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Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Impy Dignitaries
« on: December 16, 2004, 02:24 AM » is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

I'm moving right along now with Imperial Dignitaries, since they're older on the list.

So what do you get when Hasbro decides to start reusing parts left and right?  You get two kooky old farts, and not the one you actually were probably wanting the most!

And no, I'm not talking about the old guys in the balcony on the Muppet Show, but atually the Imperial Dignitaries...

Actually, these two turned out pretty great, though they're not much good for standing around and looking old.  The reuse of parts was great for the most part, however the spread-apart fingers of the 2nd released dignitary looked odd.

Still, Hasbro dished out two new figures, and they look good, and that's what counts...  OK, they could've used more accessories...  And let's face it, most of us wanted the VINTAGE dignitary before we wanted these two, but nonetheless they're cool.

Read the review, share your comments, live long and prosper...  And stuff.

Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Yoda & Younglings
« on: December 16, 2004, 02:19 AM » is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

Today I'm kicking it off with the Yoda & Younglings, since they're older on the list.

4 figures for the price of two?  Count me in folks!

The Younglings and Yoda were a nice little surprise from Hasbro, and made good use of the same sculpt while offering new parts as well.

Could they be better?  Couldn't everything?  But in the end they were pretty decent...  Short of articulation, and there being no human child to sneak in there (Customizers, get thee to the clearance bins!), the Younglings and Yoda were overall pretty decent.

Yoda was probably the best offering of the character up to that point...  He's been trumped since so I'm all for a new AOTC Yoda that's poseable, and sporting a softgoods cloak!

So, read on, and enjoy!

Watto's Junk Yard / MTV's "Real World" Educational?
« on: December 16, 2004, 01:49 AM »
Who'd have thought that MTV's "Real World" TV show could ever educate someone?  Not I!

But as I sit here tonight, I tell you that I've learned more about Phobias through this show than ever in my life...  I'm obviously far from an expert on them.

Tonight's re-run featured a phobia I'd never have guessed, and last season of the show featured yet another!

My fascination of tonight's episode was when the one girl in the house decided that she didn't want to participate in a benefit that her "job" that she's set up with via the show was not something she could handle.

Her problem?  She's "afraid" of people with disabilities apparantly...  Yes, this is I guess a phobia, and not discrimination of any kind.  Just a fear.

Now, of course there's some sarcasm in my voice as I mock this...  The girl's excuse was along the lines of, "When I was little, they let the special ed kids out to play with us and they would push us around on the playground and now I'm afraid of them so I don't want to participate at the benefit for our organization".

The kids had Cerebal Palsy...  It had to be explained to the girl about what that is exactly, and how they're not mentally challenged...

I wonder why the show, and the people on it, felt justified in calling it a "phobia" instead of blatant intollerance towards a group of people...  It was one of the dumbest things I've seen on TV...  Yeah I should expect it from "The Real World", but this moment truly triumphed over every benchmark of stupidity that show has ever set...

Case in point:

Last season, the other "phobia" brought to my attention was that apparantly you can be afraid of REALLY big boats.  The "punker" chick that season, who signed up for a RW taping which took place at a major city on the West Coast, and on top of that a major harbor (I forget the city off-hand), was afraid any time she saw a boat...  NOt like dingy's, but like a big boat.

She ran, crying, back to her house when she was at the docks for their first day of their job the show gave them that season...  There was a passenger liner within her line of sight.

See, I had no idea there was so much stupidity, errr, I mean so many types of phobias out there.  Learn something new every day, huh? :)

BTW yes, I do kill brain cells watching the show some.  I like watching people fight, and always like to see who the most psycho person is every season.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Christmas Songs that Suck
« on: December 15, 2004, 11:46 PM »
Dude, you just don't know the power of Snoopy...

It's his dreams man, his dreams...  He dreams of fighting the red baron...  But in his dreams, the Red Baron expresses a desire for peace and good will to man on X-Mas because that's the right thing...

You see, that's deep stuff.  Very deep.

"Merry Christmas Mine Friend!" to you Scott, and may this hatred of Snoopy X-Mas subside in your heart.

Power of the Jedi / Re: bespin guard
« on: December 15, 2004, 10:13 PM »
Ah ok...  I thought you meant the forcefile pack-in that CAME with the Bespin Guard.  :)  Very confusing.

Oh the pack-in with the Carbon Freeze set...  Yeah, while I kinda dig the headsculpt, the figure is nasty...  I wouldn't say it's the worst thing I've ever seen though.  I think the X-Wing pilot pack-ins are worse for instance.

I'd put him above those.  I'd put him above some of the figures in some of the 4-packs lately...  Still not a good figure though, haha.

Power of the Jedi / Re: bespin guard
« on: December 15, 2004, 09:38 PM »
Yeah, I was wondering what you meant by the pack-in though was what I meant. 

There's only one Bguard though, yeah.  The other's the kitbash in the playset...  Well, the head's new, but it's a kitbash otherwise.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Did Dante predict Rebelscum (Wuhers)?
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:55 PM »

OK, even though this is locked, I'm adding some things to it since I just got to read what started this at Scum.

