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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Let's talk about Chicago
« on: July 14, 2009, 11:22 PM »
I know the NFL team in Chicago is Da Bears

That play in a building that looks like a UFO!

that's so our alien overlords know where to land when the end times come. only a certain coach with a certain mustache and cigar from a certain midwestern town (by way of the steel city of course) can stop them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Let's talk about Chicago
« on: July 14, 2009, 03:10 PM »
Da Bears!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Let's talk about Chicago
« on: July 13, 2009, 06:46 PM »
Thanks Jason!  That's very helpful as well.

As for Boystown, we're familiar with the concept, and it doesn't bother us at all.  In fact, while we were apartment hunting the other week, the parade was going on. :) 

We're very into the arts as well and it's one of the reasons Chicago tops our list.  My girlfriend is entering year three of her PhD program at the University of Michigan for Art History.  When she's done she'll either be teaching or working in museums and we know that Chicago is full of them.  She's been there lots of times, I've only been the one time a few weeks ago and the entire trip was spent apartment hunting.  So I've got plenty of exploring to do... 19 short days until the truck comes.

I started packing the toys up today.   :-X

Glad to help Rob - being that Wrigleyville and Halsted are next to each other I thought it fair to warn you as like I mentioned it could be a culture shock to those who have had no previous exposure.

As far as museums go, you're right there's a lot to see here. The Art Institute on Michigan ave, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum all just south of downtown, and of course the Museum of Science and Industry at 57th and the LSD. BTW the LSD = Lake Shore Drive, you'll hear that often.

Good luck with the move, don't forget to pack those loose figures tight!  ;D

Thanks for the breakdown of repacks.

Unfortunately for me, Wave 6 is actually the scarcest one here.  Which, of course, has the Hoth Rebel in it.  Go figure.

The Wave 7 figures have now hit several WM stores, but Target's not ordering jack and or squat.  Target gets nothing new, ever.  WM it's hit and miss, as WM is.

I've seen this wave at 4 different stores though as of this weekend.  Better than Wave 6, by far.  ::)

Wave 7 contains a Hoth Rebel as well. I'm in the same boat, I've seen Wave 7 in relative abundance now 4 different times, but the only evidence of Wave 6 has been the repacks from previous waves. This would seem to contradict the idea of Wave 7 being scarcer than Wave 6 - but time will tell.

A New Hope
1.) Bom Vindin
2.) Rebel Fleet Trooper

The Empire Strikes Back
3.) Bespin Han Solo
4.) Toryn Farr
5.) Bespin Security Guard
6.) Hoth Leia Organa
7.) Hoth Luke Skywalker

Return of the Jedi
8.) Sim Aloo (still think this should be Sate Pestage!  ???)
9.) Endor Rebel Trooper
10.) Weequay (Skiff Master)
11.) Nikto (Vintage)

Expanded Universe
12.) Guri
13.) Joruus C'baoth
14.) Jan Ors
15.) Bollux w/ Blue Max

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: July 11, 2009, 07:58 PM »

To keep it on topic...

Anyone else NEVER find the last wave of comic packs at all?  I never saw Wedge/Borsk Fey Lya anywhere, though I did manage to see one Deena/Luke, and one Hett/Mundi pack.  Only one of each, but never that 3rd set.  I was curious if this was a nationwide thing, or if you guys saw them in abundance like Wave 6, and 7, while the Pittsburgh area again seemed to be this anomylous black hole of SW ****.

I only saw the Wedge/Borsk comic wave once and I'm glad I picked up my Wedge set when I did. Also only saw the DE Luke wave twice, never to be seen again. Most stores in my area are still swamped with either the first wave from last July or the SOTE wave from early in the year.

