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JD Sports Forum! / College Football 2008
« on: July 30, 2008, 06:58 PM »
One month and counting until the start of college football.  August 30 can't get here soon enough, as far as I'm concerned. 

JD Sports Forum! / NBA 2008 - 2009
« on: July 4, 2008, 04:09 PM »
Do I get to start the NBA 2008-2009 thread?

Well of the Souls / Burger King toys revealed
« on: April 23, 2008, 01:05 AM »

. . .and with this I breathe a sigh of relief as I won't have to mess with Burger King at all.


Indy gets a release date at last:

It is one of the most anticipated film scores of the year and next month all will finally be revealed as John Williams’ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is released on CD on May 20th, just a couple of days before the film hits screens worldwide. The score of course marks the legendary composer’s fourth adventure with Spielberg, Lucas and Henry Jones Jr. and fans can hardly wait to hear what Williams has come up with. The score will be made available by Concord Records, a jazz, blues and classical label which previously released Gustavo Santaolalla’s Babel. No tracklisting or artwork has been revealed as yet, but the release date is tantalisingly close. Early reports suggest Williams has stuck closely to the style of the original scores, which Concord are apparently due to re-release separately at a later date. The score is also the first to feature the brand new hi-tech keyboard instrument, the ‘Continuum Fingerboard’, a keyboard that pre-empts where the performers fingers will go using complex sensors. Although the device provided ambient sound for the likes of Superman Returns and Williams’ War of the Worlds, Crystal Skull marks the first time it has been used as an instrument.

All will of course become clear on May 20th as the score hits stores; the usual online retailers are already providing pre-order services, but there’s sure to be plenty to go around!

This link says that the other soundtracks will be re-released at a later date, which, if they're expanded versions, would be really swell.

More on the Continuum Fingerboard:

'Indiana Jones' movie to use professor's musical invention

Well of the Souls / Hasbro Hidden Relic Pack-Ins
« on: April 4, 2008, 10:46 PM »
Courtesy Dave Castle and the rest of our friends over at the very-uniquely-titled

Can you give us a list of what "artifacts" we can expect to find packed in with the 3.75" line coming out soon? And were there any that you couldn't get to do that you'd like to include somewhere down the line? (ST/"WOTS", 04/04/08)

     See the attached Indiana Jones relic list. There are a couple types of relics, including those from the film, and those that have hi storical reference. We used a mix of both types. We haven't specified which figures have which artifacts...that is for you guys to discover. But they are all "dedicated" - not randomly packed. Happy hunting!

Relics Features in 3-3/4" IJ figures
    1) Relics that are in the film, and have historical reference
    Shankara Stone
    Crystal Skull
    Holy Grail
    Eye of Horus
    Anubis Statue
    Aztec Sun Dial
    Fertility idol
    2) Relics not featured in the films, and have historical reference
    Easter Island Head
    Terracotta Warrior Statue
    Terracotta Horse
    Spear of Destiny
    Nurhache�s Urn
    Battle axe of Leif Ericson
    3) Relics featured in the films, and have no historical reference
    Headpiece of the staff of Ra
    Grail Tablet (comes with Cairo Indy)
    Temple Relief Sculpture
    Temple of Doom Medallion
    Cross of Coronado
    Christies Chalice
    False Grail
    Knight�s Shield
    4) Relics not featured in the films, and have no historical reference
    Funerary Mask  (comes with Russian Soldier from Crystal Skull)
    Chinese Lion
    Chinese Dragon
    Spartan Helmet

I count 29 total relics. 

Well of the Souls / New Indy SE DVDs due in May
« on: March 3, 2008, 06:36 PM »
Classic Indy Rides Again On DVD

March 03, 2008

According to the American Film Institute, he's the greatest action-adventure hero of all time -- and his unforgettable exploits can be relished by fans old and new as never before when all three Indiana Jones movies debut as individual Special Edition DVDs and in an all-new box set on May 13.

Released by Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Entertainment, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Special Edition DVDs boast all-new, exclusive bonus features that dig deeper into the making of these cinematic milestones than ever before. All three were originally restored and remastered in 2003. Created with fans of all ages in mind, the bonus features provide never-before-seen explorations of the making of these classic movies and showcase the characters, action and extraordinary visual effects that have made the movies indelible cinematic treasures.

