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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: February 14, 2005, 09:00 PM »
I found Aurra Sing and IG-88 at an out of the way Wal-Mart on the east coast earlier this morning.  They had one of each (no sign of the Stormie anywhere, dammit) alongside the usual complement of 100 Obi-Wans that aren't being clearanced for some strange reason.

Both of the figures look really nice (although I think IG-88 looks as if he's been hanging out with Bender, if you get my drift*), particularly Aurra Sing's "base" which is fairly involved.  I'm not a big fan of the character, myself, but the figure looked nice enough for me to pick it up.

Okay, but here's my gripe: Hasbro is letting the Unleashed line fall prey to the same problems that plague the regular action figure line, namely rubbery plastic.  The thing that I liked about the earlier figures I have is that they are sturdy.  IG-88 and Aurra Sing are anything but.  The plastic they used on IG-88's base in particular is so rubbery that it took me nearly 20 minutes to fit all the pieces together to where they would stay put.  Even now the stand is a bit wobbly if I try to move it.  Aurra Sing's base is sturdier, but she is made out of that same rubbery plastic they've been using on the action figures for the longest time and they seem to have abandoned the sole sturdy element (those silver metal bars) completely for her, meaning she probably will start to droop over time, as the only thing holding her on the base is a plastic peg that fits in her knee and a small loop that her other shoe fits into.

My biggest problem is this: for the longest time, the "Assemble as shown" notation on the backs of the packages was enough.  Sure, it took a little bit of guess work with the more involved bases (Mace and Boba come to mind), but it was doable.  Not with these guys.  It took me about 20 minutes to put IG-88 together and another 30 to get Aurra together.  And she even comes with instructions inside that don't make things easier.  I don't want to toot my own horn, but I'm a fairly well-educated guy, and her base in particular was giving me fits.  It makes those POTF2 sticker sheet instructions with no actual art and just the outline of the sticker look like they are detailed and written out phonetically.

Still, despite IG-88's penchant for bending and the horribly rubber plastic, this has been yet another wave of great looking figures (still no Stormtrooper, and this just wasn't my day for finding the Clone Army of the Republic/Empire all around) that makes me regret collecting this line.

*yes, it's an alcoholism joke

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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: February 12, 2005, 12:54 PM »
I guess I'll be the first to request this: can someone confirm (either by photos or by actual possession of the items which obviously fell off the back of a truck in China, ahem) whether or not the Obi-Wan and Anakin bases interconnect?  If they were able to do this, it could make two already amazing looking pieces into one big incredible piece that would have a place of honor on my shelf for years and years to come.

I couldn't tell from a lot of the angles on GH whether or not the lava had a kind of "lock" with one another the way that the flames on Mace Windu's cloak/based did.  It certainly looks as if the lightsabers are positioned in such a way that they "clash" but I really want these to be connected in a concrete way.  Anybody know?

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Modern Classifieds / DoctorPadawan's Want List
« on: February 11, 2005, 07:42 PM »
Very short list...

*UNLEASHED (Loose/Mint/Complete is acceptable):

-Jango Fett (2002)
-Darth Vader (Unmasked/Redemption; 2002)
-Yoda (2003)

If anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it.  Thank you so much for looking! :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A fond farewell, to our dear friend OCB...
« on: February 11, 2005, 07:34 PM »
Scott, I don't know you personally like so many others here at the boards do, but I can thank you for actually giving me a forum to discuss SW stuff with like-minded people after many years of questioning if one would ever exist.  So thank you for that.

I'm not the sentimental type, but I do wish you and your family the best of luck in the future.  Going by your history and reputation, you seem to be a wonderful person and you deserve nothing but the best.  Fare thee well, OCB, fare thee well.

1850
Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 10, 2005, 11:26 PM »
The first thing I thought of when I saw the Polis Massa (I don't know if I'm spelling it right and I'm too tired to check right now) was of the early conceptual art for the Kaminoans.  If any of you have "The Art of 'Attack of the Clones'", check out the section on Kamino.  One of the early designs that was discarded looks almost identical to the Polis people.

