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Since I canít edit the damned Birthday Thread title anymore, and since thereís only one thing that annually trumps New Yearís in the Star Wars collecting community, especially this year, itís time we start a thread honoring the momentous occasion of the 40th anniversary of the birth of the creator of ICMG, the architect of Hoth Hanís blue jacket (or is it brown?), the discoverer of Greg(g); and celebrating our love affair with one Olí Cocky Bastard, JDís heart and soul, 4 decades of OCB, and the official welcoming of Scott to the OLD fartís club (pka ďThe CanadiansĒ)...

Happy 40th Birthday, Scott!  Without getting too sappy, thanks for the friendship, memories, laughter, knowledge, generosity and fun for the pastÖ oh hell, however long itís been now.  But most of all, thanks for two of my all-time favorite Star Wars figures.  My collection would be forever incomplete without you being the beacon of light guiding Hasbro through their oft gloomy tunnel of darkness.

Now hopefully Dale or Nathan can dig up the dancing monkets, llamas, bananas, etc for the special occasion...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:45 AM »
^ Let's get a thread to have this guy post again too.

For my old Wildcats buddy...

I'm not collecting 6", but I noticed last week that our local Walmart's already clearancing out a couple 6" stragglers, including ROTS Obi and Greedo for $12/ea.

OK, let's go with...
  • Tonnika Sister(s) (Shut up, I don't care if I'm wasting a vote!)
  • Tzizvvt
  • Reegesk/Ranat
  • Melas
  • Solomahal
  • Arliel Schous/Defel
  • Lirin Car'n
  • Baniss Keeg
  • Blue Gonk Droid
  • General Bob Hudsol
  • Cantina Distillery  >:(
As an aside, it would be nice if Scott would update the freakin' Who Is Left Master Archive before we move on to the other movies.  It's only been 2 1/2 years since it's last edit...  ::)

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:57 AM »
After having never seen a single Starkiller or Malgus during their previous TVC run, I've now seen at least 10 Starkillers and 5 Malgus this week in the new blue TBS wave between several Targets and TRUs nearby.  Crazy.  I kinda wish the paint apps were identical to their TVC run, so I could skip needing to backtrack for their TVC openers.  Oh well.  Probably close enough for most (normal) folks though, fortunately.  Tons of the rest of this wave everywhere I've been lately as well (R5, Luke, Vader, Yoda).  When it rains, it pours, I guess.  Hopefully this pleasant (shocking) uptick in distribution lasts for a while, 'cause the past couple of years have been absolute ****...

Anyone know what scale these Disney Store exclusive die-cast ships are in, or if they're actual rehashes of the Titanium or Galoob ships...?  $80 for 9 ships makes me think they're sized somewhere in between the Titanium ships and the old Action Fleet ships.  Just curious, after catching Jayson's news post over at Yak about it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:58 AM »
Birthday thread?  Phhhth.  Who needs that, when we have this special dedicated thread right here, which sufficed just fine the prior couple of years.  Like I said, sadly, no bribes of birthday love in 2014.  Keep this up and, well... you don't want to see me angry...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:50 AM »
I don't think he'll be participating in this thread, as he's still pissed off that his birthday wasn't even acknowledged this year (despite his continued absence). Then, on top of that, Jeff's gone and embarrassingly demoted him in the annals of the TCJDSWCC.


Feedback / Re: Scott's feedback
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:24 AM »
Humungous thanks goiní out to my good friend Olí Cocky here, for a hook-up of epic proportions!  Been around the trading boards for many years, and the box full of beautifully packed HTF swag that Scott just helped me out with (at cost) is the likes of which Iíve rarely, if ever, seen on the boards.  I can only imagine that he mustíve done it to honor the 10 year anniversary of my creation of the famous Minnesota Collectorís Club.  Probably a fair trade, now that I think about it.  Regardless, my TVC collection thanks you for making it nearly complete again!  Itís also nice to finally have OCB provide me with some figures other than ICMG, a variant Hoth Han, and a beat-all-to-**** Kitik!  I definitely owe you one buddyÖ   :-*

- M

Edit: Some guy claiming to be a MN historian has suggested that I have a faulty/senile memory, so I've edited this post to reflect my newly demoted place in the annals of the TCJDSWCC.

