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Watto's Junk Yard / Daily Show
« on: March 31, 2004, 01:13 AM »
Anyone catch this tonight?  The Daily Show's at its all-time best.  The story on the spammer was simply great.

It showed this guy that's a spammer trying to justify his actions, and honesty it made this guy just look like a fool from start to finish (really little needed to be done to make him look like a fool.  He did all the work).

The guy even gave out his email address of and they flashed it up on the screen.  :)  

Too Funny.

Stewart's taken this show to a whole new level... The new staff they have are great and don't miss a beat when old staff move on...  The whole thing's just great. :)  Anyone else live to see this at 11 every night?  I know I watch my local news early just to be sure I don't miss this, haha.

Conventions / Pittsburgh Comic Con
« on: March 23, 2004, 11:45 PM »
Coming April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd is the 11th Annual Pittsburgh Comic Con.

Check here:

Anyone attending from the boards here?  Of course I'll be there since it's about 40 minutes from my house at most, but will likely only attend the Saturday show because of my time constraints on the weekends.

I'm sure most of the Pittsburgh guys are gonna be there like BobaFett14 from Scum forums and some of the Eastern half guys (Bill Cable I think is coming out for it).

The show this year coincides with the same weekend of the Pittsburgh Toy Show as well.  Mousedroid let us know at Rebelscum that this wasn't intentional but that it's worked out that way.  They're in the same building, so you can do a Con and Toy Show the same day.  Makes things convenient.

If you're gonna be in town, you'll have to let me know...  Either to run into each other or even if you're curious about things to do after the show's closed.

The show's at the Pittsburgh Expo-Mart by the way, which is in the Suburb of Monroeville (Not within the Downtown Pitt area) which is really easily accessible.  Very convenient for everyone to get to, and only a 15 or 20 minute jaunt (traffic permitting) down into the heart of the city too.

Saga '02-'04 / Not to start a Scalper Topic, but.....
« on: March 12, 2004, 03:25 PM »
I posted this over at Rebelscum, as that's where this whole thing took place (In the customs section) but I was appauled to see someone blurt out how proud they are to scalp things.

No misunderstandings, this person simply scalps and is proud of it...

Wanna read the thread?  It's all  RIGHT HERE for your viewing pleasure.  I actually got into a debate with this woman about selling custom figures, and stealing other people's work like custom cards and selling them in particular.  

I did a little snooping of this person's Ebay auctions though, and found that she scalps brand new Saga figures as well...  

I called her on it, and she as much admitted that she buys up stuff to make a profit off it.

Some of my particular favorite quotes of hers in her lame arguments include:

Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

The reason why you see the saga figures on Ebay right now is because they are hot off the shelves and I can make money off them. I have probably 1000 carded figures from POTF, POTJ, EP1, SAGA and vintage. I collect them because they are there, but that doesn't mean I think they are any good. I see people scuplt much better figures with their own 2 hands. Hasbro is purely out for profit and not to please us collectors. That is the "real" shame of this hobby.

& Jedimasteraimster Wrote:

Nor, do I like people calling me unscrupulous because I engage in activites that 100,000+ others engage in, such as making profit off a hobby. Hell, people paint, cross stitch, and do tons of things and sell them on Ebay for profit.

Like I said...  Far be it from me to start a scalper thread here...  I'm often as tired of them as you are, but when I see a scalper proudly discussing his/her actions on a collecting forum, I flat out chuckle about it...  Then I let everyone know who is out there gloating about what they do.

What a charmer that person is!    :)

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Jedi Luke (Jabba's Palace)
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:30 PM »
Yeah yeah yeah, been a while, I know...   :P

But, finally a new review is up and running, and hopefully we'll have some more right around the corner.  

This week it's Jedi Luke from Jabba's Palace...  Feel free to check him out RIGHT HERE, and as always let us know what you think here in our forums.

My opinion was a real roller-coaster on this figure...  Some great features, and some not-so-great features like bad paint aps, poor accessories, and lacking articulation.

Check out the review linked above or on our front page, and speak your mind though.  Gonna be tough to compete with Brad's Jedi Luke review there, but I think we can try.   :P

PS: Thanks to Brad, Scott, Matt, Chris B., and the gang here for putting this up for me!

Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Sith Infiltrator on Ebay
« on: February 22, 2004, 04:52 AM »
A very nice 3.75" scale Sith Infiltrator's made its way up on Ebay.

