi-Wan seemed to view them as a mix, but in the end they are there to "do their job").  Maybe other Jedi are so caught off guard by the betrayal of soldiers they've perhaps fought alongside for some years even, then they are really beyond surprise.  Maybe again it's a sign of how attachment can be the undoing of a Jedi even?

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