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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: August 10, 2005, 10:07 AM »
Again, not a find so to speak but found this over at Galatic Hunter in their forums and thought I would share. Not wanting to make a new thread I thought it fit best here.

Anyway, I do not read or speak German (French and Norwegian) and though Norwegian is similiar . . . I don't want to try a translation.

If this is true, sounds like Hasbro is getting it right by putting 2 each of the Commanders and 3 each of the 501st. Then again, I don't believe case assortments too much until I find them on the floor. I would say that the Nov. date in Germany could mean a Sept. release here, or it could mean a release date near the DVD release! I don't want to wait that LONG!!!!

Case Assortment,


Go under the 8.8.2005 Holiday Update and then scroll down about 1/2 way for the info.

Basic Figures Assortment
851737 Collection 1 Wave 7 - November 2005
2x Commander Gree
2x Commander Bly
2x Neimodian Commander
2x Wookie Commander [eigentlich Commando]
2x Grievous Body Guard 2
1x Passel Argente
1x Shu-Mai (Seperatist) [eigentlich Cat Miin (Shu Maiís Aide)]

851745 Collection 2 Wave 6 - November 2005
3x R2 P17 Astromech Droid [eigentlich R4-P17]
3x Special Ops Clone Trooper [auch Tactical Operations Clone Trooper (501st)]
2x Ayla Secura Hologramm
2x Wookie Heavy Gunner
2x Plo Koon Hologramm

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Episode zero
« on: August 10, 2005, 12:19 AM »
Somewhere I have heard these words,


and then we move on to the next theory. 

As you can tell I do not like this idea, and in my searches have never heard this. Did this come from SuperShadow? Sorry, but I just don't like the idea of making a Prequel to the Prequel. They are done, let them rest. Let's move on to something else.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #56 Mustafar Sentry
« on: August 10, 2005, 12:14 AM »
So far this is one I have passed on. Just not interested and I cannot feel the love. Maybe I'll change my mind.

TV-9D9 / Re: Will the new TV shows make Star Wars weak?
« on: August 9, 2005, 09:40 PM »
This article from TFN worries me:

Lucas On The TV Shows

Posted By Philip on August 2, 2005

"Star Wars creator George Lucas told a conference that he will turn his attentions more to television projects, including two Star Wars-themed series, Variety reported. Lucas made the comments in a keynote talk at the annual Siggraph computer graphics conference and tradeshow. 'My life's too short to become a film studio,' he reportedly said.

Lucas added: 'Lucasfilm is going more into television, but it's not a vision I'm running, either as executive producer or by laying out the groundwork.'

The first series is a 3-D animated Clone Wars series that will be made at Lucas Animation's Singapore facility. He said he'll start scouring Asia for talent and try to build up 3-D animation there. In his proposed Star Wars live-action series, he said: 'We're going do something that would normally cost [$20 million-$30 million] and try to do it for $1 million.' Lucas said he'll shoot the series on a Sony digital camera system that anyone can buy at an electronics store."

What worries me is the quote by GL where they are going to try to do something that is $20 or $30 for $1 million. That scares me. IF it drives great character development and scripts, AWESOME. Unfortunetly I don't think it will and in the end the TV show will make the series weaker.

The Original Trilogy / Off Broadway 1 man show of Orginial Trilogy
« on: August 9, 2005, 12:35 PM »
Review: 'Star Wars' Goes Low-Tech Onstage
August 8th, 2005 @ 6:29pm
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - When George Lucas released the first of his three "Star Wars" prequel movies six years ago, some fans grumbled that the special effects masked a lack of character development and plot that took away from the heart of his original intergalactic fairy tale from the 1970s.

"Star Wars" purists will truly appreciate Charles Ross. The Canadian actor, starring in the "One-man Star Wars Trilogy" at the Lamb's Theatre off-Broadway, brings Lucas' three original films back to life in about as low-tech a way as possible. Ross embodies all the characters himself and provides his own sound effects for the lightsabers, space ships and lasers _ cramming all three films into an hour's worth of high-energy, often immensely comical entertainment.

Ross is a self-described "Star Wars" geek who has acknowledged seeing the first film in the series some 400 times (it seems likely it was even more). His impersonations, therefore, are dead-on, particularly his chirpy, robotic C-3PO, his whistling R2-D2 and his very James Earl Jonesian Darth Vader. Even casual fans of the movies will recognize some of the more obscure references, such as his take on the long-legged AT-AT Walkers that attack the Rebels on the planet of Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back."

