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The new Snowspeeder looks excellent.  Much better sculpting all around than the old versions.  The shape and canopy both look more accurate.  It will be a fun fall season with this and the Cloud Car 8)

The Cloud Car looks fantastic 8)

I thought I'd call it quits with the AT-ST, but the new Cloud Car (and Snowspeeder) have be back in the game.  I like all the features and the realistic looks.  Too bad we have to wait until the fall again, but at lest they are confirmed!

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: January 23, 2010, 09:35 PM »
I enjoyed the episode and glad to see others did as well.  Master Sinube was cool and it was good to see an episode that moved more slowly and which shed more light onto the daily lives of both the Jedi, the common citizens, and the criminal underworld.  There were lots of cool little details in the episode that I liked such as the aforementioned Tonnika sister, the train, and even the Chancellor Palpatine propaganda sign.  The episode seemed to have some elements influenced by scenes from Attack of the Cones, particularly all the chases through the Coruscant cityscape.  My favorite scene, just for laughs, was when Ashoka and Master Sinube commandeered the bike and went polking along while holding up the busy traffic lanes - typical old person driving :P

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Separatist Droid Gunship
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:39 PM »
Both ships look cool!  I'd even get Cade Bane's ship just because I think Hasbro did an excellent job with their P-38 fighter and the new deco looks neat.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: January 12, 2010, 03:10 PM »
Funny note about some of the recent Wal Mart discounts in my area:  In at least two stores, I've seen the new evolution packs discounted to the $12 mark while the ones from last year are still at the $22 mark ::)

It doesn't matter to me either way as I have my fill from both series, but its still odd nonetheless ;)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: January 12, 2010, 03:07 PM »
I've not been checking my area too religiously as of late, but at least one of my area Wal Marts still has 6-8 of the AT-STs and they have the little green price sticker reading "Was -- Now $43.95."  I didn't scan one, but the tags are probably right.  I'm sure they will actually get discounted in due time ;)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: January 7, 2010, 06:44 PM »
Picked up the Rancor set at Target for half-price today.  I had always wanted to get this set, but didn't want to pay $50 for it.  This particular store still had three left after over a year out on the shelves.  Its a great set for $27 total, and I had a $25 gift card 8)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 12 (aka 2010 Wave 2)
« on: January 7, 2010, 02:49 PM »
Sidious looks great!  I wonder if the hood can be removed to reveal Palpatine's head ;)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: The Clone Wars: Best of 2009
« on: December 31, 2009, 07:49 PM »
Cade Bane tops it for me with the figures.  He can be used flawlessly with the regular ones.

The Y-Wing, Turbo Tank, and Octupura droid were the best vehicles.  Really, it seemed that this year the Clone Wars line got some of the best vehicles all around.     

Got the Imperial and Rebel Pilot sets for $12 each yesterday.  Two for the price of one is a good deal with these 8)

TV-9D9 / Re: Family Guy Star Wars
« on: December 28, 2009, 03:52 PM »
I got the DVD for Christmas and found it quite funny and vulgar in the typical Family Guy style!  Seth McFarland does a good job spoofing the Star Wars films.  I will agree that this one was not as funny as the first - The Empire Strikes Back is a much more serious film and a lot less corny than ANH, so it would seem that there is less material to spoof.  The Family Guy ROTJ should be pretty good as there's lots of corny material in that film that can be made fun of easily ;)

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: December 28, 2009, 03:46 PM »
So when exactly do the new episodes for Season 2 start again?  Thanks!

Something like that Zero-G Stormtrooper suit pictured above was included in the "X-Wing Alliance" simulator game from 10 years ago.  In the game they were something more of a minnature starfighter used for boarding operations, etc.  they They were really annoying little things, which although slow, were hard to hit and quite effective when used en masse.  In the game they had the lazers and could carry a concussion missile for added firepower.  I rather like the Zero G trooper shown in the above EU figure wave, but like Jesse noted, would rather have something bulkier like that pictured above.  Guess I should track down some GI Joe Serpent armor ;) 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: December 23, 2009, 01:36 PM »
Jesse James brings up some interesting points in his post regarding the prices, and I will have to agree with him.  I have the CW Y-Wing and it is a good attempt by Hasbro, but falls short of what it could have been, especially for the price.  While it was a ship that I had to get, it was by no means a bargain for the $70 I spent on it.  Large vehicles do not need to be cut out completely, however. What Hasbro needs to do is simply adjust their prices better for what they make or simply make fewer of the larger more detailed items and cater those items towards the collector market that is getting them.  

I am first and foremost a collector of the 1:18 scale military items Jesse James mentioned above and the ratio of detail versus the price point have always been greater than what Hasbro has offered.  Really one cannot compare a 1:18 scale P-51D Mustang made by 21st Century Toys to the similar-priced Hasbro X-Wing and never mind the larger 1:18 scale aircraft and vehicles.  It only seems that in recent years Hasbro is addressing the detail issue on their vehicles, so we get items like the new AT-ST and retooled TIE Interceptor that start to better approach the scale and level of detail that is seen in the military collecting world.  Greater levels of detail will necessitate higher pirces, but that would make the items more worth it in the end.  

What is all the more interesting is that the companies that produced the 1:18 military items were much smaller than Hasbro and catered to a very limited collector market.  That limited focus did spell the demise of two companies that produced the models - most notably 21st Century Toys - but that company was tiny with nowhere near the staff, organization, or market clout that Hasbro possesses.  Far more people buy and collect Star Wars items than 1:18 scale aircraft and tanks, however, the 1:18 manufacturers traditionally kept their prices low on more complex models and with a fraction of the resources that Hasbro possesses and only a fraction of the conusmers.  

That said, I really see no reason why Hasbro cannot continue to make larger, better scaled, and highly detailed toys/models even if they were produced on a limited scale and geared more towards collectors.  They would be able to spare the resources and still turn a profit.            

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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