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The Prequel Trilogy / Anakin Dynamite
« on: May 6, 2005, 08:47 PM »
Not sure if this goes in the right spot, but that's for the Mods to decide.

http://www.atomfilms.com/af/content/anakin_dynamite

I haven't viewed it yet, but I hear that it's just like Napoleon Dynamite.

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Revenge of the Sith / Accessory Packs
« on: April 12, 2005, 06:51 PM »
Would anybody else like to see the return of these? Just like in Episode 1, they could pack in a bunch of blasters, lightsabers, etc. and sell them for $5 or $6. I think it'd be a cool way to get replacement/extra weapons, like Clone Rifles for the SA Clones.

Anybody else with me?

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Revenge of the Sith / Online Midnight Madness?
« on: March 28, 2005, 11:59 AM »
Okay, so it turns out I can't go to MM at the stores due to something going on the next day. Does anybody know if any websites are doing MM sales? I only know of SWS.com.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront Problem
« on: March 20, 2005, 11:13 PM »
I'm having a problem with Battlefront on PC. The videos at the beginning of the levels never play! I can hear everything, but the screen is black. I've messed around with the options, but no luck, and Lucasarts.com didn't have any specific info on the problem. I was wondering if anyone here could help?

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LEGO / One more set before 2005!
« on: August 13, 2004, 03:24 PM »
Rumors from fbtb.net are indicating that Lego plans on releasing a set before the end of the year, and that we "Won't be disappointed".

Any thoughts to what it could be?

I'm hoping for a Sandcrawler, with a Death Star set or Ep. 3 preview set after that.

Whatever it is, I'm looking forward to it!

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Toy Reviews / VOTC Leia and Obi-Wan
« on: August 6, 2004, 10:26 PM »
I've had these figs for around a week and a half, but never really got around to reviewing them. They got me enthusiastic about SW collecting again, and got me to start ordering figures online. Anyway, here's what I think about the VOTC Leia and Obi-Wan......


Princess Leia Organa

Sculpt: Sculpt is pretty good here. Some may argue that the face looks nothing like Carrie Fisher, but I think it is a decent likeness of her. The upper body has a GREAT amount of detail, until you get to the waist. The softgoods dress was a nice addition, and I think it is pretty well done. Under the skirt is just plainly sculpted legs (painted white) along with boots. Nothing exciting here. Thumbs in the middle.

Paint: Not much painting here, as I'm sure Hasbro used white plastic. The belt has gray buckles, and the bottoms of her boots are painted black. This was a nice feature, as Hasbro detailed the figure really well. The paint on her face makes her look like a doll of somesort though. Thumbs up for a good paintjob on this figure.

Articulation: I believe Leia has 12 points. Ball/Socket Neck, Ball/Socket Arms, Elbows, Wrists, Waist, Hips, and Knees. Yup, that's 12. The arms are nice, as you can pose her with her blaster in both hands, hands near her hips (like the picture on the card), or straight down at her sides (Requires you to flip the arms and wrists though, it's kind of hard to explain without pictures). I have heard that her knees are Ball/Socket, but they don't seem that way to me. She can bend her knees, but can only move her shins left and right. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Oh well, they just don't seem Ball/Socket to me. Thumbs up for articulation.

Accessories: You get a black, shiney Stormtrooper blaster, exactly the same as the POTJ one, which also comes with Saga Bespin Chewie and Admiral Ozzel for example. Her hands are small, so this is just about the only weapon she can hold. I would have preferred the long Leia pistol she uses before getting stunned in ANH, but this does fine. Thumbs in the middle.

Overall: Pretty decent figure for Leia. I see she is selling like hotcakes and seems to be the most difficult to find just behind Luke. I know why. A good figure that is well worth the money.

Grade: A- (A Minus)




Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi


Sculpt: The head seems like a decent enough sculpt to me. Looks an awful lot like the old POTJ Obi-Wan to me. The upper body has decent detailto the waist where the soft goods begin. His sleeves have wrinkles in them, which looks pretty cool. His hands have GREAT detail, showing wrinkles and veins. This is an AWESOME detail, IMO, and really adds to the figure. His belt has little detail. Just a buckle and a small hook where a Lighsaber hilt would go. Under the soft goods cloak are your basic pants and boots, with a small bit of detail in each (A few wrinkles). For example of this see a figure like, oh, um, Admiral Ozzel. His pants are similar. Thumbs in the middle leaning towards Up with the sculpt.

