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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:24 AM »
Got most of my 2008 Wave 1 figures from HTS  :D (still waiting on the Panning Droid to come in a separate box).  I haven't seen any evidence of Wave 1 or 2 here in the Richardson/Plano suburbia of north Dallas, but then the 3 or 4 big-box stores I go to suck ass, and haven't stocked anything new since about Dec. 20th.  (I still have never seen a McRebel or Destroyer Droid w/Shield in the "wild."  >:( ).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:08 AM »
The wife and I took the day off and went and caught No Country For Old Men.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but had to apologize to my wife all afternoon for making her sit through such a violent film.  I'd read some reviews, and knew the last 20 minutes of the film kind of take a left turn, and left a lot of people scratching their heads.  But I thought the ending was great and really showed the movie isn't about the $2 million or a psychopathic hitman, but it's really about fate & chance and whether or not we can control fate & chance with the decisions we make.  I thought the cinematography was beautiful (but I've always been partial to west Texas & New Mexico), and the landscape may have been one of the most important characters in the film.

I give the film an enthusiastic thumbs-up!  Now, I haven't seen any of the other films that were nominated for Best Picture, but I have no argument against the Best Picture win for No Country at the 2008 Academy Awards.  The casting was spot-on for the most part.  Tommy Lee Jones was made for these kinds of roles.  Josh Brolin did a fantastic job as a man who constantly made dumb decisions.   And Javier Bardem is probably the scariest man on the planet.  If he walked into my office or my house, I swear I'd just shoot myself and save him the trouble.  I think even Chuck Norris would soil himself if he had to face Chigurh.   I will admit, though, that it was jarring when "Woody Boyd" and "Jimmy James" showed up on screen.  Plus I thought the cancer-ridden mother-in-law seemed too much like a caricature, like Vicki Lawrence on Mama's Family.

Anyway, great, great film!  I think I love the Coen Brothers.

Feedback / Re: MetalJedi's feedback
« on: February 26, 2008, 11:08 PM »
Thanks for the UGH Mace Windu figure and the Ep. I and Ep. III coins!  Figure & coins arrived safely and in great condition.  Free coins = ;D

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: February 21, 2008, 05:49 PM »
Just grabbed TAC 2008 wave 1 on HTS.  Got 1 of each and a few SL stragglers that I can't find in stores anymore.  Used the DISC10 code and ended up being cheaper than retail.  Bonus!

Modern Classifieds / Re: Figures/Vehicles for sale
« on: February 20, 2008, 01:08 AM »
Payment sent for the Mace figure.  Thanks a bunch!  :)

Modern Classifieds / Re: TAC Coins Updated 2.17.08 FREE
« on: February 20, 2008, 01:05 AM »
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Modern Classifieds / Re: Figures/Vehicles for sale
« on: February 20, 2008, 12:47 AM »
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: February 15, 2008, 01:26 PM »
Reading three books currently...

The first is World War Z.  Kind of an uneven book because it's presented in a very factual, serious style, but, I mean, c'mon, it's zombies!

The second is The White Cascade.  Very good book, one of those hard-to-put-down types of books, especially if you enjoy this period in history (early 1900s, trustbusting, robber barons, steam locomotives) which I do.

The third is The Mascot.  Still getting myself geared up for it; just poking around the edges of what I'm sure will be a tough, draining read.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:31 PM »
How Many Five-Year-Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

Says I can handle 21 of the little buggers.  As the father of a five-year-old myself I know that it'd only take a well-aimed headbutt to take the fight out of me real, real quick.

...and the last couple of questions are so very, very wrong...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:32 PM »
If you look at it from the buyer's point of view, the buyer can now be totally honest about the seller without fear of getting their own rating dinged. (since they don't have a real rating anymore).

The only thing I would point out is that this goes against eBay's business model, and advertising slogan that people are honest and trustworthy and you have nothing to worry about when you use eBay.  Meaning, there's no need to fear getting your rating dinged; go ahead and be totally honest about the seller; he/she will be totally honest about you, too -- and there should be no worries because both parties are trustworthy.  (We all know there are dishonest folks on eBay, but if you assume they're all dishonest then the whole system falls apart, so let's not pursue that any further.)  The system is based on trust.  Period.  But now eBay is saying, okay some people are dishonest, and by swaying the favor so heavily towards the buyer eBay is implying that the only dishonest people are the sellers, and should be treated with caution. 

