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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 19, 2004, 03:40 AM »
The only one?  Hah!

I scoff at you Paul!  :)

Actually, I'd dig outlaws as a sub-series...

-Billy the Kid...  Hell, even a series of "Young Guns" that fleshes out the other "regulators".

-My namesake...  Jesse James.  I'd dig a younger version when he was doing a lotta his work, and an older version when he was shot.

-Cole & Frank Younger
-Frank James
-Arkansas Dave Routabah

I'd love some Native American figures too...  Much needed, much appreciated if they're accurate.

If I can get this toy mag they're pictured in, I'll see what I can dig up and post here Paul. 

If it's in the Star Wars scale, has great features like removable hats/headgear and working holsters (ala the old Butch & Sundance and Lone Ranger lines), then I'm all over this line...  Articulation sounds good already.

I just hope it's accurate and realistic...  Even if it isn't using names.

I'd dig it if they delved into Civil War too...  Take the extra step and start cranking out figures from one of the most popular eras in American history.  I think that line would take off like a rocket given the already HUGE market they have going for it.  Toy Soldier fans would eat that alive...  They say 1:6 ventures into the Civil War era are HUGELY successful.

I'm jonesin' for more already.

Hell, I want a Custer figure to make as a Star Wars custom...  Have him surrounded by indigenous, hostile, aliens.  :)

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Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: December 18, 2004, 08:37 AM »
What a crock of **** dude.

What's with the name too...  NeoToys sounds familiar, but I don't ebay much so is he a forum member or something somewhere?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday jokabofe!!
« on: December 18, 2004, 07:44 AM »
then early to bed (I hope), so I can get up again tomorrow morning for another long day of work.  :-\

Eh, tis the season huh?  :(  Try to take it easy man, and have fun this holiday...  Don't work too hard!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Tarkin
« on: December 18, 2004, 02:31 AM »
Interesting point Scott...

I can see it, however I see Vader/Tarkin as being buddy/buddy almost...  Tarkin's line of "old friend" to Vader implies some history there that I kinda dig about the two of them.  It implies a powerful presence to Tarkin in my view...  One of the reasons I find the character one of the most intriguing of the entire Star Wars universe.

He's powerful, but not as powerful as a Jedi/Sith...  He's merely powerful through natural ability/intellect.  That's kinda what Zahn threw at us with Thrawn...  A powerful character through intellect, experience, and self-confidence.  Your average "man" who excels...  A Patton, Rommel, Lee, or Alexander, or Caeser of his time...

I always dig that in those characters. 

Tarkin's almost more evil than Vader when you think about it...  At least Vader had an excuse.  Tarkin was just a natural born dick head.  Gotta respect that. :)

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Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: December 17, 2004, 06:20 AM »
speaking of desperately seeking stuff...

Are you guys building up armies of extras of these figures?

I know a guy looking for Tusken raiders (any and all) to game with...  I know I'd kind of dig army builders (Any and all) from the series too.

If anybody's got these things to spare, hit me up with a PM.  I'd like to buy in large groups than individuals though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday jokabofe!!
« on: December 17, 2004, 05:45 AM »
Man, you guys are as old as my oldest brother...  Sheesh.  Guess I gotta get you all geritol for X-Mas huh?

I'd do the hove-a-rounds for you guys this year but I just can't afford it for all.  Maybe a communal one you guys share.  :)

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Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Jon "Dutch" Vander (Gold Leader)
« on: December 17, 2004, 04:21 AM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

Today I'm picking up where the Yavin Wave had left off in my single reviews on the main page...  It's taken some time, but we're cleaing these out, and tonight's figure is the "Dutch" Vander (Gold Leader) Figure from the Yavin Wave.



"Dutch" was one of the figures I truly was surprised to see come out, and I was doubly surprised to see the ammount of detail and attention paid to an otherwise obscure pilot.  WE've gotten a few of those over the years, but for the most part they've been pretty simple, and at this point most of them are pack-ins that really (frankly) suck.

Not old "Dutch" though...  The whiney Y-Winger in the trench complaining that his wingmen needed to "loosen up!" and then he got creamed!

Still, did Hasbro achieve perfection?  No...  Once again the figure suffers from an odd decision to articulate certain parts without articulating others...  Another unbalanced figure articulation-wise then. 

And no waist articulation!?  Come on! 

Nonetheless I'm ranking Dutch the best pilot figure to-date for a number of reasons.  You'll just have to read the review and come share your opinions here with us then, to find out just why I give him this rating!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday jokabofe!!
« on: December 17, 2004, 12:20 AM »
Hey Dave, happy Birthday man...  9 chances out of 10 you're in bed, tired from work, but hope you're trying to have a good one man!

Take it easy, and let the Star Wars goodies flow for you!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: MTV's "Real World" Educational?
« on: December 16, 2004, 11:07 PM »
One can hope...  Ratings!

The boat thing was absurd.  Why even go to a city like that if you're afraid of boats?  Duh! 

You don't go to Pittsburgh if you can't go over a bridge, ya know?

That girl was the whackjob of that show though, so digging for reasons is a futile effort I'm sure.  She was constantly crying, whining, bitching, fighting, and generally was the pot-stirrer for that season. 

Unfortunately the pot-stirrers always are the ones that go home early. :(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: MTV's "Real World" Educational?
« on: December 16, 2004, 07:10 PM »
I like the conflict mostly...  That's what made Puck's season so great.

