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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:18 PM »
I wish the Kmarts around here had these.  I've checked all three stores and see no sign of them anywhere.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:17 PM »
That's something Star Wars can't get away with too much. Night Strike Luke Skywalker and Jungle Camo Vader seem unlikely to be approved by Lucasfilm.

Yeah, and thankfully that's the case.

All the more reason for them however to utilize good army builder molds more often and add spice it up with head variants, weathering, etc.  They used to be a lot better with that sort of thing than they have been the past couple years.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:39 PM »
4.) There still appears to be strong demand for some kind of modular Death Star playset.  Can you tell us if anything like this is on the horizon or even under consideration? 

This is when they laugh and tell us that this is a stupid idea.  Because they have proven time and again that they know exactly what they're doing, and we need to quit asking for dioramas/playsets. 

...I'm so sick of Hasbro's ********.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:36 PM »
Here's a Q "I was reading that Iron Man figures were going to be 6:00, and have less articulation.  Is this the way that SW is going?"

Personally, if they did this with style, like the Bespin Luke fro the recent Battle Pack, I'd be ok with it.  If they made the main line, simpler, and more cost effective, and then 20-25 Vintage style figures a year, I think that would be good.

I've read that too, but preorder cases that I've seen adds up to $10 per figure...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:35 PM »
It won't be answered but I hope someone asks about the declining quality of plastic/paint, specifically on the first wave of 2013 Class I vehicles. The ships look like they're cheap Happy Meal toys and the paint on the figures is awful. The Yoda's eyes are painted on his cheeks... that's worse than the Indiana Jones line

I couldn't agree more. I've passed on all the new deluxes - the vehicles look awful in person.  The only one that I am remotely considering getting is the MTT set.

The Tantive IV Stormie is a really nice figure, but doesn't have an articulated waist - I think it's based on the Evolutions Sandtrooper mold, or pretty close.  I like it more than the VOTC mold.

Awesome army...

I passed on that Stormie though because I can't stand the helmet...

...that helmet is such a letdown.  I still can't believe Hasbro used it.

My favorite Stormtrooper is the one that came with the Target Special Action figure 3-pks... same as the TVC Sandtrooper essentially, but the 3-pk version seemed to have better paint jobs, much better belts, and no yellowing anywhere to speak of.  At least in my experience.  I don't know if I even have any VOTC Stormies left, I traded/sold them off... and gave some to my son.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:16 PM »
Thanks Jesse - guess I'll need to keep my eyes open.  I haven't seen them at those retailers yet, and I hit quite a few Wal-Marts on a frequent basis.  Maybe when they do their resets soon they'll make a spot for them.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:29 PM »
...also would like to see the brown wizard and his rabbit sled... the Necromancer would be cool too.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:28 PM »
They're showing up at Wal-Mart too now?  That's great news.  I'm glad to see them pick up the line... maybe this summer when there's supposedly new product out (wave 2, etc.) we'll see a larger footprint for this line... it's a pretty nice line so far, just not as much variety as I'd like to see... but maybe that's a good thing - too much at once for a launch can kill a line (ahem... Hasbro...).

I hope this summer, we see more characters like Sauramon, Elrond, Galadriel, the obese dward, the white Orc, and those awesome mountain trolls... also, a new tooling for Bilbo, maybe he can come as a deluxe with a horse or something.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:01 PM »
I've seen them at a couple other places, like Barnes & Noble and Vintage Stock.

After seeing the movie this weekend finally, there's quite a bit more from the film that I've love to see them make.

The Vintage Collection / Re: $5 Vintage Collection @ Five Below
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:20 PM »
I agree - the price at $5.00 is going to move most of those figures.  Especially anyone with a lightsaber or an army builder.  If I see DTF stuff, I'll be buying more Tuskens for sure, maybe the Destroyer Droid and Gungans too.  Just too good of figures to pass up for that price.

Photonovels and Movies / The Enloe Trials Chapter 2 - ATROCITY
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:00 PM »
...Chapter 2!

Since the fall of the Republic, the Enloe family has hidden safely on the obscure planet of Urelia.

With the Clone Wars behind them, they have avoided the oppression of the Galactic Empire...

...and Caldin Enloe has known a life of peace and stability.

But all of that has suddenly changed...

Young and naive, the boy  was in awe at seeing Imperial Stormtroopers for the first time...

