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Watto's Junk Yard / How much snot can the body produce? Or...
« on: July 30, 2004, 11:33 AM »
Summer colds.  

They suck, seriously.  I've had one for about two weeks now.  The Mrs. has it as well, but the kid thankfully has avoided it.  

It started like any other cold, scratchy throat, achy ears.  Then the runny nose came with itching.  Followed up by being plugged right up, hence the title of the thread.  It started getting better, but much like the Mrs.' cold, it then turned for the worse after about 8 days.  Now it's green and yellow everywhere.  I have boxes of kleenex all over the place and everyone on the phone is asking are you sick?  Duh.  

So, anyone else suffering with me?  Trade with me, I'll throw in a free virus ::)

Now that I am nearly complete my vintage collection, I feel it reasonable to ask this question.  My early impression of vintage figures is that in general the sculpts were lacking relative to some of the modern counterparts.  In my mind, it was lacking with respect to many of the modern figures and for the most part, aside from the nostalgia standpoint, it remains so.  That said, I am curious if anyone feels any of the vintage sculpts are still better than the modern versions?  

I'll have to check again at home, but the one that stands out most in my mind is the Imperial Gunner.  Possibly the A-wing pilot, mostly because the POTF2 pack in seems to suck wind.  Ewoks are not as well done, but more diverse.  Amanaman seems darn near identical in many respects.  

What say you?

Other Toy Lines / What are your other toy 'grails'?
« on: July 13, 2004, 10:24 PM »
What toys do you want to have desperately, but don't have, either because of money, availability or space?  

Glow in the dark homer was one of mine.  I waited a long time to get it and finally picked it up at a decent price, though I still wonder if it will go lower.  

In the Star Wars line, the riddell stormtrooper helmet fits, regularly surpassing $200, though a few lately have been under $175.  I will someday own this and it will become a priority after I finish up the vintage guys.  

3rd jersey Patrick Roy from McFarlane.  Released in obscenely low numbers, this was a mid-production switch in the chase figure from the regular dark Colorado jersey.  Running well over $200 on ebay, it is the only goalie figure I am missing, chase or otherwise.  

McFarlane Jets Selanne #13 in white.  They apparently made exactly thirteen of this figure, the regular chase is #8.  Only one has shown up on ebay and that auction was ended around $400+.  No reason given, but there was never a picture of the item put up either.  I would dearly love to have this, but there is no real way I'd pay that kind of money for a figure like that, though I deserve to own it ;)

How about you? :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Junk food regionality
« on: July 11, 2004, 09:55 PM »
Yeah the title sucks, I know.  A spin off of the slurpee thread, but I know of only a few regional items that Americans can't get and a few that we can't get only available in the US.  

Ketchup chips are a personal fave for me and I believe are only now making their way into the US, though they are crappy Lays IIRC.  Old Dutch are far and away the best, making your fingers red with the dust on them.  Yum.  

Red Vines are not widely available in Canada and a must for me on each visit south.  7-1 lb bags last visit :-X  I absolutely love those things.  

Frankenberry is uber regional.  Even just before Halloween last year in Cincinnati I couldn't find them, most tragic.  Fortunately Scott has a quasi-nearby source to send me my fix a couple of times a year.  We actually used to have these in Canada for a period of time, but no more.  Forgot to get my bobblehead last batch :-[

Beer is not quite junk food (it's more of a health food IMO) but is obviously quite regional.  What else is out there?  

Poutine? ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Five time world champion
« on: July 10, 2004, 05:21 PM »
Winnipeg is.  For what you ask?

We are the five time defending world Slurpee Capital of the world.  

Consumption per store for 2003 was 110,873 Slurpees per store.  

2nd. Calgary 89,587 Slurpees per store
3rd.  Detroit 78,304 Slurpees per store.

Neither of them even close.  Average per store sales for Winnipeg are 10,100 while the Canadian average is only 7,731 per store.  

Nothing better on a cold winter day hot summer day ;D

Vintage Kenner / Madine: Taiwan vs Hong Kong
« on: July 3, 2004, 09:42 PM »
Since every lot I seem to win has a Madine in it (and why does no one ever lose his weapon?), I thought I'd ask a question or two.  

I've got a couple of Madines lying around and there seems to be some differences.  Nothing more than paint apps, but still, they are interesting.  

Blue eye versus black eye.   Taiwan has the blue, Hong Kong the black.  

Date stamp location:  
Hong Kong on right boot, LFL 1983 on other boot.
Made in Hong Kong on right thigh, LFL 1983 on left thigh, much smaller print.
Made in Taiwan on right thigh, LFL 1983 on lefth thigh, large print.

Grey hair versus brown hair.
3 of four I have are brown hair, one is gray hair.  Same color as the tunic.  

A couple of other minor differences in the shade of blue, but I presume that is more age related than anything else.  

Weird, eh?

Dang, for the carded folks, this looks pretty nifty

Watto's Junk Yard / Shipping to Canada???
« on: June 3, 2004, 09:23 PM »
Nope, not going to whine about anything.  For a change.  

