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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Tusken Raider army building
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:48 AM »
I'd be all for a VOTC styled Tusken myself...  Super articulation, good ratty softgoods robes (the softgoods skirt on the Bantha Tusken looks really nice), some good weaponry and removable bandoleirs...  Could be great.

I dig the Tuskens a lot, but their figures have been sorta dull over the years.  It's funny how exciting the repaint of the POTJ Sniper figure turned out to be in OTC.  Good paintjob for sure...  I have a nice army of all the different sculpts, and evne the POTF2 ones still sorta fit in.  I'd still take a SA Tusken Raider though for that all-purpose Sandperson.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:43 AM »
From a customizer's POV, not all current astromech molds are compatible...  How does that translate into potential GOOD news for us?

Well, the R3-T7 dome, I don't THINK, is compatible with say the Naboo R2 body...  However the mold for the Star Tours R3 exists and wasn't terribly different than the Naboo R2 body (if not identical) so they have a stationary R3...

To me ideal would be, even though I dislike the wheels, the R4 from the Preview Wave for ROTS.  I'd dig seeing it, as the way the leg drops but the dome still moves completely without the feature hindering it makes it ideal.  The little wheels are a bit silly to me, but the figure has the best overall sculpt for an astromech.  The back-up incase the R3 dome isn't compatible (I doubt it would be) is R3-T7's highly articulated body for the R3 droids.

I'm surprised no R4 ("Real" R4's, like M9 and stuff) aren't on that list if I recall...  That'd have been cool.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:39 AM »
Bummer Jared, but nice of you to take the time to ask the questions that matter too.

Hasbro's probably regretting that thing getting announced right prior to the show. 

Glad I didn't preorder...  The cards are nice I'm sure but not on my priority list to own, not by a longshot.  I'd love a new ROTJ Wedge and ESB Wedge, but guess they're maybe down the road figures.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro SDCC 2005 QnA
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:37 AM »
The brief synopsis of the Q&A has me calmed down a bit and a little less annoyed with the repacks of before.  Those 3 resculpts look very very good and so does the new packaging.

I'm back to guarded optimism.

I'm right there with you Rob...  It's amazing what 3 impressive looking 3 new figures can do for the old outlook.  Plus there's always encouragement that Hasbro's going to go the extra mile to get Clones out...  albeit long after the film's been in any limelight, but they may still be putting forth the effort for us.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:35 AM »
Thanks to the handy-dandy-image above (and now below), the Obi-Wan is a Saga/AOTC Pilot Obi-Wan Kenobi figure, sans robe, and with a seemingly different head.  At least I don't see a Jedi pilot headband on him there.  That's definitely not the Ackley Obi-Wan though, and not the Outlander Club Obi-Wan that was a different pose and articulated.  May be either of those figure's head though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:27 AM »

Here's the Clones from SDCC...  Jared went nuts taking great pictures.  Really great quality work from Jared and Matt out there, so browse the San Diego Comic Con coverage on our front page for more shots (I love that Sandtrooper figure).

The Evolutions sets were found around Pittsburgh for $17.95 I believe, so prices may vary depending where you nab stuff.  I found the battlepacks, but no Evo's out in my area...  Looked like someone had hit the local KM before me actually so perhaps I just missed 'em.

I think $20's reasonable...  Not the best price, but not the worst either by far.  Condensing 3 figures into a relatively standardized package SHOULD come at a price decrease, and from VOTC to Evolutions we've seen that.  Lots of accessories helps these sets too, as an increase in value... 

BTW, that improved Sandtrooper heavy rifle just ain't gettin' enough love.  It's a minor detail, but man I love that thing.  Complete with the different color leather sling.  Nice.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:17 AM »
Empire At War is on pre-order at Lucasarts already.  You get a spiffy mousepad I think if you pre-order...  Yay.

