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Watto's Junk Yard / Who Wants to Lose Weight?
« on: November 25, 2010, 01:29 PM »
I was recently involved with shooting a reality TV show for a major network that will air in February.  I was on camera for about 12 hours. I saw some stills from the shoot, and I was horrified.  I knew that I had gained weight over the years, but jeez...I looked like Jabba.

I need to lose weight.  I'm going to start on Monday and wonder if anyone wants to join along.  I am not gong for stunt weight loss, but a healty 2 pounds a week.  I will be working out about 5 times a week and cutting out all crap from my diet.  Recently, I have gone a few weeks at at ime without sweets, but I need to give them up completely.  I've never done drugs, and I've only ever drank socially, but I am addicted to choclate and diet Pepsi.

I've always been big, and know that I look strong and healty around 200 lbs.  When I got married in 2003, I was 210. Between then and now I have completed my masters degree, worked four years as a full time highschool teacher in NYC, had two kids, bought and fixed up a house, written and illustrated nine children's books and ate terribly.

Right now I'm 242.  So, 40 lbs is my first goal.

I've seen weight loss threads out here in the past, and thought it might be a way to do this with a supportive group.  All I'm asking is that we check every day or so, and discuss what were trying to do.

Well of the Souls / INDY 3D...New Toys?
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:47 AM »
News is breaking that the IJ films will also be coming back to theaters in 3D.  Not sure when.   I wonder if Hasbro will bother o make anything...I would still love that "lost" wave.  Man, I wanted Satipo and Toht!

The Vintage Collection / TVC will fail...
« on: September 28, 2010, 09:01 AM »
I have to say this...I'm very worried that TVC is going to tank at retail.  In the ROTS wave, I am only going to buying 4 (Palpatine, Magna Guard, Anikin Sith Eyes and Greivous) and skipping the other four, because I have them from other lines (or close enough...)

The thing is, I'm a hardcore collector and I've been buying this stuff since the early bird kit in 1977.  I have one of every individually carded figure they have made.  I'm the sort of loyal, dedicated costumer that every company wants...but even I am only buying 50% of the product.

If Hasbro can't keep someone like me interested and engaged, how does the casual fan feel?

On the other hand, I will buy all of the Jedi wave....

Watto's Junk Yard / Audio Book swapping?
« on: July 7, 2010, 12:28 AM »
Hey.  I've been listening to audio books lately as a draw, and I was wondering if anyone else listens as well?  I would also be intrested in swapping, as they can get expensive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone Graduating?
« on: May 14, 2010, 01:46 PM »
Just wondering if anyone else is graduating from any type of school this month, or next...

I just earmed my Master Degree in Science of Education!  Hooray!  It took 6 years part time, it was 54 credits and a ton of work.  But I'm done.  How about you?

Modern Trading / WANTED BAD AOTC WAVE...
« on: April 9, 2010, 10:45 AM »
If anyone has this wave, opened or carded, please let me know.

Obi-Wan, Concept Ani, Typho, Beru, Owen, and Tarados...

Watto's Junk Yard / My New Goal In Life!! Update April 12
« on: April 8, 2010, 01:51 PM »
I'm putting this out here because I have come to believe that if you say something aloud, or in print, it is more likely to come true...

I want to work as a writer on the recently announced Star Wars animated show.  Don't laugh.  It seems that the show is going to be aimed at a younger audience than The Clone Wars, and I think I'd be perfect for the job.

Fact #1 I've been a huge life-long fan of Star Wars. Duh.

Fact #2  I used to write and draw for Star Wars Kids, which was published by Scholastic, and I ran children's drawing workshops at the first two Star Wars Celebrations.
Fact #3  Profesionally, but I've been writing and illustrating children's books since 1995. I've had over 25 books published, and my last two books have been bestsellers, with "Goodnight Goon" staying on the list for nine weeks, and hitting #1 for two weeks. My newest book. "Furious George Goes Bananas" comes out in May, and will be pushed pretty hard. Currently, I am writing and illustrating three elementary level graphic novels for Penguin, that will start coming out in 2011. I also am six weeks away from getting my Master's Degree in Arts Education.
This new Star Wars show seems too perfect for my to pass up, even though I know it's a huge longshot. But then again, who thought a farmboy could blow up a space station on his first shot?

