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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 10 Star Wars Questions...
« on: November 25, 2003, 02:15 PM »
1. Favorite Movie of the Saga

My favorite movie is a toughie...  All 3 originals I like pretty equally, so I cannot pick one.  The battle of Hoth, the Battle of Endor, and the Battle of Yavin each hold a special place for me as favorite moments and they're each in 3 different movies.  *sigh*

2. Favorite Character(s) of the Saga
    2a.  OT-Good Guy?

OT Good Guy has gotta be Wedge.  Living through 3 movies and actually seeing a minor character evolve from a talkative "kid" to a flight leader is neat.  It's minor, but it's neat.

   2b.  OT-Bad Guy?

Easily Grand Moff Tarkin...  I like him in other movies even.  The guy just oozes Empire though, and will always be my favorite character from ALL of Star Wars (Named my cat after him for god's sake!)

   2c.  PT-Good Guy?

So far I'm digging Obi-Wan.  He was great in E2, McGregor is great overall as an actor, and he's gonna be whuppin' up on folks in E3 I believe.  I think it's a travesty that he's yet to have a really great figure in the Saga line in his E2 duds/look.

   2d.  PT-Bad Guy?

Count Dooku...  Dooku's one of the only great actors in the Prequals I believe, and pulls off his role magnificently.  He should be coaching the others on-set, not Lucas telling them what to do.

3. Prequels or Originals?

Originals, but I still like the prequal films and think they're better than what they're given credit for.  I think their box office #'s tell the final tally.  They're still lucrative films and good enough to draw HUGE support that even the die-hards couldn't muster alone.  

They aren't as good as the original 3 films, but they're nice complements to them I believe.  

4. Favorite Saga-Related thing to Collect (if any)

3.75" figure completist (still, though thinking about being more selective) and big into army building and customizing (including scratch building ships).  Beyond that, I've limited my habits and rarely buy any other collectibles...  The odd lego or rarely ever a 12" figure sneak in, but it's rare anymore.

5. Favorite Item in Your Collection (if any)

No single favorite...  Not right now.  I'm sure there will be when I finish some of my larger projects in customizing.  Especially the one I've been working on for years, literally, because I'm lazy and poor.  ;D

6. Favorite Ship, Vessel, Bike, etc.

AT-AT all the way...  The single-most ship I've studied every detail about from frame-by-frame shots, stills, EU, etc...  All for a purpose mind you, not out of boredom, but it is easily my favorite film vehicle.  The dominant piece on any battlefield I believe. :)

7. Favorite Planet

Eh, Hoth I suppose because of the battle...  Best music in the films accompanied that battle IMO.

8. First Star Wars movie you saw in the Theatre

The first I can recall was Empire Strikes back in 80, which I was 3 then...  I recall seeing it at a drive in out in Ford City (which turned into a porno drive-in), and falling asleep halfway through it.  :)

9. Favorite Color of Lightsaber

Eh, green I guess.  I don't care though, so long as it's hacking a stormtrooper in two.

10. Favorite Song from the Saga

The Battle of Hoth song or the Impy March.  I think Impy March will be on almost eveyrone's list. :)

 Favorite Fett (Jango or Boba)?

Jango all the way...  If you play Bounty Hunter on the Gamecube you almost learn to love Jango.  His character is expanded so much there, and he's the underdog, so you gotta root for the guy.  He's still ruthless and vicious, but you see he has friends too and a semi-soft side.

 Favorite New Jedi (from Prequels I guess)

Not sure of his name, but I believe it's Pablo Jill?  Orange alien seen a couple times in E2.  I dig the look more than anything, and hope for a figure.  Coleman Trebor was a nicely designed alien Jedi as well...  

Mace is cool, but just didn't get my vote.  Too basic.  I wanna see that orange guy more though.  I wanna see him go out tough in E3, and hope he's not punked by anyone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'Tis a sad day...
« on: November 24, 2003, 04:13 PM »
Oh wow...  

Was the monkey tanning?

