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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: March 28, 2004, 04:07 AM »
I'm just scared on what cost could be for this...  $40-$50 for a regular plane could translate into pretty darn expensive for a B-17.  

Just having that though, with a full crew, would rock.  I'd be one happy camper if it was the only large plane they ever made, though a jump plane or glider (or both) for my D-Day paratroopers would be lovely.  :)

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 28, 2004, 04:01 AM »
Yeah, there's something about the toons that has a genuine charm like the classic films does.  It tells me that Lucas is more to blame for Star Wars losing a step than anything else.  I'm still not fond of two actors in particular in the prequals though, but ultimately it's Lucas who just doesn't seem to have the same "knack" he did in the classic trilogy to make a movie that had nothing "forced" on you but was fluid and worked on all levels.

The cartoons have that...  They have some terrible moments too though, where you can see the creator's imaginations getting out of hand...  The "crap" superlaser for instance...  The incessant use of lances as weapons (I don't get this personally...  Someone's watched too many camelot flicks)....  Propelling Durge to super-human (or whatever he is) feats like lifting an AT-TE with a lance and a speederbike...  

To me, these are the dumber things shown, but for every dumb thing there's been 10 neat things.  

I mean, I can't even wait to make a figure of that weird cat guy that hosts Dooku to watch the arena battle.  I don't know why, but I like that guy and he's as boring as anything...  It's an excuse to buy an extra Imp. Dignitary I guess, and I like cat people.

Anyway, on the Durge thing with the lance...  I know some people actually dug that, and I'm not saying Durge isn't even cooler than I'd anticipated, but it's still crap because (and this is very nerdy of me, I know):

a) there's no way in hell a single guy could lift the AT-TE...  We're just pushing Durge as a character too far, and making him "too strong".  Seems silly to me...  

and b) His bike, and or lance would've both broke upon impact...  Maybe he's that strong, but unless his bike and lance are made of indestructable materials all of a sudden, that just doesn't jive to me.

It's like most EU though, in that it has some overly creative imaginations at work that maybe don't take into account that part of Star Wars' charm is that it "looks real", and it "feels real".  It looks like it COULD be...  Beyond the Force, there wasn't much that made you go "Wow, how'd they do that!?" when you watched those films.  It just made you think that it was your own world.

If it's my own world, then maybe Durge is that DB at the gym that I can't stand who's always powerlifting and swearing constantly while he puts up his weight, then walks around like he has a stick up his butt all day showing off.  Maybe that guy can pick up an Abrahams tank while riding his Harley?  :)

Nah...  Durge just shouldn't be able to do that stuff.  Cheapens his character.

He's still cool though, and translated into the 2nd greatest (maybe even greatest) Star Wars action figure of all time.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: March 28, 2004, 03:50 AM »
I've not bothered with a full custom, but I did take them apart out of curiosity.

Also, I think i'm the first person on Earth to realize Antilles DOES have waist articulation, contrary to everyone else.  It's just very strangely done so it sort of locks in place, but it is there.

I'd heard all over that he didn't till I was looking at him closely one day and noticed a definite seam there.  TIE Pilot has one too, but I can't get my only one to move at the waist so I'm gonna wait till I have one to boil/pop for fodder before I figure out what's doing on him.

I personally don't find Antilles or Dodonna particularly "great" custom fodder in the arms (either one), so I'll maybe eventually tweak them to have a more versatile arm set on both characters.  Hasbro's F'd up arm articulation makes some of these figures only good in two poses, and that flat out SUCKS.

Jedi Luke was slightly more useful as his arms weren't so sharply bent, but Dodonna and Antilles (And the TIE Pilot's right arm) are all very useless beyond one, or possibly two poses.  Disappointing in my book considering a single ball/socket elbow would give full range of motion to the arm and be better hidden ultimately since it sinks into the socket and shows no gap like the cut joints do.  

I can see the argument for aesthetics (if the company were aiming for things like McFarlane's company), but when the BETTER joint also looks better to the less versatile one, then I just don't see why Hasbro goes with the craptacular "posed" joint.

More articulation on paper doesn't always = great figure I guess is the moral I've learned with some of the latest figs.  

