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Power of the Jedi / Re: Recent Purchases
« on: October 6, 2003, 10:15 PM »
I nab something new every whipstitch when I'm at the store...  A Bespin Guard is about all there is to purchase from POTJ right now though.

I hear in other areas things like FX-7 are pegwarming though and THAT I'd pick up every time I was in a store just because of dioramas I can always use another droid in.

My Bespin Guard ranks are swelling though because that's the only interesting POTJ figure still kicking about in these parts...

Now I'm more picking up the odd Saga army builder here and there instead...  Red Battledroids I find on almost every toy run so my army of the Separatists has grown considerably of late.

Power of the Jedi / Re: 25th Anniversary Sets - Opened or Boxed?
« on: October 6, 2003, 08:44 PM »
I left these boxed myself.

They were really just display and observe pieces, and in their boxes they look kinda nice, but I found that they looked a little worse when opened up.  Or that's my opinion anyway.

They will make a nice centerpiece kind of thing I think, again I get around to organizing my collection and displaying it properly.  Kind of like the silver figures and such.

This from a guy that opens almost everything he gets. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: College Grads...Do you use your degree?
« on: October 6, 2003, 08:40 PM »
I've used my current degree somewhat, but I've also had jobs that didn't apply it much at all.  Mostly I have used it in discussion with other people in the business world or in my personal life in one way or another.

My current schooling hopefully will make my current education a little more useful.

Business degrees, be they economics, Marketing, Administration, etc., all tend to put you in a large pool of eligible workers.  I've found that I have to keep my options open out of what I may considered my ideal or the exact place I'd be at a certain point in my life.  It makes me worry about work, but I'm confident in my own abilities that I'll be capable of getting and retaining gainful employment at some point of my life.

The irony is I wanted so bad to go for English, to become a writer...  It's what I was really good at when I was younger, and what I was pushed towards.  I never went that route though because I don't know that I'd ever be as successful as I want to be by becoming a writer, whereas in Business I know my potential to be successful is much more higher.  Too bad though...

Maybe someday I'll be able to put my creative side to work with my rigid and strict business side, and be happy in the work place doing what I have been educated in while still having the ability to make my life interesting at the same time. :)  

I hope...

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Any Purchases You Regret?
« on: October 6, 2003, 04:11 PM »
Any figure from the earlier E1 waves.

What the hell was I thinking?  Those things were uber clearanced later and I just didn't wait.  You live and learn, so I didn't make the same mistake for E2, and some of the really uninteresting POTJ figures like Qui Gon Farmer, Anakin Mechanic, etc...

Beyond that, and maybe buying a b-Wing at full price, I'm pretty happy I got what I did at the prices I have gotten them.  

Though I know I've overpaid for some vintage things, namely my A-Wing and a couple other figures, but you live and learn in that hobby too, and I got those things EONS ago it seems.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hold the phone--"Deluxe" Rieekan?
« on: October 6, 2003, 04:08 PM »
***slaps scott's hands***

Stop touching it, or the Sculpey won't dry.  *sigh*

Power of the Jedi / Re: Rorworr
« on: October 5, 2003, 02:16 AM »
It'll give your wookie ranks a little diversity.  Mine is chilling in my Cantina, which is a huge cluster mess.  I mean, the one-eyed green thing from MOnster's Inc. is in there saying hi for god's sake!

So's the Nazi Ghestapo Officer Toht from Indiana Jones.  He's Seig Heiling a Trandoshan in a tan coat I made.  Looks really stupid, but that was more the goal I guess.

Casting the unique wookie head should be something I attempt at some point because it is a definitely different sculpt.

Yup, definitely great...  Modular DS is an idea I've had for a while too, but in a different format I think.

That's looking darn good...  Keeping it so it fits together JUST right has gotta be a pain but you're keeping it all together great Muftak.

Cool, and looking forward to more photos of the next room(s).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 3 Toughest SAGA Items to Find
« on: October 4, 2003, 01:19 AM »
Deluxe Obi and Jango Kamino

And the Saga Imperial Officer Head Variants

And to a lesser extent Ephant Mon...

I've seen everything else at least twice, but most of what I listed I never saw.  Only Ephant and the blonde officer did I ever see (once) at retail.

That's a pretty sad fact for an army builder and a fan's choice figure.

The Obi and Jango Deluxe are just non-existant at retail...  Sad because the Obi's a great figure.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Palpatine and Sidious
« on: October 3, 2003, 08:43 PM »
This was what sparked a hot debate at Scum the other day, and it boiled down to more or less a "What's canon" argument...  With the movie confirming it not being out it's still a thing that's open to debate.

It seems too logical for Lucas to pull something goofy on it, so I think they're the same person, but hey he's 100% capable of throwing every bit of logic out the window and putting something completely stupid into the plot just to make it "interesting" (In his eyes only I suppose).

