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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: April 3, 2012, 09:05 AM »
Thanks Dale!

I have another pic to post with all my loose vintage figs, LMK if I need to do anything different to get that one up too. It's not terribly impressive but it's taken me over a year to even get this far, so baby steps.  :)

So yeah, I had posted about DT Luke recently but the VC Jawa is the new crown jewel of my collection, and by far the most expensive item of the lot.

I picked up both on eBay. DT Luke was sort of an impulse deal...I bid just over the latest bid with a few minutes to go and ended up getting it. I'm fine with him...a little paint loss here and there but no obvious defects, has good tight limbs and the saber is in pretty decent shape.

I had actually bid on a different VC Jawa about 10 days ago that I just missed out on, so I was kind of bummed. I have been watching these for awhile now and the prices do not seem to dip much. I actually found a listing for one at night that had just been posted, was a BIN auction which normally I avoid like the plague but sometimes you can work those to your advantage. I spent some time that evening researching the seller and the item itself so I could verify 100% the authenticity, at least as best I could. Everything checked out, the seller had perfect feedback and had a number of high dollar SW items up for sale, so I went ahead and bit.

I got it for at least $100 less than I have seen any other loose ones go for on eBay the past couple of months, at least any ones from reputable sellers that did not seem fishy in any way. So even though it was a LOT of dough to drop at once I don't feel like I got raped or anything, and after receiving it I was able to confirm that it was in fact the real deal. (Went to far as to actually scratch the cape with my finger and compared it to the WAV file on SWCA to verify)

So I'm really happy with these recent puchases, along with my carded DROIDS C-3PO and A-Wing Pilot. I JUST missed on picking up a carded DROIDS Fett a couple weeks back, so this helped soothe the pain.

Not many gaps now, outside of stuff like DT Ben and Vader, and Vlix of course. Picking up the VC Jawa has sort of re-ignited my vintage interest again though, so I think I'm going to get back into the variant thing again for awhile. This week I picked up a couple of new ones, the Imperial Commander (Long neck + smooth jacket) and that white droid with the circle on his one hip. (Sorry, at work and can never remember his name)

I swear, I could keep going and going with just the vintage variants...what a slippery slope!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars on Spike TV
« on: April 2, 2012, 11:44 PM »
I saw the ROTJ scene with Corpsey! Perfect timing!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 27 (2012 Wave 2)
« on: April 2, 2012, 11:37 PM »
Well said Nick, that makes sense...I agree that the retailer situation is the big gray area in that equation. For example, I've seen the Blu-Ray figures at several Walmarts over the past few weeks, but nary a whiff of them at Target or TRU.

I haven't really seen any new stuff shipping at all recently outside of that Deleted scene stuff. It's a weird landscape right now.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: April 2, 2012, 11:26 PM »

Wow, this is so frustrating...I cannot get any of my pics to post. What am I doing wrong? I inserted the hyperlink to where the photo is saved on Flickr between the two [img] prompts, but nothing is displaying?

I have a cool new addition to my vintage collection I was hoping to share, but it's not the same without visuals.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: General Rieekan watch at RiteAid
« on: April 2, 2012, 11:23 PM »
What's crazy is they had the exact same figure at the Walgreen's close to my old house, at least up until a few months ago...I have not been by there in awhile. Would not surprise me at all if he was still there though.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 27 (2012 Wave 2)
« on: April 2, 2012, 12:54 PM »
I was going to post this in the 2012 Wave 3 thread, but there does not appear to be one?

Some new carded shots up over at JTA this morning, apparently the 3rd 2012 wave is already hitting over in Manila or Singapore or whatever.

Random thoughts:

Do the stores in that country do a better job clearing out pegwarmers or what? Most stores around here couldn't even find a place to cram more CW figures on the pegs because of all that festering Wave 1 detritus.

When did they get Wave 2 over there? JTA is always on about this 2-4 week delay from figures arriving over there to them hitting here but that seems completely unpredictable to me.

