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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Wave 4 Battle of Yarvin
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:16 PM »
Hmmm, there's a lotta unique figures I could go for f rom Yavin.

Lots of the generic mid-level officers would be good army building figures.  The Rebel Honor Guard is a good idea too with their pikes and dress uniforms.

A generic Rebel Pilot that saw headswaps would be good too...  unique heads for red and gold leader, and then a generic young pilot.  Each with a unique helmet (The generic guy with the standard blue emblems/black visor deco).

Personally, I could go for a new rebel fleet trooper as the "Ultra" figure in the set.  Give him a collapsable look-out tower, scanning pistol, articulation out the whazoo, removeable helmet, and blaster with a working holster like the last one shoulda had and that'd be a dandy figure by me.  ;D

With Dodonna and Antilles (Odd that Antilles is included in a wave for Yavin when he wasn't near Yavin in the movie) confirmed I'm not one for more of the officers in that uniform like Willard and crew...

A technician with removeable helmet would be a great asset though too!  They could even reuse the Imperial Officer's body with new legs and new arms.  Include a helmet and a headset you can remove and he'd be even better for army building.

Astromechs are ok, but I'd sooner see character figures over simple astromech repaints...  Though there are a good many of them floating around there it seems.

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Power of the Jedi / Re: Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin....
« on: September 29, 2003, 09:09 PM »
If you heat these guys up in a lil boiling water their robes will pop right off for you to admire the sculpts underneath.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: 6 Deluxe heading our way 2004
« on: September 27, 2003, 02:48 AM »
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Be careful what you ask for. They managed to shrink the Escape Pod down small enough to fit onto a blister.

THANK YOU!  

Oh man, all I've read about that damn escape pod is that "it's great!" when I was thinking it's possibly one of the most bogus accessories ever.

That should've been done to-scale, and there's really no excuse for it not to be.  I think Hasbro cheaped out on it, and this pretty much excludes us ever getting a proper one...  

This could've been one great piece too.  I would've nabbed a bunch if they were to-scale for dioramas, gaming pieces, etc., but that mini-pod just bites. :(  And the 3PO, while a nice sculpt, is a rehash...  

That's a pegwarmer waiting to happen I do believe.  It's been the only major disappointment I've seen in the upcoming things so far.  >:(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Segway 1, Bush 0
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:59 PM »
In my heart, inaninate objects, rogue inventions, and dastardly animals will always have 1 up on our president.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad^2
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:57 PM »
Congratulations...

Of course, not that we need TOO many clones of Scott running around the Earth (Good lord, perish the thought!)...

:)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Root Beer
« on: September 26, 2003, 07:55 PM »
A&W's are semi-common here now as parts of the Long John Silver combo franchise.

Unfortunately, my nearest LJS didn't combine, but the next 2 closest LJS's did combine with A&W.

But again unfortunately it seems LJS doesn't do a hot business.

What's better?  I would argue that Barq's rootbeer in a frosty mug is better. :)  A&W certainly is nothing to turn your nose to though, especially with a scoop (heaping) of vanilla in it!

Did anyone have a "Rax" around them by t he way?  What the hell happened to those?  There's only ONE left in PA that I know of...  Hardees is the same.  There's a single lone Hardees down in a small part of Pittsburgh near my ex's house.  We'd pass it taking this backroad to the one mall nearby.  

Rax and Hardees used to kick so much butt, and now they're gone.  :(

Pittsburgh's devoid of good fast food for the most part.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 01:57 PM »
The only thing I can say disappointed me about this news is no Hermi Odle, who was the one Jabba's Palace character I truly was interested in.

Not that the others are BAD announcements.  They'll be great additions to the gang of uglies already produced.  I just wanted Hermi Odle more than anything else from JP.

The pictures shown are amazing, though I'd like to have seen Luke without the cloak too (I love the cloth cloak by the way!  FINALLY some Soft Goods stuff so our figures can be posed!), but it's looking nice even with the cloak on.

Nice touch on the blaster too.  I wonder if we'll get a Gammorean with working holster some day?  Wouldn't that be a dandy extra to put the blaster in, and recreate the scene all together?

The R2's definitely got signs of greatness.  The 3rd ankle appears articulated as do his outer ankles, which is a good sign (His just having a retractible 3rd leg is a good sign).  My worries lie in the tray and serving spout.  What's left on his dome if the spout is removeable?  And does the tray come off even (If it does that's a really tight fit).  If there's only a tiny pinhole on top of his dome, and the tray removes then I agree that this could very well be the finest R2 ever.

It would be the R2 that the Flying Saga R2 SHOULD have been, with removeable accessories and a heavily articulated astromech body underneath.  We'll just have to wait and see if Hasbro thought this figure out properly.

The R1 droid, tied with Luke, was the highlight image to me...  I've seen Luke before so I wasn't so gaga over that, but that R1 is just sweet.  I wonder if it'll be a single carded figure or what he could come with?  Kind of bland for an individual figure just the way they've been packaging things of late.  Still, it's a new droid that looks amazing.

Isn't it ironic that we'll get an R1 droid before we received a decent R5-D4 figure?  

