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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:45 AM »
Or at least have a 2nd one...  :)  Have display items and ones you keep back at the office, just in case.

It's not like cranking out a copy of it is tough...

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:37 AM »
The controls worked fine, they were awkward...  To say they worked poorly isn't fair though.  They worked AOK.  Controling a 3-D environment isn't easy though...  But once mastery of the mouse controls, and also master of the keyboard is in place, it's a snap...  But it's constant as well.  Short of lulls after or prior to battles, it's really a constant thing...  A juggling act.  That's added excitement to a genre that's plagued with a sort of "routine" though.  I applaud the game for that.

You SHOULD have to master a complex series of controls to be good at the game...  Once you're good at it, it's a breeze to use though really.  The controls work though...  Awkward or not, they worked well for the game's engine.

Also, I don't know a single PC game that doesn't demand "the best", or a generally higher performance machine, when it's new.  Compare any FPS when it came out to the average PC's of the era, and average tends NOT to cut the mustard for quality gaming.

For instance, I know I played Jedi Knight on a non-3D accellerated machine when the game came out and I dealt with it...  JK's not nearly the same game with a 3D card as it is without.  Night and day really, but at the time 3D Accelleration wasn't something built into PC's so mine didn't have it.

Force Commander was the same way, so it's really no worse than most any other game on PC when they're new...  JK's a great game, one of the best, but I can't say I didn't care for the game because mY PC didn't play it well at t he time...  It was a graphic-intense game and my PC had to wait for an upgrade before I enjoyed every feature it had.

That's not a fault in the game though, but the platform...  If you're not into buying the latest and greatest, then PC gaming isn't a great route to go.  Consoles are probably more ideal since they're basically a dream for Game Developers to adapt for some years to only a specific format (or 2 or 3) rather than the balances required for PC game development.

And subsequently, that's why 99% of the time a PC game with console ports plays better on PC's (those set up for gaming anyway)...  And why ports from console TO PC (less common, but they happen, like HALO 1) usually suck pretty hard.  :-\

As per the newspost I did the other day, is doing another of their Casting Calls.  This time for "Masters & Apprentices".

Everyone's welcome to participate and create customs of a Master and his Apprentice to enter for the event.  Submissions are due by August 14th I believe, which is also the day the figures will all debut.

So crank out those Masters & Apprentices...  Off the top of my head, here's some good ones...

Anakin & Obi-Wan
Anakin & Qui-Gon
Anakin & Palpatine/Sidious
Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon
Biggs & Luke (Empire Comics Series?)
Luke & Mara Jade
Kyle Katarn & Luke
Jerec & Yun

Basically, you get the idea...  There's a lotta possibilities here.

I figured I'd toss out my Fodder list again...  All for sale, or I'd trade for select items.  My wants list is relatively small however, as far as customs stuff goes, however I'll gladly sell stuff as I mentioned.  Just thinning the herd here as it were...  too much fodder lying about.


POTF2 (NO accessories unless noted)

-Ponda Baba x 3 (2 without coat)
-Ponda Baba (Cantina showdown)
-Greedo x 3 (1st version)
-Yak Face x2
-Weequay x2
-Nein Numb
-Sandperson (No cloak)
-Jabba's Skiff Guards (Nikto, Klaatu, Barada)
-Hoth Chewbacca
-Momaw Nadon x2 (No cloak)
-Lando Calrissian (No cloak)
-Lando General Pilot x2 (No Cloak)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Cantina Showdown, no cloak)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (No Cloak)
-Luke Skywalker x4 (Puchase of the Droids)
-Luke Skywalker (Saga Landspeeder pack-in)
-Luke Ceremonial (No Coat)
-Uncle Owen x2
-Sandtrooper (White Pauldron Cantina Pack-in)
-Hoth Rebel Soldier x2
-Hoth Rebel Soldier (Deluxe)
-Bib Fortuna
-Rebel Fleet Trooper x6 (No Vests)
-Princess Leia (Ewok Dress)
-Princess Leia (MMC Endor)
-Princess Leia (Jabba's Slave)
-EU Airspeeder Pilot x3
-Han Solo (Deluxe Smuggler Pack)
-Han Solo Carbonite x2 (No block)
-Han Solo (Bespin)
-Emperor x2
-Emperor (Seated/Throne Room Duel)
-Emperor (Flashback, no lightning)
-Darth Vader
-Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
-R5-D4 (BODY Only, no head pieces/missle)

