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Vintage Kenner / What kind of Baggie Endor Han do I have?
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:06 PM »
Hi All,

At Celebration 6 I bought the Baggie Endor Han below and have since been trying to find information on it. The baggie style seems to match the ESB-H style referenced on the Archive's Guide to Baggies but the example shown for Endor Han doesn't match the baggie I have. I've looked up and down the RS board and while recalling seeing someone post what I believe was an AT-AT Driver in a similar baggie several months ago, I can't find any reference to this style of baggie through the search function.

As you can see from the pic, it is fully sealed and has what appears to be the serrations from the clean tearing off of a larger piece of plastic on Han's right. The bottom also has similar serrations but those look considerably more messy. So I was wondering if anyone know what I have here. Is this an ESB-H baggie and if so what set would this have come from?

Thanks in advance,
Jason


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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 23, 2012, 06:00 PM »
Dale - great pickup on the Vlix, it's a beauty. Also great to meet you at C6, what a blast that was. Seems like just yesterday but really it was now a month ago :(

So it's been quite a while since I've shared my latest vintage scores. I went through a dry period earlier this year but still had some good picks leading into C6...

Over the winter I picked up a NRFB POTF Battle Wagon, along with a cheap combo of Barada & EV-9D9 to fill in my POTF Jabba Dungeon set, and a Droids C-3PO (sans left leg which I had previously picked up)...



Then it was on to the Kane County Toy Show in April where though I did not score big as I did in the Fall, I did get a few nice pieces including 3 Hans! The loose Hoth Han is the molded boots version - a nice way to complete that variant as I got it for $5!! The baggie figures were a nice touch too, as they totaled $40.



At some point over the summer I picked up a Hollow Tubed Tusken off of the RS vintage boards. Lots of yellowing on the torso and the head is on the verge of falling off, but it displays nicely overall and I couldn't say no for the price.



Then it was on to Celebration 6 where I went a little overboard with my purchasing.  ;D I picked up a lot of loose figures, the Droids/Ewoks figs help fill gaps in my collection and are super mint - the dealer indicated they came off of cut cards. The remaining loose figures came from a couple of bins where it was 5/$40 and all are either upgrades or unique variants (Lili Ledy Jedi Luke!!). The Amanaman I was able to pick up at the Collector's Swap Meet which was a blast in of itself. The baggie Endor Han was a $10 pickup - still looking into details on it as it's not a standard baggie.



Loose figures weren't the only thing procured at C6, not only did I get a couple of Star Tots from the Archive panels and a great Tatooine Skiff box from Toy Chamber, but I also got one of my holy grails!! An offerless ROTJ Jedi Luke!! A big thanks for the Jedi Luke not only goes to the guy who sold it to me at the Collector's Swap Meet, but to Bill Cable as well who unbeknownst to him helped me score this piece. I was sitting next to Bill at the swap meet and at some point he had to leave but didn't want to take with him a poster from the Clone Wars Season 5 premiere so he left it behind and said I could do with it as I please. Well this guy comes around later and sees the poster and really wants it, it drew him to our table. We get to talking and I notice he has the Jedi Luke in hand and he mentions he wants to sell it. After some discussion and back & forth, I trade him the poster and $45 for the Jedi Luke, SWEET!



Finally here's a better shot of the Jedi Luke in an AFA acrylic slab (purchased just for the Luke via their website where they honored the C6 price). One reason I was able to get the figure so cheap besides trading the poster is that it has a few creases and the bubble is yellowed. But as you can see it displays beautifully and is now one of the prize pieces of my collection. Unfortunately it sits in a closet right now since I don't have much of a display area at my fiancee's home, but I still look at it often. :)



In the end it has turned out to be an eventful 2012 in vintage collecting for me. The last few weeks have turned up a couple of Craigslist hauls which I hope to share soon.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:11 PM »
I wanted to ask this at C6 but did not find anyone at the GG booth who could answer such questions. Has GG given any indication of doing a Jumbo Jedi Luke? It's the only figure I truly would like to buy but outside of Gamorrean Guard it doesn't look like they are planning to do any ROTJ figures for a while.

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If I recall from C6 right, they're coming to Anaheim in 2013.

Droid Factory is heading to Anaheim next year and in talking to one of the Disney reps at C6 they said there would be new parts as well. When the topic of other types of droids came up, they did the whole thing where they say "I don't know about that" all the while with a smirk on their face.

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Celebration VI: Orlando / Re: Anyone Going to Make it to CVI?
« on: August 20, 2012, 05:48 PM »
I'll be there all 4 days and sitting in on many of the collecting track panels. Won't be able to miss me, I'll be wearing a different FFURG/Forgotten Force shirt each day.  ;D

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I finally found something new at Target as well.  Luke Hoth and new Vader.  But other two Targets were dray as bones.

At least there is some vital signs out there, it's becoming more frequent.

JACK - vital signs out there? Doesn't sound like the Chicagoland I know. :(

Picked up a Walmart Exclusive DTF Dewback today for $9. Looks like the clearance is becoming more widespread.

