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  1. I've been gone awhile; maybe once I get reacquainted with the forums I'll jump back in! 

  2. It's a calm and crystal clear day on Hoth. No blizzards or Wampas in sight. The Rebel Scout is just about to head back to base, when he sees something... Imperial Walkers, heading towards Echo Base! The scout sprints back to base to warn Rebel command. Upon arrival of the scout, Rebel Command sends Squads of Rebel troopers, armed with Blaster Rifles and powerful Ice Cutters to combat the Imperial Menace. But will they be enough to defeat the Empire? Find out in this review! Set #: 8083 Name: Rebel Trooper Battle Pack Theme: Star Wars Year: 2010 Pieces: 79 Minifigs: 4 Price: 10.99 USD, 14.99 CAD, 9.99 GBP, 14.99 EUR Lego Brickset Peeron Bricklink Flickr Set The Box Front. Standard packaging fare, with some Photoshop effects, age suggestion, set number, etc. It's shiny and compact looking. It really makes the set look attractive on a store shelf. That doesn't really work on me much any more, but I found this set in December, along with the Snowtrooper BP and ARC-170 Fighter. The back depicts the contents of the two battle packs duking it out in a snowy background, presumably Hoth. It has the Push Button Packaging that I hate with a passion. Pieces Good selection of pieces. Of course we have the beautiful white pieces. Very usable colors and parts here. 4x8 plates are always useful, as are the 1x2 grill parts. Interesting Pieces Left to right: I have no idea what to call this piece. It reminds me of a bar stool, though. Then we have a crate, which is always useful. Then the aforementioned 1x2 grill parts, and the 1x2 bricks with grooves. Then those lovely white slopes, cones, round modified tiles, and that castle looking piece. And the gray castle looking piece. Instructions I lost the instructions sometime in March. So here's the downloadable online instructions. Rebel Trooper Battle Pack Instructions Clear instructions. Good use of those castle pieces. Minifigures Okay. Here we have a nice selection of rebel troops. Left to right: Hoth Officer. Nice mustache. Generic Hoth Rebels. Nice, nice. Lastly... Zev Senesca? WTF? He's here... because...? What's he supposed to pilot? The box clearly depicts the Hoth Officer manning the ice cutter. Also, as lighteningtiger pointed out, he died in a snowspeeder in the movie... Oh, well, might as well build up on your pilots as well. Backs. No printing on the Troopers, just backpacks. Zev Senesca does have a nice vest looking print, though. Zev Senesca close up. Nice console on his vest. Very sharp printing. Close up on the back of Zev Senesca. I've already talked about this print, so I'll just let the picture do the talking here. Ice Cutter This is certainly an interesting choice for a Lego set, even if it is in a battle pack. Ice Cutter. It has a nice shape to it, I suppose. It's a little unfamiliar. Never seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Only in a deleted scene. Honestly I would have preferred a Snowspeeder, or maybe a few turrets. I suppose that TLG was trying to introduce new vehicles to the franchise? Whatever. Front of the Ice Cutter. Good shape. From this vantage you can see the modified circular tile that makes the ice cutter have the illusion of floating. Back of the ice cutter. The seat looks extremely unprotected. Can you say Sniper Bait? Seriously, this is worse than Battlefront's Speeders! Set in Full Nice looking set all together. Good minifigures and a generic vehicle. The Final Verdict Design: 7/10. The ice cutter has a very nice shape. But then again, there's the horrid driver's seat. Then the flick fires. I don't know, it has things that I like and things that I hate. Build: 5/10. Boring. Generic build, seen it a thousand times. It looks nice when it's done, but still. The only interesting thing IMO was the crate inside the ice cutter itself, making a nice storage space. Besides that, very generic, boring build. Playability: 8/10. Good playability. It has four minifigures with guns, and a tank looking thing. The pilot is a different color than the rest of the Minifigs, so young children can make the Hoth Troopers gang up on the pilot. Minifigures: 10/10. Gotta give props to the Minifigures. Absolutely beautiful. Plus there are four of them, and they all have weapons and helmets. My favorite would have to be the Hoth Officer, because of his Brown 'stache. Price: 7/10. Meh, the price really could be a bit better. I probably should not complain, with all the contributing factors of inflation and whatnot. You get some great pieces and minifigs, most in a lovely white color, along with that bar stool piece. But I still hate that the prices are on the rise. Overall: 6/10. Fair set. I probably wouldn't buy it right now, seeing as I'm turning to the dark side (city). Star Wars is just getting old. I know it's a great money maker for TLG and Lucas, but it's high time that this theme died. It's had a good run, but I'm tired of high prices and generic builds. This is the last year that I am buying Star Wars sets. I'll be focusing on city mostly now. Parting Shot So, what do you pilot?
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    [GoT] Craster's Keep

