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Anyone know what scale these Disney Store exclusive die-cast ships are in, or if they're actual rehashes of the Titanium or Galoob ships...?  $80 for 9 ships makes me think they're sized somewhere in between the Titanium ships and the old Action Fleet ships.  Just curious, after catching Jayson's news post over at Yak about it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:58 AM »
Birthday thread?  Phhhth.  Who needs that, when we have this special dedicated thread right here, which sufficed just fine the prior couple of years.  Like I said, sadly, no bribes of birthday love in 2014.  Keep this up and, well... you don't want to see me angry...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:50 AM »
I don't think he'll be participating in this thread, as he's still pissed off that his birthday wasn't even acknowledged this year (despite his continued absence). Then, on top of that, Jeff's gone and embarrassingly demoted him in the annals of the TCJDSWCC.


Feedback / Re: Scott's feedback
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:24 AM »
Humungous thanks goiní out to my good friend Olí Cocky here, for a hook-up of epic proportions!  Been around the trading boards for many years, and the box full of beautifully packed HTF swag that Scott just helped me out with (at cost) is the likes of which Iíve rarely, if ever, seen on the boards.  I can only imagine that he mustíve done it to honor the 10 year anniversary of my creation of the famous Minnesota Collectorís Club.  Probably a fair trade, now that I think about it.  Regardless, my TVC collection thanks you for making it nearly complete again!  Itís also nice to finally have OCB provide me with some figures other than ICMG, a variant Hoth Han, and a beat-all-to-**** Kitik!  I definitely owe you one buddyÖ   :-*

- M

Edit: Some guy claiming to be a MN historian has suggested that I have a faulty/senile memory, so I've edited this post to reflect my newly demoted place in the annals of the TCJDSWCC.

Feedback / Re: Darth_Anton's feedback
« on: August 2, 2013, 02:26 AM »
Big thanks to Anthony for a very helpful hookup on some elusive exclusives...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: August 2, 2013, 02:20 AM »
...old man.   :'(


Anaheim, eh?  Interesting...

Just for clarification, is this set up at Star Traders inside the park, or at Once Upon A Toy (or another store) outside the park at Downtown Disney?  I'm seeing conflicting reports around the web on that.  If it's only the former at this point, I'll just wait it out 'til they go WDW's strategy where they subsequently get released outside the park too.  I'm not paying a $100 cover charge to get these things...

Paul, do you know yet?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:20 PM »
I have his underwear :-* >:D :P...Crotch Size Small


JD Uber Troll is having yet another challenging dilemma, so Iíve decided to help him out here and start a thread on his behalf, to hopefully help alleviate some of his continuously "unusual" anxiety regarding others peopleís collecting habits.  Force Guy brings up an interesting conundrum though, as he is currently confounded as to why people (like me) who dislike the Prequels would still collect prequel figures and toys.  Similary, we should probably nip it in the bud and also address why folks would buy any of the EU figures if they didn't like the book or game from which the characters came, or havenít even read or played it for that matter.

Any takers?  As for me, as I've previously posted, I do it for the sake of maintaining a complete 4Ē collection, on top of the fact that I just like most of the figures regardless of movie or source of origin.  In all of the other Star Wars lines I collect (GG, etc), Iíve always gone OT-only though.  But since I've dug the 4Ē line since 1978, and it's relatively cheap (current distribution issues aside), Iíve decided to grab the prequel stuff along the way too, even if their inspiration comes from 2.5 movies that I donít particularly care for.  As for EU, other than the Thrawn trilogy and SOTE, Iíve never read any Star Wars EU, and Iíve only played a handful of the SW video games, but I really dig the vast majority of EU figures.  I guess I look at the Hasbro line as part of the overall SW "toy saga" which I enjoy in it's entirety, but a somewhat separate entity from the movie saga (which I only enjoy 58.3% of the time), so I collect the prequel (and EU) stuff almost as happily as the OT swag.

