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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long do you see yourself collecting?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:46 AM »
I started with vintage in the late 80's/early 90's...  I'm in this for the long-haul.  If the line goes till I'm 60 or if I go before, then that's the way it is...  or till I'm 70, or 80, or 90... 

If they changed scale though, I'd likely quit.  I wouldn't support a wholely different toy line I think...  Or if the line was completely "animated" style figures (just throwing out obscure hypotheticals), I'd hang it up.

If another company took over the license just after it reached its maturity with Hasbro, and said company made 3.75" realstic sculpted figures, I'd probably just move over to that company's stuff...  Unless it was utter crap.

I've never really had a problem finding women who can "stand" the hobby at the very least...  So that's not really an issue.  Financially, it'd take something pretty bad for me to make me quit...  I'm in it for a the future as I see it.

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Wookiee Warrior (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:40 AM »
Wookiee's aren't a HUGE part of ROTS, but they're a popular part of it I think...  So to me, an obvious choice for the Preview Wave would be a Wookiee Warrior to get the masses pumped.  Weird aliens, the token villain...  These make good preview figures to inspire that "hey, that looks neat, maybe I gotta check the movie out" kinda response.


The fuzzball I speak of is of course the Preview Wookiee WarriorClick Right Here to read the whole review on him.  Of course, share your thoughts too.

I mean, seeing something OTHER than Chewbacca in the Wookiee form is a plus in and of itself...  Yarua was a nice figure for what it was, but the Wookiee Warrior has only one superior walking carpet right now (VOTC Chewbacca), and it's a figure that only the craziest articulation would've topped.  This Wookiee Warrior just rocks the party though...

He's sporting lots of articulation, a great sculpt, nice accessories, he's pretty neutral, he's pretty fun to look at and play with...  He should be incredibly popular with collectors and kids alike.

So check that review out and enjoy...  Ultimately I loved this figure.  He's one I've got a nice little army of, and I'd take probably another 15 of him if I could find them.  They're drying up quickly for my area though.

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Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: R4-G9 (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:31 AM »
Thanks Jesse...

I liked the feet cables a lot too.  I'm still think the wheels suck though.  A little dull, they don't roll fantastically well anyway, and they make him sort of tilt...  I could do without them.

I think Hasbro was intending a good thing there...  It's extra work after all.  I just think it's something they could've left off and the figure would've actually been a little better.  Kinda like the probisces on Dannik Jerriko's face...  Something done with good intent, but which turned out to hurt the figure.

I can't think of too many figures I'd want that actually rolled....  Well, a mousedroid that was maybe to-scale woudl be nice, if it rolled, but that's about it.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: June 10, 2005, 05:58 PM »
Penguins have had some big news, though it didn't really say anything concrete.

Just strong rumors that a buy-out of the Pens major ownership share is in the works by a San Jose businessman/friend of Lemieux.  Still claiming to keep the Pens in Pittsburgh if revenues from slots can be used to build a new arena (i wish they'd just do the goddamn thing and be done with it but our state's such a bunch of pansies about the slots issue).  Lemieux is said to be keeping some ownership and control over the team if this deal goes through...

Prospective cities the team could move to if a new arena deal isn't worked out by 2007 include Kansas city and Oklahoma City...   ::)  The KC hog-sloppers and the OC Inbreads...  Those names have a nice ring to them. (no offense to anyone from KC or OC, just a joke made under irritation)

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Adding my personal favorite to the Llama theme...  Monkeys riding Llamas...  Fan-frickin'-tastic.

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I'm the same way...  Tons of Wookiee Warriors in my area and they really sorta suck in my point of view.  Knee articulation (and NOT pre-posed feet) would've helped that figure immensely.  For some reason Hasbro put that asinine swivel knee joint on him, and that one flaw really hurt the figure.  Same goes for Tarful really.  :-\

Toy Show's in a month or so, and I'm planning to forage there for some of my list...  See what I can maybe pick up for on the cheap at it.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: June 10, 2005, 12:46 AM »
That's my point of view too Jeff, that they're the footsoldiers Neyo's got under him...  Whether they're there or not will forever remain a mystery.  They make a nice figure, just a pisspoor price.  I'd take a 3-pack of them for $15 (tucked into the small vehicle assortment or something...  Maybe a special base?) even...

Right now my little "team" are busting in to help my whites out, who've become overrun by a droid assault force.  It looks like Custer's Last Stand, but if he'd been smart enough to wait till some reinforcements were in semi-close proximity.  ;)

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Other Collectibles / Re: Attakus Star Wars Dioramas
« on: June 9, 2005, 06:11 AM »
I don't...

Sadly, I am desperately wanting a complete Death Star set, and at least half that Dagobah set (the Hut part).  To me, the Dagobah set's even better really, just because it's as complete as it gets really, but the Death Star set...  I could just see building the OTHER half of that Falcon to fit with the half they give ya...  OOOOOOoooo man.  :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What figures are hard to find now?
« on: June 9, 2005, 06:08 AM »
It's funny that even the Commanders, which had hit en masse and sat a LITTLE longer than most other stuff they shipped with in the last week or two, they're all gone now... 

