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John Takis

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  1. Not my auction! I just happened to notice it. But it looks like the eventual buyer buyer got it at the $19.99 buy-it-now price.
  2. If you missed this one, act fast! https://www.ebay.com/itm/393392744312
  3. Made a more permanent display stand with the help of a recent acquisition...
  4. It occurs to me that the new Florean Fortescue figure wouldn't make a half bad 1960s-era Williams!
  5. Yeah, the beard is just a question of personal taste. And definitely free to steal the Guybrush design! The body is Norrington from POTC, the head is Aquaman, and the hair is Lloyd's from Ninjago. (I did try various ponytails with Guybrush, but then you don't get his trademarked wavy and unkempt look. So since he's mostly going to be viewed from the front, I resigned myself to Guybrush sans ponytail.) I think the map is from the CMF Scallywag pirate -- though any number of LEGO treasure maps would do. And I think Murray is from the Aquasharks line? I may replace him with one of the newly molde
  6. I have that piece, but LeChuck just doesn't seem like LeChuck to me with his skeletal mouth obscured and most of his torso covered up. I actually tried out a number of beards, and here's the result... The one on the far right is just a Sharpie job, as an experiment. But the ink leaves a sheen that doesn't look natural on LEGO. And my experiments with dying the part were a thorough failure. So I expect I'd need to invest in a decent primer and matte black paint to truly do the job properly. Ideally, of course, I'm trying to get as close to the box art as possible given t
  7. Indeed! I customize virtually every LEGO set I buy. Usually, it's because I want a more compact display model rather than a play model, so I rebuild the set (keeping as many aspects of the official design as I can) or, alternatively, create a vignette for the purpose of highlighting the minifigures. Eventually, I started tweaking the minifigures themselves -- replacing accessories, swapping out legs or arms or hair for greater film-accuracy. But in a handful of cases, I set out to create recognizable characters that LEGO had NOT produced using (mostly) official LEGO parts. It can be extremely
  8. The BrickLink webstore, mostly! It's mostly reassembled from LEGO's Harry Potter collection: the body is from Cedric Diggory; the head is from a recent Dumbledore; and the bald hairpiece is from Ernie Prang. Even the "baton" is Voldemort's wand! The metallic gold statuette appears in a number of sets. I considered adding the cloth tuxedo tails from the CMF Professor Flitwick minifig (which I do have), but they weren't all that visible, and the texture difference between the cloth and plastic didn't look great. Still, it's an option! Seconded! Mari
  9. Lo, almost 15 years later...
  10. Hi, folks! A special appeal to consider the Paramount Westerns collection ... and not just because I'm a producer on it! There's some truly magnificent music on this set from Golden and Silver Age greats, both celebrated and obscure ... scores from the Hollywood in which John Williams came of age. Check out the sound clips when they go up and see what you think! And I'm happy to answer questions, if anyone has any!
  11. Anyone break down what tracks belong to what episodes (and a chronological order within those episodes) yet?
  12. Interesting incorporation of the ESB finale version of the theme from 3:23-4:23.
  13. This is the real deal, folks! If I hadn't worked on it, I'd have ordered it instantly. The definitive presentation of a Goldsmith masterpiece. Don't miss it!
  14. Yes, it's important to note that the Heidi Label X CD (which was not licensed by Capitol/EMI) was not a fully thought-out album presentation of the score. They simply released the score audio as it had been prepared for the narrated LP -- including passages that had been looped to accommodate the length of the dialogue. The Quartet CD factored the absence of narration into account, undoing edits that were now unnecessary, and sequencing the tracks purely with score listening in mind. The complete original narrated LP program was then provided as a bonus. The Label X CD is in no sense superior.
  15. Not too far a drive from Lansing -- and I'll take any excuse to go to Bilbo's Pizza!
  16. To your first question: Titles that seem new to you but don't have the asterisk were, I believe, previously released as part of longer album tracks. They've been restored to their original sequence and retitled. To your second: I imagine this is simply to distinguish them from the album tracks of the same name. I doubt there's anything from the old albums (other than the way the tracks were edited and assembled) that's not on here!
  17. Heads up: if you act FAST, you might be able to snag a new and sealed copy of the Kritzerland album at its original price! Bruce K. apparently found some additional copies while cleaning out some old boxes, and has put them up for sale through his Amazon store. Click here and look for copies sold by "whitesheik" ... just don't expect them to last very long!
  18. Nothing that would probably be of much interest here. I once tried looping the passage of the Argonath bit to have both Gondor and Ring versions in one track, but the success of that one is debatable.
  19. Edited to correct a misstatement -- I did't loop back to the BEGINNING of the Rarities track, but the part that kicks in at 2:44.
  20. If I recall, I use (1) the CR up to the start of the big Gondor Reborn fanfare for the fall of the Dark Tower; (2) cut to the Rarities track for the equivalent fanfare with semi-clean ending (around 6:12-6:29); (3) loop back to around 2:44 of the Rarities track (it's in the same key) and let it play up to that fanfare moment; (4) cut back to the CR version of the fanfare and let the track play out from there. The effect is to suspend the moment of Sauron's fall to weave in that extended, operatic unraveling of the Ring theme.
  21. You'd have to ask Doug, but I'm almost positive he meant "Sammath Naur." In any case, it certainly sums up my feelings about the track. Loved it then, loved it now! I wound up editing a good deal of it into the CR track so I wouldn't have to choose.
  22. Just a heads-up that there are only 62 copies of TOM SAWYER left at Quartet, as of yesterday afternoon -- certainly fewer than that by now!
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