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Saga '02-'04 / Accessories?
« on: May 14, 2003, 05:44 PM »
One of the big trade-ups in the switch from POTJ to Saga was the promise of better, larger accessories in the bigger bubble. Right out of the box, we had Bespin Luke (and his incredibly cool antenna accessory), and CCC Chewie (with the detailed and fun pile of Threepio junk). Since then...?

The new Hoth Han has a hodge-podge of recycled bits, even Mynock Chewie's mynock is essentially rehashed. Carkoon Boba Fett's large "accessory" is just a base, not very stimulating play-wise.

What gives? Did Hasbro reel us in with their best ideas and then fall back on the same old mediocrity?
Do you think we'll ever see neat accessories with our standard figures again?

The Original Trilogy / Re: Death Star Survivors?
« on: May 13, 2003, 04:52 PM »
I'm pretty sure the only guys left by the time Luke blew the place up was Tarkin, a couple lackeys, and that poor S.O.B. who kept saying "Stand by."

Actually, that "stand by" guy is the one who makes me think no one got out alive, with the possible exception of Bast and his people.

If there was substantial time between Luke's shot and the explosion, then wouldn't the superlaser have been charged and fired its shot before the explosion?

The only way I see out of that dilemma is in an explanation like events that we saw happening at the same time really didn't.* In effect, Luke didn't fire his torpedo as the guy was saying "stand by", but minutes beforehand. It was only cut together for dramatic purposes.

*And of course, I say "really" knowing fully well none of this really happened anyway.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Tatooine Ghost is killing me...
« on: May 10, 2003, 06:46 AM »
I read it a few Sundays back as an afternoon diversion, and I can completely understand your frustration. All the drama in the book comes from Leia finding out about her past, the scenes of her with Shmi's diary are the real heart of the book, but no one wants to write a book about someone reading a book, so they build this whole action-adventure on top of it that sort of just gets in the way.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't skim past a lot of Han and Leia's journey to get through that book.

Still, I thought the prequel-OT were tied together about as good as they could be here, though it does point out a lot of bigger issues (ie does the whole Galaxy know Anakin became Vader? Do they all know Vader was Luke's daddy?)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who did you pretend you were?
« on: May 10, 2003, 06:36 AM »
When playing with my figures, I was always Luke, until I got the B-Wing Pilot (of all characters!) He became me literally, all the other characters called him "Champ" because he was an ace pilot (and because "Bobb" didn't sound nearly Star Wars enough for me) and Luke Skywalker adopted him into the family!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Best CD's of the 90's
« on: May 9, 2003, 11:36 AM »
There are three albums that I just happened upon during the 90's that weren't from giant rockstars or heavily promoted singles, but continue to rank in my all-time favorites (namely, the CD rack where I keep all my current favorite albums for quick listening). Maybe not "the best" of their day, but definitely unsung:

Kyuss--Blues for the Red Sun: A solid album from the force that eventually went on to become Queens of the Stone Age, this album is so thick and heavy, the sludgiest grunge I've ever heard, but also beautiful.  The opening track "Thumb" just builds and builds. Other stand outs include "Thong Song" (uh, not  that Thong Song) "Allen Wrench" and "Freedom Run." For fans of the Queens, or anyone who was into STP, Nirvana, or Pearl jam in the mid 90s.

Compulsion--Comforter: Another album along the grungier side, and I think the only album this band ever released. It sort of bridges the gap between pure grunge and the new-punk of Green Day. What impresses most is the heart, thought and feeling behind these songs. Great tracks include "Delivery", "Eating", "Mall Monarchy", and "Domestique." Anyone who can straddle punk and grunge will appreciate the sounds here.

Life, Sex, and Death--The Silent Majority: This album is impossible to peg. The vocals are indescribable--from fluttering falsetto to raging bile in a split second. The band comes in as super-processed as any 80's hair band. The songs range from straight-ahead hard rock to bluesy to inspirational. Anothewr band the world never heard from again. Instantly memorable tunes include "Tank," "School's for Fools", and "The Farm Song." I'd say fans of Faith No More or anyone who can listen to both Nirvana and Poison in the same day.

Saga '02-'04 / What killed the deluxe line?
« on: May 6, 2003, 07:07 PM »
Hasbro announced at their big "open house" a while back that the deluxe line was being scrapped in favor of the new Clone Wars 3-packs. So what happened to kill what was touted (back in 2001) as the "fixed" deluxe line?

I think it was pure assortment problems that did the line in. Even great figures like Bacta Luke sat on shelves when packed in cases of consisting of only 2 different figures. The first AOTC deluxes still glut shelves everywhere, while the later (and unquestionably superior) asssortments sit in warehouses somewhere, only slowly creeping out.

Sure there were a few duds in the line (Deluxe Jango being one of the low points of Star Wars toymaking ever), but I thought the quality of the figures overall was very good, and Hasbro was definitely moving in the right direction (modular backgrounds and/or double figure packs) in the end.

What do you think contributed most to the death of the deluxe line?

I'm just wishing here, but I'd like to see something we'd never find on a store shelf, something outlandish like a George Lucas (as opposed to Jorg Sacul) figure with camera, or a cut-scene Biggs.

In my heart of hearts though, I don't see Hasbro making it a "Jedi Master Points" exclusive--they'll only be valid with a receipt dated during a certain time frame.

Newbies / To answer Matt's question...
« on: May 3, 2003, 05:35 PM »
So what Star Wars lines do you collect Bobb?  Pretty sure you're a modern line collector if I recall - anything else?

Pretty much like you said. In my day (as a kid) I collected all the vintage stuff and played with it to death. I've tried collecting vintage nowadays but it's not the same (plus I still have most of my very-used old stuff to supply the warm fuzzies). So yeah, I stick with the modern stuff, more and more just going for OT stuff.

And thanks everyone for the open arms.

Newbies / I Love a Parade!
« on: May 2, 2003, 05:55 PM »
Hey everyone. I've been skimming the forums here for the past couple weeks and I really like what I see, a lot of familiar faces (well, names really) and a nice vibe.

Can't wait to join in the conversation.

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