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This has NOTHING to do with PotF2, but since it came up, I noticed this on eBay while looking for pictures of new stuff...

From a Cloud City Scalpers Collectables vOTC Han Solo eBay auction:

Note that the figures have been removed from their Hasbro issued plastic cases. AFA has indicated that they will grade these new vintage style figures both sealed in the plastic cases and out of the cases. However, the fee for grading these figures in their plastic cases will fall under their custom tier for an extra $15.

Looks like AFA will go either way, depending on what you want.  Take it out of the Hasbro Clamshell for regular price, leave it in the Hasbro clamshell for "custom size" pricing ($15 more).


Saga '02-'04 / Re: Marketing Plan Revealed for EP3?
« on: June 18, 2004, 10:43 AM »
My dream would be a series of glasses for Episode III at BK, but with safety precautions (ugh) these days, I doubt it will happen.  The BK glasses from the OT are my favorite items of that era, believe it or not, and to have them made for Episode III would make me extremely happy.

Well, Arby's has those Holiday glasses give-aways, so I think it could be done.  As long as it is sold as a housewares GLASS, and not a pack-in with a Kid's Meal, it should be do-able.  The only reason the Hasbro glasses are plastic is because they are sold with a Toy, as a "toy".  No way a "toy" for kiddies is gonna be glass, but a $0.99 glass with purchase at BK would have me eating a whole lotta Whoppers next summer...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: June 18, 2004, 10:37 AM »
Besides the first song, the rest of their songs SUCK.  So I have Track 1 on repeat

 :P (and a hearty good riddance to that one too, eh?)

Anyway, here's my selection to get me through the day at work:

Needless to say, I've got my headphones on, as some of these tracks are a bit risque... especially track #10 or Track #14.


I'm gonna steal Nick's list (because I like it) and add to it...  :)

Holographic Darth Sidious with walking holo-projector
Nute Gunray seated on walking chair
Wookiee Senator with Senate Pod

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine with chair, desk & holographic Onacanda Farr
Clone Youth with learning station
Coleman Trebor with Jedi Council chair
Clone Trooper Commander with binoculars
more Jedi Padawans with training remotes
Fireside Padme with Fireplace (just so I can get that figure!)

Owen Lars with moisture vaporator
Obi-Wan Kenobi with Tractor Beam control station
Imperial Detention Block Officer with control console
Death Star Gunner with control console
Commander Willard with Yavin base tactical plot
Red Leader X-Wing Pilot w/X-Wing Gear (Ladders, Crates, Etc)
General Tagge w/Imp Officer Meeting Table
Moff Tarkin (resculpt) w/Imp Officer Chairs (2)

Toryn Farr with tactical plot
Major Bren Derlin w/Hoth Tripod Cannon
Han Solo with torture device
Darth Vader with meditation chamber
Ugnaughts w/Junk Sorting Line
Darth Vader w/Dining Room Table, magnet in hand and metal DL44

Jabba's throne w/NEW Bib Fortuna
Ak-Rev w/Gong-drum
Han Solo with revamped carbonite block
Emporer's Throne with sg Emporer
Ewok Warrior w/Catapult
Ewok Warrior w/Log Trap

It's looking like a pretty cool list...


Original Trilogy Collection / OTC Package Insert
« on: June 18, 2004, 09:20 AM »
Hiya, has a cool feature on the Endor Ambush set... but of course, since the set is full o'lame re-packs, the interesting part is the new OTC insert!

Check out the coverage here for the Endor Ambush stuff or clicky on the picture below for the Insert goodies:

Nice to see the little package catalogs return!


Card back, courtesy of eBay...

Other Toy Lines / Re: Sesame Street Figures
« on: June 17, 2004, 05:32 PM »

I was looking forward to a Bert and Ernie for my desk...


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Millenium Falcon
« on: June 17, 2004, 04:39 PM »
And is there a place that has archived hi-res scans of the sticker sheet that's available for DL?

Vintage Falcon:

PotF2 Falcon:

Just print them out and go crazy!

Lots of other Vintage and PotF2 sticker sheets are there too.  Another great place to go for Sticker Sheet DLs is (mainly vintage though).


JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: June 17, 2004, 03:57 PM »
I'd like to see the Wolves go after a Center and a PF to try and spell KG a little bit and make some good matchup difficulty at SF

Also read a few days ago at ESPN that the Lakers might/should consider trading Shaq and keeping Kobe since he's younger, more motivated and has a lot more upside.  I tend to agree with that but there aren't too many teams around that can take on Shaq's bloated contract

My brother seems to think the Wolves should go after Rasheed Wallace, but why would he leave Detroit?!?  Another name he keeps throwing at me is Eric Dampier from Golden State.  I'm not sure how easy it would be to get either though...

I'm not worried about it, I'm hoping to steal a PF in the draft... what do we have, like the #29 pick for best record in the West, right?   :-X (Thanks again Joe Smith >:()
Oh well, there's always Ndudi Ebi, right ;)

And I'd love to see Kobe head to NY too so we don't see as much of him as well...


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Millenium Falcon
« on: June 17, 2004, 12:17 PM »
A Special value-pack will be available at Samís Club.

Huh?  What do you suppose they mean by that?  Maybe an OTC Falcon packed with a OTC Han and OTC Chewie?

