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Watto's Junk Yard / I just shaved my head bald.
« on: June 26, 2006, 03:35 AM »
Anyone else ever done this?  I think this is like the fourth or fifth summer I've done it (not in a row, though).  I'm not losing my hair or in the military or a neo-Nazi or anything; I think I just like all the time it saves.  Don't have to wash it, and you don't have to dry it, and you don't have to fix it up.  Saves a ****load of time.  Plus, it's really cool, like temperature-wise, which is nice during the hot summertime.

On the downside, it looks a little goofy, and it feels weird while you're putting on a shirt.  And when you decide to grow it out, you get that really funky, shaggy look in between haircuts, which is more than a little awkward.  And, if you want to maintain the look, you have to keep doing it, every so often. 

But I think the pros outweigh the cons, at least during this time of year.

Who's with me?

I was thinking about this today, in regards to something non-Star Wars, actually (Indiana Jones), but it certainly applies to several Saga characters, too--most notably Luke Ceremonial and Bespin, along with Han Bespin, and I'm sure quite a few others, as well.

So what would be the ideal way for Hasbro to do a figure of a jacket-wearing character, but who also appears sans jacket?

Do they:

  • Sculpt the jacket on the body as is, undershirt be damned?  (See the previous Cermonial Luke and Bespin Han figures)
  • Sculpt the undershirt, and make the jacket soft goods?  (See the Princess Leia versions of the same characters)
  • Make a weird kind of pliable-plastic removable jacket type-thing, possibly with removable plastic sleeves and a removable vest?  (Think last year's Agen Kolar)  Or maybe even a character with two pairs of arms, one jacket-sleeved, and one not?
  • Do two different sculpts altogether, one with shirt and one with jacket?
  • Do nothing at all?
  • Do something else, that I've neglected to mention entirely?

Anyway, this is kind of a clumsy situation, with no real perfect solution, and I'm just wondering what you guys think the best (or perhaps least-worst) way to do it would be.

Not sure where this topic should go, but they've got pictures of what they're calling "Saga 2 Wave 7," which includes:

Emperor's Wrath Vader
Rep Teers
Holographic Maul
Luke Speederbike
Endor Rebel Trooper
Naboo Flight Crew
Dud Bolt and Mars Guo!


I was looking over the top ten lists, where the Galactic Marine ranked as our most-wanted figure from Sith, and the Snowtrooper our most wanted Empire figure, and that got me thinking about the outfits of these guys, and exactly how close they are to each other.  They look almost identical to me, but some of you guys have a much more keen eye for detail than I do, so I was wondering if someone could go through and pick out out the differences. 

This leads up to the issue of whether or not Hasbro would theoretically be able to make just one sculpt for both of them, and repaint it accordingly, or if they would have to make two separate sculpts, to be as accurate as possible to the costumes.

This is kind of like the thing with the BARC Trooper and the Biker Scout, where, to the casual observer, they look the same, but upon closer inspection, there are enough subtle differences between the two that a simple repaint just wouldn't suffice in the "film accuracy" deparatment.

Any help here would be hot.   :-[

Watto's Junk Yard / Sony PlayStation 3
« on: May 8, 2006, 09:55 PM »
Just announced at Sony's E3 conference:

November 17 US launch

All units will have built in hard drives

$499 for 20GB HDD
$599 for 60GB HDD

Plays Blu-Ray discs (movies and games), and is fully backwards-compatible with the PS2 (standard DVD movies, DVD-ROM PS2 games, CD-ROM PS2 games, CD-ROM PSX games, audio CDs)

Ships with a wireless controller that looks exactly like the Dual Shock, but is, uh, wireless, and has motion-control sensors

. . .Not having Chewie rip some poor clone's arms out of his sockets.

I was watching the new trailer for Lego Star Wars II, and Chewie's special attack is ripping arms from sockets, as one stormtrooper unfortunately discovers first-hand.

How cool would that have been in the movie?  Could have been a nice little moment of levity, done right around the scene where Yoda takes off, and it would have been another tie-in to the original trilogy, as George loves to do so much.  And it would have been right up there with Yoda whipping out his saber in Clones, as one of the biggest "fans go crazy" moments of the whole trilogy.

The largest missed opportunity in a series of missed opportunities.  Oh well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Biggest regret in life?
« on: April 8, 2006, 07:16 AM »
#1)  I passed on a perfect chance to get some Jordan XI's back in '95 or '96, instead going with some other Nikes that I can't even remember at this point.

