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Watto's Junk Yard / Road Trips
« on: April 17, 2003, 04:03 PM »
Ever gone Road Tripping?

I've been on three major ones...

#1 Spring Break in high school, me and three buddies piled into a 85 Mustang and drove from Minnesota to Oregon and California and then back in 10 days!  It was one of those coming of age times of my life.


I'm 6'4", sadly I was not the tallest guy on the trip so I had to cram into the back seat, the whole friggin time.  

We piled all of our gear in motorcycle trailer, the tire blew up in the middle of North Dakota.  We then spent almost a full day trying to find a spare.  We found the exact tire on a toy tractor at a John Deere dealership, the dude wouldn't sell it to us, so we rigged something up with a wheel barrow tire.  That got us to the middle of Montana where

The whole axle disintigrated on the trailer.  Being dumb high school kids we didn't think about one tire being smaller than the other so we had to abandon the trailer on the side of the interstate and go back into Glendive, MT and buy a whole new trailer.  We tied the old one on top of the new one.

While we were in Glendive we gassed up and headed out, forgetting to pay for the gas and proceeded to get pulled over.  The cop was pretty understanding and made us go back and pay, it was an honest mistake

In Oregon we wanted to go see Crater Lake, heard it was gorgeous yadda yadda so we took the highway from the Interstate to the Park.  Turns out a logging truck tipped over and the whole highway was blocked, so we decided to go off on a logging trail and camp.  Well, being in Oregon in the spring means that it usually is pretty wet, yep it started pouring in the middle of the night so we packed up and drove into the next town past the logging road exit and slept in the car overnight

Well, we made it up to Crater Lake that morning and come to find out that they get ungodly amounts of snow (like 100 feet plus) and the snow banks were well above 12' still.  All access to the park was pretty much closed so we couldn't go even see the lake.  

So, we decided we wanted to see Redwoods.  And for some still unknown reason we didn't want to go to the Redwood National Park instead we headed toward Eureka, CA from the main interstate.  I am not sure what highway this is but it is listed as National Scenic Highway cutting through some pretty cool mountains on the way to HWY 1 on the coast.  It took us a good 12 hours to wind our way within an hour of Eureka when we get to a point where a huge sign says, road closed due to landslide.  It was like 9PM and the people said that during the course of the day the landslide happened, you could go back to the interstate (12 hours) or try one of the side roads.  It was dark, we were from flatland, tired and wanted to get to Eureka, so we elected to go for the side road.  This was one of the scariest trips of my life as it hugged mountain sides with what looked like frequent landslides with no real guardrails on almost sheer cliffs.  We did make it into Eureka, at like 6 AM the next day.  It was a bad couple of days.

So we got to the ocean and Eureka (never really saw the Redwoods?) and screwed around there and realized we had to get home in like 3 days for school.  So that afternoon we took the Mustang out on the beach and proceeded to we believe blow out one of the cylinders on the car.  

That pretty much limited us to driving no more than 60 MPH the whole way home...and we drove almost straight through because it is a long ass way from California to Minnesota.  The whole cylinder thing sucked ass because If I remember it took us almost 24 hours to cross South Dakota and back home which is usually a 10 hour trip.  

It was a ton of fun and like I said something I'll never ever forget.  We met up with some of our girl friends from High School in Portland (they went to Seattle) and hung out with them.  They gave us three tapes (we only brought 3 and all were Guns N' Roses :)) some unknown band called Pearl Jam.  They also gave us a Nirvana tape who I was pretty familiar with having hung out with the Stoners in the back of the gorcery store we all worked at.  The first time I really got drunk, the first time I was away from home on my own, the first time seeing the Pacific will always be one of the best times of my life and I won't ever forget what I saw, who I was with and what I did.  It was great.

More later :-*

Jocasta's Reading Room / Star Wars Chronicles
« on: April 17, 2003, 02:26 PM »
Who has this awesome book?  Wifey got it for me two years ago  for Christmas and it is one of my absolute favorites

New copies run for over $100, usually has them for cheaper though

Watto's Junk Yard / Your Favorite Band?
« on: April 17, 2003, 12:03 PM »
I know some people's favorites, not everyones though.  I'll start out

First and above all others are my boys:

Pearl Jam

I've been to two of their shows and am lucky enough to go three more times this summer.  All of the crap they go the extra mile for with us the fans is amazing.  Full concert bootlegs a week after the show for $15 a piece.  Charging standard price for floor seats in the front few rows.  Christmas Records every year.  $13 for T-Shirts at the show and I could go on and on.  

