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Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Action Figure No. 10 Clone Commander Cody
Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Action Figure No. 10 Clone Commander Cody

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "All forward positions advance!", 29 Oct. 2008
Hasbro continue their series of figures from the animated movie The Clone Wars with #10 Clone Commander Cody. Like the previous issues, this figure has a more stylised `animated' appearance than the standard figures and as such certain body proportions and structures can look a little odd.
Based on the framework for the previous #04 Commander Rex, this figure has all the poseability of that release and identical equipment.
Cody has head (rotational and vertical), shoulder (rotational and abductional), elbow (rotational and vertical), wrist (rotational and abductional in the left hand), waist (rotational and vertical), hip (vertical), knee (rotational and vertical) and ankle (rotational and vertical) articulation which gives him a massive 25 ranges of movement.
He comes equipped with his helmet, a gunmetal DC-15A with gunmetal grappling launcher that clips onto the barrel, a gunmetal DC-15B, a gunmetal missile and a gunmetal grappling missile. The missiles fire by appliyng downward pressure to the back when they are in the gun.
An excellent figure and a must have for those Clone Armies.
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Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Action Figure No. 9 Ahsoka Tano with Rotta the Huttlet
Star Wars Clone Wars Animated Action Figure No. 9 Ahsoka Tano with Rotta the Huttlet
Offered by theactionstation
Price: £52.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Come on Stinky!", 29 Oct. 2008
Hasbro continue their series of figures from the animated movie The Clone Wars with #09 Ahsoka Tano with Rotta. Like the previous issues, this figure has a more stylised `animated' appearance than the standard figures and as such certain body proportions and structures can look a little odd.
Ahsoka has head (rotational and vertical), shoulder (rotational), forearm (rotational), waist (rotational), hip (vertical), knee (rotational and vertical) and ankle (rotational and vertical) articulation which gives her 17 ranges of movement.
Rotta is a single piece cast figure and has no articulation.
She comes equipped with a backpack which straps on that can carry Rotta and her trusty green lightsabre.
The figure does have some trouble standing give the rather thin legs and her right arm is set in a 70 degree angle at the elbow but that's just a minor quibble.
Not a bad figure and one for any Clone Wars set.
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Harbinger: Harbinger Bk. 1 (Star Trek: Vanguard)
Harbinger: Harbinger Bk. 1 (Star Trek: Vanguard)
by David Mack
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It took our best minds two years to figure out what that was.", 29 Oct. 2008
Pocket Books continue their series of novels based on classic Star Trek with the launch of a new series set in that universe, Star Trek: Vanguard.
This novel has a prologue which is set in 2263 but the rest of the book takes place in 2265 between the classic episodes `Where No Man Has Gone Before' and `The Corbomite Manoeuvre'.
Following the death of Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner on Delta Vega, the Enterprise limps it's way back into Federation space. On their way they find that a Starfleet starbase is a lot closer than they believed when they receive a signal from Starbase 47, known as Vanguard.
Docking there for repairs Kirk and Spock soon become involved in a conspiracy of silence that surrounds Vanguard. The creation of a massive base so close to the uncharted Taurus Reach is strange enough but when one of the ships assigned to Vanguard is destroyed and a nearby base is attacked, Commodore Reyes enlists Kirk's help to find out what is going on in the Reach. However, what they discover is a part of an ancient puzzle that threatens all life in the galaxy.
Vanguard is a great story set in the Star Trek universe and brings us a whole new crew and a new area of space to explore. Kind of like classic Trek's version of Deep Space Nine, Vanguard is a huge city in space with an intriguing crew from the complex commanding officer Commodore Reyes, JAG Captain Rana Desai, the elusive and secretive Vulcan T'Prynn and a host of other humans ranging from FNS reporter Tim Pennington, traders like Cervantes Quinn and the deliciously notorious Orion, Ganz, with his crew of assorted alien bodyguards and eliminators.
The story itself actually weaves into the continuity beautifully and there are several nods to events mentioned in classic Trek and it also features appearances from characters like M'Benga and D'Amato. Scotty's first encounter with `green' is priceless.
