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The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Figure Returns
« on: August 13, 2009, 11:53 PM »
Not surprising, there are stories all over of certain figures staying on shelves for months. Yarna and Saesee Tiin have been on pegs all over Chicagoland for a year now, Breha Organa and Stass Allie for 6-8 months. Some stores still have Juno Eclipse's from 18 months ago. And people all over are still finding Moff Jerjerrod's 3 years later. In some cases, it's about time this took place but certain stores seemed to be adamant to not only sell old stock but raise the price on them as well.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Who Is Left: The Empire Strikes Back
« on: August 13, 2009, 03:51 PM »
Amazing, you came up with that on your own? (Uh, did you see the post above yours? http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=14908.msg440123#msg440123) LOL

Just bustin' your balls a little, but meant in fun.

Bloody hell! I thought I was original!  ;D

Ball bustin' deserved, totally missed that this morning.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Who Is Left: The Empire Strikes Back
« on: August 13, 2009, 10:22 AM »
Scott, as always great work on keeping track of everything. In the interest of accuracy (to show Hasbro the light) it should be noted that Hobbie has not been made as a Snowspeeder Pilot, but Janson has in the TLC Evolutions Rebel Pilot #1 set. Hobbie was made as an X-Wing pilot in the comic pack (along with the jacked Baron Fel) with the head wrap (inaccurate of course and disappointing as well). Thought you'd want to know.

As an aside, I just noticed that the picture used for the 3rd human Bespin Guard (from the vintage cardback) looks awfully close to Billy Mays. Apparently Oxi-Clean came from Cloud City, who knew...

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Updated with a few minor changes. I'm looking for about 100 REAL Action Figure Clear Stands for vintage figures.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 12, 2009, 11:17 PM »
I too have had some new acquisitions lately, several in the last week or so that have helped knock off a few more variants from my list...

I'll start off with an odd find I had at the Big Apple Comic-Con when I was in NYC in June (the Comic-Con happened to be taking place down the street from where my friends and I were staying so it was an easy thing to check out, especially for free admission). I found this guy in a $2 bin, I was shocked to find such a shiny gold BSG for that cheap...



In the south suburbs of Chicago there is a somewhat regular toy show, I went for the first time last weekend with one of my buddies from the local collectors group. I came back with a complete Jord Dusat and a red/brown hair Bespin Luke sans saber for a total of $10! Not shown I also picked up a Duloks coin and a couple of extra accessories for a couple extra bucks.


Then this past weekend was Wizard World Chicago, I went on Sunday when all the dealers are trying to blow out their stock. And what lucky finds I came back with. An almost complete Ewok Village (just missing the t-cap) with a somewhat faded box (though displays nicely) for $45. A nice added touch, the set came with 5 Ewoks, 2 Teebos and 3 Lograys with variants of each. Now I just need their accessories to check those off the variant list. A Battle Damaged X-Wing with box and missing one cannon for $35. The ship is really good condition, the cockpit cover is clear and the BD stickers are applied which gives a nice contrast to my other BD X-Wing which doesn't have the stickers on it. Also found a red hair Hoth Leia complete with minor paint loss in a $5 bin, another shocking find. And finally scored a Warok for $30, now I'm just down to Luke Stormtrooper, Yak-Face, and Blue Snags to finish off my figure collection before starting with the Droids/Ewoks.


A final pickup at WW was a snap cape for Jedi Luke for $8. I've placed the cape on my blue saber/painted face Jedi Luke as seen below.


So it's been a vintage-heavy period for me lately, the only catch is I don't have space to put some of the stuff without making compromises. A good problem to have though...

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 12, 2009, 10:54 PM »
On vacation in Chicago, and so I went to Quake today after hearing so many good things about it.  Definitely glad I did:



 ;D  Literally had to PEEL myself out of that store.  Vintage holy land.  What was kind of neat in a weird way was the number of customs in his loose boxes - someone didn't like their work anymore.  One was a very deformed 98 Spacetrooper.  Sad, because I never got that one.

I recognize that A-Wing Pilot! He was on the lowest shelf behind the counter right? He's been there for a couple years I believe, glad to see he got a good home.  Is the Land of the Jawas set complete? Quake is a great store, my earlier post where I scored several boxed items occurred there. It's been a while since I've been there I think it's time for me to go back. BTW, what have you been doing in Chicago on vacation, there's tons of fun to do here.

Jesse - that Die Cast Vader TIE is super sweet, brings back memories of getting that at a local Sears.

Carp - nice pickup on the Yak-Face as already said it's a great deal for the price. I've been hesitant to pull the trigger online for Yak-Face (and Luke Stormtrooper & Blue Snaggletooth), to pay so much without having it hand bothers me a bit. Have you had any concerns in that regards?

II - were those your childhood figures you showed? They looked pretty good for being in storage for so long.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Cash for Clunkers
« on: August 7, 2009, 02:04 PM »
Make sure you're using the fed's offiical system for determining your car's MPG - http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/CarsSearchIntro.shtml

As far as I am aware this is the only system they use to determine if your car qualifies for the program - again must be 18 MPG or less. Unfortunately, I found that my car is rated at 19 MPG so I'm SOL...

