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Nice looking place! When you do go to unpack, it will be like the christmas that won't end. That should be a blast.
My oldest daughter is 8, and she loves making lists of the figures and organizing them for me. I don't know if your daughter is the same, but we spend hours going through boxes and have a great time.
Just a suggestion- when you do go through the boxes, even if you aren't going to display something, take it out, take a picture, and log it in a spreadsheet somewhere. I had a conversation with our insurance agent, and he said well documented collectibles are very important in case of a claim. Without a good list and pictures, you can be up a creek without a paddle should something happen.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Please Vote Willrow Hood
« on: March 12, 2006, 08:03 AM »
Well, I was wavering on this, but I will back it, and here is why:

Every year there are a 3-6 figures that are total losers. They are either characters done in too many poses with too many gadget features, or simply utterly lame characters that maybe shouldn't have been in the movie much less made in to plastic. I have bought many of these, thinking I would always be a completist.
Well I'm not a completist anymore, and here is why:

Bib Fortuna.

 It may be a little more complicated than that, but when I saw him in January, at seven dollars, I knew Hasbro had gone too far.
Sure a 12.00 Greedo is about as welcome as a cold-sore, but the 3rd poor version of a gland challenged lackey to a slug had me saying enough is enough.

I know that I will happily buy Willrow Hood over Bib # 4. Short pack him, keep him in only 1 or 2 waves, and he won't be hanging around like some of the sludge to be put behind a bubble on cardboard. Heck, throw in an Ugnaught and this think risks being popular.

Plus I like the effort that has gone in to the process.

But I won't back it to snub AP. I've been reading his take on Star Wars collecting since I picked up this bad habit again in 1995. I know sometimes people who seem to be in the spotlight of the collecting community take a beating, but I appreciate his efforts and enthusiasm over the years. 16bit.com is a pretty cool site too, and I've started adding that to my weekly web wanderings.

I will buy Willrow, and I will hope they get the price under 6.00 again before the end of the year. And if Willrow can prevent just one Bib Fortuna in the future, it will have done good.

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12" Figures / Re: Favorite/Worst 12" Figure
« on: March 11, 2006, 02:54 PM »
It seems funny to even post on a topic this old, but I was just going through my box of 12 inch figures. That first Yoda wasn't too bad, and IG-88 was great. My favorite is the combo of the Tauntaun and Wampa. I know the wampa is way fuzzy, but as far as big toys go, I like them both. I think I'll have to keep them out for a while, and watch empire.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Army Builder of the Year
« on: March 11, 2006, 08:04 AM »
My complaint with the dewback was more about pose and play than the sculpt. It is so heavy up front that it collapses the front legs. While the sculpt of the pose is good, I tend to favor "at ease" or standing poses. Plus the vintage one has a cute factor (baby dino look) that they will probably never recapture. unless Kubrick made a dewback somehow. That would rock out loud.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: VTSC Series 3?
« on: March 11, 2006, 07:59 AM »
I liked some of the VOTC, and will get the new ones to get my georgetrooper, but at 12.00 each, I don't want to see the whole line (vintage or modern) done this way.
With the quality of the artwork we have seen on the OTC and Saga cards, wow, they are beautiful to display- I don't need vintage cardboard at a rate of $7.00 extra dollars per figure.  I would rather see comtech Leia done on a Saga card than a VTSC, same with the remaining bounty hunters. To me, the appeal of the original VOTC was enhanced because cardbacks up to that point had been so lame- generic blue background, generic green background, generic Maul background. Now that we are getting scene specific artwork on each figure, the clamshell and ornate packaging look less exciting.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Vehicles: Do You Collect/Display Them?
« on: March 11, 2006, 07:50 AM »
Ditto that Spuffy, I'm looking forward to the CW gunship as well. That will sit so cool in the middle of all the animated figures-  Time for another cabinet...

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: March 11, 2006, 07:48 AM »
I ran into some of these yesterday, and I had to get another AT-AT driver. The repack waves I have seen listed do not include figures from this wave, except the UGH silver AT-AT driver and the hoth Vader we will all be swimming in by Thanksgiving. Things are always subject to change, but I would suggest grabbing a set if you see them. They are worthy of hanging carded next to the 2004 OTC set.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Vehicles: Do You Collect/Display Them?
« on: March 10, 2006, 07:17 PM »
I love the ships, but space has definately become a big factor. Now I will only buy/keep them if they fit in to a theme I have. I have a cabinet that is all Imerials, so my stormtroopers, tie pilots, etc etc go in there. There is a shuttle, two ties, two interceptors, a bomber, Darth's Tie, and two AT-AT's. It's nice, because the different shelves are like hanger bays. The AT-AT's are surrounded by snowtroopers, the ties by pilots, the standard shuttle scene, etc.

