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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #15 on: September 5, 2012, 06:03 PM »
Ultimately I am thinking I will be happy for my wallet if I buy less here - because "The Hobbit" toys are looking pretty darn nice   ;)

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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #16 on: September 5, 2012, 08:09 PM »
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Like some of the others I had a very blah reaction to next year's offerings. It's entirely ground we've covered before. As others have said, the well is very dry when it comes to figures we do want, so in that sense Hasbro and the community are both victims of the line's success. I have no incentive at all to buy any of those figures next year, and that's probably a good thing. I've had patches of disinterest and boredom before, but there's always been something to keep me going, and any new CW aside, there is nothing now. All good things. I think I will scale back dramatically next year, and focus on vintage only.

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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #17 on: September 5, 2012, 08:52 PM »
There's still a wealth of characters, from the OT, PT

A wealth, huh?  Wow, I must be missing some of the SW movies then.  Weren't there only 6 of them, or did I somehow miss a few over the years?  They didn't finally make that long-rumored sequel trilogy did they?  Man, I'll be pissed if I completely missed that!  Seriously though, I was just listing characters that are notable enough (in the movies or collecting community) for Hasbro to legitimately consider making in the immediate future.  I should've also included the various missing Amidala outfits too, and maybe Dorme.  Care to show off your extensive list of characters that don't require a Blu-ray freeze-frame of the movie to catch them?  Obviously there's dozens of additional uber-background characters throughout the saga which we'd probably all love to own (which 95% of us couldn't even name).  I have no doubt that Hasbro will eventually sprinkle a lot of these into the line over the next 8 years, but I'm smart enough to realize we won't be getting them all at once, and especially not in the first couple waves of a brand new line.  Like I estimated above, probably 90%+ resculpts and a small percentage of EU and all-new characters.  I guess it just comes down to our various levels of patience in getting the tiny fraction of new goodies.

So let me get this straight: your criteria for buying figures is that it simply has to have a Star Wars logo stamped on it, yes?

Pretty close, yeah.  Your cognitive skills are exceptional too, I might add.  Let me guess - you're at least a high school graduate, yes?  Congrats.

I guess having the buying habits of an automaton makes life more simple in the sense that you don't really need to expend any thought whatsoever in your purchases.

Exactly.  See how pleasant "collecting" can be?  I can easily save my brain for far more challenging matters, like trying to keep my Blu-ray collection "complete" too.  Uh-oh.  There I go, using the "C" word again.  I hope you're not having another rage-induced seizure.  Seriously, the way you continuously whine and bitch every time someone says the word complete, or collects differently than you do (Clone Wars, etc.), reminds me of a couple of my petulant nieces and nephews who constantly fuss when they feel like their friends have more toys than they do.  Childish.  I'd love to give them some prozac to calm them the hell down, but they're obvbiously too young.  Might be something worth considering for yourself though, since it's painful to watch someone come off so completely sad, mad and miserable.

It's just a hobby dude.  Calm yourself.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #18 on: September 5, 2012, 09:33 PM »
Looks like I pinched a nerve.  Relax Mikey, relax.  Don't let my opinion bother you so much.  Just continue to be Hasbro's ideal customer and gulp everything down like a nice little boy. 
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #19 on: September 5, 2012, 09:50 PM »

Personally, I hate when non-canonical material rewrites the established Star Wars history.  As it is, the PT already does that.  With Clone Wars, it does this on a much larger scale, IMO.  I just don't care for the series at all.

I kinda see your point, but to me, these are more "pure" than any comic or novel or game, because they come from Lucas himself.  And, since I gave up on the novels, comics and games, because they seemed less "Star Warsy" year after year, I don't see any contradictions.

Spirit of Mace...the word "wealth" really may mean different things to different people, I don''t think it's worth arguing over.  And, yes, I do see a wealth of ideas.  Let's say that we can come up with only 10 new, unmade characters from each film.  That's 60 figures right there. 10 a year would keep me interested for 6 more years!

And, you know what, I love the figures you have to freeze frame to see.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #20 on: September 5, 2012, 10:22 PM »
And, you know what, I love the figures you have to freeze frame to see.

I spent the other night watching Jedi and just glancing about Jabba's Palace and Home One for interesting figures. 

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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #21 on: September 5, 2012, 10:28 PM »
Yeah.  I still want that Mon Cal officer type guy with the big pouches on his belt.  He's right next to Ackbar when he talks about the Death Star.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #22 on: September 5, 2012, 10:30 PM »
It also made my artistic side kick in and want to get into dioramas (I've never done one so it'd be a feat) since I wish they would make the Emperor's Throne Room or the command deck of the Executor.

