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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Ultimate Lucas Collection
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:09 AM »
I'm game for these figures...  Background aliens and the like are always welcomed in my collection if they're quality work.  The prequals were filled with so little uninteresting background stuff compared to the OT that stuff like this seems as though the only viable options for obscurity.

Better than Jorg Sacul, that's for damn certain.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RS deletes accounts
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:03 AM »
As important as anything I read at GH or here...  I still visit all 3 since I've always visited all 3.  Conversation's universal and doesn't stop because of Philip disliking the staff here without cause.  Nobody likes Scum's policies, their "community" is a joke, but when funny things happen there they become comical conversation here, it's inevitable.  Not that your being de-modded is comical to me LJ, but it isn't a job I think you were cut out for...  I don't know WHO is cut out for that job over there other than maybe GNT, and that's because he's the "ideal" forumite over there...  He's like the Rebelscum Mascot.  

Hell if he "sold a thing here and there on Ebay just to fund his collecting habit" I'd think he would be named mascot openly since I do have to admit that Matt was pretty spot-on about the whole scalping thing...  I mean, it's not like that'd fly over here if it was public and I was really sorta disturbed when I read that over there too.  Yikes!  It totally debunked the whole "collect-to-collect" theory in my eyes and it was (as I said) just something comical to bring up...  Kind of like the hypocritical links in sigs BS that was being dumped on people there when the staff were violating the same rule.

The whole thing about the picture...  That's no huge deal, and I agree that it's got more made out of it because of the fact you want nothing to be known.  That's your right though so who cares really but it's what fuels the fire ultimately.  No harm no foul though I figure, it's not like it's any skin off your ass or anyone else's right?  So no big deal...

I think most people here probably think you were de-modded for something comical in and of itself though, nothing you really did, but just more of the same old same old asinine stuff that goes on over there behind the scenes...  It was porn, and not even quality stuff at that, but man for a site hard-up for mods I'd think they wouldn't be quick to act against LJ or any of their other mods.  That place is barely under control as it is, so that seems counteractive to me but what do I know right?

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Toy Reviews / Review-A-Thon: VOTC - A New Hope
« on: November 23, 2005, 01:47 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving from JediDefender.com, and for the holiday (and thanks in much part to Jared and Jeff for the extensive work they do to help me complete the reviews), we here are happy to dish out another of our Review-A-Thon specials! :)


I'm taking you, the reader, on a trip around the Vintage Original Trilogy Collection's A New Hope Wave of figures.

All 4 figures in the wave represent a real broad range of quality.  From really poor overall efforts to some of Hasbro's best work in the modern line, the VOTC kicked off with mixed messages from the Big H overall.  Check out the links for each figure and feel free to chime in here with thoughts/opinions you may have. 

The VOTC line overall was a success, and I'd say it's got far more hits than misses.  the ANH wave was the biggest let down overall though unfortunately, so we'll still be waiting for that ultimate Luke or Ben for a while it seems...  Leia and Han may be pretty well covered at this point, and I'd like to see Hasbro re-use those sculpts in the future as either straight re-releases or even little tweaks to the sculpt to add a costume change here or an accessory there. 

Enjoy the reviews, and enjoy the holiday! :)


Obi-Wan Kenobi


Han Solo


Princess Leia Organa


Luke Skywalker

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: November 22, 2005, 06:11 AM »
Long time with not a lot of news...  Basically stuff is still trickling out slowly in some areas, and in other areas it's an F'n deluge of great stuff. 

This is why I hate Wal-Mart having much of anything to do with a line, and pretty much having exclusive control on distribution.  I pray Star Wars never sees the day that only WM would carry it.  We'd be doomed at that stage.

Anyway...  My area is still mostly Marines, however I did notice a new thing here and there...  and I use "new" loosely.

First the Nightfighter ME-109 started surfacing here and there...  That means about jack and **** to me, and jack just left town.  The plane looks really neat, and it's black of course, and it even makes me wonder what a neat repaint A-Wing in the SW line would look like in black, but whatever... 

