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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Tours wave 3 FINALLY at Disneyland!
« on: September 29, 2003, 03:48 PM »
D'oh!  Totally brainfarted on that Matt...  Sorry!   :-[  Just went down there yesterday for the first time in almost two months, and my senile ol' brain forgot to drop you a line first about it.  All 9 droids are still there in abundance, so give me a shout if you want me to snag any of 'em for you on my next trip down.  They're still $10.77 each with tax...

Or... if you do want some, you could just have my "openers" which I've yet to open, and I can just snag me some more on my next visit there.  LMK!   :-*

Hey, no big deal, man.  And, actually, my sister and her family are headed to Disney World next month and she told me they'd look for them for me.  On top of that, I can't afford them right now, anyway.  But--it's cool, and I'll definitely let you know if they don't come through for me next month for whatever reason.

But also, I caught a blurb at Rebelscum's main page today about some site having the Star Tours figures for $5.99 each.  Lemme see:

News from
Ben: writes: "We have in stock . . . the Star Tours figures priced at $5.99 each.

Sure enough. . .

Star Tours figures at Planet Action Figure

At the link, they have "Card Not Mint" versions of DL-X2, R4-M9, and WEG-1618 for $5.99 each.

Looks like that's all the Star Tours figs they've got right now--but that's not bad if  you're looking for some cheap openers.

Thanks again, Matt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03
« on: September 29, 2003, 11:57 AM »
Keep the info flowing V, and it was nice catching you in "that other forum section" yesterday for once!   :-*   :P

Yeah, well, you can catch my pathetic excuse in my reply to that thread. . .  

Also, some HUGE RELEASE NEWS today:

Woo-hoo!  December 9th, boys and girls!  Get'cha some.

But seriously--added a bunch of stuff today (for December and next year), and link-ified a few more to Deep Discount.

Having problems with my computer today, so I'm going to keep this short, but I'll be back later with my top five big releases for the remainder of the year.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 29, 2003, 08:31 AM »
Virex... You actually collect Star Wars figures?  I didn't know that!  Thought I was in the wrong section for a minute when I saw your name there...   :P

Yeah, well, it's not something I'm proud of.   8)  (And, if you'll remember, I did post here a few weeks ago, asking you about the Star Tours figures. . .)

I've been collecting for years, and I've got a whole roomful of junk, but I've cut down on my collecting drastically this year (haven't bought anything since January).  I still like to hang out on the collecting boards, though, since I like the community, and it also allows me to keep tabs on what's out, what's coming out, and what's going on with the new movie.

Normally, I don't have much to add, because most of the time, someone else has already said what I would have said.  However, I'm a big Artoo fan, and this time, I was excited about seeing this new figure--which looks like it could very well be the best Artoo to date--unless, of course, the integrity of the dome and legs is compromised.   :D

(This one, in terms of scale and detail, kicks the crap out of the 1999 Holo Leia Artoo, which a lot of people think is the best Artoo out there.  In terms of articulation, it is, but it's vastly undersized, and the dome is awful.)

Anyway, I've already revealed more than I planned, so back to Secret Lurking Mode!   :-X  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Root Beer
« on: September 27, 2003, 04:45 AM »
I'm not sure if this is the same article I vaguely remember reading, but it answers your question anyway.

He likes sarsaparilla, too, which may taste like root beer but isn't. America used to drink sarsaparilla, says the king -- now it can't even spell it.

Right on.  Thanks for the link--it even prompted me to do a Google search for (of course), "difference between sarsaparilla and root beer".

So this is from the first thing it pulled up:

During the taste test, our reviewers had difficulty guessing which of the samples were root beers and which were sarsaparillas. The Overall Taste scores, however, show lower scores for the sarsaparilla samples. In general, sarsaparilla seems to be less full-bodied, less creamy and less rich than root beer. The small sample cups used in our experiment seem to favor the brands with the most intense, full-bodied flavor, which can be ascertained in just a few sips. In this situation, sarsaparilla will be at a disadvantage. And in one notable instance, the red food coloring used in some sarsaparillas brought an uneasy reminder of sweetened cough syrup, creating a lower score for the sample.

