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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 8, 2006, 08:36 AM »
Patience is a virtue.  Just wait.

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What do I think, or what would I like?  How about our first ever look at Darth Vader, complete with the blasted open hatch of the Tantive IV as a base/background?


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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 6, 2006, 07:42 PM »
Don't say that!  Even the thought of it makes my feet hurt!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: May 4, 2006, 08:07 AM »
I don't like the fact that Dustin is using the front page of RS to ask for his personal needs:

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Searching For 2nd Series 501st Trading Cards
Posted by Dustin on May 2, 2006 at 05:36 PM CST:
I'm looking to obtain a full set. If you can help, please email me here - dustin@rebelscum.com. So far I've got #112, Jeff Ignatowski.

Come on, that's what the forums are for.  :(

Some of the staff at Yakface has been doing the same thing.  It certainly does have the effect of sullying their main page.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: May 4, 2006, 03:22 AM »
Did anyone pick up Tool's new one?

Bought it but have yet to listen to it.  Hopes are high.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: 4/30 Target Reset
« on: May 3, 2006, 01:44 AM »
Saw the reset.  They scooted the SW section down 4 or 6 feet and put in a Superman section.  Big whoop.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 2, 2006, 09:29 PM »
Wow, that's a steal for NJ - we're at $2.79 in Iowa.




Not really.  NJ doesn't have the taxes on gas that NY does, if you subtract the taxes from the NY price, the NJ price is actually a little higher than the $3.01/gallon it is here in my hood in NY.

Yeah, keep telling yourself that when you pay for gas.  NY is never going to get rid of that gas tax.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 2, 2006, 01:18 PM »
Question, kind of related. Are the problems the gas companies crying about any different than the problems that the steel companies were crying about back in the early 60's? Anyone remember? The steel companies were banding together and getting ready to raise rates due to supply issues until Kennedy stepped in and forced them to hold steady. Kennedy knew raising rates would kill the economy while the steel industry claimed they would go out of business. Well, the steel industry just had to take a profit hit, but they're still around.

Actually, the US steel industry isn't what it was.  It took a major hit in the 70's, especially in western PA and the midwest.  Now the US is having to compete mightily with Japanese steel.  There was actually quite the trade dispute about it for a while, with the US claiming that the Japanese were trying to flood the US market with Japanese steel.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 2, 2006, 04:08 AM »
Marvel does seem to be running low on characters for the Marvel Legends line.  These might be some good choices:

AVENGERS
Hercules
Starfox
Yellowjacket
old school gold Iron Man
Scarlet Witch
She Hulk (w/ FF variant)

X-MEN/X-Factor
Thunderbird
Sunfire
Banshee
Storm - original costume
Beast - X-Factor minus blue fur
Cyclops - X-Factor
Jean Grey - X-Factor
Havok
"Days Of Future Past" gift pack

OTHERS
Quicksilver


VILLAINS
Thanos
Modok
Crimson Dynamo
Brood
Sebastion Shaw
Nimrod
White Queen


Dug up the most recent wishlist I had.  I'm surprised to see so many of my choices have been given consideration in one way or another...

AVENGERS
Hercules
Starfox
Yellowjacket
old school gold Iron Man - think this might be a variant in a future wave
Scarlet Witch
She Hulk (w/ FF variant)

X-MEN/X-Factor
Thunderbird
Sunfire
Banshee
Storm - original costume
Beast - X-Factor minus blue fur
Cyclops - X-Factor
Jean Grey - X-Factor
Havok
"Days Of Future Past" gift pack

OTHERS
Quicksilver


VILLAINS
Thanos - Marvel Select
Modok
Crimson Dynamo
Brood
Sebastion Shaw
Nimrod
White Queen - Kinda sorta done by Marvel Select


It's still kind of puzzling as to what Hasbro is going to tackle when they take over the license.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 2, 2006, 02:31 AM »
Prices in NJ seem to have peaked and gone down slightly.  The lowest price I could find for regular unleaded last week was $2.79 a gallon.  Tonight I saw $2.77.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Pride Displays Sith Set
« on: May 1, 2006, 11:32 AM »
Any indication of the material it's made of?  The base looks quite cool.  Definitely liking the background, too.  The price is steep at $6, but it seems like items like this are at a premium.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 30, 2006, 10:34 PM »
Splitting my time between XM satellite radio and these gems...

The Flaming Lips, At War With The Mystics


and a promo copy of the Wolfmother self-titled debut


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It can definitely be done.  I may be a bassist, but the fact is that a lot of bass players have been doing similar things with their basses for some time.  But you will defiinitely have to modify the guitar.  The nut slots would definitely need to be widened to accomodate the heavier gauge strings.  The bridge *might* need a tiny bit of modification, but you may be able to do without that.  You can actually use a file to widen the bridge slots if need be.

But you'll definitely need to adjust the truss rod because there's going to be greater tension across the neck.  That's just an unfortunate fact of life.

It would definitely be simpler to get a 7 string, but this type of modification is not impossible.  But the thing is you need to be proficient with tools to do it.  That and you would be stuck with the guitar in this state and it wouldn't be easy to get it back into a standard playing condition.

Then I would factor in the cost.  If you can't readily do this yourself then you need to get a decent luthier to do the job for you.  Also take into consideration how much your guitar cost.  If the guitar cost in the neighborhood of $300 (Epiphone Les Paul gothic studio) - $500 and the work is going to cost you in the neighborhood of $100+?  IMHO that's too much money to sink into a guitar that costs that little.  Save that money and invest it in a 7 string.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:51 AM »
Scored one this morning.  This one was $26.99.  The pricing on these things is just all over the place.  ::)

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Other Collectibles / Re: TOMY/Kotobukiya "Real Mask Magnets"
« on: April 25, 2006, 02:05 AM »
Whatever the name may be, I picked up another couple of pieces from Series 2 today.  This time it was Chewbacca and the Biker Scout.  My fridge has never looked better!

The collector shop I went to wasn't sure when they might get series 3 in.  I was told to check back later in the week and they may have some info about when it's arriving at their location.

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