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  1. I'm not sure why, or if it's good....but I think there must be a food based Hot Wheels line.  Today I found a "toast" car to go with my hamburger-mobile.

     

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      It's a harmless hobby really.  They don't take up much room, and only $1 if you find something you like.  I also am one that opens the packaging and puts the cars on the shelf. 

       

    3. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      I will open duplicates sometimes.  And I already see an unopened case of HW cars in my future ;) Wife found a 24-car case cheap she's been hounding me about.

    4. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      I agree about it being a harmless hobby.  When I was working in at a die casting plant making good money I would actually buy a case of HW cars from Wal-Mart with every pay check.  I only had to give a small portion to my grandmother for bills the rest was free game.  I spent more on HW than video games and any duplicates I held on to for trade or selling to other collectors.

      I'm once again finding myself hitting the HW section every time I go to Wal-Mart.  We don't have a Target locally so it's either Dollar General, Dollartree, Walgreens (over a $1 per car there, though), or Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart has the biggest pile of course but they also poured them in a metal bin.  Next time we go I'm going to have to take two carts with me.  One to hold the cars we want, the other just to move the other cars out of the way.

  2. Update on my Subaru project:  The sunroof leak is FIXED.  It took a lot of time and trial/error.  That green towel in the back is dry as a bone after spraying a hose on the top of the car for a while.  On to the next issue.
     

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  3. Happy holidays everyone!  I'm off work until Dec 27, and looking forward to spending time with the fam.  I hope you all have a peaceful time too.

    Check out the free games thread for some PC gaming goodness from Eipc:
     

     

     

    1. atarilbc

      atarilbc

      Happy holidays, Rick! 

  4. Just so you guys don't think I'm dead (because of no posts lately) -- although I'm sure @MaximumRD would respectfully report on it if I was, there's a new project I've been working on.  Restoration of a 2003 Subaru.  It's got a water leak (which makes it smell bad), and needs some engine work.  But I'm having FUN with it.  My father was an auto mechanic.  It feels good to get the hands dirty.

    AND...I got a NEW JOB!  I start next week.  Should be lower stress.  I hope. 

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    2. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      Good luck with the new job! Savor that honeymoon period!!

    3. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      Yes Rick rest assured, when your time comes, I WILL BE THERE !!!!!!! Mwahahahahahah......er.......😜

      NICE CAR ! 😎

    4. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      Congrats on the new job!

  5. Atari 8-bit Missile Command with a Trak-ball (in analog trak-ball mode) is truly awesome. 

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    1. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      That same mode is native to the 5200 with 5200 standard joysticks or the 5200's Trak-Ball controller.  It was one of my favorite setups.  Centipede took advantage of the 5200's setup as well.  And that setup is how I play Missile Command on my XEGS.  Pretty sweet playing that way, right?  Diggin' that XL.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      Just so anyone else knows, you must press ctrl-T on Missile Command to activate the analog trak-ball mode.  It makes it as close to the arcade version as I've experienced.  Actually, a little easier since you don't have to decide which missile base to fire from. 

       

  6. One of my children brought me this game and told me it's a "must-play".  Anyone else a fan of this series?
     

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    1. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      I’ve never played one. I thought it was Professor Layton at first. 😀

    2. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      Hmm.  A CAPCOM game.  Those guys have been known to make some of the best "odd" games around.  It's not like CAPCOM to release something that is total crap.  Personally...I never knew about it.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I played the first "case" last night.  It's fun!  Such a unique game.  Feels very "Japanese". 

  7. Would you like fries with that?

     

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    1. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      WOW!  Now that's cool.  

  8. To open or not to open?

    Pulled from the most recent No Swear Gamer retro game box is the Hot Wheels USS Vengeance.  Should I open it, or display it in the package?

    Plus a view of the other ships in my office.

     

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    2. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      I agree with StormSurge.  Normally I'd say not to because of value later but...it needs air.  Also...I didn't know HW made those.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      It has been opened!  Looks good, although they should have made it BIGGER than the Enterprise, right?

       

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    4. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      You even have an arcade in there ;) 

  9. I got a pretty nice original NES today from a friend! 

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    2. Justin

      Justin

      HEY that looks SUPER nice @RickR! That looks so bright and clean!

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Here's the fascinating part.  He had exactly ONE game.  That's it.  Never bought any others.  Mario Bros/Duck Hunt.  My friend kept it all these years, shared it with his kids, and only had one game.  Granted, it is a great game.  I am not poking fun or anything like that, I just find it to be so interesting. 

      I think because of that, the NES is in pristine condition.  It does not need the pin comb cleaned or replaced (the carts go in and come out easily), like-new controllers, etc.  I'm just going to wipe everything down to get the dust off and make this my main NES rig (I've been using a retron 3). 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Just one part was missing, and that was the power adapter.  I had an extra, so no problem there.  The ultimate dad-move -- keep a box of miscellaneous power adapters in the garage for an occasion like this. 