Paint: Eh, a decent paintjob. Like Leia, he was probably sculpted with tan plastic, and the painted the brown on him. His boots, belt, and inner shirt are painted brown, and his hair is gray. Not much else to talk about here. Thumbs in the middle

Articulation: Here's where it gets messy...... he has the standard neck articulation, NOT Ball/Socket like Han and Leia. Big no-no. He DOES have Ball/Socket Shoulders, but cruddy Elbow articulation. Once again, I refer you to Admrial Ozzel's figure for an example. He looks bad without the cloak when he has his arms moved to go straight down, but that's mainly because of the sculpt. It's even harder to put the cloak on with his elbows like that, so you have to move them into the straight position, THEN move the elbows back to the normal position, as well as move the cloth back so it doesn't look pulled. It's good that he can hold his Lightsaber with both hands, but I wish he had some better elbows. Add in the Standard waist along with Standard Leg articulation, and you'll get a Thumbs Down regarding the articulation for Ben.

Accessories: You get a POTJ Old Ben Blue Lightsaber, which is basically the only thing he ever used in the OT. And the cloak....... The cloak is decent enough, but hard to get on because of the elbow articulation. When you get it on, you then see how big it is. You have to fold pieces just to make it look movie accurate. The arms are big too, and the cloak as a whole is extra thick. Thumbs in the middle for accessories.

Overall: While I still recommend the figure, I would keep him on display, or carded. He is definately not a playable figure, and you see why once you take it out of the package. Definately not the "Ultimate" version Hasbro hyped it to be.

Grade: B- (B Minus)


Here is how I would rank the VOTC figs from Wave 1 so far (I still don't have Luke yet, so keep that in mind):

1. Han
2. Leia
3. Obi-Wan


Both figures are recommended by me. Hope you enjoyed the review.  :)

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The Original Trilogy / Boba Fett..... Voiced by Jango Fett?
« on: July 27, 2004, 12:41 PM »
Yet ANOTHER crappy change in the OT DVD..... Boba Fett's voice has been replaced by the voice of Temuera Morrison. Also, they gave Morrison NEW LINES, further butchering the scenes.

Also, there are RUMORS that all the Stormtroopers now have Morrison's voice as well.

You can find samples HERE.

Thanks for screwing up some good characters, Uncle George.  >:(

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Saga '02-'04 / Hall of Fame R2 question...
« on: May 8, 2004, 06:46 PM »
Okay, I finally found some new figs today, one being the HOF R2-D2. I was under the impression that this was a rehashed Holo Leia R2, but after some inspection, I realized that the HOF R2 is actually the POTJ one.

Did I miss something? Was this always the plan for the figure? Or did Hasbro pull a switch on us? ???

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Other Collectibles / Cartoon Network.com e-Cards
« on: February 22, 2004, 02:23 AM »
I saw this over at RS, an thought I'd bring the news over here.

Cartoon Network.com has this "orbit" website where you can play games and collect cards with points.

You can get some Star Wars Clone Wars cards when you sign up and give the following passcodes: (Passcodes given with card you recieve)

Padawan - Anakin Skywalker cToon card
Sith Lord - Count Dooku cToon card
Dark Jedi - Asajj Ventress cToon card
Droids - C-3PO/R2-D2 cToon card
General - Obi Wan Kenobi cToon card
High Council - Anakin/Yoda/Obi Wan/Mace Windu cToon card
Jedi Master - Yoda cToon card
Leader - Mace Windu cToon card

This deal expires March 8th.

So, has anybody else gotten any of these?

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LEGO / Toy Fair 2004 news
« on: February 15, 2004, 04:25 PM »
I got most of this news from FBTB.net:

There will be NO new sets for the rest of 2004. After the Falcon is released, that's it.

The 10131 set was NOT revealed. It will be a Lego Shop @ Home exclusive (Like Cloud City and the Star Destroyer), and S@H exclusives are not shown at Toy Fair.

In August, Lego will begin coloring the minifigs from Liscensed sets (Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Spider-Man) with a peach tone, so they will look like real people.

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Personally, I am a little disappointed with Lego. I'm okay with the 10131 and the news about 2004 sets, but that flesh tone announcement makes me mad! Who cares if the figures don't have a "natural" look? Now they aren't going to match any of the older minifigs! >:(

Thoughts?

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LEGO / OFFICIAL 2004 Set News/Rumors
« on: August 8, 2003, 11:20 PM »
Gareth @ FBTB Posted this :

   
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He's coming in a monstrous modular bespin playset. There's a landing dock, dining room, two pieces of duel scenery, freezing chamber and torture room.

Figs include Luke, Leia, Lando, Han, Boba Fett, Vader and a Stormie.

Just watched the big unveiling at brickfest via streaming video. September-ish release, shop@home only, $100.
Also he added this later:
   
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Well, I guess I'll describe it in as much detail as I can since my gaming companions for the evening seem to be stumped on how to get wilco working.