Great American Root Beer Showdown

(Side note:  So apparently, my dream of referring to root beer as "sarsaparilla" in order to make myself sound cool and different will remain just that: a dream.)   :-[

And, these are the top five root beers tested according to the guys at the above link:

Bulldog Root Beer
Ed McCaffrey's Creamy Root Beer
Rat Bastard Root Beer
Tubz Root Beer
X Root Beer Riot

Haven't heard of any of them.   :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03
« on: September 27, 2003, 04:15 AM »
Posted--if only to show Scott up, primarily for the erroneous information he "reported" in the last thread:

Pearl Jam DVD Spotlights New York Show

Pearl Jam is eschewing a comprehensive DVD of its 2003 Riot Act tour in favor of spotlighting one particularly noteworthy show from the trek. The double-disc "Live at the Garden," capturing the band's July 8 performance at New York's Madison Square Garden, will arrive Nov. 11 via Epic. On the same day, the label will issue a long-in-the-works set of rarities, although no information on that collection has yet been confirmed.

The sold-out July 8 show came at the tail end of the three-month tour and found Pearl Jam unleashing a 30-song, nearly three-hour set. Highlights included a guest appearance by Ben Harper on "Daughter" and "Indifference," the band's only third-ever performance of the pre-Pearl Jam act Mother Love Bone's "Crown of Thorns" and a furious run through the Who's "Baba O'Riley" with all of the arena lights turned on.

The concert went on for so long that Pearl Jam faced a several thousand dollar fine for breaking an 11 p.m. curfew. Frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd that the stage floor was literally shaking from the audience volume, a feat venue officials said had only ever happened at performances by Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead and Iron Maiden. The venue later waived the curfew violation fine.

Bonus features on the DVD include a 5.1 audio mix and a video for the controversial "Riot Act" track "Bu$hleaguer." "Live at the Garden" was shot by Liz Burns, Steve Gordon and Kevin Shuss, the same team that collaborated on the 2000 tour DVD "Touring Band 2000."

As previously reported, Pearl Jam will return to the concert stage Oct. 25 at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit outside of San Francisco.

Here is the "Live at the Garden" track list:

"Love Boat Captain"
"Last Exit"
"Save You"
"Green Disease"
"In My Tree"
"Even Flow"
"Gimme Some Truth"
"I Am Mine"
"Low Light"
"1/2 Full"
"Spin The Black Circle"
"You Are"
"Thumbing My Way"
"Daughter" (with Ben Harper)
"Crown of Thorns"
"Better Man"
"Do the Evolution"
"Crazy Mary"
"Indifference" (with Ben Harper)
"Sonic Reducer" (with the Buzzcocks' Tony Barber)
"Baba O'Riley"
"Yellow Ledbetter"

(Love you, Dad)   8)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Root Beer
« on: September 26, 2003, 08:32 PM »
So. . .

What's the difference between root beer and sarsaparilla?

(I had to look up "sarsaparilla" in the dictionary, for the spelling, and it was defined as "a tropical American plant; a soft drink made from its root.")

So then, of course, I had to look up what it said for "root beer", which was the following:

"A carbonated beverage flavored with syrup made from the extracted juices of roots, barks, and herbs."

Maybe sarsaparilla is just taken from the root of the sarsaparilla plant, while root beer is a mix of a whole bunch of stuff.

Or, then again, maybe it's a regional thing--different names for the same thing.  I know I don't see sarsaparilla here in Oklahoma, but I saw it a bunch during a road trip of the western U.S. a couple years ago.  Got some, of course, and it tasted pretty much the same as regular old root beer (to me, anyway).

Anyone got the low-down?  All I know is, if they're the same exact thing, I'm going to start saying "sarsaparilla" instead of root beer, because, I'm dumb, and I just think it sounds cooler.   8)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 11:32 AM »
This R2 also looks amazing!

