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The Original Trilogy / Re: The incompetence of the Empire
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:54 PM »
The Imperial troopers driving the AT-ST who decide to leave their relative protection of an armored vessel to rid themselves of their piggybackers.  

I mean, they didn't know a wookie was out there but still...  Shoot the Ewok in the face if he's that big a problem, and just stay within the "tank".  Ya don't get out in the middle of a fight though.

But yeah, the Empire makes some assenine maneuvers sometimes.  I like the flubs though.  Shows the imperfection of coordinating a large military body.  There's still some idgits in the ranks that can goof things up for ya.

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Toy Reviews / NEW Review: Obi-Wan Ackley Battle!
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:50 PM »
http://www.jedidefender.com/review.php

And there'd be the link for you all.

A let-down of a 2002-2003 figure if I ever saw one, but the review's worth reading if you've seen this guy of late and were considering nabbing one.  Oddly, not a pegwarmer, but I reckon it's more due to the fact the figure didn't see a disgustingly wide distribution like most 2002-2003 figures were seeing.

Read on through to my review and let me hear your thoughts...  Good, bad, or otherwise.

And apologies for the lateness of our review section.  Coordination for the war effort's a tough thing to accomplish, but we're getting on track and I think we'll see reviews up relatively regularly. :)  Hopefully more regularly than we had been seeing anyway, haha.

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Good topic Scott...  How often do we talk about the "I doubt they ever make that" figures instead of the same old same old we always are asking for!

My 5:
-New Rebel Fleet Trooper...  I just made mention of it in my reply about the Yavin Wave of figures...  I just am not too hopeful of this right now.  I wish for a truly "super articulate" and super accessorized figures, even an ultra-line figure with a collapsable look-out tower would be awesome.  It's just not something I'm thinking they'll cover and that the POTJ figure is it, and I found it disappointing to say the least.

-Hoth Rebel Soldier...  Having seen the latest one, I'm just dejected that we've gotten 3 of these footsoldiers and not ONE is up to the current line's standards.  I'd love to see a truly nice version of this footsoldier that played pretty prominently in Episode V.  Super articulation, removable helmet with a cloth scarf piece, working holster...  The works really.  It's not likely to ever happen, so it's on the customs to-do list for me.  I just would rather buy them en masse than make them en masse.

-General Veers with Removable armor/hat...  I just would be shocked if Hasbro went balls-to-the-wall and made a Veers whose chest/back armor popped off, had a removable war belt with pistol holster, a removable kepi hat, and a removable helmet (Ah hell even removable goggles).  I'd buy that figure in droves personally.  I'd not even care if Hasbro released the same figure's body with unique headsculpts (I'd like them to keep reusing the removable hat idea though, it's just neat).

-Ice Cream Maker Guy...  Not exactly one I'm DYING to get, but it'd be funny to see it and I'd not turn my nose to him either.  I just don't think Hasbro will ever bother.  I'd be surprised if they did.

-New Hoth Han Solo...  Not one the way I'd like anyway.  Great articulation, working holster, no action feature, soft-goods hood you can pull down, and a removable helmet are just very unlikely to ever happen.  Again, a "To do" figure for my customs projects someday, but not something I'll expect Hasbro to churn out...  Could be great, doubt it ever sees the light of day though.

I could probably think of others if given longer, but I just don't have the time right now.  I'm sure I'll add to this eventually though. :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at SW.com and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 21, 2003, 05:43 PM »
Ah, I'm just laughing over here. :)

OK ok ok, I'll start off with this...  I'd take a new Bossk, and only because Trandoshans get ALL da ladies...  He's one of my more favored characters, so I'd like a new one with more articulation sure.  I can see the point of not wanting one right now though.  

It's a good figure for POTF2, it could be a great figure for Saga, that's all I'm sayin'...

Now, onto my Yavin Wave opinions, which is probably my most anticipated wave of figures.

