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Saga '02-'04 / Honest mistakes, or intentional variants?
« on: August 11, 2003, 07:15 PM »
So some of Hasbro's recent moves really have me wondering if they're creating some intentional variants, or if they're really just honest mistakes that we should thank them for fixing.  If it's a case of the latter, then they're still technically to blame just for having poor quality control and a crappy overall review process.

These are the figures that have been changed part way through their production run, thus reigniting this idea in my head:

Boba Fett (Pit of Carkoon) - changed from a blue jumpsuit to the more accurate green one

Jedi Luke (Throne Room) - changed the black glove from his left hand originally, to the corrected right hand

Elan Sleazebaggano (not yet released) - GH is reporting that Hasbro originally didn't include antennaes on this figure, but noticed the error at some point and made a running change to to include antennaes on him later on in the run (blaming it on Lucasfilm for the change)


Bespin Luke - From "Bloody Stump", to metal peg, and finally to plastic peg.  What's the deal with all that?  And yes I've already heard their excuses for the changes.

Endor Han (Saga) - from the white commlink/lever on his belt, to the more accurate grey one


I'm sure there's others, but with the current Boba Fett and Jedi Luke alterations, and the announcement on the Deathsticks dude yesterday, I just have to wonder what the hell is going on over at Hasbro.

What do you guys think?  Should we be thankful for the fixes, or is Hasbro trying to milk the variation hunters and completists in this line?  If you wouldn't mind, please don't start with the "If you don't like it, don't buy it" routine either.  That's tired!   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Kevin Smith movies
« on: August 11, 2003, 07:02 PM »
So who here's a fan of Kevin Smith's movies?  I've only recently really caught on to them, and absolutely die laughing every time I watch one now.  Jay is just one of the greatest characters ever.  I love his disguntingly foul mouth!  Obviously the plethora of Star Wars refences in these movies is just an added bonus to the all around amusing debauchery!

So I'm looking into adding all of the Kevin Smith movies into my DVD collection (the ones he wrote and directed, that is), but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing any.  Here's the list of the ones I can recall off the top of my head.  Please let me know if I've missed any.  Thanks!

Chasing Amy
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Is that it?  So which of these great flicks are your favorites, and why?

Watto's Junk Yard / Kids. Have them? Want them? Despise them?
« on: July 27, 2003, 06:53 PM »
I was just curious as to how many of the older folks around here have children.  If so, how many?  Do you enjoy having them, or regret having them, or a little of both?  Do they drive you insane?  If you don't have kids, are you happy that you chose not to, or do you feel left out that most other people have them but you don't?

I'm about to get engaged, and neither myself nor my girlfriend are sure if we really want kids or not at this point.  Seems like we should have them, but we often get driven a little crazy by the antics of many other kids that we see with our friends, families, or when we're out in public.  We go back and forth on the decision, so I was wondering what everyone else's thoughts were on the matter.  Please be honest, and don't rip people who might be on the other side of the fence!   ;)


So Hasbro apparently announced at the Comic Con this weekend that the Clone Wars line would be coming to a conclusion at the end of this year.  Aside from a few stragglers like Kit Fisto and the Durge on Speederbike, we've pretty much seen all that will be offered for the line.  So are you disappointed to see that this line is ending so quickly, or are you happy to see it go?

Personally, I say good riddance.  Though it sounds like the cartoon shorts will be pretty cool, I don't care too much for the actual figures from this line.  The only good that I think that's come out of this line are some of the currently shipping multi-packs, that are pretty much cross-collateralizable against the regular AOTC line (where they fit in quite nicely).  Though the quality and articulation of the 3-pack figures are slightly less than those of their single carded counterparts, I think for the purpose of army building or customizing, the sets of Clone Troopers, Jedi, and Droids are indeed a most welcome addition to our collections.

Other than those though, I say "yippee" to the demise of the less than attractive CW line.  So does anyone else care one way or another about the brief life of this sub-line?

