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Modern Trading / LEGO Mini-Figure Trading!
« on: June 5, 2013, 04:33 PM »
I thought it'd be nice to have a place for us to swap LEGO mini-figures, either from the collectors series or extras from sets. If you have extras post your lists here!

Star Wars Action Figures / Wedding Centerpieces
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:40 PM »
I thought I should share these with you guys. My new wife and I made all of the decorations for our wedding. My groomsmen and I wore kilts so that should help explain this a little bit. Here were our table numbers:

I want to finish them off with sporrans at some point (we didn't have time to do it for them.) We made 16 troopers total, only 13 made it home. The kilts are all pleated in the back too. Hopefully I can get a group shot at some point.

Modern Classifieds / Ryan's WTB List
« on: February 26, 2012, 06:34 AM »
I haven't had one of these in awhile now but I'm need to fill in a few holes in my collection from the past year or so. I need the following figures, Loose and Complete is just fine unless noted. I'd love army builders at Wal-Mart's current $4 clearance if anyone has access to extras.

  * Denotes need for extras
  ^ Denotes need for MOMC

     -  VCP03: Rocket Fett^ (Totally forgot to order him...)
     -  VC05: AT-AT Commander *
     -  VC06: See-Threepio (C-3PO)   
     -  VC07: Dack Ralter *
     -  VC68: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) *
     -  VC69: Bastila Shan ^


          Search for Luke Skywalker (Target) (Clearanced sets only)

    - BOUNTY HUNTERS (Convention Exclusive) Includes:
             - VCP01 4-LOM
             - VCP02 Zuckuss

    - Empire #8: "Darklighter" (Celebration V)
             - Camie Marstrap
             - Laze "Fixer" Loneozner


     -  BD32: Spacetrooper *
     -  BD40: Captain Needa *
     -  BD42: Hoth Rebel Trooper *
     -  BD09: Rum Sleg
     -  BD32: Imperial Scanning Crew *
     -  BD33: Hrchek Kal Fas
     -  BD34: Leesub Sirln
     -  BD48: Snowtrooper (Concept Art) *
     -  BD50: Cloud City Wing Guard (Black) *
     -  BD50: Cloud City Wing Guard (Alien) *
     -  BD52: R2-X2
     -  Build-A-Droid: BG-J38
     -  BD61: Shaak Ti
     - Plourr Ilo & Dllr Nep Comic Pack
     - Machook, Keoulkeech & Kettch Comic Pack
     - #3: Kyle Katarn & Yuuzhan Vong (Just need the Katarn not the Vong)

  - The 30th Anniversary Collection

     -  Rebel Honor Guard *

  - Power of the Jedi

     -  BoShek *

Watto's Junk Yard / Ryan Makes Movies...
« on: October 20, 2011, 01:42 AM »
This isn't normally my style but here goes a little completely shameless self promotion...

I'm a first year film student at the Colorado Film School here in Denver. After a few years of putting film school off I decided this fall to go back to school to pursue my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. I've made three short films so far this semester and have another couple to finish. It is all pretty rudimentary stuff so far, but I am really enjoying it and the learning process that goes along with it. Check out my YouTube channel:

Big Damn Hero Productions

I'd love to hear what you guys and gals think. :)

We all know about all of the Vintage lines failings by now: shoddy distribution, bad case assortments, high prices, supposedly slacking sales... etc., etc., With the reveal of latest case assortment with only three new figures per wave it got me thinking today, are we headed towards either a 'new' figure line or a re-launching of the vintage line?

There seems to be a lot of similarities with the end of the SAGA line in 2004. The line was finally showing some promise after two years of mostly ****. Distribution in 2003 and even early 2004 was horrid, I don't know if it was quite as bad as it currently is, but it was close. 2004 SAGA ended with a wave that consisted of only three new figures, AT-ST Han, General Lando, and Crix Madine. The wave never showed up at retail here in CO. Another thing I find interesting is that this all happened in 2004 coinciding with the brand new DVD release. The SAGA line was canned and in came the Original Trilogy Collection (and the VOTC as well.) The last Saga wave did manage to find it's way into the OTC.

Out of the OTC's thirty eight basic figures only seven of them were new, the rest were either repaints or straight repacks. The seven figures were broken up into waves of three and four new figures.

The reason I am bring the OTC/SAGA transition up now is of course because of this year's BluRay release. It seems that many of the signs of 2004 are repeating themselves. I'm sure Lucasfilm wants lots of other merchandise out on the shelves to line up with the release. Why wouldn't a new figure line be a part of that? What makes it especially possible is the rumor that Hasbro intends to make 'realistic' Clone Wars figures in the regular line, and also that Saga Legends may also become part of the basic line. If they want to quickly, and cheaply relaunch the line it would likely be mostly repacks to cut Hasbro's costs, with a few new figures thrown in here and there to entice collectors into re-buying the rest.

