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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 30, 2005, 02:52 AM »
Without a doubt Dressel...  That was a choice I'd thrown out myself to others.  The Rebel Soldier's evolution in the classic trilogy is great, and that makes a fantastic army builder set itself. 

On the Endor soldier in that set, I think I'd want a POTF2-styled Endor Soldier over the Saga one...  I like the guys in the full camo duds.  I think they're more representative of them in combat.  I'd just hope the upper body of the Saga figure could be put on poseable lower legs from an Evolution set trooper then.  It works with the POTF2 legs so far...  They just need to be poseable. :)

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Greivous' Cough?
« on: May 29, 2005, 05:38 PM »
True, but any # of reasons for Obi-Wan leaving could've been concocted as well, and made sense...  He could've gone to Utapau after the Separatist leaders even, no Grievous necessary, had it been known they were there, and they simply escaped to Mustafar...  That would tie in with why Palpatine wanted Anakin appointed to that job as well...

I like Grievous myself...  I just think he wasn't a necessity, but he worked well for what he was.  He was cooler in the cartoons than in the film though, as far as "wow" factor would go.

Hmmm, Photobucket's who I hear the best news about short of opening up your own site...  I went there to just host pics online when I want to.

I'm sure someone will give some better advice on this than I can.

Most people seem to create their own site...  WIth the # of figs you churn out, that may be a better option for you DD, over a simple image hosting site.  :-\  Then again, there's quite crappy website hosts too, like Geocities who I cannot STAND seeing customs posted on...  Gotta be someone reliable though somewhere online.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jedi = Star Trek red shirts?
« on: May 28, 2005, 04:11 AM »
I agree with Jason pretty much...

Palpatine, to me, wholely caught the quartet by surprise...  That's how I'll forever justify the sequence in mymind. I'm disappointed slightly by the quick deaths of 3 of them, and felt it was the weakest fight sequence of the film, but I try to attribute the surprise factor (with perhaps a bit of handy work with the force to kind of "stun" them as well?  It's a force ability that shows up in some EU and is quite effective) as the key to that...

The Jedi falling to the Clones though, that harkens back to Anakin's sorta naieve view of the Jedi (this isn't a slight on OUR views of the Jedi either, as being "super heroes", so don't take it that way) when he was a child. 

Anakin felt they were indestructable...  As a child, he saw them as even omnipotent really, and capable of anything.  Qui-Gon explicitly said that he only wished that were so...  Perhaps he was being a bit humble, but If Jedi were not able to fall easily like anyone else then their situations wouldn't be as scary either.

I think a Jedi's ability to sense that which is taking place around him varies...  Some, like Yoda, are able to clearly sense their situation, while others aren't...  The Jedi in battle were focused elsewhere...  We don't see really how valiant an effort was made at the Temple...  Factor in surprise (with the lack of focus) and all that, and I see the Jedi deaths as tragic betrayal.  Betrayal that, to the Jedi, maybe was as hard to swallow as Anakin's betrayal is for Obi-Wan.

I was thinking the other night how bonds may grow witht he Clones...  Some Jedi may see them as tools, others may see them as comrades though (Obi-Wan seemed to view them as a mix, but in the end they are there to "do their job").  Maybe other Jedi are so caught off guard by the betrayal of soldiers they've perhaps fought alongside for some years even, then they are really beyond surprise.  Maybe again it's a sign of how attachment can be the undoing of a Jedi even?

Feedback / Re: pmundheim's feedback
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:54 AM »
Paul once again has helped me obtain many figures I don't have (and some extras of ones I do have), and all without me paying him yet.

There's a handful of guys that just make Jedi Defender the ultimate collecting community that it is...  Guys like JediMAC that help out people at their own trouble/expense, and guys like Paul Mundheim who go out of their way to make sure everyone's loaded up with the figures they want.

Paul, I'm never gonna be able to pay you back for all the help unless I donate a kidney to you or something man...  Thanks! 

The References are a good idea Jason...  Hopefully some DVD images are going to be coming in too, from various places (*whistles innocently*) that maybe shed some light on Clones rarely seen even in the film.

You may have hit your bandwith limit DD, not sure.  Photobucket (I think that's who you're hosting iwth?) are goofy like that.  I use my account there sparingly.  I like them a lot, but for hosting lots of images they can be funky.

I'd say this is one of the better paintjobs of all the Grievous figures, with Deluxe Grievous a close 2nd.  The blast-apart Grievous figure is chalk white though, totally off the mark, as it the lower numbered one I believe (don't own it yet...  if there is a lower numbered one, which I thought there was).

Hasbro is all over on the paint aps.

To me, the reason for the 4-arm/saber feature on the preview figure is again tied to hype (but also tied to making a better figure).  When I look at the figure as a hype tool, what better way then to make him as wildly articulated as the Wookiee, but displaying his neat "4-arms" surprise in the film.  It'd give people something to ponder that the cartoons implied a while ago anyway.

