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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.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Uniforms
« on: December 2, 2003, 10:08 PM »
Hey Paul,

I'll try getting to your questions here ASAP but I'm having a lotta PC troubles lately so I just wanted to let ya know I'll be on this with my opinions/answers soon.  Just bare with me while I get my PC life back in order because it's currently in mad dissaray. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: November 26, 2003, 05:29 PM »
For those of you interested, I had a new XD experience the other day...

Wal-Mart in Delmont, PA had the Motorworks/21st packaged P-47 with checkerboard design for D-Day invasion.  Not a bad looking plane really.

And they had a grey helicopter...  modern of course, which is either an Apache or some other chopper?

21st put out 2, an Apache and some other one (Not a blackhawk) recently.  Ours had just this grey chopper...

Figure quality for the chopper pilot looks poor, and really the overall look of the toy didn't look too swift either but the P-47 looked great.  It came with the 1st P-38 pilot in the leather jacket and parachute.

Good stuff on the plane, mediocre stuff on t he chopper...  I think BBi's Apache looks better personally, but it costs more if I'm not mistaken?

BBI's prices seemed to spike on the wave 2 vehicles by the way...  $60 for the Apache is on-par with the $60 for the Blackhawk, and they're similarly sized, but the LAV is $40 if I'm not mistaken, and easily should be a $30 or less toy...  

Nice figures in the Apache and LAV though for BBI.  The LAV driver has a scarf around his face evne, pretty neat, but $40's a bit outta my price range for a vehicle so seemingly small.

Plus, BBi's quality has dropped off of late...  Their 2nd series has not impressed me like their 1st wave did.  I'm hoping they pick up the ball here and improve their figures some for their following product lineups.  

Right now they're leaving as sour a taste in my mouth as 21st has by not releasing much of any product of late.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sex Sells Star Wars
« on: November 26, 2003, 05:23 PM »
Ah, a classic...  :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: November 26, 2003, 04:29 PM »
Indeed, congratulations to Stan for calling this one earlier than anyone I can think of.  :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Luke,R1-G4,R2-D2 Carded Pic
« on: November 26, 2003, 09:31 AM »
Yeah, this is a dandy trio of figures in my opinion also.

-Luke Jedi...  ShabbyBlue over at is claiming he has ball/socket shoulders and knee articulation on top of the bicep swivels, wrists (possibly) and the standard other joints...  If this is true, then this Luke will be one of the finest figures Hasbro ever made, period.  

I'm not so sure that I'm seeing that ball/socket shoulder and knee articulation though, so I'll not be surprised if it isn't there.  I just can't tell by the photos myself.  Either way though, this Luke is shaping up to be GREAT custom fodder on top of being a simply grand figure.  Glad I held off on ever making a Yun the Dark Youth from Jedi Knight now that this new Jedi Luke sculpt is coming.  :)

-R1 unit...  New droid, nuff said...  But I'll say some more anyway.  Its scale has been brought into question, but really it's not that big a droid (I think its being in shots with Jawas has mislead some to believe it's really tall).  I'm happy to nab a few of this for customizing.  They're regular on large starships I hear, so repaints may be in order for this one...  Yes, I can turn even R1-G4 into an army builder of sorts. :)

-Bar2-D2...  This is the last R2-D2 variation I ever really wanted to see, and finally it's here.  If all his crap pops off him he'll even be a good customizing figure I believe, but if not he'll serve his purpose (get it "serve", haha...  I'm sorta funny) as the Bartender R2 we all want...  

If he were truly "perfect" though then all his gadgets would remove easily and show no real signs other than maybe a pinhole in the top of his dome, and he'd have the articulated 3 legs that the good astromech sculpts all have.

And last he'd have an opening slot in his dome with Luke's Lightsabre hilt able to fit in it, conceiled perfectly.  

