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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: TRU Endor 4 Pack
« on: April 26, 2004, 03:12 PM »
I'm with HMI on this one.  These four packs could have been an excellent opportunity to release figures, beasts, or smaller accessories that were difficult to find, that had been cancelled, or "new" kitbashed figures that people might actually be interested in.  Instead they've gone straight to hell in terms of quality and choice.

Since everyone else is doing it, here's what I would have liked to have seen from the four packs they released thus far, or at least what would have made me buy some of them:

IMPERIAL FORCES: I actually bought this one and thought it was a decent set.  Two kitbashes that made sense (the AT-ST Driver and the Stormie), and two repaints that were nice as well (the R4 unit and Vader), with accessories that were acceptable (the cannon and the droids).  This one was the best of the series, but sadly hasn't been even challenged for that spot thus far.

BOUNTY HUNTERS: this one is one that I saw no point in whatsoever.  I mean, Bossk was being remade at the time, IG-88 and Aurra Sing weren't exactly difficult to find, and the Fett was the same one as the 300th (which granted, many people didn't see, but it Hasbro wanted to get both new and old collectors to buy this, they could have at least repainted him in the ROTJ color scheme).  The bike was really cheesy looking IMO, and I thought this whole set was a complete wash.

HOTH: Leia sucked.  She should have never been a part of this set in the first place.  If it were me, she would have been replaced with a snowspeeder pilot Wedge (kitbashed from the Dack/Luke SS body and the Rebel Pilot CS head with removable helmet).  The Tauntaun would have been Han's in all sets, and instead of Luke it would include the Han from the beast pack (making a toy that was impossible to find easier to get, at least in some form).  The R3 unit was fine, as was the Chewbacca.  

JEDI WARRIORS: this would not have even been made in its current form.  It would have been a Geonosis Arena four pack that would include the Nikto Jedi kitbash; a kitbashed Obi-Wan using the Coruscant head, torso, and legs, along with the Episode I Jedi Duel arms; a repainted Clone Trooper (the red Saga version that was included in the Clone Wars value pack with the ARC Trooper); the Super Battle Droid from the Deluxe Yoda; and the Detention Force Field thing.

SKIRMISH AT CARKOON: would be renamed "Jabba's Palace" and would include Ephant Mon, a repainted C-3P0 (with the green gunk from when Jabba slaps him over), Oola, and a Barada repaint with the red pants, maybe slightly retooled to be able to hold a force pike.  The accessory?  Jabba's Dais.

ENDOR SET: would include the speeder bike and Paploo from the TRU AT-ST/Bike set from a few years back; a kitbashed Han Endor using the Bespin Capture head, torso, hips, and legs, straight arms from somewhere, and a soft goods coat along the lines of the Mace coat someone mentioned earlier; the clean version of the Biker Scout; a kitbashed Luke in Endor poncho (soft goods with removable helmet) using the Jabba's Palace Luke head, torso, hips, and legs, and retooled arms, with the Endor Rebel Solider (Saga)'s helmet; and another generic Ewok (Warok?) based on the sculpt from the Complete Galaxy Ewok from 1998.

And other sets I'd like to see, you ask?  ;)

NABOO INVASION: would include OOM-9 (from the Trophy asst. that was never released); Naboo Swamp Obi-Wan (from the same assortment); Sio Bibble (who was very hard to find); Amidala with Ascension Gun (again, very hard to find); and a walking holograph projector with a Sidious holograph shrunk down to size.

TATOOINE: would include the Eopie with Qui-Gon; at least four of the Pit Droids from the foreign packs (with accessories); an actual Threepio from Episode II that is based on the POTF2 removable limbs mold (in other words, that actually looks metallic); and a kitbashed Darth Maul in Tatooine robes that isn't in some kind of action pose (possibly the Trophy edition head and cloak on the Jedi Duel body?)

