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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 18, 2005, 04:18 AM »
Fixed it, but Matt's got one on the new page anyway. :)

Matt,

The Gonk is on Hoth...  I can't post a cap, but trust me man.  Complete with the top "fueling nozels" thingies.  He's tromping around the hangar floor, but you gotta look close.

To me...  The wave's a mixed bag of collecting emotion...  The characters have me slap-happy to get, as Derlin's been somewhere in the middle on my lists for a figure, and Veers has been at the top.

Like I said though in my first post, the articulation's a let-down.  First, while I think the AT-AT Driver looks nice I'm disappointed that HE is who they decide to go ape**** on with articulation.  He's cool but I was pretty happy with the POTF2 and this figure doesn't look terribly different to me.  It wasn't a figure I wanted resculpted really and so he sorta feels like a "waste" to me in that he got so much attention but yet the 2 figures I was really wanting got short-changed a bit.

I'm ok with the angle-cut elbow joints which is what Derlin definitely has and Veers appears to have.  That's fine, but the lack of knee articulation on both disappoints me.  Ball/socket knees ala the Cantina wave of figures (and tons of ROTS figures) would've been appreciated on Veers since he's basically a generic officer too really...  On Derlin I would've dug the knees because he's an army builder in my book.  I'd dig a head variant (no mustache) on this one actually.

I'm assuming Veers' armor is removable.  It looks it in the picture, but I'm just assuming it is.

The Gonk's really cool to me, and appreciated...

Riekean is the mystery in the set...  He wasn't a $10 to begin with, but without his board he isn't much of a $5 figure either.  Hasbro could pack him with something other than a blaster to make him "worth it" but he's still a boring figure overall.  Vader and R2 I can understand, and just as easily pass on.  If I see VOTC figs hit basic cards though I'm definitely gonna have my hopes (expectations) high for the VOTC Stormtrooper to see its much-deserved re-release to a basic card.

Retire that ******* Cantina Han and Commtech Stormtrooper already and finally put out the GOOD versions of those two figures with the VOTC sculpts. 

Honestly, on the Vader you could make the gripe that the Evolutions figure is vastly superior.  It really is, but just to see something of the VOTC Vader on a regular card gives me simple hope to see VOTC Stormtroopers in droves at some point.

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*gasp*

You reduced and didn't call me, Paul!? :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: October 18, 2005, 03:43 AM »
And just like that, Entertainment Earth has pictures of Saga Wave 2 (Hoth Wave) up for your viewing pleasure...



Yes...  Oh yes...  Veers with removable armor, and I'm assuming a hat somewhere.  Oh...  Freaking...  Yes.  :) 

Major Derlin's been one I've wanted for a while too, and he looks pretty sharp.  I love the Gonk Droid tremendously, and was hoping they'd someday put another out on the pegs for us.  I still buy the Commtech one if I see it really cheap just to have for background scenes.  The AT-AT Driver is a figure that I personally never wanted to see redone, as I was perfectly happy with the POTF2 (kind of like the TIE Pilot), and honestly I don't think the new one looks better tremendously other than it's obviously a much more articulated version.  He appears to be reusing parts perhaps?  Or maybe it's my eyes.

On the repack front...

R2 is appearing to be either the VOTC sculpt or the Preview R4's sculpt being utilized?  I'm a bit perplexed that they would re-release such a background character as Riekean, who was also a bit of a pegwarmer...  He's not my favorite figure they've done but he suited his purpose as an old guy that stands there, mostly.

The Vader, is that VOTC sculpt or ROTS?  And I'm disappointed to see the Saga Snowtrooper again which is a pre-posed, under-articulated figure that I've never liked much.  An easy pass for me on most of the repacks, but if that's VOTC Vader I think it's nice to see it out there again...  The R2 has me curious about it too. 

