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Watto's Junk Yard / Creed disbands
« on: June 4, 2004, 04:23 PM »

Mark this as one of the greatest days in history--we now live in a world without Creed.

Whoa, pleasure overload.

BTW- I don't go to Creed's site. I just posted the link for the press release.

Other Toy Lines / McFarlane Conan figures
« on: May 17, 2004, 10:08 PM »

Now that's a valkyrie.

Too bad Toddy went back to their old ways of minimal articulation. (As if they ever left.)

But, they're pretty cool anyway.

Watto's Junk Yard / WIN THIS BABY!!!!!
« on: April 30, 2004, 01:43 AM »

April 28, 2004 -- A giant-sized controversy is brewing over a baby adoption special on "20/20" - and sending ABC execs into a tailspin. Millions of viewers across the country watched in surprise over the weekend as the network aired a sensational promo for Friday's segment, which pits five desperate couples against each other for the privilege of adopting a 16-year-old's baby.
A very personal, intimate process was made to look like a reality-show contest, with prospective parents dubbed "winners" and "losers."

Yesterday, complaints flooded into radio stations, Web sites and even the FCC - many of them noting that host Barbara Walters is not only a respected journalist, but also an adoptive mother.

"I've already sent my outrage to [the producer of "20/20"] making a reality show out of something so personal," wrote one user on the Web site

"While I haven't seen the show, it definitely sounds like the marketing department at ABC was attempting to add a reality TV spin, which is definitely an all-time low - especially when children are at stake," says radio journalist Jane Braverman, who's adopting a child.

"My friend's teenage son, who was passing through the living room when the promotion was airing, even found it offensive. He said, 'How could a child be a prize in a reality show?'"

The program, titled "Be My Baby," set to air Friday during May sweeps, follows five couples through open adoption, which means the adoptive parents and birth mother are in contact, identities are disclosed and there is the potential for contact in the future.

The birth mother, 16-year-old Jessica, is shown in interviews with the prospective parents and in childbirth.

Jennifer Marando, co-director of A Child's Waiting adoption agency in Akron, Ohio, which participated in the show, says she and her sister and co-director, Crissy Kolarik, were completely disheartened by the teasers.

"We didn't go into this to outrage anyone," she says.

"We chose to participate in order to educate people on open adoption. But it's not an educational piece at this point - it's an entertainment piece made into a reality-show theme."

Marando confirms A Child's Waiting has received a number of complaints from distressed viewers.

For its part, ABC said it intended "Be My Baby" to be a realistic look at open adoption in America.

Amid the fury, ABC has since yanked the promo and replaced it with a toned-down version that presents the program less as a reality show and more as a documentary.

Jeffrey Schneider, head of ABC publicity, blamed the controversy on the misleading promotional spots.

"Clearly, the first promo that ran was leaving people with the wrong impression of what this hour is all about," said Schneider.

"It is a thoughtful report on the process of open adoption that we think will be of interest to the American people. We simply wanted to make sure that people understood what we would be broadcasting."

Marando hopes the positive aspects of her agency's work don't get lost amid the uproar.

"The producers shot a follow-up at the baptism," she said, "then again six months later to show that open adoption can be successful."


I can't believe it. Now we're auctioning human life on TV.
What will they do for next year's May sweeps? Executions?


Watto's Junk Yard / Scold your younger self
« on: April 16, 2004, 11:02 PM »
10 year old Ben:
stick with baseball. Otherwise you'll be a fatass in 13 years and the girls will not like you.

high school Ben:
Just ask her out. You'll hate yourself for a long time if you don't, and believe me, that's pain you don't want.

early college Ben:
Don't schedule classes at 8 am. There is a reason 11 am classes are offered. For lazy bastards like you. Don't start drinking either. Bad.

circa April 2002 Ben:
Think of a better screen name than HMI. Seriously, it's terrible. And don't even think about collecting MOTU, GI Joe, or Transformers. The companies will completely screw those licenses, so save yourself the headache.

Watto's Junk Yard / 100 days of slaughter
« on: April 8, 2004, 01:16 AM »
I figure with all the attention that is given to the tenth anniversary of Cobain's death, this one deserves some attention too, because it started at the same time.

800,000 people were killed in Rwanda in the span of 100 days. Damn near one million. And it happened only ten years ago.

Watto's Junk Yard / Fallujah
« on: April 1, 2004, 03:10 AM »

They're pretty damn graphic. If you can't handle pictures of dead bodies, don't clicky.

So, what do you all think?

I know it's only one city in all of Iraq. But this, is savage.

