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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Holidays from Local 1428
« on: December 13, 2003, 06:03 AM »
Thanks Matt,

It was a piddling job anyway, and my mother doesn't care ultimately because she'll find something else that fits in it, but damned if the way they handled it wasn't typical of the lowest people on Earth.  

Sadly, this is the mentality of the people who run this union.  USWA is rotten with corruption from the top officials down to the local reps.  It's pathetic on so many levels.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Holidays from Local 1428
« on: December 12, 2003, 11:59 PM »
How's this one for a Union screwing people at X-Mas time though...

My mother cleans for USWA Local 1138 in Leechburg, PA.  This is my father's Steel Worker's local union, and my mother takes care of cleaning their union hall.

It's a relatively piddling job...  She did it in the evenings for only about an hour and made a minimal monthly salary but it was a little extra for my mom that she needs.

So, this past year we come to find out the Union's representatives have steadily and slowly been screwing the Union out of $...  Taking unnecessary trips to expensive resorts for "meetings".  Not sharing rooms with other members but rather everyone getting a single room...  Little unchecked crap like this.

This year, they realize that they're going into debt.  They restructure some things (None of the reps took a paycut though) and asked my mother to take a 50% paycut yet STILL do the same ammount of work, PLUS they're planning to rent the Union Hall out to the public and expect my mother to take on t hat work without any increase.

So my mother refused and accepted a 50% paycut with also a 50% job description cut.  

Fair right?

Well, the one guy...  William Ahl, is a trustee and my mother's supervisor.  He's one of the doofuses renting the hall out to a group he belongs to that does square dancing or line dancing.  Some stupid **** like that.

He demanded my mother start cleaning more...  My mother refused and old "Bill" and my dad almost came to blows over it.  

Then, this week, my mother was again demanded to do something.  Meet with them at 4 p.m. an evening she wasn't supposed to work.  She went in, and they fired her...  Told her "Your services are no longer  needed...  But you're not fired".  

One guy, who is completely ball-less, was profusely apologizing.  Bill Ahl was there and was just snide and rude to my mother.  

We've since found out the secretary also went behind my mother's back and is "helping out" by doing some cleaning in her own office to help the Union (She did it to save her own job).  

HOw's that for a merry X-Mas?

Needless to say there's a couple mill guys who have gotten wind of my displeasure with them and are now avoiding their usual hangouts.  

And Bill Ahl walks approximately 500 feet out of his way to get his coffee now because he works in the same building as my father and is too afraid to go near him even in the building.  

It's not so bad if they'd just have said to my mother that after 14 years of working without ever missing one day that they simply couldn't afford to pay her any longer.  What's bad is they out and out lied to her, tried forcing her to do work for nothing, and are taking absolutely NO blame for their situation themselves.

Well, that and they're all really 2-faced cowards to boot.

The funny thing is that my mom's getting 6 month of unemployment that is the full price she'd have made every month anyway, so basically the Union goofed itself over in the long run and will be paying out part of that themselves.

Bunch...  of....  morons.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: December 12, 2003, 04:00 PM »
I'd personally give up some aesthetics for poseability.  But still, I think ball/socket joints can look decent on figures who aren't armor clad.

Screen Scene Mace looks ok to me, Bespin Luke's ball/socket joints as mentioned above, etc...  

The Rebel Fleet Trooper's bulky pants would hide a knee joint well I think, and his vest would covera shoulder joint fairly well enough I believe...  Not when it's taken off, but really how many people have their RFT's without vests on?  

On the necks of non-armored figures I'd take the regular swivel joint if it was that big a deal to everyone even, just so long as the figure(s) had all the other articulation (and maybe even a little extra like ball/socket hips even for some figures).

To me, looks are important but some looks should definitely be given up in place of a poseable figure.  Toys are to be more fun than "perfect" in looks I think.  I know I have more fun with something I can pose like those super articulated clones than I do with something that just sits there like Barriss Offee or the clone 3-packs.

I think though, that Hasbro's proven they're capable of both looks and outstanding articulation at all points, they simply don't put that effort forward.  So maybe we'll see more super articulated figures in the near future that show Hasbro's best efforts?  

