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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 27, 2004, 03:09 PM »
I have most of them, and multiples of a lot of the military figures, but I don't have a complete set.

I actually don't know if I'll even bother getting a complete set since my main goal is tabletop gaming, and a lot of the non-military figures just wouldn't be necessary.  You can stick "heroes" in the game, but it's never been of much interest to me to do so.

I have a handful of them painted, but I stopped painting when I decided to start casting them.  I don't have a lot of them cast though because to do so requires a bit of a more complex process than casting most pieces for 3.75" Star Wars figures (due to the minis size), so I've not worked at that for quite a while now.  All in good time though.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 27, 2004, 01:04 AM »
Pittsburgh's own, Beaver Falls (Anyone remember Mr. Belvedere?) had some of the worst weather in the nation, as judged by the National Weather Service or some such I guess...  Was on the news tonight.

We got pounded iwth Snow Sunday night...  I was at a wrastlin' PPV at Hooters, and had a wonderful slip-slidin' ride home with my buddy in his big Suburban.  Monday rolled around, and I stayed home from class since I commute about an hour...  Roads were horrible.

Tomorrow into Wednesday we're expecting 3-6" of more snow and at some point more freezing rain/drizzle on top of it all.  Hopefully in time to ruin Thursday's classload.    

 :-* my (_Y_) School

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ever Get Free Cable???
« on: January 27, 2004, 01:00 AM »
I, when I was a wee lad, got showtime for free for some time...  Years actually.  And it was good...

Years later, HBO and Skinemax came in for free on our entire road...  The Cable company knew, but were lax to do anything about it because I guess it was going to cost them more to fix it than it was worth bothering with.

Then the dark times came...  Comcast came and took over.

I lost HBO and Skinemax when they ran digital fiberoptic lines out my road...  The upside is I have Highspeed internet and digital cable.  The downside is HBO and Skinemax cost a LOT to get, and I don't wanna be without them after being spoiled for so long.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Clonetroopers!
« on: January 27, 2004, 12:56 AM »
I kinda agree with Dressel...  Neat, nifty, wow it's different...  Still, I'd just as soon seen them keep the original Clone Armor...  Don't go for this pseudo-clonestormie look.  Just dumb to me...

The Clone Wars aren't even THAT long a war, when you think about it...  What is it, a matter of like 3 years or something?

Kinda weird to have drastic evolution of the overall look of the Republic's military uniform.

Anyway, the debate at Rebelscum seems to still be raging on now...  The one camp claiming Stormtroopers are all Clones, and the other camp claiming there's no proof of that, just some implied visual similarities...  

As things progress, I more and more think we'll never be told outright that Clones = Stormtroopers and Stormtroopers = Clones.  I'd prefer they didn't too...  I like my Stormtroopers to be vehement defenders of the Empire.  Clones cheapen them.  :)  We'll see come E3 if there's somehow a weird way they actually make it known that Stormies are Clones throughout all 6 films.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: video game characters
« on: January 26, 2004, 05:14 PM »
Not to pimp my own creation too much,

But if you guys are customizing at all, and have an inkling to make some X-Wing: Alliance figures, I recently made a reference gallery that was posted over at with images of most of the main characters within that game.

There's the link to the gallery...

Here's an image of a single character from the game.  

Hope this turns out to help some customizers...

I'd love it if Hasbro considered making characters from:

TIE Fighter
X-Wing: Alliance
Force Commander
Bounty Hunter (AWESOME game)
Dark Forces
Jedi Knight
Mysteries of the Sith
Jedi Outcast
Jedi Academy (Imagine a "Build your own Jedi" Kit!?)

To me, these are all games rich with characters to make...  Many of them "army building" type characters too, who would translate fairly well into the basic Saga line I believe.  

I'd like KOTOR as well, but my only reservation on that line is the era it takes place in.  Very much out of the loop that most of the other figures are from in the modern line.  I'd still like a lot of figures from that game as well though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So Long Mister Rogers and Captain Kangaroo
« on: January 23, 2004, 05:07 PM »
Yeah, MisterRogers was practically required TV watching for you here, and Sesame St. was lucky to be on right afterwards. :)

Loved both as a kid, and still think Mister Rogers was the best TV for me at that age...  G.I. Joe slowly replaced him as I got older.  *sigh*

I wonder if Newforce has preorders up for the Yavin wave, and the Endor wave?

They're the only cases I'm sure I want to order because I want every figure in the case for customizing and my collection.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How's Star Wars Selling in Your Area?
« on: January 23, 2004, 05:02 PM »
Dryer than a popcorn fart would be the best way to describe Pittsburgh.

Empty pegs, or pegs with remnant Clone Wars and Bail Organa wave figures is about all there is.

Sporatically I guess the Tatooine wave has showed up, and Hoth here and there, but I've only caught the Hoth wave once, and still need Ach Med Beq from it.

beyond that, the awesome ROTJ Luke, R1, and Bar2-D2 are non-existant here, and are figures I was looking forward to buying 2 of each of.  :(  Bummer.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: January 23, 2004, 05:00 PM »
Count me in for at least two of this Ewok, and thanks for the scoop from Mosnab on the pics being put up.

I love the fact they included a spear with him too (A new spear at that, for some diversity).  It means he's good on the ground and in the air.  The original 101st Ewok.  :)

Would they be nicknamed "The screaming furballs"?  

Looks like a darn nice figure sculpt to boot, and I think that prototype had at least right wrist articulation additionally to the regular Ewok articulation.

