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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:29 AM »
I'm sorry, but when games have advanced BEYOND the engine used for the Galactic Battlegrounds games, and advanced beyond them significantly and effectively to deliver a popular 3-D RTS gaming experience, I just can't agree that you don't need 3-D gaming.

It enhances realism, it creates an atmosphere where strategy is a necessity, not simple plotting and movement.  You simply can't game 2-D with any "realistic" need for strategy.  It changes the dynamics completely.

I can't play a game like Medeival Total War, or Rome Total War, or even Force Commander, and go back to enjoying 2-D RTS gaming.  There's no challenge really.

I blew through Galactic Battlegrounds in like a week without even trying hard...  Not to mention the monotinous repetitive feel 2-D RTS gaming gives off with little reason to replay.  Blah.  Not a fan of that at all.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:22 AM »
It's an interesting situation really...  "tweaking" the mold to a toy is a bigger process than one can imagine.  It, as is my understanding, usually requires a new mold anyway, it's just based on an established sculpt.  Not sure on that, as I don't know specifically how capable Hasbro's manufacturing facilities would be to actually just alter an existing mold, but I know other companies are not capable of doing that...  So I'd think Hasbro would be limited in that way, but who knows.

Scott's right though, it boils down to it being more work than just ordering the manufacturer to alter the paint application order... 

One could say, "well yeah, but it'd cost more", but the reality is that the profit margin on sets like this is so spiffy for Hasbro, that it is a bit frustrating that one new "tweak" isn't done.  I doubt a new head mold for astromechs would really make the sets less of a success for everyone involved, ya know?

Another factor though, and maybe a good one to NOT get R5-D4 in these, is that maybe Hasbro felt R5 should be a basic figure...  sorta released en masse.  I know customizers will have a field day with the figure when it's eventually released...  Astromechs seem to be kind of popular, and almost like army builder figures.  Just a random thought.

I agree that the dome wouldn't cost them enough to be cost prohibitive...  Those sets are profit with really negligible costs.  That's what sucked so bad about the EE Clone set's price to me.  Short of them being REALLY limited  production items, which I don't bite.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:10 AM »
Lots of possibilities here, and Endor's one of the areas of Star Wars that REALLY needs lots of resculpts and new figures to it too.  One of the remaining untapped "scenes".

There's lots I'd like, but these are my top wants:

-SA Endor Luke...  Softgoods poncho, helmet, rem. belt, saber (hooks to belt), blaster (I'm forgetting if he had one on his belt)...  And ideal would be a removable vest under his poncho so he could double as a Death Star Luke too.  One can dream.

-SA Leia Endor...  Same as Luke, just different gear of course... 

-SA Han Solo Endor...  Softgoods trenchcoat would be fantastic at this stage of the game.

-SA Scouttrooper...  Name says it all.  Include ball/socket hips for riding speederbikes and that'd be sweet.

-SA Endor Soldier...  I'd really dig both the distinct uniforms getting a SA resculpt.  POTF2's all-green, and the Saga's uniform that didn't have the heavier coat over it.  The Endor Rebels have gotten the shaft though.

-SA Dressellian Commando...  No eyepatch, or at least an eyepatch you can take off for a neutral or Orrimarko figure.  Softgoods cape would rock too, so you could put the hood up.

-Rebel in Bikerscout Disguise...  If they did an SA Bikerscout, I'd dig this character down the line.  Removable helmet, and I'd be set.

-SA Death Star Trooper...  The bummer with him is that the DST's on Endor had on jumpsuits.  They weren't the ANH guys in tunics and jagdpuhr trousers.  I'd almost rather they did an SA style of the ANH DST, and kitbashed the jumpsuited Death Star Troopers...  I'd take complete resculpts of both though, of course. :)

-Imperial Officer...  Lots of possibilities there, from anything from Jerjerrod to a generic guy.

-Ewok Damage VOTC Stormtrooper...  See the VOTC Stormie re-released with scuffs on him.  Maybe an arrow you can attach to a chink in his armor? :)

-Ewoks...  Almost anything is acceptable at this point, though re-releases don't interest me.

And on that note...

I really think an Ewok army builder 2-pack (or larger multi-pack) would be fantastic.  My ideal would be this:

-Ework 4-pack (or more)...  Complete re-use of the Teebo sculpt (it's the most articulated, neutral size/sculpt).  Multiple fur colors/patterns (all unique).  Wicket figure's hood cast in multiple colors.  Multiple weapons (bows, quivers, pouches/belts, spears, stone axes).