At least maybe in the army builder, and possibly Jedi areas?

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: December 12, 2003, 03:36 AM »
Damn, you guys are lucky!

I haven't found ONE yet, and I'm really into having like 100+ of some army builders (these bad boys included).  I liked Forceguy's point about the hips not being ball/socket.

Maybe if we get a super articulated Scouttrooper someday, he'll have the ball/socket thigh/hip joint so he can ride a bike AND stand off of it?

Now that would be impressive...  Not that this clone isn't, but FG had the same idea I did that it's indeed not a "perfect" figure still, and that extra ball joint at the hips would go a LONG way on this guy as well as almost any other figure.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: December 11, 2003, 12:19 PM »
$30's reasonable enough...  Better than $40 for Luke's which was pretty overpriced I thought.

$30 is much more reasonable for a ship they already have the toolings for.  I just hope the figure isn't a poor quality piece, and they genuinely put some effort into him.  A removable helmet and new headsculpt on a Wedge CS body would suit me fine.

And I agree with Scott in that I'd like to see the R5 unit packed in too.  I'm not expecting it though, but I'd love for it to be there.  His R5 had one of the most unique paint schemes of any astromech in the films I thought.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: December 10, 2003, 11:32 PM »
A guy at Scum posted tonight that you could only get maybe 3 good poses out of them...


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: BEST SAE-SAE TIIN YET
« on: December 10, 2003, 11:31 PM »
I agree.  This figure proves a few things in my book.

1) Soft Goods skirts for Jedi can work well I think...  Colors match well, and look good I think, and if we got at least one well articulated soft-goods Jedi figure of every Jedi, I'd be much happier with the Jedi figures.  Awesome sculpts on some Jedi have been sorely hampered by lacking articulation or robes that do nothing but hinder the figure's poseability.

2) ALLLLLLLLLL Jedi should have arm articulation enough to hold a sabre with 2 hands and still pose their arms at their sides.  All of them having ankle articulation (ball/socket) would also help very much in the poseability department, but the arms are key.

3) The jedi pilot headgear does NOT need to be bulky and stupid looking to be removable.  

4) Armor doesn't have to be bulky and stupid looking either for it to come off.

5) This figure is more fun than ANY Saga Jedi figure I bought last year.  Hands down.  I wish they were more like CW Sae Sae Tinn.  He's a good one.

Other Toy Lines / Re: What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 9, 2003, 08:47 PM »
3 & 3/4" or 1:18-ish is my scale of choice.  

Much like the esteemed Lord P of L, I feel environments and vehicles are important for my figure lines I like.  Scale's also important to me, as is articulation.  The 3.75"-ish scale allows for to-scale vehicles in most instances (Even if Hasbro decides NOT to do things that way) and some decent playsets are possible.

I've found more an outlet for those things through customizing than Hasbro actually doing them.  21st Century Toys and BBI thrive on to-scale vehicles to their military lines though, and the quality/fun shows through in them.  I got a P-47D Thunderbolt Fighter from World War 2 (21st Century Toys, at Wal-Mart) just today and it's an impressive toy to say the least.  :)  Easily can picture it hanging above a D-Day battle scene dropping its bomb on a Tiger Tank.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: December 9, 2003, 08:34 PM »
I'd bet that if Gregg's cousin Greg sold that thing, he could make some nice coin.  You know - the legal tender type...  

**Badump Ching**   ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you metrosexual?
« on: December 7, 2003, 08:57 PM »
I chimed in at 11/50...  I too was proud to still be a man, and since diagonal stripes aren't likely to be on anything I own in the near future, looks like I'm staying that way.

I thought I would score much lower actually, haha.  I found out I'm not nearly as picky about how I look as I once thought.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Imperials=Nazis,Rebels=?
« on: December 7, 2003, 08:49 PM »
As far as I know, there's not much earth-linked representation specifically for the Rebels.  Their pilots uniforms are a mix-match of real-life flight gear with sci-fi additions.

The uniforms, as far as I know, were to represent a less well backed group financially...  Thus the non-matching RFT uniform's...  There was also an implied "age gap" in Rebel soldiers as well, with some being noticeably old while others were extremely young.  A "hodge podge" military force of sorts.  

