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Collect All 92! / Re: Greedo
« on: April 28, 2010, 02:18 PM »
Ha! Greedo here surprised me, I figured we would get Boba Fett as #13...

But I did get Greedo with the other aliens in the Sears Cantina Set, so I guess this is more accurate "chronologically." He was definitely in the B-Class of figures I would play with (and lower as we progressed through the movies and got to the well-done aliens from ROTJ)

Never noticed as a kid how inaccurate his costume was, either. When we got the POTF2 version, it was easy to admire the authenticity, though now his pinhead and washed out colors make him another oddball from that time.

I like the Saga/Cantina Bar Set Greedo, but I've gotta admit it's just because I prefer the sculpted vest to the hairy thing the VTSC version has. Of course you can put them together to get the best of both worlds, and maybe Hasbro will release it like that someday, but stricktly speaking I go with Saga/Commtech/OTC. Plus, you gotta love the blast wound.

Collect All 92! / Re: Death Squad Commander
« on: April 26, 2010, 12:09 AM »
For whatever reason, as a kid I called this guy a "squat commander." My first one's neck post broke in '79, and I remember writing to Kenner to complain and ask for a replacement. They sent me a brand new one, as well as a whole set of replacement weapons and capes for all the even came with four X-Wing guns, which were real cool because I didn't own an X-Wing yet!

I consider this figure 100% done. The color was wrong on the vintage, end of story to me. I always assumed he was grey with a rank badge because up until the last minute it was actually going to be a Tarkin figure, when they realized he was a boring old man who never even used a weapon, and made him a new head.

I kind of enjoy the kitsch of the POTF2 disco-dancing version as well.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Jabba w/Oola
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:18 PM »
Wait, wait...OTC or Saga2? I could've sworn that the OTC one was a repaint of the POTF2 one, and the new sculpt was from the first Saga2 wave..?

Either way, yeah, a neo-vintage resculpt would be very appreciated...especially if they gave him a vintage-y coat, one of the best cloth robes from back then IMO. I have never been able to get the "new sculpt" to stand on his own.

Collect All 92! / Re: Sand People
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:13 PM »
I had the vintage one as a of the first couple figures I had. But it never saw much play. I think I would have played with him much more if Kenner had made a Bantha I wanted one of those back then.

I'm split down the middle about the VTSC and the Saga '03 versions...the softgoods on the VTSC is about the best softgoods I've come across. I did buy two of them when they were available. I really like the Saga '03 version (again, more of a sculpted robes fan), the head and "sand-stand" are really great bonuses (the stand is one of the best-looking stands Hasbro ever tried.) I would have bought another one or two of those if I had ever found them in the it was I feel lucky to have the one I do. And I'd be totally up for a rerelease with a modern/dustier deco.

The old Saga sniper/Massiff wrangler sculpt is good for background filler. The POTF2 one is abysmal, though, and the absolute worst is that god-awful Bantha pack-in one with the weird legs.

Collect All 92! / Re: Jawa
« on: April 23, 2010, 09:58 PM »
Yay! Thanks Scott!!  :D ;D :D

Collect All 92! / Re: Jawa
« on: April 21, 2010, 12:34 PM »
I'll join in on the Jawa love-in here, too. Jawas have always been a favorite of mine too, I wore a Jawa costume for Halloween in '79 (kindergarden). Please Scott, add a picture of the Vintage Jawa without the's a shame to cover up all the sculpted goodness under there.

I got my first Jawa as the last of the original 12 back in '78, of course it was the cloth robe version. On the bonus side, I was able to talk my mom into getting one for my little brother too, since they were so hard to find. So I already had the collector mentality at 4. Those original jawas also stood in for children when I would play as a child.

I was very pleased with the POTF2 two-packs, I bought them every time I saw one, resulting in having more of those than any other figure by far. Over the years I've given some away to nephews or others.

I loved that the Ronto jawa was another new sculpt. I wound up with a couple of those, too.

The Commtech version has to be my favorite. The sculpt is just perfect IMO. To my eye its a work of art the likes of which come along very rarely in the toy line. I have a customized one that wears a shorter robe to show off his spindly little legs (Not because I needed to have that, but I used the longer robe/skirt for another custom, so I sort of wound up with a leggy jawa.)

