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Watto's Junk Yard / Official Television Thread
« on: January 16, 2004, 08:36 AM »
I thought it might be interesting to see what types of television shows everyone enjoys out there (even if it is embarassing), or even if you just want to post something interesting, or a Star Wars reference, that you might have seen on TV. (For example, if anyone saw That 70s Show last night, there was a couple SW references on there). Anyways, my wife and I are tv/movie people I guess. Although we aren't couch potatoes in the true sense (we both work full time and exercise at least an hour a day), our evenings are pretty much dedicated to watching the tube together. A few of our favorite shows to watch include (I guess I'll go by days):

Sunday: On Fox, Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, Arrested Development (the wife also enjoys American Dreams, but I usually only see the second half due to Simpsons) Also, lately we have been watching the show "Home Movies" on adult swim (Cartoon Network). It just started airing again, and we find it quite funny.

Monday: Still Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Tuesday: Nothing really in particular, but we do sometimes watch the show Happy Family on NBC, and According to Jim on ABC.

Wednesday: Fox night, again...That 70s Show is a favorite, and although I might get made fun of for this, we both really enjoy "the O.C." Started watching it with the wife, now we're both hooked :P.

Thursday: As cliche as it sounds...we always watch Friends. We also catch Will and Grace some of the time, but haven't been overly enthused about it for awhile. We are BIG fans of the show Scrubs (one of the funniest shows on TV I think)...but it hasn't been on lately because of that Trump show.

Friday: Not much on this night I guess. If we're home, we usually watch "Life with Bonnie" (I think that's what it is called). Pretty funny. Also seem to watch Dateline quite a bit on Fridays, if we haven't rented or gone to movies.

Saturday: Other than some sports during the day, it is pretty much a TLC night for us (laugh if you will). We watch home shows such as "Trading Spaces" and "Clean Sweep". We also catch Saturday Night Live if it is new.

Reruns: We consistently watch Seinfeld reruns (our favorite), as well as Friends, Simpsons, and some of That 70s Show. We also catch Family Guy and Futurama on adult swim every night. We occasionally watch us some Letterman and Conan O'Brien as well.  As far as shows that aren't currently on, we used to watch that Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica show on MTV.

Saga '02-'04 / Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 14, 2004, 11:47 AM »
Collecting OT-based figures/vehicles, etc. only?  Awhile back, after reading through the Return of the King movie thread, it seemed like many of us really felt the the prequel movies have been sub-par, especially when compared the the OT and the LOTR franchise.  Although I don't think I could ever totally quit buying prequel figures...and I know I'll be there opening night for Episode III, I will admit that I have considered collecting only original trilogy stuff from time to time.  I guess the thought comes up more now with 2004 focusing so highly on the OT, and all of the figures so far looking fantastic.  Like I said, I do enjoy all things Star Wars (prequel or original), and will most likely continue to collect both....I will say the thought has entered my mind from time to time (space and collecting funds are other issues that have made me consider it).  At times I have also thought of only buying prequel figures that have a clear connection to the OT (for example...Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakin, Clone/Stormtroopers, 3PO and R2, soon to be Chewie, etc.)  The 3 3/4" line is really the only one that I do buy most of, with the Playskool sets I bought only the OT ones, with the Unleashed (for the most part) it has been the same.  I certainly don't mean to offend any PT fans, I really enjoy the movies too..and have plenty of figures from each of them so far, it was just something I had thought about after reading some posts over the past couple of months.  Anyways, I was just wondering if any of you have ever considered this as well?

Vintage Kenner / Micro Collection
« on: January 9, 2004, 04:33 PM »
Although I still have a ways to go on my vintage loose figure collection, another area I have been interested in is the Micro Collections.  I personally never had any of these as a child, but had some friends that did, and thought they were kind of cool.  Do any of you have and/or collect these?  How hard are they to come by today?  I am sure some (if not all) can get pretty expensive.  Just curious if any of you collected these, or if you want to in the future.

