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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Band = Led Zeppelin
« on: June 1, 2003, 08:21 AM »
I'd say I'm a fan.  While I was only a whipper-snapper when Zep was still touring, I grew to appreciate them in college.  Even moreseo, after I took up playing bass.  I count John Paul Jones as one of my musical mentors.

I've also seen the remaining members live.  I saw Page & Plant twice when they were supporting their Unplugged album.  And more recently, I saw John Paul Jones and his band opening for King Crimson.  And he didn't just rock.  HE RAWKED!  

JPJ's original material is awesome, if you haven't heard it.  He's got a couple of fairly recent CD's in stores, Zooma and The Thunderthief.  Both are worth buying.  What was more remarkable about his show was the Zeppelin tunes he threw in.  He sang "That's the way" while playing mandolin, and his band accompanied.  He also did instrumental versions of "Black Dog" and "When the levee breaks".  The most remarkable thing about those songs was that he didn't play bass.  He had a guy playing a bass-like instrument called a Chapman stick.  So, that guy held down the bottom, while Jonesy wailed away on an overdriven lapsteel guitar in a way that would put Jimmy Page to shame.  "When the levee braks" was probably one of the most intense live performances I've ever seen, and I've been to a lot of concerts.  King Crimson actually had a hard time measuring up with their headline slot, and they're not exactly musical slouches.

How about this one:  bad spelling.  You can only imagine my plight on message boards, where it runs so rampant.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: June 1, 2003, 08:08 AM »
I saw the Super Bowl exclusives yesterday at Wizard World in Philly.  A dealer wanted $175 for Ladainian Tomlinson and Junior Seau as a set.  Still way too rich for my blood.

Toy Reviews / Re: Imperial Forces 4-Pack
« on: June 1, 2003, 08:03 AM »
I bought two of these sets last night.  Pretty cool.  I'm quite fond of the whole set, to be honest.  While I know that every single thing in this set is a kit bash, for an Army builder like me, it's not bad.

The only thing approaching a gripe that I have is the finish of the figures.  It just feels a little less smooth than normal.  It was most noticeable on the Stormtrooper.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Army Builders?
« on: June 1, 2003, 07:31 AM »
-Battle Droid-Invasion of Naboo.  Use the POTJ Security Battle Droid sculpt and plastic

-Naboo Royal Guard.  Different head sulpt, better articulation

-Clone Trooper.  White, well articulated

-Clone Trooper Sergeant.  well articulated

-Clone Trooper Lieutenant.  see above

-Clone Trooper Commander.   see above

-Imperial Scout Trooper with speeder bike.  Articulation should be similar to the SAGA Clone Trooper (Red/Captain)

-Death Star Gunner with control panel or turbolaser

-Death Star Trooper/Imperial Naval Trooper.  Better sculpt/articulation, and give him a functional holster

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Mysterious Jedi 4 pack
« on: June 1, 2003, 07:02 AM »
Well, they did finally get around to getting the Geonosian detention device out.  Albeit, with figures we already have.  The only glimmer of hope is the Nikto Jedi, who's barely different at all.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Okay I ordered cases whats gives??
« on: June 1, 2003, 07:00 AM »
This is a long standing problem with a lot of retail chains.  The SKU #'s on all of these assorments are the same.  They're  just known as Collection 1 & Collection 2.  That makes it impossible for managers to order individual assortments at the retail level.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: May 31, 2003, 08:08 AM »
Correct.  You're up

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:50 PM »

Next question....

What actor had a role in both Superman 2 and The Phantom Menace, and what were his roles?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours wave 3 FINALLY!
« on: May 30, 2003, 01:04 AM »
Planet Action Figure has the Starspeeder 3000.  It's $35, but might be worth it to some.  Here's the listing page:

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:40 AM »
Sabe, Rabe, and Eirtae

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: No Worries for the Red Battle Droid
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:14 AM »
I think both retailers and Hasbro share the blame.  Retailers for ordering so outlandishly, and Hasbro for willingly filling those orders.  They could cap production.  Toy companies are famous for it.  They have a bottom line, though, and the money they make selling these to TRU, Wal Mart and the like outstrips the money they spend picking up all the pegwarmers.

Capping production is a very worthwhile thing for Hasbro to look into.  I'm pretty sure Playmates did that with the Simpsons, and I think it kept retailers from flooding the stores with too much of any particular item.

Actually, yeah.  I do look pretty hard at paintjobs.  Provided I've got a choice of figures.  I'll compare for a little while.  I spent quite a few minutes trying to pick out the Obi-Wan Kenobi-Acklay Battle I was going to get for myself, and the ones I was going to trade to my friends (sorry guys!).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: If YOU could pick some Screen Scenes
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:08 AM »
ANH- Vader, Stormtrooper and Antilles

That would be so sweet!  With Antilles hanging in the air by Darth Vader's grip.  Awesome!

You gotta figure (no pun intended!) that with Captain Antilles coming out next year, there very well could be a Darth Vader coming out to choke him out!  Can you say "Throttling" Vader?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Other boards
« on: May 30, 2003, 12:00 AM »
Well, I'm at several boards.  I've got user-id's a few.  Mostly, I'm known as Nicklab, but with a few exceptions at certain boards.

-here, of course
-SSG ( I think I posted there all of one time.  ICK!  I don't like it there! )
-The forums
-and my absolute favorite, a local collecting club that I help run (sorry, local is close to my heart)

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