Indeed it does.

I've been wanting a really clean, well-articulated Artoo for a long, long time--something like the R2-Q5, only with an Artoo paint job--and this looks like it could be it.

We'll have to wait and see what it looks like without the serving tray (i.e. if there's a hole in the dome).  If there's not, and this is just a normal Artoo with the serving tray attached on, this is easily going to be the best Artoo they've ever done.

The Luke looks fantastic too, of course--I just wish they would have also shown it without the cloak on, like the pic from Wizard World.  

Cool stuff.


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: ANIMATED cartoon CW figures coming?
« on: September 26, 2003, 11:21 AM »
Well, Hasbro's big announcement of Classic Trilogy stuff for next year has kind of over-shadowed this other news:

New 3 Animated Figures!

As announced earlier this year, the Clone Wars are coming to life this Fall on Cartoon Network via an animated micro-series. And Hasbro will be offering an exclusive line of animated style figures focusing on the core characters from the Clone Wars animation! These figures will be a Target exclusive and will be available at the beginning of 2004. Wave 1 will include 3 key heroes and 1 new villain from the Clone Wars including:
Anakin Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Mace Windu
Asajj Ventress

Look for the first look at Anakin in the Star Wars Insider #72. And check back soon for images of these figures.

I'm looking forward to seeing what these things look like, which is a bit strange, since I have absolutely no interest in any of the other Clone Wars stuff at all. . .

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hot Dogs
« on: September 17, 2003, 12:35 PM »

"Haay, if you were a hot dog, and you were starving, would you eat yourself?

I know I would.

First, I'd smother myself in brown mustard and relish.  I'd be so delicious!"

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 11:43 AM »
A new Guns N'Roses track was aired on US radio after being leaked by an unlikely source - a top-flight baseball player.

The latest unusual twist in the G N'R saga began when New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza was mysteriously sent the CD in the post simply marked 'New GNR'.

Reminds me of the other well-known jock GN'R fans, from back in the day--Tony Mandarich (Green Bay Packer flop) and tennis burn-out Jennifer Capriati.  Both were professed big GN'R fans.

Axl Rose himself played the long-awaited new material in a Las Vegas strip club to apparently seek the dancer's approval.

Foolish Axl.

According to the band's official site, news on the much-delayed album, 'Chinese Democracy', will be published 'very soon'.

Hmmm.  Color me more excited about this news about Velvet Revolver:

RCA Holsters Velvet Revolver

Velvet Revolver is officially locked and loaded.

After rumors, road bumps, and name changes, the supergroup featuring Stone Temple Pilots' vocalist Scott Weiland fronting former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum, along with Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Dave Kushner have signed a recording deal with RCA. The band plans to release its debut next year.

"We're thrilled to partner with RCA Records and its legendary chief, the enigmatic Clive Davis," says Velvet Revolver in a statement. "We believe this marriage will be a loyal, dedicated and fruitful relationship not based solely on business, but instead on the thing that once dared us all to dream--music."

"This is a milestone signing for RCA," says Clive Davis, who serves as chairman/CEO of RCA Music Group. "Velvet Revolver is distinguished by not only its powerhouse musicianship but also by its new material. The songs I've heard will propel this group to the very forefront of rock music today."

Fans' first live dose of Velvet Revolver came in June, when the group played a short set of covers and originals at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. Bootlegs of that mini concert quickly circulated online, and the group initially planned to release a DVD and EP of the show. But those plans were scrapped as the band, the most buzzed-about "can't-miss" group since Audioslave--entertained offers from major labels.

Though the rockers haven't performed publicly since, they did release songs on two summer soundtracks, a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money" for The Italian Job and the original "Set Me Free" on The Hulk.

Formed by the Guns N' Roses remnants as Reloaded, the group spent a considerable time searching for the right vocalist. Among those rumored in contention for microphone duty: Courtney Love, Days of the New's Travis Meeks, Lit's A. Jay Popoff and early frontrunner Sebastian Bach of Skid Row. Weiland, who says he was deep into recording his second solo album at the time, ultimately took the coveted vocalist spot. (His move put Stone Temple Pilots on an even longer hiatus, though there is a STP greatest hits album said to be in the works.)

