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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone Trooper #6 - Worth Army Building
« on: April 2, 2005, 07:53 PM »
I agree he's pretty good as well CHEWIE.  Better than I'd imagined by quite a bit.  Plus his shoulders don't look nearly as bad as earlier photos did, nor do his hips really.

He's not perfect...  No waist articulation, his arms are a little looser and wonkier...  His hips do stick out slightly (not a lot, just a little).  But I agree that he's very poseable, his coming with 2 weapons is great, and the waist articulation is the one joint that, even though it's missing, it really is the least annoying that it is gone.

Had it been say his left wrist, I think I'd be more annoyed, or if he had no knee articulation or whatnot.

As it stands, he's a good army builder...  Better than I'd say every classic army builder save the VOTC Stormtrooper.  I'd put him on-par with the Imp. Officer or even slightly superior (but that guy's classic status wins me over), which says a lot since that's been my 2nd favorite army building figure since VOTC Stormie's existance.

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Thanks Bill, i did a front page report on it in hopes someone maybe on the West Coast can make good use of that.  You were out and back mighty quick, hope you had a good one...

I'm doing my rounds tomorrow I guess.

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A little update to the front page about FFURG's BYOB Seminar...  We're wanting everyone to know what the concept entails, so check this out for the details!

Read All About It Here



Lots of good stuff going on with FFURG at Celebration 3 this year, and we want you guys to have the best possible experiences.  Stop by, and remember to "BYOB" (Bring Your Own Body) so you can add a great, and sorta "new" figure to your shelf after just a little work with a little help.

We hope to see you there, and remember that those extra Obi-Wan's or Tarkin's aren't useless!  We'll help you make them into something fresh for your collection!

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Fun with the Military!
« on: April 1, 2005, 09:48 PM »
Imperial arms tend to vary Paul...

Everything from a DL-44-esque blaster (though not exact) to the gun that Dr. Evazan had, PLUS the Rebel pistol and the E-11 (possibly).  Then the EU has adopted Hasbro's "fan-fic" pistol that the Tarkin fig came with too, if you can believe that.

It seems reasonable that sidearms vary, but I'd say the Naval Troops use the Rebel Fleet Trooper sidearm, or the E-11, most commonly.  The others are there though it seems... 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 09:40 PM »
And even if he said tomorrow "Hey guys, come on back, April Fools!", I'd stay away anyhow.  Like I said, this whole thing has simply lost what respect I did have for Philip.  Sadly, I was someone who did hold some for him, and he squelched it.  I'm sure that means nothing to him, and that is even sadder in and of itself.  To say I'm disappointed in someone in his position acting like this is an understatement.  I expected too much I guess.

I'll be content to not be involved with him, and keep my contact with anyone who is still there off of his site.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 06:54 PM »
I think Jesse's right, and I wouldn't want you guys giving them any reason, even if slight, to be upset back.  If Rob wants to quit there he will, and if he's banned he's banned.  I know a lot of the people here in this thread are very upset, but please don't take it out on their forums (who still have members just going about their business of course), and disrupt their flow just as a way of "going out in style" there.

Simply walking away (if that's even what you want) is the better choice, and speaks many volumes more in its more calm tone.

Thanks guys (and girls).

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Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:56 PM »
That's exactly what I got too Beth...  those 4 ticket things for Friends & Family, which I don't have any going with me.  I got the lanyard necklace hickamajiggy, and I got the pass itself.

I want my FanClub pass if for no other reason than a momento type deal, ya know?  I doubt it ammounts to doing me much good or anything, but I figure I paid my membership so I'd like the special thing they were to send (or that I thought they were to send) to me.  :-\

You seem to be in a worse boat though, with your hubby's badge being MIA still.  Not good, especially if you bought them at the same time. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:47 PM »
Chewie,

If TK could interact well with the majority, fine, but he and I never see eye-to-eye it seems.  I'll be honest and say that I don't see how he could survive here if he kept up his "I am so sick of people complaining" rhetoric.  I'm just being honest with you, but he's very condescending towards anyone who does something like "wait for clearance" on things (saw him laughing at a guy over at scum who missed something because he waited...  What good does that serve anyone, to laugh at the guy, whether you agree with his decision to do so?)...  I know you don't agree with that either, but I also don't believe you'd antagonize (I'd hope not) in the process.  He tends to do that.

