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Saga '02-'04 / Re: OK, what the.... (Nexu!?)
« on: June 2, 2003, 05:57 PM »
Bah, why should the toy gods be any different than any other god!?  :)

Toy Gods or not though, all I can say is Andy (Or any other Hasbro employee) are lucky they weren't in the near vicinity...  Or else they'd have needed the aid of a proctologist to retrieve the broken Nexu from themselves.

Stupid Nexu...  :(

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: JD poll results are in: Most wanted VEHICLE!
« on: June 2, 2003, 05:50 PM »
That depends...

How much SHOULD it cost, or how much WILL it cost are two different questions.  If they wanted, it could come in at a perfect 1:18 scale for $200 if they tried...  Check around at the 1:6 military toy lines to see vehicles that are "complex" in structure and would be around the same size (And that's built, if you had to assemble the barge it would fit in a smaller box).  

$200 seems uber reasonable for a scale one if you ask me...  no frills, just to-scale with an interior.  No electronics, no pack-in (Unless it's just a repaint of a figure, or something like that).  All I'd want is a clear stand for it to sit on as if hovering off the ground.

If the vehicle becomes extremely complex though, costs can increase dramatically.  The # of individual UNIQUE parts would dictate the price.  It could be made simply, but it could be made very very complex as well.

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Power of the Jedi / Re: Biker Scout - Clean Version
« on: June 2, 2003, 05:43 PM »
The clean one actually wasn't THAT difficult to find here...  It shipped a few times anyway, and I saw it in a few stores.  The dirty one was very easy to find though.  As easy to find as the Bespin Guard at one point actually.

I'm still disappointed with this figure, and hope they make a new one that's more poseable some day.  

If you're wanting an army of them (clean) and an army that arguably looks BETTER than the POTJ version, might I suggest buying up loose vintage ones, and give them your own (more detailed) paint job.

The vintage figure is surprisingly accurate in sculpt, and his pose is much more "neutral" and acheives the attention pose needed for an Emperor's arrival diorama.  They're relatively cheap too, especially if you find a few in a box that are in sort of beat up shape.  

The helmet's actually more properly scaled even, as the POTJ figure's helmet is a tad small.  I've seen some customs using the vintage figure that really REALLY look impressive.

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Saga '02-'04 / OK, what the.... (Nexu!?)
« on: June 2, 2003, 12:09 AM »
....hell happened to my Nexu!?

I went today to just look at it, and this is literally one of the first times I've picked this figure up since I bought it.  It's sat upon my shelf with the other 2 Arena beasts since purchasing.  I was gonna test the sounds since I hadn't removed the batteries and what not.

Well, what do I find?  My Nexu has CRACKED in several areas along the bellie...  Not just one small crack, I'm talking FULL cracks to the point the body is separating.  

I unscrew the battery compartment and see the spring inside the battery slot is forcing the body apart in the back, but it doesn't explain why there's cracks at the leg joints as well that are completely separating.

I've not done ANY playing with this figure at all.  It was basically bought and set upon a shelf, and this if the first real "handling" it's seen in a long time.  Needless to say I'm royally pi$$ed off right now at Hasbro.

Now I'm out my Nexu and this is unfortunate as that figure has completely dried up in my area.  

And of course, god knows Hasbro wouldn't replace this if asked.

It's a shame because I really liked this figure at one point, but now my opinion is 10x lower...  There's no excuse for a toy crumbling before your eyes.  What's really sad is that it happened just from sitting on my stand...  

No rough play (no play at all), no handling, no extreme temperatures, no direct sunlight...  Nothing.  And the toy just fell apart...

Yikes.  :(  What a piece of junk!

It makes me wonder if this is an isolated incident or if others have experienced this?  Hmmmmm....

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your opinion on "Gamers"..
« on: June 1, 2003, 05:19 AM »
I don't know that I'd have any lower an opinion of a "gamer" in full dress for their respective game than I would a 501st stormtrooper decked out in armor that required him/her to make a vacuform machine, find a plastics distributor, make negative molds, and then the process of making the suit (Then buying the pieces one could not make such as shoes, the body glove, etc.), and then making accessories for said suit, such as an accurate E11 stormie blaster.

Are they losers?  Well, loser is in the eye of the beholder.  I guarantee my friend Dan would say "yes", but I personally don't feel so...  Then again I like Star Wars.

Gamers just have their niche hobby like we have ours I suppose...  Or ST fans have their hobby they love, dress up for, and speak a recognized language for (Klingon).  To each their own I guess.

Personally I've only done Star Wars Miniature's Battles gaming myself (Which still is actively played at cons) though that game doesn't have the public support that ones like Magic The Gathering do.  Personally the whole CCG thing never appealed to me, but then again neither does poker (Though Blackjack's addictive at the casinos).

As far as RPG's and such though, those can be fun...  I find them tedious to be involved in now though, especially with computer games there to fill the RPG void.

