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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour
« on: September 9, 2007, 11:53 AM »
There's been much discussion on the Led Zeppelin newsgroup I subscribe to regarding this possible get together.  One member who I respect after an administrator posted the news posted that the rumor is true.  All sorts of angles are being researched.  Jason Bonham is the drummer for Foreigner and upon review of their concert dates for October 2007 they have now been cancelled.  Jason's now shown in a new Ludwig drums promotional poster sitting in front of a clear Vistalite style kit with his father's symbol shown on the bass drum head.  Jason has been utilizing this style drum kit at Foreigner shows.



There's quite a bit of footage of Plant returning to his voice of old and is signing more powerful than he has in years.  All surviving band members are said to be in the best shape they've been in years.  John Paul Jones has been playing quite a bit and his version of "When The Levee Breaks" is an absolute monster to listen to.

According to what was posted on the New Musical Express website the gig is a charity gig being organized by promoter Harvey Goldsmith for November 2007 at the 02 in London.  Of course, there's the flipside report that promoter Harvey Goldsmith has issued a statement warning fans not to fall victim to false sources claiming they have tickets available.  Throw in the statement written on Harry Goldsmith's website in the blog stating that's there an "incredible" upcoming announcement and a reader will get a headache analyzing everything.

Of course with the upcoming November release of the "Early Days" and "Latter Days" revamped and now called "Mothership" along with "The Song Remains The Same" being reissued with songs not previously available on the original release in multiple package formats one has alot to think about.

Do the surviving band members have a reason to regroup?  With all that's stated above yes.  Will it happen?  Time will tell.

Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Question for the Collectors with Kids
« on: February 28, 2007, 08:16 PM »
Now you both know I would.  ;D

Robert
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Question for the Collectors with Kids
« on: February 26, 2007, 08:21 PM »
JediJman wrote:

"Cute picture!!!  Although, I think he is bending that rare IG-88 rifle...  ;D"

Sems Fir writes:

Thank you!!  I figured he would just replace it with the lollipop from his other hand.  :)  The image is two years old.  Now he has more Star Wars to play with, and is getting involved in the action figures.  He loves Empire and the battle in the snow.   For him the AT-AT's rule.  He loves the AT-AT's so much that for his last birthday he received the POTF2 version in the first release box.  Hopefully my daughter may someday at least watch the films, but she's too young right now.  If you'd like I can videotape my son ripping open a carded figure such as a vintage POTF Han Carbonite that I purchased from my youth.  ;D

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Question for the Collectors with Kids
« on: February 25, 2007, 07:59 PM »
While my children can't touch some of the prototypes (unless it's a modern era mold injected piece) here's an image of how I felt about two years ago.



It's the same 12 inch IG-88 I had played with and displayed all those years ago.  My son and daughter have free reign over the modern era production items.  They are just toys.  It was great to see my son's eyes light up and get excited playing with the same toy I did.

I plan on putting a collection room together.  Two years ago my basement flooded and is currently in shambles, so there's nothing on display that the kids can touch.  A lock is the best bet.  As soon as a child is old enough to start buidling ladders to climb with chairs and tables etc. nothing is safe, no matter how high off the floor it is.  ;D

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour
« on: February 15, 2007, 01:44 PM »
Having been a Zeppelin collector over 20 years I can state with pretty much 99.999(well you get the idea) that the words are nothing more than just words typed up on the web.  Jimmy is currently working on a solo album, Robert Plant is going country (the Honeydrippers Volume Two is now canned due to the death of Ahmet) and Jones has moved on.  Recently the Toronto based Q-107 had to basically post a message stating a rumor is false after a rumor was linked to Q-107.

I've met Jason Bonham.  While his drumming style has improved over the years, I can only hope family life has led him to change from his offstage behavior his father had.

The surviving members have no reason to tour.  To quote Jimmy Page "ever onward".

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N. 

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Hasbro Weekly Q and A
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:24 PM »
Yeah I thought that was interesting too...  GH did a story once a little bit ago about a guy that had sculpted the VOTC Chewbacca which really is one of the finer sculpts of the modern line I think...  I find the who's behind the scenes to be interesting because sometimes you can almost tell the same guy did this or that...  That Chewbacca definitely has a look that makes you notice that same "style" almost in other figures I think. 

