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It's definitely a quality flaw...

Beyond that though, I found it just generally insulting to not just Bill Smith, but West End Games staff of the past who worked to be the FIRST that really gave Star Wars an Expanded Universe.

They're not always accurate, and didn't always do (or were allowed) all the research they needed to do, but they did originate EU (IMO) really.  They were the first to expand on countless background characters...  Give characters names who only had ILM or Kenner nicknames up to that point...

They're also some of the better EU overall.  Their "mistakes" were rare and relatively minor, where they didn't get a ship's scale accurate or something.  Great stories, unique characters...  Other EU authors or sources have chosen to often not pick up these resources and USE them in their own EU.

Case in point, Thrawn Trilogy Spacetrooper (In the comic adaptation) cmpared to the original Spacetrooper from WEG which is far superior.

For Sansweet to have just dismissed WEG's Sabaac game as "not real" was silly to me.  It goes against LFL's own stance on EU, which ALL of that crap's EU in the end.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 12, 2004, 02:21 PM »
For my Le Baron, it's about $20 now with the higher prices, though I've not had to fill up on my week off school between semesters.

For my Thunderbird, it takes premium...  I couldn't even tell you right now what it'd cost since I'm not driving it right now, but it'd be pretty outrageous.  It's a SuperCoupe so I have little choice but to go with the recommended fuel.  It's unhealthy for it otherwise.

Fortunately that's just a toy, and one I'm likely to sell anyway, so I'm not filling it.

My girlfriend's got a small SUV...  A Toyota I believe, of some sort, and it doesn't cost entirely too much to fill it (comparatively), but she's not one to go all over the place either so she's not running it out a lot.  Her work's like 15 or 10 minutes away too.

Where I'm hosed is that I drive my LeBaron 39 miles a day, one way, to school...  I do that two or three days a week.  Needless to say I don't make little piddlying trips around here then unless I have a  need to.

Watto's Junk Yard / Respect Where it's Due? (Star Wars Style)
« on: May 12, 2004, 01:06 AM »
I was reading Insider tonight, and this just sort of had me a little irritated by the wording of it...

I was reading through the letters to Steven Sansweet, which he tends to answer some seemingly simple ones most of the time, but he was stumped last week I guess by a letter regarding Sabaac, and if the game were ever produced by anyone.

Sansweet said no...

He was corrected by a few, but most noteably by Bill Smith who worked for West End Games, and supplied him with the information that a Sabaac game with cards, rules, etc., was published in one of West End Games' companion books to the old RPG.

OK, fine enough right?  Answers the question that it WAS produced, right?

Well, yeah, but then Sansweet went on to say further that he still holds true that he was right.  He said,

"I still stand by part of my original answer about there not being any 'real' sabaac game:  In the 'real' sabaac game there are 76 cards in the shape of gaming chips withelectronic innards that make them change value randomly during play."

All due respect...  There's no "real" game at all, and it's all made-up crap by EU authors.  The West End Games licensed concept of Sabaac's as equally "real" as some other EU creators concept of how that game "really" works.

I found that rebuttle of his somewhat tacky I guess...  Picking of nits in a fanclub magazine, and to me it was disrespectful to the West End Games staff and Bill Smith in particular to contradict him like that.  To imply his game was somehow worth less in the view of Sansweet and "fans".  I've seen some other WEG bashing in the past as well, just not from someone respected like that.

Yeah, a senseless post...  Just had some thoughts to share about something that has no real topic but here to stick it in.  :)

MisterPL, do you have any expansion?  I know you have connections to WEG...  Or I thought you did.

The Wookiee Arcade / Bit Late, but... KOTOR II announced.
« on: May 12, 2004, 12:51 AM »
Yeah, about a week late or so...

E3 took place this past week I believe, and Lucasarts made the announcement of Knights of the Old Republic 2: Sith Lords.

I'm just now playing KOTOR 1 all the way through on X-Box...  It's enjoyable, if not a tad slow, but I just can't devote enough time to it.

I'm almost dreading WANTING to play another KOTOR game I can't devote time to, haha. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Commercials You Hate
« on: May 11, 2004, 08:44 PM »
She's cute though, at least there's a single redeeming feature to them.

Otherwise they're horrible indeed.

Anyone ever catch the Ron Jeremy Infomercial that's on late at night for "male enhancement"?  Got a bunch of adult film stars on it and stuff...

Not one I can't STAND since as an infomercial I simply don't watch it, but the concept alone is kind of amusing.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Coming Soon!
« on: May 11, 2004, 03:22 PM »
Uhm, interesting...  Nice graphics there Dan.  That's neat unto itself. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Commercials You Hate
« on: May 11, 2004, 02:11 PM »
Enzyte with "Bob".  They run 2 back-to-back for some odd reason, and they're proof positive that women aren't the only ones who society puts "requirements" on to make them feel good about themselves.

Not to mentionn they're F'n annoying after a while...   They're all that's on some stations.  Comedy Central and Spike play those Enzyte coms religiously I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 11, 2004, 03:56 AM »
Here's an image of the upcoming Army Grunts from BBI...  Not much, but these and new accessory sets are the most we have to look forward to.

Oh, and carded BBI chopper pilots.  I could handle having a couple extra of them...  I only have my lil bird pilot, so these I can dig.

BTW, removable berets on the Army troops...  nice touch BBI.  :)

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Favorite Ship
« on: May 11, 2004, 03:00 AM »
A-Wing and Interceptor, without a doubt...

A-Wing is to-scale, has freaking pop-rivets even sculpted on...  It's simply amazing.  Give it a decent pilot, and a good paintjob, and that sculpt holds up even against the likes of "X-Treme Detail" 1:18 airplanes and other items of the lik.e

The A-Wing just was a nice ship when it was made, which has lasted even today.  THat's a rare quality in a vintage sculpt.

