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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who actually "exercises," and how?
« on: July 8, 2003, 01:07 PM »
Nice topic!  Although my current job is totally not relating to it, I actually graduated with my bachelor's in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition, all that good stuff, so I actually stay on top of working out fairly good.  I have always been somewhat active, but mostly relied on sports in HS to stay in shape.  When I got to college, I moved on to more "exercise" as well as playing hoops.  I'm still involved in basketball leagues throughout the year, but also include weights/treadmill in my "routine".  My wife and I work out 5-6 days a week.  I kind of agree that it is hard to go to a gym, in the winter it seems too cold, and in the summer it seems too nice to not go for a walk or something....so we basically do our working out at home.  We have a treadmill that we both use quite a bit, and a number of free weights that we both use as well.  My wife is also a bit of an exercise tape junkee, so we have a lot of those too, although I don't really use them, she enjoys them quite a lot.  We also take our dog for walks as much as we can when it is nice outside.  Although I'm not one of those super-energetic "yay everyone's working out" type of people you see on tv, it is nice to see so many people interested in getting in shape.  Once you get started, and do it on a consistent basis (having a supportive partner/friend helps too), it really becomes part of your regular routine I think.  Anything helps...always better than sitting around all day at work, then all night on the couch after work.  Like many of you have said, eating is key too....I think eating in moderation is a big thing...don't deprive yourself of stuff, but don't overdo it with it either.  My wife and I pretty much eat what we want, within reason, although we do avoid fast food for the most part (we do likes the occasional pizza :))...but that's easier for some than others, depending on your job, spouse/significant other, friends and lifestyle.  Anyways, best of luck to everyone with their fitness/health goals!  Not to sound cheezy, but you really will feel better and live longer :P.

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Feedback / Re: Karma's feedback
« on: July 3, 2003, 08:18 PM »
Karen was able to help me out with getting a hold of the 1st Trash Compactor set with Han and Luke.  I have been looking for this for a long time, and she was able to find it and ship it to me in a matter of a couple of days.  A wonderful person to deal with, great communication, and prompt delivery! :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: July 3, 2003, 11:34 AM »
I really like this 4-pack too, it will be nice to have some more OT figures, especially to go with the Hoth Han from this year...it will help to make a nice Hoth setup.  I hope we can all find these :).

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Saga '02-'04 / Preordering....
« on: June 30, 2003, 12:59 PM »
With us finally seeing some pics of more new stuff to come this year, it got me to thinking...those of you who preorder, do you just go ahead and preorder everything now, or do you "wait and see" if things will show up?  I still haven't seen anything new around here since December of 2002, and I know many others have had the same troubles, and I have preordered Hoth Han, Mynock Chewie, Throne Room Luke & Vader, the Youngling Packs, and the Snowtrooper from Kebco (as well as the Han/Yoda/Boba Unleashed wave and the upcoming 6" Yoda).  Anyways, I guess I always think "things will start showing up...maybe around the time Clone Wars come out", but I'm really starting to wonder anymore.  Have many of you ordered anything and everything that is up for preorder (up to the new Emperor, the Nightclub figures, and the Screen Scenes), or are you "waiting it out" to some extent?

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Thanks so much for the reply Karma, I dropped you an e-mail this weekend, thanks again!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 30, 2003, 09:36 AM »
I just had to share with you fellow collectors....my wonderful wife surprised me and gave me Gambit and Beast for my birthday today.  Apparently she found them at TRU, and they were the last ones there.  I didn't get too much of a chance to mess with the figures this morning before work, but they both did look amazing.  I've really been looking forward to my favorite, Beast, and the figure did not disappoint.  Both of these are amazing, and I think Toy Biz is doing a great job with the Marvel Legends line...I hope it continues for a long time.  Good luck to everyone in their searches!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to JD member mosnab!
« on: June 30, 2003, 09:33 AM »
Thanks for the birthday wishes....you have such a great and friendly community here at JD.  God bless.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: NEW PICTURES of the other THREE PACK
« on: June 28, 2003, 11:48 AM »
These sets look amazing, I really hope that the Screen Scenes line continues, because the quality from the pictures we have seen looks great.  Always glad to have more Jedi, and to be able to complete the council.  I was going to wait and see if I could find these things in the store, but with the way retail has been this year, I think I might have to preorder the first sets, as well as these when they come up.  Good job Hasbro.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figure Pic in Insider!
« on: June 28, 2003, 11:45 AM »
Although I wasn't to sure when this figure first came up for the Fan's Choice poll awhile back, I really think it looks great too.  I look forward to picking it up (if I can find it) as well, and I almost kind of hope they continue to do more "concept" pieces every now and then...especially from the OT.  It might be a nice little "set" to display if they do a few based on the concept drawings.  Looks nice!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 27, 2003, 12:55 PM »
I was just thinking about this line and was curious...for those of you who collect this line, do you also buy/collect comic books, or did you in the past?  Personally, I don't buy any comics now, but I was into them bigger in the late 80's early 90's, and these figures really re-awoke that nostalgia.  I have considered getting back into comics for a title or two, but haven't broken down and started spending money on something else :).  I was just curious if you Marvel Legend collectors were also comic collectors, or just former comic fans (and fans of the characters)?

