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Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 22, 2011, 12:19 AM »
Just got around opening my AT-ST for my 3-year old.  I had been super excited to get this and "complete" my Galactic Heroes collection.

However, after two minutes out of the box the little railings on the top of the hatch all came off.  Really crappy design there.  I have no idea why those aren't molded / glued on, or just not even on the toy.  Not a good design for little kids much less older kids.

With some futzing I did manage to get the AT-ST to stand, but its not super kid friendly.  However my son loves opening and closing the hatches on the front and top. 

Overall I'm a bit *meh* on this one.  Not a great value, although not terrible either.

I just found out that HBO is running a free preview on Directv this weekend.  So I set the DVR to record the first episode.  As best as I can tell, I've read enough of the first book to be able to watch it.

Watched the premier last night with the free weekend on DirecTV.  I haven't read the books but have been following the discussion in the threads.

I hope I don't piss anyone off, but I found the premier a bit underwhelming.  Lots and lots of setup, but not a whole lot of action, and unfortunately the setup seemed to be mostly around power plays to control the throne, which didn't really grab my attention yet.  I also found all of the characters, their lineage, motivation, and alliances a little hard to follow after just one hour. 

I think they might have been better served with a two hour premier to get you deeper in to the story, get you more interested in the characters, etc., and show some action.  Seriously, it was 60 minutes of talking with maybe 90 seconds of action (unless you count the random T&A).  But at this point I don't feel too bad about not having HBO to see this.  If everyone raves about its greatness I might eventually track it down on Netflix.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: January 31, 2011, 11:25 PM »
I think Season 3 was the beginning of the really awesome stuff. 

I think at the end of Season 2 they had signed a contract that gave them a defined end point (six seasons).  I had the feeling that they were a bit "week to week" in the first two seasons with story arcs that weren't as good because they didn't know how long they would be able to keep going for.  The contract allowed them to really script things out and put really elaborate story arcs together.

As you'll see, some of them take the whole six seasons to play out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: January 31, 2011, 08:09 PM »
Season 2 was awesome.  The introduction of the Tailies added some great characters and "red shirt" fodder.

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.

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