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Title: Gentle Giant Mini-Busts
Post by: Angry Ewok on January 20, 2003, 10:05 PM
Holy Moly! These things are beautiful!  :o :o :o
I am DEFINATELY going to pick up at least one of these.... I am most impressed w/ the changable arms and weapons.... Who else is completely hyped up to get one or 3 of these?
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: krisvds on January 24, 2003, 01:36 PM
now that are good ideas... but what with the other arm-less busts ?  :-\
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: Boba Binks on March 15, 2003, 01:18 PM
I bought all the other busts so far. I will be buying these as well. :)
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on March 18, 2003, 04:14 PM
I've also managed to collect them all so far, and am quite excited about these! Although, I would have preferred a more "true" bust and not had the arms...
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: Angry Ewok on March 19, 2003, 11:18 AM
Well, check out the main page for some pictures from a new feature DarkHorse has got. Pretty cool stuff. I'm working on putting one more image up w/ a front/side/rear image of the Clone.

I'm surprised you don't like the arms, BDW, but I understand why you don't.  ;)
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on March 19, 2003, 12:12 PM
I really like the concept of the arms and whatnot, but I guess I would have rather seen it applied to something else. I really prefer consistency in a line, snf the recent addition of arms to new busts kind of makes them look like they dont match. I guess Im just a bust "purist" that way ;) But dont take that as me not being impressed, because Im very impressed with them! I ordered a case as soon as they became available ;)

I'd like to see Dark Horse make an addition to the line with statues of the same scale. They'd probably run about $100.00 or so, but I think it would look nice with the mini busts. Something like that would have been perfect for the interchangeble part clone troopers too.

Im anxious to see the new OT stuff, like the Grand Moff Tarkin! (scanned from a life cast of Peter Cushing).
Title: Re:Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: krisvds on March 19, 2003, 12:28 PM
nice feature!

caption: "when Jedi goes bad"
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: Jango Fettish on March 20, 2003, 12:24 AM
Which reminds me, Adam. If anyone backs out on a Yellow Clonetrooper, LMK. I'm still interested in that white one though, so keep me posted.

BTW, has there been an official date as to when that Boba Fett bust is going to be released?

I gotta start saving my pennies, because there is an Attakus Jango Fett statue that is going to basically break me later this year.  :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on March 20, 2003, 08:52 AM
Thank god I never got into Attackus... I'd probably be living in a van down by the river, hitched to a trailer with my collection
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: Boba Binks on March 20, 2003, 12:04 PM
Last night I went to Comic Carnival (local comic shop here in Indy) to see if my order for the Clones Bust and Baba Fett Bust was still on order. I was told by the guy there that the Boba Fett bust is due out in April sometime, or so he believes. The Clones is due ?

I think the Boba Fett bust will be the hardest one to acquire thus far since so many people like him so well.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Min-Bust Clones!
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on March 20, 2003, 12:41 PM
They boosted Boba's numbers up to 7500, so I think he may be relatively easy to get. Maybe not as easy as the first seven, but a lot easier than Vader or Yoda.

From what I've heard, the Clone busts are due around May/June
Title: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: dustrho on May 3, 2003, 05:38 PM
I'm thinking about getting the Boba Fett bust as my final purchase with my recent birthday money. Does anyone have this, and what's your take on it? Is it worth the $50? I'm planning on getting it through Dark Horse Comics (http://www.darkhorse.com/products/zones/z_starwars/zp_profile/fr_special/sku_11938/index.html).

(http://209.95.35.130/covers/11/11938.jpg)
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 3, 2003, 09:06 PM
Ive ordered it, but this one has yet to be released. It should be released sometime this month methinks, as the Clone busts are coming next month.

Its definately a cool looking bust, and Im very impressed with all of the other busts made by Gentle Giant.

If you want a Boba Bust, you might also consider the rather cool looking Legends in 3D bust, which can usually be found on Ebay for just a bit more than this mini bust, and it is about twice the size. Its part of a series of 5 busts made by Legends in 3D, the others being Cantina Band Member, Greedo, Tusken Raider and Emperor Palpatine (which I have yet to find, grrrr)
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: Boba Binks on May 9, 2003, 04:46 PM
Out of all the GG busts that I have the Boba Fett is my favorite thus far. Most of the E2 busts were lame.

Title: Re: Busts
Post by: dustrho on May 13, 2003, 11:53 PM
Anyone see this new bust?  It looks sweeeeeeeet!

(http://www.starwars.com/eu/news/2003/05/img/tarkinbust_bg.jpg)

Here's an excerpt from starwars.com's website...

"The Grand Moff Tarkin mini bust is on sale October 15. It stands 5 1/2" tall, is numbered and limited to 7,500, and packaged in a full-color box. Its suggested retail price is $50.00. Gentle Giant reserves the right to increase the edition size if needed to fill initial orders."
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: krisvds on May 14, 2003, 09:06 AM
coooooooooooooooooooool !!!
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 14, 2003, 09:34 AM
The bust looks cool, but there is just too much extra stuff. Busts are only supposed to be torsos with heads; no arms, no other stuff. I still like it though! :) Ill definately pick it up
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: DSJ on May 14, 2003, 10:38 AM
Holy Hanna. That bust is Sweet.  8)
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: Boba Binks on May 14, 2003, 01:20 PM
I printed out the picture and took to my frined at my comic book store. I have my name put down for them to order one. Man! I wonder how long the Busts will keep going? I hope at least for the Main Characters.

Title: Re: Busts
Post by: Jango Fettish on May 15, 2003, 11:22 AM
I ordered the Boba Fett bust from ToyNK, and it has changed since that first picture was made public. They also stepped up his run as well, to 7,500.

Not much on Mr. Tarkin just because I never saw his appeal, aside from being the only guy that had more power than Vader, so to speak.  But I am with Adam. I  like busts more along the lines of Jango Fett.

Gotta make an exception w/ Boba, b/c his blaster is way too sweet.  ;D
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: jara19 on May 15, 2003, 03:40 PM
I think the new Tarkin bust looks amazing! I also just recieved my Boba Fett bust and Wow. I wasn't a huge fan of the Ep. 2 busts except Dooku and Jango, but the OT busts have been great.
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: Jango Fettish on May 20, 2003, 12:14 PM
Hey Chris...don't hesitate to get that Boba bust...

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-03/fatherson.jpg)
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: dustrho on May 20, 2003, 01:47 PM
Hey Chris...don't hesitate to get that Boba bust...

I wish I had gotten it when I had the money, but now I'm broke.  :(
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 20, 2003, 02:14 PM
Got my Boba bust today, so except for the Legends in 3D Emperor bust, my bust collection is complete! :)

(http://home.earthlink.net/~adamclowe/DSC00002.JPG)
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: JediMAC on May 20, 2003, 02:25 PM
Cool bust collection Adam!  MisterPL actually gave away that Palpy bust as a prize in the previous Survivor contest over at GH.  Bummer!

I actually like what I see in the background of that picture even more though!  You need to put up some more shots of that sweet figure collection of yours!  I love seeing what my collection would look like OUT OF the boxes - so pictures from a fellow carded and loose completist are always cool in my book!   ;)  Do you rotate the carded ones on those pegs so you're not looking at the same ones in the front all the time Adam?

Dig your "father and son" shot as well Cory!
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 20, 2003, 02:31 PM
Ill try and take some pictures of the figure collection later. My carded Saga collection right now is in numerical order. My POTJ collection (not pictured) is just kind of haphazardly organized, but into collection 1 and 2, and Star Tours by itself
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: dustrho on May 20, 2003, 03:53 PM
Awesome pictures Adam!!!!!!
Title: Re: Busts
Post by: DSJ on May 21, 2003, 12:21 PM
Very nice collection Adam.  8)
Title: MBNA Chrome Vader mini bust
Post by: jadesfire on July 5, 2003, 12:16 PM
Finally, something to use my credit card points for!!

Chrome Vader Bust (https://www.galacticrewards.com/vaderbust.html)

I was saving my points for the mini bust of Padme but only Obi-wan and Anakin are available so I think I'll just use some of them for this item.
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on July 5, 2003, 01:06 PM
WHAT?! Whoa there... Unless they changed it, they did have a deal, all you had to do was apply for the card, spend $25.00 and you'd get the bust! Now you effectively have to spend $7500 bucks?
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: Boba Binks on July 5, 2003, 05:50 PM
Someone please find out what the deal is. I got the Star Wars Card (Yoda), charged on it to get my Vader statue, and now I am awaiting for it.

Please do not say that the deal changed!!! I have all the original paperwork printed out from the Bust offer. If it has changed I will be sending a copy of it to the company to get my Vader Bust!

Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on July 5, 2003, 06:54 PM
I emailed them, hopefully Ill get a reply soon.

Ill be doing the same thing Binks! The same deal is still available as a link on their website, so hopefully it means we will still get them. If not, Im raising hell, because its the only reason I got the card to begin with. You better belive Im not spending 7500 bucks to get the dang thing
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: dustrho on July 6, 2003, 01:12 PM
That Vader bust is sweeeeeet!   :o

I can't imagine that you would have to spend $7500 just to be able to get that Vader bust.  That doesn't make any sense.  Who really has $7500 to spend with how the economy has been recently?  I know I don't.
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on July 6, 2003, 01:41 PM
Yeah, their rewards system isn't a whopping great deal. Basically you get one point per dollar spent, and it takes thousands and thousands of points to get anything even halfway worthwhile
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: Jimmy on July 6, 2003, 09:22 PM
Definitely insane to say the least.
I tried as did my wife to get the CC though we both received the "Yoou have too many revolving accounts" denial.

Funny we own a house, two cars, a number of cc's and just refinanced... OH well...

The 7500 points is absurd IMHO. I mean the way I see it is that bust costs you $7500!!! Uh... yeah...  ::)
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: Boba Binks on July 8, 2003, 03:53 PM
I have a bad feeling about this...
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: dustrho on July 8, 2003, 04:35 PM
I emailed them, hopefully Ill get a reply soon.

Have you gotten an official reply from them yet about this?
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on July 8, 2003, 07:26 PM
Yup! :)

Got an email, and the original deal still holds true if you signed up and requested it. This new "deal" is intended for all those who had the card before the deal went into play. Im still going to call and double check with them though, but I cant find the phone number
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: jadesfire on July 9, 2003, 02:28 PM
This new "deal" is intended for all those who had the card before the deal went into play.

That would apply to me...kind of sucks since I got nothing for signing up when it first came out.  Heck, I didn't even get the actual "picture" card until a few months later!!  Geesh...
Oh well, free stuff is free stuff.  I just used some of my points for the Obi-wan figure since I can't find that one around here.
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: Boba Binks on July 9, 2003, 08:32 PM
I got the same info that BDW got.
Title: Re: Vader mini bust
Post by: Rod on July 24, 2003, 07:12 PM
Anybody heard how many of this bust they are making?

I have e-mailed GG a few times but I think I am being ignored

Hey Jimmy! ;D
Title: Attack of the Clone Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 14, 2003, 05:40 PM
Well, they arrived today. My case of six Clone Trooper mini busts. I must say, Im pretty impressed, and love the extra selection of pieces.

In case you dont know, each bust includes:

1 bust, right arm attached
1 head (duh)
1 hand holding viewers
1 hand holding small blaster
1 hand holding large rifle
1 arm pointing
1 arm to hold the blaster or rifle

They are packed 6 to a case, in a 3:2:1 ratio in white, yellow and red respectively.

I actually have a beef with these though. Maybe its their paint, maybe its the paper, maybe its the 102 degree heat index, but every single bust I opened today, the wrapping paper was completely stuck to it. Imagine painting something and wrapping tissue paper around it while its drying. It was that bad. I had to scrub them all in warm water with a tooth brush, and there are still a couple of nooks and crannies I missed. I'm going to write to GG about this, hoping they can remedy the problem with later busts.

Well, onto the pictures. I tried to get as many variations in poses as I could, and this pretty much covers it. The only other poses would be holding the rifle and pointing, and holding the binoculars and using the gun holding arm (which would hold nothing).

Be warned, they are kind of big, and may take a while:

 (http://home.earthlink.net/~adamclowe/White_Clone.jpg)

(http://home.earthlink.net/~adamclowe/Yellow_Clone.jpg)

(http://home.earthlink.net/~adamclowe/Red_Clone.jpg)


And also, just for fun, the extremely rare chase paint variant: the turquoise clone:

(http://home.earthlink.net/~adamclowe/Blue_Clone.jpg)

If you havent figured out that I'm kidding, well, I am. I just held the flash too close to the convention exclusive blue Clone bust.
Title: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Rod on August 16, 2003, 12:23 PM
In case you all had not heard Gentle Giants was interviewed by the people over at Galactic Hunter.com and the next bust after the Biker Scout will be a deluxe Stormtrooper.  Let the speculating begin!!!

Go check out their interview here
http://www.galactichunter.com/chicagoww03/gentlegiant.asp (http://www.galactichunter.com/chicagoww03/gentlegiant.asp)
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Jango Fettish on August 16, 2003, 12:35 PM
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Eric: I think you're exactly right. We didn't expect this.

Thats bull****. You make 1,000 of something then divide it over two of th US's biggest conventions that will see about 40,000 people and you don't expect it to be popular?

Anyway, I've already given up buying any more of these because at $50 a piece, it just too hard to keep up with.
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2003, 02:08 PM
At least a deluxe Stormtrooper can have only one version.

Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Rod on August 16, 2003, 02:36 PM
BDW,  don't say that man, you might jinx it!

I am kind of afraid they might do something like a Sandtrooper versiona s an exclusive at a show.

Hope they don't do it at San Diego and reward Chicago since they got screwed this time around and offer it only at Chicago.
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Jango Fettish on August 16, 2003, 03:57 PM
Come to think of it, I just watched A New Hope. I may have to get that Tarkin bust afterall.

Know what's strange? His chairback height changed in the movie twice, and it was changed on the bust as well. It's kind of confusing.
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: JoshEEE on August 16, 2003, 04:32 PM
I have to say that after seeing the Tarkin up close, it was one of the most impressive and accurate replicas I have ever seen.

If only 12" could some how be made to this quality.


The Biker Scout looked great too, but they had a big note on him saying he wasn't done yet. He's got his gun pointing at you.   :)
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2003, 04:59 PM
BDW,  don't say that man, you might jinx it!

I am kind of afraid they might do something like a Sandtrooper versiona s an exclusive at a show.

Hope they don't do it at San Diego and reward Chicago since they got screwed this time around and offer it only at Chicago.

If they would have said Sandtroopers, then I would be kind of concerned. But since its just a Stormie (I doubt theyd release a Sandtrooper before a Stormtrooper), we can pretty much count on there being just one version
Title: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: Darth Kenobi on August 16, 2003, 08:27 PM
Just had a question for those that have ordered the Clone cases.  Have you CC being billed and you case ship.  I ask because I think I bought a case over at AFX but I can't remeber if I actually went through with it or not.  I confussed because I changed ISP and lost my email address that I had used and forgot to change the email address for the order.  I know my CC hasn't being billed so I figure I didn't order the case or I did but didn't get it because of a limit or something.  I guess I could always email them and see if they have my CC on file or not.  
Title: Re: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2003, 08:39 PM
If you ordered from AFX, you can go to the order status menu, log into Yahoo, and see a summary of all your orders. AFX billed me about a week before they shipped the case.
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Rod on August 16, 2003, 10:57 PM
JoshEEE,

I asked the Gentle Giant guy at Chicago about that.  I asked him what was it that wasn't final.  He said it was the sculpt for the helmet.  He said there is another one they culpted which is more movie accurate.  I didn't inspect it with my microscope so I guess we'll have to wait and see
Title: Re: Upcoming Gentle Giants bust confirmed
Post by: Rod on August 18, 2003, 11:56 AM
Gentle Giants has made a few updates on their site....

*Tarking bust will be limited to 6000 pieces
*Greedo bust will be limited to 5500 pieces
*many of the busts web availability status have changed to sold out....curious since they never were on sale on their site
*winner of the "Get Cloned!" contest at SDCC

I have sent Gentle Giants about 5 e-mails at different times to their ccostuner service dept and have still not gotten a response, I will try calling them today...will keep you all posted
Title: Re: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: Rod on September 2, 2003, 02:24 PM
Well I got mine in today from New Force Comics.....here are my pics:
(http://www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID=21e4110a-2fd7-1de0-7ff4-693d5d4477b1&size=lg)

Now all I need is an extra white one to customize into this...

(http://www.dansjp3page.com/hosting/SiteC/clonegreen.jpg)
This image was done by a guy on Jedi Council Forums at www.theforce.net (http://www.theforce.net) with Photohsop

And here is my collection:
(http://www.hpphoto.com/servlet/LinkPhoto?GUID=756a1499-6cdb-596c-36ae-2f5970e01b5a&size=lg)
Title: TOMY-D GG Mini Bust Resale (Vader,Yoda,Boba,Jango)
Post by: boba_jp on September 2, 2003, 11:41 PM
Resale of "GG mini bust" is scheduled for the spring of next year from TOMY-DIRECT.

Vader, Boba, Jango, Yoda.

A pose is due to be changed a little.
Probably, it may become limitation of Japan.
The limited number is not understood yet.
Title: Re: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: Boba Binks on September 10, 2003, 07:39 PM
I NEED HELP!!!

Does anyone here have an extra Red and / or Yellow Clone Trooper Bust that they want to sell!?!I only got the White Clonetrooper. I am in desperate need of the Red and Yellow Clonetrooper. Does anyone know where I may be able to get X1 of each?

Any help would be great!
Thank You.
Title: Re: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: dustrho on September 10, 2003, 07:55 PM
I NEED HELP!!!

Does anyone here have an extra Red and / or Yellow Clone Trooper Bust that they want to sell!?!I only got the White Clonetrooper. I am in desperate need of the Red and Yellow Clonetrooper. Does anyone know where I may be able to get X1 of each?

Any help would be great!
Thank You.

David, wish I could help you out there, but I don't own any busts.  You might want to post a message in the Classified section, where it will get more notice.  Good luck bro!   ;)
Title: Re: Clone Trooper Bust ?
Post by: Boba Binks on September 12, 2003, 10:32 AM
Well I am not paying $149.00+ for the Red Clone Trooper Bust on the internet. I am so mad that my comic store screwed up my order.  >:(

Well thanks to a friend I have the Yellow Clone Trooper now.

OK. Can anybody send me a really good image of the Red Clone Trooper? I need to find out what color is the Red. I have an extra White Clone Trooper that I was going to paint Green but now I am going to do Red. I might buy another White Trooper to paint Green.
I will have to settle for a custom instead of the real thing.
Title: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 4, 2004, 02:50 PM
Alright, so I've always thought the mini-busts suck (too small, ridiculously expensive, even more ridiculously-exclusive, etc.), and then, of course, they have to go and come out with the wicked awesome Stormtrooper.

I know they're not due for a few months, but where's the best place to get one of these from?  The Gentle Giant website?  Some other online retailer?  Ebay?

And is this something I'm going to have to preorder months in advance, or is it something I can pick up when/after they come out?

Advice?

Thanks for the help, fellas.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 4, 2004, 09:52 PM
Ditto from me!   ;)

I've tried to avoid this line for similar reasons, but that Stormtrooper does look pretty damned cool, and is starting to call to me...  Make him go away please!   :'(

I have seen some of these busts at conventions for close to retail, so that's an option if you've got any conventions in your area.  Other than that, no idea...
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on April 4, 2004, 10:22 PM
www.tfaw.com is one of the best sites, and they were the original site Dark Horse referred all their direct orders to (from conventions, etc). They are quick to ship, and well priced.

As far as ordering, I wouldn't take my chances. Order one from a trusted site (like TFAW) as soon as it is available to order (which it is not, by the way). Some go quick and are never seen on the primary market again. A Stormtrooper is destined to be incredibly popular too, and people will surely by multiples (I will probably buy a case of 6).

Good luck if you decide to go back and collect the others as well. The OT busts wont be too impossible, Vader and Fett are still pretty darn difficult though. The Prequel era stuff is still pretty hot. I sold my entire PT collection (everything except the Clone Pilot) for $1000, and I had tons of replies of interest. Buying them individually, expect to pay about $1200 for all of the PT busts, a few hundred more for the Pilot and silver Jango busts.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: jokabofe on April 4, 2004, 10:48 PM
i would definitely say preorder the stormie if you want one, like adam said. the first few were relatively easy to find, and can still be had at a decent price on ebay, but some of the ot ones are going for insanely high prices. the clone trooper sold out pretty fast, and the red variation still goes for $100+ on ebay, while the regular and the yellow are a little cheaper.

considering that they are just releasing a single stormtrooper - thank god there are no color variations on that - it would seem a little easier to find. but i doubt it. with the amount of arm combos they are going to make available for him, people (like adam, and most likely me) will be buying these by the case. hell, i bought a case of clone troopers, just so that i could guarantee that i would get the red trooper (who was scarce at 1 per case).

good luck  ;D
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 5, 2004, 07:59 PM
Cool.  Check it out (http://store.yahoo.com/actionfigurexpress/starwars.html), Matt.   :-*

$260 for six of the OT busts...  Stormtrooper, X-Wing Luke, Biker Scout, Tarkin, Greedo, and Bossk.  Dammit, I'm tempted.   :-\

(http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1788_3442744) (http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1788_3896340) (http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1785_19071648) (http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1785_18809261) (http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1785_16805795) (http://store3.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1784_8456557)

What other OT busts are there, besides Boba Fett and Vader?  I don't have a list of the things...

OK, just browsed the net, and along with the aforementioned busts, it looks like there's also upcoming busts of a Sandtrooper, Gamorrean Guard, and C-3PO.  God, please don't let me succomb to this line...   :'(
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on April 5, 2004, 08:18 PM
The OT busts are all there at AFX, except one:

Vader
Chrome Vader (same bust, just chromed)
Boba Fett
Tarkin
Biker Scout
Greedo
Bossk
Stormtrooper
Luke
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 5, 2004, 08:40 PM
You lookin' to ditch your OT ones yet Adam?!   :D
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: jokabofe on April 5, 2004, 08:45 PM
What other OT busts are there, besides Boba Fett and Vader?  I don't have a list of the things...

ahem...

one of our best site reporters did a pretty good series of articles (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?board=12;action=display;threadid=3415&start=0) on these not too long ago. and i he will make sure it gets updated as information becomes available on the gentle giant website.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 5, 2004, 08:57 PM
 :-[   :'(

My bad Dave!  Do accept my most humble apology, good sir!   :-*

Any leads on a decent Boba and/or Vader prices anyone?  I keep staring at these, and wanting them more and more.  I need to expand into the more "mature" Star Wars collectibles market anyway, so this is definitely a good line to start with...

ARGH!  My wife's gonna kill me!!!   :-\

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The OT busts are all there at AFX, except one:

I don't see the Vader or the Fett there Adam.  Am I just missing it/them?
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 5, 2004, 09:52 PM
I am so thankful that I haven't been interested in this line until now--and even now, I'm still not interested in the line itself, but only the Stormtrooper--but only because I'm a fan of Stormtroopers and that's a really nice-looking piece.  

As for the others, Matt, you can have 'em. . .

Thanks to everybody else for the help, though.  Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 5, 2004, 10:45 PM
Looks like Action Figure Xpress is taking pre-orders on the Stormtrooper for $44.99.

Link (http://www.shopafx.com/stwastmibu.html)

Anyone used these guys before?

And if so, are they any good?

Or should I wait and see what TFAW is gonna have?
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 5, 2004, 11:27 PM
Cool.  Check it out (http://store.yahoo.com/actionfigurexpress/starwars.html), Matt.   :-*

Looks like Action Figure Xpress is taking pre-orders on the Stormtrooper for $44.99.

Link (http://www.shopafx.com/stwastmibu.html)

Is there an echo in here?   :P  Sorry Matt, didn't mean to imply that my link there was just for a six-bust package deal.  That was just me thinking aloud to myself.  I was trying to point out the pre-order on the Stormie there for ya'...

AFX is a legit site, and pretty trustworthy from everything I've seen.  I've used them a couple times before, and had no problems...

Just a question of whether or not they'll be able to fill all their pre-orders for this item, is all.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 5, 2004, 11:44 PM
Is there an echo in here?  Sorry Matt, didn't mean to imply that my link there was just for a six-bust package deal.  That was just me thinking aloud to myself.  I was trying to point out the pre-order on the Stormie there for ya'...

Oh, you know, I saw that you had linked to something, but because you didn't describe it all that well, I had assumed it was just a link to an Ebay auction for all six or something, so I didn't click on it.

Meant no harm.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 6, 2004, 12:03 AM
Hey Virex,
Check out this Action Figure Xpress page with all the GG busts for sale, including a pre-order for the Stormtrooper for only $45 (http://store.yahoo.com/actionfigurexpress/starwars.html).

Better?   :D   :-*


Still mulling it over, myself...   :-\
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 6, 2004, 12:16 AM
Hey Virex,
Check out this Action Figure Xpress page with all the GG busts for sale, including a pre-order for the Stormtrooper for only $45 (http://store.yahoo.com/actionfigurexpress/starwars.html).

Better?   :D   :-*

See, now you're just being a smart ass.

And as far as I know, I'm the only person that's allowed to be one of those on this website. . .
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 6, 2004, 12:16 AM
Hmm, Stormie is nice.  Very nice.  Like the biker scout too and Tarkin has been tempting for a while.  I do not need another line to collect.  I do not.   :-X
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 6, 2004, 12:41 AM
Wow, just gonna let that one sit as the last post on that page, Matt?  You must be taking your OCD medication, or sumthin'...   :P

See, now you're just being a smart ass...

Who, me?  Nah...   ::)  I think I'm being a smart ass far more than you realize, Smart Ass #1.   ;)

Brent, maybe we should get a little support group together to try and help eachother refrain from this dark temptation that is GG.  Whatchya' think?

So, GG vets, what's the going damage on the Fett and Vader these days?  Looks to be about $125 on the Fett on eBay.  Sound about right?  I hate these damned collecting urges, especially the more expensive ones that are going to get me into deep doodoo with the Mrs...   >:(
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 6, 2004, 12:44 AM

Brent, maybe we should get a little support group together to try and help eachother refrain from this dark temptation that is GG.  Whatchya' think?



Too late.  Clone pilot :-X  Green clone trooper  :-\
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 6, 2004, 01:10 AM
Wow, just gonna let that one sit as the last post on that page, Matt?  You must be taking your OCD medication, or sumthin'...   :P

You know what's funny, as soon as Brent put his post in, just minutes after mine (effectively rendering my post useless), I almost deleted my reply, which of course would have made his reply the last reply of the first page, and then I would have re-posted my original comment on the top of the next page.

But then, I thought to myself that Brent is too old cool of a guy to do that to, so I didn't.  

Besides, you read it anyway.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 6, 2004, 01:17 AM
Brent is too old cool of a guy to do that to, so I didn't.

You had that right the first time there, V.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 6, 2004, 01:21 AM
Meh, at least I lived this long.  Youse guys still have to make it this far.  No, I never thought I'd live this long either.   :P
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 6, 2004, 01:27 AM
Youse guys still have to make it this far.

OK, Jar Jar.   ::)
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on April 6, 2004, 01:58 AM
Youse guys still have to make it this far.

OK, Jar Jar.   ::)

No, I think "youse guys" lends itself more toward like a Brooklyn/Joisey gangster accent, whereas "yousa" is more of the gaywad Jar Jar-speak.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on April 6, 2004, 08:46 AM
:-[   :'(

My bad Dave!  Do accept my most humble apology, good sir!   :-*

Any leads on a decent Boba and/or Vader prices anyone?  I keep staring at these, and wanting them more and more.  I need to expand into the more "mature" Star Wars collectibles market anyway, so this is definitely a good line to start with...

ARGH!  My wife's gonna kill me!!!   :-\

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The OT busts are all there at AFX, except one:

I don't see the Vader or the Fett there Adam.  Am I just missing it/them?

Ah, oops! Nope they're not there. Just in my head.

Dont forget, GG is also coming out with two statue lines, a line of CW Animation style Maquettes, and mini collector helmets :)
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Brian on April 6, 2004, 09:46 AM
This is a thread I'm going to have to steer clear of if I can.  I've always thought these busts were cool, but were a little too pricey for me, but the OT ones are especially tempting.  I could probably limit myself to just the OT ones, but that would be plenty as it is.  Why do they have to make so many cool Star Wars collectibles?  :P
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 6, 2004, 10:18 AM
Youse guys still have to make it this far.

OK, Jar Jar.   ::)

No, I think "youse guys" lends itself more toward like a Brooklyn/Joisey gangster accent, whereas "yousa" is more of the gaywad Jar Jar-speak.

Thank you. :-*
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 6, 2004, 01:27 PM
At the risk of sounding like Patty, these things are smaller than I thought they would be.  

I received my clone trooper pilot bust in the mail today and they are a fair bit smaller than I had originally thought.  I'm not sure what I was expecting but I thought they'd be around 8" tall or so (again, sounding like Patty).  Not true.  

I fear this makes them even more dangerous as they wouldn't take up nearly as much display space as I'd originally thought.  

Oh-oh :-X
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on April 6, 2004, 09:33 PM
Bossk (for a while now) along with the Stormtrooper, Luke and the Yoda maquette are all available at tfaw.com :)
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: JediMAC on April 7, 2004, 05:12 AM
At the risk of sounding like Patty, these things are smaller than I thought they would be.

You better watch it old man.  Unless you're referring to a different Patty, which must be the case considering the ridiculously asinine insinuation you're making there.  If anyone's experiencing this particular problem, I'd imagine it'd be the Canadians here, since they're of a relatively advanced age compared to the rest of us - and this does become a greater problem with age, does it not?

As for the busts, still mulling 'em over, but hoping Adam decides to part with even more of his illustrious collection, in which case I'd be waiting with open arms!   :-*
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Morgbug on April 10, 2004, 01:30 PM
Another one bites the dust....

I have zero self control (have fun with that one).

Picked up a scout trooper off ebay for $34.99 BIN last night.  That makes three, if SSW ever gets back on line.  Green clone, yellow clone pilot and this one.  

I suspect it would be prudent to pre-order the stormtrooper.  Thoughts?
Title: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: Boba Binks on May 14, 2004, 08:06 PM
 >:(  Ok I have missed all the Exclusive Mini Busts except for the Blue Clone. I missed out on the Clone Pilot and the Green Clone. Now GG is making a Luke in Stormtrooper Bust for the Conventions. Only 3,500 of them. I would have thought from last years  fiasco they would make more.

I hope I can attend Wizards World in hopes of getting Luke. I doubt it though. The GG Mini Bust line is making me very mad. It is getting way too hard to collect them. Depending if I can get the Luke will determine if I stay with the line or drop out and sell the ones I have.

What are your thoughts on this really neat Luke Bust?
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: Nicklab on May 14, 2004, 08:15 PM
Did you notice this in their news post?

Distribution of this summer's exclusives will be as follows:

Comic Con International San Diego - July 21-25, 2004
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise - 400 pieces allocated for every full day; 200 pieces allocated for Preview Night
Spirit of the Rebellion 4-pack - 600 pieces allocated for every full day; 300 pieces allocated for Preview Night

Wizard World Chicago - August 13-15, 2004
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise - 400 pieces allocated for every full day
Spirit of the Rebellion 4-pack - 600 pieces allocated for every full day.

The remaining quantities of each piece will be made available exclusively online to members of Gentle Giant's Collector's Club after the shows.

The following measures will be in effect in an effort to make the exclusives as widely available as possible:

Exclusives will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Exclusives will be limited to one of each per adult.
Badges will be punched with a Gentle Giant logo for purchases of Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise. Attendees with punched badges will not be allowed to purchase additional exclusives.


I hope they learned their lesson last year.
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: Morgbug on May 16, 2004, 01:03 AM
I would like to get one of these.  As I have a green clone plus the pilot, wouldn't mind adding another exclusive.  Guess I'll be watching ebay though, SDCC is one heck of a long way away.
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: jokabofe on May 16, 2004, 11:13 AM
personally, i think it sucks. i'm tired of these bs "exclusives" that are only available at conventions that i can't attend. my collection will never be complete, because i refuse to pay $200 (or more in the case of the blue clone) to some fat greasy b@stard who happens to live in san diego and can get one (or more - that "punching badges" crap is a joke) of these just for purposes of reselling it on ebay. makes me want to quit collecting these things.
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 16, 2004, 12:02 PM
At least this one will also be available online to collector club members, but yeah, in general the situation still sucks. Maybe I'll luck out at GenCon. Oh, that's right. They're not coming to GenCon... At least MR is!
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: jokabofe on May 16, 2004, 02:31 PM
At least this one will also be available online to collector club members, but yeah, in general the situation still sucks.

from what i read, the only thing available online will be "left overs" from the conventions... what leftovers?
Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: Boba Binks on May 16, 2004, 04:00 PM
I thought last year with the Clone Pilot there was going to be a limit!?! I think that did not happen and I do not think it will happen this time around.

Hopefully if I can't acquire on at Wizards World (if I get to go this year) someone might be able to get one for me. If not I think that will nail the coffin closed on this line for me. I really wanted the Clone Pilot but I am not paying over $20.00 retail for it. I can live without the Green Clone but Not the Clone Pilot and now the Luke.

Title: Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
Post by: SilverSpyder on May 16, 2004, 06:15 PM
At least this one will also be available online to collector club members, but yeah, in general the situation still sucks.

from what i read, the only thing available online will be "left overs" from the conventions... what leftovers?

Actually the GG site states that they are not just selling the "left overs".  They are selling 400 a day at the conventions plus 200 on preivew night at Comic Con.   That adds up to 3000 busts to be sold at the 2 conventions leaving 500 to be sold on the website.

With the 3500 edition size this piece will almost definately not become a big dollar bust on the secondary market.  Look at the Pilot with a size of 2500, it could easily be had for $80-95 right after the convention and now still can be found for around $100.   Even if you lived in a town were these would be sold it would cost you that much to buy one at the convention if you take into account the cost of getting into the show, parking, gas and just the time involved.

I think Gentle Giant has listened to the concerns of their customers and really done a much better job at making this easier for people to get.  It is an exclusive after all, which usually dictates that they are harder to find and that most likely not everyone will get one.  
Title: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on June 7, 2004, 02:05 PM
OK...I checked Dave's old News Posts about the Previous Busts...

Someone have a list of all of the OT Busts Out there?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on June 7, 2004, 02:41 PM
Released to date:
Darth Vader
Darth Vader Chromed
Boba Fett
Biker Scout
Grand Moff Tarkin
Greedo

Upcoming:
Bossk
Gammorean Guard
Luke X-wing Pilot
Stormtrooper
Sandtrooper w/white pauldron
Sandtrooper w/orange pauldron
Luke Stormtrooper  SDCC & WW exclusive
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on June 7, 2004, 02:54 PM
I've been pondering going after the OT busts from GG as well.  But with their ridiculously distributed and subsequently outrageously priced convention exclusives, I'm a little hesitant to delve into it since I've got enough collecting headaches as it is...

I think the Luke Stormtrooper is another upcoming one too.  Isn't that the SDCC exclusive, or am I just getting confused?  Pretty easy one to make for GG - just a head swap from the Pilot Luke onto the new Stormie.  Wonder how many folks will just go that route ($90ish for both), rather than $300+ for the Luke Stormtrooper after the show...   :P

Definitely some nice looking collectibles though, and at the regular $40 - $45 price tag (only), I'd say they're worth it.  Hmm...   :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on June 7, 2004, 03:20 PM
The OT bust are probably the better ones to collect if you are just starting out.  The only ones that have seriously jumped in value are the Vader and Boba.  Better to pay the prices on those than to track down The Blue, Red and Yellow Clones, Clone Pilot, Jango and Yoda.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on June 7, 2004, 07:00 PM
Matt, you know you want to collect the OT busts ;)

And remember, a simple head swap wont suffice, the stormtrooper luke has a collar ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on June 7, 2004, 07:37 PM
I think the Luke Stormtrooper is another upcoming one too.  Isn't that the SDCC exclusive, or am I just getting confused?  Pretty easy one to make for GG - just a head swap from the Pilot Luke onto the new Stormie.  Wonder how many folks will just go that route ($90ish for both), rather than $300+ for the Luke Stormtrooper after the show...   :P

i doubt it will be that easy. with the exception of the clones, all the busts so far have been 1 piece, with interchangeable parts. it is possible that the trooper will have a removeable head similar to the clone, but i doubt luke will  :-\

bastards
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on June 7, 2004, 08:05 PM
What, you don't own a really big knife and some glue, Dave?!

Adam - you be quiet, and stop taunting me!  This decision is hard enough as it is...   :-X

The OT bust are probably the better ones to collect if you are just starting out.

Anything OT is always better, whether you're just starting out, or not!  (but I get your point)   ;)

How bad are the regular Vader and Fett busts right now.  Those seem to be the only two that run more than $45 or so...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on June 7, 2004, 08:46 PM
I checked today on Fett...$140-$150
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on June 7, 2004, 08:48 PM
Vader is between $160 and $205!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on June 8, 2004, 12:00 AM
Yo Greg(g)!  (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/YaBBImages/modify.gif)   ::)

Thanks for the prices though.  Those bite.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 8, 2004, 10:40 PM
Mmm, Vader is steep.  Not good.  

I plan on picking up a stormtrooper (or two) to go with my biker scout.  Always humming and hawing over Tarkin.  It's just cool, but I don't like humans much ;)

I have the Clone pilot, green clone trooper and hope that SSW.com ships my second green clone so I can trade it for something.  Either a Vader or an earlier HTF clone trooper of different color.  

I'll pick up the sandtrooper at some point as well, possibly both.  

Sure would like to get Luke but being an exclusive, I don't see it happening.  I may if I can snag him for under $100.  As I explained in the clone pilot thread, that price is fair for me.  No admission, parking, gas, time.  No other way I'll get it.  
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on July 7, 2004, 03:50 PM
Here's a new one 8)  Must resist

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/6-04/3pobust.jpg)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on July 7, 2004, 04:46 PM
Very cool, but I wish they would have cut him off more at the stomach or chest. Too much 3PO crotch for a minibust...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on July 7, 2004, 07:18 PM
Too much 3PO crotch for a minibust...

(http://members.aol.com/browrob549/emo/happy001.gif)
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on August 1, 2004, 11:39 PM
So I still haven't ordered the Stormtrooper bust, and I'm researching, and it looks like both EE and Action Figure Express have got them for preorder, at about $50 each.  

Any thoughts between the two?  Or should I look at another place?

Thanks, fellas.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: jokabofe on August 1, 2004, 11:44 PM
well, that's pretty much what the going rate is. personally, i don't think this bust is gonna last long. i know a lot of people who don't even collect the busts that just want this one. i have a friend who's not even that big of a sw fan, but he wants the stormtrooper bust.

i would say if you really want it, better pre-order now.
Title: Re: Questions from a GG mini-bust virgin.
Post by: Matt on August 1, 2004, 11:54 PM
Yeah, I'm definitely gonna pre-order one, probably this week, but I was just curious as to which might be the better site to pre-order from: EE or AFX.

Or, if there's any other sites out there that would be recommended, that would be great, too.

And I'm one of those, too, that doesn't care for the whole bust thing.  I think they're goofy, too small, way too expensive, way too limited, etc.  But there's something about that Stormtrooper that--simply put--kicks ass.  

This will be the first and only bust in my collection--and at least at this point, I don't anticipate getting any more.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 9, 2004, 10:00 PM
I can't wait to see the IG-88 bust in person this weekend.  I wonder if the Gentle Giant guys would mind if I "borrowed" theirs?  ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on August 10, 2004, 01:10 AM
So, is anyone that's collecting these an OT completist? Has it cost a fortune?

I was thinking about jumping in (or assuming I would, rather) after getting the Luke Stormtrooper bust at SDCC. After failing miserably at that attempt, I bailed on all hopes of collecting the line at all, since it's all or nothing for me. Just wondering if anyone else has the same affliction and commited to these guys.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 10, 2004, 09:31 AM
yeah, i have every bust so far - ot and pt - with the exception of the damn blue clone, clone pilot, and luke stormtrooper. and yeah, it's running up my collection costs big time. and it'll keep going up, since the three i'm missing are the three that are going to cost. but, at least i got the others at retail, and didn't pay through the nose for vader, yoda, and the fetts...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 10, 2004, 11:58 AM
I'm being kind of selective, both OT and PT stuff, but only what I like.  

I'm late, I'm late, I'm very, very late.  Missed on Yoda, Vader, Fett :'( so we'll see what I do about that.  Vader is the only one I really want.  Have a spare green clone though, so if the value increases, it can make it less painful.  

I did score a Luke Stormtrooper off a guy in Canada on ebay for $73.  No customs and that probably works pretty close to the cost of getting into SDCC and the bust itself.  $20 less than I paid for the clone pilot anyway.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 10, 2004, 03:34 PM
I did score a Luke Stormtrooper off a guy in Canada on ebay for $73.  No customs and that probably works pretty close to the cost of getting into SDCC and the bust itself.  $20 less than I paid for the clone pilot anyway.

Cool.  Glad to hear you got one for a reasonable price Brent.  Now if we could only hook up Adam, Dave, and Jim with a relatively cheap one as well, my conscience will finally be cleared for missing out on them for you guys at Comic Con...   :-[

As for me, I continue to think long and hard about delving into this line - for the OT busts ONLY.  I'm even starting to slightly regret letting my Blue Clones from last year go.  It's become a pretty unique conversation piece, and I wouldn't mind having one of those two back...   :-\

Not often that I change my mind on stuff like that, but it would still make for a nice PT example in an otherwise OT bust collection.

So the only two nasty OT busts at this point are the Vader and Boba, right?  (I don't need the silver Vader though)  The rest still seem to be in the $40-50 range.  That's not too bad.  The only thing that concerns me is the potential exclusives in this line.  They seem to be nothing more than a very expensive headache, and I'm still not sure I want to deal with that...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 10, 2004, 07:15 PM
I've been pretty selective.  I only started getting into this last year when I lucked out and got the blue Clone Trooper bust at Wizard World in Chicago.  I'm focusing mainly on masked characters, and then on characters I like.  I definitely have some serious backtracking to do, and I'm looking to get Vader, Yoda and both Fett's now.  I wish I knew then what I know now.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on August 11, 2004, 11:38 AM
This is a line I've always been interested in as well, but because of price, I've had to stay away.  They look like beautiful pieces of work from what I have seen online, and continue to hold out hope that I can buy into these someday (for now Unleashed will have to do for Star Wars statue needs I guess).  Unfortunately, as usual, I'm already a ways behind, and it would probably be pricey to catch up.  I'd be in for OT-busts only as well probably, but there's still quite a few to pick up.  Any idea of how many of these are released per year?  Just wondering how much it would cost a person to collect these, per year.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 11, 2004, 01:29 PM
IG88 can now be preordered at Action Figure Xpress! VERY awesome bust.

If anyone can help me get a Luke Stormtrooper bust, I'd appreciate the help! PM me if you can hook me up.

Matt, you are correct, Vader and Boba are the only two difficult to get OT minibusts right now, the rest can still be bought for retail or less, I think. The exclusives kind of stink, but I guess with any line, we just have to live with it. Luke isn't too bad right now, you can easily get him for $100-$130, and there are still more to come at Wizard World Chicago, then online through the GG website to their collector club members.

And now, your upcoming GG OT Minibusts! :)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1806_13290524)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1801_9112941)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1802_1842460)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1802_1947894)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1802_1918538)

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1804_8966309)

... and statues:

12" scale:

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1804_4554808)

7" scale:

(http://store1.yimg.com/I/actionfigurexpress_1801_8673658)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2004, 01:47 PM
Question: how does one join the collector's club at GG?  I receive their emails regularly, but don't think that qualifies me as a member of the cc.  
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 11, 2004, 02:37 PM
That's all their collectors club is; a recipient of their email newsletter :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2004, 03:59 PM
D'oh.  You mean I have a shot at the Luke bust at even retail?   :-[  Trade bait?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 11, 2004, 08:16 PM
you could always sell it to me if you get another  ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2004, 08:34 PM
I could, but that would be an indication that I like you.  So I won't cuz I don't. :-*
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 11, 2004, 08:47 PM
Yup, you should have a chance at it from the online sales. :) Of course, you could always sell it to me if you get one ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 11, 2004, 09:00 PM
Awesome pix there Adam.  You may just have convinced me to delve into the line, even if the real things at Comic Con didn't quite do it...   ;)

ARGH.  This hobby's so damned expensive...  Way too many lines!  Killin' me now, it is...   :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on August 11, 2004, 10:06 PM
I keep telling myself to stay far, far away (hah I punned) from this line or I'll be broke in no time. That Dewback may be the way to go, since it's not really a bust. Maybe I can just get that and feel I've had my fill of GG.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 11, 2004, 10:28 PM
Matt, you know you want to get into this line ;) Better now than later!

And to think, we've got even more coming up for the OT. Sandtroopers (white and orange pauldrons confirmed so far), Han as Stormtrooper... It's going to be a great line for OT! The statues are phenomenal, especially the Dewback, then you've also got the upcoming armory collection (1:6 scale helmets)...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 11, 2004, 10:44 PM
I could, but that would be an indication that I like you.  So I won't cuz I don't. :-*

damn, that was harsh  :'(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 11, 2004, 11:20 PM
I was late getting into this collection,  just started less than 2 months ago. Thanks to several GREAT trade friends, I got several really good deals. Don't be discouraged by secondary market prices. If you are a good trader, the good deals will come your way! Currently, my collection has a total of 12 SW busts, with 3 on the way.

These Gentle Giants pieces are just incredible!The statues, although some may consider them pricey, I find them MUCH more affordable than the Attakus.  Definately going to collect these as well.

Hasbro has really disappointed me in the last few years, my collecting taste has been craving the higher end stuff.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2004, 11:25 PM
I could, but that would be an indication that I like you.  So I won't cuz I don't. :-*

damn, that was harsh  :'(

Oh Lord, you're going all soft too.  Man, I remember when the people on this site weren't so wussy.   ;)

Dude, sign up for the mailing list.  I don't know if there's an order to it or not, but it ain't hard to do.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Durge on August 14, 2004, 08:40 PM
Leia in Boushh diguise is coming to the bust line-up! It will have removable arms, one with a blaster and one with a thermal detonator. It is also rumored to have a remoeable helmet!

Stay tuned!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 14, 2004, 09:23 PM
Ultra tiny pic of her now available at the 'Scum...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Durge on August 14, 2004, 09:36 PM
(http://www.rebelscum.com/toys2004/ggleiaboushhsmall.jpg)

Definetely a camera phone image.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 14, 2004, 10:01 PM
Anxious to see if the helmet actually fits over the head, or if it pegs on. It seems like it'd be difficult to get it to fit right, without scratching up stuff. God help us all if it's a variation...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on August 14, 2004, 10:04 PM
Wow looks pretty nice, I'm staying as far away from these as I possibly can, however :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on August 15, 2004, 07:59 PM
Wow looks pretty nice, I'm staying as far away from these as I possibly can, however :P
Ditto
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 16, 2004, 02:29 PM
Leia in Boushh diguise is coming to the bust line-up! It will have removable arms, one with a blaster and one with a thermal detonator. It is also rumored to have a remoeable helmet!

Stay tuned!

It isn't a blaster.  It's the staff that Boussh holds.  It's a great piece, no doubt.  I got to see it over the weekend in Chicago, and it's very nice.  However, it's also a prototype.  That's why photography wasn't allowed.

The helmet doesn't actually go over the Leia head.  Rather, there's a pin that holds in up.  The left hand has interchangeable fingers so that it can either cradle the helmet or brandish the thermal detonator. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 16, 2004, 02:34 PM
Interesting.  Thanks for the info Nick.  Interchangeable fingers?  Cool.  That's definitely a first!

I don't quite understand the helmet/head thing though...  What do you mean there's a pin that holds it up?  Isn't it still over the head?  Or is the head removable?   ???

Real nice looking piece though, making me want to delve into these OT busts even more.  I'm this close now...

Nick, any other breaking news out of Chicago, or was that pretty much it?  I haven't seen or heard squat from that show around the net...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2004, 04:13 PM
Interchangeable fingers? Sure it's not just the whole hand or forearm? The latter would seem more likely.

In regards to the helmet, is it a solid piece with a peg on it, or does it fit on top of an interchangeable dummy head? She wouldn't look right holding an entire head with the peg sticking out of it. They could just as easily make her head swappable. One regular head, one head shaped dummy with not features. You put on the dummy head, and the helmet can rest on it. More expensive route, but it'd look better than holding a solid head (versus a mask with potential interior detail)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 16, 2004, 04:22 PM
Now I might just have to get this one.  Just this one, mind you...nothing else from this line...just this!!  (right Matt :-*).

Seriously, it will look great next to my MR thermal detonator and a picture that Carrie signed.  How much do these things typically run??  How does one go about getting these??  I am assuming you just order straight from GG but I never really paid much attention before as I successfully stayed clear of another toy line but I should have known sooner or later, I'd have at least one!! :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 16, 2004, 04:24 PM
They usually start at about $45 each, Beth.  Some drop to around $40 later, some move up just a little.  This one might be a little more with the extra features...  Dunno.

