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gsr-jedi
10-19-2002, 02:06 AM
I check the news column everyday, & I don't recall seeing this, so sorry in advance if this is old news.

I was over at Entertainment Earth & they had listed a Geonosian Fighter that will be released in March 2003 for $18.99. This is the first I've heard of this. They didn't have any pictures or details.

Here's a link:
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84976

gsr-jedi
10-19-2002, 02:18 AM
They also had something called "Star Wars Clan Droid", they believe it to be the Hailfire Droid, it's also supposed to be released March 2003 for $25.99. And something called "Build Your Own Lightsaber", with the same release date for $55.99.

Here's the link to the Clan Droid:
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84975

Here's a link to Build Your Own Lightsaber:
http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS84850

Beast
10-19-2002, 03:19 AM
Already being discussed in the following thread. Yep, 2003 is looking to be a great year for Star Wars figures and vehicles. :)

http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14750

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Val Da Car
10-19-2002, 09:15 AM
Yep, when I posted the question they did not even have a title for the Geonosian fighter...so far so good.

Jargo
10-20-2002, 04:37 PM
I checked the official blurb on the fighter and it states that pilots are sealed in the cockpit. This could explain the low price listed at EE if the pilot is glued in or something, just a half body in a bubble. I guess they might just shove in some simple sound effect with a firing mechanism but I think this one's going to be fairly limited as far as playability goes. If anything it's just for completeness in the Geonosis set up for going head to head with your republic gunships. Just a hunch that's all. Course, I'll crap myself with joy if the cockpit will take one of the Geo warriors we've already got and has a working cockpit canopy. That'll be sweeeeeeeeeet if it does. :)

Lord Tenebrous
10-20-2002, 05:47 PM
If it's just a standard vehicle, it shouldn't be too difficult to pack in a simple drone in a hunched/sitting position. They have to make the set attractive somehow, or else the Lego version will look much better by comparison.

Jargo
10-20-2002, 09:19 PM
The Lego versions of ships are beatiful examples of how to make toys work. Considering they make them from so few bricks and all the bricks are pretty standard in size and shape with so few new bricks made each year. All Lego have done is add a few colors to their pallette and subtley changed a few pieces here and there. The only problem with lego is the high prices. But they really work hard to get it right.
Hasbro have done a good job on vehicles lately, I trust them to do the Geo fighter justice as far as detail goes but i just have a niggling doubt about the pilot. Technically this vehicle is half as wide and just a little longer than the twin pod cloud car, you can get a figure into the cloud car so it should be possible to get a skinny Geo warrior into the fighter no problem. It's just a question of whether they'll make it low cost and have the pilot glued in or make it more pricey and have the cockpit opening with controls stuff. The center gun will probably be the projectile type like the republic gunships forward guns. but other than that i can't see anywhere in the design to put weaponary. So maybe there will be a pack in figure then. The price quoted by EE was $18.99 which is the same as the Coruscant speeders yes? close then, and those didn't have any pack in figures. Perhaps they could give the fighter an 'exploding feature or something which would be cool. Battle damage that's really damage. They should do that with other fighters too. Proper blow apart ships. The Naboo fighter and the X-wing spring to mind as prime candidates for that treatment. Tie fighter too. Those would be cool if they didn't just fall apart but when you hit the activating button really looked blown apart not just disassembled. The crash damage on the coruscant speeders is great, they should run with that idea but find a better way of applying paint so you don't end up with sticky vehicles like Zam's speeder is on the rubber front forks.
I'm wandering aren't I? well this threead could die otherwise so why not make it a general discussion since there isn't that much to discuss about the Geo fighter until we get more news about it from some official source.

Lord Tenebrous
10-20-2002, 10:05 PM
I believe that the speeder assortment was $11-13 for a vehicle with one feature. The Jedi Starfighter, for $19.99, had several features. The trio of Droid Starfighters from TPM was $19.99.


So we could get two Geonosian fighters, connected on a handle, with a missile-firing mechanism. It wouldn't be the most popular route, but the major scene for the fighters is when the two are escorting Dooku. The scale of the ships appears to vary during the scene, and, with the scaling of the gunship, they can afford to be smaller.

Battle Droid
10-20-2002, 10:22 PM
If I pilot can fit in it I'd say the Geonosian Pilot will be released carded like Jango, Obi-Wan, and Clonetrooper.

gsr-jedi
10-21-2002, 01:28 AM
For the price it probably won't come with a pack-in fig. Hopefully, they'll release the pilot separate and he'll fit in the cockpit.

hurrikane
10-21-2002, 01:44 AM
I know the people escorting that christopher lee guy had a white costume on. It was not a genoshian dude.

Beast
10-21-2002, 05:04 AM
The people in the white Vaderlike helmets were just ground crew. I have no doubt that the pilots of the Geonosian Fighters were Geonosian Pilots. Maybe they could include a little bendy Geo Pilot in the ship, since the E2 cross section book says the pilots are hardwired into their ships. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Jargo
10-21-2002, 08:26 AM
Must be a pain if the other Geonosians forget to bring the mealy grubs down to the hangar at dinner time then.... :crazed: Where'd they put the bug poop? A bugs gotta go when a bugs gotta go and that ship aint so big and....... why the frick would you hardwire your pilot to the ship? sounds like copycatting from farscape to me. The cockpit canopy opens so why would the pilot not just crawl out and take off the sniffer sensor mask? Dumb bloody EU rubbish. It's easier when they don't just make stuff up for the sake of explaining EVERY DAMN THING!!!!! Some things are best left unsaid and LFL should make it their motto. That's what makes the saga so alluring - the fact that there's not to many answers to stuff. Seems they're all hellbent on explaining away every tiny shred of fantasy and leaving nothing to the imagination. Frickin' spoonfed crap!! :mad:

Beast
10-21-2002, 08:46 AM
I don't have the pages of the book saved to my Hard Drive anymore, so maybe someone with the Cross Sections books can confirm this. I think I recall it saying that the pilots are in a comatose hybernation until they are needed. Since they are just drones, the upper class of the Geonosian caste system, doesn't care about them.

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Jargo
10-21-2002, 03:02 PM
That's just stupid, a bug that size would require sustenance of some kind on a regular basis, what do they do, hook up a massive intravenous drip while he sleeps? stoopid.

I want the pilot to come out of the vehicle. mold the breathing aparatus onto his face by all means but make him removable. he wpouldn't have wings so it'd be the version that came with the Massif minus the loincloth. Actually if you think about it, there are just two more Geonosian warriors to go to get a full set, this pilot one and the one astride the Orray. If they mold the pilot hunched up his legs would obviously be bent up and that would be a good basis for the Picador geonosian. just a thought.
Bored now. Bye.

Lord Tenebrous
10-21-2002, 03:27 PM
I think the Cross-Sections book uses metabolism as an excuse, but I could be wrong.


Along the lines of the trash compactor sets, it might be nice to develop a drone wall, about the size of a flipping base, with two removeable drones and a few articulated heads and arms. Make it a deluxe add-on to the Geonosis arena. :)

Jargo
10-21-2002, 03:41 PM
That is such a sweet idea hasbro will completely not do it ever! :p