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Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: November 24, 2003, 11:28 AM »
Do any of you experts on this line have any advice of where I could pick up a few of the past figures (for decent prices)?  Or do these figures get pretty pricey once they are off the shelves?  I really don't know too much about the line in general, but wouldn't mind trying to pick up a Rowlf (my fave as a kid), or maybe a Fozzie as well.  I probably shouldn't even start, because then I'll want them all...really enjoyed the Muppet show as a kid...but I didn't know if there was somewhere online to find these figures reasonably, if ebay was the best option, or if you had any other thoughts.  Thanks for any advice you might have.  Also, one other question, I read a rumor of that Backstage playset coming with a "naked" Rowlf...is there any way to get a figure like that (coming with a playset), without getting the playset?  Anyways, thanks again.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: November 24, 2003, 09:50 AM »
I was able to pick up Bail Organa and Janus Greetjatus this past weekend at Target (the only two left from the wave, other than an Ashla/Jempa pack).  I really wish I could have, or will, find the new Obi Wan and the Concept Trooper...both of those figures look great.  Nice to find something new too.  Also saw a couple of the Target A-Wing, but I passed for now, since we were Christmas shopping for family, and had spent enough already that day :).

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: November 20, 2003, 03:59 PM »
Is anyone else still following/collecting this line?  I, like many others, have been admiring this line from afar for awhile now, but it is tempting to start picking a few figures up (although I am sure my wife would not be a big fan of that :P).  I did see over at OfftheCard.com that there is another playset coming up, the "backstage" playset, which could really be ultra cool.  You can read about it HERE.  It should be under November 14th news I think.  Just out of curiosity, for those of you who collect these....how tough (or expensive) would it be to pick up some of the past figures (for example, Fozzie and/or Rowlf...my two favorites).  Anyways, I really enjoy reading everyone's opinions of these figures, they really look great from what I have seen.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hanna-Barbera Appreciation Society
« on: November 20, 2003, 11:17 AM »
I'll agree, I'm fans of both Looney Tunes and HB.....and I think both are great.  I always have been a big Scooby Doo fan, and still watch the cartoons when they are on from time to time.  I think that its pretty cool that the show is still popular enough to have a new version on television, and toys in the stores, etc.  I'd have to say Scooby is my favorite of the bunch, but I did really enjoy me some Yogi, Captain Caveman, Dyno-Mutt, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Flinstones, etc.  I always remember there being like a "HB" hour or two on weekend mornings...good times.  I've said it before, but I really think for the most part today's cartoons really pale to what many of us had growing up.  I sometimes feel a little embarassed by it, but I still enjoy me a good cartoon today (but I guess I already collect toys, so what's the difference?)  :P

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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!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: November 19, 2003, 03:29 PM »
Hey, just curious if anyone has had any luck picking up Marvel Legends 5 (if you are looking for them).  I haven't been shopping yet since they started showing up, but I doubt they have made it here quite yet.  Coheteboy has the second part of his review up for ML5 HERE including Colossus, Sabretooth, and Nick Fury.  I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for Colossus.  These figures continue to impress me with each wave :).  Best of luck to those of you searching for them!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at SW.com and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 11:10 AM »
Also, here's the link to Hasbro's "Republic News" story for this wave:

Yavin Wave

Also, it says check back in December for images of Ozzel, Bossk, and Dengar! :)

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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!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Do You Display Your Figures with all Their "Stuff"?
« on: November 19, 2003, 11:05 AM »
I do agree with that too Lando, I'm definitely not complaining about the amount of accessories...the more the better!  If I had a little more room, I would definitely display a few more as well.  Thanks for the reply, too :).

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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.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 3 - Loose Shots at GH
« on: November 18, 2003, 04:42 PM »
I especially enjoy this shot, courtesy of Galactic Hunter:


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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Clone Wars Wave 3 - Loose Shots at GH
« on: November 18, 2003, 04:41 PM »
Galactic Hunter has just put up a preview of Wave 3 of the Clone Wars figures (regular)...Kit Fisto, Saesee Tinn, and the super articulated Clonetrooper.  Check out all of the pictures here:

Wave 3

Seeing these pictures of the new Clonetrooper, this might be one of the best figures Hasbro has ever made.  I can't see anything wrong with it from the pictures at least, a great figure through and through.

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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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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who actually "exercises," and how?
« on: November 12, 2003, 02:16 PM »
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Chris as I said before...the Atkins works great as long as you stay on that low carb diet for the rest of your life.  Lifestyle change is the only way to permenant weight loss.

I think it is great that you are doing so well, keep up the good work, I just have heard a lot of stories of people gaining back more weight 6-8 months after they stop the Atkins diet...

Moderation...smaller portions and excersize is the key.  I agree that things like candy, pop and beer should be totally eliminated...but I think it would be almost impossible to maintain a lifetime of avoiding fruits, breads, grains and other sugars.

Just some food for thought...myself I am a huge proponent of Weight Watchers as I have said before.  What they preach is serving size and keeping within your daily caloric and fat intakes by reducing portion size (you would be amazed at what an actual portion of food is) and keeping daily track of what you are eating.  It gets you in a habit of knowing how much you should be eating...you can't go out and have that Big Mac every day with super size fries, but you can have a cheesburger and a small fry which is about what you be eating.

I'll also stand by the fact that cutting out pop/soda/beer is huge...switch to diet if you haven't.  I was anti-diet mainly based on taste but once I got used to it I rarely drink the sugar stuff any more.  Way too sweet and way way to high in empty calories

OK...I'm still at around 212-215.  Looks like my last few posts were right about the time I found out the news myself.  Since my wife can't diet anymore, it sort of gives me little motivation to do it too   Haven't really made an effort to lose weight but so far I have avoided the pregnancy 15 that goes with pregnant wives.  I put that on big time with JediMAX.  Hope to keep that off and continue on maintaining, and possibly lose some more weight.  Tough to do without a gym membership in the Winter in Minnesota though

I'm glad you posted that about the Atkins diet, OCB.  I agree, I am more than happy for anyone who is having luck with this diet, and losing weight, and I'm not trying to discredit them in any way.  I was actually an Exercise Phys. major in college (although I don't work in it now), and had to take countless hours of Nutrition classes along the way.  The long term effects of the Atkins diet on the vital organs is unknown, and just like OCB said...really the only way to maintain things correctly is to make a lifestyle change.  I personally don't believe in "diets" for this exact reason, I really think you just have to change your eating habits.  But...to each their own.  The only reason I'm posting this is just like OCB said, to offer the other side of things.  Be careful with some diets, although they might help you lose the weight...the long term effects on heart, kidneys, etc. could be counteracting that.  And you are right about portion size, when we went through that in college we were amazed at how small many portion sizes are.  I think if more people understood that, we wouldn't have nearly the obesity problems we have in this country...although the fast food joints don't exactly help that any.  I hope that this didn't sound "preachy" in any way at all...best of luck to any of you who are trying to lose weight, in whatever methods you are using.  I just wanted to post this to offer the other side of the coin, because even though I don't know many of you personally...I do care about your health, and would hate for you to have health problems because of any extreme diets.  To each their own, and good luck to everyone :)

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TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 12, 2003, 10:06 AM »
Not that I didn't like them before, but is anyone else really liking these ARC Troopers after the last few episodes?  These tiny little cartoons make me want to pick up a few more, and definitely look for the red version.  I just thought the troopers were pretty awesome in last night's episode.

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