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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: March 26, 2005, 12:52 AM »
Nice.  :)  More Wookiees for good Wookiee diversity in our armies.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 26, 2005, 12:06 AM »

just looking at the photo, blowing it up some and trying to enhance it, I see:

-Geonosian Rescue Mace Windu
-Deluxe Anakin (that came with the Geonosian)
-Final Duel Jango Fett (with the rem. head)
-An Obi-Wan I can't quite make out, but his legs smack of Pilot Obi-Wan

That's the bottom-row of pictures...

The top row looks like all-new figures, except Assajj. 

I don't like Anakin's pose...  Assajj will be nice to actually see available only because I only ever saw ONE of her, and dig her character.  She was a good idea.  Yoda I can't make anything out on, and Obi-Wan actually looks like just an articulated version of him, actually, which would be warmly welcomed.  If he's a nicely articulated E2 Obi-Wan with armor that pops off?  No complaints here.  Greivous just looks like the preview one to me.

To that end then, the bottom row blows, top row looks like it could be a 50/50 mix of good and "eh".

Personally, I may be in the minority but I really liked the IDEA of realistic looking Clone Wars characters.  The problem that I think arose was that Hasbro was given a gist of what was coming, but not told specifics of the toons at the time, so what got made wasn't necessarilly great.

If I saw a whole new series of realistically sculpted CW figures, but they were now based on what we know is in the toons, I'd take it.  I'd take a Mace, an Obi in armor, a Yoda (he really isn't all that different in the cartoon than in the movies), etc...  Plus I'd add in new characters like Padme, Republic ground crew, TONS of Jedi (Ithorian, Shistavanean, Sha'Gi, Ki Adi's padawan, Muftak, etc.)...  I'd gladly take new, SA ARC troopers and reissues of the Clones too, of course....

To me, the realistic sculpts are a great idea, and some of the figures were fantastic.  Assajj, ARC Trooper, Sae-Sae Tinn, Obi-Wan, Durge (Deluxe), etc. are all great figures to me...  I'd even say I like Frito Bandito Yoda for what he was...  just something different.

Mace, Anakin, and their ilk aren't too swift though.  :(  It's like they didn't get any reference material for anyone but Assajj, ARC, and Durge prior to whipping the figures themselves up.

Newbies / Re: hansel1
« on: March 25, 2005, 10:34 PM »
Welcome to the group Hansel1, and enjoy the stay...  Like has been said, we've got a good trading community going here, lots of reputeable names, lots of good trades...  The only negative deals I can think of have been just warnings from stuff that happened at other sites.

Good having you aboard.  The more here, the better the trading will get I'm sure.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: March 25, 2005, 06:58 AM »
With the influx of new people to SW message boards, that will come in handy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Fast Food Thread!
« on: March 25, 2005, 01:36 AM »
When I was a wee nipper, we had at least 6 Hardees within the realm of my travels...  Limited as they were.

Rax was huge here too.  There were probably more of those, and I really miss them.  Used to get an Uncle Alligator meal with a Turkey sandwich (which you weren't supposed to get), that the girls made for me special after my mom would pick me up from Kindergarten.  Loved those trips.

Here's something odd going on in my area, and perhaps you're experiencing this too Scott, or the rest maybe are noticing this...  Are your Burger King joints disappearing?  I can only think of 2 near me when there were at one point 6 or 7 I could name off the top of my head.

And now we get commercial upon commercial for , "Ihop", Steak & Shake (Though I know of 2 in my area, and one coming to the new mall opening here out in the boonies where I live), and "Sonic" as well.

We have absolutely NONE of those restaurants except S&S which is almost a novelty here since there's one out at a big development west of the city near the Airport, and one at a big development on the Monongehelia River...  That's it.  People actually treat S&S here like it's fine dining because it's such a rare place around here.

Those others though are non-existant in the Pittsburgh area.  Not a one of them exists, and yet they taunt us with commercials relentlessly.  They make me wanna run out and get that nice looking food, and yet I'm left wanting.  *sigh*

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Fast Food Thread!
« on: March 25, 2005, 12:25 AM »
I found a 2nd "Rax" out here.  I'm amazed.  We have 2, both in rather obscure out of the way places.  Neither close to me though unfortunately.  :(  I used to love Rax...  And Hardees too, which last I knew only one was left here, down in a part of the city off the beaten path.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: March 25, 2005, 12:16 AM »
Thanks for all the numbers on that RebelTrader.

