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Saga Collection '06 / Han Solo
« on: June 29, 2006, 09:39 PM »
Edit - The two Han Solo VOTC/VSTC figures -



and



Which do you prefer?  Which one is a better figure?

Also, are you happy that Han has gotten two versions already that are so similar while so many other characters have not had any figures made in this style yet?

 :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Why no Battle Droids?
« on: June 29, 2006, 09:35 PM »
Anyone else a little frustrated that there's no mention of Battle Droids for the next year or so?  I know they're nowhere as popular as Clones... but they're the grunts of the Separatists...

 :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Worst Ideas for Hasbro Thread
« on: June 29, 2006, 05:54 PM »
Just for fun, what are some really absurd ideas that would really tick you off if Hasbro did them?

Here's a couple that might really get under people's skin (including mine):

- No army builders for a year
- Soft goods on every figure

 :)

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Just wondering... Hasbro has kind of hinted that they might make some of these styled figures for the prequels someday, but what about characters in the modern VOTC/VSTC line but never had a vintage counterpart?

I know there's some out there that are potential ones.  Like a Rebel Fleet Trooper for starters.

Thoughts?

 :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Collection Losses
« on: June 19, 2006, 02:40 PM »
Just wondering... has anyone ever "lost" stuff that you never could find again?  Or somehow threw stuff away on accident?

I am 99.99% sure that all of my POP's for the VSTC figures got thrown out by my wife.  Here is what I had -

Scout Trooper - 12 POP's
Tusken Raider - 6 POP's
Luke X-Wing - 4 POP's
Han Solo - 4 POP's
Greedo - 2 POP's

I had them all in a nice little stack on the coffee table, and I think in the shuffle of 3-weeks worth of mail, it got mixed in and thrown away.

Pretty frustrating.

 :)

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Customs Community and Group Projects / Next Group Project
« on: June 18, 2006, 03:38 AM »
Are we planning on doing one of these in July?  If so, I was wondering about doing an ultimate Jango Fett and share ideas on a custom of him as Hasbro really hasn't stepped up to the plate with this figure... here is one of the better ones I'm aware of someone making, might be a good reference.



 :)

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Photonovels and Movies / Rykrof Enloe PN previews
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:26 AM »
I really don't get much feedback on the previews when I put them in the cusotmizing section, so I thought I'd start that for this thread.  I'll do anywhere from 3-4 previews for each chapter here.


Chapter 1 - Crisis on Abridon












Chapter 2 - Underground Resistance












Chapter 3 - Anti Jedi












Chapter 4 - Slaughter on Munist













 :)


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Saga Collection '06 / How many SAGA2 Sandtroopers do you have?
« on: June 14, 2006, 02:46 PM »
I am up to 5.... been hunting for these like a dog.  To me it's just a slightly dirty VOTC Stormtrooper and works well for Endor scenes.

 :)

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Photonovels and Movies / RE #3 - ANTI JEDI (final edition)
« on: June 13, 2006, 02:00 AM »
Ok!!! A new photonovel is up, hope you enjoy.  I'ts the 3rd in the redo phase of the Rykrof Enloe series.













Following the events on Naboo, newly elected Supreme Chancellor Palpatine returns to the Republic capital after a recent trip to Corellia.

Upon his arrival, he is greeted by Jedi Master Mace Windu.
 




"Master Windu," the Chancellor says, "how good to see you."

"Chancellor Palpatine, welcome back to Coruscant," Mace Windu says as he approaches the new leader of the Republic.  "Your presence will be needed in the Senate as the Trade Federation's opening defense statement is scheduled to be reviewed this week."

"Thank you, Master Windu.  I am well aware of the proceedings," Palpatine says.


 


"It has also been brought to my attention that one of your elder Jedi has caused quite a panic in your Order," Palpatine says as the two begin to walk together.

"Yes, it is unfortunate that Count Dooku has chosen to leave the Jedi Order," Mace Windu replies.

"Indeed, it is a sad day for the Republic," Palpatine says with a frown.  "But for now it is important that I speak with you about aiding our Peace Officers in their investigation of the recent Badoo Corba terrorist attacks.  I have reliable information that Trigg Fuuda himself is here on Coruscant."

 


The following morning, Peace Officer Rykrof Enloe meets with his good friend, Tylin Gere, to discuss the recent attacks by terrorist groups on Coruscant.

"Seems like since the whole blockade thing on Naboo started, the Senate's forgotten about these terrorists," Tylin says.


 


"I agree," Rykrof replies.  "But Palpatine claims to have new information on a Badoo Corba hideout in the Pojer District.  We're being sent to investigate."

"That's a bad area," Tylin warns.

