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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Toy Fair Vader
« on: December 22, 2003, 10:34 PM »
Mine is not attached, in that you could slip a piece of paper in there if you wanted, but ther'es no flat edge for it to attach to the card really.  It's only attached where the flat edge of the bubble on the sides runs down a little ways to the bottom, but the center area of the bottom is open.

The Original Trilogy / Re: The Forest Moon Of Endor
« on: December 22, 2003, 07:18 PM »
Moons come in a lot of sizes, by our own galaxies evidence it would seem.  I think the moons of some planets are larger than Earth, are they not?  I'm not an astronomer so I'm not entirely sure of that, but I think it's true.

Like they said in ANH, "He's  headed for tha small moon", so they just assumed it was a small moon of Alderaan I guess.

Though you'd think Han knew something about Alderaan, I dunno, like that it actually had a moon or two floating around, and where they would be.  Maybe he's not Alderaan expert though I guess.

Anyway, I think it's simply a matter of moons not having a set size, and that they can be bigger, or maybe even smaller than either Death Star.  

Yavin IV is a moon as well, and it was substantially larger than the DS I also.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hoth Wave
« on: December 22, 2003, 07:14 PM »
I've found them all now, except:

Ach Med Beq
2nd Dignitary

The Hoth wave is truly a mix of ups and downs...  The luke's a great figure, but the lack of a working holster, the goggles, and some other things kind of bring him down a notch.  Still a great figure, just could've been a LOT better with some little tweakings here and there.  (Scott mentioned a running change with a "Clean" heasculpt which would've been nice too).

The Hoth Trooper though, is a terrible figure.  He's everything I felt he would be from early shots, so I'm thorougly disappointed in him.  He lacks everything an army builder should have...  Articulation is weak, pose is awkward, he's extremely short for some reason, and his face has a sort of dumbfounded look, and his holster doesn't work.  These things truly kick this figure down a lot of notches.  

I hope he sees a super articulated resculpt someday, because I'm finding the Hoth uniform hides articulation quite well in all the folds and wrinkles.  Then again I think Hasbro's pretty good at hiding all articulation in any uniform anymore.  Even Aalya Secura's bare-shoulders are a sort of hidden joint suprisingly.

R-3PO is a great sculpt, and while some are saying he's reused partly from the Deluxe 3PO last year, I don't believe them to be correct.  He's got a much crisper detail to him, or at least mine do, and I am noticing very VERY slight differences.  The main one being the electronic/wiring of the torso is noticeably different than C-3PO's was.  It's longer/larger.

Reuse of parts or not though, it's a great figure from top to bottom, if not maybe a little dull.  His only flaws to me are articulation and the lack of a decent accessory.  The stand's dull, but a Hoth equipment box, or a piece of console, or even a Hoth-specific base would've been better.

Good figure though, and looks neat with K-3PO.

The others I'd picked up earlier...  now I just need those variation figures, and the Wampa, and I'll be set.  Should be fun tracking those down.  ugh...

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: December 22, 2003, 06:26 PM »
Hmmm, a mixed opinion here...

-Dengar...  Nice pose, and looks like he'll look ok standing around holding his rifle by the barrell with the stock on the ground, but...  I'm a bit curious to see the articulation here.  Considering what Hasbro's capable of, if that figure's arms aren't articulated anymore than at the shoulders I'll be a little disappointed by him.  He's better than his previous figure, but I hope his arms aren't stuck like that is all.  At least wrist articulation maybe...  

-Bossk...  Why do I like Trandoshans?  Because they gets alllllllll da ladies.  Yes, that's right they do!  And this figure looks ok.  Again, some better articulation would be nice, and this figure doesn't appear to have a LOT different, though it looks like his arms are separated at the flight suit and maybe swivel around...  I'll have my Bossk in a "Whipping the middle claw" pose immediately if that's the case.  Also, given that Gold leader has the separate leg straps, why doesn't Bossk appear to have them?  They look a lot better than molded to the leg I thought.  Oh well.

-Ozzel...  Is that Hitler?  It was in Last Crusade, but he's pulling off a nice Hitler here too it seems.  

My initial thoughts are that I like the fact I'm getting a GREAT customizing figure, I mean that's a good generic Imperial Officer sculpt with some seemingly nicely articulated arms.  At least better than average, maybe not "Nice!" I guess.  And I'm holding out hope his hat maybe comes off?  It looks almost separate?  Be nice to have that on an Impy for headswaps of figures.

