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Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: September 22, 2004, 04:38 AM »
Finding a friend in the UK's your only choice unless I get some word on this from De Agostini direclty.

I'm trying...

They have a phone # too Matt.  I know I can't afford to call overseas, but perhaps you can and have the patience to.

This expansion, I believe, is something that makes the game more like WEG's old game, the more I read up on it.  Terrain's important, etc...  Still watered down in comparison though, and doesn't go into as intricate detail.

The terrain looks really neat.  Pre-made and they just send it to you.  God I wish we had this in the states and it was just simple to get.  I felt the same way on the Fact Files, and I STILL don't have a full Fact Files set because I can't afford the huge shipping from overseas.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Trilogy DVD Review
« on: September 22, 2004, 03:58 AM »
Absolutely great review Dave.

I haven't had a chance to set and watch the films yet, but I imagine I'll have similar feelings.  I'm torn on the Anakin issue though.  Not sure till I see it I guess.

I'm more irked by the Temura Morrison Lines than you are too I think, but I'm so happy they didn't TOUCh the Stormie voices that I could give two hoots on Fett personally at this point.

Great review though IMO, and really honest opinion...  Something the net needs more of I believe!

Good work man, as always!

The Original Trilogy / Re: Who is okay with the Changes?
« on: September 22, 2004, 03:46 AM »
I for one don't mind them...  At least not the majority.

When the SE's came out, 2 things, and 2 things only stuck out to me as "bad" ideas right away.  Later, I'd say 3 or 4 possibly...  But they're things I was easily living with.

For me, the two things I hated, absolutely HATED, were:

1) Han shooting first...  Asinine in its inception, and deplorable in its execution.  The scene looked fake, and to me short of 100% changing it to Han blasting Greedo cold turkey, I can't see it being "fixed" totally.

Han's a bad ass.  Han murdering Greedo, and by the context of their conversation it IS murder because Han DOES owe someone money and is ducking them, and he DOES shoot Greedo under the pretense that all he'd lose is his ship to Jabba, not his life unless he tries physically stopping them from taking the Falcon. 

And I like Han that way myself.  I like him being just a nutjob with a gun out in the galaxy.  Lucas's skewed sense of "nobility" when he's trying to make a galaxy that touches every one of your senses as being "real" just strikes me as stupid.  Don't make Han anything more than he was originally in the film.  A scoundrel scumbag who's redeemed.  In a sense, he was pulled from the darkside himself by the very thing (love/attachment) that sends Vader to the Darkside.

That makes Han a much more deep sidestory.

Anyway, and...

2) Luke's sissy ass scream on Bespin.  Lucas fixes this on the DVD though, so no harm no foul.  The mere thought he was making an improvement there is disturbing to me though.

I mean, one little thing can totally RUIN an entire sequence...  What the F dude, Seriously?

The runners up then are:

1) Jedi Rocks...  I didn't like it, and I feel Lapti Nek was MUCH better.  Boy am I glad I got the soundtrack box set ages ago wtih the full Lapti Nek on it before they killed it.

Jedi Rocks also includes my dislike for CGI Sy over puppet Sy.  While Puppet Sy makes an appearance, CGI Sy sucks.  Joh Yowza's ok and all, but I feel the whole sequence is mucked up by the song mostly.  Lapti Nek was much more "alien" sounding to me, and less blatantly "comical" in attempt than Jedi Rocks.  plus, Jedi Rocks as a title blows goats.

2) The ending sequence where the music's altered around, and we see all the planets rejoicing...  While I can see the point of seeing all the planets rejoicing, I think it skews time and the time it'd take for the "word" to get out to all these hick planets.

It has its place and all, but I just am not all that fond of it I guess...  The song replacement sucks too because I liked Celebrate The Love in its original format much more over whatever the new song is.  I don't know why.

Now, as far as that goes...

I liked the rest.

I liked the beak on the Sarlacc personally.  I think it adds a menacing look, and suddenly the Sarlacc's not a vagina with teeth, which I think I've dated some girls that could have that analogy made of them, but I digress.

I liked the openess of Cloud City, and think it really enhances what was one of the more bland sequences of ESB, IMO.

I like the Han/Jabba exchange in Docking Bay 94, and personally I like Fett's glare at the camera.  I think the dialogue establishes Jabba as not such a bad guy...  A "real" character, instead of the evil slug we see in ROTJ.  He's not just a jerk, he's a jerk running a business getting screwed by another jerk, but a jerk who he sort of likes and wants to give a 2nd (or 3rd even) chance to.  Plus I liked his thug gang of Rodians and dirty humans.  Cool...  But the animation sucked the first time...  I'm happy they changed it though, and I think it's neat when he steps on Jabba's tail, again establishing what a douche Solo is actually as a person.  I can stomach the CGI, which when technology changes every month practically, I can even let it pass because it is merely dated more than actulaly "bad work" as it were.

