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Collections / Re: JediJman's 12" Collection & Customz
« on: January 11, 2009, 03:20 PM »
Those paying attention will note that I've got a few customs in my collection.  Interested in hearing what people think about these.  Several are converted Barbies, which I have mixed feelings about including in my SW stuff, but I like the way they fit in with the others and frankly, they're a little more flattering than the female figs Hasbro churns out.

First up is is A'sharad Hett looking a little menacing:



Next is the first of my female customs - a Rebel Tech from Hapes:



This quickly led to the idea of upgrading Slave Leia.  I made a second version with a clearance Barbie and a spare FAO Leia/R2 I picked up for $5:



Last, but not least is a custom Jedi that started out as formal dressed Aayla Secura.  I had the robes from a spare POTF2 Obi-Wan, but never got around to figuring out a good way to make her tendrils.  I put her together as is and decided she'd make a nice Chiss Jedi instead:



I think that's about all I can squeeze into one shelf.  Let me know if you love it or hate it!

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Collections / Re: JediJman's 12" Collection & Customz
« on: January 11, 2009, 03:07 PM »
Here are some smaller group shots:












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Collections / JediJman's 12" Collection & Customz
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:54 PM »
Hey all,

I've been updating my 12" shelf the past few weeks and wanted to share a few pictures...

I'll start with a few pictures of the whole shelf:



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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:39 PM »
AT-TE's and Falcons are on clearance everywhere around me at Targets and WMs.  Does this bode well for the future of large vehicles?  Did they sell enough to recoup their cost?  Do retailers know there's more big vehicles coming so they're trying to make room?  Obviously Joe and TF should have a larger footprint this year - SW still has the CW cartoon so I can't see them scaling back shelf space.

I honestly think the biggest issues with the big vehicles this year has been price point and availability.  People are jumping at the opportunity to buy AT-TEs at $80 and Falcons at $100...maybe this is all part of the strategy.  You don't crowd the shelves and put out a very high price point with an initial release.  When sales or clearance hit, they knock a few bucks off, but maybe that's just going down to something still profitable.  If I was Hasbro and made a ship I wanted to retail for $100, why not offer it at $150, get those early adopters to pay an inflated price, then let it filter down to $100, where people are lining up to get them and thinking they got a huge deal.  There are a LOT of people who fool themselves into buying things based on what they're "saving" instead of whether the total cost is acceptable to them or not.

I think this is one of those issues where it's clear that the action figure section needs to be expanded.  There was a time when Target had an aisle and half of action figures - I don't know why they ever moved away from that.  When you consider how low the margin must be on things like the vehicle section (hot wheels) or some of the other slower moving toys in the department, it seems like they would be much better off trading off some of this dead weight to make more room for some of these lines.  Even the latest Target reset  has an expanded GI Joe set, but that's just 8 pegs of basic figs and a few pegs of comic packs at my store.  An extra aisle would offer much more room for some of these battle packs, smaller ships, and big playsets and vehicles.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Target "Pit of Carkoon" Ultimate BP
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:12 PM »
The Christophsis UBPs sold out a long time ago here, but the Sarlacc UBPs have been sitting on two different endcaps at $54.99 for at least three weeks, and they aren't moving. It's gonna take a much bigger discount to get these moving I think, at least that's what it'll take for me to buy one.

I'm actually seeing the Sarlacc more now than I did before Christmas.  I think I'll finally break and buy either or both if they get down to $30ish.  Otherwise I think I can survive without them. 

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The Bullpen / Marvel Universe
« on: January 11, 2009, 01:38 AM »
So are you guys seeing the 3.75" stuff at stores yet?  Walmart put it out here this week but at the rather frightening price of $9.72  :o  I'll admit they look nice and I would have been way, way happier to have this scale versus the original but I am not about to replace 75+ figures; just not going to happen. 

Oh, and should there be a new thread for the mini stuff?

