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I was at WM last night and the pegs were packed (with massive helmet clones and Woof).  Of the 60 TVC figures they had on the pegs 20 were Woof, about 15 were the ROTS clone, they had about 15 Sandtroopers, 5 Anakins and then a handful of Ackbar and Endor Rebels.

IIRC wasn't Woof packed at the same ratio as the Gamorrean Guard?  (Who I saw exactly once and didn't buy  :'(  )  I know Hasbro sends stuff out in fixed case ratios, but why, oh why, did they use the same ratio for those two?  I guess Hasbro could claim they didn't know how well the Gammy was going to sell, but Wicket was also at the same ratio and Hasbro knows that Ewoks (in most instances) sell pretty well.  I can't imagine that they thought Woof was going to be as popular.

Still, Woof was just striking to me because of it being a fairly obscure character (compared to the Clone and Sandtrooper) and being very well represented on the pegs, but even if Hasbro had packed that figure more lightly, there would still be white armored troopers just sitting in the store.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Star Tours
« on: February 3, 2011, 04:40 PM »
So is this actually the spaceship that Seth Rogen was talking about?

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Yeah, she should be taxed on the income only once.  From what I've read it looks like income should be recorded on both state's returns, but credited on the state she is a resident in and taxed in the state which she earned the money.  (You'll recall how Al Franken ran into trouble during his Senate run because he had claimed all his income in the state where he was a resident, NY, so he had to file amended returns in all the states where he had collected income in previous years).

Turbotax's website has links to the Illinois forms for claiming a credit on tax paid in other states here


Rob, on Illinois' tax website they had the actual form.  On page 4 there is kind of a FAQ section that says the following:

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What if I earn income in Iowa, Kentucky,
Michigan, or Wisconsin?
If you earned wages, salaries, tips, or other employee
compensation from an employer in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, or
Wisconsin while you were a resident of Illinois, you are covered by
a reciprocal agreement between that state and Illinois and are not
taxed by that state on your compensation. However, you may be
taxed on other income.

If your employer withheld taxes or you paid tax to these states on your
compensation, you must claim a refund from that state. You may not
claim a credit on Schedule CR for that tax. You must fi le the appropriate
forms with that state to receive a refund of taxes withheld in error.
The reciprocal agreements do not prohibit subdivisions of these
states from imposing a tax on your compensation. For example, if you
were subject to tax by a city in Kentucky while you were an Illinois
resident, you may claim a credit for that local tax.
In addition, because of differences in state laws, you may be
considered a resident by one of these states and required to pay their
income taxes, even though you are an Illinois resident under Illinois
law. In that case, you may claim a credit for the taxes paid.

Not sure, but I think that means if the income was shown on a W-2 you only need to claim it in Illinois because of the agreement with Michigan.  Otherwise it looks like you should claim it in both states, but also claim the credit in Illinois for the tax paid in Michigan.

Disclaimer: I'm not an accountant or a lawyer, so please don't sue...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: George Lucas thinks world will end in 2012...
« on: January 19, 2011, 01:33 PM »
Is 2012 when the Death Star will be operational?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Cape - Anyone Watching This?
« on: January 18, 2011, 02:56 PM »
My Wife and I have watched most of two episodes (have there only been two so far?).  It feels like the show is missing something.  Maybe I'm just not getting it because it has something of a dark feel to it, or maybe I missed something from part of one of the episodes, but I'm not a fan.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Office
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:45 PM »
Yeah, if they don't knock it out of the park with the interview episodes it will probably mark the end point of the show.

I'll admit I like a lot of crappy shows and dislike a number of shows that are widely popular, but the BBC Office was excellent in that most fans wished they had made more episodes and not fewer....

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Office
« on: January 14, 2011, 01:17 PM »
Kind of sad to here he's leaving sooner, but it does set up the interview process which should be entertaining.  BTW, if they are interviewing for his position AFTER he leaves, does that mean he leaves rather suddenly?  I hope they don't kill him off.

