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I've actually read this book, along with the adventure that takes place before it in the book "Jedi Trial" (this is the book where Anakin earns the rank of Jedi Knight)

Anyway - both books are enjoyable and REALLY fast reads. I did enjoy reading "The Approaching Storm" and  "Cloak of Deception" both as well. The idea of having a prequel book that covers the lives of the characters right before the movie helps explain how the character got to where they are at the start of the film.

The focus of Labyrinth of Evil is two-fold: Anakin and Obi-Wan's quest to bring Dooku and Sidious down and Dooku & Grevious' actions as they (a) move the seperatist leaders to a sole location and (b) Plot and execute an invasion of Coruscant.

The parts with Anakin and Obi-Wan were great -- they emphasized how they had grown as comrades in combat, compesating for each other's weaknesses and functioning as one force. There were never any times during the book where Anakin and Obi-Wan were at odds like they were at times during AOTC so it showed real growth (mostly for Anakin) of these two characters.

A sub-plot of the book deals with Mace Windu leading the search for Sidious who they believe is operating from Coruscant (duh) - the search leads them to an area called "The Works" - we got a glimpse of this part of Coruscant at the end of AOTC - basically it's a large collection of run-down factories and industrial complexes. Mace, a few other Jedi and a squad of clones follow tunnels that they find underneath the building where they have evidence of a meeting between Dooku and Sidious that leads them all the way to the exact same building where Palpatine lives (go figure!).

However, before Mace can investigate further, Grevious unleashes his invasion of Coruscant and heads to the surface of Coruscant himself with the intent of capturing the Supreme Chancellor.

Like I said, the book moves quickly and is a really plesant read. It's nice to see HOW Grevious gets Palpatine in that chair in the "Generals' Quarters" at the start of ROTS.

I would definitely recommend it - especially to anyone looking to expand the story surrounding EPIII. I hear that there will be a book that will be coming out near the end of this year that will deal directly with the days following EPIII - so as a trilogy of stories, they should form a nicely expanded telling of the events leading to the fall of the Republic and the Birth of Darth Vader and the Empire.


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Starfighter
« on: March 8, 2005, 12:54 PM »
or just cut the head off another r4 and glue it to the plug in body.

Yeah - if I could get a spare astromech plug and modify it, I would. However, I don't want to ruin my R4-P17 socket plug in the process.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Grievous' Wheel Bike
« on: March 8, 2005, 11:57 AM »
Just a quick question: has anyone been able to get the included Grievous (horror that he is) to sit in his chair and hold the controls correctly?  The controls and the footrests are made of a really soft rubber, and as yet I have been unable to get him to look right sitting there.  Any tips from anyone else out there?

The shot I posted above that shows the pack-in Grevious in the cockpit is the BEST I could do - which is, feet were on each foot rest but only ONE hand was holding a controller for the vehicle - I just could NOT get the figure to grab hold of BOTH controllers and STAY that way.

Frustrating to say the least.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Droid Tri-Fighter
« on: March 8, 2005, 11:53 AM »
By the way, Pete, those are some nice socks you're wearing.  ;D

Why thank you!  ;)

I was trying to get the pictures together as fast as possible and no matter how I positioned the ship, I just wasn't getting a good shot of the bottom - so I used my feet to hold it up... so in that pic you get the Droid Tri-Fighter and my feet! LOL!


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 8, 2005, 07:02 AM »
So I got a second R4-G9 on the way home last night and I was able to get the feet off of him in a reasonable manner - they separated at the seam so I can easily put them back on.

Even with the feet removed the astromech sits too high in the droid socket. Comparing the figure's front panel features to the sticker shows that there is at least a 1 CM difference in height between the plug-droid packed-in with the starfighter and actually using a R2 unit toy. Now the obstacle to getting the droid to look "right" in the socket is the main body itself - not the legs. So the socket itself is definitely NOT deep enough to fit any R2 unit. If they were going to make a socket, couldn't they have AT LEAST designed it to fit an R2 figure? Either that or include a "bonus" R4-G9 socket "plug" so you could depict Obi-Wan's fighter from either the start of the movie or when he flies to Utapau.

