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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 25, 2005, 02:44 PM »
I take that comment on scalping as very funny, considering the man is charging other "fans" exhorbitant prices to have one of the actors write their names on something, and then only if it's something that he authorizes them to sign.   ::)

Here I was under the impression that the Celebration(s) were all about the fan community and having fun, but apparently, it's still all about the almighty dollar to Mr. Wise.  Famine, if you do see him, be sure to ask him about this, as (at least personally) I find charging money for people's autographs to be a form of scalping in its own way.  Certainly more of a "scalping" action than buying two of something for trade bait.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:09 PM »
Not to get off on another RS/Wise-bashing tangent, as he's never done anything to me personally, but RS has always come across as the "company shill" on the majority of stuff Hasbro does.  I can't remember the last time that they haven't bent over backwards to say how great Hasbro is and how every single product is "wonderful" or "long awaited" and how Hasbro is "really listening to the collectors."

There were two really telling occurrences recently though that finally drove the nail into's coffin as far as I was concerned:

1-A few weeks ago, there was an article on some website (I'm sure someone here can point it out) that talked about the relationship between LFL and the SW fansite community, and how other franchises (most notably Peter Jackson's LOTR camp) had embraced fan sites while LFL seemed to keep them at arm's length.  T'Bone from was great as always, and was eloquent in his commentary on the relationship (or lack thereof) between LFL and fansites.  Then they bring in our buddy Philip, who said (and I'm paraphrasing):

"I guess we picked the wrong franchise to back (referring to SW over LOTR, I guess). took their design and aesthetic from TFN."

Wise also made allusions to being "important" and how he should be treated as such and not dismissed by LFL.  Basically, his comments came across as "I should be treated as a god, even though I am basing my fandom on how important I am perceived rather than actual actions, and I'm jealous of the other sites that do things a lot better than I do."  At least that's how I read them.

2-Notice how hasn't really mentioned the Clone Trooper 4 packs from EE since they were first announced?  I wonder if that has to do with the fact that another site was partially behind getting the set made and certain site owners were jealous that they didn't have a hand in this?  And it's like that with everything: RS swore up and down that they would not post leaked photos from ROTS toys and whatnot, but when,, Sandtroopers, TheJawa, Yakface, etc started showing them and leaving RS in the dust, what do they do?  They crank them out faster than you can say "I'm only in it for the money!"

I'm not a big fan of people who think that because they run a website (and don't even have a hand in the updating of said site unless they need to get their personal point across), they are somehow "more important" or a "bigger fan" than other people.  We're all fans (or we are all supposedly fans), and we should do things to help each other out; not use their sites to shill for companies so they can make a buck off the fans (as in PW's autograph group he started up a few years ago).  His little "Backed the wrong franchise" comment just reinforces the fact that he is not a true SW fan (there I go judging again) and is, truly, only in it for the money and his own inflated ego.

Mods, feel free to delete this post if it's too inflammatory.  The last thing I want is to play a part in starting a war on the internet.  :-\

Other Collectibles / Re: Counting Up the Star Wars "Lines"
« on: February 22, 2005, 05:22 PM »
The only things that have been coming to my mind when I see the pile of inevitable clearance garbage ummmm **** various items of dubious nature that are coming out this year is how much it reminds me of other "marketable entities."

If you're easily offended, please skip this part of the post now.

Hello Kitty and the Sanrio characters show up on some really odd items in Asia, including condoms and *ahem* "marital aids."  And yes, I have (regrettably) seen both of these.  But hey, they could do a special campaign with Star Wars I guess: either a special line of "martial aids" with lightsaber hilts as the bases in various colors, or prophilactics with the warning, "Use the Force of Trojan or wind up with younglings you will."   :o

KISS, music aside, but more specifically Gene Simmons, seems to be willing to put their name on anything these days.  Just when you think Gene has done it all, you see the KISS casket.  Maybe they can make a Star Wars casket that has a camoflage action so when they close it, it disappears so you can become one with the Force.  Or they can do special runs where they actually encase your body in a carbonite (yes, I know it's not real; maybe another molten liquid) block.  Only 4000 dollars at, although good luck getting ahold of someone to actually order one.

Yeah, those are a little outlandish, but whenever I see Darth Vader water sprinklers or Jar Jar tongue candy, I remind myself that it could be far worse. :)

Now to actually contribute to the topic, lest we forget the Epic Force fiasco of 1997-1998.  As much as I would like to forget those, it was Hasbro's first of many unsuccessful ventures into the "mid-sized" action figure world, and was probably only surpassed in head slapping badness by the three POTJ-era "large action figures" of Obi-Wan, Maul, and the Droideka (there was a name for this line, but I can't recall what it was).  Not an ongoing line, but it's still a part of SW toy history (and I am very thankful for that).

