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The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:28 PM »
Hi guys. I'm not new here, but it sure may seem that way.

When you talk about collectors whose interest has dropped, you are referring to me. I collected Star Wars as a kid back in the early 80s right up till the bitter end of the original Power of the Force. I jumped right back in in '95. I bought everything up until the prequels started coming out, and then started to pick and choose, while maintaining an OT interest that precluded me passing any of that stuff up. I have fond memories of POTJ and even fonder of OTC in '04. Looking back on it, I didn't buy much of that year's offerings, but it was a joy to see the stuff at the store.

I took off most of '05 due to disinterest in the ROTS line, although some stuff like Tarkin and 3P0 kept me checking the pegs. I bought a few Wookiees to use as placeholders for the Thrawn trilogy characters I have longed for.

'06 was fun, the new Saga was made a lot more interesting to me because I avoided the forums and the websites and stumbled on figures for the first time at the store like I had as a kid. I'll never forget seeing Foul Moudama at the store...a Talz at retail!!!

By '07 I came back to the web and followed the 30AC from here, never getting too involved and happily finding everything I wanted. It was around this time that I had my collector epiphany: Hasbro was never going to stop making figures, and didn't seem about to slow down either. I didn't want everything they made, but I was still emotionally invested in every new wave and wanted to support the line. JACKOFTRADZE called it an abusive relationship and he's right: we just keep on playing the role of codependent. To make sense of it all I made a Master List of all the figures I ever wanted, figuring that in due time Hasbro will make all of them (plus a whole lot more that I could remain emotionally disinterested in.) This did wonders for my collector angst, and help me really focus in on what my collection was to me.

'08 Found me watching the Legacy line's arrival with trepidation. There was pretty much nothing announced that fit my new criteria (except the impressive Falcon) and I had to settle for the thought of having the year off. Once the stuff started hitting I really lost interest with keeping up with the updates and basically bailed. I blamed a lot of my disappointment on having gotten so involved here again, and having spoiled the new figure finds. So I stopped paying so much attention. I knew up through the Tatooine wave of earlier this year, and after that and the Yavin Battle Pack I was happy as "done until I see something still on my Master List."

The past few months have shown me some Empire figures I resisted except for Needa (from the List!) and just a couple weeks ago a Snowspeeder Luke. The master list is holding at 30 or so strong. I still look in the toy aisles, and checking out the Toy Fair coverage here I like the looks of the new stuff I saw even if I know I won't buy any of it except Dack.

In short, I still feel like a collector (little c for sure) but one who has gotten little support from Hasbro these past few years. I can't justify buying the same things again (Legends) or the new cartoon toys (since that's a separate entity to me), I no longer get even a few of the prequel figures, and the OT stuff I "need" is not lining up very well with what Hasbro is producing. In effect, I am what is killing the line. Sorry.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: February 8, 2010, 10:06 PM »
After a lull of several months (not to mention a year or so break from the boards here!) I bought my first figure in quite a while...the new Snowspeeder Luke.

I haven't taken him out of the package yet, and I have this strange guilty feeling that I ought to actually return it. Time will tell, he is one of the figures missing from my refocused collection, but are my collecting days over for real?

TV-9D9 / Re: Animated OT-Era Show: Would You Like To See It?
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:50 AM »
I myself would be much more interested in a series simply called "Star Wars" than a "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron" series, but stick it in the timeline between ANH and ESB and that gives plenty of opportunity for Rogue-centered stories, as Luke and Wedge were the leaders of the group at the time. Just let's not make it a show about Janson, Hobbie, and Zev from the get-go.

The show absolutely would have to get into minor characters to make it work in the long run, but the whole appeal to me of an OT-era show is the original heroes in further adventures, something that (other than the Marvel comics) has been sorely overlooked in the EU. And I know kids would eat up more of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie. It almost writes itself.

I also would be disappointed to see a "Shadows of the Empire" series, as that would discount Han Solo from the mix, and pretty much that whole story-arc has already been told.

Modern Classifieds / Evolutions ROTS Pilot up for grabs
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:27 PM »
Here's the deal:

Myself and DoctorPadawan are interested in splitting an evolutions imperial pilots set. It would be great if we could find a taker for the ROTS pilot, as neither of us needs him. I'm asking for 7 bucks to cover the cost of the figure, and I'll take care fo the rest.

PM me if you're interested, and first come, first seve.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: September 8, 2008, 11:14 AM »
That's a pretty neat variation/upgrade in the figure. Wish I had waited to get the new version.

Between this and the Luke/Han Comic Stormtrooper deco changes last year...and the Mara Jade neck fix...I'm starting to get the feeling it's better to wait out the first release of a comic pack I want.