Episode One (NO Accessories Unless Noted)

-Watto (Watto's Box)
-Jar Jar Binks (Mos Espa Encounter)
-Qui Gon Ginn (Soft Goods skirt)

POTJ (NO Accessories Unless Noted)

-Luke Skywalker (Deluxe Bacta Tank, no tank)
-Chewbacca (Holo Chess)
-Chewbacca (25th Anniversary 2-pack)
-Aurra Sing

Saga (NO Accessories Unless Noted)

-Anakin Skywalker (Deluxe Geonosian Assault)
-Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Camp Ambush)
-Anakin Skywalker (Swoop Rider)
-Tusken Raider
-Teemto Pagalies
-Qui-Gon Jinn
-Obi-Wan Kenboi (Jedi Pilot)
-Darth Maul (Sith Lord/Red trim)
-Darth Vader (Bespin Duel)
-Grand Chancellor Palpatine
-Orn Free Taa x2

Miscellaneous (Items as described)

-Jabba's Palace Carbonite Block x2 (Thawed version)
-2 complete Geonosian execution poles/tower things
-6 "Corps" style construction figures
-1 Wing Commander "Cat" guy
-1 Robocop figure
-1 modern Salicious Crumb figure
-Various G.I. Joe figures (from Spy Troops, VvV, etc. 2-packs)


-Episode One Battledroids
-POTJ Boomer Droid Battledroid
-Naboo 4-pack (TRU exclusive) Battledroid
-Blue Pilot Droid
-STAP w/Battledroid
-Power Team Elite Accessories (Oil Drums, boxes, "Hedgehog" obstructions, watch towers, etc.)
-Vintage MLC-3 Mini-Rig
-Hoth Accessory Set "Tank Droid" & Energy Box
-Saga Red Battledroids (basic figure or 3-pack CW droid)
-Super Articulated Clonetroopers (ROTS or AOTC styled)
-AOTC Clone Pilot
-Episode One Pez Dispenser (Electronic, Gragra/Swokes Swokes One)
-Clone Rifles (like everyone else, haha)
-POTJ/Saga Imp. Officer figures
-Saga Captain Antilles figures (complete)
-Saga Rebel Pistols (Antilles/Dodonna/Gold Leader)

Looking for a few ROTS items too, like the basic Charred Anakin (removable cloak and limbs), Wookiee Flyer, Vader w/Med Table, Clones (#6, #41/SA, Black Pilot, Commanders, etc.), and VOTC Stormtroopers (hah, yeah right) of course should someone have extras they are parting with.  ;)

No harm asking.

Conventions / Re: 2005 San Diego Comic Con
« on: July 19, 2005, 05:18 AM »
Matt, you honestly don't get enough praise for helping people out...  Some guys talk big game about what they do for the hobby, but you actually put your $ where your mouth is and always go the extra mile to help everyone out that you can...

You got my respect bud...  You do more than the vast majority to make the hobby "better" for people, and give a lotta guys peace of mind that you will help them out if it's at all possible.

A general vote of thanks, not just for your efforts at this year's SDCC, but all the other efforts I know you go to, to make sure Star Wars collecting fun for people.  Thanks man.

I hate dumb ass mother ******* as well.

I also dislike hangnails.  Got one right now and my toe hurts like... well...  like the above pet peeve.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: July 19, 2005, 04:53 AM »
I'm glad to hear the good news about your treatment Shannon.

