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JediTricks
12-24-2012, 02:04 PM
Sorry I haven't been around the past week, had a ton of errands, many of them christmas-related. It'll be a few more days before I can make time to really read the forums again I suppose, but I wanted to drop by and wish everybody a Happy Christmas, what with this being Christmas Eve day (which as a child I was totally mystified to discover wasn't its own holiday, along with New Year's Eve). I'm sitting next to a Star Wars figure-sized silver tree with a huge star on top, Han and his Tauntaun are looking at it with confusion while Luke's Tauntan looks from a distance... oh, I suppose I'm also sitting near a ton of presents for family, but that's not nearly as Star Wars. ;)

Anyway, hope you all have a great Christmas and stay warm and safe.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-25-2012, 10:55 AM
Luke might be checking on a meet-and-greet that'll land near you, while Han is making sure there's enough ice on this planet to fill a drink glass.

Warm and dry Christmas wishes to all the SSG family members (and lurkers), too!

TeeEye7
12-25-2012, 04:36 PM
Fast forward three years from the last post.... http://www.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php/39611-2008-Christmas-hauls-or-what-did-you-get?p=710769&viewfull=1#post710769

Hallmark Gen. Grievous ornament.
"Oklahoma Santa" glass ornament.
Two University of Oklahoma ornaments.
Two shirts
History book on famous battles throughout history (more of a compilation)
Car charger for my phone

Bel-Cam Jos
12-25-2012, 05:04 PM
Coolest stuff this post-apocalyptic Christmas year:
- SW lenticular ruler
- SW t-shirt (little small, but I'll seek a replacement size)
- Converse-type shoe pillow
- Indian thunder-maker hanger
- 2013 calendar lip balm (a yearly gotta-have)
- Steelers stuff (license plat holder, ornaments, gingerbread house)
- football history book (with real "pigskin" and laces cover)
- sweater, slacks, shirt, socks
- more candy than I recall in past years

El Chuxter
12-25-2012, 08:18 PM
Among other things, I got a blu-ray player. And not a rinky-dink one, either.

Sound the seventh trump.

Also quite a few awesome t-shirts (Chinese dragon, Rolling Stones, Yoda, Kermit the Frog, and 20s-styled Futurama), Batman Chuck Taylors and socks, some blu-ray movies, cash, and an Amazon gift card.

The family got some awesome kitchen stuff (seriously, neither Mrs. Chux nor myself would ever scoff at anything cooking-related), wine, Lego (SW and otherwise), a metric ton of Thomas the Tank Engine tracks (which I will confess a bit of a fascination with setting up awesome tracks for), membership to The Living Desert (an awesome zoo in the Palm Springs area).

Oh, and text messaging. Sound the eighth trump, which I guess means it's a superapocalypse.

Battle Droid
12-26-2012, 12:32 AM
Canon Powershot SX260 camera <- For Myself
40" HDTV <-For Myself
Clothes <- For Myself
Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack <- From Mom
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 on DVD <-For Myself
$50.00 <- From Grandma

Mad Slanted Powers
12-26-2012, 01:11 AM
A Doctor Who lunch box from my girlfriend, and a Darth Vader alarm clock radio from her kids. Also, the usual bag of jams and goodies from my sister, and several treats and a couple gift cards from co-workers. Also, the usual Christmas check from my mom was a bit larger this year.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-26-2012, 10:17 AM
Also, the usual Christmas check from my mom was a bit larger this year.Sweet! I've always wanted an oversized contest check! Can't wait to see the posed picture with it. :pleased:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-26-2012, 03:41 PM
Happy Boxing Day, to whomever celebrates that kind of thing! My Christmas was very fun and relaxing.

