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Saga '02-'04 / Mace Windu's lightsaber
« on: April 5, 2005, 01:55 PM »
Did anyone ever pick up Mace's Saga boxed lightsaber?  I was trying to get one back when they first came out (in the US, never up here that I know of) and chuckles saw one (or two) one day, went back to pick them up and were gone.  Never to be seen again it would seem. 

A buddy up here scored one off ebay back around that same time, for retail price and then neither of us have seen them on ebay again.  It's just really strange that it seems to have been so underproduced.  I had forgotten all about it until I saw the new ROTS sabers.

So, anyone have one?

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Sorry for posting this here, but it had to go somewhere.  It can be deleted shortly I'd think. 

Kevin, I'm good on the blue guards, thanks though.  If you are stuck with it, I'll take it though, don't want you going to any extra trouble to unload it. 

AS for bowling, we'll see.  Lots of people I want to meet up with at C3, some from Canada too.

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Modern Trading / MOMC Red ARC non-animated for Lava Vader?
« on: March 31, 2005, 04:06 PM »
Yes, I know, I know.  But it's worth a shot.

I have a MOMC red ARC trooper that is the non-animated version I'd happily trade for a Target Lava Vader.  Just in case someone gets lucky.

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Modern Classifieds / Request for a favor - April 2nd
« on: March 30, 2005, 11:49 AM »
Hey folks, I guess I'll do my formal begging here where it should be. 

I'll state it openly, Canada sucks.  Our prices are high ($10.24 per fig after taxes) and the selection is probably going to be much less than you'll experience.  No big promotional events up here. 

So here's what I'm asking:  I expect that for sure we'll see figures 1-24 and probably up to 32 here.  I can handle finding those except for one figure, the blue Senate Security figure.  If it goes up to #40 in decent numbers, there are more figures I would like.  My list of wants is thus:

III-23 Royal Guard - blue only please x3
III-33 Clone Commander x3
III-34 Clone Pilot x3
III-38 AT-TE Gunner x3

So yes, I'm looking for army builders.  I know everyone else is as well, so I'm taking my own request with a grain of salt. 

Anyway, great if you can help out, if not, thanks for looking.

And yeah, I need a Lava Vader too :-[ ::)

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Other Collectibles / ROTS Food Promos: Kellogg's, Frito-Lay, etc.
« on: March 23, 2005, 03:36 PM »
I picked up a couple of the light saber spoons this past weekend.  Both were red, so I still need a green and a blue one.  They're ok, though I preferred the pens to these.  More colors would have been helpful.  I can post pics if anyone wants. 



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Toy Reviews / ROTS Clone Trooper #06
« on: March 9, 2005, 11:59 PM »
Ok, wife called it a night, so I was itching to take some pics and do a bit of a review of the clone trooper I picked up yesterday.  So I dragged him in out of the car and played around a bit.  I also snagged one of my two SA clones for a little comparison. 


A little blurry (they get better) but you can see the scale is pretty good and they differ in only a couple of places.  The helmet is obvious, but the left shoulder is different and the new clone does not have the articulation in the waist that the SA clone does.  You can see the SA twists better (well, at all is the right way to phrase it) but also note his right arm can straighten completely, something the action feature prevents the new clone from doing.


One thing you're going to have to be careful of when opening this guy is that there are two parts hidden in the package.  I almost missed them, but there are two shoulder pads hidden in behind the picture of the clone trooper on the inner bubble.  I didn't notice them initially and one of my early complaints was that the one shoulder looked really weird.  The next picture shows why: there are two peg holes that the shoulder pad fits into.  The pic is a bit blurry, but you can see the hole...


One shoulder pad is plain, no markings.


The other has an Imperial insignia, a harbinger of some change coming in the course of the movie.


Sorry about a couple of the pics again, I couldn't get the to rotate in photobucket and I'm too lazy to reload them :P

You can clearly see the differences in the right and left shoulder in this shot.  Paint is different and it looks like they just didn't bother to take the black as far :-\


As far as poseability goes, they're pretty close to equal.  The ankle articulation is superior in the SA clone, who also has the waist articulation.  During training, they were fairly evenly matched. 


But the superiority of the SA clone shone through at a critical point:



The right arm of the new clone trooper is clearly hampered by the action feature.  He just can't get it as high as the SA clone and that could spell trouble when trying to get the attention of your training sargeant.  Fortunately in this case, it was enough.

