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Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:09 PM »
Just grand news today...  I'm really anticipating/have high hopes for the  Yavin wave...  Lots of army building and customizing potentials there, and I'm anxious to see what we may get out of these figures.  

Especially Antilles...  I'm really hoping he's a top-notch figure for building up my fleet officer army...  Troops need commanders, and Antilles is the quintessential "generic" officer.

I would love to know what other figures they'd include in a Yavin wave?  Fleet Troopers, Honor Guards, Petty Officers/mid-level officers, Pilots, Technicians, various High Ranking Officers...  There's a lot of options for Hasbro to work with, and almost all are army builders (except for the odd "main character" rehash/resculpt in their ANH outfits).

The deluxe and basic figures left for Yavin are much anticipated by myself.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave Pics!
« on: October 28, 2003, 04:53 PM »
Indeed, a nice looking wave thus far...

Nice scoop there Scott, way to go!

Who wouldn't say Lando's the BEST looking of the group.  Holy cow!  Working holster, removable helmet, force pike...  he's sharp.

The 2 new aliens of the group do Indeed reuse the body mold which was expected/feared by many...  If that's the case for the actual props I'm cool with it.  I like their blaster rifle too (though it'd have been nice if one of them came with a unique gun, but I digress).

They appear to be pretty well articulated too, for a couple background furballs.

Jabba's Jabba...  We've been down the road of what could have made this guy better and what we SHOULD have probably gotten in a $20-ish set (The good news, ROTJ Vintage Jabba's dais isn't expensive).

Rappertunie is...  Well, he's like WA-7.  He's set dressing, even as an action figure...  Very uninteresting to me, and not useful for much more than sitting next to the other Jabba's band figures we have already, haha.

Bubo ROCKS, for being basically an accessory...  :)  The B'Omar's unfortunately a rehash, as I too was hoping for a new sculpt with maybe just the 4-legged version of the B'Omar Monk...  It's not something I really wanted a 2nd of, but I do want that Bubo cuz he rocks.  The other "thing" in that set is funny that it's even being made...  It's also funny that he licked 3-PO's head.  I'll probably have to incorporate him into that mottif somehow.  It's his claim to fame afterall.

The Holographic Luke looks to be the "weakest" of the group, but for some reason it's still welcome to me.  It's something I know I wanted for no good reason.  What I'm curious about is, why the sabre?  :)  Not that I mind getting an extra one of those awesomely sculpted Luke Jedi sabres (That's a NICE accessory), but he's a hologram! :D  A "projection" accessory that attached somehow to R2's dome and connected to Luke would've been better IMO.  A sort of "force effect" thing.  He looks to be simply the ROTJ Luke sculpt reused, like Holo Sidious...  That's fine though.

That Lando still holds the title for best of the bunch, with the 2 aliens (Whiphid and Elom) in a close 2nd for that title...  Lando is just a truly vast improvement, and I didn't even want a resculpt of him till now.  They really REALLY improved Lando...

Now I want even more resculpts of POTF2 figures...  If they are all this great, how could you not want to see more resculpts?  That puts the POTF2 Lando Skiff to shame and I used to think it was a half-decent figure.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Kitik Keedkak and pals
« on: October 27, 2003, 09:42 PM »
Yeah, I'm personally holding off on these for a wide-spread distribution, just because I'm stubborn.  It's very unlikely that these would NEVER be released at this point.  Someone's bound to pick them up.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So Cal wildfires...
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:55 PM »
Yeah Matt, I've been hoping you're ok too...  

Cali's got to be the worst place on Earth for Natural Disasters...  Earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, etc...  I hope everything is gotten under control out there really soon, and that your home is spared in the meantime while they get a handle on all of this.

I'll never complain about our incliment weather, that's for sure.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:53 PM »
I noticed some of these too, and I like the new Clone Fighter...

Moreso I liked the fighter that looked like an off-shoot of the Y-Wing design though, which was shown in the Clone Wars sketchbook that Matt brought back from SDCC for some of us...  It's a neat design, smaller, and almost resembles an interceptor type of fighter made by the same team that make the Y-Wing Fighter/Bomber.  