Lotsa e-tailers carry them.  I don't even know if you can get one straight through GG, unless you're a member of their "collector's club"...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 16, 2004, 04:31 PM
Thanks Matt.  I'll have to poke around EE and AFX.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2004, 04:48 PM
ActionFigureXpress is a good place to get them. ThingFromAnotherWorld (tfaw.com) is the best probably. They are the first to get them whenever they're released. They retail anywhere from $45-$55 depending on accessories, but you can almost always find them at other e-tailers for as little as $35-$40. It's a trade off. Buy from the bigger stores and you've got less to worry about in terms of allocation and getting yours. Other e-tailers may be cheaper, but if the bust turns out to be a huge hit, they may not get their full allocation.

Currently, Gentle Giant doesn't sell direct, but this should be an upcoming change, starting with the convention exclusive Luke as Stormtrooper, in which they'll be selling anything that wasn't sold at the cons, along with whatever they allocated to online sales before the cons. I'd venture to say about 1000 will be available online. Currently, all the GG Collector's Club is, is a subscription to their newsletter. Just go to their site, sign up for the email newsletter, and you're in!


Matt, just look! EVERYONE's doing it! Join us.... jooooooiiiiiiin uuuuuuussssss......

Gentle Giant also makes Matrix minibusts. Check out this wicked cool upcoming 10 DVD set for The Matrix Trilogy:

(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/miscgfx2/matrixgiftset.jpg)

This is the deluxe set, a standard version (boxed, similar in style to the Godfather box set) is also coming. Both versions have 10 discs, I believe the deluxe set also includes a soundtrack? You get Matrix, Matrix Revisited, Reloaded, Reloaded Revisited, Revolutions, Revolutions Revisited, Animatrix, and 3 extra feature discs.

Also in the world of movie minibusts, Hellboy Director's Cut is due out this December, and a special box set will be made available (not sure if just the DVD will be available or not). It will include a very cool Sideshow Toys Hellboy minibust! :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 16, 2004, 05:46 PM
Never ordered from tfaw but I'll have to bookmark their site and watch for pre-orders.  I'd rather pay a little more and have the item then play the maybe-they'll-get-it-maybe-they-won't game.  Thanks Adam.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 16, 2004, 06:14 PM
When you're looking, check under collectibles as well as toys, sometimes they show up in odd categories...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 18, 2004, 12:02 AM
Got the letter today regarding the Luke stormtrooper bust and the leftover bustups as well.  Limit one per person. 

Guys, get on the email list, it's simple.  Sale date is later this month.  Next week I think, can't remember if they said a date, just that they were counting what was left. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 18, 2004, 08:32 AM
August 25th, limit one per person, per order, per day (one order per day).
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 18, 2004, 05:58 PM
That's freaking retarded.  Why not just one per person, period.  Why one per day?  As if people really needed to get more than one of them?  Hopefully they sell out the first day, so the idiots of the world out there don't get a chance to stockpile and scalp these things.

Lame.   ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 18, 2004, 07:28 PM
I dunno, I wouldnt mind having a second one handy to trade down the road, in case I have trouble getting a different bust.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 18, 2004, 07:52 PM
OK, two.  But that's my final offer, dammit!   :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 25, 2004, 10:10 AM
Just got the Chrome Vader and Jango in the last couple of weeks. All I can say is Wow! (but REALLY wish the Vader was Silver like Jango!) A couple of trade friends hooked me up for reasonable prices, these are just great pieces.

I like the new Certificates of Authenticity the are offering. They are the size of a trading card, and will be a lot easier to store or display. Did the new Bossk come with the new COA?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 25, 2004, 02:04 PM
Isn't it the 25th?  No release of the exclusive's yet that I can see :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on August 25, 2004, 02:58 PM
Tried to order the luke stormie today, and had problems.  It says it accepts canadian orders, but doesn't seem set up to do so.  Then I tried ordering it and having it shipped to someone in the US, and it wouldn't accept my credit card.   >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 25, 2004, 03:24 PM
where were you able to order it? i don't see anything on their website about ordering one??
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 25, 2004, 04:48 PM
http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=6237

http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=6432

Good luck and HURRY!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 25, 2004, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the head's up Sharon!  Hopefully everyone who I wasn't able to help out at Comic Con can get one now!

But why are the Bust-up sets $2 cheaper than at the Con?  That's lame...   ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 25, 2004, 08:32 PM
SAme problem as Drew ::)  Taking lessons from SSw.com, I presume.  Or perhaps KBToys.com with their disdain for Canucks. 

I should be about four hours away from ordering a second, instead I'm waiting on my first. >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 25, 2004, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the head's up Sharon! Hopefully everyone who I wasn't able to help out at Comic Con can get one now!

But why are the Bust-up sets $2 cheaper than at the Con? That's lame... ::)

I expect the difference covers California Sales Tax
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on August 25, 2004, 09:57 PM
Yeah, and it gets better. They finally fix the problem, and they're now sold out. You've at least got one Brent, this was my shot at one. It really ticks me off - I tried placing an order at 11:24am. I immediately contacted their customer service, and by the time they sent me a response saying the problem is fixed there's no stock left.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 25, 2004, 10:08 PM
not for nothing, but i don't live in canada, and i had a problem ordering one. i actually got one just the other day from wayne (reconsgt) right here at jd.com, but was hoping to pick up another for a friend who needed one.

so, i go through the process of ordering it, and get to the checkout screen. put in my name, address, etc. and my credit card info. click next - and i get an error. apparently, gentle giant's website is telling me that my credit card info that i entered doesn't match the info from my bank. workig at an e-tailer, i know that most e-tail businesses use a system where, when a customer places an order, it takes the customer's credit card number and billing/shipping address and checks it against the bank that issues the credit card. this is to cut down on fraud, when people steal credit card numbers.

so, i go back and check. my credit card (actually, it's a debit card. this is actually an important point, so remember this info) has my "full" name on it, including a middle initial. so, i adjust the name on the form, thinking this might be the problem. try to process again. nope. same thing.

so, i go back again, and look at my address. i notice that i forgot to put the apartment number on the address line. so i add that info. try to process again. still nothing.

so, out of desperation, i empty the cart, and do it all over again. still nothing. now, out of curiosity, i go to my bank website, and look at my account. even though i did not place an order, there is now over $300 of my money "on hold" according to my bank. with the end of the month here in like 5 days, and my rent due - i hope that gentle giant and my bank straighten this out, or i'm screwed :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 26, 2004, 12:37 AM
Let's see if SSW.com = GentleGiant.

Quote
You've at least got one Brent, this was my shot at one.
True.  At a cost of $85 US after shipping.  This one would have been $56 and helpful trade bait for ye olde Vader bust. 

But yeah, they fixed the problem, then I ran into the same problem Dave did.  All the info is correct, I've been at the same address for 7 years but no go.   >:(

My hope is they suspended sales pending the problems. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 26, 2004, 12:43 AM
I ordered and everything went fine.  Puzzling.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 26, 2004, 01:01 AM
Thanks for the head's up Sharon! Hopefully everyone who I wasn't able to help out at Comic Con can get one now!

But why are the Bust-up sets $2 cheaper than at the Con? That's lame... ::)

I expect the difference covers California Sales Tax

But the Luke bust is still the usual $45, so I don't think that's it...  Like I said, lame!  I want my TWO DOLLARS!  (kudos to anyone who knows the movie that's from...)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 26, 2004, 01:07 AM
I want my TWO DOLLARS! (kudos to anyone who knows the movie that's from...)

oh please...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 26, 2004, 10:12 AM
I ordered and everything went fine. Puzzling.

My guess is they mistook Dave for a Canadian and decided to screw him over. 

The other possibility is that it's a glitch in the software, and all the orders we placed went through anyway.  If so, I should have about 6-7 busts and bust ups coming ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 26, 2004, 10:46 PM
My guess is they mistook Dave for a Canadian and decided to screw him over.

as silly as this sounds... there might be some truth to this statement. i received this email today:

Quote
Thank you for being patient with us while we get down to the root of the problem.... blah blah blah... We believe we have taken care of the AVS (address verification system) issue we have in our shopping cart.... blah blah blah.... We have confirmed now that our shopping cart payment is working correctly with a foreign address.

what? foreign address? i live in friggin' new jersey, you idiots!!

Quote
The other possibility is that it's a glitch in the software, and all the orders we placed went through anyway. If so, I should have about 6-7 busts and bust ups coming ::)

holy crap... you too?? i'll be out a ****load of cash, but i'll also have about 7 busts to spare ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 27, 2004, 05:16 PM
The site has more Luke busts again.

http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=6237
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on August 27, 2004, 08:11 PM
Bossk arrived recently, not sure if I posted that or not. What a fan-freakin-tastic bust! Absolutely fantastico!

Just got a shipping confirmation for my Clone Wars Yoda maquette as well, very anxious to get him.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 30, 2004, 08:17 AM
I have a question on the upcoming Stormtrooper bust. How many different arms does this piece come with? (sorry if this has been discussed already, I am still a Gentle Giants newbie) Perhaps I will have to order more than one? :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on August 30, 2004, 09:02 AM
from what i've read/seen, there will be a total of 6 different arm combinations available for the stormtrooper. i don't think there have been any pics put up of all of them yet, but i'll see if i can find any confirmation of this information. i had to order an entire case myself...  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 30, 2004, 09:12 PM
I did a preorder for one.  While multiples would be cool, just not practical for me right now. 

I should also point out that Gentle Giant's customer service kept in pretty much constant contact and actually resolved the problem, allowing me to finally get an order in for a Luke.  I am pleased with their efforts on this one. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on September 5, 2004, 07:18 PM
Bossk arrived recently, not sure if I posted that or not. What a fan-freakin-tastic bust! Absolutely fantastico!

I just grabbed Bossk from Suncoast yesterday. Have they carried the SW busts previously? This is my first one (well, not first to attempt to get, but first to own... screw SDCC and raffles). So, this means I'm into a new line!  :)

What I think I'll be doing is just getting OT bounty hunters. I take it Fett is going to run me some cash on Ebay, right? After that, there's IG88 coming soon. Any tips for the newbie?

-J
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 5, 2004, 07:57 PM
How much was Suncoast charging?  This is the first I've heard of them actually carrying Gentle Giant product.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on September 5, 2004, 08:07 PM
Never knew about Suncoast having Star Wars minibusts, but I was familiar with them carrying GG Matrix stuff...

My Clone Wars Yoda maquette arrived a few days ago. Fantastic piece! I really like the Clone Wars cartoon, and its pretty much the only prequel stuff I'm in to.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on September 5, 2004, 10:30 PM
Suncoast's price was $45.00. I saw them again today at a different Suncoast store on display with the rest of their SW product. I'd been in on Thursday and they weren't there then, so this must be a new thing for them I guess.

I cracked him open today and I'm really happy with him. I can't believe I haven't given the line more consideration until now.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 13, 2004, 09:54 PM
Not really sure where this belongs, but I thought it was interesting. 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=154&item=7921004676&rd=1

Episode III supposedly, looks consistent with the art/previews.  Just thought the crew here would find it interesting.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 14, 2004, 05:31 PM
Nice.  Too bad it's a custom.   :(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: habs98 on September 15, 2004, 10:19 PM
GG Sandtrooper Mini-Bust is up for pre-order for $39.99 at  CrazyStarWars.com (http://www.crazystarwars.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GGIANT-SAND2&Category_Code=MBSW)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 25, 2004, 09:40 PM
From the JD front page, Han is going to be an exclusive :o :(

I'm not unhappy with the folks at Gentle Giant, at least not from the perspective of that they were able to clean up the problems they were having online so that's good.  But they use FedEx, so tack on another $25 CAD to my costs for these busts from them.  Ebay is looking cheaper in some instances, and that's not a real positive thing. 

The Han looks great and is basically a must for me now that I have the Luke.  Speaking of which, I opened up and am proudly displaying the Luke they sent me.  They were kind enough to send me a fairly low number too - 0628 so that's an improvement from the previous version I had (which is heading to Jim ;)). 

The likeness is spectacular, no doubt about it.  I'm still having a hard time getting over the size relative to the price but I am happy with them. 

Now, I wonder if Chewy in manacles is coming next???
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 26, 2004, 12:53 AM
From the JD front page, Han is going to be an exclusive :o :(


Indeed he is.  I saw details about that in the new issue of Toyfare, I believe.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on September 27, 2004, 11:00 AM
Saw that AFX is reporting the Stormie Bust is now shipping
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 27, 2004, 03:29 PM
Saw that AFX is reporting the Stormie Bust is now shipping

Excellent news.  I picked mine up off ebay as a presell, but the seller has been great with weekly updates, so I'm pretty pumped to get mine. 

One or two, where do you stand?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on September 27, 2004, 09:04 PM
I ordered an entire case of six  :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 30, 2004, 12:06 AM
Picked up the Tarkin bust on ebay tonight for $29.99 plus the shipping.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on September 30, 2004, 08:12 PM
TFAW and StarWarsShop have both shipped mine! :) Cant wait till it arrives
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 1, 2004, 12:18 AM
Tell me again why I won't be a completeist with this line (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7924214975&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on October 1, 2004, 12:23 AM
(http://www.cheesebuerger.de/smilies/verbluefft/44.gif) (http://www.cheesebuerger.de/smilies/verbluefft/29.gif)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on October 1, 2004, 09:21 AM
$300!  Holy Shnikey is that way too steep
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on October 1, 2004, 11:05 AM
Wow, that price is unbelievable.  It would be nice to have that kind of money to spend on collectibles....yikes.  I haven't ever bought any of the minibusts (too expensive to collect overall for me), but I really think they look like a great product.  I have a question for those of you who are more experienced with this line?  I saw the Han Stormtrooper bust in the latest Insider, and it says it is a collector's club exclusive.  What I was wondering, is if you aren't a member, is there a way to get this?  For example, could a member order extras for friends, or is it free to become a member, or something like that?  I'm not sure I can afford it or not, but if I got any of these I'd like to get the Han and Chewie ones that might come out.  Just curious if it was possible, thanks for any advice you might have.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on October 1, 2004, 05:12 PM
Wow, that price is unbelievable. It would be nice to have that kind of money to spend on collectibles....yikes. I haven't ever bought any of the minibusts (too expensive to collect overall for me), but I really think they look like a great product. I have a question for those of you who are more experienced with this line? I saw the Han Stormtrooper bust in the latest Insider, and it says it is a collector's club exclusive. What I was wondering, is if you aren't a member, is there a way to get this? For example, could a member order extras for friends, or is it free to become a member, or something like that? I'm not sure I can afford it or not, but if I got any of these I'd like to get the Han and Chewie ones that might come out. Just curious if it was possible, thanks for any advice you might have.

So far Gentle Giant has limited their exclusives to 1 per person.  It is free to join the club though, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter on the website.  www.gentlegiantltd.com
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 1, 2004, 06:38 PM
Exactly what Silver said.  I thought it was more complicated than that, but nope.  Sign up for the newsletter and you're in.  Stormtrooper Luke is proof of that. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 1, 2004, 06:51 PM
If Han Stormtrooper goes half as smooth as the Luke Stormtrooper did (after the minor kinks were worked out) then this will be a great way to distribute these exclusives, in my opinion.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 2, 2004, 10:21 PM
How many configurations are there for the stormtrooper bust?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on October 3, 2004, 07:51 PM
How many configurations are there for the stormtrooper bust?

22
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 3, 2004, 10:52 PM
How many configurations are there for the stormtrooper bust?

22

(http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/YaBBImages/undecided.gif)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on October 4, 2004, 08:43 PM
I guess you'd have to say those are "technically" configurations, based on the math of the extra pieces. However, now that mine has arrived, actual, workable configurations is probably much less.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 4, 2004, 10:19 PM
Cool, but still, far too many possibilities.  This is an area I will stay away from army building. 

Anyone expecting a chase sandtrooper variation?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on October 5, 2004, 08:44 PM
Cool, but still, far too many possibilities. This is an area I will stay away from army building.

Anyone expecting a chase sandtrooper variation?

The upcoming Sandtrooper minibust will have variations, orange and white pauldrons. They wont be chases though, there will be 1/2 orange, 1/2 white.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 5, 2004, 08:58 PM
Hmm.  Can you order each specifically?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on October 6, 2004, 08:48 PM
Hmm. Can you order each specifically?

Should be able to, like the Clonetroopers
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on October 10, 2004, 12:57 AM
Just got my Deluxe Stormtrooper mini-bust today.  The number?  280 out of 10,000.  Can you believe that?!  But the nice added bonus was a Han Solo Bust Up that was packed in with it.  Nice little value added thing for Gentle Giant to do.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 10, 2004, 01:27 AM
Hey, does anyone know if GG is doing a second Vader bust?  I was goofing around last night and almost won one, but missed by $2.  Wasn't overly sad about it really, I didn't honestly feel like dropping $215 last night.  But since I am nowhere near a completeist on these things, news of a new Vader bust would make me very, very happy.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on October 10, 2004, 02:10 AM
I haven't heard anything definitive about a new Vader, but I think it's highly possible that we might get a new Vader in time for EPISODE III.

As for a re-release of the original version...there's no way in hell that's going to happen.  I heard that straight from the guys at Gentle Giant.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 10, 2004, 03:03 PM
Sorry, yeah, I meant a different Vader bust, not a re-release.  Something with a saber perhaps? ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 13, 2004, 12:59 PM
Wow. :o

I just received my stormtrooper bust today and is it ever a beauty.  I had hoped to get only one of these, but now I'm wondering if I'll be able to resist getting at least one more.  The box is great too and with the possibilities more are tempting. 

FWIW I got it from alliancecollectibles.com, via ebay.  Great packing, fair shipping for Canuckleheads and good communictiona - a couple of email updates during September because this was essentially a pre-order.  End sunshine up the arse section.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on October 14, 2004, 09:35 AM
c'mon brent.  You know you need another.  eventually you're going to break down and get the vader - and then you're going to need two stormtroopers to flank him.  ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 21, 2004, 09:09 PM
I ordered 6 of the stormtrooper busts, expecting to be able to put them in all the different arm positions and display them all. After getting them, I'm not quite sure this is what I had hoped for. Most of the "poses" are just plain stupid. The arm positions are just so odd, they look ridiculous. I think GG had a great idea with this, but to me they dropped the ball a little bit - they could have executed this a little better.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 21, 2004, 11:37 PM
c'mon brent. You know you need another. eventually you're going to break down and get the vader - and then you're going to need two stormtroopers to flank him. ;D

You stop that >:(  Don't you have diapers to change or something else to keep you out of my hair.  Bad thoughts, very bad thoughts.

hmmm....
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on October 22, 2004, 09:35 AM
Then when they make an emperor and the royal guards, you're going to have to do the same thing.  C'mon, admit it - that would look sweet.
As for the diapers, I was working on the computer a few days ago and my wife walked in with the baby.  She was showing him around, saying "look at all the things you can play with when you're a bit older".
Time to buy a lock.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 22, 2004, 12:15 PM
Time to start buying Galactic Heroes is more like it.  And that Emperor/Royal Guard schtick is your thing, not mine. 

So, what's a good price for a yellow clone bust?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 23, 2004, 11:59 PM
Yellow clone bust price? 

Anyone pre-order the Sandtrooper (maybe Dave bought a case)?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 25, 2004, 07:59 PM
No, I didn't order a case this time. I learned my lesson from the disappointment with the Stormtrooper.

Ebay still has the Yellow Clone going for anywhere in the $70 - $85 range.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 25, 2004, 08:14 PM
Thanks Dave.  Some were on for an $85 BIN, but gone now.  Not sure if I want to chase yellow, white and red - they'll lead to blue :-\

What's disappointing about the stormtrooper?  Haven't cracked mine yet.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 25, 2004, 11:15 PM
Yellow, Red, White, Blue, Green.... just go for it. The white should be fairly easy to get for around $45 - $50. Yellow $70 - $85. Red is a little higher, usually in the $200 range now. Glad I bought a case of those back in the day  ;). Green can be had for about $80 - $90 as well. The only one I still need is the Blue, but I'm really not interested in paying $300 for it  ::)

And then there's the Clone pilot as well, don't forget him. He goes for anywhere from around $70 - $125. I need him too, but don't want to pay that much for him either  >:(

The main thing I'm disappointed in with the Stormtrooper is just the stupid poses he has to be put in. There are so many other poses that could have been done. They could have given him the simple "holding the rifle in front of your body" like the Clones had... but no. Almost every pose has his arms down at his sides, in odd angles. And his left hand is very limp wristed in most of the other poses as well, and just looks... odd. I bought six, but only displayed four, and I'm thinking of taking another one or two down as well. I'm just not as impressed with this one as I was with the Clone, or with some of the other recent ones.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 25, 2004, 11:55 PM
Ah, I see, thank you for the explanation. 

I actually own multiple busts already:

Scout Trooper
Stormtrooper
Luke Stormtrooper x2 (Jim's buying one, he just doesn't know it yet)
Tarkin
Clone Pilot - I got it off ebay, when I added up the cost of a ticket for admission, the bust etc, it worked out pretty good.  Don't quite remember, but around $90 dlvd. 
Green Clone Sargeant - I actually have 3 of these :-[  Hoping for a bit more of a price climb to fund purchase of some other busts. 

Blue/Vader/Yoda/Boba make these depressing.  I really do like them though. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Boba Binks on October 28, 2004, 03:13 PM
I have one of each bust made to date with the others on order (when made available) from my comic shop. The new Luke (Pilot) and Pig Guard are out. Have the Luke but waiting for the PIG. Really greaay items. I love them all.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on October 29, 2004, 10:07 PM
Nice sounding collection David.  Have a group shot of the whole gang?  Those are always fun...   8)

I still haven't jumped in to this line yet, with the exception of the Comic Con Luke. I know I eventually will, just a question of when. I don't mind playing catchup so much, as I fear the potential for the future of this line. Who knows how far it might go. That's a lot of potential characters, lot of money, and a lot of space needed to display them. The latter of which I surely won't have much of at this point... :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 4, 2004, 09:35 PM
Grab 'em while you can guys, the chrome Vader (and Jango Fett) mini-busts are available at SWS.com:

Chrome Vader (http://shop.starwars.com/Product/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=511)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 4, 2004, 10:42 PM
Whoa :o If I get this, I'm driving out west and kissing you :-*

Ordered, now lets see if they can pull it off. 

This of course begs the question of where these came from???
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 4, 2004, 10:57 PM
I was watching this auction and a few others: somebody gonna be pissed (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5931326582&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT)

Again Jesse, thanks. 8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 4, 2004, 11:28 PM
Grab 'em while you can guys, the chrome Vader (and Jango Fett) mini-busts are available at SWS.com:

Chrome Vader (http://shop.starwars.com/Product/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=511)

Holy ****.

Dude - you are THE MAN!! I (hopefully) just grabbed me a Chrome Jango - one of the 3 busts I am missing. 1 down, 2 to go. Now, if only they would put the Blue Clone and the Clone Pilot up there for $49.99, my collection will be complete ;D

Thank you!!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 5, 2004, 12:21 AM
You know, I'd really LOVE to take all the credit on this, but I must commend habs98 on snowtroopers.ca for giving me the info. ;)

The REAL Man (http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=5555;start=0#msg51144)

Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 5, 2004, 12:35 AM
Yep, caught him too.  But I spend more time over here and I don't look at scouting reports for Canada all that often - too depressing and not much of it around my parts really.  So posting it over here was a huge help.  Now, let's just see if SSW.com comes through. 

P.S. I won't tell your wife if you don't tell mine ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 5, 2004, 01:03 AM
Damn.  I'm too late to the party.  All gone now.

Pretty surprising to see them pop up like this.  Probably gonna piss a whole lot of collectors off who have those already, and make a whole other lotta collectors who don't have them happy as **** (like Dave).

This is kinda like when the Toy Fair Vaders suddenly showed up at the Fan Club, albeit briefly.

Well, should bring the price of the Chrome domes down just a bit anyway, which should help folks like me who still missed out.  Congrats to you cats who got in there on time though.  Nice pick up.

Thanks to Jess for the heads up too!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 5, 2004, 01:22 AM
Pretty surprising to see them pop up like this. Probably gonna piss a whole lot of collectors off who have those already, and make a whole other lotta collectors who don't have them happy as **** (like Dave).

I'm one of the happy ones - I never dreamed I'd actually get these. Like Brent says, that's assuming SWS.com actually delivers. This is my 1st order with them, and I've heard so many horror stories that I don't actually believe, yet, that they're mine. Crossing fingers!!

P.S. I won't tell your wife if you don't tell mine ;)

Deal!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 5, 2004, 08:35 AM
You know, I'd really LOVE to take all the credit on this, but I must commend habs98 on snowtroopers.ca for giving me the info. ;)

The REAL Man (http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=5555;start=0#msg51144)



Well, like Brent said, I don't check that site, so if you hadn't posted it here, I never would have seen it. And they still list Jango as being In Stock if anyone cares. Vader was alreaedy gone by the time I clicked the link last nite, but all I needed was Jango. I would have happily bought another Vader, and tried to sell it to offset the $225 I spent on the first one though  :-\

But either way, thanks :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 5, 2004, 03:58 PM
Chrome Vader & Jango busts are back up, I just ordered a Vader...Woohoo! Guess will have to wait to see what happens next.

They say they ship Nov 22.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 5, 2004, 04:00 PM
Chrome Vader & Jango busts are back up, I just ordered a Vader...Woohoo! Guess will have to wait to see what happens next.

They say they ship Nov 22.

Ditto!!   8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 5, 2004, 04:05 PM
Just hope it all pans through Matt. ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 5, 2004, 04:11 PM
Just checked my order history, oh Vader's in there! 8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 5, 2004, 04:17 PM
 :o eBay DARTH VADER Gentle Giant MBNA chrome bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73554&item=2279637068&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) :o

Feedback was left by the bidder!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 5, 2004, 04:34 PM
$227 US! That's $270 CDN! Man, I knew that $50 was a good deal, but yikes!

[Does a happy dance] ;D

They say they ship Nov 22. 

Thanks for pointing that out - in all the excitement I totally missed that fact.  It's gonna be tough to wait, but I can be patient (if I have to be).
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 5, 2004, 07:25 PM
You've got to wonder where these came from. How in the world did SWS.com just happen to find a few cases of these all of a sudden? And how many did they find?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 5, 2004, 07:27 PM
Something wierd I just noticed. Last night when I tried to order these, the Vader wasn't showing at all, and Jango was listed as being "in stock". Now, both of them are on the site, and both are showing up as shipping on Nov 22. Odd. I wonder if the Jango I ordered will ship now, or if they don't have any in stock and I have to wait till 11/22. I hope not!! Not that it really matters. It's just gonna sit on my shelf anyway.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 5, 2004, 11:49 PM
You've got to wonder where these came from. How in the world did SWS.com just happen to find a few cases of these all of a sudden? And how many did they find?

I wonder if there was an agreement between Gentle Giant and the Mastercard people - perhaps it just expired and so the remaining stock went to SWS.com?  Just a guess.  As for how many they found, well I'd love to know that too.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on November 8, 2004, 10:53 PM
MBNA wasn't very happy with the arrangement.  People were just signing up for the cards, making the required ammount of purchases, and then cancelling the cards.  It wasn't working for MBNA in terms of customer retention, so they're bailing on the arrangements.  That's probably why the chrome busts wound up on SWS.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on November 16, 2004, 09:51 AM
Saw Luke X-Wing at Suncoast, not sure if he was out yet or not but he looked purty
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 16, 2004, 02:21 PM
Has anyone picked up the Gamorrean yet?  I won an auction for one, but wasn't sure if he was actually out yet.  If you have him, how is he?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 20, 2004, 09:07 PM
I was fooling around with my digital camera today, and figured I would show off some new pics of my bust collection ;)

(http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/all_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/all.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/top_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/top.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/bottom_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/bottom.jpg)

Click images for larger versions. The only ones I'm still missing are the stupid Blue Clone Trooper and the stupid Clone Pilot. Stupid exclusives... >:(

All the rest of the "missing" busts are just not picked up yet. And I have nowhere to put anymore.  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 20, 2004, 09:23 PM
That is an absolutely awesome collection! My Vader and Jango busts arrived the other day, and I've totally fallen in love with these things. They're so detailed and surprisingly heavy. I have to say though that I'm definitely a bigger fan of the busts that have arms included, they add so much to the "drama" of the poses. My Vader is # 1041 and Jango is # 0609.

(http://images.snapfish.com/3424234723232%7Ffp64%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E23236923343%3A4ot1lsi)

Those Stormtroopers look great.  4 different poses, eh?  Hmmm...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 20, 2004, 10:07 PM
Those Stormtroopers look great. 4 different poses, eh? Hmmm...

Actually, there are 5 different poses, but I wasn't impressed with the 5th one so I just display the 4. So I still have 2 "extra" stormtroopers in my closet, 'cause I bought 6 total. Nice low #'s on your Jango and Vader BTW. I ended up with Jango #1896 and Vader #2995. I'd love to get the Vader #1977. That would be so awesome. Or the Boba Fett #1980.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on November 20, 2004, 10:24 PM
If you ever wanna get rid of one of those stormies for say...real real cheap or even free, put me on the list.

Kevin
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 20, 2004, 10:33 PM
Nice low #'s on your Jango and Vader BTW.

Yeah, I was pretty happy with those #'s. But it seems odd how people seem to be getting #'s that are all over the spectrum. Getting a low # doesn't really seem to indicate at what time during the release I actually got it. Strange.

Actually, there are 5 different poses, but I wasn't impressed with the 5th one so I just display the 4. So I still have 2 "extra" stormtroopers in my closet, 'cause I bought 6 total.

Buying a few a time would be the smart way to go, especially after seeing what I paid for shipping. SWS.com charged me 23.95 US, then FedEx charged me $41.57 CDN (about $32 US) for brokerage fees (duty and garbage). At least buying a few at a time might make it seem worth the expense - buying across the border is tough on my Canadian wallet! :-\

If you ever wanna get rid of one of those stormies for say...real real cheap or even free, put me on the list.

Kevin

Oh, yeah, me too!   :D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 20, 2004, 11:09 PM
Jesse, the only way to buy from SSW.com or even gentlegiant.com as a Canuck is to get them sent to someone in the US first.  It can seriously delay them, by a couple of weeks anyway, so that instant satisfaction isn't there, but so much cheaper.  Even with paying the shipping 2x essentially.  It's about $12-14 to get it shipped first in the US, then about $5-8 from there to here, depending on how it's packed, where it's coming from ,etc.  No brokerage fees and often small enough to avoid the customs fees as well. 

Still haven't received my chrome busts from SSW, but they confirmed they have them and will ship next week.  Once again, I think they were surprised by the demand.  Still have a shot at those numbers Dave, but with my luck I'll get Vader 1980 :P  Nice pics too :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 20, 2004, 11:49 PM
Still have a shot at those numbers Dave, but with my luck I'll get Vader 1980 :P

I'd still be happy with that... I think getting any of the busts with a number corresponding to a film year would be really cool. Even getting Jango or a Clone # 2002 would rock.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 21, 2004, 12:06 AM
Jesse, the only way to buy from SSW.com or even gentlegiant.com as a Canuck is to get them sent to someone in the US first.

I think I'm finally starting to clue into this. I guess I better start sucking up to these wonderful Americans. ;D

I think getting any of the busts with a number corresponding to a film year would be really cool. Even getting Jango or a Clone # 2002 would rock.

And Dave (if I've got my username to real name corresponded correctly, jokabofe), do you think you can possibly pick your favourite out of all of those busts you've got? Is their a favourite that really gives you a big dumb grin? :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 21, 2004, 12:25 AM
A single favorite? It would have to be the Boba Fett, just because he's my favorite character from the OT, and they nailed his likeness perfectly. Easier to do with a helmeted character than a non-helmeted one, but still, it's damn near perfect. They are all really good though, at least in my opinion. Even the earlier ones, the ones that nobody wanted at first - Padme, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace... even those are great busts.

How about some (dare I say it) disappointments? Even though I said they are all really good, there are just a few that I wasn't as impressed with as I thought (hoped?) I would be.

First would be the MBNA Vader. I don't know why, but I just don't like the smoked chrome look. The more flashy, silver-y chrome of the Jango is just nicer, IMO.

Next would be the Stormtrooper. Yes, I know I bought six, and I display four, but I'm just not as impressed as I wanted to be - as I hoped I would be. Most of the arm poses are just dumb. They could have been given some much better poses. Look at the Clones - the arm poses are all really good, if you ask me. Why not just mimick those with the Stormtrooper? Or at least something along those lines? Most of the Stormtrooper's poses have him holding the gun at his waist. WTF??

But the biggest disappointment would have to be the two exclusive convention pieces that I was unable to get. I was glad that GG changed their policy on the exclusives this year, allowing people that couldn't make it to San Diego for the Luke Stormtrooper to order from their website. Wish they would have done that with the other 2 as well.

(And yes, you've got your username to real name corresponded correctly :) )
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 24, 2004, 11:27 AM
Still no shipping notice on my Chrome Vader. :'( Yeah right, shipping Nov 22nd! ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 24, 2004, 11:34 AM
I'm not sure what they're doing over there.  Ship some 2 weeks early, ship some (at least) 2 days late.  Must be a monkey running the show.  Hopefully they're taking the extra time to package them well.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 24, 2004, 06:21 PM
Still no shipping notice on my Chrome Vader. :'( Yeah right, shipping Nov 22nd! ::)

I'm in the same boat Dale, and it's making me more than a little nervous...  I'll be pissed if SWS.com screwed the pooch again with this one!   >:(

I'm growing anxious to double the size of my Busts!  Wait, that didn't sound right...   :-[  Looking forward to my second bust, which will hopefully finally convince me to go buy the rest of the OT ones.  Yeah, that's what I meant.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 24, 2004, 06:44 PM
Just got a shipping confirmation on my Chrome Vader today... should be here by 11/30.  ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 24, 2004, 06:52 PM
Well, hopefully that's good news for the rest of us Dave. Maybe I'll have an e-mail waiting at home for me too. Dale, have you checked your e-mail yet today? I don't mind the wait, just the sense of insecurity that these goofballs will mess everything up again...

I'm not sure what they're doing over there. Ship some 2 weeks early, ship some (at least) 2 days late. Must be a monkey running the show...

Jesse, have you ever seen our SWS.com thread (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=3914.375) in the Watto's section? (it's 33 pages long) You pretty much hit the nail on the head with your observation there:

(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/Computer%20Monkey%20Star%20Wars%20Shopcom.gif)(http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c30139f82da.jpg)
(http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c4513ac9030.jpg) (http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c5613bd43e3.jpg)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: aka DaBigKahuna on November 24, 2004, 08:42 PM
Ditto.

I only ordered Vader.  I am passing on prequel stuff with the exception of the Animated Clone Wars Figures.

DBK

Just got a shipping confirmation on my Chrome Vader today... should be here by 11/30. ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 24, 2004, 09:38 PM

Jesse, have you ever seen our SWS.com thread (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=3914.375) in the Watto's section? (it's 33 pages long) You pretty much hit the nail on the head with your observation there:


Ha, I forgot about those pics!  Actually I have read through some of that thread (probably not all of it), I think the stories in there are what made me so nervous about ordering ANYTHING from SWS.com, much less somewhat fragile busts.

I've got my fingers crossed for you guys, if these actually do make it, you should be very happy with them.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 25, 2004, 12:10 AM
Woohoo!  Got my bust (and delivery confirmation e-mail) today!   8)  Opening it up right now.  But the box looks to be in good shape at least.  It's got "Please Handle With Care - Fragile" stickers on it, and the bust was double wrapped in bubble wrap, with a construction paper type of material fillin in all the gaps.  Pretty well packed overall.  Surprisingly...

Cool!  Just opened it up, and it looks perfect!  Very nice item.  Don't have the regular version, so this is really the first one I've seen up close.  Love the real chain for his cape.

Guess it's time I open up the Luke Stormie, now that he's got a pal to play with.  Let the OT Bust collection begin!

That said, anyone got some cheap ones (extras, or otherwise) that they want to sell me?   :)  Brent, didn't you have several extras?  LMK if you wanna wheel and deal bud.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 25, 2004, 12:12 AM
Wait... you got your bust today? ******.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 25, 2004, 12:41 AM
Your blatant jealousy is most unbecoming.  SUCKER!   :-*

I've got a bust that Dave doesn't have!  I've got a bust that Dave doesn't have!  I've got a bust that Dave doesn't have...

 ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 25, 2004, 12:45 AM
wrong again

(http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle.jpg)

I was just wondering why you got yours so quick, that's all.

 :P

P.S. I've got 16 busts Matt doesn't have! I've got 16 busts Matt doesn't have! I've got 16 busts Matt doesn't have!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 25, 2004, 12:59 AM
Ah, ****.  Dammit!   >:(

Oh well.  Don't see why you need to call me names then if you've already got the damned thing, dumbass!   ::)

I assume you nabbed the Luke Stormie at some point after Comic Con, since I couldn't get any extras, right?  Or do I get braggin rights on that one at least?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 25, 2004, 01:04 AM
I assume you nabbed the Luke Stormie at some point after Comic Con, since I couldn't get any extras, right? Or do I get braggin rights on that one at least?

Jeez, man, just go back one page and you'll see them all.... but here, let me re-post them for you:


(http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/all_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/all.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/top_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/top.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/middle.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/bottom_s.jpg) (http://www.p3donline.com/collection/busts/bottom.jpg)

And to answer your question, yeah, I nabbed the Luke Stormie off of Wayne (reconsgt) a while back.

Now stop making me post today!!!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on November 25, 2004, 02:08 AM
Hey Dave, where's the Blue Clonetrooper?

I had two of those at one time, ya' know...?   :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 25, 2004, 02:11 AM
 >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on November 27, 2004, 01:58 AM
Dale, have you checked your e-mail yet today?

I checked yesterday & its on its way. 8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on November 27, 2004, 12:42 PM
Dave, nice collection.  I don't see Luke X-Wing which I saw at Suncoast a week or two ago, is that out or am I imagining things?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on November 27, 2004, 06:51 PM
Yeah, he is out, as well as the Gamorrean Guard I think. I get these busts from a comic shop that's not all that close to my house, but the guy who owns it is a friend of mine so he just orders them for me. I usually stop out there around once every month, six weeks at the latest, and just pick up whatever he has for me. Which kinda sucks - last time I stopped in, I had to write him a check for almost $700, and I haven't been there since early November, and don't anticipate going back till at least the first week of January  :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on November 28, 2004, 02:29 AM
The Luke Pilot is definitely out.  I've seen it at a couple of comic shops so far.  I haven't been to a Suncoast in a while, but I'm sure it'll be there soon.

My latest Gentle Giant score?  Doing some backtracking and picked up the Jango Fett mini-bust.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 4, 2004, 10:32 PM
Looks like my OT bust collection is finally underway!  That's aside from the Comic Con Stormie Luke and Chrome Vader that I've already got.

Just secured a trade for a MIMB Biker Scout, Tarkin, X-Wing Luke, and Stormtrooper, all for about $30 each - shipped.  Not bad!  Merry Christmas to me, I guess!   :P

So what's that leave me with now, as far as OT busts go?  Bossk, Gamorrean, regular Vader, Boba Fett...  Anything else?  Looks like 3PO is just about out too, I think.

Regardless, I'm excited to finally get rolling with these things, after procrastinating for the better part of a year and a half.  Bring 'em on!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 4, 2004, 10:53 PM
You forgot poor Greedo  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 5, 2004, 01:17 AM
Oh yeah, I knew it looked like someone else was missing!  He should be cheap enough to nab.

I was surprised glancing through the GG bust eBay auctions from a few weeks ago how far most of these had dropped.  Seemed like if you were patient enough, you could find most of them for $30 or less.  That's at least stomachable now, hence the end to my procrastination.   ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 5, 2004, 01:21 AM
You can't stick with just the OT though - you know that, right? Think about it... your OCD will compel you to get the entire set. You know it's gonna happen. Besides, Yoda and Jango are two of the nicest, next to Vader and Boba Fett. And what about the Clones? You're gonna need them too.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 5, 2004, 01:35 AM
Shut up, Dave.   >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 5, 2004, 01:53 AM
 :-*

You know it's true. Face it.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 5, 2004, 02:39 AM
And you call yourself a Star Wars fan... ::)

If you're gonna say some **** like that, at least go with:

Search your feelings. You know it to be true...

 :P

But if I ever had any intentions of collecting the PT busts (which I won't), I would've never given away a couple of those Blue Clones from 2003 Comic Con. Screw ever trying to track that piece of **** down again for cheap. That's enough to keep me away from the PT ones right there. So fuggidaboudit!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on December 5, 2004, 05:34 AM
Shut up, Dave. >:(

C'mon Matt! All the cool kids are doing it...~ :-*
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 5, 2004, 05:48 AM
Oh, don't you start with me too now, Sharon! Only I'm allowed to say that... :-*


Was just scoping out the eBay GG bust auctions, and noticed plenty of Fetts (usually in the upper $100's), but absolutely NO Vaders, except for the Chrome version. Make me kinda nervous about his availability and cost. Is he much higher than $200 these days...?

EDIT:  Nevermind, I found a few out there.  $275 - $350.  That's just great...  Remind me why I decided to start collecting these, or why I didn't save one of my Blue Clones for trade bait?   :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 6, 2004, 11:08 PM
You know, after luckily getting one of those Chrome Vader Mini-Busts, I was really interested in getting the original (non-chrome) version. But judging by this auction, I won't be getting one any time soon. :'(

GG Vader (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=790&item=3856268609&rd=1)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 7, 2004, 04:17 PM
Looks like even Steve Sansweet is missing the Vader bust...

(http://www.goldengategarrison.com/albums-ggg/sansweet04/Image076.sized.jpg)

Guess I don't feel so bad now.   :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 12, 2004, 06:02 AM
Just a head's up to everyone here that the Han Stormtrooper bust should be becoming available at GG's site in the next day or two (for their Collector's Society members).  If you're signed up there, you should be getting an e-mail when they're availabe, so be ready!  They said by Monday at the latest...

BTW, the hot rumors on the next several busts include Sandtrooper, Boussh, Royal Guard, and Tie Pilot.  MMMmmm.  Yum!   8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 12, 2004, 06:27 PM
Boussh isn't a rumor, it's fact.  Gentle Giant showed a prototype of it at Wizard World Chicago.  They weren't allowing photographs though.  Darth Maul is also in the pipeline in the not-so-distant future as well.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 14, 2004, 01:42 PM
Just a head's up to everyone here that the Han Stormtrooper bust should be becoming available at GG's site in the next day or two (for their Collector's Society members).

Site seems to be down since yesterday  :-\

Maybe it went on sale and all the traffic killed the site?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 14, 2004, 02:25 PM
Yeah, still no word on the Han bust anywhere that I've seen.  GG seems to be running a little late with their announcement.


Boussh isn't a rumor, it's fact.

I dunno... I think it's still just a rumor, Nick. But if GG did make one, I bet it would probably look something like this:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/images/leia_bust.jpg)

Ooooh. Pretty. 8)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 14, 2004, 02:34 PM
Ya think?


Darth Maul is on the way, though.  Ray Park was in for a visit and a scan at Gentle Giant this past summer, so Darth Maul can't be far behind.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on December 15, 2004, 09:15 AM
I received my Chrome Vader bust yesterday, #2444. 8)

Very pleased with it. Big Thanks to Dave for helping me out! :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on December 16, 2004, 09:53 AM
Boy, he sure is pretty. 8)

(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/GG%20Chrome%20Vader%20Bust%202444.jpg)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 17, 2004, 01:56 AM
Dale, I can't remember how far you've ventured into collecting these busts. Do you have the regular Vader one? If so, how do they compare?  I want one so bad - do you think sending an eBay auction note to my wife would be too obvious?   ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on December 17, 2004, 09:05 AM
Jesse, no regular Vader bust to compare. This is my 2nd, the other one is the Green Sergeant Clone Trooper. I'm very impressed with these busts, wish I started them when they first came out. :-\

Yikes! Just checked the completed auctions on the reg vader! :o

Yeah, sending her a auction note might not get you one at those prices! :o :'(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 17, 2004, 09:14 AM
Ya know, if they ever do a Lobot, I'm buying, otherwise, I can just continue admiring them from afar
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on December 22, 2004, 01:23 AM
Something NOT so cool from GGS:
http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB4&Number=1003174&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all

Chrome Sandtrooper for "friends & supporters" only 200. >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on December 22, 2004, 04:16 AM
At least its just some chrome/gold version of a bust that will be made soon.  I don't have to have it to complete my set.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on December 22, 2004, 11:42 AM
Wow, that's neat, but clearly it will never make it to my collection.  If someone wants to send me one, well, I won't complain, but I don't foresee this puppy sitting beside Vader any time soon. 

I wonder if this piece shows changes to the regular Sandtrooper bust?  Previous pictures had the long rifle held vertically with no backpack.  This one has a backpack and the short blaster.  Hmmm.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 22, 2004, 12:27 PM
How many will Phil Wise get?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 22, 2004, 01:58 PM
Saw that this morning too, and am pretty bummed about it...  Wish it was a Prequel bust instead, so I wouldn't have to sweat it.   :-\

But as it stands, it's gonna likely eat at me for years to come, not having a "complete" OT bust collection now.  And yes, I understand all the arguments about it being a special, limited gift for only a few people, but that explanation does nothing to quell a true completist's desire to own one.

Those that might suggest the completists just "live with it", and whatnot, don't really understand the innerworkings that make a completist tick.  It's not really something we have a lot of control over - we just have to have it all.  So I'm just not sure what the hell I'm gonna do about this...

A definite bummer though, and GG's going to more than likely lose some more of it's collectors after this, the avid "completist" ones anyway.

Real nice looking bust though, that's for sure!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 22, 2004, 05:35 PM
I would tell you to sell them all Matt and not worry about it :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on December 22, 2004, 05:41 PM
Chrome Sandtrooper for "friends & supporters" only 200. >:(

Make 200 top ordering e/retailers and websites happy, alienate even more customers. Way to go, GG!

SO glad I'm only getting the BH out of this line, because if I was a completist, I'd be cursing them out like they were Playmates and their 1701 figures.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 22, 2004, 09:38 PM
Chrome Sandtrooper for "friends & supporters" only 200. >:(

Well, I think that owning every friggin' bust they make - and some in multiples - should qualify me as a "supporter"... don't you think? Maybe I'll get one?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 23, 2004, 01:34 AM
Something NOT so cool from GGS:
http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB4&Number=1003174&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all

Chrome Sandtrooper for "friends & supporters" only 200. >:(

Here's what I wrote in that thread:


This piece is a promo, pure and simple. I know a lot of people are upset about this, but this sort of thing does happen in the toy and collectible industry quite often. Fact is that there are "promo" versions of even the limited pieces that companies like Gentle Giant, Attakus and Master Replicas put out. These can number in the low hundreds, and they're typically not numbered pieces in a limited edition. These things go out to dealers, media and peers in the industry.

I know someone at a major collectible company, and he routinely gets things from other toy and collectible manufacturers well before they hit the market. Case in point, he's had the ROTS preview wave for at least a month. This is a standard thing that happens within the toy industry.

Why has this situation blown up? Because of the fact that information about these pieces has been leaked to the general public. While I can appreciate any business giving out Christmas gifts, this should have been handled more delicately. How? Gentle Giant should have only given this piece out with the stipulation that it not be publicized by the media outlets it was sent to.

Might I get flamed for this post? Sure. But please take the time to read what I wrote, and view it objectively, not irrationally.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 23, 2004, 02:25 AM
Well, obviously GG has heard about the stink that is being raised by this:

Philip posed this at the scum:

Quote
FYI: From Gentle Giant:

In the spirit of the holiday season, this item was created as a gift for certain extended members of the Gentle Giant business family. We at Gentle Giant do not view this item as a part of our ongoing Star Wars mini bust collection, and we apologize if you view it as such. We hope that you will continue to collect the pieces in our collection that bring you enjoyment.

Answers to FAQ:
This holiday gift will not be made available for purchase through any outlet in the future.
No announcements have been made regarding a Sandtrooper mini bust and any information you may hear regarding one from sources other than Gentle Giant should be treated as speculation at best and falsehood at worst.

Gentle Giant will not be announcing specific details (recipients, etc.) regarding the gift at any time.

Quote

I guess knowing that it's not an "official" makes it easier to accept. But just knowing that it's out there...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 23, 2004, 10:39 AM
I agree Nick, Mike and Phil fanned the flames a ton by saying hey look what I got and you all don't.  And part of that is just to show what a neat gesture this was but part of that is stir some mania there.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 23, 2004, 11:48 AM
Ah, you grasped my point exactly, Scott!  The whole thing turned into a "dig me" exhibition.  But some people will probably still not accept that this piece is a promo, and continue to get agitated.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 23, 2004, 01:29 PM
I also see a lot of jealousy though that those guys got them and others did not.  Which in part is true...but GG does what they want
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 23, 2004, 02:01 PM
See, now it's pieces like this that make me wish I didn't collect anything at all. Not because of the collecting aspect of the issue, but the fact that it turns every person on the boards into a complete and total *******. For whatever reason, nobody can accept how anybody else collects stuff, and it immediately becomes a total ****fest, especially over at Rebelscum, which is why I never go over to that hell hole anymore.