Still, with the lacking "realism" of real-time strategy games, or the lack of "scale" in them sometimes, that's why a game like SW Miniatures battles holds a great appeal for me.  I was at an event where the one guy came dressed as an Imperial Officer (Controlled the Imperial side) and took it quite seriously.  He even ran things with less of his own personal "strategy" and tried to think like the Imperials in the movies (Straight forward attacking, very violent and swift assaults).  I mean, whatever floats your boat I guess, but it cost him a couple games as I recall.

Anyway, I really see it as just like Star Wars fans (Some anyway) but in a different hobby.  Maybe the gamers laughed at people dressed up for the last STar Wars movie and waiting in a line for 4 or 5 hours?   Who knows...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Other boards
« on: May 30, 2003, 02:50 AM »
JF you got banned?

hahahahahahaha :)

Sorry, I had to laugh...  Hey, it's funny you spoke your mind on it in one form or another though...  I personally never dealt with the trader/sale forums over there so I didn't know.  I did hear about the various people complaining about a "No non-SW items" rule though.  And I do think that's a bogus rule...

I could see if it were people selling ONLY non SW stuff, or were regularly offering up various non-SW things with very little SW stuff ever.  It needed monitoring...

Guess RS decided they'd monitor it perminantly by just axing it all together...  Oh well.   :-\

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Jedi Academy ScreenShots
« on: May 30, 2003, 02:36 AM »
I'm personally one to only do FPS's on PC...  That's my platform of choice for a few types of games (Strategy, FPS, Flight Sim)...  I do prefer consoles for racing and "arcade shooters" like Rogue Squadron's series though.

To me, the keyboard/mouse gives you and insane ammount of freedom and customizeability over what a console's controller offers for thhis type of game.  the need to have things come up at the touch of one button is great often times, especially in multi-play, so I think PC is the best route to go generally.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Other boards
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:37 AM »
That's funny MisterPL because there were a couple times you'd said something in reply to a bad post, and I pretty much just laughed out loud after reading it.

All I could say then was "Can't improve on perfection" so I walked away...

Some of those topics I just can't get involved in.  Namely the political topics.  There's so many lies, half-truths, stretching of the truth, and blatantly stupid things being said in those that I just ignore them.

Those are the types of threads that were better left untouched...  I'd have been kicked out long ago.

So who got banned from Scum, Josheee?  That's funny...  People who SHOULD be banned don't get it, then some obscure person gets the permanent boot.

I've seen people who've been registered as long as I have, who do nothing but stir up trouble in every post they make, yet they are still allowed to be there.  Go figure.

Like I said, I float by just to read up...  Sometimes post, but even that I've changed somewhat.  I did post in the "Little Known Facts" thread in regards to some misinformation about D-Day...  Only because I find the correct answer to things in our history as being somewhat important.

And of course I'm always up for a good "Explain this..." debate in the classic trilogy forum. :)

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The Wookiee Arcade / New Jedi Academy ScreenShots
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:28 AM »
http://www.lucasarts.com/products/jediacademy/

Check it out folks...  Lotsa fun for everyone!

While I'm disappointed to see a game that may not have improvements on blaster/ranged weapons, I still think the game looks sweet.

The screen of the docked ship at a Tatooine-Esque spaceport is VERY nice work.

Take note that the Jedi are wearing "Hoth Rebel" uniforms while on that cold weather planet...  Pretty nice attention to detail.

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If I have a variety to choose from sure...

For instance I was at the mall today, and hit TRU looking for the impy 4-pack.  I got it, and there were like 7 there.  I checked all 7 and was narrowing it down one at a time...  I got one with a good AT-ST driver paint job whose helmet's slightly tilted.  Personally I liked the tilted helmet BTW, as it gives him a natural look.

Sometimes you don't have a choice though...  If that's the case I just buy what is available to me.

The Impy Officer I saw enough times (Not the new ones) to have a choice at first...  After I saw them a few times I didn't care what their faces looked like, I just wanted what they had.  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Other boards
« on: May 28, 2003, 06:08 PM »
I float around occassionally to a few different boards, though the only 2 I check regularly are here at Jedidefender.com (of course) and Rebelscum.com

I used to float over to GH.com often, but now it's about once a week...  GH is alright, but loads entirely too slow for my taste, and the board has little traffic really...  

Scum I read now more than post...  

Sometimes things just BEG me to reply to them though, like someone recently posting "Well Star Wars figures are bought by kids more than G.I. Joe, so that's why SW figures have rubbery weapons".

I like Star Wars too, but let's call a spade a spade and realize that Hasbro's just cheap here...  Joe's been outperforming the SW license for some time now I believe.  It's a shame people just can't admit their favorite toy line maybe isn't dominating the toy industry like they'd like it to though.

Scum's full of posts like that anymore though, and arguments, and fights, and general tedious nuisance junk that really just makes it not worth getting involved sometimes.  Thus my migrating over here was not a difficult decision.

I generally don't post that much on forums at all though anymore...  No time it seems.  Not like I had in the past when I could type out a 3 page relpy to someone being completely foolish in a topic.