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:40 PM »
Eh, I kinda dig Durge, but I think his figure turned me more than his cartoon incarnation.

I mean, his figure is singlehandedly THE best figure Hasbro has put on shelves so far...  I think the Ultra Clone will replace it, but in the meantime Deluxe Durge is simply amazing.

-ball/socket knees
-ball/socket shoulders
-ball/socket elbows
-ball/socket friggin' torso
-ball/socket  neck
-wrist articulation
-working holsters for 2 nicely sculpted blaster pistols
-sawed off blaster rifle
-trident pike weapon
-nicely sculpted swoop bike

I mean, that's a LOT of toy for $10.  The first figure from Hasbro I can honestly say that they gave you everything you should get for a $10 toy I think...  Maybe Deluxe Luke/Bacta Tank was too, but Durge surpasses that I think.

Now, his cartoon character was just "ok".  The whole lancing to win a battle is a lame-ass plot idea though (Not Durge's fault, he coulda shot the hell out of Clones and I'd have dug THAT idea more).  Beyond that I think he's just ok though.

He's obviously a bit of a rip-off character.  A cross between the Terminator, T-1000 from T2, and a Boba Fett-esque bounty hunter...  And of course an obvious replacement TO the Fett boys.  That's a tad uninspired IMO, but I can still believe the Durge Character is/feels like a Star Wars character.

If I'd done the show though, Assajj would be the ultimate badass, not Durge.  She'd be weilding blasters, dual lightsabres, and a swoop bike with a gang of black droids.  Not Durge.  

That would've helped simplify the story some too, as it's a bit weird having umpteen storylines for a series that's only 10 episodes, and each episode is only 5 minutes long...  

Keep it to one story (the Muunilist story) and keep the characters to a minimum.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Do You Display Your Figures with all Their "Stuff"?
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:31 PM »
I'm in the "it depends" catagory right now...  Don't have the space to display EVERY figure as he is, so generally I replace figures with the best version available.

Case in point, my "Tatooine Luke" on display is the Flashback Luke which I feel is the best.  He has his rifle, hat, and binocs of course, but also has Beru's Tredwell pack-in, and a metal Luke sabre from the Saga Bespin figure, a poncho from the POTJ Qui-Gon, and the blastshield helmet...  He's a bit of a mess really.

And actually as I make customs that are superior to a figure(s) they also replace them.  Case in point, Darth Maul...  Only his EU incarnations are around at this point, as a "super" Darth Maul is in the works and will replace all the TPM Mauls made combined...  If that makes sense.  Shirtless, Concept Art, and Sith Training are all still there with their respective droids and other crap.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: IS THERE A NEW MOFF IN THE WORK!!!!
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:28 PM »
In the 2nd set I'd replace Vader with Bast.

Those sets are definitely not flying off shelves for anyone but collectors so I don't think a Vader would be necessary for the set (IMO).

Now, you include hats for MOST of those officers (lil removable ones), and I'm game for that awesome lil display...  And of course, make the table to-scale so it has room for you to flesh it out with the rest of the troop, should you decide to make them or god willing Hasbro did.

It'd be 100% for us, but I'd dig it...  Especially all the fodder it would leave us.  Even reused parts (The legs namely since they'd all pose to sit down) would help Hasbro save some $ there.  

The only prooblem really, like I said, is that those 3-packs aren't going anywhere fast.  Not here anyway.  Most Targets and some TRU's have upwards of 10 of each set.  That's not a good sign for their popularity, nor the longevity of the idea.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 22, 2003, 06:52 AM »
-G.I. Joe...  They're doing AMAZING sales with Joe for whatever reason.  They have a strong adult market hooked on their product and they also have a strong child market hooked as well...  It's odd, but every time I'm in a store anymore I see kids rifling through G.I. Joe figures anymore.

-BBi's Elite Force 1:18...  Surprisingly well, this line's kicked off with a bang, and the initial 2 waves of basic figures have seen multiple reshipments.  They're starting to sit some now, but you know the first sale/mark-down these have that they're gonna go fast.  Between SW fans wanting custom fodder and the fans of the line itself wanting to army build...  I nab one here and there when I'm at TRU anymore just to build up the ranks of my marines and army as of late...  $4.99's a darn good price for these too.