I like the whole Mos Eisley expansion.  I think the city needed to be bigger like it is, I liked the swoop dude cutting off the Ronto, which I liked Ronto's overall...  I like the enhanced speeder driving around with scurriers running...  I liked the various craft landing and taking off. 

I'm 50/50 on the Cantina addition of the Pacithip, etc...  Cool in a way, but I liked the wolfman myself.  Then again, I see Lucas's point that it's cheesey, and in the end I got my Lak Sivrak figure so, I can live with the cut.

I like the X-Wings and TIE's at Yavin, and only would I add MORE fighters if I were to make a change...  More X-Wings or Y-Wings, and I'd have a brief shot of A-Wings buzzing off to do some high-altitude covering/diversion perhaps.

I'd have changed Endor to have MANY more ships as well.  Far more than what I'd want at Yavin of course, but I'd actually like to have seen a bigger battle at Endor.  I imagine a Blockade Runner suiciding into the bridge tower of a Destroyer or something, addition of a B-Wing assault intercut with the background destroyer's explosion or something to imply they were the ones blowing it up as was originally intended, added fighters, maybe add another freighter similar in design to the Falcon...  Add more Rebel Cruisers going toe-to-toe with Destroyers to imply a greater series of old-style naval combat going on.

That's just something I WOULD add if I were in charge...

I like the wampa on Hoth, and I think it was a nice addition.  I think however that the Wampa in Echo Base would've been better as an addition.

I like the Biggs/Luke exchange at the Hangar...  I think it deepens Luke's loss and has an element of loss in war that the film doesn't always convey.  The same kind of element I think the final battle is missing witht he Falcon NOT being destroyed (with Lando) when it blows up.

I like the addition of the Stormies in the hangar being in the hundreds if not thousands.  It makes Han's over-zealous 'rounding of the corner much more comical, but in a GOOD way.

And I think that's about it...

Overall I like the improvements.

On the DVD, which I've not gotten to watch yet, but I have seen some of the changes, I like the Vader/Emperor change for Empire...  I think that's important.

I think the Imperial March should've been added to Vader's arrival in ANH on the Tantive IV.  Just a personal quip there.

I DON'T like Temura Morrison's voice-over of Fett.  Lucas doesn't realize (or care, or whatever) that accents aren't genetic, and Morrison's acting is deplorable.  He did better on the freaking Bounty Hunter game.  Fett's old voice was more memorable and menacing.

Beyond that, I'm pretty content though.  I'm REAL happy Lucas didn't change the STormtrooper voices to leave that up to fans.  That all but concludes any argument about Stormies being Clones to me.  It says "You decide" rather than "Yeah, I decided to scrap all my EU and make them all Clones".  Lucas actually giving EU a nod is nice.

So, that's my figurin' on this.

Nope, MAKE you go to retail, who they're in the back pockets of basically.

I'd bet dollars to donuts that retail bitched on this one.  Just throwing my guess out there, but I think etail's cut into them so much because collectors just are skipping over them, and they're fighting back at the source now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: September 22, 2004, 12:28 AM »
Hah, yes, I knew their eyes had something "odd" about them and they do look troll-like.

Hmmm, pleasure trolls...  Put spoofs of hair up there, and they're spot-on matches.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Greatest Athletes that You Saw Play
« on: September 22, 2004, 12:25 AM »
Tons upon TONS of Hockey Players I've seen and met personally.  Just absolutely tons, but...

Mario Lemieux, without a doubt, is the greatest player I've seen out of any sport.  He makes hockey more than just the greatest sport alive, he makes it a form of art to boot.  Great One who?  Pffft...

That said, I've seen Gretzky, Oates, Yzerman, Roy, etc...

Though I'd say the 2nd favorite player I've seen from hockey behind Lemieux is Ron Francis, another long-time Penguin.  Francis is the epitome of the "perfect" hockey player.  While Lemieux's everything you could want in a forward, and he's an intelligent player overall, Francis is the most well-rounded, gentlemanly, honest, caring, NICE guy in the game.  He gives you 100% every game, he never falters, he never cries about anything...  He's just a great player, and if I had to say there's one guy I miss from the Pen's height, it's Ronnie Francis. 

And he still burns us when he's back in town, but boy is he fun to watch play.  He's a forward that, when I was a defenseman, I actually modeled my style after his.  That's a well-rounded player.

Not bad here...  For the most part.  I've never seen a damaged VOTC actually, but OTC are no worse for wear than Saga was out by me.  The odd "dinged" bubble or card... 

I sw one horribly trashed Luke X-Wing which is now surprisingly gone, but it was terrible.  Saw it like a month ago at a Target that is now packed with OTC repacks that aren't moving anywhere quickly.

