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Other Collectibles / Re: Store Displays
« on: May 29, 2005, 08:18 PM »
I love getting store displays, but I haven't had a whole lot of luck lately.  A friend of my husband's works at Wal-mart, and says he had a whole bunch of stuff "set aside" (including the big Yoda cutout from the Lay's Chip display...) and someone threw it out.  Don't know why he didn't just take it home the first day.  Oh well...

Today at Wal-mart I bought a twin sheet set and it was the last one in the shelf display box, so I grabbed the box with it.  When I stopped by Kmart, they had two of the small throw pillow display boxes and both were empty, so I nabbed one of those.  I have plenty of sheets, pillowcases, and small pillows (most of the latter from Ep1) to fill up those display boxes, easy.

The best displays I have are from when I worked at B. Dalton when Ep1 came out.  I got the Pit Droid, Battle Droid, and Droideka lifesized paper models that came out with the DK books, as well as an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-up and a standee that featured C-3PO (with light-up eyes) and two Jawas.  The manager knew I was a huge SW fan, so I automatically got everything. <G>

I nabbed one of the ComLink store display units when our local Service Merchandise went out of business.  The first time I asked, I was told I couldn't have it, but I didn't give up and asked again, and that time they basically sold it to me for the price of a ComLink unit, which at their clearance price was under $3.  Woo-Hoo!

The LavaVader and Target light & sound gift card arrived on Friday.  I'm so glad I won, because I'd passed on LavaVader when it hit the stores ($15 for an action figure, even an exclusive, was just too much with all the other stuff I was buying).  I'm thrilled to have it in my collection!  (Now I just have to remember to put the gift card in my purse -- I got to Target today and realized I left it at home, but I went ahead and bought the Rebuild Darth Vader deluxe figure without it.) 

Thanks, JediDefender!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Can Sith Beat Titanic?
« on: May 23, 2005, 02:31 PM »
I wish "Star Wars" would beat "Titanic" -- I'm fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic (inherited that from my mom), but aside from a fairly impressive recreation of the ship, I thought the movie was awful.  I find the true stories much more compelling than Cameron's manufactured melodrama.  And for that reason, as much as for my love of "Star Wars", I'd love to see "Sith" make it to number 1!

As for new "Star Wars" movies -- we'll see 'em for sure when Lucas' kids take over the Ranch.

My husband has speculated from the very beginning that Palpatine had something to do with Anakin's birth.  So, when the opera scene came about, it seemed obvious that yes, Palpy learned Plageis' secret and created Anakin.

I have seen a couple of pretty compelling arguments here that are variations on that, but I think if an early draft spelled it all out, I'm going to stick with the Palpatine created Anakin scenario.

I, too, had wondered if Palpatine arranged Shmi's death and influenced the visions of Padmé's death as well.

Maybe the reason George didn't make it all clear in his script is to give us all fodder on these forums! :)

I'd love to see more Padmé figures from all three movies -- and some more nice 12" dolls with the gorgeous gowns on.  Due to financial constraints, I've tried to limit my collecting from the new trilogy a bit -- but I'll always get something based on Padmé. 

I'm sure one of Hasbro's arguments is that action figures are for boys and they don't want girl characters, or even with Ep3 that moms don't want their little girls playing with pregnant dolls, but who are they kidding?  These action figures are as much (if not more) for adult collectors than for kids to play with.

And, of course, I've been thinking about it a lot ever since (even drove right past my husband's work when I went to pick him up.... and he thought I was *joking* when I said I was thinkin' about SW!)

First, I agree with those who say that the acting and the dialogue are much improved in this film. It was one of my first comments when it was all over with, and it’s what I’ve told all the mundanes or muggles or whatever you want to call them who’ve asked me about the movie (heck, two people at my work, who are acting all excited about “Sith” said they never even saw Ep2 because they didn’t like Ep1).  I have also defended the acting and dialogue in Episodes 4-6; it’s just amazing to me that people are suddenly criticizing the original trilogy.  I didn’t have a problem with anything (well, a couple of scenes in “Jedi”, but hardly enough to say that all the SW films lack quality acting and writing).

I liked the opening sequence visually, but a lot of the time, Anakin & Obi-Wan's ships seemed to be flying a routine; I didn't feel like they were actually dodging other ships and blaster bolts "on the fly."  (no pun intended)   And speaking of puns, I had to hold back a laugh after Anakin cut off Dooku’s hands and killed him, then said he shouldn’t have killed an unarmed prisoner.

I was near tears throughout the movie, every time someone said or did something that we, the audience *knew* would push Anakin closer to the Dark Side.  I wanted to should "Noooo" when Mace told Ani, basically, that he still wasn't sure he could trust him.

I wanted to see more of Padmé as a senator, and in reviewing the script on, I see that several scenes that involved her, Bail, and Mon Mothma were cut, perhaps because of complaints that Episodes 1 & 2 were “too political.”  Other
Deleted scenes would have set up Anakin’s jealousy over Obi-Wan, which as it is, seemed to come out of nowhere.