So I'm an avid completist, and I want EVERYTHING in a given line, and I consider this Sandtrooper to be a part of the overall bust line and therefore would like to obtain one. Big ******' deal! Why does that have to affect everyone else's life so dramatically? Some people view the piece as a "promo" or "gift" or whatever, while others see that it's got a 200 unit production run and is going to be available on eBay in small numbers eventually, so they feel it's "obtainable" and therefore part of the line. Why is that so completely insane and offensive?  I don't freak out over the folks who don't consider it a part of the line.  Hell, that's perfectly fine with me - it's their opinion.  So why can't the converse of that work at all?

How many vintage Vlix figures are still in existence? Do you think there's vintage collectors out there that are upset their collections are incomplete 'cause they're still missing that little nugget? Sure. Not worth screaming and yelling at the guys because they feel that way. Yeah, not necessarily an apples to apples comparison there, but relatively speaking number wise, it's not that far off.

Just makes me seriously ill to see how intolerant so many people are of digesting others opinions and collecting habits. It's a personal thing, so different people see it different ways. Why can't folks just respect that, toss their viewpoint in, and just be done with it. Seeing the comments (over at RS) about hardcore completists being total idiots who should just get out of collecting is just asinine.

As for Mike and Phil showing off their Sandtrooper busts, I don't see any big deal to that at all. They run Star Wars collecting news sites, so they'd be remiss to just shove that beautiful piece under the rug to avoid upsetting anyone. I didn't take it at all that they were saying "I've got one and you don't, so nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!" Nor am I overly jealous of or feeling resentful towards them - just as jealous as I'd be for any other piece I'm missing from any of my collections. I don't get upset at Jared for showing me his Freeze Frame Weequay figure. It's a cool piece, and should be enjoyed. Jealous of him 'cause he's got one and I don't? Just a tad, but that's human nature. Just like seeing a guy drive by in a Ferrari. Sure, you'd love to have one too, but you don't have to resent the guy who does have it...

Anyway, most of this rant is directed towards the crap in the 'Scum thread. Just annoyed with all the narrow minded, disrespectful collectors out there, who need to talk **** to anyone and everyone who doesn't see things the same way that they do...

I want one of these Sandtrooper busts. Hopefully you guys can live with that. But if the thought of me wanting one sends you into a tizzy, I profusely apologize.

**end rant**
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 23, 2004, 02:13 PM
Colman, you seriously have not a ******* clue do you? 

So what I'm understanding here, correct me if I'm wrong, is that you're not giving me any money so now I'm left basically with nothing. I'm left with zero. What can I do with zero, y'know, what can...I-I can't do anything with it. This is my life here, we're talking about we're not talking about something else, we're talking about my life, y'know and it's forcing me to do something I don't want to do. To leave to go out and just leave and go home and say make a clean cut here and say 'no way, Corky. you're not putting up with these people and I'll tell why I can't put up with you people because you're bastard-people! That's what you are! You're just bastard people and I'm goin' home and I'm gonna I'm gonna bite my pillow. It's what I'm gonna do.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 23, 2004, 04:22 PM
Um, ok...   ???



(were those song lyrics, or sumthin'?)



God, my head hurts.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on December 23, 2004, 04:26 PM
Nope

(http://images.ibsys.com/2000/1011/107179.jpg)

Waiting for Guffman
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 23, 2004, 10:06 PM
So, does that mean Chris got one? Or, better yet, maybe the webmaster (http://www.jedidefender.com/staff.php) of JediDefender.com should get one, no? I mean, if all those other guys that run collecting websites got them, shouldn't someone here get one? I mean, we do run one of the largest collecting sites online, don't we?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on December 29, 2004, 11:54 PM
Han Stormie update:

Han Solo In Stormtrooper Disguise Mini-Bust
Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise Mini-Bust - We were all ready to send out the link to purchase the exclusive mini-bust, but we've encountered some minor technical difficulties in setting up our new online store.  Our hope was to send out the link before the Christmas holiday and it got pushed back, then our goal was to have it out by New Years and that was dashed.  Now our goal is to send out the link early January, we appreciate your patience with this matter.

So ya know, email came tonight.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 30, 2004, 06:37 PM
Giggle, giggle. Look what showed up today:

(http://images.snapfish.com/3427679923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232826358%3B%3A3nu0mrj)

I'm gonna rip into these babies tonite. More pics to follow!   :D

[Giggles out the door] 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 1, 2005, 11:46 AM
So many cool poses to choose from:

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232827%3A55%3A%3A%3Bnu0mrj)

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp54%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E2323736%3B49843ot1lsi)

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp54%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E2323736%3B48%3A63ot1lsi)

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp64%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E2323736%3B47%3B%3A3ot1lsi)

Just a word of warning: be very careful when setting up this pose below. I cracked 2 fingers on his left hand trying to line up the blaster in his hand. :-[

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp58%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E2323736%3B476%3A8ot1lsi)

So what's better than 1 Stormie? 2!

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232827%3A62845nu0mrj)

Here's all the pieces: 2 left arms, 2 right arms, 2 blasters, a long range weapon, and a rotating head.

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232827%3A63%3A%3B6nu0mrj)

My numbers: 5388 and 6030 out of 10,000.

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232827%3A64593nu0mrj)

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C3923232%7Ffp7%3Enu%3D3245%3E89%3A%3E7%3C6%3EWSNRCG%3D3232827%3A64489nu0mrj)

As a bonus, GG included a free Bust-Up with each Stormie. :)
What are the chances, I got a Leia with each one. ::)

EDIT: Cool! Actually, 2 Leia's, but one is the regular, one is the variant. :D

(http://images.snapfish.com/34277%3C%3A%3B23232%7Ffp58%3Dot%3E2336%3D98%3B%3D8%3B7%3DXROQDF%3E2323736%3B8%3B%3A54ot1lsi)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 1, 2005, 03:17 PM
As a bonus, GG included a free Bust-Up with each Stormie. :)
What are the chances, I got a Leia with each one. ::)

Don't feel bad. I bought a case of these busts, and got a Leia with each one. And I didn't even get a variant  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bobafett14 on January 1, 2005, 04:27 PM
I'm cooling off a bit with the busts.  The fact that the first few were released at 2,500, and now they are being pumped out at 8,000 and 10,000 is kind of turning me off fast.  I grabbed the 3PO because I really liked it in sandiego, but the rest don't do it for me like the 3PO.

I grabbed the Amidala and Anakin cheap($18-$24ish) once the second wave hit back when.  Mostly because I could forsee completists wanting to go back and grab the first few(and 2,500 aint many) so I grabbed them when I could cheap.  But now, it's a $50item being massed produced.  They'll cool off and all the latest mini's will be all over ebay from here on out.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 1, 2005, 04:46 PM
I became interested in the mini-busts very late in the game, and certainly don't see myself trying to pursue them all, just my favourties. With that being said, I really couldn't care if they are a limited release - 1000, 10000 or 100000 - doesn't matter to me. I just buy them because they look incredible. The more they make, the more likely I am to find one to put on my shelf. Assuming they don't sacrifice quality for quantity, I'm really glad they're increasing their production.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 2, 2005, 01:00 AM
The fact that the first few were released at 2,500, and now they are being pumped out at 8,000 and 10,000 is kind of turning me off fast.

I really couldn't care if they are a limited release - 1000, 10000 or 100000 - doesn't matter to me. I just buy them because they look incredible. The more they make, the more likely I am to find one to put on my shelf. Assuming they don't sacrifice quality for quantity, I'm really glad they're increasing their production.

While I can understand both sides of that arguement, I'd have to say I agree with Jesse on this one. Yeah, collectibility and the possibility of reselling my busts somewhere down the line when I need some cash or get out of collecting is nice, but if they limit the production numbers back down to the original levels (2500, 3000, etc.), I won't have anything new to sell, because they will be so hard to find. I wouldn't care if they make 10,000 of everything going forward. I'm really not buying them as investments for the future. If they turn out to be that, that's great. If not, doesn't bother me one bit.

I think what GG needs to do is a little more research about who the more popular characters are, and increase the numbers on those, and the lesser "collector oriented" characters numbers could be dropped a little. But the numbers aren't really all that important. Look at Boba Fett. At 7500, he's one of the most highly produced busts, yet he still commands $200+ on the secondary market. They could have made 10,000, even 15,000 of his bust and it still would have been a sell out, and probably still sell for more than the original $50 price tag. Now Darth Vader on the other hand, only had an issue size of 3500. Lot smaller, and I would have to say that there are more Darth Vader fans than Boba Fett fans out there. Busts like the Luke X-Wing and the Bossk, Greedo, etc. - they probably could have gotten away with smaller edition sizes, like in the 3500 range, because these things are sitting everywhere.

These are getting easier to find, now that certain mass market retailers are actually carrying them (like Suncoast), but if more and more people start collecting them, they will start drying up again, and you'll have unscrupulous comic shop dealers ordering extra cases just so they can put them on ebay a month or two after release and make double and triple their money instead of just selling them to their customers at regular retail.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 3, 2005, 04:46 PM
I've only recently jumped into this line myself, mostly 'cause I've been able to score most of the OT busts for only about $30 each (shipped). So with the increased edition sizes pushing the costs down a bit, it made the overall line more attractive (affordable) to me, so I hopped on the bandwagon too.

Of course, going back and picking up those 2,500 one's Bob mentioned, like the Fett and Vader (I presume), is gonna be extremely challenging. Pretty concerned about those, as they're both usually running in the $200+ range. Oh well. Someday...

Not to mention that blasted GG Christmas gift of the Silver/Gold Sandtrooper a couple weeks ago... :P

I just like how these Busts look though, and that they're pretty affordable now.  Don't care about the values myself, though I know there are those who do, so I can see how this line may be taking a dive in their view...  To each their own.   ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 3, 2005, 05:03 PM
Lines taking a dive is great news to me, as long as it's just price and not quality.   I'll happily pick up Vader and Fett when the prices tank.  BTW, Vader is running over $300 all the time now :-\

Value is secondary.  I like to not lose money over time, but I don't buy things strictly on the premise that the value will increase.  That's what the stock market is for (long term).  I learned that back in the 80s/90s with comics.  $1000 worth of Marvel Comics is now worth $100.  $1000 worth of Marvel stock is now worth $10,000.  Or at least it was at one time. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 3, 2005, 05:31 PM
Look at Boba Fett. At 7500, he's one of the most highly produced busts, yet he still commands $200+ on the secondary market. They could have made 10,000, even 15,000 of his bust and it still would have been a sell out, and probably still sell for more than the original $50 price tag. Now Darth Vader on the other hand, only had an issue size of 3500. Lot smaller, and I would have to say that there are more Darth Vader fans than Boba Fett fans out there.

Wow, didn't realize Fett was made in such large quantities.  Granted, I DO see an awful lot of him up on eBay, much moreso than the Vader anyway...

So what were the ones with the 2,500 edition sizes?  Just some of the Prequel characters?  If so, I'm not worried about those, since I'm only collecting the OT busts.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 3, 2005, 06:43 PM
Yeah, the only OT bust that had a limited run was Vader, with 3500. Every other OT bust has been at least 5000. Just imagine how much Boba Fett would be going for if his run was only 2500 or 3500.... $600??
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on January 3, 2005, 07:49 PM
The lowest run for a production mini-bust was 2,500 pieces, and those were all PT pieces.  The lowest exclusive PT piece is the blue Clone Trooper at 1,000 pieces.

The lowest run on an OT mini-bust is 3,500 pieces.  That record is shared by Darth Vader and the 2004 summer con exclusive Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper armor.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 4, 2005, 12:37 AM
These are the edition #'s that I found in ToyFare #85, p.48-85; also their street values as of Sept 2004 (which are of course out of date by now):

Anakin Skywalker - 2500 - July 2002 - $45
Biker Scout - 7500 - Jan 2004 - $45
Boba Fett - 7500 - May 2003 - $175
Bossk - 5000 - July 2004 - $55
Clone Trooper - 3750 - Aug 2003 - $85
Clone Trooper Captain (red) - 1250 - July 2001 - $250
Clone Trooper Commander (yellow) - 2500 - Aug 2003 - $100
Clone Trooper Lieutenant (blue) - 1000 (Comic-Con, Wizard World 03) - July 2003 - $315
Clone Trooper Pilot - 2500 - Mar 2004 - $120
Clone Trooper Sergeant - 2500 (StarWarsShop.com) - Apr 2004 - $125
Count Dooku - 2500 - Oct 2002 - $50
Darth Vader - 3500 - Jan 2003 - $225
Darth Vader (Chrome) - 4000 (GalacticRewards.com) - Dec 2003 - $225
Gamorrean Guard - 4000 - Oct 2004
Grand Moff Tarkin - 6000 - Jan 2004 - $55
Greedo - 7500 - Feb 2004 - $50
Jango Fett - 2500 - Oct 2002 - $170
Jango Fett (Chrome) - 5000 (GalacticRewards.com) - May 2004 - n/a
Luke Skywalker - Stormtrooper - 3500 (Comic-Con, WizWorld 04) - July 2004 - $45
Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot - 7500 - Sept 2004
Mace Windu - 2500 - June 2002 - $55
Obi-Wan Kenobi - 2500 - July 2002 - $55
Padme Amidala - 2500 - July 2002 - $45
Stormtrooper (Deluxe) - 10,000 - Aug 2004
Yoda - 3500 - Jan 2003 - $190
Zam Wesell - 2500 - Oct 2002 - $60

EDIT: Changed Clone Trooper Captain to reflect edition size of 1250 pieces, as stated in SilverSpyder's reply below.  Thanx!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on January 4, 2005, 04:30 AM
These are the edition #'s that I found in ToyFare #85, p.48-85; also their street values as of Sept 2004 (which are of course out of date by now):

Clone Trooper Captain (red) - 5000 - July 2001 - $250


Actually the (red) has an edition size of only 1250.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 4, 2005, 09:21 AM
Looks like the posibility of another exclusive:

translate please (http://195.13.58.150:9673/mintinbox/Actus/04-12/storm_silver)

(http://slave1.cside3.jp/200501/20050101-02.jpg)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 4, 2005, 09:48 AM
Looks like the posibility of another exclusive:

translate please (http://195.13.58.150:9673/mintinbox/Actus/04-12/storm_silver)

(http://slave1.cside3.jp/200501/20050101-02.jpg)

Translation: Please to note that new chrome sandtrooper bust from Gentle Giant will be available only to certain ebay sellers.  They will subsequently charge you your left nut to obtain this item.  If left nut not available, right nut will suffice. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on January 4, 2005, 10:31 AM
Except this visual of sour source, because it is not the work of private which chromium plates the busts but indeed of Gentle Giant, we still have few infos for the moment on this future exclusive bust, but this new silver must-to be apparently soon dispo.

We will keep you informed!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 4, 2005, 10:04 PM
Translation: Please to note that new chrome sandtrooper bust from Gentle Giant will be available only to certain ebay sellers. They will subsequently charge you your left nut to obtain this item. If left nut not available, right nut will suffice.

That's a hell of an accurate translation! ;) >:(  I guess right nut will have to suffice.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 6, 2005, 01:43 AM
 :'(

Darth Vader Mini-Bust on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5938963258&ssPageName=MERC_VI_RSCC_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores)

Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Stim on January 7, 2005, 09:36 PM
Looks like the posibility of another exclusive:

translate please (http://195.13.58.150:9673/mintinbox/Actus/04-12/storm_silver)

(http://slave1.cside3.jp/200501/20050101-02.jpg)

Translation: Please to note that new chrome sandtrooper bust from Gentle Giant will be available only to certain ebay sellers. They will subsequently charge you your left nut to obtain this item. If left nut not available, right nut will suffice.

I saw on rebelscum these are being sold online at the forbidden planet website.  Anyone thinking of ordering one now or are we all pretty sure these will make their way to some U.S. retailer? 

Looks like they'll be about $70.00 + shipping from forbidden planet...althought there's a chance they'll be 17.5% cheaper if they subtract the british VAT tax...which would make them not too much more expensive as the busts over here...

I'm not a completist with this line, but something about this one is grabbin' me and I don't want to miss out...

-Steve
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 7, 2005, 09:38 PM
Anybody know if they are going to be selling them to foreigners outside the UK??
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 8, 2005, 12:24 AM
Anybody know if they are going to be selling them to foreigners outside the UK??

I just went to their website (http://www.forbiddenplanetstore.com/EmailResponse.html?PRODREF=C6210&ACTINIC_REFERRER=http://www.forbiddenplanetstore.com/acatalog/&NOLOGIN=1), and went through the ordering process as far as entering my credit card info. When I entered my country, it never told me it couldn't be shipped to me. Now, I didn't actually order it, because I'm not willing to spend this much. But it appears that I can be ordered outside the UK.

That being said, I decided to e-mail them and ask first. When I get a response, I'll let you know.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 8, 2005, 01:19 AM
I think I placed an order for one at FP earlier today.  Not entirely sure though, 'cause even though I'd gotten my order # and everything, when I clicked the last "Done" button, I lost the whole site.  So I have no idea if it went through or not.  Never even got a shipping quote from them though, so I didn't think I was even at the order confirmation page yet.  Guess we'll see!

Anybody know if they are going to be selling them to foreigners outside the UK??

I think someone mentioned getting their brand new Insider today, and that it was listed in there as a SWS.com exclusive.  That sounded like what GG was probably hinting at in their 'Scum chat.  Probably gonna be the case.  Either way, I'll be trying to pick one up, as tired as I am of the Chrome busts already...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 8, 2005, 01:23 AM
Even though I've got the Chrome Vader and Jango, and 2 of the regular Stormtrooper busts, I think I'll be passing on this one.  I just don't think that the Chrome version can live up to the original version.  Thankfully, I'm not feeling my completist gene kick in on this one... 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 8, 2005, 04:04 AM
On another note, a Chrome Sandtrooper showed up on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=37887&item=6503146261&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW), but was grabbed pretty quickly. The buyer grabbed it for the BIN of $500US. If it didn't have a BIN, I think this could have gone for a LOT more.

What's with this obsession over chrome at GG lately?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 8, 2005, 04:20 AM
Yeah, I think it may have gone for at least twice that if they let it ride.  Man, big mistake.  If you're gonna have the balls to throw your gift up there, you might as well ride that cash cow all the way to the bank.  Some folks were calling it "admirable" to give it the $500 BIN.  I dunno about that.  I think the guy was probably just a dumbass.

What's with this obsession over chrome at GG lately?

Same thing as their Bust-Ups obsession with the clear, glow-in-the-dark, and now holographic versions:  Easy money on pre-existing molds with nothing but a different finish/color to it.

Heck, even Medicom is getting into it now with their Kubricks... (Leia, Ben)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 8, 2005, 11:15 AM
OK, I was able to go through the process of putting one in my basket and going all the way through with my credit card info... but I'm not sure it's really going to be ordered. They never gave me the shipping amount, and I never got a total for my transaction.  ???
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 8, 2005, 12:42 PM
I'll wait for the US retailer for the chrome Sandtrooper.  It might turn around and bite me in the ass, but I'll see what happens.  I suspect that SWS.com will be the retailer and if so, I can live with that. 

Like Jesse, I can also live without this one if I have to.  Unless......

The arm position and blaster are indeed different from the non-chrome Sandtrooper bust, which they seem to be. 

BTW, had I seen that bust on ebay with a $500 BIN, I would have bought it :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 10, 2005, 04:11 PM
OK, I was able to go through the process of putting one in my basket and going all the way through with my credit card info... but I'm not sure it's really going to be ordered. They never gave me the shipping amount, and I never got a total for my transaction. ???

I had the exact same thing happen Dave, and I e-mailed them to find out if it went through or not.  I wasn't even sure I wanted to order one from them, but was trying to go through the order process far enough to find out what their shipping cost to the U.S. would be.  I told them if the order was by chance placed with them, to cancel it, since I didn't get a final amount, or a "confirmation" page.  I'll let you know if/when I hear back from them...

I'll definitely snag one off SWS.com though.  But like everyone else, I hope to see GG do away with this newfound Chrome kick that they're on.  Getting ridiculous, it is.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 11, 2005, 02:32 PM
BTW, had I seen that bust on ebay with a $500 BIN, I would have bought it :o

Yeah, me too most likely. 'Cause now my collection will always be incomplete. Do you think that seller thought he would actually get $500 for it, or just put that as a goof? He probably could have gotten way more if he let the auction go for the full 7 days without putting a BIN on there.

Anyway, I finally got a response back from the order for the Silver Stormtrooper that I placed:

Quote
Unfortunately I am unable to tell you how much the shipping cost will be as it depends on the size and the weight. You can put in a request to receive an email or phone call after the item(s) have been weighed to let you know how much it will be. This way you will know before your money is taken for the postage.

So it looks like the order went through, and now it's just a question of how much is it going to cost me, really? I just hope I haven't screwed myself over by ordering this from the UK, if SWS.com has them for $50 I'm gonna shot myself. If it confirmed that SWS will definitely be getting these?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 11, 2005, 02:36 PM
I don't think a retailer has been confirmed for the US yet Dave.  I think everyone is just expecting it to be SWS.com given they had the other two chrome busts.  Personally I hope they do, rather than someone like EE.  In spite of everyone else's problems with ordering (and a few of my own), all my stuff has arrived in excellent condition and the shipping price has been fair to Jim's place.  They still suck in terms of shipping to Canada, but whatever. 

My question remains as to whether this sandtrooper differs from the planned, regular release in any way other than the chrome?  The original pictures of the regular release show a sandtrooper with a rifle, while the chrome has a blaster but has the regular release been finalized?  If so, it becomes much more important to me (geek) that I get both as they are then different busts. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 11, 2005, 03:08 PM
if SWS.com has them for $50 I'm gonna shot myself. If it confirmed that SWS will definitely be getting these?

Uh... :-[

Big advertisement in the latest SW Insider:

Silver Stormtrooper Ad (http://www.rebelscum.com/toys2005/chromestormtrooper-ad.jpg)

The ad says they will be $49.99, limited to 2500 worldwide, and only available at StarWarsShop.com (coming soon).


My question remains as to whether this sandtrooper differs from the planned, regular release in any way other than the chrome? The original pictures of the regular release show a sandtrooper with a rifle, while the chrome has a blaster but has the regular release been finalized? If so, it becomes much more important to me (geek) that I get both as they are then different busts.

As far as I can tell, there is no difference between the Chrome Stormtrooper and the Regular Stormie busts (other than the Chrome job, duh).

There are however differences between the Sandtrooper busts though. :-\


The Chrome Sandtrooper was only given out to "friends" of Gentle Giant Studios (this is NOT the same as the Chrome Stormtrooper that will be sold via SWShop.com and in the UK). The Chrome Sandtrooper was limited to just 200 peices and came with the Blaster instead of the rifle.

In fact, I think it is just the Stormie Bust with a different finish and a Gold Chrome Pauldron added to it as seen here:

http://www.rebelscum.com/gg/gg-st-silvergoldfront.jpg


Meanwhile, the regular release of the Sandtrooper has the rifle and looks to be a different sculpt altogether:

http://www.rebelscum.com/gallery/tf04-gentlegiant/IMG_5962.jpg


They are definately different busts, but don't hold your breath trying to get the Chrome Sandtrooper since that $500 BIN auction was probably just a fluke. With only 200 of them out there, they will be very hard to get.

So, in summary:
Chrome Stormtrooper - 2500 units at SWShop.com
Chrome Sandtrooper - 200 units, not for retail sale
Regular Sandtrooper - Available at regular retail

Hope that helps, Brent...

Jeff

Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 11, 2005, 03:23 PM
Well, slapping me in the side of the head would have been faster and probably what I deserved, but that clarifies everything.  Thanks for being gentle :-[

For some reason my mind had it that this was a chrome sandtrooper, all chrome with no gold highlights like the 200 piece gift.  But finally after reading your post Jeff, I've come out of the fog to realize this is a chrome stormtrooper rather than a sandtrooper.  Ergo :-[

I would have said something about the ad in the Insider, except mine doesn't show for 6-8 weeks after US subscribers get it (and 3 weeks after Walmart gets it here ::)) which leads to a mini-rant of why I'm paying more for delivery than US subscribers when clearly they're still using slow, bulk mail to send it up here anyway?  End of rant. 

2500 is the unit size at SWS.com or for the whole production run?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 11, 2005, 03:32 PM
2500 is the unit size at SWS.com or for the whole production run?

Oops, in the ad it says "worldwide edition size is 2500".  So, 2500 for the world, not just the USA.   :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 11, 2005, 04:16 PM
Hmmm, I wonder how many SWS.com will get, given that they are already on sale?  Better have the finger on the dial, so to speak, when they come up. :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on January 12, 2005, 06:42 PM
Chrome Stormtrooper in stock now Here (http://shop.starwars.com/Product/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=574)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on January 12, 2005, 06:59 PM
Woo Hoo! Got one! ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 12, 2005, 07:41 PM
Nabbed me one too!  $61 after tax and shipping...

Now, if only I could figure out a way to get me one of those Sandtroopers...   :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 12, 2005, 08:12 PM
Acquired.  Jim, expect another box ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 13, 2005, 10:17 AM
No longer on the site = sold out? :o
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 13, 2005, 10:48 AM
No longer on the site = sold out? :o

Saw it at work last night but nothing I could do on the Government PC. :'(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 14, 2005, 11:48 AM
Nabbed me one too! $61 after tax and shipping...

Now, if only I could figure out a way to get me one of those Sandtroopers... :-\

Wow, just 2 days later and I've already gotten my shipping notice on this thing.  Should be here today or tomorrow, since their warehouse is just 45 minutes away.  Cool!   8)

BTW Dave, I had that British site cancel my order that I placed with them.  Did you do the same, or are you sticking with it?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 14, 2005, 11:36 PM
Wow, just 2 days later and I've already gotten my shipping notice on this thing. Should be here today or tomorrow, since their warehouse is just 45 minutes away. Cool! 8)

Looks like the Mini-Busts are arriving already!

In fact, DualSaberMaster recieved his today and was kind enough to send along some pics of his bust:

Gentle Giant Chrome Stormtrooper Update (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1105763363,55405,)

Looks pretty nice!

Jeff
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 15, 2005, 12:25 AM
BTW Dave, I had that British site cancel my order that I placed with them. Did you do the same, or are you sticking with it?

How did you cancel? I've emailed them like 3 times telling them to cancel my order, and I haven't gotten an answer from them yet. I hope they cancel it, I don't want to spend closer to $100 on one of these, especially since I was able to nab one from SWS.com  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 15, 2005, 01:16 AM
I'm guessing here, but even if they don't cancel Dave, you should be able to make your money back fairly easily on these, especially shipping within the US.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 15, 2005, 03:26 AM
Looks like the Mini-Busts are arriving already!

In fact, DualSaberMaster recieved his today...

Got mine yesterday as well (since I live right near DSM).  Definitely a spiffy looking Stormie, even if I am growing tired of the Chrome rehashes already...

Thanks again for the pix though, Ricardo!   8)

Still got a lot of catchin' up to do though, I have...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on January 15, 2005, 04:10 AM
Anything to be on the JD front page! :P Glad to see my pics were of some use. Thanks to Matt and Jeff. :)

I'm really digging the Chrome Stormie more and more. I've noticed at least on mine that the chrome finish has more of a gunmetal color to it. Maybe, it's the lighting or maybe it's just me. :P

Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Mini-Rock on January 15, 2005, 03:34 PM
Hi, long time lurker, first time post. My order for the Chrome Stormtrooper should be arriving soon too. I just received my Chewie Statue yesterday and the Sandtrooper on Dewback Statue the day before, so it has been a good week. I don't really care for the other chrome pieces, but this one was too cool to pass up.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 15, 2005, 06:59 PM
Mine has shipped too :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 15, 2005, 11:35 PM
I'm guessing here, but even if they don't cancel Dave, you should be able to make your money back fairly easily on these, especially shipping within the US.

Yeah, I guess, but I would rather they not bother sending it to me at all, since I was able to get one from SWS.com and my ebay account is suspended at this moment. And trying to sell it on the forums for whatever it ends up costing me will probably get me labeled as a scalper  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 16, 2005, 12:51 AM
True, you would be labeled as such. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 16, 2005, 04:33 AM
Dave,
I PM'd you my e-mail to Forbidden Planet.  You got it, right?  Keep at 'em and hopefully you can get them to cancel yours too before it's too late.

And trying to sell it on the forums for whatever it ends up costing me will probably get me labeled as a scalper :-\

I don't think so.  As long as you're selling it for what you PAID for it, then I think you're OK.  Lots of folks seem to do that.  I just did that a few months ago, when I wussed out and bought my first ever case of figures from an e-tailer 'cause I was nervous I'd miss them at retail.  I snagged the ROTJ VOTC case from EE, which came out to about $12.15 per figure.  So when I wound up having no problem finding the same figures at retail later on, I put mine up on the boards (RS) for $12.15 each, specifically noting that that was the price I paid for them from EE, hence I wasn't "scalping" them.  Didn't have any problems, and actually wound up selling most of them.

So if you get stuck with both Chrome Stormies, just sell the more expensive one, and state that it's $xx because that's what you paid for it from FP, and that it's not from SWS.com.  Recouping your actual costs should never be considered "scalping".  It might mean your an impatient dumbass for paying too much to get it in the first place, but not a scalper for selling it for that same amount later on.   :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 16, 2005, 01:22 PM
OK, I'll say it, since no one else is.  Granted your ebay addy is temporarily unavailable, but really, even at a higher price, you don't really think you'd lose money on this if you sold it on ebay, do you?  Edition size of 2500 worldwide, US quantity sold out in about 18 hours (or less).  Nice piece, all the other chromes were over $100 prior to SWS.com re-releasing them (so to speak).  You didn't buy it to scalp it, you just ended up putting it on ebay and hoped to get your money back.  If you end up with $100 above and beyond that, well, it's not your fault, it was never your intent.  Right?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 16, 2005, 08:11 PM
Yeah, I guess. But I'd just rather not have to go through the hassle of putting it up for sale anywhere if I can. But if I do end up with a second one, I'll put it here first and see what happens. I've sent several emails now, and haven't gotten a single response. Did you get a reply from them on the email you sent Matt?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 16, 2005, 10:53 PM
I understand Dave, just trying to ease any guilt you might have in making money :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 16, 2005, 11:46 PM
I've sent several emails now, and haven't gotten a single response.

Just for interest's sake, it may take them a few days to e-mail you back. I had e-mailed about the possiblity of shipping outside the UK and it took them about 5 days to get back to me. My guess is that they are overloaded with orders and e-mails and are having a hard time keeping up. (They did say that I could ship it outside the UK, but didn't know what the shipping would cost, so that's probably why you never did get a shipping confirmation.) Keep your fingers crossed, you may still hear from them.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 17, 2005, 04:04 AM
Did you get a reply from them on the email you sent Matt?

Wha'?!   ???  Don't you recall what we were just discussing on the prior page, Dave?   ::)

Yeah, they e-mailed me back 2 days later and confirmed that they canceled my order, per my request.  I sent you a copy of my e-mail to them, so you could check it out and see if you wanted to use any of the verbiage in there to better your case since they don't seem to like you as much as they like me.   :-*
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 17, 2005, 06:55 PM
Got my cancellation confirmation today. Whew. I was afraid what that was gonna end up costing me after currency conversion and shipping.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 17, 2005, 07:28 PM
Good deal.  Did you have to e-mail them once more, or did they just finally get around to responding to your original inquiries?

At least you won't have to be a scalper now!   :-*
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 17, 2005, 07:32 PM
Yeah, they must have gotten tired of my emailing them everyday. The email was actually kinda "harsh" - it pretty much just said "Please accept this email as confirmation that your order has been cancelled". If they would have just told me that the first time, I wouldn't have had to send the other 6 emails  :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 20, 2005, 10:10 PM
Now, if only I could figure out a way to get me one of those Sandtroopers... :-\

Hey, Mr. Moneybags, here ya go...

Gold & Silver Sandtrooper Bust Statue Gentle Giant MINT (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5951480243&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT)

Free UPS shipping included! ::)

Jeff
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on January 20, 2005, 10:14 PM
I'm thinking about buying this just so I can say I have it and Colman never will
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 20, 2005, 10:17 PM
$2500?  That's insulting!  Please, please, please tell me that no one will pay that.   ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 20, 2005, 10:21 PM
I'd have to say that I doubt that will get sold at that price. Seriously. If it was a one of a kind, maybe. But even then, I don't know.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 20, 2005, 11:48 PM
I think the guy that listed it is a blithering moron.  Really, you get 2500 limited editions and they go to $400, but really it's not an exponential increase because there's only two hundred made ::)  Even the #13 McFarlane Jets Selanne's have been sold (privately, not ebay) for around $1300 US.  That's a way more limited edition at nearly half the BIN :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 21, 2005, 12:20 AM
Who knows?  Maybe the completist gene in someone will actually drive them to buy it.  I imagine (or at least would hope) that this guy doesn't actually expect to get this much $$ for it - he probably figured he'd just set an insane price and if someone bit on the price, what the hell, might as well let it go.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 21, 2005, 12:23 AM
But he has to pay listing fees at that price.  I know BIN's are only $0.05 but wouldn't that come with a listing fee in line with the $2500? 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 21, 2005, 12:58 AM
I just looked into this (http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/fees.html):

Insertion fee ($500US +) = $4.80US
BIN fee = $0.05US
Final value fees ($1,000US +) = 5.25% of the initial $25 = $1.31US
plus 2.75% of the initial $25.01 to $1,000.00 = $26.81US
plus 1.50% of the remaining closing value balance = $66.37US
Total fee = $71.22

So he spends $71.22 and makes $2500 for a profit of $2428.78. Not bad for something he pad nadda for.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 21, 2005, 09:52 AM
$2500. good luck.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 21, 2005, 08:37 PM
So he spends $71.22 and makes $2500 for a profit of $2428.78. Not bad for something he pad nadda for.

Unless no one bites on the BIN price (which I doubt). In that case, he spends $71.22 to show the world that he got one, but he's an ass that doesn't want it. I could have told him that for free  :P
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 24, 2005, 09:31 AM
Unless no one bites on the BIN price (which I doubt).

Think again bucko! Some guy from Japan Bin'd it! :o

Gold & Silver Sandtrooper Bust  (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5951480243&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT)

Thats just ******* insane!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on January 24, 2005, 09:33 AM
Yikes...a fool and his money ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 24, 2005, 09:50 AM
A rich fool! ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 24, 2005, 09:55 AM
More money than brains. ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on January 24, 2005, 10:06 AM
So what is JediMAC's eBay username?   ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on January 24, 2005, 10:10 AM
That's not him ;)

I'm actually not surprised someone bought it, it's just another mark of what an insane hobby this is...this guy needs to check out some auctions for Sportscards, Comics and Sportspicks  ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 24, 2005, 10:13 AM
This bidder has bought 4 Exclusive Chrome Stormtrooper Mini Bust's for $99. and has feedback for them.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Mini-Rock on January 24, 2005, 10:42 AM
Amazing! Still, the guy got what he wanted; I say good for him. :)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on January 24, 2005, 12:45 PM
To each their own. ::)

Personally, I would prefer to put that kind of money under the hood of one of my muscle cars. ;D

Thankfully I am NOT a completist when it comes to the GG mini bust collection.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 24, 2005, 01:56 PM
So what is JediMAC's eBay username? ;D

Heh.  Well, I'm neither a fool, nor rich.

Plus, I'm married, and plan to stay that way.

So it wasn't me.  My usual max on higher end collectible stuff is about $300, I'd say.  And as avid a completist as I am, and as much as I'd love to own one of these Sandtrooper busts, it just ain't gonna happen.  I can live with that.

My collection will just forever be "incomplete", 'cause aside from what any others may think, I consider this bust a part of GG's overall bust line, whether it was just an ultra-limited Holiday gift, or not.

Hell, I haven't even backtracked to get the regular Fett and Vader yet, so my collection is far from complete as it is (I only got into these just recently).

I'm not surprised to see the thing sell either, to be honest.  I think it's rather disgusting going for that amount, but it ain't my business what those two do with their stuff really.  But I agree with some of the sentiments I've seen elsewhere - if GG had any way of finding out who was selling their "gift" Sandtroopers, I think they should immediately axe them off their "friends" list.   ;)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Mini-Rock on January 24, 2005, 04:27 PM
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if GG had any way of finding out who was selling their "gift" Sandtroopers, I think they should immediately axe them off their "friends" list. ;)

While the receiver of the gift has the right to do whatever they want with it, if I was the sender, I would certainly think twice before sending them another. So yeah, I agree.
Title: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: jokabofe on January 25, 2005, 12:01 AM
So I was looking at some of my Gentle Giant busts today, and was noticing how odd it is that we got certain characters - like Gammorean Guard, Greedo, and Bossk - but we don't have very many major characters, at least in the Orginal Trilogy yet. I like all the crazy aliens as much as the next guy, if not more. But no Leia, no Han, no Chewie? So I came up with a list of some busts I would love to see GG make soon. And it's not only limited to the OT.

Star Wars
Princess Leia (holding out her sporting blaster from the Tantive IV, kinda like the bustup)
Han Solo (holding his blaster up with one hand)
Chewbacca (holding his bowcaster in both hands)
Luke (farmboy with floppy hat)
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Jawa (holding blaster in both hands)
Tusken Raider (holding Gaffi stick above his head)
TIE Pilot
Momaw Nadon

Empire Strikes Back
Luke Hoth
Han Hoth
Leia Hoth
Han Bespin
Luke Bespin
Lobot
Lando
Zuckuss
4LOM
Yoda
AT-AT Driver
Snowtrooper

Return of the Jedi
Leia Slave
Luke Jedi
Lando Skiff
Emperor Palpatine
Amanaman
Barada
Nikto
Klaatu
Bib Fortuna
Ree Yees
Squid Head

Phantom Menace
Darth Maul
Aurra Sing
Senator Palpatine

Attack of the Clones
Plo Koon
Ki Adi Mundi
Aayla Secura

Anybody else you'd like to see made?
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: Morgbug on January 25, 2005, 12:33 AM
Hmm, not nearly so complete a list, but I desperately want an Old Ben Kenobi bust, hood up, with lightsaber and looking out of the corner of his eye at Luke. 

Chewie I want in shackles to put between Han and Luke Stormies (where is Han, btw?).  A bowcaster would be fine too. 

Emperor Palpatine in his chair, eyes glowing with a kick ass smile on his face. 

Leia, but I'd prefer stripper slave Leia, so we can help fulfill Matt's fantasies.  The bust up version would be fine (no Matt, not that bust)

Yoda OT version, with cane under chin, looky old, wrinkly and nearly dead. 

Vader, new with lightsaber, won't disenchant those that own the first, but will satisfy those that don't. 

Indy bust, chase Jawa with different weapon - sorry, wrong thread.

Hoth Luke with that beat to crap face.
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: JayDouble on January 25, 2005, 01:11 AM
I'd definitely want a Chewie.  Just dont know what pose. 
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: drewlam on January 25, 2005, 09:44 AM
The only two I really want are the Tie Pilot and the Royal Guard.  I agree though that a Chewie would be nice.
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: Morgbug on January 25, 2005, 10:59 AM
The only two I really want are the Tie Pilot and the Royal Guard. I agree though that a Chewie would be nice.

Those would be ideal to add some colour to my world of white and chrome only busts ;)
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: Brian on January 25, 2005, 11:09 AM
I really wish I could afford to collect this line in its entirety, the product looks so great.  I would break down and buy a Chewie though, I hope they come out with one sometime soon.  I like the idea of holding the bowcaster...that would be cool.  I've noticed that too, lots of main characters missing so far, but maybe they're just giving themselves some room for the coming months/years.  I'd like to see a Han (various version), other Lukes, a Lando, various Leias, etc.  Lots of potential yet with the character selection.
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: JediMAC on January 25, 2005, 02:20 PM
Dave's list would be nice there, but in more realistic terms here...   ;)

Darth Maul (no-brainer)

Chewie

R2

Royal Guard

OT Yoda

Skiff Lando (w/ RH)

Emperor

Tusken Raider

Jawa

That's probably enough for now...  Just don't make too many, too fast, 'cause these are kinda expensive and I have lots of other crap to buy too!   :P
Title: Re: What Gentle Giant Busts would you like to see?
Post by: OlBenKenobi on January 25, 2005, 06:31 PM
No new Vader please.  No rehashes like that. 
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on January 28, 2005, 09:42 AM
I just got my stormtrooper mini-bust yesterday (thanks Jim!!!), and I have a question.  On the helmet, there are those two black post-thingies (not sure how else to describe them).  On my bust, one of the posts has the tip painted silver, but the other one is all black.  Looking at the box, it looks like they're both painted silver.  Has anyone else noticed this on theirs, or is mine just missing the silver paint on the second post?
I don't really care, but it seemed kind of odd.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on January 28, 2005, 06:34 PM
Just got my email update from Gentle Giants about the Han Stormie exclusive bust. Up for grabs Monday, January 31st to the collector's club (email list). ;D

Keep an eye open for your update!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on January 28, 2005, 09:27 PM
Well it's about time! :) I've been looking forward to this one; hope we get a standard ANH or other Han
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 30, 2005, 03:27 PM
Just an update, I checked the feedback on that Gold/Silver Stormtrooper and the buyer got positive feedback from the seller.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 31, 2005, 03:35 PM
Just got my email update from Gentle Giants about the Han Stormie exclusive bust. Up for grabs Monday, January 31st to the collector's club (email list). ;D

Keep an eye open for your update!

Grrrr, nothing yet.  Expect this some time between 4 and 9 pm, board time.  I should be completely offline at that point.  Murphy and his Law.  Hmmph.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on January 31, 2005, 10:17 PM
Just got this update on Han Stomrtrooper bust:

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To Our Loyal Collectors:
 
We know we promised a Monday January 31, 9:30am PST email and we apologize for the delay in this update being sent out to you. Over the weekend we experienced some technical problems, we've since fixed those problems and expect the checkout process to go a little smoother.
 
So without further ado:
 
Han Solo In Stormtrooper Disguise Mini-Bust
Han Solo has had a variety of adventures throughout his long career as a smuggler. But it was the day he was hired to transport Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and young Luke Skywalker on a mission to rescue the captive Princess Leia that forever changed his life. For the long awaited companion to the Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise mini-bust...
You can find him here - Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=6569). PLEASE NOTE THIS LINK WILL GO LIVE AT 9:30AM PST ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2005
 
Rules and Guidelines for Purchase:
Limited to one per order, per person, per day
Restricted to members of our Collector's Club only
Only available for shipping in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 08:58 AM
So like this actually gonna happen today? :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 10:01 AM
Good question.  Gotta say thanks to Dave though for posting that link.  I didn't get the email, I wonder how many others didn't either? :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 10:04 AM
A fair amount from what I have seen on other boards.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 11:58 AM
What's funny about that is that I have all 4 of my email addresses signed up for the GG email updates, and I get 4 of every update. But I only got that email sent to 1 of my addresses instead of all 4  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Matt Carroll on February 1, 2005, 12:19 PM
Up for sale a bit early! Go get 'em!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 12:27 PM
You credit card has been approved an your order is awaiting shipment. ;D
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 12:29 PM
Up for sale a bit early! Go get 'em!

Slow now..................

Lasso Error, what the **** is that :o

I hate ******* Lasso's >:(
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 12:35 PM
Keep trying, I had no problem though going through ckeck out is a tad slow. There getting hits like crazy!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 12:39 PM
Connection refused when trying to connect to orderwave.com

maybe they should have worked on it for another day or two....  :-\
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 12:40 PM
Reading that a few are having problems going through check out, keeps timing out. There getting more hits.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 1, 2005, 12:40 PM
Nothing but problems on my end. My email to customer service has already been send. First Lasso errors, and now it won't even connect.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 12:42 PM
Great... now I get this:

Quote
We are unable to take orders at this time. We should be back up and running soon. For information on when the store will re-open, please sign up for email updates here. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

When will these people learn how to do these stupid exclusives? Do they not expect hundreds possibly thousands of people to try and get this at the same time? Maybe we should all just take a number next time, and order it one at a time...  ::)
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 12:46 PM
Timing out is a huge issue. I made it to the credit card page then the whole thing went in the *******. Cleared the cache, toasted the history and rebooted to try again. Making sure it's not my end because these pile of crap government Dell's could screw it up too.

At least it's a 3500 issue.

Lasso. Who knew I'd learn to hate that word so quickly.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 12:47 PM
At least you got that far Brent... I haven't gotten past the GG page at all yet...
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on February 1, 2005, 12:48 PM
Huh...a big time **** up on an internet exclusive launch...when will these companies learn?
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 1, 2005, 12:50 PM
The furthest I made it was the screen to pick shipping method.  Now I can't get past the first one.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 12:51 PM
Sounds like she's down, tried a 2nd attempt to see what is happening and... Connection timed out, back a page then the page cannot be displayed. :-\

SWShop.com all over again!
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: chuckles on February 1, 2005, 12:51 PM
Guess I got real lucky then. I ordered mine about 20-25 minutes ago and it went as smooth as could be. Sucks to hear about the problems they are having now. :-\ They just better keep those orders that have already been placed while they fix things, again. ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on February 1, 2005, 12:54 PM
Dale's right this is SWS.com all over again

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 12:55 PM
I'm now to connection outright refused ::) I knew I should have tried a little earlier. I got on at about 9:24 PST and it just stuffed itself at 9:30. So close, but so far away.

Glad you got one Jim, hadn't seen you around here for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 1, 2005, 12:55 PM
Well, they came through with the Luke bust for those of us who had problems. So I'm hoping they handle this as well as they did last time. It's pretty sad that they are having problems like this again, but as long as I get a bust I really don't care.
Title: Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 12:57 PM
They just better keep those orders that have already been placed while they fix things, again. ::)

Ditto! We wants it, we needs it...My Precious! Glad I got through. Hope you guys get one. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 01:00 PM
Well, they came through with the Luke bust for those of us who had problems. So I'm hoping they handle this as well as they did last time. It's pretty sad that they are having problems like this again, but as long as I get a bust I really don't care.

Yup, my email was sent about the same time as yours :D  I actually feel bad for the customer service staff.  They're probably all beating their heads against a very hard wall right now.  I kept the tone of the message pretty light and non-accusatory, they need no extra grief. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on February 1, 2005, 01:03 PM
Hopefully they are better than the people at SWS.com


(http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c30139f82da.jpg)

(http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c4513ac9030.jpg)

(http://www.tradefederation.net/cldata/User_files/40912c5613bd43e3.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 01:09 PM
Well, from past experience, I'd say the customer service people are.  I'm currently enjoying some fine SWS.com customer service right now ::)  I love generic form responses. 

As it stands right now, here's how I rank the customer service departments:

1. Entertainment Earth (btw, they phoned me to make sure I got the last email message they sent to confirm my order has shipped)

2. Gentle Giant - personal responses and handled the Luke Stormtrooper issue pretty well.  Not so thrilled with their cavalier attitude about shipping into Canada, but oh well, that's what I get for living in a third world country.

3.  SWS.com (or is it SSW.com?) - I have had personalized responses from them, but there is precisely zero consistency.  Now I have a real issue that should be resolved (same issue I had with EE) and I can't get any sort of response out of them, other than a computer generated one.  My order was ready to ship over a week ago, I resolved my responsibilities, but apparently they've moved on.  The items still exist in my order history, but they ain't moving >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 01:14 PM
I was able to order two Luke Stormtrooper busts without a problem (one for me and one for a friend, the next day) - I guess I was expecting the same here with this one. Boy, was I wrong.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on February 1, 2005, 01:53 PM
Never got the email to the link, even though I have been registered at their site for a year, and have received every one of their "updates" thus far, figures. ::)

Thank goodness for the JD front page, but then only got as far to the checkout cart before the site took a ****.

I'm really starting to hate these "internet exclusive" cluster f**ks. ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 01:59 PM
We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!

How much later? :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 02:01 PM
We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!

How much later? :-\

Yup, I'm still plugging away here too. You should get your greedy ass off there and quit clogging the server.

BTW, I just got the update from GG about the sale. Apparently it started about an hour and a half ago ::)

Got back in, got to the billing info and guess what?  Yup, Lasso Error.  Again :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 1, 2005, 02:51 PM
Goddamn this stupid online store software!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 03:05 PM
We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!

How much later?  :-\

Obviously LATER later, 'cause I'm still getting the same message  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on February 1, 2005, 03:30 PM
The page went up a little early, I was able to get an order in before it crashed. My CC was charged right away. (Not gloating, please do not throw anything. :P)

I think it only lasted 10 minutes.

Hang in there, guys!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 05:00 PM
So, how may of these do you think actually got sold today? I've been sitting here for no less than a solid hour straight, doing nothing but clicking the "add to cart" button, only to be told time and time again

Quote
We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!

So do you think it's actually working, and there are some people who are actually able to get in and order these, and that's wjy I keep getting that message, or is it just offline and not working at all, and they don't feel like giving me any different message?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 06:29 PM


So do you think it's actually working, and there are some people who are actually able to get in and order these, and that's wjy I keep getting that message, or is it just offline and not working at all, and they don't feel like giving me any different message?