Watto's Junk Yard / Daily Comics
« on: January 7, 2004, 09:42 AM »
I was just wondering if any of you check out the daily comics (funnies, cartoons, whatever you might call them).  Growing up, I always read them in the newspaper (especially on Sundays, which in Nebraska is the only day of the week that the comics were in color!).  My Dad, brother and I would read them together...some sort of a tradition...probably sounds silly.  Since I work online all the time, I take a moment each day to visit, to check out some of my favorites.  I always enjoy the classics...Calvin and Hobbes reprints (I wish this comic was still going), Peanuts, Garfield, Dilbert (from time to time)...and I think my favorite anymore is Fox Trot.  I guess I just find this comic funny, plus there are often mentions of Star Wars, LOTR, and other "geeky" stuff :).  Do you have any other favorites that you might recommend?  Or do you read comics at all?

Watto's Junk Yard / Are You a Star Wars Packrat?
« on: December 15, 2003, 11:05 AM »
While watching a show on TLC that my wife and I enjoy (Clean Sweep, if any of you have ever heard of it...we tend to watch a lot of those home/home improvement shows on TLC)...we got to talking about what types of stuff they would clean out of our house.  It really made me realize what a Star Wars packrat I am.  We have tried to get in the mode of not keeping "crap" we don't need....old clothes, things we don't use, etc....we usually take it all to Goodwill.  Anyways, I am a Star Wars opener (save for a few carded figures here and there), but I have kept all of the boxes to every figure, vehicle, beast, etc. that I have ever gotten.  I'm not really sure why, but I just keep them.  Also, I have kept things such as Star Wars calendars, which I get for Christmas every year.  I have two older wall calendars, and last year I received a daily desk calendar, which for some reason I have kept every page to after tearing it off.  I'm not sure why, again.  I think that I will end up trashing this stuff (specifically the calendars), but do any of you have this same problem?  I don't really know why I keep all of this stuff, I just do.  And to be honest, we really don't have the room for it probably...or could fit things a little better if we didn't have it.  I don't keep any of the plastic bubbles, etc., and I flatten all the other boxes, but it still adds up.  I was just curious if any of you are like this as well?

Saga '02-'04 / Favorite Figure(s) In Your Collection
« on: December 11, 2003, 04:39 PM »
I was sure what forum this went best in, since it covers different lines...but if this is wrong, I'm sorry, and feel free to move this :).  I was just curious what your favorite figure, or figures, are in your collection.  You can answer this however you want...favorite figure of all time, pick one or a few from each "line", anything.  I guess I am thinking Star Wars figures mostly, but if anyone wants to include a different line...that's fine too!  Whether it is because of nostalgia, a great search, your favorite character, or just an amazing figure....list your favorites here :).

Vintage: Han Solo - Trenchcoat, Luke Skywalker - Jedi (these were my two favorite figures as a kid, and the two most wanted for me personally.  I can still remember exactly where I found them and when I bought them :P)

POTF2:  Commtech Han Solo, Commtech R2, Commtech Stormie, Gold "Shiny" C-3PO (The Han was the first figure I bought when I got "back" into collecting around the time of Episode I.  The R2 and 3PO, CTC Stormie, I just like, and 3PO is probably the best one I own still at this point.

POTJ: Bespin Capture Han Solo (not only because Han and Chewie are my favorites, but because my wife went looking for this figure and gave it to me for Christmas the year it was out...has a special place to me.....a LOT of great figures from this line though....300th Fett, Scout Trooper, Dagobah Vader, Mechanic Chewie, Plo Koon, Bacta Luke, etc.)

Episode I: First Release Obi-Wan Kenobi (this was in the first "batch" of figures I bought when I first got back into collecting....just to see what figures were like at this stage....I missed the "buff" stage of POTF2, and started off with Obi, Qui Gon, Maul, 3PO, Yoda, and well as CTC Han and Luke)

Saga:  Not sure if there is a clear-cut favorite, several great figures...and it looks like my favorites from this "line" are yet to come in 2004.  Several that I really like: Bespin Luke, Hoth Han, Cloud City Chewie, Jedi Master Yoda, Yoda w/Chian, Ephant Mon, Coleman Trebor, Jango KE, Jedi Council Screen Scenes, and many others I am forgetting.  Like I said, best is yet to come I think in 2004.

Clone Wars: Don't have much of this, but will definitely pick up a couple (or more) of those SA Clones if I find them.  From the pictures I have seen this might be one of, if not the, best Star Wars figure made.  I also quite enjoy the ARC Trooper from this line.

