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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2006: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 12, 2006, 01:30 AM »
This year I plan on cutting back on Hasbro.  I probably won't be buying vehicles, deluxe or Battle Pack sets or pretty much anything that's not a 3.75" figure.  I'm sticking to 1 of each new figure or a re-pack/kit-bashed figure if it has been significantly updated in some way (paint, head, arms, etc).  All loose.  My carded days are over.  Along the way I'd also like to get a set of the 12 holos.

The exceptions to the rules are the AT-AT Driver and any Republic Gunship items Hasbro sees fit to produce.  I'd like a carded AT-AT Driver with each holo available because they fall under "carded variations" and the AT-AT Driver is my focus character.  Plus I want a couple loose because it looks to be an amazing figure.

Hopefully this path will free up some cash for the year.  I'll probably buy the odd Titanium but no more Galactic Heroes and I'll be a little more picky on the exclusives.  I plan on buying a few of the SS 12" figures and probably a GG bust or two.  There are two .45 scale MR lightsabers I want and, depending on how they look, a couple of the new blasters they're talking about.  I don't see any more Code 3 items in the future either.

There are a couple holes in my collection that I'd like to plug including trading cards, WOTC Minis and a handful of miscellaneous other items.  Oh, and in 2006 I'm going to finally buy that friggin' Blue Snaggletooth figure I've been needing to complete my vintage collection.

I've debated replacing SW with something else but I don't know.  My other collecting habit over the past few years has been 12" GI Joe figures, but with them done at retail for now I don't see much money being spent in that area.  Maybe I'll use some free time to customize some figures out of parts I already have...or start rescuing vintage figures from eBay and refurbishing them.  I've picked up a few of the new Sigma 6 figures and there are at least 3 more I want to get; Cobra Commander (who just showed up at retail), Storm Shadow and Scarlet when she comes out.

Anyway, like I said, I'm hoping to free up a lot of cash this year.  Pay off some bills and work towards my goal of buying a house.


LEGO / Re: Legos
« on: January 10, 2006, 09:13 AM »
I'm going to bump this up to ask if anyone has been buying the Viking sets?  I hadn't heard anything about them till I stumbled across a huge display in a TRU in Dickson City, PA back in November. 

They just showed up in the newest Shop@Home catalog and I was looking them over and they seem to be nice sets.  Anyone build any?

Also I saw some new $4 sets at Target last night, the Lego X-Pod.  They're pretty cool little sets and affordable. 


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: January 10, 2006, 01:52 AM »
I've always had a thing for Ms. Katherine Heigl

And, yes, that photo Scott posted...yowza!

How's Aruba this time of year?

Depends on if you're a drunken blonde whore.



Suddenly the overall usage of USENET drops by 98% and 3 out of 5 forums close shop.

I think it's hilarious that the US wold pass a law with this section in it.  Seriously, who is going to ever enforce this?  And how is it going to be enforced outside the US?  It's just another example of how government has NO comprehension of technology.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: January 10, 2006, 01:29 AM »
As far as you being dissapointed in me, sorry to hear that. I truly am. But it takes time to open up, and with me getting slammed left and right for such things as punctuation, you should be able to see why I am hesistant to open up.

But I guess the damage is beyond repair.

I find it odd that you've been a member here for 2 years, you've been on for, what, 5?  And nobody seems to know your name.  "Bertha" keeps getting thrown around but unless I missed something, you never confirmed that was your real name.  If you can't even let someone know what your real name is you're intentionally keeping yourself on the "outside" of the community...and outsiders are easier targets.

I probably don't know the real names of half the people on here, or, but it's not because I never looked, it's because I don't care.   ;)  But I never hide my name, it's always been in my signature or next to my avatar.  I just use "efranks" for all my userids because it keeps it easier to remember at login time. 

I've made my fair share of bad grammar and punctuation posts and I always end them with "E..." which is my style.  Is it redundant to post a name or whatever?  Maybe, but signing a post is much different than purposely mangling said post.  Maybe me signing is annoying but I haven't heard from anyone on it...and I probably wouldn't care if it was annoying anyway.  I'm kind of a sarcastic *******, in case you haven't noticed, but I still at least try to fit into the community where I'm being an *******.  I don't try to hide behind screen names and smokescreens.

Anyway, my point, I think some of the crap is brought about by your own actions and your continued effort to stay outside the community.

   E...  (because that's how I[/i] roll!)

Heh, edit for spelling and grammar...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Awww! They're all wearing matching shirts!
« on: January 7, 2006, 02:51 PM »
I would be.  If it got me an invite to Rancho Obi-Wan I'd be even more shows that work you're putting into the hobby is appreciated and respected.

All I get is a "Your site sucks" and "Write more headlines!!"   ;)


You also get the occasional "That's great!" when you actually submit something.   ;)

Yeah....but all that writing and creativity?  Blah.

As many complaints as I have about the forums on RS, they do add good things to the hobby with checklists, photos, special features, etc.   Whether you agree with how the forums are run, you have to agree that the guys do some good work over there.

