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Watto's Junk Yard / iTunes Question
« on: January 1, 2011, 11:41 AM »
Ok, this may be a stupid question, but I just thought I'd post to see if anyone had any advice.  We've recently been having problems with iTunes (getting an error message when trying to purchase, as well as when we try to update our iPod).  I've been back and forth with iTunes support for a month and a half now, and it seems their "last resort" advice is to uninstall/reinstall iTunes.  Now, I've got all of our music backed up, so that's not a problem - but what I'm worried about is the digital copies of movies that we have on there.  I realize that iTunes itself is more a method for playing it, not the source of the movies themselves, but I was worried we may lose those if/when we uninstall.  We don't have a DVD burner on our computer, so backing them up isn't as much of an option either.  Anyways, just curious if anyone knew if we would lose those movies - and if so, what we could possibly do to keep them.  I was always under the impression that when you took the digital copy off of DVDs/etc. that it was a "one time deal", but maybe I'm wrong there too.

Hall of Justice / Mattel Green Lantern Movie Figures
« on: December 31, 2010, 10:14 AM »
Not technically "Green Lantern Classics", but it looks like a possible figure of Tomar Re from the movie line has shown up online.  I'm not the best judge of scale, but I believe it may be 6" (which I think Mattel said there would be "Movie Masters" for the GL line, but also mentioned "big plans" for the 3 3/4" scale too).

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / 2010 "Best Of" the Clone Wars
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:35 AM »
Just a few days left in the year 2010, so what were some of your favorites from the Clone Wars line?  Although I've bought much of the figures from this line since the beginning, I thought the CW stuff really came into its own this year, with a lot of neat stuff out there.  The deluxe line also had some neat stuff, despite the higher (and raising at TRU) price, as well as some other nice items.  What were your favorites from the Clone Wars line this year?

The Vintage Collection / 2010 "Best Of" The Vintage Collection
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:32 AM »
I know the Vintage Collection technically didn't start until the Fall, and we've really only seen three waves so far (or two for some), but I thought it was the time to start a "best of 2010" list since we've only got a few days left in the year here.  Since aside from exclusive packaging differences there wasn't a lot of "vintage" aside from the figures themselves, we could maybe include any vehicle, battle pack, or exclusives that focused on the movies themselves (or EU).  Anything non-CW could qualify here I guess.  What are your favorite figures, vehicles, exclusives, etc. for 2010?

Modern Classifieds / FS - MOTU Classics
« on: December 15, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Just a handful of MOTU Classics figures for sale, in case anyone missed them.  They are all carded, just as they shipped to me (in shipping boxes and all).  I'll likely continue to add the majority of the upcoming releases (for the rest of 2011), as the majority of them aren't figures I necessarily "need".  Prices don't include shipping (I'll combine if you want multiple), and PayPal is preferred.  Thanks for looking!

MOTUC Chief Carnivus - $13
MOTUC Hurricane Hordak - $15
MOTUC Leech - $18
MOTUC Icarius - $18
MOTUC Vikor - $13 SOLD
MOTUC Bow - $13 SOLD
MOTUC Catra - $13 SOLD
MOTUC The Faceless One - $13 SOLD
MOTUC "Large Figure" Shadow Beast - $22
MOTUC "Large Figures" Megator - $30

Hall of Justice / DC Imaginext
« on: October 12, 2010, 10:44 AM »
I thought I had seen these discussed on here somewhere before, but didn't see them in the DC board (or I missed them).  Anyways, I don't follow the line closely or anything, but we were walking through one of those TRU Express stores this weekend and I saw a Green Lantern w/Jet that I hadn't seen before for this line.  Like I said, could be old news and I'm sorry if it is, but it looked kind of spiffy and I thought I'd just pass it along for anyone interested.  I know sometimes those Express stores have a few different items that you don't see at "regular" TRU stores (our Express stores have the 25th anniversary Turtles line, for example), so I thought I would pass it along just in case.

Modern Classifieds / WTB: WM Exclusive Jabba w/Oola
« on: September 5, 2010, 03:15 PM »
Since the majority of the stores in our area don't seem to be carrying this, and I'm not sure when might restock, I thought I'd ask for help here.  If anyone happens to have a decent supply of these in their area and would be willing to pick one up for me, I'd really appreciate the help.  Thanks!

Nevermind, happened to find one this past weekend.  Thanks anyways!

Star Wars Universe / IGN's Top 100 Star Wars Characters
« on: August 10, 2010, 10:27 AM »
Since this technically covers both trilogies (and possibly EU), I figured I would post this here.  IGN has a feature running this week covering their Top 100 Star Wars Characters.  I think it will be updated each day, as they near #1 on the list, but I just thought I would pass it along for discussion.