Beyond them I really enjoy Grunge

Alice in Chains
Stone Temple Pilots

And then these bands or solo acts also tickle my fancy

The Beatles
Led Zeppelin
Guns n' f'n Roses
Smashing Pumpkins (and Zwan)
Dave Matthews Band
Ben Harper
Natalie Merchant
The Who
Neil Young
The Black Crowes
Nat King Cole
Bing Crosby
Blind Melon (highly under rated)

And then let's not forget Jazz


We can do bands you hate later on :P

Hasbro unleashed 5 new 12"ers on us this morning.

I love them all except that Luke, lightsaber slashing action ugh

Watto's Junk Yard / M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A!!!
« on: April 13, 2003, 11:28 AM »

Clinching their second college hockey championship in as many years is my alma mater the Mighty Minnesota Golden Gophers!!!

Minnesota Hats off to Thee
To Your Colors True We shall Ever Be
Firm and Strong United Are We
Rah, Rah, Rah for Ski-U-Mah,
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Cheer for the U of M
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Gophers

There was also rioting last night...stupid frat boys  :-*

Saga '02-'04 / TPU's Retailer Order Sheet...Possible New Figs?
« on: April 11, 2003, 12:37 PM »
Some other questionable things for this year including the Sandcrawler and Waves 2 and 3 of the Target Accessory Sets recently showed up on a retailer order sheet at The Private Universe

Possible New Stuff in Bold...

Basic Figures Collection 1

Subject to change

84870 Obi-Wan (Spear Throwing)
84918 Mace Windu (Total Control)
84919 Darth Tyrannus (Lightning Burst)
84927 Anakin Skywalker (Mechanical Arm)
84920 Classic Boba Fett (Quick Draw)
84922 Flying R2-D2
84959 Hans Solo (Hoth) 06/03
84960 Chewie (Mynock Hunt) 06/03
84977 Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi) 06/03
84978 Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi) 06/03
84979 Snow Trooper (Empire Strikes Back) 06/03
84704 Jango Fett, Kamino Escape (Existing) 08/03
84705 C3PO (Existing) TBC
84815 Clone Trooper (Clone Wars) 08/03
84814 Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) 08/03
84816 Mandalorean Bounty Hunter (Clone Wars) 08/03
84828 Yoda w / hover chair (Clone Wars) 08/03
84826 Obi-Wan Pilot (Clone Wars) 08/03
84827 Sith Witch (Clone Wars) 08/03[b/]
84848 Mace Windu (Clone Wars) 08/03
84849 Kit Fisto (Clone Wars) 10/03
84722 Saesee Tin (Clone Wars) 10/03
84724 Super Articulated Storm Trooper 10/03

Basic Figures Collection 2 (Solids)
84923 Padme Amidala (with soft cloak)
84924 SP-4 & JN-66 (Library Droid 2 Pack)
84921 Tusken Raider with Removable Head
84925 Lama Su & Clone Boy
84928 Twilek Jedi with Super Articulation
84926 Bariss Offee, Luminara Unduli's Padawan
84969 Yoda w/Padwan Jedi 2 pk 07/03
84970 Alien Padwan Jedi 2 pk 07/03
84989 Padme Wedding Dress 07/03
84990 Wat Tambor 07/03
84991 Colman Trebor 07/03
84706 Darth Maul (Existing) 07/03
84707 Princess Leia (Existing) 07/03
84708 Han Solo (Existing) 07/03
84817 Waitress Droid 08/03
84818 Faytonni Cantina Alien 08/03
84820 Darth Sidious 08/03
84709 Luke Skywalker (Existing) 08/03
84710 Darth Vader (Existing) 08/03
84830 Bail Organa 10/03
84829 McQuarrie Stormtrooper 10/03
84842 Imperial Dignitary 10/03
84843 Padme in Tatooine Travel Outfit 10/03
84723 Ayy Vida Nightclub Twilek 10/03
84717 Obi Wan 10/03
84718 Slease Bagano 10/03

FOB Lines
32502 12" Gamorrean Guard - 04/03
32532 3 3/4 Accessory Set w/ Figure Asst 1 - TBC
Yavin Hangar Acc. Set w / Revel Technician - 04/03
Jabbas Dungeon Acc. Set w / Gammorean Guard - 04/03
Guangan Defense w / Guangan warrior - 04/03
Endor Celebration with C-3P0 - 05/03
Death Star Station with Imperial Gunner - 05/03
Droid Factory with CZ-1 - 05/03
32539 3 3/4 Cantina Alien Scene Assortment (Refresh) - 03/03
Kitik Keedlak
Dr Evazan
32132 3 3/4 Figure 4 Pack - Ultimate Bounty - 05/03
26703 3 3/4 Figure 4 Pack - Rescue on Hoth - 07/03
26798 3 3/4 Figure 4 Pack - Imperial Forces - 03/03
TBC 3 3/4 Figure 4 Pack - Jedi Warriors - 09/03
26720 3 3/4 Troop Builder 4 Pack - Rebel Alliance - 04/03
26821 3 3/4 Troop Builder 4 Pack - Sandtroopers - 02/03
TBC 3 3/4 Troop Builder 4 Pack - Scout Troopers - 06/03
26701 3 3/4 Naboo Fighter w/ Padme Pilot - 05/03
32487 3 3/4 Shuttle Tyderium - 01/03
26750 3 3/4 A-Wing with figure - 05/03
26795 3 3/4 Sandcrawler with droid and Jawas - 06/03

