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Of course, 20 years from now, who knows how current stuff will age? Might be puddles of goo. And lots of discoloration, as flourescent light bulbs become standard in households.

IMHO, it's "apples and oranges" on detail and decoration. 30 years later, everything should be better in those departments.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: The Street Date Debate
« on: August 7, 2010, 11:46 PM »
3 Wal-Marts within 20 minutes of me. One had a few new vehicles. That was it. One had no figures at all (its the worst of the three for finding anything). One had two Clone Wars Anakin versions. The other had lingering BAD leftovers and 2 IG assassin droids (the smallest and most "ghetto" of the three, best for finding figures).

Vintage was a better toy line. Because I liked to be able to put Chewie in the X-Wing. If you have to ask why I would want to, I wonder if you were ever really a kid. Most of the characters were designed to sit (something a supposed "super articulated clone trooper" has problems with.)

Vintage figures hold up better, less parts to loose. I knew when ball joint heads and swivel wrists became common, we'd see loose, kid-owned figures with those parts missing. And I have seen them, at yard sales and on ebay.

They had vehicles and playsets that will never be remade in modern: Dagobah, Star Destroyer, Death Star, Ewok village, Rebel Transport, Imperial attack base, droid factory, the real dewback  :P, Jabba's Dungeon, Bespin Cloud City, Hoth Rebel Command Base, Land of the Jawas, Hoth Ice Planet (okay, those last 5 sucked... ;) )

Modern has better action figures (finally, it was touch and go with POTF2).

Looking back on the 70's-80's Kenner line, it seems ridiculous that there was only one Vader, one Obi-Wan and one Tattooine Luke, all with permanent retractable lightsaber arms. Luke couldn't even hold a blaster...or not well, anyway!

And the later lightsabers were pathetic looking, even for the era, colored sticks that were too short.

Yeah, young kids and cardboard aren't a good combo. That's why I can't even remember my vintage Land of Jawas "sandcrawler" or the inserts for the Death Star.

As for diorama packaging, I've used the Indiana Jones one from the second cargo truck release, Cairo street. That was a good one.

As for Star Wars, I've only acquired one, the Clone Wars Dooku speeder bike. I'm debating it, because it's small and you have to tear up the package. I'm nutty; I save all the packages. I need to go on a blister bubble removing spree someday, they take up a lot of storage.

Collect All 92! / Re: AT-AT Driver
« on: August 5, 2010, 06:51 PM »
Had five vintage ones at some point. One original, two used (one missing his lower right leg!) and two later new ones with softer arms. Enough for one AT-AT! But there were mini-rigs for them to operate and that Imperial cruiser/transport thing.

Never owned either POTF2 versions.

I think they wasted tooling over-updating the driver by making the BAD release, lower legs and new arms were all that was needed. Waist is nice to have...should've been on the Saga to begin with, but could live without it. BAD release is fairly tall, too. I did like the softer harness on BAD, as I broke my Saga one's harness on one side, by doing some crazy thing like having him sit down (Star Wars figures ain't made to sit, man!). I don't understand those harness/straps purposes anyway.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: August 4, 2010, 11:12 PM »
$11 Storm Commando and General Weir comic pack at Wal-Mart. Not a great bargain, but...

TRU.  Brick and mortar.  AT-AT $99.99.

In front of the wife, which took balls.

Has she given them back yet?  :D

Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: 2010 Legends Figures
« on: August 3, 2010, 08:54 AM »
May not be that weird. Consider that the regular (non-officer) red battle droid is part of the upcoming second wave of Geonosis Arena two-packs. The recent shots of those figures show the droid with corrected eyes. The officer droid isn't in those packs, and so they may not have changed the spray ops for it.

I've yet to see the droid 2-pack. I have a feeling it's going to be harder to find than other Legends. The previous ,barely articulated battle droid 2-pack releases were never peg warmers, not around here anyway.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 1, 2010, 10:04 PM »
$4?  Wow.

I finally found Aurra and Pre Vizsla this weekend, but still no sign of the Mando Cop. 

Funny, because it seems he's the one starting to accumulate. It's pretty early to say that, but I've seen him more than anyone.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 1, 2010, 07:38 PM »
I found Dooku on his speeder bike for around $4 at Target. Pretty nice set. Never worth $16, but a nice set.


