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Is this a joke?   ::)   I seriously got some good laughs out of that pic though.   ;D

The first thing I thought when I saw that's Holiday Special Luke Skywalker!

"Oh, hi Malla! Where's Chewie? You mean he hasn't got there yet..?"

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: May 5, 2008, 07:18 PM »
I must be in the minority that really didn't care for Tycho's enormous hat, then....

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: May 5, 2008, 06:37 PM »
We've known who and what this figure was going to be for quite a while now...I'm surprised by all the negativity. It's exactly what I thought it would be.

I think I'm looking forward more to this second pilots set than the first one.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Best OT-era Novels/Books?
« on: May 5, 2008, 05:37 PM »
Running stuff down off the top of my head. Some of this stuff I read quite some time ago, so I can't give more than my "ten years later" impressions...

Hand of Thrawn duology...Zahn closed the Ballantine era with these two books, tying up a lot of the unanswered questions from his trilogy. It's an easy pick up ten years or so after the Last Command, and I really like the fact that while it references EU from in the meantime, you don't need to have read any of it to get into the story. It just picks up Zahn's characters (and the OT heroes, of course) and keeps the story going. Not as good as the original, but a nice ending to the story.

X-Wing series...I'd say read 'em, there's a good long series between Stackpole's Rogue Squadron books and Allston's Wraith Squadron books. Probably the two best Star Wars authors, right up there with Zahn's early stuff. Wraith Squadron doesn't get nearly the credit it deserves, it really is a fun and engaging series. Allston is the only Star Wars author to make me laugh out loud at least once a novel.

Jedi Academy series...pass on this one. Anderson's writing is pretty much god-awful. The rebuilding of the Jedi order begins here, though, so there are some fairly "important" EU developments. I'd suggest reading "I, Jedi" instead, as it covers the same ground from an X-Wing character's first-person point of view as one of the new Jedi and actually is a lot more believable.

Courtship of Princess Leia...I found this book to be very enjoyable. Of the early EU novels, this one feels the most like a movie sequel. Opinions here vary wildly, some hate it as much as I hate the Academy books.

I'd avoid the rest of the old Ballantine stuff, it is just not neccessary and not all that much fun.

Zahn's more recent stuff...Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, and Alliegance were just okay. Outbound Flight is a retcon of the Outbound Flight (led by Jorus C'Baoth) into the prequel era as we now know it. It is interesting, but set in the PT era and not really fitting your requirements here. Allegiance was not what I was expecting at all, in a bad way unfortunately. It was written well, I guess, but not really the story I thought I would be getting. It's set between ANH and ESB, and it does have Luke, Han and Leia of that era, but it's not about the OT heroes.

There was also a recent novel about the building of the Death Star (called Death Star) that you can skip, unless you're a fan of those 70's disaster movies (seriously, the book is Towering Inferno in Space.) Shadows of the Empire was not a fun read, though it has aspects I found to enrich my enjoyment of the OT.

To sum up (sorry!) my suggested reading list would go like this:

--reread Zahn trilogy
--X-wing: Rogue Squadron series (Michael Stackpole)
--X:Wing: Wraith Squadron series (Aaron Allston)
--I, Jedi (Michael Stackpole)
--Hand of Thrawn duology (Timothy Zahn)
--The Courtship of Princess Leia (Dave Wolverton)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: May 5, 2008, 05:05 PM »
We noticed that too, I said, "hey, it's the Millennium Falcon!" and my wife said "Is that the new one you want?" to which I replied... "uh, no, the one that's coming out is like three feet long..." and then she stopped talking to me for some reason. :-X

Thanks, LOST!

1 -Chewbacca w/molded & attatched C-3PO sack (no more of this real netting that doesn't work)
2 -Snowspeeder Pilot Wedge Antilles
3 -Hoth Deck Officer
4 -Bespin guard (I don't care what ethnicity as long as his jacket is zipped!)
5 -Dack Ralter
6 -"Orange flightsuit only" (no pilot gear) Luke Skywalker
7 -Sister-kissin' Luke Skywalker in medical robe (running change with cut-scene scars and mask)
8 -Frigate Leia (ESB Finale)
9 -Torryn Farr

Feedback / Re: JACKOFTRADZE's feedback
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:15 AM »
Had a successful transaction with Michael as well.

