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Power of the Force 2 / Re: eToys has Old Crap
« on: July 1, 2004, 06:25 PM »
Those are all 12"ers I can't recall ever seeing "cheap"...  At least the ones I really noticed on the list like XW Luke, Hoth Leia, and Fett...

Decent figures too.  

12" is something I'm getting out of, otherwise I'd nab some extras for customs I think.

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Couldn't argue with that.

Dragon, even with their exclusives, make them pretty available to everyone, and price is pretty great too, considering what you get when compared to other 1:6 lines.

Everything I've wanted, I know I can order somewhere for the same price I'll pay if i find it at any store they're sold at...  Can't argue with that much at all.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:29 PM »
The only thing about the metalized figures that attracted me is the way a complete set will look as a center-piece to a set of loose modern figures...  

More an homage to the films than to figure collectors I guess.

The Baseball thing...  I dislike baseball enough to not care I think.  :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours thread... Wave 4 coming soon?
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:27 PM »
Least interesting wave yet...  Unfortunately.

I maybe would take a set...  Oh Matt!   :D

The one on the right's ok...  One in the middle's most "Star Wars" looking.  The one on the left, eh...

All have bad paintjobs I think.  Not very grimey and Star Wars "used" looking, which is what I liked about some of the earlier ST Droids.

The one shaped like a blue box with rivets and a welding arm is, to me, the epitome oof Star Wars looking.  I'd like a handful ofo that figure if they were just as cheap as a normal Star Wars figure.  :(

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Jedi in the Cantina
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:24 PM »
Garrouff Lafoe actually goes from the bar to tell the Stormies right away...  He can briefly be seen taking in the fiasco.

Others do take notice too...  Staring, silently, for a moment...

I agree with Nataku that they're backing off then because they feel it's in their best interest.  Those there old enough to remember Jedi clearly maybe know better than to step on toes, and anyone else would be leary of making a negative move towards our heroes because they just watched 2 armed men who had the proverbial drop on one oold man lose an arm and some guts to him in one rather quick motion.

I remember being at a bar one night and watching a little, unassuming man take down 3 rather large guys...  Nobody said anything, nobody did anything...  The 3 guys, who were sorta dicks, got what they asked for, and left licking their wounds dealt them by the guy.  :)  Felt similar to me...  haha

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday mosnab!!!
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:16 PM »
Have a good one guys...  

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:15 PM »
I'd be torn...  I'd want one if it looked "Star Wars", but if it had the team logo on it or something, forget it...  

I'd officially pass on that and not feel bad.  :)  of course, I hate baseball, and would hate the headache of getting one anyway even if I liked baseball.

The Joe figure looks normal in that picture though...  Is it the final product or what?

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The only one i'd be really into, at this point, is the Sailbarge.  And I'd pay $100 or over for a good, to-scale (it's not that big actually) Sailbarge.  I'd go $120 max I suppose...  And I'd need to not be on some time limit to buy it.

It's a fun ship, a ship that would double as an action-filled playset...  I'd enjoy that.

Death Star and things I'm interested in, but as a modular playset, not a single, large ticket item.  

On the Barge I'd want no frills, no pack-ins...  Just a large playset.  Market it around some figures at the same time...  re-release of Luke or something, I dunno.  Pack-ins, I've found, are only irritating anymore to those who dn't buy ships for whatever reason.

If they did do a pack-in, re-releases would be cool I guess.  Gammorrean or whatnot.

If they REALLY wanted to wow us, a Pit of Carkoon "stand" for it would be amazing...  :)

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Yeah, now he's sporting Luke's gun.

It's a rehash...  release him with both even.  Don't be chincy!  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Whoo!!! My Monkey Smokes Again!
« on: July 1, 2004, 04:12 PM »
Ah!  

Someone merged these...  Thank you!

I'll be damned if I could get anything.  I should've just started digging because this just found its way to the second page I guess, or third perhaps.

Anyway, appreciated Scott or Dale...  Or whoever merged them.

Nice collection of freakish images, as well as some fun ones too!

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 04:10 PM »
I actually singled you out Bob because you used the term Liberal, which others didn't...  As Nataku said, "Crazies" can explain both sides of the argument...  I agree there's maybe intent there that only liberal sided people would be throwing up their arms about this issue, I feel it's taking a shot at Liberals to point them out.

Crazies could be anyone though with this too...  I personally think anyone saying this is crazy, but that's just me...  Irregardless of their political leanings.

Didn't mean to single you out too much, or make you feel separated from the group, but it was more the liberal remark...  Tough to keep politics out of everything, but we are trying here because it's just not good.

No offense meant or anything of course.

While I see your points you're making, I still disagree that G.I. Joe, a private property that appealed to kids of all types from backgrounds of all types was/is legitimate propoganda.

I can't say I know anyone who can honestly say G.I. Joe shaped them into patriotic individuals...  I can't say I know everyone though either, to say my opinion's accurate.   ;D  haha

Again though Bob, you weren't meant to feel outed, just that a line was stepped on that was being treaded sort of closely, and a mention had to be made.

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Well, as luck would have it, I picked up 2 recent items on Ebay this past month, and they arrived today!

A ceramic smoking monkey, complete with a pack of smokes.  Unfortunately he's packed with one in his mouth and arrived with it broken so I had to pull it out with pliars and light the broken cancer stick.  :(

And I also got a cigarette case, with a smoking monkey on the cover.

Very classy.

not bad purchases...  I'll see if I can find images!