Why you ask?  Well, simple, it's ALLLLLLLLLLL army building and customizing fodder.  Look at that wave!  Awesome.  ;D  I'm beamin' with excitement and the chance to gloat a little.  heh

-TIE Pilot...  Obviously the least interesting considering we've had TIE Pilots galore in POTF2.  Not new sculpts really, but not a "bad" sculpt in the first place and then improved with knee articulation.  Pretty nifty I though...  I have lots.  The good news is the NEW TIE pilot doesn't necessarily make the old one look bad, but it's definitely an improvement in sculpt judging by the photos.

I wish they were lighter so I could make out the articulation count, but I'll live with the darker images for now.  It was touted as "super articulated" I believe which is nice and gives me hope for a really nice army builder figure.  Definitely looks more properly scaled/proportioned by its sculpt in those photos.  I love it....  Even though I didn't really have it on my list of things i wanted.

-Gold Leader...  AWESOME!  Look at it!  I wish he didn't have his helmet on in the photo is the only thing.  I'd love to see the headsculpt to get a good look at how nice it is.  The blaster pistol's a nice addition, and it's nice to see Hasbro sculpting chinstraps on helmets now...  It's about time they took a page from some other toy companies that have been doing it for a while now.

If I had complaints, it would be a lack of articulation, and the pose is SLIGHTLY exagerated, but I still like the figure overall.  It's within the realm of greatness.  Not perfection, but as good as Hasbro generally does.  Another grand customizing figure.

Hmmmm, I wonder if those leg straps are molded plastic and just a separate/flexible piece, or if they're cloth?  If they're cloth, Hasbro bogarted a customizing idea i had a LONG time ago.  If they're plastic, I'll be impressed if they let the figure's legs pose well enough.

-General Jan Dodonna...  WOW, another doozie!  His headsculpt looks good enough IMO...  Captures his intense look of leadership.  I always like to think of Dodonna as kind of the Patton of the Alliance.  I can't see his bodysculpt to determine if they reused Antilles parts, but they hopefully haven't since Dodonna's a hefty fellow with a fairsized pot bellie.  I also wonder if he'll have his waistcoat on underneath of his trench coat.

I'd say  his accessories are a bigger disappointment than the figure...  Not that I mind getting a blaster, it's great if they use that sculpt, but we all probably were hoping for a tactical map, or even just a little screen of the briefing map or something.  Oh well...  I'll take a blaster and a nicely sculpted figure of Dodonna for now...  The medals are just "eh" to me.  OK, but not too great.  

I'm still happy to get this guy, and can't wait to use the pieces to make more Rebel Generals.

-Captain Colton Antilles...  Ahhhhh, finally.  

So to everyone who said they COULD NOT make a removable Fleet Trooper helmet, I laughed out loud at you today when I finally got the chance to take a gander at these new figures.  :)  Hasbro can, and has...  They really made a superior product to the POTJ figure overall with Antilles it seems.  Sculpt is crisper, the blaster (so far) looks 100x superior to even the prototype blaster the POTJ RFT had, and that removable helmet is damned nice looking.  Right down to the chinstrap...  Yes, Hasbro even included a chinstrap.  

Antilles only real problem is articulation IMO...  I don't mind the headsculpt.  It's got enough of a dumbfounded look to believe that Vader's killing him, and yet it's also neutral enough to buy the figure in droves and pop his helmet on and have a nice officer corps for your Rebel armies.  

The articulation is a bit of a bummer...  Articulated knees and ankles would've made him flawless IMO really, and he'd look neat like he's "dangling" with Vader's fist around his throat or something.  I mean that custom woulda been a no-brainer.  

One other "problem" is his shirt collar's not accurate totally.  Antilles had a buttoned collar I do believe, but no biggie...  It's a great custom fodder figure, and a good army builder for most people...  It's articulated semi-well, has a GREAT to-scale blaster (So much for me making my own) and a nice sculpt overall.  I can't wait to buy this guy in droves.  This'll be a case I order, no doubt.

So anyway, I got my good laugh in. :)  I feel vindicated and I'm happy Hasbro gave the removable helmet...  A thanks goes to them personally.

