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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TOMY Remote Control R2-D2 at
« on: July 21, 2005, 12:14 AM »
So they had one of these things at the Hasbro Q & A panel down at Comic Con last weekend.  The Hasbro reps were all amped to show it off, and... the thing didn't work.  At all.  They fidgeted with it for a good 5 minutes in hopes of fixing it to show off to the few remaining folks at the end of the Q & A, but to no avail.

Looked real nice though, with a nifty little lightsaber remote and all.  Hopefully they'll work a little better than that when we finally get them in person...  :-\

So, in some distant manner, you guys witnessed a modern day, and tiny, reinactment of Lucas's prop guys pissing around with the original astromechs as they would topple over, go off track, break, and just not work. :)

Probably killed the batteries in it...  RC in this tiny scale eats batteries.  My gf's kids got these little RC cars from Radio Shack and they tend to not last real long.  I definitely see possibilities in those little cars though for moving droids. 

I want an RC Mine Layer droid from the Sandcrawler now. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 21, 2005, 12:11 AM »
I thought I either read that, or Hasbro mentioned it at C3 (no pics of it though), so I sorta wasn't surprised by the helmet, however seeing it is nice.

The VOTC styled figs, extra gear...  Evolutions is such a fantastic concept and Hasbro's apparantly tanking it after these 3 sets...  at least for a while anyway.  That bites.

Sorta hurts knowing that so many great Evolutions sets that people have tossed about on the forums aren't gonna happen as of right now...  I truly hope they rethink the decision to cut the line.  I'd much prefer this to VOTC honestly. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Eopie - ROTS style
« on: July 21, 2005, 12:07 AM »
Hah, more Clones. :)

I'd actually like the Eopie re-released as a "beast" in an assortment perhaps down the road, as I'd like the QGJ that rides him...  However, I'd not mind seeing it repacked in some Tatooine pack...  It would be a motivating factor for me to buy repacked figures actually.

Lots of Eopie's on Tatooine, and I'd like a handful myself for just that reason.  Seeing it packed into a TRU styled 4 (or 5) pack of figures would be nice...  Dunno what else to pack in with it, but a droid and 3 or 4 other figures wouldn't hurt. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Elite Clone Troopers?
« on: July 20, 2005, 11:59 PM »
The guy selling these isn't a customizer, nor known for selling customs.  Not much is being said on them, but right now I'm thinking they're NOT customs but something due out sometime in the not-too-distant-future.

Are they cool?  I think so...  I'm a fan of the non-film figures so long as they're good figures on their own.  Price is up in the air (as with everything else anymore)...  I'd like an army if I could find them for a good price.  I'd like a squad if I could find them for a fair price.  I'd like a team if I could find them for an unfair price.  I'd like 1 if it's going to be too expensive for my tastes/spending limitations.

I like the pauldron, and I like the colors.  Could use a little more color, but he's cool as he is too. 

Like other non-film (and non-eu even) repaints, I like it.  The films aren't "everything" for me as a collector/army builder.

I look at the Bacara and TE Gunner's thing as a Pauldron...  Seems like the Clones just had a variety of them (as far as their "look" or physical construction)...  Why that is, I'm totally clueless.  Maybe the Clones made them on their own by their specific legions, but the Empire stripped them down to a specific uniformed style for all troopers with the colors meaning the same across the board.  

At least that's how I'm looking at things right now.

On the "skirt", I think it's more means of a Commander establishing himself as unique among his men, and perhaps paying some tribute to the Republic's most elite Clones too...  I dunno.  I wouldn't think it would hinder movement or be a "problem" for troops and movement.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 20, 2005, 05:19 PM »
I've seen enough pics to know he ain't no Bail.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Zombie Movie Memorabilia Question...
« on: July 20, 2005, 05:16 PM »
My buddy's with a group who are starting a local TV show called "Its Alive".  He's doing make-up effects for it I guess.

Anyway, Pittsburgh used to have a show called Chiller Theater with a guy called Chilly Billy that hosted it and stuff...  It was a late-night bad horror film show, it washosted, had skits and stuff...  This new show my buddy's a part of is trying to resurrect that...  I guess Chiller Theater was the first show of its kind, and their concept for their show is very similar but some modern twists too.

You Zombie guys would like the commercial they did for Phantom Of The Attic Comics here in the city.  Zombies attack the store's owner and stuff, all shot just like original NOTLD footage.  Funny.

My buddy's annoying as hell about talking about the show, but it actually looks interesting to me now that I've seen its website.

Conventions / Re: 2005 San Diego Comic Con
« on: July 20, 2005, 04:31 AM »
Nothing like Matt coming in and going all GNT(T) on us to totally dispell all this happy sappy talk.  Nice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Shark Thread
« on: July 20, 2005, 03:22 AM »
I missed the Myth Busters episode that was gonna pick apart the Jaws films.

Did they figure out if a great white could be blown up by shooting oxygen tanks?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Question...
« on: July 20, 2005, 01:09 AM »
Wait dafoo...  You said you like articulation but think Kenner's better? :)

I love Vintage collecting...  It means a whole other thing to me really, but I don't look at Vintage figures and think "this is better".  It's fun, but for different reasons.  Hasbro's stuff's "better" to me (mostly) though in sculpt, articulation, features, junk like that...  However, it's comparing apples and oranges, but given what oranges we have to compare to the apples, I'd still say Hasbro's apples are better than Kenner's oranges.

Under the Hasbro umbrella, Action Fleet has been produced...  Quite a bit actually. 

Condensing brand/company names under Hasbro's title is a simplification of things.  This means good things for us ultimately, as it means good things for Hasbro ultimately.  I'm ok with that if it means we don't see the Kenner or Galoob names.  They're just words at this point, but some of their employees are still there at least.


These Lava figures, and the Clone, may be something I have to weigh heavily as to whether or not I buy.  The Clone I was hoping to get 5.  A "team".  If they're $15 I'll grudgingly get 2 maybe, or perhaps only one for completists sake.

If Target's making this a sorta "permanent" thing on their pegs though, I bet the novelty wears off that the term "exclusive" often brings...  I think that moves this repaint stuff more than the figures themselves.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:54 AM »
Sweet, I musta even missed that picture Jared snapped!  hah

Wonder if the white variant will have the pilot helmet then?  I'd be surprised if it didn't come with it just because it'd require someone altering production orders...  Not a lotta work, but not something I expect them to be bothered with either.  Kinda like the holo weapons Holo Leia came with, then didn't come with.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Deluxe Clone 3-pack
« on: July 20, 2005, 12:46 AM »
I'm sorta glad, however I actually have liked a lot of the Deluxe figs this year.  Not everything was great, some sucked, but there were more hits than misses.  Part of me is glad if it's done simply so they focus on GOOD Clone sculpts over the 3-pack ones...

But losing good figures like Stass Allie, Crab Droid, and stuff like that...  That bites.

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.  :-\

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