Anyway, planes aside I didn't see a whole lotta new stuff of late...  Still no Japanese Infantry that I really want to build a massive army with. :(  Still no Battle of the Bulge either unfortunately.  I did find some Sahara figures though!  Yay!

My buddy Ryan (SLC) has some for me, and these were bought as an early b-day gift tonight so I'll have a couple.  They're ****** quality overall unfortunately because they're prone to breaking, but they would make really great figures for:

-SAS customs...  The British "Desert Rats" kinda guys.  Very cool potential there.

-Modern "enemies".  You could really manage some modern enemies, friends, allies, or even civilians out of these.  The figures lack swiveling biceps though, so holding a weapon is NOT an option.  That's what really sucked about them.

-Star Wars fodder...  The outfits scream Star Wars, and would easily repaint to accomodate a number of SW background characters.  I've always felt arab-styled clothing would fit into most any scene from Coruscant to Tattooine.  They're good fodder.

The downsides to both Sahara figures are:

-Likenesses are NOT even close.  If that's Matthew McConnehey (sp), the supposed sexiest man alive, then I'm apparantly a close 2nd.  And the guy from "That Thing You Do" (the costar of Sahara and comic relief I guess) looks REALLY neat for a sort of 1970's haircut dude.  Big sideburns and stuff.  He's really neat, but both heads are a bit large...  Not too bad, but like they look awkward on say a Capt. Antilles body, but on a bulkier figure they'd look cool.

-No Bicep Swivels...  Unfortunately no arm swivels so the arms aren't nearly poseable enough.  They have ball/socket shoulders, and even the cut joints at the thighs for great leg poseability, but the arms need that extra point to really make these the perfect fodder.  Some work and someone may get that joint working, but really I'd dump the thigh joint for the bicep swivel. 

-Brittle/Fragile...  Kinda like the Army Of Darkness figures as far as how easily they break.  My one figure's wrist broke right out of the packaging!  I didn't even touch it, it just broke.  Amazing.

And I'd also say that 21st's sculptors could've hidden the wrist joint at the bracelet, the top of the sleeve or some such, but htey instead chose to put it right about mid-forearm.  Weird.

Oh, and no accessories but a 2nd "wrap" head, and a stand.  Neat to get a 2nd head for certain, ****** to not get a gun.  Hell, pack in an AK-47 or something just to make it more appealing.

Nice paintjobs, neat concept, possible fodder for future release as "arab enemy" figures for a modern line, but missed marks in the arm articulation mostly.

Enjoy... 

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Great patch material!
« on: November 22, 2005, 03:30 AM »
It sounds really similar to plasti-wood, which is a compound used to fill in cracks in boards and things.  I've been using it a lot around the house lately for some projects I've been doing but the way you describe this compound Tedious sounds a lot like plasti-wood.  It gets kinda brittle on your fingers and just crumbles off...  It sticks some but not a lot.  Dries hard and you can sand it down (obviously since it is for woodworking, haha) and it kinda spreads out like peanutbutter.  I use it just with my fingers by cramming it into the cracks in some 2x4's that aren't high quality but are some framing that I'm exposing...  So I want htem to be smooth and such.

Sounds very similar anyway...  May be worth checking out at Lowe's.  I've found a LOT of useful stuff at Lowe's actually.  GE Silicone II I've found is a good semi-fast molding compound if you're into doing casts.  Works well enough once you get used to it.  Very unique item.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: November 22, 2005, 01:34 AM »
Well when you sit and play video games all day you don't need a car to go do other stuff so why spend that $1000 wisely? :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: November 22, 2005, 12:13 AM »
I've seen barely anything of them either Darth_Nirvana...

Out in Greensburg I ran into the Clones at TRU...  I think I saw one Clone set then at Target at a later date but that was it.  I never saw Sith, and never saw Anakin.  I had to rely on friends online and within the local Pittsburgh collecting group to pick those up for me.  :(

It really sucks that the best stuff Hasbro makes is the stuff you can't ever seem to find.  Shocktroopers are a case in point.  Non-existant out here unless you JUSt happened to be there at the right time...  That's it.  And once they shipped and are were gone, they were gone...  no more it seemed.

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Dimensions released of the AMT/Ertl kit say it's reasonably close, however the dimensions could be the packaging...

