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Other Toy Lines / Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: September 5, 2017, 05:51 PM »
As I've been going through my collection this year, parting with some of it and reorganizing some of it, it has made me a little nostalgic. I started going back through some of the older threads here and reliving the discussions and excitement as some lines were being released. Obviously, lots of Star Wars, but also the beginnings of the GI Joe 25th line, MOTU Classics, Marvel Legends, etc. Also, as a side note, how great was 2007 for collecting? The 30th Anniversary Collection for Star Wars (with McQuarrie figures), and the beginnings of the GI Joe 25th line!

Anyways, what are some of your favorite toy lines of all time? Childhood (since that is often where it starts) or all the way up to today.  Here's a few off the top of my head:

Star Wars (Vintage)
Star Wars (30th)
Star Wars (VOTC, continuing to the Vintage Collection)
G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Collection
Masters of the Universe Classics
Marvel Legends
DC Universe Classics

Not sure if is the right board for this, so feel free to move. With the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars coming up in May, plus Hasbro's hints that we will see something, what would you like to see?

The line in general has changed so much in the past few years it is difficult to know what to expect. Could it be mainly repacks of the 5 POA ANH figures they have done over the past few years (possibly on vintage cards)? Does the Wal-Mart grip on the SA 3 3/4" exclude re-releases of past figures (like from the VOTC ERA?

I don't necessarily expect them to do anything to huge (although if I was dreaming the long-requested Death Star would be nice), but I hope we see something that at least honors the original 12 or 21 figures. I do wish sometimes they could return to the VOTC/VTSC concept of having 12-18 "ultimate" type figures per year, on vintage cards. Many of those figures have been done nearly perfectly (Han, Chewie, Obi, Vader, etc), so I would understand repacks of those in some ways.

If you look on the 6" side, it would be neat to see the vintage packaging concept applied there too, even if it is just for a limited number of ANH figures. I'd love to see a 6" Hammerhead, Walrusman, or Jawas here, along with many others. I also think a 6" scale Landspeeder would be kind of neat (or a Millennium Falcon cockpit). Anyways, what would you like to see for the anniversary? Original Trilogy figures have been pretty rare since the new movies started (particularly in the smaller scale), so it would be nice to see at least a small return to that.

Modern Classifieds / WTB: Loose Rey Figures
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:08 PM »
I mentioned it in the Takodana Encounter thread, but if anyone is looking to unload the Rey figure from that set, please let me know. Our daughter is having a Star Wars birthday next month, and we were looking to pack a Rey figure in each of the gift bags for her friends if we were able to get some picked up in time. I've already had a couple of helpers here (thanks Rob and Diddly!), which has been amazing. Thanks so much.

I know it may be a long shot, but I was wondering if any one here may have an extra copy of the Solo figure variant to Star Wars 2, or know of one available. I was hoping to keep up a set of these but unfortunately missed the earlier ones and in specific my favorite Han Solo. eBay prices look to be crazy so I thought I'd check here. Thanks for any help.

Star Wars Action Figures / Custom TFA Luke Skywalker Action Figure
« on: September 2, 2015, 12:22 PM »
Saw this a few days ago, but hadn't seen it here yet.  Not sure if it is legit or not, but could be a possible look at a Force Awakens Luke Skywalker in this line:

The Force Awakens / Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:57 AM »
After looking through all the pics and info over the past couple weeks, I've been trying to come up with a game plan for Force Friday (or that weekend, or whenever you get out to shop).  I've sold stuff/set aside money in anticipation, and hope to stick to a budget and not go too crazy.  I know that reactions to the stuff have been mixed, so I was curious what everyone hopes to pick up from this line?  For me, I think its looking like this:

Basic Figures - One of each of the new characters, likely passing on stuff we've seen before (Bespin Luke, Vader, etc.)  Same goes for the armor up figures, might get the Chewie and Poe.

Vehicles - I'd like to get the new Falcon, I dig the X-Wing and TIE as well.  Not sure if I'll get all three right off the bat, but eventually.  The smaller vehicles will be case by case, definitely want Rey's speeder though.

Black Series - All of these please, aside from the ginormous TIE.  Still undecided on that one.

Aside from that, I'll have to wait and see if we get anymore that wasn't listed in recent pictures.  I'll likely continue to get all "new" characters from the Force Awakens, and hold out hope for a more SA line eventually too.  Also, for some reason I sort of want that NERF Chewie bowcaster.  I'll be looking at the LEGOs as well, but that's a whole other thread :).

Headed to eBay, mods please delete post. Thanks!

Modern Classifieds / For Sale: Carded MOTU Classics Figures
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:35 PM »
Headed to ebay with these, thanks for looking.  Mods could delete this thread if possible.

Modern Classifieds / For Sale: Carded Vintage Collection Figures
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:31 PM »
Going through the collection this summer and I've got some things to sell if anyone is interested.  First up is a batch of carded vintage collection figures from a time when I thought I was going to try to have a complete carded set of these (I later stuck to only OT).  Price is $7 each (not including shipping) and if you are only interested in the figure I can sure open them as well.  If you decide you want the entire lot, I'll take care of the shipping costs.  Otherwise, shipping is not included in the prices listed and is based on weight.  PayPal is preferred. I should be listing more stuff soon, and hope to add pictures.  If interested, please contact me via PM.  Check me out in the feedback thread here:;action=display;threadid=1891  Thanks for looking!