The card was tore up intentionally or by a child or something though.  It couldn't have been just shipping damage I'd think.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: September 21, 2004, 11:54 PM »
Myo's the 3rd I believe, and he's mentioned in the article.

Hell I'd have scanned images if that was cool.  Ballsy of, but more power to them.  I know Insider's touchy about that junk though, or have been in the past definitely.

Myo's NOT pictured in Insider though.

The thingies on his head/face are tenticles that suck blood or something from enemies/victims.  He's described in the article as something of a "vampire", or vampire-like I guess.  He supposedly hides those in cheek pouches though, so that's why I mentioned hoping they're removable, as in the film they're not visible.

Sorta wish it WAS smoke Mike.  :)  That woulda made a kick ass effect like those laser blasts and stuff.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC DVD Sets
« on: September 21, 2004, 11:50 PM »
Got my DVD's tonight and not a single 3-pack to be found.  DUnno what their deal is, but this WM had 0.

I hope I'm not gonna have to fight to get a ROTJ set.  I just want one, that's it, and only because I never got the saga Emperor which sucks as it is, but will make a neat figure to toss on my EW Vader and I can take the old Flashback Palpy off.

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: September 21, 2004, 11:10 PM »
Just did a news post on this actually, and didn't see you guys actually talking about it here, so, well, huzzah!

This game, I can basically tell, is a watered down version of the original Star Wars Minis Battles from WEG.  A more terrain-based game where the setting becomes as important as the characters and such.

I want a subscription, but like the Fact Files I'm hesitant to.  Gonna read through what you've gotta say on it Adam because, basically, you know more on this than any of us already. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I Feel the Need... for Speed!
« on: September 21, 2004, 06:02 PM »
Nah, no hate.  I've done 150+ in cars, but bikes are different and what roads you're on are major influences too.

For instance, I'm speaking from Pittsburgh, not say, Omaha, which in Pittsburgh there's not a single flat, straight, highway to be found.  Nothing safe about driving like an ass around here...  Especially because roads just don't go dead around here either. 

It depends where you're at...  Nonetheless though, 200+ is too much.  Guy needs to lose his license...  Really, anyone over 100, if caught, should lose their license indefinitely as well, at least to me...  It's too fast, and most don't have the experience needed to do it, but they do it anyway. 

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: September 21, 2004, 05:58 PM »
Nabbed a VOTC Yoda and Lando, finally, last night...  Great figures, both, but...

Yoda's "wrong".  His belt should go over his outter coat, and had Hasbro gotten that right instead of screwing it up, they'd actually have made the coat much less puffy.  Go figure...

So I am seeing what I can do about fixing that snaffu.

Lando's waist on mine is wobbly which I'm reading is a common problem.  I'd say his thighs could've used a SLIGHT spacing apart as well.  Makes him a little more difficult to "pose" certain running ways and stuff.  Overall though Lando's a winner.

Hell I think Yoda's a winner too.  he's neat, even if puffy.  A vintage Yoda coat on him may fix all his problems though.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Recarded rehashes up the ying yang!
« on: September 21, 2004, 05:56 PM »
I've been reading how excited people are on OTC, and I have to admit I'm happier now than I was before, but these are NOT "flying" off shelves anymore.

Like all things, they're starting to glut now...  I mean, the Han's are a dme a dozen and have been...  Wicket's now becoming a warmer, as are the Dagobah Wave (all new figures to boot).

The Snowtrooper's a HUGE pegwarmer here now, and I again attribute that to the figure being a less than stellar army building example.

The X-Wing Luke's sitting some and Jedi Luke, because he was just out on Saga cards, is DEFINITELY sitting. 

The OTC isn't miraculously "better" than Saga was or anything that people around the net are seemingly claiming.  It just hasn't shipped heavily or steadily till now, and now that it is, it's sitting.  Cards don't sell figures, no matter how nice they are, and OTC's now proving that.

Fortunately TRU's are having a nice sale that's helping me justify some purchases I might not have made otherwise at WM's and TRU stores...   Picked up some repaints and such because of that.

Now if the Endor wave would show, I bet those would move...  Or if the Bespin Wave showed in any decent quantity it'd move for a time.

Right now though, OTC's ok, but it's no more special than any other line, and the repacks that AREN'T special at all are really sitting...  The Han was the first, but he's being supported by many now.

I agree...  However I did find some ESB remnants last night finally so part of me has some hope, but in the end we do get the shaft out here for product.

Its always the last to show here (well, generally), and not in the quantities others seem to get. :)

Trickle-down effect from the west to east...  And it really dissipates by the time it gets here.  *sigh*

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC DVD Sets
« on: September 21, 2004, 05:49 PM »
I only need a ROTJ set myself.  Never got the Emperor and I can justify the set by the STormtrooper in it.   :-\

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