I've been selling on eBay for about 8 years now and have had my fair share of shifty buyers, but I've never once thought the whole system needs to be "fixed" to protect me from the "evil Buyer".  I understand there are a few bad seeds, but by and large the vast majority of the buyers are honest, average people, and I had no qualms about selling on eBay.  As a seller, I would hope the buyers would see me the same way and trust my decency.

But eBay is now implying all sellers are out to ding your rating, they're a shady lot -- WATCH OUT!  That they're all dishonest.  (And now the system will start to fall apart.)

I am now seriously looking for other options for moving the vast majority of my Star Wars items (you'll probably soon see listings on this and many other collecting forums).

Just my two-cents...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:15 PM »
Okay, here's my take on "Who's in the coffin?" and "Why is Kate so repulsed by the thought of attending said person's funeral?" ...and most of this is based on an off-the-cuff comment my wife made the other day while we watched the Season 3 DVDs (and please tolerate the first observation that may seem racist, it is simply an observation based on the limited clues available in the funeral-home scene).   The funeral home appears to be in a black neighborhood, as indicated by several black men seen standing on the corner when Jack pulls up in front of the funeral home.  You don't see black men casually hanging out in Asian, Hispanic, or Caucasian neighborhoods (especially in a TV production, plus I believe the writers, directors, creators jammed that scene with all sorts of clues that will only become apparent as the series winds down).  So that puts suspicion strongly on Walt or Michael.  The coffin appears too small to be a full grown adult, so that means it has to be Walt.

Now why would Kate be disgusted by the idea of going to Walt's funeral.  Well, I really suspect that Walt has been influencing the events on the island since the very beginning, if he didn't in fact create the whole "island" himself (with powers similar to Franklin Richards from the Fantastic Four).  He reads a comic book about polar bears and *bam* there's a polar bear on the island.  Locke appears to have a connection with the island, and the first person he befriends is Walt.  Walt appears to have issues with his father, and it appears that everyone of our Losties on the island are working out father issues (as shown in the flashbacks ... only Charlie appears to be the exception to this).  Michael and Walt leave the island, but Walt re-appears to Locke and tells him he still has work to do.  Finally, ... Season 4 spoiler coming up

Michael is coming back to the island, so maybe Walt sends him back (pure speculation on my part at this point)

Ultimately, the Losties figure out all their troubles are because of Walt, that Walt sent them to the island, and many of them hate Walt because of it.  But not Jack; he wants to go back, and when he sees that the only one who could send him back is dead, Jack becomes suicidal.  Plus, it may also be the reason why the Others are interested in children ... maybe there is some legend about how a "child shall lead them" -- hence the interest in the young Ben Linus who showed a connection to the island, and now that he's no longer a child, the others are looking for the next child that will have that connection, and they just start grabbing all the kids they can, or start trying to reproduce their own (but can't).

(Granted, I still don't know what the hell the Monster is, or who was sitting in Jacob's chair?)

1. Graxol Kelvyyn
2. Probe Droid
3. Clone Trooper (Republic Gunship Pilot)
4. Red ARC Trooper
5. Amanaman
6. Queen Amidala (Theed Palace)
7. Luke Skywalker (Dark Empire)
8. Spacetrooper
9. Blue Snaggletooth
10. EBK Chewbacca

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: EE Mandalorian 14 Pack
« on: July 11, 2007, 07:35 PM »
...but the female Mando...complete w/boobs even! great!

Her name is Rav Bralor.  Hee-hee, she's a girl and she has the word "bra" in her name.  Maybe in the Star Wars EU world her family made billions in Republic Credits by inventing a feminine support garment referred to as a bralor, or "bra", for short.  Rejecting her family's fortunes and jaded by the corruption she saw all around her, Rav joined the super commando corp and blew stuff up in order to do battle with her own inner demons.

Or maybe it's just a stupid name.

OK, I'm hungry now ... going to the fridge.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Boiling & Freezing figures
« on: June 23, 2007, 11:29 PM »
This may belong in another section, but, since it applies to a 30AC figure, I put it here.  I just opened my Tosche Station Biggs and I'm not sure what the deal is but his toes are pointed almost straight up.  I left him sitting in my car for a day, in the Texas heat, so that may be the cause of his deformity.  But, the other figures I bought that same day, and also sat in the car, came out of the package fine.  Anyway, I was thinking about boiling the figure to soften the plastic, resetting the feet, and then dunking him in ice water to harden the plastic.  Has anybody else done this?  Is there anything I need to watch out for while doing this?  I'm just planning on submerging his lower legs in the boiling water -- about how long would I need to hold him there?  Any advice would be appreciated.

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