Both troopers were able to take the necessary break being certain to not break the unspoken rule of looking away.  You can see the effect the action feature has on the, um, posterior region and hips.  Only the right leg moves to initiate the action feature, but the hips do little in the way of movement, so it won't be nearly as poseable as the SA clone. 

The SA clone came only with the blaster.  It appears that this blaster is identical to the new one that the new clone comes with as well.  Plastic is not too bad, not overly flimsy so it should stand up well.  The difference in size you see is just an artifact of the camera angle, they're identical.  New blaster is above in the picture.


The new clone also comes with a rifle.  It's the same sculpt as those that came with the clone commander (red designation?) and the two pack clones.  The plastic is about the exact same consistency but on mine at least, the silver speckling has been reduced.  The new rifle is on top in the pic.  They are identical in size.


It's not a perfect figure and like most of you, I'd be really happy without the action feature.  With the action feature though it is still leaps and bounds ahead of the red clone we received as a basic figure for Episode II.  So they stepped it up a notch here.  I will be picking up more of these guys, no doubt about that. 

I'll try and fix the rotation of the pics and if I get really motivated, reshoot some.  JD can feel free to host them if they like :P

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Watto's Junk Yard / Fast Food Nation
« on: March 1, 2005, 10:08 AM »


This is a book Scott and I have been throwing little, friendly jabs at each other about for quite some time.  I think we mentioned it at a time when we were both active on RS and exchanged a few comments.  I kept planning on reading it, rather than just dismissing it out of hand which wasn't at all fair.  I finally got around to reading it in October of 04, but never found time to start the thread, as I always promised Scott I would.  Well, I finally did.

I won't say too much for right now as I want to re-read the book in the next coming weeks so I can annotate it so my nit-picking is more specific and can be placed appropriately with context and without vagaries. 

I will suggest this: my perspective is going to be different simply because we do things differently (better, from the perspective this book brings) in Canada with respect to meat/nutrition/labeling etc.  Not to suggest we are perfect, that's far, far from it.  But in a lot of instance there are regulatory issues that we simply don't have, for a variety of reasons. 

I will preface my comments by saying I am a skeptic by nature and anything raised in the mass media garners my immediate skepticism, regardless of any particular bias or side.  I am, by nature, suspicious of groups with agendas and I think there is a good deal of that going on here.  I will warn you that much of what is discussed in the book relates to agriculture and I think a lot of it doesn't have much to do with reality, or conversely is trying to point out was considered normal not more than 20 years ago is now unacceptable.  Not because practices changed, but because sentiments changed, owing largely to an urbanization of the population.  I think the book makes some fair points in instances, but it often carries them too far. 

I'll leave my comments at that for now and would welcome comments from anyone at all into this thread.  It is by no means just a forum for Scott and I as should be obvious, given this is a discussion board. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Just an interesting page with pics - Iwo Jima
« on: February 23, 2005, 04:16 PM »
I was passed along this link from another, non-toy board I go to on occasion.  I'm not trying to glorify war or condone anything in Iraq.  This is simply WWII related and I found it an interesting read.  I have yet to finish going through the comments on the message board it is posted too, so cannot comment on whether or not I agree with the comments therein.  But the first post with the original story and the pictures is fantastic and a grim reminder of what happened in past generations to buy our freedom. 

Iwo Jima photos and story

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LEGO / UCS Deathstar
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:31 AM »
I just noticed Jesse's report on the front page (damn, I should go there more often).  Wondering if anyone has more details - price, availability, etc.

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Just picked up on the fact there'll be a mini saber from MR at C3, so that's two lines that I know of thus far.  I thought we should keep track, if only for fun....

1. C3 exclusive talking Vader figure
2. C3 Master Replicas mini-saber (details?)
3.

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Revenge of the Sith / Enjoying the quiet?
« on: February 16, 2005, 03:58 PM »
In terms of shopping, that is.  I know I am.  And it applies to Star Wars as well as everything else. 

I'm as caught up as can be right now.  Got the preview figures locally, got the clone wars animated stuff (thanks JuvyD and Mikey), caught up on post-OTC (again, thanks Mikey).  Even with other lines, I'm pretty much up to date thanks to local finds and trades (thanks Scott). 

So here I sit, not spending money and I have to tell you, it feels really weird.  I don't have any real urge to go to a store (halfway across the city for the other TRU - I don't think so).  The only thing coming available that over the next six weeks (leaks not included) is McFarlane NBA stuff and if I miss it, who cares?  Nope, nothing much at all.  I suppose ML9 could show up, but since I have a case on order, it's one of those things that don't bother me either. 