There are other sites that have similar content but RS is pretty comprehensive.  Hate the forums, disagree with some of their policies, but you can't deny the fact that they do add positive things to the hobby.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Awww! They're all wearing matching shirts!
« on: January 6, 2006, 03:47 PM »
So maybe they're proud of the site they work for.  Wouldn't you be proud of something that you put endless hours into?

I would be.  If it got me an invite to Rancho Obi-Wan I'd be even more shows that work you're putting into the hobby is appreciated and respected.

All I get is a "Your site sucks" and "Write more headlines!!"   ;)


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Wal Mart Loves African Americans!
« on: January 6, 2006, 03:35 PM »
When "people who ordered this item also ordered these..." goes bad.

It would be interesting to know what the logic looked like that was in the code that generated those matches.  You could potentially have all sorts of things like that happen on any number of e-tailer sites.

In our P.C. society it could cause a major brain meltdown that would cripple us as a nation. 

Or, it could just be funny.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Soundtrack to your life:
« on: January 4, 2006, 01:15 AM »
1.Choose a band/artist and answer the following questions about yourself ONLY in titles of their songs:

Van Halen

2. Are you male or female:

Man on a Mission

3. Describe yourself:

Runnin' with the Devil

4. How do other people feel about you:

Sucker in a 3 Piece

5. How do you feel about yourself:

The Dream is Over

6. Describe your ex boyfriend / girlfriend:

Girl Gone Bad

7. Describe current dating status:

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

8. Describe where you want to be:

Cabo Wabo

9. Describe how you live:

Doin' Time

10. Describe how you love:

Feels So Good

11. What would you ask for if you had just one wish:

Pretty Woman

12. Share a few words of Wisdom:

Finish What Ya Started

13. Now say goodbye:

The Dream is Over

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: January 1, 2006, 02:45 PM »


Does anyone know the story? I've known Rayne for a couple years, and needless to say, I highly doubt his suspension was called for. He's been a great asset to the forums there and is a great guy.

Rayne is known for swearing a lot and in the Rochester, NY threads has a tendency to slip the word filters and get things in.  Apparently Myatt caught it and suspended him for it.  Curto, who usually mods that board, usually just cuts out stuff like that when he sees it but he didn't get to that one first this time.

Rayne also has a history of calling a spade a spade, and he doesn't have a problem telling people they're stupid when, in fact, they are being stupid.  So, I wouldn't be surprised if someone flagged him in.

Either way, this was posted today: Rayne re-instated.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 30, 2005, 08:02 PM »
You know, I kind of disagree with you on OfficialPix.  That's actually a business and they provide a service, getting guests to shows, private signings, etc.  That I can respect, but trying to profit from a "fan" site?  That I don't like.  I even was pissed when started charging for access with their Hyperspace initiative.

I realize that technically a site like RS and a company like OP are the same, providing a service, but in my mind one's a legitimate business (OP) and the other isn't.  I think of RS (and all the other sites like JD and GH) as news sites and fan sites...things I think of as being free.  Putting up some ad banners to get click-throughs is one thing, you're helping support good dealers that further the hobby of your readers and it allows the site to keep running.  This new, obnoxious crapware they've got?  That's going over the top.

Sending out emails was the first step, guess we should have seen this one coming.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 30, 2005, 07:31 PM »
Of course, Philip did get quoted basically saying he should have supported another property like LOTR because Jackson and the licensees were more in touch with fan sites over the LOTR license than SW Licensees are.

I've seen you, or one of the other guys here, post about that before and found it pretty funny that someone who is supposedly such a big SW fan was mad because he didn't jump on another properties bandwagon. 

I guess in business you have to jump on what's hot to make some scratch but this all should just be a hobby.  If you want to run a business, run a business and make something, don't sponge off other people's fandom by just being associated with George Lucas' vision.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 30, 2005, 07:24 PM »
Anyone know where that kid is?  I have a lot of connections, maybe I could call in some favors, have someone toss him a beatin'.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 30, 2005, 12:31 PM »
Do you mean to say they've sunk to an all time low?


Apparently.  Next thing you know we'll have the RebelScum Rootkit that renders all other SW news sites and forums useless on your computer.

I posted in the forum feedback section.  Apparently it's to add more income to the site to keep in running.  In other words, now that SW has left the movie theater they need to do something to keep the cash coming in as fans start to leave the hobby.  Whatever.
That goes along with some of the recent polls; would you buy Stargate collectibles?  How about Battlestar Galatica and Star Trek?  Sounds like a big, "what site should we start next to make more money now that this horse has been flogged" poll.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: December 30, 2005, 09:35 AM »
Okay, did anyone else notice these annoying "Vibrant Media" spam links on RS today?  What a worthless piece of **** that thing is.

It's ridiculous.  It turns every news page on RS into an advertisement to buy something.  Even the Question Mark section.  It used to be that software had to be installed on your local computer for that type of thing to work...and THAT was all malware that we were finally able to do away with using programs like Ad-Aware and Spybot.  But not this insidious thing. 



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