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Saga '02-'04 / Re: IS THERE A NEW MOFF IN THE WORK!!!!
« on: November 24, 2003, 01:28 PM »
In the 2nd set I'd replace Vader with Bast.

Those sets are definitely not flying off shelves for anyone but collectors so I don't think a Vader would be necessary for the set (IMO).

Now, you include hats for MOST of those officers (lil removable ones), and I'm game for that awesome lil display...  And of course, make the table to-scale so it has room for you to flesh it out with the rest of the troop, should you decide to make them or god willing Hasbro did.

It'd be 100% for us, but I'd dig it...  Especially all the fodder it would leave us.  Even reused parts (The legs namely since they'd all pose to sit down) would help Hasbro save some $ there.  

The only prooblem really, like I said, is that those 3-packs aren't going anywhere fast.  Not here anyway.  Most Targets and some TRU's have upwards of 10 of each set.  That's not a good sign for their popularity, nor the longevity of the idea.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 22, 2003, 06:52 AM »
-G.I. Joe...  They're doing AMAZING sales with Joe for whatever reason.  They have a strong adult market hooked on their product and they also have a strong child market hooked as well...  It's odd, but every time I'm in a store anymore I see kids rifling through G.I. Joe figures anymore.

-BBi's Elite Force 1:18...  Surprisingly well, this line's kicked off with a bang, and the initial 2 waves of basic figures have seen multiple reshipments.  They're starting to sit some now, but you know the first sale/mark-down these have that they're gonna go fast.  Between SW fans wanting custom fodder and the fans of the line itself wanting to army build...  I nab one here and there when I'm at TRU anymore just to build up the ranks of my marines and army as of late...  $4.99's a darn good price for these too.

-21st Century Toys Battle of the Bulge 1:18 line...  Well, it's not on the shelves now, but it came and went in a breath.  The Japanese infantry with Marine Corps grunts are hotly anticipated 2004 product, as are a reshipment of Battle of the Bulge Infantry reshipments of the U.S. figures and the first ever release of the German BoB infantry through likely an online venue (Probably direct from 21st).  These figures came and went fast...

Same could be said for the U.S. and German paras when they first shipped.  They came and went, and the Both the U.S. and German paras are ALLLLL long gone at every TRU in my neck of the woods without any markdowns or clearance.

Not too shabby 21st Century...  Too bad they can't get their affairs in order to put out figures routinely like large companies do.

-Barbie (Don't laugh)...  Barbie does so many millions in profit yearly that they scoff at the slightest inkling of "competition" from side brands and trendy new lines.  This toy line is a staple, and its success is hard to compare with any other line.

That's just a few toy lines that seem consistent...  I'd toss the Masters o fthe Universe reissues in there too.  They seem to come and go in the blink of an eye.  

I can't stand them myself, but you can't doubt that kinda push they have on the sales floor.  Good product to have leading up to X-Mas I think.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Knights of the Old Republic
« on: November 22, 2003, 04:52 AM »
I just picked this up this week, so hopefully I'll get a lil gaming into this.  I want to put a little focus onto Rebel Strike though first.  I've yet to complete it because I just don't have the time anymore.

I wanna get everything going though and hopefully be able to give a lil review on all the games of late...

God, 4 CD's?  Hmmmm, I don't wanna fill up my harddrive here!  I've only got like 9 gig left free...   ;D :o

Still, this is probably the largest game I've ever played personally.  

Ugh, and I'm still playing Call of Duty too...  Highly recommended.  I can honestly say I've NEVER played against such intelligent AI as in CoD...  It's worth the experience.  Set it to a higher difficulty level if you really wanna pi$$ yourself off.  

Fun though...  It's everything the MOH series was missing, and then some.  Short is its only flaw.  Eh, that and maybe a lack of good weather effects implemented within the game (Something MOH did pull off nicely), but that I'll live with.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 22, 2003, 04:47 AM »
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hastily editing half the internet

Now I'm really laughing.  For some reason that struck me funny, and rang quite true. :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: November 22, 2003, 01:21 AM »
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http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery/modern_hasbro/saga/basic/clone_trooper_pilot/saga-clonepilot_front3.jpg

A photo just for visual reference of what I'm talking about (Thanks GalacticHunter for the image useage of course).

What I'm referring to with his pose though is his goofy leaning...  Why they sculpted him like that, I'll never know, but I hate that damn lean...  Just looks terrible, and limits the use of the figure outside the ship...  I'd love a new figure of him sometime utilizing the ultra clone's sculpt with simply a retooled Clone Pilot head stuck on him.  I'd buy those up in great quantitiies.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Sex Sells Star Wars
« on: November 22, 2003, 01:14 AM »
I'm oddly turned-on and I don't know if it's the Vintage Death Star playset or the girl...  *sigh*

That guy's got a sense of humor though, I gotta give him that. :)  

And that's one lucky Server she's modeling...   :-*

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Wedge Gunner Station Prototype?
« on: November 21, 2003, 08:00 PM »
Of what I understand, I believe a prototype of the gunner station made it out, and images surfaced, but that was all.