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Celebration V: Orlando / Re: The Celebration V Speculation Thread
« on: August 1, 2009, 08:18 PM »
Sansweet is going to Chicago Comic-Con

Think the reason they didn't announce the date/place during SDCC was because they wanted to wait 2 weeks and announce the date/place in the actual place C5 will be?  Makes you wonder, don't it!  ;)   :P

He was at Wizard World Chicago last year too running the SW event here and he heard a TON of requests from everyone in attendance to have CV here in Chicago in the same building. I hope you're theory is correct Jeff, that would be AWESOME!  ;D

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How noticable is the CW Cash coupon in the packaging? I'd like to pickup Yularen like most for the table, though the figure itself does have some alien customizing options as well, but would prefer to do so if I find one that has the coupon in it.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: 2009 Hasbro Star Wars Fans' Choice
« on: August 1, 2009, 08:12 PM »
Bollux w/ Blue Max

Jeff/Scott: sorry to be a pain with editing my choice, but I totally missed that Bollux was on the list and I definitely want that more than my other pick (Jan Ors). Keep up the great work on the polling!

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Funeral Pyre Vader w/ Luke
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:54 PM »
You missed the "Extra 20% off clearance" deal Jason.  Should've got the Lars set then.  That's when I nabbed it, and it's not worth every penny. :)  But it's not painful at $30-ish.  I broke it down by piece, basically, and was internally happy enough to get it at that price.

It's a dome...  a plastic dome.

It's unimpressive.

Apparently so did TRU around me, they're still $40 here :( No worries, i've gotten to the point where I will live without the set, not the end of the world. And that's pretty much my point from my previous response - I would have been all over the set at a more reasonable price (for what was provided), instead it was overpriced (in my opinion) and I've decided to live without it.

Pete - in response to your question regarding if Owen and Beru were new figures, had that been the case the price breakdown would have been relatively acceptable. The sad fact is that Owen and Beru can be had for a buck or two on the secondary market and are figures most collectors already have - so putting these POTF2 leftovers in a set and then marking up the price so much just puts a negative spin to the whole set. That's what did it in for me and I'm sure many others. Oh well, what's done is done, maybe some day I'll be able to get the dome on it's own for a few bucks, ya never know...

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:48 PM »
Wow, I figured the first reply would be "my store doesn't get any exlusives, so your numbers are #$%#@%$^".   ;)



No that will be the second reply  ;D

As a backup to what JOT has said, Wal-Mart as the biggest retailer in the nation (the world actually) has tremendous buying power, they often make or break many products solely on the determination of selling the product or not. Hasbro has indicated this in the past and it has been referenced in business news many times over the year. So it's certainly likely that this price point is set by Wal-Mart as at best the explanation JOT provided or at worst a perversion of tremendous proportions. If this set is anything like the last set which was reported as clearancing out all over the country, WM and Hasbro will be disappointed in the overall results.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:41 PM »
As Adam pointed out Lucasfilm is the one that is saying no to the sisters being made. That may change since one of them died. It would be nice that the other release the rights upon her death. >:D
I do not get why people are not satisfied with the grim reality of these being off limits.

People are not satisfied because the issue of likeness can be easily worked around as I mentioned in a previous discussion on the topic (not to stray away from the Willrow Hood topic, but this deserves an answer I think)...

I'm of the thinking that these are still valid choices to suggest as Hasbro could still make these figures IF they were not to use the likenesses of the actresses. The headsculpts and any packaging material can be made such that they do not look like the actresses - we know Hasbro already does this as many times the headsculpts don't match the actors and they use stylized imagery for their packaging. Unless Lucasfilm puts the kabosh on this, I don't see any reason for Hasbro not making the figures so long as they don't resemble the actresses that played the characters. In fact you can go one step further, in EU the two women we see in the Cantina have been established as NOT being the Tonnika Sisters, but instead members of the Mistryl Shadow Guard. So in essence Hasbro could create a new look facial look for the sisters with the proper explanation in the bio.

It's doable, but Hasbro pretty much has their panties in a bunch regarding this, so a much desired pair of figures is left to apparently never be done. Meanwhile we got the re-sculpt no one wanted in the form of one of the biggest pegwarmers from the vintage AND modern eras. I'm not taking Scott's bet, I'm SURE that the Rancor Keeper if produced in standard numbers will be pegwarming in the same fashion as Saesee Tiin and Breha Organa.

Willrow Hood on the other hand if not produced in standard numbers, which is quite possible, I believe will not be readily available after the first month or two of full retail distribution. Similar to the Concept Anakin right now, I can find every other AOTC wave figure easily but not that figure, or the 30AC McQuarries of 07.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars ARC-170 (Imperial Deco)
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:33 PM »
My local Toys R Us had two of these on the shelf today, and while I could go into my shock, dismay, anger, bewilderment, nausea, confusion, denial (as in "This has to be a mistake"), and/or amusement, I won't.  I'll just let the price speak for itself:

$79.99

Okay, I will make one comment.  HOLY.  *******.  ****.   :o

Saw this myself at a TRU this evening (JOT: the Golf Mill store as an FYI) and indeed it was 79.99. Holy hannah, what an insane price, but if what Jeff was told by Hasbro is correct then the retailers are shooting themselves in the foot as this ship may very well rot on shelves.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 29, 2009, 02:01 PM »
Is it just me who gets the impression that there are a lot of people collecting SW toys who don't actually enjoy it? And I do recognize the difference between being pissed about price increases and not enjoying collecting.

I love it, which is why I do it.

we hear this sort of thing mostly from completists and carded collectors. it's an OCD thing I think, I used to have a desire to have every single figure made but I've gotten away from that as it's grown absurd over the past 5 years or so. but a desire is a bit different from a need, where we often hear carded collectors (sorry guys, not intending to pick on you but many of you are the best example out there) saying that they need to get such and such figure even though they hate it. it amazes me to hear this nowadays, with so much crap out there does anyone really NEED more crap?

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