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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Army Builders-An itch you just cant scratch!
« on: February 2, 2004, 05:27 PM »
Dioramas, Dioramas, Dioramas...

And also gaming...  And just how great they look lined up.

OK, that's a few reasons I guess, but basically I have an love for the military aspect of the films, and lean towards that in my collecting then I suppose.  Star Wars is a rich fictional military background...  It's something that is expressed not only in the films, but in video games, books, the RPG, comics, the Miniatures Battles game, and the action figures.

I like to make a permanent diorama from time to time, but I also like the idea of the ability to flesh a diorama out "on the fly", just making it up as I go...  Maybe utilizing the weather, or a natural outdoor setting like a small creek at just the right time.  A lot of good army builders are fun for that.

When I was a kid, army building was fun with the G.I. Joe line because you could have some kickass playing around when you had a small army of Vipers, or Cobra Soldiers to fight your heroes in the Joe line...  Flint always kicked some rear as I recall (Decked out in Han's trenchcoat of course).  

I think a lot of folks just like the looks of a lineup of Rebels, or Imperials...  Customizers take it another step by making some diversity in the ranks for realism, but either way it's an additional way to own a bit of Star Wars...  And own it over and over and over in some cases.  My stormie army is over 100 now, and they look great together. :)  

I'm just antsy for Hasbro to crank out some good army builders for figures that haven't had a really good poseable army builder made yet.  The Hoth Rebel's probably at the top of that list...  I'd put either a new SA Endor Rebel or SA Rebel Fleet Trooper as 2nd for the Rebels.  For the Imperials almost ANY figure needs made SA at this point...  Snowtroopers, Sandtroopers, Stormtroopers, Biker Scouts, Officers, Death Star Troopers, Gunners...  They all could use a SA version I think.

I hope the SA Clone was just the start of something great from Hasbro.  So far it's a one-time-only deal it seems, but I have hopes that this figure's instant popularity spawns some other SA, or near SA figures that are just that "perfect".

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Clonetroopers!
« on: January 31, 2004, 12:32 AM »
I'm almost half thinking the clones in the game coming out (Republic Commando) aren't clones at all.  I wouldn't doubt that they are Republic standing military.  They just have armor similar to Clones.  Maybe that's a Republic thing even?

The game never mentiosn them being Clones...  It seems to stay away from the title Clone all together.  Very strange...

I'll be surprised if they're yet another Spec. Ops Clone type then.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:15 PM »
To me, that LOTR line should've been pimped a LOT more than the Armies of Middle Earth.  I think that company should've been given whatever contract was given to the company making AoME.

They are nice  though, if you're into diorama building or gaming.  A good dual role.

I just happened to get a bunch of new minis in today for Star Wars...  I got:

-Spacetrooper/Zero-G Stormtrooper
-Rebel Officer (Capt. Antilles uniform)
-Rebel Scout
-Rebel Fleet Tropoer (Last one I needed, the 2nd female trooper)
-Hoth Footsoldier
-Imperial Stormtrooper (Cold Weather Gear)
-Imp. Naval Trooper with E-Web Cannon
-Stormskimmer (Imp. Landspeeder thing)

All good stuff...  It cost me $38 for all of that, which is pretty cheap for this hobby since these are out of print.

I'm 99% up to snuff on minis that are army building type of minis now...  I need to now focus on getting the aliens and "hero" figures like the Han's and Luke's and such.  Also the Emperor and the two Royal Guard figures incase I ever wanna do an "Assassination" type of mission.

Cool stuff...  I had a good day today between getting the Jabba's Palace wave and a pile of new (and some rarer) minis.  :)  I'm going into the weekend on a high note!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:08 PM »
Lucky day for me...

I just found the Jabba's wave today, all of it, at a local Wal-Mart...  Not a bad haul at all, and they had Bar2-D2 as well, though I'm still in need of all the rest of the Tatooine Wave.

JP wave is a good one...  Keep your eyes peeled.  J'Quille and Lando are hands down some of the best figures I've seen in a LONG time, short of the Super Articulated Clone.  they're real nice...  And a big kudos to Hasbro for at least using rigid plastic on Lando's pike.  No gummy weapon for old Lando, nope!