The Vintage Collection / Better "Toys" Vintage or Modern?
« on: August 6, 2010, 12:52 PM »
I wasn't sure where was the right place to post this, but as this is the most current "modern" line, I thought I'd try here.  This sort of branches off of something Adam Pawlus mentioned in his Q and A (I believe this past week).  He was sort of talking about his preference to the simpler articulation styles (and sturdier toys) of our youth, compared with stuff of today.  It got me to thinking, what are better "toys" vintage or modern?  Sure, the modern stuff looks a million times better - there's rarely a question of that - but from a "kid" standpoint of playing with toys, which is better?

I think both obviously have their strong points.  Like I said, the modern stuff - especially the current stuff - looks absolutely amazing for the most part.  The sculpt, paint, articulation, all adds up to some really nice figures lately - and in some cases (Gamorrean Guard as an example) - they look like they jumped off the movie screen.  On the vintage side of things, sure they weren't all that accurate (although I don't remember minding too much as a kid), I never remembered opening any of my vintage figures and having a body part fall off of it right away (which does happen sometimes today).

The vehicles is a little difficult to judge too.  I think the vintage stuff was great for its time, and obviously held up today as we continued to see the same molds used for quite some time (and sometimes still today).  But, after playing with some of the recent "new" vehicles (BMF Falcon, AT-AT, Snowspeeder, SAGA Landspeeder, AT-TE, Jedi Starfighers, etc.), I might say that the modern vehicles are the winner here.  The sculpts are better, the features are getting better (as we see lights/sounds included again as well), and I think they are even more durable.  I know that the new Falcon, AT-AT, AT-ST, Snowspeeder, etc. all feel a lot more sturdy than their POTF2 (or vintage) counterparts in my collection.  The figures, in some way is a toss up.  I love the figures of today, but there is always that nostalgia for the vintage line that won't go away either.  The vintage toys were probably sturdier, which may make them a winner there - but the modern ones look so nice.

I was going through boxes, cardbacks, etc. (or, as my wife calls it, "trash") this week, and found a number of these packaging inserts (from vehicles) with the "diorama" backgrounds.  Although I do think it is a nice idea, just due to my display space and everything I haven't really used them (aside from the interior from the Dagobah X-Wing from a couple years ago, I still have that displayed in there).  I was just wondering if anyone here uses the backgrounds, or do you just toss them?

Other Collectibles / Star Wars Mighty Beanz
« on: July 30, 2010, 06:38 PM »
Looks like Star Wars had joined the ranks of the Mighty Beanz.  I remember the Marvel ones from a few years back (or maybe they're still going?) and they were kind of nifty.

Watto's Junk Yard / Tron: Legacy
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:16 PM »
Not sure if this had its own thread already or not, but the first full trailer was shown at SDCC, and is on Yahoo Movies.

Shadows of the Dark Side / TRU "Legacy of the Dark Side" 2 Packs
« on: July 21, 2010, 09:09 PM »
Just noticed these in the coverage at TNI, and didn't see them mentioned yet (unless I missed it).  Nothing too exciting, as it appears to be all repacks - but there appears to be a Fett pack ("orphan to Bounty Hunter"), a Grievous pack (the pre cyborg one and the regular version), and an Anakin to Vader pack.  Apparently exclusive somewhere (I think we saw these rumored before), priced at $12.99.

Watto's Junk Yard / 100 Best Places to Live - 2010 Edition
« on: July 12, 2010, 09:04 PM »
Just checking out this year's list over at Yahoo/CNN Money.  I guess you MN guys must know something, with 5 cities in the top 100 - and the number one overall this year (Eden Prairie, MN).

Modern Classifieds / New For Sale List - EU, Vehicles, etc.
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:17 PM »
Although I'm going to miss a number of them, I've decided to put many of my prequel vehicles up for sale.  I'd like to hang onto them, but the bottom line is I don't have the space to display all of this anymore - and I'd rather they went to someone who could get more use out of them.  Plus, we could use the extra money right now, and that is more important.  Prices do not include shipping, and all items are loose and complete unless otherwise noted.  Payment via Paypal is preferred (as long as it's not a debit or credit card) and Money orders accepted.  Please PM me if you're interested in anything (you can find my feedback here).:

EE Mandalorian Pack Mandalorians - $6 each
-Dred Priest
-Isabet Reau
-Mij Gilamar
-Rav Bralor

Plo Koon Mini Bust MIB - $10

POTF2 Large Scale Dewback - $10

Star Wars 8" Unleashed - $5 each
Mace Windu
General Grievous

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