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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 22, 2005, 05:40 AM »

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:35 AM »
The truth is out there.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:32 AM »
Bad news Jared...  :(  I take your opinion with a lot of weight too, so I'm feeling my own opinion sliding on these even further.

I was hoping the Utapau guy was cool at least...  And Zett maybe looked passable.  I knew Antilles was nothing but a glorified POTF2 figure.  It really sucks that Bail is such a nice figure but you can't have him saving Jedi with his good bodyguard Reymus...  Or at least Reymus will look like **** in the effort.

I agree Jared, these look to be the worst of the C2, and that's not a good sign.  I hope Hasbro isn't ******** out on articulation and stuff.  They did so well with ROTS's opening line...  Things sorta started waning back to the Wookiee/Neimodian figures though.  Antilles just looks like he's meant for another era though.   :-\

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:25 AM »
I was already thinking VOTC w/removable helmet and the Jango head under there...  Scars and all (Boba had to have hit some rough spots in life to get those dents).  I'd dig that bigtime.  Slap an ESB paintjob on that guy and I'm all for it...  It's not in the movies, but knowing what Boba's look is now, I think a removable helmet Boba would rock.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:20 AM »
Much improved indeed...  Dutch is a pretty decent sculpt, short of some better arm articulation, so that's a much better figure.  I think it's a little tall, but just about anything was an improvement over that asinine POTF2 figure.

I almost thought they'd do the Biggs Body with the separate collar, the POTF2 arms/legs, and the Cinema Scene head for a Snowspeeder Wedge...  Almost thought that would've been the final fig.

I'm not sure the Dutch is a substantial improvement over the 3-pack figure...  They have their own positives and negatives when comparing the two, but this is easily a better figure than what was thought was coming to us.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:11 AM »
The Hover Craft w/Cutter was one of my favs too Scott.  I got it for my birthday the year it came out...  It was that "big gift", ya know?  Loved that thing...  My first dog, Shena, chewed up Cutter too which irked me but it was all she ever chewed.

I loved that ship though.  It floated ok...  Had that cool little sled and the pointless mini-bike.  I always had Cutter and Shipwreck man it while the Joes debarked for combat from it...

GIJ is one of those thigns I"m really borderline considering getting into.  If my ship came in, I'd be all over RAH collecting and customizing in that genre.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:09 AM »
N/P on that...  I dig both lines, and Dragon has been known to put out a 1:18 item or two as well, however they're REALLY pre-posed figures.  Articulation's minimal.

The 21st figures are my favorites, however their first series figs sorta blow, and BBI's new articulation could outclass 21st completely. 

21st and BBI both do great headsculpts though...  BBI's got a lot more variety though and generally have only done neutral sculpts (Not the Sherman tanker though).  Good stuff all around.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier x2!
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:58 PM »
Definitely smaller than others, yet in the movie it looks small when you see the helmet and really compare...  I'm chalking it up to just variety among the species, since they really do differ between each other. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Elite Clone Troopers?
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:56 PM »
Well, that settles that then.  Yay.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:50 PM »
BBI is exclusive to TRU.  21st Century was, but issues over "Nazi" product as some PC groups claimed caused TRU to tell 21st Century NOT to make any more German product.  In essence nixing 50% of what 21st was able to make, simply because people don't understand history or choose to label anyone a Nazi.

The 21st deal fizzled and BBI was picked up.  They've done mostly modern U.S. items, but they did do a Sherman and Mustang here recently too.  BBI's supposedly going to jump into WW2 stuff more (seen infantry, they have paratroopers on tap with working chutes too).  There's also a "Futuristic Sci Fi Military" line that BBI's got in concept phases and stuff.

21st Century Toys has a deal going with Wal-Mart right now, and while many people are finding 21st Century stuff in droves at their local Wal-Marts, I can't say I'm one of them.  I have seen lots of planes over the years, and at times I've seen tanks now and again.  They actually cast a lot of the tanks in die-cast metals as well, which means you get one huge-ass, and real heavy piece of toy for $40 (or less).

Figures are shipping now though I hear...  Marines in cammoflauge paintjobs (their solid green counterparts were released not long ago) and Japanese Infantry which just started shipping this month.

Also tanks, their 1.5 ton truck, etc... 

Online, Bad Cat Aviation, Small Blue Planet, and other stores carry 21st stuff.  Some cheap, some not-so-cheap.  Depends.  Most carry BBI too.

BBI just hasn't put out new figures in a while, so they haven't restocked.  Most did restock withs ome repaints of the modern marine figures, or army...  Or they've restocked with the chopper pilots...  If they've only got 3 or 4 different figures, they've sold through a lotta stuff.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars "Choppers"?
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:20 AM »
Hey, Star Wars painted stock cars...  Guess this wasn't too far off.

