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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.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Trilogy out on dvd 2004?
« on: September 22, 2003, 10:39 PM »
From a marketing standpoint, it makes no sense right now to not have OT DVDs officially released. Episode I and II are already available, but I can pretty much guarantee there will be new versions of them lined up for the "Ultimate" edition of the Saga on DVD that we've been assured will come after Episode III.

So why not release a bare bones version of the OT to compliment the regular editions of the PT? Especially as has been described--a boxed set of all three movies (Special Edition verison) plus one disc of extra features.

Had VHS held up as a selling platform until 2005, this might not have been a necessary step. DVD is no longer the future, DVD is the here-and-now, if there is an OT DVD set, it will only be Lucasfilm acknowledging that fact.

I'm going to have to go with Wedge as well. In ANH he saves Luke with some very skillful piloting, blowing up that TIE a split-second before he would've rammed it.

In ESB he (and Wes Janson, gotta give props to the gunner!) pull off the tow-cable manuever while Luke--and nearly every other Rogue--gets shot down.

And in ROTJ, he gets the kill on the Death Star, and has the skill to live to tell about it.

Meanwhile, Ackbar's ready to pull the plug as soon as he sees theDeath Star's shield is still up...and then again as soon as the Death Star starts firing. For a brilliant military commander, it sure seems like he's got no spine.

That sigh JJ refers to, I've always read as a bit of relief at knowing he's not going down in history as the biggest wimp in the Alliance--and that was only thanks to Lando's "never-say-die" attitude and the extreme hotdogging of the Rebellion's "every man."

Why EU doesn't talk about a disgraced Ackbar being given his walking papers by "Admiral Calrissian" I'll never know.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: September 13, 2003, 09:57 PM »
Thanks, Matt! Things are in fact progressing--I finished the Detention Level yesterday, and hope to have pictures to show everyone soon. Now on to the Docking Bay level (which has everything but a docking bay!)

As for the conference room, my creativity's just not piqued with building one...maybe if Hasbro makes a Screen Sceen table...the whole thing disassembles by level, so I haven't ruled out any rooms for sure. I'd love to even stick in a ROTJ Throne Room at some point, but it's not a part of my initial design.

...maybe after I build my modular Cloud City playset...

The Original Trilogy / Re: Most Dated Part of the OT
« on: September 7, 2003, 11:57 PM »
References to the "stolen data tapes" in ANH always jog me back to the 70s.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: August 19, 2003, 06:03 PM »
Outstanding work there Muftak. How big do you plan to have the entire set be? Will it encompass such things as a full detention cell hallway, conference room, and/or the hangar bay?

There will be four more levels on top of this one, it will be just a bit bigger than three feet tall when finished. The next level up (3) has the detention center and the cellblock playset from 96, the one above that will contain the hangar control room, the hangar hallway (with blastdoors) and the elevator hall. The next level up (4) will be the control room and a short hallway with blastdoors. The top level will be the central core shaft, with two bridge doors and the tractor beam controls.

Docking bays are just too large to fit the size I was working for (trying to keep this thing under four feet square).  I really weighed doing the conference room, which would have been a floor all by itself I think, but in the end it boiled down to not enough officers to fill it. Tarkin, Motti, and Vader will just hang out in the control room. If hasbro suddenly has a change of heart and makes a troop builder set of officers, I can alway retrofit it later.

Great use of the CD to add effect for the superlaser control room, but wasn't the chamber parallel to the controllers, or was that in ROTJ? I forget....

After studying that three-second shot for waaaaaay too long, I've come to the conclusion that the control platform is actually in the round chamber (the laser blast bursts right behind them), which was actually just a matte painting. The painting had all the curved walls, while the platform and all it's walls were straight. In ROTJ it looks like they use the same footage flipped mirror-image style.

What about detailing on the outside, will you add anything like gunner stations or the turrets from the trenches?

I originally thought about putting two little gun towers on the very top (above the chasm doorways), but have lately been toying with the idea of making the whole thing double as a nearly-to-scale gun tower from the back, with  two large cannons sticking out about level three.

Maybe an exhaust vent hidden on the back of level two..?

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: August 17, 2003, 06:55 PM »
Finally, here are some pictures of how the two rooms fit together, and the overall "footprint" of the diorama:

On the outer walls I used more foamies to create the "armored" look, here's a detail of the outside walls:

All that dead space in the back came in handy to house the blast chamber's core tube. As the levels get higher they will carve deeper and deeper into the structure, hopefully keeping all the rooms accessible.

Thanks go out to JD's main man Chris, for hosting my pics!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Death Star Dioramas
« on: August 17, 2003, 06:48 PM »
Here are some shots of the trash compactor:

I'd have liked to give it mashing walls, but the Screen Scene base kind of made that impossible. I'm going to put a chute opening in the ceiling to allow figures to drop from the cellblock (which will be directly above it) into the compactor.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / UPDATED PICS! Modular Death Star
« on: August 17, 2003, 06:42 PM »
My latest project has been a five-story "playset" Death Star. I'm building it in a modular frame of mind, and I've recently completed the bottom level, which contains the trash compactor and the blast chamber (the only diorama version of it I've heard of.)

First up, here are pictures of the blast chamber:

I used an old CD for the end of the chamber to create a sort of "lasery" effect in the reflection. I found halfway through building that using the dark steel grey color made the whole thing too dark, so I fudged the color a little bit to brighten it up. The interior is constructed of those little craft foamies, which were the easiest way to get it all to fold up into a tube.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dream Toylines
« on: July 12, 2003, 06:55 PM »
I would love to see (And the fact that it's actually possible adds a this dream) a Star Wars/Transformers crossover line. With Autobots as Alliance ships (X-, Y-, B-, A-Wings, Snowspeeder, and the Falcon as the leader) and Decepticons as Imperial craft (TIE, TIE-in, Bomber, Vader's Tie, an AT-ST,  and an AT-AT). All Action Fleet scale, but to-scale.

That would be the initial releases, more could follow (Landspeeders, Cloud Cars, Shuttles, Speeder Bikes, maybe even prequel ships with a "prequel" storyline). Just as long as they were "classic" style TFs, ie they were mostly one piece with an "authentic" looking vehicle mode.

Throw in a few Action Fleet- styled SW heroes and villains (Or can you imagine Han, Luke, Chewie, Vader etc. as Headmasters and Targetmasters?)

Unicron as the Death Star, anyone?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: ...More than they can chew?
« on: June 15, 2003, 09:10 AM »
Nope, no solid cases in the US, and what really burns us is the fact that most new "waves" have only one or two new figures in them, with the rest being previous releases.

POTJ's biggest figure year (2001) saw about 35 new figures released. Things were slightly bumpy then availability-wise (as it has to be in non-movie years), but what really helped out was the fact that each wave featured four brand-new figures. The classic POTJ pegwarmers (Bespin Guard, Duros, Ketwol) were the result of them being carried over for a second wave.

In all honesty, I look to really see 2003 product start hitting in fall 2004, much the same way the tail end of Episode I/POTF2 hit at clearance prices at the end of 2000. There is just too much '02 backlog in the warehouses.

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