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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Styrene...
« on: September 28, 2004, 05:09 PM »
If it's being supported by something thicker undereneath, go for something thin just out of simplicity.  I have thick stuff here, and it's a bitch to work with.

As far as the pattern goes, there's actually sheets that are specially designed to have "deck plating" patterns and such, so before you try doing it from scratch see if your local hobby shop has something close...

Doing it by hand wouldn't be terribly bad.  Tedious perhaps, but thin styrene cuts like butter with an X-Acto.  Just be very patient, very careful, and when it comes time to sand your cuts be careful and use a very fine grain sandpaper. (Finest you can find).

Working with Styrene's not hard, so don't fret...  Also, if you're buying just plain sheets, don't bother with a hobby shop.  Find a distributor in your area of large sheet styrene...  GE Polymer Shapes (A division of GE) sell ABS Styrene by HUGE sheets (like you need a pick-up truck to haul them huge), but for $50 or whatever you get two huge sheets that'll build you a Death Star or a dozen if you wanted.

After a horrible day at school I popped off at Target in hopes of VOTC ROTJ, and low and behold I got their last 2...  Fett and Stormtrooper.

Jaw droppingly articulated...  Not flawless figures, but far superior to I'd say 99% of the line.  SA Clone's still in there though.

Incredible figures...  Hasbro should live up to this standard at all times in my book.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: September 27, 2004, 06:00 PM »
Haven't heard of anyone here who's taking their wives/husbands/partners/etc. to C3.

Uh, me...   >:(  Ya heard of me doing that!

heh j/k

She's going as of now...  Things change however.  I don't know if she's even going to go to the con at all though.  We do need to discuss that I suppose...  I don't think she's really interested however, and will likely rest all day, or shop, or whatever...  Then at night we'll get back together to do whatever for dinner and afterwards.

I saw all but R2 in person at a local group meeting...

WOW!  That's really all there is to say upon seeing them.

They're absolutely incredibly sculpted...  Fett's living up to my hopes personally, but the neck thing never struck me really as something I'd notice.  I always sorta thought Fett's helmet sat lower...  It looks cool to me.

The Stormtrooper's just such a dream come true to army builders.  Hard to put into words how great he is without tearing up a little.   :'(

Chewie however...  Here's the runaway outta left field...  This figure is one of the most accurate looking pieces of plastic I've ever seen, and he really may be the best just because he's the most well sculpted and "hidden" articulation abounds.

Great wave guys...  Target seems to be the place for this wave.

My buddy Bill got me Vader...

Incredible figure except.......

I hate his elbows.  Why not do the ball/socket elbow on him ya know?  Make him perfect...  It's a shame because it's the one major glaring flaw to Vader, in that his arms are not stiff because of the joint style, and the limitations on poses is horrible due to the many action scenes Vader is in.  :(

More minor flaws are his lack of ankle joints (meh), and the chain thing, while neat in concept, looks bad in practice.  It's not horrid though, and really his arms are the only thing that bug me.  He's still, hands down, the best Vader ever...  He's customizable as well I think...  That means a second one's a must for me!  :)

Toy Reviews / JD Review: SA Clone Trooper
« on: September 27, 2004, 12:20 AM »
Old?  Yes.

Perfect Figure?  As close as Hasbro's ever achieved, and while the figure is moldy oldy, it's a good one to review...  Especially since I wrote this up quite some time ago, and wanted to bring it to the public.  Cleanin' out the closet of reviews here at JD, so keep with us on this and enjoy the blast(s) from the past as we get things in line. :)

Now, this figure's just simply incredible if you don't own it...  If you do own it, you know what I'm talking about, but have you considered all aspects of him?  Perhaps, and perhaps not, so I bring to you my in-depth review of the SA Clone.

CLICK RIGHT HERE and read the full review to see all the little things that make this great...  But also, there's a couple minor flaws of course.

Nah, nothing's perfect but damned if this isn't a close one from Hasbro.  And speaking of which, Kudos to the design team at Hasbro who really set a new bar of articulation and accuracy in the 3.75"/1:18 range of figures.  Absolutely amazing work on this one...

Now if only they'd actually make this figure easy for all fans to get ahold of, and do so in large quantities!

That is indeed cool Mosnab, and embodies everything GREAT about super poseable figures.  They're the future, and Hasbro needs to get on the wagon in that regard.

I got Lando and Yoda the other day...  Yoda's cooler than people are giving him credit for, however Lando's a highlight figure.

His elbows are annoying as all get out, but beyond that minor flub on Hasbro's part (why no ball/socket elbows?  Simple, and much more poseable than angle-cuts), Lando is pretty much on par with Leia to me (who I also like) and I'd say he's even just a notch below Han.  To me, Luke and Ben have been the only disappointments, but Lando, Han, and Leia are truly incredible work, even if 2 of those 3 aren't "perfect".  Yoda's cool too...  They just goofed on him some, namely that his coat's a bit big, and his belt doesn't go around it which makes the figure 100% inaccurate unfortunately.  I'm trying to see if there's a way to remedy that, however his belt's pretty snug on his waist UNDER the coat, so short of making a new belt all together, it seems unlikely to be a simple fix.