I don't think it's working.  Not regularly anyway.  I got to view my cart.  Once.  In four hours.  Most of the time I was not able to view cart and clicking that option indicated the site was down. 

As to how many got sold, well the short answer is one less than I'd like, but many more than I want.  Couple of hundred maybe before it crapped out?  I haven't seen any reports of anyone except the smart earlybirds getting in.  We should be ok for a while.  I'd just like to get one today is all.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 07:13 PM
Got a response to my email...

Dear Brent,
blah, blah, blah... please keep trying the link.

Duh :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 07:39 PM
I'd just like to get one today is all.

Yeah, that makes about 3000 of us  :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 08:10 PM
Just got it :D 

Site just sort of kicked in right about 4 minutes ago.  A few really painful delays, but I got the screen saying card approved and item ready to ship.  Now we'll wait for the confirmation email.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 1, 2005, 08:52 PM
There are people with it on ebay already - BIN $150. Doesn't sound like a bad idea at this point. Instead of wasting another entire day in front of this stupid machine hitting the F5 key over and over to see if this stupid site is working yet  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 1, 2005, 09:57 PM
Glad to hear you got one Brent, that sure took awhile. :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2005, 11:10 PM
Glad to hear you got one Brent, that sure took awhile. :-\

What?  7 1/2 hours is long? :-*  I'm still way ahead of some people from what I've seen around the net.  I can't get back in again either.  Brutal, just brutal.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 1, 2005, 11:35 PM
Screw those stupid GG dumbasses.

Still nuthin' on this end, aside from a ****load of error messages...   >:(

Morons.

Same bull**** result as usual with these online exclusives.  Just a different company.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 2, 2005, 12:47 AM
That's it. I give up. I officially don't give a **** if I get this stupid thing or not now. For all I care, Gentle Giant can go **** off and suck a big fat dick. This is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: aka DaBigKahuna on February 2, 2005, 08:55 AM
Try now, I was able to add it to my cart.

DBK
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 2, 2005, 10:38 AM
Nope, no dice. Yet another 90 minutes of my life spent clicking that stupid button back and forth...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 2, 2005, 11:21 AM
Delete your cookies, it seems to be working from what I read over at RS.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 2, 2005, 11:48 AM
OK, I was able to get in and place the order... or at least I think I was. I put my credit card info in, and click continue - and it tells me my cart is empty  :-\

It looks like my card was charged. It's a debit card, and I checked my online bank, and it looks as if there is a hold on the right amount ($50.03 after shipping) but I didn't get any kind of email confirmation or anything like that  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 2, 2005, 12:02 PM
I don't think anyone has received an email confirmation thus far. May happen when they ship I guess.

After I placed my information, it came up as:

Thank you for your order! Thank you for ordering from Gentle Giants! Bill to: Blah...blah...blah.

Gave me all the pricing information then:

You credit card has been approved an your order is awaiting shipment.

Hell, they can't even spell your! ::)

That was the last page me thinks.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 2, 2005, 12:29 PM
I just got through it no problems to check.   :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 2, 2005, 12:37 PM
After I placed my information, it came up as:

Thank you for your order! Thank you for ordering from Gentle Giants! Bill to: Blah...blah...blah.

Gave me all the pricing information then:

You credit card has been approved an your order is awaiting shipment.

Meh, I didn't even get that. I just got another screen that said  "your cart is empty". But then what was my debit card charged for (twice actually, as I tried to put it through again with the same result, and now my bank has $100 on "hold" from my checking account). Great.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 2, 2005, 12:46 PM
You clicky twice? Maybe you will get two then again... :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 2, 2005, 01:15 PM
I keep getting in with precisely zero problems, if anyone needs help, I should be online for the next three hours or so.  Happy to place an order for you. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on February 2, 2005, 01:45 PM
Gentle Giant finally got their heads out of their a$$es. After 48+ hours of the start of this debacle, I was finally able to place an order the first time I tried at 10:30 am.

Add another fiasco to GG's long growing track record. First the Blue Clone, then the Clone Pilot, now the Han bust. I wonder how GG will screw up the next one at CIII?, WW?, SDCC? oh brother. ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 2, 2005, 01:49 PM
I wonder how GG will screw up the next one at CIII?, WW?, SDCC? oh brother. ::)

Will they have a C3 Exclusive bust? I don't really keep up with this line, but a C3 mini-bust, well that is one that I may actually stand in line to get...

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 2, 2005, 01:54 PM
Well, if they do, it will likely be limited so they'll probably run a lottery like they did at SDCC ::)  Maybe have some later for another online adventure?

As far as ROTS busts go, we'll have to see what they put out.  The preview busts I own are fairly selective so it would be a definite maybe.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 2, 2005, 02:22 PM
Yeah, after 15 hours of on and off fruitless, agonizing misery yesterday, I popped onto GG's site this morning at around 9am, and placed an order with absolutely ZERO problems.  Everything worked just fine, not a single glitch.  It was almost like they were a regular website there for a moment...   :P

And that was after trying up until 1am (Pacific time) last night with the exact same bull**** results as the rest of the day.  So apparently the nightcrew busted their ass and got some **** fixed there late last night.  And I don't wanna hear this bull**** excuse that they were just "too busy" the whole day.  What a load.

Sounds like some folks are still having trouble, but overall, it looks like they've at least worked out some of the glitches so that there's far more "success stories" today than there were yesterday.

I wrote them a long and rather scathing e-mail last night, expressing my staunch disappointment with how they've handled things with this order, this line, and their Bust-ups line of late.  Not that it'll do much good, but at least I got it off my chest.

Now just send me my friggin' Han bust, and let's be done with this mess.  Until their next fiasco, that is - which should be at SDCC most likely.  I don't think they'll have any C3 exclusives...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 2, 2005, 02:28 PM
I don't think they'll have any C3 exclusives...

Really? That would be lame! They do exclusives for WW and SDCC, but NOT Celebration 3? I find it hard to believe that a company that is so into exclusives like GG is would skip a chance for a convention exclusive...

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 2, 2005, 02:33 PM
Well, I certainly haven't heard of them doing anything for it.  Not even rumors or anything...

Never know though, maybe they'll surprise us.  But I really hope they don't, 'cause the potential for another Blue Clone bust type of disaster could really ruin the overall C3 experience for a lot of attendees...   :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 3, 2005, 12:43 PM
Han bust is still available.  I pity anyone that paid the $150 on ebay :o  Patience is clearly a virtue. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 3, 2005, 04:56 PM
Just now received an email with a tracking number for the Han bust 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 3, 2005, 09:59 PM
Just now received an email with a tracking number for the Han bust 8)

Ditto. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 4, 2005, 01:07 AM
Yeah, I just received two of them. Guess they put both of my orders through  ::)

Oh well, no big deal, I'm sure I can talk my buddy into taking one of them.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 4, 2005, 11:04 AM
Just checked the FedEx link on ole Han and he should be here later this afternoon! :o 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 4, 2005, 01:43 PM
Bastards! Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay! ::)

I want Han now! ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 4, 2005, 02:34 PM
Bastards! Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay! ::)

Uh, what the hell does that mean anyway?  Some idiot drove the forklift off the loading dock?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 4, 2005, 02:41 PM
It means stuck in customs, I believe.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 4, 2005, 02:45 PM
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't say that! :'(

FedEx Clearance Process:

Quote
All shipments crossing international borders must be cleared through Customs in the destination country prior to being delivered to the recipient. Unless the sender specified a broker, FedEx submits shipments to Customs and other regulatory agencies. It is the sender's responsibility to provide the necessary and correct documentation. Shipments that require more than the FedEx International Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice may require more transit time. If shipments are held by Customs because of incorrect or missing documentation we may first attempt to notify the recipient.

Up & down like a Yo-Yo there. :-\

12:26 pm Package status EDMONTON CA Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay

12:21 pm Package status EDMONTON CA Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay

12:00 pm Package status EDMONTON CA Package to be cleared by FedEx broker
10:57 am Package status EDMONTON CA Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay

9:48 am Package status EDMONTON CA Regulatory Agency Clearance Delay

Yep, stuck in customs. :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 4, 2005, 02:46 PM
It means stuck in customs, I believe.

We have a winner. Same reason mine gets sent to chuckles and not direct to me. That and the stupid brokerage fees >:( Canada = 3rd world.

I'd rather pay less and wait longer. Silly, but true.

BTW, bust was still available this morning. Can't last much longer, can it?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on February 4, 2005, 05:46 PM
Coolness, my Han busts arrived this afternoon #1393, #2073. :) Now, all I need to get my hands on Luke to complete the Stormie duo.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 4, 2005, 06:53 PM
I'm hoping I've got a Han bust waiting at home for me tonight as well...

So, looks like it's time for Round 3 on the Gold/Chrome Sandtrooper:

Do I hear $3K?! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73556&item=6508781758&rd=1)   :-X

What'd the last one end at again?  Can't recall anymore...  That first one (if it was really legit) got BIN'ed for only $500.  Talk about a "bargain"!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 4, 2005, 10:08 PM
So, looks like it's time for Round 3 on the Gold/Chrome Sandtrooper:

Do I hear $3K?! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73556&item=6508781758&rd=1)   :-X

**** me...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 5, 2005, 03:08 AM
What'd the last one end at again? Can't recall anymore...

$2,500.00 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5951480243&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT)

$3,000.00, holy ****!

My Han never arrived. Still stuck at FedEx customs so I now have to wait till Monday. :'(

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 5, 2005, 04:55 AM
I'm hoping I've got a Han bust waiting at home for me tonight as well...

Cool deal.  Had my bust waiting at home tonight (Friday).  FedEx guy was even clever enough to stash it behind a potted plant up on the porch, which was a nice gesture.  Even better, was that my wife didn't ever notice it, so that's one more thing I'm able to "sneak" into the house without her knowing!   ;)

Haven't opened it up yet though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 5, 2005, 09:38 PM
You haven't opned it yet???? After all the crap you went through just to get your order in and you haven't opened it yet?? Men.... ::)

PS: what is Patty's email?? :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 5, 2005, 10:33 PM
You haven't opned it yet???? After all the crap you went through just to get your order in and you haven't opened it yet?? Men.... ::)

PS: what is Patty's email?? :-*

I have her email addy Beth, do ya want it?

Men?  Guilty as charged.  I have precisely one bust open, my Luke Stormtrooper.  Pretty sad.  All the rest are still boxed up :-[
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 5, 2005, 10:44 PM
PS: what is Patty's email?? :-*

It's shehasnoideahowmuchStarWarscrapherhusbandbuys@aol.com

Knock yourself out Beth.  I'm sure Patty'd love to hear from you...   :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 5, 2005, 10:48 PM
And oh yeah, Patty is a regular at pillows.com, I hear they have an awesome board there :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 6, 2005, 05:51 AM
Haven't opened it up yet though.

Free them, they must be free!Styro boxe's of doom...must breath! :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 7, 2005, 02:58 PM
Shut up, hypocrite!   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 8, 2005, 09:40 AM
Shut up, hypocrite! ::)

Not nice to talk to Brent like that! :P

My parcel is still at FedEx waiting customs clearance! Maybe today, tomorrow...:-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 8, 2005, 07:32 PM
I hope you get it soon Dale so I can at least see what all the fuss was about. We KNOW you'll open yours!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 8, 2005, 08:18 PM
Wait a second...  When did you start collecting the GG busts Dale?  Did I miss something?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 9, 2005, 12:09 AM
Yup, you missed something.  Dale's been into them at least since the green clone sargeant.  That's as far back as I know.  Not sure what else he has.

My bust arrived at Jim's place (as did Jim's and drewlam's). :D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 9, 2005, 10:51 AM
Like Brent mentioned Alice, you missed it! :-*

Started off with the green Clone Sargeant then I have the Chrome Vader now just waiting on Han which is still at FedEx! >:( There will be another bust coming in the near future. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 9, 2005, 04:54 PM
Yup, you missed something. Dale's been into them at least since the green clone sargeant. That's as far back as I know. Not sure what else he has.

My bust arrived at Jim's place (as did Jim's and drewlam's). :D

It arrived?!?  Excellent!!!  Looking forward to adding it to the Luke.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 11, 2005, 11:38 AM
I really hate FedEx right now! >:( 1 week later, it's still there in ******* customs! >:( >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 11, 2005, 11:41 AM
I'm hoping I've got a Han bust waiting at home for me tonight as well...

So, looks like it's time for Round 3 on the Gold/Chrome Sandtrooper:

Do I hear $3K?! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73556&item=6508781758&rd=1) :-X

Looks like that last one didn't sell at $3k and he hasn't re-listed it yet. Apparently there is only one dumb-ass out there willing to pay thousands for this bust... ::)

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 11, 2005, 03:20 PM
I really hate FedEx right now! >:( 1 week later, it's still there in ******* customs! >:( >:(

Grrr... FedEx, what a bunch of crooks. I can't stand dealing with them, why can't SWS.com and GG.com deal with USPS? Nothing pisses me off more than those damn brokerage fees, and obviously by your situation Dale, they're not always very fast either. >:(

I'm hoping I've got a Han bust waiting at home for me tonight as well...

So, looks like it's time for Round 3 on the Gold/Chrome Sandtrooper:

Do I hear $3K?! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73556&item=6508781758&rd=1) :-X

Looks like that last one didn't sell at $3k and he hasn't re-listed it yet. Apparently there is only one dumb-ass out there willing to pay thousands for this bust... ::)

Jeff

I'd love to hear about how GG tracked down the guys that are selling these gifts and cut them off from any product in the future - hell, I'd laugh my bloody ass off.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 11, 2005, 03:58 PM
I've actually talked at length with a Gentle Giant rep regarding shipping.  Bluntly it is overall significantly cheaper for them to use FedEx because 99% of their business is in the US.  It allows them to use a very fast carrier that is remarkably inexpensive, much more so than USPS would be for them. 

The long and short of it is for Canadians, we don't rate.  We're too small a market for them to consider a switch.  And I'm not sure that FedEx in Canada is directly the same as it is in the US.  We see this with agriculture companies sometimes, like Bayer or Dow.  They're the same company, but no more closely related than you and I Jesse.  We're both Canadians and star wars freaks, but that's about it.  From a business standpoint I can appreciate it, no matter how frustrating. 

On the bright side, the Canadian complaining during the Luke Stormtrooper bust did reap a benefit.  At that time I tried to get my bust shipped to chuckles (Jim) in Minnesota and they would not allow it because the billing and shipping addresses were different (this is different from my recent troubles with EE and SWS.com), regardless of whether I had the Minnesota address listed as a valid shipping address with my CC company.  I received an email some time after the Luke "discussions" indicating that GG had changed their policy and I (and others) would be allowed to have our stuff shipped to a different address from our billing address.  I consider that a win. 

With the Han bust I opted for the cheapest shipping and it went to Jim's place right quick (#31  :P).  I also win because Jim gets lots of my stuff, so he bulks it up and sends it on.  I only need to have patience getting my stuff and I save money big time.  I also really appreciate Jim's efforts in helping me out.  But even without bulking, he could probably send it up here for $10 or less, so a total shipping cost of $15 and it ends up arriving a week later, but no hold ups like Dale is experiencing and no brokerage fees.  Maybe customs fees, maybe not. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bobafett14 on February 11, 2005, 06:22 PM
I got my Han bust today.  Pretty sweet, already have it next to the Luke ST bust.  (together they make a nice set)

I had no idea what was up when I went to order it, I had so mnay problems, wasn't even sure if I was getting it or not.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 12, 2005, 12:10 AM
Got my Han today as well... actually they were delivered a few days ago, but I sent them to my job and today was my first day back to work after missing a few with a bit of the flu.

Got #491 and #1411 - gave #1411 to my buddy who didn't get a chance to order one, and he just happened to walk into my store today while I was admiring them.

This just begs to be asked - I placed both of these orders within minutes of each other (placing the second one only because I didn't know if the first one went through or not). How in the hell did I end up with 2 busts numbered almost 900 from each other? I would have thought that they just have these all lined up in cases, in numbered order, and just pack them as they got the orders in?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bobafett14 on February 12, 2005, 04:14 PM
Got my Han today as well... actually they were delivered a few days ago, but I sent them to my job and today was my first day back to work after missing a few with a bit of the flu.

Got #491 and #1411 - gave #1411 to my buddy who didn't get a chance to order one, and he just happened to walk into my store today while I was admiring them.

This just begs to be asked - I placed both of these orders within minutes of each other (placing the second one only because I didn't know if the first one went through or not). How in the hell did I end up with 2 busts numbered almost 900 from each other? I would have thought that they just have these all lined up in cases, in numbered order, and just pack them as they got the orders in?

My understanding is that they are pulled off of pallets, not in numerical order in any way.

Picture a pallet that has hundreds on it. Next to another pallet that has hundreds on it.  You could easily get 2 off of 2 pallets that are side by side(and the ones side by side might not even be next to each other number wise).

Same thing happens in my industry also (I see it with manuf. dates) you could easily get two of the same product next to each other on the same order with 2 different production dates.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 15, 2005, 10:22 AM
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGG! You have got to be ******* kidding me!

I just checked my status on my Han bust that being held up by customs at FedEx, well according to the tracking, on Feb 14th at 1:36 PM it was held at FedEx location for recipient pickup.

What? I never got a notice or a call to pick it up!

Then at 1:48 PM, The package is returned to the shipper. Now I click the link for the return tracking number andit is now in transit back to Memphis and it looks like it's going back to GG! What the goddamn **** is going on! >:(

Boy is FedEx going to be getting a nasty phone call from me!

******* ********! (http://www.cheesebuerger.net/images/smilie/boese/g070.gif)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 15, 2005, 01:18 PM
Now my Han bust has been returned to Torronce, Ca, delivered. No idea why it was sent back. I still have to get ahold of FedEx, damn line is busy. I also have to get ahold of GG or maybe they will email me why it was sent back. Like the **** I know! >:(

Not a good day for me on this line. :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 15, 2005, 01:23 PM
Man, that completely sucks Dale.  Sorry bud.  Maybe you should move to the States, eh?   :P

Good luck getting that thing back.  I'd contact Gentle Giant IMMEDIATELY (not just FedEx) and tell them what happened, and to NOT give your bust away to someone else...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 15, 2005, 01:29 PM
That blows.... I hope you are able to get it back. :-\

What is is with Canada Post and Customs in Edmonton?

Did you do something to offend them recently? :(

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 15, 2005, 01:39 PM
I have no ******* idea what the hell is going on. I have to call FedEx to find out waht happened on there end and why it was shipped back.

I just sent GG's customer service an email about this. I'm not spending any money on phone calls as this is not my doing and I'm not paying for it to be shipped back! >:(

****! One collector here got his in 2 days with no problems. :-\

I have not had anything come from FedEx in over a year, only Purolator.

This ******* sucks! :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 15, 2005, 03:16 PM
Grrrrrrrr, I feel for ya Dale.  Just another reason my delivery address for these guys has a zip code.  Sadly enough, I'm probably going to get mine before you get yours :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 15, 2005, 09:50 PM
I received aan email from GG. There are checking into why my order was returned by FedEx. They will be getting back to me with more information.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2005, 10:44 AM
How's your Chinese - a new Vader bust? (http://www.chara-net.com/itemstyle1.php?product_id=2368)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 16, 2005, 10:51 AM
How's your Chinese - a new Vader bust? (http://www.chara-net.com/itemstyle1.php?product_id=2368)

Babel Fish says Japanese.

Due in : 2005/5 time

Standard price (including tax): ¥9,240
This store price(including tax): ¥8,310

The gentle giant which to ミニバスト converts the attractive character of the star wars successively, even the apex you can say, sale "of your that" one decided. ... So, the fan of the entire world had anticipated, it is appearance of dozen ベイダー!

Still, as for the entire picture although it is not revealed, in rumor the pattern which becomes modelling whose episode 3 edition is completely new(* information of the picture and the like does to be released, is to be we renew). While the related item is sold mainly even, as for being the most important item you are not wrong.

Before becoming the item of vision, reservation is necessary!

Size : Height approximately 20 centimeters
Country : America
Package : Closed box
Commodity number : C0002368
キャラ : Star Wars
Item classification : Statue: Bust
Series :
Manufacturer : Gentle giant

Star Wars?
The former times 々 遙 with the galaxy the far side the empire troop (the pal pas tine, the dozen Veda -) it was exposed to terrorism control. But it does that well and with does not do, the rebellion Allied forces stand up. Focusing on レイア, ハン, ルーク and チƒーバッカ although encountering to pinch, it confronts to the empire troop, eventually obtains freedom and peace.

"The desire which becomes new (1977)" in the start, "counterattack of empire (1980)" "vengeance of ジェダイ (1983)" with it continued, was called 3 section works, as a special compilation, リメイク it was done in 1997 revived again even in the screen. These 3 section works the Star Wars which consists of 6 series hit to the episode of 4 5 6, "episode 1- phantom メナス" was released by 1999, "episode 2- attack of the クローンズ" was released to 2002.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2005, 10:54 AM
Yen = Japanese.  My very bad. 

Thanks though, Gentle Giant, eh?  Possibly/probably ROTS Vader?  I can live with that.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 16, 2005, 11:16 AM
Possibly/probably ROTS Vader? I can live with that.

Me thinks your right. Theres a discussion over at RS on it.

New GG Vader bust? (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=UBB4&Number=1035191&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2005, 11:25 AM
Interesting.  I'll never understand the mentality of the oh, they won't make another Vader, it'll piss off those that already have the first one

While I'd be mightily ticked if I dropped $300+ on the original Vader bust and then a second, similar (if not nicer) bust came out, the comments still make no sense.  I'd be mad at myself.  Oh look, the re-released Amanaman in POTJ - curse you Hasbro, I just paid $45 for a vintage version ::)

Gentle Giant is in business to make money, not be careful about treading on the toes of those that foolishly parted with their money on ebay.  Vader will sell and as pointed out in that thread, is a focal point of Ep III - hell, the whole damn point of the two trilogies.  I expect we'll see one this summer and that's mightily cool. 

I'm hoping for a version with a saber as well, similar to the bust up version recently out.  That would be awesome.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 16, 2005, 11:28 AM
Another email from Gentle Giant Customer Service:

Quote
FedEx attempted to contact you but was never able to get a hold of you, therefore the packages were returned to our fulfillment house. We will reship the package.

Right, FedEx attempted to contact me. My ass! ::)

So soon it will be on it's way, I requested a new tracking number to keep tabs on it.

I feel alittle better now, just the wait again. :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2005, 11:30 AM
FedEx told them they tried to contact you but likely neglected to do so. I'm always baffled as to why people/companies can't just be honest. If there's a delay or a screw up, fine, admit it and be done with it.

Old Japanese saying: fix the problem, not the blame.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 16, 2005, 11:49 AM
Neglected to do so is right. FedEx did not have my phone number and no attempt to deliver was made and if so, if no one was at home, they leave a note to make arrangements for delivery or pick up but there was nothing. Sherry and I have been here during the work week so theres no excuse. Just trying to save there asses! >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 16, 2005, 12:07 PM
Old Japanese saying: fix the problem, not the blame.

Too true.  I'm so much happier to have someone simply admit to me that they screwed up, rather than fling BS in my direction.  You can always smell it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverZ on February 17, 2005, 10:19 PM
Typical of FedEx, but I hate them less than UPS. I've had things miss delivery on overnight packages, where the driver simply never bothered to show up because he was running late on his route, and marked the package as "recipient not home" so he could redeliver the next day. They suck more the FedEx.

My IG-88 bust is ready for pickup from EE tomorrow.  :) So glad I'm limiting myself to bounty hunters on this line. I'd lose my sanity.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 18, 2005, 12:38 AM
Typical of FedEx, but I hate them less than UPS.

Oh no, don't say that.  My bust-ups are coming by UPS from AFX.  I can't imagine hating a courier more than FedEx, so we'll see.   :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 19, 2005, 10:03 PM
This would be precisely why it's ok for Gentle Giant to make another Vader Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6511039628&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT).  Oh sure, it might drop the price of the original, but it might not.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 19, 2005, 10:08 PM
This would be precisely why it's ok for Gentle Giant to make another Vader Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6511039628&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT).

Damn. Glad I got one of those at cost originally.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 21, 2005, 02:21 AM
One of those gold and silver Sandtroopers went for $1550US (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5957935437&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) on eBay - A steal of a deal! :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on February 21, 2005, 02:27 AM
Looks like Mike at GH dug up the scoop (http://www.galactichunter.com/toy_fair_2005/gentlegiant.asp) on the upcoming GG busts, including a ROTS Vader, Han (ANH, presumably), and Yoda from ESB, along with a couple different Sandtroopers.  All excellent choices.  Good job GG.  Can't wait!   8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 21, 2005, 09:47 AM
Looks like Mike at GH dug up the scoop (http://www.galactichunter.com/toy_fair_2005/gentlegiant.asp) on the upcoming GG busts, including a ROTS Vader, Han (ANH, presumably), and Yoda from ESB, along with a couple different Sandtroopers. All excellent choices. Good job GG. Can't wait! 8)

Nice.  Need Han to have arms, that isn't clear though.  Will be picking up the OT stuff.  Wondering if I should grab a 3PO now though :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on February 21, 2005, 10:24 AM
I want an episode 3 vader/anakin form.

Before the suit ya know?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 21, 2005, 07:24 PM
Well I have great news today, my Han Stormtrooper bust has finally arrived! (http://www.cheesebuerger.net/images/smilie/froehlich/f060.gif)

I not sure if it was the same one that was originally sent, could be another one. The number is 2691 and I ordered mine very early. Still, I'm just happy it arrived. :)

It was shipped on Feb 17th and according the the tracking it moved at a steady pace and it was not sitting long waiting to be cleared.

That ends that nightmare.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 21, 2005, 09:26 PM
It was shipped on Feb 17th and according the the tracking it moved at a steady pace and it was not sitting long waiting to be cleared.

Well sure, they knew some crazed SW fan was waiting at the other end!

Congrats on finally receiving it. Any pictures yet of Han next to Luke? They should be a nice set.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 21, 2005, 09:34 PM
It was shipped on Feb 17th and according the the tracking it moved at a steady pace and it was not sitting long waiting to be cleared.

Well sure, they knew some crazed SW fan was waiting at the other end!

Congrats on finally receiving it. Any pictures yet of Han next to Luke? They should be a nice set.

Hurrah!!!  Now go snap some pictures, will ya??!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 21, 2005, 10:01 PM
Here ya go Beth. 8)

(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/Han%20Stormtrooper%20Bust1.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 22, 2005, 05:35 PM
Very cool!! 8)
Now I wish I would have gotten this one.  Is it really that white??  I don't know too much more about this so I have to ask if the helmet goes on his head or is it molded to his arm??
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 22, 2005, 09:03 PM
Even using an extra light for the picture, the paint is white, very glossy. The helmet is a separate piece so you could put it on his head but I have not tried it out yet, may scratch the paint.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 22, 2005, 10:26 PM
Oh.  I guess that would suck if you scratched his nose in the process of removing the helmet.  Oh well, looks better off anyways which leads me to one more question.  Which one do you think is the best one GG has done to date out of all the ones you own? 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 23, 2005, 11:53 AM
I've gotta pick the Bossk bust as the best one so far.  The detailing on him is just incredible.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 23, 2005, 03:53 PM
The Han helmet is a bit too small to fit over his huge noggin. Which is okay, since I already have 5 troops sitting on the shelf, and is his helmet fit I would be tempted to put it on him and sit him with the rest. But his arm would look really goofy if it wasn't holding that helmet.

As for the best GG bust done so far? I would have to say Boba Fett is the coolest one. Even though he is my favorite character, the pose and detail on him is just amazing.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 23, 2005, 03:54 PM
One of those gold and silver Sandtroopers went for $1550US (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5957935437&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) on eBay - A steal of a deal!   :(

Hmmmm.... I wonder if I could trade my Hasbro Press Kit for one of them gold & silver Sandtrooper busts?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on February 25, 2005, 07:05 PM
If anyone still needs a Chome Jango SWS has them in stock again.  I just picked one up since I hadn't gotten a chance the last time around.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 1, 2005, 11:21 PM
Chrome Stormtrooper  (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=1825;category_id=310;pcid1=;pcid2=)

It's back up, get it while you can.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on March 11, 2005, 03:50 PM
I'm looking for a picture of the C3P0 bust with some of the others.  From the pictures I've seen, it looks like the 3p0 bust is proportioned a bit differently, so I'm curious to see it with others.  If anyone can post something it would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on March 17, 2005, 02:07 PM
No pics from anyone?

Anyhow, I just got the latest GG update with links to the sandtrooper busts, and the new han solo bust.  Wow!!!  I'm REALLY impressed with the Han Solo bust.  I had planned on sticking to the various imperial trooper busts, but I may have to get the Han.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on March 17, 2005, 02:14 PM
No pics from anyone?

How's this for starters:

Gentle Giant C3 Exclusive:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/ggc3sand_tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/ggc3sand_l.jpg)

ANH Han Solo:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/gganhhan1_tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/gganhhan1_l.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/gganhhan2_tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/gganhhan2_l.jpg)

This may be the first GG bust I actually buy (if I'm lucky enough to pick one up while I'm at C3 that is :-\).

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on March 17, 2005, 02:15 PM
Yep, sweet update there on the Sandtrooper and Han busts (which we just mentioned on our news page here). Little worried about the C3 exclusive, but hopefully that goes smoothly, and the wait for it isn't too long.

Definitely a nice mix on the Sandtroopers there. They'll look very cool together, I think. The Han's got a pretty accurate face, but I'm not really sure how much I love the pose, with his gun behind his head like that...

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/product/sw4/sandtrooper_squadleader/main.jpg) (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/product/sw4/sandtrooper_sergeant/main.jpg) (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/news/26/popup_one.jpg) (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/product/sw4/han_solo/main.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on March 17, 2005, 02:16 PM
No pics from anyone?

How's this for starters:

Gentle Giant C3 Exclusive:

I think Drew was shooting for the C-3PO group picture he had inquired about... ;)

Here's another shot of the Orange bust, with his heavy assault rifle:

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/product/sw4/sandtrooper_squadleader/popup_2.jpg)

They've even got a lefty pose as well!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on March 17, 2005, 02:27 PM
I'm looking for a picture of the C3P0 bust with some of the others. From the pictures I've seen, it looks like the 3p0 bust is proportioned a bit differently, so I'm curious to see it with others. If anyone can post something it would be appreciated.

Hey Drew, does this shot help?

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/news/15/popup_two.jpg)

Not too close up, but it's the only one I could find (off GG's site)...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on March 17, 2005, 02:35 PM
Oh I need one. I'm gonna lose my Minibust Virginity to Gentle Giant at C3. ;D

Wheee!

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on March 17, 2005, 03:28 PM
Cool news! I will be on a mission this Summer to keep my collection complete, the C3 exclusive should be easy to get. :)Bet one of the other troopers ends up a SDCC exclusive.

Congrats, Kevin! Welcome to a whole new world!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 17, 2005, 03:43 PM
I wonder if they'll be selling this at the Gentle Giant booth, or in the C3 store?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 17, 2005, 04:15 PM
So is the Han pose pre Leia.  "How you doin'?"   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on March 17, 2005, 04:19 PM
Well here comes the prerequisite "can someone try to help me aquire the CIII exclusive Corporal Sandtrooper" :-\ :P

I will be attending SDCC for all 5 days, so I might have a decent chance to nab the SDCC GG exclusive there.

Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours. ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 17, 2005, 06:52 PM
Will do what I can for you Ricardo.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on March 17, 2005, 07:30 PM
Will do what I can for you Ricardo.

Much obliged Morgbug. :)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 17, 2005, 10:44 PM
I wonder if they'll be selling this at the Gentle Giant booth, or in the C3 store?

Email says booth 411.  Maybe that helps.  I'm guessing that will be the first line I get into, everything else will be secondary for me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 17, 2005, 11:38 PM
Ugghhh.  Lines.  Why do there have to be so many lines?!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on March 17, 2005, 11:47 PM
So, 2500 busts / 4 days of C3 = 625 per day?

 :o

Better bring my lucky underpants along...

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 17, 2005, 11:53 PM
And the way the lines ran at Celebration 2?!  Damn.  This piece might be tough to get even if you ARE going to the show.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on March 19, 2005, 02:16 PM
I think I've got a pretty good deal in place to polish off another 3 busts that I still need - IG-88, C-3PO, Gammorean Guard, plus another Stormtrooper.  So I think that leaves me short the Greedo, Bossk, Vader and Fett.  Getting there, slowly but surely!

Yeah, I think this C3 bust will be quite challenging.  I may be more inclined to chase it first, rather than the Vader figure, as I burst through their doors on Thursday morning...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on March 19, 2005, 02:31 PM
I am pretty sure they will be for sale at the Gentle Giant booth.  ;)

As for a SDCC exclusive.....I guess they have done one the last two years so we can expect another one this year too.

This year due to me going to C3 and having twins on the way, I will probably not be able to do Wizard World Chicago like I have the past two years....up in the air still.  Maybe I can leave at the crack of dawn on Friday....drive to Chicago...spend the night and head back late on Sat.

Thinking about it more I might try to get a friend to get an extra C3 bust to be abl eto trade for any SDCC or Wizard Chicago bust that Gentle Giant might do.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on March 26, 2005, 03:55 PM
GH has a pic of the upcoming Yoda mini bust from GG.

Yoda Minibust Revealed (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=4197&zoneid=2)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 26, 2005, 05:05 PM
I like it.  OT has something that PT (so far) just doesn't.  Not owning the previous Yoda bust, this is a welcome announcement and I'll happily own this one.  I like the first version with the saber, but this is fine.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 26, 2005, 06:17 PM
Anyone know the production number on Yoda?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 26, 2005, 08:44 PM
It's still TBD, along with the release date.  Gentle Giant determines the edition size based on the number of orders they receive for a given item.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on March 28, 2005, 12:48 PM
Brent, I'm with you on this Yoda bust.  Looks pretty good, and I much prefer the OT stuff.

Jedimac, thanks for digging up that pic of the 3p0.  I saw the 3p0 at suncoast last weekend, so I ended up picking him up.  Haven't had a chance to open him yet, but he looks pretty good from what I can tell.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on March 31, 2005, 10:50 PM
No sweat.

Got my Gamorrean, IG-88, C-3PO and a second Stormtrooper a couple days ago, so I'm getting a little more caught up once again. All very nice looking pieces, for sure.

So what do we still have on tap for the OT still? Leia Boussh, Sandtroopers x3, Han, Yoda... What else am I forgetting?

I guess I'll be getting that new Vader too, since the prior one's a little outrageous on the secondary market still. What's the word on which flick the next Vader bust is officially from? Is it ROTS, or just an average OT version? Don't remember now...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 31, 2005, 11:15 PM
I believe the Vader is an ROTS version, something mentioned about a different helmet.   

I'm not like you though, I get what I like (and can afford) regardless of which trilogy.  I'd love to have all the clone busts but can't see myself owning the red or blue.  Maybe yellow and white yet though. 

And I'm skipping a number of the OT busts too.  Really trying to stick to imperials more than anything else and rebel pieces I find cool.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on April 1, 2005, 05:02 AM
The Vader is definitely a ROTS rendition.  It's the pose that's remarkably different, not so much the helmet.   Vader is posed with his lightsaber held in front of him.  The chestplate is the ROTS look, and the robes are underneath the shoulder piece, unlike the way the costume was worn in ANH.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 2, 2005, 11:48 PM
Anyone else notice these at SWS.com?

(http://shop.starwars.com/kernel/imageload?table=cat_images;ttl2=15;key1=3396_f;key2=-100_f)

(http://shop.starwars.com/kernel/imageload?table=cat_images;ttl2=15;key1=3394_f;key2=-100_f)

(http://shop.starwars.com/kernel/imageload?table=cat_images;ttl2=15;key1=1936_f;key2=-100_f)

All at MSRP, but we now have dates on them. August for Han (seems late?) and September for the Sandtroopers.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 3, 2005, 05:52 PM
Save some money and get them through a local comic shop.  They'll usually cut you a break on the price.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 3, 2005, 11:15 PM
Save some money and get them through a local comic shop. They'll usually cut you a break on the price.

I've asked Nick, but the market here is too small and they automatically get hit with a 14% customs charge (=taxes) so honestly if I can pick these up from a seller on ebay for $40 or less, I'm pretty far ahead of the game even with shipping.  Knock on wood, but I've had pretty good luck finding sellers with honest shipping costs.  It should cost only about $8 to ship it to me on average so that's sort of what I look for. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 4, 2005, 12:27 PM
That sounds like a good deal, Brent.  But have you ever considered moving out of the wilderness?   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 4, 2005, 04:08 PM
That sounds like a good deal, Brent. But have you ever considered moving out of the wilderness? ;)

Often, to be honest.  As I learn more truth about the US and lose less investment in the propaganda we grow up with around here it becomes ever more tempting.  Most importantly if my wife and I were to have a comparable income, we'd be just fine overall.  The trick is being able to get both of us green cards at the same time.  One or the other may easily get a job, but that's no guarantee of the other being allowed to work :-\

As long as we get more McFarlane hockey figures, I'll be ok trading favors :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 4, 2005, 04:09 PM
Just been reading up through the thread here, and had a few questions for you guys.  I've been kind of considering getting into some "higher end" (at least to me) stuff, and the mini bust line is one that has always appealed to me.  I obviously couldn't be a completist, as it is far too expensive and I am far too behind anyways, but I just had a few questions about these.  Are each of the mini busts basically instant sell outs (as in, something I should preorder), are there any that can still be found now (for reasonable, close to retail prices)?  If I start into this line, in a limited fashion, I think Han will be my first one..and hope that a Chewie is on the way as well.  I saw in the previous pages you guys were mentioning a new Vader, which would be a cool one to get as well since the 1st version is a small fortune.  When is this one out (or is it already)?  Are there any pictures up of it?  Also, the "OT" Yoda mentioned a page or two back, when is that expected to be released?  I'm thinking of sticking to OT only for the most part on these (except for characters that might be from the OT - Vader, Droids, Chewie, etc.).  Anyways, basically just a newbie to the line here, looking to learn more.  Also, as a general question, do you think these busts are "worth" the $45ish pricetag?  I'm not saying they aren't, I've never even seen one in person (I have 1 Bust Up, and that's it)...but I have a somewhat limited budget, especially with higher priced items, so I just wanted to get some opinions on these.  Thanks for any info.  Now I'll sort through this thread to see if I can't find a list of the OT busts released and see what might be available :).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 4, 2005, 04:14 PM
Ok, first, sorry for screwing up the thread width, I'll try and resize the pic tonight.

Brian, the Vader bust (new) is not yet out and is on the right side in this picture. There are undoubtedly other, better pictures since this is from C3, but at least I know this one won't go down in the forseeable future.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/Morgbug/P1010583.jpg)

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Are each of the mini busts basically instant sell outs (as in, something I should preorder), are there any that can still be found now (for reasonable, close to retail prices)?
In general, unless it's an exclusive I would say no, they don't sell out instantly. Issue size (1000, 2500, 4000, etc.) is obviously a factor as well, though more so it will depend on the general popularity of the character. As for sell outs, well common sense will dictate that. Vader should be obvious that it will sell very quickly. It is Vader and a nice bust as well, it will go fast. I will preorder that, but not anything else coming out in the near future, though Yoda may fall into that category for me as well.

MSRP is generally $50 on these as I understand them. I've yet to pay that for anything other than an exclusive. Even my stormtrooper I only paid $35 for on ebay. As Nick has mentioned, if you have a local store around you may be able to beat that $50 price tag, even on a preorder, something I cannot do based on my location.

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I saw in the previous pages you guys were mentioning a new Vader, which would be a cool one to get as well since the 1st version is a small fortune. When is this one out (or is it already)?
I don't know when it is out personally and I haven't seen any announcements, though I expect it will pop up soon as to when it will be available. Some of the more experienced GG collectors may well know. As mentioned above, I will preorder this to avoid the risk of losing out on it. See above for the pic.

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Also, the "OT" Yoda mentioned a page or two back, when is that expected to be released?
I think it is this fall though I've not seen an official date. As above, I may preorder Yoda simply because of the popularity of the character. I don't know if the OT mentality will be strong enough to make it as popular as the Yoda with lightsaber/PT version, but I confess to being nervous about getting this one. As with the Vader, I missed out on the first and really want to have a Yoda in my collection.

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Also, as a general question, do you think these busts are "worth" the $45ish pricetag?
If you've not seen these in person, they're smaller than you're expecting probably. Once you get past that, yeah, they're worth that price tag, though I couldn't be a completeist in them either, just too much cash overall I think. They're very well sculpted, nicely painted and detailed and they are relatively limited so a nice, higher end collectible than Hasbro stuff, though not a Master Replica or Attakus high end deal.

You should still be able to find C-3PO for under $50 though he has been out for a while, so at some point the liquid stock will be gone and his value will rise to some degree. He is a nice piece and I think a number of people here have it, though I do not. I'm mostly an Imperial kind of guy so I've not nabbed too many outside that realm. That's not to say they aren't great. Bossk and the Gammorrean Guard are spectacular pieces, they just don't fit what I'm currently after in this line.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 4, 2005, 04:16 PM
Thanks Brent, and sorry for all the questions ;)  I do appreciate the info though.  I've been going back through the thread now trying to get caught up on things a little bit.  I initially stayed away from this line thinking "Unleashed is close enough", but seeing that Han piece go up this morning I started to get tempted again.  I'd have to limit them, and likely stick to OT ones, but to have a Han (and hopefully, someday, a Chewie) would be a nice start :P.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 4, 2005, 04:21 PM
Wow, you asked a lot of questions there Brian  :P

I'll try and take them one at a time....

Just been reading up through the thread here, and had a few questions for you guys.  I've been kind of considering getting into some "higher end" (at least to me) stuff, and the mini bust line is one that has always appealed to me.  I obviously couldn't be a completist, as it is far too expensive and I am far too behind anyways, but I just had a few questions about these.  Are each of the mini busts basically instant sell outs (as in, something I should preorder), are there any that can still be found now (for reasonable, close to retail prices)?

Instant sellouts? Depends on the character in question... the more popular characters, like Vader, Yoda, Stormtroopers, etc. I would say yes. Maybe not an "instant" sell out, but very ofter they are sold out within weeks of release. Some of the other, non-major characters like Bossk, and a few other more recent ones, don't sell out nearly as fast, and can often be found for a few months after release.

Of course, another big factor is the edition size. Most of the newer busts are getting larger edition sizes, some are around the 7500 range, and that obviously makes it easier to find than one that has an edition size of, say, 2500.

And then, of course, there are the exclusives, to various websites and conventions around the country. But don't get me started on those....

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If I start into this line, in a limited fashion, I think Han will be my first one..and hope that a Chewie is on the way as well.  I saw in the previous pages you guys were mentioning a new Vader, which would be a cool one to get as well since the 1st version is a small fortune.  When is this one out (or is it already)?  Are there any pictures up of it?

The new Vader is set for release this fall I believe, but I haven't seen a definite date as of yet. Check through our C3 pictures, I'm sure there are a few of him in there.

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Also, the "OT" Yoda mentioned a page or two back, when is that expected to be released?  I'm thinking of sticking to OT only for the most part on these (except for characters that might be from the OT - Vader, Droids, Chewie, etc.).  Anyways, basically just a newbie to the line here, looking to learn more.  Also, as a general question, do you think these busts are "worth" the $45ish pricetag?  I'm not saying they aren't, I've never even seen one in person (I have 1 Bust Up, and that's it)...but I have a somewhat limited budget, especially with higher priced items, so I just wanted to get some opinions on these.  Thanks for any info.  Now I'll sort through this thread to see if I can't find a list of the OT busts released and see what might be available :).

Yoda I haven't seen anything on yet. Not even a picture.

As for the "are they worth it" question? In my opinion, yes they are. They are one of my favorite collectibles, the detail is fantastic, and you really can't beat the price. A lot of times you can get them for a little less through ebay, or as Nicklab has mentioned numerous times, most comic shops will offer discounts when you pre-order items like this. I usually do that, and end up paying roughly $35 per bust. Not a bad deal, if ya ask me.

And make sure to keep an eye on our Image Database section, I'm hoping to get a mostly complete set of pictures up starting real soon.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 4, 2005, 04:45 PM
Brian, the Vader bust (new) is not yet out and is on the right side in this picture. There are undoubtedly other, better pictures since this is from C3, but at least I know this one won't go down in the forseeable future.

How about this one...

http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/2-05/IMG_0678.jpg

Beware, it's huge. ;)

It's one of the ones that I snapped at C3, but haven't had time to add to the archive yet...

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 4, 2005, 04:49 PM
That's good for the detail but I had the same problem getting a flat picture of it.  Lots of glare and contrast from the flash.  I'll try and find the one I saw earlier, someone managed a really great shot, looks like the glass wasn't there. 

Either way, that bust is definitely a must have. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 4, 2005, 05:30 PM
It could be worse, it could have me in it.

When do I get to see my wonderful Photography with you and the Wookiees?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 4, 2005, 05:39 PM
Edition sizes have only been determined through the Leia/Boussh mini-bust. That one is set for release later this month and is limited to 5,000 pieces.

Release dates, but not edition sizes, have only been scheduled for the following:

Han Solo - August
Sandtrooper Squad Leader - September
Sandtrooper Sergeant - September

Gentle Giant has taken to "custom fitting" the edition sizes based on pre-orders. If there are more orders through Diamond and other distributors, then there will be a larger the edition size.

As of this time, Gentle Giant hasn't released any info on the release schedule or edition size of the following pieces:

ROTS Darth Vader
TESB Yoda
AOTC C-3PO
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on May 4, 2005, 08:46 PM
D'oh!

I was so busy just drooling over the new GG stuff that I did not think to snap any pics while were putting together the display cases. :P The Trinity on the motorcycle is fab, too, and I am not even a Matrix fan.

It is nice that they are not swamping us with too much product, the pace has been reasonable to keep up with.

Any speculation on the SDCC exclusive?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 4, 2005, 09:15 PM


Any speculation on the SDCC exclusive?

I'd really rather not even think about it :-\  After knowing what it took to get the C3 exclusive, I'm loathe to even ask for someone to help out on this one cough*Jediwhack*cough. 

Want a scary, really bad thought?  Clone trooper: special opps.  Edition size 1000. :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 4, 2005, 09:23 PM
You mean 501st Blue Special Ops?

 :-[ I really want one.

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 4, 2005, 10:34 PM
I'm just being evil and speculating Kevin, picking the worst (best) possible way to upset the maximum number of collectors.  With a little luck it'll be something most of us don't want anyway. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 4, 2005, 11:53 PM
I'm just being evil and speculating Kevin, picking the worst (best) possible way to upset the maximum number of collectors.  With a little luck it'll be something most of us don't want anyway. 

We can only hope. But even then, I'll still want it. YOU HEAR THAT MATT!!! I STILL WANT IT NO MATTER WHAT IT IS!!!

I have to let Matt know that I want one of these. Regardless of what it is.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 5, 2005, 12:06 AM
I'm just being evil and speculating Kevin, picking the worst (best) possible way to upset the maximum number of collectors. With a little luck it'll be something most of us don't want anyway.

We can only hope. But even then, I'll still want it. YOU HEAR THAT MATT!!! I STILL WANT IT NO MATTER WHAT IT IS!!!

I have to let Matt know that I want one of these. Regardless of what it is.

I think he want's one, Matt. :P

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on May 5, 2005, 08:25 AM
My speculation:

SDCC = AOTC 3PO

It seems GG likes to keep repaints or variants as con exclusives, wouldn't this make sense?

Only a guess, I did NOT get any inside info. :-\

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 5, 2005, 09:09 AM
Thanks for all the information, and answers to my (numerous) questions ;).  I really do appreciate it.  It seems like a great line, and I wouldn't mind picking up a few here and there, so I might look into that.  I'm sorry if some of my questions were a bit on the stupid side, as I found out I could learn more with a little bit more poking around here in this thread and in the C3 coverage.  Regardless, I do appreciate the quick answers, as well as pointing me in the right direction.  The work on these busts has always looked amazing, and hopefully I can save up the cash to pick up a few this year.  Next step...convincing the Mrs. that $45-$50 is a fair price to pay for a character's shoulders and head :P.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 5, 2005, 09:25 AM
Next step...convincing the Mrs. that $45-$50 is a fair price to pay for a character's shoulders and head :P.

Try getting some of the ones that have arms first. Makes them look like they are worth a little more, since you're getting a little more  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 5, 2005, 09:28 AM
It's kinda funny.... after I wrote that last comment, I looked over at my shelves where I have my busts, and the last few "busts" all have arms attached to them. So technically, these aren't really "busts" anymore, but more like half statues.

Don't get me wrong, I love them, and I think adding the arms to them was a great idea, as it gives them a little more life, especially if they are in somewhat of an "action" pose (like Bossk or the Biker Scout). Without the added arms, some of these would be a tad bit... boring (see Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace and Padme). If they keep going with this new "armed" look, there's no telling what they could do. I wouldn't mind seeing another Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace and Padme with the arms added, because I'm sure they would look a lot nicer.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 5, 2005, 09:58 AM
I'm in agreement there Dave.  The true busts really hold no interest for me.  They're not bad, but I like mini/half statues better. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 5, 2005, 10:07 AM
My speculation:

SDCC = AOTC 3PO

Oooh... that's a good guess.

