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TV-9D9 / Re: Clone Wars Movie Reviews - SPOILER Thread
« on: August 28, 2008, 06:40 PM »
There was some point when the EU said Yularen was a Grand Admiral though, wasn't there? And that was why he wore a white outfit? If they go back to that story instead of a Colonel in the ISP, then everything is right with the world again...(including why the figure has white pants instead of the black ISP pants.)

TV-9D9 / Re: Clone Wars Movie Reviews - SPOILER Thread
« on: August 18, 2008, 05:34 PM »
I guess if its going to be animated anyways, I prefer things like Pixar's stuff (Incredibles, Nemo, etc.) that looks "cartoony" instead of the Final Fantasy type animated stuff.  For some reason, that stuff has always sort of creeped me out.

That phenomenon is called the uncanny valley. I have been fascinated by it for a few years myself.

I'm genuinely surprised at the negative reactions. Then again, I've been watching the 20th anniversary edition of the Transformers Movie cartoon recently and enjoying every second of I know my taste goes more towards the cheesy and low-tech.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Yavin IV Shelf
« on: August 17, 2008, 10:47 AM »
Thanks Matt. Everything has been settled down for the summer, so hopefully the drama is behind us.

I finished up the first of my "second-tier" displays this weekend, a home for my Yavin IV figures.

I was excited to do the Death Star plans scene because it was the first scene I thought of when I decided to do these shelves. Somehow that wall was iconic Star Wars backdrop for me. The screen is a custom-made image.

The medal scene was pretty obvious as far as what I needed to have here, too. I plotted the spacing on the essential characters that go here...and cheated size on the steps. The middle one is just wide enough for Luke and Han to stand on, the rest are way too skinny to be used.

For the last third of the thing, I left a pretty open area. Soon it will probalby be where the transport sled is parked (I can't wait!) but for now I made a tactical table to fill it, just for the fun of it. It's underscaled to fit, but I had a lot of fun making the screen.

AS I said, this is a second-tier, so it's a lot more shallow overall. It is designed to sit on top of the Home I shelf I already built. I think they work well together.

That's it for now. More to come soon.

Thanks for looking!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: August 16, 2008, 12:28 PM »
For those keeping score, Adam May has completely retracted his Death Star rumors.

TV-9D9 / Re: Clone Wars Movie Reviews - SPOILER Thread
« on: August 16, 2008, 09:31 AM »
Went to see this with my wife yesterday afternoon.

First off, opening day 5:00 PM, playing in one theater, and that theater isn't half full. Guess this isn't quite the spectacle of years gone by, huh?

I had warned my wife for months about how worried I was that I wouldn't be able to get into the "new stuff," and as she looked around the theater she asked if it would be okay to sneak into another movie if this was too bad. I gave her the look.

It started with the "A Long Time Ago..." bit, and a young kid sitting behind us just squealed "OH YEAH!!" with such pure delight, and I remembered being just like that kid, not even ten years ago when TPM came out. He probably hadn't seen a Star Wars movie in the theater yet, was probably a baby when AOTC came out, and too little for ROTS's PG-13. So this movie, playing in theaters, is for them. I got it at that instant.

The movie took over and I sat in awe. The art, while not Pixar lush, definitely had its own beauty. I was afraid the characters would look too stiff, but it wasn't bad...maybe because I still love the figures, and more than anything this looked like action figures acting out a Star Wars movie. The only one I didn't follow was Yoda...he looked really weird and jarring to me.

The storyline was pretty good. I had complained to my wife when originally hearing about the Hutt and Tatooine elements that I feared they would do it all wrong, and forget Anakin had ever been a Hutt's slave...but they nailed it to my great glee. Having not heard about Ziro, it was kind of shocking to discern that he was being played gay. And not gay in a flat, one-dimensional way. Sort of menacingly gay. A gay Star Wars character..? In what is supposed to be a kid's movie? Wow.

Ahsoka was a little heavy-handed, but it was the character whose eyes we were supposed to be witnessing this through, so that is understandable. I didn't have a hard time with the nicknames everyone else seems to. Stinky was a well done character in his own right, and seeing his reunion with Jabba was very cute.

Loved the battle droid jokes and pratfalls. Loved that droidekas are still feared. Couldn't get enough of the Jawas, constantly appearing whenever a piece of equipment was left alone. Just great great fun Star Wars stuff.

In the end, my wife and I both enjoyed it, and she even said she is interested in the TV show now. This went a long way towards renewing my faith in the future of Star Wars. The Lucas era is over, bring on the guys who actually like this stuff!

