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I'm all for seeing them individually and all at once in a drunken stuper one evening.
Of course I'll want to see them individually more to soak them in like Adam said.

Should be a fun thing...  :)  

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Jedi KNight 3
« on: August 27, 2003, 12:13 AM »
Well, if they're saying 9/17 and th ey keep to that then it's JA I'm thinking of because going gold means it has gone to press for the CD's and packing and would be shipping out.  It was maybe a month ago I recall hearing that JA went gold so a September release is reasonable.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Jedi KNight 3
« on: August 26, 2003, 08:31 PM »
Right now there's no accurate street date...  I forget, but didn't this game go gold?  Or was it another that recently went gold?  So many I'm getting them confused at this point.

Shaping up to be grea,t and I know a pretty full beta has been leaked and people are already working with it to make edited levels and such.  Must be really REALLY easy to edit, unlike JO.

Seems a fine topic to me...  I was glad you posted the link Virex, it saved me doing the search.  I don't see a problem with it right now.

His price is very low on it...  Finally.

$150 is not unreasonable at all for a to-scale (Not 1 to freakin' 1 scale) 1:18-ish Millenium Falcon I think.  Good for him...

This gorgeous piece is an original design by New Jersey Artist Michael Fright, who has been featured in The Courier Post and other periodicals. Any serious Star Wars fan will be proud to feature this piece in their collection.

Boy I sure hope his hand didn't get tangled in his "haircut" when he patted himself on the back there!  And it's not an "original design".

WTF?  It's the Millenium Falcon!  It's an original design to LFL, not Michael Fright. :)  

Anyway, he's at least got this quite reasonably priced for the size and details he did I think.  I mean it is 4 feet long.  Good for him...  and semi-reasonable shipping too at $40.  Coulda asked for more but I think he was fair.

I still don't get why you'd make these things to sell them though, unless he's in need of some cash flow which then is understandable.  To me though, when I accomplished a to-scale Falcon I'd wanna play with it. :)  Heft it on my back and make "Woosh" sounds while running with it in my front yard...  My plume of long hair (in the back) flowing as I ran...

ok ok ok, I'll stop.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Worst Part of Clone Wars
« on: August 26, 2003, 05:13 PM »
You guys are harsh...  I like Yoda. :)

Now Durge...  Durge just bites it.  Lame, and looks like he should be fighting the "Super Friends" instead of in the Clone Wars.  Blah...  The embodiment of what's wrong with EU writing and conceptualizing.  Nothing "new", just borrowed...  Borrowing is cool, but get some freakin' creativity going.

His bolo is a neat weapon though, I will admit that.

His "jousting" on a swoop is stupid though.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: August 26, 2003, 12:42 AM »
G.I. Joe makes Hasbro buttloads of $, it's amazing...

The new figures are kinda bogus compared to old, but the concepts of some of the kick so much @$$ it's depressing when one comes out and you're disappointed.

Did any of you guys see that Snyper figure?  Dood has a cloth camo thing made from a football jersey fabric.  It's simply genius, and this guy easily would've been one of my favs, not to mention he has a removeable belt, removeable boonie hat, and removeable web gear!?!?  WTF?  Where's all this with a Star Wras figure???  :)

The rifle he has rocks too.  This long-range sniper rifle, it's really neat.

If he had better shoulder joints, and the hands were sculpted more like the original ARAH figures were, he'd be one hell of a great toy.  

I pick a Joe pack up now and then for custom pieces for Star Wars.  I nabbed the Cobra surgeon and thought the concept alone was amazing.  I'd have dug a mad doctor for Cobra. :)

To be a Joe collector today would be fun, but the product just isn't what it was when I was younger.  I miss the very original figures...  I remember the first I got at the (Back then) brand new K-Mart up here, as well as the later new figures I found at the 5 and 10 in the next town up.  This was before a trip to the mall was simple, and you got there maybe twice a year...  

The feeling I had when I first found Flint at the Local Gold Circle, or the feeling I had when I found ALL of the first Gung-Ho/Airborne wave at the 5 and 10 have yet to be compaired to.  And seeing the original straight arms for the first time was like love at first sight.  I was hooked, and owned almost everything ever put out then for them...  Except the Sears exclusive Cobra items, and the Flagg which wouldn't fit in our rooms.  We had all the rest (My brothers and I) and loved them.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Tarkin
« on: August 26, 2003, 12:34 AM »
That's good news, and I hope he has a VERY powerful role.  He desserves it...  Cushing deserves it as a sort of homage to him.  He was such a superb actor.  Second only (And not even in my personal opinion, but that of the public I think) to Sir Alec Guiness.  

Tarkin's character needs to really be someone of power and intellect though.  Not a yutz like some of the villains, but someone who's equally as vicious and evil as the Sith Lords, and maybe even knows what's going on somewhat.

He certainly seemed to know much about Vader's past in ANH, and was ok with how things turned out obviously, so I cannot wait, and I have big hopes for this guy and his eventual figure.

Nicklab's idea for the actor is good too...  British, evil looking, definitely a resemblance to Cushing, and is already known to be a good actor.  Can't ask for much more.

The "Buffy" guy Spike doesn't strike me as quite as nice a choice.   :-\

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
« on: August 26, 2003, 12:27 AM »
Hey guys,

Check out Rebelscum for some coverage they have up right now of new screenies from Rebel Strike.  Some nice, though dark shots, and good information on upcoming levels that hadn't been mentioned before.

A couple of them sound particularly "military" in nature and like good non-trilogy based levels that should make the game feel unique.

