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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
« on: January 20, 2004, 02:04 PM »
Yeah, I'll admit too that the packaging wasn't too bad at all.....its the actual figures that made it unappealing :P.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: January 20, 2004, 11:27 AM »
I just had to bring this topic back up to the top after this past weekend.  I sat around for an hour talking with my brother in law (and future brother in law) about how great the original NES was.  That system was just so much fun, and between those conversations and what we have been talking about here, it really makes me want to go and see if I can pick up some old games on ebay or something.   I still have many of my old ones, but wouldn't mind getting some other greats that you mentioned (my friends had, but I didn't)...Castlevania, Mega Man, Kid Icarus, Metroid, Zelda, etc.  Any other games you would recommend for this system?  Personally, don't make fun of me, I don't think I have ever played the Legend of Zelda for more than 5 minutes total in my life, and don't remember it well......but it seems to be pretty well liked, so I thought about picking it up.  Plus, cheaper to pick up games for the old NES than my Gamecube most of the time :P.  Although....on the "new" Nintendo side of things, I got NBA Live 2004 and Rebel Strike for Christmas, so they are both getting all of my gaming time right now...both good games I think.

**Also, quick question, I remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games being fun, I was wondering which you guys thought was the best of them though?**

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your favorite quick snack..whatcha like?
« on: January 20, 2004, 11:00 AM »
Well, if we're eliminating "quick grab" stuff like crackers, fruit, etc.  I guess I'd have to go with a peanut butter sandwich with a tall glass of milk, or a bowl of cereal.  My wife and I also like to have a plate of tostada chips with cheddar cheese sprinkled over them, then melted in the microwave...but that's usually a meal for us I guess.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Warriors 4-Pack
« on: January 20, 2004, 09:29 AM »
I actually came across several of these sets this past weekend at TRU.  I am not interested at all, so I passed.  I have a feeling these sets might be clogging for awhile, but I guess you never know.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba's Palace Wave
« on: January 19, 2004, 01:55 PM »
Just noticed that Galactic Hunter has some carded shots up of Lando, Holo Luke, and Rappertunie (courtesy of mimidog4428).  You can check them out here:

Jabba's Wave Carded

The Original Trilogy / Star Wars - Roger Ebert's Greatest Movies
« on: January 19, 2004, 01:16 PM »
I'm not usually much for reviewers (although I do read them), but it seems like they never like the movies I like (Star Wars movies in specific)....but I ran across this review (keep in mind, from 1997 when the Special Editions were released), and I thought it was a good write up by well-known reviewer Roger Ebert.  Even though it is a bit dated, it is kind of a fun read, and touches on the "magic" of Star Wars which I think is why so many of us are dedicated fans.  Just thought some of you might be interested to see it:

Star Wars - Roger Ebert

Also, you can check out some of his other "greatest movies" if you are so inclined. :)

I've seen some pics of those TOMY mini dioramas before, and they are kind of neat.  I thought about collecting them as well, but put it off because (once again) lack of money and space.  For now, I have been kind of limited in my "other collectibles" simply because I spend time, space, and money on the 3 3/4" line...but I hope to get into it more in the future.  For now, I'm pretty limited to:

Movie Posters (my wife has gotten me the OT posters, framed, and I have an Episode II one in the closet waiting to be framed).

Applause Mug/Hamilton Plate - Only have one of each of these, found at a garage sale.  R2-D2 mug, and a Millennium Falcon plate.  I'm happy with them though.

Playskool - I have all of the OT sets, and I hope they release more.  I would probably buy any OT figures, vehicles, sets they would release.

Unleashed - Pretty much OT only on this as well, although I do have Jango and Yoda.  Others so far are Jedi Luke, Han, Boba, as well as Chewie and Hoth Luke on preorder.