April will be a bitch though - depending on what comes out for star wars.  I'm still intent on passing on a lot of early figures to pick up loose for cheaper down the road.  If the clones end up coming at the same time, well then there will be some expenditure of cash for sure.  McFarlane is releasing NHL11 (Canadian exclusive with Jets Khabibulin) and Legends 2 hockey at that time.  I think it's May before NBA legends come out.  Otherwise just sitting peacefully. 

Ebay is my only real danger and even that I just look at.  If it's a good deal, I'll bid.  If not, oh well, no harm.  If only I had some restraint, I'd be so much better off. 

How about you?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Talk about frustration...
« on: January 28, 2005, 10:25 PM »
My latest two orders online for Star Wars stuff have been a fiasco.

EE - Sith bust ups case.

SSW.com - chrome bust and stormie bust ups

Background: I've ordered from both of these retailers before with great success, using one of two credit cards, depending on varying factors.  I've always listed the delivery and billing address as the same, chuckles address in Minnesota.  Why?  Simply because both organizations pretty much rape Canadians on shipping, then we get bent over again for customs and/or brokerage fees.  It is (SADLY) cheaper for me to get them shipped first to MN and then on to me here via USPS.  That is first order pathetic.  I've ordered from EE about 3 times and a good half dozen from SSW.com. 

Situation: Both of my credit cards have been rejected by both retailers this week.  Two different credit cards, two different retailers.  They are telling me that the issue is with the bank.  Nuh-uh, not buying it.  I called both card issuers, explained the situation, both in terms of what I'm ordering and where it is being shipped.  No big deal they say, do what you want, we're not declining anything, you spend way too much money. 

Why it's ******* up: Back during the Gentle Giant Luke Stormie bust fiasco, same thing happened.  Their own software would not allow them to ship goods to a delivery address different from the billing address.  I gave in on that one and got biatched for $30 in brokerage fees.  I also was utterly annoying to GG's customer service department and they've (supposedly) resolved the issue.  Monday will tell on that one.  Now I suspect that both have changed their software quite recently and that is causing the error. 

Remember, I ordered and have received the chrome stormtrooper bust from SSW.com in the last couple of weeks and ordered my series 1 bust ups from EE. 

The worst part, I called EE today to resolve this.  They put the card through while I was on the phone.  It was approved and processing. I received a confirmatory email from them and an apology from a CS rep for the trouble. 

Now I have to continue the fiasco, probably going to happen with Gentle Giant on Monday too.   >:(

And oh yeah, Amazon had no problem on Tuesday of this week doing just what I always do.  Gggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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Watto's Junk Yard / I smell a rat. Again
« on: January 21, 2005, 10:48 AM »
Got an email today, looks officious enough:

E-Mail ID #3821 Notification of Limited Account Access
From service >:(@paypal.com

Dear PayPal valued member,

PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for
its community of buyers and sellers.

To protect the security of your account, PayPal employs
some of the most advanced security systems in the world
and our anti-fraud teams regularly screen the PayPal
system for unusual activity.


Recently, our Account Review Team identified some unusual
activity in your account.

In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement and to ensure
that your account has not been compromised, access to
your account was limited.

To restore your account please click on the link bellow:

http: >:(//www. >:(paypal.com/cgi-bin/     >:(webscr?cmd=_login-run

If you fail to restore your account access by the date
shown below, your account will be closed.


This notification expires on the 23th of January, 2005.


Do not click on that link - links modified to non clickable

Rather than checking that link, I went to a couple of other sites, then into my paypal account.  Nothing amiss and no similar notice at all.   >:(   I suppose it could be real, but I seriously doubt it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Need me some directions: West Lafayette
« on: January 10, 2005, 11:24 AM »
Ok, I've got a meeting coming up in West Lafayette, Indiana.  I need to fly there and will do so on Northwest, my only real choice.  But on checking nwa.com I am not able to fly direct into W. Lafayette, something that strikes me as strange.  I was hoping to avoid renting a car, but it is appearing I'll have to fly into Indianapolis and then drive out :-\  Anyone have any suggestions of how to do this...can I fly direct into W.L.?  Is there a closer spot to fly to?  Where's the airport in Indy, will I have to drive through/around the entire city? 

Stoopid Purdue. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Exercise is bad for you: Proof.
« on: January 5, 2005, 01:19 PM »

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