I'd love to see either of these "Republic Fighters" produced though as scale toys...  Pack in a new clone pilot with less goofy pose and I'd be really happy with these.

I'd take a Quarren soldier too at this point.  THose guys just look too cool to pass up. :)

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:41 PM »
I nabbed this Thursday and I've been having a blast so far...

The walking levels aren't great, but they're not terrible either...  not nearly a "deal breaker" for the game to make it a flop IMO.

The level design's surprisngly unique and different...  A better mix of space and atmospheric engagements I'd say.  

Hopefully I'll have a full review up for all to read on the main page after I've gotten a little further into the game.  I'm having fun so far though, if not getting a little frustrated at the complexity of some of the missions.  (Good frustrated though...  It's a challenge, and a welcome one)

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: rebel strike vs knights of old republic
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:38 PM »
I'd agree with Virex on the reasoning for buying a system...  Buy it not because of SW games only, but what you like in gaming in general.  Does it have more games than just SW that you'll play?

My reasoning for a Gamecube is that most X-Box games I can get on my PC and will play just as smoothly or even better on my machine.  Even Halo's now a PC port as well.

My Gamecube's got more games I want to play that I won't get anywhere else, so for me the choice was pretty simple, and the Gamecube's been a welcome addition to my entertainment stand I can safely say.

A lot of games are simply better on PC though...  For controls, for graphics (if you have a good PC), and for the fact there's just so much more to many games...  For me, Jedi Outcast for a console is a waste of money when you can play it on PC and get the large editing community's product that is out there to let you KEEP playing the game and playing something new with it.  

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Rebel Strike... Good source.
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:34 PM »
If you get the chance to buy/play Rebel Strike for Gamecube I'm finding it to have a lot of inspiration for new custom projects.

An Imperial APC is one of the new vehicles seen that really sparks my interest...  Not too large, and not overly complex in design either (Very angular) so not a very difficult ship to make from scratch.  They're a great, and heavily used vehicle in the game so far, so they're definitely on my too-do list now.

Also, the game has given a new "look" to the Imperial Storm Commando...  The once simple "black" stormtrooper design  has been given a facelift...  

Typical EU contradiction but honestly I like Rebelstrike's design MUCH more.  It's at least more creative.  The look of the Storm Commando's is much more menacing now and is 100% unique/new.  Also even has rank indication though subtle red striping.  Features a new helmet, and completely new design though (less armor for sure, and different looking all together).  

There's a ton of other fun looking custom possibilities coming out of this game already though, so hopefully some others find inspiration from Rebel Strike like I have after this post. :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Shmi the Mummy
« on: October 27, 2003, 06:27 PM »
I'd take another Anakin if it were sporting a soft-goods cloak and 14-16 points of articulation...  Preferably with heavy use of the ball/socket joint.

Could be a cool figure, but it's hard to say if Lucasfilm would be approving of a corpse figure of Shmi...  So far the closest we've gotten is the non-descript torso with Amanaman...  

I'd certainly not turn my nose to a new Anakin that had a bit more articulation and bit less pre-posed sculpt (Secret Ceremony Anakin's legs are bowed for some odd reason...  That figure should've been much more neutral).

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 26, 2003, 06:43 PM »
I don't think any POTF2 came out wiith CT chips till after the E1 blitz with the reader...  So no wait, no worries...  :)  Sucked anyway.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bachelor Parties
« on: October 24, 2003, 08:46 PM »
Last party I was at...

The night started with our table at the first bar winding up on fire (We were doing flaming Dr. Pepper's)...

The night ended with me waking up the next day in the tub with my pants on, a fleece blanket I'd never seen before, and no shirt, and with the water running.

I remember the in-betweens but I can safely say they're not PG-13.

And my buddy Dan's last B. Party he went to was NC-17 at best...  I mean, it was everything you'd ever heard and then they tacked a few things to push it even further.  Needless to say we kept the name of that place for Dan's B. Party when it comes around...  He insisited.  

