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So my Mara Jade came in from Amazon today. For the carded collector, packaging will be a problem - the figure shipped in a box barely large enough to fit the figure. The card was all bent out of shape and the bubble was popping off. Since I'm a loose collector that doesn't bother me, but I'm sure it would others. On the plus side, the hair/forehead issue has been resolved - the hairline comes further down the head and makes Mara look more normal. Overall it's a nice figure, not what we voted for but I'll definitely take it over not having Mara Jade at all.

Got an email from amazon today asking if I wanted them to cancel my order for Mara Jade. The message indicated they were having trouble getting more and that they would only continue to try if I told them to do so. Of course I said continue trying, originally I was supposed to have the fig on 10/28 according to my pre-order notice. Either Amazon didn't order sufficient amounts for demand or distribution has been screwed again. Of course it would occur on the only figure in the first 2 waves that I wanted, sigh...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 1, 2013, 05:48 PM »
Darby - your pickups as of late have been killer man! Finding a Skiff at of all places a record store is quite the achievement and the TIE Fighter and Landspeeder look to be in great shape. Congrats!

JMan - you should give putting together the Death Star a try, it's quite fun and such a beautiful piece to look at in person.

Phruby - great pic of your son enjoying the thrill of playing with vintage. That's the way it should be.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:11 PM »
JMan - congrats on picking up the Droids duo, they're such a pain to find and for you to get them at the same time is quite a feat. kudos!

Darby - you had a great haul at Chicago Comic-Con - the Sandcrawler and TIE Bomber look awesome. And what a catch at Quake, I haven't been to the Chicago store in about 6 months (a 2nd store has opened in Schaumburg just a few miles from me) and damn do I now regret it, haha. But good to know that a Droids R2 went to someone from these boards.

Oh and that Toltoys Death Star you saw at Comic-Con, I think I know where that went off to...  ;)

Here's my haul form Comic-Con weekend - I went Friday and Sunday. Once I saw the Toltoys Death Star on Friday I knew it had to be mine. I've never seen a complete set in person, whether it be Palitoy, Kenner Canada, or Toltoys, so after thinking about it for 2-3 seconds I took the plunge. The vendor who was selling it was very helpful and patient as we opened up the box and looked at each piece in painstaking detail. I even got it for less than what he was asking for.

In the end, the playset itself is in amazing shape - the canopy is yellowed and has a crack, but a repro canopy for display purposes should do the trick. The box is pretty beat up, but putting in some foam blocks to give it shape has helped. Here's a pic of the fully assembled set (canopy not pictured)...

This has been a busy month for my vintage collecting. I also picked up a Sise Fromm off of eBay as well as a number of other items from RS which I should be receiving next week. The lull in the modern line has led to quite the jump in out of pocket vintage costs. But it's all worth it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: $5 Vintage Collection @ Five Below
« on: August 2, 2013, 11:12 PM »
Two stores near where I live in the Chicago burbs did get the Malgus wave, but eachno longer had the Malgus or INCs. A couple of CW Anakins and a Hoth Luke, but in the end mostly TPM figures. I figure each store got 5 cases of the wave based on the number of TPM figures.

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.

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