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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 07:22 PM »
Tom Waits "Mule Variations"

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 08:10 AM »
This morning, it was Margaret Cho's "The Notorious C.H.O. - Live At Carnegie Hall".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 27, 2003, 07:59 PM »
On second thought, I'm not feeling too well.  It might Be sometHing I Caught at work.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:55 PM »
Picked up the "There And Back Again" set during the week.  Nice, new versions of our favorite tricksy Hobbitses!  Can't wait to open it when I get home!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:55 PM »
I'm excited to finally see Series 5 at retail.  While I've passed on the X-Men set, and Urban Legends so far, I can't wait to buy Colossus and Sabretooth.  Those two are coming home with me as soon as I see them.  I'm gonna space out buying all the rest.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Matrix Series 2 Figs
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:52 PM »
The Sentinel is definitely a sweet piece.  Pretty big and impressive looking.  Definitely worlds beyond what N2 toys released.  The figures look nice, but I can't say that I'm as excited about this series as I was about Series 1.  Perhaps it's because I'm still a little bummed by Revolutions, even though I was expecting it to be a downer.

The A.P.U. is definitely on my list of things to get.  That thing is downright heroic!  And Mifune became one of my favorite characters of the series in the Dock Battle.  In the words of Keanu Reeves, "Whoa".

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:49 PM »
Definitely bummed about Alonzo Mourning having to call it quits.  I thought having a real big man like him would put the Nets over the top.  But, in the same regard, I had someone close to me die from kidney disease, so I fully understand him calling it a day to pay attention to his health.

The most weird thing about the whole situation is that people are coming out of the woodwork to offer a kidney to him.  I'm sure he appreciates the sentiment, but there are so many other people who need a kidney more desperately and are still waiting.  In many cases their family members can't donate to people who need kidneys for whatever reason.  And perfect strangers are offering their kidneys to Alonzo Mourning?  It's just very strange, especially coming from my perspective.  I was willing to be a donor, but the tissue match just wasn't there.  Having a bevy of strangers offering kidneys to him because he's a superstar athlete they don't even know is just a couple of steps beyong bizarre.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:42 PM »
"Come Find Yourself" by the Fun Lovin' Criminals!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:39 PM »
Hmmm, did I just find that somewhere else?  Who could've put that there, of all places....

Other Toy Lines / Re: Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 22, 2003, 11:26 AM »
In my area, these lines sell well:

Star Wars:  Lot's of collectors around here.  The only stuff that ever hangs around are leftovers from last year.

Marvel Legends:  There are a lot of fans of this line here.  Word is that wave 5 showed up, and you woulnd't know is since the collectors around here have been choming at the bit for it.

Muppets:  Sure, they don't have a presence at TRU anymore, but they don't hang around Target or various other chains for very long.

Lord Of The Rings:  With the exception of some items that shipped late in the TTT run, and the first assortment of ROTK, this line sells VERY well.  It's tough to find some things even when they're current.

Simpsons:  There's a diminished interest in the Simpsons lately, but just try getting some of their exclusives, or a basic figure assortment when it's fresh out of the cases.  They're gone before you know it.

MOTU:  These were REALLY hot when they initially came out.  They've cooled off some, I imagine because of the case assortment, but they still move.

Beyblades:  I had no idea there was such an interest in these!  It's crazy to see people after them in the toy aisles!

Transformers:  According to some of my industry sources, Transformers are probably THE hottest toy line going!  The sales numbers are incredible!

Sports Picks:  Can you say hot?  Or perhaps HOT?!?!  The NFL line is SCORCHING HOT, and the other lines trail behind.  NHL is hot in Canada beyond belief, to the point where I've heard numerous anecdotes of fistfights in toy aisles.  McFarlane has a goldmine here.

McFarlane Matrix:  Sure, their case assortments stink.  They've packed too many Neo's into the first assortments cases.  Now, they're just as hot.  When I hear word that the new assortment has shown up, all I find are empty cases.  And the hunt for the Virus Twins in series one was an unenviable one.

These are the lines that just sell unbelievably well in the NY area.  And let me tell you, we've got a PLETHORA of collectors and dealers in this area.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Bail Organa wave is OUT!
« on: November 20, 2003, 02:14 PM »
Got these earlier this week.  Very nice stuff!  I opened everything, and I'm pretty happy with it all.

