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The Original Trilogy / Re: Questions for Kershner???
« on: November 30, 2004, 12:29 AM »
These are mine...  I figured I'd give you a few incase I'm repeating one you guys already have in mind. :)

-What's Kershner's thoughts on the "creative changes" that Lucas is exercising over the films decades after their release?  Does he approve or disapprove of these ideas?  Does he feel they improve the films (especially ESB)?

-My favorite sequence involves the Imperial AT-AT walkers in Empire Strikes Back.  What thoughts or memories could he share (if any) when working with the Hoth Battle sequence overall?

-Would You have liked to have seen a main character's death within the Original Trilogy for additional dramatic effect, like Harrison Ford wanted to happen to his character?

Revenge of the Sith / ROTS: The year of Articulation
« on: November 30, 2004, 12:23 AM »
OK, now...  As most of you who know me have realized, I'm a huge champion of the articulation factor.  I have found the Star Wars line has been a quagmire of under-acheivers because of lacking articulation.  Not a good thing...

Then visions of the E3 line have shown up...  Pretty articulated figures we've been seeing, and the Collection 2 ones sporting the super articulation we all know and I'd say the majority of us love.  Collection 1 itself, while laden with action features, appears to be a nice attempt at articulation itself and hiding said features.

So my question to you...  We see heavy articulation here, so what do you think of the articulation issue now? 

My stance remains the same on this issue...  Articulation makes the toy, so the more the better, however I do see that Hasbro's dropping their traditional style they've used on ball/socket joints on some figures for a hinged piece with a swivel to it.  Still retails the same motion, but is more noticeable.

The articulation on Collection 1 is definitely more noticeable than that on the C2 figures or the VOTC for instance.  Is that a big enough problem to require "griping" though?  Again, to me I would rather have a poseable Mace than one stuck in a pre-pose...  So no.  I do believe the articulation could be better hidden since they managed on the VOTC so well.

Myself, I'm happy as a clam (so far) with the images from E3's Collection 1 and 2 figures.  They're unique, and show a stronger effort from this company than they have ever shown before.  C1's still not perfect, but some of those C2 figures were really impressive to me.  I'm really anxious to see the rest of the opening E3 line-up though because so far this looks like the best effort for a film release that Hasbro has ever made.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: November 29, 2004, 08:59 PM »
Steelers with a hard-fought victory.  I'm smelling good things in the playoffs for us, but I'm hesitant to get too zealous on it.  :)

I'm just enjoying watching Rothlesberger play, and watching The Bus roll over opposing defenses.  It's amazing how people took dumps on him saying he should retire then watching him tie personal records for 100 yard games, etc...  I think had our offense been 100% Sunday that we would've had a better game with Washington, but a win is a win so I'm not complaining.

Modern Trading / Re: VOTC Boba Fett
« on: November 29, 2004, 08:49 PM »
Hey Fluke,

Do you need mint or opener on the Ephant because i have an opener.

My brother's a HUGE Tolkien fan...  As much as I'm a Star Wars fanatic anyway.  I know he liked the movies irregardless of the changes.

Myself, I liked them knowing the answers...  Had I been told the answers to ESB before seeing it though, I don't know if I'd have liked it as much.

Just depends on the film I guess to me.

The Original Trilogy / Re: ROTJ Sound Funny?
« on: November 27, 2004, 04:41 AM »
BTW, the DVD's are so flawed...  I never realized.

Music missing, etc., etc...  Just reading up on this enlightened me to the low level of quality that Lucasfilm was willing to put out.  What a crock of ****, to be quite blunt.

Lucas's fat ass is rich off the $ we give willingly to him.  The least this jagoff could have done was have his minions of tard-dom put together a GOOD sounding, WELL made, HIGH quality DVD Box set.  I could've waited till after E3 if it meant the DVD would've matched the quality of...  oh... say, perhaps the Young Guns DVD?  I mean, christ!  Is it really that hard for the company that CREATED THX and all this other crap to enhance movies and sound to actually put together a good DVD set?

This is like Henry Ford not being capable of driving a car at all.

The Original Trilogy / Re: ROTJ Sound Funny?
« on: November 27, 2004, 04:38 AM »
So after hearing that muffled sound on the ANH disc last night, I was talkign with CorranHorn in FFURG's Chatroom tonight and lamenting the sound issues.

Well, I played my DVD's on my X-Box which is just run through a regular tv (No surround sound).  I do have another DVD player though, but I got the DVD adapter kit for my X-Box because my regular DVD player wouldn't play a DVD-RW.  My X-Box would though.

So in my conversation with CH, the idea came up to try them in the regular DVD player (Which Iw as set to even give away to my girlfriend).  Well she's SOL because it will PLAY the SW DVD Box set with normal sound.

Normal enough anyway...  It's not great, but I think that a lot of DVD's are set for surround sound and just don't sound right without it...  It is much better than through my X-Box though.  At my girlfriend's we played the ROTJ DVD through a PS2.

Could it be that these just aren't great DVD players and they screw up the sound?  I dunno. 

