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Revenge of the Sith / Re: When will the clearances begin?
« on: April 14, 2005, 08:25 PM »
July/August sounds about right, but who knows?  People seem to be showing more interest in ROTS than they are for the previous two movies (with the exception of TPM's MM sales).  There is a lot of figures coming out (56 that I know of so far) and there are aquite a few that just aren't moving already (Mon Mothma, Bail Organa and the like).  So we'll just have to see.

So Corran, you trying to see how long it'll take until you can army-build on the cheap?  ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Revelations
« on: April 14, 2005, 08:17 PM »
I watched it and thought it was pretty good.  I haven't read revelations in a while so I don't know how close they are sticking to it.

I also caught the Dateline before it talking about the Da Vinci Code since Lost was a rerun.  I think I should've just watched Lost again since they didn't answer ANYTHING! ::)

Thanks Matt, I tried to be as detailed as possible.

In the 1:24 scale, there was the Jeff Gordon TPM car and the John Andretti AOTC car.  The AOTC car looked just like the AOTC car in the cheeros mail away, only on a larger scale obviously.

For ROTS, there is the Jeff Gordon Car, Dale Jarret, and Elliot Sadler, along with the Promo car I got today.  The Jeff Gordon car I pre-ordered through QVC.  The other three were available through the SW Shop in their diecast vehicle section.  I procrastinated on pre-ordering them and missed out on the Promo car and got it through ebay (for a little less than the FC).  If they're available anywhere else, I'm not sure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How many of us are musicians?
« on: April 14, 2005, 07:04 PM »
Yes, I really sing.  I used to be in a band and everything. ;D

I'll make one thread for this and post my review of each car as I get them.  Today I received the Episode 3 Program car, 1:24 Scale.

Packaging:  Very Nice, although there's no window to view the vehicle, the packaging has the Revenge of the Sith look similar to the Carded figures with Vader's head over the boiling Lava.  The car is packed in a form fitting styrofoam inlay to the box itself and also inside a soft bag...similar to cheese-cloth to keep it from being scratched.

Paint: The paint scheme on this thing is awesome!  The primary color scheme is black, with red along the bottom as well as the sides of the roof.  The hood has the Star Wars Logo in color and a greyscale picture of Darth Vader's Helmet with flames behind it.  On either side there is a side shot of Vader's head with flames coming out of it right by the car's number 05, although they look metallic and bolted onto the car, just paint but a nice effect nonetheless.  There is also a Star Wars Racing logo over the rear tire and a Vader Logo on the back.  The hood has the 05 number and the release date of the film.  The Trunk has the Star Wars Logo, and the hind end has another Darth Vader head, with the metallic flame design coming out of each side.

Detail:  There is plenty of detail on this car.  The hood and trunk open to reveal the engine and the contents of the trunk, which looks like a fuel cell.  There are also two roof flaps that open.  The interior has some incredible detail right down to the dashboard guages.  Also, the safety net on the driver's window is much softer and realistic to the previous cars.  Even the undercarriage shows the exhaust and suspension system in greater detail than previous years.  There are even tiny goodyear decals on the bottom of the tires like you'd see on new tires!

Overall:  I give this car a 5 out of 5.  If the program car is any indication of the rest of the series, these will be the best of my car collection!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How many of us are musicians?
« on: April 14, 2005, 06:27 PM »
I play drums....I can also sing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you where you want to be in life???
« on: April 13, 2005, 11:19 PM »
No, I grew up in New York, right across the river from West Point.

I went to school at UCF because they had a great engineering school and it was 1,000 miles from home.  I wanted to get out and see the world.

Oddly enough, I ended up getting my degree from UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks) about the other end of the spectrum!  :o

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 13, 2005, 09:50 PM »
I was told you can go blind from that!

My vision is 20/ you can draw your own conclusions! ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A JediDefender Thanks
« on: April 13, 2005, 08:56 PM »
Damn..I was thinking pot bownies.

Did I just date myself?????

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you where you want to be in life???
« on: April 13, 2005, 08:51 PM »
Sure.  I'm happy where I'm at these days.  Did my life take the course I had planned when I left High School nearly sixteen years ago??  Hell no!

My original plan had me graduating from UCF, joining the Air Force and becoming an F-15 pilot....eventally an Astronaut.  Instead, I ended up leaving UCF, enlisting in the Air Force and practically paying for my Bachelor's degree in blood, taking me 11 years to get instead of the four most people take.  Then, I find out I'm too old to get a pilot's slot in the Air Force, missing the age cut-off by six months.

Luckily, I worked in a squadron which had a slot for a Space Guy, and in the three years I was at Eielson, two different guys held the job.  I was able to pick thair brains about AF Space Command and found it extremely interesting.  I'm now a first Lt working one of the most interesting and demanding jobs the AF has to offer.  With different space assignments I can get after my missile tour I will be extremely more marketable to many Aerosace corporations, companies that do consulting for the military, and even NASA.

Most of my friends from my UCF days ar still in the AF, some got out because they couldn't get pilot slots because of the drawdown after Desert Storm and got out, some are majors and I think one or wo at Lt Col's now.  If I had finished college in the 4-5 year track I had originally planned I could be that rank by now as well, but I would be a much different officer than the one I am's more about the journey than the destination.

So Jaye, live your life they way YOU want to live it.  It's yours, and don't regret the choices you've made in the past...they've made you the person you are today.

I've been working on a story, but it's sort of Post ROTS.  It's hardly beyond the rough draft stage yet (a lot of it will depend on what happens in the ROTS movie and I'm trying to avoid spoilers).

I'd be happy to contribute to the story section if you want.  I get plenty of time on alert to put pen to paper.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What does your JD forum member name mean?
« on: April 13, 2005, 07:02 PM »
Well..I think the Matt part is obvious.  The fury however, I put on when I was first getting online and trying to find a screenname for AOL.  They wouldn't take Just Matt, and there were this group of fighters that came on the bombing range I worked at (my first AF assignment), and were real great when we had our EW (Electronic Warfare) simulators up on them.  They're flight callsign was "fury" so I added that and 13 to get MattFURY13.  Even though I don't use AOL much anymore (my parents use the account so I still have it), I've kept the mattfury in my e-mail for continuity's sake.

Odd thing is, my AF callsign/nickname is Obi-Wan....but I doubt I could get that to go through on any SW forum.  ;D

Conventions / Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
« on: April 13, 2005, 06:54 PM »
Hey Darthshader, is the Knights Out Pub still there???  I have some fond, albeit fuzzy, memories from that place from my days at UCF!

I really wish I could go to SW Weekends this year.  My next AF assignment is a toss up between working at the cape or flying satellites down in Colorado Springs (of course that's not until the end of 2007!).  Someday I'll get back there though!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Creepy Collecter/Scalper Sightings
« on: April 13, 2005, 05:05 PM »
There are a couple of guys I've seen at the Target opening on 2 April and the TRU openings on 2 and 10 April that kind of have me wondering.  I think they are just Hot Wheel/Star Wars collectors, and I've never seen them be rude, take stuff from kids, or even run to the aisle, but both of them have told me "collecting tips" like I'm not collecting the right way or something.  Just kinda rub me the wrong way I guess....still I don't look down on them or anything, I just don't know them really well.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Original Vintage I have found
« on: April 13, 2005, 04:49 PM »
All of my vintage playsets and vehicles are in my parents' basement.  I removed the batteries a long time ago and have none of the boxes, but all the foam for the Death Star and on the Dagobah playsets are still in great condition!

I go and check out all the stuff when I go home on leave.  ;D

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