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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: August 27, 2005, 09:26 AM »
Winston Churchill: A History of the English Speaking Peoples Volume.I

You're a brave soul reading Churchill.  Being a history major and teacher, I've wanted to read some of his stuff.  I sat down and tried to but it go so freakin' wordy I couldn't stand it. 

I'm about to pick up a new book, but I don't know what yet.  I just finished reading Splash One by Ivan Randall.  It's about the history of air to air jet combat.  Pretty good read if you're into that.  I've seen a book recently about Pararescue that I want to pick up.  I'm also reading through select chapters of a home buying guide.

When I was actually looking for stuff, there were three Walmarts and 1 Target.  I gave up on TRU do to the slow restocking and the horror stories I've heard of employees. 

Now, I'll only check for figures if I'm in the store for something else.  I've gotten a bit burned out on figures and am focusing more on getting a house.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite cuss word?
« on: August 25, 2005, 07:15 AM »
Back to the thread at hand.  I've got a new favorite word...asspipe.

I've got one carded.  I wish I would have been able to get more, but they hardly showed in my area...or if they did, somebody got to them first.  I managed to pick up a second one at one point, but traded it for a bunch of old spaceships that are becoming my custom ship project.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Are action figures dying?
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:08 AM »
Funny that something like this is mentioned.  I was talking to one of my classes the other day and we were talking about the things we played with growing up.  They've grown up in the now generation (13-14 yo) and we had to work for some of our stuff.

Also, they have grown up not really having to use their minds for much as when I was growing up in the 80's, I didn't have any game systems (didn't get one until I was a Jr. in college), most of my friends didn't either.  Instead, we played outside and used our imagination on things.  Maybe that is why the late 70's, 80's generation is so creative.

Now, that's not to say kids today arent' creative, I know,  I deal with them everyday, but they just don't seem to have the same things ticking as we did.  Of course, I'm sure that's how every generation feels about the one after it.

That's what I was talking about.  I probably should have looked at that website.  How's that for a History teacher who studies special ops.

Hey guys,
I'm working on putting together a 12" figure and am still needing a few parts.  Due to this being a primarily SW site, I'm not real sure if I should look for parts there.

I recognize names here and know I'm not going to get ripped for posting this here...but put this elsewhere if need be. :)  So first, thanks for being much better than RS about slamming people with honest questions.

I'm still looking for kneepads, camel backs, and a couple of other things.  I've got several of the 3.75" elite force figures (probably close to 20 w/ accessories), and I have the ATV as well, I know it's called a chunnelwick, but I can't seem to find the correct spelling.

Anyway, the ATV is used primarily by the SEAL teams, but is labled as USMC dessert patrol vehicle.  Let me know if anyone can help me out here.


Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 17, 2005, 04:32 PM »
Just an update because a few people mentioned some interest in my figure.

I've ordered through OpsToys and eBay some good stuff.  I've got an M4 w/tac light, boots, gloves, uniform, radio, a couple of mag pouches, 1 grenade pouch, and an assault vest/flak vest combo.

I'm waiting for my pistol and drop down holster to show, along with the helmet and goggles from ebay.  After that, I still need to order a few magazines to stuff in the pouches, a camel back, and a couple of grenades with pouches.  Then, kneepads and I should be finished.  I may add a day pack (ruck), but probably not.  My figure may even get a cool pair of shades, but we'll have to wait and see.

I may replace the tac light w/ foregrip in favor of a 203 launcher.  If I do that though, then I'll have to add a bandolier or more pouches for the 40mm grenades.  We'll see on that one though.

Unfortunately Derek, the figure and equipment you sent me didn't fit right with the other stuff I had. :'(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: August 12, 2005, 04:26 PM »
After putting $50 worth of gas in my truck yesterday, I actually considered selling my beloved 4X4.   If I could find another pickup, possibly the Titan, with better mileage, I might consider getting rid of it.

Although gas really is creaping up slower than inflation, it has made a huge jump in the past year and a half.  Living on a teacher's salary that increases at a lower rate than inflation, this is shortly going to become a sticky situation.  Lucky for my wife and I (both teachers) I don't drive my truck except to work...but she drives about 30 miles one way in her little Hyundai Santa Fe.  Her mileage is pretty good, but not so much for my Ford. 

FWIW, if you guys are having some issues, a tune up and regular oil changes will help to a degree.  The engine will run more efficient...also be sure to keep your tire pressure at the recommended levels.  Preventative maintenance will help with fuel efficiency, as well as long term damage to the pocketbook when something breaks.

Sorry that's long, my mind is kind of jumping all over the place.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 50lbs in 6 weeks. Can I do it? The Verdict!
« on: August 12, 2005, 04:21 PM »
Awesome Kevin!!!

If you are in the Dallas area for a little paintball, let me know and I'll blast away with you.

Good job.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 9, 2005, 07:26 AM »
Will do Derek.  I'm anxiously awaiting more parts this week.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 8, 2005, 07:20 AM »
Just an update.  Going through eBay I picked up a Dragon figure.  Then using Optoys I picked up Dragon gloved hands and a couple of Dragon uniform parts.  Then going back to eBay, I picked up some Dragon body armor, a Dragon M4, and a BBI helmet clip mike and radio.

I'm going to wait for all this to show and then see how it fits together.  I've managed to get a figure through a trade here and it's in the 12" scale so I'm going to use it first and see if the equipment fits.  If it does, then back to ebay the DML figure goes.

Feedback / Re: Ook's feedback
« on: August 6, 2005, 12:33 PM »
Super trade.  I got more than I asked for and received my package two days after we finished negotiating.  Super communication and really friendly.  Thanks!!

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 6, 2005, 12:09 AM »
Actually, they were navy berets.  I'm  not doing a beret thought, probably a helment and goggles.

I've also been looking at Optoys and from a 12" seller on eBay with some good stuff.

Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: August 5, 2005, 11:41 PM »
Thanks JJ.  That was what I was thinking but before I go off and start picking up gear, I wanted to make sure I didn't screw myself out of money because the equipment didn't jive.

FWIW, I'm making an USAF Security Forces soldier from Iraq.  It's what I did when I was in the AF.

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