Lando though was great...  Mine's a little loose in the waist articulation for some reason, but I hear others are too.  Poor effect of a bad tooling or assembly/construction job pre-tooling, and it'll likely not be fixed.  Similar thing happened to Djas Puhr actually.

If she's free...  *cough*snicker*cough*

Seriously, I mean...  What else would be going on?

Anyway, yeah I was also a little perplexed after I read the link that nothing on the likeness was really asked, but eh...  Whatever I guess. 

I've come to rarely expect Q & A sessions that involve anything Star Wars to go all according to plan.  Hasbro at SDCC was really kinda snotty to everyone they talked to it seemed...  Little interest in the event, or respect for the fans.  Lucas gets interviewed and basically flips the entire 20+ something's off with "It's my film and I'll do what I want, and I don't care what you want" kinda attitude...  Typical.

I was thinking kinda crusty ones with sand under them...  Not attractive at all, but what I was imagining.

Leia however seems like she'd have a pedicure done and all that jazz.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: JediDefender Battlefront/Commando Clan
« on: September 25, 2004, 03:29 AM »
I actually have thought of that (didn't know its official "title" though Jared, so thanks!).  CorranHorn and I discussed it...  In the end I wonder if I'm just not better off running 2 PC's separately though.  I mean, should I buy a new one I can't imagine where this one would wind up...  It's obsolete by most standards I assume, short of my burner I just got.

It's not bad...  P IV 1.8 gig, smallish harddrive (19 gig), lotsa RAM though bought as a gift...  Sorta crap graphics card, but I could get a better one (not top of the line) cheap enough that'd run all my "old" games flawlessly and install simply enough.  That kinda stuff makes me wonder if someday just buying a new PC and keeping this mamojama running beside it wouldn't be the route.

Then again running two OS's would minimize space taken up by 2 PC's, which is a huge concern to me given the craptacular cramptness of my living quarters. :)

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront (PS2)
« on: September 24, 2004, 02:00 AM »
I played the X-Box Demo...  The strategy aspect is limited to this game Bob, you're not just missing that, and that's about what I expected...  However.

Part of the strategy is the characters you choose as you play the game...  But also, I noticed on Endor the various paths and choices I could take.  For instance I had the option of run & gun to try and just outkill my opponent...  The other option's finding out what stationary weapons are available, which is how I actually won the level...  I took stationary guns and just blew the bejesus out of the starting point for the Imperials.  They had no chance.

So there's strategy, but this ain't no Socom.  It's a direct copy of Battlefield 1942, which while fun I was disappoitned in it when there's games out at the same time in the WW2 genre that did use some teamwork and such, even with AI comrades.

Call of Duty would be the perfect example of such a game...  Lotsa teamworking to win objectives, but also your personal achievement is important. 

Battlefront's kinda fun, but it's what I was expecting so I'm debating still about getting this one for PC now.  I do enjoy playing that demo on the DVD though.

Toy Reviews / Re: Zutton - Mos Eisley Cantina Scene 2
« on: September 24, 2004, 01:36 AM »
Bah!  Forget him...  :)

Seriously though, it's kinda cool so I think he's neat looking.

To me, this 2nd wave's suffering mostly because I can name a couple kitbashes that would've blown away the Ponda Baba.  A 2nd Duros would have been simple as pie, and unfortunately they just didn't go for it.  :(  Seriously though, other options were available...  A Cantina Patron that is human even.  A Garouf Lafoe kitbash would've rocked, if they could've done it at minimal effort.

Oh well...  The Blue Snag's the reason to get the set, kinda like Ktik is the reason to get #1.  However I think the Wuher's hand is an improvement, and Evazan's legs (while awkward and skinny) are an improvement as well.

I guess I'm a girly girl- yep, I have spent money on pedicures and highlights instead of action figures at times, and my toenails are bright pink....

"I find your lack of faith disturbing"

Wait, don't leave...  Seriously, I know I just quoted SW to you but don't leave. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hurricane Ivan Sucks
« on: September 24, 2004, 12:28 AM »
What was previously the eye was directly over us on Friday.

I forget the actual timeline involved with the storm now, like when it made landfall.  Its center went basically straight up north after hitting the mainland U.S. though around the Florida Panhandle, and bam, right over top of us Friday.

All I can say is, however the thing's coming back, if it's coming back...  I'm taking the day off school.  Funk Dat.

Toy Reviews / Re: Zutton - Mos Eisley Cantina Scene 2
« on: September 24, 2004, 12:20 AM »
Hmmm.  Interesting.

An odd kitbash, but it shows some creativity.  It's incredible how better customizers the public are though.  :)

I have had plans for a blue snag modern style on the backburner for a while...  Mine involved a lotta casting and recasting bits and pieces to cobble together an articulated, but true to the vintage figure, which combined Zutton's outfit, Takeel's head, and a cast of some poseable legs with casted vintage blue snag boots because they're so funky and retro that nothing in the line compares to them.

It's a neat gesture from Hasbro...  They get the A for the general effort and idea they'd even do this.  Can't say the execution is dazzling, but, whatcha gonna do?

I think Takeel's head, or a cast of a vintage one's head (red or blue, they're the same), would've looked cooler, but that's me.

How'd you get it early Jared?  These aren't out yet are they?

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