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I'll have to look into that series. I own Vietnam: A Television History. That's a good series. I also had my dad and his two brothers. Dad did three tours there flying an OH-6. His younger brother was a Thunderchief pilot. He did his 100 missions and got back home. The oldest brother was an infantryman in Korea. I guess I was immersed in all of it from a very young age, with all the experiences they talked about, and all the name-calling and other crap we got from a few of our mellow, peace-loving neighbors. But that pretty much only happened when I was really young. They did have a few things written down, including letters and military records, and lots of pictures. Since my dad and uncles are all gone, I try to remember and write down all I can about certain stories when they pop up in my head.

As far as collecting goes, I'm at a critical point. Too much stuff and not enough space in the hobby room. I'm 50 now, three kids in college, and my 12 and 8 year old girls don't play much with my stuff anymore. They still borrow a van or plane here and there from my Adventure People shelves to use with their playmobil people or LOL dolls. Man, those things look weird. I've just finished a plan for a building kinda like NASA's VAB that will house a Defiant shuttle and some model rocket parts. It will be huge to say the least and will require some serious rearranging. As much as I love my Star Wars stuff, I'm thinking it'll go to a closet I use for junk storage. The stuff in there is just a bunch of crap I haven't needed in years, so I'll get rid of it and I can place my Star Wars stuff on the shelves in there. Kinda like still being on display, but slightly bunched up in a closet. But the Joes stay. All the planes stay. The Flagg stays. Model rockets, RC vehicles, and Adventure People stay. But it still needs rearranging. I guess since I'm already gearing up for spring cleaning, it'll be a good project to throw in.
 

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I'll have to look into that series. I own Vietnam: A Television History. That's a good series. I also had my dad and his two brothers. Dad did three tours there flying an OH-6. His younger brother was a Thunderchief pilot. He did his 100 missions and got back home. The oldest brother was an infantryman in Korea. I guess I was immersed in all of it from a very young age, with all the experiences they talked about, and all the name-calling and other crap we got from a few of our mellow, peace-loving neighbors. But that pretty much only happened when I was really young. They did have a few things written down, including letters and military records, and lots of pictures. Since my dad and uncles are all gone, I try to remember and write down all I can about certain stories when they pop up in my head.
I finished the series over the weekend, and it was phenomenal. A lot of things struck me that I didn't know. I had no idea how we really got there, aside from generally trying to stop the spread of communism in SE Asia. I wasn't aware of all the slow-moving details starting directly after WWII that landed us there in the first place.

I knew LBJ was a lying weasel, but this doc made him look far worse. I knew Nixon had some skeletons in the closet, but my opinion of him dropped several notches too. I would almost normally dismiss how bad they looked as some kind of spin-job, but it's on tape. Both of them. Just wildly admitting that the war is unwinnable, and then spending the subsequent years sending young men to die for nothing and wasting untold fortunes in the process. And simultaneously, the war protestors were not painted particularly well either. And while they didn't shy away from many of the atrocities committed by over-zealous troops on both sides, the series was particularly respectful to the soldiers, especially ours.

The other thing that struck me was how similar the conflict was to subsequent wars in the gulf. I'd heard many times politicians and pundits compare the sandbox dilemmas to 'nam, but watching the series, everytime some nonsense came up, I kept thinking, "That's basically identical to the middle east quagmire..." over and over. It's like we're addicted to wars we can't (and don't really want to) win.

I can't recommend the series enough for those who haven't seen it.
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My dad was in the army during 'Nam, but he graduated at the top of his ROTC class and got to choose his first assignment. Already being married and not wanting to leave a widow, he chose something in the non-combat realm, the adjutant general corps, stationed in Houston. He had lots of responsibilities, like processing recruits and such, but one of the top ones became being the officer that had to personally inform families that their son had been killed. He's told me several stories about how bad that was, but it made him tough as nails. He said that nothing scared him after having to do that a few hundred times.