With the core lineup established, the group changed its name from Reloaded to Velvet Revolver, but it almost was disarmed when Weiland's drug problem resurfaced. The singer was busted again last May on two counts of felony drug possession. In a press conference preceding the June 19 show at the El Rey Theater, McKagan noted that it could have happened to anyone in the band--and in fact has in the past.

Velvet Revolver, currently in the studio doing preproduction, already have dozens of songs in their arsenal, including a few written with another ex-Gunner, Izzy Stradlin. The group has already recorded "Slither" with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd) and "Loving the Aliens (Sometimes)" with Josh Abraham (Orgy, Staind), though it's unsure if these will appear on the final album.

The band will not likely play live again before the release of the disc to prevent further online song swapping of its material.

Yahoo! News link

Chinese Democracy is vaporware.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jimi Plays Berkeley DVD Review
« on: September 17, 2003, 11:34 AM »
Hey Brad--this isn't about the Berkeley DVD (sorry), but I was just wondering if you had the Complete Monterey Pop Festival DVD set that Criterion released last year.  

Link to Amazon

I don't have it, myself (don't have any Hendrix on DVD, actually, come to think of it), but I've always heard a ton of good stuff about it.

It's a three-disc set, but one of those discs is entirely devoted to Jimi's performance at the festival--this was the show where he set fire to his guitar, offering it up to the gods.

Bunch of other stuff, too--Otis Redding, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, etc.

Prices for this thing are in the $55-70 range, which might be a bit expensive if all you're interested in is the Jimi stuff, but if you haven't seen it yet, it might be worth at least renting or checking it out from the library or something.  Supposed to be really good.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 11:15 AM »
Off-topic from the Illusion albums but still on-topic as far as "Guns N' Roses" goes:

I saw a little quip in an issue of Esquire recently:

The Esquire 70 (as in, the seventy things that make us very happy to be alive today):

38.  The race between the long-rumored release of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy and actual democracy in China.

In the same issue, they were also voted in as "Greatest squandered talent".


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 10:53 AM »

September 17, 1991.  That date's pretty much burned into my brain.

All I had been listening to, for the past six months or so, was basically GN'R (with the exception of Skid Row's Slave to the Grind, which came out in June).  Be it Appetite, or Lies, or the three "new" songs ("Civil War", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", and "You Could Be Mine").  Several rumored dates came and went, but they finally announced that September 17 was the big day.

The Monday before at school was spent talking about the new albums, the amazing new "Don't Cry" single and video, and since a local record store had announced that they were going to be doing a midnight release party--I spent several of my classes in determining who all I would be buying for, and which versions (CD or tape), and how much money it would all cost--nobody else's parents were gonna let them go to this thing.

(Somehow, I had convinced my mom to drive me--I was fifteen at the time--to the record store at midnight, which was no small task.  She's never been one for driving at night, and we lived on the outskirts of town, which meant that we wouldn't be back home until at least one in the morning when it was all said and done.  At first, I like to think that I was amazed that she agreed to take me to this thing, but then I get to thinking that she realized what a pain-in-the-ass I would have been if I didn't get to go that night.  I would have bitched the entire time until I got them the next day--that is, if I didn't skip school in the morning to get them.)

So, anyway, Mom took me to the party, and she and my sister stayed in the car as I went inside and joined the mob.  They were piping the new albums over the speakers, and I kept one eye on the boxes of the CDs I could see behind the counter, and the other eye on the clock, which was ever-so-slowly counting down to twelve A.M.

Finally, midnight hit, and I waited in line to buy my copies of the album.  Thinking back on it, I bought a set of tapes for me, a set of CDs for my best friend Brian, I think another set of tapes for someone I've forgotten, and, last but not least, a tape of the new Mariah Carey album, which also came out that day, for my then-girlfriend Amy (big Mariah fan).  I think I spent something like eighty or ninety dollars that night.