I noticed the Falcon (or another similar stock light freighter) in the lower right part of the screen as Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Palpatine were returning to the Senate after the rescue from Grievous.  In a way, though, seeing it kind of pulled me out of the movie for a moment.

Tim's been saying from the beginning that Palpy was going to turn out to be Anakin's "father" and apparently Palpy did create him. I almost wish he'd come right out and said it, though -- or that Anakin put two-and-two together (but does Ani know that he was an immaculate conception?).

I was surprised when Ani told Padmé he could defeat Palpy and they could rule the Empire together.  Later, when I thought about it, it makes perfect sense -- Ani's been a slave his whole life, always having to call someone else Master -- and he just wants to run his own life for a change.

Another thing that isn’t clear in the film, I don’t think, is that Grievous is the Vader prototype.  We only get a few close-up shots of the General’s eyes, showing they’re not droid eyes.  I don’t get the cough, either; I don’t have access to television right now, so I missed Clone Wars 2 (I’ll get the DVD).  I had thought maybe it was George’s attempt to show it’s a living being, not a droid.  And maybe he likes a death stick after a good fight.

Bob Crane: I, too, hated to see Obi-Wan leave Anakin there to die in pain.  If only Anakin had landed somewhere that Obi-Wan couldn’t get to, perhaps across a river of lava.  Or if Obi-Wan had thought Anakin was dead and didn’t see him trying to pull himself up the lavabank. It just seems so cruel to leave him suffering.

Cine and I agree -- the "birth" of Vader was too rushed.  Here's what I would've preferred -- the physical transformation takes at least a few months.  During that time, he can sense that Padmé is alive.  Padmé and Leia are in hiding with Bail; Obi-Wan has already taken Luke to Tatooine.  During the time, as Vader gains strength, Padmé weakens and she dies of a broken heart.  Leia has some time to "remember" her mother (though I don't have any memories from my first three or four *years*, we'll say it's The Force), so the line in ROTJ makes sense.  And just as Vader's about to get mobility again -- he senses Padmé's death and does the freak out thing (which Tim said immediately should have been longer).

It disappoints me that Padmé lost the will to live when she had just given birth to two children; she should have wanted to live to take care of them.  If she's going to die right away, it should have been from the injuries from Vader.  It would have been the ultimate irony that in doing anything to save her, he ended up being the cause of her death.  And how would killing Padmé have made him any more of a bad person than slaughtering the younglings?

Tim's major criticism goes back to the whole "midi-chlorian" explanation of the Force.  In the second trilogy, Lucas created a religion and the Force was mystical.  In the first trilogy, it's biological, and becoming an "angel" (as Ben did after ANH) is something you learn, not something you earn.  And yeah, why didn’t we see Qui-Gon there at the end?

Jokabofe, I think R2 and 3PO have always been Abbott and Costello.  I was just pleased they didn’t have the one-liners in this one that 3PO had in AOTC.  I just wonder how Bail knew he could trust R2 not to say anything to anyone – obviously he wasn’t concerned with wiping R2’s memory banks.  As for the banter during battles, I’ve never been in a war situation, but I work in the news business and when we have breaking stories, even tragedies, people make all kinds of joking comments. It helps relieve the stress.

Valin Kenobi, a lot of cineplexes use the same projector for multiple theatres, which would explain why the meltdown happened everywhere.  Good thing they had an extra print lying around, or perhaps they just cut out the burned part and patched it. I heard about a problem with the 12:30 screening in Pensacola; thank goodness our screening went off without a hitch.

Herbert, I can see Anakin in the Vader suit in Episodes 4-6.  The crying (mourning) will end soon, and he’ll simply be left with numbness, pain, and anger.  To me, Ep3 explains why Vader was running around killing so many Imperial officers in ESB; he’s found out that his son is alive and he’s frustrated and angry because if he’d known that 20 years earlier, perhaps he could have changed his life.  He feels more manipulated than he has in a long time.  Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it. <G>  (My husband said, too much is left to us fans to figure out or create our own explanations for.)  I agree that the lightsaber fights are too fast – but that’s a complaint we have about many movie fight scenes these days.  The fast-paced action that began with Ep4 has gotten more intense – every film wants to outdo its predecessors – to the point where you can’t tell what’s going on or appreciate the training and choreography that goes into a good movie fight.

