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I got one in the mail today I received from a trade.  Love getting rid of old stuff I don't want for new stuff I can't find.  :)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:31 AM »

ANother Steelers win.  Clinched the AFC North, and while a spotty game I think the overall performance was better than last week.  Nice seeing Bettis running more while Deuce preps...  I'd like to see them staggered back & forth then since they're a running powerhouse.

And Roethlisberger's playing wasn't bad...  Wasn't great, but wasn't bad.

I'm one happy Steelers fan right now.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A question to Star Wars fans.
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:26 AM »
Holy hell Jason, that's like one of the best Jedi figures (in general) ever.  Poseable, nice paint...  That's just a nice custom actually.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:25 AM »
I'm surprised you don't catch Attel much being that he's from New York and all Dave.  He's a great show if you can catch him...  I suppose he's everywhere BUT where he lives.

I've never seen Dave Chapelle listed as coming to this area myself...  Everyone else seems to come in from time to time, but I've just never seen Chapelle around.  That really sucks too since I'd love to see his show.

David Wright and Mitch Hedberg are great...  I had tickets for Hedberg when he was due here back when the Hurricane hit.  He hurt himself in Minnesota though, was there at the hospital, and missed his show here...  Which works out because I'd have missed his show anyway since I was stranded that night.

They're both good comics though, with similar styles of jokes but completely different deliveries.  I think I like Wright's better myself.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A question to Star Wars fans.
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:18 AM »
That'd rock...  I want my Chris Berry figure NOW!


1. Would you want an action figure based on your obscure character??

Yea, why not?  Hell I wanna make customs of me so I may as well have the pros do it too.  Knowing Hasbro they'd pre-pose it, give it an action feature, and I'd have a missle fire out my ass, but at least the figure woudl be made.

2. Would you want a figure of yourself, even if it was as a human character, not an alien??

See above...  If it's a bad likeness I'd be PO'd though.

3. Would you go to those Star Wars cons and autograph the thousands of pics and or figures the fans present to you??

Depending on the $ I figured I'd make, then likely yes...  Easy cash, spending time at a place I'd probably have paid to get into anyway.  Sure.

4. What about the thousands of photos they would ask to take with them??

I wouldn't do this much...  A) I don't like being too close to people I don't know.  B) It's time consuming and cutting into my profits.  C) I'm sure I'll get irritated at SOME of the people at some point...  Maybe even quickly.

5. Would you quit your job to do the cons full time??

Since I don't have a job that I would call a "dream job" right now, then I most certainly would since it's better than anything I currently do...  Bound to make more $ too.

6. What would be your limit as to appearances??

Enough to make the $ I want...  Nothing that interferes with my social life/private life with my parents, friends, and girlfriend either.

Well...  For what it's worth I boil/popped 4 AT-ST Han's, swapped the RIGHT arm onto the LEFT arm of 2 of them (the other two just go to the fodder pile), and swapped some left hands on.

It gives me 2 headless Scanner techs...  yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get to the head casts and hat casts later...  Much, much, much, much, later.


It's something though...  Right?  Like my Rebel field officer figure that needs a head and a body post made...  My SA Maul that I may scrap at the moment in hopes for one from Hasbro...  My Rebel and Imperial officers that need headcasts...  My Saga Endor Soldier redo that needs a head too.

Hey, I'm busy, and poor.  Deal with it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 12, 2004, 02:41 AM »
That Blue Collar thing is really taking off.  Why, i don't know, since I thought Foxworthy's redneck jokes had gone the way of Gallagher's act.

Whatever though...  It's not my thing.  I don't like Wanda Sykes either, so nights when she and that Blue Collar Comedy Tour take over Comedy Central, I'm thoroughly pissed off.  :(

And those nights are often.

I can't believe they dumped Tough Crowd but leave that other garbage on.  That show was a hit as far as I'm concerned.  Whatever though...  No channel's perfect.

Watto's Junk Yard / Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 11, 2004, 06:12 AM »
I dunno if there's a topic on this or not, but whatever...  It's on my mind so I figured I'd pop a topic up for it either way.

I went to Pittsburgh's Improv tonight to catch Dave Attel's early show.  I saw Attel a few years ago for one of my birthdays actually, down at Pittsburgh's funnybone club, prior to the Improv's opening...  I loved his show, and pretty much knew his comedy.

Tonight he SMASHED my previous opinion by setting a new standard for funny.  Lots of new material, tons of great jokes and one-liners, and he mixed his best older stuff in too...  My top 3 (no order) have always been Attel, Lewis Black, and Dave Chappelle (Needless to say I'm a big Comedy Central fanatic), and I'm even moreso a fan of Attel after tonight.

