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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are here any Weird Al Yankovic fan?
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:48 PM »
Hey Kailos,

My first Casette I ever bought, I swear, was Weird Al Yankovich's "Dare to be Stupid".  Been a fan ever since!

I have seen him in concert when he's at Pittsburgh...  One of the truly great artists of our time, though many would disagree.  I think they can't see past the humor to see the incredibly intelligent, talented, musician that Weird Al actually is.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 2 Figures
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:38 PM »
Collection 2 Mace Windu with the Agen Kolar Robe reused?

I'd be all for that Scott.  :)  A new Mace with a perhaps superior sculpt (hide those shoulders dammit), but I'd buy him all over for that.  I'd buy 2 of him for that actually.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:37 PM »
Holy cow Adam!  haha

Those were non-existant here as near as I could tell.  I've not talked to the local guys yet to see if they've found them.  I didn't though myself.  Sorta bummed because WM was the only other place I went.

I'm wondering what the figs are to be like in the set then.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Figure Impressions?
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:35 PM »
i'm pretty content.  Some things are better than I had hoped, and others are about what I expected.

Deluxe figures were a bit "meh" to me...  I did get Greivous though, and he's rather interesting, and fairly poseable too.  A SA Greivous with 4 arms that actually folded into just the two would have been better, especially if the feature could've been kept, but it's ok.

Most other deluxe I'll wait on though, save for the Clone Specialist coming up.

Basic Figs I got:

-Blue Senate Guard (x2)...  This guy kicks a lot of ass.  My gripes would be that his pistol's squished, and his rifle feels like it's made from the same material as a condom.  Beyond that, a fantastic army builder.  No Red Guards in my haul though.

-Count Dooku...  FANTASTIC figure.  Very nice and I love his left hand doing force moves.  He's real close to being a flawless figure.  Wish his saber blade came off and hitched to his belt though.

-Alya Secura...  Another great figure.  Can hold a saber with 2 hands (I wasn't so sure when I saw her arms).  I'm not wild that her arm articulation is limited, especially the left, but she's great to me.  Far superior to her Saga incarnation....  Speaking of, I wholely now expect to do a Geonosis Arena shelf to put my old Saga Jedi on.  I appreciate the pre-posed figs NOW more than I did before.  

This is why Hasbro NEEDS to articulate figures like this.  I think it only enhances the pre-posed one's value to people.

-Ki-Adi Mundi...  Holy hell, he rocks.  His ankles make him a little tougher to pose than some (boil/freeze may fix that), but either way he's great.  His robe is one of the best in the modern line, period.  I love putting it over his cone like he's out in the field fighting the war...  Maybe on a rainy world somewhere.  Just neat to get that.  

-Clonetrooper...  Better than I imagined.  The waist articulation does bite, and I think simply a SA Clone sans feature would've sufficed.  He does have 2 guns though, and he's incredibly poseable and sturdy.  Great figure.

-Tarrful...  Sucky weapon, bad articulation (I don't get it really, he looks like he has articulated knees but he doesn't).  He's probably my only disappointment, but he's still not horrid.  He's average, and for the Saga line he'd have been pretty good actually.

-Mace Windu...  Sink the shoulders in and he's damn near Dooku quality.  His leg articulation bites though of course, and those shoudlers are awkward.  His sculpt is better than I thought, but he does have a shine too.  I dig him for what he is.  A poseable Mace.  His feature's not bad either.

-Luminara Unduli...  More Jedi greatness, and in a gausey skirt!  Very poseable, very cool.  Can't complain.  I don't think her saber hooks to her belt though.  :(  I dunno why some this feature is there and others it isn't.

-Lava Vader...  He's an exclusive...  He looks nicer than I thought, but if i wasn't a completist I'd have slept in Saturday morning.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:22 PM »
The tip was appreciated Bill, I think it potentially did help some folks out.  Good news there.

I didn't even go to MM so I had no hope there...  Not been to the Pitt forums to see what the guys got in their hauls last night, so I need to pop in there.  I've been draggin' all day so no time spent online really.

Thanks for that heads up again though, that was mighty kind.  Catch ya at Bob's room party most likely, or at the PSWCS table at C3.  I'll be at the FFURG table some.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: April 2, 2005, 08:13 PM »
My understanding is that Target plans to hand out the tickets for the Lava Vader at 6:30, then open at 8.

Good luck!   :)

This is, word for word, what happened at my Target and what they were supposed to do, so I lucked out.  I was 2nd in line, got my ticket at 6:30, went to have coffee/breakfast (by myself too, which there's nothing sadder than some guy sitting alone in a booth at Denny's, but I digress), and then went back at 8...  I nabbed my Vader (there was a larger line there now at 20 till 7 to get in for the toys).

People were irate at missing out on Vader.  Several said they'd called the day before and were told the tickets were going out at 8, not 6:30...  The manager said that was not true, whoever told them, and that their orders were to give the tickets away so people didn't have to wait in line for basically nothing.