I see two ways they could go about the change The first being an all new packing line with a new name, like they did with the OTC. I'm sure we'd see lots of repacks and wouldn't expect many new figures. This would require them to completely change the packing though, so that may be prohibitive. But if it changed the SKUs retailers would buy more for a reset. The other choice would be to re-launch the Vintage line starting the numbering system over. Vintage already seems like the best way to usher in the BluRay, so I'd like this option better. This time though I'd bet it'd essentially have Saga Legends mixed in, and would expect lots of repacks and very few new figures. This second option would probably take less effort on Hasbro's part and would likely be cheaper, so hopefully we'd see more new stuff this way than we would with option one.

I could see some of the later waves from this year being swapped over into the new line, much like the final 2004 Saga wave. That could also explain the ratio of new figures to old figures in the upcoming wave 10. I don't recall a line that had more than 70 figures or so in a year/single number system. That may also be a sign we are due for a change.

I don't remember when Hasbro first revealed the OTC, I was thinking it was earlier than SDCC 2004 but I could be wrong. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hasbro announce a re-launch or a new line at SDCC this year. It seems like we would have heard of this before, but Hasbro has managed to keep secrets from us before. So I don't see that it is outside the realm of possibility. Of course TPM 3D is coming out next year and we have already seen the card art with Maul on it, but I don't think that would necessarily keep the BluRay line from happening. OTC really only lasted from the end of the summer in 2004 up until about February of 2005 after only two-three small waves of POTC/OTC figures. Then of course in April of 2005 the ROTS line debuted and the basic line was restarted for the second time in less than a year. I can definitely see the same thing happening again this time around with the BluRay and TPM 3D. I'm sure that if we don't hear anything by SDCC that nothing is likely to happen.

Thoughts anyone?

Feedback / courtdevil's feedback
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:33 PM »
I received some VERY fast payment from Esmond for a huge lot of clones. Don't hesitate to trade with him he is a great guy and an asset to the trading community. :)

Feedback / shmashwitdaclub's feedback
« on: November 25, 2009, 02:20 AM »
I guess I get the pleasure of starting this thread for Justin. He picked up a bunch of figures from me recently and paid for them very quickly. He was also very patient with some slow communication on my part. No muss, no fuss here. Don't hestitate to do business with Justin.  :)

Star Wars Action Figures / 2009 JD CUSTOM CONTEST VOTING THREAD
« on: November 4, 2009, 07:26 PM »
November 1st has come and gone and we have just wrapped up our first Custom Contest:)

I'd like to start off by thanking everyone who entered a custom in the contest. We received a bunch of really good entries. I was impressed at the variety of different figures we have. Our 'theme' this time around was any character off of our Top-30 list that we sent in to Hasbro for the Fan's Choice Poll. It was a fairly wide open topic, so I was expecting to see some variety, but I was astonished to see that everyone submitted a different figure. That should make this a very close race.

Now that we have all of our entries it is time to vote on the winners! (Just when you thought election season was over ;) ) Whether or not you submitted a custom, we encourage everyone to vote. We are going to have three categories to vote in, and they look like this:

Most Production Level - This doesn't necessarily mean the 'best' overall figure. What we are looking for here is the figure that looks like it would be something that we would get from Hasbro. This refers to the paint, the sculpt/part choice, articulation and things of that nature.

Most Creative - Fairly self explanatory. See a figure you really like and it appears to have taken a stroke of genius to make it? Vote for that one.  ;)

Most Unique use of Non-SW Parts to Create a Star Wars Figure - Recognize a part from a GI-Joe figure? Have no idea where a set of arms come from but know they don't belong to a Star Wars figure? Vote for it here.

There are a few rules to the voting process:

  • Please pick only one figure for each catergory.
  • You can only vote for a figure once (i.e. you can't vote for the same figure in more than one category.)
  • Entrants were allowed to enter more than one figure, so you can vote for two figures from the same customizer, as long as they are for different categories.
  • Voting for your own figure is allowed, but generally isn't the classiest of maneuvers.
  • There will only be one winner in each of the three categories.
  • Fraudulent voting or ballot stuff is grounds for disqualification from this and all future customs contests
  • You must be an active Forum member to vote
  • You can submit your vote either by posting here in this thread or sending me your votes via PM.
  • When voting please make sure to list the categoy, followed by the name of the customizer and then the figure of your choice for each of the three categories
  • Voting will run until 9 PM Pacific on Wednesday November 18th (That's two weeks.)
  • Please keep this thread strictly for voting. Use our Discussion thread for feedback and discussion.

It's fairly simple, but by all means if you have any questions let me know. In addition to the three main categories, The JD Staff will also be picking two additional figures for the Judge's choice category.

