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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:43 PM »
It spiked here and I got to watch some hillbillies fight it out at a pump on the hill above my house where it was still $2.49/gal. while others in the area had jumped to $2.79-$2.85/gal. or so.

The line was out onto the highway to get that gas...  The irony was a station had it for $2.55 the next hill over and no real lines.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:38 PM »
Ennis, I hope you're going to be alright and that your home/property is as safe and sound as it can be.  Take care on your trips to your home when you are able to.

The TV footage of down there is just too much to watch at times.  I was watching a thing about the looting last night and that's scary to see how things turn when law/order are lost.  Saw something about a shoot-out between looters and stuff.  Scary.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 31, 2005, 03:47 PM »
I've done lots of measuring and comparing.  Trust me Anton, it's about as close to-scale as Hasbro's ever been.  It measures when compared to dimensions I have from source material at about 1:19 scale rather than 1:18 but given Hasbro's lack of scale on figures (plus them being generally SLIGHTLY shorter than 1:18 anyway) this puts the ship pretty much spot on.  The cockpit is good too compared to what I have for it.  ILM pictures of the model compare nicely to the old Kenner design.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: C3 exclusives list
« on: August 31, 2005, 03:08 AM »
I got a FFURG shirt.  Very spiffy green.

Edit: BTW, I got the Plush Yoda.  Glad I did.  That thing rocks.  :)  For some reason I bought him on a whim and he's probably one of the neater items I own now.  Seems to have retained value too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 30, 2005, 09:08 PM »
Yeah, we've gotten just off-on rain...  Sometimes steady drizzle, but sometimes heavy downpours, then sometimes it just quit...

I've heard no thunder what-so-ever.  Weathermen are a waste of perfectly good airtime on TV I think.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: VOTC and OTC Returns in 2006!
« on: August 30, 2005, 09:05 PM »
Count me in on resculpts too...  Figures like Boussh Leia are the kinda things that make me giddy because I think their previous versions are so terrible.  My resculpt list, just off the top of my head, would be like this:

-Nein Numb (reuse Ten's head and make a new hat)
-SA Endor Han Solo (I'd like a removable softgoods coat, but a coat ala Agen Kolar's robe...  Now that'd make EVERYONE happy on that figure I think)
-SA Bespin Luke...  Can't stand the Saga figure at all.  Too pre-posed, not to mention the feature.
-SA Hoth Han Solo...  Terrible figure overall IMO.  Give him a removable hat, a removable hood (or softgoods) and I'm game for that figure.
-Hoth Leia
-SA Hoth Luke (I'd like to see the Saga sculpt sligthly improved upon to include a working holster, maybe damaged and undamaged heads)
-Hoth Rebel Footsoldier (I want this more than the tan-vest Vintage figure personally)
-SA Qui-Gon
-SA Obi-Wan E1
-SA Scout Trooper (New bike, to-scale, would be nice.  Something that's nicely done like Stass Allie's BARC is)
-SA Death Star Trooper (re-use the head/helmet of the POTF2 one even)
-X-Wing Luke (still haven't done this figure justice)
-Snowspeeder Luke
-"Imperial Officer"...  True grey-tuniced Officer.  I'd like Veers w/removable armor, helmet, and hat to be the base for this figure really.
-Red Leader (pack-in blows)
-Klaatu, Nikto, and Barada...  Given the Cantina wave last year, I know these 3 can be done ala their vintage figures and look 100x better than the 3-pack figures looked.
-C-3PO (multiple points of articulation utilizing the articulation socket style that the ROTS figure has...  It can be done)
-ANH Ben (VOTC sorta bites).
-ESB Boba Fett (utilizing VOTC Fett as a basis but with some new "tweaks").
-Bespin Guard (dunno where they got the open jacket from).
-SA Bespin Han (why not?  I like the POTJ figure, and I'd say to even re-use the torso, upper-arms, and headsculpt, but some new lower arms, more articulation, and new articulated legs would be welcome).
-SA Endor Rebel Soldier (same as Hoth Trooper, I'd like a new figure).
-SA Rebel Fleet Trooper (Same as Hoth and Endor).
-Imperial "Technician"...  That POTF2 sculpt is beat.
-AT-ST Driver (see above).
-ANH Luke (VOTC bites).
-Wicket (how about one that's properly sized).
-R2 w/pop-up saber (just a compartment for a hilt, no gimmick).
-R5-D4 (duh).
-Han Stormtrooper
-Luke Stormtrooper
-Chewie w/Chains (VOTC Chewie, just with a removable dog collar...  I'd be content with that).
-SA Snowtrooper

And that's just off the top of my head, and just classic stuff save for E1 Obi and QGJ.  There's a lot of sub-par figures out there that don't "fit" quite as well next to some of the stellar home-runs we got like VOTC Han or the VOTC Stormtrooper.

While I'd put the army builders at the top of my list, especially the rebels (with the Impy's a close 2nd), I can't say that any of those figures would disappoint me if Hasbro put them out and did them justice.

BTW, I think it'd be great if Hasbro would re-release OTC Dagobah Luke but put him out with a set of poseable bare arms for those of us who prefer that.  It'd be nice if at least his arms were a bit "more" than the 2 posed sets.