The story has a lot to lay down and sets the roots out for the coming books and gives the reader a taste of the mystery that lies at the heart of the Taurus Reach. The ideas are fresh, the dialogue sharp and the overall feel is that of a good solid action packed Trek episode.
All this plus appearances from both the Klingons and the Tholians and you have a highly entertaining read. At over 400 pages of small text it's enough to hold your attention and it will certainly have you reaching for Vanguard: Summon The Thunder as soon as you've turned the last page.
Engage!
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Cry of the Onlies (Star Trek)
Cry of the Onlies (Star Trek)
by Judy Klass
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars "And you out there, Grups, you try trailing me, you'll die die die!", 29 Oct. 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on classic Star Trek with #28: Cry Of The Onlies by Judy Klass.
This story is set in what would've been season four of the show and directly follows on plot lines from the episodes `Miri' and `Requiem For Methuselah' with a passing nod to `Dagger Of The Mind' as well.
The Enterprise is sent to the Boacan system where two planets, Boaco Six and Boaco Eight are possibly heading for civil. Boaco Six is vital to the Federation as it is a key producer of argea, a component of many drugs. However, Boaco Six has just gone through a period of bloody revolution and the old overlord Puil was actually put in power by `aid' from the Federation in the first place.
Kirk and his staff meet with the Council Of Youngers, led by Tamara Angel, to try to strengthen ties with them and the UFP. They receive a lukewarm reception as there is still a lot of resentment towards the Federation and things go from bad to worse when a vessel carrying Boaco Six's ambassador is destroyed by a Starfleet vessel.
The ship was stolen by Jahn, one of the Onlies, and it is equipped with a new type of cloaking device. With both Romulans and Klingons attempting to destabilise the area so they can conquer is, Starfleet calls in Mr. Flint, the creator of the new cloaking technology, to disable it before the incident escalates into war.
The Cry Of The Onlies is a solid entry into the classic Trek history. Klass weaves plot lines from the three episodes of the series with skill and creates a good story with some genuine tension.
The fallout from both `Miri' and `Requiem For Methuselah' are well handled, especially how Spock and Kirk have to deal with Mr. Flint and the events that originally happened on Holberg 917-G.
An entertaining read, especially for classic Trekkers.
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The X Files: I Want To Believe (2 disc Special Edition including Bonus Digital Copy) [DVD]
The X Files: I Want To Believe (2 disc Special Edition including Bonus Digital Copy) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.12

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "That's not my life any more Mulder.", 13 Oct. 2008
Well, it's been many years since The X-Files graced either the small or big screen and finally the second movie, `I Want To Believe' reaches us. But the real question is, was it worth the wait? As a fan of the show since it started in the nineties I have to admit that the answer is, unfortunately, a `No'.
The story is a straightforward standalone adventure set a while after the end of the series. An FBI agent is kidnapped and an excommunicated priest, played by Billy Connelly - the Big Yin himself - claims to be receiving psychic visions of her. He says that she is being held and tortured and a young FBI Agent brings Scully, who brings in Mulder, to assist on the case.
Scully is now working as a medical doctor in a Catholic hospital for children with serious and terminal conditions. Mulder has become something of a recluse and lives out in the wilderness, wanting nothing more to do with the Bureau.
As the story unfolds we get several plot lines about kidnapping, cover-ups, pedophiles, black market organ trading and unusual surgical procedures. There is a token appearance by Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner, presumably because of his demands on working in Stargate Atlantis but that's about it. No Doggett, no Reyes, no other connections to the show.
The story itself is rather long and overly drawn out and mirrors episodes like 'Beyond The Sea' and 'All Souls' but something is obviously missing. This film would have made an average episode of the series but in a movie run time it just drags and it takes an interminable amount of time for anything to happen.
The chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson also seems to have disappeared and there is none of the old Mulder / Scully interplay that we all used to know and love. Their scenes together are quite perfunctory and there's just no sparkle there anymore.
In the end, Chris Carter just waited too long to do this movie. A better approach would've been to use Doggett and Reyes, set if after season nine and do a standalone story in the style of the earlier seasons with a monster, creature, ancient myth angle to make it more accessible to the movie going audience.
Really, this is just a movie for the hard-core fans only but even the most loyal X-Phile will find this adventure hard going.