Still keeping you in my thoughts, and hoping for a speedy recovery for you.  Before you know it you'll be feeling good.  BTW, being a girl isn't an excuse for not cluttering your house up with SW junk.  You gotta work on that if you're only getting one smart remark.  Even children offer me a dozen or more smart remarks when they see this mess.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 19, 2005, 03:18 AM »
How fast or slow the game plays is your system, not the game...  Granted, at the time FC came out it pushed even fast machines, but that's what you have when gaming expands beyond what average PC's can handle...  I had gotten a top-of-the-line graphics card at the time so my system handled the game with it only getting choppy every whipstitch.  Can't blame the game there though.

The camera's tough to control, but that doesn't necessarilly mean the controls are bad.  They just need to be learned.  It's not 2-D gaming so a camera that rotates and pivots for a 3-D environment is a necessity.  Realism dictates new controls...  Tough to get used to, but effective, which is the ultimate goal...  The controls worked.

I'd cite AI being a worse issue than the controls myself...  enemies aren't overly bright, even for that era of gaming.  On a completely new engine, they really could've enhanced that level of the game but chose not to.  It made it too easy at times.

On the issue of the units, that sucked without a doubt, but like I said, at the time 60 units per side wasn't bad really...  So I can't see it as a real fault against FC relatively speaking.  It'll just be nice to (assuming it is different) have more units fielded during ground combat in EaW.  Obviously it should though considering Force Commander's how old now? 

60 individual units was pretty spiffy at that time FC came out though...  Infantry was THE only flaw with a 60 unit limit though, like I mentioned.  If each soldier counts as a unit, that sucks.  Especially when you had to have infantry just to man/occupy structures for protection.  In newer 3-D RTS games units are limited based on average PC capabilities of the times the game is developed, so 100's of thousands of units won't be fielded in EaW either...  It'll be limited.  I just think they'll improve how you field infantry though.  Instead of a single soldier, soldiers will be fielded by squad or platoon, and you'll see all those troops on the field, but as the "squad" takes damage you'll see guys drop like flies and the unit becomes less effective.

IE: a tank = 1 unit, a squad of a dozen troops = 1 unit...  Force Commander wasn't developed with that kind of thinking in mind though since it hadn't really ever been thought of.  ME:TW and R:TW are games that really established that concept to make gaming more realistic though, and it worked great.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 19, 2005, 02:35 AM »
Hey, now to be fair I've always pointed out FC's flaws...

I just don't think citing an interface that's hard to learn is a major flaw.  Not if it's learnable so you can beat the game. :)

Unit totals on the field though always sucked...  But that's also a limitation to gaming of the age.  Not too long ago it wasn't possible to have 30+ people play online together in any game save a MMORPG.  FC was just limited partly due to that, but some poor planning on making infantry each an individual unit didn't help. 

Especially when you've gotta arm towers and structures with infantry...  That blows (more for the rebels too, who required someone in the turret) because your'e basically wasting units to just occupy crud.

Force Commander has flaws, but it was still a vastly superior game than what it's given credit for.  I've found it was more casual RTS gamers who disliked it.  For a 3-D game in a time when 3-D RTS gaming was in its infancy though, it made a lotta strides that other games failed to do.  Battlegrounds is still lame in comparison.  ;D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 19, 2005, 02:27 AM »
In-depth Review?  Hell no!  Those are for my dayjob. :)

But i'll give a rundown of what you wanna know for sure Dr. P.


-Yoda & Grievous...  If you have the figures these 2 are descendant of, you have these figures, or even better versions of them as the paint aps of these 2 are in doubt as far as quality.

-Anakin...  Face sculpt actually looks ok, but it's all about the paint aps.  Mine appears to have brown lipstick on.  The sculpt overall is good though, with lots of detail.  His ripped pants, his torn up undershirt...  He is a nicely sculpted figure.  His bionic arm is particularly nice with it actually being "hollow" in the center with lots and lots of detail...

His left arm is everything a bare-arm could be, and shows the type of arm that Dagobah Luke SHOULD have had instead of the 2 pre-posed sets.  Nicely hidden articulation on bare arms is unheard of, but Hasbro nailed it.