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 26, 2003, 12:01 PM »
Just curious if any of you has had any luck finding Series IV yet?  I thought about taking a look this weekend, although I doubt they have hit around my area yet.  I don't know if any of you visit American Dream Comics, but although I don't post over there I check the forums from time to time, and they have some pretty nice pics up in the Marvel forum of the new series, as well as some neat "battles" between the Marvel Legends figures.  Right now I am strictly picking up the X-Men figures..but seeing pics of all of the others from previous waves is really tempting me to get more....these figures are just done so well I think.  Anyways, anyone found the new figures, or have pictures of their collections/scenes/battles, etc. to share?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 10 favorite movies
« on: June 24, 2003, 05:03 PM »
I was actually thinking about starting a thread about your favorite movie trilogies or franchises, but this seems to fit better anyways.  However, I might cheat a little and put the trilogies together, otherwise my top ten would fill up too quickly :P.

1. Star Wars Original Trilogy (If broken down it would be Empire, Jedi, New Hope)
2. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (Not a big fan of PM, but really enjoyed AOTC and looking forward to Episode 3 as well)
3. X2: X-Men United (Always a big X-men Fan, like both of these movies a lot)
4. LOTR trilogy (Haven't seen the third one obviously, but if its anything like the first two at all, it ranks up here if not higher)
5. Indiana Jones trilogy (one more to come, but all three are great.  Last Crusade might be my favorite of the three)
6. Christmas Vacation (My wife and I watch this every year, never gets old either)
7. Mallrats (this has always been a favorite of ours as well)
8. Tommy Boy (having it on TV so much has kept my from watching it as often, but one of the all time classics at our house)
9. Dumb and Dumber (another comedy classic)
10. Life as a House (and its not because of the "anakin connection", it is just a movie that my wife and I really enjoy)

There are several other movies that are great, and my top ten probably changes a lot...I'm sure I'm forgetting several.  My wife and I really enjoy movies, so its tough to narrow it down.  Others I can think of off hand are Ferris Bueller, A Time to Kill, Drowning Mona, Shrek, E.T., Goonies, etc.)  Nice topic, by the way :).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: June 24, 2003, 04:52 PM »
I often times wish I could collect a few more lines than I am able to, but for now its just a little bit:

Vintage Star Wars 3 3/4": Loose, complete figures
Modern Star Wars 3 3/4": Figures, Beasts, Vehicles - Only the ones I like, not a completist, I buy them carded, but I open them as soon as I get them :)
Marvel Legends: I just got into this line, only collecting the "X-Men" ones.
State Quarters: My grandma started me on this collection, and gives me all the ones that come out from each year at Christmas :)

I've been "tempted" by a few other lines along the way, but haven't bought into them yet (we couldn't afford for me to collect something else I don't think, plus we don't have the room).  Other lines I almost got into include LOTR, the rest of the Marvel Legends, Gi Joe, Simpsons, and the new Masters of the Universe.  Just so many great toys nowadays ;).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pet's?
« on: June 24, 2003, 04:26 PM »
My wife and I have a 3 year old Beagle.  We are pretty big animal people, particularly dogs, and would probably have a couple more if we had the room right now.  I don't know about you guys, but our pet is basically a member of our family...we basically treat him like our child :).

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Take the time, train a rookie?
« on: June 24, 2003, 04:09 PM »
I by no means know nearly as much as others here, but as someone who has just been getting into vintage collecting slowly over the past year or two, I will echo their comments as well.  Patience really is the key.  When I first started collecting vintage loose, I was first replacing any ruined/played with figs from my childhood, and was a little anxious to get a few at first.  But, after listening to advice from many of these same people, I did learn patience, and you can really find good deals on a lot of (if not most of) the figures (POTF are tougher I would think, I haven't gotten into those yet).  Sometimes its also good to look at a seller's other items on ebay, that way you can get 3,4,5+ figures for the same shipping cost as 1 figure.  Good luck on your collection!

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