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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Points Possiblities
« on: September 18, 2003, 09:48 PM »
I like your army builder idea Jason...

I would actually reverse my opinion on these if Stormtroopers, Red Battledroids, Army Builder 3-packs, or the Imperial 4-pack were put up on auction in grand #'s.

I'd just sink every point I have into army builders if that were the case.  

Stormie 4-packs go up?  Bam there'd go the vast majority of my points I think. :)

Much better than these lame things like Silver figures or Saculs...  Blah.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 17, 2003, 03:59 AM »
few more small things of note...

21st Century, who have all but dropped off the retail map, have recently shown new items, but only airplanes.

P-47
P-40
Winter Messerschmit (Wheee!)
etc., etc...

Images are up at GP's site if you check in the forums...  I'd dig up a link, but at this point I'm too lazy to do so, and 21st's sorta pi$$in' me off with their constant barage of airplanes that  don't sell because they're outrageously priced.  

However, 21st DID MENTION (not show, which to me the proof is in product photos but whatever) their troop carrier, which will be based on the trucks that had the front end of the Dodge Command Car basically...  Heavily used in the Battle of the Bulge.

They also mentioned that they're trying to get the BoB figures out, which I hope that means OUT IN FORCE because I have army building to do with those and 21st's doing a poor job of getting the troops deployed for EITHER side (Damn I want those Germans but I need a whole slew of U.S. guys too!)

They also mentioned the Japs and Marines are on their way eventually, but I forget when.  I'm thinking they said next year...  Oh Joy!  That means 5 years from now in 21st's concept of time/space.

Still, if the Japs are half as good as those Leatherneck's prototypes looked then we're in for something special.

I hope 21st gets their head out of their collective rear-end and finally realizes (After this next onslaught of planes) that PLANES AND BIG TICKET ITEMS DO NOT SELL AS WELL SO STOP PRODUCTING SO MUCH OF IT AT ONE TIME!?!?!?!?!?!

I'd much rather they just put out 2 or 3 planes a year total, and an equal # of land vehicles, and then on a monthly or bi-monthly basis crank out new waves of figures.  

If we got new figures constantly, the line would be so much healthier.  The way they clog shelves with high-end items though, they shoot themselves in the foot.

It's like Hasbro putting out new $40+ ships en masse and wondering why there's no shelf space for anything else.  Blah!

Damned if 21st needs a wake up call right now.  :(  Thank goodness BBi's been there to keep the interest alive in 1:18 military stuff.  Hell even Dragon's more on the ball than 21st lately.

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Generic Figures Custom Fodder
« on: September 17, 2003, 03:48 AM »
Weird figures Scott, thanks for the photos.  I'll have to look around at the local Big Lots stores for those...  Some of them appear to have sheathed throwing knives.  If those are 3.75" tall figures then those little sheathed knives must be pretty tiny.

Some of them are beyond odd...  That company appears to hit all bases anyway. :)  I'm not sure many of the figure's parts are useful really, but some seemed to be and some of the gear seemed more useful.

The creativity of the sculptors is funny though, just to look at...

What's sad is that these do appear, though not based on anything like Star Wars is, to have superior qualities to Hasbro Star Wars figures on some levels, and they're equal to SW figures in other areas.  I'm sure  they have their flaws though too.  It's just sort of a shame that Hasbro's figures don't totally trounce these in quality overall.  I mean, there shouldn't be any comparison when you think about price and such.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Ground Combat...
« on: September 16, 2003, 01:01 PM »
It makes sense in a way, because they are a bit of a power in ROTJ...

In Force Commander it's not that they're "tough" per se...  They, when confronted by infantry for example, die pretty quickly, but their traps are a HUGE pain in t he rear, and they sort  of pop out of nowhere...  Their catapults, however, are tough and do fair ammounts of damage.

The fact you cannot call down ANY reinforcements makes it tough too.  They give you the bare minimum to complete the mission with, and if you flub up as you trek from one Ewok encampment to another, then you won't have enough soldiers/armor left to win the level.  It's one of the more tedious missions of Force Commander.

