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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: May 7, 2008, 11:07 PM »
Got me two more Shadow Stormies, 3 Scouts, a couple of Neyos, and a few more assorted legends figs at Target today.  ;D

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Feedback / Re: davenuthals' feedback
« on: May 7, 2008, 11:05 PM »
Big thanks to Dave for selling me his Astromech packs, which will help get me out of a trading pinch I fell into.  Also appreciate prompt payment on the Fett Evo set!

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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: May 7, 2008, 11:04 PM »
Big thanks to Jeff for getting me a couple of German Stealth Clone 2-packs.  These are much cooler than I thought they would be.  Also appreciate you picking up 28 Biker Scouts for me.   ;)

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Collections / Re: JediJman's Collection
« on: May 7, 2008, 10:49 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback guys!  Great to hear what people think and get other ideas.  I'm going to try to address everything in one post, so I'll apologize in advance for the lengthy response.

1.) Death Star Setup
This is definitely the display I'm most excited about, so glad to see so many others excited about it.  The Blue lamp has random streaks of lightning running through it when turned on - very much like the core of the death star in ROTJ.  Doesn't show up well in photos, but the very first picture kind of shows a "bolt" of the lightning.  I added the Falcon under the ultarama display and the shuttle will back up to the vintage playsets, so hoping this one doesn't look too crammed in as well.  Need to find something to cover the back of the front display as well - looks a little odd to see wood paneling along one wall of the death star.  Maybe I can sweet talk Jay into printing me up a cool poster to cover it.

2.) East Wall - All Figures from POTF2 through current
Yes, I have thought about just displaying some of these figures and/or organizing them by character/movie/etc. Thing is, I'm a completist and one of my personal collecting goals is to have one of each figure (including variations) in that display.  Only showing some of it kind of goes against my nature and to be honest, I really like having a visual display of all the figures in the order they were released.  I'm always astounded by how many figures have been released since '95.

2A.) Risers
I have thought about risers and will probably upgrade to this someday.  For now, I've found the clear risers to be just too expensive.  That display is about five feet high by six feet long, so buying clear risers at $10-20 per linear foot seems pricey.  I want clear ones because I don't have lights on each shelf and its nice to let some of the light feed through the shelves.  I know there are a few sites that sell risers in various sizes.  I've also heard people having luck with spice racks from Target/Wal-Mart.

2B.) Detolf
I bought two Detolf cabinets back in the day.  One is clearly visible holding the Legends figs, but you'll notice it has no door...I took the door from this one and all four sides of the other one to make the clear shelves that all my loose figures are sitting on.  I have pegs in the sides of the wood to hold the shelves as well as ulterama columns for support.  As for the remaining Detolf, I have three extra shelves from the "spare detolf" and am using two of them plus the original three in my remaining Detolf display.  But how to support those shelves?  I thought about 4 column supports (wood or PVC or something), but that wasn't very stable.  Then I thought about drilling in the metal frame and screwing in a piece of plastic coat hanger to create extra shelves, but didn't want to pull them all apart to drill and thought it would still look junky.  So, I wandered endlessly around Menard's seeking an answer until I came across some metal stands in the grilling department.  They are about 4" x 4" and sit inside a grill to hold chicken up off the grill.  They were exactly half the height between shelves, so I put a few clear rubber bands around the top pieces for traction and viola! instant shelf support.  It takes up a chunk of the bottom split shelf, but the added bars actually provide additional support for figures to lean on.  I'll try to get closer pictures of these next time I update. 

3.) South Wall Displays
I'm going back to putting all of my loose 12" on the top shelf.  I have a bunch of packaged 12" behind them, which kind of blocks them out, but I tried to make sure that you can stil see a portion of each.  The key to this section is a way to hide a vast amount of carded figures in a tight space.  The entire bottom section is dedicated to banker boxes of carded figs, so this display is about three feet deep.  Middle sections create additional storage with packages in the back and a diorama in the front.  The layout of the boxes in back are pretty much determined by what fits in the space.