This thing looks perfectly to-scale, and I can't see much detail that wasn't missed.  Opening cockpit, boarding ramp, etc...  This is just a nicely made ship, top to bottom.  Excellent detail work, and a great paintjob to boot.

Here's some pics from the creator's  WEBSITE RIGHT HERE :

Maul in shot for scale comparison

Cockpit Detail

Overall Ship

Watto's Junk Yard / Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:43 PM »
I don't usually get into deep thought, but with one class I'm taking I am somewhat forced into self-reflection and evaluation of who I am and how I behave with and to my fellow man.

I go to a private Catholic College Northeast of Pittsburgh, but relatively close to the city (like 15 minutes).  As it's a Catholic school, I'm forced to take a religious studies/philosophy course as part of my curriculum.  That, at first, seemed AOK by me, as I'm always open to broadening my mind to new things.  No biggie, right?

Well, last semester I took "Introduction to World Religions" because I thought it'd be pretty basic, and give me some grassroots knowledge about religions that (at the time) I thought I already had at least a loose understanding of.

I found out that my instructor, a Catholic priest and a nice guy (don't let my following negative opinion sour you on the kinda guy he is), had different things in mind.  The class encompassed everything from North and South American Indian religious beliefs to religions of the ancient world...  And it ran right up through current religions as well.

A very difficult course ultimately, so I wound up withdrawing because my GPA has to be relatively high for some of my grants and financial aid to be approved.  Better a W than an F.

So this semester I replaced the previous Rel/Phil class with "Contemporary Moral Problems in Modern Society".

Quite a mouthful.

I've found it a bit more easy to comprehend, as there's much less terminology that has words that are completely foreign to me.  Literally.  World Religions of course has tons of terms that are simply not easily translated to the English language so it almost felt like learning some other language necessary for theology classes last semester.

Anyway, my Morality class I'm taking this semester is still difficult because I find my instructor (same priest as last semester) is simply a tough instructor in both his pace and the material he covers.

The class though, discusses various ethical theories and ideas...  Thing's like Kantian Deontologism, Ross's "Prima Facie" Deontologism, Egoism (What I've determined I practice), various forms of Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, etc...

Lots of stuff, simpler to understand though because the basic root of these terms aren't foreign to me so I can cope with this class more.

Anyway, the class makes you reflect on yourself somewhat, because we discuss various ethical situations, and how we personally would react to them.

I find that, when it comes to business (which both my majors are central to) I tend to focus on performing efficiently...  As I should.  To acheive the maximum benefit for the most people.  This sometimes includes difficult choices though, like say cutting benefits to employees when a company is failing (a fairly simplistic example, but you get the point).

On the issue of personal ethical choices though, I find I'm much more the egoist.  To those who dislike me, it's probably no surprise.  To myself, I was slightly surprised to the extent it was, but overall I expected it since I like to think I know myself fairly well, and I know that I like to make myself happy foremost.  

In personal decisions, few outside individuals actually ever influenced me.  

So, do you ever do self-reflection and realize you're a jagoff too?

Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone Into R/C Cars, Trucks, or Buggies?
« on: January 16, 2004, 05:23 PM »
Just a general call to anyone who is into the hobby of Remote Controlled vehicles...  Whether you race them, horse around in your back yard, belong to a club, or whatever...  I'm just curious who maybe has an interest in this hobby.

I used to be into them, starting out with Tyco vehicles when I was a little kid then moving onto the big hobby trucks when I turned into my teen years.

I got a Kyosho Outlaw Ultima Stadium Truck when I was around 14/15 years of age and built the kit myself.  I had a blast with that, but now I'm wanting to move onto bigger and better things.

I'm looking to get into Nitro trucks (gas powered) and even do a little star wars customizing crossover, but mostly I want the truck just to play around with when I'm bored out here in the sticks.

If anyone's into the hobby, please feel free to jump into the conversation...  Share what you have, what you do (race or play), etc...  I'm curious how many here are into it besides myself.

The Wookiee Arcade / Battlefront at Star
« on: January 14, 2004, 02:32 AM »
Star Wars: Battlefront, a new Multiplayer Shooter game has made its initial official appearance around the web at (of all places)

The game, to me, appears to be a Star Wars version of the immensely popular game, Battlefield 1942, which pits various Allies and Axis troops, tanks, planes, and other items against each other in multi-player gaming format.

Be sure to read the whole shebang right here at:

I personally am not fond of this type of game so I can safely say this is NOT tickling this gamer's fancy at the moment.  To me nothing can replace a single-player story driven game, and MP wears pretty thin after a while.