Watto's Junk Yard / How did YOU propose, or get proposed to?
« on: June 30, 2003, 05:28 PM »
I'm getting pretty close to proposing to my girfriend (hopefully later this summer), and have been racking my brain trying to come up with something that's really unique, clever, romantic, etc.  So for all you married folks out there, I was curious how the fellas proposed to their ladies, or how the ladies here were proposed to.

So if it ain't too private, please spill the beans on your (hopefully) romantic moment of engagement, and hopefully you can give me a good idea or two to work with.  Thanks!   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / LOTR: The Two Towers DVD Thread
« on: June 12, 2003, 07:16 PM »
LOTR: TTT extended scenes description for DVD!

A buddy just e-mailed me this USA Today link with the details on some of the new/extended scenes that will be included on the upcoming Two Towers DVD (Special Extended Version).  Check it out here:  LOTR: TTT extended DVD scenes!

THREE HOURS AND 43 MINUTES!!!   8)  This four disc set sound pretty much identical to teh FOTR set from last year, which was an absolute masterpiece!  I can't wait for November 18th!   8)  Unfortunatley though, I don't see any mention of that flashback scene that was shot and is included in one of the recent TTT reference books where Smeagol kills some guy in a boat, or something to that effect.  Here's another cool link with some speculation on some other scenes that might be included: TTT extended scenes?

So which new scenes are you guys and gals most excited to see?

The Prequel Trilogy / Jedi Raid on the Droid Control Ship scene
« on: June 11, 2003, 08:33 PM »

So who's forked over the money for the Hyperspace site and seen this deleted scene over there?  What'd you think of it?

I at least appreciate the official explanation (and acknowledgement) they've given as to why this scene wasn't on the DVD as had been rumored and greatly anticipated:

When Episode II was about to arrive on DVD, the Internet buzzed with rumors and discussion as to what deleted material was going to resurface. One heavily reported false rumor "confirmed" that the raid on the Droid Control Ship would indeed make the cut. As it appeared in the shooting script, the scene involved Ki-Adi-Mundi and Plo Koon leading an attack on a Droid Control Ship in order to disable the battle droid forces overwhelming the Jedi in the Geonosian execution arena. The raiding party makes its way to the bridge of the Trade Federation craft, and shuts down the droids, only to discover that their efforts were in vain.

When the eight scenes included on the DVD were announced, there was some disappointment and confusion as to why this much talked about sequence was left off. "It added another story to be intercut with what already was becoming too complicated and time consuming for the climax of the movie," explained editor Ben Burtt. "Including the sequence also meant time needed to set it up and resolve it while the arena battle and the Clone War land battle proceeded simultaneously."

You can check out their full write up on the scene right here.  So is it worth tacking $10 onto my Fan Club membership and checking the clip out?   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / What's your local sales tax?
« on: June 10, 2003, 11:13 PM »
Buying tons of Star Wars goodies is expensive enough, but always having to tack on that little bit extra for sales tax pretty much blows.  I was just curious how high or low everyone else's sales taxes are around the country (or elsewhere).  I've heard of taxes as high as the mid 8%'s, but where I live it's only 4%, so I guess I don't have it too bad.

How about everyone else?

So we've got two prequel flicks in the bag now.  What's your favorite scene from these flicks so far?

I'm not such a big fan of the prequels myself, but I absolutely loved the final lightsaber duel in TPM between Maul, Qui-Gonn, and Obi-Wan.  That was awesome!

A couple of my other runner ups would be when Anakin goes berzerko on the Tusken camp (and his Swoop ride there), as he begins his turn towards the dark side.  I think this scene should've been just a tiny bit longer though.  I also liked when Anakin and Tyrannus were dueling at the end of AOTC - the parts where it was so dark that all you could see were the flashing colors of their lightsabers.  I guess those beautiful lightsabers are just really one of my favorite things in the Star Wars saga.