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: October 24, 2003, 03:22 PM »
I've bought some Joes for accessories to use for SW customs mostly, not much else though...  I tend to avoid Joes for customs.

I'm more impressed with the modern Joe line though...  I still prefer the accurate proportions of the vintage RAH but modern Joes are getting pretty heavy with the articulation. :)

In the "news" front though for 1:18 military...

-BBi's at some toy show going on right now and displayed an F-18...  OH YES!  at approximately 3 ft. long, this is one HUGE Fighter. :)  Come On Star Wars, compete with that!  I want a scale Y-Wing...  It still wouldn't even be this big.

BBI also displayed their LAV in packaging with a driver that has goggle outlines from the desert sands...  Very cool, and their new Abrams Tank with driver which also looks spot-on scale and DAMN good.

-21st Century was also recently at a con displaying things like their deuce and a half troop truck (The only WW2 item I was gaga over though because I can't collect planes much).  They did display multiple planes though, including the Messerschmitt in winter white which does look sharp, and I believe the new P-47?  

21st is still in the game, but when/where they show up is up in the air because I never truly accept 21st's timeline as the truth.  They say we should see some of the planes at Wal-Mart soon....  I'm more interested in figures though.  Where's my battle of the bulge fgures?  1st series resculpts?  Marines and Japs?  Come on!

-Dragon came out with new images of some U.S. Infantry that look pretty damn sharp...  I hate that Dragon won't go for articulation, and subsequently they don't get as much of my $, but I will buy a set of these.  Great sculpts as always from Dragon and will look  nice in a display I think.

Well, here's to hoping that 21st gets back in the figure game soon because they were putting out the top-notch figures for a while.

BBi's taken the reigns, but have some work to do to get perfection.  I think series one of theirs were better than series two (The marines) as the marines have awkward leg scupts that seem too close together.  They're close to having the BEST figures on the market though so I hope BBI keeps changing things to improve.  And I hope BBi jumps into WW2 here soon too!

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: October 22, 2003, 10:00 PM »
I'll tell ya, I buy a lot of these just for customs...  not expensive, but a little pricey, but WORTH it.

G.I. Joe figures just amaze me sometimes though.  The new Destro with his removable belt/holsters, and a great outfit...  I can't get over REcondo having 16 points of articulation either.

I don't like the sculpts, and that's the ONLY thing that keeps me from collecting this line all out...  If they made realistic looking characters (Sculpted them to have true-to-life proportions and such) I'd probably be die-hard for the modern Joe RAH line.

It's just impressive stuff out there otherwise though.  TONS of gear, tons of quality everywhere BUT the sculpt, and they're even increasing articulation on them.  Make Recondo's a standard and improve those sculpts and I'd be sold I do believe.

And I still nab one here and there just because I have to have it...  newest Cobra Commander for instance.  GREAT looking figure. :)  

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Other Toy Lines / Re: "Bigfoot" captured in PA!
« on: October 22, 2003, 09:54 PM »
hehehe, I saw these too...

Funny line, but damn they're expensive.  WAY overpriced even for TRU who have turned into how KB used to be...

I want the sasquatch though, because sasquatch is fun to say and I want to say "There's a Sasquatch in my Cantina claiming to be Chewie's cousin" or something.

I'm just so shocked at the  price.  Maybe they'll clearance?  They're not selling well it seems.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The EU Character is...
« on: October 22, 2003, 05:13 PM »
Commando Clone units were mentioned in E2...  ARC's wouldn't be a surprise to me at all if they were to show in E3 at this point.

Why mention them if you didn't intend to show them at some point, ya know?  They were Yoda's personal command Clones it seemed in E2...  It all seems to jive and the ARC isn't a terribly "off" design for EU.  Lucas tends to not always like EU's style for his films so I'd be shocked if it were something like Durge or the Sith Chick.  ARC's just look like a clone with extra stuff because they're more "important" guys.

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