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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: April 18, 2004, 04:49 PM »
I wouldn't say he's a pegwarmer here, but he's around...  If you want me to get you one Lando, I can I think...  He's not that bad here though.

Here, it's R-3PO and Hoth Soldier...  Tack on Organa, 1st Dignitary...  That's what we have pegwarming mostly at TRU's.

The Tatooine and JP waves have remnants that hang around, mostly Bar2-D2 and R1 though if any.

Yavin Wave and SD wave have come and gone, but still show up...  Those are 2 waves that are moving, though I have seen Bossk hanging about a couple times now while the rest of his wave's gone.  Sure sign he's the first to warm pegs I think.  Surprising, given that Dengar's such a sucky character (good figure though), and Bossk you'd think would have some appeal to kids on some level, given he's a lizard guy and all.

Still, he seems to go eventually too.

Yavin Wave is all army builders and custom fodder.  It's doomed to be one of the tougher waves to come across I think, if you by chance pass on it when you want extras of them.  

I'm sort of surprised at R1-G4 and Bar2 actually sitting at all, but I guess they aren't overly itneresting and R2's on his last (3rd?) leg as a figure...  He's really not got much left you can do with him, short of a new R2 w/tools and sensorscope version.

Anyway, get in touch with me (PM Me) Lando, and if you want I'll keep my eyes peeled for an R1 if you need one for cost.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Skirmish at Carkoon 4-Pack
« on: April 18, 2004, 04:44 PM »
I agree with others who think the set could've included Ephant and sold like mad...

I like Lando's idea of a kitbashed Ishi Tibb too.  There's a figure people would probably think was new they haven't seen it in so long.

Ephant takes the place of any large accessory, then the Tibb, and kitbash the Skiff Guards into Vintage Barada, Vintage Nikto, and just leave Klaatu as is (or even repaint him for a fan-fic or EU type character, who cares) and there you have a NICE appealing "fodder" set for Jabba's Palace or the skiffs.  

A new head would be NICE for one or two of the figures...  Just a nice "hey, yeah, we'll give you something new to buy this" as well, but not entirely  necessary.  The figures may not be 100% accurate but they'd be better than the crap we ARE getting.

If they were going to insist on a Han then, I say skip Klaatu Skiff and simply do a BETTER Han...  Use the fold-out diorama Han's head (at least it had the right look) and even the torso...  Attach it to the legs they have in the image.  It'd be better than what we're getting.  

I like the idea of the detonators too, some forcepikes and pistols...  Voila.

As it stands, this is a 100% pass on this set.  The Han's too much of a joke to bite.  Even clearanced this is a tough sell to me.   :-\

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: April 16, 2004, 11:37 PM »
I'd say no...  Over-shipping to your area is more the result I think, actually, as Ach Med is nowhere to be found in Pittsburgh....  Thank God.

Now, in our area it's a TON of Hoth Wave...  Especially ****Drum Roll**** the all-time craptacular army builder known as the Hoth Rebel Soldier.  That figure sucks as bad (if not worse) than I predicted it would, and it just hangs on pegs...

You make that guy a neutrally posed, properly scaled/sculpted, and decently articulated army builder, and I guarantee he'd be selling faster.  Hell I'd be buying one or two every stop at TRU that I saw him.

R-3PO's not doing swift either, though he's moving gradually.  Some TRU's here are now down to just the Hoth Sooldier...

Luke moved great though, which I attribute a lot to the fact he was a good figure but also made good custom trooper fodder even for customizers.

That Hoth Soldier lingers like a fart in a car here though. :(

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Which Multi-player SW game should I get?
« on: April 16, 2004, 11:31 PM »
Yeah, that seems like a good idea, but dont' discount X-Wing: Alliance too, if just for the single player experience Brad.

I also recommend Jedi Knight, Mysteries of the Sith, Jedi Outcast, and Jedi Academy (And Dark Forces too, if your PC can still play it).

Do them in order (Dark Forces would be first), so as to see the true storyline for Kyle, and DEFINITELY download custom levels made for Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith...  I can give you links to some and they 99% of the time have a readme file to explain how to install them (they're really simple to install manually though).

I've played custom levels on Jedi Knight and MOTS that blew away the Lucasarts levels, and Jedi Knight's still regarded as one of the most "Star Wars" games ever.

Actually, if your'e gonna play X-Wing: Alliance, I suggest getting the Win 95 versions of X-Wing (and it's expansion packs) as well as TIE Fighter and its expansions.

The series, played in order, is dated looking (like the Dark Forces series), but it's awesome...  Has a 100% Star Wars feel to it from start to finish.

