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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Separatist Leaders
« on: June 24, 2005, 11:43 PM »
I'd like to see a screenscene of three, especially the Quarren and Aqualish...  Not repeats of the others though.

Were the Banking Clan guys in E3?  Or were they absent and perhaps taken out of the war as per the Clone Wars episodes where the ARC's were featured on their planet?  I recall them losing to the Republic in that and seeing San Hill guys getting led away, but was he one of them because I don't recall him in E3 at all.

But that stuff aside, I definitely would take 3 of the yet-to-be-mades in a screen scene that maybe featured some Mustafar technical set pieces...  They had small holo-tables they were watching of the various fronts it seemed.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: June 24, 2005, 11:36 PM »
I'm disappointed with the figure (as all pack-ins have sorta sucked) but I do like the vehicle.  It's to-scale and that works for me, plus you can load a Wookiee in the gunner's seat.

I'll take a couple of these I think...  I may take a 3rd for a downed one too.  At $15 too, that's pretty cheap to do a custom with the vehicle.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: June 23, 2005, 10:27 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050623/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_lemieux_labor_1

Man, this guy just gets me pumped for hockey in this town again, even in 80+ degree weather. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: June 23, 2005, 10:03 PM »
We're still hovering at $2.19...   Lovely.

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 23, 2005, 06:09 PM »
I agree totally on the Greenshirts John C.  Their heads are incredibly weird...  Not to mention that, and this maybe seems an odd reason to some (especially as a Joe complaint), but in the military I think goatees and beards are frowned upon unless you're told to grow one (as is sometimes the case in the Middle-East).

Weird reason to hate those headsculpts, but to me they were being rather goofy about giving everyone a 90's kinda update with the facial hair when the Greenshirts in the cartoon were really just regular looking army guys...  Young faces, no facial hair...  They looked like strict military.  They should've just done a variety of clean shaven guys and maybe one chick greenshirt (would've been neat I think) out of the 6 that used the original Scarlet's body or something.

And I don't know about you guys, but I'd sooner buy 6 guys that look like Snowjob with different heads than buy 6 guys I couldn't pick out of a lineup EXCEPT the Snowjob.  I mean, who the hell  is the transluscent guy even?  I don't recall a Joe equivalent to Zartan but, whatever.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Land of the Dead
« on: June 23, 2005, 02:55 PM »
First gas station was in Pittsburgh too, but the sight it was at is A) in a bad part of town, and B) is only marked by a little plaquard that you don't wanna stand around long enough to read for fear of death.  :)

At least that's what I think I recall learning at the Heinz History Center during my bull**** Sociology course.

So the premiere was good?  Funny that Jordan was there...  There's a lotta celebs in town right now for the Lemieux invitational...  May have to check the movie out just to see the Pitt references actually...  I was gonna wait for DVD on it simply because I'm cheap.

Sounds like it was fun Bob, wish I could've gone.  My buddy owns a hearse and is trying to fix it up to dragrace some.  I doubt he does, he just talks a lot, and he's cheap so he won't sell it for even what it is worth (wants more) or I'd buy it from him.  Hearse's make for a sweet ride.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Name that flick!
« on: June 23, 2005, 02:51 PM »
Wow...   :-\

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 23, 2005, 10:55 AM »
I didn't realize you were a Joe fan Paul...

Is their con this weekend? 

It's funny how a toy line, not even tied to a film or anything, has its own yearly con, haha.  :) 

That Winter Ops set is terrible...  Had they done something where they took like Snowjob's body and put a Snake Eyes, Duke, Flint, etc. head on it, painted it in the classic cartoon style (and packed in just a white Snowjob figure), then that would've been a real Snow Ops set.  Try to pattern it after the cartoon, ya know?

The Imperial Procession is weird too...  I like the Baroness, and CC is ok looking...  The throne's lame though, as are the guard figures, and the accessories...  Just strange.

An Oktober Guard set would do well I think if you could get them all in one 6-pack...  I think another Cobra Trooper set (and a Snowserpent set) would go over well if done right also. 

Joe is a tempting line at times, especially with all the retro stuff. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:55 AM »
Deluxe are a big pain to find here...  I want Spider Droids, Crab Droids, and Vader w/Table (I'd like to find one or two of the variants as well) and I'll be damned if any of those sit at all.

Id' kinda dig the Clone color variants (and sell off the whites I get) but those of course don't sit.  The sets tend to not interest me too much though so they're not as important to me...  Those droids and Vader though I'd really REALLY like to find.   :-\

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Happy for the "Slow Down"?
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:53 AM »
spaced things out with ROTS...  Skipping lots of Collection 1 (It's sold surprisingly well but still everythign is obtainable for retail or less if you look), and waiting on lots of things in general helped me out by simply spacing out my spending...  I did that and it's worked well for me.

I've managed to pick up things here and there...  I just got Bail the other day, for instance, and that's been a help...  I've spaced out some of my army building too with what actually "sits" like Clone Pilots, Wookiee Warriors (Preview one, however it's sold better since the movie hit so I missed out some on it), and the Neimodian...  The Jedi I spaced out as well but now I have them all.

Sales paid off then when prices DID drop a little after 4/2...  The slowdown was ok, but I was buying all along, just not buying lots at any one time.