A question for our intrepid US friends.  If you are sending something to Canada, is there a way to get delivery confirmation/signature through USPS?  It should seem simple, but I don't know if it is.  I've had a great many packages come up this way, but have never signed unless there were associated customs fees and that never tells the sender anything.  

I'm sure you can with UPS or other methods of shipping, but those tend to come with exhorbitant brokerage fees for the Canadian recipient, something sure to get the Canucks whining again (as we do about shipping to Canada).  


Sorry if it's in the wrong forum, it applies to all lines and eras.  

With a new movie coming out, I'm curious as to what will happen to the value of toys in the short term?  No, I'm not speculating, just curious, I collect and open my toys for the most part, so I've killed any true residual value in most of them anyway.  

But I am curious what people think will happen to the various lines/eras of the toys.  I don't think anything unusual will happen with OTC stuff, being a new release.  Those that are impatient will always be as such and pay too much, but after the dust settles and lots of stock is out there, most of it should be pretty easy to come by.  

With respect to VOTC, I'm not clear what should or will happen.  Hasbro has of course stated that this will be an extremely limited line ::).  The question remains as to the veracity of that statement, but I suppose we'll see.  I think this line has potential for value, due to the quality of the figures and the nifty card backs.  

With respect to everything else modern; POTF2 through Saga is where I am really curious.  My tenure on star wars boards started in earnest just before the release of Episode II.  I had been reading snowtroopers, CSW and RS for years, but never participated.  I didn't pay too much attention to pricing for stuff prior to Ep II but noted that the prices for most things, figure wise anyway, started to drop within about 9 months of Ep II.  Prices sat high during the in-theater rush of Star Wars enthusiasm and has been steadily dropping since.  Does anyone think we will see the prices of common stuff eg. POTF2 mail aways increase in price or has the market set itself and interest dwindled sufficiently to stabilize the price market??  I was absolutely amazed to be able to buy lots of army builders off RS for about $2 or less per figure.  And not necessarily POTF2 stormies, these were Saga royal guards or even POTJ Coruscant Guards.  Do you think we'll see a glut of new fans in the short term, driving prices up followed by a precipitous crash, a la Ep II?  

Finally vintage figures?  I know Matt (Fish) has made the comment about values going up of recent.  Interestingly Dale and I noted just the opposite to some degree, with a bit of a dip in prices.  The value here is of particular interest to me as I try to finish up the vintage figures.  I've been at it for almost exactly a year and have about 25 or so to go.  On the positive side, I am about 1/2-2/3 through the last 17.  Some stubborn figures are left to get, though I managed to luck into an Amanaman of late.  So what say you?  Vintage value: up or down?  Short term or long term?  

Watto's Junk Yard / How did Cloud City get my email addy?
« on: May 28, 2004, 11:10 PM »
Not complaining really, it's a neat site and their updates are interesting.  But I never signed up to receive it from them and I've never ordered anything there.  So how'd they get it?  Do note I am not accusing anyone of anything, it's just an odd curiosity to me. :) :-\

Power of the Force 2 / Mail Away A-wing Pilot?
« on: May 12, 2004, 02:59 PM »
Was there actually a mail away for an A-wing pilot?  

I came across an auction on ebay for one and I'd not known it existed.  The guy had it with a little white mailer, but that could easily have been extracted from any other mail away (Ben, Han Stormtrooper).  Does this really exist ???

Vintage Kenner / Tell me about trilogo carded figures please?
« on: April 30, 2004, 12:20 AM »
In a moment of lunacy, last summer I purchased a trilogo carded biker scout.  A very, very nice piece when it arrived and to continue with the insanity, I started collecting (slowly, very slowly) trilogo carded figs.  

I'm curious about the relative rarity of them.  I seem to recall last year that there was quite an uproar over a number of auctions for trilogo carded figures with some pretty astronomical prices as ending bids.  Have I gone in waaaaaay over my head?  Is there some degree of commonness among some and more rarity among others?  

For example, on ebay right now, there are carded versions of 2-1B and FX-7 with $45 BIN prices.  Is this good, or not good?

Enlighten me please.

Modern Trading / Anyone need a J'quille or two?
« on: April 28, 2004, 01:27 PM »
or holy crap, do I have a lot of junk around here.  The people at my office always accuse me of running a toy store out of my office.  I've finally come to the realization they are correct. :-[

The rules:
1. I'm in Canada.
2. I'll tell you the condition of anything before I send it.
3. Where possible, I've indicated US versus trilogo, etc.
4. Who cares about rules?