-21st Century Toys Battle of the Bulge 1:18 line...  Well, it's not on the shelves now, but it came and went in a breath.  The Japanese infantry with Marine Corps grunts are hotly anticipated 2004 product, as are a reshipment of Battle of the Bulge Infantry reshipments of the U.S. figures and the first ever release of the German BoB infantry through likely an online venue (Probably direct from 21st).  These figures came and went fast...

Same could be said for the U.S. and German paras when they first shipped.  They came and went, and the Both the U.S. and German paras are ALLLLL long gone at every TRU in my neck of the woods without any markdowns or clearance.

Not too shabby 21st Century...  Too bad they can't get their affairs in order to put out figures routinely like large companies do.

-Barbie (Don't laugh)...  Barbie does so many millions in profit yearly that they scoff at the slightest inkling of "competition" from side brands and trendy new lines.  This toy line is a staple, and its success is hard to compare with any other line.

That's just a few toy lines that seem consistent...  I'd toss the Masters o fthe Universe reissues in there too.  They seem to come and go in the blink of an eye.  

I can't stand them myself, but you can't doubt that kinda push they have on the sales floor.  Good product to have leading up to X-Mas I think.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Knights of the Old Republic
« on: November 22, 2003, 04:52 AM »
I just picked this up this week, so hopefully I'll get a lil gaming into this.  I want to put a little focus onto Rebel Strike though first.  I've yet to complete it because I just don't have the time anymore.

I wanna get everything going though and hopefully be able to give a lil review on all the games of late...

God, 4 CD's?  Hmmmm, I don't wanna fill up my harddrive here!  I've only got like 9 gig left free...   ;D :o

Still, this is probably the largest game I've ever played personally.  

Ugh, and I'm still playing Call of Duty too...  Highly recommended.  I can honestly say I've NEVER played against such intelligent AI as in CoD...  It's worth the experience.  Set it to a higher difficulty level if you really wanna pi$$ yourself off.  

Fun though...  It's everything the MOH series was missing, and then some.  Short is its only flaw.  Eh, that and maybe a lack of good weather effects implemented within the game (Something MOH did pull off nicely), but that I'll live with.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 22, 2003, 04:47 AM »
hastily editing half the internet

Now I'm really laughing.  For some reason that struck me funny, and rang quite true. :)

TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: November 22, 2003, 01:21 AM »

A photo just for visual reference of what I'm talking about (Thanks GalacticHunter for the image useage of course).

What I'm referring to with his pose though is his goofy leaning...  Why they sculpted him like that, I'll never know, but I hate that damn lean...  Just looks terrible, and limits the use of the figure outside the ship...  I'd love a new figure of him sometime utilizing the ultra clone's sculpt with simply a retooled Clone Pilot head stuck on him.  I'd buy those up in great quantitiies.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sex Sells Star Wars
« on: November 22, 2003, 01:14 AM »
I'm oddly turned-on and I don't know if it's the Vintage Death Star playset or the girl...  *sigh*

That guy's got a sense of humor though, I gotta give him that. :)  

And that's one lucky Server she's modeling...   :-*

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Wedge Gunner Station Prototype?
« on: November 21, 2003, 08:00 PM »
Of what I understand, I believe a prototype of the gunner station made it out, and images surfaced, but that was all.

Anyone have a pic perhaps?

The Original Trilogy / Re: The incompetence of the Empire
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:54 PM »
The Imperial troopers driving the AT-ST who decide to leave their relative protection of an armored vessel to rid themselves of their piggybackers.  

I mean, they didn't know a wookie was out there but still...  Shoot the Ewok in the face if he's that big a problem, and just stay within the "tank".  Ya don't get out in the middle of a fight though.