Now though I'm behind...  I am way behind on Deluxe figures which I don't like to be behind on...  I want that Vader w/Table SO bad but never find it.  Never seen a Crab Droid.  Vulture Droids aren't common at all...  It's a rough situation there.  Another slowdown may be nice to help me get caught up.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:48 AM »
That's something I think is a rarity in my area...  At least if it happens it's a really minimal thing that goes under the radar (at least my radar). 

Our stores are pretty bare...  They could all use some restocking.  The AskAak wave was in ok abundance the other day at a local WM but those pegs were still pretty bare even with a restock... 

And I'm still amazed that the AT-RT continues to sell out.  I mean, that thing just won't sit still.  It's a great vehicle, crap figure, but just damn popular.  Gotta love that.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:44 AM »
I have about 29 Clones as of my count the other night...  A meager army compared to some, but thanks to Paul Mundheim I've done a lot better than I would've on my own.  I've still yet to see an AT-TE Gunner in stores but Paul got me two... 

I like it but it's not a figure I want a ton of due to the articulation and pose.  I'll deal with #6 and #41's just fine.

I picked up a lay-away the other day of 9 Clones (mostly 41's) and man I just love how these Clones look all together.  Fantastic little line-up.  Not gonna quit anytime soon I think, but then again the sheer lack of figures (Clones that is) makes it easy to pace myself I guess.   

Paul's the only one who makes me feel like I'm overspending!  hah, thanks man! :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:41 AM »
Given how low my opinion of TRU keeps going, I wouldn't be surprised.  They seem to really just not be in touch with anything about the toy industry and it's shift towards adult collectors/appeal. 

I have a pre-order for the Clone set on Amazon (hah, we'll see if I ever get it) as a "just in case I can't find these in abundance" dealie.  I'm really hoping these ship en masse to retail though because I've probably NOT looked forward to anything this much except MAYBE the VOTC figures (their price makes them less appealing than these Evolutions sets though, obviously).

The way Hasbro's gone since last year, I've been pretty pleased with the company.  VOTC was a big hit, and the Evolutions assortment is just such a spiffy little series.  I'm hoping this continues ina  BIG way.  This is a primo means to get a lotta POTF2 stuff resculpted to fit in with the line as it stands today.  Hasbro's come a long way in a span of about 2 years.  They spun their wheels for a majority of the time but I applaud efforts like these sets.  They're really quite amazing compared to other toy lines on the market.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:36 AM »
I'm passing on this one...if it was a two piece helmet or a full meditation chamber...then I'd bite.  But with the superior Evolutions Vader, I can live without this one methinks unless I get one in trade or JD gives one away, then I'd take it :P

I'm torn, but I have the same beef with it that you do Scott.  Had it been the full chamber I KNOW I'd be very interested in the piece, but Hasbro cheaped out and made it a less than stellar figure.  And I agree also that the Evo figure is superior anyway...  So I'm contemplating why I would bother with this.  It looks nice packaged, but I'm not much of a packaged guy...  I dunno. 

I may get it just to leave boxed (like the 25th sets), but I'm still very disappointed in the execution of it.  All it needed to be was the complete meditation chamber for me to change my opinion on it though...  I could stand a "lesser" figure if we got a nice item to display OUT of the box. 

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Not All Clones Are Made Alike?
« on: June 23, 2005, 08:07 AM »
The mix of faces in that scene was noticed by some the night the movie premiered...  I looked in subsequent viewings and to me I'm just telling myself they're Jango Clones at various states.  I have a very linear view of things right now though that I'm comfortable with.

I view it as the Clone Wars are just Jango Clones...  Jango's are phased out then for recruits and by the time ANH rolls around there's no Clones in existance despite any EU to the contrary...  My opinion may change to include some Clone Divisions (Not sentients mixed with Clones though, id on't like that concept), or divisions commanded by sentients in ranks only as low as non-com officers (Sergeants) or higher while Clones serve as the "Troopers" that take the orders.

Right now I'm sticking with there being no Clones in the classic era though, as per the Thrawn Trilogy where Cloning is actually the Imperial's Plan B incase the populace turns on them.  To me though, the end of ROTS left me with the impression that the majority WANTED the Empire, even many aliens, and thoughts to the contrary were "unpatriotic".  I rather liked that aspect of the film that gave me that impression.

It leaves that 20 or so year gap for the Empire to establish itself, and for those lines to be drawn where some people/species are starting to get the shaft because they cling to the ideals the Republic had that they liked...  They maybe even supported the Empire's Creation at first, but the vast majority still support the EMpire and these people who are having their toes stepped on are (in galactic terms) a minority.  It's a subtle thing that shows up in privatized business being infringed upon, or military conscription becoming rampant...  It's good for many but some disagree. 

And some people are just won over because the Empire does all the things it promises and maybe more, while the Republic didn't deliver.  The Neimodians, for instance, get some punishment under the Empire and Naboo applauds the effort and sides with the Empire...  At some point the Empire becomes bad to them for whatever reason (thus their celebration sequence), but at another time (I dn't view the ROTJ celebrations as being really sequential...  Just my POV).

Sorry for the side rant, just was thinking out loud some about how I'm hashing out the period of the Clone Wars and its transition to the Empire of the classic trilogy...  Something about me just loves the idea that the Empire is a loved system by the galactic majority, whether it's "good" or not to us who have the privalege of knwoing EVERYTHING about the story.

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