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Other Toy Lines / Re: What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 9, 2003, 08:47 PM »
3 & 3/4" or 1:18-ish is my scale of choice.  

Much like the esteemed Lord P of L, I feel environments and vehicles are important for my figure lines I like.  Scale's also important to me, as is articulation.  The 3.75"-ish scale allows for to-scale vehicles in most instances (Even if Hasbro decides NOT to do things that way) and some decent playsets are possible.

I've found more an outlet for those things through customizing than Hasbro actually doing them.  21st Century Toys and BBI thrive on to-scale vehicles to their military lines though, and the quality/fun shows through in them.  I got a P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter from World War 2 (21st Century Toys, at Wal-Mart) just today and it's an impressive toy to say the least.  :)  Easily can picture it hanging above a D-Day battle scene dropping its bomb on a Tiger Tank.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: December 9, 2003, 08:34 PM »
I'd bet that if Gregg's cousin Greg sold that thing, he could make some nice coin.  You know - the legal tender type...  

**Badump Ching**   ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you metrosexual?
« on: December 7, 2003, 08:57 PM »
I chimed in at 11/50...  I too was proud to still be a man, and since diagonal stripes aren't likely to be on anything I own in the near future, looks like I'm staying that way.

I thought I would score much lower actually, haha.  I found out I'm not nearly as picky about how I look as I once thought.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Imperials=Nazis,Rebels=?
« on: December 7, 2003, 08:49 PM »
As far as I know, there's not much earth-linked representation specifically for the Rebels.  Their pilots uniforms are a mix-match of real-life flight gear with sci-fi additions.

The uniforms, as far as I know, were to represent a less well backed group financially...  Thus the non-matching RFT uniform's...  There was also an implied "age gap" in Rebel soldiers as well, with some being noticeably old while others were extremely young.  A "hodge podge" military force of sorts.  

Rebel forces have been said to represent most any rebelling/smaller military force from Earth's history though.  From French resistance or Viet Cong, to Continental Soldiers of the American Revolution.  There's a uniform quality there, but obviously there's militias and multiple "allies" mixed in there too.  

Like at the Home One briefing, it looks like a pre-D-Day invasion staff meeting.  Tibrian militia, Dresellian Militia, Mon-Calamari Navy, Alliance (Main military force) Fleet and Spec. Forces personnel...  

There's the main military represented there (The Alliance personnel like the commandos, Spec. Ops officers, and arguably the Mon Calamari whose uniforms may be Alliance-standard rather than Mon Cal specific), as well as the local militia representatives of 2 species who are there for some reason (Tibrians maybe have a small fleet or sent fighters?  Dressellians went to Endor).  So, it could be compared to situations in WW2 between the allies, or a meeting of Continenal army/militia prior to a battle with the British.

Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: Speederbike Question
« on: December 7, 2003, 05:37 AM »
Wow that's bad.  Not surprising, but bad.

My suggestion would be to possibly (If you're into doing this) replacing the whole front end.  Take detail parts like the steering vains and whatnot, but the main forward rods would need to be made by hand, and of a sturdy plastic.  

The good news is (I think) that the main body of the bike would be a similar rigid plastic to the rigid rods you would need to replace the flimsy ones.  This means they'd weld together well with a good plastic welder like Devcon's or (My suggestion) Plasti-struct.

You'd have some cutting, fitting, gluing, and of course painting to do, but you'd have a bike that didn't droop.

Honestly, I'm planning to someday handmake my own speederbikes (For ROTJ) as the sculpt of the toy is way oversized, and I'd like to have a scale version.  

Hopefully you'll be able to fix that bike of yours though.  That's a shame that Hasbro's so cheap with their plastic, adn this is the result.  Sheesh...  :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Wish Lists Time!!!
« on: December 6, 2003, 01:20 AM »
Always a good topic...

