Well, still not much chatter, so here go some of my "favorite links"
Mouser Electronics - Anybody that sends you a 1.5" thick catalog of component goodness for free, has reasonable prices, and no minimum order is a great place in my book >:) http://www.mouser.com/catalog
BG Micro - Another frequent electronics stop for me. 12v 7.5ah batteries for $6 - Yum http://www.bgmicro.com
Marlin P. Jones and Associates - Was a local electronics shop before I moved - it's where I got my paws on my first solenoids (that weren't hand-wound) and peltiers.. Ahh, memories... $15 minimum order. http://www.mpja.com
Pololu Robotics and Electronics - Free shipping, no minimum ordr. Good place to get parts for small 'bots, and electronics for medium sized 'bots. Has a lot of good stuff for those new to 'bot-building. http://www.pololu.com
I saw that walker in N&V - I was always a fan of the "chicken walker" bipeds, also need fewer servos.. I'm probably gonna break down & get a subscription of N&V and Servo - always full of good stuff.
Long time 'bot builder/lurker/old fogey.