Look at the glee on the faces of babes.  :-X

IMO, Iraq will eventually be bled dry of its precious oil and nuked off the face of the earth. It's not what I would like to see happen. But I'm doubtful the US government under any administration is going to rebuild Iraq.  :(  

Watto's Junk Yard / Just try and Caption This Pic.
« on: March 14, 2004, 03:05 AM »

Hillary: "Bill, you need only wave with one appendage."

Watto's Junk Yard / Spin the black circle
« on: March 5, 2004, 02:16 AM »
A short-termed collecting interest of mine from a few years ago has reared its ugly head again. :)

I've taken up collecting vinyl albums again. I used to do this without the aid of the internet, so if anyone knows of some reputable selling or info sites, I'd much appreciate them. Google got me nowhere. Or if you've got some for sale, LMK. I'm searching for stuph from the following bands:

Pearl Jam
Led Zeppelin
Jimi Hendrix Experience, and recent release albums like South Saturn Delta
ESB and ROTJ soundtracks
Pink Floyd

And, for the other point for this thread- anyone else collect vinyl?

Watto's Junk Yard / It's the end of the world as we know it...
« on: February 24, 2004, 03:17 AM »
and I feel fine.

I want to say Misters Schwartz and Randall are full of ****, but who knows.

Thoughts? Opinions? Hastily typed somethings?

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Wanna see something cool?
« on: February 22, 2004, 12:03 AM »
Or incredibly insane, take your pick.

Clicky on all the linkys he has posted.

Other Toy Lines / X-Files figures from McFarlane
« on: February 8, 2004, 12:17 AM »
I've come across an opportunity to purchase some of these, and I've a few questions about them.

I know Mulder and Scully come in regular outfits and in winter coats, but I'm wondering about the other figures packed with them, like the corpse and the alien. How many different pack-ins were there?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Watto's Junk Yard / Bush and Blair up for Nobel Prize
« on: February 7, 2004, 02:31 AM »

Last I looked, there isn't a whole lot of peace coming from their mess.

Watto's Junk Yard / Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: February 4, 2004, 12:12 PM »

If you like Peanuts, Outkast, or stupid videos on the internet, you'll probably like this. :)

Collections / HMI's Collection and love shack
« on: January 31, 2004, 08:40 PM »
OK, please tell me if this works for y'all.

It's not to heavy on Star Wars right now, but I figured what the hell.

Read the captions too, for a laugh. Maybe a chuckle. Or rolling eyes. :)

Modern Classifieds / Ben's Wants
« on: January 25, 2004, 04:45 PM »
Star Wars

Cloud Car cockpit windows

Meena Tills
Bail Organa w/ infant Leia
CW Vol. 2 DVD 3-packs, I'll gladly take loose.
Zett Jukassa
holo Plo Koon
holo Aayla Secura
holo Yoda

Lord of the Rings
12" Gandalf the Grey
Epic Trilogy wave 2

GI Joe
Cobra Infantry 6-pack (TRU exclusive)
Looking for 1982-1989 Cobras, particulary Night Vipers, Crimson Guards, BAT v1, Vipers, and other Cobras.

NECA Sin City
Bloody Marv SDCC exclusive
Kevin w/ white glasses some con exclusive

Marvel Legends
Dark Phoenix

Hasbro Sideswipe
RiD Scourge or Takara Car Robots Black Convoy
G1 Blurr
G1 Springer
G1 Wreck-Gar
G1 Devastator
G1 or reissue Rodimus Prime
Hasbro reissue Skids
Takara Hound
G1 or reissue Kup

Final Battle Malcolm Reynolds

Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel by DST
vampire Spike
"No Place Like Pltrz Glrb" Lorne

Star Trek

Art Asylum
Shran the Andorian
green shirt Kirk
Trip Tucker in Starfleet and EVA suits
Hoshi Sato in EVA suit
Malcolm Reed w/ bridge base
T'Pol w/ bridge base

Ensign Ro Laren
Lwaxana Troi
ST: Generations Chekov
Many others, mainly Warp Factor series and any exclusives

Masters of the Universe 200x
Can be loose.
Faker (Toyfare ex)
Moss Man

Vintage MOTU
Any figures, since I'm building a collection. I'll take them as long as they have their weapons and can stand up on their own legs. I have a complete list of every MOTU item I'm looking for, just email for it. Mostly, I seek two Gwildor figures complete w/ comic right now. And I'm also interested in carded vintage stuff.

I also seek castles/fortresses, vehicles and beasts, as long as they're complete. If you have an Eternia set you'd be willing to part with for a few hundred $, please LMK.

LMK at


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