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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:10 AM »
I would like all four Uzay things that seller had listed. Not going to happen.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:01 AM »
I apologize in advance to anyone I annoy, but this is such a sore spot for me. Rambling rant begins:

Not sure how Disney saying anything EU isn't canon means anything to me. I agree it will help writing the upcoming movies because they will have much more freedom, but otherwise who cares? Congrats to Disney for buying SW and getting to say what "did and didn't happen now" but the books/comics, etc. were written and I don't believe will evaporate before my eyes. So I still have them and enjoy them. I think people who don't like the EU take it way too seriously. If you don't like it, ignore it. I like the SW world continuing. I love this universe and like I get more. Of course it doesn't all fit. Numerous people have come up with it.

Sorry to break this to the EU haters, but Disney saying the EU didn't happen changes nothing. It did happen. I have the novels in my living room. I don't have any problem if you just like the six movies and that's it and want nothing to do with the other stuff, but I don't buy for a second it ruins the legacy of the OT. People understand those were brilliant films and always will be. You can still love the movies and get all the enjoyment from them you want with the novels existing. They are not hurting you experience.

Sorry too keep repeating myself, and know I will take a beating for this, but I can't wrap my head around the "celebrating" that Disney is going to cut certain EU from canon. It's a fake universe in which you can pick and choose what you like. Without the "new" stuff I don't think all these lines survive like they have until now.

For Disney's sake I totally understand. They need a basic history to go from for the next many years and trimming it down totally makes sense. But because what you read on Wookieepedia was dumb to you doesn't change that in the end these things were written with Lucasfilm's consent and did happen in the Star Wars universe and always will be a part of it.

Ok. I may have over-reacted to this, but it still rubs me the wrong way when people bad mouth something I love. If you think it's dumb and has crazy, appalling story lines then you've saved yourself a lot of time reading. I have enjoyed most every minute of it. Even the stuff I haven't liked doesn't ruin SW for me in any way.

Rambling rant over. Now I should just not read in this thread again so I don't make an ass of myself again. The End.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:25 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231130305342?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_646wt_1219

Up to $632 with just a few minutes to go...been watching this one all week.

I should have bought one a couple of years ago when I could have gotten it for less than half that. Still on my very short list of remaining vintage variants needed...

Can't believe my $10.49 bid didn't take that.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: January 12, 2014, 12:32 AM »
Just bought a cardback w/ bubble (No figure or coin) Droids Sise Fromm on ebay. Offered the guy a little more than 50% of his BIN price and he took it. I was thinking he would at least counter. I figure I will never have the figure itself so the cardback is better than nothing.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2014
« on: January 8, 2014, 02:08 PM »
Ouch for Biggio.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2014
« on: January 8, 2014, 01:37 PM »
I think you are spot on except I still don't think Morris is a HOFer.

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Recent Purchases
« on: January 6, 2014, 07:29 AM »
Finished "Crucible" last night. Liked it up until the climax and now I am really confused where the novels are going to go from here.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros and Bootlegs
« on: January 4, 2014, 10:02 PM »
As soon as I can figure what I'm doing wrong with posting a picture of Head Man, I will.

Got a carded Uzay Blue Stars figure today (repro of course).

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: January 3, 2014, 09:51 PM »
I snagged a carded Tusken with hollow cheeks recently and it finally arrived.  I'll try to get a picture out.  I've decided I want to snag a small head Han carded and a no-teeth Lando as well to round out the big carded variants.

Cool. I would just like a hollow cheeks loose for a reasonable price.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros and Bootlegs
« on: January 3, 2014, 04:16 PM »
Just finished "making" a Head Man. Very crudely done job by me with no customizing talent, but with the gold and black and then  the shield and the sword, I love how this thing looks. Have a custom Head Man cardback coming in the mail too.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: January 2, 2014, 11:36 PM »
Finally added a loose open belly Tauntaun to my collection.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2013-2014
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:07 PM »
Can't believe the Brown's Coach couldn't turn that franchise around in one season.  ::) ::) ::) ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:22 AM »
I just can't feel bad for anyone that used AFA.  I've always thought sending figures away to be graded was pretentious.   I have a pretty large vintage collection,  but I don't grades on them to show ...what? How great they are?  How much nicer they are than someone else's?   It's a worthless concept IMHO.

What you are about to read is very "rambling", mostly me typing my thoughts so read on at your own peril.

These percentages won't make sense, but I agree with you 80%, disagree 10% and am 10% offended.
For the most part what you say makes sense. That being said I have never used AFA, but the attraction to me to it is, using the huge assumption that has clearly been blown to pieces, that AFA is an AUTHORITY, then when someone buys something, especially online, you don't have to hope the picture and the seller's description are accurate. You have a (so called) Authority saying this is what shape the item is in. That has nothing to do with feeling pretentious about my toy being better than yours.

Having said that, my reason for liking the IDEA of AFA doesn't actually work because to me the reason AFA is ruining the vintage market, and thus I actually think this whole scam that started this conversation is bad for Palitoy/German collectors but good for the majority of us vintage carded collectors, is take Brianstoys for example:

Back in the day you could go to the website (or catalog then) and had many overpriced, but still manageable carded vintage figures to choose from. Now anything in decent condition has been sent to AFA, so you get charged the AFA cost plus now we decide the toy is worth 2, 3 times what it was when we just agreed it was in good condition. That is why AFA sucks to me and has poisoned the collecting community. It just makes the price unreasonable because AFA said it's in near mint condition. You end up paying for a number printed on a sticker.

Not that I don't think there are pretentious people who want to say "I have an AFA 90 Luke 12 back and your ungraded one that only looks like an 80 should bow down to mine" out there, but I don't think that is why AFA is bad.

I call myself a "loose collector who keeps his stuff in the package", because I like the packaging and the fact it keeps the stuff together, but am not that concerned about it's condition. That doesn't stop me from liking the idea of what AFA could have been.

Ok, I think my rambling is over.

P.S. My collection would bow down to your collection any day and feel honored Justin.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:28 AM »
That is sad. Especially considering the amount they charge, you'd hope that would equal the quality of customer service. Guess not.

what do they charge on average for a 3 3/4" scale Star wars figure?

It depends on what the value of the figure is.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 22, 2013, 01:50 PM »
I love my vintage carded collection and wouldn't change the decision to buy the 2/3 of the line I do have carded. With that being said, for the most part I have been fine with the creased cards and so on so I haven't spent nearly what I could have if I was buying so called "excellent" cardbacks and now thinking, "oh my God are these real?".

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