It think they breakout like this:

Spacetrooper - Right Arm 

Hoth Rebel Trooper - Left Arm
Clone Pilot - Left Leg
Anakin Skywalker (EII Evo) - Head & blaster
ARC Trooper - Right Leg
Jango Fett - Torso

Hoth Rebel Trooper comes with the Right arm - I just picked this up today along with AOTC Obi-Wan and Owen/Beru. I agree with Jesse, Obi-Wan is the best Jedi figure ever without a doubt and also the best Obi-Wan figure ever, the detailing is just so superb.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Let's talk about Chicago
« on: July 10, 2009, 06:52 PM »

Welcome to the Windy City!

Wrigleyville is a nice area, although it does have Cubs fans in it.  :-* Know that the neighborhood is pricey, but also tons of fun - the area around Wrigley Field (Clark and Addison) is always hopping during a ball game and on the weekends Clark St is party central for the young and beautiful. One of my favorite places to go back in my college days (late 90's) was the Metro just north of the ballpark - it was (may still be) a great place to see local rock bands if you're in to rock. Be mindful of the Halsted Street area, it's affectionately known as "Boys Town" and if you're not aware of the extreme Gay/Lesbian party scene it will be a huge shock to you upon first visit (it still weirds me out from time to time and I'd like to think of myself as an open-minded person).

So of course there's downtown, Michigan Ave is primarly the shopping and tourist area nowadays but there are businesses as well. You'll be within a block or two of the lake so you'll get a lot of great sights to see there - and by great sights I mean the ladies!  ;D There's also Millenium Park and Grant Park nearby as well as the Art Institute - the other museums are just south of downtown but easy to get to by the city transit system CTA. Speaking of the CTA you shouldn't expect great service from them, they have in the past been rated the worst metro transit system in the country - the trains are good, the buses not so much.

As mentioned Lou Malnati's Pizza is the cream of the crop for true Chicago Style pizza - there's a location downtown and one not too far from Wrigleyville as well. If you like pizza you will do yourself a disservice if you do not try Lou Mals deep dish with butter crust. Also notable foods for Chicagoland is Vienna Beef's Hot Dogs and Corned Beef and Carson's Ribs (though if you really like Ribs look for the Gale Street Inn in Jefferson Park - best ribs ever!)

On the collecting front, the City of Chicago does not have many Targets in its borders (there's only a couple of Wal-Marts in the city but it's on the south side) however you'll be just 2.5 miles east of a Target on Addison ave and my childhood Toys R Us at Roscoe/Western by my alma mater Lane Tech (mention to someone about Lane or Riverview and they'll know where you mean). A great place to check out for vintage or off-retail toys is Quake Collectibles in Lincoln Square, the owner Dave is a good guy and routinely gets new old stuff in. In terms of collecting groups, there's the Chicago Trade Federation of which I'm a member of - a bunch of great guys doing what they can to help each other out in the hobby. There's also the Chicago Force as the main Star Wars fan club of Chicago as well.

Other quick things you should know - Chicago has I believe the highest sales tax in the country at 10.25%, parking is miserable and costly, the winters can be brutal so make sure you get a heavy winter coat, gloves, hat, portable heater. :) If you're interested in more about the homeland, shoot me a PM I'll be glad to give you some advice/pointers.


The Legacy Collection / Re: Comic Pack
« on: July 9, 2009, 06:37 PM »
I wonder if his girthiness will prevent Hasbro from reusing the mold for Vong army building fans?  They're wishy washy about big figures for some reason.  I know I'd like a ton of the new SA Dark Trooper build-a-droid we're getting, and I'm not even an overly big fan of NJO but I'd army build the Vong, especially if they redecoed him or did minor retooling tweaks to a limb or head here and there. 

They're just odd about big figures though...  I like it though, and think it looks incredible. 

Big H's concern is usually with the footprint such figures would have on a basic card - size of bubble and whether the card stock can support the weight of the figure in the bubble. They use these points to also indicate that this would cause a problem with the case assortment as either a figure or two would have to be removed from the standard box or they would have to use a specially made box just for the waves/revisions that include this particular figure.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: June 30, 2009, 10:17 PM »
It's funny you say that, because there is a Wal-Mart not too far from me in an area I used to live in that is by far the worst big box store I have ever gone to. It makes the shittiest of K-Marts look like Macy's. Yet there's another Wal-Mart not too far that is by far hands down the best WM I've ever been to.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: June 30, 2009, 05:53 PM »
Do we know what store these were spotted at?

