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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?)

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).

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.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 23, 2005, 12:19 PM »
So I now have a second Wook au natural.

The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was Mark Hamill on the "Empire of Dreams" documentary on the OT DVD set (and I'm paraphrasing):

"Of all the things to be concerned about: the Wookiee has no pants."  :D

I'm really looking forward to seeing these figures.  Grievous looks really cool, and to hear that the Wookiee is even larger than he looked (to me at least) in the photos has tripled my anticipation for that figure as well.  And any figure with a pimp cane is bound to be cool.

I'm really confused by Hasbro's astromech sculpting these days though.  In my opinion, they had the perfect base body for astromechs that could have been used at least once a year to make generic and/or R2-D2 figures until the end of time, and they seem to have all but abandoned it.  The last time I remember them using that particular mold (excluding the Star Tours stuff) was the Hoth R3 unit from the TRU four pack.  In the last year, we got a totally new mold for the VOTC R2 (which, foot-wise, was a cool change), a step backwards for the OTC R2-D2, and now an apparent third mold change (the third leg, which seems to go back to the Episode I R2) that does nothing to improve the astromech body.

My pointless complaining aside, can anyone with R4 say whether the hologram kind of "hovers" out in front of him, or does it actually touch the surface of whatever he is standing on?  I ask because if it's the former, I was curious how long it would be before R4 started having a "droop" issue.   ;)

Like Nick said, the Saga Ki-Adi Mundi is the most different of the four as far as sculpting goes.  His right arm is articulated at the elbow (bending at a 90 degree angle) and he has a magnet in his right hand, but other than a new paint wash, and the blue lightsaber and blast effect, it's the same as the Episode I figure.

OTC/HOF R2 is just a "clean" version of the Naboo Escape POTJ R2 figure, much in the same way that there is a "clean" and "dirty" version of the Biker Scout from POTJ.  Nothing more, nothing less.

The Saga Yoda (Jedi Council) is the exact same figure as the Episode I version with a magnet in his hand and a lightsaber.  There is a very different paint job (I suppose to obscure the "that Yoda doesn't look like Yoda at all" TPM puppet sculpt) but otherwise it's the same figure.  Complete waste of plastic.

Again, as Nick said, the Hoth Vader is a reissue of the Imperial Forces Vader, which was, in turn, a "solid" version of the POTJ Emperor's Wrath figure.  I actually think that the IF version works well as a generic Vader figure, myself, and the Hoth version is one of the few repaints that I actually wanted to pick up (naturally, I never saw it at retail, and with the clearance sales on OTC, I probably won't at this point).  Having looked at it though, if you have the IF 4-pack, you probably could pass on the Hoth version.

Since we're on the subject of repaints, can someone who has the Naboo Final Conflict TRU four pack tell me what sculpt the Battle Droid is based on?  I haven't picked it up yet (and due to money woes, I probably will wait for a clearance), and was just curious which well Hasbro went back to this time around.

Saga Collection '06 / Much Needed Resculpts
« on: January 16, 2005, 10:27 AM »
Reading the thread on Post-ROTS repacks got me thinking about many of the figures that have come out over the years that are either outdated, sculpt-wise, now or that could use some retooling to make a better figure.  So, in my anal retentive way of doing things (and since it's Sunday morning and I need to get my mind off of financial woes for 20 minutes at least), I went through the list of POTF2/TPM/POTJ/Saga figures and looked at what figures I thought could really use a resculpt, maybe for some kind of "farewell" line of figures in a year or so.  I also have an idea for a subline at the bottom of the list that hits on some other people that may seem left out in the initial list.  I'm very interested to hear anyone else's thoughts on these:


-OOM-9 (they could just release the Trophy Edition sculpt and include a mini-Nute and Rune hologram)
-C-3P0 (as much as I love the Episode I figure, an updated version with a lot of attention paid to the paint would rule)
-Pit Droids (release the overseas exclusive pack-ins as a Clone Trooper-esque variant thing; 2 per pack with different colors and accessories)


-Anakin Skywalker in Peasant Disguise (no action features, please)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (in full Jedi robes with great articulation)
-Padme Droid Factory Chase (with new head and "unaction" cape)
-C-3P0 (metallic, thank you very much)
-Taun We (in scale)
-Jar Jar Binks (non action pose)
-San Hill (yes, he's obscure, but the three pack version sucked)
-the Drugged Out Kaminoan (those of you who have watched the "Puppets to Pixels" doc on the AOTC DVD know of whom I speak; dare I say the "Ice Cream Maker Guy" of the PT?) ;D