Though it's worth watching the Ewoks on Gliders get shot down pretty quickly.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Segway 1, Bush 0
« on: September 15, 2003, 09:30 PM »
As you can see, the dog fell back and to the left...

Back and to the left...

Back and to the left...

Back and to the left...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Songs that get absolutely STUCK in your head...
« on: September 15, 2003, 09:28 PM »
My mother said "P.I.M.P." is the kind of song that sticks in your head...

Yes, my 54 year old mother said PIMP was a catchy tune.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 15, 2003, 01:24 PM »
New stuff, new stuff, new stuff...

1) The U.S. Marines in both Woodland and Desert Camo are hitting shelves around the country...  I cannot wait to find some of these.  One headscupt resembles everyone's favorite Die-hard star, Bruce Willis even.

I'm already geeked to make a Bruce Willis as Rebel or Imperial Officer custom. :)

Keep your eyes pealed...  For note though, the Marines do NOT have the ankle ball/socket joint anymore.  I'm bummed personally as I loved that joint and it made for MUCH more dynamic posing of the figures.  Send in your feelings to BBi if you liked it too so they maybe go back to using it.

Also, the pistols appear to NOT be removeable from their holsters ont he Marines, but rather they have the hanging holster that the Recon bike rider has...  I hate that, and personally may just pop their belts off because that looks like crap if you ask me.  Again, drop BBi a line if you dislike that kinda stuff.

Beyond that they look good though...  AMAZING headsculpts, boonie hats, helmets, goggles, removeable backpacks WITH real straps, and pretty much just as heavily articulated as ever.  Can't argue with that.

2) Dragon has finally shown a little life beyond their Michael Wittman w/Crommwell Turret figure.  That Wittman looked like, as the Germans would say, shite.  Blah...

The new German figures (What, you expected Dragon to make some new Allied guys?  hah!) are woodland camo dot pattern figures from Arnhem circa 1944.  Damn fine paint jobs on these guys so you may want to pick them up just for that.  

Easily the best sculpts of any toy line in operation today, Dragon's figures are impressive to look at, but much like the figures of the 3-packs from Hasbro they're NOT very poseable.  Sporting 10 points of articulation, they are pretty pre-posed (Or VERY pre-posed as in the kneeling soldiers case), but the sculpt and articulation are wonderful.  If you have a diorama set-up you wanna do they're great for it.

My first series Grenadiers are in the French Farmhouse in an "Ambush" set-up with some 21st figures.  Like they're waiting a column to come along and open up on them.  They look sharp but I won't be playing with my Dragon figures anytime soon, while my 21st and BBi figures get "posed" every day it seems. :)

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Ground Combat...
« on: September 15, 2003, 01:15 PM »
Well, I certainly cannot argue with that...  In Force Commander, the Imperial missions are certainly the easier ones...  The Rebels have the bad end of the stick on supplies, overall power of their weapons, etc...  They, if used properly and in conjunction, can be very powerful, but there's a few levels where you're given a handful of troops and a vehicle or two, and that's it...  It's bogus.  The rebel troops can lob grenades and whatnot, but it's tough (to say the least) to get through these levels, much less get through them with vets to carry over to the next levels.

The Empire only is at a disadvantage early...  As the game progresses, they tend to gain momentum and their victory is inevitable, unless a lock has been placed on them bringing in more forces.

Oddly, when scouting/clearing the area for the shield generator on Endor, you're in the worst situation for the Empire.  The force you're dealt is the force you must win with (no reinforcements) and damned if those Ewoks aren't tough critters to beat.  Plus their boobytraps are everywhere, and it's tough to maneuver into position to destroy them without triggering one.  :(  

By the end of this seemingly simple mission I had one damaged AT-ST, no biker scouts, and only a handful of troops (3 I think) left...

Damn furballs.

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Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: Micheal Fright's Millenium Falcon FS
« on: September 12, 2003, 03:31 PM »
I've got it on good accounts that he's working on a "1:1" Coruscant...  The WHOLE planet.