Linky Right Here

The game does look promising...  I'm not sure (after reading some stuff in Game Informer) that this game won't be without flaw though...  To simplify the game (and taking away from realism, subsequently), the fighter and capital ship combat are on different "planes".  I dunno how this plays out really, but I think it's so things aren't so hectic and confusing, yet the fighters and capital ships still interact...  Whatever.

I still hate the look of the tanks.  There seems to only be two types in screenshots, an Imperial TIE Crawler which I've already mentioned why I don't like it (doesn't resemble any currently existing designs of the TIE Crawler), and the Rebel tank which looks awkward and somehow incredibly inefficient.

The tanks don't look like the other pre-established armor in Star Wars...  The angles, the lines...  They're just not there.  So to me they look designed for another genre...

Beyond that, it looks like you can maybe field a LOT of units, and that's a plus.  I think SW games need that huge scale.  Force Commander lacked that with only 60 units on the field for each side...  It looked like **** trying to field infantry really because you couldn't get a big swarm of guys since each dude counted for an individual unit.  I think EaW has infantry in squads or platoons that deplete as they take damage maybe?  Just a guess there, but it's how infantry and people and stuff are formed in games like ME:TW.

Anycrap, there you go...  The game's not due out till next year, like Feb.  Holy moly!  :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Stealth Clone Trooper
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:01 PM »
That camo deco is horrid


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I've been away...
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:46 PM »

Here's a shot of me on my honeymoon in the Mayan Riviera that I thought everyone would enjoy:


Nice shorts...

Welcome back Bobb, good to have you back on board.  Yeah, a lot of new faces but we're still Cheers and all that stuff.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:41 PM »
I found these same figures at TRU, I guess they're the same anyway.  Nabbed the last Uruk Hai for my brother...  Couldn't tell if the Aragorn was a new figure, so I got him too...  Gandalf I picked up as well, and Aged Theoden.

Nice figures but I think I'm gonna sell my collection off to my bro...  No space anymore.  And trolls just fill shelves way too much.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Secret Figures!?
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:12 PM »
Yeah, it sounds like Hasbro is trying...  I can give the benefit of the doubt and just hope they're going to do some hefty Clonetrooper re-packing later with these paint variants.  I know I want a LOT of 501st trooper and the Red Shocktrooper...  But I'd also dig a handful of the black pilot and green Commanders too.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Stealth Clone Trooper
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:09 PM »
Like the Target Clone before I'd dig a little squad but nothing major.  Price wasn't discussed it seems?  I'd have brought that up myself.

I like the paintjob...  It looks like an urban combat unit, or night-ops...  That's a legit looking camo pattern to me though, very modern-military.  I dig it...  A lot really. 

Price will be the ultimate kick then...  With availability a close 2nd.  I'd like a 5 man team though...  That'd be nice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:06 PM »
The helmet of the fire-guy is completely different...  Not sure on colors, but I was thinking the fire guys had like a green/black paintjob.  If I actually had a DVD-ROM I'd do some captures of the fire-guys.  I wonder if they're even Clones?  Their voices sounded different I thought...

so that your Wookiees can swing from your non-existant Playset on to your non-existant Corporate Droid

Hah, thanks for the laugh Jeff.  :D

I hadn't thought of the Wookiee COmmando being the ones who plant the bombs on the Tank Droids then just drop into the water and disappear.  Makes sense, but  I don't recall Wookiee's wearing shirts.

The figure looks great...  Commando's have to be beefy.  For some reasont he dark paintjob on the other Wookiee makes him look better than his predecessors.  At least in the photos Jared took.  I still prefer the Preview Wookiee and wish a heavily articulated and smaller sculpted Wookiee Warrior was put out as SOMETHING new in the final 12...  They gotta bridge that gap they made with VOTC Chewbacca.   :-\

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:58 PM »
Wow, lotsa speculation...

