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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your TV
« on: February 8, 2005, 04:43 PM »
Over the last weekend, our "upstairs" TV (25" Sony, circa 1992) started "bleeding" red.† I could tell that the picture tube was getting worse, but now it is finally getting ugly.† Everything is pretty fuzzy and now the color reds "bleed/streak across the screen.† †:'(

The current plan is to take the old "new" TV (27" Magnavox) and move that one upstairs.† That way, the new "new" TV will go in the lower family room (where we do most of our TV/DVD watching).

We've been looking for a new TV for the last 4 months, and we finally got off our butts and went shopping for a new TV.  We finally got off our butts because the old TV mentioned above finally just up and died.  Wont even work now, tube is completely shot.  Nothing like necessity to motivate you.   ;)

Like I mentioned in the earlier post, we were considering moving the 27" Magnavox upstairs and buying a new TV for the Family Room (basement), but we decided against it.  The wife decided it would be too tricky to accomodate a big TV upstairs (too much rearranging), so we decided to leave the TV where it was and buy a new one for the upstairs.

We finally decided on this little guy:,1058,1398,00.html

Sharp AQUOS 15" LCD

I ended up ordering it on-line last night (as BB was sold-out).  Got a great deal too by ordering on-line (including tax and shipping it was still cheaper then just the best buy sale price).

It seemed to have everything we were looking for for an upstairs TV.  Looking at all the TVs in the 13-17" range, we really liked the color on this guy best.  It isn't HDTV, but rather EDTV (enhanced TV).  We figured that was OK because we don't have digital cable or satellite, so none of the programs we watch now are in HDTV format anyway.

We decided on a slightly smaller screen because this TV is primarily only used for watching the TV news before bedtime or the morning news before work.  We don't really do too much TV or movie watching upstairs, as all the good DVD equipment is downstairs.

All and all, pretty happy with this TV.  I think it should serve it's purpose well.  :)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Vehicle
« on: February 8, 2005, 02:06 PM »
Starting to get some reports that the Preview Jedi Fighter showed up today at Meijer's on the East Coast.† Apparently it was in the Sunday Ad for $16.99 and they are showing up today.

Shouldn't be much longer and they will be everywhere I would guess...


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Starfighter
« on: February 7, 2005, 02:57 PM »


Hmmm... not much more than a repaint of Ani's ship.† Eh, I'll probably still buy it, especially knowing that there is an "Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Leader" figure on the way... now if we can only get confirmation that there will be a Pilot Anakin to fly his ship.† †:P


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Greivous Wheelbike
« on: February 7, 2005, 02:56 PM »
Ever since I first saw the design for this ride, I've been curious to see how it moves, the toy itself doesn't really imply roll or crawl, my guess is that it can do both, sort of like a Droideka - rolls quickly into position and then deploys the legs for stability when engaged in combat.

I'm thinking the same thing... wheel is for quick movement/get-away, legs deploy for battle.  Those claws look like they were designed more for battle than movements.


Anyone else interested in these nifty keen 12" Highlander Figures by Sideshow?

First up, Connor MacLeod of the clan MacLeod:

and Duncan MacLeod

Connor MacLeod Features:
- 30 points of articulation
- Ramirez' Masamune Katana
- A dagger from Connorís historical weapon collection
- Bottle of Cognac (real Cognac not included)
- A Metallurgical History of Ancient Sword-Making, as authored by Connorís love interest, Brenda Wyatt
- 12Ē figure display base with Highlander logo
- Kurganís severed head

Duncan MacLeod Features:
- 30 points of articulation
- Duncanís dragonís head Katana, crafted by Hideo Koto
- Clan Chief Ian MacLeodís Claymore
- Sunglasses
- 12Ē figure display base with Highlander logo

$45.00 each, but I'm pretty sure they'll end up in my collection eventually...† ;)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 4, 2005, 04:13 PM »
I agreed with what you had to say, Brent.† I think Linden's move last week was a good faith effort to re-start the talks, but I think that after those meetings failed, I was pretty sure that the NHL's meetings this week were just windo dressing for a final "well, we tried" PR move.† Taking pretty much the same offer back to the players (after they already rejected it once the week before) pretty much proved that point.

Sigh.† No, not surprised.† Disappointed?† Yes.† Not that I expected they would actually try to salvage this season, but I think it's pretty safe to assume that next season will be lost too.