With that said, the title (for PC, X-Box, and PS2) shouldn't see its share of gamers who've been hell bent on playing a Star Wars version of BF1942 (Which has a conversion project for Star Wars actually in the works, and which is an all but useless effort now).

Here's some screenshots for you:

Nice AT-ST, and good graphics...  Shaping up to look decent at the least.

Nice lineup of Rebel troop types running around there too.

Still, I think a great Squad-based First Person shooter with a multi-player feature, but single-player based game would've been more welcome.  While Republic Commando's well in the works with what seems like something similar, I think fans are craving a classic trilogy Squad based FPS game to come out from somewhere.  

Since I've played Call of Duty (A WW2 FPS shooter), I've been itching to do some gaming in Star Wars, and in a similar fashion.  Levels that follow the war and have a purpose.  MP isn't gonna cut it for me though.  :(

Customs Community and Group Projects / - News and Updates
« on: January 14, 2004, 01:58 AM »
Tooting my own horn a bit...  And Jason's (aka CorranHorn) horn since he actually physically posted this at FFURG for me since I'm a complete PC moron. has officially updated with a new reference section by yours truly, Jesse James, pertaining to the PC Flight simulator game, X-Wing: Alliance.  The link can be found right here:

and here's a bit of a teaser...  OOOOoooo

I like to think it's a nice little set-up with pictures and descriptions of the main characters heard/seen throughout the X-Wing: Alliance Flight simulator.

The game's a great game, and a not too shabby story either, so it's fun to check out even if you don't plan to do figures from the game even.  It gives you a brief teaser to the game/story anyway.

So please check it out...  Use it to crank out some figures perhaps too.  I think some of those guys would be great to use up some Imperial Dignitary bodies, or Orn Free Tah, or other Senator/long robe type characters.  Just a thought.

And as always, may the FFURG be with you!

PS: Thanks to Jason (Corran Horn) again for posting it and always doing lots of work for FFURG.  More than I ever do anyway.   ;D

Saga '02-'04 / Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 5, 2004, 05:04 PM »
BobaFett14, a guy I know from my local collector group mentioned this idea over at before, and it's one I really love.

It's a "Vs. 2-pack" idea with Super Articulated Army Builder-type figures sold together on a single card.  Imagine the possibilities though!

-SA Clone Vs. SA Battledroid
-SA Stormtrooper Vs. SA Rebel Fleet Trooper
-SA Scouttrooper Vs. SA Endor Rebel Trooper
-SA Snowtrooper Vs. SA Hoth Rebel Trooper
-SA Jedi Knight (Various) Vs. SA Super BattleDroid or Destroyer Droid
-SA Rebel Pilot Vs. SA Imperial Pilot

That's a pretty cool idea to me though, and could include lots of other characters/ideas...  Like what about a SA Fett Vs. SA Han or Luke maybe?

The army builder idea though rocks...  Great way to get army builders (Good SA versions) out en masse to the people and at a fair price for 2 good figures.  

I would sink tons of $ into this idea...  I mean a lotta dough.  It's one of the better army building ideas I've heard in ages, and would seem to apply to other aspects of the line as well beyond army builder figures.

Saga '02-'04 / Jimmy Smitts a tall lanky sort?
« on: December 23, 2003, 11:34 AM »
Anyone possibly have an idea how tall Jimmy Smitts is?  His figure is REALLY tall compared to my Rikean figure.  A head above him really.  Seems odd unless the guy is tall and whoever played Riekean is short.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Am I the only one...?
« on: December 18, 2003, 12:25 PM »
Who's been taking his Super Poseable Clone Trooper and putting all kinds of different weapons in his hands and envisioning all these different "Super Articulated" figures that should be holding them?

Like I gave him the long CT Stormtroooper rifle and he just looks great...  Then I gave him Dr. Evazan's pistol (From Bo Shek) and posed him holding it with 2 hands like the production photo of a stormtrooper they used in the Visual Dictionary.

Then I put a Rebel Assault Rifle in his hands and imagined Endor Soldiers and Hoth Rebels able to hold their rifles in all the different poses I put my clone into.

He even held small blasters like Han's pretty well, and in a believeable fashion (though his fingers are a little too open for some of the gun handles.

The best was putting the proper scaled Imperial E-11 Blaster from Cloud City Escape Chewbacca into his hands, and imagining stormtroopers holding that blaster the same way.

