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Other Collectibles / Re: TOMY's "Real Mask Magnets" from Japan
« on: April 20, 2006, 03:33 PM »
I was under the distinct impression that these are made by Koto, and not Tomy.  The boxes I have say as much.

Three now, even though only 2 have been freed from their plastic prisons.  ;D

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Purchases
« on: April 19, 2006, 11:33 PM »

3 x Demise of Grievous
2 x VTSC Biker Scouts
1 x VTSC Han Solo
1 x VTSC Luke Skywalker
2 x Skirmish in the Senate Battle Packs

Here are my ideas for a second wave...

-Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Anakin Skywalker - pod racer
-Destroyer Droid
-Jar Jar Binks

-Mace Windu
-Clone Trooper
-Super Battle Droid

-Anakin Skywalker
-Palpatine - Chancellor's Office Duel
-Clone Scout

Love the ET in the pics, Ook!  That actually looks really cool aside from the force lightning graphics.

I'm not at all opposed to high quality PT figures, but I just see no appeal in mimicing the vintage styling for those movies.  They were never on that style of cardback so why bother?  Blasphemous I say. 

I wouldn't mind seeing the main characters (and important lesser characters) being done in a highly articulated manner, but I see no point in paying the $4-5 premium for an underserved cardback. 

I think everyone recognizes just how iconic those original cardbacks were.  Even Hasbro did, since they tried to rekindle that nostalgia with the OTC line.  It seems like the ultimate achievment for a Star Wars character to be made on one of these cards.

Certainly a topic worthy of discussion.  The guys at Hasbro seem into the concept, but it might take a while to get around to these.  Still, here's what might be a good first lineup.

-Qui-Gon Jinn
-Darth Maul
-Battle Droid
-Queen Amidala

-Anakin Skywalker
-Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Count Dooku
-Jango Fett

-Darth Vader
-General Grievous
-Darth Sidious

Just one right now.  There WILL be more.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Purchases
« on: April 13, 2006, 01:50 PM »
Scored the entire vintage wave plus 1 extra Tusken Raider.  NICE!

Las Vegas would be an ideal location.  Abundant hotel rooms, relatively cheap airline flights from all over the US, lots of additional entertainment at hand, no worries about freezing outside on line, oh, and not one, but TWO of the largest convention centers in North America.  The convention center in Indy was overwhelmed in '05.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: April 12, 2006, 11:12 PM »
Yeah but (without having read your link yet) isn't the knock on hydrogen that it requires oil to convert into usable fuel?  Which would sort of defeat the purpose to a degeee.

It's an electrolytic process.  So it does require some electricity in order to process the raw materials, but there are a variety of means of generating the power to do so.  The catch being though that most electricity in the US is generated using dirty fuels like coal and oil.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: April 11, 2006, 10:40 PM »
Iceland has been experimenting quite successfully with hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles and at electrical generating plants.  It just hasn't been getting as much press as it should.  Read an article about Iceland's efforts in the hydrogen field HERE.

Also be sure to check out The National Hydrogen Association.  This technology is probably going to replace gas in your car eventually, provided the technology can be made widely avaiable.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: April 10, 2006, 09:50 PM »
MySpace is good for promoting bands.  As for the other stuff?  There's a surprise.  Sex fiends and kid touchers using the internet for their own deviant purposes.  That's an internet problem, and not one that's exclusive to MySpace.

seems like everybody just wants the shockies & the pod

Well, yeah.  ;)

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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