It'd be great if the Ewoks were named...  If the hoods were all new, you could sorta clean out some of the vintage figures that we haven't gotten yet, but I'd be ok with generic warriors too and just let the vintage figs get taken care of in the basic line.

I'd love this Ewok set though, but sadly it seems like Hasbro has Ewok-phobia.  Funny how kids are always considered so important to Hasbro publicly, but one of the most kid-friendly characters/species in the SW galaxy is so grossly overlooked by them.

I love Ewoks myself...  They're actually some of my favorite characters (and a sequence in the trilogy I enjoy) but they just don't get much play as action figures from Hasbro.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:50 AM »
Target sometimes surprises people on exclusives, but they are the company that tends to be a crapshoot.  Wal-Mart a close second on that issue then.  So far, only KB, TRU, and K-Mart (little to go by there) are reliable with getting in "enough".

Target...  The B-Wing was easy to find, while Y-Wings were non-existant for I'd say the majority.  Some saw the Skiff in droves while others I hear couldn't find one for the life of them.  The 12" Biker scout was rare to many while the Leia and Luke were easy to find...  The accessory sets were pretty easy to find overall, but the cup sets seem like a mix of tough ones to find and some that are relatively easy.

For me, the Target Vader was something you were screwed on getting if you didnt' get in line for the ticket...  The Target Clone I found at numerous stores in good numbers just sitting there, and after a couple weeks they finally were gone.   :-\  It was a weird situation.

About retail's current stagnant state, I agree wholeheartedly with you Dressel, that suddenly Mas Ameda became pegwarmer extrordinaire while the Neimodian has dwindled in comparison.

Not to say I can't find a Neimodian Gunner, or Clone Pilot, but neither are nearly as significant as they used to be, and in my area Mas Ameda's overtaken both in pegwarmer status.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #56 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:44 AM »
Very nice indeed...  Looks like potentially ball/socket ankles there, which is great.  A nice SA Obi-Wan.  There's yet to be a really good AOTC Obi-Wan even, and ROTS has the semi-OK Collection 1's but this guy look great.

Not a fan of the robe myself...  It looks ok, but for siting in a cockpit it looks impossible.  Bust out those softgoods robes I guess.

Tons of articulation and what appears to be a hilt you can clip to the belt too?  Nice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro SDCC 2005 QnA
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:34 AM »
Matt PM'd me today sometime...  Said he was in the hills of West Virginia, and something about me helping him get to the Canadian border...  Something about Dale being there with a "get-away" car.

I told him I was washing my hair.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Stealth Clone Trooper
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:32 AM »
It looks like urban/night cammo paintjobs on modern military actually...  Matches in with sharp lines of urban environments and shadow lines...  more blotchy patterns are generally reserved for less "structured" environments than cityscapes.  It seemingly had some thought put into it.

I'm a fan of the non-movie characters...  EU, Fan-Fic, or whatever label they deserve, they look like they fit in with Star Wars to me...  I'm a fan of various EU sources though too, so I like the expansion of the toy line to reflect the expansion of the SW galaxy too.  I'm very pro-EU figures in this line, and since new EU's a rarity in the line, repainted Clones suit me fine to fill the void.  Of course, price/availability are a whole other can of worms, but this dark colored Clone actually rocks to me...  He'll be among my favorites I think.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 17, 2005, 02:31 AM »
If that picture holds true to the retail release, that Obi's definitely the Pilot figure mostly...  I can tell by the left arm's thinness at the top, the left hand's weird look due to the magnet in it, the skirt-piece, the legs...  The head's the only mystery now.

That Mace's head, to me, looks like the Deluxe AOTC Mace Windu w/Battledroid if I had to put a name to it.  It's the only Mace with teeth showing I can think of that isn't open-jawed.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Tusken Raider army building
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:48 AM »
I'd be all for a VOTC styled Tusken myself...  Super articulation, good ratty softgoods robes (the softgoods skirt on the Bantha Tusken looks really nice), some good weaponry and removable bandoleirs...  Could be great.

I dig the Tuskens a lot, but their figures have been sorta dull over the years.  It's funny how exciting the repaint of the POTJ Sniper figure turned out to be in OTC.  Good paintjob for sure...  I have a nice army of all the different sculpts, and evne the POTF2 ones still sorta fit in.  I'd still take a SA Tusken Raider though for that all-purpose Sandperson.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:43 AM »
From a customizer's POV, not all current astromech molds are compatible...  How does that translate into potential GOOD news for us?