Went home, told Mom I'd "go to bed", and then I think I stayed up until three or four in the morning listening to the new albums.  Got up a couple of hours later, threw all my loot in my bookbag, and headed off to school.

Hooked Brian up with his two CDs (which were a late surprise birthday present) the first thing that morning, and then I think I spent the rest of the day bringing out my new tapes in every class period, showing them off--as most everybody else would have to wait until after school had gotten out to get their copies.

I don't know how many days weeks went by before I listened to something other than those albums.  I spent a lot of that time thinking about how GN'R was going to kick the crap out of Garth Brooks' new album (no small task here in his home state of Oklahoma) which came out a week before the Illusions did.  And while they were on the top of the charts for a few weeks, that was short-lived until, I believe, Garth regained the top spot.

And, just a week after September 17th, Nirvana quietly released Nevermind, which later went on to change the world, in just a few short months (and who's success was certainly a contributing factor to the implosion of GN'R just a couple of years later).

Well, ultimately, the Illusion albums weren't nearly what they could have been (or "it" should have been, as I detailed in an above post), but, they're still pretty good albums, and, at the time, it was a pretty monumental release.

Good times.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 07:48 AM »
What were you guys doing twelve years ago today?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 17, 2003, 07:46 AM »
All right, gang:  From the RUMOR MILL at The Digital Bits:

You know, it seems like we go through this about once a year. But, at the risk of inducing lots of eye rolling out there, here we go again. We've heard from a number of industry sources we trust (and who have proven their reliability in the past) in the last few weeks. They're reporting that Lucasfilm is seriously considering releasing the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD late next year. In fact, our information indicates that some work is already under way toward a 4th Qtr, 2004 release. Word is that Lucasfilm is pleased with the format of The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection they're releasing on 10/21 in conjunction with Paramount - so pleased, in fact, that they're planning to use the same format to release the classic Star Wars films. This would presumably mean a 4-disc set, with a disc for each film and a fourth disc of special edition materials for all three films. It would certainly make sense. First, it would be a great way to get a buzz going into early 2005, when the final film, Episode III, is set to arrive in theaters. Also, Lucasfilm has said in the past that there aren't a lot of behind-the-scenes materials available for the original films, so having a single bonus disc of extras (as opposed to three) would make life easier for them.

Interestingly, as we were working to learn more about this from our sources, we received an e-mail from a Bits reader about a DVD column on the BBC's film site (slide down the page to near the bottom). It seems that (sort of a U.K. version of Columbia House, run by Universal) listed the original Star Wars Trilogy as coming to DVD in 2004 in their latest brochure to members.

Of course, we've certainly heard similar reports many times in the past, so we encourage you to take this information with a large dose of salt. Only time will tell if this is... FINALLY... the real deal. At the recent DVD conference in L.A., I spoke with Lucasfilm's Jim Ward, who predictably wouldn't discuss the DVD release plan for the original Star Wars films, other than to say that they WOULD be released on DVD at some point. He did, however, say that Episode III was being well documented for DVD, and he once again noted that the original theatrical versions of these films no longer exist - the new SEs are George's ultimate vision for these films.

Frankly, we're really looking forward to these films being released on DVD... if only so we don't have to keep reporting on them here! In any case, THIS is the extent of what we know, so please don't bombard us with a lot of questions. You know as much as we do at this point. When we learn more, we'll post it here.

Stay tuned...

Now, I've been reading "Star Wars is secretly being prepped for a DVD release next year" reports for, oh, about the past six years or so, so I don't think this is anything to get overly excited about.

However, with Indy on the way (which should do pretty well this Christmas for a twenty-two year-old franchise), really, the only big, big release left is Star Wars.  

And, like the report mentions--Fall/Christmas '04 is when the Episode III hype-machine should be getting into full swing--how nuts would a "Star Wars Trilogy DVD set with Episode III Trailer" be?

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