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Could've been something like this:

Imperial Commander (Needa in black with At-At Commander legs)
AT-AT Commander (Vintage colors, all dark grey)
TIE Pilot (grey boots and gloves)
Bespin Guard (Sgt. Eidan with caucasian skin)
Could Car Pilot (different colored mustache or possibly dark skinned)
Ugnaught (head swap on the two recent ones, with color tweaks)
Hoth Rebel trooper (beardless)
Wedge Antilles (Snow Speeder, admittedly, not a vintage release, but follows the trend of making Wedge hard to get!)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin, classic Kenner deco...peachy clean uniform and oh-so-blonde)

Just as glad it wasn't. I have a hard time buying big sets and opening collector packaging.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2010 Saga Legends Figures
« on: August 14, 2010, 06:07 PM »
Found two sets today, both big eyed.

Got one set. Fairly soft plastic, but decent enough. These are the first new Battle Droids I've gotten since Episode 1 stuff went on clearance. The later molds never seemed worh the money, and I've never been a fan of the droid design especially. Decent figures (I read their necks are technically backwards from the movie), I might get more so my clone finally have something to shoot at besides Jedi.

My pack included the old weapons assortment, so I got a battle droid gun with the tab, and I tried plugging into the trooper's pack but it's too loose to stay in. Bummer.

I don't understand the card game, how do Battle Droids have force ability, and bonus force ability, too?  LUCASFILM GREENLIGHTED THAT??  :o

The Hoth Chewie looks kinda dumb, btw. Still haven't seen IG-88.

What, you mean that ATOC Boba Fett from 2002 isn't worth $9?  :P

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: TRU "Battle of Endor" Pilot 4-packs
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:18 PM »
I'm tired of pilots, but it's nice they made Grizz.

FX-7, Bespin Guard and an AT-AT driver were others.

Seems like overkill...making them all in one box.

I didn't even know the vintage 3-packs existed until I saw pictures of them in a collectibles guide, so that sense of nostalgia just isn't quite there for me.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Ventress' Fanblade Fighter?
« on: August 12, 2010, 09:58 PM »
Perhaps instead of using Ventress, they should've just created another bald, white-skinned, evil female character. Assajj, Sly Moore and Aurra Sing just aren't enough.  :D 

Or how about an armored bounty hunter? Or a light saber wielding cyborg...or....

The acolyte thing is like what Roger Ebert said about that Memoirs of a Geisha movie "Here is a useful rule: Anyone who is 'not technically a prostitute' is a prostitute." She's a Sith in all but name only.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: August 11, 2010, 08:06 AM »
What took them so long, actually. It was one of the few midsized vehicles in ROTS , and one for clones, at that. Seems like it should've been made before, say the AT-AP, which had to be scaled down.

Collect All 92! / Re: Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
« on: August 10, 2010, 06:30 PM »
Brother and me had 4 Kenner Snowtroopers between us. Yeah, lost half of the skirts (I never heard the word "kama" before five years ago). Some tabs broke off and couldn't hold them on anyway. Big rifle was cool, but aiming it would often make him fall over unless he was on a footpeg.

I find it amusing that they are the arch enemy of the Hoth Rebel Trooper, even though they never appear together onscreen. Kenner didn't care, and neither did I (then or now).

POTF2 was pretty tall. I remember when they got real cheap, could bought more. I got the Saga one with the odd pose and holster even though I wasn't getting much Star Wars at the time. Never got the kitbash of the two from Saga 2. A year or so ago, I found the Deluxe tripod gunner snowtrooper by himself at a flea market for a quarter. Good thing the saga one came with that cannon for him to use. Good thing the backpack wasn't meant to be removed, either, as he still had it.

Vintage is best, even with that clone head. Not that I'm that against clone heads. I just think he'd be wearing a head covering with winter gear. There's the "what color is his uniform? Khaki or grey?" debate. I wouldn't mind a retro Kenner take on him, all white with some black detail. The 4-Lom and ZUckuss retro colors are neat, why not do some more?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: August 10, 2010, 09:22 AM »
It's the 6th release of the AAT, I think. I found the blue and steel coloring odd, so getting back to gritty is cool. Sucks if you were building an army of the blue patterned ones and wanted more of those. I only have the 30th anni version, and this one looks more compatible with it.

