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seems like everybody just wants the shockies & the pod


Well, yeah.  ;)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Army Building or Hoarding?
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:11 PM »
95 Utapau Clones, huh?  Considering the figure has only been out for a month or so, I think we can safely call this hoarding.

I'm an army builder.  I understand the methodology and the motives.  You want to have a pretty good sized unit of Clones, Stormtroopers or Battle Droids to have in some kind of formation.  But 95 Utapau Clones?  That's more than I'll ever own.  I think I have 8 open right now, and it's almost overwhelming my small Utapau diorama.  I'll probably max out at 10 of these.

The point here is that you've got to be reasonable about this kind of collecting.  Exercise some good judgement.  Restraint is not a bad thing, either.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: 4 Out of 6 Waves Already Out?
« on: March 19, 2006, 11:32 AM »
These waves will probably run us into the summer.  At which point the new waves will be announced, and probably premiered at Comic Con.  That's been the pattern for some time now.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Please Vote Willrow Hood
« on: March 19, 2006, 10:56 AM »
I finally made my choice, and I chose Darth Malak.  This was a tough poll, because I think there were a number of good choices.  Here's my methodology...

The Clones - Both of these Clones are bound to be made.  Hasbro has come to recognize just how much of a market there is for Clone Troopers, so I think that both Commander Neyo and the Galactic Marine are bound to be made by Hasbro within at least the next couple of years.

Luke Throne Room Duel - This figure has got to be in the pipeline.  There's been enough whining and complaining about it that it's bound to be made in a form that's similar to that of the VOTC line.  Just give it some time.

Ultimate Darth Maul - This figure's already been done in the Sith Lords Evolution set.

Kir Kanos - The rumors have been around since last year that this is going to be an Entertainment Earth exclusive.  Why waste the vote?

Quinlan Vos - Out of all of the EU figures, I think this one has the best likelihood of being made.

Clone Wars Padme - I think the Clone Wars animated line has some legs.  The demand for the WalMart 3-packs was pretty serious.  There are bound to be some more Clone Wars animated figures at some point, and I think Padme is bound to be part of that.

Padme in black leather - Uhhhh... why does this sound like a fanboy's disgusting little fantasy?  Just the seediness of this makes me turn away from it.

Dead Padme - Yeah, this is what we need.  An action figure of a CORPSE.  An action figure of a woman who died in childbirth.  How pleasant.   

The NJO characters - I hate to lump them all together, but I really have no connection with the NJO characters.  As such I can't invest the vote with these characters.

Kyle Katarn - We already have a Kyle Katarn.  Do we really need another?

Mara Jade Skywalker - Same deal as Kyle Katarn.  I'd rather have an all new figure than another version of a character that I don't read that much about.

Corran Horn - I seriously thought about voting for Horn.  I've heard the name over and over again, but the thing is, I haven't read a single thing featuring Corran Horn.  Haven't read about you, not voting for you.  Sorry dude.

Hermi Odle - This figure very nearly got my vote.  I think that a fan poll would put this figure over the top.  In fact, I think this one may win the poll, or at the very least get some serious consideration from Hasbro at some point in time.  I decided to invest my vote otherwise.

Yarna d'al Gargan - There have been a lot of calls for this figure over the years.  Why, I don't know.  This is quite possibly the ugliest character ever in the Star Wars universe.  And franky, I don't want to get that vomit taste in my mouth when I look at my Jabba's palace diorama.

Ice Cream Maker Guy - I know there's been a buzz about this guy from a number of collectors on a number of forums.  But you know what?  It's not even a choice for me.  It's kitschy and weird, but seriously, this is like having a Marvel Avengers or Fantastic Four toy line and having a Willie Lumpkin (the mailman) figure.  It's become an inside joke and just isn't that funny, just as most inside jokes aren't funny.

The KOTOR characters - This is where I decided to invest my vote.  I weighed the choices pretty well.  There's Darth Nihilus.  He's an incredibly cool looking character.  But he doesn't seem that important in the grand scheme of KOTOR II.  Darth Sion seems like a better choice, but he didn't even make the finals.  HK-47 is cool, but definitely an ancillary character.  Bastilla is cool, but not as important a character as the two Sith lords in this game.  Revan?  You ARE Revan if you've ever played KOTOR.  Thing is you just don't know it until late in the game, and the character isn't readily identifiable since there are a number of variables you can choose in building your player character.  The only option is to choose Revan as his Dark Lord persona with a mask.  You only get to see that in flashbacks.  With all of that in mind, I chose Darth Malak.  He seems like the most identifiable of the KOTOR characters.  Here's hoping that he wins.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Please Vote Willrow Hood
« on: March 19, 2006, 10:51 AM »
I finally made my choice, and I chose Darth Malak.  This was a tough poll, because I think there were a number of good choices.  Here's my methodology...

