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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: March 27, 2004, 03:12 AM »
BIG news...  Literally.

Talk of "Big Birds" coming out is swirling, and an image of a B-17 (Yes, I'm not giving you **** here, I said a B-17) have surfaced...  

Will they make the famed "Flying Fortress" of World War II?  Possibly the most recognizeable plane of the war, which would sport a 5 FEET + wide wingspan?

OOOOoooo baby.  I don't have much room but you bet your sweet ass I'd own one of these, come hell or high water!  

Not sure they're actually gonna make these or not...  There's a lotta "talk" swirling about what 21st is GOING to do this year and into the next couple years, but what they WILL do is something else.  

If I can last these dormant days though, you guys can too.  Don't give up all hope and let us just wish for these things.

I say though, if 21st DOES make a 1:18 B-17 then Hasbro better get their **** together and start making scale vehicles.  Their stuff isn't even NEAR the level of detail, quality, or complexity of 21st so they can really at least improve their LITTLE vehicles like the AT-ST, Y-Wing, B-Wing, and TIE FIghter...  Good God there H, get with the times...  Especially if vehicles are just aimed at collectors like you always tend to claim.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: March 27, 2004, 03:06 AM »
I noticed something on the swap of parts, and not to be a downer on it, but there's a color difference between the arms and the coats when you swap them.  :(  It's not HUGE, but it's noticeable.  I thought maybe anyone curious would want to know though...

Also, a skintone difference between the heads and hands of the figures...  Dodonna's definitely tanner than Antilles, and their hands don't mix with the heads then without a little oddity.

I don't think Hasbro intended this idea, I think it's coincidental at this point...  The color variances just don't match up.  Then again, they claim they intended the KB TIE's cockpit was intentionally made to work with the TIE Int's from TRU, and the color of both didn't match at all (despite what Hasbro said).  

Maybe they (Hasbro) just suck?  Nah...  Not possible.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 26, 2004, 10:41 PM »

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: March 26, 2004, 10:38 PM »
#11 was indeed a good episode...

Lots of dogfighting between Assajj and Ani, as mentioned, and it was pretty intense seeing them fly through the cityscape on the Banking Clan's planet.

BTW, the Bankers have a nice rock to rest on...  It's a pretty peaceful looking place.

Anakin was indeed particularly doofy tonight so that was cool.  Lots of snotty stuff that you'd love to smack the crap out of him for.

The Clones constant "Yes sir", "No Sir" answers are funny...  I like that they are not the best conversationalists, but Obi-Wan still treats them like they're normal people.

Assajj's ship is officially on my "To-Do" list for customizing.  I REALLY want a scale one that opens up and everything.  It's not too big, and I already have a million ideas floating in my mind on how to do the "fan" part too.  Good stuff...  And ya know Hasbro wn't get off their ass on a Season 2 Clone Wars line, so I'm left to do it myself...  And likely do it better anyway.

Her ship's one of the neatest designs...  And it even keeps to the Geonosian Solar Sailer look too.  Love that stuff.

I loved tonight's episode...

Watching 1-10 though reminded me of some of the STUPID moments from those though.  Durge destroying an AT-TE with a lance, the Mon Calamari episode, Durge wreaking havoc with his lance otherwise, etc...  These toons aren't without some pretty "Stupid" seeming flaws.  Kind of like the prequals but to a lesser extent.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:47 PM »
What would you have me shake?   :o    :-X

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:43 PM »
Hoth Rebel Soldier anyone?  This craptacular piece of plastic swarms most TRU's in my area.

As does Bail, the 1st Dignitary, and sadly R-3PO.

Wal-Mart isn't exactly devoid of TRD Luke or Hoth Han as well.

Two more craptacular figures (I don't care what anyone says about the Han...  He's pre-posed, has an action feature, and he still needs a resculpt as much as Endor Han) that sit stagnant on my local shelves.

Can I count Duros and Bespin Guards as pegwarmers of the decade though?  To hold on that long at TRU is something special.  Bespin Guards are even GOOD figures too.  :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 25, 2004, 11:32 PM »
I can confirm that I believe...   The 32 per case thing.

The Sku Number is...

SKN: 960767

From what a local collector was told by a helpful TRU employee.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spring is Here!
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:39 PM »
Meh...  Still in the 50's in Pittsburgh at the best.  Soon I'll be droppin' the top though.  I've never looked forward to decent weather as much as this year.

75-ish would suit me perfectly...  Is there a place on Earth that's constantly in t he low to mid 70's year-round?  :)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:37 PM »
Greeeaaaatt...  Pens are gonna drag themselves from the basement just enough to lose the #1 draftpick...  Buncha DB's.

