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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: December 22, 2004, 02:07 AM »
Long-live torrents eh?  I agree...  Too bad single files are fubar.

Newbies / Re: Noobie
« on: December 22, 2004, 12:10 AM »
Vintage is one of the few areas at Scum I still visit to read up on things...  I notice less and less posting there though.  Still a more solid area to read up on things.

Welcome to the asylum Andy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 21, 2004, 11:51 PM »
After looking closer, their articulation is IDENTICAL to the U.S. Paras...  Right down to the pivoting thigh joint.  The elbow hinge is even identical in design to 21st's style.

Great stuff.

BTW Paul, I think I see pretty clear "gaps" at the hats for removable headgear too man!  REALLY nice sculpts.  Not the slightest bit cartoony or poor quality there.  The whole thing looks like authentic (100%, right down to the tin cup which is sweet) sculpts, tons of articulation...

If the horses suck I'll just be replacing them with better ones in the same scale *cough*PTE*cough*.

Nice pictures man, thanks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: December 21, 2004, 11:46 PM »
Well I'm gonna go with Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth cars (Save for Neons or their deviations)...  I've owned/driven several, all well beyond 100k.  Currently drive a Le Baron and love it to death...  Hell, my original Caravelle is running strong as ever, at pushing really close to 200k.

For pick-ups I think Fords are unbeatable IMO.  My father insisted on a Dodge, and may I humbly say NO to endorsing those...  overpriced and sketchy quality IMO.

Uhm...  I get custom PC's so I can't comment really other than the dude that built mine did a smashing job.

I endorse 21st Century Toys and BBI's 1:18 military toy lines as some of the highest quality, benchmark setting toys...  Few misses with vastly more hits.

I endorse several restaurants in Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Rare, Sesame Inn, Pittsburgh Steak Co., Buffalo Blues, etc.

I endorse Joe Boxer underwear...  Though I dunno how things are shaking now that they're at K-Mart.  ???

I endorse Rue 21 Clothing...  Cheap, and stylish.

I also endorse the Pittsburgh Steelers...  Here we go!

Oh, I endorse Craftsman Rotary/"Dremel" tool.  NOT Dremel.  Why?  Because it's the same damn tool but the Craftsman one is cheaper.  Inside the casing, the Craftsman atually has dremel labeled parts.  Don't be snookered folks!

I highly endorse nicely articulated, neutrally posed, decently made Star Wars figures.  :)

I endorse supporting for all your customizing needs.

And of course, I endorse as the greatest little Star Wars site on the net.

I'm sure if I could think of more I would...  I just can't off-hand.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 21, 2004, 10:14 PM »
I'm picturing an awesome commercial like those ones for diamonds...  :)  With the right casting, that could be great.

perhaps we should downplay that at C3

PRobably the last celebration event...  I'd think so anyway.  I wouldn't worry about it.  They aren't running it. :)

I'm not talking slapping a Hasbro rep in the face with any body parts or nuffin' of course.  The point stands though.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 21, 2004, 09:40 PM »
Paul, you rock dude.  Thanks!  I'm gonna show those off at FFURG for custom fodder.

From my estimation (I borrowed them and lightened them up to see articulation and break points), I can see some really 21st Cent. Toys-ish articulation there.  Possibly as heavily done as the Paratroopers were.

I think the hats may come off...  it's possible.

I may shoot an email over to Dusty Trails too.  Absolutely infriggin'credible here.  :)  Very realistic figures.  I'd be all over these for casting and for just collecting a set...  Customizing some too!

Great stuff!

Some of the stuff the Playmobil line has may be able to be used there too...  They have an older style Colt single-action... 

This could be huge.  I can't see a Cannon and Gatling without troops too.  I hope we see Indians, Cavalry, and more noteable characters from history.  The Doc Holiday's very close in likeness to Val Kilmer's character from Tombstone.

I'm sure as **** glad that Earp doesn't look like the Costner version...  not close to Tombstone's Kurt Russel really either.  Closer to that than Costner though.

Which reminds me...  I'd take some Dances with Wolves characters...  OH!  What about figures based on characters likenesses from Deadwood on HBO?  I could only imagine if they had voice chips that had lines from that show.  Good lord.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: December 21, 2004, 09:32 PM »
I gotta wait for X-Mas for my Yarua...  Dammit. 

You're forgetting Worrororororororororororor though...  No love for the EU Wookie? :)  Too bad he's short now...  I'm half-tempted to whip a Worororrororororororor figure up out of either Yarua and a cast of Worrorororororororororr's head or a VOTC Chewie...  I dunno. 