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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #23 on: September 5, 2012, 11:13 PM »
Yeah.  I still want that Mon Cal officer type guy with the big pouches on his belt.  He's right next to Ackbar when he talks about the Death Star.

I've dubbed him a Mon Cal Commando. :)

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I kind of agree with Pete that completists are collecting just to have a complete collection...  I'm sure they'd all have a breaking point, hopefully long before belly-button-lint.

And I agree with Spirit on the "wealth" of stuff, at least from the movies...  EU I give you there though FG, and wish they'd go that direction more, at least with the collector line.  The movie's wealth, at least for new, lies in obscurity at this point...  Not that we don't have obscurity but the line has to have balance.  I'm glad realistic CW is helping to at least make classic characters "new" again to a degree.  OW in his toon armor, and that Ani was a top fig for me last year.  Rex is a top for me next year but it's utter horse **** he doesn't have both phase 1 and 2 helmets...  ::)

For 2013 I'm figuring if things are at least easy enough to nab at stores for the most part, I'll probably just pick and choose a bit more...  I dropped the whole completist things circa 1999/2000 when I looked around and everything turned to **** in a heartbeat with the line.  To me you could find it all, but it all sucked, so it can be worse than 2012.  ;D

Then eventually the same thing took over with me and vehicles...  I got to a point where small vehicles just didn't cut it and I easily skipped them.

So for me, 2013's looking like I might just save a little, cut back some...  And that's probably for the best with me right now.  I'm thinking a bit for the next couple months on my collecting in general I guess.  I like a lot of it just because I like improving a figure and taking something inferior off the shelves.  So resculpts are ok for me I guess.  I'm open to whatever they wanna try.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #24 on: September 6, 2012, 12:34 AM »
I love the figures you have to freeze frame to see.

I spent the other night watching Jedi and just glancing about Jabba's Palace and Home One for interesting figures.

I'm with you guys.  That's what makes the Star Wars universe so interesting: the background aliens and obscure characters.  And EU characters are pretty much always successful in terms of sales.  I guess some people would much rather gobble down on 30 versions of Obi-Wan, Vader & Clone Troopers with a great big smile.  To each their own.... 

To be honest, I'm not sure why a completist would even bother reading or posting in this thread.  Will their collecting habits change?  Never.  They buy everything. 
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #25 on: September 6, 2012, 01:08 AM »
I was about 90% convinced that following the vintage collection I would be a cherry picker. Following SDCC and CVI it was confirmed. Part of me felt like i was abandoning something i have loved for so long but the interest and obvious year of re sculpts isn't doing it for me. I will still pick up random background aliens from Jabba's palace if they make any but I am content saying I am done.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #26 on: September 6, 2012, 01:29 AM »
Part of me felt like i was abandoning something i have loved for so long but the interest and obvious year of re sculpts isn't doing it for me.

I feel the same way.  It's odd, really.  It's been my hobby since 1995, and earlier.  And here it is, the point that I just might stop...it just might fade away into dullness.  I think that's why I started this thread, because this is actually bringing up strong feelings in me.  Like moving on from a best friend, or moving from a town you loved...

Who knows, maybe at ToyFair they will show something interesting and this will just be a phase.  I'm still not buying the droid factory line...
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #27 on: September 6, 2012, 03:06 AM »
Looking at those first couple of waves of the DROID FACTORY line, I definitely feel like I SHOULD be selective.  The definite buys for me?

Wave 1
- Arena Padme (It's about time!) BUY
- Rockets R2  (Gotta wait and see if this is any kind of improvement over the 2007 release)
- Ep2 Anakin  BUY
- Ep2 Clone SGT (Meh.  Is this a removable helmet version?)
- Geonosian Warrior (Meh)
- Luminara  (Looks like a definite improvement over the ROTS version) BUY
- Biker Scout (Is this the same as the Speeder Bike pack-in?)
- TIE Pilot  BUY
- RED Battle Droid (Meh)
- Sandtrooper (Black Pauldron)  (Meh.  How many Sandtroopers does one person need?)
- Pablo Jill  BUY
- 212th Clone (Again? Meh)

BADs = TC-70 & FA-4


Wave 2
Mace Windu Clone Wars Armor  BUY
Captain Rex  BUY
Luke Yavin Ceremony (Significant improvement over the 30AC version) BUY
Mara Jade Jedi  BUY
Darth Vader Bespin  BUY
A-Wing Pilot  BUY
Biggs Darklighter  (Significant improvement over the 30AC version) BUY
Ep 2 Clone Pilot (Meh)



The only incentive that I can see for buying all of the figures are the BAF droid parts.  Otherwise I'd definitely be cherry picking figures from these assortments.
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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #28 on: September 6, 2012, 03:08 AM »
I'm with you guys.

