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And the dining room.

I procrastinated on this room because for whatever reason that table really scared me. As it stands, I like it!

(Don't just skip to the second page--there're more pictures at the bottom of page one!)

Now the apartment. I had some unfinished pictures up, but it really looks different with all the set dressing. Plus I completely redid the couch:

Completed Level I pics, starting with the plaza:

Here's one showing the push light on:

That worked out better than I'd imagined as far as lighting the place from within. It really adds drama to what has to be my favorite shot of the bunch:

Let's see...

 1--Hermi Odle
 2--Evil Yuzzem
 3--Chief Chirpa and Ewok Filler (pick one)
 4--Endor Han w/ removable trenchcoat
 5--Mondo Articulation Biker Scout
 6--Endor Luke w/ removable helmet & poncho
 7--Ewok Celebration Lando
 8--Ewok Celebration Wedge Antilles
 9--Leia in Bouush Disguise
10--"Golden God" Threepio w/throne and bending knees

True story:

In '77 the family was going tp see Star Wars, but I was sick and had to stay home. My parents still say I was more upset than they thought I'd be. Maybe I knew...

a month or so later my older brother conned them into going again, and this time I was included. But SW was sold out so my first movie became...

(don't worry, the happy ending is that I did eventually get to see Star '78!)

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Cloud City
« on: October 26, 2004, 05:58 AM »

Check out my newest "making-of" pictures for a look at what I've been up to this past week.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: October 26, 2004, 05:55 AM »
Some early auctions on eBay, with pics...

General Grievous

Wookiee Warrior

Tion Meddon

Hmmm...let's see...

 1- General Veers (with removable/snap-on armor)
 2- Wiorkettle
 3- Medical Frigate Luke
 4- Medical Frigate Leia
 5- Smugglin' Lando
 6- Zev Senesca (Rogue Two; head variants optional)
 7- Closed-jacket Bespin Guard (head variants)
 8- Ice Cream Maker Guy
 9- Super-Articulated Hoth Rebel Trooper (brown coat/white coat variants)
10- Super-Articulated Probot (no missiles, please) with landing pod

Luke X-Wing Pilot  (no teeth showing) -  nah. I had two of them from a few years back, both of which I removed the teeth of already, so I am alright on Lukes. If you couldn't bring yourself to doing the dental surgery yourself, then yeah, the change in the look is substantial enough (and improved enough) to warrant replacing Bucky.

Greedo (paint apps) - yes. I opted to swap up as well. As JesseJames points out, there are enough "Greedo" lookalikes around Mos Eisley and Jabba's Palace to warrant the multiples, especially since each is unique in its way.

Tusken Raider (paint apps) - I skipped this one. I kind of army built him on the cheap when he came with the Massif, plus the principle of the Saga Tusken being a better figure kept me away.

Jawas (paint apps) - Yes. Hasbro could do day-glo Jawas and I'd buy 'em, though. Honestly I haven't ever seen a Jawa two-pack in the store that I've passed up, POTF2-present.

Luke Bespin (clean) - Yes. I was sure he'd be a part of a TRU four-pack some day, but I'll take him on a card instead. This is repainting at its best-used.

Vader Hoth (paint apps) - No. Again, I have two of the Imperial Forces version, so why bother?

Gamorrean Guard (paint apps) - No. I army-built on clearance with these guys too. Just no, maybe I'll buy one to be the Captain or something, if they wind up sitting around.

Bib Fortuna (paint apps) - No. A repainted piece of crap is just that. The proverbial "slap in the face" to collectors, akin to repainting a POTF2 Chewie.