Antilles is neat, and far superior to lots of other Saga figs though, that's for sure.  I'm just getting disappointed in the way Hasbro's doing things.  These figures don't even need super articulation to be great, just a little better use of the ball/socket joint at shoulders, elbows, and knees.  Then things would really be going better.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: March 27, 2004, 03:12 AM »
BIG news...  Literally.

Talk of "Big Birds" coming out is swirling, and an image of a B-17 (Yes, I'm not giving you **** here, I said a B-17) have surfaced...  

Will they make the famed "Flying Fortress" of World War II?  Possibly the most recognizeable plane of the war, which would sport a 5 FEET + wide wingspan?

OOOOoooo baby.  I don't have much room but you bet your sweet ass I'd own one of these, come hell or high water!  

Not sure they're actually gonna make these or not...  There's a lotta "talk" swirling about what 21st is GOING to do this year and into the next couple years, but what they WILL do is something else.  

If I can last these dormant days though, you guys can too.  Don't give up all hope and let us just wish for these things.

I say though, if 21st DOES make a 1:18 B-17 then Hasbro better get their **** together and start making scale vehicles.  Their stuff isn't even NEAR the level of detail, quality, or complexity of 21st so they can really at least improve their LITTLE vehicles like the AT-ST, Y-Wing, B-Wing, and TIE FIghter...  Good God there H, get with the times...  Especially if vehicles are just aimed at collectors like you always tend to claim.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: March 27, 2004, 03:06 AM »
I noticed something on the swap of parts, and not to be a downer on it, but there's a color difference between the arms and the coats when you swap them.  :(  It's not HUGE, but it's noticeable.  I thought maybe anyone curious would want to know though...

Also, a skintone difference between the heads and hands of the figures...  Dodonna's definitely tanner than Antilles, and their hands don't mix with the heads then without a little oddity.

I don't think Hasbro intended this idea, I think it's coincidental at this point...  The color variances just don't match up.  Then again, they claim they intended the KB TIE's cockpit was intentionally made to work with the TIE Int's from TRU, and the color of both didn't match at all (despite what Hasbro said).  

Maybe they (Hasbro) just suck?  Nah...  Not possible.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 26, 2004, 10:41 PM »

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 26, 2004, 10:38 PM »
#11 was indeed a good episode...

Lots of dogfighting between Assajj and Ani, as mentioned, and it was pretty intense seeing them fly through the cityscape on the Banking Clan's planet.

BTW, the Bankers have a nice rock to rest on...  It's a pretty peaceful looking place.

Anakin was indeed particularly doofy tonight so that was cool.  Lots of snotty stuff that you'd love to smack the crap out of him for.

The Clones constant "Yes sir", "No Sir" answers are funny...  I like that they are not the best conversationalists, but Obi-Wan still treats them like they're normal people.

Assajj's ship is officially on my "To-Do" list for customizing.  I REALLY want a scale one that opens up and everything.  It's not too big, and I already have a million ideas floating in my mind on how to do the "fan" part too.  Good stuff...  And ya know Hasbro wn't get off their ass on a Season 2 Clone Wars line, so I'm left to do it myself...  And likely do it better anyway.

Her ship's one of the neatest designs...  And it even keeps to the Geonosian Solar Sailer look too.  Love that stuff.

I loved tonight's episode...

Watching 1-10 though reminded me of some of the STUPID moments from those though.  Durge destroying an AT-TE with a lance, the Mon Calamari episode, Durge wreaking havoc with his lance otherwise, etc...  These toons aren't without some pretty "Stupid" seeming flaws.  Kind of like the prequals but to a lesser extent.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:47 PM »
What would you have me shake?   :o    :-X

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:43 PM »
Hoth Rebel Soldier anyone?  This craptacular piece of plastic swarms most TRU's in my area.

As does Bail, the 1st Dignitary, and sadly R-3PO.

Wal-Mart isn't exactly devoid of TRD Luke or Hoth Han as well.

Two more craptacular figures (I don't care what anyone says about the Han...  He's pre-posed, has an action feature, and he still needs a resculpt as much as Endor Han) that sit stagnant on my local shelves.