Under orders from Imperial Baron Tylin Gere, Rykrof Enloe's wife and son have been escorted from their home...

...but not all of the Stormtroopers left the homestead.

The remaining members of the family found themselves at the mercy of the invaders...

...and were executed for "Crimes against the Empire."

...however, one observer managed to survive the attack.

Having spotted an Imperial Star Destroyer in the atmosphere, Rykrof and Freelo race back to the homestead...

"Caldin!" Rykrof yells as he searches the estate for his family.

"No... it can't be..."



"I wasn't here..." Rykrof sobs as he cradles the body of his father.

"We may have been killed too..." Freelo softly replies.

"C...Caldin... Alyssa..." Rykrof stutters, as he attempts to regain his composure...

"We'll find them," Freelo offers as he helps support his friend from falling to the ground.

"Master Enloe!  Thank goodness it's really you!" T-3PO shouts as he approaches Rykrof.

"Where's my son?" Rykrof demands.

"They were Imperial Stormtroopers, I believe.  They took him and Alyssa with them," the droid explains.
"And look what they did to poor Palom and your father!"

"Look!" the droid then shouts.
"Someone is sending a transmission to the homestead!"

Rykrof stares impatiently as the transmission begins to patch through... the image of a high ranking Imperial materializes.

"Tylin Gere!" Freelo exclaims.

"Greetings from the Empire, my old friends," the Imperial baron announces.

"You must accept my condolences for your losses," he pauses.
"There are so many unfortunate casualties of war."

"They did nothing to deserve this!" Rykrof bellows.

"Quite the contrary," the Imperial smugly replies.
"When my troops arrived, they immediately opened fire on my men."

"We both know that's not what happened here," Rykrof snarls.
"Where is my son?"

"Up here, with me... and with your wife," Tylin continues.
"I had nearly forgotten what a beautiful woman she is."

"You're going to pay for this, you son of bitch."

"You are not in a position to make threats," the Imperial Baron retorts.
"Now... if you wish to ever see your wife or son again, you will follow my orders."

"Several years ago, we were closing in on an ancient Sith artifact that was in possession of the Separatists," Tylin explains.

"The Rhen Var artifact..." Rykrof says in disbelief.

"Correct," the Imperial says.
"And finally, it's been located... on Dathomir... and currently in the hands of Badoo Corba terrorists."

"That's why you targeted Rykrof," Freelo mutters.
"Because he's been to Dathomir... and knows Badoo Corba procedures."

"You'll find their base on the island of Prootin," Tylin explains.
"There you will secure the artifact, validate the contents are intact, and report back to me."

"You have 30 standard days to complete your assignment.  The holocode to reach me is within a shuttle waiting for you back at the Rithos spaceport... if I don't hear from you, I will be forced to assume you have failed."

"I'll get the relic for you," Rykrof says.
"But promise me; you won't touch my son... or Alyssa."

"They have nothing to fear," Tylin smiles.
"You will find adequate supplies aboard the shuttle... R4-22 will lead you to it." 

Rykrof watches as the transmission comes to an abrupt end.

"An astro droid?" Rykrof wonders aloud.

At that moment, an Imperial R4 unit turns the corner.

"I have a bad feeling about this," Rykrof growls.

Coming to a halt, R4-22 beeps an obscenity at Rykrof in response.

"I'm not sure we should take that shuttle," Freelo says.
"This could be a trap."

"It may be, but for now I need to do things Tylin's way," Rykrof explains.
"You really don't have to get involved with this, Freelo. This is my problem; not yours."

"Caldin and Alyssa are my family too," Freelo snorts.

"Alright then," Rykrof says softly.
"We'll get moving after we bury Palom and Dad."

Meanwhile, the Dantallion prepares to leave the Urelia System.

"This is almost too easy," Tylin smirks to himself as he exits the transmission room.

"Sir," an officer says as he approaches Tylin.
"We have secured Enloe's wife and child in a holding block on level two."

"Well done," Tylin smiles.

"How much do they know?"

"They are completely unaware of what has transpired," the officer grins.
"Both are under the assumption that the Stormtroopers deployed to the homestead were sent to rescue them from an impending Badoo Corba strike."

"However, the wife does appear to be suspicious."

"We must see to it that Alyssa Enloe gains our trust," the Baron replies.

"Now, see to it that both are treated well."

"These people are our guests, after all."

Back on Urelia, the streets of Rithos Spaceport carry on as usual with dangerous thugs at every corner...