I'm still not a fan though...  It's very MUCH like the 70's vans, actually, which I'm also not a fan of. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:17 AM »
Well, from the Insider Article, it seems Lucas actually intended for the captain to be a relation to Wedge Antilles, and still be the SAME guy...  The call was for someone who "looked like Denis Lawson", and so McGregor asked Lawson who turned down the role.

If I'm understanding this all correctly, that is.

But, a guy was chosen who looked different then (Nichols or whatever his name is).

While I agree, to an extent, there was maybe intent for them to be the same guy at one point, to me the two actors both look in their 30's.  You can clearly see the ANH actor so it's not like his helmet's covering his face.  There's a number of close-ups of him and he isn't in his 40's or even 50's, much less older...  So to that end I think intent goes out the window to the films evidence...  I can't see explaining how a 30-something dark-haired (black hair?) guy can be a 30-something light brown haired guy after 20 years...

Not to mention, he's still a captain after 20 years.  Ouch. :)

And not to mention they don't remotely resemble each other...  I can't be certain on eye-color but I thought ANH had light eyes and ROTS dark...  I gotta check these little things out (wish I had a DVD-ROM for captures) because this will bug me to no end... 

It's like the Tantive IV between the two films...  Nicklab mentioned it wasn't ever referred to as the Tantive IV in ROTS, just the Tantive I believe...  References are already citing them as the "same" ship, however they both are structurally COMPLETELY different as the ROTS CGI model used ****** pictures of the ANH model that omit a mid-portion of the ship due to perspectives being wonky.  I'm certain of Lucas's intent, but in the end they're 2 different ships to me because they aren't the same ship physically on-screen (and I'm not a fan of "additions" being made to the ship to give it substantial length between the two films  Just not a fan, nor find it as plausible as them simply being different ships).

I agree though it's nothing major...  We just disagree.  If I find anything I'll add something.  May move this side-debate over to the films section or something.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 21, 2005, 02:48 AM »
I dunno...  Ass explosions aren't the best, generally...  *shudder*

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 02:45 AM »
I thought he got the name Colton in EU through that storyline that was about Leia prior to ANH...  Her and the Tantive IV wound up at some chick smuggler baron's hideout and stuff.  The comic's details are escaping me and for the life of me I'm not finding the one or two issues of that series I had...  But I know I read that.

I don't have the figure's cardback to read anything either... 

I thought the name may have been spat out in a game or two, but that's something I can't check on since the game I'm mainly thinking of is the original X-Wing game. 

Beyond that, I'd like to read what the Fact Files say, they're a good resource too, but I don't have an Antilles entry in the ones I have...  He may not have gotten one for all I know, but I thought I had read one on him.

In the X-Wing Novels I thought there was a distinct mention of Colton Antilles too, and how he's not related to Wedge, blah blah blah...  To settle that age-old debate.

I also thought he was mentioned by name in the Radio Drama for ANH...?  He wasn't in the novel though as I recall.

Marvel #1 supposedly had "Captain Colton Antilles" in it too I think...  Not sure though, don't own it.

And on another note about the same topic...  A bit in one of the recent Insiders (2004 issue) I guess the Antilles role was offered to Denis Lawson who turned it down...  Lawson's no spring chicken though.  So the character's age changed dramatically between the actors.  That's weird.  And I guess Lucas was maybe intending for the captain of the Tantive to be related to Wedge... 

There's a LOT of confusion around this, but it seems to me the name Colton's not imagined, but based in something.  It's just not based in much.  And I'm sticking by my guns...  Antilles in ROTS is not Antilles in ANH.  Related perhaps, or not, but they're different guys. :)  And so is Captain Colton...

But there's more confusion to the mix.  Why is there a Captain Colton on the Tantive IV with another Captain?  Who the hell's in charge!  Someone on Alderaan got a little over-zealous giving away promotions dammit.

In the words of C-3PO: "I'm so confused".   ???

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 21, 2005, 01:38 AM »
EU's established ANH's as Colton Antilles...  He has some backstory, but I wouldn't say it's anything elaborate.  But he definitely has some established "history" and character.

Since LFL seemingly HAS established Antilles from ANH as having hte first name "Colton", and the ROTS guy as "Reymus", they are 2 unique people to me...  Bulloch's character is wholely separate, as is his name, so I don't count it as interfering...

BTW, no intent to spiral this topic out of control...  Right now though, the names are established as different in EU so they are different characters by EU standards...  What Lucasfilm may change that too, what they may try to adapt that to, or what they may simply ignore is up in the air.

I have no clue what Lucas's intent was.  I've seen nothing mentioned.  I'm going to look into this some though.

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