Nah I think he's talking about those regular 4 figure packs.  Isn't there one coming out with a couple snowies and Vader and a winter biker scout and an E-web or something?

I might have just made that up but I think i saw pics of those.

No, that's right. But just one Snowtrooper with tripod laser, one scout with bike and  ::) Vader. I briefly considered it today for $19.99 at Target before just buying one Snowtrooper on Legends card. Compare that battle pack to the 2005 Hoth Imperial set which included 4 figure, the tripod gun and the probe droid.  :(

BTW, Not sure it's known yet but the Snowtrooper no longer has the excessively wide stance the last Saga Legends release had (from those Hoth Scouts, no doubt). Downside, it has the full helmet dust spray over and the other weathering. I'd like them clean someday.

Also, I got the new weapons batch with the sandtrooper rifle. I managed to see it was included. It's hard to make out in the package, but you can see the chunky clone commando gun or the rifle's strap.

It must've started today. Good for those Clone army packs and the Imperial Hoth set...well, maybe. If you'd had your fill of Vader that means 1 Hoth Scout trooper with bike and one Hoth stormtrooper with tripod cannon. You might be better off getting 3 Snowtroopers for $6.99 each. I say that because the Hoth Scout looks odd to me.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: July 31, 2010, 07:15 PM »
Is this gonna be the first year since ROTS without a Republic Gunship release?

I'm still not clear why they didn't release the gunship with (or even without) doors in the 2009 deluxe series instead of that Imperial ARC 170. The gunship is something kids and parents would recognize. 

The fall 2010 release case packs of the Starfighter series are bit odd in that there's no vehicles currently shipping for the Jedi Fighters or the Clone Tank to fight (Or the Cloud Car, which never really fought, though). I know more repaints are coming, the AAT, Bane's fighter and the new droid bomber.

Collect All 92! / Re: Chewbacca
« on: July 31, 2010, 06:42 PM »
My Chewbacca got flushed down the toilet. A couple of months later when we open up the septic tank to get it emptied there he was floating at the top. Just his head and one arm sticking up. He spent the next two weeks emerged in a Coolwhip tub full of bleach. He a little green from the neck down but otherwise okay. The headless Sand Person wasn't as lucky.

 "Chewie crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of smelling foulness I can't even imagine, or maybe I just don't want to."

Newbies / Re: Hey, peeps.
« on: July 31, 2010, 01:44 PM »
Hey man, welcome aboard.  spill a little about your collecting history if you have time...  You're already joining in, so welcome aboard!

Grew up on the Kenner stuff, my older brother and I collected until the end of the run. We didn't get everything, but most of it. Wish our Death Star survived in better shape. We didn't buy all the Droids collection, and none of the Ewoks cartoon toys.

Got into POTF2 reluctantly, since I didn't like the preposed nature and buff sculpts that much. But my other hobby, 3 3/4" GI JOE had ended, so I stuck with POTF2 until the Expanded Universe wave. I never found a single figure of that wave and was frustrated by people online saying "what are you talking about, I've seen them." As more and more stuff became harded to find at retail, my interest tapered off.

Episode 1 rolled around, bought a few figure prior to the film ($7 bucks for Jar Jar  :-[ ). Saw the movie...lost interest again. Did get stuff on clearance later, but mostly skipped POTJ except for a couple of clearance aisle figures.

Episode 2 came out, and after seeing it, I was ready to jump back in. But too many of the figures stank, with preposing and built in action features all over the place. My euthsiasm faded quick. Only got a few figures inbetween AoTC and ROTS, like Tans Spijekk, Dodonna...ones I always wanted in figure form. I missed some, like J'Quille. I passed on the OTC cantina aliens, which I regret.

ROTS pulled me back in, thanks to the clone trooper and clone commander. Figures finally had real articulation. The sandtrooper from 2006's saga line was great, too. I've been casually collecting since then. I usually get obscure aliens and "army builders". I'm unusual among collectors in that I'm not into Jedi or Sith, though I have some . I'm not into Clone Wars toys, but I've got a few of the ones I liked the looks of. I usually skip vehicles entirely due to money, space and the fact I'd never do anything with them. In terms of EU, I'd like to see Marvel characters made, even though I lost my vintage Star Wars comics years ago.

I stilll pick up old Kenner figures if I find them at yard sales or flea markets for cheap.

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