"True, but we have a Rodian informant who owes us for saving him from the Hutts," Rykrof says.  "Plus we'll have a Jedi escort, who says he'll have no problem accessing this supposed Badoo Corba warehouse."


 


Early the next morning, Rykrof's group cautiously enters the Pojer District in the Coruscant underground. 

Following their escort, Jedi Master Kala Mly Shundi, the group keeps a watchful eye on the various inhabitants of the underground.


 


As the group proceeds, Rykrof tries to get a read on the mysterious Jedi Master, who appears to know his way around the area well.


 


The Jedi has no trouble locating the Rodian informant, and easily persuades him to reveal the encrypted access codes they will need to enter the Badoo Corba hideout undetected and find the leader of the Badoo Corba, Trigg Fuuda.
 




The lone guard watching the rear entrance to the warehouse is no match for a Jedi spell.

"We better hide the body," Rykrof says. 

"Yeah, and let's just hope we get our of this place as easily as we get in," Kollen Mane replies.


 


Once inside, the Jedi suggests they split into two groups.


 


"Dividing our force is a tactical error," Rykrof argues.


 


"It's alright Sir," Kollen interjects.  "We can cover more ground quicker this way and get out of here.  I'll go with Master Shundi and the three of you can stick together."

Reluctantly, Rykrof agrees and the group separates.


 


Soon, Rykrof's group stumbles upon a storage room holding several containment units. 

"Bingo," Tylin jokes.  "An endless supply of Correlian brandy!"

"Don't I wish it," Rykrof says grimly.  "But this is diyoxis; enough to kill an entire planet."

The group quickly documents their findings and takes a sample to present to Chancellor Palpatine.


 


Meanwhile, Kala Mly Shundi and Kollen Mane have run into a Badoo Corba security patrol.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the two take off in a hasty retreat.


 


The Jedi is not surprised to see Battle Droids used by the terrorists; as many organizations have been rumored to be increasing their stock in war machines from the factories of the distant planet Geonosis.


 


In the central command room, Trigg Fuuda meets with two most important guests, former Jedi Master Count Dooku and the new leader of a criminal organization known as Black Sun, Prince Xizor.


 


"It is my utmost pleasure that you have met with me here to discuss the future of my movement," Trigg says.


 


"We meet today in honor of a greater cause than yours or mine, Trigg," Count Dooku says with a smile.  "With your support we will rally thousands of systems the Republic has oppressed for decades."


 


"And Black Sun pledges our support," Prince Xizor continues.  "I have assured the good Count that you will do the same."
 




Suddenly, Kollen Mane interrupts the meeting and opens fire on the group!
 




Hearing distance laser blasts, the other officers quickly move forward to investigate!


 


Meanwhile, the Badoo Corba quickly scramble to evacuate the warehouse under orders from Count Dooku.

"Damnit!" Trigg Fuuda yells.  "There can't be many of them, I have enough droids to eliminate any intruders!"


 


"Trigg, I am sorry," Dooku says.  "But you know as well as I that the Republic will now send in a full scale security force to this complex.  We must leave now."

As the Badoo Corba prepare to evacuate, Dooku smiles to himself, knowing that his master will be pleased; as he has succeeded in forming the foundation of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and can now move forward with a secret cloning project on Kamino that will bring the Republic to its knees.


 


Back in the central command room, Rykrof and his group find Jedi Master Kala Mly Shundi standing over the corpse of their comrade, Kollen Mane. 

To Rykrof's disbelief, it appears that Kollen has been struck down by a lightsaber wound.

"Kollen!" Rykrof yells.


 


The Jedi shuts down his lightsaber as the group begins to question him.

"That looks like a saber wound," Tylin says.  "What the hell did you do?"

The Jedi explains to the group that when he entered the room, Kollen was already dead.


 


"Do not pass judgment on me," the Jedi warns.  "I grieve for the loss of your friend.  Help me gather his body so we can leave this place before anyone else gets hurt."

"Liar!" Tylin yells as he raises his blaster.
 




In a blur of motion, the Jedi spins and renders Tylin Gere unconscious!


 


Before Rykrof realizes what has happened, he finds himself losing balance as the air around him violently pushes him and Ora Telle to the ground.
 




Early the next morning, a calm skyline dawns over the Senatorial District.


 


As Rykrof awakens with a terrible headache, he is dumbfounded to find himself being watched by a small frog-like creature.


 


"A headache you have, hmmm?" the creature says.

"Uh, yeah... I do," Rykrof says.  "And who might you be?"
 




"Senior member of the Jedi Council, I am," it says.  "Saved you and your officers from the terrorists, Master Shundi did."

"I... don't even know what really happened," Rykrof admits.


 


"Turned your back on the Jedi, you almost did," the Jedi says sadly as he leaves the room.



TO BE CONTINUED...