[Tangent]Regarding collecting in general, on a broader level, Iíll occasionally purchase stuff I donít necessarily love for my movie and music collections, just to make them more well-rounded.  Iíve taken to trying to ďcollectĒ each Blu-ray from BOMís Top 200 adjusted list, though thereís actually a small handful that Iím struggling with that I may wind up passing on.  I'll grab random Jazz and Classical CDs from time to time too, even though I don't love those genres, and have to be in exactly the right mood to listen to them.  I also collect U.S. and Int'l coins, including some from countries that I didn't particularly enjoy, and many that have some ridiculously lame designs on them.  I guess my point is that to me, well-rounded and interesting collections should contain a wide array of items within them: Bizarre, cool, ugly, unusual, popular, random, despised, etc.[tangent/]

So, who else is in the boat of disliking the Prequels (or EU), but collecting their respective figures/toys, and how come?  Also, folks who have ditched the PT figures somewhere along the way should feel free to chime in too since you were obviously at one point in this club as well, before ďseeing the lightĒ (or just running out of space, as the more frequent case may be).

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:46 AM »
Honestly, I'm surprised that anyone's surprised by this.  It's status quo now that whenever the CBA (or equivalent thereof) expires in any of the four major sports, it's strike/lock-out time.  I mean, seriously, when's the last time one of the "Big 4" sports seemlessly negotiated through one of these things without any disruption?  NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL...  I can't recall the last time it happened.

Greed, money, and ego.  It's the (North?) American way!  8)

These things are now officially shelf warming at several of our local WMs, as I suspected they might.  Now the question is how long 'til the clearance sales start, especially since they take up such a sizeable chunk of shelf space.

Oh no!!!  The world is ending! 

Wait a minute...the MTT is a prequel vehicle, and you hate the prequels, right?   ???

8 days to jump on that one?  You're losing your touch, FG.  But since Iíve already answered that question several times, I won't bother to do so again here.  How about instead of being a troll, you just go start a thread asking folks here why they collect prequel figures/toys if they generally dislike the prequels?  I know thereís quite a few in the same boat.  You can even use me as an example, if youíd like.  (Yes, I know you honestly don't care one iota how/what others here at JD collect, but please, feel free to play along.)

EDIT:  Here, I took the liberty and went ahead and got the ball rolling for you.  Feel free to work your magic in there now.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: Disney Exclusive Build-A-Droid Factory
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:36 AM »
Got it.  I figured as much.  Just wanted to make sure I wasn't overlooking anything as far as getting my To-Do checklist in order for these guys.  I'm still interested to see if these are eventually going to make their way out to the West Coast as well.  Might have a slightly better chance of picking them up if they do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Cars: Lease or buy?
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:31 AM »
Well, as far as "buy big", in my opinion that's what our house is for.  It (usually) appreciates, where a car starts depreciating the moment you drive it off the lot (assuming it's not a vintage/collectible car, obviously).  Owning something that just depreciates year after year 'til there's only a few grand left in it doesn't feel overly worthwhile to me anymore, to be honest.  Plus, to me our cars start to look and feel pretty dated by the time they're paid off in 5 -6 years.  Maybe we're just becoming snobs in our old age now, I dunno.

Like I said, we've still got 3 months to think about it, so maybe now that I've got a little info to start me off, we'll head on over to a couple dealerships soon and see what's what, and take it from there.  Thanks again!

Gentle Giant / Re: And The Mystery Ent. Earth Exclusive Is....
« on: September 13, 2012, 03:41 AM »
Bleh.  This thread should've been locked after the first post!  Get all our hopes up like that.  Animated Ewoks...  Argh!

Adam: Tonnika Sisters and/or Disney astromechs next time, please.  Thank you.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: Disney Exclusive Build-A-Droid Factory
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:25 AM »
Ok - here are the pics of my droids - sorry there are so many...

Phew!!! 98 Droids done (49 in clamshell, 49 open)

Ridiculous pix there Pete.  Well done!  I've gotta ask though, how did you come up with the various droid "designs" on some of them?  I have a pic of all 71 pieces where I've laid out the various designs I want to eventually make out of this line, but I've only chosen to make 25 different droids - 1 for each unique dome, matched up to like colors as best as possible for the remaining pieces.

For example, in your R9s, why the blue-domed yellow bodied guy?  Short on specific pieces, or just artistic licensing on your part, or was there a strategy to shoot for six per on most types?  Just curious.  I love that you've got so many different flavors, as I was having trouble on selecting a small handful of my choices (red head with red body or white body w/ red trim, for example).  You've got 'em both in there so it gives me a good visual idea of which setup I'd prefer.  Thanks!

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