Anyway, I'm pulling for the Flyers now I think.  Deserving team.  Rivalry any other time, but I can dig them right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:34 PM »
Older by 3 years...  It's a really unique and nice name Scott, consider it...   ;D

***Shakes PL's hand***  

My parents had a weird decision making pattern, but the best I can say is that my father has a biker personality and that's where the names came from (though cole's middle name isn't Younger but mine is James...  Odd).

Anyway, I'm still pimping me and my brother's names to Scott.  They're cool names...  My mom says so.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 25, 2004, 05:09 PM »
I'm thinking I'm gonna stock up on some army builders of decent droid fodder if it's around...  That and that Jedi 4-pack.  It's an excuse to buy that dismal POS for the restraint thing.

Now if only there were decent Obi-Wan's available for it and customizing...   :P

TRU has some decent junk at it right now though, so it's better now than the R2 promotion was.  I remember scrounging to get my R2's.

The Original Trilogy / Re: TIE Fighters....
« on: March 25, 2004, 03:21 AM »

I'll include the 2 most common designs (the ship was developed in the TIE Fighter PC sim, and used one design shown but was later changed to the other design, and sadly I forget which came first now even) known to the community here.


A quick note on your reference of the ship...  

The ship, if I'm recalling correctly, was developed BEFORE the Battle of Endor, as it was first introduced in TIE FIghter which chronologically takes place before Endor.  In the game it actually sports quad-lasers, dual Ion cannons, and the dual warhead launchers as well.  Pretty heafty payloads if I'm not mistaken also, and shields/armor that rivals most any fighter if not surpass any in service.  Nice stuff.

In TIE Fighter, the ship was never much more than prototyped...  It made it to production only in limited numbers prior to Endor, and in factories that were remotely located beyond the galaxy's outer rim territories.  The TIE Defender was part of a technology development program by Grand Admiral Zaarin that also included the development of cloaking technology for medium sized vessels (which literally blew up in Zaarin's face).  Zaarin attempted a coup de tat, but failed as then Vice Admiral Thrawn moved his fleet in to supress the renegade fleet and secure the technology developments.

Zaarin also developed the TIE "Avenger" Advanced fighter which was the new up and coming fighter at the time, and an advancement on the TIE Advanced x1 design used by Vader.  

EU clashes at this point, as much of it claims TIE Interceptors weren't in service till AFTER the ANH events, but X-Wing and TIE Fighter deviated and claimed Interceptors to be predecessors to the TIE advanced, and in use long before the Battle of Yavin.  That's why there is some discrepency there in what EU claims what.

TIE Fighter says the Advanced x1 (Vader's TIE) then instead lead to a decently shielded, fast, and hyperdrive capable TIE "Avanger" Advanced that was a hybrid of the best attributes of Vader's TIE and the Interceptor.  Zaarin's engineers developed the Defender then, as a means of Imperial fighter squads regaining space superiority as the "Avenger" was definitely a good fighter but still matched by better skilled pilots in the Alliance using X and A-Wings.  

The Defender, and the ship that never saw full production, the Missle Boat, were to be the fighters that would win the war by turning Alliance tactics against themselves while utilizing the superior financial ability of the Empire to produce a vastly superior fighter in decent #'s, and in a short period of time.  

Coincidentally, the X-Wing series also says the A-Wing was a pre-Yavin ship as well as the Interceptor, and now even some EU claims the TIE Bomber was created after Yavin though most EU doesn't lean that way.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Where'd the AT-AT go?
« on: March 25, 2004, 03:03 AM »
Forrest combat's not very conducive to ANY vehicle combat though, which is a real thing to consider with the AT-ST's.  An M1 Abrahams in a forrest is at a distinct disadvantage to both traps and human assault as well as attack from other tanks (who would be at equal disadvantage).

I think what we need to ask about the AT-ST is that, if we don't accept the obvious "Lucas didn't think them out much and just wanted them for eye-candy to to explode", then we have to see if there's some explanation for their seeming ease of destruction...

For fire from other combat vehicles of equal power, we only have a brief moment of Chewie firing on a single AT-ST.  WE could argue that he has let a couple shots loose before we actually have the camera cut to that moment, as the AT-ST was seemingly stopped for no reason that he was shooting at.  Perhaps it had stopped to turn and see who was shooting it?  It's plausible...  Odd, but it makes an excuse.  With that in mind then, we could assume the AT-ST had taken a few shots to its rear portion already, combined with those which it had already taken and any possible damage inflicted by Ewok weapons (perhaps a boulder smacked it in the rear portion?).