I was also thinking they'd stick with variants, so during a conversation yesterday we came up with a few possibilities:

Han Solo w/Yavin Medal
Red/Lava/Chrome Vader (based on the new Vader)

Jeff
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on May 5, 2005, 10:49 AM
 :o

Vader exclusive = RIOT!
 :-X

Would need to wear protective gear to obtain that exclusive!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 5, 2005, 12:36 PM
Yeah, releasing the Vader variant before releasing the regular would ensure some mayhem, possibly death.  But I want two :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 8, 2005, 11:56 AM
I just had a question for some of you GG collectors that I was hoping you could help out on.  I don't collect the line, but last spring I ended up getting a Chrome Jango bust from MBNA.  I think it's really cool (oooh, shiny) and I'd love to display it, but it's not the type of thing that I would want out collecting dust, as you can imagine.

I've been around to various local crafts stores (the larger one being Michael's, if anyone in the US has those, I don't know how large the chain itself is) to see about those little glass display cases that people put the replica football helmets in, but so far I keep finding cases that are either too small (mainly in height) or that are too large (making them too expensive).  So, the question is this: does anyone (even GG) make small display cases that are just right for a single mini-Bust?

(oh, and have they done a Emperor/Sidious bust at all yet?  I'm staying far away from the line due to finances, but if it looked good, that might be one I would have to pick up)

Thanks in advance guys!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 8, 2005, 12:03 PM
Check out The Container Store (http://www.containerstore.com/). They've got an entire section devoted just to collectible storage. The mostt appropriate display piece they might have for a mini-bust is this acrylic display cube (http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=233&PRODID=61434).

(http://images.containerstore.com/MEDIA/ProductCatalog/2986/2986.jpg)

It retails for $9.99. I've yet to get one myself, but I've been very happy with the Container Stores storage boxes which I use for some loose basic figures.

As for the Emporer/Darth Sidious...no, they have not made one in the mini-bust line yet.  However, with the character playing a much more prominent role in REVENGE OF THE SITH, I can't see why Darth Sidious might not get included in this line in the near future.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DoctorPadawan on May 8, 2005, 04:30 PM
Thanks a lot, Nick!  I'm on my way over to that site right now to see if it might work out. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kooks on May 10, 2005, 04:34 AM
I have same question.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Revan on May 11, 2005, 03:17 PM
does anyone know where i can buy gentle giant busts. ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: BigDumbWookiee on May 11, 2005, 03:24 PM
does anyone know where i can buy gentle giant busts. ???

Star Wars Shop, Things from Another World, Fireside Collectibles, Big Time Comics...

Looking for any specific bust?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2005, 04:21 PM
Also direct from Gentle Giant themselves.  Click here to go there (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com)

Frustratingly, no information on the edition size for Han or the two Sandtroopers.  Maybe one of the staff can tweak the good folks over there for that information.  Or should I just haul out my press badge and ask :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 11, 2005, 10:14 PM
That poor poor press pass lady. :(

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 11, 2005, 10:23 PM
Also direct from Gentle Giant themselves. Click here to go there (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com)

Frustratingly, no information on the edition size for Han or the two Sandtroopers. Maybe one of the staff can tweak the good folks over there for that information. Or should I just haul out my press badge and ask :P

There won't be any news on the edition sizes of those for a while.  These items have only been listed through Diamond for a few weeks, so most likely Gentle Giant hasn't determined the edition size yet.  They base the edition sizes on the orders.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2005, 10:38 PM
Thank you Nick.  I think I might have known how it works, but obviously forgot.  Have you preordered them or are you going your usual comic shop route?

That poor poor press pass lady. :(

Kevin

 :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 11, 2005, 10:41 PM
Well, going through the comic shop is a pre-order. They're basically acting as a go-between for me with Diamond Comics. I ordered mine already. Thing is, to order these through your comic shop AND to ensure that you get both versions of the Sandtrooper, you've got to hope that they're ordering a minimum of one case.  The reason being that Diamond will not make certain that you get both versions of the Sandtrooper if you only order two.  If you do that, you're taking a chance that you'll get both versions since Diamond will not differentiate between the Squad Leader and the Sergeant.  The only way to make sure you get both is in the event that your comic shop orders an entire case.  If your comic shop orders the whole case, they'll receive a total of 3 Squad Leaders and 3 Sergeants.  What a pain!

Now I'm waiting for Bust Ups series 4 to go up for pre-order.  I can only imagine what the rush is going to be like when the new versions of Darth Vader and Yoda go up for pre-order. Those could have the largest edition sizes since the Deluxe Stormtrooper. That one clocked in at 10,000 pieces.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2005, 11:14 PM
Yup, I'll be doing Yoda and Vader direct through the Gentle Giant site itself, no messing around with those whatsoever. :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 12, 2005, 09:57 PM
Yup, I'll be doing Yoda and Vader direct

First the poor press pass lady, and now two of my heros?


Is there a low you wont sink to?




Any news on when we'll hear what the Convention exclusive is for ComicCon?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 12, 2005, 10:07 PM
Is there a low you wont sink to?


no
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 16, 2005, 10:14 AM
AFX has the Vader bust up for preorder (http://www.shopafx.com/stwarofsidav.html)

Yoda too (http://www.shopafx.com/stwaestbayom.html)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on May 16, 2005, 11:02 AM
Well, I ordered both...my first and only steps into this line :-[
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 16, 2005, 11:45 AM
Well, I ordered both...my first and only steps into this line :-[

You won't be disappointed with these.  After seeing them a couple of times in person I have to say that they're among the best pieces Gentle Giant has ever offered in the mini-bust line.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on May 16, 2005, 11:50 AM
That's what I'm thinking, not wanting to pay for Vader I and wanting an OT Yoda, it was a perfect chance to get them both and be done with them.  I have a small little Vader mini focus going on the top of one of my bookshelves with:

Koto Vader I
Upcoming Medicom 12" Vader
Upcoming Unleashed Vader
Unleashed ROTS Anakin/Vader
Don Post Vader Helmet
Bust Up Vader
VOTC Vader

This will make a nice addition and should fill the space.  And I don't think I need anything else there (except Kubrick Vader)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 16, 2005, 11:57 AM
Sounds cool, Scott.  Are you going to go for Koto Vader 2?  It might be cool to bookend your Vader focus area with both Koto pieces.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on May 16, 2005, 12:02 PM
I don't know, its sort of cramped already, I have the Electronic 12" in there now to save space for Medicom 12".  I could take the Don Post Helmet out but it sort of looks cool up there.  Those Kotos are huge (cool, but, huge!)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 17, 2005, 05:01 PM
BBTS has Yoda, Vader and a slew of others up for preorder now.

preorder menu (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/pre_menu.asp)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 18, 2005, 01:36 PM
I'm a total newbie when it comes to these things, so forgive me if this is a silly question.  I am seriously considering preordering the Han, Yoda, and Vader (or at least one, depends on what I can talk the Mrs. into :P).  Is there one place that is the best to preorder through?  Does one have a better track record with getting these things?  I have seen people mention Star Wars Shop, AFXpress, BigBadToyStore, etc.  Is there one place you would recommend, or just go with the cheapest?  Thanks for any advice.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 18, 2005, 05:16 PM
I checked in at my local comic shoip, and the guys there told me that Diamond Previews will have the Darth Vader and Yoda mini-busts available for pre-order in the next issue.  Good news if you get these through your comic shop.

Mosnab, as many in this thread will tell you, I'm a big advocate of ordering these through your local comic shop.  If you can hook up with a good comic shop you can get these for less than they're listed at SWS, BBTS or EE.  And you won't pay shipping either.  That being said, if you don't have the benefit of a good comic shop in your area, I would recommend any of the three e-tailers that I mentioned.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on May 21, 2005, 12:23 AM
Gentle Giant storm trooper bust/statue RARE!!
ONE OF ONLY 200! SILVER/GOLD VER NOT SOLD TO PUBLIC!!! (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5975520791&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 21, 2005, 01:31 AM
$2375.  Unreal.  I definitely don't need this one.   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 21, 2005, 10:56 AM
Unbelievable.  I can't believe that someone would be willing to spend that much on this piece.  I know that some auctions had closed at over $1K, but for this thing to break $2K?!  That's just surreal.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on May 23, 2005, 03:13 PM
Blue Clone Trooper Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6532853052&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) :o :o

 GG Blue Clone Trooper Bust  (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73559&item=6529527651&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 23, 2005, 03:17 PM
I floated the idea of the Han, Vader, and Yoda busts past the Mrs. this weekend, and she wasn't too enthused :).  She thinks $40+ is a bit much, probably since she is used to me sticking to somewhat lower-end items otherwise.  I can kind of see her point, but I'm trying to work on her to at least get a Han...and maybe someday, if/when it comes out, a Chewie.  Although I'd sure like that Yoda and Vader as well ;).  Time for a 2nd job.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on May 23, 2005, 03:22 PM
Here's what I did...buy stuff for Brent, have him Paypal it to you and then turn that around to buy busts.  It looks like you are buying the small stuff but in the end you are really just trading for the big stuff :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 23, 2005, 04:18 PM
Blue Clone Trooper Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6532853052&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) :o :o

 GG Blue Clone Trooper Bust  (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73559&item=6529527651&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) :o

I'm surprised to see that second one go for $325.  That's kind of low for the blue Clone Trooper.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 23, 2005, 11:00 PM
Here's what I did...buy stuff for Brent, have him Paypal it to you and then turn that around to buy busts. It looks like you are buying the small stuff but in the end you are really just trading for the big stuff :P
;D

Glad I could help out.  Paypal, the account the wife never sees ;)

Just got word from the store I bought my Vader statue from.  It ships on 6/22. 

Have to admit I've been checking that store nervously as the sale was a pre-sale on ebay for $150 for the GG Vader.  It was a long time ago so you can imagine I was pretty pleased when I received a shipment date email from him :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: OlBenKenobi on May 24, 2005, 01:33 PM
The one for $325 was a damaged statue as it had a chip on the back of its helmet.





Blue Clone Trooper Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6532853052&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT) :o :o

 GG Blue Clone Trooper Bust  (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73559&item=6529527651&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW) :o

I'm surprised to see that second one go for $325. That's kind of low for the blue Clone Trooper.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on May 24, 2005, 03:39 PM
Just got the email that the C3 bust will go live June 1, 2005 at 9:00am pacific.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on May 24, 2005, 03:49 PM
Just got the email that the C3 bust will go live June 1, 2005 at 9:00am pacific.

Ditto. I just hope they truly improved their system, so we don't have a repeat of the "Han in STD clusterf**k."
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on May 25, 2005, 07:21 PM
I have just joined the ranks as a Star Wars Gentle Giant collector.  These pieces are just too nice to stay away from any longer.   
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on May 26, 2005, 01:42 PM
I'm all over that Vader when it hits. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on May 27, 2005, 09:21 PM
Its started the end of my toy collecting (starwars stuff anyway) and moving into the different stuff.
I got my first Stormtrooper bust the other day and that is awesome.
I wondered why anyone would want more than one but after opening it and seeing the different arms and guns i can now see why, infact i will be ordering another 2 shortly.

Added bonus it came with a Leia bust up that also happened to be the chase one, so that was an awesome surprise as well.

Gentle Giant and Master Replicas now seem to be my poison of choice.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 27, 2005, 09:33 PM
I've got 2 of the Stormtrooper Busts - they're great for flanking Vader (just the chrome one, for now ;))

Makes for a sharp display.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on May 28, 2005, 01:06 AM
I have just joined the ranks as a Star Wars Gentle Giant collector. These pieces are just too nice to stay away from any longer.

I just realized that I actually have had some Gentle Giant products for a couple of months now.  I totally forgot about my Clone Wars Maquettes.  New toy smell must be clouding my brain.   :P 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on May 31, 2005, 06:08 PM
Bought my first Gentle Giant Busts this week...

IG-88 for 29$ and X-Wing Luke for $12.50

Both at Suncoast - both on clearance.

I'm afraid that I've opened up another can of worms though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on May 31, 2005, 06:32 PM
Damn, nice prices there Rob!  Especially on that X-Wing Luke...  :o

I'm afraid that I've opened up another can of worms though.

Indeed, you have.  You're in big trouble now, mister!

Since I haven't been paying much attention lately, how much longer until the next bust(s) finally hit?    Seems like it's been a while since there's been anything new...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on May 31, 2005, 07:30 PM
Since I haven't been paying much attention lately, how much longer until the next bust(s) finally hit? Seems like it's been a while since there's been anything new...

These are all projected dates.  I have no idea how accurate they are.  I hope to acquire all of these.  The new versions of Yoda & Vader are really what made me to decide to start collecting the busts.   

Boushh Leia 6/29

Han Solo 8/31

Sandtrooper's (Orange & White Pauldron) 9/29

Darth Vader 10/27

Yoda 10/27

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on May 31, 2005, 07:38 PM
Thanks Jon.  Looks like we've still got a little ways to go then before the Boussh hits.  Speaking of which, anyone actually crazy/compulsive enough that they're buying two of those to display with and without helmet?  I sure don't plan to do that myself.

And while I'm playing catch-up here, what's the status of a potential Comic-Con exclusive?  Anything announced, or is it gonna be another (or the same) Sandtrooper?  Can't recall anymore, though I'd be very surprised if GG didn't have something exclusive in San Diego this summer.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 31, 2005, 10:46 PM
I think we speculated that it would be a variation on something that currently exists.  How about a black hole stormtrooper bust :o

I think we did decide that I'm first in line for your spare that you pick up, however ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 31, 2005, 11:01 PM
I think we did decide that I'm first in line for your spare that you pick up, however ;D

You think your charm is going to work on him like some loose floozy C3 volunteer? :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on June 1, 2005, 12:12 AM
So for you guys who actively collect these things... Tips to someone just starting out?  Best place to buy from?  Best way to make sure you're getting a good deal?  Etc...?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on June 1, 2005, 12:16 AM
I think we did decide that I'm first in line for your spare that you pick up, however ;D

You think your charm is going to work on him like some loose floozy C3 volunteer? :P

That poor, poor press pass lady. :-\


Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 1, 2005, 02:38 AM
what's the status of a potential Comic-Con exclusive? Anything announced, or is it gonna be another (or the same) Sandtrooper? Can't recall anymore, though I'd be very surprised if GG didn't have something exclusive in San Diego this summer.

I feel a disturbance in the Force. :P I feel it's going to be something really great/sought after. We're overdue for a Clone Trooper mini bust. ;D We all know what happened at SDCC '03 right? :-\

If it's not a Clone, I wouldn't mind a Darth Sidious or new Anakin. :)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 10:06 AM
Just got the email that the C3 bust will go live June 1, 2005 at 9:00am pacific.

Today is the day so is anyone going to try to get one?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on June 1, 2005, 10:13 AM
Where's this happening at?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 10:18 AM
There was an e-mail sent out which I received from GG on May 24th.

Quote
Star Wars Celebration III Exclusive Sandtrooper Corporal mini bust
As many of you have been wondering, we did hold back a quantity of our CIII exclusive mini bust for members of our Collector's Club to purchase. Those who were unable to purchase this exclusive at the show, now have the opportunity to do so. This link ****** - will go live Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 9:00am pacific.

Please note:
Limited to one order, per person
Restricted to members of our Collector's Club only
Only available for shipping in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico
 
We ask that you please do not post this link anywhere. This is specifically just for members of our Collector's Club. When we went live with our Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise mini bust, the overwhelming traffic coming from several unique IP addresses is what ultimately crashed everything. We have since taken preventative measures from this happening again.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on June 1, 2005, 12:02 PM
Website already times out when trying to connect. This is going to be fun.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 12:05 PM
2 browsers open and I can't get to check out!  >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 1, 2005, 12:07 PM
Han Solo all over again.   >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 1, 2005, 12:17 PM
Anyone successful yet? 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 12:18 PM
****!

Lasso Error
Lasso Connector could not communicate with Lasso Service.
Connection timed out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 12:18 PM
Han Solo all over again. >:(

Amen to that.

I made it to the checkout page and then our server went down :'( for 14 minutes. Couldn't get the checkout page to reload. Grrr.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 12:25 PM
I have a bad feeling about this!  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 1, 2005, 12:37 PM
I can't even get it to add to my cart.   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 12:41 PM
I can't even get it to add to my cart. ::)

Oh, I can't anymore either, so hopefully there's some solace in that for you.  That's what makes it painful.  I'd taken that first critical step and then the connection here crapped out, not on GG.   :-\

I'm not all that hopeful to be honest, but we'll see what happens.  I wonder if anyone posted the links on any sites?  I'm guessing the answer is yes. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 1, 2005, 12:44 PM
I'm getting this now. 

Lasso Error
Lasso Connector could not communicate with Lasso Service.
Invalid sock on initial open.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 12:45 PM
Yep, me too.  And the order page has reverted now to no picture of the bust.

Oh-oh.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 1, 2005, 12:47 PM
Yep, me too. And the order page has reverted now to no picture of the bust.

Oh-oh.

Same here.  This could be good or bad.  Could mean they are sold out or could mean that all orders will be canceled and they will try this again at another date.   ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 1, 2005, 12:47 PM
Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sold out >:( ::)

Never even had a fighting chance. ::)

F**k You Gentle Giant.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on June 1, 2005, 12:48 PM
This is like the 1000000th time something like this happens with SW internet ordering ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 1, 2005, 12:48 PM
Why the hell can't they get their system prepared for these orders? They obviously know from experience that their is going to be a huge demand. Bloody ******* hell.

 >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 12:56 PM
Nice refresh on GG.

We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!

 >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 1, 2005, 01:02 PM
"We're sorry... Yet again, we were completely unprepared for this. If we didn't make such a nice product we'd have lost all of our customers a long time ago, but we're helping ones that fluked out and got through. Please go **** yourself."

 >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 01:09 PM
According to Philip Wise on RS, he got a responce from GG:

Quote
I just heard from GG.

The overwhelming traffic has crushed their fulfillment house's servers. Please be patient as they hope to get the system back up as soon as possible.


It seems some are now getting through placing there orders! >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 01:16 PM
Han Solo all over again. >:(

It just suits the situation so well :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on June 1, 2005, 01:18 PM
Finally...email confirmation and all...I GOT ONE!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 01:20 PM
Did you just get through? I can't view my cart! >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 01:27 PM
I've moved on.  But just to the following:

SSL port specified is not allowed.  :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on June 1, 2005, 01:30 PM
Did you just get through? I can't view my cart! >:(

I got to the address window shortly after 9am, got my address info in and tried to go to payment window when it hung up...countless lasso errors and such, kept hitting refresh and the best thing...didn't kill the window to start over...that saved me. Once GG took the trooper off the site...it must have freed up the server a bit because I hit refresh again and the payment window popped up and so on until I checked out with 1 trooper!

Did you get to the address window? If not, I think you didn't get through...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on June 1, 2005, 01:34 PM
Try it again...it seems to be up again...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 01:37 PM
Try it again...it seems to be up again...

The image is back, but I can't get past the SSL message.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 01:40 PM
Same **** again!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 1, 2005, 01:44 PM
Cannot find server

The page cannot be displayed


I think I give up guys.

But it's not the end of the world for me, I guess. I knew I'd never get one at C3, but I figured if I actually lucked out and got through today, then I'd grab one.

I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

More money for toys when I hit Calgary this weekend. Heh, heh.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 1, 2005, 01:46 PM
Delete your cookies and your temporary internet files guys.

I just did that and went through and put my order in in less than one minute. Something in the system is ******* with your files and not letting you proceed.

My order is in. ;D  Confirmation email received :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on June 1, 2005, 01:47 PM
Sorry to hear all the troubles, just looked at the sandtrooper page again...I can get to the address window with ease, keep trying it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 1, 2005, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the recommendation Morgbug.  That seemed to do the trick.  Confirmation email received.   ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 1, 2005, 02:20 PM
Delete your cookies and your temporary internet files guys.

I just did that and went through and put my order in in less than one minute. Something in the system is ******* with your files and not letting you proceed.

My order is in. ;D Confirmation email received :-*

This did the trick for me as well! THANK YOU Morgbug! The moment I cleared them my order went through without a hitch. :D Received a order confirmation email instantly.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on June 1, 2005, 02:34 PM
Out of stock now. Or at least that's the message I get.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 02:38 PM
I tried everything and I had to reboot a few times and no luck. 2 words:

**** IT!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on June 1, 2005, 03:28 PM
Dale, didn't you already get one at the Con?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 03:42 PM
Yep but there are some people up here that did not go to C3.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on June 1, 2005, 03:51 PM
 :D Maybe they were afraid that I'd kick their asses! At least Morgbug had the guts to show up!

Cant people in Canada order?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 1, 2005, 04:07 PM
Take into account that not all pepole have access to a PC while they are at work and if they do they may not be able to get on do to restrictions from there work site.

Also take note that the e-mail was only sent to members of GG Collector's Club to purchase.

Oh, from us to you. (http://forums.prowrestling.com/images/smilies/buttkick.gif) (http://forums.prowrestling.com/images/smilies/wedgie.gif)

 (http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/frech/a015.gif)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on June 1, 2005, 10:36 PM
And yet, at the end of the night, they didn't get their busts. :-*


Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 3, 2005, 02:53 AM
Got my tracking number already.  I should be getting the bust in the morning since it's being delivered out of Torrance.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 3, 2005, 03:26 AM
Got my tracking number already. I should be getting the bust in the morning since it's being delivered out of Torrance.

Ditto. Ah, the perks of having GG warehouse only 45 minutes away, we get our hands on the goods first. ;) :P

On a side note. Did you know Gentle Giant and SWS.com share the same shipping warehouse? Weird. ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 3, 2005, 03:27 PM
Got it today. ;D
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/JayDouble/Internet/DSC00001.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 3, 2005, 05:52 PM
JayDouble, is that #26?  Not that it matters, but that's pretty cool if it is.  Congrat's on getting yours already.  I have to wait until next Wednesday.   :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 3, 2005, 06:22 PM
Mine arrived as well:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/MyGentleGiantbustcollection013.jpg)

#0031 Sweet! :D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on June 3, 2005, 06:43 PM
#0031 Sweet! :D

That's nothing to brag about, Ricardo.  Jay's got you beat by 5!  :P  Nice grab on the Yoda though...

No idea what the hell number mine from C3 is, but it's probably about 2,499.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 3, 2005, 06:46 PM
Is anyone still in need of a CIII Sandtrooper for cost+shipping? I have an extra, but one of the blaster rifles scope is broken off. It appears it can still be glued back, and touched up with some flat black paint good as new. So much for GG QC. PM me or it goes up for trade.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 3, 2005, 06:50 PM
#0031 Sweet! :D

That's nothing to brag about, Ricardo. Jay's got you beat by 5! :P Nice grab on the Yoda though...

No idea what the hell number mine from C3 is, but it's probably about 2,499.

SoCal is getting some "Low Number Edition Love" from GG. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on June 3, 2005, 08:01 PM
Dam
This is another thing i didnt want ot get into but couldnt help myself.
I purchased my first stormtrooper bust as was blown away , then ther shop i get my stuff from has a sale and the remaining busts they have are half price i couldnt help myself.
Oh well actually having money in the bank account was fun while it lasted.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on June 3, 2005, 09:12 PM
My sandtrooper arrived this afternoon...0077/2500. I'm very happy to add this little gem to my collection.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 4, 2005, 08:25 PM
WOOT!  Finally got the Boba Fett mini-bust today.   ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 8, 2005, 05:16 PM
To those who have received their C3 busts already from last Wednesday did you have to sign for the package?  I hope not, because I think I may have missed mine today if that is the case.   :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 8, 2005, 05:22 PM
To those who have received their C3 busts already from last Wednesday did you have to sign for the package? I hope not, because I think I may have missed mine today if that is the case. :-\

No I didn't.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 8, 2005, 05:26 PM
No I didn't.

Thanks. Maybe there is still a chance I will get it today then. :)

Edit: It arrived.  I got #299.   :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000684.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 8, 2005, 09:57 PM
Mine/Jim's arrived today.  Like C3, numbering is totally random, got #16xx
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on June 8, 2005, 10:23 PM
So here i am , wondering how to get some of the older busts, I hear ppl talking that the Fett mini bust is going for $200+ but at GG site you can order it for i think $55?
Is this still possible? or is it a case of them not updating their site, even still i cant order it yet cause they dont ship outside US and Canada
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 8, 2005, 10:33 PM
I don't think there site is updated, I just tried to put the Boba bust in my cart and...

We're sorry, but we are currently out of stock for "Boba+Fett+Mini+Bust".
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 9, 2005, 12:23 AM
Sadly all the older busts appear on the site and leave you hopeful.  They don't got nada, to put it mildly.   :'(  I tried with all the older stuff when I started in on this line about a year ago and no luck then either.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 9, 2005, 12:44 PM
So here i am , wondering how to get some of the older busts, I hear ppl talking that the Fett mini bust is going for $200+ but at GG site you can order it for i think $55?
Is this still possible? or is it a case of them not updating their site, even still i cant order it yet cause they dont ship outside US and Canada

I tried the same thing on a number of occassions JUST IN CASE.  The story is that Gentle Giant simply needs to update their website.  It's annoying.

And let me state that yes, the Boba Fett mini-bust is currently going for about $200 US.  I just paid that over the weekend for one that I purchased at a convention.  Jango Fett seems to be a little less expensive in some cases, even though the limited edition size for that piece was smaller than that of Boba Fett.  Strange!

On another note, I'm somewhat surprised that Gentle Giant hasn't announced an exclusive mini-bust for the summer convention season.  I saw the announcement for the silver Jango Fett Bust Up, but traditionally GG has offered an exclusive mini-bust at the summer cons for the past couple of years.  I have to wonder if they feel that the Sandtrooper Corporal filled that role, and that as a result they won't be offering a mini-bust at Comic Con or at Wizard World Chicago.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 14, 2005, 02:17 PM
limited edition Sandtrooper mini bust G.G. unopened (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=50271&item=5981865708&rd=1)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on June 18, 2005, 07:23 AM
I don't think there site is updated, I just tried to put the Boba bust in my cart and...

We're sorry, but we are currently out of stock for "Boba+Fett+Mini+Bust".
Bastards!!!!!
Not Cool
oh well i can live with out it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 21, 2005, 12:12 AM
I love a bargain (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73553&item=6539623189&rd=1)

relatively speaking, that is (http://search-completed.ebay.com/gentle-giant-boba-bust_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfisZ2QQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR10QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsacatZQ2d1QQsadisZ200QQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZsoQQsojsZ1)

Surprised it went so low.  An hour later someone pays $300 :o

That was the only older bust I really wanted.  I do want the red, blue and white clones, but I can live without them at that price.  And I can live without the first versions of the Vader and Yoda given new ones are on their way.  Another hole filled. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 21, 2005, 12:24 AM
OCtrooper, Congrat's on the Vader.  It is truly an amazing piece.   :o

Morgbug, excellent price on Fett.  I too can live without the Clones and the first Vader & Yoda, but the Fett is one I definitely want to pick up someday.  Congrat's.   :) 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 21, 2005, 12:36 AM
I love a bargain (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=73553&item=6539623189&rd=1)

relatively speaking, that is (http://search-completed.ebay.com/gentle-giant-boba-bust_W0QQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopagenumZ1QQfisZ2QQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR10QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsacatZQ2d1QQsadisZ200QQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZsoQQsojsZ1)

Surprised it went so low. An hour later someone pays $300 :o

That was the only older bust I really wanted. I do want the red, blue and white clones, but I can live without them at that price. And I can live without the first versions of the Vader and Yoda given new ones are on their way. Another hole filled. 8)

Boba Fett was one hole in my mini-bust collection that was really bothering me.  Glad I got it finally at a show for a reasonable price.  Still, now I'm on the lookout for good values for the 1st Vader and Yoda along with the red Clone.  It never ends.  :-[
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on June 21, 2005, 09:36 AM
Nice pickup on the Fett Brent.  I would love to get that one - but unless I win a lotto or something it would probably be a marriage limiting move.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 21, 2005, 09:47 AM
Nice Brent, way to go! Congrats. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 21, 2005, 03:08 PM
OK, so here's a question? I received my GG Chrome Stormtrooper bust today and there was no clear package with the COA inside. Do some of the GG busts come without the COA like this or just this bust? Did anyone else not get a COA with theres?  ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 21, 2005, 03:44 PM
I got mine straight from Gentle Giant and I believe this was one of the pieces that didn't have a COA included.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on July 13, 2005, 12:19 AM
This thread has died.  I just posted my GG collection over at rebelscum, so I might as well do it here.  I don't plan on getting anymore of the past releases due to the prices, but I do hope to get all of the future releases. 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000001.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000002.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000004.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000003a.jpg)

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000005.jpg) 

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on July 13, 2005, 12:54 AM
Nice collection!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 13, 2005, 12:30 PM
Uh, what Yoda is that?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on July 13, 2005, 12:37 PM
Uh, what Yoda is that?

Kotobukiya, it's my only one so I just put it with the busts. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 13, 2005, 12:45 PM
Thanks.  I looked at the pics last night and thought it was nice, but something was bothering me but couldn't put my finger on it.  I looked again today and figured it out.  It fits in the display nicely :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on July 14, 2005, 12:01 AM
Holy ****.  Gentle Giant is supposedly lining folks up down at SDCC right now for a Han Solo bust of some type.  Just got off the phone with Jared (Tydirium), and he says he's in line for it, though there's no confirmation whatsoever yet as to exactly which Han bust it is.  I'm praying to God it's just the regular Han bust that's coming out soon, but I have a bad feeling that it's going to be different...  :'(

One of the main reasons I didn't worry about getting down to Comic Con a couple days early this year was because GG was supposedly NOT having an exclusive bust there.  So they better be sticking to their word!

**Fingers crossed**
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on July 14, 2005, 12:27 AM
 :o

Keep us posted...this could be interesting!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 14, 2005, 12:28 AM
Well for a change I can actually NOT ask you for a favor Matt. I can't think of a Han bust I want. I've got the stormtrooper and don't want the regular (it's great, I'm just sticking to my Imperial focus). I can't think of what else it could be (victory celebration with medal - like the bust up?)

I can't imagine people lining up for the regular release though, so something's got to be up.

If it's a Chewie with shackles to go between the stormtrooper Han and Luke, sign me up though :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on July 14, 2005, 12:40 AM
Crap again! >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on July 14, 2005, 12:55 AM
I just updated Jesse's news post on the main page.  Just got off the phone with Jared, and he had this to say...

Quote
He purchased the bust for $50, but hasn't opened it up yet.  As best he can tell, it's the regular Han bust, in exclusive SDCC packaging, with a notation on the box saying "Early Bird Edition" (first 1,000 in edition).  More soon, including pix!

So hopefully there's no need to panic here.  Sounds like the bust should be the same, but the actual packaging is slightly exclusive.  I'll update again as soon as Jared's actually opened the thing up...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on July 14, 2005, 01:24 AM
(http://i10.ebayimg.com/02/i/04/82/b6/0e_1_b.JPG)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on July 14, 2005, 01:26 AM
Someone has one up on eBay already?  For ****'s sake, I'm sick of these vultures.   >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Commander Cody on July 14, 2005, 01:47 AM
I wish all exclusives were lame early birds! Then collecting would be so much easier!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on July 14, 2005, 09:32 AM
(http://i10.ebayimg.com/02/i/04/82/b6/0e_1_b.JPG)

I think, GG just packed up numbers 1-1000 of the upcoming Solo release...slapped them in a special box to sell at the Con. Same bust...I'll be happy to wait a few weeks and get it cheaper than the $50 Con price...and who cares if I don't get a number below 1000 anyway, I don't.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on July 14, 2005, 11:15 AM
You know what's funny about the Han Solo bust is it has all this elaborate design and etc.  Yet, my Sirius Black I picked up is just plain white and has nothing on it.  You would think the first ever Harry Potter bust they offer says something.  Oh well.   ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on July 14, 2005, 12:08 PM
GG Boba Fett statue is looking tight...

Fett and Maul statues upcoming...NICE! I'm very happy...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on July 15, 2005, 11:16 AM
I don't think it has been mentioned yet, but I was looking through GH's photo coverage yesterday, and it appears a Skiff Lando mini-bust is on the way.  Looks pretty nice to me.  It kind of looks like there is a sign in front of the bust that says "no photography", so who knows how long these pics will stay up.  You can see a few shots of it on this page (http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?action=browse&categoryid=3633&whichpage=2) I believe.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on July 15, 2005, 01:05 PM
Damn that Lando looks nice.  Sigh.  For the most part, I've been taking the same aproach as Brent and only getting imperials.  But I'm liking that Lando.  And of course, if I were to get the Lando I would need to get the Boussh.  ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 15, 2005, 02:49 PM
Damn that Lando looks nice. Sigh. For the most part, I've been taking the same aproach as Brent and only getting imperials. But I'm liking that Lando. And of course, if I were to get the Lando I would need to get the Boussh. ???

Yup, and you'd need to get a Luke as well (you know a Jedi version is coming some time) and on it goes.  Imperials leaves more than enough room for too much stuff. 

I agree Lando looks great but I refuse to be a completeist with this stuff.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on July 15, 2005, 03:31 PM
Yeah, I know.  Thing is, I've got a couple non-imperials as it is (bossk, gammorean, 3p0), and I'm planning on getting the Yoda.  But, if I do stray too much from imperials I would rather get the characters in their "classic" outfits (which in my mind is ANH).
Bossk and the gammorean don't really fit that mold, but Bossk has always been my favorite bounty hunter, and the Gammorean...
...well, those guys always amused me I guess.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 15, 2005, 03:51 PM
Classic Lando from ANH?  Just kidding, were I to get a Lando I'd prefer the cloud city with a cape. 

Bossk and the GG are fantastic busts but I just refuse to get into them. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on July 15, 2005, 04:19 PM
Classic Lando from ANH? Just kidding, were I to get a Lando I'd prefer the cloud city with a cape.

Bossk and the GG are fantastic busts but I just refuse to get into them.

Yeah, don't you remember?  Lucas added him in for the special edition  ;D

Multiple costumes is just too expensive with the mini-busts.  Mind you, I'm kinda torn on which Luke I would prefer - the tatooine outfit from ANH or the black Jedi one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 15, 2005, 04:26 PM
Shhhh, don't give Georgie any ideas >:(

And shhh on those other suggestions, they both sound great.  Of course that's making me rethink the basic Han bust which thus far I've passed on.  But it is awfully nice as well :-X

Rather than a bust I'm hoping GG does a Luke Jedi statue, I think it would go great with the Vader statue (which btw I have now, so if you want to come over this weekend and see it, just give me a call).  If they do a basic Luke like either you suggested, I'll be really tempted. 

I veered out of the Imperials only as well for Yoda.  Luke Stormtrooper is also somewhat outside the mode, but since about 80% of him (and Han stormie) are Imperial in sculpt, that's ok.  I'd buy a Chewbacca in shackles to go with them. 

But basic Luke, Leia, Han, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca and OB-1 busts from ANH are really, really tempting.  I want a bust of Alec Guiness with his hood up holding a lightsaber (like the Sideshow statue for next year). 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on July 15, 2005, 05:00 PM
I hadn't realized you picked up the vader statue.  Mind you, I suppose I'm not surprised.  Envious, yeah.  Surprised, no.  I've definitely got to come by and check that one out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 15, 2005, 05:11 PM
More money than brains.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on August 11, 2005, 09:14 PM
I wanted to ask the opinion of some Gentle Giant vets here.  I think I might have my wife talked into letting me pick up the upcoming Han Solo mini bust (this would be my first), but I've been considering both the "bust ups" line, or picking up mini busts here or there.  We can't really afford to do both, so I've been trying to make a decision.  I know both lines have their appeal, but which would you recommend over the other?  Is it a toss up?  Bust ups are obviously more affordable individually, but also have a lot more releases.  The mini busts seem to pretty much be universally praised for their high quality, and seem to be nice collectibles.  I can't really afford a lot of "high end" stuff, so I thought a mini bust here or there might be a way to start to dabble in that area.  I'd probably only be interested in OT either way, and if I did get into the busts, I'd probably be very selective (starting with Han, and then maybe getting one or two a year if they looked nice).  Obviously, I'm probably not going to be able to get the past pieces, because I know they can be quite pricey (mini busts)...but with bust ups, that isn't the case.  Without considering chases, the regular releases seem to be pretty affordable.  Long question short, if you could only afford to do one line or the other, which way would you go?  Thanks for any advice.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 11, 2005, 09:31 PM
Hmm...  I collect both lines, and due to the affordability factor and my personal tastes, I go OT only on the Busts, but everything on the Bust-ups.  If you went OT Bust-ups only, it'd be even cheaper, and easier to collect, and obviously playing catch up on those things is a piece of cake too, with or without the "chase" pieces.  Another factor to consider is space.  The Bust-ups are a lot smaller (though there's more of 'em), and are probably easier to display.   A lot more variety with the Bust-ups too, and maybe a little more "fun" collecting them.  They're cheap, and would likely be pretty easy to stay "complete", if you're into that at all.

Obviously the regular Busts are a higher end, more "mature", colletible.  So if you want to go with something much nicer in quality and presentation, that might be the way to go.  I guess the cost factor would depend on how many busts vs. Bust-ups were released in a given year.  You can grab each series of Bust-ups (in peson) for about $30, easy (excluding chases).  Each regular Bust would likely cost you $40-$50 shipped.  If you'd rather avoid the headache of chasing stuff, just one or two busts a year might be the way to go.

Kind of a toss up really, Brian.  I think it may really boil down to - do you want to have a lot of different characters in a smaller version, or just a few (fancier) characters in a larger size?

I'm a psycho completist, so my answer is biased in that if I was forced to choose one or the other (according to your all of the Bust-ups vs. just a couple Busts), I'd have to go with the Bust-ups so I could have the entire line of them, as opposed to just a couple regular busts.

Tough call though.  Good luck...  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2005, 10:41 PM
I'll mostly echo what Matt said, it's a toss up.  For ease it's the bustups.  I love them and am missing only a couple in total.  Cheap for the most part, with only the black hole stormtroopers commanding any real premium and even that has dropped dramatically. 

The busts are limited, but boy, you'd be in a tough position already.  OT Han and Yoda and a Vader that while not OT is rather hard to differentiate.  And those are three of the six busts scheduled out in the next 4.5 months :-\  The other three are OT as well (Leia Boussh and two sandtroopers).  But I warn you now, once you have one you'll never look back.  I realize that finances are an issue, but these are fantastic pieces and the Hasbro stuff pales in comparison. 

Good luck with the choice. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on August 11, 2005, 11:28 PM
I'm not sure if you guys have comes across these production #'s yet because I'd swear they weren't listed a few days ago on GG's website, but here's what they list now.

Sandtrooper Squad Leader (orange pauldron) - 7500 pieces
Sandtrooper Sergeant (white pauldron) - 7500 pieces
ESB Yoda - 15,000 pieces
ROTS Darth Vader - 20,000 pieces

They sure are cranking them out now!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Commander Cody on August 11, 2005, 11:32 PM
Holy sh-t! They're not even limited anymore. >:(


Everyone and their grandmother will have one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on August 11, 2005, 11:37 PM
By the way, does anyone remember what month C-3PO was released in 2004?  I realize this is a long time ago, but it's the only bust that I can't nail a date down on.  :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 12, 2005, 12:33 AM
Holy sh-t! They're not even limited anymore. >:(


Everyone and their grandmother will have one.

Certainly takes the rush out of ordering one, doesn't it?  15-20K? ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 12, 2005, 12:40 AM
It's the side effect of the original issues being so scarce. The orders must have been there for them to produce so many.

In response to Mosnab's question, I would probably go for the mini-busts.  I think they're more striking than the Bust Ups.  Also, since there are fewer mini-bust releases than Bust Ups it makes a complete set more likely.  While the older pieces are quite pricey (I'm in the market for 3 to complete my set and it will probably cost $700 +), the mini-bust line is finite.  And just generally I think they look better on a shelf.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: SilverSpyder on August 12, 2005, 04:23 AM
Personally if U could only do 1 line it would be the mini busts.  Bust-Ups are great (I own them all), but they are basically just half an action figure.  Now busts on the other hand are a mid to high end piece of art IMO.  Buy the busts, you won't regret it. 

But, I do have some advice.  If you are only buying OT, but the IG-88 or Leia Boushh bust first.  They are both easily found for retail or less and are great pieces.  The Han IMO is kinda weak as far as GG busts are concerned.  Not a bad piece, but definately not one of their best pieces.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on August 12, 2005, 07:27 AM
Mosnab ,
Buy them,.... buy them ALL!! ;D

(just kidding)

I would say go for the mini busts. There are plenty that are less than $50, and pretty easy to obtain. If you shop around, there are many good deals to be found.( But do be warned, they are addicting.) The bust ups are neat, but the mini busts are far more impressive.

With the new versions of Vader & Yoda, you should still be able to build a nice collection over time. Not to mention that these can be displayed with permission of most wives/gilfriends. :P

I would rather chase the GG exclusives than Hasbro's exclusives ANY day! 8)

Good luck with your choice, and welcome to the Madness!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 12, 2005, 11:20 AM
The busts are limited, but boy, you'd be in a tough position already. OT Han and Yoda and a Vader that while not OT is rather hard to differentiate.

I'll change my opinion since Jesse posted the production numbers.  I'd agree with the majority of others, go with the mini-Busts.  I realize Han is your favorite character and you'll be limited in what you can pick up, so get him first.  Clearly Vader and Yoda should be not nearly so hard to pick up as I'd imagined.  I was thinking issue sizes around 7500 to 10000 which would keep the price down for a considerable period of time.  While I think the Yoda and Vader will eventually sell out, it should take years before any price increase occurs and at that it will be fairly minimal.  I'm not sure if you even want them, but I consider them to be must-have pieces. 

As for the bust-ups, most of them can be had for less than original retail on ebay.  I must say, I'm a little disappointed by the lack of demand for them.  I really like them and think the poor demand will spell the end of the line before too long.  I'm sure we'll see the next two series' but after that?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on August 12, 2005, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone, I really appreciate it.  Like you mentioned Brent, that would make a difference too (issue sizes).  I still go back and forth with these, and ideally both lines would be the best.  I "pitched" the idea to my wife saying I'd like to get the Han, and if they ever made a Chewie, and otherwise it would only be one or two here or there each year.  Ideally, I kind of consider the Vader and Yoda you mentioned "must haves" as well.  Too bad they are so close together (for me at least).  The pics I've seen online of the Yoda look amazing.  Part of me leans towards the minibusts because of all the praise of their quality, and it would be my first real foray into "higher end" collectibles.  Then, whenever I go back and look at pics of the upcoming Hoth wave of Bust Ups, it makes me reconsider ;).  The Chewie bust up I have looks great I think, but I wonder if the quality is still there with "human" characters.  From the pics online, they don't look too bad (Series 1), but seem to be getting even better with Series 5.  Anyways, thanks for any and all (continuing) advice, I'm hoping to make a decision pretty soon so I can get things ordered/preordered before it is too late.  It seems like the general consensus here so far is leaning towards the minibusts so far.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on August 18, 2005, 12:48 AM
www.talesofwonder.com has the Boushh Leia and Han in stock as of today.  I just ordered both and the total was $86 and change with shipping.  I recommend them if you are looking to pick these up.   :)   
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 18, 2005, 01:01 AM
I got my Vader statue from them.  Very good service.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on August 18, 2005, 03:02 PM
My Han Solo bust arrived yesterday...

Never really noticed how tan Han was until I opened up the box and free'd him from his styrofoam coffin.

It's a decent piece...not really good or bad...but I'm happy I got it at an excellent price and that I will give it a good home.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on August 18, 2005, 04:56 PM
For anyone who's ordered the Han bust through Diamond (via local comic stores and the like), any ideas when they're shipping?
This is the first one I've gone this route for, and I'm just wondering if there's much of a lag after they appear at retail.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on August 23, 2005, 12:04 AM
Boushh Leia & Han arrived today.   :)

I'm very happy with how Han turned out, definitely exceeded my expectations.  Leia looks better in person than the picture, but something still seems off.  I had planned from the start to display her with the Boushh helmet on so no big deal. 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000117.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000116.jpg) 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000119.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Daigo-Bah on August 23, 2005, 10:06 AM
Thanks for the pics! I think I'm passing on the Han; I just don't think it's as good as the Han Stormie (or as representative of the character). I absolutely love the Boushh, though, and with helmet on, it's PERFECT.

(http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid183/p40563dd86f10c6595f82afc9a6463ff6/f2b0d229.jpg)

(http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid183/p57812aaf2b5399c34c432b1bc23e0c6e/f2b0d1e2.jpg)

(http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid183/p21477ee88a202a501ac53b06943a30f0/f2b0d103.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on August 23, 2005, 10:33 PM
Yeah, that Boussh looks real nice.  Nice pix, guys.  Han, eh, I guess he's ok, just not very exciting.  I haven't gotten around to ordering mine yet, but I'll probably see if I can nab them off of eBay for cheap a little ways down the road.  Still have to catch up on a few others first though.

Anyone know who's got the cheapest pre-orders on the upcoming Yoda and Vader pieces?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 23, 2005, 10:36 PM
$39.99 at Newforcecomics.com is the cheapest I've seen.  I'm supposed to order for Jim and I, but newforce makes me nervous at times.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on August 24, 2005, 02:12 AM
I saw Leia yesterday at Suncoast.  She's priced at $49.99. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on August 29, 2005, 08:57 AM
Got my Leia Today WOW!!!
It is so very nice.
The Boushh head is my fav and that is the way it is staying unless i get a second ;D ;D
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/Hemish/busts006.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 1, 2005, 12:04 AM
The newest Bust will be...

Lando Skiff Guard.

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/uploads/0/0/G/E/main.jpg)

It's coming out Feb 2006, but no word on the edition size yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: valkyrie on September 1, 2005, 10:28 PM
I am selling my pride and joy #1 Jango fett take a look on this subfourm :(

http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=9276.0
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on September 2, 2005, 09:38 PM
I gotta get that new Vader.  When does it go up for sale?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 2, 2005, 10:03 PM
I gotta get that new Vader. When does it go up for sale?

GG claims it'll be available in October.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on September 22, 2005, 02:27 PM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/9-05/ggep2c3po.jpg)

The Gentle Giant Episode II C-3P0 mini bust that was shown at the summer conventions finally has a home. With a run of 2500 expected, the first 1500 will be available exclusively at the "Art of Star Wars Exhibition" in Singapore in November. Can't make it to Signapore? You're still in luck - 500 have been allocated to be sold in the UK and another 500 will be sold in the USA via an exclusive outlet (most likely StarWarsShop.com)!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 22, 2005, 02:39 PM
Um.  Pass? 

It's nice in the sense that it's a (now) limited edition size but it really doesn't do much for me.  I guess it's a love of the OT, but 3PO is goldenrod, not dingy-gray-robot. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on September 22, 2005, 02:44 PM
Whats up with 3PO's face? :D

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/9-05/ep2gg3po.jpg) (http://www.halloweencostumes4u.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000003/3114.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on September 22, 2005, 09:15 PM
500 have been allocated to be sold in the UK and another 500 will be sold in the USA via an exclusive outlet (most likely StarWarsShop.com)!

Looks like my tipster was right...

Exclusive Episode II C-3PO Mini-Bust (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_sku=SWGGMBE2C3&ReferrerID=CJADBN-00001) - Ships Nov 2005, $49.99 plus shipping!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on September 23, 2005, 02:33 AM
Thats an easy one for me to pass on !!
I believe the term is FUGLY!!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on September 23, 2005, 03:13 AM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/9-05/ggep2c3po.jpg)

Thank God that's a Prequel bust so I can pass on it and not sweat the limited (and international) run there...

Still in the market for a cheap Greedo and Bossk, if anyone is ditching their's, or knows of a good bargain...  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 23, 2005, 02:57 PM
Looks like we have a fourth Chrome Bust -- C-3PO. 

"A rather surprised Rebelscum reader Keith Smith sends along this image of his new Chrome Edition C-3PO mini bust from MBNA. Keith received the bust in lieu of the chrome Jango Fett bust he had originally requested. While we've been able to confirm that this is indeed a genuine Gentle Giant piece, theres still no word from MBNA regarding how they plan to distribute it."

This image from RS:
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on September 23, 2005, 03:58 PM
Looks like TC-14.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on September 24, 2005, 03:50 AM
Looks like TC-14.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw that one, Jay. Unfortunately, this one is kinda OT, so I'll probably have to add it to the Vader and Stormie chrome busts. Ugh. :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on September 24, 2005, 05:34 PM
Well what if it's a repaint of the E2 C-3PO?  ;)

Yeah, it's ok.  We already got a 3PO so this one is not one I GOTTA HAVE.  But it's actualy a valid repaint.  Prefer this over the chrome repaints.  I was blessed enough to get an order in at SWShop
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Gregorbian on September 30, 2005, 10:56 PM
Here's my updated collection of Gentle Giant Mini-busts:

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/Gregorbian/Gorb%20Collection/GorbCollection0930052.jpg)

Hopefully they'll release a new Boba Fett so that I can get one at an affordable price  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 11, 2005, 03:05 PM
Now this looks to be a sweet bust - Emperor Palpatine!