I don't mean to frighten you here (and hopefully you don't attempt to flip-flop now), but Iím with you all as well, or maybe you just selectively skipped over that part of my prior post:

Obviously there's dozens of additional uber-background characters throughout the saga which we'd probably all love to own...

I love the most background of background characters as much as anyone.  But again, I was just talking about what I realistically expect to see out of Hasbro, which is several of those figures sprinkled in sporadically each year across the course of the license, but not within the first couple waves of a new line.  If Lot Dodd, Yarna, Wuher, and Malikili all sell like crap, how well do you think Tey How, Ann Gella, Toonbuck Toora, Cin Drallig, Mosep, Baniss Keeg, Tsivvzt, Treva Horme, and Fozec are going to sell?  If I was a betting man, Iíd say weíre going to get every single one of those figures eventually, and Iíll be excited as hell when we do.  Iím just not going to quit the line until they come out, or get myself into a panicked or even disappointed state when theyíre not announced within any given new wave.  The line is what it is now Ė primarily resculpts, with hopefully some new EU characters thrown into the mix from time to time to liven things up.  If you canít see that, and are expecting something different from Hasbro, youíre living in fantasyland, and will surely be in a constant state of disappointment with the remainder of the line.

Just continue to be Hasbro's ideal customer and gulp everything down like a nice little boy.

Fortunately, I am a good little boy who gets a super swell allowance from his parents, so I have the luxury of affording every new smirking Obi-Wan, furled eye-browed Anakin, scowling Maul, expressionless Vader, bulging helmeted Clone, whining Luke, and exclusive George Lucas with belly-button lint (better have a removable plaid shirt and be the waddle-less 70ís version though).  And since I still live for the ďthrill of the huntĒ, I greatly enjoy tracking each and every one of them down.  My joy is now somewhat diminished, however, as I had no idea of the tremendously negative impact my toy purchasing has on your mental well-being.  I feel horrible too, for helping to ruin this toy line that weíre all here collecting.

To be honest, I'm not sure why a completist would even bother reading or posting in this thread.

To be honest, Iím not sure why someone who gets so upset over other peopleís Star Wars toy purchasing habits is posting on a Star Wars collecting forum.  Well, actually, I do know the answer to that, but inherent trolling is a discussion best served elsewhere.  Also, based on much of what Iíve read around these boards, it looks like most of the head-honchos around here were at one time completists as well (as were apparently many others JD members).  Should they not have been posting on their own boards here until they overcame their abnormal and repulsive afflictions?  Have you directed similar angst at JD mods like Scott, Rob and Jeff in recent years for having been completists too, or is it solely reserved for Pete_Fett and I in 2012?

I think speedermike's thread here had a very valid question, speaking to exactly what many collectors have gone through over the years: former completists who have turned the page to being more selective due to time, money, space, family, resculpts, repacks, distribution, etc.  Itís just a natural progression in the life of many collectors (especially over the course of 17 years), though a progression I donít foresee myself making anytime soon, hence my original answer to this threadís specific question.  In fact, why would speedermike be asking folks who are already selective with their figure purchasing if they're going to remain selective based on the relatively boring waves 1 & 2 of the new 2013 line?  Aside from the obvious B-A-D aspect (which Mike isn't emphasizing), that'd be a borderline stupid and seemingly repetitive question.  If anything, this thread is geared more towards completists (or those closer to it) than already selective buyers like yourself, so perhaps you're the one who shouldn't be replying here, eh?  Think about it.  :P

Also, please don't confuse my lengthy post(s) with you getting my knickers in a twist.  You give yourself too much credit.  I just greatly enjoy putting idiots in their place, that's all, and sometimes that takes more than pathetic one-liners to adequetly accomplish.  With that in mind, Iíll let you get back to your boringly predictable and far more "succinct" juvenile digs now FG.  Iíve said my peace.

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Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« Reply #29 on: September 6, 2012, 09:08 AM »
With Vintage on hold, I will buy half as much since I'll be going back to a non-carded collection.
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