Watto's Junk Yard / Rank the Star Wars movies!
« on: May 17, 2003, 08:38 PM »
I'm sure we've got a lot of Original Trilogy purists here, considering it's an older crowd (it seems), but I'm sure there's some Prequel enthusiasts as well (maybe).  Anyways, rank the Star Wars flicks here!  Which one was the best?  Any duds?  Voice your opinions!  Here's mine:

1 - The Empire Strikes Back (who said sequels are never better?)

2 - A New Hope/Star Wars (still holds up great after more than a quarter century)

3 - Return of the Jedi (phooey on those medling teddy bears beating up Stormtroopers!)

4 - Attack of the Clones (the Prequels just don't feel as "Star Wars" to me - too much CGI)

5 - The Phantom Menace (no comment.  >:()

Watto's Junk Yard / How many of us are musicians?
« on: May 7, 2003, 08:08 PM »
Note from JediMAC:  I merged Brian's (TopJedi's) similar thread onto the end here, so fast forward to page 2 for the newer replies to his post!   8)


My parents made me take piano lessons as a kid (which I diligently kept secret from all my friends).  Lasted a good 7-8 years or so.  Hated it back then, but now that I'm closing in on my 30's, I guess I better appreciate the opportunity I had to learn how to play some music when I was young.  My old piano is still at my parents place, but it's still fun to twinkle the ivories whenever I head out there for a family function.

Though I can still play decently enough, and can still hammer out a nice tune or two when the situation presents itself, I've gotten a little rusty over the years.  I've given some consideration to buying a cheap piano or keyboard and jumping back into the music a little, as a form of relaxation in my old age now (especially considering it's no longer considered such a "nerdy" thing at my age).

So who else can play some music?  What's your instrument?  I know we must have at least a few guitar players here!

Watto's Junk Yard / The Pirates of the Carribean Thread
« on: May 3, 2003, 05:06 PM »
Just caught this trailer again last night, and my girlfriend won't stop talking about how excited she is to see this movie in a couple months.  Needless to say, she kind of has a thing for both Johnny Depp and Legolas so she's very excited to see the both of them in action together.

As for me, I'm actually really excited about this flick as well.  Looks like it should be a lot of fun, and I've seen and heard that it's got some great special effects.  My family made a couple trips out to Disneyland when I was growing up, and the Pirates of the Carribean ride was always my favorite ride in the whole park, by far!  Loved that place!  Hopefully the movie is an accurate translation as to what they've got in the ride, because if it is, this will be a great movie!

Slightly annoying that my girlfriend has less than honorable intentions in watching it though, but I suppose many guys will be in the same boat as me in that respect!   :-\

The Prequel Trilogy / Why didn't the Geonosian Warriors fight?
« on: April 23, 2003, 08:22 PM »
An interesting question popped into my tiny brain today when I was thinking about the arena battle in AOTC.  Considering there were probably tens of thousands of Geonosian Warriors in attendance at the execution gone bad, why didn't any of them fight when all the Jedi subsequently showed up?  The Jedi just wound up fighting all the various droids.  I don't recall any of the Geonosian Warriors getting involved.  Are they just a bunch of chicken $h!t sissies, or what?  Did they all just bail the arena at the first sign of the Jedi?

Fighting on a level playing field with a bunch of droids would be way easier than fighting those same droids while getting attacked from above and all other angles by hundreds/thousands of flying Geonosian Warriors.  Bad tactical war strategy on their part for sure!

Or am I just completely missing or forgetting something?

Newbies / I have arrived, but everyone please stay calm!
« on: April 22, 2003, 08:32 PM »
Hello everyone!  Thought I'd spend a couple days catching up on everything here before I properly introduced myself.  Found my way over via a post in another forum.  Must say your site looks great and I look forward to spending some time here.

I've been a long time collector since I was a kid, and have been collecting most all of the 4" figure stuff from the modern line along with a few other odds and ends.  I've surfed various SW sites and forums for a while, but never felt like actually posting, but figured I'd finally give it a shot.  Hopefully I made a good choice here at your site!  Guess that's about all.  I look forward to getting to know you guys and sharing in the Star Wars knowledge here!  Oh, by the way, my real name is Grant.  But you can call me Snively if you like!   8)

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