The new figures look fantastic though, but I notice that again the articulation's limited.  No leg articulation besides basic thigh joints.  The Veers I could understand somewhat given all his gear but on Derlin it's a little annoying since he's kinda sparce looking.  The AT-AT Driver's looking like he got the articulation budget for this wave. ;)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« on: October 18, 2005, 03:12 AM »
Goodbye, Mr. Hull.   :'(

I'm sure a few more will follow you by the end of the year...  :(

I'm thinking Lemieux's done after this season too...  Not that he doesn't have it in him obviously, but I think he's really wanting to get out and be with his family.  Though the rules changes, if this holds, is maybe enough to keep him in it...  I dunno.  It's what he's wanted for ages.

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Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Ask Aak (Republic Senator)
« on: October 17, 2005, 03:59 AM »
 Good one to nab online since he seems to not be too high on their reshipping list.  I've seen him a couple times, but in a movie year he's an oddball to be "shorted" on the pegs I figured.  Glad I didn't hesitate on that wave really given how popular it's been.

Tills and Tarkin are good figs too, so the wave was all winners to me.  Aak's probably my favorite overall though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are You Dressing Up?
« on: October 17, 2005, 03:50 AM »
That costume, actually, is from the 80's...  I wore the same thing as a kid, and had my best haul in candy ever.  The pattern was still around (you can buy it brand new I guess but it's different) so we just modded the old one and worked from there.

I sewed a skullcap inside it, so the top sat on my head...  The fin kept hitting people and made a great conversation starter actually...  Or drink spiller.

By the end of the night, I actually hadn't drank much at all but I was so hot I was just chilling in the corner of the 80's bar my friends and I wound up at...  Was a good night.

On a Star Wars related note, the first bar where I was and they had the contest, there were a good 5 guys in Star Wars armor of various types including an ARC trooper and the toon hadn't even been out yet.  That kicked ass.  There was a Scout, and some others I recall...  Not all together even though, just coincidentals it seemed, which was neat.

Hardest part about that costume was it basically was like a long dress in that it had no fly to take a leak.  I had to pull the whole thing up and then go through the motions to pee, which made drinking not something too high on my priorities actually.  That plus the fact that it was tough to maneuver in crowds, but I managed.

EDIT:

BTW my buddy's an orthodics guy, he makes prosthetic limbs and such...  He also does make-up effects and things as a hobby for a Pittsburgh Television show called "The Its Alive Show" that airs campy crappy horror films on Saturday's.  Anyway, he makes elaborate costumes for himself, such as the one he wore the year I had my sharky in those pics.

He was a devil, had fold-out wings on a pully rig system on his back that was covered by his prosthetic torso like, and he had goat-leggigngs that covered cloven-hoof boots/shoes that raised him a good 6 inches off the ground (he's already 6'5").  So with all that, he basicallyw as a behemoth demon with these elaborate wings that would unfold and looked like thin skin membranes on a skeletal frame.  Freaky...

He got NO appreciation for his costume when we were out at the clubs but it wasn't complete that night so he could move better, but he did have the whole thing on at a bar out closer to where we live outside the city, and they were giving away either $400, or an old herse (sp).  He won, and took the herse...  It needs a little work but it's running and driveable.  I want to buy it and sorta soop it up for a halloween mobile...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are You Dressing Up?
« on: October 17, 2005, 03:26 AM »
Well, I have a costume I bust out if a night out is in order... 

Here I was going out in '03 to some of the clubs down in Pittsburgh...  This is at the beginning of the night:



And here I am by the end of the night:



A rough night for any fun loving Shark...  Matt, you ought to appreciate the costume. :)

I ALMOST won a contest that night and that would've landed me a lot of $$$.  I was sort of pissed I didn't, and as is typical at clubs, the $ went to a skanky looking chick and a guy who put about zero effort into his costume by slapping together an outfit and putting a Bush mask on and a Saddam Hussein mask on a stuffed shirt he pinned to his pants like it was "servicing" him.  It was one of about 10 similar outfits I saw...  The girl who got 2nd?  She was the ever-creative "cavegirl" with the meathead boyfriend dressed as a cave man!  Oh..... the imaginations.