32548 Action Fleet Mini Vehicle Asst 1
Cloud Car w/ Pilot - 03/03
Desert Skiff and Jabba the Hutt - 03/03
Gian Speeder w/ Captan Panaka - 03/03
Hoth Encounter - 05/03
Arena Battle - 05/03
Mos Epsa - 05/03
26768 3 3/4" Speeders with Figure Assortment - 05/03
Zam Wesell and Speeder - 05/03
Obi-Wan and Speeder - 05/03
84840 Republic Gunship with more firepower - 06/03
26700 12" Speederbike with Leia Endor - 05/03
26484 12 Jabba's Band Ass't - TBC
26486 Max Rebo And Organ (1) - TBC
26487 Sy Snoodles And Droopy Mccool (1) - TBC

Deluxe Figures (Solids)

84949 Force Power Obi-Wan Kenobi (Kamino) - 05/03
84950 Flying Jango Fett (Kamino) - 05/03
84957 Commerce Guild Spider Droid - 05/03
84958 Droid Factory Super Battle Droid Builder - 05/03
84988 Destroyer Droid Launcher - 07/03
84987 Clone Trooper 4 Pack - 07/03
84992 Battle Droid 3 pk - 07/03
84826 Jedi Knight 3 pk - 08/03
84844 Bounty Hunter Mandalorean w/Speeder Bike - 10/03
84846 Clone Commander w/Speeder Bike - 10/03

Saga Scene Packs Assortment
84929 Saga Scene Packs Assortment
A New Hope: Trash Compactor Luke and Han
A New Hope: Trash Compactor Leia and Chewie
Jedi Council 1 w / 3 figs - 08/03
Genosian War Room 1 w / 3 figs - 08/03
Jedi Council 2 w / 3 figs REFRESH - 08/03
Genosian War Room 2 w/ 3 figs - 08/03

Speeder Vehicle Assortment
84887 Speeder Vehicle Assortment
Anakin w / Tatooine Speeder
Dooku w / Geonosis Speeder

Vehicle Assortment 1
84841 Vehicle Assortment 1
Jedi Starfighter (Mace Windu Redeco) - 06/03
Federation Tank - 06/03
Geonosian Fighter w/ figure - 09/03
Wheel Tank - Hailfire Droid - 09/03
Trade Federation Tank - 09/03
Anakins Jedi Starfighter - 09/03

Saga '02-'04 / Cantina Wave 2 Sets a No Go (For now)
« on: April 11, 2003, 11:15 AM »

This really ticks me off.  Hasbro really screwed the pooch by releasing retail death in Greedo, Hammerhead and Walrusman in the first wave.  Wave 2 minus Wuher is where these sets would have started to shine.  There are a couple of e-tailers, Brians Toys being one of them where you can order them still.  Expect to pay a hefty price for them though.  This is a line which makes perfect sense for the fan club or an on-line exclusive for an e-tailer.

I was hoping too that it would continue and we would get a Hem Dazon, Myo, Feltipern, Dice etc etc etc

 :'(  You and your crappy decisions suck sometimes Hasbro Direct!

Watto's Junk Yard / Guilty Pleasures
« on: April 10, 2003, 10:37 AM »
Things you love but don't really tell anyone about ;)  Or things you only have once in a while

Trading Spaces  Ever since I became a home owner I can't help but like this show, no matter how much it challanges my masculinity.  It is really fun to watch and some of those designers are hot!

Cat Stevens Not sure where Cat ranks in the world of music but I hear songs of his and I can't help but smile and sing along.  I think he is one of the most underrated singers of all time

Snickers  Since I have been watching the waistline for a long time now candy bars are pretty much a no no.  But sometimes while standing in line at Target I just get the urge to grab a Snickers and eat the heck out of it, savoring every single bite.  

Shania Twain  I really like a lot of her music and she is such eye candy that she just oozes sexy to me.  I really can't stand a lot of anyhting that comes out of Nashville...