I only have an incomplete AT-AP (stripped of everthing but 2 main legs and top gun) I got used for a buck and it's legs don't sit evenly (I assume it's a bad example). Not sure if it's worth getting unless I want to recreate the battle on Upsidedownsis.

$25 for a swamp speeder? I dunno, could get a clone with a big grub for that price!  :D (Though the hard part is finding ROTS clone who can sit down to operate it. (Come back, quick draws, all is forgiven! Well, maybe not all.)

Droid fighters/bombers never did anything for me.

I prefer the box with artwork to those Ultimate Battle Pack dio scenes. Those look impressive, but I see "great, packaging I'll keep that will take up too much space", because I know I'll have to keep it. A more regular box can be folded down or used to store other empty packages  :P.

Yeah, there's the theft/swapper thing. There's also the benefit of being able to look at the figures' paintjobs, though the last time they boxed a figure that was unviewable was Grievous Wheel Bike, the only one I can thing of off hand.

I wish the packs had a bit more to them, like

Imperial set: another snowtrooper, the tripod laser, a second AT-ST driver with a different head sculpt, a super articulated wampa, the Force Unleashed Hoth bonus level  Sith version of Galen "Starkiller" Mark, new probe droid with atomspheric entry shell.

Rebel set: another trooper, a new taun taun, a recast of the imperial attack base with electronic lights and sounds (new sized footpeg), EU Dash Rendar in snowspeeder pilot gear, plus his snowspeeder.

And they should be $10 cheaper... ;)

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: August 8, 2010, 07:38 PM »
Interesting that Ventress and Grievous will finally share a scene together.

They can debate who is more incompetent and cowardly.

TV-9D9 / Re: Live Action Star Wars Series for real now
« on: August 8, 2010, 07:34 PM »
I figured years ago the live action show would never materialize. I wanted to be proven wrong.

I could see him remaking The Original Trilogy before making sequels, or at least Star Wars. IN 3D!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Better "Toys" Vintage or Modern?
« on: August 8, 2010, 12:15 AM »
Of course, 20 years from now, who knows how current stuff will age? Might be puddles of goo. And lots of discoloration, as flourescent light bulbs become standard in households.

IMHO, it's "apples and oranges" on detail and decoration. 30 years later, everything should be better in those departments.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Street Date Debate
« on: August 7, 2010, 11:46 PM »
3 Wal-Marts within 20 minutes of me. One had a few new vehicles. That was it. One had no figures at all (its the worst of the three for finding anything). One had two Clone Wars Anakin versions. The other had lingering BAD leftovers and 2 IG assassin droids (the smallest and most "ghetto" of the three, best for finding figures).

The Vintage Collection / Re: Better "Toys" Vintage or Modern?
« on: August 6, 2010, 07:28 PM »
Vintage was a better toy line. Because I liked to be able to put Chewie in the X-Wing. If you have to ask why I would want to, I wonder if you were ever really a kid. Most of the characters were designed to sit (something a supposed "super articulated clone trooper" has problems with.)

Vintage figures hold up better, less parts to loose. I knew when ball joint heads and swivel wrists became common, we'd see loose, kid-owned figures with those parts missing. And I have seen them, at yard sales and on ebay.

They had vehicles and playsets that will never be remade in modern: Dagobah, Star Destroyer, Death Star, Ewok village, Rebel Transport, Imperial attack base, droid factory, the real dewback  :P, Jabba's Dungeon, Bespin Cloud City, Hoth Rebel Command Base, Land of the Jawas, Hoth Ice Planet (okay, those last 5 sucked... ;) )

Modern has better action figures (finally, it was touch and go with POTF2).

Looking back on the 70's-80's Kenner line, it seems ridiculous that there was only one Vader, one Obi-Wan and one Tattooine Luke, all with permanent retractable lightsaber arms. Luke couldn't even hold a blaster...or not well, anyway!

And the later lightsabers were pathetic looking, even for the era, colored sticks that were too short.

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