I didn't get a chance to take pictures last night so I'll do it tonight.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Grievous' Wheel Bike
« on: March 8, 2005, 06:55 AM »
Yeah, once I had this Grievous figure in hand, I too was really impressed by his "suck" factor.  I guess I don't mind because we are getting other better General Grievous figures, but it would have been nice if the Wheel Bike figure would have at least matched the other one in terms of coloration...  ::)

If the colors had matched - since the head is ball jointed, you could have just swapped the head of the packed-in Grevious with a excellently detailed preview or regular release. As you can see from the picture, the heads don't even look the same between the two figures!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Droid Tri-Fighter
« on: March 7, 2005, 09:41 PM »
Ok - well even though I didn't get two today, I decided to open the one I found anyway (instead of keeping it for my MIB collection) - I figured I'd be able to find another one in the next couple of days anyway.....

This is a REALLY great toy. Unlike the TPM Droid Fighters that were REALLY flimsy, this toy is VERY solid. Cool play value too if you're going to pretend to have the opening space battle of EPIII.

The buzz droids have great detail and paint ops on them. There are two sockets where you can plug them into this ship and all five droids fit nicely inside the ball cockpit. Actually it looks like there's enough room inside the ball to fit a battle droid, but I didn't try.

Like the Jedi Starfighters, the sticker sheet contains battle damage and space-flight wear stickers with the instructions to apply them as you wish.

Over all, this is a great ship -- on the whole I'm very pleased with the vehicles this time around. All they need to do is add a Wookie Helicopter and a V-Wing to the Medium size vehicle assortment and I'll be happy.

Anyway, here's the pics I took...

Parts out of the box...


Fully assembled and stickered...


Underside...


Buzz Droids along for the ride...


and snug in their home...


here's a side-by-side shot of the two Separatist vehicles...


As with the Grevious Wheelbike pics, if there's a shot you want to see or question you have about the ship, feel free to ask.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Grievous' Wheel Bike
« on: March 7, 2005, 09:33 PM »
Ok - this was the first vehicle I opened of the three. I like this one A LOT - different from anything we've seen or gotten before in a SW movie.

The included Grevious sucks. But the preview Grevious doesn't fit in the drivers seat any better either. The pack-in Grevious only has six points of articulation (no knee or elbow joints of any kind) and it just TOO white. There's no marks or "dirtiness" to the figure - in other words, the pain job stinks.

The vehicle itself stands great with the legs deployed and in "rolling" mode, it's easy to work using the handle. Anyway - on with the pics...













Here's the preview Grevious at the controls...


Here's a comparison shot of the two figures (sorry it's not better)


If anyone wants a different angle or other pics or has any questions, feel free to ask.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 7, 2005, 04:26 PM »
Well - time to definitely start typing in DPCI numbers into the price scanners again. I didn't do it this morning at the one Target I was in - mostly out of glee for finding the Assault Vehicles.

I'm willing to bet that the timing of as many stores getting this stuff in, coincides with these same stores starting to receive their ROTS stock.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Starfighter
« on: March 7, 2005, 12:56 PM »
Yeah, the plug-in droid on Obi-Wan's ship has a different colored head (more purple than the preview droid) and he has a different color sticker than the R2-D2 sticker from Anakin's ship.

Well - this droid is supposed to be R4-P17, the same droid that was only a dome in Obi-Wan's previous Jedi Starfighter.

Fortunately for R4-P17, she will be destroyed by Buzz Droids in the opening sequence of ROTS which is why Obi-Wan needs a new astromech for his starfighter, which is R4-G9.