I can't believe how far behind I am now. OUCH!!!!!

Judging by the shelf tags, I'd say a Walmart in the Chicago area.

It was a K-Mart, one of only 2 left that I'm aware of in my part of Chicagoland.


Well looks like I got 4 out of 10 again this year, though #1 wasn't done properly...

1.) Corran Horn (Rogue 9 GREEN Jumpsuit from X-Wing Novels)
2.) Corran Horn (Jedi Master from NJO)
3.) Corran Horn (CorSec Officer from X-Wing Comics)
4.) Keiran Halcyon (I, Jedi)
5.) Noghri (Thrawn Trilogy) Baron Tagge (Marvel Comic Series)
6.) Mara Jade-Skywalker (Jedi Master from NJO)
7.) Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus (Jedi Knight / Sith Lord from LOTF) Mirax Terrik (X-Wing Novels/Comics)
8.) Jaina Solo (Jedi Knight from LOTF) Bollux w/ Blue Max (The Original Han Solo Trilogy)
9.) Joruus C'Baoth (Jedi Master Clone from Thrawn Trilogy)
10.) Kiro w/ Hoojibs (Marvel Comic Series)

Looks like I got 3 out of 10, though I don't recall hearing that a new Zuckuss was coming. When did that happen?

1.) SA Hoth Rebel Soldier SA Echo Base Hoth Soldier (Vintage design)
2.) SA Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot - can be used for head variants: Wedge, Dak, Hobbie...) Ghost of Obi-Wan (Hoth, hood up)
3.) SA Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
4.) SA Leia Organa (Hoth)
5.) SA Han Solo (Bespin)
6.) SA Zuckuss SA Captain/Admiral Piett (Needa sculpt with swappable rank badges)
7.) SA Bespin Security Guard (with head variants including the alien guard)
8.) Star Destroyer Technician
9.) SA Luke Skywalker (Dagobah w/ softgoods jacket)
10.) Toryn Farr w/ Comms Console

I also thought it was funny how they mentioned Luke was "A list", aside from the Tatooine version.  I mean, I guess I can understand how the Pilot and Jedi versions would be more popular (and even Bespin/Hoth) - but to me the Tatooine/Farmboy Luke Skywalker is the most "iconic" look for him (although I think I like Bespin the best personally).  This may be one of the reasons why we haven't seen the VOTC version re-released (although I thought it could have been a good fit in the Falcon battle pack).  I'd still like to get another extra or two of that figure, waiting on a re-release in Legends or somewhere.  I'm thinking it might be "saved" for a Death Star Escape Luke at some point, similar to what we're going to see with the VOTC Han Solo.

I wonder if the "A list" in part is built from Hasbro's own perceptions. If that is the case it might explain why Tatooine Luke is not considered "A list" material, going back to the days of the fan lashback from all the Tatooine Luke sculpts that plagued the world from 95 thru 99.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: June 4, 2009, 05:08 PM »
Those are some interesting numbers there Jeff, add in the 30 yr lease with the arena it's no wonder the Coyotes are in the position they are in.

Until the last 1+ seasons, the Blackhawks were consistently announcing crowds of 10-15k, when in fact they may have had 5k in attendance. There was a stretch of 2-3 years where the AHL's Wolves, our minor league team in a town called Rosemont not too far from O'Hare Airport, had consistently larger actual attendance numbers than the NHL's Blackhawks.

I don't have the stats to prove that since that kind of information is hush hush, but you could easily tell the stark difference in actual butts in the seats from watching the Wolves on TV and seeing highlights on the news for the Hawks (this is before home games were televised). So I wouldn't be surprised if other teams (not just in the NHL) are playing with the books when it comes to announcing attendance as it usually matters only how many tickets were sold to the teams.

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