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: January 30, 2004, 04:06 PM »
For the vehicle issue...

I'm not sure what to make of what's listed.  I half expect the TIE Fighter and X-Wing to be the Vader TIE and Red Leader ships...  And a Falcon will just be something we've yet to see.  I could be wrong of course, but ALL those ships in a single year?  Seems fishy to me is all.

I'd take LOTS of things resculpted though...

-To-scale AT-ST...  This easily tops my list, and if they ever did this I'd be in line to buy a half dozen of them.  No walking feature, just poseable legs.  Cockpit built for two (or two ewoks and a wookie)...  Could be a very nice item, though one I'm not personally expecting.  Oh, and opening window armor would be kinda neat too.

-To-Scale Snowspeeder...  I'd LOVE to see this one done to the proper size for the action figures.  Include a Generic Dak (with removable helmet) type of pilot this time, and I'd dig it even more, but even without figures this is easily my 2nd most requested item.

-To-Scale Speederbike w/super articulated scout...  I'd take this in a heartbeat, and I think others would as well.  I'd be lining up to buy this one too, and in droves.  If for no other reason than simply to get an army of nice SA scouts.

-To-Scale TIE Fighter...  They're close...  Just need to fix the panels at this stage since they have the proper cockpit mold now.  Again I'd buy this one in multiples.

-To-Scale Tatooine Skiff...  Lower on my list, but the original is a bit undersized so I'd take a newly detailed and sized one.  With the new Skiff Lando, I can just imagine him hanging off of a new skiff.

Beyond that, I'm not sure of anything that I'd consider "reasonable" to expect from Hasbro at this point...  I mean, I want the age-old "Modular Millenium Falcon" done to have a full scale Falcon but I just don't see them ever bothering with it...  I want a full scale Sail Barge (Not as big as people think), but just can't imagine it being done.  Lots of play value with a vehicle like that, and it's really more a playset than a ship, but I'd love one either way...  

The ships I listed are the only things I'm expecting them to ever retool really.  Possibly a Y-Wing...  I'd like that if it were to-scale too, but the Y-Wing seems to be an area Hasbro doesn't wanna get too close to.  

It'd be nice to see all the fighters redone personally, and done larger, but I can just imagine the uproar everyone would have who bought the X-Wings they've put out already.  I'm just tired of my A-Wings almost being as big as all the other ships.  :P

Anyway, I'd take some of the ones I listed though for sure...  To me, they're the most absurd looking vehicles in the line when compared to other newer vehicles, or even the detail put into the figures.  Things like the AT-ST and such just look bad in comparison.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: January 29, 2004, 10:35 PM »
What a thoroughly disinteresting piece.

I gotta blow that pic up to see just what in the fudge is doing in the astromech's socket though.  Weird stuff.

The pilot really bites though...  I do believe that, unless I see it on clearance, i'm gonna pass.  With all the helmet molds, it wouldn't have pained Hasbro to actually make a new head and use the Wedge body to make a decent pack-in figure.  

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: January 29, 2004, 05:08 PM »
BobaFett14 (Bob Raspet) has been pimping a Super Articulated "Vs." 2-pack line for a long time...  Maybe Hasbro's been taking at least a couple notes from him?

I agree, this line could yield (Since it's obviously aimed at the older fans) some of the best figures of the modern line...  Unfortunately, "whose best will they be?", could become a quesion.  

To Hasbro, 300th Fett was the pinacle of their abilities...  To me, Super Articulated Clone is their best...  I just hope they go the SA route, and diverse background characters (And MUCH needed resculpts of main characters, like say a Han with trench coat perhaps?) are the route they're aiming for, and not the 300th Fett route.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: January 29, 2004, 03:15 PM »
Sounds pretty cool (A line dedicated to the OT), and like some winners could come from it for sure...  I'm a little worried about what style of figures we get though...  IE: statues, or actual action figures.  

The R2 sounds interesting (As interesting as a Swamp R2 can be), Yoda had no description for some reason, the Obi-Wan sounded about what we'd expect.  But, the Luke balancing on one hand has me a bit "iffy", as I'm curious  if he'll be good for much else, or if the gimmick of him balancing will force (no pun) him into being a one-pose-wonder.