The components (in the order of unveiling):
1. Dining room. White interior, table, couple of chairs. Has only one wall I think, in addition to the floor. Floor and wall are both about 16 x 16 studs in size. The door slides up and down, and can be raised and lowered by turning a nearby knob.

2. Dark room. Couldn't see this one very well. I thought it was the room where Han was tortured and Chewie was held, but later, I think he used the same module to show the "Luke being flung out the window by Vader" action. It launches luke through a TIE Fighter windscreen and halfway across the room.

3. Landing dock. Sort of blah. It's got a bunch of those huge bricks with round corners like from the girlie faerie sets whose name I forget. Not much detail. That I could see, anyway.

4. Freezing chamber. Didn't get a good look at it, sorry, but I imagine there's some sort of dunking mechanism.

5. Bridge thingy where vader and luke duel. Looks good. Very good. No discernabled functions. Has a hand rail similar to Brucey Wan's, but it's much smaller.
Check it out HERE.

Thanks to Kris Van de Sande for the news.

This is great! $100 for a huge Cloud City playset, and minifigs galore. And we're finally getting a Brown Lando! I can't wait to get this! ;D

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Saga '02-'04 / Best of the Best
« on: August 3, 2003, 04:02 PM »
I saw this thread over at RS, and decided to post it here.

In your opinion, what is the best modern figure (POTF2 - Saga) of each main character that Hasbro has made?

Here's my list:

Luke - I've always been a sucker for the POTF2 Bespin Luke, but I also like the POTJ Pilot version.
Leia - The POTF2 New Likeness Leia, (the new Saga Repack Leia).
Han - Commtech Han.
C-3PO - Removeable Limbs 3PO.
R2-D2 - Commtech R2.
Chewbacca - Saga Cloud City Chewie.
Lando - POTJ Bespin Escape.
Darth Vader - Vader included with the Saga TRU 4-pack.
Palpatine - I like most of the Emperor figures, but I have 3 favorites - Chancellor, POTF2 FF, and EP1 Sidious.
Darth Maul - Original EP1 Maul.
Count Dooku - 4/23 Version.
Yoda - 4/23 Version.
Mace Windu - Tie between EP1 fig, and Total Control fig.
Boba Fett - 300th.
Jango Fett - Kamino Escape.
Obi-Wan - POTJ Old Obi.
Padme - Droid Factory Chase.
Battle Droid - 4/23 White and Red.
Clonetrooper - Red Version.
Stormtrooper - Commtech version.

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Toy Reviews / Repack Han/Leia review
« on: August 2, 2003, 12:41 PM »
Han Solo: Flight to Alderaan

Sculpt:
Nice sculpt overall, very close to looking like Harrison. 9/10

Articulation:
10 points - Neck, Arms, Legs, Waist, Left Elbow, Knees, Left Thigh.
9/10

Posability:
You can make him stand, you can make him sit, you can put his arm on his waist. Nice stuff.
10/10

Accessories:
Blaster Pistol, Working Holster, Clear Stand.
7/10

Overall:
A POTF2 Repack. It was part of the Comtech era. A nice figure overall, pretty close to being perfect.

9/10

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Princess Leia: Imperial Captive

Sculpt:
Very close to looking like the character. Suit is movie accurate.
9/10

Articulation:
6 Points: Neck, Arms, Waist, Legs.
7/10

Posability:
Not much. You can pretty much only make her stand. You can make her hold a blaster with both hands though.
7/10

Accessories:
Blaster Pistol, Blaster Rifle, Clear Stand.
8/10

Overall:
Another POTF2 repack. Not much else to say. Pretty nice figure.

8/10

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Other Toy Lines / Halo Toys
« on: July 30, 2003, 06:30 PM »
Okay, the long awaited toys based on the video game Halo are arriving in stores in the next several weeks! You can view photos of the toys here. The line will consist of both 2 and 6 inch figs.

So far, this is the confirmed list of figures:

Master Chief
Cortana
Warthog w/ 2 Marines
Ghost w/ 2 Covenant Soldiers
Banshee w/ 2 Covenant Soldiers

Anybody else going to pick these up next month?

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Saga '02-'04 / Best Website to buy figs?
« on: June 10, 2003, 01:25 PM »
I'm starting to get sick of the retailers not ordering new figs and Hasbro not shipping the figs, so I've decided to buy the 2003 figs (along with Ephant and the POTJ repacks) from an online store.

But there are so many stores to choose from!

My question is which is the best online store to buy the new figs? I'm looking for a site with many positive reviews, and fair prices (on the product, shipping, etc.).

Thanks in advance. ;)

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