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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Vehicle
« on: February 11, 2005, 12:28 AM »
EU's kind of shown that astro's are placed all over on ships...  Roaming about freely on ships like Amidalas, or even having fixed sockets "outboard" on big ships like that as well.

To me, none of these ship's designs imply that they're building into anything else really...  The Jedi Fighter, when you look at it, really doesn't look like anything (A-Wing's been said in the past, but beyond it being red I don't see this similarity), and the new Jedi Fighter's really not like anything else besides it maybe having SOME similarity to the old Jedi Fighter...  "improvement" for the war there is practical so I can link those two, but I can't link the Jedi Fighters to anything in the modern era really. 

The ARC-170's design is just out there...  Beyond its basic shape of an elongated hull with 2 wings that can split for maneuverability/stability, I can't say this is a ship that I look at and think "X-Wing" at all.  XW and this don't even look like they'd be in the same role/category given that the ARC's are bigger/bulkier, have a rear gunner...  I'd say it's maybe closer in relationship to the Y-Wing, but it doesn't resemble that fighter at all either, but if you run iwth the Y-Wings 2-seater variant it seems more along those lines.

EU's placement of astro's is weird then...  The Jedi Fighter's one is weird, and I think it was mostly a cop-out to have a dedicated astromech.  Almost like they designed the fighter but later realized they didn't design it to support an astromech and Lucas wanted it to be able to...  Simple answer then is to make it a dedicated on-board system with a dome...  for no reason.  ::)

I'm pretty sure EU has Astro's popping up on ships in different places though, some toward the front, some to the back...  I don't mind the placement really on the new Jedi Fighter...  If it doesn't support a removable (full) droid then it's sort of a bummer.  It leads me to believe Hasbro butchered the scale somewhat perhaps.   :-\ 

I don't mind the astromech being up front but I do think it bites if they don't make it so a full astromech fits in the socket.  That implies an underscaled ship to me, which sucks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A fond farewell, to our dear friend OCB...
« on: February 10, 2005, 11:18 PM »
I'm hoping Scott's going to be making an appearance here some, and not abandoning ship completely...  I think it's possible we'll still be seeing Old Cocky in town yet, so I try not to despair too much.

I don't profess to have come into Star Wars collecting with the goal of making "friends".  When I was asked to come here and be a part of things, I didn't really think it would become (to me) what it is, and that I would look at the rest of the guys I've worked with as great friends.  About the only compliment I can pay Scott that would mean something from my heart is that you DID become a friend to me that I haven't even gotten the chance to meet.  I hope you know that, and that I appreciated working with you.  I think you're the anchor at Jedi Defender, and losing you from the staff is painful to those of us here.  

Beyond that, the collecting community is losing one of its best members from not just this site, but from any site, any where, at any point this hobby has existed from Vintage to Modern.  Not really any way I can put that to really make its impact be felt more strongly.  Star Wars collectors in general are experiencing a loss when you step out.

I don't have to hope things are going to go well for you Scott because I know they will, and I know you're going to be here to say hi some, which is all one could wish for from a friend.

I didn't come into this thinking I'd ever care when I knew I wasn't gonna talk to someone often or see them around here, but I will miss seeing you active around here Scott.

Take care, and you'll always have your best friends here no matter what!

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: February 10, 2005, 07:22 AM »
In general (not this trip, just in general) my opinion on hotels is that if it has a clean bathroom and a clean bed, I'm content.

I'm treating my jaunt to Indy as basically the first vacation I've had in some years, so this is a special trip beyond the con even to me.  $188's great for 4 days, and if you've got the good shower and bed you're set.  :)  That's my take!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Mikey!!
« on: February 10, 2005, 06:43 AM »
Have a good one Mikey... 

Bday thread's tough to keep up with, haha.  :) 

We're hoping to see you guys there.  I'm gonna be there so there's all the need you have to go. :P

C3's gonna be so busy, haha...  this'll be great though.  The BYOB (Bring Your Own Body) idea is great I think, and this is a way you guys can expand your Empire pretty darn easily I think.

So hope to see you there guys!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 10, 2005, 06:19 AM »
I think it's funny as hell that in E2 nobody gave two ***** about finding a Clone really...  Red Clones were a dime a dozen, and lingered at KB on clearance forever (Still available some places), but the E3 Clones are so possibly going to be incredibly rare that there's worry about finding them.

I honestly ponder how hard finding the Clone will be too...  especially as someone who already wants a ton of that AT-TE Gunner.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 9, 2005, 10:34 PM »
hole...  a hole!

I think the rage was more circled around it detracting from sculpt...  And it's not really rage I guess, but I think that's the reason for the displeasure.  It's "eh" if it's not pluggable.  :(  Kind of a bummer on an otherwise great figure.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-RT - the walker army-builder
« on: February 9, 2005, 09:39 PM »
yeah, the figure could be the downer.  Given the incredibly poseable body they have available, I think a poseable pilot would've been great.

