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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 10, 2004, 11:03 PM »
It came with a modern dude...  It's a modern paintjob though, so I'm assuming the original came with the one Nam guy with the peace symbol necklace?

I never saw the first one I don't believe...  The new one's got a tan/grey camo that I'm not sure if it's legit Army or if it's a NATO scheme or something.

New one's neat, and cast in steel like the Winter Sherman was, so it's pretty unique.

Apparantly the Tiger's shipping to Wal-Mart right now (I've heard both an original grey pattern and winter deco) and they too are cast in steel.

Honestly, if it's not changing costs (IE: we can't get it cheaper as plastic) then I'm all for this die-cast stuff.  Feels much more "tank" to me.  Really neat.

I want a winter Tiger now!


Tonight extended the good fortune.  I got 2 Fountain's for $10 each at TRU, and I got the LAST LAV they had for $16-ish.

Not a bad haul at TRU then tonight...  I have to say that for $10 the fountain's suddenly a prime piece.  If this had been $10 or $15 in the first place I may have bought one ages ago.  Thankfully I never got one because the store has about 10 (well, 8 now), and they aren't flying off the shelves exactly.

It's a nice piece, but not $30 nice like they wanted originally.

$20 was too high too, but $10 sure as hell felt right, especially since the removable helmet German Infantry dude's packed in there too.  :P

I'm pretty happy.  Dunno why I bought two Fountain's, but I think I know a use for the 2nd one. 

I guess other people's TRU's have tons of other stuff though...  I've heard that there's a lotta Patton Cars, even old tanks and stuff, but mine is now cleared out of most all 21st product except fountain's and I think 2 of the weird era tanks (The Walker Bulldog or the other one...  The tanks that didn't really have an era to fit in, ya know?  I think the other was a Chaffee perhaps?).

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 10, 2004, 06:22 PM »
Yup, but bought it myself...  Dunno how much of a "gift" that is I guess. :)

On another awesomely bright military toys note, I got a clearanced Bradley today from a really kick-ass nice guy at GP's.  I didn't recognize the nic there actually, and I'm always hesitant to do business with people I don't know especially because at GP's they don't monitor the trading/selling whatsoever, and there's been some serious sheister's there as well as people just trying to jack prices up and make a buck.

I mean, a dude offered me a BotB jeep not long ago for like $35 before shipping.  I damn near told him off.  It's a shame GP's doesn' thave a solid collecting code and tight-knit community like we have here.

But I digress...

Anyway this dude got me a Bradley for $25-ish shipped (I believe it was less actually).

How kick ass is that?  SHIPPED, and I'm talking 2-day with confirmation.  I owe him big now...  He went above and beyond.  Even overpacked it really.  haha

Sometimes ya just win out I guess.  I'm gonna see if he customizes and offer headcasts or something as a thank you.  I owe him that much. 

Now if I could get a 2nd Bradley to take apart and actually cast a lot of the pieces.  The hatch covers and stuff rock all get-out.  I'm thinkin' Star Wars custom if I could get a 2nd one that cheap, haha.

PS: The modern tanker, if anyone's curious, sucks bigtime.  Terrible figure, and no bicep articulation like the Royal Marine.  I don't get 21st's modern figures....  They are just atrocious.  This company's weakest offering ever, without a shadow of a doubt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: September 10, 2004, 06:16 PM »
The seeming herpes outbreak on her mouth there is real attractive.  :)

Seriously though, Kate Winslet's one who never did it for me either.  Could've been Titanic itself that turned me off, and sign me up for Drew Barrymore hatred.  She's a pig, and my friends dragged me to both Charlie's Angels films.  There's $20 I'll never get back.

Spears...  All made up I'm into her actually, but if those images of her aren't doctored, well...  In the immortal words of Phil Hartman playing Fank Sinatra:

"Turn her around and do your business...  I hear ya kid!"

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: September 10, 2004, 06:11 PM »
I got $10 for it...  Who else?  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 9, 2004, 08:58 PM »
A neat score at the local TRU last night...

Someone bought the BBI Apache Helicopter and returned it because, I am assuming here, they broke the one pack-in pilot.  One of them has his arm glued at the bicep (in a relatively straight pose), so I'm assuming they were twisting the joints and broke it.  I know the wrist joints on both pilot pack-ins were tight.

So anyway, the box is resealed and the contents are just thrown in.  They're rattling all around.  Low and behold the price is $9.90.  A $40, to-scale, amazingly detailed chopper for $10.50 after tax.