As for another lost season, well I still kinda doubt they will blow 2 seasons.†

I fully expect the NHL next year... with or without the NHLPA is the only thing left to decide.† If the players don't cave in to the owners demands (or the owners don't cave and give up on the cap), I fully expect there to be an NHL but with replacement players next year.

There are plenty of Hockey Players out there who'd love to pull on the Big Boys sweater and go a few games... hmmm, maybe it's time to break out the old skates and get in some training between now and next fall?† †:P


The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Creating General Grievous
« on: February 4, 2005, 03:54 PM »
Or, it could be niether JRD or Bender...

In the most recent issue of the SW Homing Beacon Newsletter, it was revealed that Matthew Wood will be providing the voice of the general.

Not really anyone famous, just a guy who worked on the prequels as Supervising Sound Editor.† Sounds like Grievous voice will be 1 part pneumonia, 1 part synthesizer, and 1 part Czech/Eastern European Accent.† The same guy is doing the voice for the Ep3 Video game as well.


Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: February 4, 2005, 02:07 PM »
So I'm pretty sure there's gonna be an alternate Boba in the mix at least.

Fett #1

Fett #2

But I don't know which is the regular and which is the chase version...† ;)


ps.† was that a positive enough contribution, J-MAC?† †::)

Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: February 4, 2005, 01:56 PM »
$895... that's a lot of blood I'd have to sell...

Must not bid...

Wife will maim me... at the very least.

Must not bid...† :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Instant Karma Part 2
« on: February 4, 2005, 01:48 PM »
Wow!† Very glad to hear everyone walked away with no "serious" injuries, although I'm sure any of the injuries to the little guys was worrysome enough.† †:(

Take it easy and rest up and let me know if you need a ride or anything, I'm not that far away ya know.† †;)


JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 3, 2005, 12:48 PM »
I don't think Heatley should be treated any different than I would if I were to go down to Minnesota, rent a car, get Scott or Jim or Jeff in the passenger seat and slam into a concrete wall killing them because I lost control due to a dumbass decision to go super fast. What do you think?

Geez, that's a tought one.† I don't think that he should get any special treatment just because he is an NHL All-Star, but aren't there more important criminals they can track down and deport?

It'll be awful tough for him to lose his whole NHL career over one bad decision... but then again the other guy lost his life because of one bad decision.† † :-\

As for lock-out update, the NHLPA had this to say:

NEWARK, NJ (February 2, 2005): At the conclusion of Wednesday's meeting in Newark, National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Senior Director Ted Saskin released the following statement:
"The League today presented a written proposal with minor variations of concepts that were presented orally by the NHL last Thursday. We told the League last week and again today that their multi-layered salary cap proposals were not the basis for an agreement.

Given the status of negotiations, the NHLPA suggested that the parties meet again tomorrow with Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman joining the meeting."

Here's I'll translate for you...

"The League today presented a written proposal with minor variations of concepts that were presented orally by the NHL last Thursday an offer that was basically the same old crap.† We told the League last week and again today that their multi-layered salary cap proposals were not the basis for an agreement they can stick their salary cap where the sun don't shine.

Given the status of negotiationsTo finally end this pain for the year, the NHLPA suggested that the parties meet again tomorrow with Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman joining the meeting."


Yeah, it's looking real good now with Bettman and Goodenow being brought back in.† †::)


Newbies / Re: Hi Everyone!
« on: February 2, 2005, 04:57 PM »

Welcome to JediDefender, Christopher!

Hope you enjoy your stay!



Newbies / Re: I'm New
« on: February 2, 2005, 04:53 PM »

Welcome to JediDefender, David!

Hope you enjoy your stay!



Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: February 2, 2005, 02:28 PM »
† I don't think they'll have any C3 exclusives...

Really?† That would be lame!† They do exclusives for WW and SDCC, but NOT Celebration 3?† I find it hard to believe that a company that is so into exclusives like GG is would skip a chance for a convention exclusive...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Why did you select your avatar?
« on: February 2, 2005, 02:17 PM »
Here at, I currently suffer from avatar-ADD, which manifests itself by causing me to constantly change my avatars.†

My vOTC Han Avatar has lasted longer than any other Avatar that I've had!† A testament to my love of that figure I guess.†

Nonetheless, I feel a change coming on.... goodbye old friend.† :'(


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