...and in Docking Bay 19A, Rykrof and his companions arrive at their destination.

"We've been expectin' you," a gruff Advozse security guard announces.

"We can... take it from here," Rykrof carefully replies.

"Guuda," the leader of the group says.
"Now get this Imperial scrap outta here."

Rykrof then cautiously watches as the group exits the docking bay.

"The Advozse are a most peculiar species," T-3PO announces as he and R4-22 approach the ship.

"They are!" Freelo agrees.
"Maybe we should be on our way soon... we wouldn't want to upset them."

"Sir, if you'll not be needing me, I think I'll board the shuttle with R4," T-3PO then says.

"Freelo, we're going to need to..." Rykrof pauses.
"What the..."

"Stay back, I'll handle this," he growls while approaching a group who has quietly entered the docking bay.

"Remain calm," former Jedi Master Kala Mly Shundi insists, sensing Rykrof's anger.
"We're here to help."

"Kala?" he asks.
"What's going on?  Why are you here?"

"He sensed you were in danger," Traedon Cusiro explains.

"You!  You son of a bitch!" Rykrof shouts as he aims his blaster at Traedon.

"Echuta!" Traedon's droid warns.

"Rykrof, NO!" Kala pleads.
"He's clean.  Traedon has been working with me since the war.  He has no allegiance to the Badoo Corba."

"I locked you up myself," Rykrof snarls.
"How did you get out of prison?"

"When the Separatists attacked Coruscant, I was able to escape in all the confusion," Traedon shrugs.
"The complex was destroyed... you should be glad to know I'm okay."

"I felt the deaths at your home," Kala then frowns.
"Tell me... where are Caldin and Alyssa?"

"Tylin abducted them," Rykrof frowns.
"He sent us here to the shuttle to recover an artifact for him on Dathomir."

"We were about to depart before you arrived."

"Everything checks out with the ship," Freelo offers.
"I can't even find evidence of a tracking device."

"Hey!" Tradeon hollers upon noticing an Advozse lurking behind a power generator.

"Dunka no spola!"

"Get out of here before I break that horn off in your ass!" Traedon threatens.

"Go on!  I said GET!"

"Moorgh oat maak'say!" the Advozse curses back at Traedon as he exits the docking bay.

"Humph!  Never can be too careful," Traedon grins.

"I am offering our services to you to recover the artifact and help save your family," Kala then says to Rykrof.
"If you refuse, I will be forced to return back to my team on Alderaan."

"I'm not sure I like this, but I'll take whatever help we can get," Rykrof concedes.

"Good," Kala smiles.  "You can explain everything you know about this artifact en route to Dathomir."

"Here we go again," Freelo sighs.

Thank you for the support - I appreciate any comments/feedback.  I'm planning on starting the groundwork for Chapter 3 in a few weeks.

Here is the first chapter of The Enloe Trials photonovel series (following the prologue).

Imperial Center... formerly known as Coruscant...

"Lord Vader," a dark voice hisses.


"What is thy bidding, my Master?" Darth Vader asks.

"There is a great disturbance in the Force," Emperor Palpatine informs his apprentice.

"I have felt it," Vader replies.
"Something distant... something... unnatural."

"Yes," Palpatine smiles.
"Your feelings serve you well."

"It is a power... known as the Sickness... it is difficult to control," Palpatine explains.
"Even for a Sith."

"Many years ago, a Sith Lord named Darth Scabrous attempted to harvest this power," the Dark Lord explains.

"The artifact has been found, then?" Vader asks.

"Yes, it seems Baron Tylin Gere has tracked it to Dathomir following the raid of a Rebel base... however, it is currently in the hands of Badoo Corba terrorists," the Emperor says with disgust.

"I was under the impression that Baron Gere's forces had gone missing?" Vader inquires as he follows his master.

"No, they were NEVER missing. However, he has disobeyed orders in his personal quest for the artifact," Palpatine remarks.

"Is Baron Gere to be... dealt with?" Vader asks.

"Perhaps," Palpatine smiles.
"But the immediate concern is to ensure the Sickness is... quarantined."

"If it could be controlled, it could be a useful weapon," Vader offers.

"Indeed... evaluate the situation, and report back to me," Palpatine orders his apprentice.

"But be mindful, Lord Vader.  Do not underestimate its power."

Located in the furthest reaches of the Outer Rim, Urelia has been far removed from recent events in the galaxy.