Anyone have a pic perhaps?

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The Original Trilogy / Re: The incompetence of the Empire
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:54 PM »
The Imperial troopers driving the AT-ST who decide to leave their relative protection of an armored vessel to rid themselves of their piggybackers.  

I mean, they didn't know a wookie was out there but still...  Shoot the Ewok in the face if he's that big a problem, and just stay within the "tank".  Ya don't get out in the middle of a fight though.

But yeah, the Empire makes some assenine maneuvers sometimes.  I like the flubs though.  Shows the imperfection of coordinating a large military body.  There's still some idgits in the ranks that can goof things up for ya.

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Toy Reviews / NEW Review: Obi-Wan Ackley Battle!
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:50 PM »
http://www.jedidefender.com/review.php

And there'd be the link for you all.

A let-down of a 2002-2003 figure if I ever saw one, but the review's worth reading if you've seen this guy of late and were considering nabbing one.  Oddly, not a pegwarmer, but I reckon it's more due to the fact the figure didn't see a disgustingly wide distribution like most 2002-2003 figures were seeing.

Read on through to my review and let me hear your thoughts...  Good, bad, or otherwise.

And apologies for the lateness of our review section.  Coordination for the war effort's a tough thing to accomplish, but we're getting on track and I think we'll see reviews up relatively regularly. :)  Hopefully more regularly than we had been seeing anyway, haha.

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Good topic Scott...  How often do we talk about the "I doubt they ever make that" figures instead of the same old same old we always are asking for!

My 5:
-New Rebel Fleet Trooper...  I just made mention of it in my reply about the Yavin Wave of figures...  I just am not too hopeful of this right now.  I wish for a truly "super articulate" and super accessorized figures, even an ultra-line figure with a collapsable look-out tower would be awesome.  It's just not something I'm thinking they'll cover and that the POTJ figure is it, and I found it disappointing to say the least.

-Hoth Rebel Soldier...  Having seen the latest one, I'm just dejected that we've gotten 3 of these footsoldiers and not ONE is up to the current line's standards.  I'd love to see a truly nice version of this footsoldier that played pretty prominently in Episode V.  Super articulation, removable helmet with a cloth scarf piece, working holster...  The works really.  It's not likely to ever happen, so it's on the customs to-do list for me.  I just would rather buy them en masse than make them en masse.

-General Veers with Removable armor/hat...  I just would be shocked if Hasbro went balls-to-the-wall and made a Veers whose chest/back armor popped off, had a removable war belt with pistol holster, a removable kepi hat, and a removable helmet (Ah hell even removable goggles).  I'd buy that figure in droves personally.  I'd not even care if Hasbro released the same figure's body with unique headsculpts (I'd like them to keep reusing the removable hat idea though, it's just neat).

-Ice Cream Maker Guy...  Not exactly one I'm DYING to get, but it'd be funny to see it and I'd not turn my nose to him either.  I just don't think Hasbro will ever bother.  I'd be surprised if they did.

-New Hoth Han Solo...  Not one the way I'd like anyway.  Great articulation, working holster, no action feature, soft-goods hood you can pull down, and a removable helmet are just very unlikely to ever happen.  Again, a "To do" figure for my customs projects someday, but not something I'll expect Hasbro to churn out...  Could be great, doubt it ever sees the light of day though.

I could probably think of others if given longer, but I just don't have the time right now.  I'm sure I'll add to this eventually though. :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at SW.com and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 21, 2003, 05:43 PM »
Ah, I'm just laughing over here. :)

OK ok ok, I'll start off with this...  I'd take a new Bossk, and only because Trandoshans get ALL da ladies...  He's one of my more favored characters, so I'd like a new one with more articulation sure.  I can see the point of not wanting one right now though.  

It's a good figure for POTF2, it could be a great figure for Saga, that's all I'm sayin'...

Now, onto my Yavin Wave opinions, which is probably my most anticipated wave of figures.

Why you ask?  Well, simple, it's ALLLLLLLLLLL army building and customizing fodder.  Look at that wave!  Awesome.  ;D  I'm beamin' with excitement and the chance to gloat a little.  heh

-TIE Pilot...  Obviously the least interesting considering we've had TIE Pilots galore in POTF2.  Not new sculpts really, but not a "bad" sculpt in the first place and then improved with knee articulation.  Pretty nifty I though...  I have lots.  The good news is the NEW TIE pilot doesn't necessarily make the old one look bad, but it's definitely an improvement in sculpt judging by the photos.

