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The Original Trilogy / Re: Where'd the AT-AT go?
« on: October 8, 2003, 03:01 PM »
We must remember, it is called a "transport". It was designed to move a mass amount of troops not a primary assault weapon.

Well, with only room for 40 troops inside though (If we go by "official" sources that claim that #) it moves very few troops really.  

Plus the "Armored" side of things seems to indicate it's meant to trudge into heavy combat situations as well.  The AT-ST is also labeled "Transport" in its title but it only carries 2 crew and a maximum of 2 extra folks crammed into the cockpit.  So it's not really a "transport" either.

At the battle of Hoth we see the weapons of an AT-AT at full potential, and they do a substntial ammount of damage.  

A heavy laser cannon capable of charging up to destroy an armored structure with one shot or fire rapid/less powerful shots on shorter distances.  And then 2 pivoting anti-personnel blasters that can cover most any arc the vehicle needs defended...  That's pretty heavy duty weaponry to still be hauling 40 troops inside its belly too.

I think the main thing to remember here is the seemingly staggered formations the Empire employs for its walkers.  They're not generally meant to be out on their own, but rather they're intended to be in support for each other (If we look at things from an EU Perspective).

The AT-AT is the main "brute" of an Imperial armored column, with AT-ST's in flanking support.  The AT-ST's have anti-personnel walkers as well (AT-PT's) to mop up the little stuff, and infantry in support of those.  And in the rear lines AT-AA's (Again this is if we follow some EU establishment).

While each walker can function on their own they function better together.  AT-ST's appearing to be the most versatile of the group with AT-AT's a close second (AT-AT's performed some nimble tasks that a vehicle that size wouldn't be expected to at Hoth as I recall).

The best, except for certain situations though, would be the AT-AT.  In ESB they're seen pinpoint shooting individual infantry, destroying large structures, shooting down fast/difficult aircraft, and all the while they advanced rather rapidly and with  minimal support (One AT-ST is seen, it can be assumed more were there, but it wasn't a complete structured/full assault since time was of the essence).

The AT-AT dominated the battle so I really think its front line importance is combat more than transport.  Plus again, 40 troops is really not much at all...  A platoon at most.  

I think the Transport title's very misleading, a nd more a generic term used for many of the Imperial land vehicles with some transporting capabilities.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Where'd the AT-AT go?
« on: October 8, 2003, 01:36 AM »
Wow, an old topic back in action...

I've always felt that the rear bunker that was attacked was very lightly defended, and that the brunt of the "Legion" the Emperor spoke of were at the main shield generator.

You can tell just by the explosion of the generator (And the shots of how cavernous the power grid to it was) that the whole Imperial property was HUGE.  We're talking literally MILES and MILES of base probably.

It's likely that the backdoor the Teddy Grahams showed to Han and company was a legitimate surprise to the Empire that the Alliance knew of it, and attacked there.

PLUS, we have a whole slew of Rebels who came with the group but who aren't present...  I've also theorized that they're at the main base causing a bit of a disturbance at the same time Han and Co. attack the rear entrance.

A small backup group is called in for the backdoor attack while the main force stays at the main base protecting it from a possibly larger frontal assault because the Imperials are kind of in the dark on what's going to happen.  The AT-AT's likely patrol the cleared out area up towards the main base where they're best suited, and AT-ST's handle anything away from the cleared out forest since AT-AT's would be rendered somewhat ineffective...  Not really, but they're just not suited to that kind of combat.

What the Empire doesn't expect is the Teddy Grahams which throw everything into chaos basically.  And one officer's stupidity opens the door for Han when he hops in the AT-ST, and voila...  The mission is won, basically.

It's a bit of a mess, just like the space battle, but it's still accomplished. :)

Power of the Jedi / Re: Recent Purchases
« on: October 6, 2003, 10:15 PM »
I nab something new every whipstitch when I'm at the store...  A Bespin Guard is about all there is to purchase from POTJ right now though.

I hear in other areas things like FX-7 are pegwarming though and THAT I'd pick up every time I was in a store just because of dioramas I can always use another droid in.

My Bespin Guard ranks are swelling though because that's the only interesting POTJ figure still kicking about in these parts...

Now I'm more picking up the odd Saga army builder here and there instead...  Red Battledroids I find on almost every toy run so my army of the Separatists has grown considerably of late.

Power of the Jedi / Re: 25th Anniversary Sets - Opened or Boxed?
« on: October 6, 2003, 08:44 PM »
I left these boxed myself.

They were really just display and observe pieces, and in their boxes they look kinda nice, but I found that they looked a little worse when opened up.  Or that's my opinion anyway.

They will make a nice centerpiece kind of thing I think, again I get around to organizing my collection and displaying it properly.  Kind of like the silver figures and such.

This from a guy that opens almost everything he gets. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: College Grads...Do you use your degree?
« on: October 6, 2003, 08:40 PM »
I've used my current degree somewhat, but I've also had jobs that didn't apply it much at all.  Mostly I have used it in discussion with other people in the business world or in my personal life in one way or another.

My current schooling hopefully will make my current education a little more useful.

Business degrees, be they economics, Marketing, Administration, etc., all tend to put you in a large pool of eligible workers.  I've found that I have to keep my options open out of what I may considered my ideal or the exact place I'd be at a certain point in my life.  It makes me worry about work, but I'm confident in my own abilities that I'll be capable of getting and retaining gainful employment at some point of my life.

The irony is I wanted so bad to go for English, to become a writer...  It's what I was really good at when I was younger, and what I was pushed towards.  I never went that route though because I don't know that I'd ever be as successful as I want to be by becoming a writer, whereas in Business I know my potential to be successful is much more higher.  Too bad though...