Feedback / Re: Darth_Anton's feedback
« on: August 2, 2013, 02:26 AM »
Big thanks to Anthony for a very helpful hookup on some elusive exclusives...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: August 2, 2013, 02:20 AM »
...old man.   :'(


Anaheim, eh?  Interesting...

Just for clarification, is this set up at Star Traders inside the park, or at Once Upon A Toy (or another store) outside the park at Downtown Disney?  I'm seeing conflicting reports around the web on that.  If it's only the former at this point, I'll just wait it out 'til they go WDW's strategy where they subsequently get released outside the park too.  I'm not paying a $100 cover charge to get these things...

Paul, do you know yet?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:20 PM »
I have his underwear :-* >:D :P...Crotch Size Small


JD Uber Troll is having yet another challenging dilemma, so Iíve decided to help him out here and start a thread on his behalf, to hopefully help alleviate some of his continuously "unusual" anxiety regarding others peopleís collecting habits.  Force Guy brings up an interesting conundrum though, as he is currently confounded as to why people (like me) who dislike the Prequels would still collect prequel figures and toys.  Similary, we should probably nip it in the bud and also address why folks would buy any of the EU figures if they didn't like the book or game from which the characters came, or havenít even read or played it for that matter.

Any takers?  As for me, as I've previously posted, I do it for the sake of maintaining a complete 4Ē collection, on top of the fact that I just like most of the figures regardless of movie or source of origin.  In all of the other Star Wars lines I collect (GG, etc), Iíve always gone OT-only though.  But since I've dug the 4Ē line since 1978, and it's relatively cheap (current distribution issues aside), Iíve decided to grab the prequel stuff along the way too, even if their inspiration comes from 2.5 movies that I donít particularly care for.  As for EU, other than the Thrawn trilogy and SOTE, Iíve never read any Star Wars EU, and Iíve only played a handful of the SW video games, but I really dig the vast majority of EU figures.  I guess I look at the Hasbro line as part of the overall SW "toy saga" which I enjoy in it's entirety, but a somewhat separate entity from the movie saga (which I only enjoy 58.3% of the time), so I collect the prequel (and EU) stuff almost as happily as the OT swag.

[Tangent]Regarding collecting in general, on a broader level, Iíll occasionally purchase stuff I donít necessarily love for my movie and music collections, just to make them more well-rounded.  Iíve taken to trying to ďcollectĒ each Blu-ray from BOMís Top 200 adjusted list, though thereís actually a small handful that Iím struggling with that I may wind up passing on.  I'll grab random Jazz and Classical CDs from time to time too, even though I don't love those genres, and have to be in exactly the right mood to listen to them.  I also collect U.S. and Int'l coins, including some from countries that I didn't particularly enjoy, and many that have some ridiculously lame designs on them.  I guess my point is that to me, well-rounded and interesting collections should contain a wide array of items within them: Bizarre, cool, ugly, unusual, popular, random, despised, etc.[tangent/]

So, who else is in the boat of disliking the Prequels (or EU), but collecting their respective figures/toys, and how come?  Also, folks who have ditched the PT figures somewhere along the way should feel free to chime in too since you were obviously at one point in this club as well, before ďseeing the lightĒ (or just running out of space, as the more frequent case may be).

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:46 AM »
Honestly, I'm surprised that anyone's surprised by this.  It's status quo now that whenever the CBA (or equivalent thereof) expires in any of the four major sports, it's strike/lock-out time.  I mean, seriously, when's the last time one of the "Big 4" sports seemlessly negotiated through one of these things without any disruption?  NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL...  I can't recall the last time it happened.

Greed, money, and ego.  It's the (North?) American way!  8)

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