-Rebel Fleet Trooper Resculpt (Super-articulated)
-Yavin Technician (with new veh. main. energizer)
-Generic (Blue Emblem/black visor) Rebel Pilot
-Yavin Ceremony Luke Resculpt
-Ceremonial Rebel Trooper w/pike
-Mid-Level Yavin Officer (Both uniform types)
-Chief Bast
-General Tagge
-Grand Moff Tarkin (Resculpt)
-One-Horned Cantina alien (Forget his name, black eyes)
-Cantina Snitch
-Generic Black Tunic Imperial Officer
-Death Star Trooper (Super Articulated)
-Han Stormtrooper (Resculpt)
-Luke Stormtrooper (Resculpt)
-Drunk Jawas

-Hoth Rebel Male Technician
-Hoth Rebel Footsoldier Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Hoth Rebel Officer
-Hoth Rebel Female Technician
-Hoth Rebel Scout w/ Taun Taun
-General Veers with Rem. Armor, hat, and Helmet
-Captain Needa
-Captain Lennox
-Admiral Piett Resculpt
-Imperial Bridge Crewman w/ Console & Chair
-Imperial Snowtrooper Rescupt (Super Articulate)
-Ultra Hoth Rebel with Heavy Cannon
-Hoth Anti-Infantry Turret w/ Macro-Binocular Hoth Rebel
-Generic Snowspeeder Pilot or Dack Resculpt
-Snowspeeder Luke Resculpt
-Snowspeeder Wedge Resculpt
-Hoth Han Solo Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Hoth Leia Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Dagobah Luke w/ Soft Goods Removable Jacket & softgoods backpack
-Yoda Resculpt (ala vintage figure) including snake
-Ice-Cream Maker Guy
-Lobot Resculpt
-New Ugnaught 2-pack (1 Ugnaught, and the Human-ish guy with them)
-Boba Fett Resculpt (Super Articulated)

-Vintage Style Barada
-Vintage Style Nikto
-Klaatu Jabba's Palace
-Alien that consoles Malakili
-Jabba's Freakin' Dais with fur carpet thing
-Leia as Boussh (Resculpt)
-Death Star Gunner Resculpt
-Imperial AT-ST (Army Regular) Resculpt (Super articulated w/removable helmet)
-Moff Jerjerrod
-Royal Guard Resculpt (Silk soft-goods and super articulated)
-Super articulated Imperial Stormtrooper
-Super Articulated Imperial Scout Trooper w/new to-scale speederbike with clear stand
-Ewok Army Building 4-pack (Multiple colors, teebo sculpt, multiple hoods and weapons, etc.)
-Wicket W. Warrick Resculpt
-Leia Endor Resculpt (Soft goods, rem. belt, rem. helmet)
-Luke Endor Resculpt (same as above)
-Gammorean Guard Resculpt (More poseable, working holster, and pike and vintage style axe)
-Rebel B-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Rebel A-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Rebel Y-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Endor Rebel Soldier Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Rebel in Scout Trooper Disguise
-Dresellian Commando (Generic/no eye patch) with soft-goods cloak
-Admiral Ackbar Resculpt w/Command chair
-Sgt. Doallynn in white and black uniforms (Running variation?)
-Hermi Odle with apples
-Black Human Guard (Rick James lookin' guy)
-White Human Guard (Shot Luke's Hand)

-Obi-Wan Kenobi Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Qui-Gon Ginn Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Darth Maul Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Naboo Royal Guard (Super articulated/generic sculpt)
-Naboo Foot Soldier (Super Articulated/generic sculpt)
-Naboo Officer (Super articulated/Generic sculpt)
-Naboo Pilot (with cloth coat/Generic Sculpt)
-Royal Handmaiden/Decoys (Both outfits)

-Anakin Skywalker (Super Articulated)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Super Articulated)
-Mace Windu (Super Articulated)
-Count Dooku (Super Articulated)
-Battledroid Resculpt (Better plastic and articulation)
-Battledroid Commander
-Geonosian Resculpt(s)
-Clone Pilot Resculpt (Using Super Articulated Clone's body)
-Jango Fett (Super Articulated)
-Zam Wessel (Super Articulated w/ removable helmet)

Eh, that's some of what I want, not counting EU stuff...

Of course, I'd still like to see the "Collector's Edition" line of "Ultimate" figures of main characters with all their accessories, and TONS of articulation.  I'd pay a premium for that kind of quality if it were done right.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 5, 2003, 02:28 AM »
Woo hoo on the Endor wave news...  Some much needed resculpting there.

Now, so long as Hasbro does the resculpts right, that wave should be a hot one I'd think...

My personal fave is the  Ewok 2-pack...  I REALLY hope Hasbro's considering reusing the Teebo sculpt though, with new head/hood sculpts and weapons.  I felt it was the definitive Ewok sculpt personally.  Nice, poseable, and relatively generic.