Rebel forces have been said to represent most any rebelling/smaller military force from Earth's history though.  From French resistance or Viet Cong, to Continental Soldiers of the American Revolution.  There's a uniform quality there, but obviously there's militias and multiple "allies" mixed in there too.  

Like at the Home One briefing, it looks like a pre-D-Day invasion staff meeting.  Tibrian militia, Dresellian Militia, Mon-Calamari Navy, Alliance (Main military force) Fleet and Spec. Forces personnel...  

There's the main military represented there (The Alliance personnel like the commandos, Spec. Ops officers, and arguably the Mon Calamari whose uniforms may be Alliance-standard rather than Mon Cal specific), as well as the local militia representatives of 2 species who are there for some reason (Tibrians maybe have a small fleet or sent fighters?  Dressellians went to Endor).  So, it could be compared to situations in WW2 between the allies, or a meeting of Continenal army/militia prior to a battle with the British.

Star Wars Ships and Vehicles / Re: Speederbike Question
« on: December 7, 2003, 05:37 AM »
Wow that's bad.  Not surprising, but bad.

My suggestion would be to possibly (If you're into doing this) replacing the whole front end.  Take detail parts like the steering vains and whatnot, but the main forward rods would need to be made by hand, and of a sturdy plastic.  

The good news is (I think) that the main body of the bike would be a similar rigid plastic to the rigid rods you would need to replace the flimsy ones.  This means they'd weld together well with a good plastic welder like Devcon's or (My suggestion) Plasti-struct.

You'd have some cutting, fitting, gluing, and of course painting to do, but you'd have a bike that didn't droop.

Honestly, I'm planning to someday handmake my own speederbikes (For ROTJ) as the sculpt of the toy is way oversized, and I'd like to have a scale version.  

Hopefully you'll be able to fix that bike of yours though.  That's a shame that Hasbro's so cheap with their plastic, adn this is the result.  Sheesh...  :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Wish Lists Time!!!
« on: December 6, 2003, 01:20 AM »
Always a good topic...

-Rebel Fleet Trooper Resculpt (Super-articulated)
-Yavin Technician (with new veh. main. energizer)
-Generic (Blue Emblem/black visor) Rebel Pilot
-Yavin Ceremony Luke Resculpt
-Ceremonial Rebel Trooper w/pike
-Mid-Level Yavin Officer (Both uniform types)
-Chief Bast
-General Tagge
-Grand Moff Tarkin (Resculpt)
-One-Horned Cantina alien (Forget his name, black eyes)
-Cantina Snitch
-Generic Black Tunic Imperial Officer
-Death Star Trooper (Super Articulated)
-Han Stormtrooper (Resculpt)
-Luke Stormtrooper (Resculpt)
-Drunk Jawas

-Hoth Rebel Male Technician
-Hoth Rebel Footsoldier Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Hoth Rebel Officer
-Hoth Rebel Female Technician
-Hoth Rebel Scout w/ Taun Taun
-General Veers with Rem. Armor, hat, and Helmet
-Captain Needa
-Captain Lennox
-Admiral Piett Resculpt
-Imperial Bridge Crewman w/ Console & Chair
-Imperial Snowtrooper Rescupt (Super Articulate)
-Ultra Hoth Rebel with Heavy Cannon
-Hoth Anti-Infantry Turret w/ Macro-Binocular Hoth Rebel
-Generic Snowspeeder Pilot or Dack Resculpt
-Snowspeeder Luke Resculpt
-Snowspeeder Wedge Resculpt
-Hoth Han Solo Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Hoth Leia Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Dagobah Luke w/ Soft Goods Removable Jacket & softgoods backpack
-Yoda Resculpt (ala vintage figure) including snake
-Ice-Cream Maker Guy
-Lobot Resculpt
-New Ugnaught 2-pack (1 Ugnaught, and the Human-ish guy with them)
-Boba Fett Resculpt (Super Articulated)