I still want a 2-pack with Catapult, and a 4-pack of warriors (4 colors, 4 unique hoods, and 2 bows/arrows and 2 spears) as other Ewok "ultra" sets that I think would sell well.

As I've said before, even if they reused the Teebo sculpt for the 4-pack it would still be one of the best army builder sets ever...  I'd even be happy if they used it for the Ewoks in the 2-pack.

Then save single carded Ewoks for a Wicket resculpt, Chief Chirpa, Mother Ewok with Woklings, and perhaps a Paploo resculpt...

The rest could be ultra army building sets for massive Ewok armies.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So Long Mister Rogers and Captain Kangaroo
« on: January 23, 2004, 03:30 PM »
If any of you guys are ever in Pittsburgh, make sure you let me know you're around and I'll show you the city and we'll take a drive through Mister Rogers' Neighborhood...


I know where the church he attended is, and all that stuff...  He lived in Squirrel Hill, which really is in the heart of Pittsburgh.  A nice community, and I'm sure he made it all the more great when he was alive.

Can't say I watched Cap'n Kangaroo...  Bit out of my age range (Sorry Scott), but I know my brother Sean watched it often.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OK Who Had September 14th?
« on: January 22, 2004, 09:04 PM »
Well these two charmers are back on the chopping block huh?

I wonder what painfully obviously unwilling to "settle down", superstar, ultra famous/rich, dashingly good looking man will be the next unwitting victim of J-Lo and her desire to have a baby, and a husband she should never be dellusional enough into thinking she can "tame".

I predict more turmoil in J-Lo's future as she makes a play for the shooting (literally) star, 50 cent.  

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 22, 2004, 08:59 PM »
By the way...

If you want to know any more about the game, and who is still playing it avidly, check out this link right here:

It's an email list through Yahoo groups dedicated to the game, and with probably the most knowledgeable gamers on the net there willing to assist you with all your questions ranging from basic rules queries to compatible scale items in the modern Star Wars lines like Action Fleet vehicles and characters.

And for a series of links to websites dedicated to the game, check out this link here:

Some links are dead, some not, but it's worth checking on if you want to get involved, or just are curious what's out there to look at for SWMB.  

Other Collectibles / Star Wars Miniatures (RPG & Minis Battles)
« on: January 22, 2004, 08:55 PM »
Anyone here a collector of the old West End Games Star Wars Miniatures by chance?  

I wish I could scan some of the color images from the Minis battles gaming book to show off what I'm talking about incase you're not familiar.

The Star Wars miniatures line consisted of a slew of finely sculpted miniature lead figurines from classic Star Wars and a few from the Expanded Universe.  The line was originally created for the Star Wars Role Playing Game from West End Games, but later the line was expanded to have a diverse group of military-styled figures to flesh out armies for the Star Wars Miniatures Battles Tabletop game that followed towards the demise of West End Games in the early to mid 1990's.

Here's an image of a mix of some of the figures you could get:

There's a pretty nifty mix there!  :)  

And here's a link for the majority of the rest with some good closeup shots RIGHT HERE.

There's some REALLY amazing sculpts, and the variety involved in the final designs of some of the characters was downright amazing.  

Rebel Troopers alone sported about a dozen different Fleet Troopers, and a dozen different Spec. Forces miniatures.  Same went for Stormtroopers who had a dozen unique miniatures which made for a really impressive set-up on any battlefield.

The scale lends itself well to HUGE dioramas as well, plus the practical use of actually playing the Miniatures Battles game was a great addition to collecting the minis.  

Unfortunately, these aren't common anymore since WEG went under...  They're some of the few non-action figure things I collect though, and am attempting to reproduce to build my armies with, without sinking the $ into the actual metal originals in grand numbers.

If you have any Star Wars minis stores (Or any for sale?  ;) ), please feel free to post and reminisce on a great past line.  

BTW, beyond the Fleet Troopers being my favorites, I love the Grand Moff Tarkin miniature, and the Wookie soldier one's pretty neat too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: January 22, 2004, 05:38 PM »

Who are you?  Cpl. Radar O'Reilly?  :-*  

(Yes, I know he drank grape Nehi, I just didn't know they still made that stuff!)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Places You'd Never Move To
« on: January 22, 2004, 05:36 PM »
I wouldn't say NEVER exactly, but there's a lot of places I'd not want to move to, and hopefully will avoid.

Oddly enough, I want to stay here...  I like to travel but always want to be back in Pittsburgh.  Beyond our financial trouble, it's a nice mid-sized city...  It's clean...  It was voted the 2nd most beautiful place in the U.S. last year...  It's topography is unique...  Weather gives you the full gambit so it's not always the same (or too much one or the other)...  It has grown a lot in the last few years, and is expected to grow even more...  

I go anywhere flat, and I'm always just bored to death there.  I drove to Chicago to visit a friend there, and the drive was possibly the worst I'd ever done in my life.  Nothing but a flat barren land once you got beyond the hills of Western PA, all the way into Illinois.  

Not my cup of tea...  And then the other cities in flat areas are mapped out in squares, and seem to be very structured...  In Pittsburgh it's based on a triangle and 3 rivers intersecting in the triangle shape...  Growing up here's made me accustomed to the way of life here, and I just don't find it interesting anywhere else.

Plus, cost of living isn't attrocious, commutes are negligible compared to other cities, crime's not terrible (not great either, but could be worse), I always find things to do...  It's just fun for me here, and I dislike the thought of having to possibly move at some point so I'll fight it as much as I can.

Everywhere else is fun to visit to me, but not anywhere I'd look forward to actually living in.  

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