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Feedback / Re: DoctorPadawan's feedback
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:40 PM »
I've had 2 very helpful transactions with Michael lately.  He's been helping me with some old battledroid wants I had.

Highly recommend dealing with the good doctor.

Thanks man!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:35 PM »
And ROTS Mas Ameda makes for some damn fine "Senator" standard articulation, though I think the odd softgoods guy with longrobes would be nice.  I dunno about you guys but I'd be all for a Red Robed Palpatine w/softgoods robes just so we could have the fightin' Palps in poseable fashion.

Anyway though, I really dislike the waist joints on Hasbro's G.I. Joe line, and I think it's entirely too noticeable for Star Wars...  For Joe's it's cool, it's their "thing", but for Star Wars it would really stick out like a sore thumb, especially against the other nicely sculpted figures.

For instance, the Senators would look a bit awkward when next to them is a figure with the hips and waist of a G.I. Joe figure...  It's something I'm not a huge fan of in customizing even (using select GIJ parts).  To me, SA Clones are damn near perfect.  They're the balance of poseability and aesthetics that the line should be delivering.  GIJ it seems like they don't care much about a balance since thier 3.75" line has had the same articulation, basically, since 1983 when swivel-arms were introduced.  It's more or less uniform for that line.  Star Wars changing to GIJ style articulation would almost be as bad as a scale change to me, as far as the way the line looks all together. (I stress almost)

Right now, I'm cool with the increases in articulation that are well hidden.  There's better balance there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:32 AM »
Radio Shack carries them...  I got mine at an Emergency Services store that supplies uniforms and junk to cops but also has any # of random police/EMT/Firefighter-oriented stuff...  Plus he programmed it for me since finding some codes was a real pain in the ass.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Mozilla Browser
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:28 AM »
*Waits on Jason to arrive*

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Soft Goods Jedi/Sith Cloak packs
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:14 AM »
Ben Franklin's still exist?

Those are LONG gone from my area, though I recall a time when every town had one, even my EBFE town...  They were great places to score G.I. Joes as was G.C. Murphy's $.05 and $.10 stores (also all over the place).

Occupying those old stores are mostly Family Dollars and Big Lots...  Neither of which is worth stopping at 99% of the time.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:29 AM »
I'm riding this one out I figure...  I've had an order in for Evolutions at Amazon now for months.  We'll see how it pans out.  I don't pre-order much at all but I do want to have 3 (at least) guaranteed sets of the Clones/Stormtrooper. 

It's only a pain to keep bumping that outstanding order up every time I have to balance my checkbook.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU 2-pks
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:27 AM »
Hmmm, sounds interesting...  Glad I skipped out on a LOT of stuff yet...  I should be able to pick some stuff up for cheap if this is happening everywhere...  Explains where those big ass bins of random figures went too.  :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:23 AM »
I'm a huge articulation fan, however I'm a huge G.I. Joe articulation critic...  I think Hasbro's "super articulation" style has proven to be the best overall for a toy line (in this scale at least).  G.I. Joe, as much as I love GIJ's from when I was a kid, are not the most attractive toys...  Hasbro's done really well so I'm not too displeased.

Actually, with ROTS, Hasbro has really done fantastic...  They've only dropped the ball a few random figures as far as I'm concerned...  The latest Wookiee Warrior would be one, and Commander Bacara would be another.  They don't super articulate everyone, and I'd be all for them slapping more articulation on some figures, but they've done a lot of figures justice lately...  Many more "hits" than "misses".  That's a big leap for Hasbro over the last 10 years where misses often outnumbered hits, ESPECIALLY in movie years.  Yikes!

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Whose Side Are You On Anyway?
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:11 AM »
My understanding is pretty much that the Quarren and Mon Calamari are warring with each other: the Mon are on the side of the Rebels/Republic and the Quarren on the side of the Empire/Separatists.

It's incredibly more complex than that I think, especially given what I'm reading in this thread which goes beyond even what I'd originally thought...  Very confusing, but in the end it does make a lot of sense, hashes out some things we see in the film, and ties into the classic trilogy (and the EU around it, should you "believe" that).  Sounds like Mon Calamari was a real cluster-f during the Clone Wars...

