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Messages - Jesse James

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:59 AM »
I'm here pulling for you too Shannon...  You're on my mind.  You're a wonderful person I've had the fortune of meeting, and I'm keeping you in my thoughts, I promise.  I hope beyond hope for your health to get better.  You know we all care about you immensely.

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You're doing some great work DR, I like the Dresellians a lot just because they're an uncommon custom to see.  Did you sculpt the patch-less Commando yourself?

For WIW, I tend to go with a different backstory on the Dresellians...  I like to think of them as a bit more evolved than EU's given them credit for.  I have just viewed their rifles as a laser the same as an MG-34 worked as one as well.  Wooden stocks aren't uncommon on other blaster weapons so that's cool to me.  That's just my take though.

I like them as a reasonably advanced species who have been reluctant to openly join the Alliance (thoughs ome volunteer on their own and are assimilated like any other volunteer).  The Dresellian resistance movement then sorta is like the Viet Cong...  Ruthless, efficient, and very adept at defending their planet but with also some good skills off-planet that they lend tot he Alliance for the battle of Endor as well as other engagements.

Anyyyyyyyyway, sorry for that...

I like them and I dig your use of PTE figs for bases.  They work well for random commando's who are relegated to not having structured unifroms and stuff.  THe softgoods robes rock too.  Very retro but look great.  I'm just curious on the patch-less sculpt you used.  I'd like one actually myself!  I've hoped Hasbro would update with a 2nd Commando (more articulation, cloth cloak) that didn't have a patch...  Or at least had a removable patch.

EDIT:

I should note that I was complementing Kevin's Dresellian's that used the PTE bases above.  I noticed a base I'm not familiar with on the next page back for one of the original Dresel Rebel's custom Dresellian's though.

Great stuff either way.  Nice to see the Dresellian homeguard getting some love in customs.

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Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Ends: General Madine
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:42 AM »
Trying to get some headcasts going for customs using Madine.  I love the figure.  I had him in a "defending" pose with a blaster for a while.  Funny how a boring guy with a supercuts hair-do can be such a great figure just based on his arms being fun to pose. :P

He did nothing and yet I've got him in a pose on my rebel shelf holding a blaster and tearing up some Imp Stains.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:38 AM »
I concur.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS DVD 3-Packs!
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:33 AM »
I paid $9.95 or so for the one I got (the Imperial one since I needed Palpy).  I recall that price because I was pleased to get Palpy and the Stormtrooper and what I just basically counted as a "free" Vader I didn't want.

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Toy Reviews / Re: Evolutions: Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader
« on: August 22, 2005, 03:33 AM »
I got my set in the mail from JediMAC recently and I'm still formulating opinions... 

I'm against the grain on the E2 Anakin.  I don't mind him much really...  He's not the best headsculpt but better than some.  Ya know what irks me more than anything?  The accessories (or lack there-of).

Like only one saber blade, no hilt/removable blade for Vader, etc...

The ankle joint's silliness is frustrating to me when I see it because how easy would it have been to even re-used SC Anakin's feet ya know?

Also, am I crazy or didn't Anakin wear basically the same outfit in E2 and E3?  I'm not saying I like Hasbro to cut corners or anything, but ya know I don't think I'd have minded if E2 and E3 Ani's shared an identical body.  I thought the costume was the same...  If not then I see their logic.  It looks the same to me though (another reason the ankle joints are annoying too since they have the molds to do that).

I like the set though, immensely.  I think it's one of the neatest things in the line.  This is a great idea they've got (albeit one that I think has been discussed in collector circles before Hasbro came up with it...  I hate to give them too much credit :P ), so I hope we see more Evo's down the road.  Even the "bad" with these is so low the good is about all I can think of. :)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: August 22, 2005, 12:37 AM »
I'm wagering we'll see the first of it maybe around December or so Paul.  Maybe not till into '06 though.  I wouldn't say I'm rots'd out yet though, but I definitely could use some classic army builder figs after buying Clones for so long.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:46 PM »
I've heard a bit of interesting news about Sam's Club lately that goes beyond this stuff, but I'm not surprised to hear Star Wars in there too.  They've been doing stuff like this every now and then so that's a good thing.

