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My choice was "Excellent, but there's still one better." - IMHO it still does not beat ESB - that movie was great. I definitely think it's better than ANH and ROTJ though. Would have been my #1 if they hadn't cut some things.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Post your ROTS reviews and thoughts!
« on: May 19, 2005, 08:57 AM »
I liked this movie a lot - I would say that it ranks up in the top two of the six movie Saga. In fact, in terms of strengthening EPs 4, 5 & 6 it does that nicely.

The effects were amazing. The acting was a HUGE improvement over either of the previous two prequels. Hayden and Ian both did great jobs. The movie was extremely emotional in the last third so when it was over it what finally sunk in for me was "that's all folks" and I was left with a twinge of sadness felt both for the characters but also the end of the SW movie franchise.

As I drove home, I did start to bemoan the fact that the movie didn't contain so many of the nicer parts of the book and/or comic-book.

While I don't know whether or not some of these issues are addressed in the "longer" digital version, it was a shame to NOT see some things included:

1) Where was Qui-Gon? Lucas couldn't even get Liam to record some new lines?
2) We've been given figures of both Shaak Ti and Bariss Offee - where were they?
3) Even the boy behind me (who seemed to know A LOT about Star Wars, which was cool to hear) - was like "why didn't we see Yoda land on Dagobah?"
4) Where was Mon Monthma? or the rest of the Senators who start the rebellion? Where was Bail's line to Yoda and Obi-Wan that basically says, "do not believe what you hear we say on the senate floor?"
5) Lots of little lines here and there which were in the comic and I presume also in the original screen-play, but not in the final edit. Like when Obi-Wan is saying the last few lines to Anakin and says (in the comic) "I love you....but I will not help you" - to me even having dialogue like that would have made the move all that more powerful.

So like I said, I still think it was a great movie, but for me at least, I had read all of the material and in a way, I had definitely ruined the movie for myself - I envy any of you out there who had stayed away from as many spoilers as possible.

I've bought more than what's below - the numbers just indicate what I'm keeping for myself...

Early Bird Set x3
Holo Yoda x4
Lava Vader x3
C3 Vader x3
Target Clone x6
TRU Anakin Starfighter x2
KB 12" Chewie x1

Before the Kohls sets were announced I had already bought four of the preview Wookie Warrior, six of the Clonetrooper #6, and two each of the AT-RT and the Barc Speeder to open.

So for me, getting the two vehicles AGAIN for $20 each just to have the packaging variation isn't that important to me. If I hear Kohls puts them on sale then I'll check out a few stores in my area and see if I can get them cheaper. I look at it this way - for the same price of getting a THIRD Barc Speeder to open, I could get two more Wookie Warriors and two more SA Clones.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Curse you, Deluxe Wave One!!!
« on: May 13, 2005, 12:48 PM »
This morning I went to one WalMart and one Target - the WalMart still had Yoda on Can-cell and Darth Vader on Operating Table - three of Vader and two of Yoda.

The Target I went into had all four of them (only the Blue version of the Vulture droid).

There are still PLENTY of that crappy "Jedi Jump Kick" Obi-Wan vs. SBD in both stores. The Ani/Vader & Dlx GG are long gone - there's like one or two Palpatine/Sidious deluxes still around but not a lot.

So let's face it - the first wave was "BAD" it just had one MAJORLY bad figure - the Ani/Vader is nice for what it is, but it really isn't necessary since the second wave has the FAR superior Vader on Operating Table.

The Palpatine/Sidious figure has a neat gimmick, but unfortunately no play value and the GG is just a slightly different action feature than the regular GG figure with a cooler looking paint job - HARDLY a deluxe figure - but it does sell, so it's not 100% bad.

I had these eight deluxe figures to choose from for the first wave, I would have cancelled the Quick Change Ani/Vader and Obi-Wan and made the first wave Vader on Op. Table, Jetpack Trooper & GG. The second wave I would have made Palpatine/Sidious, Yoda on Can-cell and Vulture Droid.