I wish they were lighter so I could make out the articulation count, but I'll live with the darker images for now.  It was touted as "super articulated" I believe which is nice and gives me hope for a really nice army builder figure.  Definitely looks more properly scaled/proportioned by its sculpt in those photos.  I love it....  Even though I didn't really have it on my list of things i wanted.

-Gold Leader...  AWESOME!  Look at it!  I wish he didn't have his helmet on in the photo is the only thing.  I'd love to see the headsculpt to get a good look at how nice it is.  The blaster pistol's a nice addition, and it's nice to see Hasbro sculpting chinstraps on helmets now...  It's about time they took a page from some other toy companies that have been doing it for a while now.

If I had complaints, it would be a lack of articulation, and the pose is SLIGHTLY exagerated, but I still like the figure overall.  It's within the realm of greatness.  Not perfection, but as good as Hasbro generally does.  Another grand customizing figure.

Hmmmm, I wonder if those leg straps are molded plastic and just a separate/flexible piece, or if they're cloth?  If they're cloth, Hasbro bogarted a customizing idea i had a LONG time ago.  If they're plastic, I'll be impressed if they let the figure's legs pose well enough.

-General Jan Dodonna...  WOW, another doozie!  His headsculpt looks good enough IMO...  Captures his intense look of leadership.  I always like to think of Dodonna as kind of the Patton of the Alliance.  I can't see his bodysculpt to determine if they reused Antilles parts, but they hopefully haven't since Dodonna's a hefty fellow with a fairsized pot bellie.  I also wonder if he'll have his waistcoat on underneath of his trench coat.

I'd say  his accessories are a bigger disappointment than the figure...  Not that I mind getting a blaster, it's great if they use that sculpt, but we all probably were hoping for a tactical map, or even just a little screen of the briefing map or something.  Oh well...  I'll take a blaster and a nicely sculpted figure of Dodonna for now...  The medals are just "eh" to me.  OK, but not too great.  

I'm still happy to get this guy, and can't wait to use the pieces to make more Rebel Generals.

-Captain Colton Antilles...  Ahhhhh, finally.  

So to everyone who said they COULD NOT make a removable Fleet Trooper helmet, I laughed out loud at you today when I finally got the chance to take a gander at these new figures.  :)  Hasbro can, and has...  They really made a superior product to the POTJ figure overall with Antilles it seems.  Sculpt is crisper, the blaster (so far) looks 100x superior to even the prototype blaster the POTJ RFT had, and that removable helmet is damned nice looking.  Right down to the chinstrap...  Yes, Hasbro even included a chinstrap.  

Antilles only real problem is articulation IMO...  I don't mind the headsculpt.  It's got enough of a dumbfounded look to believe that Vader's killing him, and yet it's also neutral enough to buy the figure in droves and pop his helmet on and have a nice officer corps for your Rebel armies.  

The articulation is a bit of a bummer...  Articulated knees and ankles would've made him flawless IMO really, and he'd look neat like he's "dangling" with Vader's fist around his throat or something.  I mean that custom woulda been a no-brainer.  

One other "problem" is his shirt collar's not accurate totally.  Antilles had a buttoned collar I do believe, but no biggie...  It's a great custom fodder figure, and a good army builder for most people...  It's articulated semi-well, has a GREAT to-scale blaster (So much for me making my own) and a nice sculpt overall.  I can't wait to buy this guy in droves.  This'll be a case I order, no doubt.

So anyway, I got my good laugh in. :)  I feel vindicated and I'm happy Hasbro gave the removable helmet...  A thanks goes to them personally.

Now if I could only get them to make a NEW Rebel Fleet Trooper with all these improvements and some better articulation/pose. :)  Eh, I'll be happy with Antilles for now...

So that's my initial response right now.

This wave looks great...  I'm reading about people saying how "Dull" and boring the characters are, and be that as it may, I think these will be figures that do well...  The potential uses for these figures, and the fact people will want multiples, I think that will push this wave pretty well at retail.

Can't wait to pick these up, and I really am much more excited for 2004's figure line-up than ever.  I'm happy as a clam right now!

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Rogue Squadron Members Names in OT
« on: November 18, 2003, 12:49 AM »
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I know in ANH they were all designated "Red" but were they still the Rogues?

Well, that depends who you talk to...

I'm not good with names, but I can direct you to sources.

First is the Rogue Squadron video game (PC and Nintendo 64).  This lays out the ORIGINAL missions of Rogue Squadron immediately following its formation after the battle of Yavin...  Luke and Wedge were members of course, but also Kasan Moore, a female Imperial pilot and defector was also a volunteer.  Hobbie is there as well...  

