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Collections / Re: Mr. Black's Man Cave: makeover 2014 - update 08/05
« Last post by Scott on August 26, 2014, 11:17 AM »
Nice look so far!  I've toyed with redoing my stuff too but have not pulled the trigger as of yet.
Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« Last post by McMetal on August 26, 2014, 08:40 AM »
His technique for sealing the bubbles to the card improved over time, but the earlier efforts should have been easy to spot from the visible iron marks around the edges of the bubble. Yes, he actually used an iron to heat seal the bubbles to the cards.  ::)

There are numerous photos in that thread that are pretty obvious fakes; you'd think an organization billing itself as an "authority" would have spotted those pretty easily.  ::)

Even the later ones can be identified using some deductive logic and a fine eye for detail, the guys over at RS had some really well informed analysis.
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« Last post by P-Siddy on August 26, 2014, 08:32 AM »
I think (I hope) my area here in Iowa is particular.

I need to come for a visit.
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« Last post by Darby on August 26, 2014, 08:04 AM »
I think (I hope) my area here in Iowa is particular. Peg warming here:

Target: Anakin, Greedo, 1 Stormtrooper for about five days now.

Wal-Mart: only one case of Wave 3, but has not moved in over a week, including the Stormtrooper.

TRU: Everything is peg warming there, Wave 1-3 except for Boba and the Stormtrooper. They've had a Biker Scout for over a week.
Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« Last post by EdSolo on August 26, 2014, 06:53 AM »
I have not read much on this topic.  How easy would it be to spot one of these fakes?  Is the card stock different than a vintage figure?  Not to defend AFA, but if this guy had a mint condition loose Fett and the bubbles and card stock were the same materials as vintage figures, I would think it might be difficult to spot one of these fakes.
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« Last post by Diddly on August 26, 2014, 12:03 AM »
"Pegwarming" at my stores in Austin:

- Target: Most stores have nothing. The ones that do have 2 Greedos, a Leia and a Han. You can occasionally find an Obi-Wan or a Bespin Luke if they've gotten a new case, and an occasional 3.75 inch figure
- Wal-Mart: All they sell anymore are toy lightsabers, but some stores still have TVC TPM figures with almost 3 years of dust
- TRU: See Target, except they have 10 3.75 inch Biggs figures

The last 2-3 years have really put 2002-2005 to shame
Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« Last post by Jesse James on August 25, 2014, 11:01 PM »
Saw this over the weekend finally...  Like I've said, if the measurements hold up, (1/17 by "official" measurements of the ship, but taking into account that all of the models including the lifesize prop vary, there is room for +/- there), this is basically a properly scaled X-Wing to action figures for $40...  Given the costs of underscaled ones you can put a figure into, I think it's a pretty solid deal.  What was the last price of an underscaled X-Wing?   :-\

What sucks is it's clearly not made to be complex at all...  Wings don't open, there's no cockpit or droid socket (not a full one anyway), and it only has a forward landing gear somehow...  Not sure what the rear gear would be, but I'm guessing the forward gear is just shorter than it should be, ultimately, and probably just plugs into a hole in the bottom.  Oh, and the laser's tips are simple half-circle bits...  Definitely cheaper looking.

Anyway, if you wanted an X-Wing to park next to an A-Wing that doesn't look comically small next to it?  This is your ship actually.  I know everyone's bashing it, but it's actually pretty detailed too with panel lines, the rear-hull greeblies, etc....  It needs painted (stickers, ugh), but man it's a good base, and for cheap.  I'm waiting to see if they show at K-Mart before I buy since I have coupons there and lots of points, but I'll get one at Target later if I have to.  I'm aiming for a few actually, and if they hit clearance I may buy up whatever I see.

I'd have paid $100 for this (seriously) if it had a full cockpit, opening hatch, full sized 3 landing gear w/hatch doors, and a full droid socket...  oh, and a paintjob.  Like, a real paintjob.  As it stands though, for $40, it's a good custom starting off point to make something that is actually pretty good, and at a pretty fair price to do so.  Try doing one from scratch and see if you can even accomplish something slightly less than this ship for $40, much less with the details it actually does have.

Hell, just a paintjob on this, it's going to display nice with figures around it, some ladders, and the Yavin cart that pretty much looks comically sad next to the previous Hasbro X-Wings.

This is another one of those things people are pissing their pants angry about that all I see is the positive here.  I wish we'd get a Y-Wing now that accompanied it (same scale).  I'd be giddy.  The shell is more than enough to work with.  I'll make it work...  And Hasbro isn't going to do one this scale with all the bells and whistles I'm afraid.  I wish they would because I'd gladly pay for it, but it's in the realm of "playsets" that isn't very likely to ever happen.
The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« Last post by McMetal on August 25, 2014, 09:52 PM »
6" Peg Warming in St. Louis: Slave Leia, Greedo, Han, Obi-Wan and Bespin Luke...  4" Peg Warmers: Nothing in most places as there aren't any pegs for them.

This is the exact same as around here. I would feel compelled to make some kind of insinuation about human characters not being as appealing as the other figures, but Greedo messes up that theory.
Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« Last post by McMetal on August 25, 2014, 09:47 PM »
Yes, it was a pretty deplorable yet fascinating debacle to watch as it unfolded. I eventually gave up and stopped paying attention...mostly because I am not a carded collector, but also because some of the opinions that started to come out in that thread were pretty appalling IMO. (Like the mindset that these fakes were "essentially as good" as real ones since they used all the same vintage cards and bubbles, and the idea that somehow AFA was not liable for their gross negligence in not identifying these as clear fakes when they had multiple opportunities to do so)

Those things are worthless IMO and I really feel badly for anyone who lost money on them. And I agree AFA can suck it, I don't see how anyone can take them seriously after such a string of recurring blunders.
The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« Last post by Jesse James on August 25, 2014, 08:31 PM »
Yeah I think what's left of collectors prop up this end of things online pretty much...  I know I only check the toy aisles when I'm in stores for other things.  And even then I do a lot of shopping on Amazon now.

I'm mostly buying on Amazon at this point...  Just easier.  I see stuff at retail and it's fun to walk away from it too.  Liberating.  The only place I've bought figures in the last year was actually K-Mart.  They were the only ones stocking TBS 4".  I've seen all 3 waves in some abundance, and so far nobody's put out 4 here yet.
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