The spaceport known at Rithos once offered travelers from all corners of the galaxy a friendly haven...

...but recent Imperial expansion has made this remote world a popular attraction for criminals and scum.

Outside a popular cantina, Freelo Macklar eagerly waits for his friend to exit the building.

Inside the bar, various creatures enjoy refreshments and dangerous concoctions...

...brewed locally by owner and bartender, Heglito Hagmodo.

"Celi-jar-mutus!" a satisfied Resparin customer shouts.

Scanning the crowd, a mysterious hooded figure approaches a seated warrior.

"A dark saber knows no light..." the warrior says to the hooded alien.

"...until the holder renounces his ways," the other replies.

"I already knew it was you," Kala Mly Shundi says.

"You can remove your mask.  You look more suspicious with it on."

"At least I'm not stupid enough to openly carry a lightsaber around," Rykrof Enloe replies.

"I was here an hour earlier," Kala says, ignoring the insult.
"Where were you?"

"Thinking through this," Rykrof explains to the former Jedi.

"Well, at least you showed up.  I was beginning to think you changed your mind."

"I did change my mind," Rykrof admits.

"About which part?" Kala asks suspiciously.

"All of it.  There's too much at risk; I can't go through with what you're planning," Rykrof tells him.
"I'm sorry."

"But, we need your help," the former Jedi counters.
"You have more contacts on Coruscant than any of us do. If we are going make a move with the Senate, now is the time."

"Those are old contacts," Rykrof says while shaking his head.
"And at first I thought it might work... but there's no way a coup will succeed. They’re too loyal to the Emperor."

"Bail Organa can not go about this alone," Kala insists.
"We need a veteran from the war to stand shoulder to shoulder with him! And you know it can’t be a Jedi!"

Just then, a Duros bounty hunter swiftly approaches Kala from behind... response, Kala's lightsaber hisses to life as he slices off the attacker's hand!

Several of the cantina patrons look up from their drinks, but keep their distance.

"JEDI SCUM!" the bounty hunter shouts.
"You will PAY for this!"

"I have spared your life," Kala replies smoothly.

"Now, leave, before I change my mind."

"Rykrof, given the circumstances I suggest we continue this discussion outside," Kala says as he turns to his friend.
"There is something else I need to discuss with you... something I've learned regarding Tylin Gere."

"No," Rykrof disagrees.
"This conversation is over."

"I can't be part of your war against the Empire, and I don't need to hear about Tylin."

"You must do what your instincts tell you," Kala replies.
"But the day will come when you will realize your importance... when you realize what is right."

"Don't lecture me about morality, not after what you did in the war," Rykrof says as he walks away.
"I have a family to worry about."

Outside, Freelo approaches his friend.

"Well?" the Mon Calamari asks.
"How did he take it?"

"About as good as can be expected, I guess," Rykrof admits.

"Still though, staying out of this isn't something I'm proud of."

"I was meaning to tell you," Freelo interrupts, changing the subject.
"Something is wrong with our communications. Everything is scrambled."

"What?" Rykrof asks.
"How long has this been happening?"

"Several minutes," Freelo offers. 

"Well, don't get in a panic just yet," Rykrof says.
"It could be anything."

"Look at THAT!" Freelo suddenly exclaims.
"In the sky!"

"I don't believe this... that's what's jamming your signal..."

"...a Star Destroyer!"

"It's the Dantallion... Tylin Gere's personal flagship[/b]... they must have tracked Kala here!"

"Wait for me!" Freelo whimpers.

"BLAST!" Rykrof curses.
"I don't see him anywhere!"

As he turns around, he sees that Freelo has attracted the attention of one of the cantina's seductive employees...

"Where do you think you're going?" the sultry worker playfully giggles.

"Don't even think about it, Freelo!" Rykrof scolds his friend.

"Do you think the Imperials knew you were meeting with Kala?" Freelo asks, changing the subject.

"Who knows...," Rykrof says as he looks back to where he and the former Jedi had spoken just minutes earlier.

"But we better get moving."

Meanwhile, aboard the Dantallion, Baron Tylin Gere awaits contact from an Imperial scout team sent to the surface.

"I want the Enloe family taken into custody at once," Tylin commands as the transmission begins.

"If they put up a fight?" Office Draven asks.

"In that case, arrest Enloe and his son," the Baron says.

"KILL the others."

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

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