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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:04 PM »
I scored Marine figures tonight, finally.   ::)  And the one rifleman they only had in camo so I had to settle.  I don't like the camo though since it wasn't heavily used in the pacific theater.

Gotta pop these open! :)

Not a fan of the headsculpts on some, and the hands that are molded so you can't use them on some are REALLY F'n annoying.

Finally some Leathernecks.  Now I need to find those Japanese.  The cardbacks show 2 of the same Japanese guy though.  I hope that's a mistake.  Some of their headsculpts look almost racially stereotypical.  Kinda frightening.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Are action figures dying?
« on: August 18, 2005, 11:02 PM »
The best thing to do when wanting to look in the Toy Industry Crystal Ball is to check out Asia...  Their toys are almost squarely aimed at a more adult market while kids are geared to electronics anymore (as are adults, who have disposeable income to spare I guess).

For instance the Hot Toyz snap-kit figures are a prime example of the trends...  These things are sold in the f'n checkout lane of stores and they're basically a super articulated, highly detailed, incredibly sculpted, mind-bogglingly painted, and nicely accessorized figure from Aliens Vs. Predator...  All ina  little blind packed box.  They're complex, a "kit" so there's some fun in constructing it, a collectible, an amazing action figure, and they're sold like next to the Kit Kats... 

You can't even get that here in a Toy Aisle much less the checkout lane.  It's incredible.

I think Action Figures aren't going to die, but I think we'll see the trend of them being aimed at adults increase as time wears on, especially the Star Wars brand which will lose kids in general by year's end I believe.  At least this resurgence they've had with ROTS's popularity.

Still though, whole lines are popular the world over...  GIJ, Star Wars, and Transformers to name 3.  I think they have their place, they'll just be changing over time, at least in who their respective company feels their market is.

I know like 1:18 military figures have this almost 100% adult market that is voracious for product but the companies supporting it are slow about it.  They're action figures though, through and through, and popular to no end.  It's all adults though.  I can't see a kid wanting a German in a trenchcoat, or a Japanese Officer, or an Iwo Jima Camo Marine...  Thems daddy's toys!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 10:52 PM »
Well now that's interesting.  Nice pics...

Looks to me like only the saucer section's completely original though.  The neck looks a lot bigger than others...  I see the D in there though I guess.  And that timeline was altered or whatever since it's destroyed in Generations, so you're right that's not even an in-universe Enterprise I guess.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Are Stormtroopers Clones?
« on: August 18, 2005, 10:50 PM »
There's several ways of looking at this...

-The "Official" stance Lucasfilm Ltd. currently takes with this issue is that Stormtroopers (within the classic era) are a mix of Recruits, and Clones of various hosts (Fett Clones among other hosts chosen intelligently and beaurecratic back-scratchingly).  This makes EU jive on all levels with the films, etc...

-Lucas probably intended them to be Clones.  Intent means nothing in Star Wars though other than it's nice if that's what you agree with or not.  Interpretation then's all up to the "critic" if you will.

-The films give no definite answer of course, other than they're Clones up to E3, and then come E4 they're seemingly different guys at least to an extent.  To that end, you could just as easily counter LFL's position by saying no they're all recruits because in the end it's an EU debate, not one within the films.

For myself, I currently hold that they're recruits.  E3 ended with some pretty happy campers in the Senate...  I think the Empire was a popular movement, and was widely accepted around the galaxy save for some idealists, some stronger-willed beings, some isolationist planets, etc...  Thus the Rebellion Nucleus is made up of those types.

Lucasfilm's little explanation of everything isn't bad though...  It keeps EU storylines like Kyle Katarn's, Bren Tantor's, or whoever else that has a Stormtrooper history, right in line with the films it just twists what we thought was the truth around some, and introduces Clones into the Classic Trilogy.  That's fine, it just isn't what I currently personally go with, but that's me.

If I were to go with that explanation, I think I'd twist it to my own liking some...  Something along the lines of Officers within the Stormtroopers being sentient recruits, and Stormtrooper training/leading being a major stepping stone in an Officer's career in the military...  Like at one point Veers donned the armor and led a squad in battle personally.  Then the "lower" Stormtroopers are all Clones of Jango (I don't like the introduction of multiple hosts and I don't necessarilly buy into the "degrading genetic material" bull**** about why no Jango Clones exist, etc.).

