Star Wars Miniatures

To continue today's theme, another sort of cool Star Wars-related product that I've been looking at lately is the collectible miniatures game from "Wizards of the Coast":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis. There's something sort of irresistable about "little toy stormtroopers":http://www.whoopis.com/~sotto/images/swminis.jpg and rebels (silly teardrop helmets and all). I'm not thrilled about collectible miniatures in general. This usually means that the stuff you want is super-duper chase figures, and the rest is chaff. Thankfully, in the first set, "Rebel Storm":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis/article/setlistagallery, most of the stuff I want is common and uncommon. This is nice because it makes it easy to find, and means that lots of people who _are_ collecting full sets are selling off common lots on "eBay":http://search.ebay.com/star-wars-miniatures_W0QQsokeywordredirectZ1QQfromZR8 pretty cheap. The newer set, "Clone Strike":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=swminis/article/setlistagallery, unfortunately _does_ make the only characters I care about (the Jedi) all very rare. I couldn't care less about the battle droids and clone troopers. Heck, even the Jedi are mostly random aliens from the few Jedi Council scenes in Episode I, or seen for 9 frames in the "Geonosian arena":http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/kitfisto/img/movie_bg.jpg. I'm also not sure that I care much for the actual game attached to these miniatures. It's the combat system from the d20 "Star Wars RPG":http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=starwars/mainrpg/rpg, distilled to about 4 numbers. I'm actually contemplating hacking the "Lord of the Rings":http://us.games-workshop.com/games/lotr/sbg/default.htm game from Games Workshop for these miniatures. But really, all kinds of rulesets would work. I just need to build up my stocks before Rebel Storm sells out.