Now if I could only get them to make a NEW Rebel Fleet Trooper with all these improvements and some better articulation/pose. :)  Eh, I'll be happy with Antilles for now...

So that's my initial response right now.

This wave looks great...  I'm reading about people saying how "Dull" and boring the characters are, and be that as it may, I think these will be figures that do well...  The potential uses for these figures, and the fact people will want multiples, I think that will push this wave pretty well at retail.

Can't wait to pick these up, and I really am much more excited for 2004's figure line-up than ever.  I'm happy as a clam right now!

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Rogue Squadron Members Names in OT
« on: November 18, 2003, 12:49 AM »
Quote
I know in ANH they were all designated "Red" but were they still the Rogues?

Well, that depends who you talk to...

I'm not good with names, but I can direct you to sources.

First is the Rogue Squadron video game (PC and Nintendo 64).  This lays out the ORIGINAL missions of Rogue Squadron immediately following its formation after the battle of Yavin...  Luke and Wedge were members of course, but also Kasan Moore, a female Imperial pilot and defector was also a volunteer.  Hobbie is there as well...  

The Empire Strikes Back novel and radio dramas have the leader of Rogue Squadron I believe being assaulted and a majority of Rogue Squadron being killed prior to the Battle of Hoth.  Their names, I can't quite recall off-hand, but they were part of RS I guess...

Off-hand I can't recall pilot names from Rogue Leader or Rebel Strike, the other 2 installments in the video game, but I do recall a mission rescuing Tycho Selchu in Rebel Strike which I'm still in the midst of playing...  Whether he becomes a Rogue at THAT time I'm not sure.  He's supposedly at the Home One briefing in ROTJ though as a B-Winger in the background, so he may have been with another group at the time or volunteered to lead a separate group...  Hard to say.

There's a thread about this at Rebelscum too right now I believe, but it's not coming upw ith much better results I don't think.

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 17, 2003, 09:31 PM »
Tonight's episode was a doozie for "plot".

It answered some Q's and raised some others...  Overall it gets a thumbs up from me.  Jumping from one story arc to another sucked, but now that they're moving THIS story arc along it's cool.  The Mon Calamari episode with Fisto STILL doesn't fit, and is definitely my least favorite.

So Assajj is a wanna-be sith which I sorta figured was going to be the story.  She's turning into a pawn, which is cool, because she thinks so highly of herself.  I'm curious if Dooku's just an unwitting pawn also though?  Hmmmm

Her sabres are now the curved-hilt reds we have known and loved, so we're cookin' there I guess...  She was given them as a gift after Dooku whipped her good in battle (twice), and subsequently destroyed her old blue/green combo.

I'm guessing she is a fallen Jedi of some sort?  Trained in the Jedi arts, but her training was abandoned because of her emotional state?

It's kinda cool having Sinead O'Connor go balistic and get sabres and want to be a Sith Lord.  It's also kinda cool that she's a weakling when it boils down to it, and that she'll be punked out by Anakin probably.

Very neat episode, lots of Dialogue, and the first sighting of Lord Sidious...  Good overall in this viewer's opinion.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Best Toy Line of 2003? VOTE NOW!
« on: November 15, 2003, 03:04 AM »
I voted G.I. Joe because I think they are an improved line and they really have been around so long you gotta give them a nod for what they've accomplished.

They're not interesting to me because of the "Super hero" quality they have and the articulation isn't increased across the line like it should be, but they're getting there and the last couple years have seen this line dominating net profits for Hasbro by %.  That's not too shabby.

If I had to vote in a line in "Other" I'd either go with DML's 1:6 WW2 line which is the pinnacle of action figure perfection, or BBi's delving into 1:18 military figures on a broad retail scale.  They're just impressive sporting over 20 points of articulation each on a figure the size of our beloved SW figure's basic line.  

Hey Hasbro?  ya listenin'? :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 14, 2003, 08:22 PM »
Chapter 6...

Wow!  Not a whole lotta movement in the overall story, but a NICE full episode to introduce Assaji Ventriss.  She rocked...  

