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Other Toy Lines / Transformers Alternators
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:58 AM »
I haven't had a Transformer toy since my childhood, but the Alternators line is awfully tempting.  I haven't seen any of these in person yet, but from what I have seen online they all look pretty great.  I guess I don't really have the $ or room, so I should just forget about it...but they do look pretty great :).

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:53 AM »
Not exactly Marvel Legends, but I decided to pick up the new Spidey 2 super duper hyper ultra articulated Spiderman figure this weekend (or whatever it is called).  I just wanted to have one Spidey to go in my Marvel (X-Men) collection, because outside of the X-Characters, he was my favorite comic/character.  This figure really is amazing, and the number of poses you can achieve with the articulation it has is outstanding.  I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a nice Spidey fig.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:50 AM »
This past weekend was an Obi weekend for me I guess.  I was able to finally find the Outlander Bar Obi Wan, which is probably the best Episode II version they have done IMO.  I was also fortunate enough to find a Clone Wars Animated Obi-Wan as well, and although many people dislike this line, I really think they are kind of cool.  I was especially impressed with the packaging for these figures.  I'm not as big of a fan of the regular Clone Wars figures, and other than the SA Clone, I don't think I will buy anymore of those....but I'd like to pick up the rest of the animated line.  I guess I don't mind them being cartoony and not "fitting in", because they are from a cartoon...and I like them to represent that.  Now if we could just get some Hoth Lukes and Wampas around here I could get a little bit caught up :).  Good luck to everyone in their hunts!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:47 AM »
Although I know some people really dislike these figures, I was fortunate enough to find an animated Obi-Wan this past weekend, and I really like these figures.  They are something different, to be sure, but still cool in their own way.  I really hope to be able to locate all of the figures in the two waves, but for now its just my lonely Obi :).  One thing I really like about these figures are their cards.  Although it might not work great for the regular line, they are really neat for this line....with the big picture of the character on the side of the bubble...they really do stand out.  I could spot the Obi Wan hanging on the peg from a ways away because of the card and bubble alone.  I actually wouldn't mind seeing some animated-style OT figures, if they ever do a cartoon of those characters some day.  Just something different to collect I guess.  But, at the same time, I am with those that say they don't want them taking up shelf space from basic, (especially OT) figures.  Those are still #1 with me :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:38 AM »
I agree with many of you, I'm not overly enthused about this "Hall of Fame" series.  Since they are supposed to be packed 1-per case, hopefully it won't cause a pegwarming problem.  I, like others, will definitely pick up the 3PO, since I never had this particular version.  I am a Han fan, but I already have several commtech Hans I picked up for $1.99 back in the day :).  I would have rather seen them stick in the POTJ Bespin Han if they were going to repack one, that's one of my favorite figures.  The Chewie isn't too bad, but the Cloud City one is a bit better.  I'll probably be passing on everything but the 3PO, and possibly a Stormtrooper if I see one.  I have the rest, in some cases two of them :).  Like many of you said, there could definitely have been some better choices for the Hall of Repacks wave :).

Vintage Kenner / Re: New To Vintage Collecting? Some Tips!
« on: January 9, 2004, 04:36 PM »
I wanted to thank everyone for this thread, and for the advice in these forums.  I am admittedly a vintage novice, but am slowly working towards getting a loose, complete set of the first 77 figures.  After that, who knows, maybe the rest of the figures, or maybe on to vehicles.  Although I really enjoy the modern stuff (especially with the 2004 stuff coming out, OT heavy), vintage is just so much fun to collect, and really takes me back.  I can still remember when and where I found a few of my favorite vintage figs on the pegs (actually on the pegs, not ordered online like today :P)  Anyways, getting somewhat caught up with some modern stuff, and scaling back on prequel stuff right now has given me the opportunity to get back to some vintage collecting, and I appreciate all of the knowledge I gain from you guys here in the forum.  Thanks!

Vintage Kenner / Micro Collection
« on: January 9, 2004, 04:33 PM »
Although I still have a ways to go on my vintage loose figure collection, another area I have been interested in is the Micro Collections.  I personally never had any of these as a child, but had some friends that did, and thought they were kind of cool.  Do any of you have and/or collect these?  How hard are they to come by today?  I am sure some (if not all) can get pretty expensive.  Just curious if any of you collected these, or if you want to in the future.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: January 9, 2004, 12:50 PM »
I can only think of a few off hand, although I guess toy collecting is kind of a guilty pleasure too :).

Music  Michelle Branch - I have been a fan of almost all of her music I have heard, and I'm not sure why, it just always seems like men get made fun of if they like "girls" music :), but there are many talented female artists.

Television  I'm in the same boat with those who have mentioned Trading Spaces.  My wife and I watch that show quite often, along with other shows along the same genre...such as Clean Sweep, and occasionally While You Were Out...all on TLC.  Another television one would be the Fox show "the OC".  My wife has been watching this show from the start, and I have been watching it with her...and I hate to admit it, I'm hooked. :)

Oh, had to add one other television one...cartoons.  These are aside from ones such as Simpsons, Futurama, Home Movies, and Family Guy.  I guess I don't quite consider those "cartoons", even though they are.  I enjoys me a cartoon now and then, depending on what it is.  Classic Looney Tunes, MOTU, superhero type cartoons, and occasionally Spongebob Squarepants...I don't know, I find it funny sometimes.