I've yet to catch Black in person...  Every time he comes to Pittsburgh he's either sold out by the time I hear, or I just completely miss his show and find out about it later.  I'm vowing to catch it though.  I've not seen Chapelle either, but then again I can't say I've ever seen him listed as coming through town.

So are Comedy Clubs something you're into?  I consider this one of the best "dates" if you're looking to get you and your wife out of the house maybe, or if you're wanting to impress the new lady in your life with something fun to do.  It's pricey, but worth it.  I'm finding things like this much more enjoyable than going to clubs or bars like I used to do all the time...  Oh how age catches up to you!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: December 11, 2004, 05:28 AM »
Very cool all around...  Hasbro's articulation jump has me pretty pumped to see that they're finally taking the line the proper direction.  Took years for it to happen, but they're seeing the light.

I see the point about repetition with all the figures, but part of me is happy to see it too since I was never pleased with the pre-posed figures of E2's run.  Just seeing Shaak Ti neutrally posed is great!  Same with all the other Jedi, so I'll be gladly buying many of these.

Collection 1's nicer than E2's offerings, by far and away, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for Collection 2 versions of Obi, Ani, etc.  I applaud the effort to HIDE the action features though.

I'd say the big stinker of Collection 1 though, ironically, is the Clone.  Something not right about him...  I too am hoping for one using the SA body and not utilizing any action features...  I think that's what is giving it the odder "look" I'm noticing.

 The articulation's outstanding on most of the Collection 2 (and many of the Collection 1 figures aren't shappy in this department either).  The neutral stances are great...  Just simply, "Wow!" at this point for me. 

Even Mon Mothma looks interesting.  That's incredible!

I too hope for a red guard variant of the Senate Guards, Scott.  The figure's poseability has to be outstanding (Glad I didn't army build with that crappy POTJ sculpt) to warrant soft goods...  A simple red cloth swap and a new helmet, and you could really have something impressive there.

The Battledroid looks "eh".  I hope he doesn't turn out as pathetically flimsy as past attempts.  :( 

That cardback has the old Star Wars figure senses on overload, but it's good stuff.  MUCH happier with E3's lineup than E2's.  I think we'll see more diversity as time goes too, and many more new characters.  I think the Jedi are just so important they're getting a push, and many of the Council will maybe be meeting prominent fates....  Thus the redos.  Or maybe they're just trying to apologize for E2's? :)

Man, I wanna see Luminara and Barris Collection 2 figures now after seeing Shaak Ti.  OOOOOoooo Nifty.  And Aayla Secura with a normal stance and good articulation! 

When this is broken down like it is, I see a lot more correlation among fan opinion.  Very interesting.  I know bracketing items downward like this is popular among many companies (including toy), so it's pretty interesting watching the process like this.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 11, 2004, 04:24 AM »
I'm living with Dannik's looks too...  To me I just figure I'll fix it on this one.  I think it's the people who "can't" (Matt, you can, you're just lazy, don't lie) who have the greater gripe here really....  Deep down I feel it's within everyone's grasp to fix it, but nobody should "have" to either...  But it's nothing terribly difficult if someone wants to.

Either way, it looks like crap though so it sucks and many people won't attempt a fix because they're not confident in their ability to do so.  That makes it a bigger deal to them I'm sure.

I'm to the point I feel Dannik turned out to be the worst of the 3, which sucks for me since he was the most wanted of the 3 for me, but I'm gonna "live with it" too Snively. 

Ironic you mention making the swappable heads Matt, because I thought the same thing when i first saw it.  Theoretically it would've been less $ to have done it that way.  2 molds instead of 3.  Whatever though...

I dig his hookah though, I think that's cool looking.  Not enough pipe smoking figures these days.

At this point, Myo's my #1 just because he was my #2 before...  I dig the gotal too, even without a holster.  Nice reuse of the Bespin gun too though on him since it gives some blaster diversity to the Cantina dudes.  I dig that.

With Dannik's passing I'd like the Arcona to be done now, Bom Vimdin and his nifty tunic, and actually an Evazan resculpt would be creeping up on my list given the facial detail they captured on Dannik...  What they didn't screw up with the holes is actually really accurate.

Evazan's maybe due now, especially since I now know where he's sporting the holster and his blaster's all done up nice and new.  :)  I'd dig seeing him get some justice as a figure.

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*

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.

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.

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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