Non 3 3/4" Favorites:  I really enjoy both the Unleashed and Playskool lines.  I have only the OT sets from Playskool, and hope these get revisited in the future.  The Unleashed line is amazing IMO, and I so far own Han, Luke, Yoda, and the Fetts.  Those are my favorites, in that order I think.

Non-Star Wars (if any):  I don't collect much else, just a few here and there (favorite characters) from what I have, I would have to say my Rohan Armor Legolas, and my Marvel Legends Beast.

JD Sports Forum! / College Hoops 2003/2004
« on: December 8, 2003, 05:04 PM »
I'm not sure how many college hoops fans we have here, but I thought I'd start a place to discuss the season, your team, and eventually March Madness.  In Nebraska, we've never been much known for our hoops, which is probably why I have been a North Carolina fan since I was in junior high.  It has been rough the last couple of years, but hopefully they are turning it around a little this year.  So far so good (5-0).  I'm not expecting a National Title, but it would be nice to just be back in the Tourney :).  Good luck to all of your teams out there!

Other Toy Lines / What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 8, 2003, 03:27 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, so if its not, feel free to move it :).  I was just curious, which "scale" of action figures do you feel is the best, or your favorite?  Do you prefer the 3 3/4" scale of our beloved Star Wars, or the 6" scale that is more common in many other figure lines?  There seems to be advantages of both scales, such as the space/vehicle/playset advantages of 3 3/4", and the added articulation (and in some cases, detail) of the 6" scale.  Personally, I really like the 3 3/4" scale, because that is basically what I grew up with between Star Wars and GI Joe, and it allows more vehicle, playset releases, and is easier to display overall I think.  I do have some 6 inch-ish scale things, a handful of ML, LOTR, and MOTU well as some of the Unleashed line...and in the case of Unleashed, it seems that the likenesses are often done a little better, although I think hasbro does a pretty good job overall with the 3 3/4" scale liknesses.  Anyways....what scale do you like the best?

JD Sports Forum! / Your Favorite Sport?
« on: December 3, 2003, 04:37 PM »
Simple question, just curious I guess as to everyone's tastes.  The sports I enjoy the most are basketball and football, but I do appreciate the others as well (baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, etc.).  Since we live in Nebraska, we pretty much live and breathe football here...since we don't have much else (even if the last two seasons have not been our best).  But, if I had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be basketball...for some reason that has always been my sport, I enjoy watching all levels of it (HS, College, Pro, Olympics)...and it was the sport that I was the best at growing up (and still today I guess).  I always enjoy playing, and spent more hours than I can remember with my best friends playing 3 on 3, or having what we called "dunkfests"...basically dunking until our hands bled :).  Anyways...what is your favorite sport?

Saga '02-'04 / Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 2, 2003, 05:05 PM »
I hope that this doesn't become a heated debate or anything, and I'm sorry if this topic is repetitive.  After looking at the preview over at GH of the new Jedi Luke, it got me to thinking about what some of your opinions are on the plastic or cloth cape, cloak, etc. issue.  I guess I'm staying on both sides, because I don't have problems with either way I guess.  However, I think sometimes I seem to gravitate towards cloth a little (maybe because of nostalgia from the vintage line).  Although I admit that it doesn't always sit or "lay" correctly or realistically on the figure (even the Jedi Luke doesn't, or one that many people like...POTJ doesn't necessarily look "realistic" but still good).  I guess I had the same problem with my vintage Jedi Luke, and it didn't bother me then.  I also like the use of cloth on the screen scenes Mace and Yarael, I think it looks fairly good, and allows them to sit.  I'm also one that is hoping if there is an Endor Han next year, his poncho is cloth like the vintage, as long as it looks decent.  I don't really have a problem with plastic capes, etc. either, until I recently received my Throne Room Duel Vader from Kebco.  I don't know about you guys, but this figure is next to impossible to stand, or put the helmet on the same time as the cape, etc.  I don't know if I have honestly ever been quite as frustrated with displaying a figure.  But, then I also picked up the Death Star Clash Vader (or whatever its called, the one from the MOTDS two pack that was recently re-released), and I think this Vader looks great, the cloth cape hangs nicely, etc.  Anyways, I can see both sides of it...but I was wondering what some of your opinions are.  Are you plastic all the way? cloth all the way? a little bit of both? or don't care? :)

Watto's Junk Yard / 10 Star Wars Questions...
« on: November 25, 2003, 09:27 AM »
After reading the great "12 facts about yourself" thread, I thought it might be nice to see everyone's personal tastes for our favorite movie saga.  Here's just a few questions, pretty general, that I thought of this morning...if you have any to add, feel free :).