My fear now is that since I can go into my local WalMart and see two Yoda on Can-cells (a figure that comes only 1 per case) that means my area has already reached market saturation of the Wave 2 stuff and come release time of Wave 3 - we'll have plenty of Waves 1 and 2 still sitting around collecting serious dust.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 13, 2005, 12:34 PM »
Stopped by the Brick, NJ Target this morning. They had a good selection of figures #33 - #44 - picked up second openers of the Nemoidian, Destroyer Droid and Tan Wookie Warrior (#43). I was also able to pick up my third and fourth (last one) of the SA Clonetrooper (#41).

I was also lucky enough to see that they had received the Dark Brown variant Wookie Warrior (#43) so I grabbed two of that version, one to open and one to keep MOC.

By the time I got there (8:30AM) there was only one AT-TE Gunner sitting around so there also was another collector in at the same time as me who hadn't found that figure yet, so I let him have it. I already have four open and on MOC so I really don't need any more.

They also had plenty of AT-RTs - so expect to see that vehicle all over soon, especially since the Wave 2 case is 100% AT-RT.

No Target Exclusive Clones in sight, the pegs had changed from being labelled as "Lava Vader" to "SA Clone" though.

Only hit two stores this morning - the one WalMart I went to was looking even more especially like a bomb had hit it - they were re-doing their action figure section and everything was all over the place.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:15 PM »
Found the TRU exclusive Anakin Jedi Starfighter w/Anakin pack-in.

Would have preferred they include an Anakin that could actually SIT in the thing, but the Evolutions set is only a month or two away so that figure will be able to hop ship-to-ship as the pilot I suppose.

Here's hoping that the Obi-Wan Pilot figure has SA and softgoods.

I guess now I'm on break until the Col 2 Wave 4, Unleashed Wave 2, Deluxe Wave 3 all start to show up.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: May 12, 2005, 03:31 PM »
I'm sure that we'll have all 56 figures by the end of July. The known remaining assortments include these figures:

Wave 4 Col 2 - Tarkin, Ask Aak & the Mon Calamari Senator (45 - 47)
Wave 5 Col 1 - R2, Baccara & Mustafar Anakin (48 - 50)
Wave 5 Col 2 - Antilles, Jedi Teen & Utapau Warrior (51 - 53)

So if we start to see the Wave 4, Col 2 figures later this month, and then both of the Wave 5 cases come out in June - then that leaves only 3 figures for July.

We do not know when Hasbro has set the release date of the last Collection 1 set of figures (#54 - #56). Assuming that is Collection 1, Wave 6, why is there no Collection 2, Wave 6 to be shipped with it?

Also - none of the Collection 1 Wave 5 case ratios contain more of the SA Clone #41. So the only thing I can figure that MIGHT thrown a wrench into the release of a new wave each month is if Hasbro plans on shipping the Army Builder assortment (Col 1, Wave 4) for a couple of months - there is supposedly a case ratio for Wave 4 that is simply 3 of each of #41 - #44. Perhaps we'll have to wait for them to ship out the Wave 4 with all of the paint-op variants of the clone before they move on to Wave 5?

If however, we do see "Wave 6" of collection 1 by July, unless they do something else, August - December are going to be pretty dry.

I too hope there are at least three or so more Evolutions assortments coming down the pike - there needs to be AT LEAST one dedciated to PT Obi-Wan, another dedicated to Padme and a third nice one would be Jedi Masters (Qui-Gon, Mace Windu & Ki Adi Mundi).

I don't think it makes you bad.  However, if there is someone in the aisle that only wants one clonetrooper.  You have 25 in your arms it might be nice to spare one of them for the poor person.  You know what I mean?  I mean you have 25.  He has zilch.  LOL! 

I agree with this too - and unless it's someone who I know is NOT a SW collector - I'm more than happy to share what I find with the people who walk into a store with me at opening time. There's one guy in the area who gets two of everything - one each for each of his two boys - we're always on the look-out for stuff for him and when we happen to meet up if there's something "good" on the shelves we both want, we happily share it. That's just being polite (IMHO).

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 11, 2005, 02:15 PM »
Thanks for the clarification Jeff - I had no idea that variation even existed. To be honest, it seems kinda lame if you ask me. Perhaps the emblems on the locks interfered with the whole "Break the Emperors Code" thing and they didn't want people to be confused?

Anway - I'm not going to loose sleep over not having the second version of the "locks" - packaging variations just aren't THAT important to me.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Deluxe Clone 3-pack
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:44 PM »
Yeah - I've never really liked the laying-down clone sculpt either.

