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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:11 PM »
Is that what folks in plush animals costumes who throw fake blood around do?  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 10:45 PM »
I got tickets to Tool for August 29.  I am very excited.  Earplugs are for pussies who want to hear when they're old.  Pussies.

Tell me that after you can't sleep because your ears are ringing so bad.  It's such a pleasant sensation.  ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 12:24 PM »
I would definitely wear plugs there.  You're just getting blasted by such high SPL's there that it's dangerous.  That sound is designed to carry all the way from the mains to the back of the arena and sound good there.  And if you've been to any concerts, you already know that the soundman is either in the middle or near the back of an arena's floor.  You would think that floor seats would be great by virtue of where they are, but from a sound standpoint it's not necessarily the best place to be.

Other Collectibles / Re: EE's Exclusive Vader Bust
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:46 AM »
Got my card charged and shipping notification.  At least I'm getting this exclusive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Earplugs
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:42 AM »
Does anyone wear earplugs when you go to concerts?

Some shows demand that you wear earplugs.  Like Motorhead.  I've heard that Sabbath can be extremely loud, but when I saw them the volume wasn't an issue...probably because of my crappy seats.  I'll usually bring plugs to a show, but the volume really needs to be high for me to consider putting them in.

I think I've lost a little bit of my hearing (some high frequencies) after playing in bands for the past 13 years or so.  Standing near a drummer who's smashing away at a china cymbal while playing a 3 hour gig can do that to you  >:( .  Now, if the venue we're playing is really loud on stage then I might wear plugs while we play.  But I think volume tends to be much more of an issue if you're right out front, fully exposed to the PA.  Stage volume is usually much more controlled.  But people like Bob Mould and Pete Townsend haven't been so lucky.  Be careful about your hearing.

You really don't want to be that guy whose wearing ear plugs, though. It's just not cool. Might as well wear the venue t-shirt while you're at it.

Okay, Droz. ;D

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: June 25, 2006, 08:56 PM »
I lucked out on these yesterday.  I found a case at a Hot Topic store that appeared to be untouched.  I bought one each of Solo, Ponda Baba, Greedo and the Cantina Band member.  Then I bought both of the Snaggletooth's and all three of the Obi-Wan Kenobi's.  What did I wind up with?  Got both versions of Snaggletooth, 2 regular Obi-Wan's and 1 variant Obi-Wan.  Not bad.  Only one extra in the bunch.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: June 25, 2006, 08:53 PM »

It's interesting though, you mention that the red clone is running at $400 or so per item.  What does that mean for the future of the black hole stormtrooper with a run of only 1000?  Will it move up from it's current price, or will it stabilize in the same range?

The BHS is probably going to be in the AOTC blue & red Clone Trooper price range, if not higher.  Not good news for most of us who didn't score one.  And historically the price on the two aforementioned pieces has only climbed.  Now may be the time to get a BHS on ePay if you're seriously thinking about getting one.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If you had 5 Million Dollars...
« on: June 25, 2006, 01:35 PM »
...I'd stop going to store openings and running around like a lunatic.

The snowspeeder itself seems unremarkable, but the the Snowspeeder pilot flightsuit looks like it's finally been nailed!  The facial likeness is good, too.  I only wish we could see the helmet in that shot.

But this figure should be the basis for any future Snowspeeder pilot Luke.  That's been a figure we should have had done right some time ago.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: June 25, 2006, 01:00 PM »
The good thing about these clones is that they're going to be more plentiful than the AOTC Clone Troopers.  There's a considerably larger production run on the entire run of clones, even if the cases pack out the same way.

AOTC Clone Trooper case
3 x Deluxe Clone Trooper (white) - 3,750 pieces
2 x Deluxe Clone Trooper Commander (yellow) - 2,500 pieces
1 x Deluxe Clone Trooper Captain (red) - 1,250 pieces

ROTS Clone Trooper case
3 x Clone Trooper ROTS (White) - 7,500 of 15,000 pieces
2 x 501st Special Ops Trooper (Blue) - 5,000 of 15,000 pieces
1 x Utapau Trooper (Deluxe) - 2,500 of 15,000 pieces

I'm glad to see that they doubled the production run for these clones.  Right now, the red AOTC Clone Trooper is arguable THE most expensive, non-exclusive production mini-bust on the market.  It easily fetches over $400 on the secondary market.  So if you're a serious mini-bust collector then be sure to get in on the ground floor for the Utapau Clone.  Even with a production run that's double the size of the red AOTC Clone Trooper, the Utapau Clone is going to be one of the more sought after pieces for the next year or so.

I ordered a case of these Clones.  I got a good deal, and the Clones came to about $38 a piece.  I already had someone preorder the extra 501st Clone from me, and I'm sure I'll get some takers on the white Clone Troopers.

This has got to be the vehicle for a Snowbunny Padme.  It certainly couldn't be any clearer.  My guess for the lineup?

1 x Snowbunny Padme
1 x hooded Yoda
1 x Barriss Offee
2 x Chameleon droids

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: June 25, 2006, 12:47 PM »
I think that the likeness rights issue has been bunk all along.  I think that Hasbro and Lucas Licensing alike aren't thrilled with the prospect of making these characters.  And I think it all goes back to what they were referred to in the working script for the movie:  Star Whores. 

I think that both Hasbro and Lucas Licensing both want to avoid the kind of PR mess this could turn into by not making the figures.  Think about it.  A beloved film franchise and a toy company agreeing to make figures of characters that are known for being prostitutes?  They would have to be out of their minds!  This is the kind of thing that could get exploited by some whacko who has nothing to do with the toy industry, and as a result there's some kind of boycott and parents won't buy their kids Star Wars toys.

But what about the EU explanations about the Tonnikas?  That's all revisionist history, trying to clean up the original mess.  I'm sure that all came about because Decipher wanted to make CCG cards with the Tonnikas and wasn't thrilled with the prospect of "pros" being on their cards, either.  I think a realistic look at the situation will make things clear to everyone.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12/16/05... Stern's Wrapping Up
« on: June 23, 2006, 12:49 AM »

As far as audio quality, they're both not so hot if you're a serious music enthusiast, IMO. XM is better and like Nick mentioned, will allocate more bandwidth to channels when necessary. They all still sound pretty tinny to me, though, when I listen at home. Sirius sounds just awful at home. I believe the highest bandwidth they allocate is 96k per second.

That's the setting I use on my VOIP phone.   :-\

Audio quality is eventually going to matter a lot more to satellite radio subscribers.  Why?  Well, competition is on the way.  Terrestrial stations are delving into HD radio now.  I don't know the ins and outs of the technology, but it sounds like the stations are broadcasting multiple, narrower bandwidth digital signals.  But now you need a radio capable of tuning these stations.  This technology is in it's infancy right now, and it's going to take a major push by both broadcasters and consumer electronics companies for it to take off.

And then there's surround sound radio.  This is starting to take off in Europe and Korea, and you're actually receiving a Dolby 5.1 signal with your radio.  The end result is surround sound quality in your car!  But again, it all depends on what the market can bear.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12/16/05... Stern's Wrapping Up
« on: June 22, 2006, 10:03 PM »
Listen to the audio clip in the article.  The guy praises Howard Stern before he attacks the producer.  That's just a fact.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12/16/05... Stern's Wrapping Up
« on: June 22, 2006, 08:59 PM »

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