BESPIN CAPTURE: would include the CD-ROM Vader that was never released; a kitbashed Bespin Security Guard (based on the POTJ version) of a different race (there were several, so whichever one works for you; I'd like one of the black ones myself); the non-action feature version of Bespin Luke from the CD-ROM sets; a kitbashed Bespin Capture Han (with just the white shirt, new arms, and no holster); a Carbonite Block based on the POTF2 version that is solid (e.g. not hollow without a back); and an Ugnaught.

REBEL FORCES: would include a kitbashed Biggs in X-Wing Pilot gear (the body is fine, but it would have a new head with removable helmet); a newly sculpted Ceremonial Luke (yes, I know this doesn't go along with the rehashing they do in these packs, but I'd love to see a new one done and I think this might be the only way); Red Leader's astromech droid (using the excellent recent R* bodies); and a "mystery" X-Wing pilot figure (that is, of course, Jorg Sacul rereleased so those of us who couldn't afford plane fare or a trip to Indianapolis can finally get one for our collections and the people who have carded versions will still be happy knowing they have something unique; everybody's happy).  Maybe include one of those round console tables everyone is standing around during the attack as an accessory.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.  As for what I think we'll wind up getting with the Endor pack that is coming out?

-Endor Han (from POTF2)
-Wicket and Logray (from POTF2)
-Endor Rebel Solider (from POTF2)
-Biker Scout and Speeder Bike (from POTF2)
...and of course, no modifications will be made. ::)

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Collector's Tips / Re: Storing Loose Figs
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:52 AM »
Count me amongst those who uses the Plano 3700 tackle boxes for storing loose figures.  I simply don't have the room to display them, so this is the best alternative I could find.  It gives each figure their own individual space, helps keep the right weapons with the right character, and the cases themselves don't take up a lot of space (well, when you've got about 45 of them like I do, they take up a bit, but not as much space as they would on shelves.  :)

The cases themselves have become increasingly hard to find for me lately.  I used to get them at K-Mart on a regular basis, but I haven't seen one there since last summer at the latest.  A possible explanation for this is that Martha Stewart started selling a "similar" case to the Plano 3700 and we all know about her contract with K-Mart.  The problem with this is that MS's uses a cheaper plastic (not nearly as durable as the Plano) and costs just under 7 bucks, whereas a Plano case was right around 4.  Maybe with Ms. Stewart's "problems", K-Mart will start selling the Plano cases again and tell her where she can take her inferior products.

Every WM I've been to only carries the Rubbermaid style cases (they're almost exactly like the Plano 3700, but not quite).  The annoying thing about them is that the lid does not latch very well when you close it and lock it, and it does not have the number of slot/separators that the Plano 3700 has.  You kind of have to look to find the Plano cases these days, but they're well worth the investment.

Oh, and one other thing about the Plano cases:  there are certain figures who will not fit in the cases for various reasons.  Among these are the Darktrooper, Shaak Ti, Luminara, Graxol Kelvyyn, AOTC Deluxe Mace Windu, Ephant Mon, and Dexter Jettster.  I found a solution to storing these figures (with the exception of Ephant Mon, who still won't fit anywhere and is displayed on a shelf) in a "deeper" Plano tackle box.  It's about twice the depth of the 3700 and while it doesn't have as many slots in it, it does enable you to put the bulkier figures in a space where they can be stored easily.  Luminara can even be stored standing up!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: April 22, 2004, 02:33 PM »
smileyfaceguy posted that chicken thing last week, its cute :)

Oops, my mistake.  Sorry about that.

To make up for my faux pas, I've found that one of the best places to find really off the wall (and often very disturbing, since the people doing these sites don't realize the utter stupidity of what they're doing most of the time) websites is under Something Awful's "Awful Link of the Day" daily report.  SA.com isn't for everyone (it's particularly for people with very dark and twisted senses of humor), and the ALOTD are sometimes in the vein of making you want to throw up at the absurdity, but if you are looking for stuff that you will laugh at and then feel bad for doing so  ;D go give them a look at http://www somethingawful.com  Be forewarned, though: if you are easily offended, do not go to Something Awful.