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on October 11, 2005, 03:20 PM
I finally got my Leia bust from Toynk and it is fantastic.  I have her unmasked head on and she sit's next to MR's thermal detonator.  It is one sweet item.  It is the only one I have and wish I could have picked up a Luke.  Oh well...

I hope they make a better Padme, I'm not a big fan of the "no arm" look.  Anyone know of anything like that for 2006?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on October 11, 2005, 03:20 PM
WOW! Palpy looks great!!!!!! I love the pose, another must have. It's about freaking time GG crank out some ROTS busts' other than Vader.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 11, 2005, 03:24 PM
I hope they make a better Padme, I'm not a big fan of the "no arm" look. Anyone know of anything like that for 2006?

I'm not a big fan of the "no arm" look, either, which is probably why I don't own any of those first AOTC busts.

I'm sure we'll see a new Padme in the future, especially now that GG is starting to focus on ROTS.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 11, 2005, 03:33 PM
By the way, the Emperor bust is supposed to be released March, 2006.

Here's a comparison to the Emperor Bust-Up due this month (Series 4):

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/uploads/0/0/5/F/series_four_popup_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 11, 2005, 03:51 PM
Incidentally, I received my notification of credit card being charged for the next two sandtrooper busts, so they should be arriving shortly 8)

Not sure if I'll pick up the Palpatine bust.  I'm very strongly tending towards OT only these days.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Stim on October 11, 2005, 03:59 PM
Incidentally, I received my notification of credit card being charged for the next two sandtrooper busts, so they should be arriving shortly 8)

Where did you order them from?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 11, 2005, 04:11 PM
Talesofwonder.com

Same guys I got my Vader statue from.  Decent enough service and good prices too. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on October 12, 2005, 02:35 PM
Not sure if I'll pick up the Palpatine bust. I'm very strongly tending towards OT only these days.
I feel the same way, which is why although the bust looks nice, it's an easy "no" for me.  The Vader I'm treating as OT since I don't have the first one.  Other then that, it's picking and choosing these things.  Once Vader and Yoda hit, the only ones I really want (assuming they make them) are Chewie, a Tie pilot, and maybe a royal guard.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on October 12, 2005, 04:16 PM
The Emperor is now officially up at GG's site:

http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=WEB6271

"Despite his disfigurement, Palpatine appeared before the Galactic Senate, and gave a stirring speech of how he narrowly escaped a treacherous Jedi rebellion. He assured the people of the Republic that his resolve had not faltered. He had routed out the treachery that had entangled the Republic in the Clone Wars. He would flense the corruption from the bloated bureaucracy that strangled the august government and reform it, as a new, more powerful, more secure institution. That day, before thunderous applause, Palpatine declared himself Emperor. "

The Emperor is slated for April 2006!



Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on October 12, 2005, 04:51 PM
I haven't bought any of these since Mace, Padme and Obi-Wan from EII. This one I'll grab for sure!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 12, 2005, 07:59 PM
I'm passing on the Vader bust.  I agree with Drew with respect to Vader being an easy "OT" replacement.  I decided that since I have the statue, I'll pass on this bust as well.  Given the production run it has, I'm not too worried about changing my mind later.

In other news, received an email from Talesofwonder.com that my sandtrooper two pack has been shipped, UPS tracking number present and accounted for 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on October 12, 2005, 09:17 PM
You can now pre-order the Sidious Bust from sws.com (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=104493&ReferrerID=CJADBN-00001).

edit - just updated the link - Jesse
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on October 14, 2005, 02:14 PM
Just came back from a local comic shop, and much to my surprise my Yoda bust is in.  I didn't pick it up yet, but did take a look at it.  The one thing that surprised me (though in retrospect it shouldn't have) is the size.  The thing is really small.  I guess it's the correct proportions for Yoda relative to the other busts, but considering the price is the same it was a bit of a letdown.  Other then that though, the bust seems to be really nice.  Looking forward to picking it up.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 14, 2005, 02:28 PM
Ah, let the flood of cheap Yoda busts on ebay begin. ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on October 14, 2005, 03:53 PM
You have to appreciate what Gentle Giant is doing from a collector's standpoint.  I think they realize the quagmire they've caused with such low production quantity limited edition pieces.  They also have to realize that they're not making ANY of that secondary market money.  So they might as well triple or quintuple the production runs.  At least the collectors are going to be able to get these pieces at a reasonable price.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on October 14, 2005, 08:24 PM
As long as they keep making them I am not too concerned on how many of each they make.  They better they (Gentle Giant, not the secondary resellers) do in sales, the longer this line will last.

I was talking to a friend and the day that Gentle Giant stops with Star Wars I will be so depressed.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 14, 2005, 09:52 PM
You have to appreciate what Gentle Giant is doing from a collector's standpoint. I think they realize the quagmire they've caused with such low production quantity limited edition pieces. They also have to realize that they're not making ANY of that secondary market money. So they might as well triple or quintuple the production runs. At least the collectors are going to be able to get these pieces at a reasonable price.

I absolutely agree Nick, there's no reason for GG to sit back and get hate mail for something that's beyond their control (secondary market prices).  By having very large editions they boost their bottom line, reduce complaints and keep collectors happy.  15,000-20,000, while dramatic production increases, still isn't that many.  Toy Fair Vader was suggested to be around 10,000 and the Lava Vader 50,000 yet they still appreciated in value. 

My point is only that I didn't preorder a Yoda with the hopes of finding one below $39.99 pre-shipping price.  All of the speculators that bought lots for profit on ebay are likely to be disappointed in the short term and I hope to take advantage of that. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 17, 2005, 08:27 PM
I hope they make a better Padme, I'm not a big fan of the "no arm" look.

Funny thing about that statement is that is exactly what a "bust" is supposed to be. No arms. Just a part of the torso and the head. Don't get me wrong, I love all the GG stuff so far, and I'm a huge fan of the busts with arms. It's just that in the technical, old school sense of it all, a bust has no arms. So GG isn't really making busts in my opinion, more like half statues.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nathan on October 18, 2005, 01:25 AM
I'd love it if they did something from Clone Wars, like the ARC trooper, or Republic Commando, or Asajj Ventress, or Snow Bunny Padme, or something. Preferably in the same realistic style as the movie busts, but toon style could be cool too--although that might be considered trampling on the toon maquettes already in progress.

I've never bought any of the higher-end stuff before: high school/college student yada yada, you know the drill. But my finances are slightly improved now and I'd love to get at least one GG bust so I had something representative of the line. Something Clone Wars would be enough to put me "over the edge", I think.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on October 18, 2005, 02:20 AM
OK someone catch me up to speed on the Sandtroopers, please, 'cause I haven't been paying attention! Are there just the three of them total, so these white and orange pauldroned versions are the last of 'em? No greys?

I'm only doing OT busts as well, and will definitely be grabbing that Vader. But damn, that ROTS Emperor sure is nice looking, and making me re-think things a little. I must stick to my guns though and nix the prequel stuff, or I'll be eternally damned.

As for the increased production numbers from GG on these, I agree that it's a good thing. I remember me and some others fussing about them raising the production on these so everyone who wants them could get them, but we were met by a hail of BOO's from those that apparently were only interested in collecting the bust line due to it's potential value, so they were pissed at the thought of high #s and lower values on their collectibles. To which I say, PPPHHHHTTH! GG may potentially lose a few of those fussy value-oriented individuals, but they should more than make up for it with the hugely increased bust sales, I'd imagine. So kudos to them for rolling these out in greater numbers for all to enjoy! 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on October 18, 2005, 04:35 AM
Hey, does anyone want/need the new Yoda bust (ESB version)? I'm trying to ditch one for $40 shipped (probably more for Canada though). Holler quick if you'd like it!

- M
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 18, 2005, 10:24 AM
OK someone catch me up to speed on the Sandtroopers, please, 'cause I haven't been paying attention! Are there just the three of them total, so these white and orange pauldroned versions are the last of 'em? No greys?


Correct, three versions.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 18, 2005, 10:58 PM
OK someone catch me up to speed on the Sandtroopers, please, 'cause I haven't been paying attention!  Are there just the three of them total, so these white and orange pauldroned versions are the last of 'em?  No greys?

For now. Untill GG needs to do a Mexico City Con exclusive or some other assinine thing that no one will be able to get a hold of...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 19, 2005, 01:26 AM
OK someone catch me up to speed on the Sandtroopers, please, 'cause I haven't been paying attention! Are there just the three of them total, so these white and orange pauldroned versions are the last of 'em? No greys?

For now. Untill GG needs to do a Mexico City Con exclusive or some other assinine thing that no one will be able to get a hold of...


Cynic.

No wonder I like you.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on October 19, 2005, 11:19 PM
Got notice that Yoda and Vader are shipping soon...I really don't care about value at all, more that I can own a Vader bust and me likee Yoda
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on October 20, 2005, 02:15 AM
Where is the best place to order that Vader bust from?  I gotta get one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 20, 2005, 02:44 AM
Darth Vader Bust:

Gentle Giant (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=WEB7087): $50.00

Entertainment Earth (http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?id=JE-405087801&number=GE7087): $49.99

StarWarsShop.com (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=3612&ReferrerID=CJADBN-00001): $49.99

Action Figure Express (http://www.shopafx.com/actionfigurexpress/stwarofsidav.html): $49.99

Big Bad Toy Store (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/toystan.asp?Queryid=pr592): $44.99

Brian's Toys (http://www.brianstoys.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=172249&cat=0&page=1): $49.99

Killer Toys (http://www.killertoys.com/products/5295.php): $44.95

Cheapest I could find it for was $45.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on October 20, 2005, 04:24 AM
Darth Vader Bust:

Gentle Giant (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=WEB7087): $50.00

Entertainment Earth (http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?id=JE-405087801&number=GE7087): $49.99

StarWarsShop.com (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_id=3612&ReferrerID=CJADBN-00001): $49.99

Action Figure Express (http://www.shopafx.com/actionfigurexpress/stwarofsidav.html): $49.99

Big Bad Toy Store (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/toystan.asp?Queryid=pr592): $44.99

Brian's Toys (http://www.brianstoys.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=172249&cat=0&page=1): $49.99

Killer Toys (http://www.killertoys.com/products/5295.php): $44.95

Cheapest I could find it for was $45.

Thanks buddy.  I know Killer Toys does a lot of stuff on Spawn.  Probably just order it from him.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 20, 2005, 10:27 AM
Talesofwonder.com has it for $42.99
Newforcecomics.com has it for $39.99

Both still have it listed as a presell arriving the 27th.  I ordered my sandtrooper busts from talesofwonder and they've been very good.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on October 20, 2005, 03:57 PM
I'm getting the second edition Vader through my local comic shop for somewhere between $36 and $40.  It all depends on what the MSRP is.

Picked up my 2 Sandtroopers and Yoda the other day as well.  Can't wait to get those on the shelf!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on October 20, 2005, 08:00 PM
Cynic.

No wonder I like you.

Awww, thanks Brent. I like you too  :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on October 20, 2005, 11:33 PM
Cynic.

No wonder I like you.

Awww, thanks Brent. I like you too :-*

Get a room, will ya?   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 20, 2005, 11:48 PM
Find better prices, will ya :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 1, 2005, 05:25 PM
Anyone know if the Vader has been released yet?  It was listed as October, and I haven't heard word of it yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on November 1, 2005, 05:34 PM
Anyone know if the Vader has been released yet? It was listed as October, and I haven't heard word of it yet.

Yes...vader is out now.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on November 2, 2005, 03:35 AM
(http://images.snapfish.com/3453%3B4%3A723232%7Ffp63%3Dot%3E232%3B%3D%3B7%3A%3D723%3DXROQDF%3E2323%3B993%3B6472ot1lsi)

Yep, I got mine on Saturday.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on November 3, 2005, 11:01 PM
Picked up the Yoda bust tonight from Suncoast. It was $34 and change. I got number 09596/15,000. They're having a 20% of all Star Wars items. I don't know how long it goes.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y26/JayDouble/Internet/DSC00006.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 4, 2005, 04:25 PM
Still waiting for my vader.  Has anyone who ordered it through diamond received theirs yet?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on November 5, 2005, 08:20 AM
Dam that other yoda bust is small, I thought the other one was small , but that is worse.
I can definatley live without that.

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y221/darthhemish/DSC02661.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on November 6, 2005, 01:04 AM
Still waiting for my vader. Has anyone who ordered it through diamond received theirs yet?

Not yet.  Got Yoda, the Sandys and Grievous maquette though.  Sometimes individual items can be a little slow.  I still wouldn't trade the discount I get by ordering through Diamond for getting the thing early.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: rishakra on November 7, 2005, 08:25 PM
I picked up the new Vader mini-bust at SunCoast in Springfield, VA today!  VERY cool!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on November 9, 2005, 02:03 AM
They seem to be coming out very fast for you guys.
We still havent gotten the sandtroopers yet, Yoda was scheduled for November but rocked up early and the Sandtroopers were supposed to be October but still havent shown up.
Guessing wew wont have Vader till December the way we are going , which will suit me fine with the amount of stuff I have on order :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: rishakra on November 9, 2005, 07:21 AM
I haven't seen the Sandtrooper at retail.  I wasn't looking though as I ordered it from EE.  I saw Yoda last week at Suncoast and I was actually coming back for it when I saw Darth instead.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on November 9, 2005, 03:52 PM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/9-05/ggep2c3po.jpg)

Apparently, CC are being charged for this bust, so if you grabbed one, it should be coming soon!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 15, 2005, 09:11 PM
Ah, let the flood of cheap Yoda busts on ebay begin. ;)

I rest my case (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6578709917&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1).  I suspect I could have obtained it even cheaper than that.  Should Vader be obtainable for $20 I'll get it as well, even though I previously stated I would pass.  $20 for  GG bust?  Too sweet. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 15, 2005, 09:45 PM
That's a hell of a deal!  I think it's time to keep a closer eye on eBay for a Vader bust - at $20, I'd be a fool not to buy one.   :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on November 16, 2005, 09:28 AM
Wow, great deal there.  If this is how much these busts would go for regularly, I think I could get a few.  I haven't really kept and eye on them on ebay, might have to check and see what the Han ones are going for.  I could probably talk the Mrs. into getting one if they were in the $20 to $30 range instead of $40 to $50.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 16, 2005, 09:34 AM
Regular Han's are indeed going for fairly low prices at the moment.   :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on November 18, 2005, 09:14 AM
Yeah my Sandtroopers showed up today !!
Now I have to get that dam black pauldroned one!!!!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/Hemish/PICTURES017.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on November 18, 2005, 10:32 AM
You all seen the new Gentle Giant Blog (http://gentlegiantltd.com/blog/)?

Kind of cool in my opinion....Eric Lyga from GG posted there yesterday with a very thorough explanation regarding delayed products....choice of characters.....edition sizes and quality control issues.....a good read.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 18, 2005, 02:18 PM
Nice job of the sandtroopers hemish.  Kind of makes me want to pick one of them up.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 18, 2005, 03:37 PM
Nice job of the sandtroopers hemish. Kind of makes me want to pick one of them up.

You can see them all, including the black pauldron, up close, if you like :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 22, 2005, 03:46 PM
You all seen the new Gentle Giant Blog (http://gentlegiantltd.com/blog/)?

Kind of cool in my opinion....Eric Lyga from GG posted there yesterday with a very thorough explanation regarding delayed products....choice of characters.....edition sizes and quality control issues.....a good read.

Definitely an interesting read.  It's nice to see them start something like this to show us all that they are listening to their fans.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 24, 2005, 11:09 AM
I actually came across this link in the ROTS Evolutions thread, but Brian's Toys (surprisingly) has a great deal on a number of items, including Yoda for $24.99 (http://www.brianstoys.com/bvc2004/search.aspx?Keyword=Holiday+Special).  Can't argue with that price!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 24, 2005, 03:20 PM
Nicklab, can you let me know when you get your Vader.  I've ordered it through diamond but havn't seen it yet.  I just want to make sure I don't miss it.

Still waiting for my vader. Has anyone who ordered it through diamond received theirs yet?

Not yet. Got Yoda, the Sandys and Grievous maquette though. Sometimes individual items can be a little slow. I still wouldn't trade the discount I get by ordering through Diamond for getting the thing early.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 29, 2005, 12:08 PM
Wow :o  Is Yoda ever tiny.  My bust arrived today and while I appreciate the sculpt and work that went into it, I sure would feel unhappy had I paid $50 for this little guy.   :-\  I'm not sure if they went for having him in scale, I can only presume they did, but I really can't get over how tiny he is.  He's only about twice the size of a BK Yoda :P

Still, nice piece, well worth owning and I'm happy I paid relatively little for it.   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 29, 2005, 05:23 PM
Count me among those who were somewhat unhappy to have paid $50 for him.  I can appreciate that they tried to make him to scale, but his price should have been adjusted accordingly.  Still, he's nice from what I've seen (haven't had a chance to open him yet).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 29, 2005, 08:32 PM
AFX is having a sale where you can get a free Darth Vader bust if you buy $55.00 worth of their sale stuff.

Check it out. (http://www.shopafx.com/b4ofjulsal.html)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 1, 2005, 02:50 AM
Wow :o Is Yoda ever tiny.

After your comment, I was hunting for a picture to put it in perspective. I think this one from eBay does it. I certainly didn't expect that he'd be so small. :-\

(http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/GGBustsVaderYoda.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dark Destiny on December 1, 2005, 12:39 PM
You're comparing the smallest bust to the largest. Vader is huge. Bigger than the original Vader. That's how the costume was made so that Hayden would look larger.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on December 1, 2005, 02:00 PM
You're comparing the smallest bust to the largest. Vader is huge. Bigger than the original Vader. That's how the costume was made so that Hayden would look larger.

I didn't think Vader was any larger than the others they've made.  Since they adjusted the Yoda to be in scale, why would they make Vader larger?  Doesn't make much sense to me.  I think Vader's probably just in scale, much as is Yoda. 

And the picture could have been worse.  I just received my sandtroopers and those boxes are huge even relative to Vader's, yet the busts are similar in size. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on December 1, 2005, 02:07 PM
The ESB Yoda is to scale with the AOTC Yoda.  I believe retail for Yoda is $45 while Vader is $50.  I'm sure Yoda can be found cheaper.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on December 1, 2005, 03:14 PM
I still have to track down that Vader.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dark Destiny on December 1, 2005, 03:33 PM
You're comparing the smallest bust to the largest. Vader is huge. Bigger than the original Vader. That's how the costume was made so that Hayden would look larger.

I didn't think Vader was any larger than the others they've made. Since they adjusted the Yoda to be in scale, why would they make Vader larger? Doesn't make much sense to me. I think Vader's probably just in scale, much as is Yoda.

And the picture could have been worse. I just received my sandtroopers and those boxes are huge even relative to Vader's, yet the busts are similar in size.



I'm just comparing the new Vader bust to my old original one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on December 1, 2005, 05:10 PM
Considering vader was something like 6'8", it would make sense to have him be a bit larger then the other busts.  Dark Destiny, if he's bigger then the original vader bust which one do you think is more in scale, the new or old one?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on December 9, 2005, 01:06 PM
My Yoda II and Vader II arrived this week...wasn't thrilled about rehashes but the Vader turned out nice.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on December 11, 2005, 04:55 AM
...I believe retail for Yoda is $45 while Vader is $50.  I'm sure Yoda can be found cheaper.

What, like this?

Han (http://www.shopafx.com/stwahansomib.html) and Yoda (http://www.shopafx.com/stwaestbayom.html) busts on sale at AFX for only $22.49 each! :o Hurry, sale ends Tuesday, 12/13!

Damn, I hate it when that happens... :'(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on December 11, 2005, 03:02 PM
 SANDTROOPER MINI BUST GOLD/CHROME 1/200 (http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-SANDTROOPER-MINI-BUST-GOLD-CHROME-1-200-MIB_W0QQitemZ6018468867QQcategoryZ50271QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 11, 2005, 03:48 PM
SANDTROOPER MINI BUST GOLD/CHROME 1/200 (http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-SANDTROOPER-MINI-BUST-GOLD-CHROME-1-200-MIB_W0QQitemZ6018468867QQcategoryZ50271QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

$2500?  :o  Merry Christmas to whoever was rich enough to afford that.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on December 12, 2005, 10:26 AM
Quote
What, like this?

Han and Yoda busts on sale at AFX for only $22.49 each!    Hurry, sale ends Tuesday, 12/13!

Damn, I hate it when that happens...

Man, some really great sales this weekend, wish I would have been online when you posted these, because I seem to have missed them.  I had decided that the mini busts would get too pricey for me, but for $22.49 each I would have seriously considered it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on December 12, 2005, 02:05 PM
Here a Yoda for $25.00

http://www.brianstoys.com/bvc2004/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SS2MYODAESB*HOLIDAY
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on December 28, 2005, 07:56 PM
 :o GENTLE GIANT HOLIDAY 2005 SALACIOUS CRUMB MINI-BUST MIB (http://cgi.ebay.com/GENTLE-GIANT-HOLIDAY-2005-SALACIOUS-CRUMB-MINI-BUST-MIB_W0QQitemZ6592399507QQcategoryZ37889QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 28, 2005, 08:09 PM
Bah, I'd tell him to shove it up his ass sideways.  >:(

GG goes out of their way to give him something special and he want to sell it for a minimum $3000?  *******.

I seriously hope that GG monitors eBay for these things and refuses to give them to the sellers next year.  >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on December 29, 2005, 07:37 PM
Yeah really... I wouldn't take less than $5K for that. *******.

 :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on January 3, 2006, 06:22 PM
Star Wars Salacious Crumb Mini Bust by Gentle Giant MIB (http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Salacious-Crumb-Mini-Bust-by-Gentle-Giant-MIB_W0QQitemZ6593609280QQcategoryZ37889QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 3, 2006, 06:40 PM
Sold for $2500, eh? So when GG releases Salacious Crumb later this year it'll cost $50. For $2450, I'm sure I could make my own red hat.  :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on January 8, 2006, 10:46 AM
Two more GG Holiday Salicious Crumbs on eBay......

End date 1/14 @ 12:00 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6594919186&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)

End date 1/14 @ 18:30 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6595203408&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)

Seems that these are making it to eBay a little more often than the Holiday Sandtrooper did.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on January 8, 2006, 03:30 PM

Seems that these are making it to eBay a little more often than the Holiday Sandtrooper did.


Because they are pretty crappy.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: vegastrooper on January 18, 2006, 04:10 PM
Salacious Crumb...minus the holiday gear...is being offered by GG...limited to 2500.

I picked one up...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 18, 2006, 06:39 PM
This version will have a flickering C-3PO eye, could be neat.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-06/ggcrumboffer.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Commander Cody on January 18, 2006, 07:02 PM
The wire from his eye is really thick, but I ordered one anyway. It's cool.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 18, 2006, 07:37 PM
I also ordered one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on January 18, 2006, 09:40 PM
I could resist picking one up too.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 18, 2006, 10:40 PM
I ordered Salacious today as well, along with the lame "ice" Bust-up chase set.  Glad to see that our assumptions played out correct, and that GG wound up offering this bust sans Christmas decor.  Makes the other one we all missed out on a little easier to stomach.  Still keeps the collection from being truly complete, but I guess this is close enough, and I'll live...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 18, 2006, 10:56 PM
Still keeps the collection from being truly complete, but I guess this is close enough, and I'll live...

So you're buying prequel busts now too? :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on January 19, 2006, 02:23 AM
So I gotta ask...what's with posting the collector's club links on the front page?
I know that the club is not exactly a secret society (we got into the same debate over at RS after the post was reported and the mods removed the links).....but doesn't it say right there in the mail not to reprint it?  Unless of course you have permission, which I wonder if GG gave out.

Personally....I think the news ougtha be spread in the "Check your mail" fashion....not in the "Hey, here's the link on the front page" newsflash.  I'm sure curious parties who aren't members could PM the topic starters.

I'm not saying I didn't like hearing about the info today. I only heard about this because someone at Rebelscum popped in and started a thread.  I got my bust and my bust ups.  But the thread had over 300 views before I did. Now it's over 1000. That's a lot of people who probably got an order in thanks to the link being posted.


I just don't get the urge to share the link so publicly when all GG asks is not to spread it around.  That's all.



Anyway, as for the bust itself, I was really hoping I'd get to add this unique character (as opposed to some chromed out version of a regular one) to my collection after I saw the holiday one and now that I can, I won't miss the Santa hat version at all.   That and the hard to find chase bust ups all in one shot, in one day?

Gentle Giant really racked up some points from me today.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 19, 2006, 02:53 AM

I just don't get the urge to share the link so publicly when all GG asks is not to spread it around. That's all.


So you don't think people should post the link, yet you used it (at RS) to buy your bust?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Commander Cody on January 19, 2006, 03:51 AM
So I gotta ask...what's with posting the collector's club links on the front page?
I know that the club is not exactly a secret society (we got into the same debate over at RS after the post was reported and the mods removed the links).....but doesn't it say right there in the mail not to reprint it? Unless of course you have permission, which I wonder if GG gave out.



Josh, I gotta say that you've always been a major pain in the a**. STFU for a change.


That is all.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on January 19, 2006, 09:21 AM
I think it's inevitable that the link will make it's way all over the place but I just see it as a courtesy thing....GG says they don't want it popsted. So don't post it.

Being a member of the CC is not secret...anybody can join.  But even though a die-hard scalper will still find the way to get multiples, I at least don't want to help them make more money.....they need to work at it themselves.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 19, 2006, 10:40 AM
So I gotta ask...what's with posting the collector's club links on the front page?

I just don't get the urge to share the link so publicly when all GG asks is not to spread it around. That's all.

Well, I posted it on the front page, so I'll address this.

First off, I'm not a member of the Gentle Giant Collector Club (don't even collect these), yet I got the actual links from 3 different people via e-mail. I never saw the "please don't share this" info as the people who shared it with me left that part out. :P

My job is getting Star Wars related information in the hands of the people who are looking for it. Simple as that. I got a few leads that GG was offering these and the info checked out, so I posted it.

Sure, if I had known I suppose I could have said "check your e-mail" but what if the SPAM monster ate their e-mail? What if they can't check it because their place of employment doesn't allow access to their hotmail/yahoo e-mail?

Why not make life easier for fellow collectors by just posting the links? Collecting stuff like GG is hard enough as it is without adding some collector club only mumbo-jumbo into the mix. I'm sure that the GG scalpers are well-aware of the club and are members ordering their one-per-day allotment, probably under multiple accounts. I highly doubt that by posting the links I let the scalpers in on the secret.

Anyway, trying to keep information in a publicly dispersed e-mail private is kinda silly. The info will get out there anyway, what is the difference if people get the info via the front page link or via a PM from another forum member? Either way people are sharing the info.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on January 19, 2006, 02:55 PM


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So you don't think people should post the link, yet you used it (at RS) to buy your bust?

Not exactly. I saw the thread at RS and used that information to go check my hotmail (which I hadn't checked) and bought the bust from my own link.   I'm not saying the information was bad....just that posting the link GG said "please don't repost" all over the place isn't cool.


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Why not make life easier for fellow collectors by just posting the links?

Fellow GG collectors can (and should have already) signed up for the email list.  I'm sure if any of your friends didn't sign up, they could have asked you via PM for the link. Anyone who's interested in Gentle Giant should already be a member by now, right?  If not...now's a good time to join up. 

I'm not saying "Let's be dicks to our fellow collectors" I'm saying "Let's be dicks to scalpers and all the prospectors out there who buy these damn things just because they think they will be hard to get".  I know it's not hard to become a member of GG's club (or find the links once they're emailed out to the people who are) but if even 1 person who wasn't going to buy one of these, but did buy one to resell because of the link gets one....that's one collector who may not get one.

So I say, **** those guys....make them work harder for stuff, by listening to what Gentle Giant asks of you and not reposting links like these.   

That's all.



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Josh, I gotta say that you've always been a major pain in the a**. STFU for a change.

That is all.

When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you.   Now, run along. ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 19, 2006, 03:36 PM
So I say, **** those guys....make them work harder for stuff, by listening to what Gentle Giant asks of you and not reposting links like these.


Well GG didn't ask anything of me, because like I said, I never got the original note that said "no sharing" - just the pre-ordering info which was forwarded to me by other folks from around the 'net (other folks who apparently didn't feel so bad about sharing the links).

I'd take the links down, but it's all water under the bridge at this point for those two...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on January 19, 2006, 03:45 PM
I disagree with Josh simply because you're never going to be able to stop scalpers.  We all see them at our local stores and we've all dealt with them.  Some people may even know one.  Posting the links on the page helped those who may not have even known about the collector's club/society.  It didn't aid the scalpers cause I guarantee you they already are on that email list or have friends who alerted them as well. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on January 19, 2006, 04:24 PM
Just got a visit from the Fed Ex guy: (sorry for the huge pics)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant004.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant005.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant006.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant007.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant009.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GentleGiant008.jpg)

Man, the guy is small. Be careful when taking this guy out. He has those annoying twist ties, and has alot of thin/fragile parts to him. He's great though, love the light up/blinking threepio eye!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on January 19, 2006, 04:34 PM
You have it already?! :o Awesome! 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on January 19, 2006, 04:55 PM

I guess I was just curious how come it made front page news when GG respectfully asked not to repost it.  I'd think JD would "officially" want to respect that, on the front page anyway.  The fact that you got the info secondhand and didn't know about the request not to repost it from Gentle Giant, I suppose makes it a lot more "ok".


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I disagree with Josh simply because you're never going to be able to stop scalpers.  We all see them at our local stores and we've all dealt with them.  Some people may even know one.  Posting the links on the page helped those who may not have even known about the collector's club/society.  It didn't aid the scalpers cause I guarantee you they already are on that email list or have friends who alerted them as well. 

I agree that it probably helped lots of collectors who wouldn't have otherwise known about it.  I also agree that no one person can stop scalpers.   

Still, the news broke on Rebelscum, and within a few hours the thread itself had 1000 views.  I know EVERYONE who looked didn't buy one, but imagine if they did. That's half the run right there.  Then add on to that any traffic the links on JD generated......that's a lot of people who may have not seen it otherwise.

I'm not saying don't tell your friends.
I'm not suggesting don't post the news.
I'm just saying that in the future, if GG asks not to post the link, maybe it would be cool to honor that so that the people who took the 5 seconds to join the collector's club truly get the first shot at these things.


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I'd take the links down, but it's all water under the bridge at this point for those two...

Agreed.   It's in the past, and I'm sure by now....every club member who wanted one already got one. They're still not sold out yet, and they're already up on Ebay....so whatever's  going to happen has already happened.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on January 19, 2006, 05:52 PM
Well, I sort of see Josh's point here.  I guess folks that actually collect these Gentle Giant pieces may be more apt to take issue here.  I know I'd personally be quite pissed off if I missed out on an exclusive GG bust (like Salacious here) just because a bunch of non-GG members ordered them with the links that were supposed to only be for those of us who are GG Collector's Society members...

Regardless, I think this is something that Gentle Giant needs to deal with on their end though.  They should be the ones implementing some type of control over the ordering process so that only their members can place orders for the first several days or so.  You should just have to log in with a Collector's Society account to place an order, or something to that effect.  Granted, as many problems as GG's had with simply offering their exclusives in the past, I can't see them actually tackling this idea with any success.

Nice score on the Salacious already, Ricardo!  I hope that means that mine will be arriving this afternoon as well.  8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on January 19, 2006, 06:07 PM
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They should be the ones implementing some type of control over the ordering process so that only their members can place orders for the first several days or so.  You should just have to log in with a Collector's Society account to place an order, or something to that effect.


Yeah, me too.  I think it's their responsibility to make this run smoother than they do....but as someone who got screwed out of their last exclusive thanks to StarWarsShop (I just caved and finally paid double retail on Ebay)......I guess it just sucked to see the links plastered everywhere yesterday before I'm sure lots of members got to get theirs.  Myself and a few others had this debate on RS and I just brought the question over here to see how JD feels about posting private collector's links for all to see.

More inquisitive than anything else.

I should note that this also isn't me being selfishness (Mine's already on the way) as much as it's just me trying to protect someone who might be a member, but stuck at work with no email or something.  I'd love for those guys to be able to get home and get one over some random guy that sees "Hot, limited exclusive!" and buys it just to resell it.

What's done is done....and I still think the news itself is great to share.  No offense towards anyone who benefitted from this particular newsflash....just curious if it's the policy to go on sharing this type of stuff.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Commander Cody on January 19, 2006, 06:19 PM
I was thinking it was the loose eye that lit up.  :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on January 22, 2006, 02:04 PM
Received my Salacious Bust on Friday. One of the coolest busts yet. Love the "blinking" feature. Good job, GG!!!

Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on January 25, 2006, 11:18 PM
Hey all,sorry if this is a no-no...but I thought this would be something cool to pass along....

In case anybody is interested....

They have started a thread on the Rebelscum forums to "register" your Gentle Giant busts, maquettes and statues. Nothing official obviously but something neat to look at....what numbers other people have.

All you gotta do is send them a list of what busts you have and what edition number each bust is and they will add it to the master list on the top.

Spread the word! The more people that send in their numbers the better.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE THREAD (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=1639579&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#1639579)

This is just for pure fun....no real profit or gain in doing this, just something to do to pass the time.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on January 25, 2006, 11:34 PM
I got #195 today!  I think that's my lowest number from GG yet.
Title: NEW Qui Gon Jinn mini bust
Post by: Rod on February 1, 2006, 12:14 AM
(http://www.dirtboardx.com/brack/quigonjinn.jpg)

from theropod at the Scum forums...

This looks nice!
Title: Re: NEW Qui Gon Jinn mini bust
Post by: Hemish on February 1, 2006, 12:21 AM
CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!
I didnt want to buy any prequel busts but i have to get this.
The likeness is dead on!!!!!
That is the must have bust.
Title: Re: NEW Qui Gon Jinn mini bust
Post by: MetalJedi on February 1, 2006, 12:26 AM
This is a must have for me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on February 1, 2006, 08:25 AM
Qui-Gon Jinn  :o

(http://www.yakface.com/2006/GG_QGJ2.jpg)

EIII Clonetrooper  :o

(http://www.yakface.com/2006/GG_CloneEP32.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on February 1, 2006, 10:08 AM
I just saw those pictures on another forum along with the blue Tac Ops Clone bust and the orange Utaupaun Clone bust.  They look sweet!  This is going to be an expensive year for my Gentle Giant collection.  I just hope I can get ahold of whatever bust is exclusive to the cons.  Maybe a Shocktrooper?!?!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on February 1, 2006, 02:33 PM
Oddly enough, I think the plain white one is my favorite.
Perhaps it's the pose.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on February 1, 2006, 04:19 PM
Looks like GG is going to be getting A LOT of money out of me this year ;D.
Can't wait to see the production numbers on those Clones... Hope we aren't going to see another fiasco like we have with the ranking Ep2 Clones ::).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 1, 2006, 06:35 PM
I just saw those pictures on another forum along with the blue Tac Ops Clone bust and the orange Utaupaun Clone bust.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-06/501gg.jpg)

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-06/utapaugg.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 1, 2006, 07:16 PM
Those are nice. Have I uttered anything about OT vs PT in this thread? :-X I think not, just something about Imperials so I shouldn't be overly hypocritical in picking those up. Can't get Qui-Gon, though it is nice. That would be a dark path.

I'd alter my strategy if they made this bust up into a bust though:

(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/uploads/0/0/L/3/main_image.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JoshEEE on February 2, 2006, 05:43 PM
You know, the Qui Gon bust is so nice, that even the OT purists might want to pick it up.  Just for the glory of it.

I can't wait to see better pictures though, there's something "off" about those clones that I just can't put my finger on.  It's probably the white background, but they just don't look right to me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 3, 2006, 05:31 AM
Yeah that would be me.
My mini busts consist of only OT busts.
Qui Gon is done so well I need to have it, It will be my only one well maybe that and the white clone trooper , that looks good too :)
But no others !!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on February 3, 2006, 10:54 AM
Hemish - Come over to the dark side.  How can you resist that ROTS Emperor bust coming soon?  And if you get the white clone, you just might want the others.  Better get them now before the secondary prices go up   ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 3, 2006, 07:27 PM
Nah i'm sure it wont be a problem.
I told myself that I didnt want any PT busts when I started down this path and besides I still have a few pieces in that OT lot that I need to track down, so insteadd of the Sidious bust i'll jut chase down the Bossk,Tarkin,Boba Fett and c3 Sandtrooper that I need. So i have plenty of things to still spend my dollars on :)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 4, 2006, 03:01 PM

I can't wait to see better pictures though, there's something "off" about those clones that I just can't put my finger on. It's probably the white background, but they just don't look right to me.


They look kinda squished to me. I don't know if its the picture or not. But they do look good.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 5, 2006, 06:45 PM
Same impression - squished.  I'm sure the real product will be fine.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 6, 2006, 12:38 AM
The more I look at them, the more they look like Bust-ups to me. Don't know why.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Scott on February 12, 2006, 03:13 PM
http://www.rebelscum.com/tf2006/tf06-GGSminibusts/image8.asp

Sweet Darth Maul bust!!!  I think I'll also be picking this baby up :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 12, 2006, 07:28 PM
You forgot to mention , Chewbacca , Mara Jade and Grevious !!
There goes the collecting budget for this year.
I was so hoping to stay under what I spent last year, doesnt look like that is gonna happen now :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 12, 2006, 08:04 PM
What's up with the Qui-Gonn holo version?  A chase piece randomly inserted?

Chewbacca - I was hoping for one that fit in with the Stormtrooper versions of Luke/Han.  This looks like they lopped off the statue.  I can pass on it. 

Grievous actually looks pretty nice :-\

Mara Jade looks quite cool.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 13, 2006, 02:00 AM
The Qui-Gon bust looks amazing - that's got to be the best human face they've ever done.  But the holo version looks terrible - you completely lose the detailing in the bust.  If it did turn out to be a chase piece, I'd be pretty disappointed that I didn't get the regular version!

I love that Maul pose, very dark looking.  Chewie looks great with his bowcaster and they really nailed his likeness.  GG is really making some great sculpts.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on February 13, 2006, 11:50 AM
The busts all look great.  I've been thinking about picking up the Han one for awhile, since it has dropped in price on ebay and around the net, but I put it off since I decided to order the Sideshow Han figure.  I'm tempted again now seeing that there is a Chewie on the way.  It would be nice to have Han and Chewie displayed together.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 14, 2006, 11:41 AM
I agree that all the busts look great, but the only one I'll be getting is the chewie.  I'll have to find pictures of the statue to compare it to, but from what I can recall they look quite different.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 14, 2006, 12:06 PM
You're right, they are different. I think the similarity I saw was to the Hasbro Unleashed version:

Statue:
(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/uploads/0/0/4/9/chewbacca_main.jpg)

Unleashed:
(http://images.hasbro.com/common/images/products/84733_imageMain400.jpg)

Bust:

'scum link (http://www.rebelscum.com/tf2006/tf06-GGSminibusts/image21.asp)

All different.  My mistake.  Still won't buy it though, not Imperious in nature.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 14, 2006, 02:34 PM
True, but you've got to admit it would look great next to the Han  ;)
And it's not as if you've stayed completely with your imperial lineup (yoda).  Plus, it's the characters in their "classic" look.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 14, 2006, 02:47 PM
Damn you. 

Yoda's only half a bust, more like a big bust up, so he doesn't count :-X

And the only Han I have is the stormtrooper version, so the bowcaster being next to that bust would be horribly, awfully inconsistent. 

Nope, don't need to get it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 14, 2006, 02:59 PM
And the only Han I have is the stormtrooper version, so the bowcaster being next to that bust would be horribly, awfully inconsistent.

So if/when they reveal they are planning a Convention Exclusive variant Chewie with alternate-arms with binders on, then you'll want him but can't afford him - isn't that how it goes with GG stuff? :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 14, 2006, 03:27 PM
Afford?  What means this word, afford? 

Nah, if they did that, then I'd buy it because it would be an ideal split between Luke and Han. 

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a really nice bust, much nicer than the Unleashed figure anyway. I can easily see why people would want it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 14, 2006, 05:27 PM
Well I've got the regular Han too, so they'll work quite well together.  As for the alternate-arm arrangement, I hadn't thought of that but could easily see it happen.  Good call.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 17, 2006, 12:26 PM
According to GG's blog, a rumour has been running around about red and blue Royal Guard busts, but GG has laid that to rest. For now, anyway. ;)

"Star Wars mini busts
There were neither red nor blue Royal Guard mini busts on display at Toy Fair. I have no idea where this rumor started, but since our showroom wasn't open to the press on the day this rumor got out, it was obviously started by someone who was sticking their nose where it didn't belong, trying to obtain advance information, and passing on incorrect information in an effort to "scoop" everyone else. My guess is that they saw the red Royal Guard statue and the blue "holographic" Qui-Gon mini bust from a distance."
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on February 17, 2006, 12:59 PM
I've have never bought a GG Bust before that Chewie will definitely be my 1st...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 17, 2006, 02:15 PM
Question for everyone out there - do you think there is any concern with displaying busts in an area with direct sunlight?  I just moved, and while my old toy area had no natural light, my new toy area has quite a bit of sunlight. 
I've seen sunlight bleach other toys over the years, and am a bit concerned about if the GG busts would have the same risk.

Kind of a strange question, but any thoughts/experiences would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 17, 2006, 02:25 PM
Unfortunately, I'd say there is a risk of fading.  I think anything that is exposed to sun long enough to show signs of that exposure.  That being said, perhaps you could use some sort of UV-blocking film on your windows to prevent it? 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sithbaker on February 17, 2006, 03:01 PM
My buddy has a Stormie bust that is not as white as it was when he got it.
It got showered with sunshine each day too, now its sorta an off white.
I can only assume it was from the sun, no smoking or anything else in the house.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 17, 2006, 03:22 PM
Question for everyone out there - do you think there is any concern with displaying busts in an area with direct sunlight? I just moved, and while my old toy area had no natural light, my new toy area has quite a bit of sunlight.
I've seen sunlight bleach other toys over the years, and am a bit concerned about if the GG busts would have the same risk.

Kind of a strange question, but any thoughts/experiences would be appreciated.

Get to work on that basement buddy boy :P 

I was thinking about using a room upstairs in the new house for my stuff as well, but decided against mostly for those reasons.  I  wasn't sure it would be the busts, but I didn't want any yellowing for the figures.  Leave 'em boxed up and we can have a race to finish the basements. ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on February 17, 2006, 03:58 PM
Yeah, that's kinda what I figured :'(
I want to put some things out in the new place (to really make it feel like home), but it may be better/safer if I don't.

Man, what's the point of having a new place if I can't put at least some of my toys out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 17, 2006, 04:01 PM
Are there areas in the room/house that won't experience direct sunlight? My previous post was based on your items being exposed directly to the light. I just finished putting up my Sideshow Vader statue in the living room where there will obviously be lots of sunlight, but its in a corner where the sun won't beat down on it. I'm assuming it will be safe and would think anything else would be too.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 17, 2006, 04:30 PM
Depends on how the sun moves through the room during the day I suppose.  If you've placed it in an area with no sun ever, should be fine. 

Quote
Man, what's the point of having a new place if I can't put at least some of my toys out.
So you keep me company in suffering :)  Oh sure, you're stuff's already been boxed up for a long time, but you should be used to it by now. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on February 17, 2006, 05:11 PM
Gentle Giant has updated their site, and listed this years con exclusives here (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/news/?id=51).

As many people have predicted SDCC's Exclusive mini bust will be a Shocktrooper!

I hope this has at least a 5,000 edition run, if not I sense the Blue Clonetrooper bust fiasco all over again.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on February 17, 2006, 05:12 PM
Exclusives Announcement (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/news/?id=51)

Wizard World East June 2-4
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up

San Diego Comic Con July 19-23
Deluxe Shock Trooper mini bust and Bust-Up
Death Eater mini bust Lucius Malfoy
Clash of the Titans rotocast figures 3-pack autographed by Ray Harryhausen
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up

Gen Con Indy 2006 August 10-13
Mara Jade mini bust
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up


Doesn't look to good for GG at WW Chicago.  I really hope they don't pull out of that convention like other retailers have in the recent past. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 17, 2006, 05:30 PM
Exclusives Announcement (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/news/?id=51)

Wizard World East June 2-4
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up

San Diego Comic Con July 19-23
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up

Gen Con Indy 2006 August 10-13
2006 Tour Exclusive Darth Vader Bust-Up


Excellent.  I see $5-10 pricing not too far in the future. 

The depressing news is I want both the shocktrooper and the Mara Jade busts. :-\  Now if that sentence isn't set up for out of context, I don't know what is. :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 17, 2006, 05:41 PM
Mara Jade is exclusive? And at "Gen Con" of all places... wow. Bound to be some EU folks ticked off over that particular move.

Well, given GG's exclusives history, there were bound to be a pile of unhappy collectors anyway. :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 17, 2006, 07:13 PM
I wonder what the edition size will be.  I guess I'm getting a 4-day pass to Comic Con now.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darby on February 17, 2006, 07:37 PM
Mara Jade's an exclusive?  ugh.  That doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 17, 2006, 08:33 PM
Anybody going to Gen Con Indy willing to stand in line for a Mara Jade bust for me? Please?  :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 17, 2006, 08:39 PM
I have a feeling nearly everyone is going to agree that having Mara Jade as an exclusive, especially for Gen Con Indy, is not going to go over well.   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 17, 2006, 08:46 PM
Oh, when/if Im paying for my Shocktrooper bust/BustUp and Vader BustUp Im going to give them my two cents.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on February 17, 2006, 08:46 PM
Well this is disappointing, but to be expected. I'll be #2 on that list that is looking for the Mara Bust. I'm sure these busts will be at least a 2500 run since it seems that most of their other exclusives since the Blue Clone have this same number run. The funny thing about it is that even if it did have a 5000 run the price would still be shooting through the roof! Well hopefully they'll be making some of these available online like they've done with some of the other exclusives. That should cut down on the number of pissed off customers who can't make it out to SDCC.

I wonder what the edition size will be. I guess I'm getting a 4-day pass to Comic Con now.

I might have to do that as well :-\.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on February 17, 2006, 11:43 PM
Have any of you guys ever ordered from Action Figure Xpress? I just saw that they posted up their case pre-order for the upcoming ROTS Clone Busts (http://www.shopafx.com/stwaepiiiclt.html). Not a bad price, works out to about $52.25 before shipping. They're showing the case breakdown at 3x White, 2x 501st and 1x Utapau.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 18, 2006, 12:09 AM
Ray - I know a couple of people who've bought stuff from them. No complaints as far as I know. I'd go in on a case with ya but we'd have to flip for the Utapau Clone Bust ;D

edit:
Here's a link to a cheaper case (http://www.mostwantedcollectibles.com/clone-trooper-mini-bust-case-of-6-revenge-of-the-sith-rots-p-530.html) it comes down to 43.99 a piece.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 18, 2006, 02:00 AM

The depressing news is I want both the shocktrooper and the Mara Jade busts. :-\ Now if that sentence isn't set up for out of context, I don't know what is. :P

Anybody going to Gen Con Indy willing to stand in line for a Mara Jade bust for me? Please? :(

Well this is disappointing, but to be expected. I'll be #2 on that list that is looking for the Mara Bust.

How you guys jumped ahead of me to #1 and #2 is a little beyond me.  Adjust your positioning please ::) ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on February 18, 2006, 11:03 AM
I'll be trying to post this wherever I can but I will be trying to go to GEN CON to get an extra  Mara Jade.......if anybody goes to SDCC and get's extra Shocktroopers we can trade.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on February 18, 2006, 12:17 PM
I will be going to Indy for GenCon. I will only be going for one day though and will see how many people I can drag with me for the busts. The whole reason I am going is for the bust. Damn....a Mara Jade bust. How ******' cool is that??? I can not WAIT to put that next to her saber.

PS; Doesn't GG offer the leftover items up for grabs after the convensions??  Also, does anyone know if I buy a 4 day pass, I can get 4 Mara's in one shot??
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 18, 2006, 01:20 PM
I'll be trying to post this wherever I can but I will be trying to go to GEN CON to get an extra Mara Jade.......if anybody goes to SDCC and get's extra Shocktroopers we can trade.

I'll try to get a couple of extra Shocktroopers. I'd definately trade you for a Mara Jade bust.
Title: What would an R2 mini-bust look like?
Post by: Gregorbian on February 18, 2006, 07:04 PM
What do you guys think an R2-D2 mini-bust would look like?  Would it look like hasbro's 12" version just cut halfway through his "torso?" 
Would they give him all of his extending arms? (I hope not)
Would they give him his sensorscope or Luke's lightsaber? (I hope so)
Would this make for a boring/pointless mini-bust? (perhaps, but I'd still buy him!)
What do you think the chances are that GG will release our favorite trash-can droid in mini-bust form?

