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Watto's Junk Yard / Official Pet/Animal Thread
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:47 PM »
I could have sworn that I have seen a thread like this here before, but for some reason I couldn't find it.  I'm sorry if I am duplicating...

Anyways, how many of you out there are pet owners, or would like to be some day?  Personally, I have always been an animal person.  I grew up on a farm, and aside from the "livestock" we have had a number of dogs and cats over the years as well.  My wife and I are both dog people, and really have a soft spot for them.  We are the proud owners of a now 4-year old Beagle.  We got him when he was six weeks old, which was about 6 months or so before we got married as well.  I have always been really fond of our dogs over the years, but we have never been so attached to an animal before.  I personally have never had a house dog before (parents wouldn't let us growing up), but our beagle pretty much has the run of the house.  The fact that I have been working at home now for a little while has made it even worse, as he is right by my side each minute of the day...and follow me everywhere.  We don't have any children yet, but he is pretty much our kid...we treat him that way it seems, and would never want anything bad to happen to him.

Anyways, any other pet owners out there....or just pet/animal people?  Lets hear about your furry, feathery, or fishy friends (or whatever else you might have). :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Figure Line?
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:30 PM »
I was digging through some of the back pages here looking for something, and came across this topic (from before I was a member here I think), and thought I'd bring it back up to see some others' (or new) opinions.

For me, vintage always holds a special place because of the nostalgia factor as well.  I am continuing to work towards completing a loose complete set of the vinty figures (I'm quite a ways away), but it is nice to collect something like that that does have a "limit" and I don't have to buy everything when I see it (and not see it again).  Even though sculpting, paint, etc. today is for the most part much better...there's just something about those figures...the way they can interact with ships/playsets, etc.  And some nice normal, non action poses :).

Otherwise, I too was a big fan of the POTJ line.  Lots of great sculpting, figures, and character selection in that line.  I'm also a fan of the Saga line, particularly the recent stuff.  I think pretty much everything that has been released thus far (or that we have seen) aside from re-releases is really well done (outside of the shortish Hoth Trooper maybe).  When this year is said and done, the VOTC will probably be my favorite "modern" line...I can't wait to see more pics of those...and to hopefully add them to my collection.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:06 PM »
Oh, I see....pretty spiffy!  Thanks for posting.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Buying a new computer soon... Suggestions?
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:05 PM »
I always wondered that too wife and I were talking about that a few months back.  When we were in HS, the cheerleaders/class did a cheer along the lines of "95, 95 we're the class of 95...let's go seniors!" or something along those lines.  I always wondered what the class of 2000 said.

Congrats to everyone on their new 'puters too.  We have been wanting to get a new one as well, but are holding off for now.  Our computer now is a little over 4 years old, which isn't terrible at all, and it still works for us I guess.  Hoping to get either a laptop or something with a flat panel that it takes up less space.  I've always had Dell computers (at work and home), and have been very happy with I guess we'll look that route if we ever get to that point.  It has been nice reading everyone' suggestions here too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12 facts about yourself.
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:01 PM »
5.  I just gave my notice today and am leaving a company that's going nowhere fast and moving on to an extremely profitable one.

Congrats Mikey, I hope that the new job is everything you are looking for...and that you are happy and successful.  Good luck on the house front too, my wife and I are looking to move (hopefully soon) as well...and get our first "real" house.  Right now we live in a modular home (which is nice, and we like), but it doesn't have a basement or we're hoping to move on to something with a little more room to stretch, etc.  Best of luck!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:57 PM »
So do they have some sort of "display" holder for these things?  Just curious how you have them set up.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vehicle discussion/speculation!
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:55 PM »
Depending on price and availability (and space in our house) at the time, I might pick up all of these.  Personally, I don't have any of these vehicles, so they're all pretty much new to me.  I do have Jango's Slave 1 (which Boba's might be based off of?), but I'd really like to have Boba's in my collection too.  I'm definitely down for the Sandcrawler, and hopefully the Y-Wing and Vader's Tie as well.  I remember seeing the POTF2 Y-Wing one time, and I hid it and thought I could pick it up later as we left the mall (Target was in the mall at that time), but when I came back it was gone.  No big deal, but I should have just picked it up.  Anyways, nice to hear there are some more vehicles coming our way this year....especially with some OT-flavor :)