Well, the R3-T7 dome, I don't THINK, is compatible with say the Naboo R2 body...  However the mold for the Star Tours R3 exists and wasn't terribly different than the Naboo R2 body (if not identical) so they have a stationary R3...

To me ideal would be, even though I dislike the wheels, the R4 from the Preview Wave for ROTS.  I'd dig seeing it, as the way the leg drops but the dome still moves completely without the feature hindering it makes it ideal.  The little wheels are a bit silly to me, but the figure has the best overall sculpt for an astromech.  The back-up incase the R3 dome isn't compatible (I doubt it would be) is R3-T7's highly articulated body for the R3 droids.

I'm surprised no R4 ("Real" R4's, like M9 and stuff) aren't on that list if I recall...  That'd have been cool.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:39 AM »
Bummer Jared, but nice of you to take the time to ask the questions that matter too.

Hasbro's probably regretting that thing getting announced right prior to the show. 

Glad I didn't preorder...  The cards are nice I'm sure but not on my priority list to own, not by a longshot.  I'd love a new ROTJ Wedge and ESB Wedge, but guess they're maybe down the road figures.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro SDCC 2005 QnA
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:37 AM »
The brief synopsis of the Q&A has me calmed down a bit and a little less annoyed with the repacks of before.  Those 3 resculpts look very very good and so does the new packaging.

I'm back to guarded optimism.

I'm right there with you Rob...  It's amazing what 3 impressive looking 3 new figures can do for the old outlook.  Plus there's always encouragement that Hasbro's going to go the extra mile to get Clones out...  albeit long after the film's been in any limelight, but they may still be putting forth the effort for us.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:35 AM »
Thanks to the handy-dandy-image above (and now below), the Obi-Wan is a Saga/AOTC Pilot Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, sans robe, and with a seemingly different head.  At least I don't see a Jedi pilot headband on him there.  That's definitely not the Ackley Obi-Wan though, and not the Outlander Club Obi-Wan that was a different pose and articulated.  May be either of those figure's head though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:27 AM »

Here's the Clones from SDCC...  Jared went nuts taking great pictures.  Really great quality work from Jared and Matt out there, so browse the San Diego Comic Con coverage on our front page for more shots (I love that Sandtrooper figure).

The Evolutions sets were found around Pittsburgh for $17.95 I believe, so prices may vary depending where you nab stuff.  I found the battlepacks, but no Evo's out in my area...  Looked like someone had hit the local KM before me actually so perhaps I just missed 'em.

I think $20's reasonable...  Not the best price, but not the worst either by far.  Condensing 3 figures into a relatively standardized package SHOULD come at a price decrease, and from VOTC to Evolutions we've seen that.  Lots of accessories helps these sets too, as an increase in value... 

BTW, that improved Sandtrooper heavy rifle just ain't gettin' enough love.  It's a minor detail, but man I love that thing.  Complete with the different color leather sling.  Nice.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:17 AM »
Empire At War is on pre-order at Lucasarts already.  You get a spiffy mousepad I think if you pre-order...  Yay.

Linky Right Here

The game does look promising...  I'm not sure (after reading some stuff in Game Informer) that this game won't be without flaw though...  To simplify the game (and taking away from realism, subsequently), the fighter and capital ship combat are on different "planes".  I dunno how this plays out really, but I think it's so things aren't so hectic and confusing, yet the fighters and capital ships still interact...  Whatever.

I still hate the look of the tanks.  There seems to only be two types in screenshots, an Imperial TIE Crawler which I've already mentioned why I don't like it (doesn't resemble any currently existing designs of the TIE Crawler), and the Rebel tank which looks awkward and somehow incredibly inefficient.

The tanks don't look like the other pre-established armor in Star Wars...  The angles, the lines...  They're just not there.  So to me they look designed for another genre...

Beyond that, it looks like you can maybe field a LOT of units, and that's a plus.  I think SW games need that huge scale.  Force Commander lacked that with only 60 units on the field for each side...  It looked like **** trying to field infantry really because you couldn't get a big swarm of guys since each dude counted for an individual unit.  I think EaW has infantry in squads or platoons that deplete as they take damage maybe?  Just a guess there, but it's how infantry and people and stuff are formed in games like ME:TW.

Anycrap, there you go...  The game's not due out till next year, like Feb.  Holy moly!  :-\

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