The Clones - Both of these Clones are bound to be made.  Hasbro has come to recognize just how much of a market there is for Clone Troopers, so I think that both Commander Neyo and the Galactic Marine are bound to be made by Hasbro within at least the next couple of years.

Luke Throne Room Duel - This figure has got to be in the pipeline.  There's been enough whining and complaining about it that it's bound to be made in a form that's similar to that of the VOTC line.  Just give it some time.

Ultimate Darth Maul - This figure's already been done.  You know, in the Sith Lords Evolution set.

Kir Kanos - The rumors have been around since last year that this is going to be an Entertainment Earth exclusive.  Why waste the vote?

Quinlan Vos - Out of all of the EU figures, I think this one has the best likelihood of being made.

Clone Wars Padme - I think the Clone Wars animated line has some legs.  The demand for the WalMart 3-packs was pretty serious.  There are bound to be some more Clone Wars animated figures at some point, and I think Padme is bound to be part of that.

Padme in black leather - Uhhhh... why does this sound like a fanboy's disgusting little fantasy?  Just the seediness of this makes me turn away from it.

Dead Padme - Yeah, this is what we need.  An action figure of a CORPSE.  An action figure of a woman who died in childbirth.  How pleasant.   ::)

The NJO characters - I hate to lump them all together, but I really have no connection with the NJO characters.  As such I can't invest the vote with these characters.

Kyle Katarn - We already have a Kyle Katarn.  Do we really need another?

Mara Jade Skywalker - Same deal as Kyle Katarn.  I'd rather have an all new figure than another version of a character that I don't read that much about.

Corran Horn - I seriously thought about voting for Horn.  I've heard the name over and over again, but the thing is, I haven't read a single thing featuring Corran Horn.  Haven't read about you, not voting for you.  Sorry dude.

Hermi Odle - This figure very nearly got my vote.  I think that a fan poll would put this figure over the top.  In fact, I think this one may win the poll, or at the very least get some serious consideration from Hasbro at some point in time.  I decided to invest my vote otherwise.

Yarna d'al Gargan - There have been a lot of calls for this figure over the years.  Why, I don't know.  This is quite possibly the ugliest character ever in the Star Wars universe.  And franky, I don't want to get that vomit taste in my mouth when I look at my Jabba's palace diorama.

Ice Cream Maker Guy - I know there's been a buzz about this guy from a number of collectors on a number of forums.  But you know what?  It's not even a choice for me.  It's kitschy and weird, but seriously, this is like having a Marvel Avengers or Fantastic Four toy line and having a Willie Lumpkin (the mailman) figure.  It's become an inside joke and just isn't that funny, just as most inside jokes aren't funny.

The KOTOR characters - This is where I decided to invest my vote.  I weighed the choices pretty well.  There's Darth Nihilus.  He's an incredibly cool looking character.  But he doesn't seem that important in the grand scheme of KOTOR II.  Darth Sion seems like a better choice, but he didn't even make the finals.  HK-47 is cool, but definitely an ancillary character.  Bastilla is cool, but not as important a character as the two Sith lords in this game.  Revan?  You ARE Revan if you've ever played KOTOR.  Thing is you just don't know it until late in the game, and the character isn't readily identifiable since there are a number of variables you can choose in building your player character.  The only option is to choose Revan as his Dark Lord persona with a mask.  You only get to see that in flashbacks.  With all of that in mind, I chose Darth Malak.  He seems like the most identifiable of the KOTOR characters.  Here's hoping that he wins.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Please Vote Willrow Hood
« on: March 18, 2006, 01:58 PM »
Sorry Scott, but while I know you've been a big proponent of ICMG, I can't vote that way.  FWIW, my choice of a Clone Wars Saesee Tiin in space armor got shot down in the prelims, but I like some of the other choices in the poll finals more than Willrow Hood.  I haven't decided yet which one to go with, but some of the other choices are pretty good.

One thing I will offer in support of some of the discussion here is that there should be DISCUSSION.  Let people speak their piece if they're offering a genuine viewpoint and they're not just being contrarian.  Trolls are always very easy to spot.  But the fact that someone thinks otherwise is no excuse for people to gang up on someone who disagrees with the majority.  A myopic viewpoint when combined with heavy handed moderation can lead people to think that a forum is more of an exclusive club, rather than an open arena for discussion.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Defender Wishlists 2006: A New Hope
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:21 AM »
Here's my ANH list...

TATOOINE
Uncle Owen Lars (resculpt)
CZ-3
Wioslea


CANTINA
Bom Vimdim
Dice Ibegon


IMPERIALS
General Tagge
Death Star Docking Trench Stormtrooper
Grand Moff Tarkin - resculpt with conference room chair


REBEL PILOTS
Garven Dreis - Red Leader (done like Dutch Vander)
Gold 5 - Pops


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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2006 Results
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:19 AM »
Wow, 5 out of 10, huh?  Guess I did okay.