    I'm in love with the base for this. Everything else is fantastic, of course, but that uneven base is simply beautiful. Fantastic MOC, I'm looking forward to seeing more!
  4. Time for my semi-annual check-in, it would seem.

  5. Sisco

    Heroica RPG - Heroica Hall

    Jess snorted, then replied to Tesni. "I wouldn't know, Tes. I've been on an extended leave myself." Jess looked around for a moment, taking in the celebrating heroes. "At least the old place still has that Grogmas cheer."
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    Heroica RPG - Heroica Hall

    Jess slipped into the hall after a long absence. Looking around, she noticed her old friend Tesni sitting at an empty table. "Hey Tes, long time no see eh?"
  7. Make that five years. Time flies.

  8. Jess continued to pound away at Son C from the back row.
  9. Jess shook her head, then attacked Son of Light C from the Back Row.
  10. Jess looked around coolly at the bodies before turning her attention to the priest. "I figure there's not much to say except this: what happened?"
  11. Jess grinned at the slight cut Blohdhurm had drawn, knowing it was good to make at least some contact. She then repeated her attack.
  12. I'm incredibly sorry, been helping my grandma move into the new house with my parents, as well as working and schooling. Very little free time nowadays. Jess attacked Viking "Royal" Guard B from the front row.
  13. I've been moving without internet for about a week now... Seems like I've missed quite a bit. Jess watched the battle, wondering how things broke down so quickly. She knew she had to make a decision... "I have to stand by my friends." Jess joined Hamilton's Party.
  14. Jess downed a potion.
  15. ...Yeah! That's the reason! "Oi! Help me up would you!"
  16. Zeph, is the Dragonfire Stew a one-use item like a mead, or is it something I could use multiple times? If it's the former, then I used it in the last battle. Jess stretched, catlike and wide-eyed. She was excited to get going. "I'm ready, Hamilton."
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    Heroica RPG General Discussion

    Okay, Zepher and questmates of 88:: I'm very sorry for my absence this weekend. My grandmother had a second stroke, and things have been quite hectic. I'll check in as much as I possibly can, but the next month or so is going to be a bit crazy. The doctors say that Grandma cannot stay by herself anymore, so I'll be helping my parents find a new, bigger house to accommodate her, and then I'll be moving her into my parents' new house. So again, I'm terribly sorry if I'm inactive.
  18. Free drinks? Bah! Nothing in life is ever free. "Well it's nice to meet you, General Mint. You fought valiantly today, and it was my pleasure to fight by your side. How did you lose your eye, if you don't mind me asking?"
  19. Sorry Zeph, it's been a nightmare week so far. I'll try to post a bit more. Jess grunted as she accepted her share of the loot, preferring the gold over the goods. Sighing, she wondered who she'd sit by. Deciding on the Grizzly Armored Man, Jess grabbed a couple of drinks and plopped down beside him. "Howdy there, Grizzly Armored Man. Trade you a drink for your name."
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    American Football

    What's not to love about WonderBaugh?
  21. Jess used a phoenix essence on the Grizzly Armored Man, then went back to her original plan. Now we'll know!
  22. Same targets, same auto-roll strategy.
  23. Yes, please auto-roll. If Jess finally kills this one, just have her attack the lower-leveled enemies. Jess repeated her attack.
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    American Football

    I'm 7-1 in my picks so far! Only got the Chiefs wrong, and I was admittedly biased in that one. Next week's picks for me are Denver and Seattle.
  25. "FEEL MY POISON, ORC!" Jess repeated her attack.