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Could they have just borrowed the "non-handstand" head sculpt of the Dagobah Luke for the Bespin version? That would go a long way towards making it a different figure (and an idea I was going to try anyway.)

If they could just drop a few more subtle changes in with the figures, it really would make all the difference as far as the good graces of the collectors. I could go in for buying variants on paintjobs and minor details that make sense. I absolutely loved the improvements on the Momaw/Greedo/Ponda Cantina sets. But there just doesn't seem to be a lot of that going on here. Little stuff like the Jawa two-pack in slightly different colors (like reverse the dark brown/light brown scheme, help fill out that army of scavengers)...metallize IG-88 a bit...

...though I don't know how they could rehabilitate Bib or the Scanning Tech...

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Alien/Predator
« on: May 14, 2004, 08:44 AM »

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Alien/Predator
« on: May 14, 2004, 08:42 AM »
There is the old Kenner "Aliens" line from the early/mid 90s...they had quite a few different types of Aliens. My Cantina has always had a "Scorpion Alien" in it (looks most like the classic Alien) and it seems to be pretty close in scale, about as tall as Chewie.

There was a Kenner "Predator" line as well, don't know how clos ethe scale came on that...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's A BOY!
« on: April 25, 2004, 07:39 AM »

I'm glad to hear everything went well.

Original Trilogy Collection / OTC = Freeze Frame Waves
« on: April 23, 2004, 02:47 PM »
All of the rereleases to come in the Original Trilogy Collection due out this summer strike me with a certain sense of deja-vu, right back to 1998.

I thought the Freeze Frames were a novel idea to get a little more life into the POTF2 line after the huge success in 1997, but I quickly learned to hate the line. I had no idea at the time that practically every figure would be rereleased, I was only interested in the new figures, and so found myself stuck hunting. (Feels like I've been hunting through new shipments of old figures ever since.) Zuckuss was such a pain in the butt to track down...

I've always thought that the Freeze Frame rereleases were what killed the momentum in POTF2, I even remember Hasbro mentioning the fact that they learned a lesson about never recarding figures en masse again.

While I am looking forward to more shelf space in the fall for my favorite toys, I sure wish there were going to be a couple figures on those shelves that I wanted (or even didn't already own.)

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Cloud City
« on: April 7, 2004, 06:09 AM »
It's close to 2 1/2 feet wide by 1 1/2 feet long. So, yeah, it's on the large side. Each level loses a bit of that "fin" look on the front, so that the third (top) level is a circle with a 1-foot diameter. Then, off the back of the structure, I'll add the gantry, which will be another two feet long or so.

The second level will hold the torture room, the cell, and the junk room/boiler room. Then the top, circular piece will be the Carbon Freezing Chamber. Off the back, Luke and Vader wil be able to duel through the control room with the big window, out onto the gantry.

I always thought of the CFC as the bowels of the city, too, but I put it on top since it's the most important thing in the playset, and as a level by itself was going to take up the least space.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Modular Cloud City Playset
« on: April 6, 2004, 06:01 AM »
I've been hard at work on my next project, a "three-level + a gantry" modular Cloud City Playset.

Right now I'm in the middle of putting the bottom level together. It' the "civilized" part of Cloud City, represented by the Guest Apartment, Dining Room, and Grand Corridor.

I've uploaded some in-progress pics to my "making-of" site for anyone who wants to take a peek and offer your comments.


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Modern Vintage - Waves 4,5,6?
« on: April 2, 2004, 07:52 PM »
I'm of the opinion these should be vintage updates as well, and main(ish) characters to boot. So, with that, I'll try to pick some good 'uns:

-Tusken Raider
-Jawa/R5-D4 2 pack
-X-Wing Pilot (with Luke/Wedge/Biggs variant heads?)

-Bespin Leia
-Bespin Han
-Bespin Luke
-Bespin Boba

-Bib Fortuna
-Ewok 2-pack
-Emperor(the only real no-brainer of the bunch)
-Admiral Ackbar

I really think a Tarkin would make tons of sense, but he wasn't vintage, so what can you do? I also like the idea of a Stromtrooper disguise Luke, especially if he was made "shorter" than a regular Stormie.

(Oh, and the second go-around is MSRPed at $4.99--hey if we're wishing, why not?)

Original Trilogy Collection / OTC Screen Scenes, anyone?
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:29 PM »
I for one would love to see some nicely done OTC Screen Scenes, in the style of the AOTC War Room/Jedi Council sets.