I also have a cabinet devoted to Tatooine, so that has the landspeeder, sandcrawler, Falcon, and miscellaneous swoops.

Last is the rebel hanger with a couple of Y wings and A wings, plus luke's x wing. This gives the pilots and astromechs some props to hang around.

I really like the action fleet ships, but since they are not to scale they sit in a rubbermaid bin. It's too bad, because at that scale you can actually line up a dozen ties and x wings and create some really cool scenes. Unfortunately, there is never enough space.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise.
« on: March 10, 2006, 11:06 AM »
I have to agree with the posts above me. Not only do you have to buy 1 of each VTSC, you have to open them, you have to pay more per figure than a regular figure, and then you get to pay 4.95 at the end? That is a lot of hoops to jump through, even if they have spent 10 years training us like circus animals. I think mail aways are one of the greatest things you can do to a collectible line. I loved them as a kid, and I love the concept as an adult collector. This is more about pushing product then rewarding loyal customers.
I like 3 of the VTSC figures, but I wanted to get multiples to get my 5 POP, not get told I have to get Greedo too. To me, that makes Greedo a $17.00 piece of crap I have to buy to get a questionable quality Georgetrooper. Not exactly feeling rewarded right now...  ::)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Bare Pegs
« on: March 10, 2006, 10:58 AM »
Regardless of the cause, I also am turning to online etailers for cases. 15 trips in the last 7 days has netted me 1 Ut clone, and nothing else (although I could have scored Sora, but I passed). The pegs have a poggle, Bib, or Reiken (sp?).

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I understand the point about new collectors not having patience, but I think it applies to a lot of collectors in general (myself included). Some of this is because of the excitement of the new product. If we didn't get excited, we wouldn't be collecting it. But some of it comes from experience- We see almost every year a cool group of figures slated for late release, and then the stores don't order them or only stock them for a very brief time as they get ready to clearance out at the end of the year. How many frequent hunters (hitting stores 5 times or more a week) never saw many of the last 12 ROTS figures? Or the expanded universe figures? Or the last Episode 1 figures? Patience generally pays off, but not always. If a lot of these new collectors started with ROTS, the experiences of November/December trying to find a holographic plo-koon or wookie heavy gunner could make them a little more anxious when waves seem to come and go in a matter of 3-4 weeks.
I've made at least 15 trips to the stores in my area in the last 7 days. I hit a U clone at a Walmart, and everything else has been dry. I mean bare peg dry. That kind of reinformcement schedule can drive a lot of people to ebay, or in my case, on line etailers. And it will certainly get worse now that the supply is not meeting demand, as third parties scour the toy aisles hoping to make a few bucks.

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Considering that buying the 5 cases that will net you the 10 figures comes to approximately 400-450 shipped, and that you would end up with 50 extra figures to do with as you please, this is one of the dumbest ebay purchases I have ever seen. If you spend that same grand buying cases, you would get an extra 100 figures for the same price or less. And you'll get them just as soon, if not sooner. Wow.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Bare Pegs
« on: March 7, 2006, 09:46 AM »
If you take the figure to the price checker, it will give you the price, the aisle it should be located, and a yes or no on whether there are more in the stockroom. If your Target is anything like the ones near me, it will show that the figure or two on the pegs is all they have...

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Bare Pegs
« on: March 6, 2006, 05:41 PM »
I think there is still a discrepency between what the store has pegs for and what they are ordering. This may be a local phenomena, but the Targets and Wal marts I check all have 4-5 pegs "set" for basic figures. These same stores generally have anywhere from 3-6 figures. All of them would easily fit on one peg. And the figures are not sitting in the back; I keep checking the scanner, and it insists the only figures are in the aisle. When I do run into a fresh restock, it is quite clearly a single case, usually with the clones missing. And like you have described, the unleashed, transormers, and force battler pegs are full, along with a full compliment of the choppers. So I would agree, bare pegs are definately a common sight for early 2006 hunters.  I think it is a combination of timid ordering and a popular product. The scalpers will most definately be a problem come "Galactic Hunt" time, no question.

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Kubricks / Re: 400% Kubricks
« on: March 5, 2006, 10:34 PM »
I've been watching these things go on auction, and trying to make sure I don't drink enough to bid. The first one to go on the bay went on Feb 16th for 227.00 (inluding shipping). The last one to end (the 14th to sell on the bay) went for 98 and change, shipped. There are still 1500+ of these to hit the market. I'm not sure if there will be a difference in paint from the first 500, but it appears that waiting a little longer may really pay off if you want one of these.

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