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Messages - Jesse James

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Bought Mace opening day...  The concept is great, the execution didn't live up though.  Mine's limbs are wobbly over time, which sucks.  His shoulders do protrude awkwardly.  His skin tone is goofy the more I look at it, as is his expression.  I just don't see Sam Jackson there.

His legs have no real articulation (softgoods and bendable knees, regardless of a feature, would've helped), and ultimately I'd agree with the notion he's short as well...  with no neck seemingly.

I would, and this is sad but true, still rank him superior to every Jedi from Saga's initial release.  He's better than Shaak Ti, Luminara, Plo, Sae See, Kit Fisto, etc...  All from Saga.  He's an abysmal failure compared to any Collection 2 Jedi from ROTS though.

I'd love to see a Col. 2 Mace done utilizing mostly just parts from Kolar, or whatever.  Save a buck and reuse some parts Hasbro, that's fine, but just deliver a better ROTS Mace.  Hell deliver a single GOOD Mace.  That would be amazing in and of itself since he's yet to get a truly great figure.

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: April 10, 2005, 03:23 AM »
I wound up wiht extras of the Outlander wave for $5 each, a couple E1 battledroids for $3-ish each.  I got an IMp. officer (blonde variant) for $5 as well.

I got two beast/junk thingies for customizing.  One's going to be a neat Stormtrooper mount on a swamp planet with another one (it's actually dino bones of some sort) I'll use for a diorama piece.

Got a G.I. Joe I wanted for $8 just for his one accessory thing.  Very cool piece I plan to use for customs.

Nabbed a couple ROTS figs on the way home but nothing special.

Didn't buy much, just wnet home dead-ass tired and slept most of the evening.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: April 8, 2005, 10:36 PM »
That shot of Coruscant, especially towards the bottom there, looks like the Death Star's surface.

Almost intentional maybe?

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: April 8, 2005, 07:27 PM »
The Sneak Preview Wookie Warrior?  Or are the 41-44 figures showing up already?

It's just the sneak preview wookie (I think, I haven't picked them up off her yet) Rob...  I never got too many of him and I'm wanting to nab more actually, so that's how he snuck into there.  My area's pretty dry on preview wave figures though.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: April 8, 2005, 07:25 PM »
Yeah I was thinking a headswap may be in order too.  I'm not terribly displeased with the Anakin and Obi, but if anything comes of this I now would like more realistic CW figures...

The paint on those examples is definitely hand-painted (not even very well might i add) so I wouldn't expect the final ones to look that way.  Sadly though, the hand-painted copies often look BETTER than the production samples, so that has me a tad worried that Anakin and Obi are really gonna blow when we see the final figures.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: April 8, 2005, 11:42 AM »
No Clone - Stormie, but judging by the pic of Vader I can only imagine the coolness that could be an E2 & 3 Clone, and then a Stormie. 

That Anakin looks very figure-licious.

EDIT:

BTW, at the same time, it takes balls the size of church bells to EVER re-release that Geonosis Arena Mace.  I mean, whatever guy at Hasbro said "Let's put this guy back into circulation!" must walk like John Wayne with the sack he's lugging around. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Super Rare Royal Guard Auction....
« on: April 8, 2005, 11:41 AM »
Well with all caps replies, you know she's trying to drive a point home.  Perhaps she's onto something Rob....  you newbie.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 8, 2005, 11:17 AM »
Well I just wanted to post in it one last time and gloat because I can.  So bite me.

Oh, and I was unbanned at Scum but I'm taking a break, for a possibly extended period...  I figured it pertinent to update my status though, and "play fair" with that.  I was unbanned a couple days ago but too busy to get on letting anyone know.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Fun with the Military!
« on: April 8, 2005, 10:47 AM »
Actually have a working theory on that...

Porkins, if you disregard the BS EU that he tinkers iwth his ship and it crashed, and if you go with the film's context which IMPLIES he's caught in crossfire from the surface, is the key...  Another instance I feel implies my theory's the "reason" is Luke's "getting singed" on his strafe run.