The OTC ones were a real nice upgrade, and a two-pack of jawas is always alright by me. I picked up a few of those too.

The 30AC version really won me over for simply the fact that it was a well-articualted jawa without a light-up panel on the hood, plus I was impressed they went to the trouble of making a movie-accurate variant (ie the orange-vest jawa.) I was able to do away with my custom "short POTF2 jawa with JarJar's vest" version. I got two to have a non-vested version as well.

The Legacy version, however, just hasn't rubbed me the right way at all. The rehashing of the 30AC one is fine and kind of expected, but the new belt plus the brown vest plus the ion blaster just added too much bulk and really detracted from the figure. And that's not even getting into the scale of the pack-in droid. The first time I didn't want a second of a jawa.

I don't yet have the Legacy soft goods version. It looks to take care of some of the bulk issue, but then again, it's a cloth bottom robe so I'm not expecting much.

An "honorable mention" ought to go out to the Hallmark "Jawa & R2" ornament which fits in well with my jawa figure display, and the Clone Wars Jawa two-pack, which add some diversity too. That makes for, what, 13 different Jawa sculpts so far? Not too shabby for the little guys...

My pick for the "ultimate" modern jawa so far still goes to the CommTech version. One of my favorite figure sculpts ever.

Collect All 92! / Re: Darth Vader
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:06 AM »
Vintage Vader was one of my favorites as a kid too. Wore him out to the point that he couldn't stand anymore, and like Scott said, lost the saber, the cape, the paint...

Got a replacement in '83, and just loathed the vinyl cape at that point. New Vader ditched the 70's vinyl for a more modern cloth cape by stealing Squid Head's. The brown worked for me since Jedi Luke had a brown robe too.

As far as ultimate Vader goes, I think as long as we have the current state of cloth robes I will never be satisfied with Vader in the same way I am with a VOTC Han or Chewie. The cloth is always too bulky, too smooth, and too "shimmery" for me to be supremely satisfied. We need to get to a state of a nicely pliable, yet molded and detailed plastic/PVC version of the robes...something I have no idea if it will ever be possible.

Until then...I guess the 30AC version is my go-to, even though I only bought it at the time for the Ben Kenobi robe accessory.

Collect All 92! / Re: Stormtrooper
« on: April 16, 2010, 01:50 AM »
My army of vintage Stormtroopers as a kid was 2. Comparing the images above, the vintage was pretty accurate as far as sculpt goes, I would have sworn it would have looked hokier in a side-by-side. I was always disappointed with the fixed head, and when the time came I switched to Scout Troopers (I must have had five or six of them) as my go-to Trooper, just because he could look around. Man, I wish I had found a Stormtrooper Luke as a kid!

Today I have several several of the CommTech version (thanks to the infamous Fan Club slip-up of sending some fortunate folks double their order of army builder 4-packs when they first made them available.) that serve as my "army," but the "hero" Stormtroopers are all VOTC or later. I bought two of the VOTC back in '04 even though I had a lot of hang-ups about the pricing (now that I think about it, buying two could have almost been an homage to my vintage collection!) I bought two 30AC just for the option of making Han and Luke Stormies, and have bought the Spacetrooper and official Han and Luke Stormies from the Legacy collection.

Collect All 92! / Re: Han Solo
« on: April 16, 2010, 01:29 AM »
Yeah, the VOTC Han was really the first figure I saw that made me feel like we had reached the apex of what a Star Wars figure could be. I can't believe I bought only one now, but I guess that ten dollar price tag was really intimidating six years ago. I remember passing him by a couple of times before finally caving for the purchase. If Hasbro saw fit to reissue the figure, I would buy a couple of 'em for 2 bucks less today, and be grateful for the opportunity.

My first vintage Han was the small head version, and I still prefer it. The big head just never worked to my eye. I had both eventually (because I had to buy replacements of just about all of my original 12 due to play wear) but I'd have to say my choice for favorite vintage Han in the vest outfit became Endor Han minus the duster. I know it's not really the same outfit, nor is it fair to compare '84 figures to '78 ones, but once the Endor version came out, ol' Big Head was permanently retired.