Each film makes its DVD debut just days before the highly anticipated return of the "Man in the Hat" in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

"An entire generation of movie lovers will get to see these classic films in a digital format that makes them even more amazing than when they were first in theaters," said Howard Roffman, Vice President of Lucasfilm Ltd. "These new, individual DVDs are a fantastic way to introduce young audiences to the unforgettable, action-packed adventures of the most daring archaeologist in the world."

Directed by Steven Spielberg from stories by executive producer George Lucas, the three Indiana Jones movies earned six Academy Awards® and nearly $1.2 billion worldwide. From the groundbreaking excitement of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) to the sinister mysteries of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the father-son adventure of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the heroic Dr. Jones continues to delight audiences with his thrilling on-screen exploits.

Previously available only in a trilogy box set, the three films of The Adventures of Indiana Jones were newly restored and remastered to deliver an exceptional viewing experience to existing enthusiasts and a whole new generation of fans. All-new bonus content delves into the making of the legendary series as the filmmakers and cast look back and a new world of adventure opens up with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and others offering hints about what to expect in the newest installment.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Special Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 2.0 Surround and Spanish 2.0 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the following special features:

    * Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
    * Indiana Jones: An Appreciation -- The cast and crew of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull pay tribute to the original trilogy.
    * The Melting Face -- A recreation of the amazing physical effect of the villain's melting face in Raiders of the Lost Ark, including Steven Spielberg and George Lucas commenting on the evolution of visual effects and CGI.
    * Storyboard Sequence -- The Well of Souls
    * Galleries
          o Illustrations & Props
          o Production Photographs & Portraits
          o Effects/ILM
          o Marketing
    * LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo and Trailer

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Special Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 2.0 Surround and Spanish 2.0 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the following special features:

    * Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
    * Creepy Crawlies -- Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Frank Marshall reminisce about snakes, bugs and rats and hint about what 'creepy crawlies' to expect in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including an interview with a snake wrangler.
    * Locations--Travel across the world to discover where the films take place and where they were shot.
    * Storyboard Sequence -- The Mine Cart Chase
    * Galleries
          o Illustrations & Props
          o Production Photographs & Portraits
          o Effects/ILM
          o Marketing
    * LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo and Trailer

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Special Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 2.0 Surround and Spanish 2.0 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the following special features:

    * Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
    * The Women: The American Film Institute Tribute -- The three Indiana Jones women (Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and Alison Doody) reunite for a discussion.
    * Friends and Enemies -- Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Indiana Jones writers discuss how they created the most iconic characters in film history, including a look at new faces in .
    * Storyboard Sequence--The Opening Sequence
    * Galleries
          o Illustrations & Props
          o Production Photographs & Portraits
          o Effects/ILM
          o Marketing
    * LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Game Demo and Trailer

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark has a running time of 115 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has a running time of 118 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has a running time of 126 minutes and an MPAA rating of PG-13. For even more information about the adventures of Indiana Jones, visit

New extras and (spiffy) new packaging aren't enough to get me to rebuy the films (which themselves appear to be identical to the 2003 discs), but if they're cheap enough on release week and/or include a free ticket to the new movie, that may be enough to get me to bite.

Otherwise, I'll be waiting for the eventual HD-DVD Blu-Ray versions.

Well of the Souls / Hasbro 3.75" - 2008 Wave 4 (ToD)
« on: February 29, 2008, 01:16 PM »
Not much is known about this wave at this time, except that it will consist of six or seven figures and should be available in September (or thereabouts).

The only figure confirmed right now is the Giant Thuggee Guard:

There was this (puzzling) response, though, in this week's Q & A:

We've seen a number of UK Toy Fair reports which detail the 3 3/4" Indiana Jones line. Raiders, Last Crusade and Crystal Skull all seem to be represented - but Temple of Doom appears strangely lacking. Are you, like Lego, avoiding merchandise from this film due to it's darker tone? Will we ever see Willie, Short-Round and Mola Ram in plastic form? (TPU, 02/27/08)

     Wave 4 of the IJ basic figure line will be Temple-themed, and it will be a doozy of a wave. We showed one image at Toy Fair - of a Temple Thug - and we can tell you that this is one fine wave. As for specific characters, we will confirm Wave 4 at Toy Fair (if not before).....the remaining one(s) will be be in the first of the 2009 waves.

Now I don't know whether to make heads or tails of this answer.  They confirmed Wave 4 at Toy Fair, but none of the characters in it save the Thuggee.  It sounds to me like maybe they're saying two of the characters mentioned will be in Wave 4, but the last one will be in the first '09 wave.  I don't know.