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:35 PM »
 :D....I was thinking the same thing Mikey.  I finally got into the mightbeanz site today (I was having troubles accessing it before), and these things are kind of neat.  I like that they list everything that is available for the line as well, and it looks like they have a pretty good character selection.  I especially like the fact that they have included Beast, although he isn't a "common" one according to the site.  Have you gotten close to completing your set Scott?

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: March 26, 2004, 01:03 PM »
According to reports I read at both, as well as the Jedi Temple Archives, the latest Insider (along with confirming those ships), has this tidbit on the Original Trilogy Collection:

 And, if that was not enough news for you there was the confirmation that the OTC basic line will include only 2 waves of newly sculpted characters. The Dagobah wave will kick the line off, re-carded figures will hit the shelves during the year and the Cloud City wave will round out 2004. The figures on the Retro Cards will "have added articulation and deco - more than Hasbro usually includes on basic figures".
     Pictures of the Sandcrawler and the Retro Carded Leia can be seen on pages 85 and 86 in this month's Insider!

So I guess that might be some sort of confirmation that there's only two waves of "new" figures for the rest of the year.  I thought we might see some more surprises towards the end of the year, and maybe we still will.  They'll be starting up the Episode 3 hype machine by then, so you never know.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2004: What Are You Collecting?
« on: March 26, 2004, 12:30 PM »
Although I might pick up the odd figure here and there from a few various line (picked up Zipline Batman, and hope to get Indy Kermit), I think it will probably end up to be mainly Star Wars for me this year.  My wife doesn't want me to collect anything else beyond that, but I would like to continue on with Marvel Legends stuff.  I'm still interested in lines like LOTR and Muppets, but I'm just too far behind.  Like I said, maybe an odd figure here or there.  The minimates thing is tempting too.  But, most likely for me it will be strictly Star Wars (basic, Unleashed, Playskool if they have it) and possibly more Marvel Legends.  Anyone else have an outlook for the year?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: March 26, 2004, 11:11 AM »
Its pretty much the same around here Mainland, the biggest pegwarmers are:

Dignitaries - both of them at Target, Wal-Mart, and TRU
Bail Organa - nice figure, but pegwarming big time at TRU and some Wal-Marts
R-3PO - another nice figure, but I have seen quite a few lately
Achk-Med Beq - I've never bought one, but if I want one I shouldn't have to worry...he's everywhere :).
repacked figures - not terrible, but I've seen quite a few of the younglings, Aayla, and Barriss, as well as a couple SC Anakins.  Nothing too bad though.
Animated Clone Wars - sold really well at first, starting to sit.  Only some of them though (Asaaj, Anakin, Obi, Dooku seem to be the worst around here).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 2004 Exclusives
« on: March 26, 2004, 10:49 AM »
I was glad to hear the news of these vehicles, although I haven't gotten my insider yet to check out the pics.  Personally, I don't have any of these vehicles (outside of Jango's Slave 1), and I'd like to get each of them depending on price and availability.  Even though the Sandcrawler will be out of scale, it can't really be done in scale I guess, and I wouldn't mind having one in the collection.  I'm glad to see a Boba Fett style Slave 1 as well, hopefully the upcoming VOTC Fett will go well with this :).  Thanks for the news Scott.

