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The Original Trilogy / Re: Are Stormtroopers Clones?
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:06 AM »
What isn't addressed is why they became such horrible shots and only about a 10th as efficient as the Clones in the PT. 

There are EU answers to this though...  And some film evidence that discounts Stormies being "bad" at their job as well.

First, the Dark Forces game was the first EU attempt at explaining the E-11's ineffective accuracy.  It fits with what the E-11's actually earth-based counterpart is.  It's a small, sub-machine gun.  For WW2 buffs it's the equivalent of a Thompson compared to a Garand...  The Garand was a much more efficient weapon at long ranges and in squads, but the Thompson was a one-man wrecking crew in short-ranges, and a good single-man support weapon for a squad.

Dark Forces shows the E-11 as being not WILDLY inaccurate, but it's not a gun you aim unless you "modify" it with a tactical scope (arguably this is a secondary setting for the gun, kinda like the stun setting they have, that requires modular parts to enhance the gun...  It's still not perfect long-range weaponry though).

The Clones have a similar support weapon too...  The one that climbs the crabdroid and empties a clip is seemingly similar to the E-11.

So DarkForces (and subsequent games in that series) have sort of established the E-11 as just an inaccurate gun...  If we take those into account, it works.  They're rapid fire, "spray and pray" type weapons, and if all your guys are carrying that it's a crazy scenario.  Plus the E-11 seems to be a sidearm of some sort in the Empire as well...  Some Sandtroopers carry them while also carrying a larger, longer-barreled weapon that is presumeably more accurate.

It's possible the gun such as Chewie's Stormie rifle he runs around on the Death Star with, or other "Sandtrooper" weapons are then the weapons issued an Imperial "in the field" while the E-11 becomes somewhat a secondary weapon in some cases.

The gun Chewie has, interestingly enough, had a rack of them in the Hangar Control Room...  Could be that the more accurate gun is there to fire from the control room should a situation like that arise.  A wide open space like that hangar, and that'd make perfect sense really to have a little stash of those from a high vantage point like that.

Anyway, second point about Stormtrooper accuracy...  They're only seemingly inaccurate with main characters in Star Wars.  That I can buy into as "it's just a movie".  I mean, it has to be that way really, so reality sort of goes out the window.  "Heroes Luck" is what I chalk it up to then.

But when the EMpire's attacking Hoth, clearing out the Tantive IV, or frying Ewoks...  They're fairly efficient with the E-11.  The Tantive IV troops are mowed down like crabgrass.  Hoth troopers fall back from not only armor assault but also a noted mechanized infantry push who seemed armed with support guns and E-11's exclusively (from what we could see...  Unseen in any SW situation is always a major variable to consider...  The troops we do see are clearing a "tight" space out though so the E-11 does make sense there again).

Lots of possibilities for either argument as to Clones, recruits, or a mix of the two...  I've always felt Stormtroopers got shafted on their efficiency though.  When compared to their Rebel enemies (who are quite capable soldiers themselves depending on if you buy into EU or not), the Stormies are deadly efficient.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:06 PM »
I merged the Customs topic with this one too...  I didn't catch it earlier.

It's a film topic so one thread in the film area should suffice.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:03 PM »
I hate them both, however I still prefer shopping at Target.  Mine still allows DPCI searches though so I dunno that that is a nationwide thing.

WM's **** for distribution though and has tanked another toy line I like so currently I hold more anymosity towards them.  They start offering gasoline on the cheap cheap though and my opinion may be swayed.

Honestly I like K-Mart more than both.  They've been a good company up here that has had more steadily reliable distribution over the 10+ years of the line.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 10:49 PM »
The gaming material is as official as any book.  People who know me know I certainly don't discount the RPG's as source material.  The issue of "squad size" though becomes something that gaming rules can fudge around and aren't necessarilly accurate or good guidelines though. 

As a resource though, RPG books are generally great...  I would say the WEG stuff's better than a lot of current stuff.  Definitely superior to WOTC's garbage books they put out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 19, 2005, 10:47 PM »
We went to a place called St. Elmo's I think it was...  It was nice.  It was where Lucas ate dinner Saturday evening I guess...  Found out while talking to the waiter that he had a room booked for himself, McCallum, and a bunch of names I didn't recognize, haha.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: How many Troopers make a squad in ROTS?
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:30 PM »
I don't know that I'd follow any gaming book necessarilly, as they sometimes have to make adjustments for fair play and such... 

Squads and teams can vary greatly by any military's need.  I like to envision around 12 men in a squad generally, but I can just as easily see 10, or 8 - 9 even.  There's no set standard to this though written anywhere so you could make it whatever you wanted to EUCM... 

Would you want a sniper for each squad?  A 2-man support gun team?  Those are also things to consider when figuring how you want to break these things down as well.  And of course there's other specialists and whatnot.

Lots to consider.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:27 PM »
Best moment for me was being one of the last to get into McCallum's spectacular, and only after I went to catch it on a whim thinking I was too late.  Of course, a tie for best moment came prior to that at the Hasbro thing, but besides that bit of ego-boosting I went by myself to the McCallum thing...

I walked to the disgustingly long line, and just as I started to wait, it started to move at record pace, and I was one of the last 20 or so to get in to the last show he was attending.  To top it off my buddy Scott and his wife Nikki were in PERFECT seats in the back and had an open one they could give me.  So I had a great seat in the back to see the whole thing...  The footage, the music, and just having my senses on overload was great. 

Twas a good day.  Then I went out and paid $100+ for 2 steak dinners.  hah!  But man, they were good dinners.

