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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:42 PM »
I don't think he's alive when the Hobbit takes place.

There's a new Ranger character, a dragon called Smog, spiders similar to Shelob...  Lots of stuff there.

And if I'm not mistaken, the River Folk are involved?  And Warg riders as well...

There's a town with humans in it, and I'm unsure of whether or not they're Gondorians or not...  I seem to recall my brother saying it's a distant Gondorian province similar to the town with the Prancing Pony in it.

I read the book when I was 12 so it's been ages ago.  There's a cartoon that goes with The Hobbit (There's some for LOTR too, but they're not as good as the Hobbit), which is quite nice and interesting.

The LOTR toons are not great.  Fellowship is a good one, really good actually, but the 2nd and 3rd toons are pretty weird.  A good watch, and you'll be left scratching your head after seeing all of them, but not exactly "accurate" when you get to the 2nd and 3rd ones.  Or at least not accurate in my eyes anyway.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront at Star Wars.com
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:32 AM »
Star Wars: Battlefront, a new Multiplayer Shooter game has made its initial official appearance around the web at (of all places) http://www.starwars.com/.

The game, to me, appears to be a Star Wars version of the immensely popular game, Battlefield 1942, which pits various Allies and Axis troops, tanks, planes, and other items against each other in multi-player gaming format.

Be sure to read the whole shebang right here at:

http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2004/01/news20040113.html

I personally am not fond of this type of game so I can safely say this is NOT tickling this gamer's fancy at the moment.  To me nothing can replace a single-player story driven game, and MP wears pretty thin after a while.

With that said, the title (for PC, X-Box, and PS2) shouldn't see its share of gamers who've been hell bent on playing a Star Wars version of BF1942 (Which has a conversion project for Star Wars actually in the works, and which is an all but useless effort now).

Here's some screenshots for you:



Nice AT-ST, and good graphics...  Shaping up to look decent at the least.



Nice lineup of Rebel troop types running around there too.

Still, I think a great Squad-based First Person shooter with a multi-player feature, but single-player based game would've been more welcome.  While Republic Commando's well in the works with what seems like something similar, I think fans are craving a classic trilogy Squad based FPS game to come out from somewhere.  

Since I've played Call of Duty (A WW2 FPS shooter), I've been itching to do some gaming in Star Wars, and in a similar fashion.  Levels that follow the war and have a purpose.  MP isn't gonna cut it for me though.  :(

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Wow, NEW Star Wars FPS: Republic Commando
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:19 AM »
BTW,

Screen 1:

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/openpic.php?name=..%2Fscreenshots_library%2Fdir_232%2Fvortal_pic_116043.jpg

(Bah, image one won't post, so just go there and you'll see it)

Not looking shabby there I guess there...  Though, take notice that the muzzle flash of the Republic troop rifles is near the trigger guard???  Secondary weapon in an over-under scheme (Set underneath the main/long upper barrel)?  

Also notice the confined "view" in the display...  Simulates wearing a helmet.  That could be irritating and I almost hope it's a feature you can remove by pressing a button, as I like to see the entire screen so I don't miss any pretty colors!

Screen 2:



Freaky...  A separatist alien of some sort?  Merc?  Just an ugly guy caught on a bad day?  

Not the most interesting screen but a good image.  I just hope we get more info on this soon.  

It's due out for PC, and X-Box so far...  So there ya have it.  

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Wow, NEW Star Wars FPS: Republic Commando
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:14 AM »
Well, the first screens of the game are up and running over at:  http://www.computerandvideogames.com and I'd say for now that they look pretty decent, though a bit gimmicky.

The game, as described in the site's brief review HERE is, "dramatic military-style action experience featuring brutally realistic Star Wars combat", which sounds just dandy to me!  I'd love a little brutally realistic combat in Star Wars since there's been very little of it aside from the X-Wing games and possibly the RTS's.

Shaping up to be a dandy idea at least, and using the Unreal engine it should prove to be decent in graphics and gameplay if tweaked right.

The story goes that you're a Republic Commando, but it makes no mention of clones...  Though the armor looks possibly similar, is it possible that you'll be playing as a sentient human within the Republic?  An individual soldier from their own military?  I hope so...  The thought of playing as a clone seems dull to me.  :(

It will keep the ARC trooper idea separate as well, as if the clones have thier own spec. ops units and such.

Anyway, cool stuff, no?

Thoughts?





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Customs Community and Group Projects / FFURG.com - News and Updates
« on: January 14, 2004, 01:58 AM »
Tooting my own horn a bit...  And Jason's (aka CorranHorn) horn since he actually physically posted this at FFURG for me since I'm a complete PC moron.

www.FFURG.com has officially updated with a new reference section by yours truly, Jesse James, pertaining to the PC Flight simulator game, X-Wing: Alliance.  The link can be found right here:

http://www.ffurg.com/references/xwa.htm

and here's a bit of a teaser...  OOOOoooo



I like to think it's a nice little set-up with pictures and descriptions of the main characters heard/seen throughout the X-Wing: Alliance Flight simulator.