Imperial Trooper (new head sculpt or straight repaint?) - From what I've heard it's the same head, just given much better attention (and blond hair). The one I've seen in person looked like the same old pinhead to me. If it sits I might pick one or two up, but honestly it will be for the scanning boxes (my Death Star needs 'em, and when I bought him back in the day it was off of eBay and the box was not included.)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: October 15, 2004, 05:37 PM »
I found a Madine at my Wal*Mart today as well, and that completes my OTC collection. I wound up with:

  • Dagobah Luke (x2)
  • Dagobah Yoda (x2)
  • Spirit Obi-Wan
  • Bespin Leia
  • Lobot
  • Cloud Car Pilot (x2)
  • Greedo
  • Bespin Luke
  • Greedo
  • TIE Pilot
  • Jawas
  • General Lando
  • AT-ST Han
  • General Madine

I actually had a lot of fun with finding these "waves," though the Bespin figures were real hard to find this summer, and I still haven't seen all the stuff from the last case assortment (with the scanning tech, gam guard, etc).

And for VOTC:

  • Han Solo
  • Princess Leia
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Darth Vader
  • Lando Calrissian
  • Chewbacca
  • Stormtrooper (x2)
  • Boba Fett

I finished them last week and continue to see ROTJ figures popping up. Looks like the ESB figures are going to be the tough finds.

It's nice to feel "done" for the year...and I honestly don't know how long I'll feel that way. I'm just not as excited about the rest of the stuff this year, including those Cantina figures. Sure, they're well made, but they were all about dead last in my list of wants. Really, I'm just looking for a Hem Dazon (and a single carded Muftak) to finish my Cantina wants. If I run into them at the store, I'll probably get 'em, but I won't be out searching.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: October 14, 2004, 07:51 AM »
Looking at these pics over at GH, I'm dissappointed the Cantina figures are not going to be labelled OTC at all.

I guess the real question now is what the Sandtrooper's card will say...

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Heir To The Empire series...
« on: October 13, 2004, 04:58 PM »
Yeah, the Thrawn trilogy is pretty good. A great start to the EU, which unfortunatley hasn't lived up to their promise.

The Hand of Thrawn series (Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future) pick up ten years after the events of Last Command. Nevertheless, it revolves solely around all the main characters of the earlier Thrawn books (including Zahn's creations as well as the OT folks) with the notable exception of Corran Horn and Booster Terrik from the X-Wing books (which I'll also recommend highly). It even takes the trouble to explain away some of the cheesiness of the interim books.

I re-read the five Zahn books earlier this year straight through, and I have to say it makes for  a pretty decent arc, easy enough to follow and kind of picking up threads right where they were dropped. The last two don't have the urgency of the first three, but as I understand it they were conceived as "the end" of the novels (they were Bantam's last, and it was thought entirely possible at the time that the Del Rey novels would shift focus to Prequel territory completely.)

I know how you feel, Scott. I haven't worked on my Cloud City playset since April. :(

How about I promise to get some work done and post some pictures if you promise to get some of those customs posted? I'd like to see how that ROTJ Han looks before investing 15 bucks in making my own.

I'm willing if you're willing.

Original Trilogy Collection / VOTC "swap" irony
« on: October 4, 2004, 06:58 PM »
I went to a Target today and saw a VOTC Threepio on the shelf. I'd already passed on him once, but I always look, especially with the sale going on. It actually didn't look too bad, and I thought about buying it after all, but then it hit me...

...somebody had swapped the VOTC Threepio with an OTC Threepio in the bubble! I looked closer and could clearly see where the bottom of the bubble had been sliced thru to pull off the swap. The "OTC" cardboard insert concealed it on a casual glance.

I thought about taking it up to the desk to alert them to the scam they had fallen victim to, but in the end I didn't. Whoever winds up buying it will be getting a superior figure anyway.

(Unless they're a carded collector, but then they can always sell it off on eBay as a "rare error" figure for tons of dough.)

Anyone else seen these swaps around?

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Target Sale... 10/3-10/9
« on: October 4, 2004, 06:49 PM »
I went to Target today on my lunch break to see what I could find OTC-wise, and ran into a bunch of VOTCs again. I bit the bullet and finally bought Boba Fett. At $8 and change I figured I could get past my issues with him.

Thanks for mentioning the price-matching, too! I'll take my receipts from last week's ROTJ VOTCs and get a little cash back.

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