I probably didn't help myself by giving people the middle-fin while I was on stage if they were clapping for other people up there.  Was a fun night of drunkenness though, and I had a blast.

This year I've got other stuff going on, so no dressing up is planned, but I can always bust old sharky out when I need him!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Articulation at a Price?
« on: October 15, 2005, 11:11 PM »
If it pops right back in, then I can't say I have much of a complaint really...  If it falls off on its own though while displayed on your shelf then there's a gripe.  I'd take the Imperial Officer's arm falling off when I tried posing him, but I can pop it right back on, over the Imperial Officer having no arm articulation.

That said, they can do better...  Other companies do, they can, but I'd say a larger gripe is with plastic quality.  Figures with thinner legs fall prey to flimsy plastic.  From battledroids to some of the female figures in the line, the cheap plastic being used has gotta go...  I dream of someday an apology staff for Amanaman being offered as a mail-away, haha.  I'd even pay for the thing, I just want a staff that'll hold up over time for that figure.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« on: October 14, 2005, 06:56 AM »
I don't necessarilly agree that citing a bad call is basically irrelevant, especially at key moments which they do tend to get more focus then.  I think MAC's got a legitimate beef with the call...  But you're right DR that it's one of many questionable calls and that's in any sport really but Baseball it's worse I believe.

But I tend to agree with MAC's point of view when it comes to this general debate in sports (and it comes up almost every playoff for every major sport I think).  And there's the question of "questionable calls" and "judgment calls" by the officiating and there's some real grey area there...  To me this is where the main argument in MAC's favor comes into play because while replay's aren't the thing in baseball, the highlights I saw of this bad call were really a GOOD argument for replays being allowed and where an ump's very possibly using his judgment only to decide the game...  It's the rule though, no doubt, and I agree it wouldn't have necessarilly decided the game to the Angel's favor (or against it) but it certainly has to be frustrating for the Angel's fans that a bad call is that final nail in a game.  Maybe the golden nail too...

The argument of officiating in any sport is a valid one though I think.  I know it was a hot debate after the Steelers game Monday, and people were citing the bad calls for and against both teams...  and that wasn't anything to do with playoffs or anything.  Maybe I just travel in some really deep football circles but I know it was a hot topic around the water cooler and people were citing the calls that DID go to SD as well as those that hurt them and the ones that went for or against the Steelers too.

To me I'd be upset at a win if my team got it via a horrible call...  A win is a win they say, but there's been times even when I played a sport where a bad call in my team's favor took some of the umph out of a win...  Not enough for me not to celebrate with the team of course.   ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: October 14, 2005, 03:13 AM »
I had one up to the last push-back and cancelled...  WM.com came through better which I hate to say since I despise WM in every way.  They got me what I wanted though and I can walk away from Amazon's F'd up inability to get any of these and ship them.

Of course, if I see them on there ready to ship, I may nab a set or two, maybe cash-in a coupon if I find one to get them cheaply or shipped free...  I love these sets, but business is business as they say.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: He died the same time as your father.
« on: October 14, 2005, 02:59 AM »
What I did like about the POV speech though, is that to Obi-Wan I've always envisioned him as never having any inkling of hope or feeling (through the force or whatnot) that Anakin was anything but Vader...  He looked at Anakin as dead, and really I think emotion actually clouded Obi-Wan (it's fun to look at the heroes as flawed characters like that I think).  Luke could feel it...  And maybe it's that emotional attachment Luke has that actually empowers him to the point that he can see good in Vader/Anakin whereas Obi-Wan's emotional tie to Anakin blinds him to any possibility of Anakin being able to be found or saved.

To Obi, he's dead and the thing that is Vader isn't even the same person...  To Luke, he's so tied to Vader that he actually can feel something about him Obi-Wan can't...  So to that end the "certain POV" didn't bother me.  It's Obi-Wan defending himself is all, but conceding to Luke's feelings somewhat now that he sees Luke maybe is onto something.