I would've thought they had more sculptors in-house to tweak the sculpts too really.  The times of keeping them inside the company seem to be gone though for most toy manufacturers.

I apologize for bringing up an old question / answer, but Hasbro's reply could fall under the mmmm....okay catagory.  It's true that there's not that many sculptors in house that work on the Star Wars toy brand (yes, I do know how many sculptors are in house), but stuff still does get done inside as well as outside.  Those two inch figures are all done overseas and not in the states.  Pretty much every figure that Hasbro develops gets tweaked for approval.  Since the company let most of the sculptors go and there's numerous toylines and not enough bodies to sculpt freelancing is the way Hasbro goes.  Overall, it's cheaper for them to outsource than pay a staff's family healthcare.  It's a shame as there was so much talent that went by the wayside all for the bottom dollar.

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: July 14, 2006, 01:38 PM »
I don't believe this is Thomas Costabile  ;D

http://www.ratemybody.com/memberDirectory/lp/..%5Cus%5CUSCWannaBe_65227.html

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.
"Don't give me excuses, give me results"!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 5 Albums
« on: May 22, 2006, 08:09 PM »
I prefer the original sound of vinyl over modern technology but with modern technology my choices would have to be:

Led Zeppelin: The Complete Studio Recordings
Led Zeppelin: MP3 Project
Led Zeppelin: Studio Sessions

All I need are three!  ;D

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S.U.N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 19, 2005, 05:12 PM »
Speaking of RS's rules, I got my signature removed...the same one I have here.  It's been in my name for 2+ years and nobody has said a word until now.  I wasn't actively promoting the other site.  Dustin was also kind enough to stick a copy of the "rules" for signatures and not promoting other sites.

Needless to say, there are others there who are allowed to have a number of SW collecting sites mentioned in their signatures.  I guess PW is now trying to stamp out all competition. 

Don't feel bad, I received the same email, and pointed out examples as well about the signature line usage.  I inquired for an exception to be made, as the forum rules state exceptions can be made by Philip but was denied.  I find it hard to believe that all those exceptions were granted.  Originally, I did not feel singled out but since your site signature has been removed, one has to wonder what is going on.  I've been around a long time, only post there (or anywhere for that matter) when I feel it's necessary, and not once have I ever utilized profanity, like some members over there, have the respect of the community but I was still denied.  It's Philip's site to do with as he wishes and I have complied as I respect the rules that he has in place.  In turn, a couple of images of mine have been removed from RS as they did not inquire for permission to use them.  His site, his rules, my images, my usage.

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

EDIT: Fixed signature tag  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RS deletes accounts
« on: December 17, 2005, 08:24 PM »
Jackhole originally wrote:

" I am, in fact, the son of God".

Sems Fir writes:

I dealt with someone at RS (who's a moderator) once who thought he was "God".   ;D  It spawned a priceless signature line.  I'm not attacking anyone in this thread but I believe the scrolling image of the moderator with his wings should be inserted in this thread as the word "God" has been written!  Although why do I get the idea that someone is going to photoshop a new image over the old one.

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

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Did I really see Elvis last night boarding a space ship?  If so, is there any chance that you can get the rights from McFarlane so I can get a fat Elvis action figure with the spaceship as an exclusive next year? 8>)
Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Vintage ebaY auction wins!
« on: August 9, 2005, 08:41 PM »
John no matter where your posting your a magnet!

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: July 27, 2005, 07:38 PM »
1996 Dodge Neon for the family life, and for fun:





A restored 'Cuda  Barracuda  ;D

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro to Offer Direct Sales?
« on: April 26, 2005, 07:24 PM »
What few collectors realize is that you can call the Hasbro Consumer Affairs Department and request an order form to see what stock Hasbro has available through their 1-800 line.  I haven't tried in a while, but you can order figures directly through Hasbro without having an account through them.  I can post images of an example of a Star Wars order form if someone wishes to see it.  The prices are generally more expensive, but it could save a collector money instead of going to Ebay to purchase a figure.

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
Lead Editor
BLACK S. U. N.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Remember the old yakface.com forums?
« on: April 11, 2005, 08:11 PM »
For a walk down memory lane: http://p199.ezboard.com/byaksforum.  It still can be read, but is slow to load.  The last post in the forums was on 7/29/04.

Robert
www.behindthetoys.com
LEAD EDITOR
BLACK S. U. N.

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