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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 21, 2006, 09:36 AM »
Well, I think all of the contributions are now in and accounted for, and the grand total is...


Thank you very much to everyone who contributed, no matter what the amount, every donation helped and I'm sure, wherever she is, Shannon was touched by the generosity of each and every person who donated.

I will be purchasing the bonds this weekend ($3100 worth) and I will probably just go ahead and draw the name of the winner of the Shocktrooper bust this weekend as well since I'm not expecting any last minute checks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 18, 2006, 06:59 AM »
The total this morning, after a few more generous contributions came in, is:


I'm expecting at least one more check through the mail, which will put us OVER the $1500 mark!  Thanks again to all those who have contributed, your generosity has been astounding.

Stay tuned for the final tally, and for the results of the August 31st drawing for the Shocktrooper mini-bust + bust up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Completist Collecting
« on: August 16, 2006, 09:58 AM »
Well, now that you mention comics... they are the subject of one of my last and most shameful completist obsessions.  I haven't read an issue of Uncanny X-Men in 10 years, maybe longer, but I still buy it every single month. 

See, I started with issue 150 and have been buying back issues ever since.  I'm now to the point where I need fewer than half a dozen issues to have a complete run.  Although I'll have to win the lottery to be able to afford and justify a halfway decent copy of issue #1, I keep buying the new books just in case.   :-[

Oddly, I do still read X-Men and Astonishing X-Men every month.  Weird, I know.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Completist Collecting
« on: August 15, 2006, 04:38 PM »
After vowing not to buy any, I quickly became a completist when the new 4" figures debuted back in... 95?  Worse than that, I bought two of every carded figure - one to open and one to keep carded.  Fortunately when it came to ships, playsets, cinema scenes, and 12" figures I was content with one of each (to keep MIB).

Things weren't too bad until a day in early May of 1999 when dozens of figures, ships, playsets, Lego sets, etc., etc., etc. all came out on the same day.  I think I spent $600-$700 in less than two hours.  Luckily that glut lead to the Great Action Figure Drought of early 2000 when you couldn't buy a new Episode I figure to save your life.  I say luckily because that glut and the associated disgust with the hobby is what finally broke me of my completist attitude.  Well, it was that and the fact that I really wanted to buy a house but didn't think it was a good idea while carrying close to $18,000 in credit card debt (no, it wasn't all from toys).

Over the next two years (2000-2002) I cut way back on my collecting, paid off all my debts and somehow managed to save enough for a small down payment on a house.  It was during that time that I formulated my current collecting strategy:

1) Buy figures that have a vintage counterpart and are superior to all other modern versions of that figure.  These figures I open.
2) Buy figures that I can get autographed by the actor who played or voiced the character even if it doesn't fit into category 1.  These figures I keep carded
3) Buy the occasional exclusive figure if it's cool, even if it doesn't fit into category 1 or 2.  These figures I keep carded.

I no longer buy ships, playsets or 12" figures at all.  I did however buy all of the VOTC figures, even if the sculpts weren't superior to previous versions of the particular figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone Listen to Podcasts?
« on: August 15, 2006, 04:22 PM »
I don't have an iPod yet, but a friend of mine let me listen to some podcasts she had saved to hers and one of the funniest ones was something called "Ask A Ninja".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:39 AM »
Current tally: $1339

I think there's a real chance we could reach $1500 by the end of the week.  That would be very cool because the EE savings bonds I'm going to buy are purchased at 1/2 face value, which means that for $1500 we'd be able to buy Aidan $3000 in bonds!

Remember, you can PM me for my PayPal or snail mail address and send contributions until the end of the day Friday, August 18.

Thanks, as always, to those who've already so generously contributed!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: August 14, 2006, 11:56 AM »
I made an offer of $35.05 (an even $40 with shipping) for the $200 shirt.  My offer was not accepted, but the seller made a counter offer of $60 (plus shipping, presumably), so if anyone really wants it...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: August 13, 2006, 07:39 PM »
Well I offered $20 bucks for it and got this response... "$20 dollars for the most rare item produced?"

Oooooo that must me it's more rare than a Vintage Rocket Firing Fett be right back I gotta go waste 200 bucks on a shirt.  ::)

There probably are more Rocket Fetts than these T-shirts.  They produced more Fett protos than just about any other Vintage proto because of all the various stages is went through before they eliminated the rocket.  But just because something is rare doesn't make it valuable.
And just because something is rare today doesn't mean SWS isn't going to mass-market them at C4 to make a quick $1000.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 11, 2006, 08:59 AM »
With one week to go to donate, we are up to $1290.

Thanks again to those who have contributed, and to those who would still like to - please PM me for my PayPal or snail mail address.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 9, 2006, 04:30 PM »
No problem, Adam, it's good to know you would if you could.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 9, 2006, 11:02 AM »
Today's total:


Still nine days left to get those contributions in and enter the raffle for the Shocktrooper mini-bust!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: August 7, 2006, 09:53 AM »
Jesus - part of the Alaskan pipeline is offline because of "corrosion" and the execs at BP don't know how this will affect gas prices.

I heard predictions of an increase in oil prices of up to $10/barrel, which would probably translate to at least a $1/gallon increase in gasoline.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Savings Bond for Shannon's Aidan
« on: August 7, 2006, 06:40 AM »
Donations are still funneling in.  With the ones I received this weekend, we're up to:


Thanks everyone!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If You Only Collected One Thing...
« on: August 5, 2006, 09:22 AM »
If I had to choose one modern line to focus on, I guess it would be the 3-3/4" line.  They are the most economical for me to collect.  They're also essentially all I collect that is Star Wars related now, other than autographs.  And since I mostly have 3-3/4" carded figures autographed, it's a no-brainer.

On the other hand, if I had to focus my collecting on only one aspect of all Star Wars collectibles EVER, it would be rarer, higher-end and more esoteric items from the '70s and '80s, like the Sigma ceramic pieces, a ste of original, mint condition metal lunchboxes, etc.

And finally, if I had to choose only one thing, out of everything I collect, I'd probably have to go with original comic art & convention sketches.  I love collecting mass-produced memorabilia, but there is a special feeling that goes along with buying a long-sought-after, one-of-a-kind piece of art, or a sketch/painting that was done just for you.

« on: August 5, 2006, 09:14 AM »
I remember watching reruns of TOS with my older sister when Star Wars was still barely a glimmer in GL's eye.  And TNG satisfied my sci-fi jones during the dark days between ROTJ and TPM.  I never really got into DS9, Voyager or Enterprise though, despite the fact that I watched all three semi-regularly.  I also never bought any of the toys or other memorabilia.

I do like most of the movies, and The Voyage Home will forever be in my list of Top 10 Guilty Pleasure movies.  I'm already looking forward to the next movie in 2008.

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