She's got a shape-shifting ability too apparantly?  Through some force control I'm guessing since Dooku seemed to detect it/critique her ability.

She rocked all then by jumping into a great arena of gladiatorial combat.  What really got me was that I planned to do custom figures (Fan fic) of gladiator-ish aliens and such from Star Wars.  There was a Gammorrean and Aqualish which were the only 2 species I recognized.  The rest seemed to be a variety of large aliens and androids...  Not one human.  Kinda funny that Humans are a weak species of the galaxy but a "plague" upon the aliens in a way.

Anyway...  Assaji kicks everyone's ass there basically...  This little sick looking bald girl.  And makes them all look like chumps.  Her sabres are green and blue so far...  She seems like a dark jedi aspiring to become a Sith.

I wonder what her deal is though?  IS she looking to replace someone?  Is Dooku looking to off his master and become the master and this his apprentice?  Hmmm...

Dooku's voice was cool, and Assaji's was downright creepy.  Her glazed over white eyes were neat too.  Demonic looking.

Lots of death this episode too...  Aliens and androids in that arena were offed like Russel Crowe was in there doing the killing!  

A great redemption episode for the Kit Fisto episode which was mediocre.  Some of the alien designs were a bit "extreme" but I liked them ultimately.  My favorites were:

-Crab-guy with one eye
-Robot-thing that Assaji killed and his head bounced on the arena floor
-The Dog-like alien with cinderblock things on a chain (Big alien!)
-Aqualish "ninja" dood...  Long hair even.

Those were some cool characters I thought.  Like I said, some "extreme" stuff there, but for a big scene like that it seems worthy.  

I wonder what planet that was though?  Like where the hell is this underground combat event at?  Very mysterious.  It almost looked like Geonosis...  I'd liked to have seen where it was, and if ti was a Separatist thing or a public event that people just go to watch for craps and giggles.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Best Toy Line of 2003? VOTE NOW!
« on: November 14, 2003, 04:49 PM »
Damn, MOTU trouncing the competition.

Glad to see Star Wars NOT getting the votes...  Why glad?  Because they STILL need to turn it up a notch.  THey're lagging behind other toy companies, and it's glaringly apparant.

I just hpe Hasbro sees that poll.

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I agree with MisterPL that it's a good guideline, but I also see Virex's point about there being little to no "adult" SW community where we give a little extra freedom to the word choices of our patrons.

It'd be nice though, if the freedom weren't abused...  That's all I'll say right now.   ;D

I'm sure we will be watching the situation here as it grows though, and make sure it doesn't get outta hand.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Hoth Soldier Possibilities
« on: November 14, 2003, 04:18 PM »
The one redeeming feature of the Hoth Rebel is his new head and skirtpiece.

His other parts are useless...  :(

I'm hoping to make a decent one someday that's ultra articulated, but for now it's on the burner...  Maybe Hasbro will do a real one someday, like they should've?

Beyond that, this figure looks POTF2 all over to me though, and I'm gonna just wait to see what else may come out before working on a heavily produced series of ultra-articulated custom Hoth Soldiers.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: G.I. Joe PSA Remixes
« on: November 14, 2003, 02:08 AM »
"how 'bout a body-massage?"  

 ;D

That was a weird site...  I was ridiculed for linking it to my buddy Dan.  He wasn't into G.I. Joe I guess...  

Eh, they're still funny...  if not a little haphazard, poor quality, and slow to download...  But weird/funny.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: What the heck do you want?
« on: November 12, 2003, 11:38 PM »
Hey guys,

You're really too funny with the praise.   ;D  I needed the ego boost today, haha.

It's appreciated...  I just hope Hasbro takes heed and does some of the stuff we'd like to see.

For Dave, my answer would be a big negative to the animated stuff.

Not that I begrudge anyone else what they want mind you, but I just don't dig the animated stuff.  I'd even just as soon see the animated figures in a 4 or 6" scale instead of smaller...  The ships I'd rather be "movie-like" with a 100% true-scale accuracy and just a solid sculpt.  Features like moveable wings and working landing gear are the only "features" I'd really want.