The blaster's odd, I'd rather he had a Star Destroyer bridge console personally....  No leg articulation is just "Eh" to me too, though he didn't need it...  Still, it'd be neat to have it, ya know?  The two things I really feel are bad on that (obvious) hand painted prototype is the color of the uniform, and the the lack of a pot-bellie.  He's great custom fodder, but I believe Ozzel wasn't in the best of shape for his finely cut uniform, ya know what I am sayin'?  One too many Heinekin's in the officer's lounge me thinks!

As for the Imp Officer color debate, I think this one will rage on like Hoth Han's coat.

To me, the Imperial Officers wear grey...  Not as light grey as the Piett figure, and not that olive drab shade of Motti and Tarkin.  To me, the Piett's closer to accurate than the other two.  In the film, Tarkin's uniform (In the right light) looks as grey as Piett and gang in ESB...  As does Motti and everyone else.  

Everything I've ever read about how the uniform designs came about and such states that Imperials were to wear grey and black...  Even Wulf Yularren's uniform was to be a very VERY light grey, not white (Like many assume).  And no greens were ever used in producing the uniforms.  

I think Tarkin, Motti, and now Ozzel (And any other officer in the similar uniform) should be made a single shade of grey, preferably that of Piett's uniform as it is in the films, and leave it at that...  I think the whole "They're wearing green!" thing that many cry out is just a trick the cameras and lighting played though.  

I've seen photos of Tarkin's real uniform from the movies, and it's definitely not green at all.

Also, production notes said the uniform was to be the same color as the uniforms of German field marshals...  They wore grey, not green, so once again the "facts" as it were point toward Tarkin wearing grey but the figures coming out wrong.  

Ozzel, I'm hoping, will be more properly greyed by the time his production pieces are shown somewhere.  That's definitely a hand painted figure so hope still is there for a better color.

Edited to fix my lack of bolding the names.  Otherwise that just looks like a mess of letters sorta. :(

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Wedge Gunner Station Prototype?
« on: December 20, 2003, 11:48 PM »
The Vader indeed did have bendable knees, and no removable helmet.   It was a strange figure, but it worked...  I am not sure however, if Vader's arms are the same with the downward sculpted gloves.  I don't have my figure handy to look at.

The cockpit was a nicely detailed set though, and it makes me wonder what the X-Wing would've been like...  Kinda neat from a customizer standpoint if you wanted to attach them to ships and h ave a full vehicle.

Other Toy Lines / Re: What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 20, 2003, 03:03 PM »
I agree with HMI.  Imagine a 3.75" ultimately articulated LOTR line...  You'd have some seriously large army building and diverse character choice going on.

That'd be a darn fun line to collect, and things like the Oliephants wouldn't be absurd to think of in toy form, and a "to-scale" Balrog wouldn't have been out of the question either.

Hell, a Mine's of Moria playset anyone?  Yes, I think so!  And Helm's Deep Wall sections for the action figures would've been dandy sellers I think.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 20, 2003, 03:01 PM »
Yeah, I actually thought the Orcs at Fangorn were more of Sauraman's till my brother said they were actually from Sauron, and it was to show the clash between the different breeds again.  Little details lost within the films.

BTW, look at those case assortments...

1 uruk Hai crossbowman?  What the hell's that all about?  Yet they're repacking King Theoden and Gollum?

These are the reasons I cannot get into this line much...  I'd buy 10 Uruk Hai Crossbowmen if they were made readily available I think, but I can still go to Target and get Theoden readily as it is on TTT boxes.  Sad, sad, sad...  Dare I say ToyBiz is superior to Hasbro in driving a toy franchise straight into the ground?

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Celebration 3 is heating up.
« on: December 19, 2003, 03:28 PM »
2005's a ways off, so my plans for going will come down to the issues in my life at that stage.  We'll see...  I haven't made either, so C3 would be a nice jaunt off, likely with the Pittsburgh gang.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SA Boba
« on: December 19, 2003, 03:22 PM »
Put me down for that Fett with a running change from ESB colors and weapon to ROTJ Colors and weapon.

Flame effects for the jetpack and his wrist flamethrower would be great too.