The whole debate seems sorta pointless though...  Who cares?  Wait'll the flick comes out.  :)  Shame it's something people actually get upset and argue over.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Jedi Knight 2 Outcast Help
« on: October 3, 2003, 08:39 PM »
Yeah, I think Boba Shek's on the right path at least, if not 100% correct.

It's been AGES since I played that level but I recall getting stuck for a few minutes at that puzzle too while I had to figure it out.  It's amazing how using the force doesn't come as a natural instinct in the game for a while.  Gives it a slightly more realistic feel.

I was sorta disappointed with Outcast so I've not really played it again or I'd be better help.  I went through it like 5 times total just to make sure I played it thoroughly and I've not gone back to it.

I do recall the force pull being used in that area though, and that it was a frustrating puzzle.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: October 2, 2003, 03:10 PM »
I may have a ton of XD stuff I'll sell off to ya actually.  

If you wanna swap XD heads, it's easy.  They pop right out with boiling water.  Their bodies are even pliable plastic that softens in the heat.

XD and BBI are some of the easiest figs to customize I've ever seen.  

GP says Battle of the Bulge is making a comeback so keep your eyes open I guess.  And "Variant" figures in the playsets too?  Whatever that means.  

I'd buy playsets if the figures are unique enough, even though I got the farmhouse and barn on clearance here.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: October 2, 2003, 12:31 AM »
I got some Yellow sets the other day in a surprise find...

I have to say that, if it weren't for the "Ultimate Articulation" Clone I'd have a highly negative opinion of these.  For $10, the figures are very "cheap" so the real value is kinda relative.

I'd say you're paying slightly more than you should for this kinda quality though.  

Still, they're neat for what they are in one way...  I just sort of hope that articulated Clone comes in multiple colors because I'd hate for all my non-coms and officers to be these pre-posed "plastic army men" type figures.

Damned if the one guys hand didn't break too.  First figure I've ever had break just trying to loosen up the joint.  Oh well, no big loss since he's not capable of doing much else but point his gun anyway.

The one neat thing I found is the waist (2 points) articualtion.  That was unique, if sorta pointless.  Wonder if that ultra articulated clone has that though?  It has the same head articulation I can see in the prototype photos.

I like it originally, and that's how (In my mind) it plays out every time...  I just ignore the SE, though that is the "Canon" way of things and I'm just being stubborn in my way of thinking.

With that said, your idea is better than what it is now Muftak, so it'd ease the pain somewhat.  I maybe would "accept" it a little better.

Still, I enjoyed Han as a murderer...  He's ruthless, and willing to kill before there's a chance he'd even be in legitimate danger.  I like that he really does redeem himself under that story pretense, but as it is now he's just not as "bad" as he was before.

So, I'll still always just imagine Han frying Greedo like a punk before he could take him to Jabba to talk his way out of it.

It was so much better that way, but alas Lucas has been wussed out in his old age and worries that his kids will have nightmares about the Brocolli man being shot by "Uncle Harrison".

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: October 2, 2003, 12:16 AM »
Cool Beans TopJedi. :)

Always neat to see the carryover fans between lines.

Get the Marines yet from BBI?  I got 3 of them and I ahve to say I like the Army Spec. Forces guys better personally.  I miss the ankle joint, and the arms aren't as poseable on the Marines it seems (Same articuatlion points and count, just a little poorer quality).

The headsculpts are the best yet though I think.  Still myf avorite BBi figure is the Littlebird Pilot.  That dood F'n rocks!

I'm sad to see the holsters that work gone the way of the do-do too though.

Anyway, it's cool to see you here alive and posting!

Check GP's post about what's coming from 21st Century too?  I'm bummed that the figure information was sporatic and didn't seem promising for figures seeing a routine/regular release schedule like the less expensive items deserve.

Planes are nice, but there's no way they're outselling figures.  I just cannot imagine $40-$60 items are ever going to outsell $5.99 figures.  The logic isn't there, haha.

And I'm itchin' to build a Battle of the Bulge diorama something feirce but cannot find figures...  I'm lucky I found all of them in that short window they were released last year.  Just wish I could've bought doubles, triples, and even 10's and 20's of the rifleman and BAR gunner.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Master Points Auctions LIVE!
« on: September 30, 2003, 11:13 PM »
Exclusive figure limited to 2 per household would've suited things better I think...  The mass exodus of people cashing in their points for an item is supposedly what worried Hasbro about doing an exclusive figure, so why not limit it?

Oh well...  They've made their decision I guess.

I may wind up just keeping mine and seeing if they wind up doing another offer another day.  I mean, it isn't like winning a Ktik is an option for me (And I have a TON of JMP's) even so may as well hang onto them since the rest of what's offered probably won't interest me.

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