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Hi All,

At this year's Motor City Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to interview Star Wars artist Matt Busch for my buddy's website. Matt's a talented artist and a really cool guy. I thought I'd share the interview with everyone, so if you're curious as to how Matt got his start illustrating our favorite franchise, check out our conversation at JohngysBeat.com.

Cheers!

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Modern Vintage Repros
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:52 AM »
The biggest concern over these repro Stormtroopers is that these are not visually distinguishable from vintage Kenner Stormtroopers. The culprits responsible for making the figure did not mark them as reproduction and in fact did not remove the 1977 COO on the back of the figure. The concern is that over time these figures will be sold as 1977 figures and people will wind up paying a fortune for minty white figures that were actually made in 2012. I know that would tick me off if I found a figure on eBay and thought I was buying an actual vintage figure and wound up getting a repro that I may have paid way too much for.

I believe that's what concerns people vs the repro Vlix and repro Rocket Fetts - those are noticeably repros based on markings. But these Stormtroopers aren't and could be the first of a wave of unmarked repros. Had these properly been marked, I don't think there would have been as much of an uproar as there has been. If you have bought these figures, I'd urge you to scratch out the COO and mark these as repros.

I know not everyone is a fan of RS, but I'd recommend reading the numerous threads on there about these repro Stormtroopers. It will not only enlighten you on the concerns of the vintage community, but also assist in helping you identify these are repro (there are a few potential tells, but not all of them are obvious until they're in hand)...

1.) Mark Poon's initial thread about these - http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1076090/
2.) A wider alert to the vintage community - http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1078134/
3.) Now it's more than just Poon making/selling these things - http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1079220/


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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Keeping Cardbacks
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:33 PM »
I used to keep all the cardbacks too but then over the past few months realized it was wasteful since I had no real purpose to keeping them. Why was I keeping all of those cards and inserts if they were just going to sit in a box in a closet out of reach? So what I've done is keep a sample of each series cardback (commonly a Jedi Luke or some other character I find interesting) and then recycled the rest. The cardbacks I've saved I'll be putting into a binder for reference.

For the vintage style cardbacks (VOTC, VTAC, VTSC, and TVC), I've kept each cardback (dupes have been recycled) as I intend one day to use them to make a mural or some sort of interesting background display in my next collection room. They harken back to the Kenner days and I can't seem to let that slip away.  :D

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Does anyone know or think Walmart still makes a profit when they let a vintage figure go for $4?

I'm just curious what happens to those clearanced SW toys that NEVER sell. Where do they go?


If it's like a Wal-Mart I visited last night, it will sit in a clearance aisle for 2 years and just a few dollars under original price. I found the TLC Dewback set at $24 and one of the Droid Factory Wave 2 sets at $17 last night. Meanwhile, was able to pickup an additional AOTC Obi-Wan for eventual Target savings for $4. Crazy choices sometimes...

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Collect All 92! / Re: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:51 PM »
Looks like it might be time to update this. The TVC Deleted Scene Jedi Luke is now the perfect fit as a counterpart for the Vintage Jedi Luke. The hair sculpt could use a little work, but overall it's the best Jedi Luke we've gotten in the modern line. Can't wait to get a few more of those.

For those asking about the variations for the vintage Jedi Luke, there's a ton...
* Lightsaber color - blue vs green
* Blaster color - tan vs gray
* Cape - sewn vs snap
* Head - painted face vs molded face
* Various COO's
* and I believe mould changes for the saber and blaster

I've been trying to work out what all of the combinations are as this is my favorite figure of all time. Lots of research has already been done on the interwebs, just have to take time to go through it all.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 27, 2012, 11:05 PM »
Jesse, that's a great group of figures you picked up there. All are quality pieces, congrats on pulling all of those together.

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yeah it's been hit and miss here. one store had a handful of cloud car pilots and endor hans for $4 but the Deleted Scene wave figures for $7.97. other stores have no TVC and then there was the one I went to tonight that had one lone Super Battle Droid on the peg for $4. either the pegs were already cleared up at wal-mart, or the news about these drove everyone out to get deals.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Toy Fair 2012
« on: February 27, 2012, 11:02 PM »
I haven't paid much attention to the AMP'D line, but after looking at the slides I just noticed something that I've not heard anyone else bring up (or at least I'm not paying close attention). But to me, the AMP'D line is essentially like LEGOs, in that you can construct the vehicle into the movie design or into other designs including those from your imagination. I'm surprised LEGO doesn't have the exclusive license for such Star Wars based toys. Did I miss something here?

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:09 PM »
Geeze, all they needed to do was make some sort of a 2-pk of them, even reference art concepts if they have to... nearly the same sculpt for both chicks, and it would have been easy money for Hasbro... if we ever see them, I bet it's an exclusive at SDCC or something of that nature.

When I talked to Derryl Depriest at the C5 Yak/SWAN party, I brought up a similar point to him - that they could just use reference art or mock up a new likeness for the characters. His response was something along the lines of that they could not even do that to get the figures made. So assuming the whole thing revolves around likenesses, apparently Hasbro couldn't even change the Tonnika's facial features to get around the issue. If that's the case, hopefully things have changed with this new commercial coming out. In either case, I'm looking forward to the commercial and what Hasbro's next response will be.

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