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Has anyone seen this in action at a show to understand the features?  Do the doors open?  Does it have lights/sounds?

As I recall the original smaller version they sold years ago didn't have operable doors, etc. and I ended up selling it because it was kind of lame.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:50 PM »
The jury is still out for me.  I was paying $10/month and almost exclusively just using the DVD service.  When they separated the costs, we went with DVD only, which only costs me $8/month.  I've noticed no difference in my service, so if the name change goes smoothly, I'm still happy with the $8.  We get about 5-6 movies per month for less than what a single movie ticket out would can you not be happy with that?

I think the name change is retarded, but I too will stick with "Qwikster".  Awesome service.  Awesome selection.  Awesome price.

I know they're trying to get ahead of the curve on this, but I think they're way too far out on the curve.  Its hard for me to believe that there are going to be that many more people that prefer streaming over DVD by mail in the next five years.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 2, 2011, 04:19 PM »
Screaming deal at my local Costco.  $26 for a bundled battle pack two pack.  Awesome deal if you want some older figures. Random assortment of bundled Battle of Orto Plutonia, Rishi Outpost Attack, Holocron Heist, Clone Troopers and Droids, Jedi Showdown.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: August 14, 2011, 09:27 PM »
Not a specific season question, but does anyone know if there is a guide to what is G rated within the Clone Wars episodes and what is PG?  My 4-year old has been bugging me to watch "Star Wars" (Clone Wars cartoons) and we've watched a few from season 1 & 2 DVDs, but I can only clearly remember a few of these being both entertaining and G rated.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: July 10, 2011, 01:53 PM »
I was looking at the paper the other day with photos of the last space shuttle launch when my 3 year old asked me if we could go ride "the rocket ship".

Without getting in the politics of the space program, funding, etc - I think its a shame we wont have another significant manned space flight for at least another ten years, and likely longer.

Growing up in the '70s I loved everything space.  They still had moon landings in the early 70s and were quickly transitioning to the space shuttle.  It was an awesome thing to think about and see.  I can remember my first trip to FL included a stop at Cape Canaveral, right after Disney.  I remember being so excited to see all the stuff and remember a presentation on the ceramic tiles they were going to put on the space shuttle to dissipate the heat or re-entry.

Its sad to think my oldest son isn't going to see a significant launch until in to his teenage years at the earliest.  I'm also cynical that after a few more administrations and changes at NASA its going to be 20+ years before we do anything other than ride a Russian rocket to the *yawn* international space station.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How Many States Have You Been To?
« on: July 5, 2011, 10:12 PM »
I've been to 44 - all but:
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • New Mexico
  • Alaska

One of my goals is to at least drive past all the state capitols as well.  I think I've hit about 35 capitols of the 44 states that I've been to.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:12 PM »
After one day of kid play I've officially lost one of the small railings on the top of the AT-ST.  Maybe it will come out in a diaper load tomorrow.

The other two came off, but I found them.  I'll super glue them on later if I can locate (and sanitize) the missing third one.

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.

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