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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Did Dante predict Rebelscum (Wuhers)?
« on: December 11, 2004, 03:39 AM »
I gotta dig, but I find a good thread now and again.  I try to be helpful in the customizing area for new people asking Q's too, but that becomes increasingly harder as more of the "kiddies" come in.

Why go?  Eh, good question if it's one you've posed to yourself...  There's better places.  *cough cough*

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It's not bad for me really Matt.  I will give the few kids I have to buy for some gift-certificates or just cash.  My parents are easy to get for, and my brothers and I don't share gifts... 

I have weird family like that, with very little buying. 

I'll still go shopping a day or two, just to go, but that's about it.  I'm just as glad to avoid the stores for the most part.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 11, 2004, 03:24 AM »
I'd disagree that TK has a point...  Ever.  Aside possibly the one adorning the top of his head. 

The irony is nobody in the thread in question is "irate" or expressing any anger as if they're hyperventilating.  It's just the fellow's typical "Shut up and quit complaining" attitude which is about as helpful to the community as people who post-pad, or give mis-information, etc.

I think the complaints, even if repeated, gain more notoriety...  The point is hammered home.  I think overreaction's saying you're quitting the hobby because of it, or really throwing a tantrum.  Simple displeasure/dislike and being irate over something you dislike are two different things though, and there in lies the fine line.

Should people not buy it?  Well, to me the better question is whether people get a Dannik Jerriko apology figure then if they don't.  May not be likely, so those wanting that character in plastic are left with a decision that's not so simple as, "Voice your opinion by not puchasing it because that's how you'll get your way". 

I think most of us want a Dannik figure simply because we want one, and I doubt they redo him ever, so many will compromise on buying the figure, even with the displeasure, so I welcome those complaints from them.  For those people (and for the completists, whether their collecting style is "right" or not), the forums are the only way to beat a point home... 

And in the end, complaining about people's opinions about a toy line on a message board (one devoted to talking about said toy line) is nothing but baiting and condescending.  Disagreement is cool, but when people are condescending about it and simply telling people to "shut up" in their own subtle way, then they've overstepped bounds...  TK's the old master of that over yonder.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best and Worst of 2004
« on: December 11, 2004, 03:08 AM »
OTC Basic:

-Best: Cloud Car Pilot...  Simply a nicely articulated army builder, removable helmet, working holster, neat accessories, easily found, and fleshing out the vintage figures on top of it all.  In the end you can't ask for much more.

-Worst:  Not counting the rehashed stuff, I'm gonna actually slap Dagobah Luke with this title...  The lack of poseable arms killed this figure for me.  Not to say it's a nice figure for what it is, as Leia Bespin, Dagobah R2, Spirit Ben, etc. are all good for what they are, but Dagobah Luke's arms should've had ONE set poseable and one pre-posed.  That was a major detractor.  Still a nice sculpt and a nice looking figure in general, especially with Yoda on his back.

VOTC Deluxe:

-Best:  Tie between Chewbacca and Stormtrooper (With Han, and Fett in close 2nd)...  Simply the PERFECT figures we've all wanted and finally got, even if at an unfairly inflated price.  The figure's are incredible.  Chewbacca edges out the Stormtrooper in overall quality I think, but the Stormtrooper gains on Chewie because of the fact he's the army builder to end all army builders.  Even at $10 a pop this is a figure people have numbering in the 20's and 30's in their collection.  That says something GOOD about that figure. 

Hats off to Hasbro...  Now do all that figure goodness for $5 or $6 and available readily, and I'll not have a gripe in the world at that.

-Worst:  Tie between Luke and Obi-Wan...  While I'd vote R2 and 3PO as a close 2nd here, I vote Luke and Obi-Wan just because they're more important (to me) for NEEDING perfect versions of them in these outfits.  Obi's puffy cloak, lack of detail on his skirt piece (one layer, and no robe ties or anything?  sheesh!), and his HORRIBLE lack of articulation, all gain him a spot on this crap list.  Luke's inaccurately tiny height, his sort of goofy face, and his softgoods shirt (completely unnecessary and perplexing) earn him his spot.  Both figures still need that definitive version IMO.

Saga Basic:

-Best:  Captain Antilles...  My favorite for the year in the Saga range was the "apology for the RFT" figure, Antilles.  The helmet, the holster, the swappable parts with Dodonna (not intended I don't believe, but nice), the reversable arms (again not intended I don't think, but nice), the decent articulation...  I think Antilles is a nice figure, and while not hard to get, in my neck of the woods he's sold steadily since his release and what was a potential pegwarmer is becoming increasingly tough to find.  That all equates figure goodness to me...  Not to mention he makes a nice army builder/customizing fodder.  Nice!

I will say there were quite a few figures in the late part of Saga that were equally good to Antilles though...  Or close anyway.