I'm thinking about grabbing another Preview Wave r4 when I see it so I can make the necessary (destructive) modifications to the droid so it will fit properly in the socket. I think the droid will fit if I either reduce the size of the feet or remove them entirely.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Much Needed Resculpts
« on: March 7, 2005, 12:45 PM »
Call me crazy, but I would love to see a SA Battledroid that is made out of sturdy plastic AND has the ability to go from "storage mode" to "deployed".

Unlike the Droideka, the "folded" mode of the Battledroids is simplistic enough that this should be possible to make.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Star Trek
« on: March 7, 2005, 12:28 PM »
Yay! DS9 figures are coming from Art Asylum!

Though it's pretty lame they went with the 'Trials and Tribble-ations' variants first. Guess they had those molds for the TOS uniforms readily available.

You're right about this wave being lame - when AA has to resort to Playmates type tactics to keep the line afloat, isn't it time to pull the plug?

Did anyone else notice that in the pics with the Borg figures there's a pic of the un-released borgified Ferengi? Doesn't look that bad. I wouldn't mind if they made this figure to complete the collection of four.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 7, 2005, 12:09 PM »
I'm pretty sure the Collection 1 figures have the same DPCI number as the preview wave, so as soon as the Preview Wave sale/discounts end, don't be surprised to see those figures start to leak out early too.

Actually, it appears that I had the number wrong on the piece of paper I'd been using...

Anyway, here are the DPCI numbers (again) in case anyone is looking for them:

SW Episode 3 Basic Figures - Collection 1:
087-06-1263

SW Episode 3 Basic Figures - Collection 2:
087-06-1328

SW Episode 3 Basic Figures - Action Collection (Deluxe):
087-06-1327


Also the numbers go up to 087-06-1334 - which is the Mustafar Playset.

Like an idiot, I had written down that 087-06-1244 was also the number for the C1 figures - my bad.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 7, 2005, 11:51 AM »
While I do not consider myself an "expert" on how Targets are run by ANY stretch of the imagination, I have been able to determine the following:

Target and its employees are slaves to the DPCI numbers - if there is a shelf tag/peg tag that has a number/bar code and that space is empty AND the computer says they have more of that item in, they will restock the peg/shelf.

Grevious' Wheelbike, the Droid Tri-Fighter and Obi-Wan's Starfighter ALL have the same DPCI number as the Preview Anakin Starfighter. I have no idea why, perhaps its because the UPC barcodes on the packaging are all the same or all in the same sequence? Nevertheless, Target assigned it the EPIII Assault Vehicle asst the same DPCI as the Preview Starfighter.

Same holds true with the Galactic Heroes assortment. It's one DPCI number that covers ALL of the waves. This morning in the same Target where I found the vehicles, they have eight pegs for Galactic Heroes - all of them were full of the ROTS and Bounty Hunter waves. Last week, they had been empty.

This is why Target is leaking these items at stores all over the country -- because their inventory systems are telling them to restock the shelves.

I'm pretty sure the Collection 1 figures have the same DPCI number as the preview wave, so as soon as the Preview Wave sale/discounts end, don't be surprised to see those figures start to leak out early too.

Also - I do think it's stupid that the Droid Tri-fighter is only one per case (if that is true). Gotta have a "bad guy" to dog-fight with. It would be like putting out assortments of OT vehicles and the ratio was 2 X-Wings for every 1 TIE - IMHO, that's backwards! However, I think like a fan and not like a toy line manager - the "Hero Vehicle" will always sell better than the bad-guy because most parents are only going to get their kid ONE ship, not TWO.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: March 7, 2005, 10:30 AM »
I grabbed the Wheelbike and Obi-Wan's fighter to open this morning - I also grabbed three each of them to keep MIB. I started a thread dedicated to the Assault Vehicle Assortment - tonight after I've opened them up, I'll snap some pics and add them to that thread along with my opinions on them.

Even though I don't currently plan on opening the Droid Tri-fighter, I may get too excited an open it anyway. I doubt it will be hard to find these things come April 2nd - if not after another shelf restock!

Now all I need are the first wave of deluxe figures and I'll have duplicated exactly what I found early before AOTC!

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