Very generous of his time and prompt payments made for an easy commission.

I would gladly do business with him again.

Hey folks.

I was comissioned to build a version of my Imperial Display, and took the opportunity to add in some of the upgrades I will eventually be adding to my own.

I added deck grates (made from wonderful plastic canvas) in the crew pit area:

I changed up the computer at the back for this one as well, in the classic ANH colors this time...

As before, the computer is completely removable, though this time I took care to make it actually more like a stand-alone accessory:

And the display without the computer in the back looks like this...

As always, thanks for looking.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Question for DVR/Tivo Users
« on: April 17, 2008, 07:05 PM »
You do not need to connect to a phone line.

Mine gives me a new message every day telling me I need to connect and telling me how long it has been...going on 400 days now without a connection. I had to last year because of the daylight savings time shift, but other than special stuff like that, no need.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: April 17, 2008, 06:58 PM »
That was what they said at the time, IIRC.

Looking at it now, I realize that each level is in fact a different planetary environment. I can easily pick out a removable Tatooine, Hoth, and Dagobah scene, as well as a hangar with a TIE fighter parked in it.

It's not what I would envision at all, but I would be giddy as a schoolgirl to be able to purchase one.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: April 17, 2008, 02:02 PM »
Any reason you throw out 2009 as the year Muftak, or are you just speculating (which I often do)?

Speculating, but based on the fact that they have the Death Star plans already (though not in the main computer. ;) ) and if they can sell a Falcon with no media tie-in then they know they can sell the Death Star. They will feel the need to top themselves after their marketing success, and this is the only thing better than a Falcon.

Need proof? What was the big-ticket item in the Star Wars Transformers sub-line for 2006? And what was the big-ticket item for 2007?

I base my opinions on OT tie-ins only. On the possibility of the Barge in the Clone Wars, I still doubt it would get made before a Turbo Tank. For that matter, we are speculating dangerously close to the live-action show timeline, and who knows what will show up there. More than likely some form of Star Destroyer, possibly even the Death Star itself.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: April 16, 2008, 06:01 PM »
Oops, I stand corrected. I didn't even see the other female in there. (Man, Scott really needs to number those pictures or something...) :-[

Anyways, I'd wager they are the same actress judgung by the photos side-by-side like that.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:55 PM »
I have sat out this one for a while (I think my position may be known already...) but I think it would be a safe bet that if the Falcon does well, we will see a big-honking Death Star the next Christmas.

There are only a few items Hasbro has gone on the record about wanting to do. A more accurate X-Wing (which we got in '97,) a larger, modern Falcon (which was developed I'm sure as a labor of love more than anything and will be out in July?) and a new Death Star.

Jesse's story last week mentioned the new chipboard Death Star mock-up that Hasbro apparently has already developed, and there was concept art for a 3-foot tall plastic Death Star playset planned for POTF2 that was revealed at Celebration III.

A Death Star will come, it is the last big iconic piece left for them to do that they really really want to do. If we buy into this huge Falcon (and we will, won't we?) it only makes sense. Then, if they want to, they can rerelease the Falcon with ESB quotes and new pack-ins for the next holiday, and then a Death Star II the year after that. And what comes next? Why, ROTJ-quoting Falcon with Lando and Nien Nunb figures. And so on forever.

I can't imagine them ever making a Sail Barge or--my personal most-wanted--a Cloud City. Maybe rereleasing the vintage Ewok Village as someone's exclusive (or as a Galactic Heroes item as was recently whispered in their ear in the QnAs). Otherwise I don't see them tooling any more big-ticket OT items after the Death Star in '09.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:38 PM »
There is a female X-Winger in the Home One briefing scene. She can be seen during Han and Lando's dialogue before the briefing begins.

Scott actually has a picture of her listed as "Dorovio Bold" in his Who Is Left Master List.

Only problem...this Dorovio is a blonde.   :-\

A common mistake. It was written and recorded by Johnny Williams for TPM, but Ben Burtt decided to cut it out so that it didn't overlap with his cool Fambaa fart sounds, then dropped it into AOTC at a complelely inappropriate moment.

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