For some reason, some of the hauls were added to the 2008 thread despite the following years getting their own . . . any chance we can preserve my sanity and move them here (or elsewhere)? :p My list is as such:

Star Wars stuff
*Republic Fighter Tank (green deco)
*Speeder Bike with Biker Scout (my fourth one)
*104th Battalion "Wolf Pack" Clone Troopers Ultimate Gift Set
*TVC Nien Nunb
*TVC Weequay
*TVC Orrimaarko (Prune Face)
*TVC Republic Trooper (The Old Republic)
*TVC Gungan Warrior
*TVC Clone Trooper (AOTC)
*Darth Vader pepper shaker and Stormtrooper salt shaker (from CVI)
*8-bit style Millennium Falcon shirt

Non-Star Wars stuff
*Blu-ray player with Wi-fi (for my apartment)
*Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray
*The Power of Myth DVD - conversations with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers from PBS
*$150 to put towards a camera
*$20 Best Buy gift card
*money for a calendar
*teal shirt
*black-and-gray striped shirt
*green-and-orange plaid shirt

My sister will be getting her golden retriever puppy Gus today as well, so that sorta counts. :D

JediTricks
12-26-2012, 05:07 PM
Happy Boxing Day, to whomever celebrates that kind of thing! My Christmas was very fun and relaxing.

For some reason, some of the hauls were added to the 2008 thread despite the following years getting their own . . . any chance we can preserve my sanity and move them here (or elsewhere)? http://www.sirstevesguide.com/images/smilies/tongue.gifI guess so, I'll move them even though TeeEye's post won't make sense anymore. :p

JediTricks
12-26-2012, 05:39 PM
Converse-type shoe pillowIs that a pillow for your Converse-type shoes, or a pillow that looks like a Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars-type shoe?

- more candy than I recall in past yearsOh dude, yesterday I brought my cousin and her family a 2lb box of Russell Stovers, it was the size of a large board game. 30 minutes later when her brother and his family arrive, he gives her a 2.5lb Whitmans Sampler giganto-box! We had 4 and a half pounds of chocolates on one table! And that's on top of the mountains of cookies my cousin made, and the 2 pies. Apparently 2012 is the year of christmas sweets.


Batman Chuck Taylors Back in '89, my dad's now-ex bought both the yellow and the black styles of the first Batman Chuck Taylors when the world was Keaton-Batman-crazy. What Bat-pattern are yours?


Oh, and text messaging. Sound the eighth trump, which I guess means it's a superapocalypse.FINALLY! Welcome back to the 21st century.

Great hauls all around so far gang.


For Christmas, we got as many of our family together as we could muster out at my cousin's place waaaaay out in Hesperia, which is almost as far a drive for me as Comic-Con and I rarely have driven that far and back in a single day.

My hauls:
Kotobukiya ArtFX+ Artoo and Threepio
Jetwing Optimus Prime (procured at the $60 price, that was important to me that they didn't pay too much)
Klingon Bird of Prey Haynes manual
Doctor Who 10th Doctor TARDIS beach towel
break 'em yourself Geodes
10x loose 9mm Cubic Zirconia - they just look really cool and are surprisingly inexpensive for cut man-made stones.
Venture Bros season 4 pt 2 DVD
Black Dynamite blu-ray
indoor RC helicopter
Coby bluetooth soundbar
USB squid hub that can run off AC power as well
light sphere
maze sphere
cookies
$25 Olive Garden gift card (traded with my vegetarian family member who got a $25 Panda Express card - nothing at Panda is vegetarian except the white rice, not even the mixed vegetables).
Timothy Zahn - Visions of the Future (but I have to track down a copy of Specter of the Past first).

Bel-Cam Jos
12-26-2012, 06:19 PM
Is that a pillow for your Converse-type shoes, or a pillow that looks like a Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars-type shoe?
Oh dude, yesterday I brought my cousin and her family a 2lb box of Russell Stovers, it was the size of a large board game. 30 minutes later when her brother and his family arrive, he gives her a 2.5lb Whitmans Sampler giganto-box! We had 4 and a half pounds of chocolates on one table! And that's on top of the mountains of cookies my cousin made, and the 2 pies. Apparently 2012 is the year of christmas sweets.

Back in '89, my dad's now-ex bought both the yellow and the black styles of the first Batman Chuck Taylors when the world was Keaton-Batman-crazy. What Bat-pattern are yours?

FINALLY! Welcome back to the 21st century.

Great hauls all around so far gang.Here you go, with your post in the background.

Amazingly, there is LESS of that candy today than yesteday...

I've seen some different Cons in stores lately (Thundercats, DC characters, fluorescent colors, etc.), but haven't bought any new ones for a few months (I have about 25 different pairs, for almost any occasion/color); that may change soon.