BTW:

There's no multi-player for some of those...  X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Dark Forces specifically are all single player games.  X-Wing: Alliance is MP though and considered quite good.  I say skip X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter though...  XW: Alliance was meant more as a fix to the flaws of XvT.

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Toy Reviews / Re: JD.com Review: R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction)
« on: April 15, 2004, 06:19 PM »
Hmmm, yeah, sorry...   :-\  I believe it was MisterPL I first saw point out that it wasn't right?  I forget now...  I think running some hot water over his dome may let you just pop the piece out...  May leave a hole in his noggin' though, that I'm not sure abut as I've never popped one of these figures apart.  

Thanks for the comments guys...  Hopefully Bar2-D2 will be up soon as well for review and quiet moments of reflection.  Or all out yelling and screaming...  Whatever.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 15, 2004, 03:54 PM »
The French are regarded as some of the fiercest combatants in history actually.  They supplied the budding United States with Naval blockades and infantry in support against the British.

The French Resistance fighters of WW2 were regarded with fear among the German occupants of France due to the (at times) ruthless means with which they handled their opponents.

The French soldiers of World War I also were held in high regard defending their country.  

Too often their contribution in WW2 is overlooked, as they actually did a lot of fighting in Europe and N. Africa, as did many other overrun countries (Poland, etc.) after being harbored in England.

In the F&I war, the French were regarded as nearly as "savage" as the Indians, as French Colonials and fur traders were some of the first whites to employ the "ungentlemanly" (though intelligent) combat tactics the Indians used.  They would perform hit & fade missions befre the tactic even had a name.  

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Which Multi-player SW game should I get?
« on: April 15, 2004, 03:45 PM »
To me, there's no really good MP games period.  :)  Just not smething I'm fond of, but Star Wars in general isn't great for MP...

I'd say the Jedi Knight series is considered good, as is/was X-Wing: Alliance, but overall Brad I'd suggest waiting for Battlefront if you REALLY want a MP game set in STar Wars.  That will be practically devoted to MP, and will in all likelihood mimic Battlefield 1942 exactly.  Which is considered one of the greatest MP games of all time, by those who like MP.

Again, I don't personally like it, and t me games aren't fun without story.  Too much crap to deal with in MP unless you're playing with friends.  Then it can be fun. :)  That's one of the truly nice things about an X-Bx and X-Box live and all...  Beyond that, the system just wasn't high on my "to own" list.

Wait for Battlefront is my suggestion right now though, or try Alliance...  Alliance is a whole other game genre, but it's a fun one with a GREAT Singleplayer game too.  It's the best SW game (to me) overall.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 14, 2004, 11:57 PM »
It's good to see someone interested. :)  

I used to re-enact for the F&I War with a light Scottish Highland regiment...  Very informal...  Kind of the original "Commando Units" for the period.  

I'm sure it's gonna be a year chalk full of re-enactments, but I wouldn't have the time, nor inclination to spend the entire day in a wool kilt, which would happen every weekend this summer I think.  Spares me the pain by taking summer classes I guess.  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / 250 years of French & Indian action!
« on: April 14, 2004, 03:34 PM »
Errr, no it's not a porn site I'm promoting, but rather the 250th anniversary of the French & Indian War!!!  Yes, that's right.  How time flies!

Anyone else excited? :)  

No?  Bah!  I hate you all...  This is big news to a lot of us in the NorthEast, sort of...  And Canda's Eastern pieces.

A link for you all from Pittsburgh...

http://livesite.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/living/vignettes/s_110773.html

Of note, the actual area of downtown Pittsburgh was a fort established by the french as Fort Duquesne (Duquesne university ring a bell?), which later was captured by the English and renamed Fort Pitt, and thus the surrounding area became the city of Pittsburgh.

My area's dotted with Indian names, battlefields, and is still kind of considered one of the "keys" to controlling the United States (from a strategic military point of view).  

Lots of interesting things, to maybe someone interested in military history.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Yankovics Dead.
« on: April 12, 2004, 03:09 AM »
Yeah, after reading this I felt pretty bad for Al and his family.  He always seems like such a nice guy, and an accidental death's always tragic.

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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review: R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction)
« on: April 12, 2004, 02:33 AM »
Hey everyone,



Back again with another review, incase you didn't notice on the main page.  The figure's the R1-G4, and this is a nicely made piece of plastic.

