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Or an pre-Admiral Ackbar soliciting fish head?

From street walking drug addict giving out "favors" and turning tricks for his next fix, all the way to Admiral of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's main battle fleet?

Impressive for a Red Lobster Entree.

Vader's #1 in any category...  So I already question AFI's validity.   :P

I rather liked him because he was a throwback to "cheap" costume days...  Had a Star Trek Feel...  I also like that he's dealing intergalactic narcotics which I feel is an "area" the EU neglects a lot.

I did NOT like his name...  Whatever uncreative putz thought that up needs fired.  I could come up with a better name using just the letters out of a newspaper headline.

The look didn't bother me though, as not all aliens can be elaborate CGI creations and such.  Nice to see something "cheap" as a throwback to the Cantina.  

He wasn't my favorite character of E2 though.  I felt there were many well-created aliens in that film, and better than him.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: 12 " AT AT Commander
« on: June 4, 2003, 05:25 PM »
Definately cool...

With the EU background of the AT-ST pilot being an "Imperial Army Regular" trooper, I'd considered nabbing an AT-ST pilot (If they go on clearance like the officer) and somehow making him in his EU garb.

Basically, their uniform is the just the AT-ST drivers outfit, but when they're in the field (Not piloting ST's), they wear chest armor ala the officers, and have backpacks ala sandtroopers (And I'd take it a step further and say they denote simple visual rank via a pauldron like stormtroopers do).

Definately some cool 12" custom possibilities, even though it's not my particular field of interest generally.  That field Officer looks great though!  :)  12" probably has to have the most diverse list of parts and possibilities to it I'd think.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: OK, what the.... (Nexu!?)
« on: June 4, 2003, 05:19 PM »
Under normal circumstances I'd be happy hearing another had the same issues I did, but unfortunately this is a crappy situation...

I'm glad yours could be fixed though Lando!  Mine would take a fair bit of finegaling to get it to even look decent at this point. :(

A nexu point (And one I can't confirm, but I'm going off memory here) does it not make 3 sounds?

The tongue in the mouth is also a button as I recall, in addition to button on his side near the wound.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Tarkin
« on: June 2, 2003, 08:58 PM »

I wonder if Tarkin will show in E3, and maybe have Chewie with him?  His slave perhaps?  Kill 2 cameos with one stone, and Tarkin's appearance is the only one I consider "needed" from a classic trilogy character...

But Chewie there as his slave...  Eh, that I'd not mind.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your college alma mater...
« on: June 2, 2003, 06:13 PM »
Currently I'm enrolled at La Roche College (Soon to be University I think), which is a private school in the Pittsburgh area (In Pittsburgh's North Hills area).  My 2-year degree came many moons ago it seems, from NewPort Business Institute, and old business college from the Pittsburgh area and affilliated with La Roche College.

My major for my 2-year was Business Administration with a focus on Retail/Production and Retail Management.  At La Roche I'm duel majoring in Business Administration/Management and Marketing.  Very similar degrees, but the two will diversify me for finding permanent work in Pittsburgh (I'm not wanting to leave, it's great here).  Unfortunately, getting in the door in business here is rougher than some other larger cities.

I'd like to open my own business, a club/restaurant maybe, here in the city eventually.  

Between schools, I worked for a few major retail establishments, several financial institutions, and an accounting office (And of course some smaller part-time jobs that we've all had to do at one point or another, including time for a vending machine company in the local steel mill, YIKES!)

I considered attending one of 3 state schools right out of high school that are all nearby.  IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Penn State, or University of Pittsburgh...  I also tossed about the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for 3-D animation, and almost went there this year to do what I wanted to, but 3-D animation has such a high competition level that I worried about getting the work I wanted...  To me that was like saying I wanted to be a pro hockey player.  It wasn't gonna happen, not at this later stage of my life.  :-\

Instead I decided to major in business since it's what I know and what I'm good at.  To me, making $ and being secure (And happy on those levels) are more important than chasing a dream.  If I want to enjoy the benefits of things like 3-D animation, I'll have to do so as a hobby...  Kinda like hockey. :)

The Original Trilogy / Re: How does Vader know who "Luke" is?
« on: June 2, 2003, 06:04 PM »
I've always felt that Vader learns of Luke through Luke's own exploits.

During the years after ANH, it's likely that within the Alliance, Luke is a hero obviously.  Luke's exploits I'm sure got back to Vader through Imperial Intelligence, or simple word of Mouth.  

While maybe nobody else knew of Vader's last name, Vader would know Luke's name immediately (As would Palpatine, and maybe a handfull of others like Tarkin had he survived).  The rest of the galaxy would just think of Luke as a hick kid who has proven himself on the field of battle.

The other story's taking place "behind the scenes", probably even behind Luke's closest friends own backs (Remember, Leia even seems to not understand why Luke leaves on Endor, and Han seems to be 100% clueless till Leia tells him that Luke's her brother).

Vader and the Emperor know though, as do Obi and Yoda...  After Tarkin's death (And maybe even before, but he did know who Obi-Wan was, quite well, and he does refer to Vader as "friend" leading one to believe he knows his past) that seems to be it.

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...  :(

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.

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.

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....

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...

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.   :-\

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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