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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Place You Have Traveled
« on: September 17, 2003, 03:51 PM »
There's a few places I can rattle off:

Maui, Hawaii:  This place is paradise on earth.  Wow!  I usually don't go in for tropical locales, but this place was perfect.

Napa Valley, California:  Perfect weather, beautiful area.  And the best wine in North America.

Rocky Mountains, Colorado:  I was in the mountains just west of Pike's Peak (in the vicinity of Colorado Springs), and it was amazing.  Being at elevation was weird, but it was awe inspiring.  Especially this area of rock formations near Colorado Springs called Garden of The Gods.  Wow!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Value packs
« on: September 16, 2003, 12:21 AM »
Got the Anakin & Lieutenant and Yoda & Commander value packs tonight.  I think it's kind of cool that they actually noted the ranks of the Clone Troopers on the bubble inserts.

I also have to wonder, how well will this Anakin fit into his Starfighter?

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 15, 2003, 08:18 AM »
So, anyone find NFL6 yet?  There's some wacky pieces in this series, like a Falcons Brett Favre, Chiefs Rich Gannon, Panthers Stephen Davis, and of course, Dallas Emmitt Smith.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 14, 2003, 11:10 PM »
The interrogation droid would be cool with an A New Hope Leia.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 14, 2003, 02:02 PM »
Gotta wonder what might be on tap for this line in 2004.  They've done some great work thus far, and a lot with the core characters.  Where else can they go now?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 14, 2003, 01:59 PM »
The Council when put together is bigger than I thought it would be.  I've still got to wonder, if I put together two Ultarama bases and buy another 4 Jedi Council Screen Scenes, how would it look?

As for the new Jedi Council Screen Scene?  I like it a lot.  Although, Depa Billaba is VERY minimally articualted.  I like Yarael Poof alot, but I get the feeling he should be taller.  Also, Yaddle seems REALLY tiny.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 12, 2003, 04:31 PM »
A friend of mine just got me the second set.  I picked them up today, and they look really cool!  I've yet to open them, but I'm gonna do it really soon.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Value packs
« on: September 11, 2003, 11:25 PM »
Not a great figure (The clone) IMO, but with a super articulated clone coming the rehashed Saga clone's just fine and dandy as something to add variety I think.

This might be that super articulated Clone Trooper.  As it is, this Clone Trooper has 14 points of articulation (if you include the two axes that the knees are articulated on):

-right shoulder
-right elbow (pivot joint)
-right wrist
-left shoulder
-left elbow (pivot joint)
-left wrist
-right hip
-right knee (bend)
-right knee (pivot)
-left hip
-left knee (bend)
-left knee (pivot)

The true test will be to see if these Clone Troopers wind up being individually carded in a later series.  My guess is that they might go with the same sculpt.

« on: September 11, 2003, 11:20 PM »
Well, I've found the multi-packs, but not the value packs yet.  I think both have their pluses and minuses.

-PRICE POINT:  Multi-packs are $10 - $15 for 3 minimally articulated figures;  The value packs are added on to existing Clone Wars figures at a sub $5 price point.  ADVANTAGE:  Value Pack

-SCULPT/ARTICULATION:  The sculpts are pretty cool on the multi-packs.  However, the articulation is severely lacking;  The sculpt and the articulation are both good on the value pack Clone Troopers.  ADVANTAGE:  Value Pack

-ARMY BUILDING:  This one seems applicable.  With the multip-pack, you've got 5 different ranks represented in 4 different poses.  Quite an addition to any army builders displays.  The Value Packs have the disadvantage of being packaged with individual characters.  The Anakin Skywalker and Yoda are nice, but not nice enough to buy lots of them so that you can add more Commanders and Lieutenants to your army.  The ARC Trooper appears to be the saving grace here, with it's own army builder status and a white Clone Trooper as the added value.  A tough call here, but ADVANTAGE:  Multi-pack.

The criteria are probably different for everyone, but that's my take.  I think the value pack clones are great (having quite a few of the red SAGA ones already), they just aren't totally conducive to army building.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So I Drove by The Ranch...
« on: September 11, 2003, 04:51 PM »
I don't know about you guys, but if I was in the area....I'd go to the wineries and indulge in some of California's finest!  And then probably get a DUI ticket.  ;)

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 10, 2003, 11:29 PM »
MLB7 is out!  I got some cool pieces, namely both versions of Bernie Williams, the Marlins "Pudge", and the Angels Jim Edmons.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: In Memory of those who died
« on: September 10, 2003, 11:27 PM »
I think that as September 11, 2003 quickly approaches, that we remember those who lost their lives in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.  It's not about politics, or anything on the left or the right.  It's about the people who died on those planes, at the Pentagon, and in the World Trade Center.  And it's also about the people who worked tirelessly to rescue and help others.  

I know one firefighter who miraculously survived the collapse of one of the Trade Center Towers, sheltered in a stairwell with other firefighters.  I've known him since 1976, and I now hold him in the highest esteem for having run into that building in the hopes of saving some of the people in the Trade Center.  And I also know many families in my area that had people who never came home.

Have the politics of the situation been blurred?  Yes.  But the people who were lost should never be forgotten, and your memories of them should be crystal clear.  Always remember the 3,000 plus people who never came home.  Always remember the 343 firefighters who didn't make it out of the World Trade Center.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So I Drove by The Ranch...
« on: September 10, 2003, 11:16 PM »
Scott, did you check out any of the Napa Valley?  It's really a treat, especially if you like wine.  There's a lot of wineries that aren't very far from the ranch.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Who is this girl?
« on: September 10, 2003, 06:36 PM »
I would certainly think that Darth Vader would employ "agents" of some sort to assist in hunting down the Jedi.  I think Aurra Sing's a possibility, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's your shopping Karma?
« on: September 10, 2003, 06:13 PM »
Today, it really paid off!  I had a great toy run, and I was pleasant as can be with all the store employees I came across.

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