I'm sad that they did have to tell people "Don't push, act civil, and have fun".  How pathetic of a statement on SW collectors (or whoever it was running into the store) is that? 

Another sad thing...  When I went to the service desk with others to wait in line, there were a good 10 people saying how they were going to sell theirs...  One guy even so bold as to say, "I ought to sell mine right outside, I bet that'd make the most $".  What a dick...  Because there WERE people upset they didn't get one.

Another sad statement...  Target didn't have a huge section of figures really, so I found very few small windows to sneak in and look for figures because people were standing in front of the pegs (broad shouldered as could be), rifling through, dropping stuff off pegs, to find what they wanted...  BTW people seem to have it in their head that Royal/Senate guards will be impossible to find so I saw several guys running out of stores today with 6, 7, 8 of them in hand like they're crack feinds who just found a vile on the floor...

Anyway, I snuck in finally, and started looking for what I wanted.  I was wanting a Senate Guard myself (Or RG...  or both).  I figured I'd get a Clone, etc...  So I get in, and I found a Clone, a Mace, a Tarful, and Dooku.  I figured I'd get these...  A little boy (4, maybe 5) and his mother (who was too small/short to fight her way in) were TRYING to get in and get figures.  He wanted Chewbacca I heard.

Target had 0 Chewie's, But they had at least 1 Tarful...  I gave the little boy the one I'd nabbed and asked if he'd like him instead because I knew Chewbacca was a lost cause for him at this store.  His eyes lit up and he went nuts.  He loved it.  His mom was appreciative and thanked me, which I told her we'd all have a chance at a Tarful in a month so he deserved his now...  Yeah, I'm gloating, but it made me feel good today that a little guy was going ape**** over a wookiee figure.

And I was repaid for my good fortune.  On the higher pegs there were 2 more Tarful figs and I think that was it of him so I nabbed one.

Left, listened to people chew the manager out over the Vader deal...  I was sad at the low numbers of figures Target had as well, there's some that I still wasn't sure if they were even out.  Target had a very limited supply and mostly Collection 1 only.

I got my 4 figs and Vader and went to Wal-Mart then...

Got 2 blue Senate Guards there, and an "evil eye" from some guy there who was yelling at what I assume were his parents because he was rifling through the figures again claiming to them in a whiney farmboy Luke voice, "I want the royal guards...  There's a blue and a red one, and they're the ones I can sell!"...

Needless to say I didn't offer him my extra one I got.  I opened both when I got home too!  :P  Great figure, but ****** gun.

I got a Deluxe Greivous at WM too...  Dunno why, but I guess I wanted to see how well his feature works.  It's neat actually...  I'd like one SA Greivous with a split-open arm feature that you can hide as a 2-arm feature too, but this'll suit me for now.

And since my mother wanted to go to Wal-Mart I drove her up to our nearer one up home, and of course breezed by their selection.  They had a couple more Collection 2 Jedi the other one didnt' have so I grabbed Alya, Luminara, and Ki-Adi Mundi.

All great figures too.  Fan-frickin'-tastic. 

I didn't get, but wanted:

-Clone Commander
-AT-TE Gunner
-Clone Pilot
-Red Guard (I swear if you saw the guys RUNNING for a checkout in Target with these, you'd have thought they had the friggin' antidote on them that everyone needed)
-Turbo Tank Commander guy

I don't even know what actually was at stores of that though...  Or what other things I maybe would've bought first day that who knows if it was out or not.

Anyway, that was my day that started at Target.

To say I'm ashamed of some people right now is an understatement.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Midnight Madness Experiences! Share!
« on: April 2, 2005, 07:56 PM »
And I didn't even bother going, haha.

Couldn't figure out what the locals were going to do, so I stayed home...

Went at the buttcrack of dawn to get the Targer Vader.  Only exclusive I got this day.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone Trooper #6 - Worth Army Building
« on: April 2, 2005, 07:53 PM »
I agree he's pretty good as well CHEWIE.  Better than I'd imagined by quite a bit.  Plus his shoulders don't look nearly as bad as earlier photos did, nor do his hips really.

He's not perfect...  No waist articulation, his arms are a little looser and wonkier...  His hips do stick out slightly (not a lot, just a little).  But I agree that he's very poseable, his coming with 2 weapons is great, and the waist articulation is the one joint that, even though it's missing, it really is the least annoying that it is gone.

Had it been say his left wrist, I think I'd be more annoyed, or if he had no knee articulation or whatnot.

As it stands, he's a good army builder...  Better than I'd say every classic army builder save the VOTC Stormtrooper.  I'd put him on-par with the Imp. Officer or even slightly superior (but that guy's classic status wins me over), which says a lot since that's been my 2nd favorite army building figure since VOTC Stormie's existance.

Thanks Bill, i did a front page report on it in hopes someone maybe on the West Coast can make good use of that.  You were out and back mighty quick, hope you had a good one...

I'm doing my rounds tomorrow I guess.

