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12" Figures / Re: 1:6 4-Lom
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:05 PM »
Hopefully more shots of this will be released.  The C-3PO RAH is pretty cool, but the neck on this guy is not near accurate.

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12" Figures / Re: 12" IG-88? Oh my.
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:04 PM »
I know what I'm getting for my birthday this year now.  I can finally retire the old PotJ IG to the Barbie house now.

Edit: the head looks a little off... reconsidering... but did you see the  Boba Fett!!??!!!!

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Star Wars Universe / Re: EU Facepalms
« on: June 25, 2011, 11:36 PM »
After 11 years I'm almost through The Mandalorian Armor Book One of the Bounty Hunter Wars.

It took many tries to get into it because it jumps around quite a bit.  A good author can do this, a hack writer getting paid by the page to complete a specified criteria not so much.

Published in 1998 it has not a tinge of prequel tainting it which is about the best thing about it.

While it has many fan favorite characters, Bossk, Boba Fett, Dengar, Zuckuss, IG-88, Darth Vader, the Emperor, the characterizations it creates for them are for the most part awful.

Major Characters:

Boba Fett - as one of the main characters fairs pretty well.  Very efficient, dangerous, cold, calculated, universally acknowledged as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.  No mention of Jango, clones or any of the prequel crap, possibly why this series of books was never expanded on any further.

Bossk- young, hot headed, excessively violent, dimwit, impatient.

Zuckuss- Inexperienced, somewhat cowardly, a willing pawn.  No mention of his Gand Findsman meditation.  He just casually fell into being a bounty hunter in this book.  No mention at all of 4-LOM- they must be saving that for the next book.


Dengar- Semi successful bounty hunter,  smart enough to get by,  trained killer, scavenger and love lorn for his beloved Manaroo.

Minor Characters:

Darth Vader- Dangerous, Palpatine's servant

Emperor Palpatine- rules his empire with fear, allows free thinking agents to further his cause knowing that at any time he can use his immense power to destroy anything

IG-88- efficient, precise, cautious, agreeable


New characters invented and only appearing in this story (easy to see why these were abandoned)

Kuat of Kuat, the Shell Hutts, D'Harhan the Laser cannon headed cyborg,  Ku'dar Ma'bat a space spider, Craddosk-Bossk's dad

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I'm in my late 30's and have "had cable tv" all my life.  I have a friend in his early twenties that says he doesn't have conventional cable tv service and no one of his generation does that anymore.  Of course he has cable internet but he doesn't have a regular phone either... what he does have are tons of downloaded media on a bunch of external hard drives that would have powered a mid sized company ten years ago.  Is this common where you live?

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12" Figures / Re: Sideshow 1:6 Scale Dewback
« on: May 24, 2011, 08:51 PM »
$300 bucks for an in scale based statue.  Zero articulation, aww c'mon Sideshow.  Looks nice, but pass.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: May 23, 2011, 10:02 PM »
Salvador Dali






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12" Figures / Re: Sideshow 1:6 Scale Dewback
« on: May 19, 2011, 11:11 PM »
The image revealed today is pretty slick...  Almost a still from the original trilogy it seems.  Really detailed...  Hasbro's isn't as nice, I just wonder who is going to shell out for this?  It's gotta cost an arm and a leg.

or the space that thing is going to be freakin humongous

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12" Figures / Re: Sideshow 1:6 Scale Dewback
« on: May 19, 2011, 08:29 PM »
cool.  it looks like it is going to be the original 1977 version of the giant lizard.  Quite a step up from the bizarre 1/6th version Hasbro made in the 1999 TPM version  ???

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It is really funny that vintage Stretch Armstrong stuff is so crazy expensive.  I guess it makes sense because those things definitely didn't last long.  I went through 3 or 4 before my mom got tired of cleaning up the mess.  I remember the finishing touch of cleaning up my room would be soaking Stretch Armstrong/Monster in hot water to make him soft and putting him back in his styrofoam coffin under my bed.  When I finally had to get rid of my last one I had a funeral for him with the Irish kids that lived next door.  I don't think actually we buried him though.

So back on topic:

Fisher Price Adventure People, had quite a few of those sets when I was really young.  One of my favorites was this guy with a white shirt and a red toque because the green paint wore off his crotch area showing the white plastic underneath and we used to say he was wearing a diaper.  Also liked the Motorcycle set, the Dune Buggy set and the 6 wheeled ATV.

Mego is a line I can't believe no one else has mentioned, even if your only exposure was Twisted Mego Theatre that was one heck of line.  I had Batman and Robin in the 8" but my fave was the 12" Hulk I got for my 5th birthday.

Those Irish kids and my older cousins also had a lot of cool stuff I never had, the Buck Rogers stuff, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek movie, Clash of the Titans, Dukes of Hazard, Insectaurs, and those two foot tall Shogun Warriors Raideen and the Great Mazinga.