Collect All 92! / Re: R2-D2
« on: April 9, 2010, 01:21 AM »
R2 D2 was my first Star Wars figure back in '78. I owned him before I ever saw the movie.

I had that one, who was quickly replaced by the Droid Factory version (with 3rd leg!) as my favorite. Later I moved onto the ESB sensorscope version (had two of that one since the sticker peeled due to heavy play). Even had the POTF Lightsaber popping one from '85, even though he got played with very little.

Then came the POTF2 version 10 years later, and WOW what a difference. For what it was, with the sculpted body panels, retractable 3rd leg, and light-up eye, he was a real fantastic improvement. Loved the POTF2 electronic version when it first came out...the mini-diorama it came with is one of my favorite environmental pieces.When the POTF2 sensorscope version came out, I ate that one up too (actually due to the clearances of figures in '98 a wound up with a lot of those that I practiced customizing on.) I bought a Flashback / lightsaber launching version even though it was mostly a dud.

Bought the Episode I version for the cut scene rockets.

Spent two years tracking down an affordable commtech version, and really really liked that one (and the gummi Leia). I got the Saga electronic R2 update and had fun with the new sound chip. Got a green paint splattered version with the Saga X-Wing, and was disappointed...but not as much as when I got the "flying" Saga version, one of the worst Star Wars figures of all time bar none. I mean, really really bad. Bootleg-quality bad. Then came BaR2, and I thought we had reached the pinacle.

By the time we got to 2004, my R2 thirst was largely sated. I skipped the OTC Dagobah version, as well as the VOTC version. ROTS figures barely existed to me. Then I skipped the Saga2 version, and by the time the 30AC version rolled out, passing up R2 had become the standard for me.

I did wind up with a ROTS Early Bird R2 when I found the set at a great price. I basically got him as a bonus.

I did buy the WM '08 Droid Factory version, even if he came with a rehashed Luke Pilot...that battle-damaged version is now my favorite alternate.

I passed up the Legacy / Jawa Attack version (didn't everyone already make that when we got the accessory with the AOTC Preview droid?) but only after careful scrutiny.

And, of course, I've passed on all the Battle Pack versions, though the Endor Raid version was intriguing, and the Resurgence version is the "new" pinnacle. I haven't bit on that set yet in the hopes that the two figures I want from there will find other ways out.

But I still have such fond memories of that original vintage R2, who got my collecting ball rolling.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Basic Figure Line
« on: April 9, 2010, 12:44 AM »
It's a good thing they are getting those Super Battle Droids, Ep III Obi-Wans, and Ep III Clone Troopers back out on the shelves, haven't seen any of those since...oh, wait, since every time I've been down the toy aisle the last two years.

Seriously, I applaud them getting figures like the new EpII Obi-Wan back out there from that low-quantity run last year, even Cody makes a little sense, but c'mon. The only reason to put ROTS Obi back out there is to have him on the vintage-y card.

Another random thought, will the Storm/Sandtrooper have a "Revenge of the Sith" logo on the card since he's coming with that wave?Likewise will hoverchair Yoda have a "Return of the Jedi" logo?

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Jabba w/Oola
« on: April 9, 2010, 12:33 AM »
Great to get more info on this item, even if we need some clarification.

This is an item I have been waiting patiently to get more details on. I have the '99 Jabba Glob version but skimped out on the '04 revamp of that mold. Jabba's Palace is the only shelf display I haven't made yet, waiting for the good Jabba Hasbro has been talking about getting out there for what must be years now.

As for the dais, I really hope they are including it (as I said, I need that piece for my shelf and either I have to scratch build one or make the rest of the shelf around the dimensions Hasbro settles upon) but if this is now for sure a standard battle pack I find it unlikely. The Clone Wars Jabba was an all-new sculpt with a completely rehashed figure and a completely rehashed accessory. For sure we are getting a brand-new Jabba and a brand-new figure (unless they can somehow rehash parts from the Slave Leia?) I don't see how they could put in a dais that is anything substantial...maybe it will wind up being a flimsy piece of packaging plastic a la the Lars Homestead base or Sarlaac Pit extension? That would stink, but I'd take it over nothing at all.

