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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: What's your LEAST favorite book?
« on: November 12, 2004, 02:56 AM »
Amen...

Killing a main film character for the sake of gaining readership and interest is like lying to get attention. 

It's not constructive, it doesn't offer anything overly exciting or new, and it really does nothing more than piss people off at you.

Chewbacca has been one of the most underutilized characters in EU because few people beyond Timothy Zahn had any ability as authors to actually utilize Chewie like Lucas did in the films.  The creators of Southpark use Kenny more creatively than authors in Star Wars used Chewbacca.

That's ****** up, if I may be so blunt.

And at least Kenny's killed off interestingly in South Park, so he's still one up on Chewbacca's death.

Ultimately though, the NJO's other main failing is the Yuzahn Vong.  Super Villains from somewhat of a distance away who just happen to show up when it seems like everything is ok.  They seem to "assimilate" at least parts of their victims.  They're "unstoppable", and have no regard for other species...  Blah blah blah...

Yes, Star Trek did it with the Borg first, the Breen, Species 90210 (or whoever they were from Voyager) and their organic ships and stuff, etc., etc., etc...  It's a tired Sci-Fi ploy to create new threats to a played out world.

To me, Luke's resurgence of the Force and FOrce Users (and his somewhat haphazard way about it) would be enough plotline to keep new enemies arising.  New species shouldn't be introduced as more of a threat than anything ever to Luke Skywalker though, as it sorta cheapens the movies and their point.

That's part of the problem though.  Luke and the films are intended to, kinda, imply that Luke's faced the ultimate trial he'll face.  Still there's more tactful ways to go about it.

Zahn had a knack here I believe then.  He didn't need force users to cause trouble so much as he used political and military strife, and an enemy who merely was smart.  The Yssilimari were kinda wonky but they weren't the Vong so I bought it some more.

I like NJO's establishment of Luke bringing about a, well, New Jedi Order...  The enemies and Chewie's death were just horrible turns though, IMO, and they become really just detractors from the series. 

I'd like to actually see some EU that establishes a war of attrition that the New Republic faced with the Empire.  Rather than this "Warlords" and "infighting" crap with the Empire, I think the story should've been one where they actually held it together.

Nazi Germany wouldn't have collapsed had Hitler died in 1940...  If anything, the Allies would've faced a much more destructive and competent enemy without him.  Perhaps the Empire could've had a more fitting scenario for it.

Anyway, that's a rant I'll end here...  Needless to say, EU's something I'm picky on because there's just too much BAD in there.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours thread... Wave 4 coming soon?
« on: November 12, 2004, 02:44 AM »
Yup.  The top one sports some nice decals on his back, separate hose pieces, a ball/socket head...  The boxy one isn't as nice, but the "cheap" droid feel is there.

The rusty one though, he rocks.  A figure that holds up agains thte BEST droids Hasbro has offered.  $10's steep, but if they came down at all I think I'd buy two more anyway.  They look like any droid you'd see in any scene in the movies.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: November 12, 2004, 01:52 AM »
I was reading Q&A recently at GH.com the other day, and Adam Pawlus said in it that Captain Antilles was a pegwarmer (or something to that effect), and kinda trashed the figure for being made...

It may be the case in some areas, but in Pittsburgh he's not overly common, or "pegwarming" by any means.  I think his potential as an army builder has helped him sell steadily.  Dodonna's a LITTLE more prevelant, but not by much.

I just didn't see him as the pegwarmer some have...  I run into one here and there, maybe a few at a K-Mart or KB where figures are more $, but at WM's, Targets, and TRU's, Antilles is drying up.

Same with Ozzel and other of that ilk...  The customizers and army builders have spoken in my book, and they'll pick one of those up every whipstitch it seems.

The same thing happens with BBI's Elite Force figures at Toys R Us.  They get a glut, then slowly but surely they sell, one by one.  It's really an impressive thing to kinda monitor when you're shopping. 