He's also a huge hatred of anything critical about Hasbro...  He was one of the chief antagonists when I proclaimed my disdain for Fleet Troopers as I recall...  He was quite vehement during the Saga run when product was shoddy at best.  I've always said of him that, "he acts like his check is cut by Hasbro themselves"...  So I dunno.  He's got rules to follow here that he may not like when it comes to how he's behaved over there, though I don't doubt he's a stand-up guy with trades and things.

Matt/everyone,

Don't worry about the ban, I'm not hurt by it, nor am I really even upset.  It trims my customizing viewing down, but my discussion there was limited lately anyway...  I did enjoy looking at people's works, but I've felt their customizing discussion was really nothing more than a lot of praise.  Most times critiquiing wasn't welcome even.

I won't really miss a lot there... 

Dan Curto's a nice fellow, but I won't put him in the place between Philip and I.  Really I don't even have Philip on an opposing side...  I was simply banned with no reason, so there's no debate to be had.  Dan's a good guy and I wouldn't put him out or anything.  He and I will still run into each other at FFURG's forums I'm sure at some point, or even at their chat maybe. 

If anything, I appreciated teh vintage area more (even though my lack of posting), and if I had any type of loss it'd be the same as Dale potentially.  I too would like to see Gus form a forum for just vintage.  To me that'd be ideal whether I was banned from Scum or not.  It'd be ideal for the hobby itself.

The nice thoughts really are appreciated.  I'm not so sure there's people left at Scum that were "on my side" though.  Not many at least I'd think...  I've made more than a few people upset with me in the past, and I never really cared of course, but I wouldn't expect them to feel bad that I'm gone.  Now they can tell people who complain to "shut up", and "Why don't you just quit the hobby since all you do is complain" all that they want.   ;D  Too bad for the guys left there though, yikes.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 04:03 PM »
BTW, Dave (jokabofe) is far more deserving of these feelings like you expressed SLC.  He really has never even raised anyone's dander there.  He's the kinda guy everyone has to respect and yet he was canned before me...  Apparantly being nice and quiet over there is bad, bad, bad.   

Arrogant, and obtaining 50,000 posts as quickly as possible at the expense of ANY level of quality is what Rebelscum admires perhaps?   ???

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 04:01 PM »
Well, thanks for the kind words from you LJ and you Jess...  I appreciate that.

Honestly, I have lots of negative things to say about a handful of people at Rebelscum.com...  Generally the perpetual trolls there like TK-421_1/2, for instance, who is someone I've not respected from the first post I ever saw him make there....  There are others, and they'll be the first to tell you how much they dislike me too. :)  

The thing was that I didn't do anything but debate my difference of opinion with them, so my banning was unjust in every fashion.  I never trashed Rebelscum.com at their site, nor would I.  I thought it was a useful resource for what I used it for...  The sections I visited I enjoyed.  I even posted my reviews there and encouraged people to discuss them with me THERE in the post I made.  If anything, Philip should thank me for the effort, but that's apparantly not going to happen.  ;)

I'm not really worried about it though.  This is my home here...  It's my fun volunteering job too, and I know the people here are quality.  It's a place that I know that the rules are adhered to, and enforced, and that the community is just that...  This is a community.  This isn't a "for profit" business.  This isn't anything that anyone here does to make a name for themselves, they just put their heart into making it a real community for Star Wars fans/collectors.

I was never a person who cut all options off for himself though, and I appreciated Rebelscum, even if I felt it was run rather shoddy most of the time.  Now I just have my confirmation that whatever my opinion was (good or bad), that Rebelscum's in poor management hands.

I'm disappointed though, to say that I gave Philip more credit as a person really.  I've had correspondence with him and it's been nothing but cordial and polite when I have.  He even helped me obtain something I needed once.  I gave him respect that, after this incident, I realize wasn't wholely deserved on my part.  You can't expect people to be anything more than they are though...  

Like my grandmother would have said, "He's as nice as he knows how to be", which has turned out to be less than I'd thought of him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 03:14 PM »
Well I guess that it was my turn to go...

Account got banned sometime today I guess.  Sorry to say really, as I have not wronged anyone there, and treated their staff with nothing but respect when I have had dealings with them.  I can even say I consider at least one there a friend, but that's the way the cards fall I guess.

I'm officially banned for doing not one thing wrong.  :)  Classic.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: HyperSpace has Some Benefit...
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:51 PM »
Paul, you just browse the PR thing...  No where to really go.

