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OK, so I decided that we need a separate thread for this series.  If it turns out that only Scott and I ever post in this thread, so be it.   :P

So, I am now about 660 pages into Book 1, A Game of Thrones, which I picked up thanks to a recommendation by Scott in the JD Book Club.  It is a fantastic book and I thank Scott for his suggestion. 

There are many similarities between the story so far and the historical War of the Roses (history, NOT the crappy 80s movie ::)).  I cannot believe how I was quickly sucked into the story and the world of the Seven Kingdoms.


Man, so a lot of people that I thought would be major players in this series start dropping off!  There is a lot of set-up only to surprise you by someone unexpected croaking off!   :(  Already a few of the characters I had grown to really like have been cast aside.   >:(  Of course, the beauty of the book is that each passing gives specific motivation to the rest of the cast to play out their roles.

OK, I won't say any more until I am finished with the book, although I am interested to see what will happen with Drogo and his khaleesi as they prepare to sail west.  Should be interesting when the Dragon meets the Lion and the Wolf and the Rest...

My goal is to finish book 1 before I head out for Portland (Christmas Travel) so that I can start book 2, A Clash of Kings on my plane ride west!

So, anyone else heard of or read any of the books in this series?  Played the CCG?  Read any of the Anthology short stories or Graphic Novels?


Revenge of the Sith / 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: December 10, 2004, 11:53 AM »
Revenge of the Sith Preview Wave
1-4 - General Grevious
2-4 - Tion Medon
3-4 - Wookiee Warrior
4-4 - R4-G9

Revenge of the Sith Preview Vehicle
Anakin's Jedi Starfighter

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 1
III-01 Obi-Wan Kenobi
III-02 Anakin Skywalker
III-03 Yoda
III-04 Super Battle Droid
III-05 Chewbacca
III-06 Clone Trooper
III-07 R2-D2
III-08 Grevious’ Bodyguard
III-09 General Grevious
III-10 Mace Windu
III-11 Darth Vader
III-12 Emperor Palpatine

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 1
III-13 Count Dooku
III-14 Chancellor Palpatine
III-15 Bail Organa
III-16 Plo Koon
III-17 Battle Droid
III-18 C-3PO
III-19 Padme Amidala
III-20 Agen Kolar
III-21 Shaak Ti
III-22 Kit Fisto
III-23 Royal Guard
III-24 Mon Mothma

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 2
III-25 Tarfful
III-26 Yoda
III-27 Obi-Wan Kenobi
III-28 Anakin Skywalker

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 2
III-29 Ki-Adi Mundi
III-30 Saesee Tiin
III-31 Luminara Unduli
III-32 Aayla Secura

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 3
III-33 Clone Commander
III-34 Clone Pilot
III-35 Palpatine
III-36 General Grievous

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 3
III-37 Tri Droid (Medical Droid)
III-38 AT-TE Gunner
III-39 Polis Massan
III-40 Mas Amedda

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 4
III-41 Clone Trooper
III-42 Neimoidian Warrior
III-43 Wookiee Warrior
III-44 Destroyer Droid

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 4 - OUT NOW
III-45 Tarkin
III-46 Ask Aak
III-47 Meena Tillis

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 5 - OUT NOW
III-48 R2-D2 (Electronic)
III-49 Commander Baccarra
III-50 Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 5 - August 2005
III-51 Captain Antilles
III-52 Zett Jukassa
III-53 Utapauan Warrior

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 6 -  September 2005
III-54 AT-RT Driver
III-55 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Red Leader Pilot)
III-56 Mustafar Sentry

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 1, Wave 7 -  October 2005
III-57 Commander Bly
III-58 Wookiee Commando
III-59 Commander Gree
III-60 Grievous Bodyguard
III-61 Passel Argente
III-62 Cat Miin (Shu Mai's Aide)
III-63 Nemoidian Commander

Revenge of the Sith - Collection 2, Wave 6 -  October 2005
III-64 R4-P17 (Obi-Wan's Astromech)
III-65 Tactical Ops Trooper
III-66 Plo Koon (Holographic)
III-67 Aayla Secura (Holographic)
III-68 Wookiee Heavy Gunner

All items on this list have been confirmed for 2005.  Please refer to the individual threads for discussion on them.  Thanks!   :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: December 9, 2004, 10:29 PM »

Just bumping this guy back up to the top...

Still not sure about the FF movie, but I am DEFINITELY getting excited for the Elektra movie in January... should be a nice Birthday present for me to go see Ms. Garner in a leather outfit!   ;)



In closing, I'd just like to say that the Twins suck.

In closing, I'd just like to say that JediMAC is mean.   >:(

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best and Worst of 2004
« on: December 9, 2004, 05:05 PM »
Here are my votes:

Best VOTC:  Chewbacca - the Stormie was nice, but Chewie is the best!
Best OTC:    Dagobah Luke - Handstanding was a GREAT pose for him
Best Saga:   General Madine - Great articulation, very nice pose.  J'Quille is second...