Some folks out htere must have impressive armies going.  I wanted another Antilles or two but damned if I can get them now.  Gotta check some of the lower traffic stores perhaps.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours thread... Wave 4 coming soon?
« on: November 12, 2004, 01:48 AM »
I wish they'd clearance old figures.  I'd take a bunch of that bronze one with the hoses and stuff, and the boxy one with the welding arm.

I thought those were 2 really decent, Star Wars-y figures.  Especially the bronze one.  THAT is a nice figure.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: November 11, 2004, 09:26 PM »
I completed my VOTC at the local meeting in Pittsburgh here last weekend, so now I just need my extras (Stormies), maybe an extra Fett and Chewie, and then I'm 100% done on VOTC. 

Then I need a Gam Guard, Scanner tech, and if I ran into one and felt it was worthy I'd ponder getting a Bib, but probably not.

Then, onto the post OTC....

It feels good not being WAY far behind like I had been for a while.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2004 NEW NEWS ON SANDCRAWLER
« on: November 11, 2004, 09:24 PM »
Here's a plea...

To any of you who possibly picked up an extra Sandcrawler (for whatever reason), if you'd like to recoop some cost, I'd like an RA-7 pack-in droid from one.

Anyone able to help me out that maybe got an extra perhaps?  Just IM me here or something.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Figure Ever Tournament
« on: November 11, 2004, 09:22 PM »
It'll be fun I think.  Given what's just come out in the past couple months it could be really interesting.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halo 2
« on: November 11, 2004, 08:59 PM »
No problem...  I think there's more out there that sympathize with you than you know, it's just that the vocalness of the pro-HALO group is immense.

I like HALO, don't get me wrong.  It's a good game. 

The thing is, it's not great.  The original wasn't great, and beyond the vehicle combat didn't have any "great" revolutionary aspect.  HALO2, really for all intents and purposes, doesn't improve on HALO1 very much at all so I'm not impressed again.

I'm thinking HALO2 will be a fun game to play...  That if you have some buddies together, or XBLive, that it'll be fun to play, but in the end it's NOT "special".

-Thief took FPS games to a new level by inventing the style of gameplay where stealth outlasts "Run & Gun" gamers.

-DOOM took FPS from the darkages and gave a new, refreshing story and gameplay features, as well as set the bar for "shocking" effects.

-Wolfenstein was the birthplace of FPS gaming.

-Ultima Underworld opened up the idea of RPG's and FPS's becoming one in the same.

-Dark Forces was the revolutionary new FPS of its time that improved on all the previous engines with new features and gameplay aspects, improved graphics, and set it all in a galaxy far far away.

-Goldeneye took Console FPS's and put them on the map as games that COULD be played on a console and be just as enjoyable as on a PC.

-Jedi Knight gave FPS gaming a new feature through using the force and sabers, and because of its setting (along with a great story, graphics, and engine for its time), it became legendary.

-Medal of Honor took FPS gaming to a new level of realism, practically recreating the opening footage of Saving Private Ryan and making it playable.... 

-Call of Duty built on MOH's popularity through improved graphics, improved AI, improved gameplay features and realism.

And I'm definitely missing games here, like the Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon series that set the bar for tactical FPS games and realism, Half Life series, etc...

The fact of the matter is that HALO is just in the middle amongst all those games.  It is a good "anchor" game for the X-Box, and it's fun...  It's graphics show the XB's potential generally, but will never compete with the PC and its ever evolving graphics abilities.  HALO2 is much the same, and didn't innovate the original HALO much at all.  It'll just be a prettier, and maybe slightly "new" experience for most.

And to that end, nobody can convince me that HALO is "great".  It's just "good", like so many FPS's before it and so many to come after.  It'll be fun, I'll likely pick up HALO2 after the initial geekdome subsides on it, but I'm not gonna wet my pants like (one in particular at Scum) some folks are acting like.  I'll get it, have fun, beat it, and likely not bother with it after I find something its equal or better.

I have an XB, I like my XB, and I'm feeling like I made a good deal by getting it for the price I paid, but HALO just isn't as good as certain people claim.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thanks to the Veterans
« on: November 11, 2004, 05:51 PM »
I've been really lucky to have talked to vets from all over the world.  They're great people.