JediTricks
12-26-2012, 06:26 PM
Wow, that's quite a pillow. I kinda like a special pillow just to hold your cons though. :D

Dang dude, why aren't YOU called Chux then? :p

Heh heh, I'm eating a 4-piece Whitmans sampler candy box right now. Xmas candy is the best candy; suck it, Easter!

Bel-Cam Jos
12-26-2012, 06:33 PM
Wow, that's quite a pillow. I kinda like a special pillow just to hold your cons though. :D

Dang dude, why aren't YOU called Chux then? :p

Heh heh, I'm eating a 4-piece Whitmans sampler candy box right now. Xmas candy is the best candy; suck it, Easter!Would that make me "El ChucksStar" then? :star: And I am trying to be a good neighbor and eat ALL the homemade candy our across-the-street friend brought a couple days ago. :pleased: Then, the wrapped stuff. :o

TeeEye7
12-26-2012, 06:35 PM
break 'em yourself Geodes


OK...being a geologist's son, this has me intrigued. Are we talking the real thing here (Not some chocolate goodie with a caramel center)? The sound of breaking them makes me cringe! No way to saw them open to better maintain the crystalline structure inside? That doesn't bode well with a ball peen hammer in the equation!

Lord Malakite
12-26-2012, 07:18 PM
Nothing.:sad::crushed::grey::moody:

El Chuxter
12-26-2012, 07:29 PM
Batman on one shoe, Joker on the other. And Batman socks with capes to match. Awesome-looking, though I can't imagine they'll be practical.

LTBasker
12-27-2012, 12:40 AM
Kept it to a fairly small Christmas this year, but got:

- QMx Serenity pewter keychain
- Santa hat w/ Yoda ears
- Klingon Bat'leth letter opener
- Jayne Cobb hat (crocheted by my sister)
- $50 Visa Gift Card
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Director's Cut DVD
- Inglourious Basterds (is this considered circumventing the censor? :p) DVD
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang DVD
- Clue DVD
- Biggest Hit Episodes of Star Trek: TOS DVD

Apparently a friend did some really late shopping on a whim and has something on the way to me. That should be interesting.

JediTricks
12-27-2012, 03:38 PM
Would that make me "El ChucksStar" then? :star: And I am trying to be a good neighbor and eat ALL the homemade candy our across-the-street friend brought a couple days ago. :pleased: Then, the wrapped stuff. :oWell, he's already Chuxter for that same reason, so...

My sister made some homemade candy before leaving for a trip, but it didn't make it to xmas. :D



OK...being a geologist's son, this has me intrigued. Are we talking the real thing here (Not some chocolate goodie with a caramel center)? The sound of breaking them makes me cringe! No way to saw them open to better maintain the crystalline structure inside? That doesn't bode well with a ball peen hammer in the equation!These are the real thing. It's a packaged product, if you can believe it, 3 or 4 geodes of differing sizes with instructions that say to put it in a sock and then lightly hit it with a small hammer. I suppose I *could* saw them open but I don't have a saw which could do the job. Suggestions?


Nothing.:sad::crushed::grey::moody:What the x?


Batman on one shoe, Joker on the other. And Batman socks with capes to match. Awesome-looking, though I can't imagine they'll be practical.That's pretty wild, but man those socks would drive me CRAAAAAAAAZY.


Kept it to a fairly small Christmas this year, but got:

- QMx Serenity pewter keychain
- Santa hat w/ Yoda ears
- Klingon Bat'leth letter opener
- Jayne Cobb hat (crocheted by my sister)
- $50 Visa Gift Card
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Director's Cut DVD
- Inglourious Basterds (is this considered circumventing the censor? :p) DVD
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang DVD
- Clue DVD
- Biggest Hit Episodes of Star Trek: TOS DVD

Apparently a friend did some really late shopping on a whim and has something on the way to me. That should be interesting.Nice haul, I strongly suggest you don't use that Serenity keychain as a keychain though - I don't understand these fragile pewter keychains in general, I rock a TPM Obi-Wan lightsaber hilt keychain and it's held up, but my Defiant pewter keychain didn't last 6 months in my pocket and you know how solid a ship design that is! I've seen the TOS Enterprise as a keychain, I have an Ent-E, how the hell would these last a single use? The Serenity one should be in between, but too pretty to use IMO.