That's if I were to personally go with the LFL explanation, which I don't...  yet.  Recruits has worked fine for me.  It makes customizing more fun too when you can pick whatever face you want under the helmet. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 18, 2005, 06:01 PM »
I haven't heard the word "peckerhead" in years, I think I forgot about it.  I must now endeavor to use it more often.

And yes, C3 was a blast and it was great hanging out with you in line. 

I should get down to Pitt more often.  Every time one of the comicons or toy shows get announced I think about running down for it but I haven't done it yet.  I'll have to try harder!


The local guys always do some drinking, trading, and general hanging out so I'm sure you'd be a welcome addition man.  :)

C3 was a blast...  Hardly got to chat with you after the show though.  I didn't get to see many PSWCS guys at all.  Twas a hectic weekend for certain, and I feel like I didn't divide my time up as well as I should have.  I missed hanging with the FFURG guys after the show too, and only saw my JD gang a couple times...  Was just a busy time.

You get into town, make sure you let me know though...  PM me here or email me or whatever...  I'm always up for grabbin' beers with the Star Wars gang.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:47 PM »
The entire structure of the Enterprise in AGT was different, wasn't it?  I thought I'd seen it listed as a different Enterprise as well somewhere ( a model kit I thought, but I can't recall).

The one with the C didn't change on the outside other than damage, and the interior was refitted for combat situations.

The one I'm referring to was a 3-Nacel Enterprise I'm sure...  I don't recall where though.  I easily lose track of episode names, etc.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Revenge of the Sith made all EU wrong!
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:43 PM »
Exactly...  I don't think that's reaching at all.  That's growth.  You can't have your master hold your hand for life.  It's like when Luke went to confront Vader/Emperor...

Why wouldn't/couldn't Obi-Wan help him there?  Seems to me that your own free-will and growth are important aspects of becoming a Jedi Master.  You have to grow, and you can't do that if you're constantly being hand-held by someone...  Maybe the dead Jedi realized that and Obi-Wan saw it was Luke's time to become his own man and re-establish the Jedi Order as he saw fit.

I find it very interesting then the way that the NJO comes about as allowing attachment and stuff...  The perils still exist for them that they had previously, but it sorta curbs the possibility of Vader-ish things happening.  I dig that way that EU tied in sorta (but not really) with ROTS.  Freaky.

I heard a thud...  Must've been Matt hitting his head off a wall in frustration.   :-*

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What ROTS Repacks do YOU want to see?
« on: August 18, 2005, 05:34 PM »
If we're talking about what we want repacked into another line (IE: Saga 2006), then here's what I'd dig:

-Royal Guards (Blue & Red)...  To me these are repack fodder for years to come.  Make a third one with the open-faced TPM helmet and I'm game for that too.  A nice pike accessory would help as well.

-C-3PO...  Though I agree with Jeff I'd rather see a SA 3PO, or at least one with joints at the bicep, wrists, and hinged knees.  SA's tough on 3PO, but when I was reviewing the figure I noticed that the sockets they used for his pull-apart feature could easily be applied to working knee joints, and swivels at the bottom of his shoulder plate/top bicep plate, and his wrists.  They can do better.  

That said though, a 3PO ROTS re-release with a silver shin would be an ok re-release...  They're far from perfection on this guy though.

-Wookiee Warrior...  I agree with a re-release of him CHEWIE, actually, so I gotta go against you on that one Jeff. ;)  I'd like multiple colors of the Preview Wookiee actually...  A black one with brown stripes would rock, as would a cream one...  Head variations would be nice too.

I don't want that other Wookiee re-released though.  I despise that figure, and wish they'd resculpt a "normal" sized Wookiee for the line that was at least as poseable as the Preview.  Then again I think they should resculpt Tarrful as well so he's more poseable.  Hasbro dropped the ball bigtime with the ROTS Wookiees.

-AT-TE Gunner...  Give him some flavors even.  Most people use him as a grunt I figure, so may as well make him in Utapau, Coruscant, and 501st colors...  I'd take EU colors too.  He's just a good figure and adds some diversity to the ranks.