This could really be a great line, and the packaging sounded DEFINITELY aimed at us...  :)  Not that I care about packaging, but it works for me to see some black packaging on pegs like the old days.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Imperials=Nazis,Rebels=?
« on: January 27, 2004, 11:34 PM »
I'd liken the Rebels to the U.S. forces of the Revolution before any other military force, and the Empire closer to the British Empire of the same era.

The British employed the multiple frontline militaries we saw just like in the movies...  The "marines" or Naval troopers...  The Army Troopers...  The more often used Army Troopers (Stormtroopers), etc...

The Americans had a mix-match of militias from various states and territories...  guerilla fighters...  And then they had the main fighting body, the Continental Army.  The Alliance employs similar groups...  Militias like the Dresellian Commandoes, Guerillas like any beseiged planets rebelling populace if their world is subjucated (Militias and Guerillas wouldn't vary too much really, and could be considered synonymous).  And lastly the Alliance employs a "Fleet" force, or their Continental Army...  Their main fighting body, their main chain of command, their main political body...  All the varied groups then make up the "Alliance" as it were.  They could anything from a Wookie Militia on Kashyyyk, to a small organized pocket of saboteurs/"terrorists" on Coruscant, to a full fleet under the command of a "Fleet Admiral" who answers directly to Admiral Ackbar, or a sector officer possibly.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Survival Guide for Taking a Dump at Work...
« on: January 27, 2004, 06:28 PM »
Oh good god....  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 27, 2004, 05:28 PM »
See, I'm kinda digging the bad weather.  

People staying home, roads a mess, etc...  It's interesting.

No toy runs though, and that's what I need to be doing right now because I'm behind some.

I just hope school's not horrific on Thursday morning because I have a quiz I have to be there for, and my commute's not a simple one.  Bad weather makes it impossible at times.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Jedi Academy ScreenShots
« on: January 27, 2004, 05:22 PM »
If you have the PC version, and time/energy to figure out how, you can design your own levels, characters, weapons, storyline, cutscenes...  Pretty much everything.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 27, 2004, 03:09 PM »
I have most of them, and multiples of a lot of the military figures, but I don't have a complete set.

I actually don't know if I'll even bother getting a complete set since my main goal is tabletop gaming, and a lot of the non-military figures just wouldn't be necessary.  You can stick "heroes" in the game, but it's never been of much interest to me to do so.

I have a handful of them painted, but I stopped painting when I decided to start casting them.  I don't have a lot of them cast though because to do so requires a bit of a more complex process than casting most pieces for 3.75" Star Wars figures (due to the minis size), so I've not worked at that for quite a while now.  All in good time though.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 27, 2004, 01:04 AM »
Pittsburgh's own, Beaver Falls (Anyone remember Mr. Belvedere?) had some of the worst weather in the nation, as judged by the National Weather Service or some such I guess...  Was on the news tonight.

We got pounded iwth Snow Sunday night...  I was at a wrastlin' PPV at Hooters, and had a wonderful slip-slidin' ride home with my buddy in his big Suburban.  Monday rolled around, and I stayed home from class since I commute about an hour...  Roads were horrible.

Tomorrow into Wednesday we're expecting 3-6" of more snow and at some point more freezing rain/drizzle on top of it all.  Hopefully in time to ruin Thursday's classload.    

 :-* my (_Y_) School

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ever Get Free Cable???
« on: January 27, 2004, 01:00 AM »
I, when I was a wee lad, got showtime for free for some time...  Years actually.  And it was good...

Years later, HBO and Skinemax came in for free on our entire road...  The Cable company knew, but were lax to do anything about it because I guess it was going to cost them more to fix it than it was worth bothering with.

Then the dark times came...  Comcast came and took over.

I lost HBO and Skinemax when they ran digital fiberoptic lines out my road...  The upside is I have Highspeed internet and digital cable.  The downside is HBO and Skinemax cost a LOT to get, and I don't wanna be without them after being spoiled for so long.

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