I'm not an electronics or action feature kinda guy for ships.  Just proper sized which is within Hasbro's grasp, but they unfortunately skimp out on it often.  That Republic Fighter full-sized though would just be such an impressive toy...    ***drool***

Post your thoughts though on what you'd like guys...

I'm planning on throwing some ponchos on ultra clones when I get a good army of them going.  A silk-like piece of black cloth should lay limp enough on the figure to make it really look like it's hanging as well as soft-goods can be on a figure this scale.  I really liked those Clones in ponchos on a rainy planet!

I've thought about doing stuff like that for other army builders from the classic era, and it's neat seeing an "idea" I had translated over in an EU story...  Cool beans!

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 12, 2003, 09:47 PM »
Tonight's episode was unique...

Durge was pretty badass, as expected, and while I still wonder about the character choice I think he's turned into one of the best figures Hasbro ever made (The deluxe one).

The little droid gang he has under his command is neat...  I wonder if they're his or created by the Geonosians in their droid factories?  Hmmm...

The whole "lance" idea's a little goofy...  It's ok, but I mean, come on...  The lancing of the AT-TE was a bit much.   ;D

I liked seeing the banking clan guys all snivvling in their command center, and Durge did show some coolness there (And when he did his victory grunt/noise thing).

I liked seeing the leveling of some of muunilist's city that's under seige too.  That was a pretty neat part I thought...  The Clones were made look like chumps tonight though after they were built up as super troopers last night.

I'm not as wild about Chapter 4 as the prior 3, but I'm still geeked to watch Chapter 5 which is going to have Kit Fisto for the first time. :)  

I'm also a bit curious about that space battle going on in Muunilist's orbit because they really are just skimming over it.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / What the heck do you want?
« on: November 12, 2003, 04:50 PM »
From the Clone Wars line? :)

What more could we be asking for?  I start this topic because, having seen 3 chapters of Clone Wars, I'm geeked to see more and want more toys from this line now.

Here's my wishlist right now:

Basic Figures

-Clone Pilot...  Utilize the Ultra Clone body, and add a new head.  Include the blaster pistol/assault rifle (tiny clone gun) for him incase he gets shot down. :)

-NEW Red Battledroid...  New sculpt with, if possible, more articulation.  I've seen customizers do it.  Use a sturdier plastic, make them in clean and Batlle-damage versions.  Include a rifle and a shoulder-launcher.

-Battledroid COmmander...  Reuse the above sculpt, give him the smaller commander backpack, and a pair of macro-binoculars ala OOM-9.

-Basic Battledroid variants...  Green, Tan, do all the variants of the basic infantry droid.  I know, not seen in the CW toon yet, but they have been seen in other forms of EU, so I'd dig it.  And the tan of course are from E1/Trade Fed.

-New ARC sculpt...  Utilize a lot of the Ultra Clone pieces (As many as possible) and then just retool a little for a new ARC with a soft-goods skirt.  Give him the twin carbines and working holsters with a pair of macro-binocs.  I'd take him in red, blue, and even some other colors if they wanted to offer him up that way.  The more the merrier, cuz I'm not limiting my ARC army to a dozen or less. :)

-Republic Soldiers & Officers...  Yeah, not CW at the moment but there HAS to be sentients running the scenes...  Lt. Faytonni's a good example of that.  Let's see these guys put out en-masse.  A new body sculpt would be great, leave the Faytonni arms and legs as they are.  Just redo that goofy torso.  

And for these guys they get a unique ship.  More on that in the ship section! :)

-Astromech 2-pack...  get the 2 Astro's we saw scrambling with Clone Pilots for their starfighters.

-New Anakin...  I hate the CW Anakin sculpt...  I'd take a new one, with soft goods, more articulation, and a more neutral pose.  One that can fit easily in his fighter and will look good outside it too.

-New Yoda w/Mount from the opening chapter of Clone Wars...  Cloth cloak, sabre, and include his whatever the hell he was on.  :)  A Deluxe perhaps?