I needed more time with people more than at C3...  The gf and I were sick Saturday night so we didn't get time in with people that night.  Just crashed at the hotel...  I could've stood hanging with the PA guys more, and of course the JD and FFURG guys I missed getting to see more than I did.  FFURG I only got to hang with at the show.   :-\

Still, it was a blast, just felt like I could've delegated time a little more efficiently.  Being my first time at a con like that though, I feel I did fairly well too.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:18 PM »
With so many other retailer exclusives shown at Comic Con, for these NOT to appear was an indicator to me that the story was RS bull$hit.

I'm of the opinion that the story wasn't anything intentionally "lying" on the part of Rebelscum, but I don't believe these sets were as close to actually being done as was implied by them either...  I don't even necessarilly believe the idea was pitched.  I think Scum just got bad information and took the gamble it was real, and it didn't work out.  That's life and I'm just as glad these are off the table it seems...  Unless they were SA Clone 3-packs. :)

Anyway, I don't think Scum really lied, but I don't think this was ever a credible story either...  Just misinformation.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 19, 2005, 06:11 PM »
In my neck of the woods, the B-Wing (and the Leia w/bike) were 2 items that saw clearance at Target stores...  Most stores got about a half dozen B-Wings in, though one had a stack I recall, and I don't recall any of them moving fast here.

They sold, but only after about $10 mark-downs.  I got a 2nd one for trading at the time I recall.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Are Stormtroopers Clones?
« on: August 19, 2005, 04:24 PM »
Stormtrooper's a generic term really though, not one that is nazi-centric, but Lucas has said he definitely had tied the Empire to Nazi Germany in several ways...  He's never said they were xenophobic though, and many blame EU for that... 

Still, it's what I believe...  But what Lucas meant, who knows.  The guy's so all over the place sometimes.

Hah, I'd take that Delva figure...  That's definitely a weird one.  She'd probably be somewhat a statue, but that'd be alright.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 19, 2005, 04:16 PM »
B-Wings didn't sell...  I'm thinking this may not if it's heavily shipped.

I'm still debating if it's even to-scale yet...  So I'm gonna measure if I find one while it's in the box and if it's not I'm passing.  I'm thinking it's still underscale though, so that'll make my decision easy enough.  Even if it was to-scale though, At $40 each I've gone from buying upwards of 4 to definitely only getting 1 if any at all.

Toy Reviews / Re: Evolutions: Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader
« on: August 19, 2005, 07:25 AM »
I've yet to pick the set up Jason, but nice review all the same.  One's in the mail to me so hopefully soon!

The point about Anakin's head seems to be a major agreement about the set frommost who own it.  I think I'll find the head passable, however a replacement using SC Anakin may be in order?   :-\

The accessories disappoint me some as well...  Just hearing that they skimped a little.  The Clone set seems similar as well, in that they didn't arm them to the teeth (and I'm sorta disappointed in the new Clone rifle due to it being a completely unique sculpt to the acceptable one that already existed, but I digress).

I'd probably be a bit more critical on lacking areas of articulation like E2's lack of ankle joints.  To me they can do it, so they should do it.  Hell, I'd even be happy if they just used the mold on SC Ani's feet to save a dime.  They'd work fine.  Still, it'd probably be a minor gripe to me since they at least have the knees done and that's much more important (look at Kit Fisto ROTS for an example of the ankles being something I consider an acceptable loss!).

Nice review man, good pics too.

Toy Reviews / Re: New Unleashed Vader
« on: August 19, 2005, 07:19 AM »
Nice review DB...

Not sure how I would try reviewing Unleashed stuff.  It's something I've never tried.

I know I couldn't count articulation really as a negative...  Sculpt and paint applictions would take precedence I would think.

Then the scene/display would become pretty important to me too...  I think I agree that Vader's a character who I'd prefer more "movie" oriented poses, considering he has lots of action sequences to do Unleashed figures of him.

Fett's the same way, and I can buy his figure for that very reason (I don't own one btw, but have seen it of course).  He's got a pose that wasn't in the movie, but it fits with what WAS int he movie.

But a character like Bossk (one of the 2 Unleashed I own) sorta required that EU pose.  It worked for him too, bigtime, and looked great.  Same with IG-88 and I wish they'd have fleshed out the entire Bounty Hunter line-up then because of those 2's quality.

Unleashed's a line that's tough to review I'd think...  Nice job man.  Was a good read.  I think based on this that I'd (if I was to get a Vader) try getting the first Vader rather than this one.

Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Ends: General Madine
« on: August 19, 2005, 07:15 AM »
Thanks Anton...

Madine was underrated by many.  I know when clearances arrived I was looking for him just for simple headswaps.  He had a lotta look-a-likes behind him so some good generic headcasts and you've got some good Rebel Spec. Forces officers to chill with Madine.

The guy had some of the best arm articulation of any figure though at the time...  The irony that it was used on Madine is just too funny though.  Especially when Lando was released right with him and really a "main" character like Lando (who had a gun accessory too) is the one you'd think would get that kind of extra attention, haha.

He's a cool figure though...  One of the ones that made OTC special to me.  Some nicer leg articulation would've rocked though now that we see what ROTS has done.  Just knee ball/sockets, but as it stands he's got arm articulation that should be the bare minimum in this line I believe.

When Madine can hold a gun better than any Rebel Soldier figure to-date, I think we have a MAJOR problem.  :)  Hasbro needs to get off the pot on this one and resculpt all 3 styles of Rebel Trooper methinks!

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