Trade list Star Wars 04/28/04

Orange carded
Princess Leia Organa corner crease bilogo square card
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi bilogo
Luke Skywalker Dagobah fatigues bilogo

Green card holo
Garindan trilogo
Momaw Nadon "Hammerhead" trilogo
4-Lom US card
Bib Fortuna trilogo
Stormtrooper US card
Sandtrooper US card

R2/holo Leia loose
Han – you can’t find this figure anywhere, released only once, in limited numbers…sorry, ebay moment – loose
Luke – trilogo
Greedo trilogo x2
Vader loose
Vader US card
Stormtrooper US card

Episode I Carded
Senator Palpatine trilogo
Senator Palpatine US card opener
Destroyer Droid trilogo
Destroyer Droid battle damage trilogo
Sith Speeder Darth Maul trilogo
Gungan Catapult Accessory trilogo
Watto US card
OOM-9 trilogo binoculars in hand
Battle Droid dirty trilogo
Battle Droid clean US card x2
Battle Droid shot US card
Obi-Wan Kenobi Naboo trilogo
Obi-Wan Kenobi jedi duel trilogo
Qui-Gon Jinn jedi duel trilogo
Adi Gallia US card
Destroyer Droid trilogo
Destroyer Droid battle damage US Card
Darth Maul Sith Lord US card
Yoda US card

Episode I loose, complete
Senator Palpatine
Chancellor Valorum
Darth Sidious
Ric Olie

Leia Organa Bespin Escape trilogo
Aurra Sing trilogo not mint x2
Sabe Queen’s Decoy US card
Darth Vader Emperor’s Wrath US card
Darth Vader Emperor's Wrath trilogo
R4-M9 US card
Ellors Madak trilogo x4
Lando Calrissian Bespin Escape US card
Darth Maul Sith Apprentice US card
Darth Maul Sith Apprentice trilogo
Sandtrooper US card
R2-Q5 US card
General Leia Organa US card
Chewbacca Dejarik Champion US card
Sabe trilogo
BoShek US card
Darth Maul final duel US card

Preview figures
Zam Wessell trilogo

Zam Wessell bounty hunter trilogo
Padme Amidala Coruscant Attack (pilot) US card
Reek Beast x2 trilogo
Yoda Jedi Master trilogo
Luminara Unduli tri
Darth Vader Bespin Duel trilogo x2
Count Dooku Dark Lord US card
Endor rebel soldier beard US card
Djas Puhr US card
Royal Guard US card
Tusken Raider with Massiff US card
Clone trooper republic gunship pilot trilogo x2
R1-G4 US card
Boba Fett Pit of Carkoon opener green pants
Luke Skywalker Hoth Attack US card
Aayla Secura loose (still in inner plastic bubble, just not outer bubble
Snowtrooper US card
HOF Vader loose pending
HOF Darth Maul US card
Dutch Vander Gold Leader US card
Captain Antilles US card
Wat Tambor US card
Rappertunie US card
Holographic Luke Skywalker trilogo

Endor Victory Accessory set x2
Death Star Accessory Set x2

Cantina Bar set Greedo – edge curl, bottom right
Cantina Bar set Ponda Baba

Clone Wars (all US card)
Clone Trooper
Count Dooku
ARC trooper blue
Sandtrooper white pauldron loose, no droid

Darth Vader Die Cast Metal Key chain
Canadian Cereal boxes folded: Frosted flakes, corn pops, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies
Canadian Episode II cereal promo – complete set of 6 Rubik’s cubes heads
Complete Galaxy Vader MIB, rough corners but window is crisp and clean
Tomy mini-dioramas series 2
Han and Chewbacca

Luke Pilot x2
Boba Fett

Kubrick Star Wars

Series II
Complete set, no chase only as a full set, not breaking up.

McFarlane sportspicks

Mogilny blue US

Roenick black logo tri
Kovalchuk white logo tri
Shanahan red US

Chelios Hawks tri
Hasek white tri x2
Gigeure purple tri x1

Peppers black US
Gannon black US
Peppers white tri
McAllister black tri
Emmitt red opener

Favre white US NFL7
Shockey white tri
Full set, US cards

Lebron white tri

NBA backboard

Miracleman and Spawn two pack

WantsStar Wars
mail away Cantina band member x5
1997 commemorative edition boxed sets: Rebel and Imperial
12” Sandtrooper with orange, black or grey pauldron (not white)
12” Tie Fighter Pilot
12” Imperial Gunner

Expanded Universe
EU clone emperor
EU Leia Organa Solo
EU space trooper
EU dark trooper

Epic Force Han, Chewie and Ben Kenobi (old version)

red ARC troopers x20 - carded preferred
Super Articulated clone trooper x10
Imperial Officers - any head variant
General Lando Calrissian
General Crix Madine
Han Solo (At-ST Driver)
Ephant Mon
Clone trooper 3 packs (not white)

clone wars
Asajj Ventress - animated and other

chase Boba - both
carded Luke

Master Replicas
Vader FX saber
Luke FX saber
would consider other MR stuff for trade, but have Vader ESB

McFarlane Sportspicks

Brodeur (logo or no logo) - must be carded, have loose
Roy 3rd Jersey
49ers Rice (any)
Vick black (NFL4 – duh)

glow in the dark Homer

adding wants:
R2D2 Jabba's sail barge pending
Mail Away Mace Windu - MIP pending

Watto's Junk Yard / Spyware (anti) - any suggestions?
« on: April 11, 2004, 01:28 AM »
Have a new computer, so time to upgrade/install some antispy ware for ye new beast.  Looking for suggestions from the good folks here.  Anything here catch your eye?

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