I'm not expecting all that of course, but if it were perfect that's what it would have. :)

So this is indeed a nice wave coming up.  I can't wait to see these on shelves, but at this point I'm hoping to just see ANY Saga figures on shelves.  It's all Clone Wars around me right now and very little Saga is shipping.  I've yet to see the new Emperor wave, and all that jive...  Hmmm, hope I'm not gonna have to go begging for help on some of this stuff!  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sex Sells Star Wars
« on: November 25, 2003, 10:24 PM »
I have a feeling most guys hocking toys on Ebay aren't what you want to take a look at Gingergirl.

That's the seller's sister, I'd put $ on it.   ;D

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Knights of the Old Republic
« on: November 25, 2003, 10:20 PM »
Yeah, the general # is 2, but yeah 4 isn't the most for sure...   Just the most I've had to load for one game.

It's a huge game mind you, and the X-Box version is a bit different (the system itself is solely for gaming, so it's different for an X-Box and PC), but 4 is the most I've ever had to load to play a game personally.

Took about 5 Gigabytes...  or, 1/4 of my total harddrive space...  or, 1/2 of my unused HD space, haha.

Oh well, at least I got a CD burner recently so I'm gnna be freeing up space by unloading .jpg's and whatnot to CD.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 10 Star Wars Questions...
« on: November 25, 2003, 02:15 PM »
1. Favorite Movie of the Saga

My favorite movie is a toughie...  All 3 originals I like pretty equally, so I cannot pick one.  The battle of Hoth, the Battle of Endor, and the Battle of Yavin each hold a special place for me as favorite moments and they're each in 3 different movies.  *sigh*

2. Favorite Character(s) of the Saga
    2a.  OT-Good Guy?

OT Good Guy has gotta be Wedge.  Living through 3 movies and actually seeing a minor character evolve from a talkative "kid" to a flight leader is neat.  It's minor, but it's neat.

   2b.  OT-Bad Guy?

Easily Grand Moff Tarkin...  I like him in other movies even.  The guy just oozes Empire though, and will always be my favorite character from ALL of Star Wars (Named my cat after him for god's sake!)

   2c.  PT-Good Guy?

So far I'm digging Obi-Wan.  He was great in E2, McGregor is great overall as an actor, and he's gonna be whuppin' up on folks in E3 I believe.  I think it's a travesty that he's yet to have a really great figure in the Saga line in his E2 duds/look.

   2d.  PT-Bad Guy?

Count Dooku...  Dooku's one of the only great actors in the Prequals I believe, and pulls off his role magnificently.  He should be coaching the others on-set, not Lucas telling them what to do.

3. Prequels or Originals?

Originals, but I still like the prequal films and think they're better than what they're given credit for.  I think their box office #'s tell the final tally.  They're still lucrative films and good enough to draw HUGE support that even the die-hards couldn't muster alone.  

They aren't as good as the original 3 films, but they're nice complements to them I believe.  

4. Favorite Saga-Related thing to Collect (if any)

3.75" figure completist (still, though thinking about being more selective) and big into army building and customizing (including scratch building ships).  Beyond that, I've limited my habits and rarely buy any other collectibles...  The odd lego or rarely ever a 12" figure sneak in, but it's rare anymore.

5. Favorite Item in Your Collection (if any)

No single favorite...  Not right now.  I'm sure there will be when I finish some of my larger projects in customizing.  Especially the one I've been working on for years, literally, because I'm lazy and poor.  ;D

6. Favorite Ship, Vessel, Bike, etc.

AT-AT all the way...  The single-most ship I've studied every detail about from frame-by-frame shots, stills, EU, etc...  All for a purpose mind you, not out of boredom, but it is easily my favorite film vehicle.  The dominant piece on any battlefield I believe. :)

7. Favorite Planet

Eh, Hoth I suppose because of the battle...  Best music in the films accompanied that battle IMO.