Now I can play one copy of the SW Trilogy on the X-Box only, and one on my Apex DVD player only.  :)  God I hate technology.  This is bull**** in its purist form.

The Original Trilogy / Re: ROTJ Sound Funny?
« on: November 26, 2004, 06:17 PM »
As a bit of research for a uniform issue, I was watching ANH and noticed (On My TV) that it was REALLY soft/low.  Very strange, and I really don't like this.  :(  It's almost unwatchable it's so bad. 

I have a classic edit on DVD too, and it sounds better than a store-bought professionally done version.  That seems wrong to me on some level.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: World of Warcraft
« on: November 25, 2004, 06:01 AM »
I'm having trouble getting into the mmorpg's and stuff.  Maybe Galaxies turned me off to the notion.  My brother pimps Ultima's greatness to me, but I just am having trouble wrapping my brain around it all.

I played Galaxies' preview couple of weeks, and was highly let down by the fact that all I did was run around on Tatooine getting confused.  I even was getting sick a couple times, which I'm finding is a more and more frequent problem for me when gaming.  Used to only be minor but it's getting to the point I get pretty nauseus.  :(

Very cool news, and you deserved some publicity on it Bobb, so kudos.  I'm really REALLY curious to see what (if any) way you'll incorporate Hasbro's Freeze Chamber set.

I really enjoyed it, and still am figuring a way to make a bigger gantry thing that just snaps on over its current one.  The only thing that set lacked was it being able to hold more figures I thought.

Cool work, and the push light has me really scheming.  nothing I'lld o any time soon, but it's inspiring nonetheless man.  Good work and improvisation for a feature that really gives your set a nice look when displayed.  The light is very cool.

BTW I still think the neatest thing is the sculpture.  No matter how you made it, or were given the idea, that's funny, and really accurate.

Toy Reviews / Re: WAlmart exclusive ANH figure pack
« on: November 25, 2004, 05:55 AM »
These packs were really weird.

ANH hit en masse here, ROTJ was nowhere to be found, and usually for every 10 or so ANH's there was 1 ESB set.  Very strange.

I got ROTJ because I actually never got that Emperor figure.  Kinda neat buying it, getting a Stormie, a Vader I don't want (again) and an Emperor figure I want for my EW Vader to be holding over his head. 

Nice to have everything work out.

The sets are a novel idea, and while I hate to admit it, they seemed to do well.  They're all gone from my area, though not all WM's seemed to get many.  Only one had TONS of sets, while others generally only had ANH sets, and it didn't have maybe but 20.

Toy Reviews / Re: Famine's Pablo-Jill Reveiw
« on: November 25, 2004, 05:53 AM »
Yeah, he was somewhere on coruscant walking past as I recall.  I think that's his sorta "neutral" stance actually.  He just looks awkward.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: November 25, 2004, 05:51 AM »
Hasbro's at least leaning the right direction. 

I sympathize with all those who disagree iwth action features overall, however I do feel that they're fun when done right.

Case in point (2 really) are the SBD from E2 which I highly enjoyed as a figure, and the Total Control Mace WIndu.  Yeah, I can hear the groans.

I truly wasn't expecting to like that figure, but honestly if they could somehow make a SA version of the character and then a TC version, I'd buy both happily.  The control feature really looked realistic when you play with it, which was neat.  The figure's not attractive, but fun. 

I still say articulation is more favored by children and adults than action features...  Different reasons or purposes as to why each likes them, but to me kids go nuts with poseable figures.  I know G.I. Joe replaced Star Wars damn quick when I was a youngin.

I reiterate Mike's (Congratulations) note on being SO disappointed with the E2 figures initially.  They do rank low to me as well.  I can't think of many beyond the SBD that I actually was pleased with at all really.  :( 

I didn't do any midnight madness thing for E2...  I just went to the local Wal-Mart and they put out TIE Bombers because they're dumb and held them back with the E2 stuff.  I walked out of the store with TIE Bombers and not a single figure that night.

Was a bust opening IMO, and I think Hasbro had major failure with the Saga line in its initial offerings only because they had an appauling buy-back scenario (A couple actually).  VERY negative thing for the line overall.  They made crap product and the retailers forced their hand in remedying that situation.  Ouch!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Turkey Day!
« on: November 24, 2004, 04:18 PM »
I will be eating dinner with my parents and possibly brothers (dependant on who shows up).  My girlfriend's going to her sister's home so I am off the hook there.  May run down later in the evening to her house when she's back, but that would be the extent of me being out and about.

I'll be manning the guns at JD I guess.   :P  At least for a while.

MMmmmmm Turkey, apple pie, and homemade turkey noodles are what I'm looking forward to.  I was sick yesterday at school but today I'm thinking I'm not too bad.  I just wanna be able to eat tomorrow.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday BillCable!!
« on: November 24, 2004, 04:14 PM »
Hey Bill, happy birthday man...  Hope to catch you at the Toy Show in a couple weekends, if you're gonna be out this way.

Have a good one bud.

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