Anyway, I also sometimes pop into.......

http://www.gpxd.com/Index.htm

This is Ground Pounder's 21st Century Toys X-Treme Detail website/forum...  All forms of small (Under 1:6) scale military toys are discussed there though, even Star Wars (Since it has a military theme).  Mostly just XD (and their 32X) though, or A18 (Dragon's line) or BBi's Elite Force 1:18.

Sometimes I run over to http://commandchamber.net/ also...  This site is dedicated to the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight/Mysteries of the Sith/ Jedi Outcast series of games, and the editing/modding community that goes with them.  You'll find add-on levels and such for your games there...  It's predominantly single-player though, as multi-player has a large separate community and SP is grossly overlooked.

If you want the most out of your game though, check it out because there's some GREAT add-on levels to games that have come out...  I'd say the better add-ons are VERY superior in overall quality to what Lucasarts themselves put out.  And the good ones are like mini-games unto themselves really.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Please Clue in the Clueless...
« on: May 28, 2003, 05:56 PM »
Yeah, there's a level of "dumb" to it at first, but when you realize what he's doing it's quite funny...

For instance when Ali's talking to the narcotics guy, who is trying to send his "Say No" message, but Ali keeps bringing up using drugs and how to do it without getting caught...

And I mean he has Newt Gingrich on for god's sake!  He doesn't get low level guests...  But, WTF were their publicist's thinking when "Da Ali G" show asked them to be on?

His round table discussions are great because they're just a 3-ring circus of him basically making fun of the guest's various views.  They don't get it and one even got up and stormed away from the set.

It's definately a funny show once you realize what's going on...  I too was confused at first.  I guess that guy's been around in GB for some time though.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Saga 4-packs: Love 'em or hate 'em?
« on: May 28, 2003, 05:46 PM »
My opinion on the sets isn't changing too much, though hearing some negative things about the QUALITY of the Imperial set has sort of put a sour taste in my mouth.   :-\

The Imperial set had the most appeal to me as an army builder, since the AT-ST (Imperial Army Regular) driver is sorely in need of a better sculpt, and that sorta fit the bill.  The R4 astromech is always welcome, and of course stormtroopers can never be turned away.  The Vader's sort of dejecting though, and just like the upcoming Saga Snowtrooper...  WHY THE CANNON!?  I have umpteen of those things already, I'm all repeating blastered out here.

The BH set has the least appeal to me, as has been pointed out by a few others...  The swoop bike is a nice improvement over the SOTE swoop, but it's tough to justify buying 4 figures I already have for the bike...  Like others have said though, if the deco on each figure is greatly improved I could maybe see it, but I'm just not so sure on that...  I mean, nobody in the set can even ride the swoop, can they?  

The Hoth set's title is a tad misleading...  When I hear "Battle of Hoth", I don't expect what's given in the package.  While the Taun Taun w/Guts is a nice addition for sure, the Hoth Luke, Lame Hoth Leia and astromech make it tough to stomach...

Now, had they made a "Major Derlin" variation out of a Luke figure (w/new head), and replaced Leia with a semi retooled Hoth footsoldier (Change the legs somehow and give use the upper body of the Deluxe soldier with Saga Han's arms) then I maybe would've been excited over this set.  The astromech's not bad (But why not use R3-T7's body since it's better?) and the Taun Taun is ok, so I'll likely be more excited about this one than the BH set...

No matter what though, this 4-pack idea...  Just like the Cantina Sets and accessory sets...  isn't being given the best treatment, and Hasbro could've done better with the execution of these.

As always, Hasbro has nice ideas that they bungle in one way or another...  From the army-building 4-packs in white boxes to these.  There's always some lil screw-up that makes them not as cool as they COULD have been.

Too bad...

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Should Hasbro re-release the Eopie?
« on: May 28, 2003, 05:35 PM »
I'd pick up 1 or 2 depending on cost and availability...  They seemed like a plentiful beast on Tatooine so they'd be great for any Tat. diorama I believe.

A packaging change wouldn't bother me at all since I open them, but I could see carded/boxed guys going nuts over that.  

I'd prefer just a basic re-release of it myself, except the packaging change...  No new figures.  Just the original QGJ.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga A-wing
« on: May 26, 2003, 06:46 PM »
I'm surprised you didn't care for the A-Wing in any incarnation Dimetrodon...

I've been happy with all of mine actually.

It's to-scale (My biggest complaint of SW vehicles)

It has great detail, even for a modern vehicle (Seat pads in the cockpit, poprivets on the armor plating, etc...)

It has working landing gear that don't collapse under its weight, and the cockpit functions well (with a hidden button).

And both of the modern versions have a figure...  Albeit neither has a great figure, but the new one's figure is not too shabby.

I'm pretty content with that...  I'm not into lights and sounds myself though.  I just want something accurately scaled (It's possible, just look at XD's to-scale WW2 vehicles), and detailed well.  

How'd you break two vintage ones?  Yikes!  There goes a hundred a piece now, haha.    ;D

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