Resculpt away is my motto though... 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Utapau Shadow Trooper
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:48 PM »
I'm going to perhaps get 2...  If they were only $10 (man, sucks to say that), I'd consider a 4-man team though.  I gotta cut-back on the Clonies though if they're not basic figs.  The prices on these are just obscene.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:44 PM »
Yeah guys, use those DCPI #'s when you can.  Jot them in a tablet and keep it handy...  I now have a collecting notes tablet I keep in my car's visor for just these kinds of things. 

I've read someone finding them on the shelves, but only one person so far that I'm aware of in the general collecting community.  Got mine by asking a girl who probably wishes she hadn't asked me if I needed help finding something.

My method is usually to ask one person.  If denied, I go to another...  If denied, maybe another or at the very least I ALWAYS try the customer service person on the way out since they tend to be the most helpful.  In general the CSR's are better trained to be attentive to the wants/needs of a customer.

Also, may I suggest you lie if you really have to...  A classic I've used is, "Oh, I called and someone I talked to said to come down and they'd help me get this since it was in stock...  I live like an hour away so it's hard for me to get out here..."  blah blah blah

Not that that was a lie when I used it, but once I saw that it worked I've used it since and it's worked again.

Also, if your store is missing the scanners or they're broke, I used an employee's scanner gun once that they left in cart.  Likely get bitched at for that if you get caught, but hey...  whatever.

Don't let Target win.  They have been on my bad side lately, and even though I prefer them overall to Wal-Mart, I really think they're giving collectors a screw-job lately.  Perhaps it's to battle "scalpers", but I feel jipped lately and I know they're definitely spiking prices to where I don't want to bother shopping there.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Figure Sales (or price hikes)!
« on: August 30, 2005, 03:00 AM »
I'd like to nab them cheap for my gf's kids, as they're good for that, but I know I was NOT interested in these personally.  Not great sets.  The force flippers of their day I guess.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 30, 2005, 02:48 AM »
So the latest story is extremely strong thunderstorms and an heightened chance for Tornadoes out my way.  Why, I do not know.  And as it turns out I'm going to have to make a trip that day anyway...  Shazbot.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security)
« on: August 30, 2005, 02:44 AM »
-Matt,  Thanks for the kind comments...  Yeah I was more tongue-in-cheek with the comments on him being in the film because he's so "blink and you miss him" kinda guy...  A lot had debated if it was the guy on the flying creature or the guys being led away in red robes (whatever/whoever they are...  They're big!) and stuff.

I agree that a neutral pose would probably have helped him out some too.  I like the Neimodian Soldier a LOT, and I think a main reason for that was his neutral pose.  Both lack knees but the Neimodian's seemingly the better army builder almost entirely due to pose...  Add knees and he's a near SA figure really.

The Utapaun needed a bit more than knee articulation to be truly great obviously, and his pose is a MAJOR reason why.  Add knees and he'd basically lose the "pose" due to the articulation and it'd be a lot better.  It's funny comparing him to the Neimodian, as that figure shows a LOT of superior qualities when directly compared like this.  Makes me wanna nab a couple more Neimodians for the old militia.

-Slothus...  I would've dug a mount for the figure too, and packaged as some kind of mid-sized vehicle.  Had the beasts wings been flexible with a wire "skeleton" or some such, it could've been a great item and it would've tied the figure a bit more to the spot in the film you actually see this guy. :)

The whole thing would've been better then I think, even if more money.

Hasbro's done some nice stuff in the $15 - $20 range this year and that would've easily fallen into that.  Not to mention that I think most things Utapau will be hot once made...  The Warrior would've complemented Utie Clones well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:54 PM »
Nice...  I wonder why the skimping on the Marines then?

And after seeing all those Marines at WM, I still hate those headsculpts.  They're so terrible on some of them.  I'm amazed some of the guys at P51's boards are so gung-ho (no pun) about them as they are.

I don't want guys that look like they just came from the port-o-potty...  Those faces are blech.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:46 PM »
It's times like this that I really wish I had a digital camera so I could show rather than explain, because I think that pictures would make more sense than I just did. :)  If you need further clarification, just PM me and I'll try to explain myself.

Eh, just steal one from Jared (JD's Image Database Guru)!

Well ****, that's stupid.  :-\

I think I'll deal without the hockey stick out its back. 

They still make nice diorama fodder if you're into battle scenes and imagine the Rebs using these as nice trench warfare weaponry.  That stick's dumb though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:43 PM »
It happens. :)

I was having some nice in-depth discussion with my gf's kids about Obi-Wan actually while they checked him out this weekend and they're wanting this figure now.  I wish I hadn't gotten them the kicking ones for their birthdays.  That figure blows...  blows hard.

Perhaps Pilot Obi is your RFT?  Hmmmm...  Interesting.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Covert Ops Clone Trooper
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:50 PM »
Oh, well screw that.

Who'd go into battle in silver?  Much less who'd go covertly into battle in silver?!   ::)

It's a "Silver" figure more or less, but why they went with the goofy "Covert" title I'll never know.  I guess that was Covert Vaders we've gotten, and Covert Fett, and Covert Stormtrooper, and Covert E2 Clone...

Oh and Covert R2-D2.

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