Although I haven't really gotten any new comics since the very early 90s, I have dug out my old ones every so often, and do sometimes have the urge to get into the comics again.  Some of them still have the nostalgia factor much the way Star Wars does with me.  I can still remember my first comic (Spiderman) that my dad bought for me to read during a long trip out to a vacation.  I guess I credit some of the recent comic movies, as well as action figures, with rekindling my comic interest as well.  There are so many more titles or variations on certain characters and teams now that weren't there when I was a kid and buying comics.  Anyways, I was curious what some of your favorites are, or were.  For me personally, I tend to still favor the same ones I did as a kid...which I suppose aren't the most original ones in the world :).  For me it has been these (past and present):

X-Men: When I was a kid, had mainly the "Uncanny X-Men" comics.  Wolverine was one of my early favorites, but got away from him a little bit because everyone liked him it seemed.  My other favorites, then and now, are Beast, Iceman, and Colossus.  The movies and the Marvel Legends figures really got my interested in these characters again.  I have been tempted to pick up one of the comics, but know absolutely nothing about the current titles...what is good...or what characters are included in each.  Plus, I already collect toys...I doubt my wife would be crazy if I added comics in too :P.

Spiderman: Again, probably not real original, but this was another big favorite of mine as a kid.  I remember really liking the "Spiderman and his Amazing Friends" cartoon that was on back in the day (and ABC Family had it back on for awhile during the movie craze).  This is probably what I had the most comics of, ranging from just plain Spiderman to Amazing, Spectacular, and "Web of".  I also remember my Secret Wars Spidey figure getting a lot of play back then too.  I enjoyed the first movie as well, although I wasn't crazy about the Goblin's look...really looking forward to Doc Ock in Spidey 2.

Batman: Really the only DC character I got into much as a kid.  Bats has always been a favorite of mine, and I still enjoy catching the animated series, Justice League, etc. when it is on.  Had quite a few of the comics, and a couple of TPBs as well.  Also had his "Super Powers" figure, as well as others from that line.  I enjoyed the first couple of movies, but they went downhill from there.  Looking forward to the new one next year, hopefully they do it up right.

Those were basically the main three for me, but as I said I also had a number of the "Super Powers" and "Secret Wars" figures as a kid.  I really enjoyed the "Super Friends" show as well, and is probably why I enjoy Justice League today.  Basically, my comics back then consisted of X-Men, Spidey, and Bats....but I also had a fair amount of Iron Man comics, a couple Hulk ones, as well as some Wolverine ones.  I remember my mom letting me get a comic at the local drug store after I had been to the doctor or dentist as a kid.  Overall, I would say that the Marvel Universe is my favorite.  I do like some DC Characters (Bats, of course, as well as many who appeared on the Justice League team)...but overall I am more familiar with the Marvel Universe characters.  What are some of your faves?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Episode II Multiples: Your Favorite Version?
« on: March 25, 2004, 04:57 PM »
Me too Morgbug, that's why I started thinking about it in the first place.  I'm sad to say that I own some pretty craptastic figures :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Episode II Multiples: Your Favorite Version?
« on: March 25, 2004, 02:36 PM »
Oh, by the way, here's my choices:

Obi-Wan Kenobi - Outlander Nightclub Encounter (except I gave him Coruscant Chase's lightsaber)

Anakin Skywalker - I suppose Secret Ceremony, although I don't really mind the Hangar Duel one either (except the wrist and magnet on mine are both loose/weak)

Jango Fett - Probably Kamino Escape, although I kind of like how the preview one looks as well.  KE is a better "basic" version, with the removable helmet, etc.

Mace Windu - None are the best, but probably the Jedi Council one with a lightsaber.  Deluxe wouldn't be so bad, but has some problems of its own.

Yoda - Always liked Jedi Master Yoda, but the 2pack version is nice as well.

Dooku - Geonosian Escape

Zam Wessel - Bounty Hunter

R2 - Coruscant Sentry (sound is kind of neat), there are better non-E2 R2s though

3PO - Deluxe version

Clonetrooper - Without question, Super-posable Clone Wars version...if only it was easier to find :).

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