I thought they had talked about putting out a Jabba with Dais pack as an exclusive if they found the right place for gut says if this is a standard Battle Pack then the dais has been costed out of the equation.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:25 PM »
I just go with the standard "the best figure available" line and go from there. Example, VOTC Han, Leia, Tusken Raider, and Stormtrooper,  Saga2 3PO and Tarkin. EB Chewie. (VOTC has that ROTJ hairdo, after all, and I'm going for an "original" Chewie.) "Resurrgence of the Jedi BP" Luke, R2, and Old Ben. Legacy Vader. As far as the Jawas, I would personally go with the Commtech Jawa, just edging out the 30AC version.

Heck, on my 100 list there are still a few figures that haven't been made yet (I still really really want an ESB Chewie that has a sculpted on threepio pack as opposed to all the variatons of loose 3PO parts they've given us.)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 09:40 PM »
Nice Scott. Fascinating to see your list encompassing both trilogies and a little Clone Wars too.

As for everybody's not that hard, is it? I mean, I've played the same game picking the top 12 from each movie, too (Y'know, because of the classic Vintage 12). Would it be easier for you to go that route because it's a more managable list, or harder because it eliminates so many characters?

Here's my dozen from ANH:

1-R2 D2
2-C 3PO
3-Luke Skywalker
4-Han Solo
6-Princess Leia
7-Obi-Wan Kenobi
8-Darth Vader
10-Grand Moff Tarkin
12-Tusken Raider

Lines up pretty identical to the first Kenner line except for the Tarkin/Death Squad Commando either they got it pretty much right or that early exposure warped my priorities (like Greedo is just edged out by the Sand People, and I could really go either way.)

The Legacy Collection / Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 12:08 AM »
Okay, so the topic was raised as to what figures you would keep in your collection if limited to 100. Here's my's actually easier for me 'cause I have no problem chucking Prequel stuff. If anything it would be harder to part with some of the EU figures I have sought for so long.

Anyway, here's my list...

1-R2 D2
2-C 3PO
3-Rebel Fleet Trooper
5-Princess Leia
6-Darth Vader
7-Captain Antilles
9-Uncle Owen
10-Luke Skywalker
11-Aunt Beru
13-Gonk Droid
15-Tusken Raider
16-Obi-Wan Kenobi
17-Hem Dazon
19-Figrin Dan
20-Momaw Nadon
22-Ponda Baba
23-Dr. Evazan
25-Han Solo
27-Grand Moff Tarkin
28-Stormtrooper Han
29-Stormtrooper Luke
30-Death Star Trooper
31-X-Wing Luke
33-TIE Pilot
34-General Dodonna
35-Medal Ceremony Luke
36-Hoth Luke
37-Hoth Han
38-Hoth Leia
40-Imperial Probe Droid
41-General Riekaan
42-Captain Piett
43-Bren Derlin
44-Echo Base Trooper
45-AT AT Driver
47-General Veers
48-Dack Ralter
49-Zev Senesca
50-Bespin Han
51-Dagobah Luke
53-Boba Fett
54-IG 88
58-4 LOM
59-Lando Calrissian
61-Bespin Leia
62-Chewie w/ 3PO pack
64-Carbonite Block Han
65-Bespin Luke
66-Smuggler Lando
68-Moff Jerjerrod
69-Gammorrean Guard
70-Bib Fortuna
71-Jabba the Hutt
72-Klaatu (Woof)
74-Salacious Crumb
75-Max Rebo
76-Sy Snootles
78-Lando in Disguise
79-Ephant Mon
80-Hermi Odle
83-Ree Yees
86-The Emperor
87-Spirit Obi-Wan
88-Endor Han
89-Endor Leia
90-Admiral Ackbar
91-General Madine
92-Mon Mothma
93-Nien Nunb
95-General Lando
96-Scout Trooper
99-Emperor's Royal Guard
100-DSII Luke

Feel free to share your list.

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