It'd be nice to have one with arms that could be "2" or "4" and look normal as both.  The Deluxe doesn't pull that off well really. :(

That said, my biggest beef is the ankles not being articulated.  It really makes the figure difficult to pose certain ways...  That and a cloth cloak would've been nice.  I can do the cloth cloak myself though, but the ankles kinda let me down.

I have that Grievous in a rockin' saber (2-handed) pose, though he never wielded a saber like this in the film.  I can see him accumulating more sabers like this though.  :)  He looks badass to say the least.

Thanks for popping in and sharing some thoughts JediSearch, I appreciate it man!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:33 AM »
Mustafar's one of those things that, if they wanted to, smaller sets that interlocked would do better than attempting one larger set that's just massively undersized for the scale of the finale.

It's like the Death Star...  To me you can't really capture it in a large playset with scaled down features.  I saw the set early (haven't seen one in stores yet though), and it just seemed to be better suited to Action Fleet scale.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Turbo Tank/Juggernaut Question
« on: May 28, 2005, 03:30 AM »
The GIJ APC is really small.  Go with the Rolling Thunder over that, if you go that route.  Rolling Thunder was a HUGE vehicle.  I remember blowing my cousins up with illegal fireworks and gasoline.

No, I'm not making that up either...  It was a real Beavis & Butthead moment, but nobody got hurt thankfully.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So how many times have you seen it?
« on: May 27, 2005, 03:56 AM »
I'll be seeing it again this weekend as well...  Not that I harbor ill-will to those other films, it's just that they really are pointless with a Star Wars movie in the theaters.

Well, that and I have to take the kids to see SW of course.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: May 27, 2005, 03:23 AM »
I think the Army Builders are ignoring this guy in favor of spending their $$$ on #41 Clones or other figures, but over time I think they will sell.

This seems very true to me as well Jeff.  Even from a personal perspective, I'm usually buying a grunt over a pilot...  I passed a Clone Pilot or two up the other night because I got another blue Guard and a #6 Clone that were hanging at a local Target....

The Pilots, especially since I'm seeing them more now, are a secondary thought.  Kind of like Preview Wookiees and Neimodian Gunners to me too.  I want more, but not at the expense of a Clonetrooper should I see one.  That's where my $ goes instead.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: General Grievous (Sneak Preview)
« on: May 27, 2005, 03:15 AM »
He's mean, he's bony lookin', and he's a big focus of hype around the new Star Wars movie Revenge of the Sith...  So how's he as a toy?

Of course, I speak of General Grievous , the Separatist leader and funkmaster of the galaxy.

Read the full review for General Grievous (Sneak Preview) if you dare, and give us some thoughts too.

For me, Grievous was a tough figure to review because he had little to compare him to.  I found him to be fairly good overall and accurate to what I'd seen of the character up to that point.  With that said, and having now seen the film, I can safely say my issue with his articulation is a valid one.  They could've done Grievous a little more justice in the poseability department.

The good news there though?  We'll have probably quite a few of him in the coming months since he seems to be the Darth Maul of his day.  His time in the film was brief, but we all have our Clone Wars memories of this badass to really love the character for.

He's got some flaws, but he's got a lot going for him too, so check the review out and enjoy.

Toy Reviews / Re: New Review: Feltipern Trevagg
« on: May 27, 2005, 03:09 AM »
Thanks man...  Appreciate the kind words.  I believe in an honest opinion, no holds barred, and that's what I deliver...  To me, if a figure isn't any good I'm going to let the masses (And Hasbro when they visit the site) know what wasn't liked.  Some would say that's a negative thing, but I've heard to the contrary. :)

I customize as well, but when doing a review I can't take that into account as much as it maybe is true in my own universe.  With Dannik Jerriko I have to think of the sheer # of people I saw complain about the holes and the fact most of them don't customize...  Same with Feltipern's "skirt" not being pliable enough.  And from my own point of view I don't customize if I don't feel I have to...  Really I have one of everything untouched actually, whether good or not.

It's a balance...  My customizing side wants to take over and say "well you can fill the holes in and paint it" on Dannik, or just slit the skirt piece up the side to make it more pliable on Feltipern, but in reality 90% of the people buying the toys won't do that to it and feel it's a complaint.  I have to agree with them.

And we can just hope Hasbro fixes things int he future.

And I agree on Dannik with the masses, that the probe things were just not necessary.  I'm the last person to gripe about getting MORE with a figure, but those things really butchered an otherwise great sculpt.   :-\

I'm glad you popped in to say hey and drop some feedback.  I appreciate hearing back from folks.  :D

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Super Articulated ARC Troopers (non-animated)
« on: May 26, 2005, 08:04 PM »
I'd be all for SA ARC's from the CW toon...  Red and Blue both would be appreciated, and if Hasbro were especially nice they'd include a shoulder-fired rocket launcher and a mini-gun accessory for diversity.

I'd dig Clone Commando's too but ARC's would be my priority want in the SA format.  I agree wholeheartedly that the CW figs were a little lax in the articulation.  with a pistol they look ok but they're kinda "meh" otherwise.

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