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

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...

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.

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 -

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...

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

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.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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:


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.

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?

The Legacy Collection / Re: Funeral Pyre Vader w/ Luke
« on: July 29, 2009, 12:01 AM »
The Phase 1 Darktrooper?  A figure from a DOS game?  Hardly what I'd call up and coming media to base it off of.  I see no reason a Vlix won't happen, based on that kind of figure alone.

That's funny, I don't see "main line" or "exclusive" anywhere in what I said.  Looks like you saw what you wanted to see.   (No worries, I've done the same.)

In the sentence that follows you speak directly to "other" exclusives, so it can be inferred that the Pyre set was included in the "other" classification.

A 95% positive forum approval can still be a false positive-- who wouldn't say yes if Hasbro said "we're totally going to make the Lars Homestead for $60, who wants it?"

Here we are being given the chance to see the potential product before plans to bring it to market have been settled. With the Lars set is was more like 'here you go, buy this ****".

That's pretty much exactly my point-- this is an item with a smaller appeal.  Have you seen the shrinking edition sizes on Gentle Giant and Sideshow items, and the massive drop-off in interest which caused them?

Probably due to the marked increase in prices more than collector interest.

Doesn't pricing directly influence the collector interest? I've not purchased the Lars Homestead set - even though I'd really like to have it, I can't justify the $50 (now $40 thanks to clearance) price tag for an item that is essentially $25-$30 worth of toys. Now this Funeral Pyre set looks very interesting to me and I agree with Jesse that it would make a neat centerpiece to an Endor display, but ithis too is maybe at most a $25-$30 item. If it goes beyond that price I'll definitely pass on it and it sounds like many people here would as well. So the price is clearly determining whether or not people will buy the item even if they are thrilled to see the item get developed in the first place.

I also think, along the idea that Adam posted, that this item would better be suited to sell at a $30+ price point if there was some sort of promotion behind it such as an anniversary for ROTJ (last year's 25th anniversary would have been perfect) or some arbitrary 2000th, 2500th, 3000th, etc, figure. As this doesn't have the mainline appeal to get interest from all the brick and mortars, I see this being an exclusive as others have mentioned, in which case Hasbro would make it in their best interest to have a good control of how many units are produced so that this not meet the fate of other interesting collector only exclusives such as the Lars Homestead, Disturbance in the Force, etc...

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 28, 2009, 02:20 PM »
Another annoying thing, the Corran uses the Luke X-wing body, complete with lightsaber.  >:(

The use of the Luke X-Wing body is actually pretty accurate - Luke and Corran are described to be roughly the same height, so using the shorter body for Corran is not an issue to me. My biggest problem with the figure is that Hasbro chose not to color the uniform green as depicted in the comics and described in the novels.

Why is it an issue for Corran to have the same hilt as Luke?  The Luke saber is from ANH & ESB, right?  The one that was Anakin's, right?  Corran was also a Jedi, in one of the books he found what was his grandfather's (IIRC) saber in a jedi museum, or was it some sort of trophy room that Palpatine had...  In any case, Corran's saber could have been a similar vintage to Luke's so its no inconceivable that they would have similar designs, is it?  Now that's an long justification, for sure, but I can't recall too many visuals of Corran and his saber, so I'm willing to give Hasbro a pass on that.

The cover of I, Jedi does show that Corran (in disguise as Keiran Halcyon) does have a different lightsaber hilt compared to Luke/Anakin. However, I don't think it's a big deal here that he got the wrong saber since we can always give him another saber from our many spares (assuming you're like me and have a ton of extra sabers). Most likely the factory is the cause of the wrong saber as they probably just threw it in when they put together the order to produce the figure since the saber hilt comes with Luke X-Wing body - this could have been done regardless if Hasbro designed a new saber or perhaps had not even indicated a saber should be included. That would be interesting to hear on Hasbro's part...

Oh yeah almost forgot to mention, the price for these sets sucks! Like everyone else has stated the inflation on the costs of these 2 packs is absurd compared to previous years regardless if the per/figure cost breaks down to current retail. When compared to other existing 2-packs, namely the comic packs, we're still being asked to pay $4-5 more than we should be. I'll still be buying 2 Corran Horn sets, though the rest of the sets aren't happening even though I'd love to build the Darktrooper.

The Legacy Collection / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2009
« on: July 27, 2009, 06:27 PM »

I'll be honest though, looking at Scott's list he copied, it's sad that all that stuff is even remotely being swirled around as "rumor".  I remember a time when ACTUAL rumors got out in very sparse numbers in a year, and lists never got that big.  It's sad really, as it's used to somehow entertain the less informed and keep them hooked.  I'm always up for seeing rumor lists, but this year it really seemed to spiral out of control, and it's just turned into obvious wishing by a lot of these "sources", who haven't earned any credibility I can see.

And therein lies the problem when you have dozens of people who think their **** don't stink because that one time their guess became reality, when all they did was throw the proverbial dart at the board and hit something that was obvious. The rumor mill nowaday is mostly full of ****, not even fun to look at any more. Once in a while something interesting will pop up and half the internets will claim they knew about it first while the other half claims it's bull****. And unlike most things in life, the truth usually isn't somewhere in the middle...

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