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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rate your job satisfaction...
« on: January 14, 2004, 08:54 AM »
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The idea of looking around for something new and different is pretty scary to me, since I generally enjoy familiarity and stability in my life.

This is the same way I feel.  My job satisfaction is...so-so, I guess.  I work with some pretty good people, and our company is kind of spread throughout the country, so there are many that I never even see or talk to.  I have recently been given the opportunity work from home (since my work is online), and I have come to enjoy that pretty well.  On the bad side of things, I have been here five years...still waiting for a raise....and I have been through 5 rounds of firings/cutbacks.  I am happy that I have been able to make it through each time, but at the same time it is tough seeing so many friends come and go.  But, like the quote above, I like familiarity in my life....and to be honest a part of me is sort of "scared" to do something different.  I do always keep an eye on things in the job market, just to see what is out there, but I have the feeling I would have to go back to school to find anything decent.  I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology (which I don't work in at all now), and that degree is somewhat worthless around here in Nebraska.  I wish I would have been able to see that better in college, but I didn't.  Plus, my wife has a great job, that she really enjoys...so we don't really want to move either.  Anyways, I guess I would say it isn't perfect...but things could be worse too.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 13, 2004, 10:53 AM »
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Not too excited about these...but I think warnings of pegwarming hell are overdoing it, things have been selling quite well, even the clone wars stuff moved better than I thought it would

I agree Scott, especially if they are only packed 1 per case.  My shopping choices are somewhat limited where we live, but the Targets, TRU, and Wal-Marts we visit regularly are pretty much always cleared out.  The "Greatland" Target (where I've had the most luck), has sold through everything they have had Star Wars since they opened in October...including a TON of Clone Wars Anakins and Yodas (I was surprised).  I'm glad to see things selling, but it does make it tough to find figures now and then ;).  At least we know they're out there though, not like last year where they never even seemed to make it to the stores.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 13, 2004, 09:31 AM »
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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 12, 2004, 02:43 PM »
As many of you have probably seen/heard, we hired former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan as the next head man of Husker football.  Although I sure didn't expect this guy to be our next coach when Solich was fired, hopefully it will be good for the team.  He is bringing in a West Coast offense, so it will be an adjustment for the Husker faithful getting used to something new.  Change can be good though.  Unfortunately, we heard today that only two of the assistants would be kept on the staff (not surprisingly), but sad to see many long time coaches (and some new) leaving the program.  Husker football is about all we have for sports around here, so we really get to know all the coaches and players pretty well.  Hopefully we can get the ship righted now, and not go through the staff changes every year.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 12, 2004, 01:20 PM »
Yeah, the lists are a little bit surprising.  I am a fan of X-Men, but I don't totally understand why they continue to put a lot of those figs (particularly Wolverine) in the Marvel Legends lineup.  I am, however, really excited at the possibility of a Juggernaut figure, as well as Ice Man, Storm, and Apocalypse.  I'll be curious to see pictures of what's coming, can't wait for Toy Fair.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: January 12, 2004, 12:31 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Scott, its nice to get a chance to see pics of both Lando and Madine.  I notice Hasbro isn't giving the little line at the end "come back next month to see pics of the next wave....", like they used to :).  Also, just noticed...with the exception of the wrist/hand part, don't Lando's and Madine's right arms look a lot the same?  Not that I am complaining, just an observation.

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Other Toy Lines / Transformers Alternators
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:58 AM »
I haven't had a Transformer toy since my childhood, but the Alternators line is awfully tempting.  I haven't seen any of these in person yet, but from what I have seen online they all look pretty great.  I guess I don't really have the $ or room, so I should just forget about it...but they do look pretty great :).

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:53 AM »
Not exactly Marvel Legends, but I decided to pick up the new Spidey 2 super duper hyper ultra articulated Spiderman figure this weekend (or whatever it is called).  I just wanted to have one Spidey to go in my Marvel (X-Men) collection, because outside of the X-Characters, he was my favorite comic/character.  This figure really is amazing, and the number of poses you can achieve with the articulation it has is outstanding.  I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a nice Spidey fig.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:50 AM »
This past weekend was an Obi weekend for me I guess.  I was able to finally find the Outlander Bar Obi Wan, which is probably the best Episode II version they have done IMO.  I was also fortunate enough to find a Clone Wars Animated Obi-Wan as well, and although many people dislike this line, I really think they are kind of cool.  I was especially impressed with the packaging for these figures.  I'm not as big of a fan of the regular Clone Wars figures, and other than the SA Clone, I don't think I will buy anymore of those....but I'd like to pick up the rest of the animated line.  I guess I don't mind them being cartoony and not "fitting in", because they are from a cartoon...and I like them to represent that.  Now if we could just get some Hoth Lukes and Wampas around here I could get a little bit caught up :).  Good luck to everyone in their hunts!