Natalie Merchant I have always been a 10000 Maniacs fan and when Natalie went solo she quickly became one of my favorite singers.  Her first solo CD Tigerlilly is one I would be bringing with if I was heading over the Pacific on a FedEx plane.  

Pizza  Another of the watching your waistline things but plowing into a Large Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza with an ice cold beer to wash it all down with...

Steak  Steak is one of those foods I enjoy only when properly prepared for me with the right sides, marinated just right and it has to be grilled to the right temperature

I swear if I see Chewbacca in any form on any rumor list I might blow a gasket.  Darth Vader is quickly apporaching that point as well.  The Cloud City Chewie is about perfect.  It looks like the upcoming 4 pack Vader and the MOTD Vader are definitive scuplts of ROTJ and ANH Vader.  There are a lot more main character new sculpts and resculpts they can do before these two borons

Watto's Junk Yard / Class Reunions
« on: April 7, 2003, 05:24 PM »
In a sign that I am approaching that sure sign of oldness my 10 year High School class reunion is coming up this summer.  I haven't totally decided on if I want to go or not yet...

I was pretty much a geek in school I still had plenty of friends, some I haven't seen since graduation night so in that sense it would be fun.

I also am well beyond high school and most of my important friends I still see, not sure I want see some of the people I don't see and pay $30 to relive 1993 all over again...

Any of the older crew go to any of theirs?

JD Sports Forum! / 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs / NHL news
« on: April 7, 2003, 01:33 PM »
For the first time in over 10 years the Playoffs are back in Minnesota and I can't be more excited.  The North Stars run back in 1991 was one of the funnest sports memories of my youth.  HEre are the teams:

Western Conference

#1 Dallas vs
#8 Edmonton
#2 Detroit vs
#7 Anaheim
#3 Colorado vs
#6 Minnesota
#4 Vancouver vs
#5 Saint Louis

Eastern Conference

#1 Ottawa vs
#8 New York Islanders
#2 New Jersey vs
#7 Boston
#3 Tampa Bay vs
#6 Washington
#4 Philadelphia vs
#5 Toronto

Collector's Tips / Storing Loose Figs
« on: April 7, 2003, 01:17 PM »
I use Plano Tackle Boxes to store my loose figures.  It is sweet cause you can adjust the height of the slots and keep the weapons below each figure.  They harken back to the days of the vintage cases...

Saga '02-'04 / Same Body, Different Heads
« on: April 4, 2003, 02:26 PM »

Hasbro recently told Rebelscum that this scenario is the only way we would get such tertiary background characters as the above Faytonni and Ak-Med Beq.  While this isn't the greatest sign in the line's health IMO there are some instances where I would perfectly fine with them doing it...

Rebel Pilots (New Heads with Deco'd Helmets)
Ewoks (Two different size bodies with different cowels and paint apps)
Protocal Droids
Imperial Officers

Etc etc...

What do you think of this trend?

I was fine with figures like R2-Q5 and K-3PO which were straight repaints.  If this is what it takes to get some of the background of the background, I'm all for it!


Send your Wish List for 10[/i] 3 3/4" Figures to me or post them here, be it new figures, resculpts or even re-releases and I'll tally the votes.  After two to three weeks of list taking I'll publish the results and we will move on to the next movie.  This time around it is the latest movie in the saga SW:AOTC, or Episode II.  If you need help coming up with names check out the Official Sites Databank:   Episode II.  Have fun and thanks for sending in your lists (remember to limit it to ten)!

Watto's Junk Yard / Ever get in a fight?
« on: April 3, 2003, 03:09 PM »
I heard it through the grapevine that someone we all know recently got in a fight.  Get well soon if you don't want to reveal to the world who you are ;) :-X

Anyway, ever been in a fist fight?  I got into one in 8th grade with a friend of mine.  He was constantly picking on me for some reason and I had had about enough.  I told him to meet me down at the park at 3.  I didn't think was going to show up, well he did.  I had one of my other buddies there who wanted to watch.  We started pushing each other and then I hit him in the face I think.  He wound back and landed one right on my lip and cut me open...wide open.  I had blood streaming down my face and he got scared and said stop stop stop.  I was really bleeding and we got some ice (it was around this time too so there was still snow banks around)  I probably should have got stitches but the cut eventually healed.  Man did it hurt.  I still have a scar on my lip which you can kind of see in my infamous picture...bottom left side

I always kind of work that scar over subliminally and it reminds of one of the stupidest times of my youth.

Me and my buddy patched things up and he never really picked on me again, we are still pretty good friends he is a Doctor in Chicago...perhaps I should sue him for emotional damage :P

I am sure Sarge has seen his share of brawls (maybe even been in one)

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