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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 14, 2004, 09:47 PM »
$1.95 a gallon was the most common "low" price I saw...  $1.99 was next.

I got a half tank for $1.94 today at a full serve station actually, right up the hill from me, but...

$1.94-$2 isn't cheap for us...  I was trying to explain it to the guys at Scum taking shots at each other (fun jabs perhaps) that they don't factor in local cost of living for the prices...

LA's jabbing Matt, but in Pittsburgh we're paying the equivalent because things just cost less here overall, and subsequently people are paid less on average.

Sucks, but it's the way of the world with this gas thing...  $12 was what it cost me to fill half a tank.  Monnth ago that'd have at least come close to filling my car up totally.  


The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Saesee Tiin? Do his horns grow back?
« on: May 14, 2004, 09:39 PM »
Personally...   Just looking at it and what I know of horned animals I'd have guessed it WOULDN'T grow back but I'll wager it's an EU cop-out to his horn being cut off sometime in the Clone Wars which the EU came up with.

Proof (as far as I'm concerned) that Lucas treated Clone Wars like all the rest of EU, despite the claims of a few...  It's just EU, not his story.

I rather liked his horn damage, but guess Lucas didn't.  To each their own.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Alien/Predator
« on: May 14, 2004, 02:52 AM »
Are there ANY Alien or Predator figures in the 3.75"-ish range?

Even somewhat close (4", or slightly larger)?

I've wanted something to display as a crossover with Star Wars, but alas I can't find squat in this range.  I'm not familiar with Alien or Predator toys though...

Spuffy makes a good point...  How many people will say "F it!" to this line when they have a long break?

I've seen more peoople drop Star Wars in the last 2-3 years anyway...  I dunno.

I question how many "new" people are in this hobby...  Clone Wars is over, and with its end I see less "kids" in the toy aisles looking at the Star Wars.  Maybe I'm wrong...  I know kids are an important market, but to me without a "film" (not the DVD's) I am curious to see how this obvious pandering to kids is going to play out.

Of course, they could simply be catering to the carded collectors...  I wonder how much is a lil of A, and how much is a lil of B here...  Not to take a shot at the carded collectors by any means, do as you please, but they're the only ones who seem to be roped into these rehashes really.  The "kid" market doesn't strike me as realistic right now.

I'll be curious to see...  I know I'm passing on MOST of these myself.  I'll nab a Stormie maybe or two, and TIE Pilots, and of course the NEW figures...  I'll be miffed if any of the new guys are hard to find though.  Another kick in OUR teeth if they are.

I can't say I'm NOT surprised...

I can say I'm highly disappointed.  Recards are fine, but recards of figures that are terrible aren't.

And 3 Darth Vaders?  Is that really  necessary?  Ship one, MOTDS preferably, and that's it...  Just ship it in #'s to satisfy demand.  To me that's milking the Carded Collector market...  It's nothing to do with "getting figures to new fans".  Not as I see it.

Hasbro's gonna make finding the  GOOD, actually NEW, figures a royal b!tch this year.  Short of shipping them in their own case and in higher #'s anyway.

Ya know what may be the worst part to this?  The way Hasbro have taken the best card design ever in the history of this line and they've still managed to take a horrendous dump on it.  They have a frontline marketing goldmine with that unique card design.  It's gonna stand out on shelves, each card for each character's unique but simple, and yet Hasbro's chosen to not put out hardly any new figures.  Just old stuff.

Short of the Vintage OTC (And hopefully THEIR being recarded, which would make sense), I'm just disappointed with the end of this year so far.  Gonna be the slowest for Star Wars ever I think.  

The Original Trilogy / Stormtroopers and Clones... LFL's Mess.
« on: May 12, 2004, 08:22 PM »
This has been widely debated over the years, and we've touched on it here partly I think, but in the recent Insider (#76) there's an interesting note from LFL about the situation.

Lucas has always said he intended Clones to = Stormtroopers, but some discrepencies in the films, EU, etc.,  have said otherwise.

Lucas still holds that Clones = Stormies to him, but he's seemingly (or so was said in Insider) backed off that stance somewhat and has himself explained the height and voice differences of teh films away...

Insider says that Lucas feels that new hosts were used (an early fan theory) and thus the variances in height and voices, but also that the process by which hosts are picked is politicized and subsequently less thann "perfect" hosts are chosen.  A high ranking officer's nephew is chosen based n the officer's position rather than the young man's personal military skill.

So Lucas is taking a somewhat fan-based stance, ok, cool...

He goes on further to say though that the EU's NOT incorrect and that conscriptions, volunteers, and other sentient humans are within the ranks as well...  IE: Kyle Katarn, Davin Felth, etc...

It's interesting to see Lucasfilm themselves back off the idea that "They're Clones, that's what I always intended", which Lucas has more or less claimed, and now that they're trying a more EU friendly approach.

I'm more in tune with the new "answer" as it were...  I still debate the validity of cloning at all.  Personally I think Clone ranks are thinned down dramatically (my persnal preferential thought oon the matter), and are hardly used anywhere.  Deemed "creepy" even by some troops perhaps?

The article's interesting nonetheless.

And irregardless, nobody's answer is canon still...  The ranks aren't proven to be either on-film and I highly doubt they are ever actually explained in a canon fashion.  Suits me, but it leaves some interesting theories by both fans and Lucasfilm itself.  

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Greatest Athletes that You Saw Play
« on: May 12, 2004, 07:11 PM »
I've seen the true great one play...  

Mario Lemieux.  

And he's still magic to watch play...  Never lost a step.

I've also seen many MANY other great NHLers play, including Gretzky, but nothing and nobody will top Lemieux to me.  I've witnessed first-hand his skill on the ice.  I've never seen anyone parallel  him.