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 18, 2006, 09:40 PM
He'd be about the size of the recent Yoda, so it would be more of a mini-statue in the sense they'd probably do the whole thing.  I'm not sure if I'd buy one or not, I really like the little bugger.  I might if he was on the sail barge with the lightsaber just about to launch, that could be interesting. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on February 18, 2006, 11:01 PM
Here's a link to a cheaper case (http://www.mostwantedcollectibles.com/clone-trooper-mini-bust-case-of-6-revenge-of-the-sith-rots-p-530.html) it comes down to 43.99 a piece.

Nice! Has anyone ever ordered from these guys? Will probably put my order in there instead.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on February 19, 2006, 03:20 PM
I'll be trying to post this wherever I can but I will be trying to go to GEN CON to get an extra  Mara Jade.......if anybody goes to SDCC and get's extra Shocktroopers we can trade.

I'll try to get a couple of extra Shocktroopers. I'd definately trade you for a Mara Jade bust.

Ok, you are on....e-mail me at rx-78-2@juno.com to talk about it.

ROd
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2006, 08:27 AM
That line of 2006 mini-busts looks fantastic, and I am disappointed I will not be going to any conventions to snag a shocktrooper.
As much as I like this line, the size makes it difficult to collect and display. I have about 15 pieces, but they are mostly exclusives and troops, and I will try to keep with that theme for whatever I do pick up.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on February 21, 2006, 12:50 AM
As if it wasn't bad enough in past years with these stupid exclusives that I never got, now I'm gonna miss out on 4 new ones this year - 2 busts and 2 bust-ups. Why do they do this? What do they have to gain by allowing people to buy these at the shows when 50% of them end up on ebay? And then people like myself have to spend $150 - $200 to get a $50 bust?

It's time like this that I want to just sell of all my stuff and give up. GG makes me sick with this crap.


Add me to the list for the busts and bust-ups if anyone gets extras  ::)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 22, 2006, 02:52 PM
A 'heads up' for you GG Mini-Bust collectors...

From YodasNews (http://www.yodasnews.com):

Gentle Giant Exclusive Anakin Mini Bust
Our Bothan Spy reports in that at the end of this month, there will be an Entertainment Earth Gentle Giant Exclusive coming out for pre-order, on or around 2/28/06. It's going to be a Revenge Of The Sith Vader bust with Anakin's crispy head. It will be limited to 5,000 pieces, and will be selling for $49.99 only on Entertainment Earth's site. As usual, our spy reports could change, but so far they are 5-for-5!


Don't know if this is real or not, but you might want to be around a PC that day if you "gotta have 'em all" when it comes to GG.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on February 22, 2006, 05:31 PM
Just got my first GG Bust, from BobaFett77, a Deluxe Stormtrooper, man that thing rox!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 22, 2006, 10:44 PM
A 'heads up' for you GG Mini-Bust collectors...

From YodasNews (http://www.yodasnews.com):

Gentle Giant Exclusive Anakin Mini Bust
Our Bothan Spy reports in that at the end of this month, there will be an Entertainment Earth Gentle Giant Exclusive coming out for pre-order, on or around 2/28/06. It's going to be a Revenge Of The Sith Vader bust with Anakin's crispy head. It will be limited to 5,000 pieces, and will be selling for $49.99 only on Entertainment Earth's site. As usual, our spy reports could change, but so far they are 5-for-5!


Don't know if this is real or not, but you might want to be around a PC that day if you "gotta have 'em all" when it comes to GG.

Hmmm.....
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on February 23, 2006, 03:00 AM
If that rumor is true, I might just crack and pony up for this exclusive.  :-\

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 24, 2006, 01:10 PM
At times, this site sucks with respect to props and other collectibles :-\  The clone busts from a page or two back (Utapau, 501st, white) have already come and gone from SWS.com :'(  They were snapped up really quick and many online etailers, including Gentle Giant themselves are listing them as sold out already >:(

Now I don't think the issue size has been determined just yet and I know of a retailer or two that has them, but the price is quite high.  Wait and see if more come, or jump in on the bandwagon and get 'em now ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 24, 2006, 01:16 PM
New Force hasn't listed the Clone Busts yet... they say they will have them (and some other stuff) up this weekend.

"New Presells : Star Wars
February 22, 2006 | 9:37 PM
We will be adding sets and cases of the New Vintage (VOTC) wave to our 3 3/4" cat. We will also be adding new mini busts: the Clone Trooper cases, and the Qui-Gon Jinn."

I'm watching for the vTSC stuff to go up, I'll let you know if I see those pre-orders for the Clones go up...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 24, 2006, 01:20 PM
Yeah, but are they just doing the cases?  I ask because I've no doubt I can unload the 501st, but what to do with the other two white clones? 

BBTS has a set of three for $164 or so and that's really tempting.  But I've seen the cases of 6 for $265 or so.  $100 more for three more busts?  Hmmm.

And that wasn't a shot at you guys in particular Jeff, no knock on JD intended.  Just a comment about the general lack of GG collectors here.  It's as much my fault, I should have been watching as well.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 24, 2006, 02:08 PM
Looks like EE's big reveal may not be as exciting as previously thought...

A few folks are saying that they received the newest EE Catalog in the mail today. In the new Catalog it shows, yep - an exclusive "Crispy Anakin Head" Vader Mini-Bust.

Catalog #GE8969
Price = $49.99
Limited to 5,000 pieces

Catalog Number doesn't seem to work on their site yet though. I sent an e-mail to EE customer service to see what they say... ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 24, 2006, 02:18 PM
I'm curious on how crispy Anakin will look.

Brent as far as the clone busts being sold out I think GG did this so they don't make the same mistake like they did with the new Vader and Yoda. I think GG is being cautious in taking preorders and from that they'll determine the edition size.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 24, 2006, 02:35 PM
Jay,
Yeah, no doubt you're correct.  They're pretty much gauging response and thus far I'd say it's resounding.  But as is typical, guys are ordering multiples with $$ in their eyes, seeing blue AOTC clone busts everywhere.  This time around that's the Utapau bust.  What baffles me is why GG, like MR with the helmets, thinks that they should massively produce grunts, be it a helmet or a bust. 

I just hate being late.  I'd have liked to have been in early on the SWS.com order, wrapping up the Utapua and 501st and then not have to worry about it.  Plus I suspect the white busts will be running like the Vader/Yoda busts at a pretty low price, so why pony up the $49 or $55 up front. 

I expect I'll just be ordering the three pack and swallow my pride.  I'll get them from Newforce if they put them up.  I just don't want to have to buy a case of six ::)

Then I can just start worring about the shock trooper and Mara Jade ::)

As for the Anakin bust, yep, have to wait and see.  It fits with my Imperial strategy but it still has to be interesting enough.  We really only see crispy Anakin in a prone position, either on Mustafar or on an operating table, so how that translates into a bust could be interesting.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 24, 2006, 03:14 PM
I sent an e-mail to EE customer service to see what they say... ;)

Me:
Quote
Hi,

I received your newest catalog in the mail today. In it, there is an
item that I cannot find on your website. It is an exclusive
Anakin/Darth Vader Mini-Bust for $50 by Gentle Giant.

The catalog number is GE8969.


EE:
Quote
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for your e-mail.
 
We will not have any information regarding this item until 2/28. Please
check back on our website at that time.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 24, 2006, 04:05 PM
Ooh, informative reply :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 24, 2006, 04:19 PM
Hope you got your order in Brent.  BBTS just raised it to $174.99 now.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 24, 2006, 04:27 PM
 ::)

Nope, I did not.  That's the second time they've raised the price in the last couple of days.  I think if Newforce doesn't do the three pack, I'll probably just swallow it up and order the case.  After all, if they're going to keep making the margin smaller, why not. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 25, 2006, 02:01 AM
Here's crispy:
(http://tk2215.com/Temp/IMG_2372.jpg)
(http://tk2215.com/Temp/IMG_2375.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 25, 2006, 02:35 AM
Thanks for the scans Jay. Looks alright to me. Not sure if I'll get it though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 25, 2006, 06:01 PM
As much as I'm a Vader freak, I'm not too excited by this.  :-\

That Japanese piece has my attention though.  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on February 25, 2006, 08:11 PM
Not quite what I was expecting but it's ok. I'll probably pick one up.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on February 28, 2006, 03:00 PM
Hi, I'm new to here I currently own 8 of these:
Chrome Stormtrooper
Bossk
IG-88
Gold plated C3PO
Green Clone with changable arms
Han Stormie outfit
Luke X-wing outfit
Leia Bousch outfit

I'll add a pic of my collection tommorow, not at home at the minute.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on February 28, 2006, 03:06 PM
Welcome Kirk!  ;D

We have a lot of the same busts  :o -

Enjoy JD!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on February 28, 2006, 03:16 PM
Mine started with the stormie, saw it in a sci-fi shop (the only one we have in my little town :( ) and though thats different I'll have that. Then when I got home I checked out the gentle giant website and it went from there. Not really sure which ones I want next, Lando skiff guard is a definate though... maybe the cheaper non rare Yoda too.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on March 2, 2006, 09:28 AM
I'm watching for the vTSC stuff to go up, I'll let you know if I see those pre-orders for the Clones go up...

Clone Mini-Bust Case for pre-order at New Force Comics (http://newforcecomics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=NFCC&Product_Code=SWMB-EP3CLONESC&Category_Code=SWPMB).

Yeah, it's just the case of 6, but at $269.99 per case, that's only about $45 per bust.  Not too shabby I guess compared to the other prices out there...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on March 2, 2006, 03:37 PM
I ordered the original Vader bust from Ebay today... not sure were its going to go though, probably going to have to start a new shelf ;D

(http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/9200/shelf0du.jpg)

(http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/903/chrometrooper6ux.jpg)

(http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/8494/boush8no.jpg)

(http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/8459/ig882eu.jpg)

(http://img305.imageshack.us/img305/4153/clone1pl.jpg)

(http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/9310/han8nb.jpg)

(http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/3585/luke3qn.jpg)

(http://img305.imageshack.us/img305/2125/leia8si.jpg)

(http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/5661/c3po9qd.jpg)

Thats my collection just waiting for vader to arrive now.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on March 3, 2006, 04:41 PM
I'm up to 10.
Bossk, Han Stormie, Luke Stormie, biker scout, stormtrooper, vader, gammorean guard, 3p0, yoda, and regular han.  Other then bossk and the gammorean, I've tried to stick with imperials and classic versions of the main characters (looking forward to chewie).  I've been tempted by x-wing luke, but think I'll wait to see if they ever do a tatooine or jedi version.  That boussh is really nice too, but that would take me down a dangerous road.
Tops on my GG wish list is a tie-pilot.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 9, 2006, 04:12 PM
If anyone is looking for the clone busts by the case, talesofwonder.com (https://talesofwonder.com/product-exec/product_id/44049/sc/10,144,112/pn/Star+Wars+Clone+Trooper+Mini+Bust+Case+Pack) is selling them fairly cheaply.

My order, shipped to MN was a total of $256.48. Enter the coupon code "service" (without the quotes, case sensitive) after it's in your cart to save $5.

I've ordered from them before (Vader statue; sandtrooper busts) and was very pleased with their service, shipping time and price. A good choice just like newforcecomics.com is.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on March 9, 2006, 06:04 PM
Do any of the Luke's that are out have him with his lightsaber?  I suppose I could surf the net but it's quicker to ask here  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 9, 2006, 10:01 PM
Do any of the Luke's that are out have him with his lightsaber? I suppose I could surf the net but it's quicker to ask here ;)

Nope.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on March 17, 2006, 12:41 PM
Heres an updated photo of my collection with Vader added, I managed to squeeze him on the shelf...
(http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/7786/untitled25xm.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on March 31, 2006, 01:23 AM
Lando arrived today !!
Woo and Hoo !!!!!
 ;D ;D ;D
pics to come
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 31, 2006, 03:40 PM
GG updated their blog. (http://gentlegiantltd.com/blog/) You can leave your opinion on how they should handle the exclusives.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 1, 2006, 10:42 AM
Oh, my :o

(http://www.blister.jp/55gg/images/big/02.jpg)

Japanese exclusive, limited to 1000 pieces according to Bounty-Hunter CK that posted this picture over at snowtroopers.ca

Must have :'(

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on April 1, 2006, 10:56 AM
Looks like it'll be the same as the deluxe version, ie. multiple poses. 8)

Kinda makes me want to get a couple to flank my 2 regular Stormies.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/3-06/GGBlack02.jpg)

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/3-06/GGBlack03.jpg)

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/3-06/GGBlack04.jpg)

...edit... After translating with Bablefish, it seems that there will be 500 pieces available from Blister.jp, but a total of 1000 pieces available worldwide. So I imagine the other 500 should be made available to North America at a later time.

"The number of day sales": 500
"The worldwide number of limitations": 1000
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 1, 2006, 03:55 PM
I've been waiting for this. Considering what the bust ups are going for I foresee a HUGE headache in my future :-\. I'm going to want each variant but with the madness that will ensue with the release of these I'll be happy just to get one. Time to start frequenting SWS.com.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 1, 2006, 07:13 PM
Just a small tidbit of information from my buddy Tai that's in Japan.  This thing is legit and price is around 9000 Yen.  As for all the chatter about April Fool's day jokes, Japan is about 18 hours ahead of CST so it looks like this information was actually released on April 2nd. 

If the price seems high (around $70 US) it may be that way since GG may have finally decided to get a larger portion of what these things will inevitably go for on ebay.  Perfectly good business sense there.  So I wouldn't expect a $50 pricepoint when and if it goes on sale in the U.S. via SWS.com or the Collector's Club.

I suppose it could still be an April Fool's joke, but it's not looking like it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 1, 2006, 07:42 PM
I hope it's not an April fools joke! Well... I hope the quantity is ;). GG should know better than to make any one of their busts an edition size of 1000. You would think they would have learned their lesson with the SDCC Clone Trooper.

Speaking of SDCC, I hope everyone is putting in their opinions at the SDCC 2006 blog! This is the only way of giving ourselves a fighting chance.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 4, 2006, 10:39 PM
After seeing that Blackhole Stormtrooper bust I sent out an e-mail to them to inquire. This is the response I received:

Dear Ray,

Thank you for your email.

Gentle Giant is proud to announce it has teamed up with their Japanese
distributor, Blister, to cosponsor the Gentle Giant @ Blister Event Tokyo
this May. On hand at the Japan Event will be the creative forces of Gentle
Giant to answer questions and give the fans an inside look at how Gentle
Giant works. And as a special treat for those in attendance, the Blackhole
Stormtrooper mini bust and Chrome Darth Vader Statue will be available for
purchase for the first time. The edition size of the Blackhole Stormtrooper
mini bust will be 1000 pieces. 500 will be made available to the Japan
Event, the rest will be made available through Gentle Giant's U.S. channels.
The Chrome Darth Vader Statue has an edition of 2500 pieces. 1000 will be
made available to the Japan Event. Those who preordered the Chrome Darth
Vader Statue at last summer's conventions will be guaranteed to receive the
statue and the remaining quantity will be available worldwide through Gentle
Giant's channels.



Sincerely,
Gentle Giant Customer Service
 
www.gentlegiantltd.com
 
Disclaimer: All answers to requests for speculative or hypothetical
situations regarding future products or promotions are subject to the
constantly changing environment of consumer products. Therefore, a response
that is accurate today may be inaccurate tomorrow. Thank you for
understanding.


I sure hope there is some advance notice as to who is going to carry the BH Stormtrooper. Not looking forward to the hundreds of dollars these are going to be selling for once they hit ebay :-[.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on April 4, 2006, 10:50 PM
Thanks for shooting them the email, that is helpful.  I hope they have more planned than 1000 total, but that wasn't entirely clear in their response.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 4, 2006, 11:29 PM
After checking out their site I noticed that the e-mail they sent to me is the same thing they posted starting a BLOG (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/blog/2006/04/gentle-giant-blister-event-tokyo.html) on their site. Everyone should cruise on over and post their disappointment. Looks like they haven't learned from the whole SDCC Clone bust fiasco :-\.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on April 5, 2006, 12:34 AM
After checking out their site I noticed that the e-mail they sent to me is the same thing they posted starting a BLOG (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/blog/2006/04/gentle-giant-blister-event-tokyo.html) on their site. Everyone should cruise on over and post their disappointment. Looks like they haven't learned from the whole SDCC Clone bust fiasco :-\.

Exactly. This has all the makings of a complete fiasco.

Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on April 15, 2006, 04:08 PM
I received my Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious Mini Bust today... great sculpt! The likeness is dead on.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on April 15, 2006, 04:44 PM
The Emperors' arrival. I also recieved old Palpy a few days ago. Man, this is one of my all time favorite busts. Clash of the Titans:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GGYodavsPalpy005.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GGYodavsPalpy002.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GGYodavsPalpy001.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GGYodavsPalpy004.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/VaapadMaster/GGYodavsPalpy003.jpg)

 :o ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on April 15, 2006, 04:46 PM
WOW! Those 2 look great displayed together.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 15, 2006, 11:48 PM
If I had the old version of Yoda, I might have pulled the pin after seeing that :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on April 17, 2006, 12:59 AM
Looks good Ricardo.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on April 18, 2006, 01:39 AM
According to this GG interview on RS (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=1832667&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#1832667) the Shocktrooper will be limited to 3500 pieces. The Shocktrooper bust will come packaged with the bust up for a price of $60.

The edition size for Mara Jade is TBD.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 18, 2006, 10:01 AM
Oooh, double nasty.  Shocktrooper bust and a bust up all in one :o  Man, I really need this now to keep up on the bust ups alone, never mind that really cool bust.  The Mara Jade looks pretty darn awesome as well :o  Happy I started in on this line, in spite of the frustration.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 18, 2006, 10:48 AM
Nice to finally have some hint as to what's going on with these. Now I wonder what kind of distribution method they're going to use. Everyone on their blog has voted for preordering before the show, but we'll see... And let's hope they don't follow suite with their Mara Jade bust and make it 1000 pieces like the Blackhole Stormtrooper. ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on April 18, 2006, 12:28 PM
The Shocktrooper bust will come packaged with the bust[up] fpr a price of $60.

Ah, shoot.  I collect the Bust-Ups, not the busts.   :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 18, 2006, 09:50 PM
I'd say you've got better odds getting that than the bust Jesse.  Some folks may parcel it off for sale.  Also knowing GG, the chances of it getting released down the line might be not too bad.  Not like it's a major production piece for them like a bust or a limited edition.  It's a preused mold that's been repainted, nothing more. 

Are you all caught up?  I'm only missing two of the black hole versions, one Gree and the Vader from comic con so I expect to have that soon.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on April 18, 2006, 10:01 PM
Are you all caught up? I'm only missing two of the black hole versions

What's stopping you from getting a can of black Krylon Fusion spraypaint and hitting 2 stormies?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 18, 2006, 10:20 PM
Are you all caught up? I'm only missing two of the black hole versions

What's stopping you from getting a can of black Krylon Fusion spraypaint and hitting 2 stormies?

Kevin

Integrity.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on April 18, 2006, 10:28 PM
Are you all caught up? I'm only missing two of the black hole versions

What's stopping you from getting a can of black Krylon Fusion spraypaint and hitting 2 stormies?

Kevin

Integrity.

They have that in Canada? :o ;)

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on April 18, 2006, 10:30 PM
Not going to start it :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on April 18, 2006, 10:40 PM
Boy the detail on Mara's saber is fantastic, as is the costume.  Damn, I can't wait to get my hands on this, it will look incredible next to her saber. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on April 19, 2006, 12:38 AM
I'd say you've got better odds getting that than the bust Jesse.

'Tis true. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on April 24, 2006, 09:16 PM
If you are a Hyperspace member, you can grab one of the TC-14 Chrome C-3PO mini-busts from MBNA at StarWarsShop.com (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?product_sku=SWGGMBCC3&ReferrerID=CJADBN-00001)!

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/4-06/chrome3po.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on April 24, 2006, 11:53 PM
I wonder if this will increase the hyperspace sign ups now.   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on April 25, 2006, 12:25 AM
I wonder if this will increase the hyperspace sign ups now.   :P

Probably more than that stupid "Fan Club President" thing did  :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on April 25, 2006, 03:39 PM
Looks like they're sold out now. They lasted longer than I thought...must've been the Hyperspace thing. Hopefully they do the same thing with the Blackhole Trooper bust.

Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on April 25, 2006, 03:45 PM
3PO *cough*TC-14*cough* is going to look great paired with the upcoming Qui-Gon bust. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on April 27, 2006, 10:21 PM
This is cool! (http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Custom-Made-Commander-Bacara-Mini-Bust-29-66_W0QQitemZ6623510821QQcategoryZ98027QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 28, 2006, 10:08 PM
That bust is rediculously COOL!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on April 29, 2006, 02:30 AM
I may bid on it but I know if I do GG will ended up announcing one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on April 29, 2006, 09:13 AM
I wish they would make Bacara, maybe a Chase bust or something?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on April 29, 2006, 07:03 PM
I may bid on it but I know if I do GG will ended up announcing one.


I was thinking the same thing. Although I can't imagine it would be much better. That one is damn near perfect! I wonder if GG knows about these guys. It looks to me that these guys started with a GG bust for their mold.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 1, 2006, 02:26 AM
While doing my hunting on eBay tonight I came across an apparent knock-off of the original Darth Vader bust (http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6053072176&ssPageName=ADME:B:TB18:CA:5).

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff01tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff01.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02.jpg)
click on thumbnails for bigger pics

It ships from Hong Kong and has an "Encore Group" label on the bottom instead of Gentle Giant. Of course, it's not individually numbered either.

The quality appears to be fairly good - I'm taking a chance buying one to see how it looks once it's in my hands.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on May 1, 2006, 10:49 PM
Here are some updated pics of my busts & Maquette's.   :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/GG1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/4c79c0e3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/brooks55/IM000082.jpg)



Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on May 3, 2006, 09:18 PM
This is cool! (http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Custom-Made-Commander-Bacara-Mini-Bust-29-66_W0QQitemZ6623510821QQcategoryZ98027QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Went for 305 dollars. Crazy!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 5, 2006, 10:57 AM
The Blackhole Stormtrooper was released today (last night with the time difference?) in Japan and Slave1.jp (http://www.slave1.jp/image-bank/Gentle_Giant/Collectible_Bust/Blackhole_Stormtrooper/index.html) has got a nice gallery up.

And, of course, they are already on eBay and already going for $300+ :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 5, 2006, 11:23 AM
Unreal.  It's a nice piece, no doubt about it but unless I stumble into one of the US releases at or near retail, forget it. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 5, 2006, 12:33 PM
Unreal.  It's a nice piece, no doubt about it but unless I stumble into one of the US releases at or near retail, forget it. 

There's going to be a US release of the Blackhole Trooper?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 5, 2006, 12:37 PM
Yes.

From Gentle Giant's blog (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/blog/2006/04/gentle-giant-blister-event-tokyo.html):

Gentle Giant is proud to announce it has teamed up with their Japanese distributor, Blister, to cosponsor the Gentle Giant @ Blister Event Tokyo this May. On hand at the Japan Event will be the creative forces of Gentle Giant to answer questions and give the fans an inside look at how Gentle Giant works. And as a special treat for those in attendance, the Blackhole Stormtrooper mini bust and Chrome Darth Vader Statue will be available for purchase for the first time.

The edition size of the Blackhole Stormtrooper mini bust will be 1000 pieces. 500 will be made available to the Japan Event, the rest will be made available through Gentle Giant's U.S. channels.

The Chrome Darth Vader Statue has an edition of 2500 pieces. 1000 will be made available to the Japan Event. Those who preordered the Chrome Darth Vader Statue at last summer's conventions will be guaranteed to receive the statue and the remaining quantity will be available worldwide through Gentle Giant's channels.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 5, 2006, 12:57 PM
If it's going for $300-400 now wait for the ending bid :o. Those are just starting bids!

There's been alot of talk about where it's going to actually be release through the US and the speculation has been narrowed down to either SWS.com or the CC. Now we wait for GG's annoucement in the coming week or two. :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on May 5, 2006, 01:46 PM
I haven't bought a bust yet but I want to pre-order the Chewbacca one coming out later this year. Who would you guys recommend for a pre-order, based on price and service???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 5, 2006, 02:13 PM
For my busts I've been going with a place called Talesofwonder.com  I've purchased multiple items from them and have yet to be let down.  I also bought my Vader statue from them and their prices are very good.  Take a look as that's where I buy all my Gentle Giant stuff now. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 5, 2006, 04:26 PM
If it's going for $300-400 now wait for the ending bid :o. Those are just starting bids!

There's been alot of talk about where it's going to actually be release through the US and the speculation has been narrowed down to either SWS.com or the CC. Now we wait for GG's annoucement in the coming week or two. :-\

SWS.com would certainly end up being a Hyperspace only type of thing.  Not cool by me, but I understand why they'd do it.  I'm just waiting for the day when they come to the realization that what you get with Hyperspace for what you pay just isn't worth it. 

Talked to a buddy in Japan today and the lineups were apparently six hours long with 650 people present, so some folks went home unhappy.   :-\  Mostly Japanese but some Westerners were present, as he put it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 5, 2006, 07:57 PM
Talked to a buddy in Japan today and the lineups were apparently six hours long with 650 people present, so some folks went home unhappy.   :-\  Mostly Japanese but some Westerners were present, as he put it.

Sounds familiar... anyone remember CIII?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 6, 2006, 07:42 PM
Don't say that!  Even the thought of it makes my feet hurt!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 7, 2006, 03:20 PM
Well, as everyone expected...

Let the INSANITY (http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Bust-Blackhole-Stormtrooper-Gentle-Giant_W0QQitemZ6627366740QQcategoryZ73556QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) begin!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on May 7, 2006, 07:35 PM
Well, as everyone expected...

Let the INSANITY (http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Bust-Blackhole-Stormtrooper-Gentle-Giant_W0QQitemZ6627366740QQcategoryZ73556QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) begin!

 :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on May 8, 2006, 12:29 AM
I expected insanity but not that much insanity
$1100 thats just freakin stupid
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 8, 2006, 08:36 AM
Patience is a virtue.  Just wait.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 8, 2006, 10:04 AM
Patience is a virtue. Just wait.

Yeah, it should settle out to around $400 or so on ebay given time :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 8, 2006, 04:44 PM
Patience is a virtue. Just wait.

Yeah, it should settle out to around $400 or so on ebay given time :P

eBay?  We don't need no estinkin' eBay!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 8, 2006, 05:25 PM
Maybe, maybe not.  Depends where it goes, what your connection speed is and maybe whether you're a hyperwaste member or not.   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 8, 2006, 07:20 PM
Maybe, maybe not. Depends where it goes, what your connection speed is and maybe whether you're a hyperwaste member or not. ;)

Considering how much a Hyperspace membership costs, and that cost relative to what this piece is fetching on ePay, it would be an absolute BARGAIN to get the Hyperspace membership and pay $50 or whatever for the bust.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 8, 2006, 09:22 PM
True enough, but I don't want to buy a hyperspace membership only in hopes of SWS.com getting it.  There's no guarantee they will either, those MBNA 3PO's were put up on the site without GG even knowing they were going on sale.  It may well end up at the GG fan club instead.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 9, 2006, 10:38 AM
I'd put my money on the GG CC. Most of the other convention exclusives made it to the CC, even though the Blister.jp event wasn't technically a "convention". I can't wait till this is over with! The anticipation has been so long endured that it's killing it for me. :-\ I still hope to get one though ;D.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 11, 2006, 10:50 AM
Talk about cheap! :o

GG Han Solo Mini Bust = $17.50 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00092A7G6/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!

GG Yoda Mini Bust = $11.25 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Q1TGO/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!

GG ROTS Darth Vader Mini-Bust = $12.50 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Q1TGE/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2006, 11:21 AM
Talk about cheap! :o

GG Han Solo Mini Bust = $17.50 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00092A7G6/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!

GG Yoda Mini Bust = $11.25 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Q1TGO/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!

GG ROTS Darth Vader Mini-Bust = $12.50 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Q1TGE/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!

Thanks Jeff, I finally opted in for the Vader mini bust. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on May 11, 2006, 12:09 PM
I'm so tempted but, I have them already.   ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Mikey D on May 11, 2006, 01:34 PM
Yoda and Vader sold out.  Han is still available.  Might be a good thing for me. I was going to buy all three and since they would have been my first Busts, it would have opened a can of worms with regards to the rest of the line.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 11, 2006, 01:44 PM
Quote
Yoda and Vader sold out.  Han is still available.  Might be a good thing for me. I was going to buy all three and since they would have been my first Busts, it would have opened a can of worms with regards to the rest of the line.

I'm in the same boat as you Mikey.  I was about to grab all three at those prices, but then Yoda was sold out - then I debated on Vader - and now he's gone as well.  I went ahead and ordered the Han, because I always did want to pick it up along with the upcoming Chewie - and at this price I don't feel quite as bad.  Its funny, I thought the same thing when I saw Yoda and Vader were sold out - that it was probably best, because then I'd see myself wanting to get more and more of them :P.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on May 11, 2006, 01:46 PM
Quote
Yoda and Vader sold out. Han is still available. Might be a good thing for me. I was going to buy all three and since they would have been my first Busts, it would have opened a can of worms with regards to the rest of the line.

I'm in the same boat as you Mikey. I was about to grab all three at those prices, but then Yoda was sold out - then I debated on Vader - and now he's gone as well. I went ahead and ordered the Han, because I always did want to pick it up along with the upcoming Chewie - and at this price I don't feel quite as bad. Its funny, I thought the same thing when I saw Yoda and Vader were sold out - that it was probably best, because then I'd see myself wanting to get more and more of them :P.

I'll second that. Thank goodness there sold out. Temptation is a real b@stard...  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on May 11, 2006, 04:39 PM
Wish I had waited for the Yoda and Vader until this sale since I payed full price but at least I got Han for $17.50 plus tax and shipping.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 11, 2006, 09:24 PM
Dang! Looks like I missed out. I don't have the Yoda or Han :-\.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on May 11, 2006, 09:49 PM
Damn, I missed out. I don't have these 3 yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2006, 09:50 PM
Yoda and Vader sold out. Han is still available. Might be a good thing for me. I was going to buy all three and since they would have been my first Busts, it would have opened a can of worms with regards to the rest of the line.

I already had Yoda that I managed to score via ebay for $20, so I overpaid there a bit. But it balanced out nicely for the Vader. I skipped Han as well even at that price - great bust, but I have the stormtrooper version instead.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 11, 2006, 10:26 PM
Sweet Mary mother of God, I'm all seeing....

I think we speculated that it would be a variation on something that currently exists. How about a black hole stormtrooper bust :o


Ok, it was a year ago speculating about the SDCC exclusive, but look what came to pass.


Should Vader be obtainable for $20 I'll get it as well, even though I previously stated I would pass. $20 for GG bust? Too sweet. 8)

Ah, lovely.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 11, 2006, 11:00 PM
We're not worthy! [/Wayne Campbell]  :P

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 12, 2006, 05:25 PM
Got my shipping order on the Vader bust 8)  Was worried it wasn't going to be processed.  I suppose I can cancel the much more expensive crispy version from EE now, I don't think I need both.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jokabofe on May 12, 2006, 06:42 PM
Sure you do, Brent. We all do... you know you want it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 12, 2006, 08:23 PM
Sure you do, Brent. We all do... you know you want it.

Well, maybe.  But I'm still curious if they went all out and had a helmet with it as well.  Otherwise it doesn't make as much sense.  It never did, but I hadn't been able to find the regular Vader on ebay for around $30 either, so rather than not having one, I opted (weakly, lamely) for the "exclusive" version.  Now I may have the willpower to back out of it. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2006, 10:40 AM
I know it's dangerous to speculate on future prices, but with the glut of ROTS vaders, I could see this exclusive  (Crispy Ani) being cheaper than original price on the aftermarket in a few months.

I don't think I want it too badly, but if it shows up for 30-40 I may take one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on May 14, 2006, 01:20 PM
Heres an interesting piece, A luke stormtrooper bust that has been chrome plated... a little pricey however.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gentle-Giant-Luke-Skywalker-Stormtrooper-Mini-Bust_W0QQitemZ240000135594QQcategoryZ2474QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: ddschneider1972 on May 15, 2006, 11:43 PM
Are low numbers desirable? I know some #ed collectables are more desired if they are low numbers (<100) or 'special numbers'. Ar ethe mini busts any more desirable with low #'s? I have a ROTS Vader #23 of 20,000 I'm putting up for trade, (see trade forum)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 16, 2006, 12:06 AM
Personally, the # doesn't really mean much to me.  I guess it's neat to know you've got a lower #, but in the long run it doesn't affect my interest in the piece.  Although I suppose having #1 of something would have a certain "cool" factor to it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on May 16, 2006, 01:15 AM

GG Yoda Mini Bust = $11.25 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0009Q1TGO/wwwjedidefend-20) - 75% off!


Yoda is available again.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on May 16, 2006, 01:30 AM
Not anymore  :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 16, 2006, 12:48 PM
Missed it again >:(! I've been reading in other forums that there are some who are having problems with the orders they placed for these busts on Amazon.com. Orders getting cancelled due to lack of supply, etc. Anyone on here get their order yet?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 16, 2006, 12:54 PM
I received a shipping notification for my Vader, but it hasn't arrived yet. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 16, 2006, 12:56 PM
I received a shipping notification for the Han I ordered, and tracking (DHL) has it arriving tomorrow the way it looks.  This will be my first Gentle Giant mini bust, so hopefully the temptation won't be too great to get even more ;).  I know I clicked on that Yoda link right away this morning when I saw it again though, although it was already out of stock ;).  I sort of wish I would have ordered Yoda and Vader too when the chance was there, but its probably best that I didn't.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 16, 2006, 01:13 PM
This will be my first Gentle Giant mini bust, so hopefully the temptation won't be too great to get even more ;).

I wish you the best of luck with that. Said that same thing back in the day with the AOTC Clone Trooper bust and haven't been able to stop since!  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 16, 2006, 02:32 PM
The biker scout was my first GG product.  I think it's reasonable to say that I've had remarkable restraint ;) in dealing with these.  And some very good luck as well.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on May 17, 2006, 09:28 AM
From Gentle Giant's blog (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/blog):

As previously mentioned the Blackhole Stormtrooper will make its US debut after the Wizard World Philly convention in June. We are glad to announce that it will be made available through GGLTD. We will send out email to members of our collector's club with more information regarding purchase guidelines and link, after the convention.


So, there you have it - it should be a GG Collector Club item and not a Hyperspace deal...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 17, 2006, 10:33 AM
I knew it would be through the GG's CC. That's cool with me since they'll be giving us advanced notice. I just hope they'll use this time wisely and update their servers to handle the amount of traffic that's going to hit when these become available (I know, wishful thinking :-\). Well, I hope I am able to get an order in without getting kicked out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on May 17, 2006, 02:59 PM
Well, the USPS just dropped off the Han bust I ordered from Amazon, and I really like it.  I know that the "human" ones aren't usually as popular, but this looked better to me in person than the pics I had seen online.  Trouble is, now I'm tempted to get a few more of the OT-based ones.  I'm definitely hoping to get the upcoming Chewbacca, but I'm tempted to pick up some of the past pieces if I can find some good prices on them.  I guess it depends how I juggle my collecting priorities, because if I'm going to expand in these, something else will probably have to get cut out.  They definitely make some nice product though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 18, 2006, 07:04 PM
November will bring Darth Maul:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/3-06/GGBustMaul.jpg)

I love that pose. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on May 18, 2006, 07:11 PM
Hmmmm, time to put in a preorder I think. I'm loving that pose!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 19, 2006, 10:48 PM
I foresee an edition size of 10,000+ and me paying less than $30 on the secondary market.  Nice bust though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on May 20, 2006, 12:34 AM
I foresee an edition size of 10,000+ and me paying less than $30 on the secondary market. Nice bust though.

You think so? In this case, I may actually buy one of these.

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 20, 2006, 11:22 AM
Yes, I think so.  The character is tremendously popular so it should have an issue size similar to the recent Vader or Yoda.  The only debatable point is how important retailer feedback is to Gentle Giant - there's a lot of retailers dumping Yoda/Vader for well below MSRP right now.  Witness the recent Amazon sale and I'd previously picked up Yoda for $20 on ebay.  When you consider that the retail price is about $50 and most Vaders (not pre-ordered) have sold for $30 or under, that can't be good for a retailer. 

It's a fine line between what's too many and what's too few.  The sandtroopers are readily available at 7500 each (though there are two of them, plus the C3 exclusive so if you only wanted a single sandtrooper, you can choose from among 17,500 produced).  At the same time, Fett was 7500 and good luck getting him cheap. 

5000 is too few though there are examples of busts that you can still find for a decent price in an issue size smaller than that (Han Stormtrooper 3500). 

I'll perhaps order one at retail price (not MSRP mind you) from somewhere like talesofwonder.com that has it already for $37.50, a much more palatable price than MSRP. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 20, 2006, 01:02 PM
Definitely liking the Darth Maul.  Excellent pose.

Also got notification that SWS is shipping the MBNA C-3PO's.  Good news all around.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on May 23, 2006, 09:39 AM
The Maul looks fantastic.  Almost good enough to make me venture into the prequel realm.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 24, 2006, 07:20 PM
I received this bad boy today (click on pic):

(http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBustTN.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBust.jpg)

Not bad for a knockoff, eh? ;) 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on May 25, 2006, 06:07 AM
Can you tell its a knock off jesse?
Was considering getting one myself but thought I'd wait to hear from you first.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on May 25, 2006, 10:36 AM
Jesse can confirm it for us but I am pretty sure it is.  Notice it has no chain around his neck.  I have seen pics of this bootleg version before. It is a good bootleg. When you see it side-by-side to the original the differences stick out more.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 25, 2006, 06:32 PM
It's not easy to tell the difference, but like Gundam said, the bootleg doesn't have the chain around his neck, as seen in RS's pic here (http://www.rebelscum.com/gg/gg02darthvaderfront.jpg) (which is still tough to see in their dark picture).

(http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBustTN.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBust.jpg)

Other than the chain, it's pretty hard to tell the difference (when looking at pictures anyway, I don't have the real GG bust) unless you look at the bottom. Interestingly, it has a Lucasfilm copyright from 2005 as The Encore Group (http://www.the-encore-group.com/). I'm not sure if that is legitimate or not since I haven't been able to find out much about the company besides their website under construction.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on May 27, 2006, 08:35 AM
the encore group produce the snow globes so it could be legitimate but judging from where its from and the sellers also selling those 3ft Vader's I'd imagine its not.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on May 27, 2006, 09:37 AM
2005 would be the wrong copyright date for that piece.  That Vader came out around 2003 and in limited numbers (including promo pieces).  If anything, I think that the base is from one of those snowglobes, and the bust was probably cast from another Vader bust.
Title: GG Mini busts questions
Post by: Lord of the Sith on May 30, 2006, 09:04 AM
I have a couple of questions:

What is the cheapest online retailer you can recommend to get the GG mini busts?

What brick and mortar stores sell the GG mini busts?

Thanks
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on May 30, 2006, 11:29 AM
There are many stores that sell the busts online. Lots sell them for MSRP but many undercut the price, often signficantly. Favorites around here seem to be:

www.bigbadtoystore.com

www.newforcecomics.com

www.talesofwonder.com

BBTS is always good and always seems to come through with everything and is proximal for the MN guys. Newforce often has issues with Hasbro stuff, but always seems to get the rest of their stuff they order. Tales of Wonder is my personal favorite and I've ordered most of the stuff I've bought from Gentle Giant from them for the past year and change.

www.entertainmentearth.com

www.shopstarwars.com

Both of the above tend to sell the busts at MSRP.

As for brick and mortar, you got me. Locally for me in Canada it's just collector/comic shops that carry that type of thing, so I'll let someone else speak for the U.S. situation.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2006, 05:30 PM
Comic shops tend to be the only stores carrying them around these parts (Minnesota). Source comics and games, Hot Comics, Twin City comics. They tend to be at MSRP, but no shipping hassles.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Lord of the Sith on May 30, 2006, 07:52 PM
Thanks so much, guys. I'll look into these places and see what deals they have. I want to stop collecting the 3 3/4" figures (lack of space) and I want to get into collecting the busts. So far I have the C3 Sandtrooper and the Luke Stormtrooper.

As a plug in to the trades section, I have many collectibles I'm willing to trade for GG busts (if anyone is interested). I also have an entire loose, mint collection of Star Wars 3 3.4" figures, beast packs, battle packs, deluxe figures and exclusives from 1995 to present day. I'll be willing to trade according to loose market prices. I also have the first two waves of MacFarlane Movie Maniacs and the Metallica and Kiss sets with stage and lights.

A while back I remember going into some chain DVD store in the mall that carried the busts but that was almost two years ago and I just can't remember what store that was :(

Again, thanks so much for letting me know about the stores.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on May 30, 2006, 10:06 PM
It was Suncoast probably....but I think they are out of business now...I am not sure.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on May 31, 2006, 05:38 AM
My store carries them ;D probably not much use to you though with me being in the U.K.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on May 31, 2006, 02:45 PM
It was Suncoast probably....but I think they are out of business now...I am not sure.

Suncoast was great for clearances. I bought a few for about $10 a piece. No wonder they went OOB....
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Lord of the Sith on May 31, 2006, 04:47 PM
Wow! Where have I been? I had no idea Suncoast had gone out of business. I guess doing most of my purchases online nowadays keep me away from the mall. I did remember Suncoast and I was going to pay them a visit but now that you've mentioned they're gone, what's the use?

Thanks, guys.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Lord of the Sith on May 31, 2006, 04:50 PM
Gundam,

My wife is going to SDCC so I can get you the Shocktrooper bust. Can you get me the Mara Jade bust?

I didn't E-mail you because I don't know how to find your E-mail address.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 7, 2006, 04:28 AM
Heres another interesting knock off piece, good if your good at painting.
(http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/moclong5150/df_12.JPG)
(http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/moclong5150/3e_12.JPG)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Star-Wars-EP3-Clone-Trooper-Bust-Resin-Model-EP2-helmet_W0QQitemZ6635523343QQcategoryZ98027QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 7, 2006, 06:36 PM
Yes.

From Gentle Giant's blog (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/blog/2006/04/gentle-giant-blister-event-tokyo.html):

Gentle Giant is proud to announce it has teamed up with their Japanese distributor, Blister, to cosponsor the Gentle Giant @ Blister Event Tokyo this May. On hand at the Japan Event will be the creative forces of Gentle Giant to answer questions and give the fans an inside look at how Gentle Giant works. And as a special treat for those in attendance, the Blackhole Stormtrooper mini bust and Chrome Darth Vader Statue will be available for purchase for the first time.

The edition size of the Blackhole Stormtrooper mini bust will be 1000 pieces. 500 will be made available to the Japan Event, the rest will be made available through Gentle Giant's U.S. channels.

The Chrome Darth Vader Statue has an edition of 2500 pieces. 1000 will be made available to the Japan Event. Those who preordered the Chrome Darth Vader Statue at last summer's conventions will be guaranteed to receive the statue and the remaining quantity will be available worldwide through Gentle Giant's channels.

Ah, that's a yes. Just got my email from GG. The Blackhole Stormtrooper will be available this Friday for club member only.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 7, 2006, 07:37 PM
Just received my email from GG at 4:29 PST. Odds are very likely I would have been assed out, as it seems alot of people received theirs about 35-45 minutes ago.

On to the the server crash/blood bath Black Hole mini bust fiasco of '06. ::) :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 7, 2006, 07:46 PM
Got my email just now. Looks to go on sale on Friday at 9am. One per person.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on June 7, 2006, 07:46 PM
Just recieved that also, MetalJedi...CAN'T WAIT!!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 7, 2006, 08:29 PM
No email for me yet.  Is there a passcode or something in it?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on June 7, 2006, 08:32 PM
Got my Email as will. Now I just need to find a way to get online at 9am since I'm working till 1 that day. Doubt i can get one since its one per person (CC, Email, and Shipping address).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 8, 2006, 12:46 AM
I got my e-mail this afternoon as well. There is going to be some STIFF competition on this one. Good luck to everyone! I'll be on there at 8:45 refreshing, hopefully my T3 at work doesn't let me down.

No email for me yet. Is there a passcode or something in it?

No passcode, just a direct link to the sale page.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 8, 2006, 04:16 AM
I can't even try order one because GentleGiant are twats who only deliver to the U.S Canada and Puerto Reco...... >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on June 8, 2006, 10:47 AM
Good luck to everyone on Friday. :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 8, 2006, 12:02 PM
I can't even try order one because GentleGiant are twats who only deliver to the U.S Canada and Puerto Reco...... >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Well, yes and no.  I understand the frustration with delivery points.  Some stores don't accept a Canadian based credit card even with an authorized US address. 

But.... to Gentle Giant's credit, were you to have an associate in the US and had a credit card with that associates US address as a secondary delivery address on your UK based credit card, you could indeed order from Gentle Giant.  Yes, you'd have to pay GG's shipping to the US addy and then again to the UK, but at least you'd be able to order. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 8, 2006, 01:47 PM
Unfortunately though I don't know anyone in the U.S. Gentle Giant don't seem to care to much about there European customers.... All we've been given is a chrome Stormie that had an edition size of 7500 ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 8, 2006, 01:59 PM
And that was subsequently released over here as well, a SWS.com exclusive IIRC. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 8, 2006, 02:36 PM
 >:( I didnt know that... thats just annoys me even more.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 8, 2006, 03:08 PM
Sorry :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 9, 2006, 11:14 AM
I wonder how many times refresh will be hit. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 9, 2006, 12:08 PM
Got one!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 9, 2006, 12:18 PM
Got one!!! ;D

Damn you.   :P  Still trying.   ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 9, 2006, 12:18 PM
F5---F5---F5---F5---F5..............
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 9, 2006, 12:21 PM
Sold out
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 9, 2006, 12:23 PM
I had 2 browsers open and I had no trouble on either but obviously could only order one.  It took me 7 minutes to complete the order.  No confirmation email yet but it said thank you for the order, that my credit card was approved and my order was awaiting shipment so I'm guessing that's a good sign.   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on June 9, 2006, 12:24 PM
Just 20 minutes to burn through the 500 they had...  :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 9, 2006, 12:26 PM
We're sorry, but the server is very busy helping other customers... please come back later!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 9, 2006, 12:31 PM
I could of had mine in 10 minutes but it kept saying I was trying to ship to Canada.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 9, 2006, 12:32 PM
Is 9:30 to early for a drink?   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 9, 2006, 12:33 PM
I'll join you on that Jay.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 9, 2006, 12:58 PM
I'll take a drink too. No luck for me. Of course, the fact that I made an appointment at the bank for 10am didn't exactly help.  ::)  Doh.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on June 9, 2006, 12:59 PM
It didn't take 20 minutes- I kept getting lasso errors, and finally got to the credit card site at 11:10. It then informed me that between the time I put it in my basket and the time they charged my card, it had become unavailable.

Congrats to those who got theirs, I wish I was among them- :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 9, 2006, 02:16 PM
Got one!!! ;D

You're welcome, Jason! ;)

I got my order in as well. It had "Fedex Int shipping $0.00" for the shipping option and since I knew I wasn't going to have time to mess around with it I took it and kept going. Looks like a lot of people ended up with that option so hopefully they don't cancel those orders. I got my confirmation and they've billed me already so I should be good to go. ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 9, 2006, 03:08 PM
This sucks.  When are these companies going to get decent computer systems to deal with the number of costumers who want to buy their products?

So now I'm going to see if someone wants to trade a BH Stormtrooper for a Toy Fair Vader.  Damn.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 9, 2006, 03:31 PM
I GOT ONE ::)
Wonder what they'll give us in Europe..... a Chrome Bossk perhaps with an edition size of 20,000? >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on June 9, 2006, 04:59 PM
Well, I got one, but it took a while for the stinking page to load. >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on June 9, 2006, 07:16 PM
Personally I'm just upset that I didn't have a chance to get one.  Couldn't get to a computer until 12:00 central time due to work.  I considered taking the day off, but using a sick day just to get a bust didn't seem like a logical decision.   
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 9, 2006, 07:19 PM
Still no confirmation email yet but after browsing Scum, I'm apparently not alone.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 9, 2006, 08:50 PM
This guy's description makes me want to spend the money for it.

Blackhole (http://cgi.ebay.com/Blackhole-Stormtrooper-I-Got-one-from-Gentle-Giant_W0QQitemZ6636653510QQihZ012QQcategoryZ73556QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 9, 2006, 09:28 PM
LOL, bid w/ confidence eh?   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 9, 2006, 11:52 PM
This guy's description makes me want to spend the money for it.

Blackhole (http://cgi.ebay.com/Blackhole-Stormtrooper-I-Got-one-from-Gentle-Giant_W0QQitemZ6636653510QQihZ012QQcategoryZ73556QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

$375?  :o   He can shove it up his ass sideways, nice description or not.  >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 9, 2006, 11:56 PM
GG Blackhole Stormtrooper Bust (http://cgi.ebay.com/Gentle-Giant-Blackhole-Black-Hole-Stormtrooper-Bust_W0QQitemZ6636604495QQihZ012QQcategoryZ73556QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Zodach on June 10, 2006, 01:59 AM
Still no confirmation email yet but after browsing Scum, I'm apparently not alone.

