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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Land of the Dead
« on: June 13, 2005, 02:26 AM »
For those interested, in (I think) the original NOTLD, if you listen to the Radio or it's maybe listed on the TV (again I am forgetting specifics here), they list Leechburg and Gilpin VFD's as safe places.

Both are my local fire departments...  Gilpin is on my road.  It's a nice little nod to my area.

The mall where our Toy Show is held (it's in an Expo center that sits in front of the mall actually) is where Dawn was filmed...  The mall's not terribly different from when the film was made (though the ice rink's long gone, as are most of the store names, though Penney's is exactly where it was then), and fun to walk through if you recall the movie.  That's one of my regular toy runs actually.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Land of the Dead
« on: June 13, 2005, 01:16 AM »
Romero's idea of Pittsburgh being a fortress city against the zombies is a good one...  Considering Pittsburgh was a fort, and is basically protected on 3 sides, that makes sense...  I like the notion of it being set here, but it sounds like looking for anything but the scene of downtown isn't really worth it.

I can see the Mon Warf is there though... 

Oh well...  if Zombies attack, I'm headin' out to Johnstown where the hicks are!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What happend to the fourms?
« on: June 13, 2005, 01:11 AM »
I don't care what she said...  I'm not infected at all...

Wait, what are you talking about Dale?   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Land of the Dead
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:57 AM »
Just a thread for it...  Not sure I'm even going to go see it, but I actually had a question which is why I kicked the thread off for this.

Is it set in Pittsburgh?  I only ask because I keep seeing the commercials half-way through or just missing bits of them,a nd from what I saw, it looked like downtown is the fortress of the living...

I was just surprised that Romero was going to set the film in his hometown, and wasn't sure if that was even the case.  I know he didn't film it here...  Or I don't think he did.  If he did it went 100% under the radar, and I thought I heard him say he wanted to film here but opted for elsewhere due to costs of filming in our beloved city.

And of course, share thoughts/reviews here if you go see it.  I doubt I do unless my friends wanna go...  This isn't one to trick the better half into going to see I figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:52 AM »
Our normals for this time of year are like the mid to high 70's, some low 70's...  We've been in the high 80's and ungodly humid with scattered storms for a long time now.  This blows since A) I hate the heat, and B) I hate humidity even more.

I have too much Scottish/Irish blood in my veins because I like cooler weather and rain...  Falling at a nice slant even.

I went to the Pittsburgh Rib & Music Festival tonight (MMmmmmm) and holy HELL was it uncomfortable at times...  Right when we got there it was sorta ok because there was a light rain and a breeze down the rivers, but after the rain passed and all those sweaty mullet-clad guys started to work that funk up...  Look out!

Good ribs though, good booze, and Deep Purple playing was nice too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What happend to the fourms?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:47 AM »
Dale broke it.

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.

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.

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.

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)


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

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.

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.  ;)

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.  :)

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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