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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:50 AM »
Thanks guys, I am working on cataloguing my vintage stuff now and clean-up and pics are next on the agenda. (Then finding a suitable long term storage option - no room to display, unfortunately)

I kinda dig the bargain's a bit tedious, but there are some good scores to be had out there if you know how to look.

BTW, I got my B-Wing in the mail Friday and this thing blew me away. Never had it as a kid, but the design is marvelous, and it has some serious heft. One of my favorite pieces so far, for sure. Also convinces me more than ever that the Twilight could be rendered just as awesomely if Hasbro would give it a shot.

My original goal for completing my vintage collection was August-September, now I'm thinking June/July, if all goes well. Some of the remaining items are pretty hard to come by, not to mention pricey as hell. Imperial Sniper will be a tough get, methinks.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:47 PM »
Didn't Hasbro sort of attempt that back in 2003 with the Clone Wars line? The ships were cool but I thought the character renditions were horrible. Durge in particular was a trainwreck compared to the Tartakovsky inspired version. I don't think they sold all that well either as my recollection is that this line was pretty short-lived.

It's a novel concept, but also my worst nightmare, frankly. I would definitely lose all interest in the TCW offerings if they went "realistic". I just don't think you can render animated characters well in a realistic style. It's true kids might buy them no matter what, but I think the animated style is sort of unique and holds its own offbeat appeal.

I do think you'll see the positive impact you are looking for when the live action show arrives. Those will likely inspire a whole new line in the realistic style, and likely help boost the associated realistic lines as well.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:52 PM »
Holocron Heist and Jedi Showdown are literally the last 2 pieces of TCW swag I need until August. I'm hoping these will be hitting here locally just as hard...I was away all weekend and did 0 runs.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:50 PM »
Finally snagged a nice A-Wing Pilot on Saturday night for a better than average price. The auction listing did not include the hyphen, so I think that helped. (If you search eBay on "A-Wing" it won't display listings for "A Wing" apparently)

The last few remaining figures on my want list are going to be pricey, so I'm looking at knocking out a few more of the remaining playsets first. Only 15 items total to go and I'm done. :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:59 PM »
Great success today...I scored all of TCW Wave 3 at only my fourth stop this morning. Walmart had a single case freshly stocked on the pegs, so I got all 4.  ;D

Thanks again to all for the head's up these were hitting, I wouldn't have thought to start checking so early otherwise.

Still no sign of the new BP waves, but I'm not about to complain.

I REALLY like the MagnaGuard, an exceptional upgrade IMO. Snow Rex is a little less cool than I had expected, mine looks a little goofy because one of the ear flaps is a bit splayed out. The Droid and Snowbi are solid if unspectacular.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:51 AM »
In the latest round of Q&A, Hasbro alluded to making less of the Sport Skiff compared to the other selections in this wave, or something to that effect. Anyone else catch that?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:26 AM »
You magnificent bastards...I salute you all!

Taking a half day tomorrow just in the hopes of tracking these down...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 18, 2010, 03:19 PM »
Thanks, that makes sense...I figured it had to be something like that. For some reason I guess I imagined that the lettering and date was not part of the mold, but some kind of imprint applied after the casting process. Not the case, I see.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:58 PM »
Thanks Jayson!

Wish we had some JD peeps in Florida to update on this...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:56 PM »
Interestingly, I have seen TONS of TCW Wave 3 here recently, mostly in Targets, but Wave 2 has completely disappeared. I really wanted another Hondo and Aayla for openers, but you can't find any of that wave anywhere around here anymore. I never even saw this wave hit at Walmart. I saw them first at TRU and snagged them, but they never restocked after that first case. I saw a few more at Target but they didn't last long and were definitely never in the numbers that I have seen for Wave 3.

I'm starting to wonder if those will ever trickle out again.

Oh, and like others, I have seen a recent glut of older TCW waves hit the shelves, mostly that horrid Padme assortment. I think something must have gone down at the warehouse and they had to dump those in a hurry.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:27 AM »
Should I be alarmed that my vintage TIE Interceptor is stamped 1978, but the box says 1983? I assume this is just some kind of generic licensing date and not an actual release date stamp?

I got this in the mail yesterday and it is super awesome, great condition, but I found the date thing a little odd. My Vader TIE has the same thing though, so maybe it's just a generic stamp.

I caught that too...very interesting. One would have to assume the Aurra Sing/Pre Viszla batch is Wave 1, so what happened to Wave 2? Why would they skip over that entirely to show a few random selections from a later wave? I'm not complaining or anything, it's always great to get sneak peeks, I just found that curious.

That camo clone just got released in the new GH wave, BTW...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:21 AM »
Read over in the 'scum forum that this wave has hit retail in FL.

I got Web-Sensed, can you tell a brother which store? :)


The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 17, 2010, 12:06 PM »
From the few searches I've done lately on Ebay I've noticed how a lot of auctions are dominated by "Buy it Now" sellers with frankly unrealistic expectations.  I don't know whether that's a reflection of the auctions I'm looking at, a change of selling style by sellers, or whether the auction sellers have left the site because of policy changes (like JJ mentioned).

"Wildly unrealistic expectations" is how I would describe it. I agree 100% - this is just lazy and greedy, IMO. Do some research and see what stuff is actually selling for before slapping some insane price tag on your auction.

I wish I could post some examples here but eBay is blocked for me at work.

One of the most irritating things for me on the retail landscape right now is the low quantities of new stuff stores are ordering. They get a case of new stuff, it sells out quickly, and then nothing. I think if they ordered larger quantities of new stuff and put it all out on the shelves at once they would have more sales and less junk hanging around. Target seems to have noticed this lately as I have seen more multi-case displays for the new TCW stuff (well, Wave 2 anyway) but not so much Walmart. TRU is just bizarre. They get a new case of figures here and once that sells it takes MONTHS to restock the same wave.

They need to understand there is a limited window of collector interest. This is why most of the DVD's in stores are new stuff, not old titles. Keep it fresh, and people will become regular customers. (I know it's a lot more complicated than that but this was just an idle rant)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:54 PM »
You can see the lack of interest in fan forums and even eBay as all SW prices have dropped like no tomorrow. They do more harm by having such long droughts.

That's interesting, I am an avid eBayer and I have noticed just the opposite with the vintage auctions. Those prices have really skyrocketed since the end of last year. Maybe collectors are using the lull to fill in gaps with their older stuff?

I don't have a problem with $100 for a Blue Snags, but $60+ for a lousy A-Wing pilot?!?! That is discouraging.

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