I mainly focused on Star Wars and later GI Joe.  Fave Joes Snake Eyes II of course and Storm Shadow I, Firefly, Flint, Spirit and Tomax and Xamot.  Fave vehicles were the Mauler, Raven and Thundermachine.

Later as an adult Collector, I was into select Spawn figures, Manga Freak, The Creech, Gravedigger, Spawn Ninja were totally cool.

Shout out to NECA's TMNT line, small and perfectly done.

And of course countless Star Wars items.



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I saw that because of the movie release this will be released later this year:



It is a nice campy retro flash back in the 12 inch format.  I've got a Dr. Evil from Captain Action I can put this on.


I'm wondering if any one has heard anything about something similar to this being released this year too:



More in scale with the 8" Mego's.  This came out in 2007 and can still be readily found, but for about $50 so if something just as good or better is going to be released this year I've got something to look forward to.

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Star Wars Universe / EU Facepalms
« on: May 5, 2011, 10:00 PM »
I love to rip on the EU as much as the next guy, but some things are just very argh

for example the death of Chewbacca.  Never knew the details, a moon fell on him to save the Solo kids from what I understand but that is not the face palm part. 

This is the face palm:

The Chewbacca Memorial on Kashyyk




And this quote:

    "I love you, Chewie."
    "I should have told him that myself! He saved my children! He was always there for them, he died for them! And I never told him."
    ―Han Solo to R2-D2 and C-3PO on Chewbacca

I've always done my best to avoid the EU like the plague so there must be plenty more I've never stumbled upon.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: South Park Appreciation Thread
« on: April 28, 2011, 05:37 AM »
The Human Centipede is actually a real move.  :-X

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"All patrols reported in.  Still no word from Solo and Skywalker."

If special search parties were also sent is really just semantics. 

I think the main characters undeniably had a strong bond through their shared experience.

As for Luke on Dagobah feeling the pain of Vader's torture on Bespin could be explained that Leia was in trouble and reaching out to universe at large through the Force even though she wasn't aware of it, as was she not aware of the strong connection through the Force she shared with her twin brother Luke. 
I'm not sure how much the EU has explained Imperial Intelligence's knowledge of the crew of the Falcon; in the original version of ESB Vader feels through the force that Luke is his son and reveals this to Palpatine, not information the ISB had already.  So Vader only recognized the Falcon from ANH's Death Star escape of the Princess and associated it with Luke's presence then in the Force. (?) If Leia had not been aboard the Falcon when it left Hoth and it was only Han and Chewie being tortured on Bespin, I'm not sure Luke would have felt the need to come running. Also if Leia had not strongly emotionally bonded with Han on their journey to Bespin she would not have been in such distress at his torture.  The only one the universe at large (the bounty hunters) knew was on the Falcon was Han who already had a large price on his head, so the Falcon was an enticing mark, because you would get two paychecks for the same job.

Talk about super nerd over analyzing.  Thank you Lawrence Kasdan and Irving Kirschner.


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Good topic, thoughts just keep rattling around in my head about this one.

Regarding Han being the only one to go after Luke on Hoth.  Han was the only one that was able to because he was a free agent.  Everyone else was part of the military structure, which prevented them from attempting to rescue Luke.  Riekeen/Leia could not safely send others because odds of success were so small, they could not justify risking the lives of their men to possibly save one person.  All of Luke's other "friends" within the alliance had to operate within the military structure, would be going AWOL to search for Luke, how does that help their cause?   

If you think about the Rebel Alliance, they are all outlaws going against the established government.  With all the risks associtated with that alone the need for a highly controlled military structure that would not allow for soldiers running off to save their friends, without the entire structure falling apart.

Back to the original question, are Han and Luke close friends or just teammates?  I think Lando and Han would probably be closer than Luke and Han.  They are closer in age and background.  Clearly, Han forgave Lando when he risked his life to save him from the Sarlaac and again demonstrated his forgiveness when he insisted Lando use the Falcon for the Death Star attack.

I would think that Han and Luke would consider each other good friends who no doubt owe their lives to each other but at the end of the day their would be fundamental differences between them that would prevent them from being as close to each other as they are to others in their lives.

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Let me clarify the context of teammate.  More like the guys from Easy Company than the folks from The Office.  Don't forget Han is more than 10 years older than Luke & Leia.  Han has seen it all and is jaded, while Luke is inexperienced and trying to find his way in the world has latched onto the Rebellion as well as Remedial Jedi Training.  Han is more like an older brother to Luke.  Luke's best friend in the Rebellion was Biggs.  I just don't think in downtime Han and Luke would really find much common ground, but when they are on the job, they'd make great sacrifices. 
Also Leia I think is very wrapped up in the Rebellion and too busy to interact socially with either of them until RotJ.
Now I've only read the movie novels and none of the EU to support any of this, it's just my take.

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