#2)  I didn't go see Nirvana when they played here in late 1993, just months before Cobain blew his brains out, thinking for sure they'd be around for a while and I'd have plenty of other opportunities to see them.

Maybe "Question about self-censorship" would have been a more-elegant title?   :-\

I'm just wondering why it is, on boards without language filters, some people will use naughty words, but then edit the words themselves, so that they're not as naughty anymore.  You know what I mean, where "****" becomes "f#@k" or "bull****" becomes "bull****" or what have you.

And it's not just here that I've seen it, but other, filter-less boards as well.  I'm just curious about why people do this.  Do they not know that they can pretty much say whatever they want, within reason, without getting "in trouble?"  Or is it maybe a more-personal thing, where they don't want to actually use the dirty word themselves, or they don't want others to see them using these words?

Help me understand, won't you?


Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Hey, the clock's fast.
« on: March 30, 2006, 04:23 PM »
Looks like it's about six, seven minutes fast right now. 

Can this be fixed?

The Wookiee Arcade / Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
« on: February 10, 2006, 11:43 AM »

Of note:

  • Due on PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, PSP, PC and DS this fall. (no 360/PS3/Revolution so far)
  • More than 50 playable Original Trilogy characters
  • Can import all the unlocked characters from the first game (!)
  • New customizable character feature
  • No online
  • Two-player co-op on everything but the DS, which will have four-player co-op
  • Vehicles no longer on rails
  • Any non-droid character will be able to ride/pilot any creature/vehicle
  • All characters will have melee attacks (i.e. Chewbacca pulling the arms off characters--how cool is that?)
  • Every character, not just Jedi/Sith, can now build things out of Legos
  • Unlockable mini-kits are now playable in special bonus levels

Watto's Junk Yard / What's your sign?
« on: February 6, 2006, 02:00 PM »
(Just getting this topic out of the way in case I ever run into any of you at a seedy dive--this'll be one less pickup line I have to use.)

Aries          March 21-April 19

Taurus       April 20-May 20

Gemini      May 21-June 21

Cancer       June 22-July 22
Leo            July 23-August 22
Virgo         August 23-September 22
Libra          September 23-October 22

Scorpio      October 23 - November 21

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Capricorn   December 22-January 19

Aquarius     January 20-February 18

Pisces         February 19-March 20

Personally, I think much, if not all, of astrology is garbage.  However, I'm a Scorpio, and I kind of dig being a Scorpio, because, well, scorpions are cool.

Watto's Junk Yard / Bald or grey?
« on: January 31, 2006, 10:32 PM »
Who would you rather be more like, 'do wise?

Billy Corgan, or Steve Martin?

I saw this on a big, dumb-ass, black Humvee while driving around over the weekend.  And being the Star Wars geek I am, and having a SW-themed personalized plate of my own, I immediately wondered if the driver was a fellow fan.  We all know Wedge, but the 2 following it is what really made me wonder (2 being Wedge's callsign or whatever).

And for what it's worth, I didn't get a look at the driver, so I couldn't tell if they would have fit with the average SW-fan demographics (male, between 16-50 years of age, wearing Yoda ears hat, no females in car).

What do you guys think?

Watto's Junk Yard / Say, what's your favorite warm beverage?
« on: January 18, 2006, 04:00 PM »
Hot chocolate?  Coffee?  An espresso?  Cappucino?  A latte?  Hot tea (because you're a "hottie")*?  Hot apple cider?  Warm milk?  Something else?

I only start this (seemingly-inane) topic because I got me one of them newfangled Tassimo single-cup coffee makers, and I'll be damned if it's not the most-kickass invention of all time. 

(Funny article, where that pic comes from, by the way.)

I'm enjoying some lovely hot chocolate from it, even as we speak.  Because you see, it's not only a coffee-maker, but it also makes most of that other stuff I mentioned, too (with the exception of the cider and milk), provided you've got the "t-disks" for them.

But anyway, it's great.  I find myself using it more for hot chocolate than anything, but I've also liked the tea.  The cappucinos and lattes (what's the difference in those two, anyway?) aren't too bad, either.

I'm really not too much of a coffee drinker, I guess.  On the rare occasion when I will have some ("yes, have some")*, I load it up with so much milk and sugar that it can hardly be considered "coffee" anymore.

What about you?



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