One of his other responsibilities was being part of the team that went after draft-dodgers. He actually had to go to court to testify against many of them, including Muhammed Ali. But I think his view on all of that has changed over the years. Time has a way of revealing how pointless it all was, and he's told me more than once that we had no business over there to begin with.

He was supposed to go to 'Nam at some point, but his commanding officer was nearing retirement, and there wasn't anyone else who knew how to run everything. However, my dad did not want to make a career out of the army. After serving his required years, the day he left the army, his CO reached into his desk drawer and handed my dad his orders to be sent to 'Nam that the CO just "accidentally" failed to deliver. As a result, the only time my dad went to 'Nam was a brief trip to retrieve his best friend who'd been killed while fighting in the Bien Hoa province.
 

zodiacflash

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Well Nacho, I'm glad your dad didn't end up going. But he sure had some tough responsibilities to handle here from the whole thing. Yeah, I will definitely be watching the series now. Thanks for recommending it.
 
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Very nice. I look forward to picks of your progress and the final resulting dios.
Now I just have to figure out how to post on here again. That tinypic hosting site took a dump I see. What are the kids using these days?
 

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Marauder "Gun-Runner" what a rabbit hole I just opened up.

So I got some suited figures because I backed the presidential head campaign. Already have a small list of figures that may require me to reorder said bodies.

Bruce Wayne, Crimson Twins, etc

No idea where all the small parts to Theodore's gun go.

Pictures when I get the chance.
 

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I kinda wish I'd backed the head campaign. I wonder if they'll be selling them on the site later...

Also, is it me, or are they completely out of most trooper body parts? I tried to piece together a few figures a week ago and the pickings were slim. I finally gave up and emptied the cart b/c I could put together a full figure in virtually any color, just rando parts of various colors.
 

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Yeah, the look like they run small. I'm I correct on that? Also, a lot of them seem better suited for more retro style figs.
 

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Mark2Design has some really great looking Joe-specific guns, basically 1:12 versions of ARAH gear. I have many of them, but they too often seem very small. Maybe hasbro made them oversized back in the day and these are correct, I don't know. I just know they look tiny to my eye.

He sells the 3d print files and I've been tempted to pick up a printer and upscale them. But that's a lot of effort I don't have at the moment.
 

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Yeah, the look like they run small. I'm I correct on that? Also, a lot of them seem better suited for more retro style figs.
Some are ok, but still too thin and then others are comical in Classified’s giant man hands. Ignorant Blanket says they are modeled off realistic SH figures which would definitely make them seem small to larger than 6” Joes.1F6FC4A2-72B7-40C7-A527-87400F0D2B18.jpeg02D2E40F-35A3-428A-8DED-A1536A0C5CA1.jpeg7312FAFF-211B-4436-84AC-FB9BAD69EF94.jpeg0F5373AF-8371-4B4B-A0AA-BEB486227DA7.jpeg260CE986-4431-48A2-A4F1-FDAAB0780CC9.jpeg

Oops, how did that get in there? 😏
 

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What are all the peg looking things that bend included with Joytoy figures? I really have been away from this for a long time lol.
 

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What are all the peg looking things that bend included with Joytoy figures? I really have been away from this for a long time lol.
Extra joints. Early JT figures were a bit fragile, so they began including extra joints for a quick fix. The better they get, the less joints that have been including.
 
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The sniper rifle is the only one with a stock that reaches the guy’s shoulders, but the others are great with Jay and Scarlett. Biggest problem is the girth of them, Roadblock can actually grasp all the way around the M249 barrel if I do not keep it sitting artificially high. I placed an order from BBTS for the 2 Valaveres packs after seeing this video:


The Valaverse M240 is much beefier (yes, I know it should be bigger than what I’m guessing is a M249 from Marauder, but it’s the thickness that really matters here).

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I'd say they all suffer a little from small magazine syndrome. I'd sacrifice removable mags for properly scaled ones any day.
 

