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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: January 19, 2011, 03:50 PM »
As a collector I'm not all that interested in this ship, but as a dad with little kids who love the playability of things like the Turbo Tank, I hope this is a kick-a$$ kids toy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Great 2011 Collector's Challenge
« on: January 8, 2011, 02:31 PM »
I sold a pile of stuff this year, coming out net $400 in my pocket.  That is the first time that has ever happened.  Hopefully I can continue the trend for 2011 and eliminate a lot of my extras.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Boba Fett Mail-Away Offer?
« on: January 4, 2011, 04:24 PM »
Got mine yesterday in minty condition.  Pretty sweet.  Now I'm tempted to get a second.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: This week in SW Comics.....
« on: October 13, 2010, 01:04 PM »
Anybody know much about the Titan UK Star Wars Comic series that is about to start?

Any ideas on how to get this in the US?  I asked Sci-Fi Genre and they couldn't get it.  I can't find a way on Titan's site to order one either.  Are these going to be re-printed by Dark Horse at some point?  My understanding is that their "Tales" line is mostly reprinted UK comics.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:49 PM »
yeah, I was surprised to see its still available too.  I got 1000/2500.  They must just throw them in a box and randomly pull them out.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: August 4, 2010, 11:48 AM »
Thanks for the note.  I ordered one.  Not sure if I should have given my general ability to find these cheaper on the secondary market but I like this one enough to actually pay retail for it.

I've been following auctions of this one and they have been going for $125, but they're also brand new and hadn't been easily available.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: August 3, 2010, 07:04 PM »
McQuarrie concept Darth Vader is now in stock at Gentle Giant's site.  Looks like they only let you order one.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: July 21, 2010, 10:52 AM »
Got my pre-order in for the McQuarrie Vader.

How many are members allowed to pre-order?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 100 Best Places to Live - 2010 Edition
« on: July 13, 2010, 10:50 PM »
Interesting the Minnesota typically rates fairly highly regardless of which particular list you look at though...

That's what happens when your effective tax rate is 60% - you get the best parks, best schools, best arts, etc.  You just don't have any money left to spend on those things  :'(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
« on: May 5, 2010, 08:18 PM »
Anyone have a good recommendation on a book(s) for teaching yourself CSS and how to design html4/5 compliant sites with it?

No.  I usually just use the source copy and paste method from sites I like.  You can usually figure out the code without too much trouble and build a library of functionality in no time.  But then again I'm not overly creative and like to take as many shortcuts as possible.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: America: The Story of Us
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:02 PM »
I enjoyed the shows last night, but was a little torn by how quickly they moved through the content. 

I liked the fact that all of the video recreations, etc. seemed to be all new and very well done.  However after watching the in depth multi-part Revolution series a few years ago I was unsure if I liked how quickly "The Story of Us" moved through some really meaty sections of the Revolutionary War and completely left out other key parts.  They dwelled on other areas that were colorful, but maybe less important. 

I felt that they could have done a better job telling how we got our asses kicked in a lot of battles and were close to losing the whole thing, only to pull out a victory in the end.  They seemed to say that "a bunch of stuff happened", Washington camped at Valley Forge in the snowy, poopy mud, then we won the battle at Yorktown, and then we hung our flag up and smiled.

Overall I liked it and learned some new things I hadn't known before, but didn't feel this was a very deep or accurate telling of the Revolutionary War.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-ray?
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:45 PM »
They could get the newly minted Blu-Ray discs done this year, but they put it off a year so they could produce the repainted figures, ships, books, CDs, etc. that will tie in with the giant media blitz  ::)

Yeah, all of my "commodity" auctions for things like POTF2 Yoda figures are only domestic.  If I've got something somewhat rare I often list it internationally if I feel it can get significantly more for it elsewhere.  And I pad my international shipping quotes to only send via trackable methods to deal with the potential headaches.

If its too late to change the auction listing, just figure out what the price would be to ship to the potential bidder's country and send him/her a quote.  When the auction completes just have them overpay you via PayPal the correct amount to make up the difference in shipping.  I've done this a bunch of times.  Just make it clear with the potential bidder how the transaction will be completed.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Pacific (HBO)
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:06 AM »
Overall I thought the first episode was decent, but not great.  Probably on par with an average Band of Brothers episode.  

It'll be interesting to see how they string this series together.

Band of Brothers was great because you got to stay with the same characters and watch them grow/interact throughout the war.  

I can't imagine they'll be able to do that with The Pacific as very few ground units fought in more than a couple of battles.  I can already see that they're trying to flashback/tie neighborhoods and friends together to create some ties from episode to episode, but I still think it will be mostly isolated stories.  I'll also be interested to see if they tell anything from the Navy's point of view due to how important a role they played in the Pacific war.

I got to see a free preview on DirecTV, but don't have HBO, so I'm going to have to wait until this comes out on DVD to finish the series.

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