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Found these this weekend, my TRU had the endcap and what must've been 5 or 6 cases worth between it and the aisle. I was pretty happy to find them at 5 bucks a pop, too.

Pretty dissappointed in the already yellowing Spacetroopers, though. Now I'm hoping he gets a rerelease down the line so we get better plastic. Happy as a clam to actually own Jaina and Jacen figures, those are two from my EU wish list I never thoought I'd see, and after the scary talk a week ago, I was ready to dash my hopes for a second time rather than jump through hoops or pay exorbitant prices for them.

I wish the repack figures had worked out better for me as far as putting together a complete BG droid...I might have picked up an R2 or Chewie or Obi Wan if they were worth the while. (As it stands, I need arms!) A funny thing that occurred to me is if this is the only case ratio we ever see of this wave (as I believe it is) then Hasbro actually had to make twice as many of the BG droid as any of the figures they decided were worth selling to us. Kind of amusing.

All in all, I'm pleased with how this wave ended up. I am done with Legacy now, and good riddance! I give the collection as a whole a D+. Do better with the Vintage line, please!

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Collect All 92! / Re: Walrus Man
« on: May 10, 2010, 12:37 AM »
Vintage Walrus Man was really one of my favorites...I remember hearing that Cantina Alien figures were coming, and really hoping for the band...I was kind of disappointed by who we got instead, but whatever. Walrus Man was always a buffoon in my stories, and I remember he would get called "Buttface" a lot. The joke was on everyone else, though, if there was some swimming to do!

We definitely need a modern update of this guy and his partner Evazan. Even the Cantina Bar retool is pretty crappy now. And let's not forget the total suck that was the disco posed version form the first Cantina Cinema Scene. I think I threw it away as soon as I opened the set!

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Collect All 92! / Re: Snaggletooth
« on: May 10, 2010, 12:28 AM »
I vividly recall finding vintage Red Snaggletooth on the pegs for the first time at a Toys R Us...I'm almost positive he was the last Star Wars figure I got. I, too, was blown away by the update since I already had the Blue Snag. I really liked the new version...I remember playing that they were father and son, and Red Snag would cause a lot of trouble.

POTJ Zutton was one of the first figures I actively scoured for...everything else had seemed to come easy up to the end of POTJ. Later on he became fairly common, and I seem to recall a head-color variation that was funky looking.

For my money, Vintage is definitely a cross between Zutton and Takeel. Whenever I saw Takeel sitting next to Han's booth I would think "there's Snaggletooth." I would much rather see an update of Takeel over Zutton on a vintage card, even though the picture wouldn't "match" the Vintage version.

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Collect All 92! / Re: Blue Snaggletooth
« on: May 2, 2010, 09:21 PM »
Count me in the camp that had one...thanks to my parents getting my brother and I the Sears set for christmas. I believe he is still in my basement packed away with the few cherished childhood playthings I've kept too...but he looks nowhere near as good as the pics posted here so far, the silver boots are almost rubbed off.

I didn't pick up the KMart set for the modern version as it didn't wow me and I had already kitbashed a Blue Snag out of a POTF2 Takeel head (with hair painted black) on a POTF2 Garindan body painted the appropriate blue and silver. That could stand an update to the SAGA2 version, and I'd prefer to do that over tracking down the "official" release.

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Collect All 92! / Re: Hammerhead
« on: April 29, 2010, 11:09 PM »
Yeah, Hammerhead figured into my stories as a kid...probably because of all the Cantina aliens they gave us, he was the freakiest-looking with the tiniest bit of screen time and therefore I could do what I wanted with him. He was always a bad guy...heck every alien was a bad guy (Out of turn, I'll admit to getting my mail-in Admiral Ackbar with his funny stick and immediately having him sword-fight with Luke Skywalker and try to destroy the Rebels.)

I really like the Saga2 Hammerhead and won't be seeking out an update...they would probably screw up a more articulated version with poofy cloth robes or something. Bah! The further along we get in this the more I detest "soft goods." As Jesse said though, I can't knock the Cantina Bar version or the original POTF2 version (with his outlandish pacifist's BFG,) both are solid figures in their own right, if not as authentic as the most recent release. No stinker here!

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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.

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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 figures...it 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.

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / 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.

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Collect All 92! / Re: Sand People
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:13 PM »
I had the vintage one as a kid...one 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 toy...man 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 stores...as 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.

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

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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 robe...it'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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