Case in point, I have been drooling over the chance to buy Talon Karrde and Admiral Thrawn since the set was announced. With the recent news that Thrawn's sculpted gloves are painted to match his flesh tone, I was slightly bummed. So do I pass this set up in the hopes that the problem gets fixed in a revision case later on, or grab it when I see it like I know I will be compelled to?

The Legacy Collection / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: September 8, 2008, 11:08 AM »
I am yet to see the Rebel Pilots II set, but the Imperial Pilots set is almost a shelfwarmer around here. I haven't picked it up yet because other than the ROTS guy, the set really doesn't interest me at all.

Same here, except I would only be interested in the EU Biggs.

(Okay, anybody want the AOTC Pilot so we can divvy this set up?)

I have passed on the Rebel Pilots I set everytime, just because I really don't like the looks of that ugly Ten Nunb...he's way too tall, his head always seems to be painted horribly, and of course he is in the wrong color flight suit. I wouldn't mind the Dorovio Bold figure, and I actively want the Wes Janson figure, but I'm having trouble justifying the 20 bucks for one-and-a-half figures.

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Big Vehicles - Did You Buy Them?
« on: September 6, 2008, 02:56 PM »

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: September 5, 2008, 02:28 PM »
Muftak's Legacy purchase #2--Millenium Falcon last night. Woo hoo!

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Big Vehicles - Did You Buy Them?
« on: September 5, 2008, 02:26 PM »
I bought the Falcon last night at the urging of my wife, who was tired of hearing me talk about getting it. Now she's gonna get tired of hearing it, instead. :D

TV-9D9 / Re: Animated OT-Era Show: Would You Like To See It?
« on: September 3, 2008, 11:51 AM »
I'd love to see a show that covers adventures between Eps IV and V. Luke the novice Jedi, Han the reluctant rebel, Leia being used as a symbol for the Alliance now that Alderaan is gone. Wedge the everyman. Vader hunting, always hunting. Maybe an episode about Lando winning Cloud City.

Basically, stories like the old Marvel series, but with the 20/20 hindsight of knowing exactly where we are going.

After seeing the Clone Wars movie and thinking how neat an experience that was, the only down side that came to mind was how much more I (and presumably the general public as well) would have enjoyed a "classic" Star Wars, Luke-and-Han story, since we're adding on outside of the Saga itself now. Who knows, maybe someday we can have such an animated movie and show, once the infrastructure is built.

I get the site just fine on my ****** old computer running Explorer...

The Legacy Collection / Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« on: September 2, 2008, 05:15 PM »
The short answer: mostly no.

The long answer: I collect OT above all, and I have grown bored with reissues of vintage sculpts. I bought the original POTF2 offerings of all the vehicles (except the Falcon and the X-Wing, both of which had aged too badly for my tastes), and only broke my streak when the Target exclusive Skiff and Y-Wing were impossible to find in my area. I did eventually get both via eBay, but right around them I stopped having an active display area, and buying vehicles became too much work/not enough fun.

In the post '99 era, I have bought very few vehicles, namely: Saga Dagobah X-Wing, Saga Landspeeder, Saga TIE Bomber, Saga2 Imperial Shuttle (was actually a gift), the OTC Y-Wing, and lastly the Legacy Falcon.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: My New Book is Out!
« on: September 2, 2008, 08:19 AM »
Get the DCPI and we can all bug our local Targets to bring something else other than Star Wars toys out of the back room!

Congrats Mike, it looks like fun!

Any idea as to why there is a leg hole on the bottom half of the astro droids?  Is that for a really tall astro? Or a 4 legged astro?  Or is there some other add on piece or an old mold thing?  Just curious if anyone has any ideas.

I think the consensus is tthey were designed with an extra hole on purpose to add a little flexibility and "playability" to the Droid Factory droids. Adam Pawlus had pics up of a Frankendroid he assembled out of Astro and C-3PX parts...basically you can build your own droid with astro legs in the bottom holes and protocol arms in the top.

I'm not gonna get much of anything out of waves 1-4, so I'm probably going to wind up with my own funky Frankendroids.

And I really hope Hasbro carries the same peg size forward on any newly sculpted droids (like the new WED droid next year) so the parts can swap out for all sorts of fun.

Well of the Souls / Re: Is the line a Success?
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:10 PM »
The silver linging of the continued presence of Idol Indy is that perhaps he is being painted better now?

I haven't picked up any Indy figures yet, and my collection is likely to only contain an Idol Indy, Henry, and Short Round. I have passed on every Idol Indy I've seen (and yet dutifully look every time I happen to see one in the wild) because of those hideous eye paint jobs.

This should be a revision case, though, not the launch case of a new wave. I feel bad for the die-hard Indy collectors.

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