I would've never predicted that one personally.

And the list of figures was just great!  A truly "A list" of characters I think that MANY collectors wanted (Even if my Hermi wasn't on it).  Bubo's probably my favorite announcement cuz he bites at people, but the whiphid iisn't a bad choice either, and just the # of people who've made a custom of him s hould warrant Hasbro to make an "official" one.

Now I hope next time they go to the skiffs and crank out some new goons, and Hermi Odle of course from the palace.  The skiffs could use some "new" guys though, like Sgt. Doalynn, a Human guard, the cackling Nikto, Weequay Skiffmaster, etc...

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Even without variations I think they can crank these out for ALL army builders and make a MUCH better sales rate on their army builder figures.

I mean, I'd have taken just THIS sculpt in a 3-pack before those pi$$-poor pre-posed clones we wound up with that are uber cheap in feel, deco, and sculpt.

Gimme this guy with repaints.

Gimme a Scout like this guy!

Gimme a Stormie like this guy!

Gimme a Rebel Fleet Trooper with Head Variants like this guy!

Gimme a Hoth Rebel Soldier like this guy!

Gimme a Snowtrooper like this guy!

Gimme Sandtroopers like this guy!

Gimme EU Troopers like Aquatic and Space troopers like this guy!

Gimme Endor Rebels like this guy!

You get the idea...  

Hell, give me ALL figures articulated like this guy.  That ball/socket joint worked flawlessly on the Luke Bespin figure and wasn't noticeable.  It even looked like a fold in the fabric.

Can't beat that with a stick. :)

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The articulation count goes a lil sumpin' like dis...

2-shoulder
1-neck
1-waist
2-thigh/hip
2-knee
2-ankle
2-wrist
2-elbow

For a total of 14 points.  

What of that is ball/socket, is anyone's guess...  It could be every major joint though, judging by the image (I blew it up trying to get a good look).

Here's to hoping for greatness...  I just hope the "natural" pose is very neutral, unlike that damn red clone's pose where his bow legs and arms clenched tight at his sides (because of no ball/socket shoulders) meant he was limited to only a handful of poses, and they were ALL action poses.

Blah!

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Bumpin' this one up...

The new CloneTrooper is pictured in the latest Insider's pull-out/pack-in Clone Wars poster for those interested!

StarWars.com has a nice image of it too, from the poster, but it's not a very large image for deciphering where the articulation points are.

I'm guessing heavy use of ball/socket joints though, which is great, and he looks to have a natural/neutral pose...  no more bow legged clones!  Yay!

If every army builder got this kinda treatment (from what I can tell anyway) I'd be a much happier Hasbro Consumer, and I'd be welcoming MORE pre-posed 3-packs with open arms.

Here's to hoping Hasbro gets off their collective rears and takes this kind of articulation to other army builders like Stormtroopers, Scout Troopers, Snowtroopers, Hoth Rebel Soldiers, Rebel Fleet Troopers, etc., etc., etc....

I for one would be in debt, but happily. :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: September 23, 2003, 06:05 PM »
I agree with others that this set's turned into an improvement.  The only thing though is that I only want the 2-Horn variant. :(  Which at this time seems the most difficult to find.

Luckily, my area dried up as far as Bounty Hunter sets which SUCKED.  Fortunately they sold mostly.  Sad that the sporatic spottings of them became instant pegwarmers though.

The Imperial set seems to sell in a trickle...  There's definitely less now then a month ago.  I may nab another to do my "army building duty" and help clear this crap out.

And then just hope I get a non-broken-horn variant of the Hoth set at some point.

At that stage, unless they REALLY rethink how they do these 4-packs, I'd be content to see them go the way of the do-do...

If they became army building sets, or if the figures saw HEAVY retooling, such as new legs or whatnot, I could go for new sets.  Until that point, these are just not that great for me to want more.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: First Look at Jabba at GH
« on: September 23, 2003, 06:01 PM »
More than the fiugre I think the lack of a full dais/base is what sucks.  

But, the figure's a disappointment too...  I'm not even someone who was clamoring for a new Jabba so much even.  I was happy with Jabba Gllob in my collection because I was thinking someday they'd wind up doing a whole new ROTJ Jabba...

Little did I realize that by having an inkling of faith in Hasbro to "do the right thing" they'd wind up making me disappointed in Jabba's figure line-up once again.

Oh well.

I have to say one thing I disagree with everone on though...  Jabba Glob rocked.  I love how he drools. :)  Come on that was a FUN toy!  At the time anyway...

Love to have him droolin' all around and stuff.  It's just funny, and it actuall worked.  

But uh, yeah that figure coming up isn't so cool and the original vintage figure is, sadly, superior.  :-\  Go figure.

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Newbies / Re: Hi everybody
« on: September 23, 2003, 05:46 PM »
I still dunno what the hell JW.com or Alltroops are even.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Jedi KNight 3
« on: September 22, 2003, 11:14 PM »
Just got it tonight...  Sad to say they didn't improve ranged combat much, my #1 gripe about JO.  

The initial missions seem fun though, graphics are FAR superior (noticeably so...  ironic it's on the same engine, just really tweaked), and the ability to (sorta) create your own character is fun.