It's not terribly useful, but ok.  I think after E3 dies down it'll either become pretty useless, or LFL will try some innovative new content.  It is mostly E3 stuff though, for the most part.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Fun with the Military!
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:49 PM »
Well Paul, what do you mean by their canon on color?

Theoretically, there's 3 "Naval Trooper" uniforms in the film, though the one's been debated.  I've seen a picture (Here comes a blue/brown coat debate!  ;D ) of a DST standing in one of those circular control stations in the shot where Tarkin/Motti blow up Alderaan.  He's in a grey tunic like most Imperial Officers (can't see a rank badge though), with the black DST helmet.

Could he be a Naval Trooper Officer?  The equivalent of the Stormtrooper Officer who Veers told, "You may start your landing", perhaps?

It seems to me also that Naval troopers can don the helmet, or not, and if not then wear the black kepi.  This uniform is either shared, or these men all share the same branch of service within the Empire, as Stormtroopers seem to be commanded by men in black uniforms (tunics/jagdpurs or Slacks), which is also one of the canon Imperial Naval Trooper uniforms.

That's two uniforms.  The third is a seemingly black jumpsuit ala the Imperial TIE Pilot's, or Imperial Gunners suit, but with the black helmet.  These guys were on Endor, and even though military continuity fell apart, they can still be fit in easy enough...  Perhaps this is a uniform the Naval Trooper dons in a situation where he may get more "dirty" with his mundane job?  I wouldn't say they're a different level of rank, or a different type of Naval Trooper myself, but just maybe working a grittier job than a guy who has guard duty in the detention center.

I personally believe the grey uniformed one is an officer then...  A bit higher in rank, and that'd explain why he's so close to Tarkin and the gang.  I'd imagine if he didn't have his com helmet on, he too would wear a black cap as well, making for a very interesting looking color combination.  The Imperial grey uniform with a black kepi.  Sweet!

Kepi/uniform colors DO seem to have some relevance as well, as some bridge crewman in the grey coveralls are seen with black kepi's, while others wear the darker grey officer kepi like Piett's hat, or Ozzel's.  Why, I'm not sure.  Could be a couple reasons.

Then the guys in the jumpsuits are a mystery unto themselves...  The jumpsuit transcends Navy and Army as well, though only the grey one it seems.  Black jumpsuits seem strictly stuck to the Navy (DST's, Gunners, TIE Pilots), while black tunics is unknown.  Maybe they adhere only to the Navy and Stormtroopers?

The other thing then is the uniforms of officers...  There's pants over the boots, pants tucked in.  There's straight-leg pants, and jagdpurs...  There's the black pants/white coat (and I assume black kepi) of ISB...  There's the debate if the uniform is more a green than grey (I lean more towards a greyer color rather than olive, but I can see a HINT of green.  A very German Wermacht WW2-ish look).  Then if you count EU (And I'd like this to fit in myself) there's also a mustard brown uniform...  I push these guys as being STRICTLY army unit officers of some sort, but it is indeed an EU outfit).

But back to the grey jumpsuits...  There's them with black and darker grey hats.  There's guys who seem to do menial technical jobs, while others obviously do bridge crew work (bud there's also guys in some kind of black uniform that work the bridge as well...  Who/what are they?).

Then of course there is also the use of the Jumpsuit as the AT-ST Driver or in EU, what is known as an Imperial Army Regular...  AT-ST Drivers are just a separately trained troop then?  Other ideas think the AT-ST Driver and AT-AT Driver share a uniform and their differences (helmet, etc.) are the differences in a "harsh environment" suit and one that is not...  not sure how I feel about that.  I think they're separate personally, but I'm just not sure either.

Imperial uniforms are plain, yet incredibly diverse.  I dig that.

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Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:31 PM »
My pass came today...  No F'n Fanclub Lanyard though.  So, now I gotta straighten that out.  At least I have my pass just to get in though, that was the important part.

It was just ONE pass right?  They didn't give you 4 separate passes for all 4 days I hope, cuz I only got one with "4-day pass" on it.  Can ya tell this'll be a first, truly large convention for me?  ::)

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:29 PM »
For our limited few, the show's back next weekend at the Monroeville, PA Expo-Mart.  I'm not expecting a huge show but if I have the time free to go I'm gonna try to make it.  Sounded to me like the rest of the local guys (for the most part anyway) were gonna make the run down.

Personally my $'s gearing up for C3 so things locally are taking a back seat.  Plus I gotta get my schoolwork done before I get out to Indy...  I don't want that on my mind while I'm there.

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