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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:30 AM »
May have to nab 2 501st sets...  I wish the Clone pilot was a variant on some level...  Or at least the as-of-now harder to find Black pilot.  Some unique helmet markings would've worked for me though.

The extra Ani I wind up with will either make for the fodder bin or a hand-off to one of the kids since they dig Anakin in general...  The pilot's my only stickler that I wish was at least different then, but whatever.

If Ani was a Clone Trooper though, this set would be something I think they could restock and sell again and again.

TV-9D9 / Re: Animal Icons- Star Wars Creatures
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:22 AM »
I'll tell ya what, like a nimrod I forgot to watch it every time and missed it basically, but I caught some stuff at the end and this was a REALLY in-depth program.

I was thinking it'd be more animal planet than Star Wars, and really would only glancingly compare SW animal life sparsely to earth animal life.  HOw wrong I was for that little bit I saw.

Of particular interest was them describing Wookiee's and how in-depth LFL went into their backgrounds.  It was addressed how Kashyyyk was (as Lucas wanted it) to be a jungle world...  I felt it kept to EU well, and Lucas's early visions of the planet, but someone brought up that Wookiee's would be hot with all that fur, but the orangatan's (sp) were used as a counter-argument due to their habitats and physiology...  Fascinating.

PLUS it confirmed something I wasn't sure was "true" or not, but that Chewbacca indeed is a runt.  That Lucas explained the Wookiee's to the production people and said that basically fans would be surprised to see Chewbacca is very small for his species, and that true Wookiees are the gargantuans we got with the preview action figure while some are smaller and of course there's in-between I suppose.

That makes Chewie's character a lot more loveable knowing that he's not the bruiser Han pimps him out to be, but more or less just a friend...  It's the REAL Wookiee's you need to watch out for while playing them at holo-chess. 

I wish I'd caught the full show now.  That was a valuable resource I felt.  Worth having on DVD.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:14 AM »
Looked like MacArthur had hit the beaches at the local WM tonight.  Green-shirt Leathernecks by the higginsboatful.  So many they didn't have nearly enough pegs.  Probably could've filled 2 more with the figures piled on the bottom shelf.

I want XD figures, but some diversity would be nice.  Seemed that all they were throwing out there was Green Marines.  No camo, no Japanese, no Battle of the Bulge, and no pilots/pattons.   :-\

BTW I'm highly disappointed with the lack of at least extra hands for these guys.  21st's hands they used suck donkey nuts, to put it bluntly.  My guys can't hold their guns in firing poses with these hands even.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:05 AM »
Hmmm, that's tough.

From a "business" standpoint, no...  It's a $30 toy at best considering the cockpit and all the "complexities" are re-used bits and pieces.  The solar panels are simple single-pieces of plastic so I think $30 due to the shelf space is sufficient and "fair".

I think $40's ok if you've got it extra...  It's kinda like VOTC figures.  I don't think they're $10 figures.  They're $5 figures on what I look at as $5 worth of packaging (though I disagree with that price being the packaging's value, but you get what I'm saying).  I gladly spent the fundage on VOTC though because Il iked the figures so much...

The TIE's great, it's fun to have...  It's probably a more iconic ship for Star Wars than anything save for the Falcon.  It's not $40 great, but the $40 only makes me know I'll get the one...  If I'm lucky maybe one or two more on sale, but I doubt I get another full price one unless I again find that I can afford it.  This was an early B-Day gift for me, so I was fortunate in that.  I don't have the $40 to blow on it right now but having it, and having it opened here, I know I'd have spent $40 on it if I did have it.  ;D

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: August 27, 2005, 03:01 AM »
One of the few things I know I never saw.  Pissed me off to no end, and I still don't have one.  If they'd make a GOOD Red ARC Trooper utilizing a SA Clone and just adding some accessories like a kama/holsters and that same rifle, I'd be pretty content but Hasbro's such a hive of douchebaggery that they miss this easy sell.

I'd buy blues and reds if they were "realistic" sculpts but accurate to the cartoon as far as their details (IE: not the CW version). 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 02:16 AM »
Very cool...

I'm afraid it dwarfs the FX X-Wing in my view...  X-Wings are fair sized ships for fighters, as far as overall area they take up, though they're kinda compact in the actual ammount of "steel" there is going on there, but anyway the TIE's bigger suffice it to say just because it's like a big cube basically.

Looks sweet though... 

I wish Hasbro would just do resculpted to-scale vehicles and charge appropriately for them.  Scale AT-ST, Scale Snowspeeder, Scale Y-Wing, Scale X-Wing...  Forget about the "big" things like AT-AT's, Sandcrawler's or anything that isn't even made yet that's in the "just too big" and simply put out definitive versions of the ships they CAN acheive something great on.  This TIE Fighter just makes me long for that.

Heh, Dresellian's punking the Imperial army.  Sweet...

