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Scout Report / Turbo Tank - $75 at Walmart
« on: December 22, 2009, 11:31:17 AM »
Found the Turbo Tank on clearance at an Ontario Walmart for $75 today. Not sure if this price is available at all Walmarts, but it might be worth checking your local store.

Customs / The Star Fortress
« on: September 15, 2008, 05:11:14 PM »
Forgive me if there's a thread on this somewhere, but I'm too lazy to check for myself...  :tongue0024:

Anyway, I stumbled on this guy on eBay today:

... and I was wondering if anybody here has:

1) Ever heard of him?
2) Ever dealt with him?

I'm looking at the unfinished trooper helmets and I'm thinking that it might be a cool winter project to make my own, but I'm a little weary. The prices are great, though.

So, I'd appreciate the feedback, if anybody has any.

Video Games / Questions for PS3 owners
« on: June 29, 2008, 12:33:17 AM »
I've been thinking of getting a PS3 and I had a couple of questions.

1) How is it for blu-ray playback? I was originally in the market for a bd player, but it seems like a PS3 is a better deal than a stand-alone player. But, how's it for quality, speed, etc?

2) Anybody know of any offers/bundles, current or upcoming that I should look out for? I'm probably going to pick up the 40GB model, but would love to get one with some freebees tossed in.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

So, I've finally decided to get in gear and finish off my vintage collection. I'm missing only a few key pieces, namely about half a dozen POTF figures.

Anyway, I looked around on eBay this weekend, and the prices aren't too bad. However, I'd really like to be able to get multiple figures at once in order to reduce my shipping costs.

I used to really like eBay, but I'm finding it harder and harder to get a good deal. So, I figured I'd poke around the web to see what I could find elsewhere. But, I couldn't really find anything worthwhile. Most stores that sell vintage don't have any good POTF in stock.

This brings me to my question... where's a good online source for vintage figures?

Also, if you know of any stores selling vintage in the Ottawa area, please let me know!

Wampa Cave / My favourite Star Wars memories
« on: January 31, 2006, 10:37:28 PM »
I was kind of pi**ed off today that ROTS didn't receive any meaningful Academy Award nominations and it got me thinking. Basically, I kind of thought about how many times something Star Wars related has genuinely made me happy. It's something that I really cherish about my hobby and love of Star Wars. I can think of very few things that can brighten my day the was Star Wars does.

I mean, I know where my priorities lie... I love my wife and daughter far more than anything Star Wars related, but, I mean, how many things in life are as much fun as that galaxy far, far away? (Actually, I can think of a couple of things, but this is a family forum  ;) )

Anyway, here's my personal top 10 list of favourite Star Wars memories (in pseudo-chronological order). Please share your own.

1. My first Star Wars Toy : C-3PO (the original vintage one). My dad bought it for me when I was around 3. He got it for me 'cause it had not accessories that I could lose or eat. I still have that figure.
2. Seeing Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was about 4 1/2 years old and I can still remember it like yesterday. My parents took me to a matinee and I was so excited. I missed the Probe Droid scene 'cause I had to go the bathroom :-)
3. Seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time. Again, my parents took me to a matinee. On the way, we walked through a department store and I can remember seeing all the new toys on the shelves. I was so excited when we got to the theatre that I sat too far back in my chair. It sprung back up and flung me and my jumbo popcorn backwards. I think I spread popcorn about 10 rows back!
4. Becoming a collector. I must have been around 1989, when I was 13 years old. I had stopped playing with my toys probably about a year ealier, when I found a kid selling his mint collection of vintage figures with a complete Falcon and carry-case. I bought the whole lot for $20 and started my loose vintage collection. I still had my own childhood figures, but they were in terrible condition. These were much nicer and many are still in my collection to this day.
5. Discovering the Expanded Universe. One Christmas, I think it was 1991, my mom gave me a copy of the Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire. I wish I could have seen my face. I had never conceived that there could be more Star Wars stories out there, so this was a huge surprise to me.
6. A New Hope - The Prequels are Coming. I was in a comic book shop sometime during the summer of '93 when I saw the cover of a Dark Horse comic/mag from the UK with the words "Lucas Announces New Star Wars Movies!" on the cover. I snatched it up and for years was captivated by the idea that more Star Wars movies were to come. The article promised that they'd start production in a couple of years and the trilogy would be done by 2000. Lucas was a few years later than expected, but I think the wait was worth it.
7. The online community. I'm not sure of the date, but it was sometime around 1994 when I discovered the Star Wars SIG on the National Capital Freenet. This was the origin of my favourite user name, bm459, my freenet account name. This was truly my first step in to a larger world. I can't imagine going back.
8. POTF2 - I can still remember using my old 14.4 modem to download uuencoded images of the first preview pictures of the new Power of the Force figures. I can also remember my excitement finding the new figures a few months later at the newly opened Wal-Mart. I can also remember my shock at how small (and ugly) the figures looked. Still, I bought them all eventually. I can remember thinking that I didn't really want to start a big hobby since vintage was my real passion, but I figured, how many of these things could they possibly release?
9. The Prequels - Seeing the Phantom Menace for the first time. Though it's not my favourite movie in the Saga, I'll never forget that day in May when it first came out. I had tried unsuccessfully to buy midnight showing tickets until the brand new Silver City theatre opened a few days early in order to sneak in the Star Wars crowd. I was out shopping at Zellers when I discovered they still had tickets for 12:00. I was so pumped! I had an awesome time at the movie and was so glad that Star Wars was back on the big screen.
10. The Circle is Complete Seeing Revenge of the Sith for the first time. I managed to stay 100% spoiler free for this one. I was incredibly hard. I installed Net Nanny software and set it up to block all Star Wars content. I got the guys at work to help keep me clean. I skipped the Clone Wars cartoons. I only watch TV on my PVR so I could fast-forward through the commercials (you never know when a trailer would pop up). And, for all my efforts. I felt it was really worth it. I was completely surprised and completely entertained. In fact, I think I was a little overwhelmed. It took me a few viewings before I could really relax enough to completly soak it in.