Beyond that...  I've seen some great football players.  Pittsburgh's been known to sport some of the best, even in our off years like last year.  Jerome Bettis is my fav currently, and though he had a tough year last year he's still one of the all-time great RB's.  Miss the old Jerome is all.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 12, 2004, 03:35 PM »
Yeah, that's always a kicker witht he city driving.  I go to classes in PIttsburgh but fortunately I avoid most of the heavy traffic and take some short-cuts.

The rest is mostly highway driving to my area here...

I go out in the city a lot though, for just something to entertain myself, and that has gotten costlier.  A trip down and back, not counting time in any traffic I may hit...  At least I go down that way at night when there's not really any traffic till you get to the entertainment areas.

It's definitely a quality flaw...

Beyond that though, I found it just generally insulting to not just Bill Smith, but West End Games staff of the past who worked to be the FIRST that really gave Star Wars an Expanded Universe.

They're not always accurate, and didn't always do (or were allowed) all the research they needed to do, but they did originate EU (IMO) really.  They were the first to expand on countless background characters...  Give characters names who only had ILM or Kenner nicknames up to that point...

They're also some of the better EU overall.  Their "mistakes" were rare and relatively minor, where they didn't get a ship's scale accurate or something.  Great stories, unique characters...  Other EU authors or sources have chosen to often not pick up these resources and USE them in their own EU.

Case in point, Thrawn Trilogy Spacetrooper (In the comic adaptation) cmpared to the original Spacetrooper from WEG which is far superior.

For Sansweet to have just dismissed WEG's Sabaac game as "not real" was silly to me.  It goes against LFL's own stance on EU, which ALL of that crap's EU in the end.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 12, 2004, 02:21 PM »
For my Le Baron, it's about $20 now with the higher prices, though I've not had to fill up on my week off school between semesters.

For my Thunderbird, it takes premium...  I couldn't even tell you right now what it'd cost since I'm not driving it right now, but it'd be pretty outrageous.  It's a SuperCoupe so I have little choice but to go with the recommended fuel.  It's unhealthy for it otherwise.

Fortunately that's just a toy, and one I'm likely to sell anyway, so I'm not filling it.

My girlfriend's got a small SUV...  A Toyota I believe, of some sort, and it doesn't cost entirely too much to fill it (comparatively), but she's not one to go all over the place either so she's not running it out a lot.  Her work's like 15 or 10 minutes away too.

Where I'm hosed is that I drive my LeBaron 39 miles a day, one way, to school...  I do that two or three days a week.  Needless to say I don't make little piddlying trips around here then unless I have a  need to.

Watto's Junk Yard / Respect Where it's Due? (Star Wars Style)
« on: May 12, 2004, 01:06 AM »
I was reading Insider tonight, and this just sort of had me a little irritated by the wording of it...

I was reading through the letters to Steven Sansweet, which he tends to answer some seemingly simple ones most of the time, but he was stumped last week I guess by a letter regarding Sabaac, and if the game were ever produced by anyone.

Sansweet said no...

He was corrected by a few, but most noteably by Bill Smith who worked for West End Games, and supplied him with the information that a Sabaac game with cards, rules, etc., was published in one of West End Games' companion books to the old RPG.

OK, fine enough right?  Answers the question that it WAS produced, right?

Well, yeah, but then Sansweet went on to say further that he still holds true that he was right.  He said,

"I still stand by part of my original answer about there not being any 'real' sabaac game:  In the 'real' sabaac game there are 76 cards in the shape of gaming chips withelectronic innards that make them change value randomly during play."

All due respect...  There's no "real" game at all, and it's all made-up crap by EU authors.  The West End Games licensed concept of Sabaac's as equally "real" as some other EU creators concept of how that game "really" works.

I found that rebuttle of his somewhat tacky I guess...  Picking of nits in a fanclub magazine, and to me it was disrespectful to the West End Games staff and Bill Smith in particular to contradict him like that.  To imply his game was somehow worth less in the view of Sansweet and "fans".  I've seen some other WEG bashing in the past as well, just not from someone respected like that.

Yeah, a senseless post...  Just had some thoughts to share about something that has no real topic but here to stick it in.  :)

MisterPL, do you have any expansion?  I know you have connections to WEG...  Or I thought you did.

The Wookiee Arcade / Bit Late, but... KOTOR II announced.
« on: May 12, 2004, 12:51 AM »
Yeah, about a week late or so...

E3 took place this past week I believe, and Lucasarts made the announcement of Knights of the Old Republic 2: Sith Lords.

I'm just now playing KOTOR 1 all the way through on X-Box...  It's enjoyable, if not a tad slow, but I just can't devote enough time to it.

I'm almost dreading WANTING to play another KOTOR game I can't devote time to, haha. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Commercials You Hate
« on: May 11, 2004, 08:44 PM »
She's cute though, at least there's a single redeeming feature to them.

Otherwise they're horrible indeed.

Anyone ever catch the Ron Jeremy Infomercial that's on late at night for "male enhancement"?  Got a bunch of adult film stars on it and stuff...

Not one I can't STAND since as an infomercial I simply don't watch it, but the concept alone is kind of amusing.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Coming Soon!
« on: May 11, 2004, 03:22 PM »
Uhm, interesting...  Nice graphics there Dan.  That's neat unto itself. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Commercials You Hate
« on: May 11, 2004, 02:11 PM »
Enzyte with "Bob".  They run 2 back-to-back for some odd reason, and they're proof positive that women aren't the only ones who society puts "requirements" on to make them feel good about themselves.

Not to mentionn they're F'n annoying after a while...   They're all that's on some stations.  Comedy Central and Spike play those Enzyte coms religiously I think.

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