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Conventions / Re: Wizard World Philly 2006
« on: May 18, 2006, 01:05 AM »
Nothing really specific this year.  In past years there have been a SW guest or two but none this time around.  I'm only going to be there Friday otherwise I'd love to see Kevin Smith talk on Saturday.

I usually find some good deals on SW merchandise of some sort whether it's cheap trade paperbacks or imported toys. 

There's usually something interesting.  I see Tom Hodges is listed as an artist this year so I may stop by his booth to see what he has.  And I usually support an indy artist every year by picking up a couple comics or some art or whatever.  I might also cruise for some of those Takara and Hot Toys Predator figures we were talking about in the other board.

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Conventions / Wizard World Philly - now Philadelphia Comic Con
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:36 AM »
Anyone from Defender going to Philly in two weeks for Wizard World?

I'm going on Friday this year.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:05 AM »
Here's your beefcake:


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Thanks again, Jesse.

I think I might keep my eyes open for the Predator Takara figs at Wizard World Philly but I'll probably be picking up a couple of these Hot Toys Marines at least.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: May 17, 2006, 09:40 AM »
I notice news posts here and on Yodasnews.com before RS.com posts it.  GH.com used to be fast too but they've been behind the ball on breaking news.

And how often does RS post news that's already broken overseas on that German site (4-inches I think the name is)?  They are definitely not the first to break news all the time.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 17, 2006, 09:32 AM »
I'm fine with the ladies posting men in the thread but those Carrot Top photos are starting to freak me out.  Posting the Top should be banable offense!   ;D

Here's the hottest girl, ever:



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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 17, 2006, 12:43 AM »
Cameron Diaz?  Please.

I don't think she's attractive at all.



I'm happy to know I'm not the only one thinking that.  Although, back when she was doing topless bondage movies and "The Mask" she was pretty hot.

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Thanks for the info Jesse.  Now I have another question.  Anyone know how these compare to the Takara Microman figures that came out last year?

I passed on the Predator figures last year and I'm kind of kicking myself now but if these are better than the Takara stuff maybe I'll jump on these.

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I'm not familiar with these Snap Kits.  Are they more like the Gundam kits that were out than regular snap together models (cars, planes and the like)?  Because if they are then I might be interested in picking up the Marines when they come out. 

Anyone know how many points of articulation these might have?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 16, 2006, 11:36 AM »
It's not a list of who's most attractive, it's a list of who's most influential & successful.

Yeah, but Kate Bosworth?  Seriously, she's in "Superman" this summer but can most people name 2 other movies she's even been in without looking it up?  She's not a household name by any means so, top 10?  Eh, I don't know.

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I see similar things in the Target and WM stores in my town.  A lot more support for Star Wars at Target than at WM.  WM isn't carrying the vehicle line or Galactic Heroes anymore.

Target is the only store carrying the Ultra Titanium vehicles while both stores have the 3" line.  WM, though, had so many of the 2nd and 3rd wave of exclusive vehicles that they never sold them all.  They have a huge endcap of them up now, probably over 100 vehicles total, and have only gotten in the newest waves once or twice while Target restocks them once or twice a week.

GI Joe is another line that Target dedicates more peg space to.  They have probably 9 pegs total for the $11 and $15 lines as well as vehicles and roll play items.  WM has maybe 3 pegs crammed in between SW and the Lanard figures.  They might have the vehicles but no roll play toys.

Target also has a larger selection of Lego and not just SW sets.  My WM has hardly any space and stocks maybe 2/3 of the current SW line.  WM doesn't carry the ARC or the Turbo Tank and no Anakin starfighter.  Target has all of them.

I haven't been in a TRU store in over a month and didn't find much there but they did still have a nice section set aside.  I'll probably get to the store again this Friday so I'll have to see how they're doing since the VTSC and Saga lines picked up....and now that their exclusives are shipping.

Oh, on the exclusives note, WM doesn't even appear to have an exclusive this year that we know about.  TRU already has 2 out with 2 more rumored and Target has their two also.  We haven't even heard about the second half of the year yet so who knows what Target and TRU will end up with.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'Lost' - Season Two
« on: May 5, 2006, 12:55 PM »
They swear up and down that they've had it all planned out from the beginning.  We'll see..........  How long did/do they expect the show to be sucessful?

It's definitely a high concept TV show.  I read an article that said they had the overall idea of the island and what it is already planned.  The basic goings on from week to week, though, they're making up as they go to a certain extent.  The same article said something to the effect that things got put in the script that seemed like the next step. 

In other words, they're just making **** up as they go.  I can see this show being popular for another season easily but we need to start getting some answers to things instead of just more and more clues that don't add up.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'Lost' - Season Two
« on: May 4, 2006, 01:49 PM »
I checked out the web site this morning but I missed the commercials during the show last night.  There are some interesting things on the site and it does some odd things when you do things like submit a name for the newsletter or send the ape a greeting.

One thing I noticed on the page with the executives is that one guy is named Thomas Werner Mittelwerk.  Mittelwerk sounded familiar so I Googled it and Mittlewerk was a huge underground German factory in WWII where they made the V2 rockets. 

So then I Googled Werner and found that a guy by the name Werner Heisenberg was the founder of quantum mechanics and worked for the Germans during WWII on nuclear fission.

Which all may mean nothing...or something.  But anyway you slice it, this is a damn good show and you really never know just what's going to happen next.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'Lost' - Season Two
« on: May 4, 2006, 01:34 AM »
Notice that they just killed off the two people that were recently arrested for DWI?  Hmmm....

Anyway, I was totally blown away by that whole twist at the end of the show.  As mentioned, nothing suggested that leading into tonight's show.

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I agree with your assessment of the Marvel Legends figures.  For $7 you get a lot of action figure.  I don't follow the other lines you mention so I never paid attention to the prices but I have seen the figures and there are a lot of Super Hero figures out there today that are well done.

I might also nominate the Sigma Six GI Joe figures for value.  They have two price points right now $11.99 and $14.99 at Target (The carded figs might be $9.99 at some stores but I'm not certain).  The $15 figures have a ton of accessories and include a weapons locker to store them in.  The figs are about 6" to 8" depending on the character and they have pretty good articulation.  I know a lot of Joe collectors don't like these but I've always liked the Anime style art and toys and I do like these.

Other than that, and what you mentioned, I can't think of anything off the top of my head that is a great deal at retail right now.  The TRU exclusive 3.75" GI Joe 6-packs were a good deal at $20 and the DTC figures that are starting to show there again aren't bad.  But the ML figures stand out for the detail and price.

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