If I were a gambling man, I'd say that Rope Bridge Indy, Mola Ram, Short Round, and some version of Willie Scott are a lock for Wave 4, along with the Giant Thuggee.

Well of the Souls / Keeping up with the Joneses
« on: February 24, 2008, 06:01 PM »
I was thinking "my God, there's just a ****-ton of 'different' Indy figures to choose from in the new line," so I thought I'd fun to try to keep track of them all.  Originally I just wanted to compare all the different 3 3/4" versions, but for the sake of completeness, I went ahead and included everything.

Basic figures:
Wave 1 (Raiders):  2
     *with Fertility Idol (Carded) (Loose)
     *Cairo, jacketless, with Whip-Cracking Action!  (Carded) (Loose)
Wave 2 (Crystal Skull):  2
     *hatless, jacketless, with rocket launcher  (Carded) (Loose)
     *removable hat, with Crystal Skull  (Carded)  (Loose)
Wave 3 (Last Crusade):  2
     *Indiana Jones
     *Young Indy
Wave 4 (Temple of Doom):  ?

Wave 1 (mostly Raiders):  4
     *with Temple Pitfall  (Carded)  (Loose)
     *with Temple Trap  (Carded)  (Loose)
     *Map Room disguise, with Ark  (Carded) (Loose)
     *with Horse  (Carded)  (Loose)

Adventure Heroes:
Wave 1 (Raiders): 4
     *with Tribal Warrior  (Carded) (Loose)
     *with Cairo Swordsman  (Carded) (Loose)
     *Map Room disguise, with Marion Ravenwood (Carded) (Loose)
     *with German Mechanic  (Carded) (Loose)
Wave 2 (Crystal Skull): 2
     *with Col. Dovchenko  (Carded) (Loose)
     *with Ugha Warrior  (Carded) (Loose)
Ticket to Adventure Exclusive Mail-In:  Indy with Horse  (Loose)

Wave 1:  2
     *Talking Indy  (Boxed) (Loose)
     *Cairo, with Electronic Sounds & Whip-Cracking Action! (Boxed) (Loose)

Mighty Muggs
     *Indiana Jones  (Boxed) (Loose)

Mr. Potato Head
     *Taters of the Lost Ark (Boxed) (Loose)

The Prequel Trilogy / Hayden Christensen hates Star Wars, too
« on: February 20, 2008, 04:01 PM »

2008-02-20 20:06:48 -

Hollywood actor HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN will not take part in any future STAR WARS movies - because the sci-fi franchise stifled his creativity.

The Jumper star played Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the final Star Wars trilogy - but he has vowed never again to work with director George Lucas on big budget sci-fi projects.

He tells New York Daily News, "It wasn't necessarily anything you could feel good about creatively. It's not why you become an actor, to do stuff like that."

Then why'd you do it, numbnuts? 

(Oh yeah, 'cause you'd be set for life financially, that's why.  Taking a job for a paycheck and then bitching afterward about how much it sucked is such a classy move.)

Seriously.  Am I missing something here, or does the OT not get any love in 2008?  Is it because it got so much love in 2007?  First three waves are prequel, EU, EU, and the last half of the year is gonna be all EU, apparently.  Aside from that rumored new Falcon, I can't think of very much else from the OT that's on tap this year.

What's the deal?

Well of the Souls / Taters of the Lost Ark
« on: January 23, 2008, 12:00 PM »
No half-baked idea: Taters of the Lost Ark

On May 22, Indiana Jones returns to theaters with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with Harrison Ford again reprising the title role. Perhaps upstaging the actor: a toy. On May 1, Mr. Potato Head: Taters of the Lost Ark hits stores, perhaps with a more versatile wardrobe. The toy spud comes with 12 mix-and-match parts inspired by the daredevil character, including a jacket, whip and fedora. Indiana Jones will probably arrive with a PG-13 rating, but Mr. Potato Head (about $15) has younger demos: ages 2 and up.

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / The Celebrity Death Thread
« on: January 22, 2008, 09:36 PM »
At what point was it decided to lump all the news about any (and every) dead celebrity into this one, all-encompassing thread, as quickly as possible?  I mean, I understand that news about the average B- or C-list celeb dying of old age or an illness should go in there, and I understand the want to keep the forum free from clutter.

But wasn't the Heath Ledger thing today big enough, and shocking enough, to warrant a thread of it's own for at least a few days, to generate as many views and as much discussion as possible?  It can always be merged into the big thread later on.