I've seen the pictures of the OTC Cantina set (Wuher/Kitik?Evazen) and while it's nice to finally see these coming out, I think it would've been better to have a new big accessory coming with them, either the holy grail "bar U-piece" or the Distillery from the back or just a nicely done booth. I also loved the Trash Compactor Scene that sor tof opened the door for this whole idea.

What sorts of OTC Screen Scenes could we see? It seems the formula is one large prop cut in two, and three figures sold with each piece. I'll throw some ideas out right now:

  • Death Star Control Room: a nice console piece tha snaps in two. One half comes with Stromtrooper Luke, Imperial Officer, and Death Star Trooper, the other with Chewie (with binders dangling from one wrist), Stormtrooper Han, and another Death Star Trooper.

  • Cloud City Interrogation: The torture device snaps into a curved wall and doorway. The torture device itself comes with Bespin Han and two Stormtroopers. The hallway comes with Lando, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader.

  • Ewok Village Celebration: an Ewok Hut that snaps in two, a bit of the floor of the village as well, maybe two rails. The first set comes with post-battle Luke (flap down), Rebel Pilot (Wedge?), and a celebrating Ewok. Set two comes with Han, Lando (celebration outfit), and Nien Nunb.
Any other ideas?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
« on: March 26, 2004, 12:02 PM »
I saw one else did??

If you liked the mind-twists and psychological ideas explored in Being John Malkovich, you will like this moive. My fiance' and I were surprised to see how true to life the "love story" really was. It's not as zany (a surprise to me, with Carrey starring) but is much more touching than Kaufmann's previous work. There are few players in the movie, but everyone gets something interseting to do. Mark Ruffalo does well, as do Frodo Baggins Elijah Wood and Mary Jane Watson Kirsten Dunst.

It also doesn't explain itself as obviously as some mind-bending movies do (even BJM explained what was really going on in more detail than this) so you sort of have to pay attention.

I'd recommend it, if not for a weekend viewing then definitely as a must when it hits video.

Saga '02-'04 / Packaging Heaven
« on: March 15, 2004, 06:31 PM »
I ran into the new Target exclusive figures and glasses today. While I didn't bite (so often anymore...) I did really like the looks of the packaging.

It really got me thinking. The Star Wars products have been getting A+ packaging this last year or so. I'm an opener, so it doesn't much sink in with me, but some of the boxed stuff lately has just been gorgeous. I'm thinking the new glasses, the Screen Scenes, the Jedi Warriors TRU 4-pack. The Cartoon Clone Wars stuff was wuite a nice look. Even the mock-up of the rumored cantina 3-pack. All really nice looking stuff I've noticed around.

Way to go Hasbro. We don't often stop to notice, but you've really come a long way.

Power of the Jedi / Re: 25th Anniversary Sets - Opened or Boxed?
« on: March 15, 2004, 06:13 PM »
Here are mine:

Thanks again, everyone.

Grant, my take on the conference room was basically "no imperial officers to put in it=big empty space or a lot of extra customizing work." Vader has been finding lots of other fun places to choke Motti--the bridge, the superlaser room, while walking down the hall...

Cloud City will be a little smaller than the Death Star, only three (stackable) levels tall but with a wider footprint. I'm visualizing it as sort of the Palitoy Death Star with Cloud City interiors and a Carbon Freezing Chamber (custom, not the miniscule Hasbro release) on the roof.

I'm also going to build a gantry that attaches to the back of the diorama proper--think of it as a 3 3/4" version of the two Kenner Micro World gantry sets. With the whole thing put together, it will be longer than the Death Star is tall (and I'll have nowhere to display it!)

After it's done, (I'm thinking next Christmas again) I'll start work on an Ewok Village set that's been brewing in my mind for a while (hopefully they'll make some new Ewoks before then.) That takes me through 2005, so who knows after that?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A sign of things to come at RS?
« on: March 1, 2004, 07:40 AM »
As far as the spark for the whole debate, when I hired in as a moderator over at Rebelscum, Philip asked for my "real-world" contact information. I sent it to him and never gave it a second thought. What's the big deal with that?

As far as the further developments go, I'm sad but I'm not too surprised. I naven't had a problem with Philip on a personal level but he definitely has a different take on how to run message boards than I would.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star
« on: February 25, 2004, 06:09 AM »
And finally, here are the pictures of the completed playset:

This shot is a bird's-eye view looking directly down the center. It really gives a feel for how each level takes up it's own space within the body of the tower, you can see all the way down to the orange floors of the detention level, and then the two first level rooms jutting out below that:

Once again, thanks to Chirs Berry for helping me out with these pictures, and thanks to all of you for the encouragement and support as I brought this "technological terror" to life.

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