-Owen Lars (now, please)
-R5-D4 (again, now, please)
-Rebel Fleet Trooper (okay, I have no problem with the POTJ version, and this is just thrown in as a shout-out to Jesse)
-Han Stormtrooper (VOTC body with AT-ST Han head and a new helmet)
-Luke Stormtrooper (VOTC body with new head and helmet)
-Grand Moff Tarkin
-Death Star Trooper
-Ceremonial Luke Skywalker
-Wedge Antilles (Gold Leader body with mods and a new head and helmet)
-Biggs Darklighter (GL body with mods and a new head and helmet)
-Red Leader (GL body with mods and a new head and helmet)
-While we're at it, let's make a series of Rebel Pilots in X-Wing gear with switchable heads and helmets)


-Princess Leia in Hoth Gear
-Hoth Rebel Soldier (mega articulation please)
-General Veers (with removable helmet and armor)
-Captain/Admiral Piett
-Zuckuss (at the very least they could "seal" his cloak)
-Bespin Security (white box army builder with different heads and hands)
-Han Solo in Carbonite (go all out on this one)


-Darth Vader with Removable Helmet
-Ishi Tib (Jabba's Palace)
-Gammorrean Guard
-Bib Fortuna
-Sy Snootles (vintage with feathers please)
-Leia in Boussh Disguise
-Chewbacca as Boussh's Bounty (VOTC with chain would work)
-Weequay Skiff Guard
-Emperor Palpatine
-Admiral Ackbar
-Mon Mothma
-Endor Han Solo (soft goods coat)
-Endor Princess Leia (soft goods cloak and removable helmet)
-Endor Luke Skywalker (soft goods cloak and removable helmet)
-Wicket the Ewok
-Logray the Ewok
-Paploo the Ewok
-Biker Scout (mega articulated with a speeder bike)
-Spirit of Anakin Skywalker (with Hayden's head)
-Spirit of Yoda (pack-in with Anakin?)

Also, with the general success of the VOTC line, I figured it might be cool to have a "Prequel Wrap-Up" version of the line with unique characters from the Prequel trilogy.  Each of these would be "ultimate" versions of the characters done on vintage styled cards in the clamshells like the VOTC:


1.  Battle Droid (super articulation)
2.  Darth Maul (cloth cloak, splitting lightsaber, super articulation)
3.  Jar Jar Binks (super articulation)
4.  Qui-Gon Jinn (cloth cloak, super articulation)


1.  Jango Fett (removable helmet, switchable backpacks, and super articulation)
2.  Mace Windu (cloth cloak and super articulation)
3.  Count Dooku (cloth cape and super articulation)
4.  Padme Amidala (white outfit with super articulation)


1.  General Grievous (cloth cape and super articulation)
2.  Palpatine (cloth cloak and super articulation)
3.  Anakin Skywalker (cloth cloak and super articulation)
4.  ???

Thoughts?  Am I mad?

In my opinion (and apparently in many others' as well), if they insist on doing repacks, put stuff out that wasn't easy to find in the first place, created by not released,  or that hasn't been seen in a while and still comes up to the current standard of quality.  So, that being said, separated by film.


-TC-14 Protocol Droid
-Nute Gunray (Holograph)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Naboo Swamp)
-OOM-9 (Trophy Version)
-Jar Jar Binks (Naboo Swamp)
-Sio Bibble
-Darth Sidious (Holograph)
-Queen Amidala (Battle)


-Clone Trooper (from Clone Wars line; individually carded)


-VOTC Stormtrooper
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Dagobah version repainted)
-R2-D2 with Princess Leia Hologram
-Admiral Motti
-Princess Leia (CommTech)


-VOTC Darth Vader
-Han Solo (Bespin Capture)
-VOTC Boba Fett (in ESB colors)
-C-3P0 with Removable Limbs (POTF2)


-Ephant Mon
-Max Rebo Band (POTF2 but only the OT trio)

Odd that I found the most figures that could be rereleased in Episode I.  Which, given Hasbro and the general public's aversion to said film, will probably mean none of those will actually ever see the light of day again.

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