 :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Who wants two army builder waves?
« on: May 30, 2006, 04:32 PM »
I do... I think if they insist on doing Hero/Villian waves, then why not an army builder wave or two? 


WAVE ONE - ORIGINAL TRILOGY

- x3 VOTC style Stormtrooper
- x2 Snowtrooper (new sculpt)
- x2 TIE Pilot (SAGA/OTC repack)
- x2 Rebel Fleet Trooper (new sculpt)
- x2 Endor Rebel (new sculpt)
- x1 Imperial Officer (POTJ/SAGA repack)


WAVE TWO - PREQUEL TRILOGY

- x3 Galactic Marine
- x2 Tactical Ops Clone Trooper (#41 ROTS sculpt)
- x2 Battle Droid (ROTS repack)
- x2 Clone Trooper (AOTC SA sculpt)
- x2 Naboo Soldier (new sculpt)
- x1 Super Battle Droid (SAGA repack)

Thoughts?  Ideas?

 :)

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A new month starts on Thursday... what does everyone want to make this month?

Smarty had an idea, Hip Hop (which I think he was joking) - but actually the more I think about it, some sort of pimps (Lando style) might make for a fun month.

Thoughts on that idea?  Or any other ideas?

 :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Great finds in your own home
« on: May 27, 2006, 06:50 PM »
Ever been going through your house and discovered stuff you forgot you had?  Just a few minutes ago I was cleaning out a closet, and what did I find? 

10 carded VOTC Stormtroopers
2 carded Clone Evolution Sets
6 carded ROTS #41 Clones

I had totally forgotten about these, I remember putting them away for a time when I wanted to open them.  Really happy because lately I've been trying to find some VOTC Stormies, now I can stop.   :D

Whoo - Hooo!

I thought this might be a fun topic... anyone have any similar "hidden treasures" you had forgotten about?

 :)

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Well this one is up finally, and it's a redo of the second chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series... curious to hear what you guys think!









Hidden in the shadows for far too long, the mysterious Sith prepare to usher in a new era of Sith rule during this time of weakness in the galaxy.





Meeting with his apprentice, Darth Sidious explains that Chancellor Valorum has dispatched two Jedi to settle the dispute on Naboo, and he has little confidence in Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray's ability to prevent the Jedi from reaching Naboo's Queen Amidala.  If the Jedi get to the planet's surface they will attempt to escort the Queen to Coruscant to plead her planet's case before the Galactic Senate.





As the two prepare to make contact with the Viceroy, Darth Maul tells his master he is eager to face the Jedi.

"Good," Darth Sidious says.  "Viceroy Gunray is a coward.  It is likely he will not have the situation under control, therefore my young apprentice, your thirst for Jedi blood may be quenched sooner than anticipated," the Dark Lord explains. 





Meanwhile on Naboo, Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi Wan Kenobi have narrowly made it past the Trade Federation's blockade...





...after the Jedi infiltrate the palace, the droid army occupying the capital city of Theed are no match for the Jedi...





...as they escort Queen Amidala to her starship and escape the planet to bring her case before the Galactic Senate!





In the days following Queen Amidala's escape, several small underground resistance cells form around the capital of Theed, including a small group led by Rykrof Enloe.





Hoping to hold out until the Queen returns with help from the Republic, Rykrof knows the chances of survival are slim with such small numbers compared to the size of the droid army.





Although the circumstances appear to be very different, he is all too aware of what the Federation did to the Abridon system.  Even if the young Queen is able to reach Coruscant safely, it may be a long time before the Republic acts on the invasion.

"Form a defensive position here," Rykrof orders his men.  "We're on our own until help arrives."





Back at Theed, several Vulture Droids patrol the skies over the conquered city.





Inside the safety of the palace, Viceroy Nute Gunray and Rune Haako prepare to meet with their master, Darth Sidious.





"Queen Amidala has indeed arrived on Coruscant.  But she is too late, the Senate is too inept to act on the invasion in time," the Dark Lord says.





Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Queen Amidala has pleaded her case before the Senate but is stunned that it will not act on the invasion without sending a commission to the planet first.





The crisis, however has landed a golden opportunity for Senator Palpatine to become a favorable candidate for the newly vacated office of Supreme Chancellor.   

Worried about her people, Queen Amidala shows little interest in Palpatine's political intentions.





The Queen soon decides she can wait no longer for Republic aid, and chooses to return home to Naboo to face the challenge of freeing her planet without military support.  Fortunately, the Jedi are granted permission to escort her.





The Nemoidian leaders on Naboo soon learn of the Queen's intentions are are stunned she is returning.  To make matters worse, they have learned from Darth Sidious that he is sending his apprentice, Darth Maul, to join them.