I'm curious if the figures will be different though...  THAT will suck.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Other Retailers... Check them out!
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:20 AM »
K-Mart's been a haven here at times.  They were the first to break the 4/2 streetdate of ANY retailer in the country, and they have actually probably had more consistancy of getting in EVERY figure from various lines.  Albeit many were here and gone within the day when things were "tight" in the line, but KM's been a solid distributor.  Above and beyond Wal-Mart that's for sure.

Price is killer though.  Right now, ROTS stuff's selling at KM (and they're bone dry at most locations), but it's $7 - $8 a figure.  :(

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:17 AM »
Thanks to our own JediMAC, I finally got an Anakin set...

Holy **** this is great.  Not without flaw, but great...  The packaging is probably the best I've ever seen,a nd these sets prove Hasbro can put out superb quality at a very fair price.  I mean, this packaging is about 100x more elaborate than VOTC, and 3 figures with a lot of gear for $20 is a deal compared to $30 for 3 VOTC figures.

Some skimping here and there, and some of it is incredibly lame and inexcuseable.  Also, some areas that could've been skimped to save cash in production weren't and there's a sense that if done intelligently you could get "more" out of these as far as quality, but in the end I have to say that these sets are still great...  or at least this one is.

Thanks Matt, a TON!  Now I only need to find 2 more Anakin sets for the kids, one or two more for me, and then onto all the Sith and Clone sets I want.  Oh joy, oh joy, especially when I couldn't find a goddam Anakin set on my own.   ::)

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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Gets 12
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:10 AM »
Count me among the Thrawn votes.  And I've been utilizing what methods I can to kinda help him along.   :-*

Vos was probably third on my list while Jade was second.

I actually was disappointed with the list though...  Like Snowbunny Padme didn't strike me as a great choice.  Kyle Katarn or a Darktrooper were two SORELY missing EU characters though and the pollers didn't give any game chaaracter any play which sucked. 

Kyle would've gotten my vote, though a Darktrooper would've maybe taken it had it been available as well.  Kyle's THE EU character I dig the most.

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Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: August 21, 2005, 02:55 AM »
Considering that Matt has 11 pages of positive feedback just here at JD (god only knows how many pages deep his feedback threads are at other sites!), I doubt my latest positive trade with him is even adding much to this. :)

Once again, Matt hooked me up with stuff I can't find for the life of me.  I've lost track of how many times I owe him for all the help he's given me.  Matt's among the greatest in the hobby as far as making this hobby a fun and easier thing for everyone.  He helps people routinely, at his own sacrifice, and that's an asset to the collecting community that too many have not given him his due respect!

Matt hooked me up with the SDCC Leia, an Evolution Anakin Set (that I can't stop messing wtih, and a KFC Anakin variant. 

Thanks Matt, I owe you yet another one for all this loot!  I'm sure I'll be begging for help again sometime soon, haha.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront II!!!!
« on: August 20, 2005, 03:04 AM »
Nice stuff Diddly...  Thanks for the update on this.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 20, 2005, 03:02 AM »
The A-Wing was abundant here too Jason.  While I love the ship, it did clearance here as well.  It went pretty fast though as there weren't a ton.  I remember the B-Wing being rather abundant.  I know they sold at first but then sat...  That initial rush died on them.

The only 12" speederbike fig I wanted was the Scout and that was a set I never saw...  Same with the Y-Wing when we first got Targets in this area.  That was non-existant here.

Target's REAL spotty with exclusives and I'm always sorta bummed to hear when they get one.  TRU's the best at distributing exclusives I think.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Battlefront II!!!!
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:23 AM »
X-Box...  I don't think I've heard much of anything planned on XB360 yet...

I got BFI last night for $20 and the SP campaign is almost already beat.  The game's incredibly easy to play by yourself.  It's eyecandy though and ok for customs ideas and whatnot.  Having played it almost start-to-finish though I think I'll wait for a low price on BFII as well before buying.  MP gaming's not my thing, but the game's very fun to look at and has an enjoyable aspect to itself...

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