Maybe someday I'll be able to put my creative side to work with my rigid and strict business side, and be happy in the work place doing what I have been educated in while still having the ability to make my life interesting at the same time. :)  

I hope...

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Any Purchases You Regret?
« on: October 6, 2003, 04:11 PM »
Any figure from the earlier E1 waves.

What the hell was I thinking?  Those things were uber clearanced later and I just didn't wait.  You live and learn, so I didn't make the same mistake for E2, and some of the really uninteresting POTJ figures like Qui Gon Farmer, Anakin Mechanic, etc...

Beyond that, and maybe buying a b-Wing at full price, I'm pretty happy I got what I did at the prices I have gotten them.  

Though I know I've overpaid for some vintage things, namely my A-Wing and a couple other figures, but you live and learn in that hobby too, and I got those things EONS ago it seems.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hold the phone--"Deluxe" Rieekan?
« on: October 6, 2003, 04:08 PM »
***slaps scott's hands***

Stop touching it, or the Sculpey won't dry.  *sigh*

Power of the Jedi / Re: Rorworr
« on: October 5, 2003, 02:16 AM »
It'll give your wookie ranks a little diversity.  Mine is chilling in my Cantina, which is a huge cluster mess.  I mean, the one-eyed green thing from MOnster's Inc. is in there saying hi for god's sake!

So's the Nazi Ghestapo Officer Toht from Indiana Jones.  He's Seig Heiling a Trandoshan in a tan coat I made.  Looks really stupid, but that was more the goal I guess.

Casting the unique wookie head should be something I attempt at some point because it is a definitely different sculpt.

Yup, definitely great...  Modular DS is an idea I've had for a while too, but in a different format I think.

That's looking darn good...  Keeping it so it fits together JUST right has gotta be a pain but you're keeping it all together great Muftak.

Cool, and looking forward to more photos of the next room(s).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 3 Toughest SAGA Items to Find
« on: October 4, 2003, 01:19 AM »
Deluxe Obi and Jango Kamino

And the Saga Imperial Officer Head Variants

And to a lesser extent Ephant Mon...

I've seen everything else at least twice, but most of what I listed I never saw.  Only Ephant and the blonde officer did I ever see (once) at retail.

That's a pretty sad fact for an army builder and a fan's choice figure.

The Obi and Jango Deluxe are just non-existant at retail...  Sad because the Obi's a great figure.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Palpatine and Sidious
« on: October 3, 2003, 08:43 PM »
This was what sparked a hot debate at Scum the other day, and it boiled down to more or less a "What's canon" argument...  With the movie confirming it not being out it's still a thing that's open to debate.

It seems too logical for Lucas to pull something goofy on it, so I think they're the same person, but hey he's 100% capable of throwing every bit of logic out the window and putting something completely stupid into the plot just to make it "interesting" (In his eyes only I suppose).

The whole debate seems sorta pointless though...  Who cares?  Wait'll the flick comes out.  :)  Shame it's something people actually get upset and argue over.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Jedi Knight 2 Outcast Help
« on: October 3, 2003, 08:39 PM »
Yeah, I think Boba Shek's on the right path at least, if not 100% correct.

It's been AGES since I played that level but I recall getting stuck for a few minutes at that puzzle too while I had to figure it out.  It's amazing how using the force doesn't come as a natural instinct in the game for a while.  Gives it a slightly more realistic feel.

I was sorta disappointed with Outcast so I've not really played it again or I'd be better help.  I went through it like 5 times total just to make sure I played it thoroughly and I've not gone back to it.

I do recall the force pull being used in that area though, and that it was a frustrating puzzle.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: October 2, 2003, 03:10 PM »
I may have a ton of XD stuff I'll sell off to ya actually.  

If you wanna swap XD heads, it's easy.  They pop right out with boiling water.  Their bodies are even pliable plastic that softens in the heat.

XD and BBI are some of the easiest figs to customize I've ever seen.  

GP says Battle of the Bulge is making a comeback so keep your eyes open I guess.  And "Variant" figures in the playsets too?  Whatever that means.  

I'd buy playsets if the figures are unique enough, even though I got the farmhouse and barn on clearance here.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: October 2, 2003, 12:31 AM »
I got some Yellow sets the other day in a surprise find...

I have to say that, if it weren't for the "Ultimate Articulation" Clone I'd have a highly negative opinion of these.  For $10, the figures are very "cheap" so the real value is kinda relative.

I'd say you're paying slightly more than you should for this kinda quality though.  

Still, they're neat for what they are in one way...  I just sort of hope that articulated Clone comes in multiple colors because I'd hate for all my non-coms and officers to be these pre-posed "plastic army men" type figures.

Damned if the one guys hand didn't break too.  First figure I've ever had break just trying to loosen up the joint.  Oh well, no big loss since he's not capable of doing much else but point his gun anyway.

The one neat thing I found is the waist (2 points) articualtion.  That was unique, if sorta pointless.  Wonder if that ultra articulated clone has that though?  It has the same head articulation I can see in the prototype photos.

I like it originally, and that's how (In my mind) it plays out every time...  I just ignore the SE, though that is the "Canon" way of things and I'm just being stubborn in my way of thinking.

With that said, your idea is better than what it is now Muftak, so it'd ease the pain somewhat.  I maybe would "accept" it a little better.

Still, I enjoyed Han as a murderer...  He's ruthless, and willing to kill before there's a chance he'd even be in legitimate danger.  I like that he really does redeem himself under that story pretense, but as it is now he's just not as "bad" as he was before.

So, I'll still always just imagine Han frying Greedo like a punk before he could take him to Jabba to talk his way out of it.

It was so much better that way, but alas Lucas has been wussed out in his old age and worries that his kids will have nightmares about the Brocolli man being shot by "Uncle Harrison".

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