  10. Oh guys, I'm feeling so overwhelmed at work lately.  Please forgive me for venting, but it's gotten so difficult.  Do more with less.  I just feel so bad that I can't seem to keep up. 

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Thanks, J.  You know, sometimes it helps just to type it out to friends. 

      My wife says I should quit.  But I don't want to do that.  It would let down too many people, including me. 

    3. Justin

      Justin

      I agree with you. Don't quit unless it's what you really want to do. Do you feel this is a current project that has driven things to become more difficult? Or have things changed in your work environment in general which have made things more of a challenge?

    4. RickR

      RickR

      My main issue is that I find myself with zero support from above.  My supervisors are all very busy on other important things (I guess they are overwhelmed too), and I feel too much pressure to make decisions that feel way above my pay grade.  At the same time, I work in an area of business that is shrinking. 

  11. Post some of your favorite (but not common) YouTube channels here! 

    Here's one for you.  "The Thick and Chunky Show".  He does fast food and other reviews, plus youtube "how-to" videos.  The host is a good dude, Mr. Corey Stiles. 
     

     

  12. I just got back from a trip to Houston, and my airbnb had this relic of a microwave!  It still worked fine, and made a satisfying "ding" when it was done heating. 

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  13. It's that time of year again.. 

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    1. Justin

      Justin

      That's the real deal btw, not photoshop. I've seen this in person. There's also a yellow one that another owner had created, I remember first seeing it in 1998 I believe. Not a big fan of chopping the cars up but they are are unique.

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  15. "Forbidden Planet" is on MeTV this evening (7/27)! 

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  16. You guys, don't forget to help out Atari Creep in his cause for the Alzheimer's Association.  Donate if you can!  Plus, there's a contest for a sweet 7800 controller.

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  17. This isn't my auction, but boy what a great deal.  PC Engine + ever drive for $175 and free shipping.  Just in case anyone here is looking for one.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/133118751896?ul_noapp=true

     

  18. RickR has a modern console for once.  I picked up a used 3ds today.  I'll admit, the purple color was a selling point. 

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  19. Another CRT for me.  This one came for free via the Facebook marketplace.  It's a 9" Sears.  Manufactured July 87.  It has both RF and composite inputs.  The tube is very flat, but not a Trinitron (I don't think).  This one may be my favorite one yet, as the picture quality is really good. 
     

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    1. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      Sweet! Can't beat FREE ! We don't have the room so I don't take in CRT's anymore but I am currently finally using a nice 14 or 15' CRT for the bulk of gaming in a little "retro corner" I set up, it also has composite and RF / coaxial input. I probably SHOULD have put the 20' Sharp CRT that is RF/Coaxial only since it is so heavy and takes up so much space BUT I just could not bring myself to do it, while there is no room to really set it up I am considering literally playing / using it as it sits in my closet ! Working CRT's here are becoming a rarity and though no longer wanted for me, having so many pre-NES consoles I fear not having access to any one day. 

    2. StormSurge
  20. My son gave me a gift of NES "Top Gun" yesterday.  My goal is to land the plane on the carrier.  I failed a few times, but now I've read the manual.  I won't let you down this time, Goose. 

     

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    2. Justin

      Justin

      I have a lot of great memories with this game! That's nice gift.

    3. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      RickR to be clear, I was not being a smart ass (I certainly can be 😜) but yeah, my console since receiving it has what can only be described as a weird plastic "toxic" or "chemical" odor, like turpentine or a fresh black marker or something 😆something, and I mean STRONG, which seems to come from the paint or plastic itself (I have a RED model as well) consider I have a poor sense of smell but I noticed it immediately but assumed it would dissipate over time but to my surprise to this day it has barely subsided. I have seen others mention the exact same thing so not just me, I suspect a certain percentage that came off the assembly line may of had this issue that was later resolved. 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Well that sucks.  I have a very sensitive nose, so that would really bother me too.  

      For a long time, something in my cabinet smelled like tacos.  Not a bad smell, but weird.  After months of wondering, I found it by process of elimination when we got new carpets and I had to empty out the cabinet.  It turned out to be a video camera bag that was inside a cardboard box!  

       

  21. Welcome to Atari HQ in Los Gatos.

    Someone posted this picture on Facebook, and it screams 1970's to me. 

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      I also found this very fascinating timeline:

      https://mcurrent.name/atarihistory/syzygy.html

      The Los Gatos HQ opened in May of 1973

       

    3. Justin

      Justin

      That is a great resource! Michael is a friend of the forums, and yes that is one of the best researched timelines I've seen 👍

    4. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      Hey, I opened in May of 1973 too! 🎉

  22. OMG you guys!  I just got something spectacular.  A really old 12" Sony TV.  From the 1970's.  It's got a wood case!  It needs to be cleaned up.  But boy-o...is there any better way to play Atari than a really old Trinitron?  I'M PUMPED!

     

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    2. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      She's a beaut Clark! Nice find!

    3. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      Whoooooohooo!  New TOY!  Nice.

    4. chas10e

      chas10e

      I like it, I like it A-LOT !!!

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