-Worst:  Hoth Rebel Soldier...  He's an '03/'04 figure since he started shipping right around X-mas last year, but he's horrid nonetheless and he's a plague upon the pegs.  He's entirely too short, he's lacking any articulation beyond the 6 basic POTF2 points, his sculpt is still pushing the "buffness" (even if it is more crisp, it's still a tiny waist, wide stance, skinnier legs, and broad shoulders/chest...  Terrible), he's got a holster that doesn't work (at this point, a feature that should be standard), and I'm just gonna reiterate it, but he lacks articulation...  He should be sporting super articulation or darn close to it.

To top it off, he's one of the biggest pegwarmers of the past year, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon.  Blah! :(

Saga Deluxe:

-Best:  Ewok w/Glider...  I think getting a nice glider, with creative use of translucent plastic, lots of parts, and including a pretty kick ass generic ewok figure with it, all makes for a pretty good figure worthy of $10.

-Worst:  Jabba the Hutt...  Again, another '03/'04 figure, but I just never was as happy with him being slapped on a $10 card using an old sculpt.  This should've been a $20 figure that gave you something more at least.  It felt "empty" and for a figure like Jabba, who the collecting community as a whole was asking for a new ROTJ one, I think Hasbro shafted them some...  No Dais, etc.  Just not up to snuff.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone seen my Ball?
« on: December 10, 2004, 02:49 AM »
On Wednesday, a neighbor, who asked to not be identified, said that when she encountered the man, he was clothed and ringing the doorbell.

"Where's Adam?" the man asked. "Where's Allah?"

She had no answers. But when he asked, "Where's Jesus?" the resident said softly, "He should be in your heart. Now you have to leave."

Apparantly it was at that point that Jesus decided to play a really bad joke on the guy and direct that dog from heaven to have a gonad to go.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: December 10, 2004, 02:47 AM »
Pittsburgh's still only had a flurry or two.  This sucks.  :(  50's most of the time...  Did get my car washed and a half-assed wax coat on it, but beyond that I'm ready for some cold temps, snow, and all the coziness it brings around the holidays.

 >:(

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 10, 2004, 02:04 AM »
And this is from the Dannik Thread at another site...

Apparantly at this site there's some folks who feel that if you complain you're living in your parent's basement, not breathing, and taking your hobby too seriously.

From that charmer, tk421.5 over yonder:

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You guys need to relax....breath...yes breath in (might be kinda dank down in your basement but....) and out.

Dannik is really not bad if you leave his whiskers things on.  The third hole is for the end of the pipe to plug into.  When plugged in, he really does look like he's hittin' the bong pretty hard.  I really like this figure and he looks good in my cantina.


Why are douchebags like that still allowed to post there?  I'll never get over the trolls and how they never get a reprimand but one fart crosswise about the site or its staff and you're up **** creek without a paddle.

So how many of you in your basement complaining still feel the same way?

As TK 421.5 would always say to you all,


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: South Park Appreciation Thread
« on: December 10, 2004, 01:30 AM »
Yeah, that's true.  I think he's still around, but those detective guys have taken over since the Michael Jackson episode.  Hmmm

Cartman's thud off the roof was indeed the best part of last night i think.  Very good TV.  :)

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He'll own you.  Bow to its plumeage.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RIP Dimebag Darrell
« on: December 9, 2004, 04:25 PM »
Just locking this up as per Spider's request after catching it in the DBBBoBN thread.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: South Park Appreciation Thread
« on: December 9, 2004, 04:23 PM »
She wasn't being utilized a lot...  If it ushers in someone interesting/new...  I dunno.

She could just reappear though too. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone seen my Ball?
« on: December 9, 2004, 04:20 PM »
Maybe he had a ball doing it?  Maybe he had two and now he just has A ball?

Maybe he'll use a uniball pen like I used all semester?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: South Park Appreciation Thread
« on: December 9, 2004, 03:35 AM »
Tonight's episode...

Not their best work really.  I don't know what the motivation was for the "psychic detective" episode...  Is there something going on with these in the media?  What I mean is, usually South Park makes fun of something "current", but tonight it just seemed like they picked a topic and ran with it.

Either way it was funny for what it was.  Cartman's drop was great...  The psychic fights were funny too.

Any similar thoughts?  It was just an odd filler episode it seemed, but funny for what it was...  Just not memorable I guess.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 9, 2004, 12:58 AM »
Still just not finding much here.  However I did get Isildur for my brother, and Gil Galad as well.  And the Mouth of Sauron set, which is mostly figures he has so he may give me those, but I figured he'd want the MOS figure.

Not a ton of stuff out there in my area though, and I still have yet to see a Shelob for my brother and me.   :-\

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I'd thought he had given up the hobby all together, so this is a major surprise.

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