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The Original Trilogy / Re: EP 7,8 and 9 still a possibility?
« on: October 23, 2003, 09:42 AM »
I think at this point I'd have to agree that Episodes 7-9 would feel like a tacked-on sequel in the vein of Jaws 2 or Alien 3. There just aren't the loose ends as of ROTJ--the story will need to generate a new antagonist as well as new heroes, and at that point I feel like it's not a continuation, but something else, milking the cash cow or something.

As it stands, the two trilogies do tell the story of Anakin Skywalker, period. If there are going to be more movies, I'd prefer them to be titled something stand-alone rather than be Episode Whatever.

The original Star Wars story is done, but they could tell another.

Power of the Jedi / Re: 25th Anniversary Sets - Opened or Boxed?
« on: October 20, 2003, 12:12 AM »
Matt hit the nail on the head, the Vader/Kenobi scene and the Luke/Leia scene will have places in my Death Star.

I bought an extra (clearanced) Luke/Leia set just for the base last year and stuck a pair of stormtroopers on it to complement the real sets.

Right now I've got them all opened and lined up on a shelf, along with an open Silver R2 paired with TC-14 to commemorate the "silver" anniversary.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: As expected... PEGWARMERS!
« on: October 11, 2003, 07:25 AM »
I think a part of the strategy in releasing these figures was to intentionally make them pegwarmers. As someone mentioned above, this is the only case shipping these three figures, and the line is gonna be around through Christmas. Theoretically, Hasbro wants kids to be able to buy Anakins and Yodas (while collectors keep buying ARCs) all through the holidays. If so, the stores have gotta stock up now while they're available thorugh Hasbro.

It only follows logically, then, that Wave 2 will hit in slightly smaller numbers (since some Wave 1 will still be out there) and Wave 3 will be even smaller...but by that time the entire line ought to be available on the shelves at the same time, in more or less the same quantity.

If Hasbro refuses to ship figures at 1 per case (which I think is the best stategy, but what do I know?) then I like the "four of three" waves as long as there is no spillover to later cases. Most of POTJ shipped like that, and they cleaned up well (Until the Bespin Guard wave reshipped with Training Obi and Shmi.)

Thanks to everyone for the feedback and support. I'm glad this thing has been a hit within the community.

Matt, I spend about 10 hours a week working on it, give or take. I seem to be able to turn out a level a month so far, but I actually started the project in June, and spent a solid month planning things out level by level so that everything would fit just right. A lot of the work time now is spent on designing the decals, since this is my first opportunity at photoshop-type applications. The plan has always been to finish by December, and that looks like it'll happen.

I'm still looking for something to use as those wall sensors, I've got plenty of room to stick 'em, but I love those little cannons...

The console is built from a foamcore skeleton covered with black posterboard skin. Basically, the leg pieces are two pieces of foamcore joined face-to-face, the back one slightly taller than the front. A third wedge-shaped piece is placed on top at the angle made by the different heights. Then the posterboard covers the joints, with stickers and scavenged car model pieces to complete the look.

The next level to come will be the Docking Level, featuring the Command Office (above Leia's Cell) with an opening/closing door and rotating computer screens. The elevators continue up into the docking level also to give the illusion of a straight ride (though they are non-functional). A curving hallway joins the two sides, with the Docking Bay Doors (and a large decal of the Falcon in Hanar 2037) in the rear center.

I don't think I could build another Death Star, though. This one was all about seeing my wishlist of rooms and features come to life, someone else would want other things and <poof> the magic would be gone for me.

(Of course, if enough money were offered, I'd stop being an idealist real quick...)  ;)

Some Star Wars to Hobbit names for you all...

Luke Skywalker = Dimple Sandybanks
Han Solo = Posco Danderfluff
Chewbacca = Mungo Bolger
Leia Organa = Ruby Goldworthy of Michel Delving
Darth Vader = Mungo Burrows
Obi-Wan Kenobi = Berilac Deepdelver of Brockenborings
Anakin Skywalker = Popo Sandybanks
See Threepio = Podo Proudfoot
Artoo Detoo = Meriadoc Foxburr of Fair Downs
Boba Fett = Ponto Underhill of Frogmorton
Jabba the Hutt = Polo Bolger of Newbury
Yoda = Olo Overhill of Rushy

(brought to you by good ol' Sancho Peatfingers of Brockenborings)

The Original Trilogy / SE Greedo Scene: Was it just poor execution?
« on: October 1, 2003, 08:11 PM »
Imagine if you will, a scene from the "Ultimate" edition of ANH on DVD in 2006:

Greedo threatens Han, while Han silently pulls his blaster from the holster. Then, just as you instinctively cringe to watch the poorly edited "Greedo shooting first", your draw drops as an entirely new image plays out: Greedo shoots with precise aim, but Han rolls smoothly to the right, clears his blaster above the table, and burns a hole in Greedo's chest.

All of it clean and clear (the way George really wants it) redone on stage with Harrison Ford's face painstakingly mapped onto a double's head.

Would the scene be passable in your eyes then?