The Captains' Honour (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
The Captains' Honour (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
by David Dvorkin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars "If this raid suceeds then the heads of your enemies will adorn the walls.", 2 Oct. 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Star Trek: The Next Generation with #08: The Captain's Honour by David and Daniel Dvorkin.
The authors state that this happens after `Skin Of Evil' and seems to lie in the void between season one and two of the show.
The Enterprise is diverted to Tenara when they receive an emergency call from the Federation starship U.S.S. Centurion. They say that the world is under attack by the M'Dok, a viscious felinoid race, and the Enterprise races to find their sistership.
When they arrive they only find debris from the M'Dok and the smaller and vastly outgunned Centurion still orbiting the planet. The Centurion is a ship commanded by a crew of Magna Romans (from classic Trek's `Bread And Circuses') and commanded by the charismatic Lucius Sejanus.
Sejanus and Picard disagree on how to defend the Tenarans from the M'Dok and when the aliens return to the planet the situation becomes critical as the more militant Sejanus pushes for open war as Picard struggles to find a diplomatic solution.
The Captain's Honour is a great book and a very entertaining read. The plot may not be too complex but considering the time the book is set it certainly outdoes most season one episodes. It is interesting to note that the original precis for this had the K'Zinti in it, following on from the animated series epsiode `Slaver Weapon', but they have been replaced with the almost identical M'Dok.
It's great to see follow on events from `Bread And Circuses' and the crew of the Centurion are and interesting group. Sejanus is intriguing and makes as good a hero as he does a slightly less than perfect officer. Gauis Aldus is a true soldier of the Empire and his interactions with both Worf and security officer de Luz are well written. Points however must go to the rather devious Marcus Volcinius and his rather underhanded motivations in almost everything he does.
The culture and crew of the Centurion are very interesting and it would be good to see more adventures with them in the future, the book's ending would certainly allow for that.
All in all, a great Next Generation novel and a solid entry into the series history.
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Torchwood
Torchwood
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Torchwood, outside the Government, beyond the police.....", 26 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Torchwood (Audio CD)
At long last the excellent soundtrack to the Torchwood series is finally released. The CD has nearly 79 minutes over 32 tracks of great music from Ben Foster and Murray Gold.
Like the first two Doctor Who OSTs this one does not disappoint although I must confess that I found this one slightly more enjoyable than the other discs by Murray Gold.
The CD has tracks that mainly stem from the second season of the show and it covers all the classic scores for a sci-fi series. It's dramatic (The Chase), poignant (Out Of Time), haunting (Pearl and the Ghostmaker), sad (Death of Toshiko) and strange (Look Right Then Leave).
It's not until you listen to this score that you realise just how much of an impact the music has on the show. There are some great examples of leitmotif, especially for Jack and Owen, which crop up again and again in other tracks.
The tunes are evocative and for fans of the show you will find yourself picturing the events in your mind as you listen. The final track for the Torchwood Theme is slightly longer and very nicely done.
While there are several tracks which are very dramatic and reflect the energetic nature of the show, the disc has its share of softer, almost bittersweet moments as well. The balance is about right and it's definitely done to provoke and emotional reaction.
Murray Gold has worked his usual magic but working with Ben Foster has given the score a very different feel to the work on Doctor Who and it's all the better for it.
A definite must have for any sci-fi music fan or those who love a great soundtrack.
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LEGO Star Wars 7674: TMV-19 Torrent
LEGO Star Wars 7674: TMV-19 Torrent

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Trade Federation ships coming into range!", 26 Sept. 2008
Lego continue their releases from The Clone Wars movie with this brilliant reproduction of the Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter. The kit is a nicely detailed and faithful representation of the ship and is actually better than the official V-19 from Hasbro in its construction and design.
The cockpit canopy slides along the front and hinges up to allow pilot access. Each wing has a holder for a flick missile which can be launched by pushing the bar at the back of the wing. The best feature of the ship, one that is sadly lacking from the Hasbro version, is the mechanism that works the wings and landing gear. Under the aft of the tail fin there is a lever which slides across. When you move this it allows the tail fin to rotate from the top, around the hull and underneath to act as the ventral stabiliser fin. As the fin moves round the two landing legs automatically fold up against the hull and the port and starboard wings fold from a vertical to lower angled position.
