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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:30 AM »
Very cool!

Kubricks / Re: Kubrick book?
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:28 PM »
It's looking great!  My only suggestion would be to maybe bullet point or table the text you're putting in.  For non-story based communication, I find bullets more digestable than long paragraphs.  If you put in a table, you could group the information into themes (first release, variations, case ratio, accessories, vintage comparison, etc.)  You might also think about putting a corresponding picture of the blind box on each figure's page, so people can easily reference them.  I always thought the blind box packing was cool by itself for each series. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2014: What Are You Collecting?
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:22 PM »
 - New 4" & 6" Hasbro Star Wars
 - Vintage Kenner Star Wars
 - Walking Dead and Marvel Minimates
 - Masterpiece Transformers
 - Kreo Transformers
 - Kubricks (if they ever make any more)
 - Occassional Lego Star Wars and Megablocks Halo sets

Luckily my display space is drying up fast, so I'm widdling my "needs" down quite a bit.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:19 PM »
Cool.  I wonder if Michonne/Rick/Carl are still close by then?  Or will we find Daryl's new buddies tracking down Rick's crew at some point with Daryl in good position to rescue them?  I could have cared less about Beth before mid season, but she's the most interesting storyline for me right now.  That and whatever is waiting for the group at Terminus.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:16 PM »
The Anakin portrait that's on the body in the package looks great.  As for the other, Sith portrait?  Ugh.  It just doesn't look that good.  And some of the skirt in the packaged image looks like it's actually white.  I'm going to chalk that up to it being a promo shot and not an actual production sample.

It was communicated that the skirt is just a sample and that it will be colored correctly for the release.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:09 AM »
I don't think he was luring anyone in either.  The similarity I was referring to was in the way newcomers are sometimes brought into the fold, but mostly wiped out for their stuff.  Supplies are becoming more scarce, so unless you make sustainable food supplies and other kinds of production, people are going to get the mindset that they have to take from others to survive.

Collections / Re: JediJman's Month o' Vintage
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:25 AM »
Been a long time since I've had an update here, but wanted to share my new wall o' vintage.  I've been working on this for a long, long time, so feels great to have it just about wrapped up.  I still have a few gaps to fill on card variations, but am absolutely loving this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:15 AM »
I'm wondering now if any of the people from Daryl's new group were in the house with Rick a few episodes back??

I just assumed it was those same guys, but now that you mention it they could be a totally different group.  Would be weird though to have so many groups of survivors all running across each other in the backwoods like that, especially with what appears to be a never ending herd of zombies roaming around.  I thought this week's episode was one of the best in a long time.  Great character development for Bob/Maggie/Sasha, and I just had a bad feeling that one of them was going to get it and the others would be feel responsible.  The creepy mortuary setup was great too.  Kept waiting for something to go wrong and then for Beth to get kidnapped - that was fun.  Not feeling good about Beth or Daryl's situations, and I'm getting a real bad feeling about Terminus as well.  What if instead of a sanctuary, those signs are meant to bring survivors in, so that the terminus people can take all their supplies.  The governor was running a similar setup of sorts, knocking off other survivors to fortify his own people instead of welcoming others in.  For a sanctuary, it's a bit odd that there aren't representatives out scouting for survivors or providing more information than catchy "Come to Terminus" slogans.  I couldn't tell from the map - anyone know how far out the groups are at this point? 

For those who haven't read the comics, the TV story line is a complete departure from the books by now.  No Terminus or railroad tracks in the comics, no Beth/Bob/Sasha/Daryl/Lizzie in the books, no more Andrea/Dale/Sophia in the show.  I wouldn't worry at all about spoiling the TV experience at this point.

Isn't opening someone's mail a federal offense?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 10, 2014, 06:02 PM »
Boxed pictures:

The way they packaged Chewie is... interesting.

That is the new "Busta Move" action feature that they're including with all >6" figures.  I can't wait to see the new Running Man IG-88 in a future series.

Kubricks / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:56 PM »
I'll have some ebay bucks to burn in April...

And the cycle continues...  ;)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:01 AM »
I luckily just finished by vintage carded display and have no space for Droids or Ewoks.   :)


Auction houses typically charge anywhere from 10% to 25%

Seriously, I know eBay isn't Christie's, but it's not that terrible.

I guess I just don't sell as much on Ebay these days.  I remember when it was a few cents to list, then relatively low percentage basis on the final sale.  I would be okay with the final value fee on shipping if I wasn't already paying fees for Paypal.  If you're only going to get $70 for an $85 item, and then have to collect payment, communicate with sellers, pack & mail it...just not worth it now with these crazy fees IMO. 

Sure, an auction house charges more, but they're dealing with an incredibly small amount of volume versus a company like Ebay.  They can't spread their fixed costs as easily, and have to pay staff to accept, inspect, handle, price, sell, and ship the items.  Ebay has advertising and service center costs, but that's an infinitely small admin cost versus what they're taking in. 

Anyway, to each their own.  If they're going to charge that much per item, then IMO either the seller or the buyer is getting screwed with every transaction.  I'll buy from them if the price is right, but there's little chance I'll resort to selling there again anytime in the near future.  I'll stick to craigslist or forums and either net more per item or at least pass the savings on to buyers instead of Ebay. 

Can we change the title of this thread to Everything eBay is a Scam?  I received an invoice from them for 9 auctions I held in January.  My amount due?  $82!!!  Are you kidding me?  Since when do they take 10% off both the final value and the shipping charge?  That means an auction ending for $85 + $15 shipping costs me $10 in Ebay fees plus $5 in paypal fees.  I would be better off marking the price down to $70(!) and selling local.  Incredible.  Great place to buy, ridiculous place to sell.

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