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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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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 22, 2013, 01:02 PM »
That is sad. Especially considering the amount they charge, you'd hope that would equal the quality of customer service. Guess not.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:30 AM »
I still think these are too little book in way too much movie. Still enjoyed it as I did the first one, but the LOTR Trilogy, one book, one movie, not just about cash grab was soooo much better.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:52 PM »
I read as much as I could handle. All I can say is I'm glad I haven't spent a lot of money on foreign carded figs.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:13 AM »
I've been stewing more about the way your figs were shipped to you Justin and I'd be super pissed if I were you. I get annoyed when things I buy on ebay aren't packaged well and I'm talking tops $30. The guy had to know what he had, I assume you paid a significant amount of cash for them and I'm sure he could have "splurged" on some bubble wrap or something. Don't have much more to say than that, but that's crazy to me.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:27 AM »
Nice score on the Uzay TIE Pilot.  Is the figure different than the US or just the packaging?

It's an ATAT Driver painted black with some red. Same as Uzay did back in the day from what I gathered on uzaystarwars website. Certainly different than the regular vintage version. They even made his weapon look like the Uzay one.

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