That's gonna be one hot army building deluxe set I think.

The Lando, and Han are great as well.  I wonder if soft-goods will be implemented at all in either?  Besides the cloaks/coats I'm also curious if both will have functioning holsters?  I'd personally LOVE to see the Lando have a chest holster that worked.  That'd be a neat custom fodder piece if that's t he case...  The Han, I would assume, will have a working holster...  The coat will be key to how good he is though.  Plastic's going to limit his poseability, and soft-goods will raise lots of eyebrows from those who hate the use of cloth.  I'm torn, but honestly I'd love a poseable Han with a soft-goods cloak like the vintage, so we could have Han with and without coat.

Madine's not overly interesting, but one I've really wanted to see.  Like Dodonna and Riekean, he's just not an amazing character, but he's been much needed.  I wonder what his accessories will be?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 4, 2003, 10:54 PM »
Hmmm, and now the picture isn't working?  Weird...  Check the link though, you'll be glad you did, especially if you dig softgoods coats.

Hell, the guy even made a World War 2 bomber jacket that looks really REALLY good on the figure.  I'm impressed.  That's some intricate sewing work there.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 6th figure of the Coruscant Night Club Scene
« on: December 4, 2003, 10:52 PM »
I wonder how good that Zam coulda been though.  :(  The 2 we have are pre-posed and just not that swift.

I'd love a zam that had a female human headsculpt with removable hat (Soft goods mask would rock too) and then perhaps a shapeshifter head that popped on or something?

I just was sort of disappointed with the 2 Zams we have though, but you're right Matt, she's a HUGE pegwarmer.  She is, literally, the only Saga figure at my local K-Mart.  There's about 30 of her I'd wager.  *sigh* :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Segway 1, Bush 0
« on: December 4, 2003, 01:50 PM »
Hmmm, yeah that does take something away from the "Cool" factor that mounted police officers have going for them.  

They're a biggie in Pittsburgh, as we have a pretty decent fleet of Harley's (Some with sidecars even, who'd have thunk it?) and are a pride of the police force.  I don't wanna fruit-ify my law-enforcement via the Segway.  :(

Horses are definitely cooler, though the Segway doesn't leave poop everywhere I suppose.  Depends who may be riding it at the time though I guess.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Don't you just hate 2 hour delays?
« on: December 4, 2003, 01:47 PM »
In my old school district, if the Principal could make it everyone could (in his mind).

Now, the principal who was there the majority of my time in school was pretty cool about things and would cancel if things looked pretty bad.  He never really did the 2-hour delay unless he was sure it was just a period of bad roads early.

At about my 10th grade year though, a new guy took over who lived right off a highway.  He actually lived on my road, but near an intersection with the main highway...  Which, of course, was always cleared first.  He rarely made delays or cancellations because he could get to the  building AOK...  He didn't seem to consider the thought of the kids who lived off Lover's Leap road, which is a scenic, cliffside, winding, backroad with the old post and steel cable guide-railings...  How's that for a heart-stopping trip as the half-drunk bus driver takes the road at 45mph...  

Fortunately for my  neice, that guy retired also and now they have a guy who lives far enough in the boonies himself to consider the backroad kid's safety.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 4, 2003, 01:38 PM »
I'm a pro-cloth kinda guy in some instances...  Like, I think an Endor Han Solo SHOULD have a really well made coat.  I think there's a possible "medium" between good soft goods and plastic where it looks ok...  Perfect?  No, but ok enough to pass.

POTJ Lando for instance is one of these cases...  His coat's not better tha plastic really, but it's not bad and looks good on him I believe.

For viewing pleasure, check this out which I found through the X-Treme Detail website I visit often...

I'm not endorsing this guy's stuff, as I feel if you want custom things you should make them yourself, but his work's downright amazing for the soft-goods argument.

That's some really neat looking soft-goods there if you ask me...  

Well if they're making Holiday Special figures, I want a Death STar Trooper with oversized head.  That one guy's melon was FREAKING HUGE.  And his helmet wouldn't fit him right.  For some reason that memory stands out beyond all the rest of the train wreck.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Christmas Songs that Suck
« on: December 4, 2003, 12:11 AM »
That song...  Oh how I hate that song.

If you worked retail ever, you know the song I mean...  It's played constantly, especially in Penneys it seems.

It goes sorta like this:

Happy Holidaaaaaayyysss...
(group) Happy Holidaaaaayyyysss...