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Ok took the kids to the water park today…..
Where to start?
Saw a not so lovely lady with a fun tattoo it said FUCK YOU across her ass?
-one day those kids are going to be old enough to understand the sick things VideoViper is thinking, & they get to call her Mom/Grandma.

Calling or starting a countdown for the giant water bucket to fall down is not how it works, same with restarting the countdown. (Every few minutes it dumps, there is even a countdown they provide.)

My wallet feels like it got raped by Mr Elmo. I got “half priced” tickets (They normally sell 2 day passes for twice what I paid.) $70 for crappie chicken tenders & burgers…. No seriously I expect to be crapping that shit out soon.

COVID protocols? - Let’s just say Delta will kill us all because everyone is stupid.
Group 1: fuck it if it kills me so be it. -Looks at masked up family at water park & Mom is the one unmasked picking up virus to spread at home.

Group 2: YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!! Then won’t wash hands or follow any kind of self preservation.

Honorable mentions:
To the guy who loses his shit once someone (kid) shoots them with a water gun….,. Wait 30 seconds you’ll get hit 10 more times.

How many times did I use the phrase “Not MY kid!”

I’m fairly sure they closed part of the park to people to the parade.
 

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Hey Guys

I'm Glad to be back in the community. I think the break was a good thing for me. After seeing an Instagram post from SlayMaker a couple months ago, a Facebook post from Joytoy and my girlfriend and daughter encouraging me it was like flicking a switch. I mean I was cold turkey. I didn't even walk into toy isles.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing all the cool shit and sharing ideas.

When Tiny pic went down it took all my stuff with it it seems. I'll post a thread with some of my favorites but for now I just started an Instagram page @Based118 where new and old is posted.
 
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We have been slowly warming up around here with the discovery of JoyToy last year, but most people just post their pics in FB groups now. Forums seem to be for old crusty holdouts these days.

It was pretty much cold turkey for all of us with the death of every 1:18 toy company including Joe. Feels like a good 4-5yrs of nothing but super expensive Acid Rain niche products. It got so bad that I switched to Lego for a few years until I amassed more than I could ever use or display and the prices skyrocketed once Disney got ahold of Star Wars.
 
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Yep, just the occasional BS’ing about politics, pandemics (but I digress) and other absurdities for quite a good long while now. We had a few wander off during that time. Only the frozen (in time) chosen are left now. The boss (NSA) drops by a couple times a month or so (he’s gotten quite busy with work). Other than that, it’s been new releases in high end expensive custom vehicles and new figures in other scales that have driven much of the conversation lately. Always great to have some more creativity back in the mix!
 

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Hi everyone! I'm back!

Man.. as usual, what a crazy time. Still hoarding 1:18 in my garage, unopened.. the MTF almost got me to jump.. but so far it's only the occasional military JoyToy set that gets me to drop cash on toys. Hopefully they keep going with the sci-fi stuff cause I have no interest in that.

Work keeping me super busy. Leave at 7AM in the morning and get home after 6PM at night. Get home, do dinner, hang with the kids and wife for a bit, then do the bedtime stuff and maybe play video games for a bit or whatever, sleep, repeat! Has been tiring as hell, hoping things can start to slow down at some point...
 

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Lucky. That’s my schedule except I’m still at home, pick the kid up at 4, cook dinner, do dishes, put her down between 6:30-7, then have to watch bullshit tv with the wife until bedtime at 9. Have probably logged 5 hrs on my Xbox Series X since getting it in April.
 

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My life isn't much different. Alarm goes off at 6, leave the house at 6:45, get home at 6:30, help the kids with homework, eat, watch The Five and Tucker Carlson, surf a few minutes, go to sleep.

But on the plus side, I don't have anyone breathing down my neck at work, so I can get some sporadic internet time in during the day if things aren't crazy. I just get interrupted 87 times per hour with hillbillies wanting to know if I have any "sheds" for rent. For them, I do not.
 

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All my time is now spent watering my freshly seeded grass in a desperate bit to not have city park grass next spring. Previous owners really shafted me. Plus the kid has been sick every damn weekend.