The game's a great game, and a not too shabby story either, so it's fun to check out even if you don't plan to do figures from the game even.  It gives you a brief teaser to the game/story anyway.

So please check it out...  Use it to crank out some figures perhaps too.  I think some of those guys would be great to use up some Imperial Dignitary bodies, or Orn Free Tah, or other Senator/long robe type characters.  Just a thought.

And as always, may the FFURG be with you!

PS: Thanks to Jason (Corran Horn) again for posting it and always doing lots of work for FFURG.  More than I ever do anyway.   ;D

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: A better Wampa
« on: January 14, 2004, 01:45 AM »
That's nice Marc,

I agree, that it's nice to see it improved because of the incredible sculpt.  Hasbro has such a nasty habit of not doing a sculpt justice with the washes.  Not bad for a production run toy line, but shoddy compared to what can be done by hand, if done carefully.

It really brings out the sculpt, what you did there.

Those Dr. Evazan Wave 2 Cantina figures were, to me, the epitome of bringing out the finer quality a sculpt had with a good paintjob.  It showed that the first Evazan's jacket and headsculpt really just needed deco to improve them, not resculpts.  

Good stuff.  :)

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Customs of a different Breed.
« on: January 14, 2004, 01:42 AM »
Nah, it's cool Famine.  I think it's nice to see a little bit of branching out to other genres...  I've done a few WW2 figures that someday I'll possibly display perhaps and would want to display them with my SW.

Good stuff for sure...  And hope to see more.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 12, 2004, 07:51 PM »
Yeah, lots of super poseable resculpts I plan on nabbing. :)  Great stuff.

The gates of Mordor set sounds neat too.  I just hope that idea continues, as does the idea of resculpting everyone till they're "super poseable" at some point.

Hasbro, you taking some notes here?  You CAN move "specific" posed figures while still cranking out a super articulated version of them.  It's possible and would make us happy!  :)

I'm gonna be broke, I know it...  I'm gonna fall into the LOTR line bigtime with their pricedrop.

Fell beast too?  Good lord, it looks like one of my X-Treme Detail planes is coming down from the celing methinks!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: January 12, 2004, 03:53 PM »
Well, my early thoughts are this:

-Lando General...  Wow, what a really nice looking figure.  Colors seem spot-on from what I can tell, and if that shoulder holster is removable that just kicks ass plain and simple.  The fact it is functional is great unto itself!  

Looks like some nifty articulation going on too possibly.  Ball/socket right arm at least, though it almost appears the left arm isn't articulated byeond the shoulder.

Kudos to Hasbro for not sculpting the shoulder pad to the body as they did with the open vest of the Rebel Endor trooper from Saga.  Very limiting to the arm articulation.

Great little officer's blaster it seems too, a nice addition and the cape looks plastic from what I can tell.  It's holding shape in the images, so sadly no silk cape...   That, to me, would be the only major gripe I had with Lando...  His inability to sit maybe would be a second gripe since he did do a fair bit of sitting in those duds, but still it looks great.

Yet another amazing fodder figure.

-General Crix Madine...  Wow, another doozie, but dull as hell.  Still, it's great to see "Old Supercuts" back in action...  (Get it, "old blood & guts" was General Patton...  General Madine's "Old Super cuts"?  It's a joke son!)

His blue color on his Spec. Forces shirt MAY be off, I'm not sure, but it is looking pretty decent.  I can't see his left arm enough to gauge what articulation it may have beyond the shoulder...  His right arm, like Lando's, appears to have a ball/socket joint though, great for posing in some amazing "Look at this diagram" poses.  He could be talking about anything from the latest assault on the Shield Generator to how Hasbro's stocks recently decreased on his handy pie chart.  

Either way he looks more poseable than he probably was expected to be.  

Again, no knee articulation and that limits him some (and Lando who deserved it more IMO), but no biggie.  A tactical thingie maybe would've been nice with Madine, but I'll take an officer's baton and some extra articulation any day over that, if it's between the two.

So, as for shared parts...  I've blown the images up and right now I'm going to tentatively say there's no shared parts except possibly the right shoulder...  

The chest badge on both figures is clearly different when magnified, and not a slight retooling but they're actually set differently on each figure.  The lines and folds of fabric sculpted into each uniform area of each figure also indicate separate sculpts.

So, while parts could've been used I'm gonna say for now that they're both completely separate sculpts as far as I can tell from enlarged images.

So in conclusion...