It's funny how fast that stuff goes.  That COmmander sat longer than the grunts, but even the reshipment of him is gone from my area now.  I shoulda picked 2 or 3 more up I think just so I didn't have to think about it.

I've only seen like 1 each of some of those ones you did too Jesse...  Like, I've NEVER seen Vader's Med Droid.  Never.  Weird, I know, but it's one I still don't have simply because it doesn't seem to linger.

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I updated again...  More wants actually.

I added a POTJ list (mainly for the Boomer Damage BD though).  I'd like to buy many of these, if people find they have extras and wanna sell, I'm you're dude! :)

Also, I'd like to buy (if people have it) the battledroid from the Naboo 4-pack.  It's a lot like the Boomer droid for those unsure.

I'm really interested in battledroids (cream) right now...  STAP's, E1, Boomer Damage, 4-pack droid, blue pilot droid, red security droid too...  I'll take them all.  Hit me up if you have extras you decided to unload.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Can Sith Beat Titanic?
« on: June 8, 2005, 10:20 PM »
I agree as well that I think Word of Mouth is good for ROTS...  Reviews were predominantly positive (negative reviews I've found often were stretching for things to complain about), and on a personal level my friends who aren't die-hard SW fans were floored by the film and consider it as good as the originals...  I think in general that people loved ROTS if they went to see it.

The built-in-audience is a given...  I stick by my initial thought that the lackluster performance of TPM and AOTC has hurt ROTS in the long run.  When Star Wars was re-released back in 1997, it was cool to go see it...  It was cool to like Star Wars at the time really...  TPM drew a similar crowd then, but people didn't like the film.  It had that bigger draw because more people went to it but in the end they really didn't like it...  AOTC did piss poor (relatively) then, but was a better film by most everyone who saw it's standards.  THe franchise, after TPM, had become like the plague for a large portion of people it seemed...  It was nerdy to like Star Wars because "oh, so you must like Jar Jar Binks!" and other asinine remarks.

Jump to ROTS and it still suffers the "this is dumb...  I bet Jar Jar's in it!" Stigma.  I personally think that's made a lot of people who (if the franchise wasn't so stereotyped as "bad" now) otherwise would've gone to see the Star Wars films say that they'll either wait to rent it or they're done with the franchise overall...  The disenchanted.  That's just my opinion though...  To me, the film got lots of good press and talk from the public, but that's just my personal experiences with it too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: June 8, 2005, 08:49 PM »
Wheel O Vader

Perhaps this is already here, but I just saw it and can't stop laughing.  To me, this is front page news it's so funny.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: June 8, 2005, 01:44 AM »
My brother's list of needs is pretty extensive.  He finally went through his stuff and emailed me what he wants me to look for (he's in grad school with little time to look for toys since he lives in BFE for school, plus he's just busy generally)...

My brother's list...  I shudder to think how I'll find half this:

Basic Figures:
Prince Isildur
Bilbo Transfixed
Peter Jackson
Council Legolas
Isengard Orc Captain (with big-ass hammer)
Hama of the Rohirrim
Possessed Theoden
Uruk Hai Pikemen/Engineer (has a torch.think he talks too)
Denethor
Minas Tirith Citadel Guard
Gothmog the Gimpy Orc God
Council Aragorn
Epilogue Frodo (SP, with Journal)
Gondorian Swordsman
Grey Haven Gandalf (from the Epilogue)
Mordor Orc
Flaming Sword Witchking

Giftpacks/Multi-Packs:

Pelennor Fields GiftPack
Coronation Gift Pack
Battle in Shelob's Lair
Lothlorien Giftpack
Defeat Of Sauron (unless that Gil-Galad can be found
elsewhere)
Final Battle for Middle Earth (Or Just The Battle Troll)

This is a ton of stuff...

The line's really been dropped all together in my area.  Suncoast had some stuff, but they seem to be doing more clearing out than getting in...  Wal-Mart usually over-does it on one wave then they have nothing.  Target's been a waste of time to even look for these figures.  Toys R Us fell prey to the constant repacking of Frodo's and Gollums, and the line has been all but dropped from their stores.  KB I won't even go into anymore.

This line's been a bitch to collect...  There's some on my bro's list I'd like for myself too (and some not on his list that I wanted, but of course I give over everything to him).  Since I can't even find what I want out of picking and choosing, part of me thinks of just handing over my whole collection to him except for my SP figures and Wraiths...   :-\

If anyone's got several items from the list, I may be interested in buying... 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: June 8, 2005, 12:00 AM »
I'm sorry Shannon, but I also know you're a strong person who can overcome it too.  Everyone's thoughts are with you I'm sure, and you've got a lot of support here.

Remember to just take care of yourself and to never forget your own strength to get by this. 

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Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: June 7, 2005, 11:50 PM »
The Toy Show returns in late July...  As per our front page.

If you're in Pittsburgh, pop on by!

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