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Here's my list

JEDI
-Cin Drallig hologram


SITH
-Darth Sidious - Senate Chamber duel with super articulation



SENATE
-Padme - Palpatine's arrival back at the Senate


CLONE TROOPERS
-Clone Scout - Kashyyyyk


-Clone Trooper - Galactic Marines (Mygeeto)


WOOKIEES
-Merumeru - Wookiee Captain



DROIDS
-FX-6


-2-1B


-SA Grievous's Bodyguard w/ softgoods


-SA General Grievous w/ softgoods



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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Super Bowl XL Pittsburgh vs Seattle
« on: February 8, 2006, 10:45 PM »



I don't care what this author says, Darrell Jackson planted his hand on the defender's chest and pushed off.  Pass interference, end of story.


My only point of contention here is that the ref didn't call jack **** until the ball had been caught and the defender got in his face to whine.  It was a late call that responded to some player complaining and that's crap. 

The contact was there, minimal or not.  Call what you SEE not what you're told happened.

The best comment of all on Darrell Jackson's OPI call?  I hate to say it, but it was from ESPN's Michael Irvin of Dallas Cowboys fame.  His claim to fame?  The fact that he pushed off more DB's than probably any other receiver in the game.  The man knows that move.  He perfected it.  And he said that Darrell Jackson's OPI call was bunk and that he (Irvin) got away with much worse.  The only reason that penalty got called is because it was (1) in the Super Bowl, i.e. super-scrutinized, and (2) because it happened right in front of an official.  Otherwise the TD would've stood.

Oh, and this is coming from a Giants fan.  I have no vested interest in the game other than being a football fan.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Super Bowl XL Pittsburgh vs Seattle
« on: February 6, 2006, 04:39 PM »
For anyone wondering where Joe Montana was during the whole "former SB MVP" thing before the game:

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According to a source familiar with Montana's situation, the former three-time MVP asked that he be guaranteed $100,000 in appearance money during his time at the Super Bowl. The league could not accommodate that request, so Montana declined to be in attendance.

What a dick.

I think anyone who's watched the NFL closely over the last 15 years or so has to be well aware of Joe Montana's absence from the game.  Whether it's some kind of involvement in an organization (either coaching or in the front office), as a commentator on TV, or events like this, Joe Montana has had a very low profile.  A lot of it has to do with money.  Joe Montana thinks he's worth a LOT of money.

Fact is, the guy has been something of a jerk throughout his career and afterward.  Sure he wanted to win, but it's always been all about him.  He's been through several marriages and some ugly divorces, all laced with a lot of rumored infedelity.  He's supposedly a very private guy, but I think there's just too much dirt and he wants to lay low and do his own thing.  In the mix he does appearances and autograph sessions that are very expensive.

Thing is, other NFL players have bowed out of high profile events like this.  When the NFL organized a reunion of the Baltimore Colts and the NY Giants palyers who were involved in the 1958 NFL Championship game (otherwise known as the greatest game ever), Colts QB Johnny Unitas bowed out.  He cited an autograph appearance that was more lucrative and it was unspoken that the NFL didn't want to match that offer.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 25, 2006, 10:37 PM »
So strange.  The Legendary Riders wave only shipped a short time ago and I'm already finding the Marvel Legends 12 wave.  Picked up Maestro and Sasquatch so far.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: January 17, 2006, 10:55 PM »
DOH!  My bad.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: January 17, 2006, 01:12 PM »
Nice Job on Johan and finally another MN player to add to the collection

So far

Michael Bennett
Randy Moss 1 and 2
Daunte Culpepper 1 and 2
Marion Gaborik
Mike Modano (Northstars)
KG 1 and 2
Latrell Sprewell
Torii Hunter

I really hope they make a Cooperstown Kirby Puckett (with Glaucoma Eye chase variant)

No Kevin Garnett, Scott?  Strange.  :-\

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JEDI
-Anakin Skywalker - Geonosis Arena w/ green lightsaber, binders, metal chain & pillar
-Bultar Swan
-Jocasta Nu

SEPERATISTS
-Jango Fett - Super articulated w/ both rocketpacks, removable helmet & poncho
-Po Nudo - Aqualish Seperatist

KAMINO
-Clone Trooper in red fatigues - Kamino mess hall (w/ running change of blue fatigues)
-Kaminoan Cloner w/ infant clone

SENATE/CORUSCANT
-Senator Padme Amidala - Palpatine's office
-Kalyn Farnmir - Outlander Bar Patron

TATOOINE
-Cliegg Lars

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