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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: June 7, 2005, 11:50 PM »
The Toy Show returns in late July...  As per our front page.

If you're in Pittsburgh, pop on by!

The Mon Cal's a senator figure who (if he appeared) was only seen briefly when Palpatine returned to the Senate after his kidnapping.  Can't say I've seen any artwork having to do with an underwater battle myself.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: R4-G9 (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 7, 2005, 05:43 PM »
Yeah, he's Obi-Wan's droid later in the film...  Thus his little Utapau Hologram accessory.  He'd look pretty dandy in the back of an ARC though I think.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: June 7, 2005, 02:11 AM »
I put a nice lay-away recently at WM.  The first SA Clones I've seen...  That'll give me 9 more Clones (there was  #6 snuck in there too) for the army...  The army's coming along.  I'd really like more Wookiee's, but after seeing ROTS it'd be nice for Hasbro to make a more normal sized Wookiee with good articulation.  The 2nd Warrior's just not up to snuff, and the first one's like the body builder of the Wookiee world (still have a lot of him irregardless).  I'd like to double how many of the preview figure I have with a new, more "Chewbacca Built" kind of Wookiee... 

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Can Sith Beat Titanic?
« on: June 7, 2005, 01:29 AM »
It SOOoooooo deserves to pass TPM that it's not even funny.  I think I'd be happy with that milestone.  Titanic just seems like it's an unattainable goal for this film...  I think the lackluster performances of AOTC and TPM (as far as public opinion goes) really hurt ROTS's chances...  People sour on a franchise and I think a lot soured on Star Wars after 1999 passed us by.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: R4-G9 (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 7, 2005, 01:24 AM »
I ran into a handful of R4's not too long ago at a WM so they're still out and about...  And TRU may have some too, they seem to not be unloading their Preview wave too quick still...

He's still around I guess.  I'd like one for a repaint just because of the leg feature being so much better than on other figures. 

Thanks for the kind words JediSearch, they're appreciated!  :)  Now find that opener!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: June 7, 2005, 01:22 AM »
These actually are something I've never seen in a store, but that doesn't surprise me really...  From what I heard only one WM or maybe two in the area, got this set at all.  Pmundheim was kind enough to hook me up with the set I got.

I'm not wild about the set either...  I agree.  For $30, the price you're paying is for something I'd rather have the actual vintage piece for (no matter the price) than a copy.  It's not the same, and $30 then just strikes me as overpriced...

To me, that's making the argument that "Well $30 is better than what you'd pay for an original" is as ass backwards an excuse as "Well the EE Clones are cheaper than buying the CW single Clones on Ebay!" excuse was for the 4-packs...

Yeah, CW SA Clones are not cheap on Ebay, but how does that have any effect on the pricing of newly packaged/distributed figures, ya know?  But I digress.

The figures are kinda blah...  I'm happy to get the Leia, and to me the Chewbacca is the highlight of the set overall (He's ANH Chewie and ESB Chewie...  And with the VOTC Chewie I'm pretty well set).  Luke looks like **** to me, I'm sorry...  To me, that was a gimmick best left dead...  Anakin Outland didn't do well with it, and while it's a vintage throwback, it's nothing I find interesting to own on a modern figure (again, if I want authentic vintage, I'll buy vintage).  R2...  Not something I needed another one of unless it had the tools...  Even then I'm not one to want another R2 for a bit.

I'm not mad about the set...  It just wasn't good.  To me, the SA Clone from Target was better...  It's overpriced too, so it's not perfect, but at least it's a SA Clone.  Hell, he even has both rifles!  That's better than the basic SA Clone's have been able to pull off.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Figure Sales (or price hikes)!
« on: June 7, 2005, 01:10 AM »
I popped off to a WM tonight...  They were still on the $4.99 kick there, and it's out in the boonies.  Their figure selection basically screamed "hey, we're out in the boonies!" as well though, since they really only had 4/2 remnants and no sign of restocking (the tell-tale Wookiees, Neimodians, and Clone Pilots were nowhere to be seen), and plenty of empty (or near empty) pegs.

I'm curious about what's happening at busier parts of the city, so I'm gonna try a toy run a night this week to see what's shakin' at those WM's I think. 

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: R4-G9 (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 6, 2005, 11:04 PM »
Astromech Droids are taken to new heights by Hasbro with this latest rendition of the little buggers...  R4-G9 (Sneak Preview) proves that Hasbro can do articulation, features, and accessories all in one little droid, and with little to no drawbacks really!

