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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.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Where'd the AT-AT go?
« on: March 25, 2004, 03:03 AM »
Forrest combat's not very conducive to ANY vehicle combat though, which is a real thing to consider with the AT-ST's.  An M1 Abrahams in a forrest is at a distinct disadvantage to both traps and human assault as well as attack from other tanks (who would be at equal disadvantage).

I think what we need to ask about the AT-ST is that, if we don't accept the obvious "Lucas didn't think them out much and just wanted them for eye-candy to to explode", then we have to see if there's some explanation for their seeming ease of destruction...

For fire from other combat vehicles of equal power, we only have a brief moment of Chewie firing on a single AT-ST.  WE could argue that he has let a couple shots loose before we actually have the camera cut to that moment, as the AT-ST was seemingly stopped for no reason that he was shooting at.  Perhaps it had stopped to turn and see who was shooting it?  It's plausible...  Odd, but it makes an excuse.  With that in mind then, we could assume the AT-ST had taken a few shots to its rear portion already, combined with those which it had already taken and any possible damage inflicted by Ewok weapons (perhaps a boulder smacked it in the rear portion?).

Then, if we go by the idea that the AT-ST is slightly weaker in the rear of the command pod, as most armor vehicles are a tad weaker in the rear (Such as the Tiger I from WW2, which required a pretty point-blank and direct hit on its rear to be destroyed by most allied tanks).  Chewie blasts the AT-ST he clears out by shots to the rear, so we could assume there's a combination of pre-weakened "hits" there by whatever...  A few possible shots Chewie gets in on it from a greater distance that we "miss" or are just off-screen...  And last, the idea that AT-ST's have a combination of possibly their energy cell compartments in the rear with a slightly weaker armor point.  These things could add up to Chewie's AT-ST being destroyed easily enough.

For the walkers destroyed by the Ewok traps, there's a couple...  The hardest to explain is the walker on the wobbly log trap, as that thing seemed to be the Ford Pinto of Star Wars as it just blew to pieces on impact with the ground.  

My explanation of the tripping walker would then be that it sustained damage previously...  Small arms fire, boulders, or even an Ewok mounting it and pulling and ripping at anything he could, possibly even exposing a fuel-port perhaps?  Or maybe even a Rebel collaboration with an Ewok to plant a bomb on it so when it fell it detonated it and caused the most possible damage?  There's some possible excuses...  Far-fetched or ones that maybe don't seem practical for the situation, but sometimes unpractical events occur in combat that make you scratch your head later too, so it's possible.

For the Log Smash, and for the cutscene one of a single chopped tree collapsing on a walker and crushing it, I believe these to be "reasonable" situations without extra explanation personally.  The logs that smashed the command pod of the one AT-ST were roughly the diameter of the pod itself...  I think if two logs forcefully came together on a modern US tank, which is a fair bit wider than an AT-ST command pod, then it is reasonable to think they'd do some serious damage to the tank's armor or even be capable of knocking the turret off?  It's tough to say without really accurately knowing the weight of the logs, the height they were raised, and such...  Technical junk, but just by watching it, it looked reasonable.

I'd say the same for the cutscene of the chopped tree falling straight down on a Walker too, and even moreso because it lit squarely on the top of the AT-ST it destroyed which would put tremendous pressure on the small legs of the Walker and most likely crush the joints of the walker as is what seemed to happen in this Walker's demise scene.  Resulting damage for its power supply (star wars vehicles, at least fighters, seem to run off of a fuel so it's reasonable ot think it's possibly combustable and that similar stuff's used on walkers and such) then means explosions all around...

The AT-ST isn't big either, and as a "Scout" as opposed to being referred to as some form of heavy assault-type walker, so its armor likely matches.

I'd say, short of running AT-PT's (a  pretty common walker-type from EU we mostly all know), the AT-ST is nimble, heavier armored (than an AT-PT anyway), can handle the valleys and hills/inclines of Endor, and is a simple infantry support vehicle.

The LAV is pretty easily slapped around if it gets caught in a heavy combat situation of any kind (even just infantry), so maybe the AT-ST's simialr to it, without the troop capacity since it could carry 4 or 5 guys at most, counting the crew.  

The AT-ST then seems a reasonable choice for Endor.  That and infantry.  The speederbikes were more cnfusing to me, but I can see their reasoning behind their use, and of course AT-PT's WOULD have been cool to see but are just EU stuff so they ain't there.

I'd say any # of walkers were NEAR the main generator though too...  This is a remote area, from what I can gather in the films, but the area surrounding the actual generator itself (where they expected the attack) appears possibly miles (as in hundreds or more even) away from that rear bunker area.  That area may have had a pre-fab garrison, landing platform(s), and of course the heavier walkers like the AT-AT's, or other vehicles even.  Something expecting a bigger force than a shuttle's worth of Commandoes anyway.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When They Were Funny...
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:35 AM »
Not to perpetuate things, but I didn't want Bill Murray listed on the top comedians list not because I dislike him as an actor, but because that's a comedian's list, not an actors list.

Bill doesn't do standup, and honestly I can't even recall a time after he was on SNL that I'd look at him and say "That's a good comic".  He's funny, and COULD do comedy I suppose since he ad-libs and makes crap up as he goes (or so I've read), but he's not a comic to me.

Dave Chapelle's a comic...  Dave Attel's a comic...  Those guys are comics and deserve on the list of top comics...  Bill Murray's an actor to me.  It's like listing Matthew Perry as a comic...  He's funny on TV (sort of), but he's not a comic, but just an actor.

I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I wasn't meaning to trash Murray because I actually really REALLY like him as an actor and think he's underrated.  He's also pretty ugly and that isn't gonna get him far...  Though Tommy Lee Jones made a career, so anything's possible, so I dunno.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: McQuarrie Stormtrooper Saber Up
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:15 AM »
Damned if I wouldn't like 1 or 2 of these extra.  I was lucky to get one for cost at a local collectors meeting.  Otherwise, I have not seen this figure EVER.  Never once in stores.  His wave wasn't abundant.  The Emperor shipped with him, did it not?  He too flew past us with his huge hood.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 25, 2004, 12:42 AM »
If it's a boy, Jesse, Cole, and Sean are wonderful names (Me and my brother's names  ;D ).

Just had to get my plug in there...  hehe  Anyone who knows the Jesse/Cole link gets a free handshake if they ever meet me too.

Happy Birthing of a Child to you and your wife...  Or simply Congratulations.  It's much easier to say, and likely won't get me smacked by the one actually doing the birthing thing.

Kids aren't my bag, but more power to you for having a family and being a father Scott because I admire those who do it well.  My brother Sean's had enough kids to last me a lifetime though, and I've had too much of a hand in raising the majority of them.  I'm all kid'd out and at a young age, haha.  :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 24, 2004, 06:06 PM »
I'm holding off buying the Jedi 4-pack to get the Clone, personally.  TRU DOES have some stuff out there though...  Here anyway.  At least we have some Bespin Guards anyway for army building.  Not too much else, though Tatooine Wave's shipping to some TRU's here, and there's some Hoth leftovers here and there.  Cool stuff, sort of...  

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Look
« on: March 24, 2004, 04:58 PM »
Yes...  Your point?   ???

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Van Halen back on the road!
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:29 AM »
Hershey, Wilkes-Barre, and Philly but not the Western end for Pittsburgh?

Eddie van Halen can suck an egg.  Or perhaps 2 of them nestled comfortably between...  Ah, nevermind, not worth the effort.  Eddie Van Halen's still a DB though, and as much a coke-head as Dave ever was.  Dave at least had a sense of humor.

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