I haven't seen any of this stuff at retail yet, though I pretty much only shop at Target with a little TRU mixed in.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Regular Season 2008
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:13 PM »
I'm surprised how many "experts" picked Atlanta to win today. They were only 4-4 on the road this year, and regardless of how good Matt Ryan was all season, he's still a rookie QB in the playoffs. Arizona isn't any good, but they play well at home and their crowd was really fired up. That's always a bonus.


Just an FYI - that team that isn't any good is looking like they may make it to the final four...  :-X

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:11 PM »
Those KO combiners suck. I bought a set of Constructicons at Walgreens last year, and it was the worst $6 I ever spent. None of the figures fit together, they can barely transform, and you can feel the lead in the plastic on your fingers.

That's why I'd gladly pay $95 to BBTS or any other importer for a nice reissue set. I haven't seen any individual piece of a vintage Devastator sell for less than $15-20 a piece, though I'll admit I haven't looked for a while.

I'm not sure what Walgreens is selling, but I have this set and the arielbots from Big Lots and they're pretty decent.  The stickers are goofy and even the paint jobs aren't the best, but they all had tight joints and transformed just fine.  I didn't feel any lead in the plastic either - perhaps you've got a superpower that you were unaware of.   ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:09 PM »
Gold!!

Fool's gold - It's gone.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Regular Season 2008
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:03 PM »
There's also Boss and who know what rookies they'll get in the draft, not to mention Tyree will be back next year.  The Giants do not need TO.

Boss, Tyree, Hixon, S. Smith, and Toomer...yikes.  I don't know of too many rookies who make an impact in their first year either. 

Good luck my friend - I hope you have a great defense and ground game.

I think receivers will be available in the FA market and they'll go shopping...  I agree with Matt, from another perspective though, that I wouldn't want TO on my team...  Synergy is everything it's cracked up to be, and a guy tearing a team apart in the locker room, on the field, or on the sidelines, is a plague that'll eat up the best of teams.

You act like he's the only player that ever disagrees with his teammates.  I'm sure there are plenty of disagreements and bad feelings on every team, but Owens is the one we constantly hear about in the media.  Would you rather have Steve Smith?  How many teammates has he sent to the hospital?  How about Vincent Jackson or one of a dozen other guys who will get busted drunk driving or using drugs? 

I'd take Owens on the Packers in a heartbeat.  The guy has a mouth, but at least he backs it up with his playing.  Most of the superstars at each position are big talkers - I guess I'd rather have that than someone with a big mouth who doesn't perform.


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Regular Season 2008
« on: January 10, 2009, 03:58 PM »
As a Giants fan....I never want to see TO in a Giants uniform.

Enjoy your future losing seasons.  Who is Eli going to throw to next year?  I don't see Hixon and Toomer leading the team to another Super Bowl.

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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sideshow 12" Sandtrooper
« on: January 10, 2009, 01:24 AM »
True, but it's one helluva a nice looking figure.  I am just scared to see what their final price will be.  I will have to buy their orange pauldron version whenever they release that.  Then they will release the black one and get more of my mula. 

It's a very nice figure, but $109?  No thanks.  I can't believe the exclusive sold out already at that price.   ::)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: January 10, 2009, 01:19 AM »
If I was doing the combiners that would be a great price for the set, but thankfully I am not doing that set. I don't think my wallet or my wife could deal with it.

I have a knock off of this set from Big Lots that cost $9.99.  I think I'll stick with that.   ;D

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Modern Trading / Re: Clone turbo tank.
« on: January 8, 2009, 11:18 PM »
This is a custom made 3 3/4 scale clone juggernaunt. This thing rocks! Can be Used for dioramas or display. Brought this awhile back and just had it on display with the troopers and stuff. Can hold 10 clones inside sitting side by side and another 4 for the pilots. Has removable top pieces and everything. Currently entertaining offers. Trades accepted as well. Let me know!
http://s293.photobucket.com/albums/mm46/shinzon58/turbo%20tank/?action=view&current=SDC10186.jpg

What sort of things are you looking for in trade?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday King_Maul!
« on: January 8, 2009, 11:17 PM »
"Hail to the King, baby."  8)

Nice.  Happy birthday dude!

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