Maybe it's a similar situation to how the Geonosians were based on early conceptual artwork for the Neimoidians.  One of my favorite little things about the Geonosians (something that was originally a Neimoidian trait) was that they designed the Battle Droids in their own image.  Very cool, I think.

But yeah, it looks like there is more old artwork being used for different things.  Thankfully none of it is Doug Chiang's curvy hood ornament crap that got thrown out on Episode I, but this is neither the time nor place for that discussion.

1851
The Prequel Trilogy / Re: To PG or not PG
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:40 PM »
Remember that PG-13 was pretty much single-handedly created because of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.  The fact that "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was so brutally violent in parts (can you imagine seeing a heart being ripped out in a PG film these days?) and still rated PG caused a lot of parents to get upset that their children were seeing "real" violence in a film that was judged "OK" for everyone.  Of course, this was back in the day when parents actually gave a flip about what their kids were watching and didn't just use Nintendo as a babysitter, but I digress.

Anyway, Spielberg was in on the creation of the rating (since another film he produced, Joe Dante's "Gremlins" was the other "PG offender") so films that weren't necessarily violent or gory or sexual in nature but that weren't something you'd want little Johnny watching at a matinee could still be released without the stigma of an R rating, which means no kids could get into see it (theoretically).

I've become a rather harsh critic of the MPAA's rating system these last few years (why are films that have any hint of nudity or sexuality given R ratings while films that are excessively violent given as low as a PG?  How is a movie like the last Austin Powers a PG-13 film and not an R?) and I've grown to loathe the mentality of movie studios that will have director's cut their films down, even as early in the script stage, in order to avoid an R rating.  Case in point is "Alien vs. Predator" (which I will not discuss the quality of said film, which I felt was about one step, quality wise, above a porno, and the porno at least would have been interesting), which had a PG-13 rating.  All four "Alien" movies and both "Predator" movies before it had R ratings.  Alien vs. Predator should have as well.

Anyway, my point after all that nonsensical rambling is that Lucas has the power to make the film he wants without a studio interfering.  If he cuts the film down in tone in order to get a PG, it will contradict his manifesto of doing what he wants outside of the Hollywood system and not letting anyone else influence the stories he wants to tell.  Thankfully, for all the hell he catches from AICN-esque sheep for "raping (their) childhood", he has integrity and I think the movie will be what it needs to be, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17* and as long as it is what he wants to tell, I'll be happy.

*no Padme/Lightsaber jokes, please.

1852
The Original Trilogy / Re: Anything give you the willies??
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:25 PM »
"Jedi Rocks."  Greedo could shoot first from now until the end of time as long as they got rid of that piece of **** song.  To quote the bard Homer (Simpson), "John Williams is rolling over in his grave."  Why they couldn't have just done an "expanded" performance of "Lapti Nek" is beyond me.  Add all the new musicians and background dancers if you want, and while "Lapti Nek" may have sucked, it's "Comfortably Numb" next to "Jedi Rocks."

Oh, and the SE "Hey Kids!  I'm Boba Fett!" moment still makes me groan 8 years after the fact.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Think we'll see the Lars family?
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:13 PM »
I would really like to see the Larseseseses as they appeared in AOTC sooner or later (preferably sooner).  Given their relative importance in ROTS and the time between III and IV, you'd think that we would at least get Owen and Beru.  Still, we really needed Background Outlander Nightclub Patron #14 since she's a half naked woman with body paint before we needed THE CARETAKERS OF THE GALAXY'S LAST HOPE!

Sorry to get carried away there.  I'd also like to see them do a resculpt of "Classic" Owen before the line ends as well, as the POTF2 three pack version is horrible.  Maybe they can do "The Most Boring Character Evolution Pack in History" and do new versions of Owen and Beru from ANH alongside the younger versions from AOTC and ROTS.

