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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:25 PM »
Yeah, the wookie debate continues...  I'm sorta thinking they're blowing the Wookies up in size too, just a tad.

Tarful and Bob shouldn't maybe tower or Yarua and Chewie like this, but who knows...  It's starting to look fishy to me though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Enjoying the quiet?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:23 PM »
With not much to shop for, I agree it's nice...  I only need multiple wookie warriors and a Jedi Fighter at this point, none of whcih I'm in any hurry to grab, so I'm content to put all my efforts into my life outside this hobby.

And that's more than enough to make my head spin as it is, so that urge to run to WM on any given evening not being there is a nice thing to be free of at the moment.  All the E3 figure pictures have my anticipation of this film and collecting in general into overload though.

I'm going ga-ga over those hi-res shots at, and can't wait to have an E3 late Clone Wars army going.  Hell, even the Collection 1 figures look good to me for once.  Incredible!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:20 PM »
The ARC-170's scale is gonna be a huge issue to me.  No excuse not doing it to-scale if they're willing to make the Gunship from last year. 

I'm fearful of any scale cutbacks honestly.

The Mustafar playset I'm intrigued with.  Sets can be something Hasbro could do incredibly well without compromising accuracy/scale.  They need an interlocking (and stackable, in situations) feature but, this could be an area that they excel in.

Vehicles are another story...  While I love when Hasbro does it right (TIE Bomber, Landspeeder), I am so let down when they do it wrong (TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Snowspeeder, Y-Wing, AT-ST)...  The vehicles, in some sense, are like the 12" figures.  They get the shaft as far as the effort put into them and how competitive they are on the shelf next to other toylines.

Most of my top resculpts are classic trilogy vehicles, but the ARC-170's a ship that (if done poorly) I'm sure is gonna make my resculpt list.  To me, it should be to-scale, no pack-ins, and no more than $40 given how many outlets are sure to carry it and its assumed high production #'s.

When you walk into a store and there's a to-scale ME-109, Mustang, or P-38, and then a dinky starfighter next to it, it's a disappointment.  Hasbro needs to "wow!" with this ship in my opinion.  And they can given that not only are they gonna be pushing it through a lot of retailers and making a ton of them, but there's inevitable repaint options for it later.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 17, 2005, 05:31 PM »
Old school man, old school!

Part of me wishes those would've caught on longer...  I was never a fan of the shorts myself but partly because mine rarely fit me right since I couldn't afford them replaced all the time.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 17, 2005, 04:35 PM »
-Baseball...  I can't stand.

-Football...  I don't take the time to idolize players in because they come and go, though as a Steelers fan I can say that in most of my adult life I look at Jerome Bettis with much admiration.  The guy is a workhorse and he's done a tremendous ammount for the Pittsburgh area.

He's an asset to the city.

-Hockey...  There simply is none better, nor has there ever been...

The guy scores a great goal in his first game, and people knew it was gonna just be great from there on out.  He dominated games single-handedly.  He came back from one major injury/surgery after another.  He got cancer and came back to still dominate games.  He's retired and come back and he STILL dominates scoring when he's playing routinely, plus he's getting old by NHL standards now. 

He's done a tremendous ammount of work for Pittsburgh at little recognition from our asinine politicians...  He's one of the nicest people I've had the chance to ever meet.  He's quiet and respectable.  He's humble and cares about the game more than any athlete I've ever seen, and wants it to do nothing but survive and grow in popularity.

He was who I completely idolized as a kid, and today as an adult he's still the name/number I wear on my Pen's Jersey if I'm gonna have a named/numbered jersey. 

The guy's simply a machine that I'll forever be thankful that I got to watch in his best of days.

A close second in my hockey favorites would be (and still is):

Ronnie Francis...  This guy is probably the best well-rounded player in the NHL I believe.  And the Penguin's greatest loss to their financial crunch.  Francis was a guy that I think every kid idolized.  I was lucky enough to attend some practices he ran with kids when I was younger.  It was a blast.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 17, 2005, 04:25 PM »
I think I'd have 6 teams per division instead...  Keep some of the southern teams because Florida's been a pretty big place for hockey it seems.  That's mostly due to the northerner's migrating there I believe, but nonetheless...  Same for Dallas, and Cali's a big enough state that 2 teams wouldn't hurt.  All 3 have made pretty big strides I believe.

I agree with you Brent on dropping the Capitals.  Why they have a team is beyond me, but every year the Pens played them in the playoffs, there were equal numbers of Pens fans in the stands.  Their crowd doesn't give 2 craps.  You don't see that between Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the NFL...  Washington's even further away but we still pack their seats.

The Islanders I agree with as well, partly because I agree that (given the NHL's status) no city needs two teams, not to mention that even Ranger's fans tend to be fair weather fans, much less the Islanders who, when they suck, have one hell of an empty arena it seems.

NJ I think's a solid team, with solid fans.  I'm not wild about admitting that, and maybe it's that I'm just too used to their good years they've had for the past while, but they do tend to be pretty reliable to support their team so I am not sure I agree with dumping them entirely.

Part of me says keeping Carolina too (if it went to a 6 team division like I mentioned), given that they too seem to be supportive of the Hurricanes, even in some bad times they've experienced early.

Beyond that, a multi-station deal for TV would be nice...  A constant season-long deal with ESPN, local deals for local teams, a FOX TV deal like once a month, and then ABC gets rights to the playoffs but SHARES them with local stations carrying local teams (Fox Sports Pittsburgh carries the Pens for instance, and you can choose who to watch if you're living in that city but outside it you have to watch the national channel).