THE BIG OLE LINK

Check it out please, and click the link above to read the full review.  Then, we can sit and discuss, and we'll have smores later!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spyware (anti) - any suggestions?
« on: April 11, 2004, 03:13 AM »
http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10045910.html?legacy=cnet

This is a DL for Ad-Aware.  It's what I've been using and seems to do the trick for me AOK.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: As expected... PEGWARMERS!
« on: April 10, 2004, 12:04 AM »
I think it's REALLY itneresting that the regular CW line didn't pegwarm for long.  They never even saw a sale before they were cleared from shelves here, and Wave 2 and 3 were both pretty scarce, though Wave 3 was much more abundant than 2...  Save the SA Clone who of course came and went like the wind.

Wave 2 I never saw in its entirety actually though.  Never got a basic Durge for his secondary weapons I wanted.  :(  Saw ONE Assajj thankfully and nabbed her.  Among the best of the series (Obi, ARC, Sae See, and SA Clone of course are the others I'd label as "great", as well as the Deluxe Durge).  

I was impressed, and I could stand a second series of figures and vehicles personally.

I'd take a:

-Soft goods "pilot" Assajj
-Dooku
-Gen. Grevious
-Shistavanean Wolfman Jedi
-Shaggy Jedi
-Ki-Adi Mundi
-New Mace (done more to the Cartoons duds)
-New Anakin (done more to the toon duds with removable shirt and cloak)
-SA ARC Trooper with holster, soft goods, and small blaster.
-SA Clone with shoulder RPG, and standard rifle
-Red Battledroid (with bendable knees as well as the rest of the articulation).
-Republic Trooper (just something I'd dig).
-Clone Pilot (using SA body).
-Super Battle Droid (with pivoting right arm added to the Saga sculpt).
-IG-Droid with Swoop and Lance.
-General Obi-Wan Kenobi.
-Yoda (done in Clone Wars garb).
-Padme (Snow gear)
-Capt. Typho (Snow Gear)
-Mine Droid
-Retooled Spider Droid

And for vehicles I'd take:

-Clone Starfighter with SA CLone Pilot Pack-in.
-Assajj's Fan Fighter with Pilot Assajj
-SA Clone with Speederbike (retool the bike to be smaller and sturdier, and the trooper's hip joints so he can ride it but still be useful off it)
-Obi-Wan with bike.
-Geonosian Fighter with Droid Pilot.

A long list, but this series was just that good...  I'd take some new things from it for sure.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guns
« on: April 9, 2004, 06:42 PM »
My father has a large gun collection.  As something I cannot afford, I don't put $ into them...  I have free use of my father's pistols and rifles if I want to go target shooting so I'm not in any rush to buy anything at the moment.

He has a lot of antique weapons...  Flintlocks, cap & ball pistols, rifles, etc...  

There's a guy near me owns eveyr rifle that served in a U.S. war also, which is a great collection.  No autos, but all the flintlocks, cap & ball, semi-autos (His M1 Garand is fun to hold, but funner to shoot), etc...  Great stuff.  

Guns are fun, but too easy to get ahold of at times.  It's scary if you're at a gun show, and see the distinct line between "redneck hillbilly" and "ghetto teen" who are both browsing the shows...  It's kind of eye-opening to me.  

Guns are fun though...  Especially if you're good with them.  Hunting isn't my cup of tea though, just target shooting.  My father hunts duck, deer, bear, goose, rabbit, squirrel...  You name it.  I'm more into petting animals than killing them.  :)  

Hunting generally serves a good purpose though I think...  Not bear to me, but the rest are socially acceptable to me.  

Trapping on the other hand, I think should be outlawed.  No cause for this...  Just my opinion though.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC Stormtrooper
« on: April 9, 2004, 06:31 PM »
I think against the CT Stormie they'll look similar enough to warrant keeping the old ranks mixed witht he new without any major consequence.

The new Stormie does look great, but the CT was great in its own right.  I'm happy in that regard, but not happy with this figure's price and seemingly lacking availability at the moment.  For $5 (or less if sold in large quantities like the CT stormie builder packs) I'd buy up enough to equal my CT stormtrooper army.  My army would swell, but that's not a bad thing in my view.

On the other hand, $'s tighter now than when I bought my CT stormies and traded for them...  Still, I'm sure I'll be buying more than one of this figure immediately.  Hopefully Hasbro makes them readily available for cheaper though.  At $10 a piece I won't build any huge army, but will entertain getting 2 or 3....  I'm going to wait this out till I see them in person though, and see how they're handled at Retail.

These SA figures are great fodder and army builders, but that price is just so killer on me as a collector, customizer, and army builder.  :(  Bummer.

The distribution could prove fatal to any dreams of having even a complete set of these figures, much less extras.  I've not pre-ordered them but the thought crosses my mind once a week at least.

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