-Vintage Style Barada
-Vintage Style Nikto
-Klaatu Jabba's Palace
-Alien that consoles Malakili
-Jabba's Freakin' Dais with fur carpet thing
-Leia as Boussh (Resculpt)
-Death Star Gunner Resculpt
-Imperial AT-ST (Army Regular) Resculpt (Super articulated w/removable helmet)
-Moff Jerjerrod
-Royal Guard Resculpt (Silk soft-goods and super articulated)
-Super articulated Imperial Stormtrooper
-Super Articulated Imperial Scout Trooper w/new to-scale speederbike with clear stand
-Ewok Army Building 4-pack (Multiple colors, teebo sculpt, multiple hoods and weapons, etc.)
-Wicket W. Warrick Resculpt
-Leia Endor Resculpt (Soft goods, rem. belt, rem. helmet)
-Luke Endor Resculpt (same as above)
-Gammorean Guard Resculpt (More poseable, working holster, and pike and vintage style axe)
-Rebel B-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Rebel A-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Rebel Y-Wing Pilot (Rem. Helmet)
-Endor Rebel Soldier Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Rebel in Scout Trooper Disguise
-Dresellian Commando (Generic/no eye patch) with soft-goods cloak
-Admiral Ackbar Resculpt w/Command chair
-Sgt. Doallynn in white and black uniforms (Running variation?)
-Hermi Odle with apples
-Black Human Guard (Rick James lookin' guy)
-White Human Guard (Shot Luke's Hand)

-Obi-Wan Kenobi Resculpt (Super articulated)
-Qui-Gon Ginn Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Darth Maul Resculpt (Super Articulated)
-Naboo Royal Guard (Super articulated/generic sculpt)
-Naboo Foot Soldier (Super Articulated/generic sculpt)
-Naboo Officer (Super articulated/Generic sculpt)
-Naboo Pilot (with cloth coat/Generic Sculpt)
-Royal Handmaiden/Decoys (Both outfits)

-Anakin Skywalker (Super Articulated)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (Super Articulated)
-Mace Windu (Super Articulated)
-Count Dooku (Super Articulated)
-Battledroid Resculpt (Better plastic and articulation)
-Battledroid Commander
-Geonosian Resculpt(s)
-Clone Pilot Resculpt (Using Super Articulated Clone's body)
-Jango Fett (Super Articulated)
-Zam Wessel (Super Articulated w/ removable helmet)

Eh, that's some of what I want, not counting EU stuff...

Of course, I'd still like to see the "Collector's Edition" line of "Ultimate" figures of main characters with all their accessories, and TONS of articulation.  I'd pay a premium for that kind of quality if it were done right.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 5, 2003, 02:28 AM »
Woo hoo on the Endor wave news...  Some much needed resculpting there.

Now, so long as Hasbro does the resculpts right, that wave should be a hot one I'd think...

My personal fave is the  Ewok 2-pack...  I REALLY hope Hasbro's considering reusing the Teebo sculpt though, with new head/hood sculpts and weapons.  I felt it was the definitive Ewok sculpt personally.  Nice, poseable, and relatively generic.

That's gonna be one hot army building deluxe set I think.

The Lando, and Han are great as well.  I wonder if soft-goods will be implemented at all in either?  Besides the cloaks/coats I'm also curious if both will have functioning holsters?  I'd personally LOVE to see the Lando have a chest holster that worked.  That'd be a neat custom fodder piece if that's t he case...  The Han, I would assume, will have a working holster...  The coat will be key to how good he is though.  Plastic's going to limit his poseability, and soft-goods will raise lots of eyebrows from those who hate the use of cloth.  I'm torn, but honestly I'd love a poseable Han with a soft-goods cloak like the vintage, so we could have Han with and without coat.

Madine's not overly interesting, but one I've really wanted to see.  Like Dodonna and Riekean, he's just not an amazing character, but he's been much needed.  I wonder what his accessories will be?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 4, 2003, 10:54 PM »
Hmmm, and now the picture isn't working?  Weird...  Check the link though, you'll be glad you did, especially if you dig softgoods coats.

Hell, the guy even made a World War 2 bomber jacket that looks really REALLY good on the figure.  I'm impressed.  That's some intricate sewing work there.

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