Then, if we go by the idea that the AT-ST is slightly weaker in the rear of the command pod, as most armor vehicles are a tad weaker in the rear (Such as the Tiger I from WW2, which required a pretty point-blank and direct hit on its rear to be destroyed by most allied tanks).  Chewie blasts the AT-ST he clears out by shots to the rear, so we could assume there's a combination of pre-weakened "hits" there by whatever...  A few possible shots Chewie gets in on it from a greater distance that we "miss" or are just off-screen...  And last, the idea that AT-ST's have a combination of possibly their energy cell compartments in the rear with a slightly weaker armor point.  These things could add up to Chewie's AT-ST being destroyed easily enough.

For the walkers destroyed by the Ewok traps, there's a couple...  The hardest to explain is the walker on the wobbly log trap, as that thing seemed to be the Ford Pinto of Star Wars as it just blew to pieces on impact with the ground.  

My explanation of the tripping walker would then be that it sustained damage previously...  Small arms fire, boulders, or even an Ewok mounting it and pulling and ripping at anything he could, possibly even exposing a fuel-port perhaps?  Or maybe even a Rebel collaboration with an Ewok to plant a bomb on it so when it fell it detonated it and caused the most possible damage?  There's some possible excuses...  Far-fetched or ones that maybe don't seem practical for the situation, but sometimes unpractical events occur in combat that make you scratch your head later too, so it's possible.

For the Log Smash, and for the cutscene one of a single chopped tree collapsing on a walker and crushing it, I believe these to be "reasonable" situations without extra explanation personally.  The logs that smashed the command pod of the one AT-ST were roughly the diameter of the pod itself...  I think if two logs forcefully came together on a modern US tank, which is a fair bit wider than an AT-ST command pod, then it is reasonable to think they'd do some serious damage to the tank's armor or even be capable of knocking the turret off?  It's tough to say without really accurately knowing the weight of the logs, the height they were raised, and such...  Technical junk, but just by watching it, it looked reasonable.

I'd say the same for the cutscene of the chopped tree falling straight down on a Walker too, and even moreso because it lit squarely on the top of the AT-ST it destroyed which would put tremendous pressure on the small legs of the Walker and most likely crush the joints of the walker as is what seemed to happen in this Walker's demise scene.  Resulting damage for its power supply (star wars vehicles, at least fighters, seem to run off of a fuel so it's reasonable ot think it's possibly combustable and that similar stuff's used on walkers and such) then means explosions all around...

The AT-ST isn't big either, and as a "Scout" as opposed to being referred to as some form of heavy assault-type walker, so its armor likely matches.

I'd say, short of running AT-PT's (a  pretty common walker-type from EU we mostly all know), the AT-ST is nimble, heavier armored (than an AT-PT anyway), can handle the valleys and hills/inclines of Endor, and is a simple infantry support vehicle.

The LAV is pretty easily slapped around if it gets caught in a heavy combat situation of any kind (even just infantry), so maybe the AT-ST's simialr to it, without the troop capacity since it could carry 4 or 5 guys at most, counting the crew.  

The AT-ST then seems a reasonable choice for Endor.  That and infantry.  The speederbikes were more cnfusing to me, but I can see their reasoning behind their use, and of course AT-PT's WOULD have been cool to see but are just EU stuff so they ain't there.

I'd say any # of walkers were NEAR the main generator though too...  This is a remote area, from what I can gather in the films, but the area surrounding the actual generator itself (where they expected the attack) appears possibly miles (as in hundreds or more even) away from that rear bunker area.  That area may have had a pre-fab garrison, landing platform(s), and of course the heavier walkers like the AT-AT's, or other vehicles even.  Something expecting a bigger force than a shuttle's worth of Commandoes anyway.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When They Were Funny...
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:35 AM »
Not to perpetuate things, but I didn't want Bill Murray listed on the top comedians list not because I dislike him as an actor, but because that's a comedian's list, not an actors list.

Bill doesn't do standup, and honestly I can't even recall a time after he was on SNL that I'd look at him and say "That's a good comic".  He's funny, and COULD do comedy I suppose since he ad-libs and makes crap up as he goes (or so I've read), but he's not a comic to me.

Dave Chapelle's a comic...  Dave Attel's a comic...  Those guys are comics and deserve on the list of top comics...  Bill Murray's an actor to me.  It's like listing Matthew Perry as a comic...  He's funny on TV (sort of), but he's not a comic, but just an actor.

I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I wasn't meaning to trash Murray because I actually really REALLY like him as an actor and think he's underrated.  He's also pretty ugly and that isn't gonna get him far...  Though Tommy Lee Jones made a career, so anything's possible, so I dunno.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: McQuarrie Stormtrooper Saber Up
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:15 AM »
Damned if I wouldn't like 1 or 2 of these extra.  I was lucky to get one for cost at a local collectors meeting.  Otherwise, I have not seen this figure EVER.  Never once in stores.  His wave wasn't abundant.  The Emperor shipped with him, did it not?  He too flew past us with his huge hood.

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