8. First Star Wars movie you saw in the Theatre

The first I can recall was Empire Strikes back in 80, which I was 3 then...  I recall seeing it at a drive in out in Ford City (which turned into a porno drive-in), and falling asleep halfway through it.  :)

9. Favorite Color of Lightsaber

Eh, green I guess.  I don't care though, so long as it's hacking a stormtrooper in two.

10. Favorite Song from the Saga

The Battle of Hoth song or the Impy March.  I think Impy March will be on almost eveyrone's list. :)

 Favorite Fett (Jango or Boba)?

Jango all the way...  If you play Bounty Hunter on the Gamecube you almost learn to love Jango.  His character is expanded so much there, and he's the underdog, so you gotta root for the guy.  He's still ruthless and vicious, but you see he has friends too and a semi-soft side.

 Favorite New Jedi (from Prequels I guess)

Not sure of his name, but I believe it's Pablo Jill?  Orange alien seen a couple times in E2.  I dig the look more than anything, and hope for a figure.  Coleman Trebor was a nicely designed alien Jedi as well...  

Mace is cool, but just didn't get my vote.  Too basic.  I wanna see that orange guy more though.  I wanna see him go out tough in E3, and hope he's not punked by anyone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'Tis a sad day...
« on: November 24, 2003, 04:13 PM »
Oh wow...  

Was the monkey tanning?

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:40 PM »
Eh, I kinda dig Durge, but I think his figure turned me more than his cartoon incarnation.

I mean, his figure is singlehandedly THE best figure Hasbro has put on shelves so far...  I think the Ultra Clone will replace it, but in the meantime Deluxe Durge is simply amazing.

-ball/socket knees
-ball/socket shoulders
-ball/socket elbows
-ball/socket friggin' torso
-ball/socket  neck
-wrist articulation
-working holsters for 2 nicely sculpted blaster pistols
-sawed off blaster rifle
-trident pike weapon
-nicely sculpted swoop bike

I mean, that's a LOT of toy for $10.  The first figure from Hasbro I can honestly say that they gave you everything you should get for a $10 toy I think...  Maybe Deluxe Luke/Bacta Tank was too, but Durge surpasses that I think.

Now, his cartoon character was just "ok".  The whole lancing to win a battle is a lame-ass plot idea though (Not Durge's fault, he coulda shot the hell out of Clones and I'd have dug THAT idea more).  Beyond that I think he's just ok though.

He's obviously a bit of a rip-off character.  A cross between the Terminator, T-1000 from T2, and a Boba Fett-esque bounty hunter...  And of course an obvious replacement TO the Fett boys.  That's a tad uninspired IMO, but I can still believe the Durge Character is/feels like a Star Wars character.

If I'd done the show though, Assajj would be the ultimate badass, not Durge.  She'd be weilding blasters, dual lightsabres, and a swoop bike with a gang of black droids.  Not Durge.  

That would've helped simplify the story some too, as it's a bit weird having umpteen storylines for a series that's only 10 episodes, and each episode is only 5 minutes long...  

Keep it to one story (the Muunilist story) and keep the characters to a minimum.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Do You Display Your Figures with all Their "Stuff"?
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:31 PM »
I'm in the "it depends" catagory right now...  Don't have the space to display EVERY figure as he is, so generally I replace figures with the best version available.

Case in point, my "Tatooine Luke" on display is the Flashback Luke which I feel is the best.  He has his rifle, hat, and binocs of course, but also has Beru's Tredwell pack-in, and a metal Luke sabre from the Saga Bespin figure, a poncho from the POTJ Qui-Gon, and the blastshield helmet...  He's a bit of a mess really.

And actually as I make customs that are superior to a figure(s) they also replace them.  Case in point, Darth Maul...  Only his EU incarnations are around at this point, as a "super" Darth Maul is in the works and will replace all the TPM Mauls made combined...  If that makes sense.  Shirtless, Concept Art, and Sith Training are all still there with their respective droids and other crap.

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