Honourable mentions: Getting my AT-AT for Christmas in '80. The X-Wing PC game. Buying my first vintage carded figure from an auction online. The Special Editions in '97. My Making of a Trilogy VHS tape. The Phantom Menace released on DVD. Going to see the midnight showing of Attack of the Clones. Getting my Lego Star Destroyer. Getting my first FX Lightsaber. I think this list could grow on and on...

What I'm looking forward to next:
  • Ultimate box set collection on DVD
  • The Star Wars TV series
  • The next set of special-special editions (why not, eh?)
  • Sharing the Saga with my daughter when she's old enough.

Wow. That was longer than I expected. I might have to add this post to my favourite memories list. :winking0071:

EDITED: Just took the edge off the cuss word. I know there are more out there... but I have to do what I can....

Lego / New Year's Sale at Lego Shop@Home
« on: January 04, 2006, 02:13:16 PM »
Looks like Lego is running some kind of sale on their Shop@Home site this week.
Almost all the Star Wars sets are on sale for 25-30% off.

This includes all the new sets (B-Wing, A-Wing, Slave 1, etc.), E3 sets, the Sand Crawler and the Death Star.

No code needed.

Lego / Shop@Home Sales
« on: November 11, 2005, 03:14:47 PM »
Found a bunch of good deals on the Lego website today.

Just go to and enter the coupon code for some great deals. (Make sure you press "continue" to apply the code!)

Also, you might want to act fast for these deals, they sometimes only last a day or two.

Code: C5HE13
Ultimate Space Battle - $49.99 (reg. $69.99)

Code: CW5E5
4502 X-wing Fighter™ - $49.99 (reg. $69.99)
4504  Millennium Falcon™ - $99.99 (reg. $149.99)
7255 General Grievous™ Chase $19.99 (reg. $29.99)
7257 Ultimate Lightsaber™ Duel $29.99 (reg. $39.99)
7258 Wookiee™ Attack $29.99 (reg. $39.99)
7259 ARC-170 Starfighter™ $39.99 (reg. $59.99)
7260 Wookiee™ Catamaran $49.99 (reg. $69.99)
10131 TIE™ Collection $69.99 (reg. $99.99)

Code: J5CE1
Sandcrawler™ $139.99 (reg. $199.99)

Code: SPC75E
7255 General Grievous™ Chase $19.99 (reg. $29.99)
7261 Clone Turbo Tank™ $89.99  (reg. $139.99)

Wampa Cave / Wish me luck!
« on: July 30, 2005, 08:35:57 PM »
I'm heading off tomorrow for a one week business/pleasure trip to California.  :-X I'm hoping to come home with lots of new Star Wars goodies. Wish me luck!

Wampa Cave / Request: ROTS Incredible Cross-Sections
« on: July 02, 2005, 05:47:24 PM »
Would someone who owns the Episode III Incredible Cross-Sections book  and a scanner be able to do me a big favour?  :( I'm trying to build a model of the Rebulic  (Venator-class) Star Destroyer out of Lego and I'm having a hard time trying to find some good pictures of the whole thing. I'd really appreciate it if someone could scan the page from the book and send it to me. I don't really want to have to spend $30 on a book for one page!


Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Academy Awards?
« on: May 26, 2005, 03:11:41 PM »
Anybody think that ROTS might win an Oscar next year?
Obviously it's still early, but I'm going to have a hard time believing that there will be anything with better visual effects than ROTS this year.

But, could it possibly be nominated for anything else? Best Animated Feature, possibly. ;)

Seriously, though, is there anything else worthy for consideration? Original score, costume design, sound, editing, supporting actor (Ian McDiarmid?).

The orginal Star Wars (ANH) won 7 Oscars, while ESB won 2, and ROTJ 1. While TPM was nominated for 3 and AOTC 1, but neither won anything.

I used to think that it would be impossible for a sequel to win awards (since they mostly just reuse previous elements), but after seeing Return of the King clean up, anything's possible.

Anybody have any thoughts?

Wampa Cave / My trip report
« on: November 03, 2003, 10:31:32 PM »
Just got back from a week-long trip to California where I was able to hit a few stores on a pretty successful toy run. Not to mention, I also was able to spend a day at Disneyland and Star Tours. I was really satisfied with my haul and it made up for a lot from the last few months. I'm not nearly caught up, but it gives me a start and it was nice to pick these up at retail.

Here's what I got (all in one day + Disneyland):

- All 4 Screen Scenes
- Wat Tambor
- Clone Wars Yoda and bonus Clone Trooper
- Clone Wars droid 3 pack
- 4 different Star Tours figures
- Droid Factory Padme
- Hoth Han
- Secret Ceremony Anakin
- Tusken Raider - Ambush
- Aayla Secura
- Research Droids
- 2 x Sneak Preview Clone Troopers (clearance for $2.88 each)

All-in-all, works out to 30 new figures for me.

Would have bought some more, but didn't have the place for anything else.

Could have had:
- KB Exclusive Gamorrean Guard & Tie Fighter
- Anakin, Arc Trooper, Mace Windu or Obi-Wan Clone Wars figures
- Any of the newest Unleashed figures
- Clone Wars vehicles (AAT, Geonisian Fighter, Hailfire, Gunship, Jedi Fighter)

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