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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:58 PM »
Nice scores Jason!  The A-wing especially is a great score.  Is that front one vintage or the modern version?  Looks brand new!

Thanks Jman! The A-Wing in front is my new vintage fighter, it's a beaut.

Darby - Forever Young is still on Belmont. The owner has been trying to sell it for years, she's in financial trouble I think, but still overcharges significantly. I had to work the Tig Fromm to a reasonable price.

Nick - getting boxes is exciting, it helps us complete our sets. I've bought a lot of boxes over the years, so kudos on your pickup

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 6, 2013, 11:10 AM »
I sure have missed a lot of great acquisitions from you guys lately. I need to get my act together and check things out more often. Congrats to everyone.

I've been busy over the last few months, but had opportunities to pick up some vintage items along the way.

From a couple of stores here in Chicagoland (Quake & Forever Young), I picked up a sweet Collector Series Vader TIE Fighter and a few figures. I was looking to get a boxed DV TIE to help complete the run, but this piece was shocking. Not only was it inexpensive, but the vehicle is pristine - stickers unapplied and contains the original inserts. Likely it was opened, removed once or twice and then displayed as is. The Tig Fromm was a nice score too, helps me get ever closer to completing the Droids run. The die-cast Snowspeeder was a cheap $7 pickup..

Then at the Kane County Toy Show, it was quite a haul of cheap but quality items. An incomplete ESB Droid Factory set - I still haven't figured out what exactly is missing, not much though - along with 2 carded figures for $20 total, a couple of die-cast ships, and a Boba Fett Mailer for $50! I'm still researching the Fett, but I believe the box belongs to the Survival Kit, so not a complete set but for the price who am I to complain?

And most recently, I picked up a DROIDS A-Wing Fighter. It's only missing the inserts, but its a beautiful piece. It now brings me to needing only 1 vehicle (the Sonic Controlled Landspeeder) to complete the US run. Looking forward to that...

Picking up the A-Wing also will give me the opportunity to sell off a couple of loose A-Wings that I picked up last year off of Craigslist. But before I do that, I couldn't resist snapping a picture of 3 A-Wings together in flight. It's not every day you see something like this...

The break in the modern line has been a blessing. Picking up so much vintage is such great fun.  :D


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Apple iPhone Thread
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:36 PM »
Hey Jesse, if you could let me know what you did to get your pics from the crackberry to the iPhone that would be great. We're essentially trying to do the same thing.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Apple iPhone Thread
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:16 PM »
So my Mrs just got her first iPhone, the 5. We're trying to put pics from her Windows 7 laptop onto the iPhone. ITunes doesn't appear to support photos, so I'm trying to access the internal storage of the phone as if it were a flash drive / camera. Though I can see the DCIM folder on the storage, we can't write to it. My Google-fu is showing me that Apple restricts access to the iOS file system, but I would think accessing the photos shouldn't be as problematic as this. Am I missing , is there a way to access DCIM without using a 3rd party app or does iTunes support photos and we're missing it?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 26, 2012, 05:34 PM »
Good pickups on the boxes bf14, hard to find just the boxes in good shape for many of those. So sometimes a premium has to be paid, I think you did fine personally.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 25, 2012, 05:07 PM »
Thanks guys! Getting the offerless Jedi Luke was something that completely came out of left field. On the occassions when I have seen one they were going for some mad money and I wasn't ready to go down that path. But for $45, I'll sure as hell do it.  ;D

Double I - if you're only going to have one carded figure, Jedi Luke is definitely the way to go!

Jesse - the Star Tots are awesome, Chris G and all the SWCA crew did a helluva job with this giveaway.

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,

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.

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.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: Disney Exclusive Build-A-Droid Factory
« on: September 14, 2012, 03:54 PM »
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.

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

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: June 19, 2012, 10:13 PM »
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.

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


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 -
2.) A wider alert to the vintage community -
3.) Now it's more than just Poon making/selling these things -

The Vintage Collection / 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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