The best recent example of this was a guy they reported on and linked to as an example of this disturbing type of thing a few weeks back.  He is a "plushie" (do a Google search if you don't know what that means) and he had done a website devoted to his "plushie" collection, he writes short stories about his plushies, and while he never comes right out and talks about the sexual nature of what he's doing, it's fairly obvious, since you can see the "orifices" he sewed into several of the stuffed animals in several pictures.  Shudder.

The SA.com reporter's response to the site was priceless and is something I still say about various things now:

"Petition to stop the internet?  SIGNED!"  :D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: April 21, 2004, 07:13 PM »
Normally I stay a million miles away from corporate advertising sites, but a friend sent me a link to this one and it is the funniest thing I've seen come out of mainstream marketing in a long time.  This may have been talked about elsewhere (I'm just too lazy to go look), but Burger King is apparently doing a series of late-night (post-midnight) commercials advertising some new chicken meal thing.  

Anyone who is familiar with porn  :o or webcams will get a real kick out of this: http://www.subservientchicken.com


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: April 18, 2004, 09:29 AM »
Well, they finally replied to me (on the third try) and sent my March 10th order number yesterday afternoon.  The thing is though that I'm no longer really all that enthused about buying anything from them (as I said before, I did not really need the Kermit).  

I considered going ahead and buying the Kermit along with one of those ROTJ theatrical posters, but the ROTJ poster was out of stock and there was literally nothing else in there that interested me.  So, I've pretty much decided that I'm going to just wait and see in regards to the types of things they get there.  

I will say that the customer service (for the most part) has been much better than most other etailers I've dealt with over the years, but this whole situation has been nothing short of confusing and distressing to me (and I'd imagine many other people as well).  

Oh well, the 50 buck GC is valid until the end of the year so maybe by then all the bugs will be worked out and I'll have a job to afford a lot of this stuff. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: April 15, 2004, 05:36 PM »
You know, I'm not normally a complainer (well, at least when it comes to anyone but Hasbro), and I'm certainly glad to hear that some people's orders seem to be going through okay, but as far as I'm concerned, I've just given up with them for now.

I placed my order on March 10th for a single Kermit.  I got the email confirmation and everything was fine.  Then as we all know, everything fell apart.  I got the phone call from someone at LFL or whoever asking for my address to send the patches and GC to.  I asked him if I would need to retain my original email confirmation for when the site opened back up and he *assured* me that I could go ahead and trash it, since the order number would no longer be of any use anyway.  

So, you can imagine how I felt on Tuesday afternoon when word got out that the March 10th orders would be honored but we'd need our original order number.  Within five minutes I had sent the CS team an email explaining my situation and as of 5:30 PM ET today, I had yet to receive a reply, even after resending the email last night.  

Now, I will take some blame in this, since I did delete the original email and kept no record of my order number.  I will not take full blame for having done so, since I was told by an official representative on the phone that it was not necessary to hang onto it.  

The problem I faced up until I threw my hands up in defeat was the fact that the March 10th orders would only remain valid until 9 AM PT tomorrow, and since they have not emailed me my original order information, I'm just out of luck.  And since my workplace has my email site blocked, I wouldn't be able to check my mail anyway, even if they did suddenly decide to get back in touch with me.

The decision I came to was that I didn't really need a Kermit in the first place (which, honestly, I didn't; I just grew up on the Muppets and SW and thought it was cute) and there was nothing else there within my price range that I would even  be interested in.  With the continuing problems others were having in addition to my own problems with their site and its associated flaws, I just didn't see the point in even worrying about it anymore.