The short of it is that everything you said at Scum was baseless Cory, and I frankly do think you owe overall (and its members) an apology for insinuating what you did.  Matt apologized for Vator only out of kindness, not because he ever had to.

The whole thing's silly, and this topic is dead...  Well, dead after I'm done anyway. :)

Cory, you're not gonna have any friends here if you keep it up...  Scum's problems, even if they're GOOD members here (and Vator, KBZ, and anyone else you implicated openly) are their problems...  So DBB and Lady Jaye simply have their work cut out.

We get our problems too, and we're left to deal with them and not establishing asinine "theories" about other sites.

I hope nothing this stupid shows up here again, or at Rebelscum, because this really was one of the dumbest things I've read in a LONG time.

Episode 1 / Re: Nostaliga?
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:49 PM »

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:15 PM »
Oh hell dude, I saw that at Wal-Mart last night too Paul and it's a great little piece of armor but HORRIBLE pack-ins (though you do get 2).

Worst figures that company has ever done, and that's saying a lot since their modern figures sucked pretty bad too. 

21st addressed the figures in that actually, not too long ago, and they've said they're going to be changing how they do figures...  That those are indeed an embarassement.  They said to look for good things in the future.

That's fine, but what about now?  They should offer replacements for those knock-off looking POS's...  i'd say they changed production facilities and got the shaft when they did so.   ::)

Episode 1 / Re: Nostalgia :)
« on: December 15, 2004, 08:06 PM »
I'm just jerking your chain with the title change Vator...  No slight on spelling, it's just a typing error that looks funny when I viewed it so I changed it for you.

Anyway, I can't say I'm wanting much from E1 right now...  I'd dig it if the army builders were redone SA style...  I'd take a SA Naboo Soldier, Naboo Guard, Naboo Pilot, or a SA Panaka (with head variant white dude guard too).

I'm not a big fan of the current versions of these figures...  Getting poseable versions would just be neat to me.

OOOooooo Zing dude.  :)

It was like 8 fodder figures...  But it was fodder. 

That's the paradox of value my friend. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Did Dante predict Rebelscum (Wuhers)?
« on: December 15, 2004, 04:47 AM »
how can anyone believe this kind of stuff is all new to scum? this kind of stuff has been happening for a long long time, yet because some JD members happen to overtly exclaim their distaste for the scum, it must be some damn conspiracy of epic proportions.


And it's not like there aren't means to deal with it.  But this isn't the harbor with which these ideas are launched.  Like I said, Vator's a good member here, so that's all that is to be said.

If he's got a beef, he's got a beef...  Like it or hate it, it has nothing to do with here.  And I'm sure he's one of only many who feel they were treated like crap at Scum while there's tons of "problems" there wandering around, posting freely every day...

To me, I go there and ignore them...  I've made a crack now and then, but nothing anyone even reacts to, and nothing insulting.  Otherwise I go watch/participate in what I want, just as I do over here at JD.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Did Dante predict Rebelscum (Wuhers)?
« on: December 15, 2004, 04:42 AM »
Where do I fit?  I go to Scum still to stay active in threads that aren't cluttered with severe internet retardation...  They're few and far between, but I try seeking them out.


I know, I know...  I work here...  I gotta be a JD Terrorist.

Nonetheless though, I think the point's been made, as solid as my last bowel movement, that there's just a LOT of folks who've been PO'd at Scum for one reason or another...  Many of them wind up here, and I'd like to point out that they behave here too mostly (so as not to tarnish them like they're uncontrollable little kids like Lady Jaye seemed to imply with her "send them here" remark)...  This isn't the castaways or something.  Vator's a good, active participant here...

Was he at Scum?  They felt not, but he is here...  He just hates it over there I guess.  They gotta go somewhere though, and that doesn't mean that this site's supporting an "assault" on Scum...  It's a place they can vent if they want since it's likely their venting that got them banned there.  

If they wanna do stuff to Scum, as I said, that's Scum's problem to deal with at THEIR site, not here...  No conspiracy, no great investigation.  

This thread, when I got to read it after being out this evening, truly is one of the dumbest things I've read in ages...  What it's degenerated into is a level of nerdiness unsurpassed in the history of dorkdome.

Be proud folks.

Toy Reviews / Re: Review-A-Thon: Hoth Trooper
« on: December 15, 2004, 03:57 AM »
Thanks man, it's appreciated...

I like to offer a little more of an open-minded opinion as far as "What could they have done...", so I always hope I convey that.  There's benchmarks set by other toy lines...  Hasbro is in competition for the almighty dollar like everyone else, so since I want Star Wars to dominate I think of things I point out as constructive criticism...

Some disagree.

Myself, I could care if some Hasbro employee's offended...  In the end it's his/her job to improve product quality, not have hurt feelings over my words. :)

And let's face it, I praise them when they deserve it...  They do lots right, just not every thing, or as often as they should/could.

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