However, for those who haven't seen the movies, beware. You will be lost.

Ross provides little in the way of narration to accompany his lightning-paced re-creations of the movies, so plot lines sometimes blur and characters seem to morph into one another. Also, in his zeal to make the action scenes lifelike, he occasionally comes off as a tiresome, "look-at-me-watch-me-now!" child, with exploding bombs and whizzing lasers combining to create an awful cacophony.

This is really a minor complaint, though. For all the screeching and diving on the floor, there are equal measures of cutting satire that only a self-professed "Star Wars" geek could write. Ross is especially brutal in his impersonation of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, turning him into an overly earnest, slightly prissy anti-hero. Princess Leia is a clueless shrew. And Han Solo is clearly oversexed, grabbing his crotch and saying "Schwing!" (one of Mike Myers' famous lines from "Wayne's World") when he kisses the princess.

Ross plays up the sometimes corny dialogue from the movies. He throws in his own lines at times, including the observation Luke makes when Darth Vader (whose voice was provided by black actor James Earl Jones in the films) finally takes off his helmet and reveals himself to his son: "I thought you were black," Luke says deadpan.

Were it not for moments such as these, the "One-man Star Wars Trilogy" would probably have difficulty rising beyond being a novelty piece. If anything, a retrospective look at such a pop culture phenomenon almost demands more satire to maintain its interest.

After all, it reinforces that film characters that have reached iconic status are also fallible _ sometimes badly written and overacted.

Got this from a local news site:

I would love to see this!

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Lego Star Wars - The Video Game
« on: August 9, 2005, 12:04 PM »
I have to say that I have enjoyed this game far more than Ep. III Revenge of the Sith, which was good playing through a couple of times. This game brings you back because there is so much more to do in it. It's replayability is great, and it is a great game for hard core fans, and casual gamers or family members. Even my wife will play it with my son which says a lot.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Ki-Adi Mundi (Jedi Master)
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:59 AM »
I have to agree that I also bought two of him and I love this figure. Finally, the figure we should have had in Ep. I.
Ki and Agen are well done, and I actually bought 2 extra of Agen, one to fix a problem with the first one I bought with the lightsaber and handle, and then another to follow Chewie's example and make a great Ep. III Mace.

Modern Trading / Want R4-G9 List Haves
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:54 AM »
I am looking for a R4-G9 astromech, and I'm an opener so packaging is not a big deal. I will know by Friday if I have extras of AT RT, Shock Trooper (I have 2, just want to make sure I want to trade one), Black Clone Pilot. I also have a extra Green Clone commander and Obi Wan Pilot. If your looking for POTJ, Saga, Ep. I figure or even some POTF2 figures I may have them if you inquire.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Emperor wave- tatooine luke,emp, vader
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:40 AM »
Rebeltrader is correct. He was easy to find when he came out though collectors debated the figure; seems he was either liked or hated.

Episode 1 / Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:39 AM »
Swimming Jar Jar. I picked him up at Disney Orlando's Star Wars store when I was living at Jacksonville at the time. Paid $10 for him.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 50lbs in 6 weeks. Can I do it?
« on: August 8, 2005, 01:25 PM »

I also just read the thread and best of luck to you. I also have started on a weight loss journey recently (I was 305). I have eliminated regular soda, drink mainly water, with an occassional diet soda and yes, I got use to the taste, swim 3x a week for 30 minutes and have gone from 800 years to 1200 yards doing all strokes but the butterfly. My goal is more modest, losing 2 lbs a week, or 12 to 15 months to take off the 100-105 lbs. I say 12-15 because I have added in on the advice of a dietician the holiday period where I will treat myself, just limit the amount of treating done. Key for me is I haven't dieted, I have changed the foods I eat so that the when I have lost my weight and go on to a maintenance, I really am eating the same foods. I've lost 8lbs so far in a month and will see how it goes over time.
I miss being 6 foot and 190 with 5% body fat, but I know I don't have the time anymore for that kind of program. If I can weight between 200 to 210 and have a 6-7% body fat, I will be extremely happy.
Anyway Kevin, good luck, and I'll fill you in if you'll keep me filled in on how its going. Perhaps this can turn into a support group for those of us losing and keeping extra pounds off.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RIP Peter Jennings
« on: August 8, 2005, 01:10 PM »
He went off like in April after announcing he had lung cancer. RIP Mr. Jennings, I enjoyed watching and listening to you and the humanity you brough to your journalism.