I really can't get over the fun this figure has given me. :)  And I don't even care for the prequals as much as classic characters.  I wish every figure I had was this much fun!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / BE CAREFUL (Please Read about Super Clone)!!!
« on: December 15, 2003, 03:28 PM »
Be Careful with your new Super Articulated/Poseable Clones!

I got one just today and haven't been able to put the guy down enough hardly to get posts typed up, but in the time I've played with him I've learned that he does NOT pose well in the kneeling position.
I've seen people with him kneeling in pictures, and I believe they're doing possible damage to the thigh joint if they are doing this.  

When posting him so he kneels, one the leg which is up is being pried from its socket, and could tear the joint that holds it into the lower torso.

BE CAREFUL, because this leg plastic is the pliable kind and will tear if enough stress is applied to it.  I've not hurt mine, but I did notice it doing this while I was trying to pose my clone in a kneeling pose.

Perfect figure?  Guess not...  The ball/socket joint at the thigh/hip a couple of us have thought about would've gone a LONG way here in helping this figure pose kneeling down (or even sitting.  It's his armor that hinders his ability to move at the legs).

I'm not really that disappointed by this, and still consider this the best figure Hasbro's ever done, but it is proof to me that this isn't "perfect" and still has a few kinks to work out.

Maybe in future Super articulated figures???  :)  Hasbro?  Ya there?  Ya hear that?  Super articulated Fleet Troopers, and Stormtroopers, Scouttroopers, and Snowtroopers, and Hoth Rebel Troopers, and Endor Rebel Troopers, and and and...  Come on!  This Clone rocks!


By the way, I CAN get my Clone in a kneeling pose like on the back of the card, it's possible, but it's not easy and damage CAN occur if you try too hard to pose him like this...  So I hope this warning helps anyone possibly getting frustrated posing their clone(s) out there.

God this figure rocks!

Toy Reviews / NEW Review: Obi-Wan Ackley Battle!
« on: November 21, 2003, 07:50 PM »

And there'd be the link for you all.

A let-down of a 2002-2003 figure if I ever saw one, but the review's worth reading if you've seen this guy of late and were considering nabbing one.  Oddly, not a pegwarmer, but I reckon it's more due to the fact the figure didn't see a disgustingly wide distribution like most 2002-2003 figures were seeing.

Read on through to my review and let me hear your thoughts...  Good, bad, or otherwise.

And apologies for the lateness of our review section.  Coordination for the war effort's a tough thing to accomplish, but we're getting on track and I think we'll see reviews up relatively regularly. :)  Hopefully more regularly than we had been seeing anyway, haha.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / What the heck do you want?
« on: November 12, 2003, 04:50 PM »
From the Clone Wars line? :)

What more could we be asking for?  I start this topic because, having seen 3 chapters of Clone Wars, I'm geeked to see more and want more toys from this line now.

Here's my wishlist right now:

Basic Figures

-Clone Pilot...  Utilize the Ultra Clone body, and add a new head.  Include the blaster pistol/assault rifle (tiny clone gun) for him incase he gets shot down. :)

-NEW Red Battledroid...  New sculpt with, if possible, more articulation.  I've seen customizers do it.  Use a sturdier plastic, make them in clean and Batlle-damage versions.  Include a rifle and a shoulder-launcher.

-Battledroid COmmander...  Reuse the above sculpt, give him the smaller commander backpack, and a pair of macro-binoculars ala OOM-9.

-Basic Battledroid variants...  Green, Tan, do all the variants of the basic infantry droid.  I know, not seen in the CW toon yet, but they have been seen in other forms of EU, so I'd dig it.  And the tan of course are from E1/Trade Fed.

-New ARC sculpt...  Utilize a lot of the Ultra Clone pieces (As many as possible) and then just retool a little for a new ARC with a soft-goods skirt.  Give him the twin carbines and working holsters with a pair of macro-binocs.  I'd take him in red, blue, and even some other colors if they wanted to offer him up that way.  The more the merrier, cuz I'm not limiting my ARC army to a dozen or less. :)

-Republic Soldiers & Officers...  Yeah, not CW at the moment but there HAS to be sentients running the scenes...  Lt. Faytonni's a good example of that.  Let's see these guys put out en-masse.  A new body sculpt would be great, leave the Faytonni arms and legs as they are.  Just redo that goofy torso.  