I'd suggest mixing up the belt-fed grenade launcher a bit DR, with perhaps a new barrel on it at least...  I've got a bunch of those myself I'm tinkering with.  I'm making a large energy feed for one and an oversized "clip" for another more mobile model.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 27, 2005, 01:07 AM »
The way the thing is packaged actually has it looking less wide than it actually is too.  This is what was throwing me off when eyeballing it in the box as to "scale".  Put together, it's quite nicely proportioned and you see the scale of it's much more accurate than it appears in the box.

The TIE Int and Bombers are scaled ships, so it's interesting seeing just how small they are compared to the Fighter but only due to the flat, large wings.  The Int's about half the height actually, but matches it in height by its length...  It's very interesting.  Shame I have more bombers than anything though.  I'd like 4 TIE Fighters actually, but not at $40 a pop. 

I'm hoping beyond hope that the 10k units is somehow false and that these things ship in such droves that a clearance is guaranteed.  Count me in for 3 more if they hit $30 and are easy enough to get ahold of.  It takes a LOT to get this kind of praise out of me for a Hasbro vehicle, but they managed.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 26, 2005, 11:46 PM »
Na na na, gonna have a good time...  hey hey hey!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: August 26, 2005, 11:46 PM »
Checked out my way tonight and nada...  More remnants at WM of some new stuff showing, but nothing I needed, but that's a plus.  My KM is in a huge reorganization of the toy area.  Whole shelves taken down...  Looked like they were remodeling.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: August 26, 2005, 11:45 PM »
Frankly I'd have waited on Gree then...  Or the 501st Clone basic figure (I'd wait a year or so...  Why not).  It'd be a means of mixing that sculpt in the line over and over again.

Though, ya know the ideal situation would be all variants of Clones getting released using all 3 sculpts over several years time.  I'd take a TE Gunner, #6, and #41 sculpt Clone in any flavor.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 26, 2005, 11:42 PM »
These are of course not good pics by any stretch but I work with what I have and what I have as far as cameras go is VERY little.  :)  It was free for god's sake!

Not the best pics, like I said, but a little comparison of the TIE Fighter to the TIE Interceptor and TIE Bomber.  Sweeeet.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: August 26, 2005, 11:08 PM »
I'd like a copy of the fan-films...  Those are worth owning a set of I think.  I'm only a fan of bootleg stuff if it's the only way to get something (IE: ROTS early...  I'll still buy my copy come time though like everyone else. :) ).

I didn't see a guy with $10 DVD's, dunno how I missed that. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's the worst job you've ever held?
« on: August 26, 2005, 01:41 AM »
Easy...  Simple...

A paperboy.

My first job was delivering the "Valley News Dispatch", a newspaper that serves the Allegheny-Kiskiminetas River Valleys in the Pittsburgh area. 

My route covered the beginning of my road where my brother now lives up to basically my house, and a side road that was a dead-end.  I had anywhere from 50 to 80 customers at any given time, fairly spread out in some areas (closer to where I lived) but closer together down near the beginning of the road.

The job paid me about $60 every other week if I was lucky and of course I looked forward to the X-Mas season where I raked in a lot of tips (some rather nice ones in upwards of $20) and could break the $130 barrier.

When I started the job I was like 7 or 8 and shared it with my brother.  I quit it when I graduated high school since i did the job usually on my way home from school since it was all on the way.

The reasons this job sucked?

-Old people...  I had many elderly on my route who felt it was their American duty to bitch me out daily about the cost of the paper, the time at which the paper arrived at their house, and the manner in which they received it.

Most demanded I put it in their front door and not just on their porch as it would get wet or blow away...  These same peckerheads were the people who refused a paper tube attached to their mailbox and DEMANDED it be brought to their doorstep irregardless of how hard it was to get to said doorstep (one guy with a half-mile driveway up a steep hill for instance, and this ******bag didn't tip me once, even at X-Mas).

Wet papers, blown away papers, or anything of that like was met with a rude phone call to my house where it was demanded that I get them a replacement paper and get it to their doorstep.

-My father...  My father would relentlessly take his "I didn't take that managerial job offer at the mill so I'm going to **** all over your job" point of view by telling me WHEN to get up and deliver the papers, as well as bitching me out any time there was a mistake.

What's that you ask?  Did my father have something to do with my job!  Ooooh no, no, no...  Of course not!  He just liked to make sure I was miserable as piss while doing it.

If my mother offered to give me a ride on the paper route, he'd tell her no she wasn't allowed to...  I recall one time I was particularly sick with pneumonia and he physically plucked the car keys from my mother's hand and told her to get supper ready...  Off I went into the freezing rain/sleet we were having.  Oh joy, oh joy.

-Dead Beats...  It's amazing to me how big and shiney the pair of balls any given person will grow when they're dealing with a child.  For instance, you wouldn't think to tell the gas man, "Hey I'll pay you next month because I just don't have it right now...", or tell the electricity guy, "Come back tomorrow for the money, I get paid then" and oddly turn off all the lights when he shows to collect the electric bill.

No, he'd shut the f'n lights off for you and you'd pay up or read by candlelight (if you could read, which half these dickweeds had literacy issues so I'm not even sure WHY they had a newspaper subscription unless it was to make sure their relatives weren't in the police blotter).