1854
Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Vehicle
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:08 PM »
I noticed at Target this morning that they had finally marked shelf space for the fighter.  The tag said 19.99 and was "Ep3 Mid Vehicle Asst." or something along those lines.  K-Mart also had a space set aside for it, marked "Star Wars Ep3 Sneak Vehicle" but they were charging $24.99 for it.

Wal-Mart, naturally, has no space put aside for it and their SW section is, as always, a complete disaster area.  Two weeks after the aisle reset is complete and it already looks like a tornado hit the section.

Oh well, I'm hoping it will show up this week sometime as I really do like the looks of the ship.

(completely unrelated, does anybody buy "Teen Titans" stuff?  It seems to never move from where it is yet more and more stuff gets ordered and I never see anyone buying it.  Am I missing something here?)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Greivous Wheelbike
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:03 PM »
Interesting looking vehicle...although the one thing that makes me the happiest is that it includes a Grievous figure.  Hopefully that means for the first time in the Prequel era*, we'll have a pilot figure who can actually fit in their ship without any contortionist tricks.

Also looks as though the Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter will be coming sooner rather than later, from the photos on the back of the box.  I'm kind of curious whether or not it will come with interchangable droids for the socket, since it appears R4 from the last movie is in the ship during the opening battle, but R4-whatever that is in the Sneak Preview assortment goes with him to Utapau.

*For the purposes of my post, I am ignoring the AOTC Slave I and Pilot Jango, which weakens my theory, and I'm all about the confirmation bias over here.  ;D


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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Music of the Duel
« on: February 6, 2005, 09:04 AM »
I've managed to stay away from a lot of "big" spoilers so far, so I could be way off base here, but it doesn't seem to me like there is going to be a section of the film that would require a lot of "temp track" stuff.  The main reason that the score in TPM was destroyed was because of editing four different stories at once, and in AOTC the score was destroyed before it started because of all the unfinished special effects and anamatics.  Oh, and Ben Burtt's turnip farts, which I can't forget.

The way it seems, the last reel of the film is going to be pretty much Anakin versus Obi-Wan and Sidious versus Yoda as far as action goes, and I would imagine that while there would be some interplay early on, the last few minutes of that section of the film would more than likely be just Anakin versus Obi-Wan due to the emotional nature of it all.  I could be wrong, but is there really a whole lot that could require extensive re-editing (and/or turnip farts)?  Then we'll have the end of the film which should be all subdued types of cues, what with births, deaths, rebirths, etc., and I can't think of a reason why none of those scenes haven't been completed and organized to a point that would require the score to be obliterated.

The reusing of the Main Title bothers me though.  As I don't have Hyperspace (I will not pay for content, pornography or otherwise), I don't know if this was a JW decision to reuse an old Main Title cue, or if it was a Lucas mandate.  Or if Ben Burtt wanted to highlight this really cool tractor backfiring due to a potato in the exhaust pipe and the Main Title was judged to be unimportant.   ;D

On an only semi-related note, I'm really hoping that we get full unmolested versions of the prequel scores on double-CD sets (along the lines of the RCA SE soundtracks that Sony recently reissued) at some point once all this is done.  Even if there is no music scoring the Clone War in AOTC, I'd still love to have the pieces that didn't wind up on the single CD soundtrack.

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Modern Classifieds / Re: FS: Unleashed Clone Trooper (original deco)
« on: February 6, 2005, 08:56 AM »
PM sent! ;D

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: DVD 3-packs. Ugh.
« on: January 30, 2005, 09:20 AM »
Call me a thankful cynic/pessimist, but I'm just happy that Hasbro didnt' decide to release the ARC Trooper in the three pack as a blue version rather than the red version that's already on individual cards.  Then I would be pissed off.  :)

The OT DVD packs blew out pretty quickly around here as well, which kind of surprised me.  ANH tended to sit for the longest, believe it or not, and (in a total "duh" moment) the ROTJ pack went the fastest.  There were actually quite a few people who bought a three pack of figures at the midnight launch of the DVDs, and they weren't people you'd usually see cruising the action figure aisle either (based on overhearing several of them talk about how cool the Emperor figure looked, which we all know is just crazy talk).

