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Offline Clone Hunter

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #150 on: March 14, 2006, 12:29 AM »
I always thought of the backpacks as cooling units, hence Sandtroopers as and actual specialization Stormtrooper.

BTW, deserts are a special condition especially under Tatooines twin suns?
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #151 on: March 14, 2006, 12:43 AM »
In military terms it's highly inefficient to make special units to assault a planet that, as we see in the films, basically anyone can and does survive on...  It'd be like making specialized units now to go into Iraq or Afghanistan...  We don't have desert combat units because it's not essential, just as we don't have true "arctic assault" troopers like Snowtroopers but we have mountain troops as a special unit...  In Star Wars terms it's more believable that snow planets would need specialists over just a hot planet. 

The reasoning on the packs is that they're modular clearly in the films...  They're not all the same.  It's reasonable then to assume that the frame can be fitted with gear specific for any situation.  A desert trooper configuration may consist of cooling units, water/hydration or whatnot.  A jungle/swamp unit may consist of something to adjust for the comforts of the trooper in a humid situation.  Or if, for instance, it's winter on a planet with varying seasons there may be heating units and such fitted to the pack...  The Snowtrooper gear may then just be the uniform of a trooper needing to drop into a deep, inhospitable world like Hoth...  It's also my belief that "snowtroopers" don't exist either though, as like I said it makes more sense that they change clothes over the Imperial fleets just happening to have all these large units of specialized soldiers readily available for assault at a moment's notice.

In EU the pauldrons and packs are worn by soldiers on a number of planets though, not just deserts, and I have a hard time buying a need for desert specialists, though any troop stationed there on a permanent or long-term basis would of course have a greater adaptation to the environment, but deserts aren't wildly different environments like, say, an underwater stormtrooper may have to deal with.  That would be a trooper needing specialist training atop the standard routine. 

Sorry to take this a little off-topic, just covering some EU theoretical ground.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #152 on: March 14, 2006, 12:57 AM »
Woa! Where did that picture come from? Is it reliable? That would rock!

Edit: nevermind, I just found the source.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #153 on: March 14, 2006, 06:59 AM »
Wow Hasbro might actually use that VOTC mold for regular releases?  I am stunned. 

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #154 on: March 14, 2006, 07:18 AM »
Time to practice outrunning hotwheel dealers, tripping kids, and knocking over grandma's-  VOTC sandtrooper? WOOHOOOO!  (Please don't paint him like he's been cleaning up elephants at the circus)

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #155 on: March 14, 2006, 08:10 AM »
The thing of it is, the VOTC sculpt doesn't really cost them more to put back out there in circulation...  They just choose not to.  Any variance in costs compared to older sculpts is negligible really in the grand scheme of things.  It's simply better for us in a huge way, and hardly an effort on Hasbro's part, but sadly they choose not to do it (or they haven't for the most part thus far), and that's just been a bummer to me.

Stormtroopers have to get out there...  Not one-pers either, they just need Stormies, SA, out there at retail in good quantity.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #156 on: March 14, 2006, 08:59 AM »
Oh believe me I never thought it cost more for them to put the VOTC stormies out there.  I figured they just wanted to have an excuse to jack up the prices whenver they released it on a card.  I guess they made enough from ROTS last year that they feal now they can rerelease them.  Ha-ha! 

Oh that would be a beautiful thing for them to release VOTC stormies at a regular price.  Maybe they can stick some Han and Luke heads on those VOTC stormies as well?  To bad they did not stick a Lucas head on the VOTC as well.     

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #157 on: March 14, 2006, 09:18 AM »
The cautious side of me about the new news of this and the black Stormtrooper is that the guy who produced the photos registered that day. The only saving grace is that he claims he's from china and has the broken English it back it up.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #158 on: March 14, 2006, 09:26 AM »
True...  The SDCC logo's fairly convincing too on that though from a customizing standpoint.

Everything's subject to change though...  as they say.  I'm guessing some legitimacy to it though for a number of reasons, the least of which being the unpainted figure with injection molding tell-tales you can't reproduce on a custom, plus with a little "wear" from handling by someone who didn't care too much.

I can completely understand caution though...  I'm the king of not wanting to get my hopes up on anything, so believe me I understand.  I'm hoping though...  :)  The Sandtrooper looks really nice like that.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #159 on: March 14, 2006, 10:29 AM »
Are we pretty confident that that isn't a custom?  It looks hands down better than the Evolutions Sandtrooper - which looked pretty freaking good in its own right.

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #160 on: March 14, 2006, 11:59 AM »
Well..if it(SDCC bl. stormtrooper?) is and we spent several posts on the matter than we were fooled by a VERY good job(custom) if it is.
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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #161 on: April 4, 2006, 12:08 PM »
Looks like RS has some carded and loose pics of the Tatooine/Mos Eisley wave up now.  I wonder if that means these will be on the way soon?  I still need to find what I want from the Coruscant wave, but I'm really looking forward to this wave.  Even with the repacks, I think the cardbacks will entice me to pick up this entire wave regardless.  I should probably just order a case, since retail isn't exactly buzzing around here now :).

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #162 on: April 4, 2006, 12:28 PM »
Is that a new Luke headsculpt?

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. . .with brown lips? 

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #163 on: April 4, 2006, 12:37 PM »
I noticed that too, yikes.

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Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« Reply #164 on: April 4, 2006, 12:47 PM »
Hey and look! Its commtech Han again.  Yay!  Just looks like a new head sculpt.  Does he look different than the one shown at Toyfair?