As an added inncentive to vote, everyone who votes is also going to be eligible to win a prize. Everyone's name will be put into a hat (figuratively speaking) and we will randomly select a winner. The winner will get 2 TLC Spacetroopers to help build your Imperial Army.

The entries are all listed below. Enjoy looking through all of the great customs. It sure is going to be a close contest. Thanks for voting!  :)

Modern Trading / Ryan's Trade List (I have lots of clones to trade)
« on: September 17, 2009, 03:51 AM »
I'm looking to get rid of my clone army and want to pick up some more Imperials or Rebels instead. Let me know if I have anything you are interested in and we can try to work out a deal. :)


Loose Clones and Clone Vehicles

  37 SA ROTS #41 White Clones
  12 TSC SA Utapau Grunts 1 PENDING
  9 ROTS #6 Quick Draw Clones (Red Shocktrooper variant)
  9 ROTS #33 Clone Commanders (red Variant) (1 has been slightly customized)
  9 30AC Galactic Marines
  7 ROTS Clone Pilots (Black Variant)
  6 SA Shocktoopers (From Skirmish at the Senate BP) 2 PENDING
  5 ROTS 501st Clones (AT-TE Gunner Sculpt)
  5 ROTS #6 QD
  5 Clones fom Attack on Coruscant BP (4 Grey Clones and 1 Blue Commander)
  5 ROTS AT-RT Drivers
  4 Mace Windu's Clone Battalion (3 Troopers and 1 Ariborne Trooper)
  4 Feulica Clones (From the 30AC Felucia BP)
  4 Felucia Clones (Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Evolutions)
  3 TSC SA 501st/Commander Appo
  3 TSC Blue striped Fleet Security Clones
  3 501st Clones from JTA BP (Quick-Draw Sculpt)
  3 30AC Utapau Airborne Clones
  2 Utapau Shadow Troopers
  2 TSC Green Clones (they look like the Utapua troopers only green)
  2 TSC Clone Engineers
  2 ROTS Deluxe Jetpack Clones
  2 ROTS Clone Pilots (Grey/White)
  2 ROTS #33 Clone Commanders (Green variant)
  2 Hunt For Grievous BP Blue ARCs
  2 Grey Clone Commanders (From Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper Evolutions #2)
  2 Firespeeder Pilots
  2 Evolutions ROTS Clone Pilots (from Imperial Pilots Evolution Set #1)
  2 30AC BARC Troopers
  1 Yellow Striped Barc (from the Order 66 Pack, the one that comes with the little alien Jedi)
  1 Target Exclusive Neyo Clone Trooper Grunt
  1 Salucami BP (Neyo and Trooper with BARC Speeders)
  1 ROTS Commander Bly
  1 ROTS Commander Baccara
  1 ROTS #59 SA Gree MOMC
  1 MOMC Commader Keller/Marine Comic Pack
  1 Hunt for Grievous BP Clone Chaingunner
  1 CW2003 ARC Trooper
  1 Custom SA Commander Cody (his legs were fixed so hisstance isn't as wide, he is SA, and appears taller. Paintjob is improved too)
  1 custom SA Commander Baccara
  1 Custom ROTS Quick Draw Gree
  1 Custom Commander Bly (Clone Commander #33 Repaint)
  1 AT-TE Tank Gunner
  1 AT-RT
  1 ARC-170 w/ 3 White ROTS Clone Pilots
  1 Animated AOTC Clone from AT-TE
  1 501st Commando/Commander from a Order 66 pack
  1 30AC Gree
  1 30AC Brown Spot Clone


Sideshow 12" Figures

  BTVS Spike (Human Face, Black Coat, Red Shirt) ***
  BTVS Drusilla
  BTVS Darla

Hasbro 3 3/4" Indiana Jones Basic and Deluxe Figures

  TLC: Elsa
  TOD: Indiana Jones w/ Machette
  TOD: Short Round
  TOD: Mola Ram
  TOD: Willie Scott
  TOD: Temple Guard x 1
  Deluxe Cario Thugs Two-Pack


Army Builders - Loose is Fine!

  Evolutions TIE Pilots
  Evolutions Imperial Commandos
  TLC Wave 5 Spacetroopers
  TLC Captain Needa (Multiples)
  TLC Imperial Engineers (DSG Repaint)
  30AC Death Star Troopers
  30AC Imperial Evo Troopers (TFU)
  30AC Imperial Jump Troopers (TFU)
  VTSC/UBP/SL Snowtroopers
  TSC/Saga Legends Sandtroopers, clean or dirty
  TSC Death Star Gunners
  Legends Shadow Stormtroopers
  VTSC Biker Scouts
  Hoth Biker Scouts

  TLC Hoth Rebel Troopers
  TLC Rebel Technicians from the Yavin BP
  30AC Rebel Honor Guards
  Any Rebel Pilots using the most current sculpts

  VTSC Tusken Raiders

Thanks for looking! :)

I have some extra figures from the Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions sets if anyone is interested. I have two each of the Red ARC Trooper Alpha and the Republic Commando (Fi Skirata.) I'm looking to trade these for either the Evolutions TIE Pilot, John Branen form the Rebel Set, or Jake Farrell also from the Rebel set. I'm also looking for TLC Hoth Rebel Troopers.