Basic Action Figures - $5.99
One of each for me, and every one will be opened and *ahem* displayed.  ;D

Deluxe Action Figures - $9.99
One of each (eventually).  I'll probably just get the Anakin/Vader and Palpatine/Sidious to start with.  Obi-Wan will wait until clearance, I'm sure.

Battle Arenas - $19.99
I'm still thinking about when I'm picking these up.  They will probably be somewhere low on the list, I'm sure.

12" Figures - $19.99-$49.99
I'll get Palpatine, Vader, and Grievous, but nobody else.  Hasbro doesn't exactly have the best record on female dolls, especially those who have weapons to hold.

Vehicles - Battle Vehicles - $14.99
One of each, which will be opened.

Vehicles - Assault Vehicles - $19.99
One of each, which will be opened.

Vehicles - Gunship (Large) - $29.99
No thanks on the Gunship (one is more than enough), but I will get an ARC fighter.

Playsets - $29.99
I'm going to wait on this one, but I probably will end up getting it eventually.

Unleashed - $14.99
First things I'm going for, they will be opened, and no, I'm not kidding.

Force Battlers - $9.99
No thanks.

Galactic Heroes - $4.99
No thanks (I've managed to stay away from them with the exception of the Bounty Hunters and Vader/Obi-Wan)

Jedi Force - $7.99
Maybe if they do a Palpatine, but otherwise, no.

Darth Tater - $7.99
I'm debating on this one.

Attacktix - $5.99 to $9.99
No thanks.  Sure to join the ranks of Epic Force, the Cruisemissle Trooper, and the Jango Fett wrist launcher in the "It should have been in the clearance aisle to begin with" file.  :D

Role Play - Various Prices
If they do a Mace Windu lightsaber with the Episode II/III hilt instead of the half-Maul hilt, I might pick one up.  If they do a Palpatine saber, probably that too.  Other stuff, no thanks.

I went out in 1999 with a friend to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and TRU at midnight.  We went to WM first (since I'm kind of introverted and didn't want to deal with the mess at TRU, since that was where *everyone* else was going) and we were about fifth in line.  By the time midnight came around, there were about 40 people behind us, and it actually was run really well.  They had an entire aisle fully stocked, and they allowed 10 people at a time to go down the aisle and get what they wanted.  No worries about a particular figure running out either, as they had pallet upon pallet of figure cases ready to restock if something ran low.  I was able to get one of everything I wanted without any problems whatsoever. 

The one interesting thing that I remember about that night was the fact that neither WM nor TRU had gotten any of the 12" dolls or the Accessory packs, while K-Mart had gotten both.  Weird.

In 2002, I went to an out-of-the-way SWM and was only one of two people there.  Me and the other guy just stood around talking before they actually let us down the aisle.  I got everything I wanted, as did he, and we spent about 20 minutes digging through the pegs to find him a Luminara Unduli and myself a Royal Guard.  I managed to get 26 figures (finding out in the AM that Dooku had been released as well) and all the ships, plus the soundtrack.  The next day I walked into another WM and found a Dooku.  And all was right with the world. 

Strangely enough, K-Mart was once again the only retailer that had gotten the 12" dolls for a few weeks.  They were also the first retailer to get the Ultimate Jango Fett doll too, if I recall correctly.

This time around, I don't know what I'm going to do.  I keep hoping that there will be a definitive list of what is and isn't coming out on 04/02/2005, but as with last time, I don't think I'll really know until I get in there.  I'm going to be budgeting a bit this time around though, and I'm thinking that if I do go out at midnight, I'm just going to get the three Unleashed figures and the more "desirable" (as in, "I'm buying the ones that I foresee being irritating to find if I wait" like Vader or Clones) action figures, and worry about the ships, dolls, deluxe, etc. at a later date.  I have a feeling that I'm going to be really sick of that Vader head staring back at me within three months time.

The simple fact that there is a release date for toys blows my mind to this day.  I mean, I could see it if there was something they wanted to keep under wraps, but when you release Head Choppin' Jango Fett, Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku, and/or Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine/Sidious well over a month before the film, I see no point in an actual release date.  Everyone's already seen the toys, so stock them already.