The theory I have working is that the closer you get to the surface, the more intensely tight the crossfire produced by the surface guns is, and the easier it is for the Empire to shoot you down with their gunnery teams.

This applies somewhat to Earth Naval/Air combat from the 20th Cent...  Low "Deck" level attacks often were met with more accurate fire, etc...  One could assume SW gun turrets are maybe more accurate as well anyway.

The attack run on the trench then requires a sharp dive into the trench, eliminating the majority of the surface guns being able to draw fire on you...  The key is the thought that the gunnery crews on the surface ARE accurate enough to shoot fighters down (as the film implies that they do with Porkins, and almost burn Luke too), but that the fighters are maintaining a certain "ceiling" while drawing the Imperial fighters away as best they can, and waiting for run after run to take place.

Some EU helps support it too, namely the flight sims...  The closer you get to any capital ship, the more intense and accurate the fire is from its gun turrets.  They can really paste you good, and firing warheads is a trick all its own where you have to fly in close and "dumbfire" most of the time to get an accurate hit, as the warheads are relatively easy to shoot down when they're flying at a locked target from a distance.

The exhaust port attack would've been somewhat of a "dumbfire" shot (for Luke it was completely so) with the more simplistic targeting computer helping the pilot manually aim, rather than the EU "lock" system the HUD uses, but which can throw the warhead's aim off...  Hard to explain really, but if you've played the game it actually makes sense and jives with the films even though the targeting screen isn't an available feature in the games at all (save for the Rogue Squad games).

In that sense, the attack on the DS1 makes complete sense, but you just have to buy into the DS Gunners being accurate at close range, which I do tend to agree with.  I hate that BS EU story that says Porkins screwed his controls up and THAT is why he's offed.  Give them gunners some credit dammit! :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: April 8, 2005, 10:25 AM »
I'm curious, and I'm just guessing now that Tarful's a Col. 1 figure too, but what is his deal with the articulation.

Not terrible arm articulation, could use wrists though (reuse VOTC CHewie's even...  Save a buck on sculpt/tooling), but what's up with his legs?

Why are they jointed, but only twist.  Am I missing something?  Does he have knee articulation?  I can't tell, honestly.  Mine's legs just spin, which is an incredible waste of time/$ tooling an articulation on both legs that serves no purpose, but whatever...

Anyone have insight?  Is there a knee joint there I'm missing all together or something?

BTW that bowcaster blows something fierce too.  Yikes. :(

Nice bland figure, but not $6-ish nice.

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God forbid they read the, "Please shower before you go to the show" posts pertaining to C3 then.  Wouldn't want anyone getting a wrong impression.   ;D

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: April 8, 2005, 06:26 AM »
Well, I do Bob, but I've got sets so I'm keeping that junk together.

I'll talk to you Saturday most likely...  Well, god willing I get this paper to where I'm content...  I'll likely just call you during the show this time so I'm not searching you out like last time, haha.

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Conventions / Re: 2005 San Diego Comic Con
« on: April 8, 2005, 06:25 AM »
***Raises his hand for help***

Like I'd ever get to F'n SDCC.   ::)

Having gotten Palps though, and maybe Yoda here, I'm kinda getting into these Holo figures some.  Don't wanna quit now.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: April 8, 2005, 05:38 AM »
I don't have the mail any longer, but it was very nice, but not particularly informative either Paul.

Hard to say where this line stands.  They were pushing it at Toy Fair I know, and didn't have a buyer at that point.  it could be just in production, or still shopping it around.  Hard to say right now but I too am a little dejected to not hear more.

I'm sorta amped about the Terminator and Planet of the Apes lines though, those are cool.  Wish more military stuff was rolling around, but so far the Marines have been the highlight of '05.  :(

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Hey Ook,

I've passed that along so we'll see.  It's a bit of work I think, and we're all bogged down at the moment, but the suggestion's in the proper ears now, just so ya know we're not ignoring you.  :)

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