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  1. #11
    In a Dr Frankenstein sort of way the cruise missile trooper is kind of cool. Using biologic minds like clones to make these things is a sick and twisted idea by the Empire
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  2. #12
    I don't believe, though, that it was ever stated that the pilots were hard-wired in, aside from the construction of the toy. Luke's not hard-wired into his X-Wing.

    (On the other hand, the Geonosians are supposedly hard-wired into their fighters, but I seem to recall the pilot figure being removable.)
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    You guys think I'm kidding about the Cruisemissile Trooper. And, to an extent, I am. But I still think the basic design and function of the ship, as well as the color scheme of the pilot, are quite good, no matter how the execution of the toy turned out. It's hard to believe that they've never appeared anywhere, even as a throwaway line in a book ("Pull hard to starboard, Chewie! Cruisemissiles!"
    I thought there was an EU story that had them attacking some planet (Coruscant, perhaps?).
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  4. #14
    Nope, unless Wookieepedia is uncharacteristically silent about it. Just the toy, and, apparently, a mention in the Insider that they do exist and are canon (despite apparently never being used).

    They would've made excellent baddies in the Rogue Squadron games.
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  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Malakite View Post
    What about the POTF2 B'Omarr Monk mail-in? Yeah the sculpt isn't movie accurate, and the paint job wasn't movie accurate (at least when compared to the "slightly more accurate" paint job of the B'Omarr Monk re-release from Saga's Jabba's Denizens multipack). Still, its probably one of the most unusual and unique figures to come from the modern SW toy line (POTF2-Present Day), or any toy line for that matter.
    I rarely think about that figure right now at all, but when I was packing up a couple years ago I did come across it and think about it for a second. That figure's not terrible, but the sculpt is simple, the paint is hardly a home run, and it's not that posable. I'd say it's an "on the fence" figure from that era because not much is required of it.


    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Ree Yees is a really nice figure.
    That was a figure I was originally going to claim on my list, then I remembered that when I came across him during packing the sculpt was soft in some ways and the whole look was very POTF2 with a wide stance and preposed arm and minimal articulation and it just looks kinda boxy overall. Also, the deco isn't that accurate. It's closer than most figures of that era, but it's not in my good graces.

    Aunt Beru definitely isn't on my list, if you look at that figure with a modern eye it fails every test IMO.

    Motti I wanted to include, but it really has a cartoonish sculpt and the outfit sculpt is very simple, the left arm articulation looks really bad, and the body is very funky in its proportions.

    I have a LOT of Pietts from the big clearance sale, he was the only officer for a while, and I can't look at that figure anymore, the boxy body, the simplistic sculpt, that's a figure that is... is... just look at this: http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?i...ainpiettfr.jpg
    compared to Needa, one of the newest officers, Piett falls way short:
    http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?i...a/TLC-2563.jpg


    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    You guys think I'm kidding about the Cruisemissile Trooper. And, to an extent, I am. But I still think the basic design and function of the ship, as well as the color scheme of the pilot, are quite good, no matter how the execution of the toy turned out. It's hard to believe that they've never appeared anywhere, even as a throwaway line in a book ("Pull hard to starboard, Chewie! Cruisemissiles!"
    It's a limited concept, how do you have the Cruisemissile Trooper be anything other than a kamikaze pilot? The ship design doesn't really fit SW that well, it's just 2 giant engines and then a pair small guns with the tiniest knife-shaped cockpit. There's no window, the pilot is exposed to the elements, it's a fun toy but a dumb idea in practical terms. The idea that they could punch into the hull of a large ship is ridiculous, and even if they did the pilot would be killed on impact. How do you put that into a story?
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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    You guys think I'm kidding about the Cruisemissile Trooper. And, to an extent, I am. But I still think the basic design and function of the ship, as well as the color scheme of the pilot, are quite good, no matter how the execution of the toy turned out. It's hard to believe that they've never appeared anywhere, even as a throwaway line in a book ("Pull hard to starboard, Chewie! Cruisemissiles!"
    Hmm, I heard they might be making an appearance in a fan film shortly . . . whenever the visuals are tweaked and the audio is edited, that is . . .
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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    It's a limited concept, how do you have the Cruisemissile Trooper be anything other than a kamikaze pilot? The ship design doesn't really fit SW that well, it's just 2 giant engines and then a pair small guns with the tiniest knife-shaped cockpit. There's no window, the pilot is exposed to the elements, it's a fun toy but a dumb idea in practical terms. The idea that they could punch into the hull of a large ship is ridiculous, and even if they did the pilot would be killed on impact. How do you put that into a story?
    I always interpreted it as a semi-atmospheric vessel, roughly equivalent to a standard TIE Fighter. Unlike the TIE, which is restricted to vacuum, the shape and engine type of the Cruisemissile would allow to to be equally useful in atmosphere. Nothing states they ever make impact with a target; the little information that exists says they're mainly used to attack Rebel bases (which would usually be on a planet). Since nothing says one way or the other, I figured the opening cockpit was mostly a play feature and the Troopers would only actually open the cockpit at the slowest speeds.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
    Hmm, I heard they might be making an appearance in a fan film shortly . . . whenever the visuals are tweaked and the audio is edited, that is . . .
    I heard someone was too lazy to do it.
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  8. #18
    The packaging Hasbro issued had something about the trooper pilot being just a disembodied head.

    Now one could be kept alive long enough to fly a kamikazee mission.

    I personally wouldn't like to see this in any further version of Star Wars lore unless they were writing some kind of scify horror episode - like some cruise missile trooper gaining consciousness of an actual identity and wanting to become someone more than who they were.

    Clone Wars did that with one Clone Trooper deserter that Rex met up with. However, if would be harder for a disembodied head on life-support in a cruise missile to try and make a life for themselves.

    The premise starts off ridiculous (in my opinion) and Chux and also Slicker like to utilize the toy for the punchline of a joke around here. And they make me laugh at their comments (a lot of the time - not always, as it can become too repetitive). However, the more ridiculous it might be, the more really creative story writing might turn the concept around into a really good narrative idea.
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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
    The packaging Hasbro issued had something about the trooper pilot being just a disembodied head.
    No, it didn't.

    And, even if it did, that would make the toy inaccurate, since that figure had at least arms and a torso.
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  10. #20
    Hmmm. Good pic there Chuxter.

    Maybe the Cruisemissile Trooper is not as ridiculous a concept as I'd previously thought.

    It's almost built around the chasis basis for a V-wing.

    There should have been a canopy over the pilot's head on the toy however. Or was there?

    The vehicle should also have been just a little larger.

    And they should have possibly renamed it since it wasn't exactly a cruise missile but the terminology was probably popular as this was made for the line 5 years after the Gulf War, thus designed as a toy even earlier to the date of Desert Storm.
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