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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:00 PM »
I ordered one of each.

My Chrome one has joints so loose I can't get it to stand up.  All the other figures I've gotten so far are fine, as is the non-chrome T-800.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:32 AM »

As for AFA I have a very good Canadian friend that sent in his toy fair Vader to AFA.  He's an excellent collector and a very big vintage carded collector as well so he's quite aware of grading and quality factors for cards, bubbles, etc.  He was pretty convinced he sent in something that should come back as AFA90 and it came back AFA75.  He is absolutely convinced that AFA switched out his Vader for another.  Now, it's completely and utterly anecdotal and there is precisely zero proof behind the story.  But I know the guy, he's been collecting since he was a kid and that's when the movies first came out.  He's a knowledgeable authority IMO and he thinks he was screwed.  I'm betting he was right. 

I have a similar story, but not about Star Wars.  My wife and I built her engagement ring together (we're such a modern couple).  We looked at stones and were sold one that was a little smaller, but with excellent clarity, and the only occlusion was deep in the stone near the base of it, and you really need a loop to see it.

Now, I stare at pixels all day long looking for any little **** up in images, I'm observant, and I'm quick to catch things like this.  I saw the occlusion clear as day, but could only see it under the loop.

So we pick that one, and the ring gets made, we get married and live happily ever after.  Then one day my wife notices a pretty large occlusion, just beneath the surface of the diamond.  Everything else is as described - clarity, cut, size... BUT, there is absolutely no way in hell I missed this occlusion that you can see with the naked eye right on the top of the stone.  It's in the gem report, and I bought it... but I am 110% convinced that they did not put the stone that we picked into the ring that we designed and bought.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:35 PM »
and the idea that somehow AFA was not liable for their gross negligence in not identifying these as clear fakes when they had multiple opportunities to do so)

AFA isn't liable because they cover their own asses in the terms of service that everyone agrees to before they'll grade your product.  I always say that when you give money to AFA you're paying for an acrylic case and an opinion.  That's it.  There's no guarantee with those guys.  To me they're damaging to the hobby because of the way that prices get jacked up, because they encourage people to open imperfect cards, and because they're not willing to stand 100% behind anything they authenticate - but if they did, they'd be out of business over something like this in a heartbeat.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:33 PM »
Can't find this speeder bike anywhere. Are you guys still finding them?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:27 PM »
If this guy really committed fraud on this level, possibly for hundreds of thousands of dollars, has anyone filed a complaint with police?  I'm shocked that there isn't some kind of criminal investigation?

All of this underscores why I don't collect carded vintage.  There was no discernible difference between his fakes and the real deal besides the air in the sealed bubble...  And even authentic carded figures are too expensive a risk considering that eventually all those bubbles are coming off of those 35 year old cardbacks someday anyway as the glue ages and fails.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:24 PM »
I read a very very long thread at Rebelscum about it maybe 3 months ago?  At that point it was a bunch of connecting the dots, everyone was pretty sure that what they suspected was actually what happened, but there was nothing criminal in the works at that point.

Are there new developments?

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:06 AM »
I skipped the Firefly figures but love the BTTF figures.  I got the chrome and regular T-800's this week, also the Sloth figure with the Superman emblem on his chest.

I love this line.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:21 PM »
Meh, IMO there shouldn't even be Stormtroopers of any fashion 30 years after the fall of the Empire. (That'd be like having Nazis in full regalia running around in the 70's. Evil Empires disappear quickly) I kinda wish they would go in a different direction, like a Sith Army or something. 

I didn't realize how much spoilerage I had missed already. Luke is now in captivity? His lightsaber floating through space is the opening shot? Huh???

Given that Disney doesn't care what your EU books say, shouldn't we wait to see the movie before we declare that the Empire's been gone for 30 years?

If anyone needs one let me know... I can ship with the box, or loose... never played with, I had it displayed then upgraded to the SDCC version with the Carbonite block.

$22 shipped?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:08 PM »
Anyone still need a Boba Fett?

I've got an extra.  The head is a little loose, but it displays fine.  PM me if you're interested.  I figure $22 shipped?

I saw the new Luke at a Target over the weekend.

It looked very out of place.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:33 PM »
I hope the new stormtroopers aren't using the E-11 anymore. Also it would be nice if they hit their target

I was thinking the same thing... not so much about the gun, but when I saw the sleeker helmet my first thought was that it would be cool if these weren't your grandfather's Stormtroopers - if they were actually kind of frightening and not so inept.

I finally got mine on Saturday.

The last kick in the balls was that it took me 30 minutes of waiting at the FedEx Kinkos that they sent it to before someone could actually get the package for me from the back.

I bought a Legends Stormtrooper at Target Saturday and it was $5.99 if that means anything...

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 17, 2014, 02:58 PM »
They look like ducks.

Why would there be stormtroopers anyway? I thought the Empire was destroyed. Are we talking about a hold out faction near a certain black hole maw facility?

You need to forget everything you know about the expanded universe.

It's all out the window.

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