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Kubricks / Re: 400% C-3PO
« on: June 22, 2009, 08:25 PM »
I'm disappointed by the lack of entries in this scale. I want to see (and buy) a 400% Gamorrean, Amanaman, and Yakface. Medicom can't ever be counted upon to follow through with even a 400% Biker Scout (with bike!) but it's better than saying nothing.

Kubricks / Re: MCC Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set
« on: May 31, 2008, 03:11 PM »
At the prices they're fetching, a 400% would be better.

Kubricks / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: May 31, 2008, 03:10 PM »
Who's army-building their blue stars?  :o

Kubricks / Re: "Other" Kubricks and Minimates (Non SW)
« on: May 28, 2008, 12:42 PM »
Those Disney bricks are too cool! How do you get them? One by one on ebay, or are there box sets available?

Kubricks / Re: Shadow Guard
« on: May 12, 2008, 10:48 PM »
Any new 400% would be good, period.

Kubricks / Re: MCC Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set
« on: May 8, 2008, 05:58 PM »
I think I'll pass for now, than to give AHQ the satisfaction, but I do realize that it's probably my only shot at Maul.

Kubricks / Re: MCC Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set
« on: May 8, 2008, 03:49 PM »
$170 now.. I think I'd take my chances with ebay, but thanks for the suggestion.

Kubricks / Re: MCC Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set
« on: May 8, 2008, 02:41 PM »
Okay, so, is there any way for a gaijin with no connections to get a hold of this set? I really want this one before it's gone.

These figures are loose and complete, without box.

TIE Fighter Pilot x2
Biker Scouts x3
Royal Guards x4
Lando Skiff
Spirit of Anakin

I'm interested in trading for

Gamorrean Guard

Kubricks / Re: MCC Darth Maul with Sith Speeder Box Set
« on: May 2, 2008, 05:56 PM »
I'm not well-connected, so I doubt I'll have a chance at it.

Modern Classifieds / FS: Kubricks - Series 7 leftovers
« on: April 28, 2008, 05:30 PM »
These figures are loose and complete. $8 each

Lando Skiff
Spirit of Anakin
Leia in Boussh disguise

Kubricks / Re: 400% Kubricks
« on: March 14, 2008, 08:20 PM »
What's a good price for the Shadow Stormtrooper 400%? Where should I look..?

Still, I'd like to see Medicom take more risks with the 400% line.

Kubricks / Re: 400% Kubricks
« on: February 21, 2008, 12:03 PM »
What would it take for Medi to make a Yakface or Gamorrean 400%, or some other unexpected choice?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Changing Collecting Habits? NEED ADVICE!
« on: October 20, 2007, 07:01 PM »
Trust your gut. It's usually right. It seems like you want to clear out the un-displayed Hasbro stuff, so go for it. Use that cash & space for more important things. Always save money for those intangibles, like going out on a good date with your wife.

Take it from someone who's been there, and collects various lines, SW and non-SW. There's no need to "quit" Hasbro(though I've cut down drastically on it). I recently bought Elis Helrot and the new Bossk & IG-88, and they're the best versions of those characters for decades to come. What remains are my absolute favorite, cherry-picked figures. There are even a few vintage figures in there. No need to be all-or-nothing, only Sith lords collect in absolutes. ;)

What do you want? Imagine as concretely as possible, what shape you'd want your collection to take. Don't let the hype-machine influence your decisions, play by your own rules.

Forget completism. You'll never have it all, and in the long run, you probably won't want to. There's always something cool in the horizon that'll make you want to shove your "less desirables" off the shelf to make room!

Survival of the fittest. Let your shelves be a canvas. Don't let inferior pieces bog down your vision.

Healthy speculation. Another key trait in collecting is to develop a good eye for what's going to be 'rare' in the future - not for scalping, but to save yourself from paying one! Now, this pertains more to the high-end stuff, like Kubricks. It means the difference between paying less now, or several hundred later. For Kubs, it's probably best to order them early, especially by the case, if you want chases.

Of course everyone has different tastes and strategies, but one thing we all have in common is having to balance limited resources: money, space and time. Balance them more to your favor, and get what you want.

Kubricks / Re: Toning Down...
« on: October 16, 2007, 04:21 PM »
The fact is one of the things we are hooked on is the collecting itself. Too long of a drought and we start to realize we don't "need" it like before.
Yeah, it's a slippery slope when you're more into 'hunt' than the 'kills' themselves. You risk amassing stuff that you don't really want..

I think I've come to the conclusion that my kubrick collection will be one of the last things left as the rest of the collection goes away over the years. It is unique, small enough to filt in a medium size tub, and I just love the way they look like the characters, without looking like the characters- they are just excellent toy representations of the movie that defines my childhood (and more of my adulthood than I care to admit).

I like them for the same reasons. They're designed as toys first, not as realistic (and often imperfect) depictions.
This type of idealistic aesthetic is a major reason why I'm gravitating towards Japanese toys more, and less of the tired, McFarlane/Marvel Legends type stuff.  I do plan to tone down on the army building, but the kubs are all keepers.

Size is also a big factor. The bigger the toy, the pickier I must get. It's harder to move around, demands more attention, etc. Kubricks waste no space for what you get.

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