Food  I guess it would be Pizza.  It is something my wife and I both enjoy to eat, but know we shouldn't too terribly often.  I'm also a big fan of Cheddar Jack cheez-its, but I'm not ashamed to eat those :P.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 8, 2004, 04:59 PM »
Meanwhile.....we're still all waiting for our new coach, while many of the rest of you are probably laughing at us.  Football is huge here in Nebraska, since we don't have any pro wouldn't believe how pretty much every night this week the coaching search is one of the "top stories" on all the news stations.  The latest interviewees as of yesterday....Interim Head Coach Bo Pelini, Co-Head Coach Turner Gill, and former Raiders' head man Bill Callahan.  Much of the state is pulling for Pelini, but it hasn't sounded real promising so far.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 2004 DVD Release List
« on: January 8, 2004, 04:55 PM »
I really hope that the Seinfeld on DVD rumors turn out to be true.  That is one series that we have been hoping for, for quite some time.  2004 looks to be a great year for DVDs, with the (hopeful) arrivals of the Star Wars OT on DVD, Clone Wars Micro-Series, Seinfeld, Return of the King, and a lot of other great titles.  I like the fact that more places are embracing the concept of television series on DVD, the problem is there gets to be so many that a person wants to buy :).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Curb Your Enthusiasm
« on: January 8, 2004, 12:57 PM »
I've heard nothing but great things about this show as well.  Unfortunately, we don't get HBO, otherwise we would definitely check it out.  We were/are huge Seinfeld fans, and if the humor is along those lines, I'm sure we would enjoy it.  We were actually thinking about picking up HBO just for this, but I don't think it would be worth it for one show.  Nice to hear another postive endorsement of it though, hopefully we can check it out sometime.

Watto's Junk Yard / Daily Comics
« on: January 7, 2004, 09:42 AM »
I was just wondering if any of you check out the daily comics (funnies, cartoons, whatever you might call them).  Growing up, I always read them in the newspaper (especially on Sundays, which in Nebraska is the only day of the week that the comics were in color!).  My Dad, brother and I would read them together...some sort of a tradition...probably sounds silly.  Since I work online all the time, I take a moment each day to visit, to check out some of my favorites.  I always enjoy the classics...Calvin and Hobbes reprints (I wish this comic was still going), Peanuts, Garfield, Dilbert (from time to time)...and I think my favorite anymore is Fox Trot.  I guess I just find this comic funny, plus there are often mentions of Star Wars, LOTR, and other "geeky" stuff :).  Do you have any other favorites that you might recommend?  Or do you read comics at all?

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: January 7, 2004, 09:31 AM »
I also saw some trilogy figures at a Target near us this past weekend.  I saw the same figures as Jesse James (ringwraith, HD Aragorn, Frodo w/sting).  I haven't bought any other LOTR figures for now, simply because we don't have the room...but it makes it even more tempting if they are going to be $5 a pop now.  I used to think Star Wars figures were a pretty good value, and was really happy when they went down to $4.99 a figure, but when you see the larger, many times more articulated LOTR figs for $5, and Marvel Legends for $6-something, I start to reconsider.  Oh well, I don't mind paying $5 for SW, its still better than $7 or $8, but $3 or $4 would be better :P.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Super-Articulated "VS." 2-packs?
« on: January 6, 2004, 10:19 AM »
This is a really great idea JesseJames, and I know I'd be all for it if Hasbro went this route.  Like you said, it is a great way to get a number of SA army building figures out there (Stormies, Scout Troopers, Hoth Troopers, Snowtroopers, etc.)...but I also really like your idea of incorporating some of the main characters in there.  I really think if Hasbro would be able to go all out on SA versions of Luke, Han, Obi, Vader, well as the army-building types, there would be the best percentage of "happy" collectors they have seen, as well as a great way to bring kids into the line.  I know if I was a kid, I'd be all over a "Han vs. Stormtrooper" or "Jedi Luke vs. Vader" type of two packs, in fact...I'd be all over it now, as long as they were still sculpted well too.  We know they are capable of doing both (sculpt/articulation), we've seen their best work if they just applied it in this way :).  Great idea, and thanks for posting it.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: January 5, 2004, 12:47 PM »
Looks like another big NBA trade could be going down soon.  According to ESPN, the Knicks could be sending Antonio McDyess, Charlie Ward, Howard Eisley, the rights to Milos Vujanic, two future first round picks, and cash to the Phoenix Suns for Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway.  Could be a pretty big shakeup for both teams if this goes through.  Phoenix has been talented, but struggling this year, and it will be interesting to see where they fit McDyess in with Stoudemire (who is injured I believe right now), Marion, etc.  Lots of big trades this year so far, keeps it interesting I guess.  Here's the link from ESPN:

Knicks/Suns Trade

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