Well, it's MAJORLY underscaled if the numbers on the ARC-170 from the ICS are right, which at this stage I'm wagering they're at least close...  I prefer to analyze the film to get proper scale though, but it's not boding well for the toy with me...

Then again, if the ICS numbers are right, the ship's bigger than a Stuka Divebomber and would make a very large toy if done to-scale.  Wings could break down and the ship be smaller and all (in packaging), but I'm just gonna give up any hope on a scale one at this point.  Save my disappointment it (and saves money for army builder figs).

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 25, 2005, 12:08 AM »
I liked the Hammerhead force scream thing, but the explosions on walls, the fist-fighting SBD's, and other things tend to suck a bit.

The all-out saber smackdown with Greivous and his goons was great though.  Real classic saber fighting.

The Clones continue to impress too.  They're great.

Greivous' character was great tonight too.  He really "grew".  The catlike moves, and his twice now poking his head out a window and sorta shocking everyone.  Just great.  And in true SW fashion the bad ass villain goes out like a punk by having his cape tied to a train.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Fast Food Thread!
« on: March 24, 2005, 05:03 PM »
Anyone smell lawsuit?

Nope, just fried finger.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: March 24, 2005, 05:01 PM »
Interesting indeed.  And that's a McFarlane thing, so the diorama should be pretty great itself.

What is the "hybrid" though? 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: March 24, 2005, 03:19 AM »
I scored low on the Nerd test, and yet it said I'm not a nerd but still not very cool either.

What a kick in the balls.  :(

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: March 24, 2005, 12:29 AM »
Word on the street is $50 MSRP for the AT-AT.

And Hasbro can't do full-size vehicles at good prices?  My hairy white ass they can't.  :(  That thing's about as big as the Kenner AT-AT sculpt, plus it's brand friggin' new from the ground up, and it still is coming in at $50.

And they can't do a $50 Y-Wing that's full scale?  Yeah...  right.   ::)

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Cloud Car Pilot
« on: March 23, 2005, 09:49 PM »
Another day, another review...

Cloud Car Pilot does a fly-by today in my review column here at Jedi Defender!  A grand figure if I may say so myself.  This guy's got everything a good army builder should have.

He's got lots of accessories that attach to him in holsters and on clips, he's got a removable piece of headgear, he's got pretty good articulation...  Is he great though?  Well, not perfect.  He's not a VOTC quality figure or anything, but he's not far off really either.

Plus he sports a great deco I think, based on McQuarrie art.  Gotta love that!

Read the full review RIGHT HERE!!!

Of course, let us know what you think too...  I've got a handful of these guys that I lucked into at the great Wal-Mart OTC Clearances, and a few I just picked up at random trips to stores.  This guy didn't sit on pegs long though around me.  The clearanced ones always were fresh to the pegs it seemed.

Hope you nabbed an army too because a lot of positive signs point to a Cloud Car in the future.  And even if those signs are false, you can always buy the vintage one that really holds up well even today!

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Star Wars Insider
« on: March 23, 2005, 09:15 PM »
The clone story was good Brad, but a tad too Earthy too...  Just my opinion.  I digs them Clone Commando guys though.

They need to get more exclusive images I think going...  That'd be their big draw.  And crackdown on people putting scans up.  It's their best hope to make the rag appeal to a broader group.

I liked this issue though, but you're right that the cheapening of the bags sucks.  :(  Mine had dinged up corners and stuff.  I hate that.

Takes traffic to make traffic...  Customs here, customs there, it's all good but the point of the FFURG FForums Customizing Community is to bring all customizers together at a site maintained and moderated by customizers with separate sections for separate areas of customizing...

Do other sites have that? 

The problem is, the other site you're hinting at mainly I think CHEWIE, is that the people there want more eyes on their stuff rather than to hear honest criticism...  They don't want to hear a critique, but just to get a "Very Nice!" with every reply...

The only way the community and customizing will grow is if customizers try to be a tighter-knit group.  It doesn't mean a site's forums like here at Jedi Defender aren't good for discussion or showing off one's wares, but it doesn't help customizing any if everyone flocks to one forum at a collecting site just to "show off" their stuff...

Hell, half the time anyone makes a criticism "over yonder", it degenerates into a fight between people, or it simply goes unnoticed and never responded to because half the people there don't want to be told they're not perfect.

Sad, but true state of the hobby that FFURG is/was trying to remedy.

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