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Hey Sandtrooper,

Welcome over here...

It's true, that the listserver's death has partly been caused by the heavier traffic on forums like over at Rebelscum (Ours doesn't get as much traffic right now, but that should/could change sometime).

The problem with the forum format though, is that most people are giving one or two lines as a "critique" which is utterly bogus if you ask me.

"Wow, that's great" does not constitute a critique, so even the old timers like me and a few others who hit the forums are a bit disinterested in some of what others have to say sometimes.

Hopefully when stuff's posted (including your own) we'll get some good solid critiquing as well as complementing!  The forums just are a breeding ground for the "passer-by" though so the one-liners are inevitable I guess.

Not us die-hards though!  We're all about tearing stuff down and building it back up...  Constructively of course.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 12, 2003, 12:44 PM »
I'd love all 4 of them if I could find the darn things...  Alas, it's all for not right now.

Pawlus's review of the one last night was pretty decent though, and made me want to nab it even more (And a 2nd one for customizing).

These aren't common in Pittsburgh just yet though, and actually seem to have stopped shipping since a short time when a few popped up at Targets and the odd TRU.  Now no more are being sighted by my collecting brethren in the area...  Strange.

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Newbies / Re: Hi everybody
« on: September 12, 2003, 01:27 AM »
What the hell's Judlandwastes.com?   :-\

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Value packs
« on: September 11, 2003, 03:31 PM »
I'm hoping to find these long before I find single carded figures of the main characters at other retailers so I can save on my shopping/army building.  

Not a great figure (The clone) IMO, but with a super articulated clone coming the rehashed Saga clone's just fine and dandy as something to add variety I think.

NOT finding the Clone Wars single carded figures here shouldn't be a problem considering we haven't been getting much around here at all lately.  

Now trips to WM are a must...  Thanks for the tip on them hitting the state MisterPL!

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The Original Trilogy / Ground Combat...
« on: September 8, 2003, 10:00 PM »
OK, now, being that I'm probably one of 23 people on Earth who gave Force Commander a glowing review, I'm probably in the minority as far as those who know the specifics of the game, but it brings about an interesting (to me anyway) topic on the original trilogy as I see it...

We see little on ground combat in the original films...  A commando assault on a small bunker entrance, and a "blitzkreig"-esque assault on a small defensive line whose job was just to hold up their opposition long enough for transports to take off.

Well, Force COmmander expands the area of ground combat in Star Wars some, and does it interestingly...  It shows some of the weapons of war that the Alliance use, as well as expands on the vast array of combat vehicles at the disposal of Imperial Generals and commanders.

What's your opinions or thoughts on ground combat in Star Wars then?  Have you played Force Commander to know of some of the vehicles?

What are some of your favorites if you know of any of the ground vehicles then?

Would you rather be with the Impy's or the Reb's if you had to choose one (Not morally/ethically, but which one would suit your "tactical" personality more)?

Yes, this topic is kinda lame, but I was just pondering Force Commander and how badly I want to make a fully mobile heavy tracked tank with full interior. :)  

Oh the dreams of a customizer with no time and even less $.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 7, 2003, 09:56 PM »
Wow, I got some more stuff going now...

I have all the SPec. Forces and am ready to do a little army building now...

I also have the strike vehicle (dune buggy), the little bird, and the dirtbike...

I saw the Blackhawk, and as much as I wanted it, I held off because I don't have the room nor do I have $60 to blow right now...  I still want one though.

And a note of news...

BBI says the Marines are ont heir way to the TRU warehouses I guess, so those should be arriving soon!  Whee!!!!  They looked like some really great figures.

BBI has also now said they're trying to develope a World War 2 line...  I am hoping for figures, and a select few vehicles at first, but mostly figures...  I want some nationalities other than U.S. forces and German forces...

Where's the brits and Canadians?  Australians?  Italians?  French Resistance?  Russians?  Japanese?  And then more Germans and U.S. too!

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