There's some truly frightening, enlightening, shocking, saddening, and eye-opening things on the History Channel right now (I'm watching it as I type this), and it's worth making sure you check it out just so you always hear some of the words from those who really have experienced war.

Our soldiers today, whether we agree with why or not, are in the midst of similar circumstances, and I hope they're all going to come home, even if that's not a hope that can be fulfilled.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars RTS?
« on: November 11, 2004, 05:43 PM »
I'd like a "Star Wars: Total War" type game...  Something with massive unit totals, but the ability to control them on the micro-management level. 

Large terrain/fields, all 3D of course, and varied...

Oh, and not prequal set ONLY.  It's ok if there's Prequal gaming there, but I want an OT game where military conflict seemed more prevelant.  A Clone Wars version would be neat...  I'd rather they didn't mix them though because one takes from the other.

I'm hoping they keep all the units from Force Commander and carry them into this new game too.  FC set a lot of standards in EU for the SW military.  I'd like to see that carried over, as Galactic Battlegrounds did so somewhat.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halo 2
« on: November 11, 2004, 02:17 AM »
I've messed with a copy of it...

The thing about Halo is that, it is not, nor never shall be, anything more than a good FPS game.  HALO2 breaks no new ground, HALO1 broke no new ground.  The graphics weren't earth shattering, the gameplay was no more astounding than any other FPS at the time, and the story/setting (alien invasion, etc.) wasn't the most original either.

You're right Jared, HALO is NOT anything special...

I've seen threads at Scum touting it as the 2nd coming of Christ.  People talking about waiting  to get a copy as if they were waiting to see the latest Star Wars film.

HALO's ok.  It's a good starter game to a system.  A good "Look what we got and you don't", kinda thing, but it's not breaking any new ground or setting any new bars.

In 100% honesty, I've played 3 better FPS's since I played HALO1.  Call of Duty, off the top of my head, is/was far superior, as was Medal of Honor (COD's competition).  Maybe I'm biased because I found their setting better, but I found the gameplay better too.

I have an X-Box, I'll rent HALO 2 and decide if it's worth my buying it right now, but in the end, if they haven't advanced some of the gameplay I'm just not gonna jump up and down like a madman over this game like some are doing at Rebelscum.

X-Box live is HALO's only saving grace, and as far as I'm concerned I'll never pay XBL's fees just to play online, so that kills that aspect of it for me...  Even then, every other FPS practically can be played online for free in most cases.  I have very little trouble playing online at my PC, I'm quite comfy at my PC (and usually have the TV running at the same time), since I usually work at it and wanna be comfy, and I just don't see the appeal of paying just so I can play at my TV.

I got an X-Box because I like some of the games on it...  Same reason I have a Gamecube.  Till online's either REALLY cheap or free for consoles, I'm not buyin' into that reeming fee they tack on.

COD's, at this point, not beatable by HALO, and I'll be surprised if HALO2 wow's me past it.  Hell, I liked playing Jedi Academy more, and it was mediocre for a SW FPS I thought.

To each their own though.

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Toy Reviews / NEW JD.com Review: Capt. Antilles
« on: November 10, 2004, 11:30 PM »

Hey there boys and girls, I'm back with a new (sorta) review of Captain Antilles.

Check it out RIGHT HERE and read the whole thing, then by all means come back in here and share your thoughts too.

I'd wanted to get Antilles reviewed because he highlights a LOT of things that I always said could be done, but was told were "not possible" at the time on the Rebel Fleet Trooper.

Antilles is good, but not great like he could've been.  Nonetheless, he's a figure who's sold consistently well here in my neck of the woods, possibly due to his army building ability, and his generally good quality as a figure too.

For customizing he's one of the better ones out there though, no doubt.

Anyway, I'll cut this short so you can read on, and enjoy!

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Toy Reviews / Re: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: November 10, 2004, 11:26 PM »
Duplicates allowed Clone, so no biggie.

I like Dag. R2 as well...  Not got a full review going on him yet while we clear out some older ones here at JD.com, but in good time he should be up.