So, there's a 50 dollar gift certificate in my desk drawer here that will hopefully get used before the expiration date.  I say that because I'm not going to be ordering from SWShop.com again until they get all the bugs worked out, because even after a month of testing and retesting, they still haven't figured out how to do things properly.  Like I said, I'm glad that many of you had things work out for you, but as for me, I'm completely indifferent to them at this point.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 30, 2004, 08:36 PM »
Got mine in today's mail.  Postage was fully paid for on LFL's end, so it's interesting to hear of postage due from other people.  Got the GC, three Clone Wars promo cards, and the two patches.  

What does it say about me that I was more excited to get a package that had a return address of Lucasfilm than I was to get all the stuff inside? ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I give this movie... the finger!:
« on: March 30, 2004, 08:33 PM »
Oh, so this is what Sarah Michelle Gellar quit Buffy for.

My favorite quote was when someone asked David Boreanaz if he was upset about SMG not coming back as Buffy during the final episodes of "Angel" this spring.  He said something to the effect of "we don't need her.  She can do whatever she wants to do with her Marmaduke movie, and we'll be fine."  I can't remember the exact quote, but it had me rolling for an hour. :D

And you know what?  I agree with him.  SMG basically spit in the face of everyone who made her what she is.  She ran Charisma Carpenter off BTVS because CC got more fanmail than she did, her friendship with Alyson Hannigan fell apart because AH became more popular than she did and had more success as an actress than SMG, and her announcement that BTVS was ending was made to the press instead of telling everyone she was leaving to their faces.  AH said she found out about it from the magazine like everyone else did.

So, um, yeah, I give SMG the finger.  Have fun with Marmaduke you talentless strumpet. :P

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Drying Up Again?
« on: March 30, 2004, 08:25 PM »
You know, my main gripe with Hasbro (of which there have been MANY over the years) is that their eyes are bigger than their stomachs, so to speak.  They have put out around 18 figures so far this year (not counting the HOF wave) and out of those, how many of them can we honestly say we've seen on a regular basis?

Three.  The Hoth wave, which came out in early December.  Through the help of online friends, I've managed to keep up to date through the Yavin wave, but I have yet to see any of the Luke Jedi wave or J'Quille on a peg, and I only saw Lando, Rappertunie, Holo Luke, and Elom once.  The Yavin wave I have seen a few times, but they're there a few hours and then they're gone again, not to show up again for weeks and weeks.  It took me three separate times to be able to complete that wave, and that is with characters that, let's face it, aren't exactly going to be flying off the pegs if they were put out in decent numbers.

The point to all my incessant rambling is that Hasbro keeps on cranking new stuff out but doesn't spend enough time getting it to the shelves.  By the time a new wave comes out, people should have been able to find the last wave, for pete's sake.  Instead, Hasbro just gives some excuse like "those cases are in the system" as if to say, it's not our problem.  If they're not going to work on getting the stuff out, then don't make so damned much in the first place.  I like having a lot of different figures come out in a year as much as the next guy, but a large variety does no good when nobody can find anything.  Hasbro can moan all they want about retail not ordering enough, but they're to blame as well, if not moreso for the lack of new product.

For me, the POTJ line will always be the pinnacle of case packouts.  There weren't any constant recards and it seemed as if every case was evenly packed with new figures.  If a figure was shipped in a subsequent case, it was because there was a demand for it.  And outside of a few figures (primarily the Bo'Shek and Eeth Koth waves), none of the POTJ stuff was particularly difficult to find (oh, and the clean Biker Scout, which I saw once and from there on out it was always the dirty version).  To me, that system worked.  Why Hasbro went back to their POTF2-era four new figures and 8 pegwarmers is beyond me.  To make it worse, they've started shortpacking figures that are new to a case (Elom, for example) while repackaging figures that everybody either already has or doesn't want in the first place (Hangar Duel Anakin, Coruscant Obi-Wan).  