Overall, I was very, very pleased with the film. I think it’s tied with “Empire” for second place (Ep4 will always be my favorite), and I might even like it a little better than ESB.  I need to see it again. And again.   :)

#1  ANH  -- the original's still my favorite
#2  ESB   -- these two are tied for second, they're
       ROS      both dark and important to the story arc
#3  AOC  --  better dialogue would've ranked this
                    one a little higher
#4  ROJ  -- tied for fourth due to cutesy, comic
       TPM     characters

I was very pleased with Revenge of the Sith.  My husband, however, was disappointed with it.  Some of the character motivations, which seem obvious to me, could have actually been spelled out for the audience with just a line or two of dialogue.  And it still left a lot of unanswered questions. 
I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: RotS TV Commercials at the OS!
« on: May 13, 2005, 06:34 PM »
We never got our satellite dish hooked back up after the hurricane came through last fall and we moved.  So, I really don't get any television to try to tape the commercials (or the specials or George on the O.C.).  I would even buy a separate DVD that had all the commercials on it (and maybe even some of the old toy commercials).


The entire London cast album of "Les Misérables" -- it's just so tragic. 

"Luke and Leia" from "Return of the Jedi" -- it always makes me cry.

That's all I can think of now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Do You "Enter to Win"?
« on: May 12, 2005, 07:03 PM »
Aside from Star Wars, this is my other major hobby right now, entering sweepstakes.  At least that doesn't cost much, just the occasional stamp to mail in an entry, since I do most of my entering online.  So, I thought I'd share some cool contest/sweepstakes sites:

These are entertainment sites that give away lots of
CDs/DVDs and occasionally bigger prizes:
   I actually won a set of DVDs from Emily Strange

And here's a "Star Wars" giveaway that's going
on right now: -- you can win a
    SW-themed sports car

HGTV, Food Network, and DIY are always giving
away big prizes, like houses and SUVs.

Good luck, everybody!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: To PG or not PG
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:56 PM »
When Lucas had kids, he decided "Star Wars" was a kids movie.  That how we ended up with the Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks.  Maybe he's finally realizing that, even though kids may like the movies, it's not a "kids movie".

I don't have a problem with the PG-13 rating for SW.  (Although I thought it was stupid when they came up with the rating after "Temple of Doom" -- parents ought to be aware of what movies their children are seeing and what they're about without relying on a set of judges to tell them what's appropriate.)

TV-9D9 / Re: ROTS on TV
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:53 PM »
I have no access to TV right now (we had to drop our sat service after the hurricane; we moved and couldn't afford it, and we don't even have an antenna).

But, you can catch some neat programs if you get the G4 Tech TV channel (

Star Wars Invades "X-Play"
Premieres: Monday 05/23, 11pm ET / 8pm PT

"Attack of the Show" airs May 12; will probably repeat
We go behind the scenes of the George Lucas empire and look at how ILM, LucasArts, LucasFilm and SkyWalker Sound collaborated on the Star Wars: Episode III game and film.

"Cheat! Empire"  also on May 12
   Good or Evil? Choose the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist in Jade Empire, the first action-RPG from Bioware, makers of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Learn how to survive by fighting and gambling your way to the top in the Imperial city and discover a secret love triangle between you and your followers.

"Icons"  also on May 12
Star Wars Games
   We take a look at the history of Star Wars video games.

" #5016"
   Plus, an interview with LucasArts on Revenge of the Sith.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: RotS TV Commercials at the OS!
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:44 PM »
Just watched "End of Wars" -- Beautiful, but it gives me chills.

does anyone know how to download these?  They're not showing up in my temporary internet files/cache, and I really want to save them on CD!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:15 PM »
I bought all my stuff at Wal-mart on the first day.  I figured I'd wait on TRU, because the Yoda wouldn't be out until April 10.

So on April 10 -- I forgot.

I went a few days later, and the first thing I did was stop at customer service and ask.  The kid didn't know and the older woman seemed annoyed that I asked, but said they were out and didn't know if they'd get more in.

So, I walked over to the section, where a big printed sign proclaimed that "Holo Yodo is free with purchase" -- so I took the sign down and took it over to the customer service desk and said they should take the sign down if they don't have any in stock.

By the time I left, the sign was back up.  So I went back to customer service and asked for the district manager's name and told 'em my beef.  The two women that were at the desk then, and some customer who had to stick his nose in, all said the sign was fine because it said "while supplies last."  They told me to call 1-800-TOYSRUS to complain.

So I did, and talked to some guy in India, who didn't seem to understand my complaint.  Then some other guy from India called me back and said he was at the corporate office and tried to make excuses too.  Finally, he said he'd have someone call me back.

It took a couple of days to actually connect, but that person was actually at the local store.  I told him it's my own fault I missed the figure, but they shouldn't advertise it as though they have them in stock.  The "while supplies last" is there in case I walk up two minutes after they handed the last one out.  He said he understood my complaint, and he'd discussed it with the district manager and they'd agreed to take the signs down.  And if I still wanted a Yoda, he'd picked one up while he was at another store an hour away and he'd put my name on it.

Long story -- happy ending. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Spending too much $$$?
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:04 PM »
I'm not spending too much, in the sense that there's still a lot of stuff I want and haven't bought.

In the sense that my bank account contains a limited amount of money, yes, I've spent too much.  I don't want to add it all up, but it's got to be a few hundred dollars on toys, games, and SW-related foods.  But you gotta eat, right?

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