The bar is a great piece.  I've got Obi-Wan and Elan talking, Lt. Faytonni chatting up Ayy Vida, Anakin walking around aimlessly, and Zam sneaking up on Obi-Wan.  A cool little scene right there.

Padme's nice, although her hood is a little snug.  I got it on a little to well, and when I tried to take it off, her head came off, too.  Thank goodness for balljoints.

Bail makes a great addition to my Palpatine's office scene.  It's nice to get him in there.

The dignitary is paying his respects to the Emporer while keeping a couple of steps back from both Palpatine and the re-issue Vader.  I think they really got a grasp on the scale issue here finally.

Last but not least, my 2 McQuarrie Stormtroopers are ready for battle, with shields and weapons at the ready.  The glowing lightsabers are a novel touch.  You just have to expose them to some light for a little while, and then let them sit in the dark.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Separated at Birth Star Wars Style
« on: November 19, 2003, 04:47 PM »

That just kills me!  If only I could tell you why.

Here's my list.....

1)  Captain Needa.  For some reason, I just want this guy so Vader can choke him.  Strange.

2)  Rep Teers.  This is one of the hooded Gungans from the Otoh Gunga council room.  Yeah, more Gungans?  Right!

3)  TC-6.  This protocol droid didn't even really make it into "The Phantom Menace".  It's a vermillion/red protocol droid with gold trim.  I believe this droid made it into the Visual Dictinary, but that's it.  And frankly, I don't want to have to customize gold trim onto my R-3PO.

4)  Grey Leader.  I don't even know guys name, but he has lines in ROTJ, and a cool helmet.  

5)  Red 10.  He flies interference for Red Leader during his run down the Death Star exhaust port trench attack.  Sure enough, he gets taken out by Vader.  Does he get a figure?  NOOOOO!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 04:06 PM »
Well, I respectfully disagree Spuffy.  A new Bossk is not good news, IMO.  This is one of the few POTF2 figures that was pretty good.  And that self-same POTF2 figure was just re-issued in the Ultimate Bounty 4-pack.  Not good planning, IMO.

If we were to get another Bounty Hunter in the Star Destroyer wave, I would have hoped for 4-LOM.  That's one figure that was in need of resculpting, with it's wasp-like waist.  The protocol droid sculpts have gotten much better in recent years (TC-14, K-3PO, Deluxe C-3PO, R-3PO), and 4-LOM's body is based on a protocol droid.  Just hold your POTF2 4-LOM next to the SAGA Deluxe C-3PO and you'll understand where I'm coming from.

The other choices in the Star Destroyer wave are good by me.  And with only 3 basic figures in the set, I think we might be in store for an Ultra figure for this wave.  My guess is Darth Vader with meditation chamber.

The Battle of Yavin wave is definitely a hit with me.  I like the sculpts and the character choices.  Dodonna, IMO, should've been done as a vintage figure, but that's me.  Antilles is my favorite of the bunch.  I like the work they did, and with the custom I made of Antilles as well as casting my vote for him in the Fan's Choice poll, I'm a happy guy.  Gold Leader is a good addition to this wave as well.  He's got signifigant lines, and plays a small but important role in the attack on the Death Star.  Plus, he was played by Rosie LaRose of Strange Brew!  That makes him cool in my book just by virtue of that fact.

It looks like they may indeed have sculpted a new Rebel blaster for the three Rebels.  A nice touch, since the one that came with the POTJ/SAGA Trooper was a little small.

The Imperial TIE Pilot seems a little odd, but to be expected from this wave.  Who else would Hasbro use to represent the Imperials in this battle? Pilot Vader?  Please, the POTF2 CommTech Vader serves that purpose perfectly.  As for our TIE Pilot, It looks like it might be a different sculpt than the one that's been issued with the three recent TIE exclusives.  The helmet looks slightly larger.  It definitely bears further examination.  The blaster looks like the smaller Imperial blaster that's been shipping since POTJ.

All in all, I like what I see, with the exception of the Bossk news.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: November 15, 2003, 05:40 PM »

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