Where are they slotting the new Fox, Maul, etc? Is this part of an unannounced fourth wave coming later this Fall?

Other Collectibles / Re: Weird Stuff
« on: March 30, 2012, 11:12 PM »
Wow...that is incredibly disturbing.

I stopped by TRU over lunch and noticed they are running another Buy One Get One Half Price on all SW figures, playsets, and vehicles. Good for today and tomorrow only. (Fri & Sat, 3/30-3/31)

Absolutely nothing there worth buying though.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:06 AM »
I was able to get the Scuba Clone mini-rig this morning at Walmart.  They also had the Anakin mini-rig, but I passed on that one for now.

Wow, I did not realize until this post that you are in fact RegJr over at RS. We are getting a lot of the same crew posting now in both forums, that's cool.

Great score!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 28, 2012, 05:02 PM »
Ordered the Castas Speed Bike from and got... the Castas speeder bike. I was happy.

How much?

I picked up the Walmart gift set for like $4 on clearance today.

How much is that TCW Deluxe set with Castas pictured there?

My Walmart has one too that they stubbornly insist on keeping at full price.  >:(

I saw a couple of the Astromech sets tonight out and about as well.

What is much harder to find is that Deleted Scene wave. Those do not seem to linger at all.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:36 AM »
I want to know who these people are dropping 13K on an action figure.

I want to know what their background is, what they do for a living, if they are married, etc.

I spend some ridiculous $$$ on toys, but that is a whole other ballpark.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:59 PM »
Good discussion, good points by all.

Re: customs, yeah, like Jesse, I am not really keen on people selling these, if it's something you do on your own for kicks, I don't have a problem but selling them seems like it crosses some kind of line, IMHO.

Re: Vlix, I didn't mean to make an exception in his case, I was only trying to think of an example of something I could easily imagine someone wanting but which is relatively unobtainable. But yeah, not down with the Vlix customs floating around out there either.

Re: unearthed warehouse of Yak-Faces - this is a great example of something I think would be awesome but I can definitely see irking some collectors. I'm not that guy though, if something happens like that I would only be happy for the people who scored. Possibly a little remorseful but definitely not bitter.

Ultimately I'm not sure how much I care about this stuff either, my vintage collection is more or less complete now, but in an abstract sense I guess I just hate the thought of new collectors having to struggle with this stuff as they try to build their collections. There's a lot to be mindful of unfortunately, with all the crap out there.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:15 AM »
I can't help but disagree, I think any bootleg or unlicensed repro figure/accessory is a cheap abomination and they should all be banned like asbestos. It's someone exploiting the public and making money off someone else's intellectual property without paying them their fair due. Has nothing to do with elitism, IMO, just a desire to protect the integrity of the hobby and the largely unsuspecting public.

Some figures are going to command a premium, sure, but not everyone HAS to have everything, right? If you can't afford it, that's ok. I have never seen it as a competitive thing.

I guess I can understand people wanting to have a knock-off Vlix for kicks, but the risk and potential problems with stuff like that circulating is just too great. There are always going to be shady dirtbags who try to pass them off as the real thing, or at the very least are purposefully dubious about their origins.

If these things were officially licensed and clearly identifiable as modern reproductions, like the recent rocket firing Fett Hasbro did, that is another story. There's no chance of mistaking those for an original.

Just my two cents, as a true vintage enthusiast...there are some folks over at RS who take that stuff VERY seriously, which I'm sure will surprise no one.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 27 (2012 Wave 2)
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:36 PM »
Wow, just saw the new loose shots of these up at JTA, and boy do they SUCK.

Apparently "articulation" has fallen out of the Hasbro lexicon when it comes to this line. Swivel legs? No torso or wrist action? Bulky oversized helmets that are not even removable? Eesh.

And they didn't even fix Aayla's goofy face. :(

I've never felt LESS excited about this line, honestly. I barely even want to buy these things, much less pick up doubles for opening. I don't care about the characters, and to make it worse they're not even doing a competent job with the smal handful of figures they do pick to make.

Bleak year.

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