I gotta disagree in that I would NOT be happy with a re-release of the Saga Snowtrooper.  That figure wasn't much of an evolutionary step forwards over his POTF2 counterpart.  The sculpt was slightly more crisp, and he did have a holster, but his articulation they added was pretty much useless, and he had a wonky pose.  He's a rough looking army builder, most noticeable when there's 2 of him together.  They just don't look right...  Not to mention he does sport the officer's bars too, which are small details but still one more thing making him less than ideal army builder fodder.

I'm of the opinion that anything in Imperial/Clone armor should be done a-new with the super articulation treatment.  Snowtroopers and Scout Troopers are on top of that list for me though, as a classic film fan (plus repaints of prequal Clones are easily doable for both sculpts), but also because I think that both those "characters" have gotten the shaft.

The POTJ Scout simply blows...  His goofy pose, his lacking articulation, his pinhead...  He blows.  And the Snowtrooper's POTF2 incarnation is at least neutrally sculpted, but he and the Saga figure are both sub-par.

I'm not expecting it, but my ideal Hoth wave (if they're only in 3's) would be:

-Major Derlin (Toryn Farr a close runner-up though)

-Super Articulated Hoth Rebel...  Like the Snowtrooper, the Rebel figures have all sucked terribly.  The only one close to ok has been the Deluxe one and he's weak these days.  Gimme an all-new figure here, tons of articulation, proper scale, softgoods scarf...  I'd dig it.

-Super Articulated Snowtrooper...  Softgoods mask and skirt.  I'd be broke if this guy came out.  I'd have to live off raimen noodle soup just to afford my army. :)

Others I'd like...  Veers w/removable armor, hat, helmet, and belt.  Torryn Farr (like mentioned).  NEW Hoth Han Solo (good articulation and pose, removable hood/hat).  Brown Vested Rebel Officer (Vintage resculpt).  Snowspeeder Luke.  Snowspeeder Wedge.  Snowspeeder Dak.  Snowspeeder Hobbie.  Snowspeeder Zev.  (Hell, do one figure, then just do a pack of the Snowspeeder pilots called the Rogue Squadron Battle Pack :) )

Figures I know I DON'T want though?

Hoth Vader, Hoth Chewie, Probot, an astromech (with the EE packs, I'm ok on these for a while), or a repackage of any of the figures I listed that I do want.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:47 PM »
Nice looking figures so far...  I see angle-cut articulation at Han's elbows, and I'd wager wrist articulation.  Can't make out anything on the legs (ball/socket knees would be so nice, but somehow I'm not holding my breath for that).  The figure looks good though and he was one of my top resculpts probably, as are 99% of the Han Solo figures out there really.  :)

Bib Fortuna...  Looks like a POTF2 head to me, but whatever.  He always was a sorta "senator" figure.  Stands there, does little, looks weird...  Looks nice with all the layers though, compared to his POTF2 sculpted cousin.  It's amazing how separate pieces alone can make a figure look lightyears ahead in quality.  He looks dull though, and really he is/was dull the first time around.  Irregardless of that though, Bib was on my resculpt list too.  Lots of stuff is on my resculpt list though.

Boussh Leia...  Sweeeeeet...  By the helmet's look, and the fact it only makes sense, I'm assuming it's removable.  Looks like removable bandoleir too, and the hunting rifle has never been better looking.  Nice stuff there.  But I also notice at least a lotta articulation at the legs.  That's Leia Boussh you can have kicking some ass prior to her appearance at Jabba's Palace I guess. :)  Hope she comes with a Thermal Detonator (I didn't see one, maybe missed it).  Nice stuff there, best of the lot it seems to me.

On the stands...  I like them a lot.  I wish I had vintage stands like that actually.  I'm putting a shelving display together for my loose vinty's and a series of stands like that with their name (and oh man I can only imagine the variations being listed too, hehe) would be ideal for what I'm doing.  They're a lot better than those interlocking "Star Wars" stands, I must say.

Good stuff there.  Yay!

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