And for these guys they get a unique ship.  More on that in the ship section! :)

-Astromech 2-pack...  get the 2 Astro's we saw scrambling with Clone Pilots for their starfighters.

-New Anakin...  I hate the CW Anakin sculpt...  I'd take a new one, with soft goods, more articulation, and a more neutral pose.  One that can fit easily in his fighter and will look good outside it too.

-New Yoda w/Mount from the opening chapter of Clone Wars...  Cloth cloak, sabre, and include his whatever the hell he was on.  :)  A Deluxe perhaps?

-Battledroid Sniper...  Just use the above battledroid's new sculpt/plastic and give him the visor accessory and the rapid-fire sniping blaster they used in Chapter 3.

-Clone Weapons Pack...  Include one ultra-articulated clone (Multiple color variants, NO WHITE clones in this set, just green, blue, red and yellow, and perhaps an EU color like the ARC blue-grey shade).  Includes 2 carbines, a soft-goods ARC skirt/belt, 5 of the long assault rifle (that everyone wants) shoulder-mounted RPG used in Chapter 3 last night, and a sensor/scanning unit.  Grappling hooks would be neat too. :)  I'd put out $10 for all that!  Good way to get us our Colorful clones too, and get us our weapons for our white clones.  

-Quarren Soldier with Trident & blaster...  Simple, articulated, definitely use some soft-goods though so these can pose well!  Clear stands for them to lay on like they're "swimming" would be ideal as well.

-New Super Battledroid...  Reuse most of the April 23rd sculpt/design but retool the right arm so it's articulated to swivel.  That'd suit me fine and I'd built a huge army of those figures.  I already have 20 of them, but I'd take a lot more.

-Neutrally posed Clone with Removable armor...  I dunno why I want that, honestly, but it'd be cool to have one.  It'd be neat to have clones at ease after heavy combat, just chilling and trying to relaxe.  Hell, pack-in the cup Lt. Faytonni had.  They're even having cocktails. :)

-Mon Calamari Trooper...  Just a nice "grunt" Mon Calamari soldier to help out old Kit Fisto.


-Republic Starfighter...  Come on, this needs done!  To-scale, poseable wings, retractable landing gear, and include the Republic Ground Crewman with maybe a refueling thingie with a hose that connects to a port on the fighter.  THAT would rock.  I'd take the ground crewman as a deluxe figure even though.

-Republic Starifghter 2...  If  I could post this thing's picture I would.  A chap at REbelscum was asking me what it looks like and I can't get it scanned. :(  It's in the Clone Wars Sketchbook, and is a hybrid Y-Wing off-shoot.  Looks like the cockpit with the nacels just stuck on the back.

I've dubbed this the "Koensayr Republic Interceptor" since it looks like it'd be in the family of the Y-Wing (looks like same designers made it) and its smaller size but still large duel engines mean it's gonna be fast.  I'd love to get this ship to-scale with a Republic pilot...  Not a Clone Pilot, but a unique Republic sentient pilot ala Lt. Faytonni's character or something.  If any of us can scan/post that ship I will just so you guys can see it.  It's a nice one! :)

-Republic Tank...  The "Jedi" hover-tank (due to its speed I think of it as a speeder more than a "tank") from the Clone Wars video game would rock.  I'd dig filling it with Clones though.  :)

-AT-XT...  The 2-legged walker from Clone Wars would also make a doozey of a toy for us to have some separatist forces blow apart. :)  I'd take a to-scale one with poseable legs and a full cockpit.

-Underwater Droid thing...  Whatever little scooter they're cruising on when they get to Mon Cal would be a neat addition.  Include a BD pilot and it'd just be great.

-New Speederbike...  I'd sooner see a smaller/to-scale one done, and one that's a lot more sturdy.  Include a clear stand like our esteemed Dave did with his speeders so it looks like it's hovering and add a slightly retooled Ultra articulated clone (Add a ball/socket joint at the hips as well) and he'd ride the thing perfectly, be posed right...  I'd buy those bikes en-masse I know.

So anyway, yeah, I'm liking Clone Wars a lot...  Enough to actually want all this oddball stuff, which I'm 99% sure most won't get done, but some of it would be nice, and it's fun to dream (Hey, can always put it on my "to-do" list for myself).  

Feel free to add to it what you want...  I'm thinking I'd take resculpts of all the Jedi in more articulated and more neutral poses with soft-goods, simply so I could pack them all into Jedi Fighters at some point. :)

So is anyone else loving the series enough to want this much junk and go broke?

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