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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: September 9, 2013, 01:52 PM »
I don't know if its me, but it seems like eBay buyers are getting a lot more flaky.

I don't remember having more than a couple of issues in the first 10 years of eBay.  Those I just chalked up to a$$holes.

I just listed about 70 SW MicroMachines the other day and about 2/3 of the completed auctions completed without a hitch, but 12 days later I'm still waiting for payment on 1/3 of the stuff.

I also have had a bunch of problems recently with people complaining about the condition of items I've sold.  It's gotten so bad that I don't even describe the condition as anything other than "new".  "Minor shelf wear" apparently mean "mint, without a single solitary mark" to some buyers.

And similar to Rob's issue, it seems like a lot of the eBay buyers thinks everyone is a retail store that they can just send stuff back to and expect free shipping.

I miss the days when it was just people sell stuff out of their basement and people were generally nice about it.

   

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 9, 2013, 01:41 PM »
Does Lego ever break out their sales by product line?  Do we have any idea on how much SW stuff Lego sells vs. Hasbro? 

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: August 13, 2013, 04:27 PM »
I saw all four figures at Target last night.  I only bought the X-Wing Luke for now.  Darth Maul and The Sandtrooper were tempting. 

R2-D2 was a very easy pass.  Looks too small.  One of the legs was really warped in the package.  The paint was very bad and sloppy.

I thought the R2 seemed like a bad value to me as well.  It looked neat, but $20 for him just seemed way high.  I did grab the Luke and Sandtrooper.  Still not sure about Maul, R2 and this line as a whole, but I'll check out the first two and try and make a call at that point.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2013
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:13 AM »
I saw this the other day too.  Very cool.  I'd love the display stand even if I couldn't get the contents in the display.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Apple iPad Thread
« on: August 7, 2013, 12:07 AM »
You might be able to sell the 4th gen and buy a new 3rd gen with the proceeds.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: World War Z
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:04 PM »
Saw this last night.  It was a fine popcorn flick but really not all that special.

I never read the book, so I can't compare it to that, but the movie seemed unnecessarily complicated moving from location to location without really advancing the plot.  It really could have happened all in one metro area without impacting the plot.

28 Days Later was far superior to this movie.  It was a simple survival movie that was uncomplicated and made you care about the characters.  World War Z was pure popcorn.  I had hoped for a bit more.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: July 9, 2013, 02:41 PM »
I've started looking at ebay for the boba, and already the pre-sells are stupidly priced.  The Boba bust is supposed to be at the GG booth for $150, but the presells seems to be $250-$300 without shipping.  Like many out there I'm sure, Boba is the last of the bounty hunters from Empire that I need, so I've really been hoping to get him with this second run.  Maybe prices will come down post-SDCC, but right now it's looking like I'll still be needing him for a long time.

Not expecting to have much luck here, but if there's anyone who is likely to get one they don't need and isn't looking for a crazy premium on it let me know.

I'm pretty sure its still available for pre-order if you're a Premier Guild Member, willing to become one, or have a friend that is a member that can order one for you (limit one per person).

Link - http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/product_p/pgm80175.htm

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Has anyone had a chance to examine one of these closely to see if there are any significant differences between this (other than the box) and previous releases?

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:00 PM »
WTF over...

"Magnitude" An Admiral Ackbar Mini Bust - SDCC 2013 Exclusive

I know I'm not the hardest core SW collector, but what is the deal with "Magnitude" Ackbar?  Is this a famous drawing, or comic book story line I missed somewhere?  Seems like an incredibly strange choice of busts.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO Sets - Do You Keep the Boxes?
« on: June 22, 2013, 04:40 PM »
I've kept most of the boxes, but flatten them.  All of the instructions are kept together on a shelf for reference.

I'm still debating if I should just pitch the flattened boxes or keep them.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2013
« on: June 4, 2013, 03:42 PM »
I think the hardest part with my son is getting him to agree to open a playset.  Right now we've got several dozen unopened sets and when he compares his options he'll almost never pick a playset.

If we do pick a playset, he does enjoy putting it together and playing with it.  He did like the smaller Ewok/Speeder Bike set, and does like the elevator, spring loaded guns, etc. on the Death Star.

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2013
« on: June 4, 2013, 01:56 PM »
I'm struggling with the giant Ewok Villiage, as I struggle with most of the expensive playset environments.

I've been putting together all of the sets (nearly all) that I've acquired over the past 15 years with my 5 year old son and for the most part he is completely uninterested in Star Wars playsets.  He wants vehicles and things that look more action oriented.  Although he does like the City playsets (fire station, etc.)

The only SW playset that I've managed to get him interested in is the Death Star, but even that has been languishing half built for the past month.

$250 is a lot of scratch.  I'm still struggling to pull the trigger on Jabba's Palace for half that price.

Who knows, maybe my son will eventually get interested in the SW playsets when he gets older, but right now I would probably rather spend the $250 on City playsets.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: May 27, 2013, 02:57 PM »
The wife and I saw it last night and we both enjoyed it. Good, not great, but certainly a movie I would recommend.

I thought some of the parallels with WoK were neat. Kirk dying of radiation poisoning and Spock yelling out "KHAN!" 

I can see how die hard trek fans might struggle with the whole new timeline and characterization.  I like it as it leaves things wide open for new things. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:34 PM »
How Disney Bought LFL

Really interesting story there.  Fills in a lot of details about just when Lucas decided to get the band back together for Episode 7, when Disney came on board, etc.  Definitely a good read.

I'm not an investment banker, but it looks like Disney got a steal compared to what they paid for Pixar and Marvel.  They paid $7 billion and $4 billion for Pixar and Marvel, respectively, while paying $4 billion for Lucasfilm. 

Page 3 of the article shows the cash flows at the three companies at the time of purchase and Lucasfilm generates significantly more operating income than Marvel.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: March 8, 2013, 03:35 PM »
Anyone know "the right way" to display and store posters?  I've got a pile of SW posters that I've acquired over the past 20 years that are mostly still in the original shipping tubes.

I was looking at framing my favorites.  It looks like people are going either with $100 custom frames or cheaper Target-ish versions.

I've also heard you should store posters flat and not rolled?  Any thoughts?

I was looking at buying some archival quality mylar sleeves and flattening all of my posters.  However the mylar sleeves look fairly expensive.  The cheapest I found was $7.5 per poster sized sleeve.  I've got about 50 posters and that adds up.  I was also looking at acetate which is cheaper, but I'm not sure what is recommended.

Thoughts on display and storage?

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