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LEGO / Re: 2017 New UCS Millennium Falcon
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:48 AM »
I'm imagining this will be in store at least through the release of the Han Solo movie, and probably beyond the release of Episode 9 if the demand is there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: September 21, 2017, 11:01 AM »
Well for the second time in 3 years I just had a dog that needed its small intestine re-sectioned. 

Poe stopped eating on Saturday and then ate some on Sunday, then wouldn't eat again on Monday.  Instead of dental floss, this time it was some sort of weird abnormality on her intestine where there was a pocket where food was collecting and getting stuck.  They couldn't figure it out on the x-rays or ultrasound, so they did an exploratory surgery to find the problem.  They don't know if it was from an abscess or if it's a birth defect or what.  They're doing a biopsy which will come back in 7 to 10 days, but no one expects cancer given her age.

$4,200 later she's home and I'm doing dog rehab again, trying to keep her calm so she doesn't bust her stitches and so the re-sectioning doesn't leak.

The part that's killing me is that I didn't get pet insurance.  After the last time I thought long and hard about it, and asked a lot of people their opinions, and decided that since it wasn't likely to happen again, and since she was so young, I'd set aside $40 a month for her and then if we never had an issue I'd have a nice pile of cash sitting there when she was gone someday.  There's like $360 in it so far.  :-\

My advice is now officially that everyone should get the insurance.  It'll be interesting to see if that's an option for me after all this... I'm assuming it'll either be really expensive or at a minimum they won't cover her GI Tract. 


Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:50 PM »
You are blessed.

I wouldn't have known about anything today if not for Twitter. In a nutshell, Paul Harrison posted a lengthy post asking people not to post derogatory comments - like the ones he routinely does. It's laudable, except he is the primary instigator in the toxic atmosphere at that site. It's his brand. So people came with receipts and he's getting called out for his hypocrisy.

Yeah, I don't use Twitter either.  I think that was a good decision.  I'm weaning myself off of Facebook too - trying to work up the guts to just delete my account.

The Last Jedi / Re: Toys R Us Exclusive TLJ Force Link Starter Set
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:46 AM »
And, to head off Rob's eventual question - YES, this is a new/different figure.  It is the third version of the Elite Praetorian guard. Not the same as the one in the 2-pack with Rey.  Not the same as the one in the playset with Snoke. Same body.  Different head/helmets.  Different weapons. ;)

2-Pack = Elite Praetorian Guard
Playset = Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
TRU Force Link = Elite Praetorian Guard  (with Whip-Staff)

They're onto me... Hey guys, swap out a small detail and Rob will buy another one!

Plus the Walmart Black Series one...

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:36 AM »
If it's AOTC R2, that's fine... that's a mistake that's already been made.

If he's flying again in TLJ...

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:26 PM »
It's astonishing that this guy refuses to acknowledge his role in bringing the level of discourse in the hobby down to such a vile level.

I still don't know who this guy is or what he did now, but this is probably a good example of why I like our quiet little corner of this hobby right here. 

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:45 PM »
What happened?

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:58 PM »
I ended up with $120 worth of Amazon gift card stuff for my birthday and figured this would be a good time to buy the playset, but looks like it went back up to the full $200.

Now I'm thinking I should wait at least a little while.  Surely it'll go up and down even if only by a little bit...

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2017 Droid Factory TLJ BB-unit 4-Pack
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:02 AM »
Awesome, I suppose.

JD Sports Forum! / Fantasy Basketball 2017
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:41 AM »
I just noticed our league is set to be a keeper league.  Did we decide that last year and I missed it or forgot, or is that a mistake?

I'd be all about trying it as a keeper league if we feel good enough about our reoccurring players at this point, but unless I just missed the announcement last year we should probably have one clean draft where everyone knows it's a keeper league first.


Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2017 Droid Factory TLJ BB-unit 4-Pack
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:36 AM »
I got mine last night too.  What do you mean they have different interiors?  You can pop them open?

Other Toy Lines / Re: How Much of Your Collection(s) Do You Display?
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:57 PM »
My Lego collection has been boxed up for 8 years now.  There's pretty much every OT Star Wars set they've ever made.  There's complete sets Classic Space from when it started up through the Black Tron II / M-Tron era.  There's all the first few years worth of Pirates, then there's tons of classic Castle.

I'm hoping to buy a place pretty soon (just waiting on my wife to finish transitioning from working out of state to being here), but at this point I have no idea how much space it would take to display all this with all the Hasbro and Gentle Giant.

Unless we move farther away from the city, which I'd prefer not to do, I might have some big choice to make in the next year or two.

The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Return of the Jedi 3-Pack
« on: September 10, 2017, 12:12 PM »
Awesome.  I haven't been this excited about a re-do in a long time... I can't wait to get my hands on a few Royal Guards that will pose like they do in the films without all the fluffy soft goods or hands that won't hold that Force Pike on their shoulder like that.

The Last Jedi / Re: Target TLJ 3.75" Return of the Jedi 3-Pack
« on: September 9, 2017, 05:10 PM »
And completing my "is this a new figure" question series on all Jeff's new posts... these all look new right?

I actually LOVE the look of that Royal Guard.  I probably would want 6 or 8 of these.  :-\

The Emperor's fingers are gnarly too. 

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