Todd Packer?  (or is it Packard?)

Dwight is going to want the power, but probably would be passed over.

Jim's best at being the reasonable one without the power to fix anything.

Darrell?  Is clearly competent enough to manage (he was the warehouse foreman since before the show started..)

The gangly guy from Saber, I can't recall his name...

Anyone else from the regular show cast that would obviously want the job and would actually be in a position to be considered?  Clearly they are going to have some non-regulars interviewing as well.

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I too picked up the 9 pack for $12 and change.  I wasn't planning on getting this set, but its pretty hard to pass up figures at $1.33 a piece...  They didn't have any AT-ATs.  They did have the CW Cade Bane and IG Droid for $3 something, Mini Muggs for $3 something and then a mess of non-SW stuff.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2010
« on: January 13, 2011, 09:47 AM »
My local WM was clearing out their very old LEGO sets and I picked up the Clone Walker battlepack for $5.50.  50% discount is pretty good for WM.

I also bought the motorized AT-AT at the local Goodwill for $35.  I guess it was a donated item, as opposed to overstock from a local store, as the instructions had some wear & tear and a couple pieces were missing.  It didn't have the snowtrooper, General Veers or Speeder-Luke and was missing a piece from a cheek gun and another from one of the feet.  I had similar or exact replacements for both in my loose LEGO collection from when I was little.  I have extra snowtroopers, Lukes and probably Veers from battlepacks, etc. I've picked up other times.

Both of my sons (2&4) LOVE the walking action!  They got such a big kick out of it when I was finally done building the set.  A great way to spend a snow day!

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From what I recall the Hoth hangar had a distinctively different ground transport.  It was bulkier than the Yavin sled and the passengers sat inside it, as opposed to the Yavin sled which they sat on top of.

I can't find a good image from ESB, but here's a LEGO version that someone (not me) made:

link

Its the grey blocky thing in the middle.  Its quite a bit different from the Yavin transport...

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Dagobah Landing Luke Skywalker
« on: January 10, 2011, 12:14 PM »
The arms look long, but I agree it looks like its just the angle they are positioned at.  Luke's right hand is almost touching the light saber, which is a considerable distance from Luke's chest.  I'm thinking they'll end up coloring the lightsaber, but the clear one is kind of cool; even if its inaccurate...

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Toy Fair 2011
« on: January 5, 2011, 03:40 PM »
The Rebel Fleet Trooper?

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2011
« on: January 4, 2011, 10:57 AM »

7957 Dathomir Speeder


I would dearly love to see a photo of this one if anyone can find one...I have searched to no avail on Google.

This is practically a slam dunk for the TCW 3.75" line...

Does this work?  I poked around Brickshelf a bit to find it.  Not really a good picture, but its a start...   :-\


That Republic Frigate looks pretty nice.  Maybe if I'm really good this year Santa will bring it for me.

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: January 3, 2011, 10:07 AM »
Jesse, I see just the opposite at KMart.  The week before christmas they put out a huge pile of them, must've been atleast 40 of them.  Atleast half of them were still there yesterday.  When they did their $50 sale they only had about 5 on the sales floor at any given time, which is pretty much how they were stocked up until they put out that huge pile.  Now I'm sure they sold a bunch, but they are the only retailer in my neck of the woods that is sitting on a significant stockpile.

(I remember the timing of the release of the stockpile because I had seen one of those walker/armor suits from the Avatar line that I was going to repurpose as somekind of munitions loader for the Imperials, and I checked back into that KM two days in a row...).

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Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: January 3, 2011, 09:56 AM »
Now should be when Hasbro does a rerelease on some of those hard to find cinema scenes.  I know they aren't doing cinema scenes right now, but it seems like the time to do that.

The AT-ST, if it HAD to be an exclusive, should have been with one of Hasbro's existing retail partners.  Even if it had done just OK for Target it would have sold far more units than a smash hit at Kohl's.  Heck they could have given Walmart the AT-AT and Target the AT-ST.

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