The Legacy Collection / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: August 13, 2008, 03:09 PM »
Got the Rebel Pilots 2 set yesterday. Very happy with the whole thing. Ecstatic about the Keyan Farlander figure--when I was a kid I loved my B-Wing and pilot, and gave him a whole backstory and name ("Champ") and patterned him basically after myself. So that was always a big hole in my modern stuff.

Happy with the Snowspeeder pilot too, even though his helmet doesn't fit his head right(too tight,) nor does his head fit the neck post(too loose.) Glad that the VOTC Luke head pops on easily...that should be a rehash soon down the pipeline form Hasbro.

Also really happy with the selection of weapons. Very true to the vintage era with SW, ESB< and ROTJ blasters all represented.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: August 13, 2008, 03:04 PM »
Picked up my first Legacy purchase yesterday...Rebel Pilots Evolutions II at TRU. I love it.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Rumors
« on: August 13, 2008, 03:01 PM »
The Marvel rabbit was Jaxxon. Yoxgit is the Jabba's Palace ugnaught.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:48 PM »
I don't recall Hasbro ever making an item(s) for a specific movie's anniversary, besides ANH of course.

Surely you haven't forgotten the wonderful ROTJ 25th anniversary wave we just got?!?

Yarna doesn't get hauled out for just any old wave!

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Rumors
« on: August 11, 2008, 03:04 PM »
I'll take nearly every single figure on that list. That will get me a long ways towards finishing the stuff I want.

Dagobah Creatures Pack and Tatooine Creatures Pack are new ones by me. Maybe no reason to buy the Homestead Scene if you're only interested in the Womprat. The Dragonsnake resurfacing as well?

Imperial Techs in multiple jumpsuits? White/grey and black are the only ones I can think of...

I'd like to see the TIE Fighter and Defender in the basic vehicle line, and if I figure right the straight repack allows for the new tooling for the Defender.

Mr. May is still hanging on to his Death Star Playset (phase I) for this Christmas, eh? I still bet this will be a relatively small piece of the other Target Battle Pack, with the real Death Star Playset showing up for Christmas '09, but I would love to be proven wrong.

And a tease of a Dagobah playset as well? Hope they choose to reuse the vintage mold as opposed to going the way of the planned POTF2 version.

Note to self: don't masquerade as one of the enemies when you are relying on primitive back-up.

I'm not entirely sold on this set. It comes real close to what I want, but I think it is missing the mark just enough...

The Han is a nice trade-off of the VTSC version; I like the upgraded ROTJ head.

The imperial is nice to see as well...can we just consider this guy at long last an update of the vintage Imperial Commander? Please?

Nik Sant is a nice of those things I first caught post '95, but not really one of my must-haves. I would've rather they held him back as a reason to do the eventual Scout update incorporating the new-style hip articulation they will need to ride an updated bike. And a flip-up visor would've been great, too.

Artoo. <sigh> It's a conspiracy, all right. There is absolutely no reason every vanilla Artoo sculpt since 2004 has had to be based on the vintage mold. I didn't buy it then and I don't want it now. If this had been the R4 sculpt at long last, that would have made enough of an incentive to me to buy it. Anyway, this set should've been a retooled swiss-army knife version through and through. The electricity accessory is a nice try, and I would've totally gone for it if they hadn't just released the droid factory version with real simulated damage on it. You can do better, I've seen it.

As far as the four figures go, I can see the sacrifice to maintain the price-point. If you are still skeptical, check out the "half-gallons" of ice cream at the supermarket next time you go. They have been steadily shrinking for years. Five bucks a figure is a significant discount now, and if they can keep throwing new stuff in it is worth it.

That said, I have yet to purchase a battle pack in any form. I thought the Hoth Recon would finally get me to step up, but I've seen it a few times and still passed. Maybe eventually...and maybe this set, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Space" Issue
« on: August 7, 2008, 06:50 PM »
As a kid, I never would have thought to display my Star Wars toys...they lived in the vehicle boxes in the closet for the most part, though for trips and vacations my favorites would get packed into my Darth Vader carrying case.

Back in '95 I bought the POTF2 line and started lining figures up on my dresser in my room at my parents' that line continued into '97 I mounted shelves on my wall and displayed the complete collection there(including the vehicles sans the X-Wing and Falcon rereleases that looked just ugly to me.)

In '98 I moved out (which was a good thing because I was beginning to run out of wall space in the bedroom) and got an apartment I shared with my girlfriend. The toys got packed away then, but those favorites of each character wound up on my computer desk, along with any new stuff I found...which wasn't much as '98 pretty much saw the line die.