Come the time of the Rebellion I like to view the planet as unified, and supportive to the Alliance overall, with maybe just some bad blood between species flaring up now and then.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:01 AM »
Tonight, just fireworks calls here and there...  Meh...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 2, 2005, 05:04 AM »
Well, the cops got the guy's name via the temp tags on the car and traced him to a town near Apollo and on the last road they're pretty sure he was on (this was very fascinating...  The Apollo cop lost the kid but caught some black skidmarks onto a road and it turns out this road goes to the town they've tracked him to...  All very fun to listen to).

So the kid's on the S-List of the police, and it turns out his DOB is *drumroll* today...  hah.

The one cop says, "Well when we catch him we can tell him happy birthday".  Haha...  Yeah!  This is great!

So they're tracking him down, they called some State Troopers in from the county seat to come down and sorta surround him so he can't run again.  Great stuff.

Anyway, a "Neb ****" is a Pittsburgh term...  Means the same as a busy body, or basically someone who sticks their nose into business that isn't theirs....  Thus I'm a "Neb ****" for listening to a police scanner just to hear all the goings on of my area.

Gangs aren't a huge issue in Pittsburgh let alone my area, so stuff out here tends to be more or less minor stuff.  The occassional "big" thing happens though.  This has been a fun night, but I gotta get some sleep here... 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 2, 2005, 03:59 AM »
I highly recommend picking one up...  Mine's always on in the background, and while a lot of nights out here are quiet and mostly just ambulance calls (kinda dull), you get those odd cop calls that just erupt into something you HAVE to listen to.  Definitely need one of these Brad.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 2, 2005, 03:33 AM »
I don't know about you guys, but I am a neb ****, and I like listening to a police scanner...  My old one keeled over on me not long ago...  It was given to me by a woman who just didn't want it anymore, and I was hooked.

Got a new one, and I have to say that it's just a blast if you're home and have it on...  I'll even mute what I'm perhaps watching on TV to listen to what's going on.  And being the 4th weekend, there's a LOT going on.

I just listened to a great high speed chase...  It's like a good movie, you can't leave that thing because you keep hearing the cops going back and forth about the chase, and setting up blocks, and trying to cut the guy off, and it's great...  You hear the ID go out, then come back with the guy's name (or this case the temp tags indicating where the car was from), and sometimes I even hear people I know come across the thing...  It's funny.

Tonight's chase was great.  Edge of your seat kinda ****, seriously.  A red Pontiac or Chevy blew past an Apollo,PA cop at 110 mph and the chase was on.  The guy outran the cop too out near where my brother used to live...  The State Police were involved, 3 local police all from separate townships/boroughs...  I have to admit that I'm sure I could have found other stuff to do tonight, but since I've been busy all week I decided to stay home, and that made it partly worth it. 

Plus the banter they have back and forth is great...  The Apollo Cop told them to wake up the auto dealer where the car was registered and get him "down here"...  It's a little private dealer.  THe dispatcher replied later with, "I got him up and he's on his way...  He wasn't happy", and the cop says, "Neither are we", haha...  It's probably the dealer's kid driving the car too, making it all the more funny.

So anyway, do any of you have one?  I'm so into this I'm wanting a CB/Scanner in my car anymore just because I love listening to this stuff.  It's kinda like Cops without the picture I guess.

But, I will say...  I hate when a call for an ambualnce comes out because somewhere out there is a "rectal bleed".  Ah!   :'(

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Pittsburgh, in its infinite wisdom, decided to not only have our usually nightmarish 4th of July festivities, but ALSO to mix them with the Pittsburgh Regata, which is always a nightmare for anyone wanting to get into the city.

Monday's fireworks downtown, and the city's sort of known for its fireworks shows actually from what I understand, so of course the 4th show is always the biggest of the year and people come from quite a ways to see them...  Coupled with the Regata it's going to be a nightmare, but I'm pondering TRYING to get to my buddy Dan's house (other side of the city too, lovely) and take the "T" in on Monday to check out the show...  It'd be fun, but not the trip in or out of the city.   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite cuss word?
« on: July 1, 2005, 05:27 AM »
Jag-off

Gotta love Pittsburgh

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