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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.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:40 PM »
I just saw that post over at GH as well, that case assortment seems a little odd to me as well.  I guess we shouldn't be too surprised though.  I found my first (and only, so far) of this line this past weekend (Obi-Wan) and am really hoping I am able to pick up the rest of them.  I hope this case packing won't make the Yoda and Clonetrooper impossible to find.  I'm sure that they will be the hottest ones of the line.  I will say this, I really think the packaging on these figures is great...I was able to spot them from quite a ways away with the big character pictures on the bubble sides :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 14, 2004, 12:47 PM »
That's pretty much the same way I feel from time to time Scott.  Plus, Episode III might end up being the best of the prequel movies too.  It seems to get a little better each time it gets closer to "original trilogy time" :).  I've had to start skipping vehicles and playsets too, I just don't have the room.  Might have to pack a few away as well.

Saga '02-'04 / Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 14, 2004, 11:47 AM »
Collecting OT-based figures/vehicles, etc. only?  Awhile back, after reading through the Return of the King movie thread, it seemed like many of us really felt the the prequel movies have been sub-par, especially when compared the the OT and the LOTR franchise.  Although I don't think I could ever totally quit buying prequel figures...and I know I'll be there opening night for Episode III, I will admit that I have considered collecting only original trilogy stuff from time to time.  I guess the thought comes up more now with 2004 focusing so highly on the OT, and all of the figures so far looking fantastic.  Like I said, I do enjoy all things Star Wars (prequel or original), and will most likely continue to collect both....I will say the thought has entered my mind from time to time (space and collecting funds are other issues that have made me consider it).  At times I have also thought of only buying prequel figures that have a clear connection to the OT (for example...Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakin, Clone/Stormtroopers, 3PO and R2, soon to be Chewie, etc.)  The 3 3/4" line is really the only one that I do buy most of, with the Playskool sets I bought only the OT ones, with the Unleashed (for the most part) it has been the same.  I certainly don't mean to offend any PT fans, I really enjoy the movies too..and have plenty of figures from each of them so far, it was just something I had thought about after reading some posts over the past couple of months.  Anyways, I was just wondering if any of you have ever considered this as well?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 2004 Toyfair Feb 14-18!!!!!!!1
« on: January 14, 2004, 10:52 AM »
I really hope that everything rumored there is able to turn out.  Although we've had a wealth of Lukes this year, I would gladly welcome a new Dagobah one.  I think it would be great to get a new OT Yoda.  Even though we got several PT versions over the past year or two, it has been awhile since the OT version...and I really think Hasbro could do much more with this figure/character now.  I'd also buy up each of those rumored figs for the Bespin wave.  The Coruscant wave doesn't sound too bad either.  I'm really enjoying the focus on the OT this year, and so far, the sculpting and figures in general have been amazing, at least in my opinion.  Definitely brings memories of the POTJ times.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rate your job satisfaction...
« on: January 14, 2004, 08:54 AM »
The idea of looking around for something new and different is pretty scary to me, since I generally enjoy familiarity and stability in my life.

This is the same way I feel.  My job satisfaction, I guess.  I work with some pretty good people, and our company is kind of spread throughout the country, so there are many that I never even see or talk to.  I have recently been given the opportunity work from home (since my work is online), and I have come to enjoy that pretty well.  On the bad side of things, I have been here five years...still waiting for a raise....and I have been through 5 rounds of firings/cutbacks.  I am happy that I have been able to make it through each time, but at the same time it is tough seeing so many friends come and go.  But, like the quote above, I like familiarity in my life....and to be honest a part of me is sort of "scared" to do something different.  I do always keep an eye on things in the job market, just to see what is out there, but I have the feeling I would have to go back to school to find anything decent.  I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology (which I don't work in at all now), and that degree is somewhat worthless around here in Nebraska.  I wish I would have been able to see that better in college, but I didn't.  Plus, my wife has a great job, that she really we don't really want to move either.  Anyways, I guess I would say it isn't perfect...but things could be worse too.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 13, 2004, 10:53 AM »
Not too excited about these...but I think warnings of pegwarming hell are overdoing it, things have been selling quite well, even the clone wars stuff moved better than I thought it would

I agree Scott, especially if they are only packed 1 per case.  My shopping choices are somewhat limited where we live, but the Targets, TRU, and Wal-Marts we visit regularly are pretty much always cleared out.  The "Greatland" Target (where I've had the most luck), has sold through everything they have had Star Wars since they opened in October...including a TON of Clone Wars Anakins and Yodas (I was surprised).  I'm glad to see things selling, but it does make it tough to find figures now and then ;).  At least we know they're out there though, not like last year where they never even seemed to make it to the stores.

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