But yeah, the Empire makes some assenine maneuvers sometimes.  I like the flubs though.  Shows the imperfection of coordinating a large military body.  There's still some idgits in the ranks that can goof things up for ya.

Toy Reviews / NEW Review: Obi-Wan Ackley Battle!
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:50 PM »

And there'd be the link for you all.

A let-down of a 2002-2003 figure if I ever saw one, but the review's worth reading if you've seen this guy of late and were considering nabbing one.  Oddly, not a pegwarmer, but I reckon it's more due to the fact the figure didn't see a disgustingly wide distribution like most 2002-2003 figures were seeing.

Read on through to my review and let me hear your thoughts...  Good, bad, or otherwise.

And apologies for the lateness of our review section.  Coordination for the war effort's a tough thing to accomplish, but we're getting on track and I think we'll see reviews up relatively regularly. :)  Hopefully more regularly than we had been seeing anyway, haha.

Good topic Scott...  How often do we talk about the "I doubt they ever make that" figures instead of the same old same old we always are asking for!

My 5:
-New Rebel Fleet Trooper...  I just made mention of it in my reply about the Yavin Wave of figures...  I just am not too hopeful of this right now.  I wish for a truly "super articulate" and super accessorized figures, even an ultra-line figure with a collapsable look-out tower would be awesome.  It's just not something I'm thinking they'll cover and that the POTJ figure is it, and I found it disappointing to say the least.

-Hoth Rebel Soldier...  Having seen the latest one, I'm just dejected that we've gotten 3 of these footsoldiers and not ONE is up to the current line's standards.  I'd love to see a truly nice version of this footsoldier that played pretty prominently in Episode V.  Super articulation, removable helmet with a cloth scarf piece, working holster...  The works really.  It's not likely to ever happen, so it's on the customs to-do list for me.  I just would rather buy them en masse than make them en masse.

-General Veers with Removable armor/hat...  I just would be shocked if Hasbro went balls-to-the-wall and made a Veers whose chest/back armor popped off, had a removable war belt with pistol holster, a removable kepi hat, and a removable helmet (Ah hell even removable goggles).  I'd buy that figure in droves personally.  I'd not even care if Hasbro released the same figure's body with unique headsculpts (I'd like them to keep reusing the removable hat idea though, it's just neat).

-Ice Cream Maker Guy...  Not exactly one I'm DYING to get, but it'd be funny to see it and I'd not turn my nose to him either.  I just don't think Hasbro will ever bother.  I'd be surprised if they did.

-New Hoth Han Solo...  Not one the way I'd like anyway.  Great articulation, working holster, no action feature, soft-goods hood you can pull down, and a removable helmet are just very unlikely to ever happen.  Again, a "To do" figure for my customs projects someday, but not something I'll expect Hasbro to churn out...  Could be great, doubt it ever sees the light of day though.

I could probably think of others if given longer, but I just don't have the time right now.  I'm sure I'll add to this eventually though. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 21, 2003, 05:43 PM »
Ah, I'm just laughing over here. :)

OK ok ok, I'll start off with this...  I'd take a new Bossk, and only because Trandoshans get ALL da ladies...  He's one of my more favored characters, so I'd like a new one with more articulation sure.  I can see the point of not wanting one right now though.  

It's a good figure for POTF2, it could be a great figure for Saga, that's all I'm sayin'...

Now, onto my Yavin Wave opinions, which is probably my most anticipated wave of figures.

Why you ask?  Well, simple, it's ALLLLLLLLLLL army building and customizing fodder.  Look at that wave!  Awesome.  ;D  I'm beamin' with excitement and the chance to gloat a little.  heh

-TIE Pilot...  Obviously the least interesting considering we've had TIE Pilots galore in POTF2.  Not new sculpts really, but not a "bad" sculpt in the first place and then improved with knee articulation.  Pretty nifty I though...  I have lots.  The good news is the NEW TIE pilot doesn't necessarily make the old one look bad, but it's definitely an improvement in sculpt judging by the photos.