I'm also willing to sell these. The cost is $8.74 each (cost + the amount of tax per figure) If no one claims these in the next week or so I'll probably return the sets to Wal-Mart. (They are currently unopened.)

Modern Classifieds / NEW Evolutions Extras For Sale
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:10 AM »
I have some extra figures from the Wal-Mart Exclusive Evolutions sets if anyone is interested. I have two each of the Red ARC Trooper Alpha and the Republic Commando (Fi Skirata.) The cost is $8.74 each (cost + the amount of tax per figure) If no one claims these in the next week or so I'll probably return the sets to Wal-Mart. (They are currently unopened.)

The Legacy Collection / Imperial Storm Commandos
« on: September 3, 2009, 05:25 PM »
I don't know why it hadn't occured to me before to ask this question, but does anyone here (Jesse I'm looking at you) no which of the upcoming Storm COmmandos is more accurate? The Evolutions version or the one from the comic pack? I'm kind of wanting to put together a squad of these guys, but I'd like to do it with one type. Here's the comparison between the two:


Aside from the obvious color difference, there seems to be a couple things different with the sculpt as well. The Evolutions version is mostly the VTSC Scout, with a new helmet, shins, and a belt. I'm struggling on the comic pack version though. The General Wier looks like he is entirely the Endor BP/VTSC removable helmet scout sculpt with a new head and bandoleer. But the commando with him is different. He is missing the ankle holster which means his shins aren't the VTSC sculpt and the quads aren't either, but they don't look like the Evolutions version either. It almost looks like he uses the VTSC Snowtrooper legs. Same with the arms.

I'd like to know which is technically more accurate. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. :)

« on: August 31, 2009, 12:21 AM »
Here it is... it is pretty simple.

3 Catagories:  Most Production Level (looks most like a Hasbro figure)
                    Most Creative
                    Most unique use of non-sw parts to create a SW figure

Then 2 Judges Prizes picked by staff randomly.

You can Choose any figure listed on the Top 30 wishlist that we are sending to Hasbro (sorry Jocasta Nu fans).

It is going to run for 2 months, so get your entries in before Nov 1.  

I also ask that you "register" with me with a simple "I'm in" type message. Either a PM or forum post will work just fine.  

On Nov 1.  We will get a gallery going with the photos, (you can submit 2 photos) then there will be a vote of members AS OF Nov 1.  (Sorry again Jocasta Nu Fans) That is how this one will work a straight up vote by the community.  If there is a bunch of voter fraud or ballot stuffing, the next contest will be judged differently.

There will be a discussion thread, feel free to post pics of WIPs or keep your project to yourself, it is up to you.   You can enter as many customs as you wish, but there will only be 1 prize per person.  

The prizes are up in the air right now, we are working with Sponsors (you've seen the banners on the site, click them from the main page, buy stuff, we like them)..but for now I anticipate Gift Cards to advertisers instead of merchandise (it ships cheaper). But the more participants we get, the more we will try to award prizes.

Be sure to check out the main contest thread in the customs forum. :)

Rules are subject to change and prizes may vary.

And in case anyone is having trouble finding it here is our Top 30 List once again:

1. Bom Vimdin16. Emperor Palpatine (Senate Duel)
2. Weequay (Skiff Master)17. Endor Rebel Soldier (Super Articulated Resculpt)
3. Bespin Han Solo (Super Articulated Resculpt)18. Fozec
4. Torryn Farr19. Kithaba
5. Doctor Evazan (Super Articulated Resculpt)20. Lumat/Wompus
6. Ponda Baba (Super Articulated Resculpt)21. Nien Nunb (Super Articulated Resculpt)
7. Hoth Princess Leia (Super Articulated Resculpt)22. Nikto (Vintage version)
8. Rebel Fleet Trooper (Super Articulated Resculpt)   23. Sim Aloo
9. ANH Grand Moff Tarkin (Super Articulated Resculpt)24. Zam Wessel (Super Articulated Resculpt)
10. Hoth Rebel Soldier (Echo Base)25. Tonnika Sisters (2-Pack)
11. Hoth Luke Skywalker (Super Articulated Resculpt)26. Joruus C'baoth
12. Mosep27. Admiral Pellaeon
13. Sergeant Doallyn28. Imperial Commander (SA Black Tunic)
14. Admiral Ackbar (Super Articulated Resculpt)29. Guri
15. Cliegg Lars30. Bastilla Shan

(Note once again that Jocasta Nu isn't on the list... :P)

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