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KB's brick-and-mortar stores are getting in ROTK figures now. I found series 1 and 2 there, the cases that feature Gandalf the White and the Crossbow Uruk. And they've raised the price to $9.99 a crack, which is what I paid at Suncoast, which I also felt was a bit high. (Especially for Prologue Bilbo.)

So, all I need now are Superposable Gollum and 8" Treebeard to complete my collection, and my apathy towards these two in unequaled, so I guess my collection is complete enough for me. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: To buy or not to buy...
« on: September 19, 2003, 11:59 AM »
I've talked to some Wrangler owners, and I think I'd only need the six for towing things. I don't drive like a maniac anymore, so I'm thinking the four will be just fine.

I'm going to kill gas mileage bad enough with a drop-top anyway.

Thanks for that link, OCB. :)

Edit-Checked the link, and I think I'll be in good shape.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Lord of the Rings: Armies of Middle Earth
« on: September 19, 2003, 11:57 AM »
OK, this is now officially the greatest toy line ever.
If it isn't, it's getting pretty close.

Watto's Junk Yard / To buy or not to buy...
« on: September 19, 2003, 02:01 AM »
I'm in a bit of a pickle here. There's a 2000 Jeep Wrangler at a local dealership. It's Solar Yellow, with a manual tranny and a soft top. It's the 4-cylinder engine, too. This thing is exactly what I've been looking for, and priced at $11550.  I'm thinking of trading in my 2000 Hyundai Elantra for it.

My questions: If there are any modern (1997-2003) Wrangler owners, how are things? What kind of problems are you facing with these?

Second, if there are any who know much about this topic: What is the fair market value of a 2000 Elantra with 63,000 miles on it?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: "Office Space"
« on: September 19, 2003, 01:56 AM »
I think this is the only movie besides ESB I can watch over and over again and never get tired of. True comic genius through and through.

"Gonna show her my Oh-face. Oh! Oh! Oh!" That Drew looks just like me, so that's why I get a kick out of it.

You're welcome, Spuffy. I think I'm going to spring for Aragorn, because the local Wal-mart is too stuffed with series 1, and Target isn't stocking them. Plus I've passed on it twice now and regretted it. I might get two, and switch heads with that extra Helm's Deep Aragorn I've got sitting around.

Just need to come across the Crossbow Uruk now. C'mon, KB, come through for me again.

Found series 2 at my local TRU. I am so goddamn sick of seeing Gollum, especially when TB packs him so that other characters like Prologue Bilbo, Eowyn, and Gandalf the White all end up at one per case. That is so stupid.

I think I'll avoid buying the superposable Gollum. I hate the first version, but I don't want to see another one, ever. The red-boxed version is still sitting around. It's ridiculous.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: September 18, 2003, 02:10 AM »
I've broken myself down to two principals, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I've picked up an interest in Buffy, despite my better judgement, and found myself satisfied with my Joe collection as is. My modern MOTU is slowly but surely being traded off, thankfully.

I still buy G1 reissues and Marvel Legends, but those seem to come out rather infrequently and I don't buy everything their respective companies put out.

I guess one could say I also collect DVDs and comics, too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How many stores do you hit on your toy runs?
« on: September 18, 2003, 02:04 AM »
There's one each of Target, K-Mart, TRU, and KB here, as well as two Wally Worlds in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA area.

To keep up a complete collection, I sometimes find myself heading to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City to hit the stores down there. I scored a couple of ROTK figures at Suncoast, which is down there and not here. Even if I don't find anything, I can still visit some friends and have a few vengeful libations.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Place You Have Traveled
« on: September 18, 2003, 02:00 AM »
Man, Austrailia sounds about as close to Utopia as Earth will ever get.

And they call the US the greatest country in the world. Hm.

I know that since I paid 20 bones for this thing, I should be a little disappointed, but I was able to reasonably fix these problems with a bit of effort. Just wanted to give y'all a heads-up.

The box this thing came in was absolutely huge, and the fig was sitting at the bottom with this stupid airbag thingy taking up the rest of the box. They could have thrown some tissue paper around the package, but I guess they used my $4 shipping for the bigass box.

TV-9D9 / Re: Download Clone Wars commercial
« on: September 17, 2003, 02:04 PM »
I hope they release this on DVD when it's over with, because there's no way in hell I'm going to catch all of these episodes.

My Twilight Frodo arrived today. It's a good thing the market fell out for these. Mine arrived with the j-hook area slightly but noticeably bent, and the bubble beneath the LOTR logo is smashed. It also had an easily-removable white label right over the figure.

Despite these gripes, I'm glad to have it, and might buy another to open if these show at the brick-and-mortar stores.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Place You Have Traveled
« on: September 17, 2003, 11:30 AM »
I'd go back to the West Palm Beach/Palm Beach area in a heartbeat. I've always liked Florida, and it's a great place if you avoid Orlando and A1A.

Daytona Beach is fun, especially during Bike Week, provided said bikers keep themselves in line.

My favorite of all is Flagler Beach, though. You don't feel as poor there as you would in West Palm Beach, and it's quiet, as it isn't a tourist destination, or at least a very big one.

Yeesh. ROTK is going to have to be the greatest movie in history to move that many reapacks.

On a lighter note, The GD is reporting that the Twilight Frodo figures from KB are the exact same as the chase figure. No differences whatsoever.

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