Actually, the dimensions would put the tank droid at perfect scale, but upon further reflection of it I'm 99% convinced it is the packaging dimensions not the model itself.  That's a huge disappointment.  I'd pay good $ for model kits that were to-scale to the figures.

I'd actually prefer that over Hasbro doing vehicles.  :-\  I can do a better job building/painting them than Hasbro can.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« on: November 22, 2005, 12:04 AM »
Nice night for the Pens! 

 >:(

Beating up our state rivals the Fliers in a BRUTAL game.

 >:(

Psst - Flyers  :P

And it pains me to see John LeClair in another uniform  >:(

Oh it's just Philly nobody cares how you spell it.  ;)

Actually after I wrote that I wondered if I had spelled it right or not, haha...  So thanks for letting me no that it was NOT right.

The fans in Pitt aren't all happy with LeClair either...  Or Recchi.  Neither have had take charge games here yet, and they have played mediocre.  Palffy seems like he's borderline ready to have a game he dominates.  He played good Saturday so I'm hoping...  But so far the O has been mostly coming from Crosby, Christansen, and Lemieux...  LeClair and Recchi are due for a HUGE game between the two of them so I'm hoping for that...

And people are up in arms that Fleury was sent down to the minors over nothing more than a financial issue.  Much swearing was heard upon that news last week. ::)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Regular Season 2005-06
« on: November 22, 2005, 12:01 AM »
He didn't help in OT, but the O line still blew, the running game didn't get **** done all game much less OT (had they punched through we'd have likely won in regulation I think), and then you could get into the Special Teams, etc...

The only solid point was our Defense was on almost all game I think...  Not that Baltimore is an Offensive powerhouse in anything but body odor, they still posed a threat that the D was handling.  Lots of great D to keep the Steelers in it but they just didn't march down field.  That OT drive was heartbreaking at best...  They should've trampled the Ravens and been well within field goal range if not all the way down tot he red zone. 

Oh, and I'm proud to say that Cowher deserves blame too...  He had Maddox running these long pass plays instead of little screens and short passes.  He's much better at those, he's proven with those, but he barely attempted any.  When he did they freaking scored!  Frustrating was the only way to describe that game and they did everything they could to lose it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: November 21, 2005, 11:55 PM »
Disturbing this is...

It's not like the XB360 is "limited" or "exclusive", it's just new...  And people are willing to sit out in the cold to get one.  Good god.

I won't even get one till a substantial price decrease...  if ever.  I'm waiting to see some of the particulars that always arise AFTER a system's release.  I waited on my first XB and I like having it but I won't mind waiting to see how the new one pans out.  I also want to see the Revolution and PS3 up close and personal before I commit to the first of the new systems...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RS deletes accounts
« on: November 21, 2005, 11:53 PM »
I never knew Matt was missing a finger on his right hand.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: VH1.com's I Love Toys.
« on: November 21, 2005, 12:46 AM »
I think the list was mixed for the rage age-ranges...  I know I didn't have a hard time picking out 20 but I also didn't have a hard time leaving the rest behind too.

I picked (not all):

-Star Wars
-GIJoe (my #1 btw)
-Legos
-Erector Sets
-Lincoln Logs
-Monopoly
-Clue
-Silly Putty
-Nintendo
-Atari

I picked a full 20 but I don't even recall who all I looked at.  Oh yeah and I picked BB Guns too because god knows if you didn't have a red rider as a child, you were deprived.  One of the funnest toys I ever had (if you can consider a BB Gun a toy), and I still bust out the old bb gun and pop off at some cans across the road.  It was a toy I used religiously and it made me more than a capable shot when the time came for me to graduate up to real guns...  I owe my abilities in competition shoots because of that old hand-me-down red rider rifle.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RS deletes accounts
« on: November 20, 2005, 11:43 PM »
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Nobody here is ideal.

Speak for yourself Bill.  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: VH1.com's I Love Toys.
« on: November 20, 2005, 11:35 PM »
Star Wars not even in the top 5 so far.  TO me that says a lot...  SW has had so many up's and down's it's amazing.

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