Worst VOTC:  C-3PO - R2 is a close second though
Worst OTC:    TRU Jedi Circle of Suck - all 4 of these sets were pretty sad attempts (yet I bought them all  :()
Worst Saga:   Hoth Rebel Trooper - Should have been much nicer, he had a bad stance and sucky articulation

Best Vehicle:  OTC Falcon - I really liked the small improvements they made to this ship
Worst Vehicle:  OTC X-Wing - what a waste to re-release this version, especially with the other still out at TRU

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone seen my Ball?
« on: December 9, 2004, 04:45 PM »
"Save me, Jeebus!"

I laughed so hard when I heard that on the news last night.   :-X

Poor fella stripped down and got his dingleballs chomped.  I guess that'll teach him not to hit a cop, ESPECIALLY a K-9 officer.   :-\




GH Tatooine Wave Case

3 x Tusken Raider & Jawa
3 x Lando Skiff & Skiff Guard
3 x Luke Jedi & Gammorean Guard
1 x Boba Fett & Dengar
1 x IG-88 & Zuckuss
1 x 4-LOM & Bossk

Dang!  Something else I have to worry about tracking down at the end of the year...  :)


Radke signs two-year deal

Whew!   ;D

Looks good on keeping Koskie too.  Now, all the Twins have to do is go get this guy back since the Phillies passed on him by not offering arbitration:

Can you imagine a Santana/Radke/Milton/Lohse/Mays rotation next year?!?  That's a huge L-R-L wallop!

It would make me so happy I could  :'(.  Get on it Terry Ryan!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What posters do you have hanging up??
« on: December 7, 2004, 05:13 PM »
I have only one poster hanging in my garage...

I needed a new cover for the dart-board.   :P

You get bonus points for hitting the Laker French-Fry (instead of the bullseye).


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III line....April 2nd, 2005
« on: December 7, 2004, 04:35 PM »
from the cover of the ROTS tpb coming out next year from Dark Horse, and it looks as if some of the clonetroopers may be sporting pauldrons similar to the sandtroopers. 

I think those are just ARC Troopers... remember they have the pauldrons too.   :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions Assortment"...
« on: December 7, 2004, 04:31 PM »
I have NO faith in this line being ANYTHING other than some nifty packaged re-hash 3-packs.   :-\

Watch, it will be fuill of things like:

* Kamino Jango / Saga Lilttle Boba / Carkoon Fett
* Ep1 Palpy / Ep2 Palpy / Flashback Emperor
* Ep1 Tatooine Ani / Anakin Jedi Ep2 / Vader Ep3
* Ep1 Jedi Duel Obi / Ep3 Obi-Wan / PotJ Ben

I expect NOTHING good to come of this line.  Seriously. 

A wise man once said, "The future is filled with cheap re-hashes" and until I see something to prove otherwise, I'm taking the grumpy, bitter, jaded route on this one. 

I'm going to say that this line will be jam-packed full of re-hashes.  In fact, just to really tick us off, it may well be the worst-case scenario that we will have to buy these $20 3-pack monstrosities to get one new figure along with 2 sucky repacks. 

I am almost sure of it.... and it will probably be an exclusive here in the USA to boot.   >:(


Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: December 7, 2004, 04:19 PM »
I don't know what to make of this 500th Vader rumour at this point.

I guess if you leave out the re-packs from the Saga, HoF, and OTC lines, as well as offshoots like the Animated line, we might be closer to 500 than you think.

BUT, I guess I just think that Hasbro want's to make the Vader during a Vader heavy year and they will cheat the numbers to get what they want anyway.


JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2004
« on: December 7, 2004, 04:17 PM »
Would I have not made it because of the point total, because I just beat Nataku so head to head I would have gotten in.

From last week:
Just wanted to point out the Tie Breakers Yahoo has set up in case two teams tie in record this week:

Overall winning percentage.

Fantasy points scored.

Since we had the same Win %, it would have been determined by total points, so I would have still squeaked by you (thanks to my higher point total) even if you had not lost your earlier win.


Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: December 7, 2004, 03:38 PM »
Oooh...  I wanna play too.

Here's my Kubrick "Most Wanted" list for the next few waves:

Wave 4: Return of the Jedi
1.  Darth Vader (3:12) w/Spirit Anakin Chase (1:96)
2.  Yoda (3:12) w/Spirit Yoda Chase (1:96)
3.  Slave Leia (3:12) w/ Boushh Chase (3:48)
4.  The Emperor (1:12)
5.  Jedi Luke (1:12)
6.  Stormtrooper (1:12)

Wave 5: A New Hope
7.  Snaggletooth (3:12) w/Blue Snag Chase (1:96)
8.  Luke X-Wing Pilot (3:12) w/Wedge Antilles Chase (1:96)
9.  TIE Pilot (3:12) w/DS Trooper Chase (3:48)
10.  Walrusman (1:12)
11.  Hammerhead (1:12)
12.  Grand Moff Tarkin (1:12)

Sweeeeet.   ;)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Vehicle
« on: December 7, 2004, 02:28 PM »
But I wonder if it has any landing gear, or if it just sits on the ground like that.

From Hasbro's Site:

Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter come with these great action features:
Firing missiles
Spring-open wings
Opening canopy
Retractable landing gear


How good is the landing gear?  That remains to be seen I guess...


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