I was hoping they'd have something to keep it from being too much of a "Play the trilogy" type of a game.  Those are often over-done.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: August 25, 2003, 04:03 PM »
Same here for me as Mikey.

I loved Joe more than Star Wars...  I used to take my allownce, buy a JOe, then use the rest to buy clearance Star Wars figures for their stuff.  Han Endor's jacket and gun immediately went to my favorite Joe...  Same with Indiana Jones figures and weapons.  

Cobra Commander locked Kick-@$$ with one of the hooded cobras from the Well of Souls Playset.  The Monkey rocked as an accessory for my favorite Joe too.  

My favorite Joe at first was Airborne, weird choice I know, but eventually it was a mix of the Tan tank's driver (I cannot believe I've forgotten that tank's name), his body specifically, with a head from a guy I felt looked like me...  :)  It was a "Me" as G.I. Joe even before they had the idea for a mail-away for a "You as Joe" promotional figure.

And of course, my favorite Joe rode motorcycles...  Fisherprice ones I believe, from their dirtbike/motocross set.

G.I. Joe was the best though, and looking back I'd have to say my favorite piece were the two hang-gliders.  There was a Joe and Cobra one, they were foam.  Those things flew really high and would stay in the air for very long periods of time.  An open field and they would just go forever.

I had the Cobra, and my brother Cole had the Joe, and we both lost them to our dog Pepper who chewed them up.  They were a blast for the 2 weeks we had them though.

I'd say I enjoyed Wedge as a character more because he has more scenes and whatnot.  Plus Wedge is "every man" in the Star Wars universe...

He's the young newbie pilot in ANH, he's the able bodied 2nd officer come ESB, and by ROTJ he's the seasoned veteran and a leader.  You see evolution in a very secondary character.

Ackbar you see in ROTJ only...  He's got character, like he seems like the type of guy who hates war but is good at his job.  He even looks relieved, as if he knows the battle is going to go his way after the Executor is disabled and subsequently destroyed.

I had Ackbar beer battered and deep fried Thursday night though so I really have to go with Wedge as a better character at this point.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: And the West Virginia sniper is...
« on: August 22, 2003, 05:13 PM »
Ha!  I knew it!

It's a comic book conspiracy, nothing to do with Cocaine at all like we were lead to believe...

Worst shootings ever.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Why Do You Collect?
« on: August 22, 2003, 05:04 PM »
For Star Wars it's a mix of nostalgia, a personal love and interest of the military aspect of the films, an enjoyment of having small poseable and accurate toys of the films I love...  I'm one of the rarer breed who takes my stuff from its shelf to "pose" it...  Play with it if you will, but whatever. :)

For The X-Treme Detail line from 21st Century it's all about my love of the military and military history.  To see accurate poseable figures...  Build dioramas as if they're still photos of life-changing events.  My one friend who I knew for years and who served in WW2 was blown away by some of the detail I showed him o n a German figure once...  He said it was like staring at a statue of some of the men he saw on the opposing side.  He said it's a stir of mixed emotions, and that he was proud that I had enough interest and respect to buy these and to learn about the times he lived in.  I wish he'd lived long enough to see the Battle of the Bulge U.S. infantryman, because he served at the Bulge and wore exactly what this figure came with.  

My love of the BBi 1:18 Elite Force figures which are shipping now (They're all modern military) is just that they're freakin' amazing. :)  Working holsters, removeable belts, tons of  accurate accessories, tons of cheap and to-scale vehicles...  They're fun toys...  I don't even fully support the war (Just the troops) we're in at this moment but damned if they don't have some neat little toys representing them.  They're just fun to have...  Like the XD line I won't buy them all (Can't afford to and nowhere to keep it all) but I'll enjoy what I can get.

I do enjoy posing, playing, or whatever with my figures...  Dioramas inside, outside, LOTS of customizing and tweaking, scratch ship building...  These are the things that keep me interested in Star Wars even through its darkest times (I think we had the darkest times ever in the past year, both in quality and availability).  That's why I collect I guess.  

Power of the Jedi / Re: Force Files?
« on: August 22, 2003, 04:52 PM »
They're the exact size of business cards, so Business Card Holders are something I'd head of and I decided to store mine that way.

I love the Force Files.  I wish this is something that we saw even today, but not at the expense of the figure's overall quality.  They were some of my favorites though, and they make a unique thing to have a complete set of too.

I even want to make a couple custom ones some day for the final figures released who didn't get a FF.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper Multi Packs
« on: August 21, 2003, 12:20 AM »
The rumor was an all-new white clone sporting 14 points of articulation.  Now, I'm hoping that figure is still on tap.

If he is, these packs are perfectly fine by me as army building fun for all!  Go to em I say.  And it would make sense to do something along these lines to get clone variety out there in an exclusive format while the single carded white poseable clone ships at the same time and everyone searches high and low for multiples of it.

If THESE are the "new white clone" though, then I'm disapopinted.

The red clone's articulation didn't lend it to many fun poses, and it certainly NEVER could acheive any level of a neutral pose, that's for sure.  Much like the 3-pack clones, they don't strike me as "great" unless there's a neutral and still poseable version.

Then the extreme posed clones are great in my book, but only then.  Same goes for all army builders though as I see it.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Isnt it time for a Resculpt of Ben Kenobi OT
« on: August 20, 2003, 05:00 AM »
I'd dig a new poseable Ben with soft goods...  His head could use a new sculpt for sure.  Even the POTJ one was a tad weak.  I think they could definitely do better there.

With good cloth on his skirt piece and a cloth robe you could take off, they could make one sweet "Old Ben" figure I think though, that was good for multiple scenes...  Even his duel with Vader.

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