1. Favorite Movie of the Saga

2. Favorite Character(s) of the Saga
    2a.  OT-Good Guy?
    2b.  OT-Bad Guy?
    2c.   PT-Good Guy?
    2d.   PT-Bad Guy?

3. Prequels or Originals?

4. Favorite Saga-Related thing to Collect (if any)

5. Favorite Item in Your Collection (if any)

6. Favorite Ship, Vessel, Bike, etc.

7. Favorite Planet

8. First Star Wars movie you saw in the Theatre

9. Favorite Color of Lightsaber

10. Favorite Song from the Saga

Bonus Questions :): Favorite Fett (Jango or Boba)?
                                Favorite New Jedi (from Prequels I guess)

For me, here's my answers:

1. Empire Strikes Back, sometimes Return of the Jedi depending on mood

2. Han Solo and Chewbacca
    2a. Han/Chewie, otherwise Yoda, Luke, Droids
    2b. Darth Vader or Boba Fett
    2c. Yoda, Obi Wan
    2d. Eventually Anakin/Vader :P, Maul and Dooku were both cool though too.

3. Like them All, but Partial to Originals

4. Most 3 3'4" Product (Figures, Vehicles, Beasts) and Unleashed

5. Not Sure, lots of Favorites...I guess I'll say either my vintage Trenchcoat Han (remember looking for/buying this figure when I was a kid), or my POTJ Bespin Capture Han, because it was a gift from my wife that she really looked for for me :)

6. Millenium Falcon

7. Tatooine or Dagobah

8. Return of the Jedi (1983), I was almost 7

9. Green

10. Main Theme, Imperial March (the easy ones I guess)

Bonus: Boba
            Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Mace Windu

Other Toy Lines / Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 19, 2003, 03:45 PM »
I got to thinking about this earlier today, and while out shopping, collecting, or just scanning the action figure aisles, which lines do you think are doing well...selling wise?  Including Star Wars, Clone Wars, Turtles, Marvel Legends, Gi Joe, MOTU, LOTR, Muppets, Simpsons, or any other lines you might take a look at.  Do you think there are any lines in particular that really seem to be doing well, or ones that you think are probably on their way out due to sales, etc.?  Personally, I mainly just collect Star Wars, and the X-Men from ML (and I'm also looking for Roboto), but I do take a look at other lines from time to time...there are a lot of great ones.  Just curious as to some of your opinions, thanks!

Saga '02-'04 / Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 11:08 AM »
Click HERE to check out pics of Dodonna, Gold Leader, Tie Pilot, and Antilles!

Saga '02-'04 / Do You Display Your Figures with all Their "Stuff"?
« on: November 19, 2003, 09:46 AM »
Since the beginning of the Saga line, it seems Hasbro has gotten a little more generous with the accessories included with the basic figures.  For those of you who do open them up to display, do you include all the accessories with the figure, or do you just pick what you like to display them with?  Personally, partially because of space, I don't put out all of the accessories with my figures.  A few examples....Yoda Jedi Master....just his lightsaber, no "levitating" base of his cane, but then with the Yoda with Younglings I have him on his chair with his cane only.  Just personal preference I guess.  Also, I dont have the satellite thingy from Padme Pilot out, or the suitcase/box thing from the OPD Anakin, or the removable panels 3PO.  These are just a few examples, but I was wondering if you display your figures with all of their goodies, or just the ones you like.

Watto's Junk Yard / Any of You "Work from Home"?
« on: November 17, 2003, 12:18 PM »
I know sometimes with technology these days, many jobs have been allowed to be done from your home.  Recently, the company I work for has given some of us the opportunity to do that if we want to (since our work is done on the computer/through internet).  I was just curious if any of you do that, or have had that opportunity...and what your feelings on it were?

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