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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:46 PM »
Thanks!  I redid the display case since you were there last to fit in the Euro-Droid Factory base.  It was like solving a puzzle to get one more thing in there, but I like the way it finally worked out.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:45 PM »
I was snapping a few shots of my vintage SW collection this morning, so grabbed a couple from my Marvel display as well.  Try to look past the poor quality - these are just some quick phone-camera shots. 

My center display has Avengers and friends past and present.  I'll have to try this one again as you can't see a lot of the characters in the back like the Young Avengers team.

This one is my version of Marvel vs. DC with the Avengers going up against the Justice League/Super Friends.  I tried to match a counterpart for each figure and was surprised to find how much overlap there is in terms of the figure concepts/powers.  Obviously the personalities are radically different, but think about some of these matchups.  I know they're not all perfect, but still a cool comparison I think.

Namor vs. Aquaman
Giant Man vs. Apache Chief
Ms. Marvel vs. Starfire
Ant Man vs. Atom
Quicksilver vs. Flash
Hawkeye vs. Green Arrow
Scarlet Witch vs. Raven
Huntress vs. Black Widow
Thor/Storm vs. Superman/Supergirl
Batman vs. Captain America
Iron Man vs. Green Lantern
Wonderman vs. Black Lightning
Black Knight vs. Samurai
Hawkman vs. Black Panther

The last one I'll show today is the Marvel Movie Universe.  I have the Avengers on one side, Guardians on the other.  Ant-Man's already in the mix along with War Machine.  I was going to skip the TRU exclusive 3-pack, but once I made this display I wanted to add in Fury, Coulson, and Hill.  I beefed up my Guardians with some of the figures from the comic (Nova, Ms. Marvel, Angela, etc.).  I'll probably swap those guys out as the Movie Universe figures build.  Hoping they come out with a Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Netflix Daredevil to add to the lineup soon.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:20 PM »
Took some time to break out the European Droid Factory this weekend.  I love this thing.  Its like an alternate reality version of the Droid Factory we got in the U.S.  The pieces are pretty comparable, but the base and stickers for it are entirely different.  The other big differences are the placement of the parts, the blueprints, and the swapping of the central crane for a droid loading feature.  Sadly, that last piece is the only thing missing from this set.  There is supposed to be a little bolt with a string at the top of the ramp.  The other end of the rope connects to the droids you make, so with your friend gravity, you can make the droids slowly climb or descend the ram as you turn the bolt.  In looking at the directions, I think this bolt is actually the same piece that holds the two crane arms together, so I may take apart a spare at some point to recreate the effect. 

Here are some additional pictures.  I put the RD units side by side to show the coloring differences in stickers and parts (Europe on the left).  The UK sticker is obviously faded, but seems like a matte finish versus the more glossy US version.  The differences are much easier to see in person.  So happy to have this one in the collection.  This was the last vintage holy grail for me, which is very good because I'm completely out of space now...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:07 PM »
That's actually an older photo.  Here's a more recent shot.  I think I was holding the slot open for an alternate version of Endor Han (one with printed lapels and one without) or a Blue Lightsaber variation of Jedi Luke.  I think I filled in a brown haired farm boy Luke and shuffled everything down at some point. 

I hear what you're saying Rob, but it's totally worth the price for me.  It's an entertainment value and experience of having them preserved just the way I remember them from my childhood.  Using your logic, I'd never buy a new car or house, never pay for cable TV or go out to a movie, etc.  Lots of things in life have diminishing value, and while they will probably fall apart someday I haven't seen any evidence of that yet.  These things are 30+ years old now and the packages haven't deteriorated at all since they've been in my possession.  It helps that I keep them in a cool, dry basement with LED lights and acrylic protectors.  Easily my favorite part of the collection.  Maybe I'd view it differently if I thought of them as an investment, but that's just a potential side benefit for me.

Phrub - I don't know what you mean.  These bad boys are the elite.  They never had the sheer terror of getting smacked on the floor, being used as an animal chew toy, or being shot at with bee bees.  They are surrounded by friends on all sides and have an awesome view of my entire collection, unlike loose figures that get boxed away in some dark closet.  These guys are always the first to receive praise when I bring someone new into the room.  They also have the peace of mind in knowing that they'll never be garage sale fodder.  As for the price stickers, I tried peeling a few off in my early days, but found its not worth the risk of a tear, residue, or even discoloration.  Over time I've found I really like seeing the old tags on there anyway. 

And that's not to say I don't liberate the rest of my vintage toys.  Freedom reigns in my SW room...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 20, 2015, 01:04 AM »
Meh - to each their own.  I love the look of my carded vintage.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:55 PM »
Pluto has "smuggler's hideout" written all over it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:50 PM »

Do kids buy into the $20 6" line anyway?  I also would not buy an Xbox for my 4 or 8 year old daughter.  Or an antique lamp.  Or a TV.  Or a lawnmower.  Or anything that wasn't primarily intended for a 4 year old. 

6" Clonetroopers are $16.47 if that floats your boat.

*Update: Han Trooper is $17.95

*Update: Mosep is coming up on deal at noon

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:37 PM »
What is the date this new stuff is slated to be released at retail?  Same release date for online merchandisers?

Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Newbies - Questions and Advice
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:32 PM »
What's a Kubrick?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:31 PM »
Speaking of Fantastic Four and Green Lantern, I'd like to see Jonathan Stewart play John Stewart in a stroke of race swapping genius!  Imagine the potential for a comedic, white, Jewish guy to represent a black super hero. 

What do you mean that only works in reverse?   ???

I love that the single dad who first complained about Leia wearing a chain around her neck is in fact WEARING A CHAIN AROUND HIS NECK.  The figure is wearing a lot more than you'll find real people wearing at swimming pools and beaches across the country.  I wonder what he thinks about skinny, trashy Barbie figures since they all have removable clothing.  And that anchorwoman..."I'm glad I don't have to explain this to my kid."  Because this would for sure be the only time your kid will wonder about revealing clothing.  Best to just avoid talking to your kids about sensitive subjects.  ::)

This is not news, Fox 29.  Do some real reporting.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 13, 2015, 11:41 PM »
Agreed.  I've mainly just been getting the Avengers figures, but the line has gotten good enough to draw me into buying some of the Spiderman figures, Daredevil, Guardians, etc.  I have a custom old school Mockingbird that I still like better, but glad to see they are getting to characters like her and Hellcat.

Put me in the Love it, Got no room for it crowd.  :-\

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