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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Great 2010 Collector's Challenge
« on: September 2, 2010, 11:54 AM »
I should probably stay away from this thread too, because I shudder to think what my annual budget is. Thousands I would estimate.

I don't really have a budget per se, I just try to buy everything as soon as I see it on the shelves. Around here if you blink it could be gone and never seen again. Sometimes it can be a real pain to juggle the $$$, but I can usually find a way to make it work. Just this past week I had to dump most of my TVC Wave 1 figures just so I could scrape up the cash to buy the new TCW Slave 1.

I really wanted to get all the new vintage stuff, even the vehicles, but the cost, and moreso the space considerations, dictate otherwise.

On the plus side, my REAL vintage collection is nearly complete, so I won't have to siphon money off for that much longer.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 2, 2010, 09:27 AM »
FINALLY scored my Yak Face POTF Collector's Coin last night on eBay. Not at all cheap, but long overdue. This completes my collection of vintage figures and coins. Still saving room for vinyl cape jawa and a few DT variants, but otherwise I am good to go now.

All that is left is the Death Star playset, AT-AT, and that @#$%&* Ewok Battle Wagon. I have lost more auctions on that stupid wagon that on any other single item ever on eBay.  >:(

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Epic Encounter" Ultimate BP
« on: September 1, 2010, 02:17 PM »
That's funny you should ask...those 2 packs they put out are literally the ONLY Clone Wars items, outside of repacked figures, I have never had any interest in purchasing. I buy plenty of other repacked items, like the Holocron Heist BP or the K-Mart exclusive Commando Clone set, but usually there is something special like a new diorama or battle card or some such thing to justify its inclusion in my collection.

Those 2 packs just never did anything for me though. I liked the exclusive ones Walmart had and bought those of course, but other than that, I just have zero interest.

As far as Euro exclusives, the only other TCW one I have of note is the "Legends of the Clone Wars" Multi-pack. (Another repack, but well-packaged and impossible to find on ebay, etc)

I'll try to snap some photos if possible...I just rearranged my whole collection the past few days so it is easy to find.

Sigh...alone with all my toys. It's kind of a sad image really.  :'(

Seriously though, if I was still single my collecting budget would probably be triple what it currently is. I actually know of a local collector around here who has a climate controlled mini-warehouse for his stash because it won't even fit into the house anymore. Yep, single dude.

Saw this wave on the pegs this morning at TRU, along with the Legacy of the Darkside 2-packs and the Rise of Boba Fett UBP. (Yep, major new swag all of a sudden)

I hate to say it, but I had to hop off the TVC bandwagon. I even went home and gathered up most of my Wave 1 figs and returned them to TRU. It was a hard call, I really like most of the figures and the whole vintage homage, but frankly I had to draw the line someplace. Space is becoming a serious consideration, not to mention the looming spectre of The Wife.

Good looking wave though, I may consider picking up a few openers here and there, if only for the UPC's.

Picked the Grievous set up this morning, loving it. I think I may even open this one.

IS this the only pre-cyborg Grievous figure released to date? I thought maybe there was another one, artists' conception or something like that.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:23 PM »
Sweet sassy molassey, TRU had the motherlode this morning!

TVW ROTS Wave, New Legacy 2-packs, and best of all - The Rise of Boba Fett UBP!

I could have dropped $200 in there easy...if I actually had it. I don't get paid again until Friday though, and since there was only 1 UBP on the shelf, I did not want to risk the wait. Hard choices time.

I spent a lot of time organizing my collection the past few days, and I ca,e to realize it is already out of hand. I had to draw the line somewhere, so TVC figures are now out, much as I love them and the spiffy cardbacks.

So I bit the bullet and returned most of my TVC Wave 1 figures to TRU, and with the $$$ I got back I was able to score the Boba Fett UBP and the Legacy of Grievous 2-pack I wanted.

LOVE the Boba Fett UBP...I am just cringing to take it out of the box.

Aw yeah, looks like my check was cashed this past Friday!  8)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Epic Encounter" Ultimate BP
« on: August 30, 2010, 01:55 PM »
Well, that was damn fast. My Toy Palace order actually arrived Saturday, just 8 days after I placed it.

I love this thing, just for the sheer weirdness. Not only is Obi-Wan's fighter a pre-TCW sculpt, Grievous' fighter appears to be too. I didn't notice that from previous pictures.

I am now officially, 100% caught up with everything Clone Wars related with the exception of the Boba Fett UBP which has not arrived here in town yet.  ;D

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 30, 2010, 01:50 PM »
Not much of a score, but I finally picked up the two folding cardboard inserts to keep my Land of Jawas' Sandcrawler upright. That only took about eight months.  ::)

Slow going right now otherwise.

I found this set this morning in NJ.

Awesome, congrats dude!

(...contemplates mileage from VA to NJ...hmmm)

Actually, even if I found this thing right now I could not afford it. The Epic Encounters UBP has used up all my discretionary income until the next paycheck.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage "Bounty Hunt" Foil Cards
« on: August 27, 2010, 10:14 AM »
These (ROTS wave) are starting to hit on the west coast.

Blurb on the front page says PA too...which lucky bastages found them there?

Might be a good weekend for a road trip!  ;D

I don't know, this one is really confounding me. From the RS pic posted today, it really seems like it might be a slightly different R2.

I guess I will have to pull out one of my old ones for comparison. I don't have a good recollection of this figure.

As a diehard TCW completist, I am strongly opposed to this. Keep the lines separate. It's bad enough they put L8-L9 and the Hawkbat Battalion trooper in the realistic line. I am STILL trying to find both of those. It makes it really really difficult for completists to insure they have everything.

I don't know why Hasbro feels the need to try and cross-pollinate the TCW line with the other stuff; it does just fine on its own. I don't think they need to spend any more energy trying to appeal to the Vintage/Legacy collector market.

Plus, IMHO the stuff just doesn't look good when rendered in a non-animated style. That old "realistic" Durge they put out was horrible...looked nothing like the character from the Tartakovsky series.

What exactly did Curto say? I don't do Podcasts and they seem reluctant to transcribe...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: The Clone Wars Season 3 House Party!
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:49 AM »
WTF?!?! Why have I never heard of this before? It's an AWESOME idea.

I tried to sign up too but apparently it is too late.

That's a lot of free swag - congrats!

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