Can I count Duros and Bespin Guards as pegwarmers of the decade though?  To hold on that long at TRU is something special.  Bespin Guards are even GOOD figures too.  :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 25, 2004, 11:32 PM »
I can confirm that I believe...   The 32 per case thing.

The Sku Number is...

SKN: 960767

From what a local collector was told by a helpful TRU employee.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spring is Here!
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:39 PM »
Meh...  Still in the 50's in Pittsburgh at the best.  Soon I'll be droppin' the top though.  I've never looked forward to decent weather as much as this year.

75-ish would suit me perfectly...  Is there a place on Earth that's constantly in t he low to mid 70's year-round?  :)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:37 PM »
Greeeaaaatt...  Pens are gonna drag themselves from the basement just enough to lose the #1 draftpick...  Buncha DB's.

Anyway, I'm pulling for the Flyers now I think.  Deserving team.  Rivalry any other time, but I can dig them right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:34 PM »
Older by 3 years...  It's a really unique and nice name Scott, consider it...   ;D

***Shakes PL's hand***  

My parents had a weird decision making pattern, but the best I can say is that my father has a biker personality and that's where the names came from (though cole's middle name isn't Younger but mine is James...  Odd).

Anyway, I'm still pimping me and my brother's names to Scott.  They're cool names...  My mom says so.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:09 PM »
I'm thinking I'm gonna stock up on some army builders of decent droid fodder if it's around...  That and that Jedi 4-pack.  It's an excuse to buy that dismal POS for the restraint thing.

Now if only there were decent Obi-Wan's available for it and customizing...   :P

TRU has some decent junk at it right now though, so it's better now than the R2 promotion was.  I remember scrounging to get my R2's.

The Original Trilogy / Re: TIE Fighters....
« on: March 25, 2004, 03:21 AM »

I'll include the 2 most common designs (the ship was developed in the TIE Fighter PC sim, and used one design shown but was later changed to the other design, and sadly I forget which came first now even) known to the community here.


A quick note on your reference of the ship...  

The ship, if I'm recalling correctly, was developed BEFORE the Battle of Endor, as it was first introduced in TIE FIghter which chronologically takes place before Endor.  In the game it actually sports quad-lasers, dual Ion cannons, and the dual warhead launchers as well.  Pretty heafty payloads if I'm not mistaken also, and shields/armor that rivals most any fighter if not surpass any in service.  Nice stuff.

In TIE Fighter, the ship was never much more than prototyped...  It made it to production only in limited numbers prior to Endor, and in factories that were remotely located beyond the galaxy's outer rim territories.  The TIE Defender was part of a technology development program by Grand Admiral Zaarin that also included the development of cloaking technology for medium sized vessels (which literally blew up in Zaarin's face).  Zaarin attempted a coup de tat, but failed as then Vice Admiral Thrawn moved his fleet in to supress the renegade fleet and secure the technology developments.

Zaarin also developed the TIE "Avenger" Advanced fighter which was the new up and coming fighter at the time, and an advancement on the TIE Advanced x1 design used by Vader.  

EU clashes at this point, as much of it claims TIE Interceptors weren't in service till AFTER the ANH events, but X-Wing and TIE Fighter deviated and claimed Interceptors to be predecessors to the TIE advanced, and in use long before the Battle of Yavin.  That's why there is some discrepency there in what EU claims what.

TIE Fighter says the Advanced x1 (Vader's TIE) then instead lead to a decently shielded, fast, and hyperdrive capable TIE "Avanger" Advanced that was a hybrid of the best attributes of Vader's TIE and the Interceptor.  Zaarin's engineers developed the Defender then, as a means of Imperial fighter squads regaining space superiority as the "Avenger" was definitely a good fighter but still matched by better skilled pilots in the Alliance using X and A-Wings.  

The Defender, and the ship that never saw full production, the Missle Boat, were to be the fighters that would win the war by turning Alliance tactics against themselves while utilizing the superior financial ability of the Empire to produce a vastly superior fighter in decent #'s, and in a short period of time.  

Coincidentally, the X-Wing series also says the A-Wing was a pre-Yavin ship as well as the Interceptor, and now even some EU claims the TIE Bomber was created after Yavin though most EU doesn't lean that way.

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