As far as camoflauging, it may not be the case...  The Republic Pilot's have a vibrantly colored outfit...  These Recon troops could just have this color as their basic color...  It seems Clones this go-round use color for more than rank distinction.  EU's been implying this and it seems Lucas may be taking it to the canon level.

They may be green on desert planets then for all we know.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 9, 2005, 09:36 PM » has some nice high-res shots up including a spoiler-ish one for Shaak Ti...

However, while there's a panic already over this "feature", her carded figure seems to NOT have the same feature, or it's covered up or plugged with something while the loose shot of her shows the feature clearly.


BTW, my jaw really hit the floor looking at the high-res shot of the AT-TE Gunner.  isn't he just a basic Clone with a shoulder pad and some other accessory packed in, and no action feature?

He rocks though...  I mean, holy ****.  If E2 had been this thought-out I'd have been a much happier man the past 3 years.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 9, 2005, 08:46 PM »
Yeah I'm really floored by some of the Collection 2 figures.

Just think what Star Wars as a line would've been like had E1 and E2 had quality backing them like this?!?!?  I'll tell you what, I'd have been a tad more forgiving at least. :) 

Hasbro's taken things up a notch with E3.  Good for them, though it sucks royally that they "see the light" 10 years after the line's beginning.  I more than ever want resculpts of old figures though, if this is what it would be like.

Fan Art / Re: Cable Original Squidhead!
« on: February 9, 2005, 01:08 AM »
I like the sketch Bill, one of my favorites actually...  Droids Bossk still is superior in every way. :)

But I like you have him actually, sorta, seemingly like he's doing Jabba's books or some such.  Fitting with tax season here and all. 

That or he's in a chat room...  maybe reading the latest threads here?  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Greivous Wheelbike
« on: February 8, 2005, 08:12 AM »
Eh, it was ok for Comedy Central so I'm not gonna complain unless the powers that be tell me otherwise.

Good score on the pic.  I can only fathom Greivous cruising in similar style.  I'd be horribly disappointed in E3, but at the same time I know I'd not be the only one laughing his ass off in the theater.

If you're having trouble with Chat that's one thing but I was meaning the FFURG FForums are a great place to get input...  You should go there, unless that's what you meant that you can't get into.

If you can though, the FFURG FForums would appreciate you showing the work there.  I didn't notice it yet there myself incase you tried.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Greivous Wheelbike
« on: February 8, 2005, 06:09 AM »
the AT-RT I can explain away enough to satisfy my own gripe on it...  It is a small personal support one I think.  The AT-PT looks, in my view, to be the real "evolution" of that walker.  The enclosed cockpit, and a forward gun able to put a field of fire down...  Not gonna put an AT-ST down ever (not alone anyway) but it's an improvement. 

The RT's got the height advantage (good in brush), and would be an asset, just not anything superior to all it's gonna encounter on a field, even if only encountering infantry.  It's a walking E-Web basically...  Good to get a "machine gun" up for support, and even over a wall perhaps (ideal) but not for marching right in on anything.

The wheelbike...  It looks like fun anyway.

What was that wheel-bike thing from Southpark?  Dale, do you have a picture we can even show here of that one?  :)  I wonder if Greivous makes it go the same way?  hahaha

Revenge of the Sith / Hasbro / RotS Figures in the Media
« on: February 8, 2005, 04:59 AM »

So this was elsewhere but it's a pretty good read and a topic I find quite curious...  It says a lot about Star Wars that I've been saying now for years but which I've been told I was "wrong" by more than a handful of people...

I tend to agree with the analyst's response to the story when saying that Star Wars is not something Hasbro should be putting their hopes into...  However I don't believe they honestly are either.

Something I bring to the table, and something I bet most people have never read but it's a fun thing to check out, is a read on the Company's History via  It's funny when reading that PR article that they have on their main page because you get a better look overall at this company's trends, and where they've put a lot of weight over the years.

It's sad, but Star Wars is a mere blip on Hasbro's radar, and their Company History page shows it...  To them it's just a brand they kept from the hands of someone else I feel.  I think they are making a push with the last movie, but I don't believe Hasbro is really putting a lot of hope that Star Wars will rebound the Boy's Toys division as a whole.  I think the reporter's giving more credit to the license and Hasbro PR work than they deserve, and the Analyst gives a better breakdown of Hasbro's view...  the license is a gamble, it always has been, and there's plenty backing that up.

I think Star Wars is in for dark days after E3 unfortunately.  I think it'll be more a liability to the Boy's Toys division rather than a blessing, short of some incredible popularity out of E3 and into new popular media.

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