Bat'leth letter opener? That's awesome! I had no idea that was a thing.

Let us know how RH:Prince of Thieves directors cut is, I like that movie and didn't know there was a director's cut.

That's really cool of your sister.

TeeEye7
12-27-2012, 06:24 PM
These are the real thing. It's a packaged product, if you can believe it, 3 or 4 geodes of differing sizes with instructions that say to put it in a sock and then lightly hit it with a small hammer. I suppose I *could* saw them open but I don't have a saw which could do the job. Suggestions?


Not sure how prevalent they may be in LA, but my town sports several geology/mineral clubs. Many have water-cooled band saws for slicing materials and tumblers for polishing rock and minerals. Culver City Rock & Mineral Club looks interesting. (http://www.culvercityrocks.org/). There are rock/mineral retail stores. Perhaps they may offer a cutting service.

It's a personal preference, but cutting and polishing a geode is far more pleasing to my eye than looking at shards.

figrin bran
12-27-2012, 08:18 PM
I have the Superman version of the Chucks.

My haul wasn't that extensive unless you count the toy hauls over the past month that I purposely did not open until the 25th.
But as for presents I received:

Amazon gift card
Lego Hobbit Bag End set
TVC Nien Nunb, Lumat

JediTricks
12-28-2012, 06:19 PM
Opened up the Koto ArtFX+ Artoo & Threepio. What an amazing set, the sculpt and paint on R2 is outstanding; 3PO's beautifully chromed and painted. R2's dome and ankles are articulated but not his hips (it's a model kit technically) but the hips can be removed and repositioned to a 2-legged stance. 3PO's head and shoulders swivel, the wrists also swivel and the right wrist is replaceable with another hand that can grip the included commlink. And they both have magnetic feet. The color on both figures is rich and incredibly accurate.




Not sure how prevalent they may be in LA, but my town sports several geology/mineral clubs. Many have water-cooled band saws for slicing materials and tumblers for polishing rock and minerals. Culver City Rock & Mineral Club looks interesting. (http://www.culvercityrocks.org/). There are rock/mineral retail stores. Perhaps they may offer a cutting service.

It's a personal preference, but cutting and polishing a geode is far more pleasing to my eye than looking at shards.Good find, that's only a mile up the street from here. A water-cooled band saw for this, I wonder if my mom's husband's job has one - his last did but that was aerospace where this new one is particle accelerators. On the other other hand, I may have to give one of these geodes a crack just to see if it can come out looking ok.


I have the Superman version of the Chucks.

My haul wasn't that extensive unless you count the toy hauls over the past month that I purposely did not open until the 25th.
But as for presents I received:

Amazon gift card
Lego Hobbit Bag End set
TVC Nien Nunb, LumatSome of my haul list was post-mid-month personal purchases, so go for it.

I didn't know they did a Bag End set, I hadn't seen everything at Comic-Con. The pics online look really good from the front and alright from the back, nice get.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
12-29-2012, 10:22 AM
A Doctor Who lunch box from my girlfriend, and a Darth Vader alarm clock radio from her kids. Also, the usual bag of jams and goodies from my sister, and several treats and a couple gift cards from co-workers. Also, the usual Christmas check from my mom was a bit larger this year.

I received the same alarm clock. That, 3 classic Target Action Hero 3 packs and some display cases to store loose figures are the only SW related hauls I got this year.

Also received $50 in Olive Garden/Red Lobster gift cards
new doors for my bathroom closet (which will be returned)
new dress pants
a new dress shirt
fancy tie


my hauls for teaching was the most lucrative ever:
2 ties
3 ornaments including a Vader one
$20 Applebees card
$15 Panera card
$15 Tim Hortons card
2 gift boxes of chocolate and candy
2 packs of dry erase markers (I jokingly made a reference during my observation that if students were to get me anything for Christmas, it would be this since my supply needed replenishing).

Mad Slanted Powers
12-29-2012, 11:12 AM
I received the same alarm clock.
Maybe not. I noticed a link for the clock appeared in my post, but I did not create it. The clock in the link was not the one I got. The one I have is a tall Vader with his lightsaber pointed down in front of him.

Lord Malakite
12-29-2012, 04:51 PM
What the x?
Yep, that was my Christmas. Not a thing. 2012 has just been one big long craptastic year for me.