Yup, Hasbro actually improved what I thought they had pretty much perfected...  Astromechs!  R4-G9 has the aspects I like in these droids though, and which Hasbro has proven works...  Articulation.  But Hasbro also incorporated the a neat method to make the 3rd leg retract and extend by twisting the dome, the lightpipe is better than ever, and he's got an accessory that's sort of innovative...  But how does he measure up overall as a figure?

Well, short of him having more accessories (something all astro's could use to spice them up a bit), he really is quite nice, but just Click Right Here to check out the full review, and as always, share your thoughts on him if you'd like.

He's a must-have for any collection though, in this reviewer's opinion.  :)  I'd buy astromech droid repaints with every wave of figures that came out I think!

This could be where the Obi-Wan Deluxe figure with SBD comes into play too...  He doesn't really fight any SBD's in the film save the 2 on the steps during the Dooku duel, and he kicks neither.

The fuel sequence in the E3 game had it very SBD intensive...  One "new" droid was a Super Grappler BD that just was a beefier than regular SBD's and grabbed the characters.  Usually the games reflect the movies in a sense...  I could see this having a relation to a SBD grabbing Obi.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: SLAVE I CUSTOM
« on: June 6, 2005, 10:39 PM »
I don't know if they were "loaned" though...  I don't recall the game saying that, but rather that they were just the base's collection of pursuit/patrol craft incase of a breakout attempt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bad Star Wars mojo in my area...
« on: June 6, 2005, 06:21 PM »
That's a bummer...  I agree that there's a strong chance that it's someone he knew who knew it was in there...  Wonder if other stuff was taken though? 

I was thinking that the E3 video game sorta touched on where this scene may have been...  Anyone know that?

The model's a pretty well documented item...  So is the Destroyer from ANH...  This is one of those times that the anal-retentiveness of Tech Commentaries comes in handy because they do nail an appropriate size to the Blockade Runner (in ANH, and assuming they're the same class in ROTJ then you can cross it over I guess) by drawing comparisons agains the Destroyer whose size is known already just by eyeballing it in the hangar bay...  Then there's just so many shots of the model from ANH...  It just shows funny on film in some scenes.

In ROTJ no Blockade Runners are shot by the Death Star...  2 large Mon Cal Cruisers are though.  The Blockade Runner shot I think you're thinking of Broem (where it appears larger than a Frigate) is the camera playing tricks.  The BR's actually in the foreground of the Frigate I think (if it's the shot I'm thinking of) and it does appear larger, but that's because it's closer is all.  I'm trying to think if a new BR was even built for ROTJ or if it's the Tantive IV model reused for the shots.  I can't recall off-hand but I think it was just produced off the same "bases" that were used for the Tantive IV model which would basically put it at the exact size even if they are new models. 

I used to have a great link to a site just on the Tantive IV but I've lost it...

I think we need to put our mullets on about this one!   :-X  :P

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: SLAVE I CUSTOM
« on: June 6, 2005, 05:50 PM »
For a little background on the ship (the background that I know anyway), the ship was stolen by Jango Fett from a penal colony/planet (ala Kessel) set within an asteroid.  The story pops up in "Bounty Hunter" the video game for Gamecube and PS2. 

There are other Slave I's there and he does destroy them but for fear of pursuit.  I believe I've heard the notion that his is the only Firespray Attack Ship, but other EU contradicts that and the Firesprays are not overly common, but there's more than one.  X-Wing: Alliance for instance features a Firespray in it prominently (a character in the game that is a relation to the character you play has a Firespray as his personal ship for instance).

The paintjob, actually, is exactly as it appears in Episode II (Not to rain on your custom idea...  By all means, it sounds great so I say go with what you want to do).  The color pattern to it in AOTC is that of a Republic "Police" ship (or Republic Standing Military perhaps) which is what it basically is I guess...  Jango just hasn't painted it up yet.  And of course Boba paints his to match his armor.

The planet's dreary, but it's still a Republic controlled instillation so there's an element of military "cleanliness" as well.  It's a great game with the full story that explains Jango's background and how he came to be the choice for cloning....  I recommend playing through it entirely just for the storyline.


BTW, Airbrushing sounds fantastic...  I'm curious to see how the paintjob turns out then...  For insignias, I'd almost lean away from painting (if you're using sorta "known" emblems like the Imperial one or anything like that), and instead print the insignia (often can be found online somewhere) out on sticker paper, or water transfer decal paper...  That way the painting detail is minimized a bit.  Kill markers would be really neat on it too I think (just a thought).

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