Well whoopty doo, and dickery dock
And don't forget
to hang up your sock
cuz just exactly at twelve o'clock

He'll be comin' down the chimney down
(Group) He'll be comin' down the chimney down

It's something like that...  I don't know its name, I don't know who sings it, and I don't ever want to hear it again but I know when I start shopping for the hoidays I'll hear it over and over and over, and I will simply want to vomit after about an hour in the mall.

I actually kinda liked the snoopy song, but only because I liked it as a kid.  

I also like "I am Santa Claus" to the tune of Iron Man.  It always makes me feel festive.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Uniforms
« on: December 3, 2003, 05:33 AM »
OK, here we go...

How many branches of Military does the Rebellion have? How many were represented on Hoth?

OK, as far as I can tell Paul, there's at most 2 branches of the Alliance Military, basically...  But, it's also possible there's only one real military and that ground and "space" are combined.

Most assume there's an "Army" and a "Navy".  Army takes care of combat on planets, Navy takes care of combat in the air/space, etc...  

My opinion is though, that the "Fleet Command" is the only real branch of the military.  That they're the basic combat unit of the Alliance.  Branched off from them are the Special Forces, which I feel are an entity all their own and they encompass not only Special Forces soldier units but also Intelligence/covert ops, etc...

The "Fleet" Makes up the bulk of the fighting force.  Liken them to Marines if you will...  Some work aboard ships like the Tantive IV, Mon Remonda, Liberty or other vessel of the fleet...  Some perhaps work in space stations, or on land bases.  Either way, they're the main force.  They would include pilots, Fleet Troopers (Front line soldiers, as well as crewmen/personnel), Technicians, and all the various levels of troopers/officers.

The Special Forces are a separate entity who work with the Fleet...  They see combat maybe more routinely, and perform multiple tasks against the Empire as well, but they're strictly combat, espianoge, sabotage, etc...  They would include everything from whole units of special forces like we see on Endor, or like the famed Rebel Infiltrators, or they would be limited to individual soldiers or "agents" like the well-known Kyle Katarn perhaps, or a spy undercover even.

These guys would have officers like Crix Madine, and his uniform...  This also sorta covers the uniform difference, and it partly covers why Lando would be part of their little clique and automatically promoted to "General".  He's technically not a "military" or front line officer...  He's more in the CIA of the Alliance, sorta...  

I have theorized that Spec. Forces would be so important the Alliance though, that they would be a separate branch unto themselves.  An off-shoot entity of the main fighting force, the "Fleet", but the Fleet is the generic umbrella term that covers both Army and Navy...  

I think it's entirely possible the Empire works in a similar fashion...  There's not necessarily a distinction between Army/Navy.  This would explain why there's little uniform distinction between their officers.  It's more an Imperial "Military" than separate branches.  

Also since we know George Lucas liked to make the SW Universe look "used", can anybody help me pin=point the actual stuff they used to make the Typical Front Line Hoth Rebel.

Well, I can say that the Rebel Footsoldier's blaster rifle on Hoth that we see them use the most (And on Endor) is a modified German MP-44 I believe it is...  

Their goggles were simply ski goggles as well, but the rest of their uniforms were made especially for the film if I'm not mistaken.

The side-arms on the Hoth soldiers varried between the DL-44 style blasters of Han/Luke to the RFT style blaster we see on the Tantive IV and Death Star, and even some of Ponda Baba's type of blaster were used.  MOst of the soldiers seemed to have a sidearm though, in addition to the rifle.

The rest of the get-up was pretty well hand-made as far as I know though.

On the Xwing uniform (and Y Wing Uniform in ANH), were the boots they are wearing more of a "Jack Boot" or more like a riding boot.  In all the publicity stills and stuff that you see of Luke in his Xwing gear, he is wearing the Riding Style boot, like Han Solo Wears the whole trilogy.

I'd say it's likely that the boots were like you see in the production photo, though some shots of Luke's boots can be pretty clearly seen in the film as he ascends and descends the ladder to his X-Wing.  So keep your eyes peeled on those images is my best advice.

And keep in mind on Luke's ONE leg he's wearing a band of cylinders similar to what many WW2 pilots wore, containing flares and survival gear and whatnot.  So his boot may appear different on that leg, but I'm sure it's identical underneath to the other boot of course.

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