I don't get why it was koscher to tell ME to come back later for getting paid.  Old, young...  Fat, skinny...  Toothless, more toothless...  They were all ********, and ******** to a child at that.

-Non-payment came outta my pocket...  This combines with the last point obviously.  When I collected money, there was an account at the local bank I was to deposit all collected moneys into.  There was a bill I was given by the VND every month that I was expected to meet.

This bill, ironically, was never the same twice irregardless of how many total customers I had...  I mean, I'd have 60 one month and they'd want X ammount of dollars, then next month there'd be the same number of customers but they'd want $20 more, so my pay never was the same and for no real reason.

But, to make it worse, I had to deposit this money and whatever left was what I got...  That's it.  So I'd deposit enough to meet what they wanted as per my bill, but then my pay would definitely vary and some times it was noticeably short.

A correction too, I paid into this every 2 weeks, not monthly...  Monthly was another thing wholely separate.

Anyway, as you can see, it was a screwjob.

-Lazy, sub-moronic, Bosses...  The bosses I had were usually guys too lazy to work hard at a "real" job and they generally took a big huge smelly dump on their paperboys under their "Command".  They were usually the scourge of the Earth, and they made their money based off the number of total customers on their total routes. 

SOooooooooooo, a notorious action of the boss was to FORCE on me customers who I know would not pay up every pay week.  I'd work to get them axed off the list, but since my old boss, "Booker" got paid based only on the number of customers and not whether they paid or not, then old "Booker" (irony of a guy being named "Booker" when he'd likely never read one) would get these dead-beats put BACK on my route because it got him more $$$ and it lost me $$$ at the end of a pay-period.

Booker, may I find your grave so I can take a healthy, wet, dump upon it.

-Mean/violent customers...  I'll never forget the day I unleashed a FURY of vulgarity (at 11 years of age) on old Mr. Loughner for him coming out and yelling at me up one side and down the other.  I was at my breaking point that day, and at 11 years old I had a break down with that old codger who never tipped me and told him what I thought of him.  He never got a paper from me again and after I reported what he called me/said to me (that made me snap on him in return) the GM of our area actually stepped in and refused him service of the VND, thank god.

But he wasn't the only guy to be mean...  One old bitch had a dog that bit, and wouldn't leash it.  I wasn't too nice to the dog then so I'd make it fear me in return.  Nobody would handle the situation and I was told I had to deliver the paper to her since she paid all the time, so she caught me one day giving her dog an ass-whipping for a bite and she chewed me out...  I told her if she wants a dry paper ever again, she'd better back off on that or tie the damn dog up.  She tied it up but reported me.  And I'm even an animal lover, but that dog was satan with 4 legs.

The irony was I learned to like it and it learned to like me and we became friends.  Hah.  Still hate the old woman though.

-Scary Customers...  One woman, I **** you not, told me about the "stains" she found in her husband's underwear at work and how she was soooooooooooo upset...  She was practically in tears.

She found "man stains" in his underwear, and said (I'm not making this up at all), "He's been havin' that gay sex up at Klugh's!" where he worked as a grease-monkey (heh).

Now, this isn't me being mean to gays of course, I'm just repeating what I swear to god was said to me at the tender age of 12 by a woman who unfortunately is still breathing.

She also didn't know what a zit was and thought I was "sick" one day... 

I'm not kidding...   at all.

So that's about what I'd have to say was my worst job...  My first job...  It was pretty bad.  It paid sorta ok, I mean for a kid it was alright getting $60 or so every other week or so.  At the time it fed what buying I needed to do, but it was hard work, little appreciation, and a lot of anger and anxiety for a really not a lot.  Take my father out of the "managerial" equation he forced himself into there though, and it wouldn't be the traumatic event in my childhood that I label it as today.

For the bad, there was good...  My dad worked with a guy down the road, Jose, who always tipped me nicely at X-Mas because he was a pain to get the $ off him all year long...  Jose's a nice guy though.  And Mr. Sprankle who'd give me a Silver Dollar every pay as a tip...  Or the humor I found in Mr. Ziraki giving me $.10 as a tip every pay and telling me to not spend it all in one place (I have a sense of humor of course).

I also had some surrogate grandparents, the Wrights, on my paper route who lived just a few houses down from me, and they were incredibly good to me all my life and now that they've passed I'm seeing how I took them for granted and miss them every day.

The bad made the job bad though...  The good people would've still been in my life.

I'm glad I don't do the job now,a s the lower end of my road's a lot of rental properties with a lot of druggies, many more poor, and a lot less older folks.  The poor were always worse to deal with since it cut into my bottom line while the elderly just complained generally.

Those were the days.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: August 26, 2005, 01:09 AM »
Just bought the 2005 Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabillia by Jeremy Beckett.
How much are bootleg SW DVD's going for?


I thought they were selling for more than that at the show Bob?  I was reluctant to get one of the fan-films cuz of the price.  Felt like a butt-reeming for a guy just copying ****.

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