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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 26, 2004, 08:45 PM »
I believe the 2 companies I've been thinking of are one in the same and there's really only a single company making Joe parts casts.  

At least that's someone though. :)  Good stuff too.  They did have a Wild Weasel helmet hollowed out, I just missed it.  Cast in a lovely resin too BTW.

Have to do some ordering from them sometime when I get some scratch...

Even though I can safely say I'd have as many complaints about this line as I do Star Wars, I think I'd likely get into G.I. Joe collecting.

I'd of course be heavy into their customizing as well...

LOTR is a close second in getting my vote though, only because they have a diverse line already and have seemingly committed to the long haul.

G.I. Joe I would conosider a blanket "military" line I'd collect though, so I'd buy up BBI and 21st Cent. Figures (like I do now) to mix in.  :)  Kinda cheap cop-out to get 2 choices in 1, I know.

Nonetheless, I'm sure I'd have a pretty extensive Joe collection (vintage ARAH 82-89 at the latest) and customs going right about now.  Joe was THE Toy Line when I was a kid...  Not Star Wars.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Graduation!
« on: June 26, 2004, 07:55 AM »
Good work Famine...

First, you're not truly "free" yet.  I personally found that, while graduating high school was great for me at the time, turning 21 actually was my truest moment of freedom.  The day I realized the world was a pretty wide open place.

You've got 3 years of a goofy "limbo" to go through, but it's a hell of a lot better than the years in high school.  :)

Second, make sure you enjoy your college years and don't goof off.  Have fun during them, but make your best effort too.  You'll appreciate the growth later.

And third, don't drink too much and develope a horrendous beer gut.  It's a very common side-effect of graduating high school that can take upwards of 12 years to develope, but it can happen!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Articulation: How Do You Feel About It?
« on: June 26, 2004, 12:34 AM »
Articulation's part of toys, and being that toys are what I want to collect I say the more the better GENERALLY.  The Marvel line I'm familiar with enough, but I generally don't collect them.

This figure, to me, is close to perfection...  Hasbro's SA Clone or Durge MAYBE best this though, with their VERY excellent use of Ball/socket joints.  Unfortunately where 21st excels Hasbro doesn't, and where Hasbro excels 21st doeosn't.

To me, the SW line's severely lacking in this single area more than any other.  Rubbery accessories are dealt with, absurd distribution's a fact of life, oversaturation's been with us since vintage days.  Articulation is an area they just are reluctant to tread.

21st's figures are incredibly poseable (as are BBI's) and look AMAZING displayed.  Truly impressive little pieces of plastic, and even with pre-posed interchangeable arms they really add a dynamic there for "static pose" collectors.

Bottom line though, articulation is the #1 area that makes a toy, and more focused an action figure, a truly fun item to play with.  The popularity of poseable toy lines should be a guide for all toy lines...  G.I. Joe, Marvel, LOTR, Stikfas (and similar), BBI Elite Force, 12" military lines, etc...  

Lots to learn from there.  I'd love to see Hasbro wind up doing figures in their SW line as well as the SA Clone or Deluxe Durge were (or VOTC's).  Incredible sculpting, articulation, and deco all in one.  Keep salt shaker senators and the like, but go all-out on the rest.  

I'd even like a more dramatically posed side-line alongside the poseable basic line at the same time.  Like Unleashed, but in more "realistic" poses and in the same 3.75" scale.  A 3.75" Han running (circa DS Escape) looks a LOT more fun for specific dioramas when you've got VOTC Han to pose however you want and play with.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Simple pleasures
« on: June 26, 2004, 12:20 AM »
A well made SW action figure...  *Sigh*  A rare, and simple pleasure.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: June 26, 2004, 12:18 AM »
Remember our policy guys.

Vator doesn't believe it, he doesn't support it...  Leave it at that, but I would rather not see this get any worse than it has (though I see it is "escalating" already).

Just remember that you don't have to agree on this, but it's not something we're wanting to turn into another political debate with points and counterpoints that aren't doing anything but pissing both sides off.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Simple pleasures
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:18 PM »

Cats...  Cats are always nice and soft.  My cats rock.
Smoking Monkeys (of course)...  See the other thread.
70-77 degrees and 0% humidity days...  OOOOOoooooo
Sitting on a bar's outside deck and having beers with friends...  
Star Trek:TNG Re-runs every night...

A few things I guess...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Whoo!!! My Monkey Smokes Again!
« on: June 25, 2004, 08:16 PM »
Ah!  WTF is up with that?  

No I don't want him to quit though...  It's his smoking and other bad primate habits that endear me to him.

On Ebay, smoking monkeys are relatively inexpensive...  And they make the #1 boutique X-Mas gift item.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 11:51 AM »

To some little girls, namely my neices, I'm the ONLY Uncle Jesse...  Thank you very much.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Whoo!!! My Monkey Smokes Again!
« on: June 25, 2004, 11:49 AM »
Link saved, and many thank yous for it.

On a smoking monkey note, please observe some recent auction wins of mine!

A cigarette case...  Very classy!

And a cigarette-incense burner (the cigs are incense I guess?) made of ceramic, and wearing the classic fez design.

I'm ecstatic for both personally...  Excellent additions at low, low, low cost.

Recently I also used a lovely monkey .jpg to illustrate a point I was making about 2 of the more, uhm, "youthful" members at GalacticHunter one evening.

The link for the image was:

But I'm not sure it's working any longer now.  A funny image of monkeys fighting with sabers while other dapper monkeys looked on.   It did give a strong visual of what I felt the "argument" would look like in real life as well.

Hey Scott, I BELIEVE it is the HS Trailer...

I changed the title of the thread here just so it's a little more clear since I see a lot of you have seen it already, haha.  Well I thought it was a scoop at least. :)

Being a non HS member (I dunno if I need to renew my Fan Club membership now or what?) I didn't even realize others had seen it a while back.

It was maybe helpful to the cheapies like me. :)  Ah well...  haha

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 25, 2004, 02:48 AM »
Do any of you guys collect, and more importantly do customizing, with Joes?

I was looking for sites that do casts of G.I. Joe parts for customizers.  I saw one from J&R or J&P Customs or something like that...  I have that one bookmarked.  But, there's another site out there that I KNOW exists that I can't find anything out about.

They have a lot more headcasts including sets for Cobra Troopers with removable helmets and stuff.  I recall seeing Wild Weasel's helmet too.  I was wanting to just make a couple customs for myself and my brother and needed this other site's items.

I definately have the one site, just not the other.

Any help guys?

At least it didn't expand the size of the page so you needed to side-scroll to read a whole post.  :)  Had that problem recently!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JediMAC goes absolutely postal!
« on: June 25, 2004, 02:19 AM »
You shouldn't joke about his mom - he's probably pretty sensitive about the fact he's never had one.

As my Grandmother would've said...  "Crows **** (poo'd) him out on a fence-post and the sun hatched him".

Edited my own post, hehe...  Figured the point would be made clear enough without my foul mouth setting a bad example...

Bad Jesse!  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JediMAC goes absolutely postal!
« on: June 24, 2004, 04:33 AM »
I'm 100% sure GNT doesn't have the power to ban, but he does have the power of asking for one down like a pro.  And that's all it seemingly takes is the whistle-blowing to someone important...

No discussion, no explanation (at times?), and no debate from the opposite side.  If he did a good job and obeyed the rules of the site himself, and were a tad more courteous, I think things would be ok.

Then again if he did all that would he have so many critics?  A real vicious cycle there. :)

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