3A.) Clonetroopers
This section will be redone once I have a lose AT-TE.  Not sure if I can fit all the existing clones along with that, and I have about 100 more (including purple ones!) that could go into it.  Interesting to hear that people liked the mix - I felt this set was a little messy without colored squads perfectly lining up, but I did try to keep red detailed figs together, yellow together, etc. 

3B.) Hoth Battle
Redoing this as well.  I'll be adding at least two of the Target UBP Cannons to the Rebel side, but hoping I can still fit in the trench.  One of the Walkers will be going as well - this was just a way to store all three of my lose ones.  I had one loose and 4 boxed, so I opened two more to squeeze them in.  One will go into storage and I'll add one or two chicken walkers from the UBP.  Hoping to add some more uneven snow terrain as well.  Any ideas?

3C.) Endor Battle
You guys didn't see it, but in ROTJ, the Rebels sent in 500 Rebel Commandos to take the bunker.  They're just slightly off screen.  Okay, got a little out of control with commandoes as I added to this one.  I'll be taking down several commandos and adding a bunch of mix and match ewoks from UPB and TAC two packs.  I also have a gazillion Biker Scouts to add in, as well as a few more stormies. 

4.) The Room
This is a basement "bedroom" with no windows.  Its about 12x14 I think, but I'm limited to just this room and a small section of an adjoining storage area, which is also holding a bunch of comics.  With displays on all four walls, it definitely feels much smaller, but I'm not sure ow I could lay it out differently.  You can walk all the way around the center display, but I'm definitely at minimal walking space.

5.) What I Collect
May look like a lot, but I really try to just stick with 4" Hasbro Star Wars figs and ships.  I get one of each carded, one of each loose, then extras for displays.  I have all of the Hasbro 12" figures boxed and maybe half of the loose, plus most of the SSC 12" figs.  I also collect Galactic heroes, Kubricks, Marvel Legends, and Transformers, but I'm not a completist on any of those.  Back to Star Wars - its not shown, but I have one or more of each vintage figure loose (excluding Blue Snaggletooth) and about 50 carded vintage.  The loose figs are going in the front display and carded vintage are in acrylic displays in the next room.

Thanks again for the great feedback & please keep it coming!  I appreciate all the advice.  Hope to have some new photos soon!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 7, 2008, 09:25 PM »
Thanks for letting us know about the two packs Brian. As usual, I'm torn on these. I want Ronin, but have two Elektra figures already.  Pretty sure I can pass on the Cap/Fury pack though. 

Are these exclusives or wil the two packs be available at retail?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 6, 2008, 10:35 PM »
Wouldn't it constitute a conflict of interest for Justin Hartley to lead both the JLA and the Avengers?   ;D

Cap became a member of the vintage Avengers in like the second issue or something.  So including him isn't that big a stretch.  They'll probably find his ice cube to start the film.  In the Ultimate Universe they're called the Ultimates, and he was one of the founding members.

I'm fine with Cap in it, but he didn't join the team until issue #4 (and technically they gave him founding member status in that issue).  I just don't see why he needs to be called THE FIRST Avenger.  They'll probably re-write the story to say that SHEILD is a secret government organization and they found Cap in the Ice, thawed him out, and will now be responsible for forming the Avengers. 

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Collections / Re: JediJman's Collection
« on: May 6, 2008, 10:20 PM »
Added some pictures to the DS work in progress...












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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 6, 2008, 10:08 PM »
Who would have been your first choice?

Captain America - Justin Hartley/Matt Damon
Ant Man - Ewan McGregor/Aaron Eckhart
Wasp - Kate Beckinsale/Winona Ryder
Thor - Sean Bean/Ray Winstone

I'm assuming that's all they'll go with in addition to Hulk and Iron Man.  I'm a little surprised that they called cap "the first Avenger"  ...He was NOT one of the original five.  I haven't followed the Ultimates - anyone know if he did form the Avengers in that universe?

