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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: April 30, 2006, 10:34 PM »
Splitting my time between XM satellite radio and these gems...

The Flaming Lips, At War With The Mystics

and a promo copy of the Wolfmother self-titled debut

It can definitely be done.  I may be a bassist, but the fact is that a lot of bass players have been doing similar things with their basses for some time.  But you will defiinitely have to modify the guitar.  The nut slots would definitely need to be widened to accomodate the heavier gauge strings.  The bridge *might* need a tiny bit of modification, but you may be able to do without that.  You can actually use a file to widen the bridge slots if need be.

But you'll definitely need to adjust the truss rod because there's going to be greater tension across the neck.  That's just an unfortunate fact of life.

It would definitely be simpler to get a 7 string, but this type of modification is not impossible.  But the thing is you need to be proficient with tools to do it.  That and you would be stuck with the guitar in this state and it wouldn't be easy to get it back into a standard playing condition.

Then I would factor in the cost.  If you can't readily do this yourself then you need to get a decent luthier to do the job for you.  Also take into consideration how much your guitar cost.  If the guitar cost in the neighborhood of $300 (Epiphone Les Paul gothic studio) - $500 and the work is going to cost you in the neighborhood of $100+?  IMHO that's too much money to sink into a guitar that costs that little.  Save that money and invest it in a 7 string.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:51 AM »
Scored one this morning.  This one was $26.99.  The pricing on these things is just all over the place.  ::)

Other Collectibles / Re: TOMY/Kotobukiya "Real Mask Magnets"
« on: April 25, 2006, 02:05 AM »
Whatever the name may be, I picked up another couple of pieces from Series 2 today.  This time it was Chewbacca and the Biker Scout.  My fridge has never looked better!

The collector shop I went to wasn't sure when they might get series 3 in.  I was told to check back later in the week and they may have some info about when it's arriving at their location.

Found this at a local collector shop today.  I am very impressed by the presentation.  So much so that I'm hesitant about opening it.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 vOTC (or vTSC) - now with pics!
« on: April 24, 2006, 02:19 PM »
Wow, I can't believe this is the first I've heard of this - the current Luke in X-Wing garb is being shipped with Darth Vader's VOTC lightsaber.

I noticed it shortly after I opened mine.  I've been discussing it on some other boards, albeit briefly.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: April 24, 2006, 02:09 PM »
There have been a number of collectors who thought that the first Maul didn't really capture the character very well.  I tend to agree with them.  Add in the invariably sagging lightsaber and hilt, and I have no problem with a new version of Darth Maul.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: April 24, 2006, 01:31 PM »
So are we gonna have to wait till Comic-Con to find out about this line staying or going or what?

Consider it just a "rumor list" at this point...

Unleashed 7" Figures
May - Red Shocktrooper
May - Chewbacca
May - Han Solo as Stormtrooper

Boba Fett - Greatest Hits / Repack
Darth Vader (Version 1) - Greatest Hits / Repack
General Grievous - Greatest Hits / Repack
Yoda / Emperor - Greatest Hits / Repack

Darth Maul (Version 2)
Kit Fisto

R2-D2 w/ Battle Droids
Darth Vader (A New Hope)

Obi-Wan (A New Hope)
Luke Skywalker (New Hope Poster)
Princess Leia (New Hope Poster)

This is definitely good news.  Here's to hoping that it's true.  The selections look promising.  Especially an ANH Ben.  Kit Fisto is a great choice, too.

9 and counting.  One of which will never be freed of it's plastic prison.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Any TSC Pegwarmers?
« on: April 24, 2006, 12:31 PM »
In one respect I am a little surprised about what isn't pegwarming.  I thought we might have armies of Barada's sitting around, but they all seem to sell eventually.  Strange.

The Javits Center certainly would be convenient, Dave!  I wouldn't take issue with that since it's so close.  But I think the thing that would rule out NY as a location would probably be the hotel expenses.  The only way that I think it would even be practical is if they turned Star Wars Celebration into a touring event that would hit several key locations around the country.

The LA rumor is definitely interesting.  Thing is, how good is this rumored convention center?

As for Indy, the convention center was mobbed.  There's no two ways about it.  I recall that the Fire Marshall may have taken issue with just how many people were in the building, and I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 25K people at the busiest times.  Both the staff and the facility seemed stretched to capacity for the entire run of the show, as were the hotels.  The staff was worked to death and/or seemed incompetent much of the time. 

I even saw some interaction between some of the GenCon staff and Steve Sansweet.  The conversation was tense and Steve did not seem happy.  I think the consensus is that there was plenty of acrimony between LFL, the fans and  the organizers.  My sentiments?  Bye-bye, GenCon.  Time to find a new location and new organizers.  The people from Comic Con know how to run a very large scale event.  Get involved with them.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Possible VTSC Wave 2?
« on: April 24, 2006, 09:55 AM »
It's a cool list.  But I agree that the Vader is a real head scratcher.  To me it seems like Hasbro screwed up in the VOTC line by putting that Vader in the TESB series.  Let me explain.

I can legitimately see issuing two and only two different VOTC or VTSC Darth Vader's.  Careful observers of the Vader costume will note that in ANH Vader wears part of his cloak over his shoulder armor.  In TESB and ROTJ Vader wears that same cloak piece under the shoulder armor.  The version we got in the VOTC line was on a TESB card with Vader in the TESB style costume.  Issuing a newly sculpted VTSC Vader on an ANH card would make much more sense.

The rest of the list looks cool.  Here's hoping the execution on the Jawa will be good.  Also hoping for some good softgoods on the Snowtrooper.  ESPECIALLY since I just saw the costume on Saturday at the Boston Museum of Science.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Any TSC Pegwarmers?
« on: April 24, 2006, 09:38 AM »
The trend I've been noticing?

-Poggle the Lesser
-Sun Fac (puzzling since it's a new sculpt and a great figure)
-Major Derlin

A couple of figures from the Coruscant wave tend to linger a little while longer than others, but they don't hang around for very long.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Purchases
« on: April 23, 2006, 11:30 PM »
Scored 6 VTSC Biker Scouts early this evening.  YAHOO!

Here's my list...

-Hoth Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Wedge Antilles - Snowspeeder Pilot gear
-Luke Skywalker - SA Snowspeeder Pilot gear, with removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster & holster, grappling hook & mine
-Zev Senesca - Rogue 2 Snowspeeder Pilot

-4-LOM resculpt
-Zuckuss resculpt

-E-3PO - Cloud City Protocol Droid
-R5-M2 - Echo Base Astromech Droid

-Treva Horne

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