The thing that is scaring me is that these last two Saga waves are going to be a repeat of the last few waves of the other lines.  With the OTC coming up, Hasbro will be switching to a new SKU for those figures, and the Saga SKU will pretty much go away completely.  I don't think I need to remind anyone that's been around since the beginning of POTF2 of the Spacetrooper/Darktrooper wave, the Sio Bibble wave, TC-14/R2-B1, or the Motti/Leia wave problems.  

And the thing that irks me most is that even after all the problems they've had over the years, and the success with the POTJ case packouts, Hasbro still hasn't figured out case assortments.  Sad.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Coen Brothers Movie
« on: March 26, 2004, 09:56 PM »
"The Big Lebowski", easily.  I don't think I quote another film (even more than the SW films) more than I do that movie.  

Just the other day, someone was talking about Lenin in a casual conversation and I just started going "I Am the Walrus?" over and over.  The fulfilling thing was the fact that the guy talking actually *got* the joke and just looked at me and said, dryly, "shut the f**k up, Donnie."   :)

"You want a toe?  I can get you a toe, Dude."

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12 facts about yourself.
« on: March 16, 2004, 06:22 PM »
1.  I love old television sitcoms (especially Andy Griffith and Leave it to Beaver)
2.  I am allergic to cheese
3.  I just accidentally ran a red light a few hours ago
4.  I take at least one shower every day
5.  I am proud of the fact that I am a "dork"
6.  I still believe in chivalry and practice it regularly
7.  My left foot is asleep
8.  I think waitresses are underappreciated for doing a largely thankless sub-minimum wage job that depends on the kindness of strangers for financial reward
9.  I once gave David Prowse the finger (he didn't see me)
10.  I think that anyone who charges money for their autograph out of a desire to make a quick buck for themselves needs to reevaluate why they became an entertainer (this relates to why number 9 occurred in the first place)
11.  My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird" and I even thought the movie was great as well (a rare thing for me)
12.  I have been cheated on by every girlfriend I've ever dated because I was "the type of guy you marry" and not the one you want to date seriously.  ::)


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: To Jim aka rebeltrader
« on: March 16, 2004, 06:12 PM »
My deepest condolences to you and your family, Jim.   :'(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 11, 2004, 02:05 PM »
While I do think that this whole thing has been a total and complete disaster, free patches, $50 GC, or not, the one thing I am more worried about is people getting other people's order information.  Luckily, I received my own order info, but I have no idea if anyone else received mine by mistake.  The thing that worries me is that my email confirmation *did* include part of my credit card number (the typical XXXXX followed by the last few digits), and that is something I've never liked etailers doing in the first place.  So, while most of the number is hidden, if someone got someone else's order information, they also had access to part of their CC number, despite what the folks at SWShop or their partners say about it.

I seriously hope they iron out all the glitches before they open the site up again.  Still, it's going to be a pain when I try to reorder the Kermit and the site continues to crash because they've underestimated demand again.  As has been said before, I have a bad feeling about this.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:42 PM »
Quote
are you sure it was that early? because i went there at about 9:30am and it wasn't open yet.

If it wasn't at 9:15, it was within a few (ten at most) minutes of that.  I had to run off the floor to talk to a patient at 9:30 and I placed the order for Kermit shortly before that.  I literally placed the order, grabbed some papers, and ran out the door to the elevator.  

I still can't believe that the site was up for that short a period of time; what's more unbelievable is that people continue to underestimate the popularity of Star Wars.  I know that a lot of people think it's not cool anymore, but there is still a really sizeable fanbase and one that is defintely large enough to warrant a little more bandwidth than what was allotted this morning.

Anyone get an estimate of how long it would take them to actually ship the orders that got through?  Again, that was something I was planning on double-checking when I got home, but we all know how that plan went out the window. ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Oldies Tune?
« on: March 10, 2004, 07:15 PM »
"Bus Stop" by (I think) the Hollies.  Or "Hey Jude" by the Beatles.

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