I like Lando's idea for all the trimmings on a Bounty Hunter Jango as well, and all the gear for a Boba too.

These could be some great figures...  

I'd take ANY super articulation figures at this point though.  Super articulation Hoth Rebels, Super articulation Hoth Snowtroopers, Super Articulation Scouts, Super Articulation Rebel Fleet Troopers, Super Articulation Endor Rebels (Saga and POTF2 style)...

If it's action-oriented, it should be super articulated and steadily released from its creation onward.  :)

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 18, 2003, 03:59 PM »
Actually, there's no Uruk Hai in ROTK because only Saruman had the UH's...  They were unique to his army I guess (My brother's a LOTR fanatic, he let me know this last night when I asked about the lack of Uruk Hai too).

He said the various Orcs all pretty much hate each other, and that this wasn't explained well to cover the Sauron's tower incident with them kililng each other.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: .MP3 question... What Causes...?
« on: December 18, 2003, 12:31 PM »
Thanks for the tips Zed...

These are just d/l's I'm getting, and don't really know even how to make a .mp3, haha.  :)

I'm being told by friends that I have to just d/l 3 or 4 times before I get a decent copy of a file sometimes.  Oh well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 18, 2003, 12:29 PM »
I really did have a blast at the movie last night, and I haven't felt that pumped about a movie in ages.  It really gave me the urge to buy LOTR figures, and if the Toy Biz line were a little better, broader, and more consistent in quality (And perhaps a little cheaper) I'd be much more interested in it.

Seeing the wide variety of characters, army builders especially, just makes you wish for a better line.  I pick up one here and there that I really REALLY like, or if it's on uber clearance, but beyond that I just can't bother with a line that just doesn't do the films justice I don't believe.

Imagine if they had a wider range of characters, better sculpts, and a consistent "standard" of articulation such as that found on figures like the Berzerker Uruk Hai...  That line would clean house in the toy aisle.  It sells amazingly well as it is, but it could be so much more to the fans I think.

Oh well...  Perhaps someday, though they'll never have the push as they do now with the films and the toy industry being as it is today.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Am I the only one...?
« on: December 18, 2003, 12:25 PM »
Who's been taking his Super Poseable Clone Trooper and putting all kinds of different weapons in his hands and envisioning all these different "Super Articulated" figures that should be holding them?

Like I gave him the long CT Stormtroooper rifle and he just looks great...  Then I gave him Dr. Evazan's pistol (From Bo Shek) and posed him holding it with 2 hands like the production photo of a stormtrooper they used in the Visual Dictionary.

Then I put a Rebel Assault Rifle in his hands and imagined Endor Soldiers and Hoth Rebels able to hold their rifles in all the different poses I put my clone into.

He even held small blasters like Han's pretty well, and in a believeable fashion (though his fingers are a little too open for some of the gun handles.

The best was putting the proper scaled Imperial E-11 Blaster from Cloud City Escape Chewbacca into his hands, and imagining stormtroopers holding that blaster the same way.

I really can't get over the fun this figure has given me. :)  And I don't even care for the prequals as much as classic characters.  I wish every figure I had was this much fun!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 18, 2003, 09:56 AM »
I got Spiderman 2 on mine, which was ok actually.  Relatively long, and a decent trailer.  I'm not even a Spidey fan.

I also got The Mask 2 which has some CGI baby in it.  It appears to me to be the type of film you would get a nosebleed if you thought about for more than 5 seconds.

The new Punisher trailer was also up...  Again, not something I'm into, but it was there.

beyond that I can't think of any other trailers off-hand.  There was a commercial for some robotics company working on the first C-3PO unit for humanity that will be mass-marketed.  

Everyone kind of laughed at the stupidity of the advertisement.

And that was that.

Mid-way through the film, it broke on the reel (Sound was bad throughout too), and I thought a riot was about to ensue.  Scary times when geeks lose their film mid-way, hehe.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: .MP3 question... What Causes...?
« on: December 18, 2003, 03:17 AM »
Hey, I gotta ask this somehow ya know?  And I'm not worried about all that junk they might embed on these files.  I'm protected.  Ad-Aware snuffs that crap out like a mutha, as the youths may say.

And no, Mozilla will NOT be on my system so long as I have an oz. of fight left in me against IE.  I WILL make it work...  I HAVE made it work.  

Things are running dandy now.  Knock on circuit board.

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