The bent ankles ruin the Anakin for me, but he does have ball/socket knees.  give him straight-posed legs in their sculpt though, and the articulation would've easily yielded action poses, and I'd be a completely 100% satisfied customer with the Anakin.  paint can be touched up, but bent ankles cannot.  :(

-Obi-Wan...  Not bad if you can get past the holes for the armor that are on his legs, arms, shoulders, etc...  The body is just a cape with the armor stuck on it.  Very lame.  The armor overall looks like ****, to be perfectly blunt, and the only thing that fits the figure well is his helmet.  The rest of the armor's a waste.

The lance is really great...  Rubbery, but not terribly so, and so it's kinda neat. 

BTW, both Ani and Obi's sabers are kind of lamely painted.

Obi's articulation is nice with ball/socket ankles, angle-cut elbows, wrist joints, ball/socket shoulders...  Obi-Wan turned out nice.

Anakin and Obi-Wan BOTH have non-poseable right legs however.  Due I'd say to the action feature.  I forgot to mention that on Anakin.  Another major drawback to both figures unfortunately, so beyond the ankles on Anakin tack on his right leg.

-Assajj is a completely new sculpt, and seems more accurate to her cartoon without looking too cartoony.  She looks "real" but far better to her CW figure.  Her sabers are single-piece, but still interlock to form a saber staff like the CW Assajj figure.

Assajj has holsters for her sabers, however she can't use them since the blades don't come off her sabers.  Very stupid really, to sculpt a figure from scratch like that, include the holsters for the sabers, then not re-use teh 2-piece saber mold as it was, but rather mold it solid with the blades.  Dumb.

Assajj lacks articulation that the CW version had.  She has no wrist joints, just angle-cuts at her elbows.  The CW's a better figure for poses.  The 5-pack also lacks the removable cloak the original figure had... 

To be honest, the 2 Assajj figs are a draw actually.  The 5-pack's more accurate to the toon, however she doesn't accept as many cool poses as the first Assajj...  I wouldn't say she'd make me wanna buy the set though.  The Obi-Wan's closer to perfection really.

No figure in the set's perfect.  Too bad, as they came close with the 3 figures in the set people want (Obi, Ani, Assajj).  Oh well...  Hope that little breakdown of the set helped ya some.  It's a bit rambling, but I was working fast on this one. ;)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: July 19, 2005, 02:04 AM »
I've seen him at KM and I can't bring myself to pick him up for their routinely over-inflated price.  $20 is highway robbery.  $16-$17 is just painful.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 19, 2005, 01:59 AM »
Unfortunately, yes I can imagine that.  COmplete with half-assed white overspray simulating "snow".   ::)

I will say this, if Hoth Luke's re-released, it'd be really nice if they touched up his holster a bit to make it a working piece that fits a blaster in it, and they painted Luke to not be all dinged up by the Wampa.

I know I'd catch flak on this, but I actually wouldn't mind seeing HOth Luke resculpted...  Better articulation, and interchangeable "damaged" and clean heads would be sweet.  But a figure who could ride a taun-taun, but look good off of it too, would be nice.  Personally though, I'd take a new Han, new Leia, and lots of other Hoth figures too.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Bonus Mini Hologram Figures
« on: July 19, 2005, 01:56 AM »
I'm of the opinion that mini-holos could be a really cool idea....  Depends on what they wind up offering though as to how cool they turn out.  The idea of mini-holo Jedi for communicating Clones/Jedi Council scenes is really kinda neat.  I like the Mini-holo Sidious we got a while back, and it makes a neat mini-holo Emperor for a Stormtrooper com-scene...  Weird, but I like that stuff.

Not the most interesting idea, but it comes as at least a better concept than Freeze-Frames and FOrce Files which I liked both of those for the most part.

I still hate price increases on any level though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Question...
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:47 PM »
You'd be surprised at the people who worked for Kenner, and some on the Star Wars brand, and who are now still working within the Hasbro organization.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: VOTC and OTC Returns in 2006!
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:22 PM »
Call me a nut, but Nein Numb's becoming one of my top resculpt wants...  Re-use the Ten Numb head even, but man that figure sucks standing next to any newer figure.  He's pretty rough and buff.

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