-#41 and #6 Clones...  I know not all will agree with my opinion of the #6 being re-released, but I liked it, and it's the Clone I can get to kneel better than any other for prone poses.  Again, release them in all the film colors, and add in some EU colors too and I'm a happy camper, though I agree that whites are good too (I wouldn't release the #6 in white however, just the SA one).

And as a little addition...  They should be releasing SA Episode 2 Clones in white as well.  Why they don't, I don't know.  SA Stormtrooper (VOTC and the Evolutions Sandtrooper) should also be making their routine rounds on the pegs.  Hasbro needs to just **** or get off the pot on this one though.

Those are the figures I currently would like re-released across different lines...

If we're talking just stuff released within the ROTS line that's currently running though?

I'd like to see a SLIGHT re-release (IE: Don't flood the pegs) of a lot of different figures/characters.

-Clones (Of course)
-Mace Windu

Those are probably the top ones I'd like to see a re-release on though...  I know I've been trying to track a Mace down for the boys but I can't find one.  

Isn't most of that stuff getting mixed into later assortments though I figure?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 18, 2005, 04:09 AM »
That Leah chick was great till I heard her on Howard Stern and my god she's a bitch.  Really snappy, really mean...  Hot yes, but obnoxious like I had never imagined.  Very rude, couldn't take jokes...  Total turn-off.

Do we have to "cuddle"?  If not then yeah she's still great.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long has that damned RS been down?
« on: August 18, 2005, 04:07 AM »
Many of us "veterans" tried to help out, but we got pelted with crap from people who just wanted to shill their own **** and not give back to the group, something against the principles of the FF.

That's a good example of why the Customs area at Scum's so goddam disappointing.

A lot of  "Hey, that is great!" posts and that's it.  Not that one-line posts that took 0 thought are uncommon in general over yonder, but it was in the customizing area where it became downright irritating.

There's a handful of guys who only want to hear "hey, that's great", and that's it.  They're the guys that if you do offer criticism constructively they don't reply to you at all because that's not what they're there to do.  They often don't go in-depth in explaining how they created something either.  Gotta love that kind of personality.   ::)

The whole thing of just praising people's work without ever talking about it just blew so hard though, and then some people even getting "offended" when you gave opinions on it that weren't solid praise...  I think it's just that people either didn't want to be offensive and were shy about criticism or they were just more post-padders (who'da thunk that huh?), so the whole thing just fell apart.

FFURG is a place for learning though...  Plus it's nice to just see customizers controlling their forum.  I hated that Philip ran the goddam Listserver when it was up and active even because he did NOTHING to curb off-topic traffic and the like.  I absolutely hated that (and it's that very inactivity that killed the old listserver as well...  It's that same blind eye he turns to the Forums at Scum.  He doesn't give a **** so he doesn't put forth effort on these projects of his).

The Email Server, in its death throws, was the biggest cluster**** on the internet if you can imagine that.  It degenerated into pretty much a place for people to talk about Star Wars (anything and everything) and clog your email box...  You also had the obligatory bafoon sending SPAM or chain letters and such to the list too...  I like that FFURG controls 1000+ member forum that holds something true to the old list server's intent, and that Philip has nothing to do with as far as the way it is run.  It's run by customizers, as it should be.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 02:04 AM »
No, that's the war refit one right?  I'm talking about Adm. Riker's Enterprise from "All Good Things..."

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 18, 2005, 01:28 AM »
I've had the good fortune to have real and fake bounce off my head...  Maybe I'm greedy but I'd take them all, know what I mean? 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Breakfast Cereal
« on: August 18, 2005, 01:26 AM »
I thought the AOTC was the same as the ROTS?

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: The Tantive IV is... NOT the Tantive IV?
« on: August 18, 2005, 01:18 AM »
OK so the ship from TOS which saw actual refits was offed in in Search For Spock...  Then the A came in, but didn't have a sequence showing it get destroyed?  And then the B's the one they commissioned at the opening of Generations in the prologue.  The C's only seen in TNG's one episode, and then of course the D throughout, and then the E in First Contact...  Dunno what the tri-nacelled one's designation was in the final episode of TNG though, but that's another.

I'm really fascinated by this. :)  Sorry for the off-topic Star Trek nerdiness Jay and I just had.

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