The Battle Droid that comes with the Generator Complex playset is, from what I can tell, the same Battle Droid that came in the foreign BD two packs with the regular action figures.  The figure has articulation at the hips, shoulders, neck (the lean-forward type that is typical of the regular carded Episode I BDs), and the typical ball-jointed head.  This version of the BD is missing a backpack (even though there is a hole for it), and his gun is actually part of his arm sculpt (think along the lines of the Clone Wars Clone Trooper three packs).

For completion's sake, the Battle Droid that came with the Hangar playset is articulated at the head only, has a backpack, and his gun is a separate piece, just like the regular carded BDs.  It also has the magnet in its waist for the break-apart action, but other than that, his upper torso and lower body/legs are two solid pieces.

All in all, I don't know if I'd give 30 bucks for 20 Battle Droids from the Generator Complex, given the lack of a backpack and relatively static pose.  At this point, I would think that finding loose TPM Battle Droids would actually be cheaper and give more variety.

Feedback / Re: Tydirium's (pka SilverZed3) feedback
« on: February 16, 2005, 11:25 AM »
Just wanted to send out a great big "thank you" and a +1 for Jared for hooking me up with the Unleashed Clone Trooper.  One of the nicest guys you could ever hope to deal with, and I recommend dealing with him very highly.  So, again, thanks Jared! :)

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: February 14, 2005, 09:00 PM »
I found Aurra Sing and IG-88 at an out of the way Wal-Mart on the east coast earlier this morning.  They had one of each (no sign of the Stormie anywhere, dammit) alongside the usual complement of 100 Obi-Wans that aren't being clearanced for some strange reason.

Both of the figures look really nice (although I think IG-88 looks as if he's been hanging out with Bender, if you get my drift*), particularly Aurra Sing's "base" which is fairly involved.  I'm not a big fan of the character, myself, but the figure looked nice enough for me to pick it up.

Okay, but here's my gripe: Hasbro is letting the Unleashed line fall prey to the same problems that plague the regular action figure line, namely rubbery plastic.  The thing that I liked about the earlier figures I have is that they are sturdy.  IG-88 and Aurra Sing are anything but.  The plastic they used on IG-88's base in particular is so rubbery that it took me nearly 20 minutes to fit all the pieces together to where they would stay put.  Even now the stand is a bit wobbly if I try to move it.  Aurra Sing's base is sturdier, but she is made out of that same rubbery plastic they've been using on the action figures for the longest time and they seem to have abandoned the sole sturdy element (those silver metal bars) completely for her, meaning she probably will start to droop over time, as the only thing holding her on the base is a plastic peg that fits in her knee and a small loop that her other shoe fits into.

My biggest problem is this: for the longest time, the "Assemble as shown" notation on the backs of the packages was enough.  Sure, it took a little bit of guess work with the more involved bases (Mace and Boba come to mind), but it was doable.  Not with these guys.  It took me about 20 minutes to put IG-88 together and another 30 to get Aurra together.  And she even comes with instructions inside that don't make things easier.  I don't want to toot my own horn, but I'm a fairly well-educated guy, and her base in particular was giving me fits.  It makes those POTF2 sticker sheet instructions with no actual art and just the outline of the sticker look like they are detailed and written out phonetically.

Still, despite IG-88's penchant for bending and the horribly rubber plastic, this has been yet another wave of great looking figures (still no Stormtrooper, and this just wasn't my day for finding the Clone Army of the Republic/Empire all around) that makes me regret collecting this line.

*yes, it's an alcoholism joke

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: February 12, 2005, 12:54 PM »
I guess I'll be the first to request this: can someone confirm (either by photos or by actual possession of the items which obviously fell off the back of a truck in China, ahem) whether or not the Obi-Wan and Anakin bases interconnect?  If they were able to do this, it could make two already amazing looking pieces into one big incredible piece that would have a place of honor on my shelf for years and years to come.

I couldn't tell from a lot of the angles on GH whether or not the lava had a kind of "lock" with one another the way that the flames on Mace Windu's cloak/based did.  It certainly looks as if the lightsabers are positioned in such a way that they "clash" but I really want these to be connected in a concrete way.  Anybody know?

Modern Classifieds / DoctorPadawan's Want List
« on: February 11, 2005, 07:42 PM »
Very short list...

*UNLEASHED (Loose/Mint/Complete is acceptable):

-Jango Fett (2002)
-Darth Vader (Unmasked/Redemption; 2002)
-Yoda (2003)

If anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it.  Thank you so much for looking! :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A fond farewell, to our dear friend OCB...
« on: February 11, 2005, 07:34 PM »
Scott, I don't know you personally like so many others here at the boards do, but I can thank you for actually giving me a forum to discuss SW stuff with like-minded people after many years of questioning if one would ever exist.  So thank you for that.