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Not bad if I do say so...

Unfortunately I can't find my old smoking monkey thread, or I'd just add to it, so sorry for the new one...  Can't relive the fun I guess.

They have some nice smoking monkey oil paintings up for $.01 but the shipping is $20!  Yikes...  Does it cost that much to get something like that shipped?  Sounds like Monkey Business to me!

The Ceramic Monkey I got doesn't smoke as well as my old paper mache smoking novelty monkey.  That one actually blows smoke rings!  Still, he puffs away like there's no tomorrw on his cigs, so it's cool.

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I was just listening to the "new" radio station that K-Rock has in Pittsburgh now...  They replaced B 94 (93.7) which was basically pop, rap, top 40 stuff...  A very old station in Pittsburgh too I believe.

I know my gf's kids are freaking over its loss (they're on vacationo and still haven't been home to hear the new station).

The new one, which is The Rock of Pittsburgh 93.7 K-ROC or whatever, plays classic rock, but then evanescence was mixed in there and the latest Beastie Boys song...

Go figure.  It's mostly classic rock though, like Skynard, Stones, etc...  That makes for 3 stations now that play the same stuff.  K-Rock, 96.9, and 102.5 DVE which is the leader for this kinda music in Pittsburgh.

I thinkt hey should've opened an altenative music station to combat the station that USED to carry Stern directly.  Kick them in the ding-ding so to speak.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 02:09 PM »
First, while I respect your disagreeing opinion, political discussion (and bashing) aren't allowed here Bob, so please be respectful of fthat.  It's a site rule is all, so please just keep that in mind.

I'll reply with why I don't believe Joe's propoganda though...

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“any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles”

G.I. Joe, while like "Uncle Sam" as a fictional character, isn't organized to spread a doctrine or system of principles.  He was a fictional character (set of characters) set into a specific story fighting a specific enemy.

He was based in America, but didn't fight American enemies that are real.  To that end, the only principles spread by G.I. Joe were basic moral ones.  Also, G.I. joe marketed in other countries was often not marketed as "A Real American Hero", but rather marketed generically or to the country in question.

Basic moral messages of "do what is right" were the only propoganda G.I. Joe ever seemed to spread in my view.  That's what I got from him as a child.  I feel it cheapens a lot of people's childhoods to say otherwise, but that's just my opinion.

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“a specific type of message presentation, aimed at serving an agenda. Even if the message conveys true information,”

G.I. Joe didn't serve an agenda other than his own...  He wasn't aimed at any one particular "enemy" other than Cobra, a fictional one.  He wasn't a recruitment tool, didn't endorse joining the military, etc...  

Just because he was pro-American doesn't mean he was pro-military power to reach an end.  If anything, it was the opposite in the cartoon series, which preached non-violence to a kind of funny extent when you watch the cartoons now as an adult.

The comics were more aimed at adult thinking, just as they are now, but I still don't see a correlation to propoganda for the U.S. military there.

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“the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”

G.I. Joe reached many audiences, but didn't spread any anymosity in its themes against U.S. enemies of the time.  For instance, the communist USSR.  Whatever brief mentions they had in G.I. Joe fiction eventually wound up showing we were in some Alliance against a "common threat".  

If G.I. Joe had preached anti-Russian sentiment, I maybe would agree, but because it was all fictionalized I can't see any correlation to propoganda for the U.S.

Propoganda for better living...  Moral behavior...  Being "brave".  That I can agree with.  That's not "propoganda" in its truest form though.  No more so than saying Mr. Rogers is propoganda anyway.

Being a good person isn't an "instiatution, cause, or a person" though, so I again just disagree there.  To each their own though of course.

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There’s no question that G.I. Joe is propaganda; while it may not preach a negative viewpoint, it preaches nonetheless, with its infamous tagline- “A Real American Hero” it states that heroism is built on militaristic principles and bravery weighed on how much damage you inflict on the enemy in the process of defending your home turf.

Again, I simply disagree...  G.I. Joe's tagline of "A Real American Hero" is no different than if you applied it to a Fireman, or a Policeman, or a school teacher...  It's just that kids react to military toys instinctively.  It's not an intentional message that "military power to acheive victory is America at its finest" or anything similar.

Also, if anything, G.I. Joe preached pacifism at all costs...  To not hurt your enemy but take them prisoner.  The cartoon was so chock full of non-death it really does make you laugh now if you watch it.  :)

You saved your enemy.  Even the "real" enemies of the time didn't like who the enemy in the fictional world was and G.I. Joe/America and Russia even teamed together, working as one, to fight the fictional enemy.

So long as there's fiction there, which is all Joe is, was, and will be, I don't agree that there's propoganda there.  If there is, it certainly didn't change me in the slightest, even if it was the most influential toy on my childhood.

To each their own though...  It's just seeing things differently.

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While I think the Jawas and Tusken look great, I'm a bit miffed at Hasbro for all the repainting they're doing.  It's compelling to keep the completist ways going by buying these, and yet I'd planned on not getting too much of the OTC stuff because it was supposedly "rehash".

ALl these nice paintjobs are irritating then, in a way, because it's like keeping the completist fire going that I'd have to buy them.  That's frustrating that they didn't just straight re-release this stuff as it was before.

At least on Tuskens and Jawas they're army building fodder...  There's always room for Tuskens and Jawas.

On stuff like Bespin Luke though, which is a figure I just wasn't pleased with the first time around, I'm thinking it may be a reluctant pass that irritates me that the figure was made "different" in the first place.  

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