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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« Last post by Jeff on August 27, 2014, 10:47 AM »
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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Sales/Discounts thread
« Last post by Jeff on August 27, 2014, 10:46 AM »
Big Summer Clearance Sale @ EE

Lots of Star Wars stuff mixed in there - Clone Wars figure cases nearly half-off; Republic shuttle for $30; cheap Clone Wars battle packs and deluxe, LEGO, Gentle Giant, and more.
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Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« Last post by Rob on August 27, 2014, 10:32 AM »

As for AFA I have a very good Canadian friend that sent in his toy fair Vader to AFA.  He's an excellent collector and a very big vintage carded collector as well so he's quite aware of grading and quality factors for cards, bubbles, etc.  He was pretty convinced he sent in something that should come back as AFA90 and it came back AFA75.  He is absolutely convinced that AFA switched out his Vader for another.  Now, it's completely and utterly anecdotal and there is precisely zero proof behind the story.  But I know the guy, he's been collecting since he was a kid and that's when the movies first came out.  He's a knowledgeable authority IMO and he thinks he was screwed.  I'm betting he was right. 


I have a similar story, but not about Star Wars.  My wife and I built her engagement ring together (we're such a modern couple).  We looked at stones and were sold one that was a little smaller, but with excellent clarity, and the only occlusion was deep in the stone near the base of it, and you really need a loop to see it.

Now, I stare at pixels all day long looking for any little **** up in images, I'm observant, and I'm quick to catch things like this.  I saw the occlusion clear as day, but could only see it under the loop.

So we pick that one, and the ring gets made, we get married and live happily ever after.  Then one day my wife notices a pretty large occlusion, just beneath the surface of the diamond.  Everything else is as described - clarity, cut, size... BUT, there is absolutely no way in hell I missed this occlusion that you can see with the naked eye right on the top of the stone.  It's in the gem report, and I bought it... but I am 110% convinced that they did not put the stone that we picked into the ring that we designed and bought.
 
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Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« Last post by Jeff on August 27, 2014, 10:26 AM »
As for AFA I have a very good Canadian friend that sent in his toy fair Vader to AFA.  He's an excellent collector and a very big vintage carded collector as well so he's quite aware of grading and quality factors for cards, bubbles, etc.  He was pretty convinced he sent in something that should come back as AFA90 and it came back AFA75.  He is absolutely convinced that AFA switched out his Vader for another.  Now, it's completely and utterly anecdotal and there is precisely zero proof behind the story.  But I know the guy, he's been collecting since he was a kid and that's when the movies first came out.  He's a knowledgeable authority IMO and he thinks he was screwed.  I'm betting he was right. 

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've heard a story like that.  Others who have made the accusation usually get "it must have been damaged in shipping it to us" and you really have no way to prove anything. :(

The only time I've ever considered grading anything was always when it was an in-person type thing where you're there to watch them. 
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Collect All 92! / Re: Rancor Keeper
« Last post by Master_Phruby on August 27, 2014, 08:55 AM »
It's amazing they never resculpted Yak Face from the POTF2 version but this they do a couple of times.

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Kubricks / Re: Deluxe Series 2 - Hoth
« Last post by I Am Sith on August 27, 2014, 07:56 AM »
I've seen the AT-ST driver as low as $275 on Yahoo Japan, so I guess I would have to say 'no' to your question.
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Collect All 92! / Re: Rancor Keeper
« Last post by IncomT65 on August 27, 2014, 07:13 AM »
Come on, let's give the big guy some love  ;D





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Collections / Re: Mr. Black's Man Cave: makeover 2014 - update 08/05
« Last post by IncomT65 on August 27, 2014, 03:41 AM »
Nice look so far!  I've toyed with redoing my stuff too but have not pulled the trigger as of yet.

Thanks, Scott. Like I said, I've toyed with this idea for a long time as well. But there's no going back now and I'm thoroughly enjoying myself doing this :)
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« Last post by Nathan on August 27, 2014, 03:14 AM »
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Collect All 92! / Re: Rancor Keeper
« Last post by SnTrooper on August 27, 2014, 02:37 AM »
While there were a ton of more deserving figures that they could have resculpted, this was a massive improvement, so no I wouldn't consider it the "most unwanted". That would go to something that came very soon after the last and was barely an improvement (like the 2012 CW animated Anakin and Obi-Wan) or worse something that was actually a downgrade.
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