Misc - Yoda pez dispenser, Ask Yoda, Darth Vader Palm Talker, Vader/Jango/Stormtrooper candy head things, Frito Lay puzzle piece things from Episode II, Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, Clonetrooper/Obi-Wan life size standees, Micro Machines Dagobah, Taco Bell Yoda, Episode I C-3PO Pepsi Cup, OT pencil art poster.  All I can think of right now.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hoth Wave
« on: January 19, 2004, 11:08 AM »
I've only found the R-3PO and Riekaan figures thus far from the "Hoth" theme (really hoping to find Luke and the Wampa soon), but I saw this picture this morning of the wave standing together....and I was on the fence before about the Hoth Trooper, but I think this clinches it for me not getting it....he really is short, isn't he?  (Pic courtesy of

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Line: Do You Collect...Opinions?
« on: January 19, 2004, 09:06 AM »
Personally, I wouldn't mind if this line came long as it wasn't so much that it would be overwhelming, which I don't think would be the case.  I too have only bought the OT sets, and that's all I would continue to buy...but I think this was/is a really great line.  For some reason when I opened them up they reminded me of how it was when I was a kid.  Until I had room to display them, I could fit all the figs in the back of the Falcon...which is what I did with my vintage figures back in the day as well :).  I wouldn't mind seeing a small comeback of this line too, especially to add a Leia (or maybe Yoda/Boba Fett/Lando) to the collection.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: January 19, 2004, 09:04 AM »
Although, I guess not technically "Saga", I did find the rest of the Animated Clone Wars Wave 1 (Anakin, Mace, Asajj).  I was also able to finally find a Concept Stormtrooper at TRU.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: January 19, 2004, 08:57 AM »
I really hope that this ends up being true as well.  I've really been hoping for a new Dagobah Luke and a new OT Yoda for a long time.  The Obi-wan spirit is a nice surprise too.  I never got the Dagobah X-Wing, so the R2 is fine with me as well.  Hopefully we'll find out this is a go in the next month or so.  This is certainly the "year of the Luke" though, not that I am complaining either, all have been well done so far.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Wars Animated Cards
« on: January 16, 2004, 01:10 PM »
After reading your post, I did check the one figure I had, and noticed there is a slight bend in the card too.  I'm not a carded collector, so I don't care...but it is interesting if they are mostly this way because of the bubble.

Watto's Junk Yard / Official Television Thread
« on: January 16, 2004, 08:36 AM »
I thought it might be interesting to see what types of television shows everyone enjoys out there (even if it is embarassing), or even if you just want to post something interesting, or a Star Wars reference, that you might have seen on TV. (For example, if anyone saw That 70s Show last night, there was a couple SW references on there). Anyways, my wife and I are tv/movie people I guess. Although we aren't couch potatoes in the true sense (we both work full time and exercise at least an hour a day), our evenings are pretty much dedicated to watching the tube together. A few of our favorite shows to watch include (I guess I'll go by days):

Sunday: On Fox, Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, Arrested Development (the wife also enjoys American Dreams, but I usually only see the second half due to Simpsons) Also, lately we have been watching the show "Home Movies" on adult swim (Cartoon Network). It just started airing again, and we find it quite funny.

Monday: Still Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Tuesday: Nothing really in particular, but we do sometimes watch the show Happy Family on NBC, and According to Jim on ABC.

Wednesday: Fox night, again...That 70s Show is a favorite, and although I might get made fun of for this, we both really enjoy "the O.C." Started watching it with the wife, now we're both hooked :P.

Thursday: As cliche as it sounds...we always watch Friends. We also catch Will and Grace some of the time, but haven't been overly enthused about it for awhile. We are BIG fans of the show Scrubs (one of the funniest shows on TV I think)...but it hasn't been on lately because of that Trump show.

Friday: Not much on this night I guess. If we're home, we usually watch "Life with Bonnie" (I think that's what it is called). Pretty funny. Also seem to watch Dateline quite a bit on Fridays, if we haven't rented or gone to movies.

Saturday: Other than some sports during the day, it is pretty much a TLC night for us (laugh if you will). We watch home shows such as "Trading Spaces" and "Clean Sweep". We also catch Saturday Night Live if it is new.

Reruns: We consistently watch Seinfeld reruns (our favorite), as well as Friends, Simpsons, and some of That 70s Show. We also catch Family Guy and Futurama on adult swim every night. We occasionally watch us some Letterman and Conan O'Brien as well.  As far as shows that aren't currently on, we used to watch that Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica show on MTV.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 15, 2004, 09:33 AM »
Thanks for the comments everyone, its nice to see that I'm not the only one who feels this way.  And, I wholeheartedly agree with those that have said the character designs haven't gone away with the prequels.  The characters are still amazing, and I do enjoy collecting them.  When it comes down to it, I'll still collect both trilogies....but I tend to get a little more enthused about the OT offerings.  I'm always up for more Jedi and Clonetroopers too though :P.