I'll say that he's a nice replacement for the pack-in that came with the Red 5 X-Wing a short time ago.  That, was not a spiffy version.  The light-up feature's nice too, even if the figure's mostly a reused mold.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anakin Mock Up
« on: November 10, 2004, 08:21 PM »
I agree that, if this is a pack-in, it's gonna be incredible that a PI's vastly superior to basically every version of main characters made from the Saga line for E2.

That'll just be a slap in the face over what we got back then.  :)

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So here's my list for ROTJ...

Lots of Honorable's at the end there, which shows this was really a hard choice for me.  In the end, I'm on a SA figure kick though so I'm wanting SA versions of the heroes and troopers because that's a must at this point after getting these great SA figures in the VOTC line. 

Chewie's been done now too, so I'm game for Han, Luke and Leia having their figures.

1)  Super Articulated Han Solo with Trench Coat...  Either do it with a NICELY done softgoods coat (tough, but possible), or pull a 21st Century Toys maneuver, include two sets of SA arms (coat and shirt arm sets) that pop off and include a pliable sculpted coat.  21st just did a German in Trench Coat that way and it's flawless.  Of course a working holster is a must.

2) Super Articulated Luke Skywalker in Endor...  With a removable cloth (no sculpted) poncho and removable belt and helmet.  Include a saber that attaches to the belt as well, and if they'd be real creative, a removable "vest" piece too so it coudl double as an Endor surrender Luke.

3) Super Articulated Leia Endor...  With a removable cloth Poncho, removable belt, removable helmet, working holster w/blaster.  A great figure...

PS: On both Endor Leia and Luke, it'd be neat if they included the ball/socket hip like on VOTC Luke.  Make them better fits on a possibly resculpted Speeder bike down the road?

4) Super Articulated Endor Rebel Soldier...  Either the POTF2 style or the Saga style, but Super articulated with removable helmet, backpack, and a firm plastic rifle.  A cloth sachel with explosives would really rock too.  And of course, head variants.

5) Hermi Odle...  I want my Hermi Odle figure.

6) Super Articulated Biker Scout...  Without a DOUBT, this is a must have.  I'd like an ultra version with a NEWLY sculpted, properly scaled/detailed, Speeder bike.  Include ball/socket hips so he can mount the bike properly, and a clear stand for it to "hover" when you're displaying it.  Perfection in my book.

7) A-Wing Pilot...  A new, nicely articulated, removable helmet, A-Wing Pilot (Human). 

8 ) Ewok Army Builder...  Teebo's entire sculpt reused, redecoed, and just give him a new "generic" hood, and pack him in with a spear, stone axe, and bow/quiver set.  Variants in fur pattern/color, and hood color, would be UBER welcome.  The ultimate Ewok Army Building figure.

9) Soft Goods Emperor Palpatine...  Poseable Palpatine capable of actually sitting on a throne, toilet, toilet throne, or in his lounge chair.

10) Super Articulated Emperor's Royal Guard...  ERG with full armor (EU) sculpting under the robes, cloth (red silk-ish) robes, and a pike.  Absolutely incredible figure for mucho Emperor defense!



HONORABLE MENTION:

-B-Wing Pilot...  Proper Color, Human, Removable helmet.
-Rebel as Biker Scout...  Removable helmet, use SA Scout body.
-New Dresellian Commando (sans Eyepatch)
-Rebel "Crewman" in the brown uniforms on Home One.
-Properly colored Y-Wing Pilot
-Moff Jerjerrod
-Super Articulated (reusing some parts of VOTC Vader even) Vader with removable helmet and hand...  New, ball/socket elbow arms a must though.
-Sgt. Doallynn (Skiff and Palace)
-Klaatu Palace
-Vintage Barada
-Vintage Nikto
-Romba
-Warok
-Lumat
-ALL NEW Wicket
-SA AT-ST Driver
-Chief Chirpa
-Poseable Gam. Guard
-Other Rancor Keeper (alien with beedy eyes consoling Malakili)
-White jumpsuited Takeel from Palace
-SA Throne Room Duel Luke

Yeah, lotta figures from ROTJ NEED done at this point.

I want that Army Builder Ewok more than the vinty's done though. 

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