El Chuxter
12-29-2012, 11:04 PM
Not technically for me, but I've taken advantage of clearance sales and almost doubled my son's Thomas track collection in the past few days. I don't feel so bad spending this, since there's NOTHING on the SW/TF/Joe front for me, and because my daughter seems to love them as much (or more) than he does.

And I've got to admit, they're the sort of toys I would've given an arm for when I was a kid.

JediTricks
12-31-2012, 04:51 PM
Yep, that was my Christmas. Not a thing. 2012 has just been one big long craptastic year for me.Sorry to hear it dude. Well, you can pretend the poster I sent was xmas. ;)



Not technically for me, but I've taken advantage of clearance sales and almost doubled my son's Thomas track collection in the past few days. I don't feel so bad spending this, since there's NOTHING on the SW/TF/Joe front for me, and because my daughter seems to love them as much (or more) than he does.

And I've got to admit, they're the sort of toys I would've given an arm for when I was a kid.Are these the wooden track Thomas series or something else?

El Chuxter
12-31-2012, 07:12 PM
Trackmaster, which are a bit bigger, plastic, and have motorized trains. I would've gone with the wooden sets, given his age, but Grandma (who has a lot of disposable income and nothing to spend it on and gets the kids too much garbage) got him this huge Kohl's exclusive set before his birthday. I don't want two or even three different scales of trains going on; not enough room, particularly when a 2-year-old tends to spread stuff out.

JediTricks
12-31-2012, 07:42 PM
Yeah, changing scales would be a disaster at this point, I remember how it was when I was young and into Brio wooden trains and how nothing was the same scale, so it was always Brio or nothing in terms of trains.

bobafrett
01-14-2013, 10:40 PM
Lets see, I got:
12 pack Diet Pepsi
2 bags 18 count chocolate chip cookies
1 tin with single chocolate chip cookie
A Christmas music CD
a Craftsman bottle opener
A Star Wars t-shirt
A Brookfield Zoo Star Wars t-shirt
a can of hair mousse
body wash
Voodoo Doll's CD (from Tycho)
And a gift from my dad, which hasn't arrived yet.

JediTricks
01-15-2013, 09:18 PM
Sounds like you're getting ready for a hell of a party, Barry! :D


The Coby soundbar came I think on the 7th, I was out at the pool and saw the UPS guy with a handtruck and a few things on it so I went over and sure enough, there it was. For the sub-$100 price it's got decent sound and apartment-level wattage, but it has a couple really annoying foibles because it's Coby. First, the remote signals are so simple that any other remote will set it off - my TV remote pressing "1" turns off the soundbar, while the cable box remote's fast forward turns up the volume, that sort of thing. Second, and this is really frustrating, the unit powers down to a standby-type state whenever there's half a second of silence, like it's in power-saving mode, and then takes a whole second to come back whenever there's a sound - so pauses in dialogue for drama make a click as it powers down, and then the next line of dialogue is lost as it takes a moment to come back. Still, it does work bluetooth audio from my devices pretty well, and there's simply nothing close to this feature set in the pricepoint.

El Chuxter
01-16-2013, 12:52 AM
Gawd, after setting up Prime Video on the blu-ray and giving John Carter a test run (it being the first blu-ray I got, entirely for the Best Buy bonus disc), I believe I've finally gotten on that bandwagon. The video is clearer on JC, but, holy crap, the difference in audio is amazing.

And I tested Amazon by watching the first Twilight Zone ep in HD. I'm surprised a show that old can look that good (and it's no surprise that the episode, which is one I've never seen, is just that good in general).

JediTricks
01-16-2013, 10:16 PM
Welcome to the 21st century, my friend. I think my favorite thing about HD video, whether it's blu-ray or streaming, is the color depth - check out a classic Trek remastered episode on Amazon Prime (they have all the Trek shows) and it's stunning, or watch something like a modern Doctor Who or Sherlock episode ramp from SD to HD on Prime streaming video and the colors all of a sudden come alive.

I had my mom over a year ago and we cued up that first Twilight Zone in HD on Amazon Prime streaming, we both remembered it but were also impressed how good it looked. It's because they're taking the image from the film masters, not the syndication tapes (same reason why classic Trek can look so much better now than a show shot in the '80s).