Leaves for some creativity room, and it's a customizer's wet dream I think (Like Galaxies is).  

Choosing your missions and your initial gear pack is kinda fun too.  Lends for some creative reasoning before the game's even begun.  

From what I hear, it's a much MUCH more editable game than Outcast is.  I'm not much good at editing myself, but I know people have stopped JO projects to port them (Easily I hear) to JA's far superior engine.

So, being that I've only finished one (droid hunt/Tatooine level) I can't confirm if it's a good or bad game, but I enjoyed my running around.  I just wish I had more energy to stick at it for a long time, haha.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Rebel Officers, etc.
« on: September 22, 2003, 05:35 PM »
For those interested, this is one of those things I've personally picked apart in my normal meticulous/anal manner, in hopes to create a database of the exact uniform structure to the Rebel Alliance.  

Their uniforms include:

1) Brown-Green (More brown) uniforms...  Fairly simple, long/straight-leg pants over boots or shoes, simple button-down (ill fitting) tunic, and open "cargo" pockets on the pants.  No "ornaments" like flashy buttons or chevrons.  Tan "ballcap" style hat with yellow/red emblem of some sort (diamond-shaped?) in the center.  They appear to be a low-level officer of some sort...  Maybe akin to black tuniced Imperials in the films?  Large "Star Wars-style" belt included, either black or brown.  (most common uniform style in the ceremony scene...  MAY have hat variations where only a seeming "commander" type has the emblem, I forget and don't have images handy to check).

2) Brown-Green (More brown) Uniforms...  A more complex uniform with pockets, chevrons, dark brown or black buttons.  A better fitting uniform, more in-line with an officer's uniform.  Long-brimmed tan hat, and an "ascot" or scarf of some sort at the collar.  A large SW Style belt included again, either black or brown.  NO emblem on hat.  (Officer WITH the medals in a case is one of these officers)

3) (POSSIBLE) Tan-ish uniform...  Only ONE guy at the whole set-up it seemed.  Was standing on the opposite side of the viewscreen to Dodonna when he was going over the battleplans.  Only viewable in widescreen and edited shots.  His uniform's similar to #2's uniform, but lighter.

4) Rebel Technician...  Tan/light grey jumpsuit.  High collared, wears a RFT helmet WITHOUT neckguard.  In ROTJ they had their pantlegs tucked into the boots, and in ANH they had them over the boots.  It's assumed it's not significant.  Seen wearing headsets or no headgear at all also.  

5) Rebel Fleet Officer...  Captain Antilles uniform...  The only known variation to the uniform is the long trench-coat, which may have just been an added accessory that Dodonna just happened to be wearing to keep equipment and such in the pockets...  Something akin to a Doctor's smock or something?  The coat didn't seem to be of any significance though, and all officers with the tan uniform may have that coat for all we know.

6) Fleet Trooper...  Standard Non-Commissioned troops...  Blue shirts, black tech vests, grey cargo pants, lace-less combat boots, white domed helmet WITH neckguard and black visor...  We all know these guys right?  They suck...  Well, Hasbro's figures of him suck anyway.

7) Fleet Tech Officer...  A C/O of a Tech unit perhaps?  In ANH the "Tech" that talks to the fighters attacking the Death Star via a headset wears a Rebel FLeet Trooper-style shirt (same cut/collar) that's the color of a Tech's uniform.  Also has on pants that match the same color and a brown belt.  Definitely a unique guy, and seems more important in the Yavin war room as he's in direct contact with the fighters.  Also seen in the Briefing scenes standing/observing.

8) Rebel Pilots...  Tons of em at Yavin, like possibly hundreds.  Most with powder blue emblems and black visors.

9) TONS of EU stuff to sift through...  When I do my lil compelation of this material I may take "artistic liberties" with EU material though, as it's hardly coordinated.

10) ROTJ uniforms don't change much in some cases, then there's unique officers like Mon Calamari, and Madine's group, but they could be separate branches of Alliance military...

I count Madine's uniform style as that of the Alliance Spec. Forces (Which EU coincides with on his background anyway), and that they're almost a separate branch of the military from "Alliance Fleet Operations".  This would go with the theory that the Alliance tries not to openly engage the Empire in open combat because they get trounced easily.  

Basically, if need be the Troopers of the Fleet are deployed in situations, and they perform the "brunt" of the work being done fot he Alliance military, but the more active group in combat is Spec. Forces and they are a separate entity of the Fleet Forces because of that.  

Like our own military, the Marines go into HUGE situations like our attack on Iraq, but the Spec. Forces are constantly coming and going from various parts of the world for various combat situations.

I list Dresellians and Tibrians as separate species not willing to devote themselves to the main body of the Rebel Alliance, but still allied with that force...  Consider it like having Canadian troops standing next to U.S. troops at a briefing for D-Day...  The Canuck guys will look different, and aren't a part of the U.S. military which is a larger force, but they're fighting the same cause...  

OK, that's a lotta crap I just posted.  Sorry.  If I can ever get scans of any of these uniforms that are clear, I'll be more than willing to post them, or send them over to someone who can post them rather.

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