Both look great (And I still like Han AT-ST too, just from an army building standpoiont alone), and while I'm disappointed in no silk cape for Lando (or so it seems) I'm ecstatic to see his great little holster.  Hell, I'll make my own cape for him if need be.  :)

Articulation in the knees for sitting officers might've been a nice touch but that still seems like a step Hasbro's not going to take yet...  for now.  Maybe it was Madine's skirt piece and Lando's molded cape that even kept them from considering it perhaps?

Either way, great figures...  This is yet another wave I'll probably order a case of since it's got customizing fodder galore, and army building potential in it.  Head swap officers, and Head swap Imperial Army Regulars (AT-ST Pilots) galore!

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D'oh!

Scott sent me a sympathy PM...  I'm up to two.

Stupid thing is, I didn't even have a clue what he was talking about in it.  All it said was "Now you have two" and I'd forgotten about this topic...

I spent all freaking weekend trying to figure that out, even writing back to him saying "WTH?"

Now I see why I don't get a ton of PM's...  I'm an idiot.  I won't take my lack of friends so hard now.

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Imrahil from Rebelscum says his figure ripped just as I mentioned here in my warning, so I'm glad I posted it and possibly helped a few of you not make the mistake of posing that leg too much....  Or at least being very careful with it when you do pose it.

I'd be livid if I broke the only damn one of this figure I got, that's for sure.

A ball/socket hip should become standard now too.  :)  Super Articulation taken to yet a whole other level!  

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Distribution of Clone Wars Wave 3
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:28 PM »
The remnants (Kit and Sae See) are floating around at WM's in my area...  2 off the top of my head got in rather large shipments of these figures actually.

The Clones were scooped up immediately.  I got the very last (And the only one so far in my collection) Clone at the one WM I speak of...  Unfortunately, that figure was packed evenly with Kit and Sae See...  Stupid Hasbro.

Anyway, I hope the Clone sees a repack on another card, or better yet is offered in some sort of set similar to the 3-packs.  Hell, this figure is what the 3-packs should've had in it in the first place.  Would've cost less in the long-run most likely.

The Kit and Sae's are still around...  Not nearly as abundant though.  Wave 2 was the wave that hit and was never seen again hardly around my area.  I got the last Assajj one Target had, and have never seen Durge...  The Obi's and Mace's held off for a while, but in about a month were all gone it seemed.

Clone Wars seemed to sell amazingly well.  I remember one WM opening tons of Wave 3 cases, putting them out, and when I got there all that was left was one Clone (the one I got) and rows of Kit and Sae....

I went to that same Wal-Mart then in about mid-December, a month after I was first there, and they were down to two pegs of Kit and Sae figures...  They REALLY moved a lot of CW stuff.  Much more than I'd thought they would, and much more than Saga seemed to move.

The Clone Wars cartoon was one of the first things I've seen to get kids back into the SW line, if even for a short period of time.  Shudder to think what a full cartoon series could do for it?  :)  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:19 PM »
There's some pretty shoddy choices in the HOF series it seems...  Namely that Obi-Wan from E2.  It wasn't even good the first time it was released, much less a second time around.

I'll take maybe one Darth Vader from the MOTDS set since I've not found a second one, and I'd take some stormtroopers of course since a simple customizing bit and they're a much improved figure.  I still would like a Super Articulated one though.

Beyond that, I'll skip all of them I guess.  I just hope these aren't mixed in so heavily that they become pegwarmers.  The initial re-releases of these like Han and Leia seem to get sold at some point...  The Maul and Vader moved relatively quickly actually.  Kept in low #'s they're not as big a problem as they could become.  

I feel bad for anyone wanting them for their collection though, like a carded completist.  Yikes...  :(  That would certainly suck methinks.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: January 11, 2004, 11:09 PM »
I'm with Spuffy on that...  Cool packaging, still not gonna bite on these though, except perhaps that Luke.  Even then though, if they're $10 I'm going to be hesitant to even nab the Luke at that price.

These just don't hold much interest at all for me at this point...  

The more time drags on, I actually am seeing a LOT of things I'm not interested in for 2004, like the HOF figures (Except perhaps some stormies), the glasses, or the "Trilogy" assortment of vehicles.

Actually the Trilogy Assortment sounds downright terrible due to the shelf-space it will inevitably take up, unless those ships are dramatically different in some way.  A propoerly scaled TIE Fighter I'd buy 3 or more of...  A rehash of the Rehash KB exclusive though will simply suck.  The Falcon wasn't a big seller in the first place.  I'm thinking the X-Wing may be Red Leader's?  

Either way, there's a lot of stuff I'm going to be passing on right now I think.

The glasses are nice looking, but I can't justify the pricetag I'm betting will follow them, even for the one figure I wanted.

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I have one...  What the hell's wrong with me?  :'(  

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