If they needed a third "pose" why not have the clone standing at attention like at the end of AOTC when they're all lined up to start loading the transports. To me THAT would be a better pose then laying on the ground.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:42 PM »
Jeff - you mean different from Vader and the 5-pack of cases clamshell or different from previous releases of the SA Clone?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:40 PM »

  The Wookiee is very cool, although mine's right arm keeps coming apart at the elbow joint and I'm still trying to figure out what the hell that totem pole thing is used for. 

I think that totem pole thing is a shield.

And what's cool - is that you can un-do his bandolier/harness and put the shield on his back and hold it there with the harness and still have him holding both of his weapons! (I'm big on figures being able to hold ALL of their accessories at once)

The figures for ROTS are the first time I've really started to Army build several different types of figures. I built up a nice-size Battledroid/Destroyer Droid army with the EP1 releases, but that was it. I've bought of all of the white-mailer-box Army Builders that have been released. And I did get a case of the EE SA Clones. So for me army building means building small squads more than generating huge armies.

So far, for ROTS, I've been army building (numbers indicate how many of each I have open)
Clone #6 (6)
Clone Commander (3)
Clone Pilot (6)
Clone AT-TE Tank Gunner (4)
Battledroid (6)
Preview Wookie Warrior (4)
Target Exclusive SA Clone (4)

and I plan (as soon as I start to see more) getting multiples of
SA Clone #41
Wookie Warrior (dark and light versions if possible)

I want at least four of each of those open. Plus I plan on getting at least two Wookie Helicopters to open. Out of all of the battles in the movie - I hope to build up a "Battle Kashyyk (sp?)" type diorama with all of this stuff - throw in a couple of Spider Droids, I'm hoping they'll make a Tank Droid at some point and I'll be good to go.

So - anyway back to buying multiples....

I do feel guilty sometimes, like with the Target exclusive SA Clone - I feel bad when so many people here say they still haven't found it and I've got enough to make a little four clone squad to fight alongside a Commander Neyo figure (if they ever choose to make one).

I really didn't feel bad about getting the #6 clone or the preview Wookie Warrior - those were/are everywhere.

The new army builder wave - there is a case of that that's packed evenly 3 of each figure - I think they will be all over in a little while. I may even grab a second Nemoidian to open and two more Destroyer Droids to add to my sep forces.

Did I feel bad grabbing almost all of the Wave 5 Col 1 figures from the one case that was put out at my WalMart on Monday morning? Yes and no - Yes because there weren't any SA Clones left, but no because I went into the store at 7:45 AM - the store opened at 7 AM, there was plenty of time (IMHO) for an earlier bird to catch those worms. So when I'm being laid back and not knocking down the doors down right when the store opens and I STILL find stuff, then I just take it as a sign that I was MEANT to buy that stuff.

Army builders should never feel guilty. If you're buying all of the multiples to open and display how you want then great. If you're buying all of the figures to resell down the road, that however, isn't really okay in my opinion. Heck - even buying multiples of what is turning out to be a HTF figure so you can use it as trade-bait down the line is okay in my book too.

So I say buy what you want and as much as you want. Never scalp the stuff. Trading is cool. Picking up multiples to help you other buds out is even better.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:16 PM »
The funny thing is, according to the comic, all of Neyo's grunts have helmets like him.  This leaves us wondering what exactly this Target clone is supposed to be.  Final answer will come May 19th....

On one level it is simply a 3-3/4" version of the 12" Clonetrooper - they both share the same markings.

With regards to the Comic Book - the part where Chewie, Tarrful and Yoda fight their way past Gree's clones, it gives the impression that all of Gree's clones look just like the BARC Trooper - so we won't know really for sure until the 19th - which as my wife pointed out to me yesterday will be a week away from tomorrow!!!!  :o ;D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS variation/error thread
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:19 AM »
And GH also is also confirming reports that the Deluxe Clone 3-Pack will have a version with different paint-ops...

I recognize the kneeling Commander Gree grunt - but the other two I have no idea.

Thankfully, neither variation is a Blue or Red Shocktrooper - which could mean those paint-ops could end up being running changes to the SA Clone #41

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