I think that'd be an awesome, and not too over-the-top TV idea as far as what they need for publicity but not over-saturating television with Hockey.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 16, 2005, 04:03 PM »
I think the concession was, at the least, a hopeful sign...  Though now this bitchslap to the NHLPA of getting concessions they asked for then cancelling the season anyway may bite them in the ass in future negotiations.

How this'll effect teams, I don't know, but I think even in the $40 millions was SOMETHING good to think about.  Without knowing the rest of the contract's stipulations, it is tough to say how "good" that would've/could've been for "small market" teams.  I dunno.  It was something though...

I'm not surprised at any of this.  I bitched up a storm to my gf on the phone about it.  It was completely asinine, and even if they'd come to an agreement I think Bettman and Goodenow both need taken to a field and beat about the head severely with hockey sticks by fans.  They're both the incredible jerkoffs they've made themselves out to be throughout this.

Pittsburgh fans (being interviewed on the street) seemed unanymous in that the NHL needs an overhaul beyond a cap...  Most compared it directly to Baseball, and how that can't seem to get its **** together either.  I agree...  Short of the television coverage, but I agree.

I think a completely straightened around NHL could really take off.  That won't happen till Bettman's forced out though, and even then his replacement's gonna have to be someone OTHER than one of his cronies.

Oh well, I sit and wait now for the NFL to come back in season I guess.  I hate Baseball with a passion...  NASCAR's ok, but not something I'm intense about like Hockey or Football.  Minor league games may be on TV more though so I'll watch for those I guess...   :-\  Otherwise I just hope for warmer weather and to survive the year.

Oh yeah, there's always Star Wars to entertain me I suppose....  *sigh*

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 16, 2005, 03:34 PM »
now who ISN'T gonna do a "Spaceballs?  There goes the planet" diorma with POA guys and Star Wars figures!? :)  Thanks MisterPL, time to pick up a toy rag soon it seems.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lone Gunman Storms Mall-Opens Fire
« on: February 15, 2005, 06:33 AM »
Remember, we don't do the War, Politics, Religion and the like...  This keeps leaning towards a debate on the gun control issue and I'll lock the thread.

Try to keep it about just the news on the story...  Not that there is much.

Last I heard the only thing new was the recruiter shot was maybe going to need his leg removed which is a shame.  The whole thing is odd from start to finish though and makes no sense.  I'm amazed he didn't kill someone, and something makes me think perhaps he didn't want to...  The mind of the mentally ill is perplexing to say the least, but I can't imagine emptying a clip somewhere (I'm assuming) relatively busy and not actually taking a life.  Just seems odd.

Well, at least nobody got killed, and hopefully it won't spark mimics...

Anyway, keep it on topic and civil guys, thanks.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 15, 2005, 01:24 AM »
Vader's pants should be a Khaki color.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Valentine's Day!...
« on: February 15, 2005, 01:08 AM »
Pretty low key at the Casa Pearson tonight, wifey got her second root canal in 6 months.  Whee!  So I drank a beer and she enjoyed her shake from DQ and she went to bed...ah married life with 2 wee ones :P

Hah, classic.  The honeymoon's over. :P

Good to have quiet time though...  That's probably just as nice.

I celebrated Friday night...  We went to dinner at a restaurant I had to book reservations at about a month in advance.  Great place if you're ever in Pittsburgh (my favorite) called Hoffstot's Cafe Monnaco.

We dined, and I got sticker shock on how much beef rose in price... 

We went into the city then to meet my buddy and his girlfriend for drinks at Station Square's bars.  Hooked up with them at a small place then went to a new club we'd not tried yet down there.  Drank, talked, went home...

I gave my girl a jewelery set with rubies and diamond chips (I'm no jewelery expert so terminology escapes me), flowers, card, a stuffed monkey who I wanted to have a Jedi outfit made for him (heh) to geek it up but that fell through...  Oh, and a box of 30 gal. garbage bags.

Don't ask, it was a joke only she could've gotten or laughed at. :)

We had a good night...  Fun Fun Fun!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:54 PM »
I think Lucas wants early hype built...  This is his last hope to really make a big buck on Star Wars if he is indeed adhering to ending the films here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hyerspace Question
« on: February 14, 2005, 12:25 PM »
My problems were from probably around Sept. of last year or so...  I was searching for the emails but I must've deleted them all when I got my access all hashed out, otherwise I'd just have given you that email for the person handling it so you could at least resort to it if/when you run into trouble.

I kept calling the Fan Club who'd divert me to who'd send me to the Fan Club number again and back and forth...  It took me getting pretty rude before I got somewhere on it, and like I said it was probably 2 months or so before I did finally get a code emailed to me.  Pissed me off pretty good because I was irked that I was being forced to get the HS account when all I wanted was to get the magazine and just be a fanclub member like I always have been.

Typical Lucasfilm though, where they gotta milk you for ever penny and make it nothing but grief for you at the same time.  >:(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hyerspace Question
« on: February 14, 2005, 11:58 AM »
It was hit or miss for me Broem...  I had a hell of a time getting a code off them but I hear they've improved this leg of their combining Hyperspace with the Fan Club, so I dunno.

I had an email for the woman who specifically was handling these codes, because after much run-around between the Official Site and anyone else they could pass the buck onto, I finally annoyed them to the point that I got this woman's personal email for it...  Of course when I was ready to email her they'd finally figured it out.

It was a terrible hastle though...  I was hell-bent on it though considering they forced me to buy it, and actually I've found it relatively useful from a customizer's point of view...  I wouldn't have bought it any other way though other than being forced. 

Anyway, I think most people are saying lately that it's easier getting your code and should only be a matter of a couple weeks after your subscription's cleared...  Typical "slow" business time periods...

It was months before I got mine though last year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fun With Google
« on: February 14, 2005, 09:25 AM »

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