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Messages - tmanthegreat

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Wasn't there a blue concept Cloud Car?  Maybe I'm misremembering that...  I'd buy that along with a movie-deco.

Yes, there was.  It was in a McQuarrie production painting for ESB.  The painting is really rather cool, showing the blue cloud car in the forground, viewed from slightly behind, with a Thranta flying creature approaching it.  The scene is set over the Cloud City highrises with a storm cloud backdrop.  It is in the "Illustrated Star Wars Universe" book.  The blue cloud car has some design differences over the final version, but looks close enough.  Blue would be a cool color for that vehicle 8)   

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I want to say that the new AT-ST and the improved TIE Interceptor were the best vehicles I got this year, however, I did technically pick up my big Millenium Falcon this year (January 2009) and that just about tops any vehicle made for the modern Star Wars line in my opinion ;)  Other vehicles were also well done, including the Magna Guard P-38, Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, Octapura Droid, Republic Fighter tank, and even the CW Y-Wing to an extent.

Figures are a little more difficult for me as I sort of pick and choose with them, liking some and not others.  To just name a few, I liked the ANH Spacetrooper, Rebel Technician (from the Yavin Scramble pack), the ANH Obi Wan Kenobi, Imperial Scanner tech, Snowspeeder pilot Luke, and of course, Willrow Hood 8)     

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:52 PM »
I recently begun a weathering project on my Y-Wing.  The factory-fresh gloss of it was just disconcerting, especially since the Star Wars universe was always so dirty.  The process is far from complete, but basically, I gave the vehicle a wash with charcoal pastel and sealed it with dullcote.  There will still be more details to include such as oil stains, lazer burns, exhaust stains, etc.  but even with a dirty wash over it, the Y-Wing looks better in my opinion.  I'll post pictures eventually.

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: Cloud Car 2010 (RUMOR)
« on: December 5, 2009, 09:49 PM »
This looks cool 8)  I'm not sure I like the pop-out missiles too much, but that is certainly not a deal-breaker and adds a lot of functionality to the model.  I got a vintage Cloud Car last year in an ebay auction with two of the Saga Cloud Car pilot figures.  That is a pretty accurate tooling itself, but this one seems more fun.  I'll be down for it should it come out.

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This looks good.   I've got the Wal Mart and Target exclusive snowspeeders released over the past several years, but will certainly get this more accurate tooling.  I like the detailed direction Hasbro is going with the Star Wars items 8)

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The sculpt shown does not seem to be a new tooling - which is fine by me as the A-Wing's sculpting still ranks as one of my favortie Kenner/Hasbro Star Wars vehicles in terms of looks and general accuracy.  That said, the blue concept A-Wing would be great!  I thought about getting another Crynyd A-Wing last year to paint one myself, but never got around to it...

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: December 5, 2009, 12:41 AM »
Tonight's episode...  where the Geonosian worms infect the ship, the clones, Bariss Ofee... I'm very tempted to consider this the best episode of the season so far.

It was dark, creepy, and perhaps captured some of the conflicting emotions and feelings that should have been in ROTS better than that movie itself.  The worms infecting the clones and causing them to attack the Jedi had the Order 66 feel to it - even one of the clones commented that it was their duty to attack the Jedi.  Bariss coming under the control of the parasite and attacking Ashoka had the whole Jedi vs Sith (or Anakin vs Obi Wan) feel to it, though it ended on a more positive note.  Then there was Anakin's interrogation of Poggle - the most Vader-like Anakin has acted in the CW series, complete with Vader's musical theme (the Imperial March) playing in the background. 

Again, I really enjoyed this episode 8)

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Within the past few days, my faith in Hasbro's distribution has been restored.  Finding the new ESB, ROTS, Clone Wars waves within the past couple of days as well as having already had the ANH and ROTJ waves available for weeks in my area has confirmed that Hasbro will pull through.  The large Wal Mart displays with all the ships and new figures by the dozens are further evidence of this 8)

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Not sure whether this is a nationwide trend or not, but one of my local Wal Marts had all Star Wars figures marked down to $6.00.  They had the newest waves all in a large aisle display.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 3, 2009, 05:35 PM »
OK, another Matchstick was not so hard to find.  I went to the ghetto Wal Mart of my town, where people tend not to buy action figures, and scored another.  Same store had all SW figures down to $6.00 8)

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 3, 2009, 12:19 PM »
Matchstick has got the be the hardest figure ever to find...  After I scored one yesterday, I went to three other stores hoping to continue my luck.  One had this huge aisle setup with the SW figures.  Lots of the recent ANH, ROTJ, ESB and ROTS waves, as well as parts of the said CW wave - just the Matchsticks had already been cleaned out.  I'll keep hunting as I'd rather not pay for one off ebay at the moment.   

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 2, 2009, 06:25 PM »
Finally scored my Matchstick figure at Wal Mart today.  Now to find another so as to have an "accurate" crew for my Y-wing.

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I found this wave at Wal Mart while on my lunch break.  I like when I find out about new items showing up and then a day or two later find them 8)  Lots of good figures in this wave, though I get the biggest kick out of Willrow Hood for the figure's sheer obscurity. 

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: December 2, 2009, 06:21 PM »
I found the complete ESB wave at the Clovis, CA Wal Mart today on my lunch break, plus elements of the ROTS wave.  Basically, I was able to get all the figures I've been wanting for the past few weeks in one swoop 8)  Willrow Hood is fantastic and I don't think the Bespin Guard is that bad either.  I like the improved Commander Cody figure from the ROTS wave, though the head appears a little small. 

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And please don't get me started on the Imperial Scanning trooper (and for that matter Ugnaught 2). Can't even find these guys in ANY wave, new or refresh.

Really?  There must have been at least six of the Scanning trooper at one of my local Wal Marts in Central California - and that was just one store.  I've seen more at other Wal Marts and Targets in my area.  They're not moving all the quickly and I already got my fill. 

That said, I certainly agree with much of what has been said above to an extent.  I still have not seen that new wave of CW figures (the one with Matchstick) or the ROTS wave.  I was used to regional distribution back with the 21st Century Toys Ultimate Soldier line, but I would have thought mighty Hasbro could do better...

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