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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 05:45 PM »
I'm gonna nab some of the Collection 1 Quick Draw guy...  He'd be a good dead clone at least.

My goal really is to pick up a lot of the Commander Cody for ARC Trooper customs, AT-TE Gunner for grunts with removable helmets, the #41 Clone for the fact he looks like just a vanilla super articulated grunt, and that 3-pack for completist's sake.

How many I get of each will depend mostly on how many I can afford.   ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:18 PM »
In Pittsburgh we're hovering at $2.13 as the lower-end price that isn't TOO hard to find...  For this area that is a lot, especially considering we have one of the lower cost-of-living rates in the U.S. for a fair sized city.

I was a little under 1/4 tank yesterday and down at school so I had to put some in before I came home.  $10 just barely got me over half a tank, and that blows.  When $20 doesn't put an empty tank over full on my car, then I'm bumming.

To top it off then, as mentioned earlier, the convenience stores/gas stations in the area are all ganging up AGAINST the one salvation.  Giant Eagle's Get-Go stations are under fire because their program where if you buy $50 worth of groceries on your advantage card you get $.10/gallon off...  I've got like $.30/gallon accumulated so far myself which brings the price back to bareable.

The gas/convenience stations though are saying that what Giant Eagle is doing is illegal, and they're trying to have the state stop their promotion, and in turn screw us.  I was talking to a manager at a local station who was defending the actions, and I told her I'd go to Get Go stations EXCLUSIVELY if the other stations screwed that up.  I can fill an empty tank at a Get-Go for a half-assed price at least, but I still use the gas stations in the city and such when I'm there.  If the stations screw that up though, I'm gonna just budget my gas so I only fill at Get-Go's unless absolutely necessary to do so otherwise.   >:(

Newbies / Re: ruiner is here and uh, yeah...
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:11 PM »
Ruiner:  "Hi...  My name's Ruiner, and I don't have a life..."

JD:  "Hi Ruiner..."

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Episode III ~ The Video Game
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:49 PM »
I've been looking at it a bit more...  I'm leaning towards a simple renting of this game because it's a bit linear for my tastes I guess. 

Personally I'm somewhat disappointed at the lack of a more traditional game format, and that they're running with the action style of the LOTR Trilogy games that were out.  They're ok, but realtively easy to beat, and they don't leave any room for exploration/immersion.  I'm a little let down by E3's gaming options then, if this is indeed it.

Rep. Commando didn't wow me either though, so I'm maybe just on a down note from that. 

Wish a new FPS game would come out that really upped the bar for SW gaming, or better yet a great new Flight Sim was put out that finished the X-Wing: Alliance storyline.  That's so sorely needed, as is a TIE Fighter sequal.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:45 PM »
Not to brag, but I was lucky enough to have a forum member sell me one of his that he found early for cost.

No, that's not bragging at all ruiner...  Congrats is more like it! 

Bragging would be getting 2 of them and putting 1 of them on Ebay.  But I won't get into all that stuff.  :P

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:43 PM »
Not a fan of the 3-pack at all myself...  To me, the mold for a SA figure is done, so put 3 in a box with some rifles and you're set.  That's army building along my tastes.

This set I'll nab one of and I'll pick basic Clones up when and where I can so long as it isn't KB/KM's outrageous markup.  Even the Collection 1 Clone's grown on me some and is better than these 3-pack versions to me.

The Vader's very nice...  He'll be a one-time purchase mostly (I could easily see reusing those tables in medical bay dioramas though...  Hmmm), but a nice figure.  The Clones aren't something I want to see variants in personally.  I'd sooner just have the one set to buy and be done with it, and let the SA bodysculpts get the variations then.

Newbies / Re: ruiner is here and uh, yeah...
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:00 AM »
Thanks for swinging into the forums here Ruiner...  Have fun.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:00 AM »
If you guys ever hold a Pennsylvania JD meeting, be sure to give me a holler.

I think that'd ammount to myself, Bob, and you Bill....  ;)  I just don't run into PA guys much.  I think they do consider PSWCS their home.  I don't personally, but only because I can't abide email servers anymore...  I stick with Pittsburgh's local forum since it's the best for the local guys, and that's generally enough PA stuff for me.

I do like to think of myself as a pseudo-PSWCS member though since I did try it briefly, and since the meetings are always on my priority list.

Anyway, as far as content though, I have to agree with Chris that while there's some things Scum has that fulfill a need, I can't say that they're dominant in any way. 

I look through the customs area there, however it has degenerated in the past year +, and I think does a better service to the customizing hobby.  Rebelscum is generally filled with people looking for praise.

Rebelscum's vintage area has taken a nosedive.  While there are still many of the knowledgeable folks there, many have also headed off for greener fields as well, and the truly knowledgeable there don't always speak up anymore.  I can't blame them either considering some of the people they've had invade that area.

The older collection areas (POTF2,E1, etc.) are more often than not just BAD conversation...  People asking for prices, value, etc.  I can't exactly look at that as quality. 