Fearing Queen Amidala will attempt to rally any pockets of resistance and combine their strength before attacking the palace, Gunray chooses to act now on a group of Naboo soldiers rumored to be hiding west of the palace.

"Send a battalion of droids to crush the rumored resistance group in the western marsh," he trembles.





Soon after, Queen Amidala and the Jedi return to Naboo and rally what forces they can find before meeting with the leader of the native Gungans, Boss Nass.





They form an unlikely alliance, and Boss Nass agrees to send his army towards the city to draw the bulk of the Federation's army away from the palace, which may allow for Amidala and the Jedi to capture the Viceroy, ending the conflict.





Meanwhile Rykrof informs his men of the Queen's plan. 

"We've been ordered to hold out here as a group of droids is already approaching our position and we need to keep them away from the city," he explains.  "When they come at us, they will come fast and hard."





Suddenly a laser blast rips through the chest of one of the civilian militia volunteers!





"Droids!" Rykrof yells.  "Fire at will!"





Rykrof's small band immediately finds themselves fighting for their very lives.





On the plains near the palace, the Gungan army meets the bulk of the droid force head on...





...but inside the palace, Queen Amidala and the Jedi strike force swiftly begin to take the upper hand on the droid army as their starfighters escape the main hangar to attack the droid control ship above the planet!





While the Battle Droids have a numerical advantage over their enemy, they lack the independent thinking capacity of their human attackers and struggle to defend the palace.





And with the Jedi on their side, the Naboo continue to tear through the droid defenses.





But the Jedi are then confronted by Darth Maul, who pulls them away from the main battle.





With his double-bladed lightsaber, Maul is equal to the two Jedi, who are unprepared for his powers.  Both Jedi are amazed by his mastery of the Force and soon realize they may not come out of this conflict alive.





The rest of the battle continues however, as Queen Amidala's priority is to find and capture the Viceroy, as she knows the chances of her starfighters destroying the Federation Cruiser are unlikely.





Back in the marsh, Rykrof finds himself in a struggle to survive and prepares to call for his men to retreat.





But suddenly the attacking droids begin to collapse...





"What happened, Sir?" asks one of the survivors.

"The droids... they've been deactivated!" Rykrof exclaims.





"Someone must have destroyed the droid control ship!"





Back at the palace, Rykrof learns that well known Jedi Qui Gon Jinn is among the many casualities, but his killer was defeated.

After meeting Jedi Padawan Obi Wan Kenobi, Rykrof is introduced to Anakin Skywalker, who Obi Wan claims is the real hero after destroying the Federation cruiser. 

"It's a pleasure to meet such a brave young boy," Rykrof says in admiration.  "But a boy of your age is much to young to be fighting in a warzone."

"And too old to be training to be a Jedi," Obi Wan thinks to himself.





Before the Trade Federation leaders are escorted out of the palace, Rykrof considers interrogating the Nemoidian cowards, who refuse to speak with him about their reasons for the invasion.

"Let this be a lesson to all of you," Rykrof tells them, "your greed is nothing compared to the will of the people."





Rykrof then finds himself full of an endless pool of questions, as he wonders what the Federation could have really gained from any of this, and fears this whole debacle with Abridon and Naboo could be the start of a chain of events that will impact the galaxy more than anyone can foresee.





Following a Freedom Celebration in the city of Theed, Rykrof returns to Coruscant to return to his service as a Peace Officer.





Upon his arrival, he is shocked to be approached by newly elected Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who fails to mention the events of Naboo or Abridon.

"Welcome back Officer Enloe," Palpatine says with a warm smile.  "I have heard much about you.  We are looking forward to having you back in our efforts to counter the terrorist attacks here on Coruscant by the Badoo Corba."





Later, in a dark chamber, Darth Sidious smiles as he views a holo image of a great former Jedi Master, who has left the Jedi Order in search of ultimate power...




TO BE CONTINUED...

 :)

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Vintage Kenner / Oola
« on: May 26, 2006, 12:59 AM »


This, in my opinion is an awesome vintage custom... I thought some of you vintage collectors might like to see it.  It's on ebay right now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-Vintage-Custom-ROTJ-OOLA-Jabbas-SLAVE-NR_W0QQitemZ6060136393QQcategoryZ50277QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

 :)


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Watto's Junk Yard / Check out this Rock Painting (Freedom Rock)
« on: May 22, 2006, 01:00 PM »
I thought this was just extremely cool.  I had it emailed to me, and thought it was just too awesome to not share with you guys here.

THIS IS TRULY INCREDIBLE AND BEAUTIFUL AND AWESOME!!!!   
 
I'm told that there is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. It's quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos (all angles) of the rock. I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not. It's actually painted on the rock too.












Here's the artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen.



I just think seeing this type of patriotism is great to still see, and what an artist too.  Very cool in my book.

 :)

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