I also saw that blurb at TF.N this morning, about the "sequel" trilogies.  Who knows if it will actually happen or not, but interesting news to say the least.  I think a lot of people would be interested (even non-super fans) if they got many of the originals to at least do cameos (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammill, Billy Dee).  I'd be pretty surprised if they did though.  Interesting news though anyways....:)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What have you stopped collecting?
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:58 PM »
I'm in the same boat as many of you.  I don't necessarily consider it "collecting", but as far as which lines I was most into as a kid and gave up on...they are pretty much the same.  I'll list them from what I have most of to least I guess (or close)...

Star Wars/GI Joe - I pretty much collected these at the same time, most of my SW figures came from the ESB and particularly the ROTJ lines...I was a little too young for the first Star Wars (New Hope, even though it wasn't called that) line, never got any of the POTF figures either.  GI Joe it was mostly around the 83-86ish time I guess, although I do remember picking up a fig here or there later on (the 1989 Snake Eyes comes to mind).  I had just a few vehicles for each line, and I think the figures actually integrated in some of my childhood play scenarios :P.

He-Man/MOTU - I guess this might be up there with the other two as well, I had a pretty good variety of this line, and actually had (and still have) both Greyskull and Snake Mountain.  I still have all of my figures in this line from my childhood, although not necessarily all the weapons.  Playsets really made these fun to play with, along with the "Attak Tracks" or whatever it was called.

Super Powers/Secret Wars - A little bit of each of this line, although I probably had a little more of the Super Powers line.  Figures I remember having off hand are Spidey, Wolverine, Doc Ock, Batman, Robin, Joker, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern.  I still have most of these figures, in varying degrees of condition ;).

Transformers/Go Bots - Again, little bit of both.  I only had a few Transformers (they were a little more expensive to buy myself, and didn't get a whole lot as gifts).  I remember getting my favorite, Sideswipe, as an Easter gift from my parents.  Makes me tempted to pick up the Alternators one that is supposed to be coming out.  I also had an Insecticon (Kickback?), Dinobot (the Triceratops), and a number of the smaller ones.  This is a line that I kind of combined with friends', so we had more to play with then.  I probably had more of the Go-Bots, simply because they were smaller...also had the Command Center thingy too for those.

MASK - This is a line (and short-lived cartoon) that I really liked, but it ended too quickly (at least it seemed to me).  I had my favorite, the orange pick up with a guy named "Hondo" if I remember right?  I had a few smaller vehicles as well.

Baseball/Football/Basketball cards - Ok, this was probably the worse....I had a TON of these, and still do have most of them.  I sold a few shoeboxes full of "extras" at a garage sale earlier this year, just because we needed the room.  This was probably a big of a collector thing for me, next to what Star Wars is now.  I can't begin to imagine what I spent on these things.  I got out of these in the early 90s (maybe 94ish), partially because I couldn't bring myself to spend upwards of $2 a pack for like 8 cards.  In my heydey, it was less than a buck a pack for many, with like 12-15 cards per pack.  A lot of good memories of those times though, all of my friends collected as well.  It got to be too many brands too, when we were collecting it was Topps, Score, Donruss, Fleer, Upper Deck, NBA Hoops, Skybox, Pro Line? (football), and lines like that.  Half of them probably don't even exist anymore.  The last card I think I bought was an Upper Deck Chris Webber rookie card, if I remember right.

Comics - I had a fair amount of comics too, but haven't bought any (other than the ones that come with ML) for a looong time.  Top three were easily X-Men, Spidey (various ones), and Batman.  I also had quite a bit of Iron Man and some Wolverine comics.

Hot Wheels - I had a lot of these, as well as Die Cast Tractors (hey I grew up on a farm).  Still have many of those, used to have a little vinyl carrying case for the Hot Wheels....I think those are fun for almost every generation.

As far as now, its pretty much been just the Star Wars stuff for me.  I have been tempted by many lines, but haven't ended up collecting too much of it.  Mainly, because we don't have the room, the extra collecting funds, or the patience.  I have two LOTR figures (RA Legolas, Smeagol - bendy), two MOTU figures (He-Man and Sy-Klone, although I'd buy a Roboto if I ever saw one), and about three Joe figures (I bought two different Snake Eyes figures, and happened to get a Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow with them).  I do collect some Marvel figures, just the X-Men ones for now (have Beast, Wolvie, Magneto, Colossus, and Gambit), and recently picked up the Spidey 2 Super Articulated Spidey.  Star Wars takes precedence among the others, all the time.

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