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:47 AM »
Although I know some people really dislike these figures, I was fortunate enough to find an animated Obi-Wan this past weekend, and I really like these figures.  They are something different, to be sure, but still cool in their own way.  I really hope to be able to locate all of the figures in the two waves, but for now its just my lonely Obi :).  One thing I really like about these figures are their cards.  Although it might not work great for the regular line, they are really neat for this line....with the big picture of the character on the side of the bubble...they really do stand out.  I could spot the Obi Wan hanging on the peg from a ways away because of the card and bubble alone.  I actually wouldn't mind seeing some animated-style OT figures, if they ever do a cartoon of those characters some day.  Just something different to collect I guess.  But, at the same time, I am with those that say they don't want them taking up shelf space from basic, (especially OT) figures.  Those are still #1 with me :).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:38 AM »
I agree with many of you, I'm not overly enthused about this "Hall of Fame" series.  Since they are supposed to be packed 1-per case, hopefully it won't cause a pegwarming problem.  I, like others, will definitely pick up the 3PO, since I never had this particular version.  I am a Han fan, but I already have several commtech Hans I picked up for $1.99 back in the day :).  I would have rather seen them stick in the POTJ Bespin Han if they were going to repack one, that's one of my favorite figures.  The Chewie isn't too bad, but the Cloud City one is a bit better.  I'll probably be passing on everything but the 3PO, and possibly a Stormtrooper if I see one.  I have the rest, in some cases two of them :).  Like many of you said, there could definitely have been some better choices for the Hall of Repacks wave :).

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Vintage Kenner / Re: New To Vintage Collecting? Some Tips!
« on: January 9, 2004, 04:36 PM »
I wanted to thank everyone for this thread, and for the advice in these forums.  I am admittedly a vintage novice, but am slowly working towards getting a loose, complete set of the first 77 figures.  After that, who knows, maybe the rest of the figures, or maybe on to vehicles.  Although I really enjoy the modern stuff (especially with the 2004 stuff coming out, OT heavy), vintage is just so much fun to collect, and really takes me back.  I can still remember when and where I found a few of my favorite vintage figs on the pegs (actually on the pegs, not ordered online like today :P)  Anyways, getting somewhat caught up with some modern stuff, and scaling back on prequel stuff right now has given me the opportunity to get back to some vintage collecting, and I appreciate all of the knowledge I gain from you guys here in the forum.  Thanks!

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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.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: January 9, 2004, 12:50 PM »
I can only think of a few off hand, although I guess toy collecting is kind of a guilty pleasure too :).

Music  Michelle Branch - I have been a fan of almost all of her music I have heard, and I'm not sure why, it just always seems like men get made fun of if they like "girls" music :), but there are many talented female artists.

Television  I'm in the same boat with those who have mentioned Trading Spaces.  My wife and I watch that show quite often, along with other shows along the same genre...such as Clean Sweep, and occasionally While You Were Out...all on TLC.  Another television one would be the Fox show "the OC".  My wife has been watching this show from the start, and I have been watching it with her...and I hate to admit it, I'm hooked. :)

Oh, had to add one other television one...cartoons.  These are aside from ones such as Simpsons, Futurama, Home Movies, and Family Guy.  I guess I don't quite consider those "cartoons", even though they are.  I enjoys me a cartoon now and then, depending on what it is.  Classic Looney Tunes, MOTU, superhero type cartoons, and occasionally Spongebob Squarepants...I don't know, I find it funny sometimes.

Food  I guess it would be Pizza.  It is something my wife and I both enjoy to eat, but know we shouldn't too terribly often.  I'm also a big fan of Cheddar Jack cheez-its, but I'm not ashamed to eat those :P.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 8, 2004, 04:59 PM »
Meanwhile.....we're still all waiting for our new coach, while many of the rest of you are probably laughing at us.  Football is huge here in Nebraska, since we don't have any pro sports.....you wouldn't believe how pretty much every night this week the coaching search is one of the "top stories" on all the news stations.  The latest interviewees as of yesterday....Interim Head Coach Bo Pelini, Co-Head Coach Turner Gill, and former Raiders' head man Bill Callahan.  Much of the state is pulling for Pelini, but it hasn't sounded real promising so far.

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