Newer collecting areas (OTC, ROTS, etc.) are more often than not filled with A) the condescending, arrogant, ego-manaical pricks who (if they were here) would be (or some even are) banned...  B) the "newbies" who come in with the intent of running the show there...  C) the kids who are what they are...  D) the odd person trying to make conversation good.  I stress that D is the minority.

Other Collectibles, Lego, and their film/EU areas tend to have more traffic.  More people with more questions and such, but also these areas (especially the film/EU areas where I do go often still) are more and more filling up with what the newer collecting areas have.  A lotta jerks, a lotta kids, and a handful of people that it's fun to talk to.

Trading...  More people is good and bad.  We don't have the issues with bad traders they do, and I have to say that we act more swiftly on any situation that would arise.  For instance, Matkatnadam's blatant scalping of the Lava Vader would have garnered him at the very least a suspension here I would think.  His beligerence on the subject would've been banishment.  Simple as that.  Yet there he is at Scum (What the hell happened to "Collect to Collect" and all that ****?)...  Is that good?  I dunno if that's who I want to converse with personally.

EDIT: BTW, maybe I just don't trade much, but I think I've done 99% of my trading here and 1% at Scum.  More people is ok, but it doesn't necessarilly mean you won't get the job done here either.  Usually when I need something someone here's willing to help first.  AND, the few times I have traded at Scum I've gotten **** from the other end because it's often some new guy with no established record who wants things his way...  Again, is that quality?  Seems riskier than Ebay to me.

Wuher's is a joke compared to here IMO...  Not even a comparison.  I'll take less one-liner responses, good moderating, and generally good mature conversation over that.  Wuher's offers you some good posts, but you have to find them among the sludge that is 80% to 90% of Wuher's conversation.  From entire topics right down to single responses. 

Basically what I'm saying is I don't really want to dig through a 12 page topic to see what the conversation between JoshEEE and JohnH was, when I have to weed through blight's, "Hey that is cool", Yodaboi's, "Sahdut upa you mron!!", or several  ::):P , or  >:(  ;D  :D 's... 

Oh yeah, and the ever present "Me too!"/"I agree!", of course.

Smaller?  Less traffic?  Maybe...  but I think when I break Rebelscum's traffic down to what I ACTUALLY read, it perhaps evens out, and I'd actually say there's more here I'm actively reading and find interesting.

That's my take...  I started looking this way when Matt pointed my eyes this way...  Long before I even considered a job offer.  This was just better.  This was where the names I knew and appreciated had gone. 

Some stuck by Scum.  Some went to GalacticHunter (more than are at Scum by a longshot in and of itself), and the vast majority came here.  And more have come over since, so I'll never look at Scum's traffic as anything more than clutter I am labored to pick through to actually read the INTERESTING post.  And they sure as **** are rare these days.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Coupon... Some hope?
« on: March 29, 2005, 11:34 PM »
I'm cool with that I guess, but kinda blows that they're selling my information, basically, to others.  It's good, and it's bad...  At least it ain't spam, or my email address being passed around like a $2 prostitute to god knows who anymore.   ::) :-X

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Figures (formerly Movie Maniacs 6)
« on: March 29, 2005, 08:00 PM »
I NEED some of those Alien/Pred sets. 

Must...  Have...  Stormtrooper...  hanging...  From...  Wall.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Coupon... Some hope?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:44 PM »
Yeah, but do YOU have a Target card Matt?  I don't.  I'm at a loss as to how they got my address.  Target doesn't ever ask for it, so I'm really curious where they got it from...  Unless they were somehow able to track it through my use of my Debit card, and saw I buy SW figures...  That's a pretty good Database they have though, if that's the case.

This is a mystery to me.  ???

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:42 PM »
I got mine in the mail today, completely unexpected, and I too was of the frame of mind that it really wasn't so big a deal now that they are putting stuff on $1 off sale the day after.

That's nice of them in a way, but it makes the coupon sorta redundant.

Revenge of the Sith / Target Coupon... Some hope?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:21 PM »
Well I just got ahold of my mail, and low and behold I too got the Target ad with $1 off figures coupon...  I don't hold a Target card, nor do I ever get anything from them in the mail, yet I got one, so yay me.

Some hope for those wanting that coupon...  May be able to try using it over at Wal-Mart, or as I recall someone thought about trying to use it for a price adjustment too at Target, if I recall correctly.

Seems like more of us may get these coupons than we once thought though.  I'm really amazed I got this, to be honest.  But either way it seems that figures are going $1 off on 4/3 anyway.  Maybe picked over some, but either way it's good news for folks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: March 29, 2005, 11:39 AM »
Emailing philip is all a ploy to get more emails.  It's a scam I tells ya!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 29, 2005, 11:16 AM »
You got better eyes than I do.  I thought that was Bespin Capture Han, but those legs did look goofily spread apart.  You're right, that's definitely some Endor Raid Han there. 

Holy ****.  I can still get that for like $1 or $2 at KB right now.  I'm in some kind of "Are they this challenged!?" shock right now.

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