One busted pilot's nothing for that price, so I bought it...  I wasn't sure it was complete actually, but I figured even if not then I'd just make a custom downed Apache diorama.  I could sorta finegal that.

Low and behold the chopper's complete and in pristine shape though.  $10.50 got me my Apache with one pilot that has a non-functioning left arm at the elbow.  Yippee!  :)  I'll take that thank ya!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When Puppies Take the Law into Their Own Paws
« on: September 9, 2004, 08:54 PM »
Divine justice...  Personally I wouldn't have had a thought of remorse had the bullet gone somewhere more vital to him staying alive.

Shame the vigilante puppy didn't act sooner to help his/her siblings out.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Figure by Figure Game
« on: September 9, 2004, 08:21 PM »
624/625 Ashla & Jempa (This'll likely be all I get in on this game, haha)

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: September 9, 2004, 01:22 AM »
Contacted my hotel today, just to confirm, and I'm still good...  Bumped it up to me arriving Wednesday as well.  WOOHOO.  A night of drunken revalry beforehand.

Clubs in Pittsburgh are 21 to get in FOR THE MOST PART, so I dunno that you'll be in much luck Famine.  Just a heads up.  Depends where you look...  Some are 18 + in my neck, but not the vast majority, and those that are 18+ usually aren't overly popular, especially among the 21+ crowd.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: They say HOT; you say NOT
« on: September 8, 2004, 11:40 PM »
Same era...  I'd say JUST before N'Sync came on the scene...  I think BsB were probably "bigger" at one time.

Nick Lachey was in 98 degrees or something right around the same time.  I have to admit I give him respect.  He manages money well and after watching that show he's in with his wife I can safely say he's a very patient person.

Jesus Christ what has my life come to that I'm discussing this!?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atari Flashback/Anthology
« on: September 8, 2004, 03:58 PM »
Ah, I see...  Hmmm, oh well I guess...  Some of it brings some good nostalgia in, but I dunno that I'd wanna play pong for hours like I used to.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clones.....
« on: September 8, 2004, 03:56 PM »
Totally agree with Jesse that the 3-pack clones felt cheap, but since we also got the SA Clone to balance it out, I found them to be great filler.

I agree that with a SA version they're not so bad...  The price and everything balancing out.

The problem being that, as ya mentioned, Hasbro's shite at giving us the GOOD figure and experts at giving the crappy ones.  I'm hoping, as Vator is, that things are the other way... 

Optomistic's something I abandoned a while back I guess though.  Hasbro's proven they don't do what's most logical to us, and what would push sales.

SA Clones?  There's not a sole out there who could tell me those would ever "back up" at retail.  They'd always move steadily...  The demand there is only finite in conjunction with the finances of the buyer.  I think most SA army builders would be that way really...  There's rare exceptions, but the Clone wouldn't be one of them.

The 3-packs though are nice if they do have a SA counterpart that's easy to find, and in multiples.  Hell, pack ONE SA figure in with 2 pre-posed in the 3-pack.  Save a little tooling costs.  Still card one individually.  I'd still buy the 3-packs then.

I'd do that with all army builders if they just did that one, easily available SA army builder as well. 

I think that translates to core characters too.  You give me that one nice SA Obi-Wan and I'll take 3 pre-posed with expressions that represent a single scene as well.  And ya know I'd even be happy to do so.  :) 

VOTC Han, to me, improves Death Star Escape Han in my eyes 100%.  Suddenly DSE Han's pretty damn cool because VOTC Han's everything I want for a "playable" figure and DSE Han will look kick-ass on a shelf made to look like the Death Star.

SA shouldn't kill the pre-posed figures, it should just make them complements to the SA figure.  Poses you can't get out of that figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Congratulations to the bride to be! Carrie!!
« on: September 8, 2004, 02:59 PM »
Noone thinks of me in a big series of slapping man-hams.  I'm hurt and elated at the same time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atari Flashback/Anthology
« on: September 8, 2004, 02:58 PM »
No Star Wars!? :(


No Pitfall, no Raiders ot Lost Ark...  Hmmmm

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday rebeltrader!!
« on: September 8, 2004, 02:56 PM »
Indeed, happy B-Day again.

I've found Sept. to be the month...  Like 3 people I know well have B-Days on or the day after mine.  Weird.  January-ish must be a busy time of year.

My mother's and brother's were this week (Mom's today).

So happy birthday all around and definitely to the traitorous trader.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Congratulations to the bride to be! Carrie!!
« on: September 8, 2004, 01:05 AM »
There were only two others.  Don't exagerate.   ::)

All those hands...  Things get confusing in the dark don't they?

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