The Interceptor's my close runner-up, again because it's in-scale.  It slightly lags behind the A-Wing because the cockpit pod is of course inaccurate.  Beyond that it's close enough to suit me.

Give it a rounded (noo battery box) pod and it's at least a tie with the A-Wing...  I'd ALMOST like to see it re-released, but only if it were DEFINITELY the same color as the current Interceptor is.  I don't want them looking like shite next to each other.

The TIE from KB was supposed to be properly colored, but low and behold Hasbro made it SLIGHTLY different.  Enough that you can't swap it with the Int's wings.

A shame.

Beyond these 2 vehicles, I am not fond of most of the POTF2 range, or POTJ.  Underscaled is many of the vehicle's major issue(s), but some are simply terribly sculpted...  The Y-Wing comes to mind there.

The Speederbikes and Snowspeeder are the rare breed that are overscaled.  Wish we'd get a new one of each of these too.

With a new Ewok Glider, maybe a new "simpler construction" Speederbike will happen?  Who knows.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Surgery... Who's been under the knife?
« on: May 11, 2004, 12:10 AM »
I had no idea you were even in the hospital Matt, sorry bout that.  Hope all is well now though.  Never had the appendectomy, but have had tonsils out and been to the E-room for more than my fair share of injuries (accidental and caused by others or myself).

Hospitals always make my head hurt...  The smells are very strange.  My mother just had heart surgery and I was there for that and had a horrendous headache between that, the cruddy rainy weather, and of course stress.

I know I can't stand it, and am miffed that, to get the silver SC Droid, I'm screwed into buying this POS for that one figure.

The only plus is that it'll make a nice set-piece for a MIniature's Battles set-up...  maybe even re-enact the taking of the Sandcrawler while searching for the droids, but beyond that this is a horrible toy IMO.

It's, of course, unreasonable to expect a to-scale Crawler, but wouldn't a newly tooled item that "unfolded" to have a Sandcrawler Interior, and multiple droid parts to build "new" droids with (Similar to the Droid Factory playset from vintage), and fold up to a somewhat larger crawler...  That to me would've been worth sinking some $ into.  It'd give some incentive to buy it beyond a repainted (but arguably new) figure at least.  :(

Gimme a cloud car first.  It's better overall to me.

$17.50 a figure, about...  Depends on your POV I guess, like Vator said, but it is irritating to see people go over the top on some things, as it feeds the trolls as it were.

This seems more like someone dumping figures he no longer wants than "scalping" though of course...  Otherwise, why sell loose, ya know?

Ultimately, I am semi-confident these will be re-released, and I think the buyer will be disappointed at his purchase when that $140 could've subsequently gotten him a LOT more with some patience.  I'm doubting Hasbro skips the boat on repacking this figure eventually.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: May 9, 2004, 03:37 AM »
Ironically, Ach Med Beq is non-existant here...  The entire outlander wave's really sparse (though it hit full force when it was new).

I'd  like another Obi and Elan, but to no avail...  Ach I could do without though, and hpefully he won't ship again.  Terrible figure idea IMO.

I think the figure didn't turn out as swift as it oculd've itself anyway...  Nice headswap idea, but bad/awkward posed sculpt.  Made the articulation useless.  :(

Here it's that damnable Hoth Trooper, and as of yesterday the Ashla/Jempa, Yoda/Youngling, and Barris/Aylya figures are now warming pegs HUGE time at at least a couple local Wal-Mart stores.  Thanks for the repacks Hasbro.  :(

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: May 7, 2004, 11:35 PM »
Hell I'd have nabbed one from you.  It's nowhere to be found here and one of the few planes I'd like to own.  I guess WM's distribution of XD's been a regional disaster.

The Checkertail P-47 was here while others never got it...  Then certain ones of the choppers are here that nobody else got...  We got the Winter Sherman (made with die-cast metal too, that's a heavy ass vehicle) and NATO camo Bradley are here too (Love the Sherman) but I guess others had a hell of a time finding them.

Go figure, ya know?  

XD's going in the toilet if they DO NOT get figures out though, and en masse.  Not sporatic online crap, but actual on-the-pegs figures and not just a wave a year.  To me, the figure's are the staple product...  THe anchor.  The vehicles are secondary.  Till XD gets that in their mind, they won't have a take-off line.

I think they're not jumping on figures because of the way WM is sticklers about shelf-space devotion, and that Germans will go over as well there as they did at TRU.  It's a shame the public at large shuns German soldiers as all "Nazi".  It cheapens German veterans to me, but I guess they deserve no respect in some people's eyes.  Most U.S. vets still give them respect though.  How ironic that over-sensitive public does not.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your First Job?
« on: May 7, 2004, 06:43 PM »
Jesse James...  Male Prostitute.   :o  ;D

Actually, I had a paper route for about 10 years, much like Nick.

Most thankless job I've EVER had in my entire life too, and I've worked retail which everyone despises.  

People tried ripping me off (a little kid), didn't want to pay, b!tched me out for an increase in price (not my fault), would flat out not pay (which came out of MY pay, not the paper's who always took their $ first), complained if I was the slightest bit late, complained about papers blowing away or getting wet, etc., etc., etc...

The worst was them saying "come back next week" for the $ they owed.  Tell the gas company that and see how warm  your house is tomorrow, ya know?  Or tell the sewage authority and see where your turds go when you flush.

People taking advantage of kids like that is sick now that I look back at it...

What was worse was my father up my ass every day about doing it on time, doing it the way he wanted, etc...  I remember delivering in the 1993 blizzard when even the mail was stopped.  Highways closed,...  It was a mess, and yet I was out there trudging through like Luke on Hoth after a Wampa slap.

I feel like I was just at a therapy session...

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