I'm still baffled that Hasbro did not include Yoda in the mass market rerelease of the Clone Wars stuff, three packs or individually carded.  I mean, is Durge even still around in any of the EU stuff?  I find it hard to believe that Durge would sell more toys than Yoda would.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: January 30, 2005, 09:13 AM »
I didn't see a separate thread for this (and if it needs to be broken off into its own thread, please feel free to do so), but after seeing the display photos at Yakface.com this morning, I think I might have a fairly decent idea of what we can expect as far as the April 2, 2005 initial product rollout.  I just put everything together in a list to see how much we would need to be putting back as far as cash flow goes for that date.

So, here's what I got from the photos and other lists online.  I'm fully expecting Hasbro and retail to charge out the ass for this stuff (it looked as if the WM price on the lightsabers has gone up at least two dollars, but then again, it is somewhat obscured), so I didn't include prices.  I guess it can be edited as we find out more information.

BASIC FIGURES, COLLECTION 1:
01.  Obi-Wan Kenobi
02.  Anakin Skywalker
03.  Yoda
04.  Super Battle Droid
05.  Chewbacca
06.  Clone Trooper
07.  R2-D2
08.  Grievous' Bodyguard
09.  General Grievous
10.  Mace Windu
11.  Darth Vader
12.  Emperor Palpatine

BASIC FIGURES, COLLECTION 2:

13.  Count Dooku
14.  Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
15.  Bail Organa
16.  Plo Koon
17.  Battle Droid
18.  C-3P0
19.  Padme Amidala Skywalker
20.  Agen Kolar
21.  Shaak Ti
22.  Kit Fisto
23.  Royal Guard
24.  Mon Mothma

DELUXE FIGURES:

01.  Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine
02.  Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
03.  Obi-Wan Kenobi and Super Battle Droid

BATTLE ARENA TWO PACKS:

01.  Anakin Skywalker versus Count Dooku
02.  Darth Sidious versus Mace Windu

VEHICLES/BEASTS:

01.  Republic Gunship
02.  BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper
03.  Boga with Obi-Wan Kenobi

UNLEASHED:

01.  Anakin Skywalker
02.  Obi-Wan Kenobi
03.  General Grievous

12" COLLECTOR'S SERIES:

01.  Clone Trooper
02.  General Grievous
03.  Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine

LIGHTSABERS:

01.  Darth Vader (color change)
02.  Mace Windu
03.  Count Dooku
04.  Yoda
05.  Obi-Wan Kenobi (Episode IV hilt)

GALACTIC HEROES:

01.  Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker
02.  Darth Sidious and Yoda
03.  Obi-Wan Kenobi and General Grievous

FORCE BATTLERS:

01.  Obi-Wan Kenobi
02.  Darth Vader
03.  General Grievous

Please note that I didn't include Lego in the list, and that there are some things that probably aren't listed because the photos were so dark and obscure at points that I couldn't really see all that well (mainly to do with Attacktix or whatever the hell they're called, and that Yoda thing).

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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: January 23, 2005, 12:35 PM »
The Unleashed line was something that, when it began, I really thought would fall flat on its face and it was something that I did not want any part of.  In fact, when there was nothing but a sea of Jangos for the fall of 2002 after the launch, I figured my prediction had come true.

Now, some three years later, I have once again established myself as a total hypocrite and it's probably my second-favorite line of SW stuff, after the regular action figure line.  I picked up the Boba Fett in December 2003 (since hey, it was Boba Fett) and I fell in love with it.  Sidious was next, and after that, it was all downhill.  I haven't gone completist with the line (mainly due to money concerns and the fact that a lot of the older ones, including the Jango, are impossible to find without going to Ebay), but the six that I do have are some of my favorite interpretations of those characters.

That being said, is it just me or have the bases gotten less interesting as the line has gone on?  I mean, nothing can compare to the Boba Fett/Sarlaac base, but I was looking at Bossk in Target the other day and it's basically just a piece of floor that he may or may not even stand on with both feet.  Weird weird weird.


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