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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Graduation!
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:40 PM »

As for advice: do what you want to do, don't follow money. Oh, and when the robots take over, try to make sure you're on their side.


I'm right there with you, CHEWIE, wishing playsets were a priority for Hasbro.

There are three big strikes against palysets (as already mentioned and pretty much universally accepted):

1) Too expensive for Hasbro to invest in the toolings

2) Too expensive for the consumer to purchase at the store

3) Not enough shelf space at the retailer

I wish the impetus was there to look beyond these limitations and figure out a way to get us some neat stuff. Just look at Kenner's solutions to these problems twenty years ago: the vintage Death Star was mostly space, defintiely home-assembled, and completed with cardboard walls. The only Cloud City Playset was aslo a cardboard pop-up one that fit into a TV-Dinner sized box.

I'd be willing to take a board-based playset, something you assemble at home and fits in a box no bigger than a board game. Key pieces of the set could be molded in plastic that would then "plug in" to the walls and floors, but for the larger surfaces, I'd take cardboard-like parts printed to look movie-accurate.

The Death Star playset I made for myself (as an example) exists really as mostly flat sticker-covered walls with just a few pieces thrown in to bring it to life (computer consoles, doorways, etc).

It could be made without the toolings, it could be cheap enough to buy, it could take up less space on the shelf.

In short, it could work if anyone were willing to think outside of the (plastic) box.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:32 AM »


Watto's Junk Yard / Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:21 AM »
Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse

I ran into this phenomenon first hand over Father's Day weekend.

It appears the younger generation has the wrong idea about who Uncle Jesse really is...

Saga '02-'04 / Re: mock up prototype 12" stormtrooper?
« on: June 23, 2004, 02:30 PM »
Sneek Preview 12" figures?

If this is a mock-up of packaging, then my guess would be that the 12" figures to come would have figure-specific packagaing a la the Unleashed figures.

(That Grievous fits too perfectly to not be his outline, IMO.)

Watto's Junk Yard / IT is...
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:14 PM »
The highly-anticipated upgrade for JediDefender? :o :o :o

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Me too!!
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:10 PM »
I'd like to say "I agree with Virex," but I'm not in the habit of posting just to say "I agree."

I will on this one occassion, however; since to not post would be an almost implicit disagreement. I want no one to mistake my silence for apathy.

Good posting skills: either you got 'em, or you don't. Get rid of nogoodniks...including Virex, if necessary.  :D

This is the reason I love Chris Berry and want to have his children...

...come over for dinner some time.

Saga '02-'04 / Pass on Ultra Threepio?
« on: June 14, 2004, 04:38 PM »
Yeah, I think had it been three all new pieces in there, there would have been no question the first time I saw them. But the Monk is the "heavy" of the set, and I already had it.

While I do love Bubo (and he loves me) I loved my ten bucks more.

The question now is, should I pick up an Escape Pod Threepio at clearance price as well?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum.. is it just me??
« on: June 12, 2004, 06:45 PM »
I enjoy their diorama section. A lot of nice (not to mention talented) fellows in there.

Otherwise, meh...I like the atmosphere here.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Passed on Court Denizens...
« on: June 12, 2004, 06:40 PM »
(I finally caved and bought this set at Target last night on clearance.)

Jocasta's Reading Room / Star Wars & Peace..?
« on: June 9, 2004, 03:48 PM »
I donít believe there can be any argument that the novelization of A New Hope is hopelessly out-of-date.

Iíd like to see a revamped novelization of the story, utilizing thirty years of hindsight and reams of backstory (EU or otherwise).

The kicker this time is to make it the exhaustive story of the ďfirstĒ movie. Interesting asides like Kyle Katarnís first stealing of the Death Star plans, to the Tantive IVís story, to Biggsís story (as touched upon in recent Empire comics) could be included to really develop the themes of war and rebellion and what these people were sacrificing. Give us sidestories for some characters from the EUóMara Jade as a prime example.  A truly galaxy-spanning story, over a thousand pages easily, with the movieís events only really occupying half of it.

The movie follows Lukeís story, but letís expand the new novel to multiple POVs that we can truly appreciate after the prequels. Letís have chapters told from Vaderís perspective, or Obi-WanísÖmaybe even Owen and Beru.

A New Hope ought to be your favorite Star Wars novel, but Iíll bet itís not. This could change that.

What do you think? What would you like an expanded version of the classic story to contain?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Cardback
« on: June 9, 2004, 03:43 PM »
It sounds like everything I've wanted in an EPIII card.

Don't tell me I'm gonna have to start looking forward to "Midnight Madness" again!!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Are Realistic Face Sculpts a Good Thing?
« on: June 9, 2004, 03:42 PM »
This is the first I've heard of someone yearning for the POTF2 facial sculpt days.  

Don't misunderstand. I have no desire to move backward. Some of those POTF2 Monkey-faced, He-Mannish heads are worse even than the simpler vintage style.

I guess I just prefer the more cartoony detour to the realism, especially for how it works at this scale. It's sort of like a manga comic, with hyper-realistic backgrounds and objects but alongside faces that are more glyph than human.

To illustrate, I prefer:


I wish I had a larger picture of Screen Scene Han's head, it really does look a million times cleaner than the images of Endor Han I've seen.

(In the meantime, I have seen images of a production VOTC Han, and I'm ready to take back my earlier comments. If quality control is maintained on these things, thet really might be the best versions ever.)

Saga '02-'04 / Are Realistic Face Sculpts a Good Thing?
« on: June 6, 2004, 12:05 PM »
In my opinion, no.

These last few Saga waves (Star Destroyer, Yavin, Tatooine) have had some impressive new humans in the mix of droids and aliens, with a definite "bump" in facial detailing.

But at what cost?

To me, these figures (Captain Antilles, Jan Dodonna, Admiral Ozzel, Jedi Luke, even Skiff Lando as prime examples) all look a little too much like corpses. Something has been lost in the "life" of the figure, something that too much detail seems to be causing. (Not to mention the fact that, while the sculpt may be more detailed, the painting has not gotten better, and with these new tiny details, the painting in fact looks worse than it did on larger, more defined areas.)

I haven't seen the Endor Generals in person yet, but I have doubts Lando and Madine will look any more life-like there.

Also on the horizon, the pics of VOTC Han Solo's head are just downright creepy to me. It just disturbs me. I don't know if I want to own that figure.

Anyone else disturbed?

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