I wish they were lighter so I could make out the articulation count, but I'll live with the darker images for now.  It was touted as "super articulated" I believe which is nice and gives me hope for a really nice army builder figure.  Definitely looks more properly scaled/proportioned by its sculpt in those photos.  I love it....  Even though I didn't really have it on my list of things i wanted.

-Gold Leader...  AWESOME!  Look at it!  I wish he didn't have his helmet on in the photo is the only thing.  I'd love to see the headsculpt to get a good look at how nice it is.  The blaster pistol's a nice addition, and it's nice to see Hasbro sculpting chinstraps on helmets now...  It's about time they took a page from some other toy companies that have been doing it for a while now.

If I had complaints, it would be a lack of articulation, and the pose is SLIGHTLY exagerated, but I still like the figure overall.  It's within the realm of greatness.  Not perfection, but as good as Hasbro generally does.  Another grand customizing figure.

Hmmmm, I wonder if those leg straps are molded plastic and just a separate/flexible piece, or if they're cloth?  If they're cloth, Hasbro bogarted a customizing idea i had a LONG time ago.  If they're plastic, I'll be impressed if they let the figure's legs pose well enough.

-General Jan Dodonna...  WOW, another doozie!  His headsculpt looks good enough IMO...  Captures his intense look of leadership.  I always like to think of Dodonna as kind of the Patton of the Alliance.  I can't see his bodysculpt to determine if they reused Antilles parts, but they hopefully haven't since Dodonna's a hefty fellow with a fairsized pot bellie.  I also wonder if he'll have his waistcoat on underneath of his trench coat.

I'd say  his accessories are a bigger disappointment than the figure...  Not that I mind getting a blaster, it's great if they use that sculpt, but we all probably were hoping for a tactical map, or even just a little screen of the briefing map or something.  Oh well...  I'll take a blaster and a nicely sculpted figure of Dodonna for now...  The medals are just "eh" to me.  OK, but not too great.  

I'm still happy to get this guy, and can't wait to use the pieces to make more Rebel Generals.

-Captain Colton Antilles...  Ahhhhh, finally.  

So to everyone who said they COULD NOT make a removable Fleet Trooper helmet, I laughed out loud at you today when I finally got the chance to take a gander at these new figures.  :)  Hasbro can, and has...  They really made a superior product to the POTJ figure overall with Antilles it seems.  Sculpt is crisper, the blaster (so far) looks 100x superior to even the prototype blaster the POTJ RFT had, and that removable helmet is damned nice looking.  Right down to the chinstrap...  Yes, Hasbro even included a chinstrap.  

Antilles only real problem is articulation IMO...  I don't mind the headsculpt.  It's got enough of a dumbfounded look to believe that Vader's killing him, and yet it's also neutral enough to buy the figure in droves and pop his helmet on and have a nice officer corps for your Rebel armies.  

The articulation is a bit of a bummer...  Articulated knees and ankles would've made him flawless IMO really, and he'd look neat like he's "dangling" with Vader's fist around his throat or something.  I mean that custom woulda been a no-brainer.  

One other "problem" is his shirt collar's not accurate totally.  Antilles had a buttoned collar I do believe, but no biggie...  It's a great custom fodder figure, and a good army builder for most people...  It's articulated semi-well, has a GREAT to-scale blaster (So much for me making my own) and a nice sculpt overall.  I can't wait to buy this guy in droves.  This'll be a case I order, no doubt.

So anyway, I got my good laugh in. :)  I feel vindicated and I'm happy Hasbro gave the removable helmet...  A thanks goes to them personally.

Now if I could only get them to make a NEW Rebel Fleet Trooper with all these improvements and some better articulation/pose. :)  Eh, I'll be happy with Antilles for now...

So that's my initial response right now.

This wave looks great...  I'm reading about people saying how "Dull" and boring the characters are, and be that as it may, I think these will be figures that do well...  The potential uses for these figures, and the fact people will want multiples, I think that will push this wave pretty well at retail.

Can't wait to pick these up, and I really am much more excited for 2004's figure line-up than ever.  I'm happy as a clam right now!

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