I have three contacts in the industry, so today I start sending out feelers to see if somthing like this is even possible...

UPDATE April 12...My first conact turned up nothing.  But she did think that my credentials looked good.  She was worried, however, that on a show of this status, it might be very hard to get hired without previous tv writing experience.  But it does happen she said...


The Vintage Collection / Convention Bundle?
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:00 PM »
I was wondering if anyone else would be interested in a "Exclusive/Convention Bundle?"  Essentially, it would be all of the exclusives offered over the summer.  It seems like there's going to be a lot this year, and it would be a great strategy for Shop Star Wars, or, to let people obtain all of products avaliable with one order.  Personally, I know that I would order it, even if there was one piece that I might be on the fence about.

I know it may be too late this year, but perhaps we could suggest it in future years.

Watto's Junk Yard / Kindle Help?
« on: February 20, 2010, 07:09 PM »
Hey.  I was wondering if anyone out there had a Kindle, and could answer a simple question for me....what is the size of the screen in inches, by height and width?  (not dpi, not diagonaly...)

I've looked all over and I can't seem to find this info.


Customizing Tips and Tricks / Best Glue?
« on: November 16, 2009, 11:11 AM »
I just got the new ROJ figures and I love the sculpts on the Jabba's guards...however, their helmets keeep coming off.  I'd like to glue them on, would Testor's type model glue be okay?  Or something else that I can find in a shop like Michaels?

The Legacy Collection / 2009: Worst Distribution Year Ever?
« on: September 28, 2009, 11:45 PM »
I've been collecting since 1995 (and had a vinatge collection ) and I have to say, that for distribution, 2009 has been the worst year ever.  Over the years, the only figure that I never found on the pegs was Swimming Jar-Jar.  But this year, I missed the entire AOTC wave.  Not only that, but whole waves of Clone Wars are coming in and dissapearing in hours.  At this point, I honestly don't know what I've even missed, and I'm ususally really fanatic about this stuff.

On top of that, I can no longer make the amount of toy runs that I once did, because I now pick up my son from school.

I'm very happy with the product, but there's just too much and it goes by too fast.  Who knows, maybe Nov/Dec will be like Nov/Dec 2007, where I bought 4 waves in about 2 weeks...

Watto's Junk Yard / My New Book-UPDATE/A Bestseller
« on: August 19, 2009, 12:39 AM »
My new children's book "The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody" hits the New York Times Bestseller List at #9 on 10/25.  That's 2 in a row for me, my last one went to #1 for tow weeks.

not sure why the pic isn't working...tried pulling it from several sources.

Modern Classifieds / WTB-McQuarrie Obi-wan/Yoda
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:34 PM »
Title says it all.---Mike

Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone own a Netbook?
« on: July 15, 2009, 04:15 PM »
I've been looking at Netbooks/tiny laptops for a few weeks now, and I was wondering if anyone has experience with them.  I'm not a PC person, and I really am not that "into" computers.  I just want to be able to use one without lots of fuss.  I am working on a lot of new writing, and have to do a thesis paper for grad school starting in the fall, so I want something portable.  I don't need it to watch video or listne to music.  All I want it to do research on the web, and write.

I'm looking at the Dell Mini 10, and it seems decent.

I've tried out Word Pad, which seems to come with all PCs, and it's sufficient for writing.  I don't want Word because I have no need for Excel, and other nonsense it comes with.

Any thoughts?---Thanks

Modern Classifieds / WTB-Wal-Mart Comic Packs
« on: May 12, 2009, 01:36 AM »
Looking for the 2009 packs...Ewoks, X-Wing Pilots and Amanama/Imperial.

PM me.---Mike

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