Am I wrong?

Watto's Junk Yard / Gentlemen: What type of wallet are you sporting?
« on: January 14, 2008, 04:56 PM »
For about the past ten years or so, I've been rockin' a checkbook wallet.  But not just any old checkbook wallet.  No, this one's special:  It has Darth Vader's face embossed into the front of it.    It's getting kind of beat-up a little, kind of worn out, but the main thing is:  It's a checkbook wallet, and I don't even carry checks around in it anymore!  And haven't, ever since I got a debit card, and that was a good seven or eight years ago, at least.  Why am I carrying this huge piece of leather around with me all the time, when I'm not even using it the way it was intended to be used?

So the other day, I got to thinkin':  Maybe it's time for a new wallet.

And after looking at a few department stores and online shops, you know what kind of wallet is ticklin' my fancy?  The bi-fold?  Nope.  The tri-fold?  Try again.  The front-pocket wallet?  You got it.

(Yep, this is my actual new wallet, and that's me, back when I lived in Utah, during my David Koresh phase.)

There's something very appealing to me about the front-pocket wallet.  You got your I.D., facing out, on one side, you got your debit/credit cards on the other, and there's a pocket for your cash in the middle.  That's everything you need, right there.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.  That's my mantra for 2008.

So I think I'm gonna get me one of these.  Something very similar to the one pictured above.  I looked at the mall the other day, and they had some that were very close to this, but they all had money clips on the outside.  And I don't think I like the idea of an exposed money clip.  I mean, not only would the cash (all eleven dollars of it) be in plain view of anyone, anytime I pulled my wallet out, but also the clip itself, sticking out a little bit.  I think that would bug me.  So yes, I refuse to have an external money clip.

Anyway, I'm looking at several different front-pocket wallets right now.  Haven't decided on one yet, but when I do, I will update this thread first thing.

In the meantime, what kind of wallet do you guys have?  Anybody have a front pocket?  Perhaps you've got a bi- or tri-fold wallet, or maybe even a Darth Vader checkbook wallet.  Who knows.

I just hope nobody here has a Costanza.

Well of the Souls / Ticket to Adventure Mail-Away Offers
« on: January 10, 2008, 01:54 PM »
Courtesy Curto and those fine, fine folks over at CTR:

Posted by Curto on January 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM CST:
Coming soon to toy shelves near you....Indiana Jones toys are sure to take over the shelves at stores everywhere! We've unearthed a "Ticket to Adventure" program that will require collectors to gather together several artifacts they will need to seek out lost treasures and add them to their own private museum. Stay tuned for more as the mystery is revealed.

I'm assuming this is some mail-in offer along the same lines as the retro-vintage mail-aways in the last couple of years.

JD Sports Forum! / MLB 2008
« on: January 8, 2008, 02:30 PM »
What better way to kick off the '08 thread than with this news?

Gossage elected to Hall of Fame

Rice falls 14 votes shy; McGwire stuck at 128 votes

Posted: Tuesday January 8, 2008 2:03PM; Updated: Tuesday January 8, 2008 2:18PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Goose Gossage became only the fifth relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame, earning baseball's highest honor Tuesday on his ninth try on the ballot.

Known for his overpowering fastball, fiery temperament and bushy mustache, the Goose received 466 of 543 votes (85.8 percent) from 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Jim Rice was passed over yet again, getting 392 votes (72.2 percent), up from 346 (63.5 percent) last year and 16 short of the 75 percent needed. He will appear on the writers' ballot for the 15th and final time next year, when career steals leader Rickey Henderson will be among the newcomers.

Andre Dawson was third at 358 (65.9 percent), followed by Bert Blyleven at 336 (61.9 percent).

Mark McGwire, a casualty of the Steroids Era in some writers' minds, received just 128 votes -- the exact total he had last year. His percentage increased slightly to 23.6 percent, up from 23.5 percent last year when he was on the ballot for the first time.

Gossage, who fell short by 21 votes last year, joins Hoyt Wilhelm (1985), Rollie Fingers (1992), Dennis Eckersley (2004) and Bruce Sutter (2006) in Cooperstown's bullpen.

Gossage was a nine-time All-Star who pitched for nine major league teams from 1972-94 and had 310 saves -- 52 of them in which he got seven outs or more.

He will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, joined by five men elected last month by the revamped Veterans Committee: former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth and ex-Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss.

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