That said, I dont' really rate the show high ever, but watchable.  I much more enjoy the Real World/Road Rules challenge show that's on right now...  I love watching the girls argue incessantly, while the guys have dominated the games for the most part, and also kept their collective crap together.

It's very telling about differences in the sexes I think...

My "educational" remark was obviously sarcasm though, towards the series...  That phobia crap just kind of astonished me.

1) the girl with this "phobia" or fear of handicapped/disabled people is nothing more than discrimination.  The irony there is that the girl with the feelings is black...  One would think she'd be more open-minded then. 

You can't FEAR a group of people to me.  She treats them like disabled people scare her on some level, and she (and I quote) "can't deal with them".  If you are that way, you have a problem beyond a Phobia, yet in the show they were all consoling her and trying to be understanding...

I guess my question was, why are the disabled allowed to be feared, but if it were a minority it would've simply been racism?  If it'd been the guy that goes out every week to get laid that's on the show saying "Ya know, I just can't deal with gays, they scare me", then the gay guy (I think 2 of them are gay maybe) would've said to him, "You're a homophobe!", and they'd be right I believe.

Same as if that dude would've said, "Ya know, black people are scary so I can't deal with them...  It's my phobia".  WTF!?  That's racism, not a phobia. 

I guess my post was more a venting thing about the hypocracy of the people who do grace that series...  Racism's a constant argument on that show, and almost a given in every season that SOMEONE's going to fight about that subject at some point...

Yet, someone has a self-described "phobia" of physically or mentally handicapped people, and it's a "fear", or "phobia" to everyone...  Not discrimination against people who are different, just an accepted "fear" of them.

Flabbergasted by the stupidity perhaps?  I believe that's what prompted my topic here more than anything...  Maybe it's because I have a neice who's disabled, or because my own health's not the best in the world...  I'm just disgusted that it was so acceptable of her to be so stupid.

I could've slapped that girl across the face like Terrance & Philip did to Brooke Shields in the South Park movie though.  I so wanted to.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: MTV's "Real World" Educational?
« on: December 16, 2004, 09:50 AM »
and who better to be examples of whores than the Real World cast...

The question is then, who do you get with an STD to go infect them?

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Vintage Kenner / Re: What do you think about grading loose figures?
« on: December 16, 2004, 08:05 AM »
My thoughts on the subject:

-I feel if you can't grade things yourself, you're in the wrong hobby...  Just a personal gripe about what grading things has done to the "accessability" of the hobby to more people.

I feel it takes figures and inflates prices beyond necessity...  It changes dynamics of things, and it splits an already divided hobby up even further between collectors.

-Grading's very subjective...  I know "experts" on the hobby whose opinion differs from mine in terms of condition, and only clearly perfect items or destroyed ones are generally agreed on.  THat leaves basically the C2 to C9 range wide open to interpretation... 

In short, there's never going to be a "standard", even among friends who value each other's opinions greatly.

I mean, I may grade something slightly higher than say a guy like Tatoo Shane would, but that doesn't mean I don't value Shane's opinion (I sure as hell would!), it just means he and I have differing opinions when things get greyer...

(BTW, Shane's just a name drop I'm using to make a point)

-My collection's on my home's insurance policy already, and I graded it myself...  So for insurance purposes it's unnecessary, at least as far as I see.  To me it's irrelevant for this then.


So this is a few reasons I'm not in favor of it...  I'd never use the service myself, and I'd honestly be ashamed of myself as a vinty collector if I felt I "had" to entrust another's opinion when buying.

Also, if I don't trust an auction on Ebay 100%, then I'm not buying into it...  I tend to deal in vintage either from known trustworthy people, or from something I can inspect in person.

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: December 16, 2004, 04:45 AM »
As with many other Hasbro decisions, I'll always scratch my head as to why this and the Cobra 6-pack ever STOPPED shipping.

Those things should just be pumped out till people run out of money...  I'm not a Joe collector but that line just kills left and right a lot of the time.  It's impressive.

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Hit here in Pittsburgh I guess...  Can't say I'm going nuts, but if there were an AT-AT or AT-ST I'd likely nab it just for a reference piece.

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Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Lt. Faytonni
« on: December 16, 2004, 02:32 AM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

This one's the oldest review in my Review-A-Thon atually, and one I've had on file for quite a while since I picked him up!  This one's the Lt. Faytonni Figure from the Outlander Club series (A real come & go wave in my area actually).



When Faytonni came out, this wave hit pretty solid in my area at a time when I wasn't finding new stuff too often.  I actually figured I'd be picking extras up at sale prices...  Little did I know.

They came and went, and I never got a 2nd crack so I missed out on some good fodder.  Nutz! 

Anyway, as far as Faytonni goes as a figure, I really actually was disappointed with one major aspect of him...  his pose.  He's got that awkward Hasbro "lean" to him that some figures just seem cursed with.

Among them are the Naboo Soldier, the Clone Pilot, and others...  That's really terrible in my book, and ruins an otherwise great figure.  Hasbro even articulated him above and beyond for a figure at the time!

But for every great feature Faytonni has, the damned leaning really detracts from it.

While I make no mention of it, Hasbro also did a reuse of parts when making the Ackmed Beq figure that came out shortly after Faytonni.  Much easier to find for most, Beq was another great likeness of the actor he was to represent, and shelf-warms in many an area to this day.

Anyway, read the review and get busy sharing some thoughts!!!

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