What scares me is I grew up in a home where both my parents smoked (my Dad quite after his heart attack at 38 when I was 9) but scientists say that 2nd hand smoke can cause as much damage as actually smoking in increasing lung disease of all kinds. Hopefully because I have never smoked, nor my wife we are ok.

I have been discussing with DeanPaul and others about this collecting mind frame most of us have. I am 40, and watching my kids grow into adolescents and am moving into what I consider to be the prime of my life now (YES, I have finally started to mature and grow up! It started in my 30's, and I am really serious that I think that most men do not really begin to mature until their mid 30's). Anyway, over the last 2 years, I have really began to re-think how I feel about collecting. For example, to be honest, I have been married for 17 years, and for the first  9 years, I was going to collect regardless of how my wife felt about it. That began to change around 32 and I realized that hiding my collecting, or being deceptive about it, just so I could do it, was just as unhealthy as friends who have to be part of several softball leagues regardless of what the time commitment, money etc does to their relationship. So I changed. I was open, upfront, and found other avenues (plasma donations, or used certain % of my bonuses) to raise money for my collecting outside of taking money out of our family budget and savings/investing.  Now I find that even with my wife's support, great communications, that if I really miss something, even a figure or something I really wanted, it is not the end of life, and I can move on without it. That is what I mean from being able to be a non-completist and loose collector; for me it brings real freedom.
 So here goes my questions.
1) Why do you collect?
2) Has your collecting ever done damage to those you love?
3) Is collecting somethiing you could stop today if you had to in order to save a relationship?
4) Have you changed how you collect and in what way?
5) How do you fund your collecting?
6) What or for whom would you stop collecting for and why?

Feel free to not answer, answer only a few, or answer all the questions.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: August 8, 2005, 09:15 AM »
Huge LOTR fan and I have one of each figure, and mutiple of some. Anyway, from the list this is what I want:

Collection Asst 1/2 (Sep/Oct 05) buy all of these
Aragorn at Rivendell with shards of Narsil
Frodo with Book
Gandalf in robes
Gondorian Archer
Mordor Orc with skull

Collection Asst 3 (Jan/Feb 06)

Aragorn w/Light up Palantir (sorry, but I'll probably pass, tired of all my Aragorn's)
Super-Poseable Legolas (pass)
Easterling w/Banner (maybe)
Orc w/Banner (maybe)
Corsair (wil buy even though rumor has it that it will not be PJ but one of the other staff members who was on the ship).

Collection Asst 4 (Apr/May 06)

Barrow Wight ? (I doubt this will be made)
Birch Ent (will buy)
Rosie Cotton (hmmm is she in her wedding dress or normal? Will probably buy)
Berserker Uruk w/ Bomb (will buy)
Aragorn w/ Red Sleeves at Rohan (Nope, enough of Aragorn at Rohan to last til doomsday)
Wolf the Wild Man (buy)
"To be determined" figure

Now, having said that, I have to say that I really wanted the line to be done after the Epic 2 figures. I guess that is reflected in my non-completist purchases reflected above. I have loved collecting this line, and have it on display, but as much as I love the books and movies, I am very close to closing out on my collecting of the ToyBiz figures. I mean, how many more Aragorn's, Legolas et all can I get? Now, I CANNOT wait for The Hobbit in 5 or 6 years and will buy one of each dwarf, and the variations they put out. I see the traveling dwarfs, the Battle of Five Armies Dwarfs, Bilbo traveling, Biblo Twilight (different pose then the one we got in the 3 pack with the ring in his palm?), Bilbo in mithril armor, Bilbo at Battle of Five Armies (or would that also be a Twilight one?), Gandalf in his various poses . . . .
In all honesty, I would buy the dwarfs on journey, the dwarfs at Battle of Five Armies (especially Thorin) Beorn, the Elvenking Thranduil, Bard, 1 Bilbo, maybe 1 Gandalf, Bolg, the trolls Burt,  Bill and the other one, an eagle, Dain II Ironfoot.  Anyway, that will be an exciting time!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 7, 2005, 10:01 PM »
Not a purchase but some info I thought I would pass on. I noticed that the southern and northern California locations on various boards are reporting finding the Mustafar Sentry at Walmart. Seems he is in with cases of Obi Wan Pilot and AT RT but the rest of the case is repacks. This is one I am passing on so hope the info helps.

Here is the case info:

Collectin 1 W6 R2

2x Mustafar Sentry
2x AT-RT Driver
2x Darth Vader
2x Obi-wan
1X Commander Bacara
1x Crispy Anakin
1x R2-D2 Electronic
1x SA Clone

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