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Well that's interesting.

Every diorama needs fruit... 

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: December 21, 2004, 07:56 PM »
Sticker shock at TRU aside, they're a nice purchase.

3 of the better figures I've seen in some years I'd say, VOTC Super articulated aside.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: McFarlane is Bankrupt
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:53 AM »
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy (McFarlane) if you asked me. He tried to rip off Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, and lost. Sounds to me like Toddy should learn to keep his effing ego in check because he is getting spanked in the courts.

I'm torn here too.

Twist is/was a thug, a poor excuse for a player, and a blight on the game...  A McSorely without the ability for a BS goal every now and then either.  A greater bonehead, I can't think of.

That said, McFarlane's a total sopping wet pile of douche himself.  It's a real tough choice who to hate more.


We'll see you folks at the show.  Stop by, learn something about the hobby and if you're not in the hobby yet, maybe you will be after you leave the booth!

Remember, when Hasbro can't do it right, you can.  :)

Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: TIE Fighter Pilot
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:45 AM » is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

This figure rounds out the Yavin Wave, and what a wave it was.  It's taken some time, but we're cleaing these out, and tonight's figure is the TIE Fighter Pilot from the Yavin Wave.

The TIE Pilot's one of those oddball figures that Hasbro threw at us out of nowhere.  I know I wasn't expecting a new one of this guy anyway.  

The weird thing is, Hasbro's updated TIE FIghter Pilot shows just how complacent I was with the POTF2 version.  I mean, I really thought the bendable knee pack-in pilot that came with the Interceptor, Bomber, and KB TIE Fighter, was a pretty nice figure...  Little did I realize that the helmet sculpt was really in need of an upgrade.

Still, Hasbro underwhelms us with the lop-sided articulation on yet another figure.  His right arm's nice, his left arm bites.  Why the unbalance?  Well, I still can't explain these kinds of enigmas coming from Hasbro, but I digress.

Read the full review by clicking the link above and  checking everything out.  Find out what you think, and share your thoughts with us here if you'd like...  I dig the company.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:16 AM »
Give her the donkey punch.


The Angry Dragon and Cleveland Steamer are also good gifts, but more of a valentine's theme I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:00 AM »
I must see these...  The more I hear, the better.

Working holsters, but non-removable headgear, is a disappointment.  :(  I'm hoping the hat's are just really snugly sculpted so they look like they're seamless.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: December 20, 2004, 11:03 PM »
Indeed...  If I had the $ I'd be more into G.I. Joe for sure.  I'd have been all over army builder cobra sets, these comic packs and definitely be customizing what I could.

Joe's a great line, and as far as I'm concerned it will ALWAYS own Star Wars as a toy brand.  It's still one of Hasbro's most overall popular lines to this day.  That speaks volumes about how they are able to adapt it.

I wish the VvV and other modern lines catered more to making figures ala the old days, but unfortunately they're way buffed out many times.  Whatever works for them I guess.

Still there's some incredibly well done toys in this line.

The Crimson strike set's in-freakin'-credible, as was the Cobra 6-pack, the ninja set, and other upcoming items.

I wonder how articulated that Snake Eyes will be ultimately?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 20, 2004, 09:24 PM »
You could stand outside her house blaring love songs on a boombox too.

Or sing to her in a public place.

Do you have experience with law enforcement interaction at all?

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: December 20, 2004, 08:40 PM »
I'm still rollin' with my Steelers on this one...  There's concerns over a completely healthy team, mostly offense, but I think they're playing solid even on their off-days like the last couple weeks have been.

They're riding a high...  As with all things in life I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop though.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 20, 2004, 08:35 PM »
Ouch guys...  Where's the X-Mas spirit?  :)

I'd suggest holding off on the gifts if you aren't dating her.  It's weird.  Just my suggestion though.

So may as well tack something onto an older thread...

What's missing from the PT I miss from the CT?

-Military Structure...  There's almost none.  The story's not focused on a main group really, but kind of jumping around.  IN the OT you've got the Alliance and Empire...  2 clearly defined sides from start to finish, embroiled in a galactic conflict.  Instantly focused story.

With the PT you've got what starts out as a planetary milia/police force who seemingly are automatically overrun without even finghting against an unknown military.  The Trade Federation, being the unknown military, are a corporation or business organization...  not a military.

Then you throw in the Gungans...  Whole other thing.

Then there's Episode II which starts to establish some military basis, and thus a real "Star Wars" kinda theme, but it barely starts it off and the military action we do see at the end of the film is hap-hazard, confusing, etc...  it's not structured and realistic so much as it's fast and eye-candy.

-Another thing missing between the two, for me, is quality acting.  Yeah, Hammil and Fisher weren't winning oscars but out of the prequals I feel lackluster performances have come from:  Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, and Hayden Christensen. 

Not much excuse for 3 main actors in the two prequals to deliver undoubtebly bad performances in my view.  I'd say that, of the 3, Christensen has the best showing, with Portman having the worst (only because she's older/more experienced than Lloyd). 

Only so much can be put on the dialogue and Lucas as far as blame...  To me the actors need to hold their own too.  They're paid more than enough to warrant some blame. 