Ding Ding Ding!

Looks like the obvious choices of Han and Chewie as the pack-ins is correct.

Eh, I can pass on the special pack since I've already got those two figures...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 17, 2004, 10:26 AM »
Yeah, that's kinda what I figures.  The cordless Craftsman rocks at putting furniture together, doing small house projects (hanging shelves, etc), but I figured it wasn't gonna cut it under heavy use.

I've got a DeWalt Mitre Saw that I bought last year to help with installation of hardwood floors and the new trim we put in all of our bedrooms.  It's been a great saw so far, so it's nice to hear another testimony that they are good tools.

Might just have to hit Menards and Home Depot this weekend for a little shopping...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Why did you select your avatar?
« on: June 17, 2004, 10:00 AM »
Here at, I currently suffer from avatar-ADD, which manifests itself by causing me to constantly change my avatars.  They usually only last a week or two, then it's time for a change.  That way, I get to show-off my mad avatar photoshop skillz.   :P

Over at Scum, my avatar is a vintage DS Commander.  I figured it was appropriate since all scum posters are pretty much under the control of the Grand Emperor and his henchmen.  [Triumph: I Keeeeeed!]


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 17, 2004, 09:51 AM »
how deep does your town's building code require you to get your posts & concrete or cement?  

City Code is at least 42" deep for concrete, posts can be attached to the top of the concrete footing.

Better yet, get a tube and sink it in the hole, pouring in concrete after.  The cement pads are the same concept, just easier.  

Use 2x10s for the frame of the deck, well worth the additional cost for the return in strength you get.  Probably won't add to the longevity, but won't detract from it either.  

Use screws, not nails.  Nails pop and tend to rust more easily.  Replacing rotting boards down the road is much easier with screws as well, just reverse the drill.  

Inspect the wood, don't let some home depot give you a bunch.  If you get a warped piece, take it back.  It's defective and a pain to them, but you are paying a premium for flat wood.  Also use pressure treated wood if you are still able.  Copper chromated arsenic is an evil thing, if you listen to the environmental working group, but your kid would have to ingest 2.5 ounces per day for life to get the chronic dose that might, just might lead to cancer in about 50 years (never mind the confounding factors they'll face in the interim).  I know Minnesota is not exactly the hotbed for termites, but carpenter ants can do their fair share of damage too.

The "dig a hole, add cardboard tube, then add concrete" method is the one the city told us to use.  We also plan on using 2x10's (another recommendation from the City Inspector's Office).  We also plan on using treated wood, but it is somehting different as the CCA stuff has been banned I think...

And mind your patience because if you're like me you'll wind up doing it by yourself if you don't control your temper.   ;D

The wife has also already warned me about this one :)

Have lots of beer on hand.  Trust me, you'll be sore afterwards, especially if you're not used to physical labor.  Beer will ease the pain.

I'd also go with screws.  Nails suck and you will definitely feel it in your shoulder after swinging a hammer all day.  Buy a nice drill / screw gun (I recommend Dewalt).  Trust me, for $129 at Home Depot, you'll get your money's worth.

I'll have to check into the DeWalt drill screw gun, thanks for the tip.  I was pretty sure my wimpy little Craftsman cordless drill wasn't going to be up to the challenge since the battery charge only lasts about 2-3 hours (I definately need a new battery), but maybe I should lookinto a new drill/screw gun.

And we're planning on having plenty of cold beer around along with some brats on the grill... that's how we're bribing most of our helpers!

Thanks for the tips fellas!  Maybe I'll post a few pictures along the way to keep you updated on the progress...


Watto's Junk Yard / Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 16, 2004, 04:45 PM »
Hiya Guys Gals (I know there are 1-2 of you females out there),

Summer is here in full effect and we are ready to get rolling on our big summer project:
We are attempting to add a deck onto our house this summer.  

We started out in May (the five days it didn't rain) by preparing the ground/landscaping around the house:  moving trees/bushes/shrubs, building a new garden, pulling out some old hostas, etc.  Now that the area along the house and yard have been landscaped for the deck, it's time to actually start building the dang thing, and the more I learn about it, the more daunting a task it is appearing to be.

I've got my plans (thanks Home Depot!) and building permit in hand, and the raw materials will be delivered this weekend.  We've also rented up some power equipment this weekend to help us dig the 42" deep holes in my yard this weekend...

Anyone got some helpful tips for digging post holes?
Anyone out there in JD land ever built a deck before?  
Any helpful tips that you can offer up to a Novice Deck Craftsman such as myself?
(sarcastic "don't nail your hand to the deck" comments are not needed, but fully expected from you turkeys)  :P

I realize that we're all SW dorks, therefore the stereotype indicates that we aren't exactly outdoor-builder type craftsman, but I don't believe in stereotypes, so I'd like to think that SOMEONE else has gone through this before...



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: IT is coming
« on: June 16, 2004, 04:05 PM »

Sorry to both, no meat prodcuts involved.  (Does Spam qualify as meat?)

I think were still waiting for the answer on that one.  

According to Hormel, SPAMtm is a "Meat Product" just like Beef Jerky or other "prepared foods".  It cannot be considered "Meat" because it has already been processed and prepared for consumption (although, they often refer to it as a luncheon meat).

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