The Empire Strikes Back novel and radio dramas have the leader of Rogue Squadron I believe being assaulted and a majority of Rogue Squadron being killed prior to the Battle of Hoth.  Their names, I can't quite recall off-hand, but they were part of RS I guess...

Off-hand I can't recall pilot names from Rogue Leader or Rebel Strike, the other 2 installments in the video game, but I do recall a mission rescuing Tycho Selchu in Rebel Strike which I'm still in the midst of playing...  Whether he becomes a Rogue at THAT time I'm not sure.  He's supposedly at the Home One briefing in ROTJ though as a B-Winger in the background, so he may have been with another group at the time or volunteered to lead a separate group...  Hard to say.

There's a thread about this at Rebelscum too right now I believe, but it's not coming upw ith much better results I don't think.

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 17, 2003, 09:31 PM »
Tonight's episode was a doozie for "plot".

It answered some Q's and raised some others...  Overall it gets a thumbs up from me.  Jumping from one story arc to another sucked, but now that they're moving THIS story arc along it's cool.  The Mon Calamari episode with Fisto STILL doesn't fit, and is definitely my least favorite.

So Assajj is a wanna-be sith which I sorta figured was going to be the story.  She's turning into a pawn, which is cool, because she thinks so highly of herself.  I'm curious if Dooku's just an unwitting pawn also though?  Hmmmm

Her sabres are now the curved-hilt reds we have known and loved, so we're cookin' there I guess...  She was given them as a gift after Dooku whipped her good in battle (twice), and subsequently destroyed her old blue/green combo.

I'm guessing she is a fallen Jedi of some sort?  Trained in the Jedi arts, but her training was abandoned because of her emotional state?

It's kinda cool having Sinead O'Connor go balistic and get sabres and want to be a Sith Lord.  It's also kinda cool that she's a weakling when it boils down to it, and that she'll be punked out by Anakin probably.

Very neat episode, lots of Dialogue, and the first sighting of Lord Sidious...  Good overall in this viewer's opinion.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Best Toy Line of 2003? VOTE NOW!
« on: November 15, 2003, 03:04 AM »
I voted G.I. Joe because I think they are an improved line and they really have been around so long you gotta give them a nod for what they've accomplished.

They're not interesting to me because of the "Super hero" quality they have and the articulation isn't increased across the line like it should be, but they're getting there and the last couple years have seen this line dominating net profits for Hasbro by %.  That's not too shabby.

If I had to vote in a line in "Other" I'd either go with DML's 1:6 WW2 line which is the pinnacle of action figure perfection, or BBi's delving into 1:18 military figures on a broad retail scale.  They're just impressive sporting over 20 points of articulation each on a figure the size of our beloved SW figure's basic line.  

Hey Hasbro?  ya listenin'? :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 14, 2003, 08:22 PM »
Chapter 6...

Wow!  Not a whole lotta movement in the overall story, but a NICE full episode to introduce Assaji Ventriss.  She rocked...  

She's got a shape-shifting ability too apparantly?  Through some force control I'm guessing since Dooku seemed to detect it/critique her ability.

She rocked all then by jumping into a great arena of gladiatorial combat.  What really got me was that I planned to do custom figures (Fan fic) of gladiator-ish aliens and such from Star Wars.  There was a Gammorrean and Aqualish which were the only 2 species I recognized.  The rest seemed to be a variety of large aliens and androids...  Not one human.  Kinda funny that Humans are a weak species of the galaxy but a "plague" upon the aliens in a way.

Anyway...  Assaji kicks everyone's ass there basically...  This little sick looking bald girl.  And makes them all look like chumps.  Her sabres are green and blue so far...  She seems like a dark jedi aspiring to become a Sith.

I wonder what her deal is though?  IS she looking to replace someone?  Is Dooku looking to off his master and become the master and this his apprentice?  Hmmm...

Dooku's voice was cool, and Assaji's was downright creepy.  Her glazed over white eyes were neat too.  Demonic looking.

Lots of death this episode too...  Aliens and androids in that arena were offed like Russel Crowe was in there doing the killing!  

A great redemption episode for the Kit Fisto episode which was mediocre.  Some of the alien designs were a bit "extreme" but I liked them ultimately.  My favorites were:

-Crab-guy with one eye
-Robot-thing that Assaji killed and his head bounced on the arena floor
-The Dog-like alien with cinderblock things on a chain (Big alien!)
-Aqualish "ninja" dood...  Long hair even.

Those were some cool characters I thought.  Like I said, some "extreme" stuff there, but for a big scene like that it seems worthy.  

I wonder what planet that was though?  Like where the hell is this underground combat event at?  Very mysterious.  It almost looked like Geonosis...  I'd liked to have seen where it was, and if ti was a Separatist thing or a public event that people just go to watch for craps and giggles.

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