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: September 30, 2003, 08:57 PM »
Lastly, here are some more "overall" images that show the diorama as it stands now:

To allow the cell door to still be able to open, I had to put an opening thorugh the side exterior wall of the diorama:

In addition, I made a part of this wall completely removable so that the Cell was accessible for play when the whole thing is put together:

The ceiling line for this level also gives you a rough design of what the third (Docking Bay) level's floorplan will look like.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: September 30, 2003, 08:48 PM »
Here, then, are some shots of the Detention Corridor and Leia's Cell:

(I designed the "corridor" sticker myself as an homage to Kenner's vintage style.)

I replaced the tiny cell that came with the original playset with a more accurate room of its own. The playset itself is completely removable from the diorama itself (though it looks silly without it there.) There is also an opening behind the trash grate to allow the figures to fall through to the bottom level--I put some nice pipe details in there, but none of my pictures of it would show up very well.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: September 30, 2003, 08:39 PM »
As I mentioned earlier, I have finished the Detention Level of my multi-part diorama. Here are some views of the Anteroom:

The console is not fixed to the floor, it's its own piece of furniture. I went with the orange-colored grid on the floor (instead of reddish like in the movie) to match the floor of the Cellblock Playset. The elevators are constructed out of multiple layers of Foamies attatched to a cut-in-half mailing tube.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 03:17 PM »
A couple of nit-picky thoughts I came up with as I read the news:



Looks to me like we might be seeing a bit of parts sharing between these two figures. A simple head-swap and different deco would suit these two. Especially with all the figures planned for their wave...

Tatooine wave has three figures, which means four per case (and leaves R2 and R1 to duke it out for the pegwarmer of the bunch). Palace wave has five, so the ratio there will be screwed up. I'll guess three each of Lando and Shawda Ubb, plus two each of J'Quille, Elom, and Luke. They could really mix it up by making Luke a one-per or J'Quille and Elom replace one another as a running change.

For my money, I'll bet the B'omarr Monk will be a straight rehash of the exclusive version, so now I have to decide if a wall monster and Bubo are worth ten bucks. That was a deluxe set I didn't see coming, and just proves that assortment is wide-open now.

Holographic Luke sounds really cool to me...the best surprise yet. And it's great to see the fantastic job done on the R1. I'm looking forward to searching for all of these!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hold the phone--"Deluxe" Rieekan?
« on: September 25, 2003, 11:54 PM »
Consider, if you will, the roll-call of deluxe figures(POTJ-Present):

Luke Skywalker
Darth Maul
Princess Leia
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Jango Fett
Count Dooku
Mace Windu
Anakin Skywalker (x2)
Clone Trooper
Obi-Wan Kenobi (again)
Jango Fett (again)

It just never occured to me that they would make a non-main character, non-army builder, non "larger than average" figure as a deluxe. It's almost as if they've conceeded that the deluxe line will focus on collectors and/or large set pieces. Neither of which I'm upset to see, just surprised. (A moisture vaporator could well be on the horizon...)

And of course a ten-dollar Rieekan is better than no Rieekan at all. I'm just a little shocked Hasbro is sticking retailers with a ten-dollar "blah" figure.

Saga '02-'04 / Hold the phone--"Deluxe" Rieekan?
« on: September 24, 2003, 06:10 PM »
In the QnA over at GalacticHunter, Adam made reference to the fact that Rieekan would be included in the Deluxe Assortment (including The Wampa, new Jabba, and Escape Pod Threepio, and three other unnamed releases.) Question number 9 here.

This is the first I've heard of Rieekan as a deluxe figure...I'm sure the tactical display he comes with is nice and all, but I hadn't been under the impression it was "deluxe" nice.

Has there been offical word that Rieekan is indeed a deluxe figure?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Wars Halloween
« on: September 24, 2003, 05:43 AM »
In 1979 for Kindergarten I dressed up as a Jawa. My Mom made me a long brown robe with an oversized hood and the bandoliers, and I wore black pantyhose over my face! Back in those days I was even allowed to take my Han Solo Blaster into class with me to complete the outfit.

Last year I helped my nephew make an Anakin Skywalker costume fot his first grade party, but he wasn't allowed to take his lightsaber to school.  :(

Power of the Jedi / Re: Plo Koon and Saesee Tiin....
« on: September 23, 2003, 02:59 PM »
When I first got htese figures I spent an aftermoom stripping them down (And then getting them dressed again.) The figures are fully painted and sculpted under their robes, but the sculpting to allow for hip articulation reminded me a lot of the old vintage figures (think Tatooine Luke or Ben Kenobi's hip joints.)

I found it was easier to pop the lower parts of their arms off to help slide their robes off.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: TPB Books
« on: September 22, 2003, 10:53 PM »
I find that Dark Horse's approach to creating their Star Wars stories lends itself much better to the TPB format than the individual comics themselves.

I collected the comics right up until about three arcs into Rogue Squadron, then realized DH was going to release every story as a TPB mere months after the arc was completed. To me, the patience to wait for the entire satory in one read was worth the impatience I had after finishing a quarter of the story and being left unsatisfied for a month or more.

Just this weekend I got the first "Empire" TPB (as well as "The Defense of Kamino,"my first prequel comic.) I can't imagine having read "Empire" piecemeal, it would've been beyond frustrating. "Kamino" seems written more along the classic comic book style, I'm guessing because it was originally intended to draw in the casual fans of a movie year.

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