-Forgettable characters...  It bares saying, but the classic trilogy you simply don't forget the characters.  Even background characters stick in your mind.  Jabba was genius at the time, Yoda's an unmatched piece of pop-culture, Tarkin's incredibly developed in depth, the droids are amazing, Chewbacca's everything he's intended to be...  The list goes on.

With the prequals, you're slapped with Jar-Jar Binks immediately, and not only is he simply forgettable, but you find yourself striving to forget him.  I guarantee if you take out 50% of his dialogue, give him subtitles instead of slave-speak, and you've got yourself a 100% improved character that intrigues people more.  Hell, even the stepping in poop joke had its merits, but little else did.

Don't make him suddenly adept as a soldier and leading an army either.  God that whole thing pissed me off...  He's a numbnuts through the whole show then suddenly he's Patton at the end.  Don't do that.  Make him just a tag-along with Tarpals, and make Tarpals actually HEROIC...  Show him kick some metal ass and DEVELOPE HIM.

Same goes for Panaka...  Don't just leave the character with a couple lines, but actually show him kick some ass with the droids...  Kill a Neimodian or something.  Or...  God forbid, kill the dork off while he defends the Queen!  There's a novel idea, and one that would give the character more importance...

Episode 2 shares some of this too, though less.  I'd say that Dexter Jetster (besides suffering from a piss poor last name) hurts for character development. 

The Outlander Club's an ideal place to recreate the Cantina, to an extent, and wow the crowd/new viewers to the series...  Do so!  And don't breeze through the sequence really fast with little footage of the background.  It's like a watered down Cantina with nothing of real interest in it.

-Don't cheapen military situations...

Combat should never be dumbed down or "cheapened".  This goes for the Geonosis battle, The Trade Fed/Naboo Battle, the Naboo Space Battle...  None of it.

Geonosis is the best of the prequal lot...  Lots of action, nothing's really "funny" in it, though Amidala/Anakin exchanging witticisms while fighting is asinine and 3PO's bobblign around (while funny to me) wasn't needed.

The Naboo battle(s) are the worst though, as Anakin miraculously pilots a fighter, and dumb luck finds him destroying the TF's ship.  I cry BS on that one...  Either have the kid more in control of the ship and displaying actual SKILL and ability rather than luck, or have him simply not be a part of the conflict really beyond maybe helping knock out some fighters who are after the REAL heroes (God forbid we develope Ric Olie into a deep character who is the one that takes out the TF ship ala an old Wedge ANtilles). 

On the ground, the human battle could've been bigger...  Show an organized military engagement, with lots of troops...  The whole thing was simply too contrived and silly to me.  The Gungans should've been seen getting offed by the dozens, and the humans should've had simply more people there getting offed by the dozens too...  Give a sense of loss for God's sake.  The guy did it better showing 2 Ewok's get blasted than he could with an entire CGI army.


The irony is I enjoy the prequals, I just think these are some of the things missing.

BTW I'd have had the young Anakin be played by someone older and simply bumped the ages around.  Have him be a teen so perhaps you have a deeper pool of actors to pick from who can do the job.  Screw that little freak Lloyd and his now gargantuan cranium, because I think he is a plague on the Vader character.  The proverbial zit on Vader's butt, forever there.   ::)

The Original Trilogy / HyperSpace has Some Benefit...
« on: December 20, 2004, 04:26 AM »
I decided to breeze through the images Hyperspace has up...  Just screep captures, behind-the-scenes junk, etc...

First, a lot of things are answered that many speculated on but nobody could concretely prove...  Or at least information's given that implies things.

Lots of great footage, lots of great close-ups, lots of material...

Has anyone else thoroughly checked out the snapshots they post?  I'm impressed.

Shots of the Ewoks attacking the AT-ST drivers, shots of the Cantina that are gone, shots of edited footage...

One thing I liked immensely is the shots of the Endor team entering the bunker, especially to show they entered after the battle and had to shoot it out it would appear (tons of dead stormies in the hall I can only imagine were put there AFTER they entered the 2nd time since the 1st was a sneak-in).

I'm actually really impressed with this feature of Hyperspace.  Can't say I like paying, but I get the Fan Club magazine anyway so it's nice to get this I guess...  Didn't think I'd ever praise the pay-for-content feature, but I am digging this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2004, 03:19 AM »
They're big, they're round and they're not gonna sag.

I won't complain unless they're lopsided, or misshapen.

To me there's no such thing as a bad boob job unless one of the two things above (or massive scarring) has occurred.  Otherwise nothing wrong with it to me.  Spaces between them and all...  So yeah they're fine by me.

Big muscular women aren't my thing...  Then again I don't like to be bench pressed by anyone.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 20, 2004, 01:39 AM »
In old west attire I'd dig lots of Indians, lots of generic Cowboys and gunslingers...

Tons of great ideas, it's just hard to think of them off-hand.

I think Wyatt Earp and DOc Holiday and a "Cowboy" are good starters though...  Generic Stagecoach team are good too.

Power Team Elite make a great horse that's articulated...  If they take that concept and run with it, ti could be a truly impressive line.

I'm looking at it for fodder too though Idej...  Too easy not to.

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