I bought a few of the key Episode I toys but nowhere near as complete as I had been, and things would get set out on my desk for a time and then get retired to the big box of figures. I actually still have the three original cardboard boxes from ten years ago labelled: Figures, Ships, Playsets/Creatures in my basement.

I moved around every couple years then, and when the Ultaramas came out my figures made their way back out of storage on a rotating basis to fill those shelves. I'd do themes like Aliens, Droids, Rebels, Imperials, combining the collection in different ways.

In 2002 I remember having an office space with a long (12 foot or so) black shelf the previous owner had put up. I set that with a big Star Wars scene that I remember fondly, with Anakin and Obi-Wan standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Han and Luke, fighting the combined forces of Vader and the Empire and prequel droids (and a squad of clones lead by the one and only Atha Prime.) I wish I had pictures of that set-up, I really enjoyed that.

Also that year I had been to the Celebration and wound up burning most of the weekend in NiubNiub's diorama room, learning the craft and putting my blood sweat and tears into the Docking Bay 94 centerpiece that was given away. From that point I was hooked on diorama building and went home to build a Star Destroyer bridge set. After that I tried a couple more pieces that didn't work out, and eventually built a Death Star playset and most of a Cloud City playset. During this time the figures became dressing for my "projects" more than a collection unto themselves, and even my Ultaramas wound up staying in storage at the next move. I was still buying all the new OT product, and PT stuff as I liked it or needed it to fill that "new toy fix." Most of it was destined to get put into storage whenever the desk/workspace got too cluttered.

A couple years back my wife and I moved into our current house, and the dioramas and all wound up staying in storage this time, to await the day we finish the basement as my toy room. In the meantime, I eventually wore down my wife's reservations and was given the ok to turn the walls of our office into my "collection display area" for the time being. I combined my current situation with my love for diorama making and came up with multiple shelf display projects that I have been enjoying completing this past year.

As I conceptualized what my collection was going to entail, I came to the decision that there was no way I wanted to try and display everything--I had collected a bit of the PT stuff, as well as all the upgrades of OT stuff along the way, so alot of the stuff I had just didn't feel like it belonged. At the same time, I wanted to make sure all the cool Cantina aliens that haven't been made yet would have an eventual home. In the end, I spent an afternoon coming up with my version of the ultimate collection, just basically going through the movies by memory alone and writing down every character I wanted a figure of. If I couldn't think of 'em, I must not need 'em. It wound up being about 350 figures, definitely modest collection-wise. (For the prequels, I decided I would stick to the "top 12" from each movie, to recall the vintage original 12). And that will be my collection. As for ships, my office has a drop ceiling, so I look forward to hanging my stuff (OT only, and then not all of that) from the beams. The BMF is getting the one wall I was holding off as the "wild card" slot in my original plans.

Outside of Ree Yees though, almost every one of those guys was a HUGE pegwarmer, I mean gigantic...

I have to take issue with you there, brother. I wouldn't call something released in overly obscene amounts a pegwarmer so much as a huge marketing screw-up on Kenner's part. The only reason these guys "pegwarmed" back in the day was because Kenner went from solid cases of them in '97 on the green cards to more solid cases of them in '98 with the freeze frames while the '97 figures were still plentiful. More than a case ration problem, it was a matter of "people will want to buy all the old figures again now that they have slides, let's make twice as many!"

Prune Face was certainly a casualty of that mess, but being a new figure in '98, I never saw him on a peg until the deep discount of 2000 that cleared out all the old crud (alongside Mon Mothma, Lobot, and Prisoner Chewie.)

ReeYees barely saw a peg. A very few cases made it to retail but the majority of those figures were sold via the Fan Club.

The Legacy Collection / Re: More Ultimate Battlepacks
« on: August 2, 2008, 06:42 PM »
Something I thought of recently while going through the shelves is a Lars Homestead UBP.


A more action-oriented idea might be something revolving around the Sarlacc Pit.

A couple of good calls there, Brian.

So this thread started with rumors of an Endor Celebration UBP and a Death Star UBP. I do believe Target is going to have one more UBP that we haven't seen yet, and GH's Adam Blogger seems pretty sure of a Death Star playset with lots of add-ons on the horizon...starting this holiday season. Maybe this Death Star set will pan out after all.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack
« on: July 29, 2008, 01:27 PM »

According to Adam May's Blog ovet at GH, the Rebel Ground Crew figure may be a prehash of Willrow Hood's body.

And we may not get this figure in the set after all if ICMG is in production at the same time. Seriously, what will they substitute with? A Rebel Honor Guard in grey? The POTJ Imperial Officer/ATST Driver mold? Neither is right, and now that I've seen it, I want this Ground Crew figure!

Way to plan, Hasbro!!

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