Anyway, Hawkeye, Vision, and Black Panther would be cool additions too. Since I'm coming up with my dream movie, I'd choose Ultron as the villian - great story to tie in Pym depening on what they do with the Ant Man movie.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 6, 2008, 09:41 PM »
Dark Horizons is reporting Matthew McConaughey is the lead contender to play Captain America.  He definitely looks the part, but I never imagined Captain America to be as soft-spoken as McConaughey is.  I don't know if I can recall any film where McConaughey really screamed or yelled.  I didn't see We Are Marshal, so maybe he went off on coaching rants there.  That'd be akin to what I'd expect from Cap leading the troops against the Nazis.  So you could say that I'm intrigued, but skeptical.

He was pretty outspoken in Reign of Fire - I can totally see him as Cap, but wouldn't have been my first choice.   :-\

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**EDIT** You may need to scroll to the bottom and move the scroll bar to the right to view horizontal pics. 

All the recent collection photos have inspired me to share some remodeling of my Star Wars room.  Kind of hard to see from the pictures (Jay may inspire me to do a video once its done!), but here's a quick overview:


South Wall

has 12 figures on top, three dioramas (Clones, Hoth Battle, Endor Battle), and most of my basic carded figs (banker boxes, 3 x 9 x 2).






East Wall

has my loose figure collection - every figure from POTF2 to present (still need to open latest Legends and TAC waves)


My Detolf with Avengers/Misc Legends Figs:



West Wall and North Wall
(closet) are not pictured - will be updating those once everything else is completed.

Transformers


Center Display
is what I'm working on now.  Got the Display cabinet from my mother-in-law and will be stocking with vintage figs, couple of ships, vintage 12", and modern exclusives.  Think I have room for my customs in here too, but we'll see.



Behind the cabinet is a large octogon display.  I'm working on the top right now, which will be a Death Star diorama.  The black octogon in the garage is a pre-fab board that I drilled about 1,000 holes into, then painted yesterday.  This will serve as the floor of the death star - holes are just the right size to fit ulteramma pegs for figures, so I won't need stands and can fit troops closer together.  I also have three vintage DS playsets, a falcon, and a shuttle that all need to go on here - might be tight even though its 4' by 4'.  



Anyway, just wanted to document a "before" picture as I'm hoping to make major changes throughout the week.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: May 6, 2008, 11:25 AM »
Picked up a few more TFU extras, a Neyo, all clean sandie, and 4 more scouts to add to the Endor display yesterday.   ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 5, 2008, 10:42 PM »

I think I read that somewhere...  ;)

Hey, not all of us can read every thread posted in JD.  I mean, its not like that was just written ten posts prior in the same thread or something.  Geez!  ;)

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Just a question for those of you who have gotten the delay notice: have your checks already been cashed?  Not to be nitpicky, but if they cashed the check and THEN sent out the delay notice, isn't that a little bit shady, or am I being a little too paranoid?

Also, isn't the very idea of a "sneak preview" figure supposed to be that you have it well before the actual main line hits?  If they're waiting until the last week of July to send this out, it's going to be hitting just as or immediately after the rest of the stuff hits, thus making the entire thing pretty pointless.   :-\

My checks have all cashed.  From the sound of it, I think Hasbro planned to be sending them out sooner, but there was some sort of production delay.  If they're like most big corporations, finance and production don't interact much, so its likely that finance just went ahead with business as usual, thinking these would ship on time. 

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Collections / Re: Anton's Armies Pt 1
« on: May 5, 2008, 09:35 PM »
Just for pictures. Unfortunately, these are going in a box after one more photo shoot attempt next week.

Nice collection.  How come they're going into a box?  ???

Space issues. If I'm going to be able to display a large army, I'd rather it be my imperials.

Speaking of which, will we be seeing your imperial army in the near future?  The clones are impressive, but I somehow thought you had an aven bigger collection based on your purchase posts.  I'm guessing the Imperials are a much larger lot!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 5, 2008, 09:33 PM »
FYI - E News reported that Iron Man 2 already has a planned release date of April 2010.  ;D

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