A little update to the front page about FFURG's BYOB Seminar...  We're wanting everyone to know what the concept entails, so check this out for the details!

Read All About It Here

Lots of good stuff going on with FFURG at Celebration 3 this year, and we want you guys to have the best possible experiences.  Stop by, and remember to "BYOB" (Bring Your Own Body) so you can add a great, and sorta "new" figure to your shelf after just a little work with a little help.

We hope to see you there, and remember that those extra Obi-Wan's or Tarkin's aren't useless!  We'll help you make them into something fresh for your collection!

The Original Trilogy / Re: Fun with the Military!
« on: April 1, 2005, 09:48 PM »
Imperial arms tend to vary Paul...

Everything from a DL-44-esque blaster (though not exact) to the gun that Dr. Evazan had, PLUS the Rebel pistol and the E-11 (possibly).  Then the EU has adopted Hasbro's "fan-fic" pistol that the Tarkin fig came with too, if you can believe that.

It seems reasonable that sidearms vary, but I'd say the Naval Troops use the Rebel Fleet Trooper sidearm, or the E-11, most commonly.  The others are there though it seems... 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 09:40 PM »
And even if he said tomorrow "Hey guys, come on back, April Fools!", I'd stay away anyhow.  Like I said, this whole thing has simply lost what respect I did have for Philip.  Sadly, I was someone who did hold some for him, and he squelched it.  I'm sure that means nothing to him, and that is even sadder in and of itself.  To say I'm disappointed in someone in his position acting like this is an understatement.  I expected too much I guess.

I'll be content to not be involved with him, and keep my contact with anyone who is still there off of his site.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 06:54 PM »
I think Jesse's right, and I wouldn't want you guys giving them any reason, even if slight, to be upset back.  If Rob wants to quit there he will, and if he's banned he's banned.  I know a lot of the people here in this thread are very upset, but please don't take it out on their forums (who still have members just going about their business of course), and disrupt their flow just as a way of "going out in style" there.

Simply walking away (if that's even what you want) is the better choice, and speaks many volumes more in its more calm tone.

Thanks guys (and girls).

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:56 PM »
That's exactly what I got too Beth...  those 4 ticket things for Friends & Family, which I don't have any going with me.  I got the lanyard necklace hickamajiggy, and I got the pass itself.

I want my FanClub pass if for no other reason than a momento type deal, ya know?  I doubt it ammounts to doing me much good or anything, but I figure I paid my membership so I'd like the special thing they were to send (or that I thought they were to send) to me.  :-\

You seem to be in a worse boat though, with your hubby's badge being MIA still.  Not good, especially if you bought them at the same time. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:47 PM »

If TK could interact well with the majority, fine, but he and I never see eye-to-eye it seems.  I'll be honest and say that I don't see how he could survive here if he kept up his "I am so sick of people complaining" rhetoric.  I'm just being honest with you, but he's very condescending towards anyone who does something like "wait for clearance" on things (saw him laughing at a guy over at scum who missed something because he waited...  What good does that serve anyone, to laugh at the guy, whether you agree with his decision to do so?)...  I know you don't agree with that either, but I also don't believe you'd antagonize (I'd hope not) in the process.  He tends to do that.

He's also a huge hatred of anything critical about Hasbro...  He was one of the chief antagonists when I proclaimed my disdain for Fleet Troopers as I recall...  He was quite vehement during the Saga run when product was shoddy at best.  I've always said of him that, "he acts like his check is cut by Hasbro themselves"...  So I dunno.  He's got rules to follow here that he may not like when it comes to how he's behaved over there, though I don't doubt he's a stand-up guy with trades and things.


Don't worry about the ban, I'm not hurt by it, nor am I really even upset.  It trims my customizing viewing down, but my discussion there was limited lately anyway...  I did enjoy looking at people's works, but I've felt their customizing discussion was really nothing more than a lot of praise.  Most times critiquiing wasn't welcome even.

I won't really miss a lot there... 

Dan Curto's a nice fellow, but I won't put him in the place between Philip and I.  Really I don't even have Philip on an opposing side...  I was simply banned with no reason, so there's no debate to be had.  Dan's a good guy and I wouldn't put him out or anything.  He and I will still run into each other at FFURG's forums I'm sure at some point, or even at their chat maybe. 

If anything, I appreciated teh vintage area more (even though my lack of posting), and if I had any type of loss it'd be the same as Dale potentially.  I too would like to see Gus form a forum for just vintage.  To me that'd be ideal whether I was banned from Scum or not.  It'd be ideal for the hobby itself.

The nice thoughts really are appreciated.  I'm not so sure there's people left at Scum that were "on my side" though.  Not many at least I'd think...  I've made more than a few people upset with me in the past, and I never really cared of course, but I wouldn't expect them to feel bad that I'm gone.  Now they can tell people who complain to "shut up", and "Why don't you just quit the hobby since all you do is complain" all that they want.   ;D  Too bad for the guys left there though, yikes.

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