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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?

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 7, 2004, 09:31 AM »
I also saw some trilogy figures at a Target near us this past weekend.  I saw the same figures as Jesse James (ringwraith, HD Aragorn, Frodo w/sting).  I haven't bought any other LOTR figures for now, simply because we don't have the room...but it makes it even more tempting if they are going to be $5 a pop now.  I used to think Star Wars figures were a pretty good value, and was really happy when they went down to $4.99 a figure, but when you see the larger, many times more articulated LOTR figs for $5, and Marvel Legends for $6-something, I start to reconsider.  Oh well, I don't mind paying $5 for SW, its still better than $7 or $8, but $3 or $4 would be better :P.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 6, 2004, 10:19 AM »
This is a really great idea JesseJames, and I know I'd be all for it if Hasbro went this route.  Like you said, it is a great way to get a number of SA army building figures out there (Stormies, Scout Troopers, Hoth Troopers, Snowtroopers, etc.)...but I also really like your idea of incorporating some of the main characters in there.  I really think if Hasbro would be able to go all out on SA versions of Luke, Han, Obi, Vader, well as the army-building types, there would be the best percentage of "happy" collectors they have seen, as well as a great way to bring kids into the line.  I know if I was a kid, I'd be all over a "Han vs. Stormtrooper" or "Jedi Luke vs. Vader" type of two packs, in fact...I'd be all over it now, as long as they were still sculpted well too.  We know they are capable of doing both (sculpt/articulation), we've seen their best work if they just applied it in this way :).  Great idea, and thanks for posting it.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: January 5, 2004, 12:47 PM »
Looks like another big NBA trade could be going down soon.  According to ESPN, the Knicks could be sending Antonio McDyess, Charlie Ward, Howard Eisley, the rights to Milos Vujanic, two future first round picks, and cash to the Phoenix Suns for Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway.  Could be a pretty big shakeup for both teams if this goes through.  Phoenix has been talented, but struggling this year, and it will be interesting to see where they fit McDyess in with Stoudemire (who is injured I believe right now), Marion, etc.  Lots of big trades this year so far, keeps it interesting I guess.  Here's the link from ESPN:

Knicks/Suns Trade

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Big Fish
« on: January 5, 2004, 11:45 AM »
My wife and I have been talking about going to see this as well, we have been looking forward to this since we first saw the trailers, looks like it might be pretty good.  Either that, or I could handle going to see ROTK again :P, but my wife doesn't feel like sitting in the theatre for another four hours I don't think :).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: January 5, 2004, 11:43 AM »
Yeah, I noticed this past weekend as well that there was no space at Target for MOTU.  The one we frequent also had gone through its resets, and had a lot of spaces for other new stuff (ML5 was there, Spidey 2 figs, a few Ultra figs but now Wampa :(, and others.  The MOTU figures they did previously have are now in the clearance aisle.  I'm still just mainly keeping my eyes open for a Roboto, otherwise I have really cooled off on this line.  Plus, I really don't have the space for it I think its just going to be Roboto (hopefully), and I'm done with it.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: January 5, 2004, 09:08 AM »
I'm kind of disappointed with the figure selection here too, but I guess its not much different than what many of us expected.  The glasses are kind of nice, and different than the old ones, so I will probably pick most of these up if I see them.  I'm kind of happy to see they aren't exact duplications of the vintage glasses....just nice to see those have something "special" about them still, and not be duplicated.  I know many people aren't crazy about these, but I was always pretty fond of the glasses when I was a kid, so maybe they just have that nostalgic value for me.  The figures aren't that great really...but I guess I never did pick up that Slave Leia, and I don't have a Snowspeeder Luke either.  Wonder if we'll end up getting a glass for Episode III too, to "complete" the set.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Distribution of Clone Wars Wave 3
« on: January 2, 2004, 02:54 PM »
Personally, I have not seen this wave at all around me.  But, to be fair, I only get to the stores about once a week.  My wife and I live at least 40 miles away from any Target, Wal-Mart, or TRU.  We usually get somewhere once a week, and I'll check the pegs...but I have never seen any sign of this wave.  I did see the Mace/Obi/Asajj wave awhile back at Wal-Mart, but ended up leaving them.  I'd really like to find a couple of those SA clones though, hopefully Hasbro will be smart and recard/rerelease that figure......I don't think those would ever pegwarm.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to OCB!
« on: January 2, 2004, 09:10 AM »
Sorry I'm a day late, I wasn't online yesterday....but a very happy belated Birthday to you Scott!  I hope you had a great day.  God bless.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 2, 2004, 09:04 AM »
The Target that we frequent has revamped their toy aisle as well now.  They had lots of Spidey 2 stuff, as well as more pegs for the Star Wars line.  I was able to pick up Colossus here as well, and they had many of the other ML 5 figures there too (Sabretooth, Surfer, Mr. Fantastic).  I haven't opened Colossus yet, but it sure looks great....I really think you get a pretty fair value for the $6.94.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: January 2, 2004, 08:59 AM »
I was able to find the lone remaining Ultra 3PO yesterday at Target.  It looks like they have redone Target's toy section, as there were more pegs for SW figs (including pegs for the Animated series figs).  The only figures this particular Target had though were 2 Secret Ceremony Anakins (new cards), 2 Ultra Rieekans, and this one 3PO.  I was happy to find it though, the search continues for Hoth Luke and the Wampa :).  It really seems like, at least in this area, that SW figures are really selling well....very little hanging on the pegs.  The last time I picked up a R-3PO (couple weeks ago), there were several Dignitaries and Achk Med-Beqs hanging on the pegs, and those were long gone yesterday as well.  Glad to see that it is selling well, its just getting tough to find things :P.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Christmas 2003 Score Thread
« on: December 31, 2003, 02:30 PM »
I didn't receive a whole lot of Star Wars bounty, but there isn't much out around here new.  Some highlights from my Christmases:

several hooded sweatshirts (one of my favorite things to wear)
100 Years of Husker Football book
Star Wars art picture (with Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia, Vader, R2, 3PO, and Lando)
LOTR: FOTR Extended Edition (finally, now on to TTT)
Star Wars Rebel Strike and NBA Live 2004 for Gamecube
other clothes, all of which I liked actually
a couple of different gift cards

the best gifts are always from my wife, she knows me so well.  I don't really care if I get gifts at all, its just nice to spend time with loved ones, celebrate the true meaning, relax, and not have to work for a few days.  Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to stan!
« on: December 31, 2003, 02:24 PM »
Happy Birthday, have a great day, God bless.

Saga '02-'04 / Re:
« on: December 30, 2003, 11:20 AM »
Yeah, from what I have read recently regarding this site, it doesn't look like they are exactly getting the glowing reviews anymore.  I was going to order the Hoth figures from them, but decided not to since it was just before Christmas.  It has sounded like it is hit and miss for them, some people are quite happy...others, not so much.  Hopefully they can get things figured out, they have some decent online prices, and did have the newer stuff in stock all the time before...however, their site has been down for quite awhile now.  I was hoping to be able to get Hoth Luke and Wampa through them, since I seem to be missing them around here (as well as the ultra 3PO), but I think I'll wait to see what experiences others have, it doesn't sound real promising right now.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 29, 2003, 04:54 PM »
Yeah, thanks for the work on that Scott...looks great! :)

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