-Battledroid Sniper...  Just use the above battledroid's new sculpt/plastic and give him the visor accessory and the rapid-fire sniping blaster they used in Chapter 3.

-Clone Weapons Pack...  Include one ultra-articulated clone (Multiple color variants, NO WHITE clones in this set, just green, blue, red and yellow, and perhaps an EU color like the ARC blue-grey shade).  Includes 2 carbines, a soft-goods ARC skirt/belt, 5 of the long assault rifle (that everyone wants) shoulder-mounted RPG used in Chapter 3 last night, and a sensor/scanning unit.  Grappling hooks would be neat too. :)  I'd put out $10 for all that!  Good way to get us our Colorful clones too, and get us our weapons for our white clones.  

-Quarren Soldier with Trident & blaster...  Simple, articulated, definitely use some soft-goods though so these can pose well!  Clear stands for them to lay on like they're "swimming" would be ideal as well.

-New Super Battledroid...  Reuse most of the April 23rd sculpt/design but retool the right arm so it's articulated to swivel.  That'd suit me fine and I'd built a huge army of those figures.  I already have 20 of them, but I'd take a lot more.

-Neutrally posed Clone with Removable armor...  I dunno why I want that, honestly, but it'd be cool to have one.  It'd be neat to have clones at ease after heavy combat, just chilling and trying to relaxe.  Hell, pack-in the cup Lt. Faytonni had.  They're even having cocktails. :)

-Mon Calamari Trooper...  Just a nice "grunt" Mon Calamari soldier to help out old Kit Fisto.

Vehicles

-Republic Starfighter...  Come on, this needs done!  To-scale, poseable wings, retractable landing gear, and include the Republic Ground Crewman with maybe a refueling thingie with a hose that connects to a port on the fighter.  THAT would rock.  I'd take the ground crewman as a deluxe figure even though.

-Republic Starifghter 2...  If  I could post this thing's picture I would.  A chap at REbelscum was asking me what it looks like and I can't get it scanned. :(  It's in the Clone Wars Sketchbook, and is a hybrid Y-Wing off-shoot.  Looks like the cockpit with the nacels just stuck on the back.

I've dubbed this the "Koensayr Republic Interceptor" since it looks like it'd be in the family of the Y-Wing (looks like same designers made it) and its smaller size but still large duel engines mean it's gonna be fast.  I'd love to get this ship to-scale with a Republic pilot...  Not a Clone Pilot, but a unique Republic sentient pilot ala Lt. Faytonni's character or something.  If any of us can scan/post that ship I will just so you guys can see it.  It's a nice one! :)

-Republic Tank...  The "Jedi" hover-tank (due to its speed I think of it as a speeder more than a "tank") from the Clone Wars video game would rock.  I'd dig filling it with Clones though.  :)

-AT-XT...  The 2-legged walker from Clone Wars would also make a doozey of a toy for us to have some separatist forces blow apart. :)  I'd take a to-scale one with poseable legs and a full cockpit.

-Underwater Droid thing...  Whatever little scooter they're cruising on when they get to Mon Cal would be a neat addition.  Include a BD pilot and it'd just be great.

-New Speederbike...  I'd sooner see a smaller/to-scale one done, and one that's a lot more sturdy.  Include a clear stand like our esteemed Dave did with his speeders so it looks like it's hovering and add a slightly retooled Ultra articulated clone (Add a ball/socket joint at the hips as well) and he'd ride the thing perfectly, be posed right...  I'd buy those bikes en-masse I know.


So anyway, yeah, I'm liking Clone Wars a lot...  Enough to actually want all this oddball stuff, which I'm 99% sure most won't get done, but some of it would be nice, and it's fun to dream (Hey, can always put it on my "to-do" list for myself).  

Feel free to add to it what you want...  I'm thinking I'd take resculpts of all the Jedi in more articulated and more neutral poses with soft-goods, simply so I could pack them all into Jedi Fighters at some point. :)

So is anyone else loving the series enough to want this much junk and go broke?

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