The use of technic gears and pneumatic cylinders (without the air system) is very well done to create the mechanism.
The kit also comes with a brand new figure, a Clone Pilot. He is armed with a black heavy assault rifle.
The kit comprises 459 pieces (not including the pilot, rifle and four flick missiles), is 23 cm long, 24 cm high and has a great wingspan of 55 cm. There are three decals to apply and it's ready for combat.
A very impressive craft and a must for any Star Wars fighter collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Battle Droids closing from both flanks.", 26 Sept. 2008
Hasbro's 2008 Battle Pack releases from The Clone Wars continue with the Speeder Bike Recon taken from the new movie.
Essentially a re-release of the 2007 treachery On Saleucami pack, this one has 2 Clone Troopers with weapons and 2 Aratech-74 Speeder Bikes.
The bikes are nicely detailed and have a deployable landing foot at the rear, removable support strut and detachable front section. They have nice insignia markings on the front and back.
The Clone Troopers are identical and a repaint of the 2008 The Clone Wars #5 Clone Trooper with grey detailing and red insignia on each shoulder.
Each has head (rotational and vertical), shoulder (rotational and abductional), elbow (rotational and vertical), wrist (rotational), torso (rotational), hip (vertical), knee (rotational and vertical) and ankle (rotational and vertical) articulation which gives them a great 23 ranges of movement.
Each Trooper has an arsenal of weapons including a gunmetal DC-15A assault rifle, a gunmetal DC-15B blaster rifle, a gunmetal grappling launcher with missile which fits onto the barrel of the DC-15A. These are the same launchers that come with 2008's The Clone Wars #4 Captain Rex figure.
A nice pack and a welcome addition to any Republic ground force.
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Star Wars Clone Wars Battle Pack -Hoth Recon Patrol Set
Star Wars Clone Wars Battle Pack -Hoth Recon Patrol Set
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £75.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a good bet the Empire knows we're here.", 26 Sept. 2008
Hasbro's 2008 Battle Pack releases from The Legacy Collection continue with the Hoth Recon Patrol taken from The Empire Strikes Back.
Usually Battle Packs are collections of figures reissued in a new box but this one is a bargain as it actually features four `new' figures.
The Probot is essentially a repaint of the 1997 POTF Deluxe Probot but this time is has a more metallic paint detail and the firing missile in the head has also been painted to match the droid's exterior which is a vast improvement over the bright orange missile in the first release. The legs on the bottom all move from just below the main body and can all rotate round. There is a switch underneath that, when pressed, makes the head of the Probot fly off. You can also pull the head up to extend the middle section and reveal a laser cannon.
The Han Solo (Hoth outfit) is the only reissue in the kit. This is the VOTC 2007 figure which most collectors will already have. He has head (rotational), shoulder (rotational and abductional), elbow (rotational and vertical), wrist (rotational), hip (vertical), knee (rotational and vertical) and ankle (rotational and vertical) articulation which gives him a massive 21 ranges of movement. Han is armed with his trusty DL-44 which fits into the holster on his right hip. He also has removable goggles and a cryonocorp enhancescan unit.
Chewbacca is a repaint of the one issued with 2008's The Legacy Collection's Millennium Falcon. Based on the body of the VOTC 2004 Chewbacca this one has better facial detailing and a closed mouth. He has head (rotational), shoulder (rotational and abductional), elbow (rotational and vertical), wrist (rotational), upper torso (rotational), lower torso (rotational), hip (vertical), knee (rotational and vertical) and ankle (rotational and vertical) articulation which gives him a massive 23 ranges of movement. He comes armed with his bowcaster.
R5-M2 is released for the first time in this set. A repaint of the 2006 R5-D4, it features the same pop-up motivator when you turn the head.
The last figure in the set of K-3PO. This figure is a repainted 2006 C-3PO (Battle Of Endor) and as such it has the very welcome knee joints for more poseability. He has head (rotational), shoulder (rotational), torso (rotational), hip (vertical) and knee (vertical) articulation which gives him 8 ranges of movement.
A very nice pack, especially for the figure improvements, and a must for any Empire collection.


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