The figure never looked like the character in the RPG other than the headsculpt.  He didn't sport the bandoleir like Chewie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Trilogies
« on: December 21, 2004, 08:17 PM »
I'd put the OT ahead of LOTR...

The story's more my taste...  It's not got the seriousness the LOTR trilogy carries with it.  To that end, to me, it's a better story because it's more of an escape. 

LOTR is SO close to Star Wars in my mind though...  I really don't want to pick one over the other.  I consider them pretty much equal.  I rank the prequals below them in a tie with Indiana Jones (This is just out of trilogies I personally enjoy).

The thing then is what's in the movies that makes one better than another as far as effort, in my view.

To me, the Star Wars films were more "hard fought".  They did more for film in general than the LOTR trilogy did.  That's not to take away from the LOTR trilogy, but Lucasfilm's subsidiaries have transformed not just the film industry but entire ways in which films are even marketed.  LOTR was POSSIBLE because of the efforts Lucas's special effects teams have acheived.

As far as visual effects comparisons, I'd say the prequals are equal to LOTR actually.  Actually, LOTR's features CGI characters that took less work than in the prequals.  When broken down, the Gollum figure's so vastly LESS complex than, say, Yoda...  He's more on a level with a CGI Clone or battledroid in complexity of animation.

The battles turned out better for the story...  More "real" in look not because the animation in the prequals is bad, but it's not put together well from the coordination standpoint, if that makes sense.  In LOTR Helm's Deep, Minis Tirith, etc., are all really seamless battles that look logical and realistic. 

In the end though, from what goes into them and the level of quality they are, they're pretty equal series to me, so I give the edge to Star Wars only because it's advancing the industry overall.  LOTR's efforts were cool though, and equal to the prequals...  I'm sure ideas there are being adapted elsewhere too.

To me the classics set the bar for effects though and continuously have improved hollywood...  I don't think LOTR's spawning anything like that.

It's a great series though, it'll always be equal to STar Wars in my heart, and it surpassed IJ to me which I thought wouldn't happen.

As for the others...  Alien and BTTF would be under the prequals and IJ...  The rest I could care about.  Really I could care about Alien and BTTF too...   :-*

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guys i need help!!!
« on: December 21, 2004, 08:06 PM »
Either way, you finish it with the gift of the pearl necklace...  If you don't, you really can't say you care.

Well that's interesting.

Every diorama needs fruit... 

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: December 21, 2004, 07:56 PM »
Sticker shock at TRU aside, they're a nice purchase.

3 of the better figures I've seen in some years I'd say, VOTC Super articulated aside.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: McFarlane is Bankrupt
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:53 AM »
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy (McFarlane) if you asked me. He tried to rip off Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, and lost. Sounds to me like Toddy should learn to keep his effing ego in check because he is getting spanked in the courts.

I'm torn here too.

Twist is/was a thug, a poor excuse for a player, and a blight on the game...  A McSorely without the ability for a BS goal every now and then either.  A greater bonehead, I can't think of.

That said, McFarlane's a total sopping wet pile of douche himself.  It's a real tough choice who to hate more.


We'll see you folks at the show.  Stop by, learn something about the hobby and if you're not in the hobby yet, maybe you will be after you leave the booth!

Remember, when Hasbro can't do it right, you can.  :)

Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: TIE Fighter Pilot
« on: December 21, 2004, 01:45 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.

This figure rounds out the Yavin Wave, and what a wave it was.  It's taken some time, but we're cleaing these out, and tonight's figure is the TIE Fighter Pilot from the Yavin Wave.

The TIE Pilot's one of those oddball figures that Hasbro threw at us out of nowhere.  I know I wasn't expecting a new one of this guy anyway.  

The weird thing is, Hasbro's updated TIE FIghter Pilot shows just how complacent I was with the POTF2 version.  I mean, I really thought the bendable knee pack-in pilot that came with the Interceptor, Bomber, and KB TIE Fighter, was a pretty nice figure...  Little did I realize that the helmet sculpt was really in need of an upgrade.

Still, Hasbro underwhelms us with the lop-sided articulation on yet another figure.  His right arm's nice, his left arm bites.  Why the unbalance?  Well, I still can't explain these kinds of enigmas coming from Hasbro, but I digress.

Read the full review by clicking the link above and  checking everything out.  Find out what you think, and share your thoughts with us here if you'd like...  I dig the company.

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