I'm not the sentimental type, but I do wish you and your family the best of luck in the future.  Going by your history and reputation, you seem to be a wonderful person and you deserve nothing but the best.  Fare thee well, OCB, fare thee well.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 10, 2005, 11:26 PM »
The first thing I thought of when I saw the Polis Massa (I don't know if I'm spelling it right and I'm too tired to check right now) was of the early conceptual art for the Kaminoans.  If any of you have "The Art of 'Attack of the Clones'", check out the section on Kamino.  One of the early designs that was discarded looks almost identical to the Polis people.

Maybe it's a similar situation to how the Geonosians were based on early conceptual artwork for the Neimoidians.  One of my favorite little things about the Geonosians (something that was originally a Neimoidian trait) was that they designed the Battle Droids in their own image.  Very cool, I think.

But yeah, it looks like there is more old artwork being used for different things.  Thankfully none of it is Doug Chiang's curvy hood ornament crap that got thrown out on Episode I, but this is neither the time nor place for that discussion.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: To PG or not PG
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:40 PM »
Remember that PG-13 was pretty much single-handedly created because of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.  The fact that "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was so brutally violent in parts (can you imagine seeing a heart being ripped out in a PG film these days?) and still rated PG caused a lot of parents to get upset that their children were seeing "real" violence in a film that was judged "OK" for everyone.  Of course, this was back in the day when parents actually gave a flip about what their kids were watching and didn't just use Nintendo as a babysitter, but I digress.

Anyway, Spielberg was in on the creation of the rating (since another film he produced, Joe Dante's "Gremlins" was the other "PG offender") so films that weren't necessarily violent or gory or sexual in nature but that weren't something you'd want little Johnny watching at a matinee could still be released without the stigma of an R rating, which means no kids could get into see it (theoretically).

I've become a rather harsh critic of the MPAA's rating system these last few years (why are films that have any hint of nudity or sexuality given R ratings while films that are excessively violent given as low as a PG?  How is a movie like the last Austin Powers a PG-13 film and not an R?) and I've grown to loathe the mentality of movie studios that will have director's cut their films down, even as early in the script stage, in order to avoid an R rating.  Case in point is "Alien vs. Predator" (which I will not discuss the quality of said film, which I felt was about one step, quality wise, above a porno, and the porno at least would have been interesting), which had a PG-13 rating.  All four "Alien" movies and both "Predator" movies before it had R ratings.  Alien vs. Predator should have as well.

Anyway, my point after all that nonsensical rambling is that Lucas has the power to make the film he wants without a studio interfering.  If he cuts the film down in tone in order to get a PG, it will contradict his manifesto of doing what he wants outside of the Hollywood system and not letting anyone else influence the stories he wants to tell.  Thankfully, for all the hell he catches from AICN-esque sheep for "raping (their) childhood", he has integrity and I think the movie will be what it needs to be, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17* and as long as it is what he wants to tell, I'll be happy.

*no Padme/Lightsaber jokes, please.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Anything give you the willies??
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:25 PM »
"Jedi Rocks."  Greedo could shoot first from now until the end of time as long as they got rid of that piece of **** song.  To quote the bard Homer (Simpson), "John Williams is rolling over in his grave."  Why they couldn't have just done an "expanded" performance of "Lapti Nek" is beyond me.  Add all the new musicians and background dancers if you want, and while "Lapti Nek" may have sucked, it's "Comfortably Numb" next to "Jedi Rocks."

Oh, and the SE "Hey Kids!  I'm Boba Fett!" moment still makes me groan 8 years after the fact.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Think we'll see the Lars family?
« on: February 6, 2005, 04:13 PM »
I would really like to see the Larseseseses as they appeared in AOTC sooner or later (preferably sooner).  Given their relative importance in ROTS and the time between III and IV, you'd think that we would at least get Owen and Beru.  Still, we really needed Background Outlander Nightclub Patron #14 since she's a half naked woman with body paint before we needed THE CARETAKERS OF THE GALAXY'S LAST HOPE!

Sorry to get carried away there.  I'd also like to see them do a resculpt of "Classic" Owen before the line ends as well, as the POTF2 three pack version is horrible.  Maybe they can do "The Most Boring Character Evolution Pack in History" and do new versions of Owen and Beru from ANH alongside the younger versions from AOTC and ROTS.

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