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Ask Aak (Republic Senator)
« on: October 14, 2005, 02:54 AM »

I love freakish aliens, so the Senators wave of figures in the ROTS line was nice.  A bit of a bitch to find, but nicely done all around.  That makes this review's focus a fun one to own and pick apart for what's good and what failed.  This week we're looking at Ask Aak (Republic Senator).  Not only do I love the figure, but I even liked the character in the prequals and felt he should've had a figure back in 2002 even.

Hasbro did a pretty bang-up job though on this one, and took the usually duller "Senator" figure and turned it into something special.  There's a number of ball/socket joints, the sculpt rivals the best work Hasbro's done such as Ephant Mon, and the figure's a weighty mofo to boot.  The fact Hasbro did a nice little extra by including a blaster accessory is greatly appreciated.

The lack of accessories with these types of figures is where it can usually be critiqued but all 3 figures in the wave Aak came out in had a gun and a base.  That's pretty nice work.

So check out the review at the link provided and enjoy...  And if you're lucky enough to find the figure, pick up Ask Aak without hesitating because he's a winner to me.  A pegwarmer if he shipped in huge numbers, but he's still a winner for a figure. :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: SW Live Action TV your thoughts
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:37 AM »
I dunno that he was good in AOTC... ;)  I mean, the half-assed chuckle, and the incredibly piss-poor "Look out!", and god forbid I ever hear a freaking 12 year old yell "fire!" at his father as he tries killing someone.

Then again is that Logan or Lucas at fault? :)  I think mostly B, but I can see partly A too since the delivery was shite.

Not to critique him, and I don't know if he could pull a full character on a weekly series off or not.  Maybe he could since AOTC wasn't a BIG role and his sequences on Kamino were alright, so who knows.  He blew once he was in the Slave I shots though.

Now...  I could see Bodie Taylor playing Fett too as the series progresses and he gets older.  It could be really cool having a show around a Bounty Hunter, but it could get into some really craptacular EU material too which I"m REALLY hoping that the series proves to be high quality...  I like the analogies of ST:TNG and ST:DS9 being GOOD quality shows where the acting, writing, and story were the focus and FX were there only to help.  If they pull something off half as good as ST:TNG I think I'd be content to happy with it.  I still watch ST:TNG re-runs religiously so I hold it in high regard.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: He died the same time as your father.
« on: October 14, 2005, 12:31 AM »
So mind-numbingly-stupid EU stories aside (I'd not read, but knew of the robotic Maul, but holy christ that's one of the worst plot lines I've ever heard for SW EU), I've pretty much been under the assumption that Owen knew a lot more about everything in the galaxy than the average Joe Schmoe would have...  Perfect place to hide Luke then since he's a backwater kid with backwater adoptive planets on a backwater planet...  but Owen's just more in-the-know than one assumes.

Kinda like how Tarkin has that connection to Vader that nobody else but Palpatine seemed to share with him (on-screen anyway), so it was like you could just tell Tarkin knows more about the past than the average guy does.

Anyways...

I figure Obi-Wan and Owen did have some disagreements.  He perhaps (likely?) knew Obi-Wan was staying by to groom Luke to the "new hope" but knew of his step-brother's collapse, figured the same fate would follow Luke...  I'm sure he did everything possible to keep Luke from Obi-Wan, and Obi-Wan kept his distance most likely till he knew it was the right time.  Obi-Wan lies but Owen certainly did too, but everyone seems to lie to Luke for his own good...  Given what they're working with and what his father turned out to be, it's not surprising that they didn't want to tell him everything...  I'm sure they felt like they were playing with fire as far as Luke was concerned since things went so great with Anakin and all. :)

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Other Collectibles / Re: Attakus Star Wars Dioramas
« on: October 13, 2005, 02:57 AM »
I've litereally owned cars that cost a fraction of that...  Impossible for me to justify, no matter how badly I want it.

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