TVC Obi-Wan Kenobi (TPM)
TVC Qui-Gon Jinn (TPM)
TVC Darth Maul (TPM)
TVC Gungan Warrior (TPM)
TVC Mawhonic (TPM)
TVC Jar Jar Binks (TPM)
TVC Naboo Pilot (TPM)
TVC Clonetrooper Lieutenant (AOTC)
TVC Jango Fett (AOTC)
TVC Obi-Wan Kenobi (AOTC)
TVC Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (ROTS)
TVC Shocktrooper (ROTS)

Power of the Force 2 / 20th Anniversary of POTF2
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:08 PM »
Man, it is hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the original "return" of Star Wars figures to the toy aisles.  Although many of those figures look ridiculous these days, it really was a cool time in SW collecting I think.  I wasn't really "in" on these from the beginning, but came in later on and then backtracked picking some of them up.  Although some of the He-Man like sculpts were kind of extreme, I remember - at the time - thinking figures like the Boba Fett were amazing, just comparing detail to the vintage line.  I didn't know anything about "collecting" toys then, and hadn't paid that much attention since my childhood for the most part, but that was the start of things that continues to this day.  There are times when I like to look back on the releases for each year in the POTF2 days, and think how much fun it must have been for those of you who bought in from the beginning - awaiting each new version of our favorite characters, not to mention all of the vehicle, beasts, and other things that were hitting at that time.

Other Toy Lines / Pixar Toys
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:10 PM »
Has anyone here seen the new "collector" line of Pixar toys?  I've only seen them at Toys R Us, although I'm not sure if they are exclusive or not.  Aside from the regular Toy Story stuff they normally have, they've had a new line of 6" scale figures (as well as some smaller stuff) that I haven't seen before.  I picked up the Mr. Incredible last week, and have to say it isn't too bad.  The pricepoint ($20) while average for that size does seem a little steep, but a coupon I had made it more bearable.  I've only seen that figure, as well as Wall-E and Eve from that movie, and the back of the box shows Syndrome and a couple of Nemo figures as well.  Just curious if anyone here had seen these, or was interested in them.  I can't speak for the entire line, but the Mr. Incredible figure isn't too bad, glad I picked it up.  Not sure if I'll be getting any others, can't really afford another line, but would be tempted for the rest of the Incredibles if they get there.  As cool as a Pixar shelf might look, I don't think I could afford that at $20 (in addition to Star Wars, Marvel, and some LEGO).

Joe Defender / Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:42 PM »
Looks like this is happening, very similar to Star Wars, blown up versions of the vintage figures:

Not necessarily "Black Series" per se, but thought this was the most relevant place to post this.  With a sort of slow time this year and last, have you given any thought to what your collecting might look like once Episode VII hits theaters (and beyond)?  It looks like, if Disney's plans hold, that we'll be having yearly Star Wars movies - and likely yearly toy lines as well.  Will you collect it, pick and choose, wait and see?

Our family has been going through a whole house condensing/cleanout this summer - and I've been spending a lot of time on the office (which is also the collection room) and also going through storage tubs.  What I've realized is - news flash - I have a lot of crap :).  The display areas in our office are already pretty full (primarily Star Wars and Marvel stuff, with some Joes, LEGO, LOTR, Indy, MOTU, and DC), not to mention all the tubs just sitting in our garage, full of toys.  It makes me realize, not only do I need to sell off/donate some of this stuff, but I really need to re-assess as we look forward to this onslaught of new movies and merchandise.

Star Wars has always been my primary collecting focus, and hitting the toy aisles and visiting forums like this is what led me to collecting other lines as well.  I know, barring a huge change to the scale/look of the line, I'll be on board for the toys for these new movies - particularly the "main trilogy" - at least to some extent.  Knowing that, I know that I need to cut back in other areas.  Some collections (Joes, LOTR, DC, MOTU, Indy) are pretty much complete, I just like having them displayed.  Marvel is something I've really gotten into though, and the movies there don't show any signs of slowing down either.  I've gotten much more selective in what I buy, skipping a lot of figures in the SW line over the past couple of years simply because they didn't excite me, and I'll continue that.

Anyways, back on the original topic - do you plan to collect the stuff from these new movies, or are you taking a wait and see approach?  I know I'll at least buy some things, but I will take a wait and see to know what the spinoffs and of that are all about.  Plus, I need to figure out a place for this stuff to go before I buy anything.  I'm at capacity now, and not someone who likes to collect just to put in storage, so I've got some decisions to make in the next year plus.

Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:49 PM »
Yoda's news has the exclusive info here, sounds like it is coming to Wal-Mart this fall, is supposed to be 2 feet long, and is very similar to the X-Wing we've already seen (no figure compatability, etc.)

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