I was in the same boat even though I got to the order confirmation web page and my credit card was charged.  You will want to contact GG customer service and ask them to provide you with the confirmation/order number.  It took them a while to get back to me this afternoon, but I'm guessing they've been busy  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on June 10, 2006, 09:28 AM
Has there been any announcement yet to the edition size of the Mara Jade bust going to be offered at Gen-Con??
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 10, 2006, 11:44 AM
Has there been any announcement yet to the edition size of the Mara Jade bust going to be offered at Gen-Con??

Not yet but hopefully soon. Most are speculating that it's going to be a smaller run than the Shock Trooper but hopefully not.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 10, 2006, 11:53 AM
Still no confirmation email yet but after browsing Scum, I'm apparently not alone.

I was in the same boat even though I got to the order confirmation web page and my credit card was charged. You will want to contact GG customer service and ask them to provide you with the confirmation/order number. It took them a while to get back to me this afternoon, but I'm guessing they've been busy ;)

I already sent them an email on that very topic and still no reply so now I'm wondering what's going on.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 10, 2006, 03:02 PM
Looks like GG is working a little overtime today. I actually received an e-mail from them this morning responding to my question regarding the $0.00 shipping charge option. They basically just stated that they're working with their billing dept on correcting the shipping charge issue. They'll probably just bill those who didn't get billed for shipping.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on June 10, 2006, 06:27 PM
I tried to order a BHS yesterday and got denied. Luckily a friend hooked me up with one or I'd have been S.O.L.

I'm not a big fan of ordering things from Gentle Giant's outdated website, that's for sure. They need to make some major improvements on their ordering process before they try this again (and never do another 1000 edition size again, but that's a whole 'nother topic...).

Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 10, 2006, 08:37 PM
I finally got an order number today!!   ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on June 11, 2006, 03:17 PM
Gentle Giant Ltd. shove your peice of **** Blackhole bust up each and everyone of your Blackholes. Score one for the bandwagoners, come latelys, flippers, scalpers, and speculators.

SSC here I come.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on June 11, 2006, 04:02 PM
thats exactly how I feel DSM. I already collect the SSC statues and I too am seriously considering scraping this line altogether and selling of the peices I do have... I probably won't though as theres just too many good peices coming out this year for me to resist.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on June 13, 2006, 10:31 PM
I finally got an order number today!! ;D

I hope you get the bust, a lot are not going to get it. Anyone else that got in the order... best of luck. :-\

 GENTLE GIANT CANCELED MY ORDER!  (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=1947836&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=all&vc=1)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 13, 2006, 11:41 PM
I think Im fine now that I didnt get one. Had I gotten all the way through and got that email I would be pretty pissed off. Even though they are offering another bust in it's place.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 14, 2006, 12:21 AM
Sweet deal though for them screwing up.  I know it's frustrating and I'm not suggesting anyone's complaints are invalid but the way I read that is you get guaranteed access to three exlusive busts PLUS a free bust?  Not half bad.  Oh sure, you're majorly shafted on the BHS bust, but you can offload the Malfoy and you've got access to Mara and the Shocktrooper that otherwise you probably wouldn't have had. 

I know they suck for not being able to handle things like Sideshow, but it's no worse than Master Replicas - who still hasn't sent me a plaque, has never responded to repeated emails to customer service and they double billed on my Collector's Club membership resulting in me paying double customs fees for a ****** mini saber.

I'd certainly lean to Sideshow as the best control situation, but at least GG is making an effort.  MR is in league with Amazon ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 14, 2006, 02:52 AM
"During the busy ordering process for the Blackhole Stormtrooper mini bust, Gentle Giant LTDs online store experienced several technical issues that resulted in an imperfect ordering experience and a poor method of order-taking."

I don't know which is more pathetic - GG's inability to handle online orders or MR's problems with their helmets (damage and numbering).  ::)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on June 14, 2006, 10:01 AM
Man this whole situation seems to be a huge mess. Thank god i do not collect busts. I actually considered trying for this one just becuase it looked cool, glad i didnt. I guess its nice that they will be giving a free gift and another exclusive but this is all still insane.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 14, 2006, 11:15 AM
Well, I received my e-mail from GG cancelling my order. Words cannot express how pissed I am about that ****! I will say that it softens the blow a little when they state that I'm "GUARANTEED" to have the next exclusives made available to me given I was a little worried about that Mara Jade bust. I guess it's time to go check their site and see what bust I'm going to pick as my "free gift" ::).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 14, 2006, 11:47 AM
Sorry to hear that Ray. What a cluster****? GG can learn a lot from Sideshow on how to handle exclusives. They've been doing this for 4 years now and still don't know what to do.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 14, 2006, 05:16 PM
I saw that thread earlier Dale. Really ****** if you ask me. I'm not keeping my hopes high for a BHS bust now. I did get my order # and they charged my card on the 10th (I got my order in 7 mins after it went on sale) but until I get a ship notification I'm just assuming the worst. I saw first hand at C3 last year how incompetent GG is and twice now at CC so I can't say I'm surprised by this. I just hope I can get a Shock Trooper at CC cause I want that one bad.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 14, 2006, 05:22 PM
Were I one of the individuals that got that email, I'd be asking for a ROTS Utapau clone bust as my freebie.  They haven't shipped yet, so there may be some around. 

I think my wish list would look like the following:

Christmas sandtrooper :P
Blue clone from AOTC
First Vader
Utapau clone
red AOTC clone
yellow AOTC clone
1st Yoda
501st clone
chrome Vader
cooked Vader

The crazy thing about the list is almost all of those are listed as out of stock on GG's website.  I'm sure most are gone, but some have to be hanging about, especially the newer stuff.  I didn't like the line about "a bust of their choice".  Guess they'll be dumping a fair number of new Yoda/Vader/Han. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 14, 2006, 11:47 PM
They really have screwed the pooch on this one, haven't they?  Sorry to hear about the cancellations guys.  Welcome to the world of the disappointed, disillusioned Gentle Giant collector.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 15, 2006, 01:57 PM
I would imagine that if you haven't received the e-mail from them yet, you're probably not going to. They most likely compiled the list of those they oversold to and disbursed the e-mail all at once. Lucky B@stards!!! ;) Anyway, this was my "wish" list to GG:

1. 2006 Holiday Exclusive (I figured, "ah what the hell")
2. Artist Proof Blackhole Stormtrooper ;)
3. Artist Proof Shock Trooper
4. Artist Proof Mara Jade
5. ROTS Emperor Palpatine
6. Darth Maul
7. Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper (Orange)
8. General Grievous
9. Count Dooku
10. Mace Windu

I made sure to put the AP in front of Mara and Shock since I will still be taking advantage of them giving us priority on those as well. I didn't go too overboard like a SDCC Clone bust or something like that (even though I still need them) since I KNOW those are long gone by now. We'll see how I do.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 15, 2006, 03:18 PM
No cancellation email yet *knock on wood.*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 15, 2006, 03:20 PM


1. 2006 Holiday Exclusive (I figured, "ah what the hell")
2. Artist Proof Blackhole Stormtrooper ;)
3. Artist Proof Shock Trooper
4. Artist Proof Mara Jade
5. ROTS Emperor Palpatine
6. Darth Maul
7. Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper (Orange)
8. General Grievous
9. Count Dooku
10. Mace Windu


You'll be getting a Palpatine.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: CHEWIE on June 15, 2006, 04:08 PM
Well I just got my first Bust - ROTS Vader (with the helmet on).  I must say I'm extremely impressed.

 :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on June 15, 2006, 11:23 PM
Uh-oh! Now you're in trouble! :o

They are very addicting. ;D
Congrats!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on June 22, 2006, 12:56 AM
Got the Blackhole Stormtrooper bust via FedEx today - #936. It is damn cool.

Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 22, 2006, 08:35 PM
Who's got the best price on the 3 pak of Clone busts?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on June 22, 2006, 09:05 PM
Got the Blackhole Stormtrooper bust via FedEx today - #936. It is damn cool.

Snags

Congrats! A few folks who thought their orders did not go through are ending up with very pleasant surprises.  Any luck here?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 23, 2006, 10:37 AM
Who's got the best price on the 3 pak of Clone busts?

I don't know if there are any three packs of clones left available Jason, most sites I've been to are sold out of three packs.  Amazingtoyz.com had them for $149 :o but I missed that too.  I ordered a box of six from talesofwonder.com for $250 instead.  BBTS had a decent price, but I haven't checked lately on whether they have them still or not, I'd doubt it :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 23, 2006, 01:19 PM
Thanks Brent.  I'll probably just go for the Utapau and 501st busts then.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 23, 2006, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure if GG has ever had them up for sale on their site yet, so that might be an option.  Whenever I go there I get the standard not available message. 

You should be able to get the grunt bust pretty cheap too, around $30 or less on ebay later. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 25, 2006, 01:00 PM
The good thing about these clones is that they're going to be more plentiful than the AOTC Clone Troopers.  There's a considerably larger production run on the entire run of clones, even if the cases pack out the same way.

AOTC Clone Trooper case
3 x Deluxe Clone Trooper (white) - 3,750 pieces
2 x Deluxe Clone Trooper Commander (yellow) - 2,500 pieces
1 x Deluxe Clone Trooper Captain (red) - 1,250 pieces


ROTS Clone Trooper case
3 x Clone Trooper ROTS (White) - 7,500 of 15,000 pieces
2 x 501st Special Ops Trooper (Blue) - 5,000 of 15,000 pieces
1 x Utapau Trooper (Deluxe) - 2,500 of 15,000 pieces


I'm glad to see that they doubled the production run for these clones.  Right now, the red AOTC Clone Trooper is arguable THE most expensive, non-exclusive production mini-bust on the market.  It easily fetches over $400 on the secondary market.  So if you're a serious mini-bust collector then be sure to get in on the ground floor for the Utapau Clone.  Even with a production run that's double the size of the red AOTC Clone Trooper, the Utapau Clone is going to be one of the more sought after pieces for the next year or so.

I ordered a case of these Clones.  I got a good deal, and the Clones came to about $38 a piece.  I already had someone preorder the extra 501st Clone from me, and I'm sure I'll get some takers on the white Clone Troopers.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on June 25, 2006, 03:47 PM
I tried to find a set early on as well, right after SWS.com put theirs up individually (a fiasco in and of itself). BBTS had a good price until they realized how hot the sets were and how many white clones they'd end up stuck with, so they jumped the price up to near $200. Well for $50+ more I got a case from talesofwonder.com and all I have left to unload at this point is a single white clone. But I managed to get my Utapau for pretty reasonable pricing this way.

I'm fairly annoyed with myself because I don't have any of the AOTC clones.

It's interesting though, you mention that the red clone is running at $400 or so per item.  What does that mean for the future of the black hole stormtrooper with a run of only 1000?  Will it move up from it's current price, or will it stabilize in the same range?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on June 25, 2006, 08:53 PM


It's interesting though, you mention that the red clone is running at $400 or so per item. What does that mean for the future of the black hole stormtrooper with a run of only 1000? Will it move up from it's current price, or will it stabilize in the same range?

The BHS is probably going to be in the AOTC blue & red Clone Trooper price range, if not higher.  Not good news for most of us who didn't score one.  And historically the price on the two aforementioned pieces has only climbed.  Now may be the time to get a BHS on ePay if you're seriously thinking about getting one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on June 26, 2006, 10:22 PM
From the GG blog (http://gentlegiantltd.com/blog/):

Chewbacca mini bust - 7000 pieces

I guess I should have no problem tracking down a cheap Chewie to go with my $17.50 Han from Amazon. ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on June 28, 2006, 10:38 AM
Once again from the GG blog (http://gentlegiantltd.com/blog/):

Shocktrooper Mini-Bust with Shocktrooper Bust-Up - 3500 pieces
Mara Jade - 2000 pieces

Also of note...

Quote
We are feverishly working on getting all systems in place (without encountering those pesky errors) to take pre-orders online for our San Diego Convention Exclusives. We hope to have an announcement if this will be possible by next week.

Sounds like they want to try to set up an on-line pre-order for the SDCC stuff (like Sideshow does)... hope it works out better than that Blackhole fiasco or I would hate to be one of the poor shlubs at the GG booth. :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on June 28, 2006, 10:53 AM
If they pull off a preorder for the SDCC exclusives I will have a worry free trip this year (that's assuming I can get an order in). At that point the only things I won't have preordered is the Hasbro exclusives.

I'm sure MANY are not going to be happy about that Mara Jade edition size. Thankfully if GG holds their end I won't have to worry about it  ;D.

As for the Blackhole Stormtrooper fiasco, has anyone that received the order cancellation received their e-mail yet regarding what bust they'll be receiving for free? They said it would be this week so I'm curious. I'm anxious to see which they give me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on June 28, 2006, 11:09 AM
Hopefully the preordering of the Shocktrooper runs smoothly.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on June 28, 2006, 01:28 PM
That's great news that they are actually willing to do a pre-order.  If they do and it's run as smoothly as Sideshow's 12" Vader, then I'm set for a BS free time of picking up exclusives, aside from perhaps the ACME character key exclusives.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on June 28, 2006, 01:43 PM

I'm sure MANY are not going to be happy about that Mara Jade edition size. Thankfully if GG holds their end I won't have to worry about it ;D.


You're right about that one.  With only 2000 being made I have a feeling it will be a nightmare trying to snag one on Ebay.  I might just try to trade a hard-to-find one for her.  I really doubt they will have any left over to put up for sale on their webiste.  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 28, 2006, 11:35 PM
Yeah Im not too thrilled about the edition size of her either. Hopefully I can find someone to snag it for me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on June 28, 2006, 11:54 PM
Also from the GG blog:

Get Cloned Contest Is Back!
2003, saw Kevin Ormrod from Arizona being cloned into an EPII Clone Trooper. In 2004, Bob Swanek from California got cloned into a Stormtrooper. This year, at San Diego Comic-Con, it could be your chance to GET CLONED! Randomly packed into the Shocktrooper mini bust boxes will be a "Get Cloned" card to fill out and enter into the drawing to become an EPIII Clone Trooper. If you are one of the lucky few to find the card, you will need to make sure to see one of the GG representatives at the show to get 3D scanned. Limit of one entry per person. Entry is transferable. Entrant must be scanned at San Diego Comic-Con 2006 (Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23) to be eligible. Photocopied forms will not be permitted. One winner will be selected by random drawing. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of entries received by the deadline. Winner will be announced at http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/ no later than August 31, 2006. Prize delivery may be up to 90 days from announcement.

I think this is cool they are bringing this back. I was really envious when those three people were scanned into Jedi busts.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darthshader on June 29, 2006, 10:03 PM
Consolation emails are arriving for those that had the Black Stormie orders cancelled.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on July 1, 2006, 06:14 PM
So who got offered what on their consolation emails?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 4, 2006, 01:36 AM
Well, from the e-mail GG sent me I should be receiving an Emperor Palpatine. Of what other posters had said at the otheR Site, some of the others are receiving everything from the ROTS Clone Troopers to Jango Fett. One of them even said he's getting a yellow AOTC Clone Trooper! Wish I would have listed the older busts at the top of my list vs. the bottom :-\.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 4, 2006, 01:50 AM
I didn't even get offered that much.  My order wouldn't even go through.  Had to resort to ePAy to get my BHS. 

I'm glad to see that GG is TRYING to make good with people.  But in reality they should have known better than to offer an exclusive SW mini-bust in an edition size of 1,000 pieces.  I'm wondering now what kind of horror show the Mara Jade bust is going to be with an edition size of 2,000 pieces.   As for the Shock Trooper?  Hopefully GG can get the right computer assets in place for the pre-order system they're talking about.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on July 4, 2006, 05:12 PM
Well if they plan on doing a pre-order they better hurry.  Time's a wastin.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on July 6, 2006, 02:01 PM
Qui-Gon arrived today :o the detail on this one is amazing.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 7, 2006, 11:44 AM
Looks like the chances of GG doing the preorder on the SDCC exclusives is getting slimmer and slimmer. 11 more days till CC and still nothing.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on July 7, 2006, 09:32 PM
Looks like the chances of GG doing the preorder on the SDCC exclusives is getting slimmer and slimmer. 11 more days till CC and still nothing.

We will be taking Pre-Orders through http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/ for the following San Diego Comic-Con 2006 Exclusives:

Deluxe Shocktrooper mini bust with Shocktrooper Bust-Up - pre-order quantity - 1500 pieces
Darth Vader Fire Bust-Up - pre-order quantity - 2000 pieces
Lucius Malfoy as Death Eater mini bust - pre-order quantity - 200 pieces

*PLEASE NOTE*
The following measures are in effect in an effort to make these items widely available as possible:
*Limit one pre-order per person.
*Limit one of each item per pre-order.
*Must bring printout of Confirmation email and a valid ID to convention center to pick up order.
*Pre-Orders can only be picked up at the Gentle Giant Booth (3513) after 2pm on each day of the show, starting Thursday, July 20th.
*No pre-orders will be allowed to be picked on preview night, July 19th.
*If you already pre-ordered the exclusives, you may not get a second of any of the exclusive items, as all badges will be punched when pre-order is picked up.

Only a portion of the total edition size will be available for pre-orders. We will be selling the balance of the convention exclusives at our booth (3513) on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one of each item, per person.

An email will be sent out next week to members of our collector's club with the links for the pre-orders. If after a certain predetermined time any quantity remains we will post pre-order links on our blog. We will be taking pre-orders only next week. Any remaining quantity not sold through pre-orders will be brought to the convention for regular purchases.

I hope I actually get the email notification this time (Ray hooked me up last time) cause if I'm able to order the Shock Trooper and Vader, then my trip will be pretty headache free.  All I'll have to worry about then is getting the ACME keys.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Stim on July 7, 2006, 11:28 PM
Is anyone going to SDCC who DOESN'T want the Shocktrooper Mini-Bust?  I'm going to be away next week so I'm not going to be able to pre-order it, and I may not even be able to make the convention at all.  If someone is planning on going but doesn't want the bust, PLEASE let me know -- I'd love it if you could pre-order one for me and pick it up for me and I'll buy it from you.  I'll definitely reimburse you for the time spent, etc. -- I'm sure we could work something out.  Let me know if anyone wants to lend a helping hand!

Thanks!

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 7, 2006, 11:52 PM
I just saw the Blog just before stopping here. I wonder if they're going to limit them per day or just sell them outright.

I hope I actually get the email notification this time (Ray hooked me up last time) cause if I'm able to order the Shock Trooper and Vader, then my trip will be pretty headache free. All I'll have to worry about then is getting the ACME keys.

I'll PM you the link again when I get it ;).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on July 10, 2006, 09:29 AM
I've just managed to pick up a Greedo from Ebay for the U.K RRP price on busts which was lucky as these usually sell for 10-15 over the RRP.
I think I may have missed my chance to get a Palpatine bust, I had 3 in my store and was keeping one in the back for myself but it got sold by accident when I went away for a couple of days and a friend was looking after the store.
There now going on Ebay for more than I'm willing to pay :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 10, 2006, 12:28 PM
The Palpatine bust has been very surprising.  A friend of mine usually hangs back on the wide release busts and does some bargain hunting.  But he was surprised at how fast the Palpatine bust got really scarce.  I just opened mine for display over the weekend, and it really is a fantastic piece.  The detail is simply amazing.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 10, 2006, 11:24 PM
The Palpatine bust has been very surprising. A friend of mine usually hangs back on the wide release busts and does some bargain hunting. But he was surprised at how fast the Palpatine bust got really scarce. I just opened mine for display over the weekend, and it really is a fantastic piece. The detail is simply amazing.

I couldn't agree more! I hope I score the Shock Trooper next week. Displaying both of those together sure would tie the shelf together.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 10, 2006, 11:36 PM
Well, that all depends on how smoothly this pre-order goes for the Shocktrooper. I am going to be one tense collector when that pre-order goes up, especially after the whole BHS debacle.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 11, 2006, 12:13 AM
Nick,
Are you going to SDCC?  I was under the impression you had to be there to pick up the bust if you preorder?  Did I miss something here?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 11, 2006, 12:16 AM
Nick,
Are you going to SDCC? I was under the impression you had to be there to pick up the bust if you preorder? Did I miss something here?

Yeah, I'm going.  I've been planning on it for months, actually.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 11, 2006, 12:21 AM
Ah, I see.  Thanks, for a brief second there I thought I had a shot :P  Now I don't have to watch my email.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 11, 2006, 12:23 AM
I think that GG might offer some excess to the collector's club after the event, but it might be a similar situation to the BHS again. 10 minutes and they're all gone.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on July 11, 2006, 08:02 AM
My Greedo's already here next day delivery.
Very nice detailed piece.... bit worried about those fingers though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 02:25 PM
I over at RS and it looks like the link is being emailed out right now.  There have that  list of people there who have already ordered it.  So watch you mail boxes.  I still haven't got anything yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 11, 2006, 02:37 PM
You must be joking.  No email here yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 02:44 PM
You must be joking. No email here yet.

I got the link through a pm here and ordered mine. If you like I will send the link out to you. Now hopefully that link is offical but since I got a conformaiton email I figure it is. If not I will need to cancel my CC soon. We will see.\


Edit:  Thanks Bobafett77 for giving me the link first that I pm to a few people.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on July 11, 2006, 02:56 PM
You must be joking. No email here yet.

I got the link through a pm here and ordered mine. If you like I will send the link out to you. Now hopefully that link is offical but since I got a conformaiton email I figure it is. If not I will need to cancel my CC soon. We will see.

Thanks for looking out Tom!!! Got your PM! I saw people already getting the email, and started s#!ting bricks, as I usually get GG's email with 25-30 minutes of it being reported.

Now I don't have to stress out about getting this piece, and can actually enjoy the con. :D

Well, other than rushing to ACME's booth. :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on July 11, 2006, 03:11 PM
Thanks to Tom, I was able to order one. Thank the maker this is over with.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 03:16 PM
I got this qoute from the RS thread.

Quote
I found it through trial and error.  I used the information I had about how GG handles online sales (via orderwave.com) and fished around for the item numbers and active links, which were actually live yesterday, just without the items being in stock.  Attempting to put them in stock gave me an out of stock message at the orderwave store link.  I kept refreshing the order pages until today when they were finally in stock, and then forwarded the orderwave store link that GG was utilizing.

So it sounds like someone went around GG and got the link before GG wants to send out those links.  Hopefully GG sees this as being okay and doesn't cancel all of the orders that we have placed but it does kind of sucks for those who will eventually get an email to be one of the first to get these bust only to find them sold out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on July 11, 2006, 03:32 PM
Just recieved GG's official email at 12:30:29 PST.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 11, 2006, 03:40 PM
Thanks for the link Tom.  Got my order in and my confirmation email before I ever got the official email from GG.  Glad to know that I won't be out in the cold like with the BHS.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 03:42 PM
Just recieved GG's official email at 12:30:29 PST.


Glad people are getting the offical emails now.  I still haven't  recieved mine yet so I'm glad this link was found. :D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 11, 2006, 03:54 PM
What do you think of the original link versus the GG version?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 04:03 PM
What do you think of the original link versus the GG version?

I think its basically the same link except the non-GG link list everything on one page while the GG email has the different links to the respect items page at GG site.  Once you click add to cart you go through the same checkout process and page.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 11, 2006, 04:06 PM
Agreed. 

For anyone concerned, as I was, I went through the entire order process right up to the end and the url's were identical in both processes.   
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 11, 2006, 04:08 PM
It was a much smoother checkout process. I think GG took many of the comments to heart about the online store, because this was a much better process than any of the exclusive sales they've ever conducted.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 11, 2006, 04:30 PM

Edit: Thanks Bobafett77 for giving me the link first that I pm to a few people.

Not a problem, Tom. Glad to see a lot of people were able to grab one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on July 11, 2006, 06:04 PM
Looks like the Shocktrooper and Vader Bust up are still in stock but the Malfoy bust is sold out.  Wonder when the Trooper will be sold out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on July 11, 2006, 06:10 PM
Just got the email 10 minutes ago and was able to order the Vader and Shock Trooper.  My buddy got the email at noon.  Surprised it took so long for me to get it. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 11, 2006, 06:30 PM
Just got the email 10 minutes ago and was able to order the Vader and Shock Trooper. My buddy got the email at noon. Surprised it took so long for me to get it.

I was talking about this with DS the other day.  From past recollection, I remember being as much as 8 hours behind other people with the emails :o  It never mattered previously because it was always announcing a link and a time, not going live immediately.  Glad you got in to J.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Holographic Elvis on July 11, 2006, 08:34 PM
Just got the email 10 minutes ago and was able to order the Vader and Shock Trooper. My buddy got the email at noon. Surprised it took so long for me to get it.

I was talking about this with DS the other day. From past recollection, I remember being as much as 8 hours behind other people with the emails :o It never mattered previously because it was always announcing a link and a time, not going live immediately. Glad you got in to J.

Yeah me too.  I called Jamie to let him know as well so hopefully he got in on it.  I'm stoked to not have to worry about anything at CC now except the ACME character keys.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 11, 2006, 09:55 PM
Amazingly enough the Shocks are still up for grabs! I just got my girlfriend to order one up for me for trade bait ;D.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on July 12, 2006, 09:24 AM
I was tempted to try an order a Shocktrooper bust, even though I won't be attending Comic-Con :P.  I only have a Han bust (and Chewie preordered) so far, but I could see that it would be a lot of fun collecting this line.  At this point, I'm trying to decide between going with these mini busts (OT) or the Sideshow 12" line.  I like both, but can't afford both.

Anyways, it looks like Mousedroid (http://www.mousedroid.com/) has some pics up of upcoming Gentle Giant stuff - including a Plo Koon mini bust, Obi in Clone Armor statue (realistic look), as well as a couple of mini busts from LOTR.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on July 12, 2006, 03:58 PM
Im really diggin the Plo Koon bust.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on July 12, 2006, 05:34 PM
Can someone refresh my memory here...  Does GG charge your credit cards now, when you place the pre-order, or at SDCC when you actually pick it up?  I'm assuming the former, correct?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on July 12, 2006, 06:10 PM
Can someone refresh my memory here... Does GG charge your credit cards now, when you place the pre-order, or at SDCC when you actually pick it up? I'm assuming the former, correct?

You're charged as soon as you place the order. I didn't know you collect the busts too, Matt. As of 3:09PM pst they are STILL in stock!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on July 12, 2006, 11:03 PM
I was fortunate enough to have someone volunteer on another messageboard to pick up one for me.  Thank goodness the pre-order has lasted this long. 

The Plo-Koon bust and the Obi statue are terrific. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on July 13, 2006, 07:15 AM
I managed to find a U.K site that still had some Palpatines in stock it arrived today.
I also bought a Yoda ESB and Han from Ebay, I already have a Stromie Han but having just aquired Greedo and with Chewie due soon I think I may sell on the stormie Han and go with regular Han.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on July 14, 2006, 05:27 PM
I've got my pre-orders in for these to already, recieved my e-mails from my supplier today.
The Plo Kloon bust is a little more expensive than the usual bust price though.
No news on edition sizes yet.
(http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/725/plokloonbust9ks.jpg)
(http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/8022/kenobiclonestatue0ew.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 14, 2006, 06:51 PM
The prices have been creeping up on the mini-bust line.  The standard price had been $45 for a regular bust and $50 for deluxe mini-busts (interchangeable arms, etc).  But the price for the Gen. Grievous bust started at $55, and it doesn't appear to be a deluxe piece.  It seems that Gentle Giant is raising their pricing in accordance with the increased demand for this line.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Padawan on July 19, 2006, 11:16 PM
Some new goodies on the horizon it looks like. ;D

http://www.comingsoon.net/cgi-bin/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Comic_Con_2006&img=0 (http://www.comingsoon.net/cgi-bin/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Comic_Con_2006&img=0)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on July 20, 2006, 02:59 PM
Some neat stuff there, the way it looks.  I kind of like the Jedi Luke mini bust, might have to see if I can pick that one up.  The statues continue to look great, I wish I could afford those.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on July 20, 2006, 03:56 PM
I need to order that fantastic Obi-Wan along with the new Jedi Luke.  I hope that I can snag a Mara on evil-bay for a decent price  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on July 26, 2006, 12:59 AM
Well I took the plunge after I picked up my Shockie bust and bought a Qui Gon Jinn bust. It was $40 bucks so now I have a grand total of two GG busts. Im gonna be more than broke now.  :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2006, 07:51 AM
I just want to see a good ANH Leia with buns. Plus an old Obi wth the hood up. I'm starting to feel like he's not getting enough love from the licenscees.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on July 29, 2006, 11:02 AM
Give it a little bit of time.  Gentle Giant is in a different kind of position from Hasbro.  They have to keep their releases somewhat limited due to the nature of their business.

I think they're holding off on doing an ANH Leia because of Sideshow's Premium Format Leia.  Why?  There's something of an edict from Lucas Licensing for all of the licensees.  It basically calls upon them to respect other licensees releases and not to release what can be conceived as competing product at the same time.  So you probably won't see Gentle Giant offering a similar character lineup as Sideshow at a given time.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JediMAC on July 31, 2006, 04:54 AM
Good to see the Bounty Hunter lineup finally getting filled out a bit more (still need 4-LOM). The Dengar and Zuckuss looked pretty sharp down at Comic Con, as did the rest of the busts, of course. But since I only collect the OT ones, fortunately they didn't have a ton of them on tap. There was the Jedi Luke too, but that may have been it for OT, IIRC. Not too bad.

I finally got my "chrome" C-3PO from SWS.com today, since I had them hold/combine it with my Shadowtrooper order. Pretty slick looking piece, and it technically fits in with the OT if you really want to stretch things, and think back to the silver 3PO's brief appearance at the beginning of ANH.

I was pretty surprised at how easy the Shocktrooper was to acquire down at SDCC. On Friday and Saturday, the several times I passed through the GG exhibit, there was pretty much nobody in line for their stuff, and plenty of Shocktroopers still available. I don't think they were even punching badges on those things (they didn't on mine). I wonder why this one didn't seem to be as insanely in demand as their previous SDCC exclusives...? Regardless, I guess that's a big sigh of relief for most bust collecting fans, so that's cool.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on July 31, 2006, 09:24 AM
Dengar and Zuckuss?  Sounds interesting.  Have there been any pics posted anywhere?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on July 31, 2006, 07:46 PM
Yeah, there was pics of them in the SDCC coverage.
They both look real good, Thank goodness for only getting OT busts, I've managed to track down Bossk, now I just need that dam Fett.
Still cursing myself for passing up on him when i had the chance to get him at retail.
Not sure on the Jedi Luke,surely there could have been a more dynamic pose than the one they chose?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on July 31, 2006, 11:39 PM
Dengar and Zuckuss? Sounds interesting. Have there been any pics posted anywhere?

Damn lazy Canadians...

Zuckuss (4-LOM?) (http://www.jedidefender.com/gallery/imageFolio.cgi?action=view&link=Conventions/San_Diego_Comic_Con_2006/Gentle_Giant&image=DSC09595.jpg&img=&tt=)

Dengar (http://www.jedidefender.com/gallery/imageFolio.cgi?action=view&link=Conventions/San_Diego_Comic_Con_2006/Gentle_Giant&image=DSC09588.jpg&img=32&tt=)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on August 1, 2006, 09:00 AM
Thanks Brent.
Guess I did see those pics, but I thought they pics of the upcoming bust-up bounty hunter box set.  Are they busts for sure?  Reason I ask is, the Zuckuss looks kinda like he's "put together" the way the bust ups are (look at the way the breathing hoses connect to the head).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 1, 2006, 09:43 AM
Yes, both Dengar and Zuckuss are being offered as mini-busts.  I saw them with my two eyes.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 1, 2006, 08:29 PM
If anyone is going to Gen-Con, you can preorder the Mara Jade bust.  Limited to 500 for pre-order (out of 2000), chances are I might be able to snag one when they show up online. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on August 1, 2006, 08:31 PM
Im hoping I can get one when they go online as well. But Im sure its gonna be like the Blackhole Stormie.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on August 2, 2006, 10:57 PM
I am so glad i never bought these, becuse i would be going insane right now. I wouldnt mind her though  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 2, 2006, 11:08 PM
Ah, this stuff isn't that bad, so long as you're on the ball and they don't pull another blue clone/BHS again.  With issue sizes in this range it's not that awful really.  For the week post SDCC and probably the week post GenCon, you'll be able to pick up the exclusive bust for in the range of $100-130 or so.  Really, that's not all that bad when you consider they'd run about $60 and shipping lately, so about $70.  Consider the price of admission and parking and food for the respective Con and you're in the ballpark of $100 pretty easily.  I really don't think the $100 price tag for a con exclusive from a 'reseller' is all that bad. 

I was lucky enough that DS helped me pick up the SDCC shock trooper and I'll just go to ebay to get Mara Jade.  I'll try to get her if they do a collector's club sale as well and then just sell off the spare and try to make back what I paid on ebay if I'm fortunate enough to score one. 

I will say I don't expect them to hold back more than about 500 of each though, so I do expect another BHS madhouse event.  I just hope they're smart enough to not put both up at the same time :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 9, 2006, 02:03 PM
so the madness begins:

Mara Jade bust (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=mara+jade+bust&category0=)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on August 9, 2006, 03:22 PM
Thankfully this bust is of no interest to me.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 9, 2006, 05:10 PM
so the madness begins:

Mara Jade bust (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=mara+jade+bust&category0=)

Not at all my dear, they've been up for at least two weeks and a few have been higher than those BINs.  They'll go around $100-125 in the week post-Con. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 9, 2006, 05:28 PM
It's definitely a foolish move to go with a pre-order on a con exclusive through eBay.  Let the event happen and then watch what happens.  I don't think Gentle Giant is going to sell through all 2,000 pieces in Indy.  Especially since they stated in their blog that they'll be offering Mara Jade and the Shock Trooper to collector's club members after Gen Con is over.

Let things play out.  You'll probably save money and you'll be happier in the end.  Whether you get the piece directly from Gentle Giant or from someone who attended the show, you'll do better than what these pre-sells are offering.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on August 9, 2006, 08:09 PM
I think its funny that that one seller has like 12 pre orders and has sold 5 or so more.  ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 11, 2006, 11:31 PM
Y'know, I love ebay and all.  When I'm selling.

Click Beth's link again and you'll see the early ebay bound MJ busts up there in abundance.  The going price, or at least the price where bids are falling has dropped to $149, though some buffoons are bidding on them at $199 as well ::)  I wish these people had more patience, but I'll probably pull the trigger below $110 or so. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on August 12, 2006, 09:07 PM
but I'll probably pull the trigger below $110 or so.

And it will get there. Who would have guessed that the Shock would be going for between $90-100.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 12, 2006, 10:36 PM
Well I can't prove it, but I figured it would.  Same reasons as I said for Mara, tons of folks are going solely to pick up some profit, but the market is relatively limited in some respects.  The early, crazy buyers are always going to be there, listing first is a great advantage on ebay, but patience is always a virtue. 

I think because of Mara's lower production run there's a chance her price may stay higher, but I don't think she has the popularity that a clone does, so it may all equal out in the end.  Time will tell.  I do think the clone price will climb again though, especially after the sale to the collector's club members is done.  I don't think it will go too high, but I could see it settling out around or above the $150 mark. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 14, 2006, 12:31 AM
Yeesh, the insanity continues.  Gotta wait a week I guess.  Might have to up my buy option to around $125 :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on August 14, 2006, 06:44 PM
I'm still waiting on the GG Collector's Club offering for Mara Jade.  If that fails, then I'll consider eBay.

In other mini-bust news, I'm starting to get a little antsy for my case of ROTS Clone Troopers.  I hope they get to my local comic shop soon!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 22, 2006, 12:06 AM
so the madness begins:

Mara Jade bust (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fws%2F&fkr=1&from=R8&satitle=mara+jade+bust&category0=)

Not at all my dear, they've been up for at least two weeks and a few have been higher than those BINs. They'll go around $100-125 in the week post-Con.

When I'm wrong, I'm wrong.  And boy, am I wrong :o  Price is climbing and averaging around $160 for this one rather than dropping.  Ooops. 

I'll wait on the CC and if I can't get this one there, I'll opt out on it totally.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on August 22, 2006, 10:08 AM
Wanted to pass on the word....there is a new store in town.

 HERO HUNT COLLECTIBLES (http://www.herohunt.com/home.php?xid=1469d6ec828c5fa2ab4a529773e40d18)

It is run by a local friend of mine...and after much pulling teeth ;) he is offering an introductory price of 20% off most items......all of them I think. But most importantly, 20% off all Gentle Giant stuff.

I will personaly vouch for him.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on August 22, 2006, 11:52 AM
My clone 6 pack will be here on Friday ;D I see the Orange clones are already going for stupid money.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on August 22, 2006, 12:11 PM
FRIDAY!!!!????

How? You in the UK?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on August 22, 2006, 01:04 PM
Yep, not sure why there coming this quick.
We usually have to wait  2-4 weeks after stuffs been released in the U.S so it makes a nice change to get something first for once ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on August 23, 2006, 10:38 AM
Some of the distributers already have them here in the states. From what I've heard they're already being allocated to the different dealers and will be shipping in the next week. I confirmed this though the place I put them on preorder with. Still keeping my fingers crossed that my order gets filled. The guy said that distributers are already cutting orders back to fill their more high dollar accounts first... :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on August 23, 2006, 09:11 PM
Ray you made your preorder through Most Wanted right?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on August 24, 2006, 12:28 PM
Ray you made your preorder through Most Wanted right?

Yeah, I did. I've been watching like a hawk and still no charge to my card or updated e-mail sent out.  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on August 24, 2006, 08:45 PM
Yeah mine either.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on August 24, 2006, 11:39 PM
I got a few ordered through SWShop and they have a pending authorization on my card for the exact amount. I also got a case coming from Most Wanted...nothing on that one yet.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on August 25, 2006, 04:14 AM
Well two whites and two blues sold straight away in the store.
Obviously I kept the Utapu formyown collection ;D I'd have liked to have kept one of each but I also bought a sandtrooper and Han solo this week along with my sideshow 1/4 leia so I really couldnt justify keeping 3 different colours of the same bust.
They look great by the way, I actually preffered the 501st to the utapu but I decided to keep the Utapu because of the edition size.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on August 30, 2006, 10:07 AM
I received my consolation package from GG on Monday. I got the Shock Trooper, Mara Jade, Malfoy Death Eater and Vader bust ups. I'm almost happier having received this than a Blackhole Stormtrooper  ;D! I got a pretty low number on mara too, #61. My lowest bust # yet.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on August 30, 2006, 11:57 AM
 :o

I've no disagreement that they screwed up on the ordering process but what a great way to compensate for the error.  The value, ebay-wise, is roughly identical to a BHS bust and those are some pretty nice pieces.  Glad to see they followed through.

Now to wait for the mayhem with the next online sale...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on August 30, 2006, 12:25 PM
Good stuff Ray.  At least you got something out of it besides disappointment.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on August 30, 2006, 01:29 PM
I agree.  What a way to compensate for their screw-up.  I'm glad I got the BHS bust  but damn...that might have been worth the screw up.

*patiently waiting for GG to put Mara up*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on September 1, 2006, 06:59 AM
Just thought I'd share my little clone/stormie evolution pic along with an update on pics of the rest of my collection, its at 16 now.
(http://img236.imageshack.us/img236/3491/dsc02815mediumhb0.jpg)
(http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/3993/dsc02817mediumyi3.jpg)
(http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/3056/dsc02818mediumxs4.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Sentinel on September 1, 2006, 03:08 PM
Fireside Collectibles put up some Cases, $50 each, including U Clone!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: nash on September 1, 2006, 03:49 PM
sweet Utapau bust! I hope i can get one of those, my 501st is lonely.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on September 5, 2006, 05:20 PM
Those of you on the GG CC e-mail list, check your e-mail. Post Con exclusives sale is now on. No more Lucious but Mara and Shock are still available.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on September 5, 2006, 06:34 PM
They went quick. Mara and the shocktrooper were out as of 5:20 CST. I almost picked up the vader bust-up, but they wanted to charge 10.61 shipping!

Oh well. I'm no completist for this line anyhow.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on September 5, 2006, 07:04 PM
No email from GG for me.   ???

Found the links on another site and got Mara.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 5, 2006, 08:06 PM
Same here.  I never got the notification email, but someone at another site was very cool and provided a link.  Scored the Mara Jade.

But the whole deal points to systemic problems at Gentle Giant.  The fact that so many collector's club members didn't receive any kind of email notification is troubling.  Thankfully there's a good network of collectors who are prepared to help one another out with the link, but it really shouldn't be that way.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Stim on September 5, 2006, 09:58 PM
No e-mail for me either...

If anyone scores a Shocktrooper and doesn't want the Bust-Up, let me know!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on September 5, 2006, 09:59 PM
Just got home from work so no Mara for me, never got an email from GG either. I guess I will wait a little bit to buy one off ebay or trade the Malfoy bust for one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 5, 2006, 10:05 PM
Same boat here.  The one day I'm not online and they release this stuff without warning.  Not that it would matter, since I just checked and I still don't have the GG email to this point ::)  Disappointing, but at least thanks to Darth Slothus I'm only out the Mara Jade bust. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 5, 2006, 10:11 PM
Wow.  How many times can this company continue to botch up orders like this?  Collectors receiving only a couple hours notice, and many didn't even get the e-mail?  That's ridiculous.  ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 5, 2006, 10:18 PM
I never got the email but due to checking out another site I was able to snag a Mara.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 6, 2006, 05:19 AM
I think its weird that no one has gotten the email from GG. I still haven't received a confirmation email but my credit card was charged.  ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on September 6, 2006, 06:04 AM
I'm on the mail list and I never got an email, not that it would have mattered though as I'm in the U.K.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on September 6, 2006, 07:29 AM
I did receive the email, but the subject line was "test email 090506"
and as I posted above, the only thing left after 2 hours was the Vader bust up with superspendyshipping.   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on September 6, 2006, 09:09 AM
Quote
I did receive the email, but the subject line was "test email 090506"

I actually got that e-mail last night as well, with that same subject line.  I was tempted to order the Shocktrooper, but that would open a whole other can of worms then :).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on September 6, 2006, 10:35 AM
No email = no busts for me...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 6, 2006, 02:07 PM
Still no email for me, not that I'm expecting product to miraculously appear, but just to see when it actually arrives. 

Once again, a big boo to GG on this one.  I'm used to having Hasbro bend me over at the hips, I guess I've had too good a run with GG so I was due to get it. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on September 6, 2006, 09:44 PM
Still no email but with thast vague subject "test email" I may of deleted it.  I would of thought I would check to see the sender through.  Not that it matter since I was at work.  Hopefully the Mara Bust stays relativley low.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 7, 2006, 02:27 PM
Still waiting on the email. ::)

In other news, my case of clone busts from talesofwonder.com has shipped.  With BBTS charging about $180 for a set of three, it wasn't hard to buy a case for $250 instead.   :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 7, 2006, 03:16 PM
Wow, it's like an echo in here Brent.  ;D

I'm utterly amazed that I still haven't received the GG email either.  But considering the title, I think it's possible that my spam filter MAY have caught it.

I also got word that my case of Clone mini-busts arrived at my local dealer.  Amazingly I got the same price that you mentioned, too!  And so far I've got a fair number of people interested in the extra white Clones and the extra 501st Clone.  This deal worked out very well!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 7, 2006, 03:26 PM
Yeah, but I enjoy beating a dead horse ;)  I'll probably stop in a week or so.  Saw your comment on the blog as well, presuming there's only one nicklab out there.  Congrats btw. 

I've already sold off my extra blue and one white clone, so I only have to unload a single white clone at some point, so it was a no brainer on the case. 

I can't complain too wholeheartedly on the Mara bust though, I was fortunate enough to get the BHS so I really have nothing to complain about by comparison.  I just had crappy luck being in a meeting all day is what it amounted too, otherwise I'd have seen the comments on the boards about the sale. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 7, 2006, 05:46 PM
Oh yeah, that was me.  Seems like we had the opposite circumstances on the Mara and the BHS.  I missed out on the BHS from Gentle Giant but lucked out on Mara Jade.  It's just a matter of luck, IMO.

But the amazing thing over at the GG blog?  The guy who's defending GG and saying that if you really want the busts that you should be scouring forums for links all day long.  Please.  GG needs a serious wakeup call when it comes to offering these pieces online.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on September 7, 2006, 08:05 PM
!@#$%^&*()%#& 

The ONE bust I wanted.  I never got an email either.  If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm.  I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason.  Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 7, 2006, 08:30 PM
!@#$%^&*()%#&

The ONE bust I wanted. I never got an email either. If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm. I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason. Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(

I hear ya! I had to resort to eBay for the BHS. That stung in a big way. But I think you're much more likely to get a good price on the Mara Jade bust on eBay. The production run was signifigantly higher, so there should be a healthier supply of them online.

If I were in your position, I would NOT trade the BHS for a Mara Jade bust straightup.  The BHS has much more trade value than the Mara Jade.  When you compare the run numbers you'll understand why.  There are 1,000 BHS's compared to 2,500 Mara Jades.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on September 7, 2006, 08:34 PM
Yah, I'm looking.  I can shell out $200.00 BIN or lurk and see if I can snipe one a little cheaper.  I shouldn't bitch too much.  The BHS was priced a lot higher on ebay than Mara's, it's just I would have rather had a shot at trying to get it than being left high and dry.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 7, 2006, 08:56 PM
Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on September 7, 2006, 09:20 PM
Seems to be one mess after the other, I was kinda hoping to get a Mara bust but hey look they dont ship to Australia, hey wait a minute you mean there are ppl out there outside the US that collect these things?
Heaven forbid, I refuse to pay the prices on ebay for this so its one I will have to pass on, shame really.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on September 7, 2006, 10:20 PM
Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.

Cool - let me know if it works out or not.

...and thanks!!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on September 7, 2006, 11:04 PM
!@#$%^&*()%#&

The ONE bust I wanted. I never got an email either. If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm. I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason. Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(

Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.

Hey Beth, I'll have an extra Mara (assuming my order goes through). I picked it up for trading so if Robb ends up not being able to help you maybe we can work a trade.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on September 8, 2006, 10:25 AM
!@#$%^&*()%#&

The ONE bust I wanted. I never got an email either. If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm. I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason. Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(

Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.

Hey Beth, I'll have an extra Mara (assuming my order goes through). I picked it up for trading so if Robb ends up not being able to help you maybe we can work a trade.

Hey Ray,
If Beth gets her Mara from Robb and doesn't need yours will you consider sell it to me.  If not no problem. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 8, 2006, 10:44 AM
Anyone have an extra Utapau Clone bust for cost? Or at least under 90 bucks?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on September 8, 2006, 12:55 PM
!@#$%^&*()%#&

The ONE bust I wanted. I never got an email either. If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm. I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason. Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(

Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.

Hey Beth, I'll have an extra Mara (assuming my order goes through). I picked it up for trading so if Robb ends up not being able to help you maybe we can work a trade.

Hey Ray,
If Beth gets her Mara from Robb and doesn't need yours will you consider sell it to me. If not no problem.


Pm sent you way, Tom.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 8, 2006, 02:10 PM
Anyone have an extra Utapau Clone bust for cost? Or at least under 90 bucks?

I think you're going to be hard pressed on that one unfortunately.  I still recall the conversations on 'Scum when guys were gloating they'd ordered 6 or more from SWS.com when they were released (and sold out really quickly).  Suffice to say their motives weren't altruistic in nature. 

It's the whole reason I bought a case of them.  I looked really hard on the net during the week SWS.com put them up and I couldn't find a single anywhere.  I think BBTS bumped their price on a set of three twice in a couple of days and suddenly it made as much sense to buy the case as to buy a set.  I think the difference was only something like $80 for three other busts. 

Case ratio, as I'm sure you know is 3 white, 2 501st, 1 Utapau.   :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 8, 2006, 02:16 PM
Yeah I know Im probably assed out, but I thought I would give it a try. I've seen a few people get extras just to sell on ebay instead of helping people out. Which is greedy but expected I guess. ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on September 8, 2006, 10:14 PM
There is a site in australia called www.kingscomics.com that has the orange clone trooper for $110 aussie which with current exchange rate about $85 US , factor in that for international orders they should drop the gst you should get it reasonable cheap , the only killer will be shipping but it couldnt hurt to ask.

 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 8, 2006, 11:46 PM
There is a site in australia called www.kingscomics.com that has the orange clone trooper for $110 aussie which with current exchange rate about $85 US , factor in that for international orders they should drop the gst you should get it reasonable cheap , the only killer will be shipping but it couldnt hurt to ask.

 

Hey thanks! I'll give it a shot.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: jadesfire on September 10, 2006, 04:05 PM
Beth- Im trying to work out a trade for a Mara if the one I bought doesn't go through. If I end up with two I sell it to you one for cost.

Just wanted to let you (and everyone else) know that I received a nice surprise from my daugher (and husband) this morning. She secretly bid on a bust for me and when I got home today, she had printed out the auction and emailed me it. Jay knew about it as he gave his cc number to her to pay for it. I am thrilled to finally have one and want to thank everyone here for trying to get me this one item I truly wanted for my collection. I really appreciate the responses here as well as the pm's.

*insert giant hug here to everyone* THANKS!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on September 10, 2006, 05:19 PM
Finally picked up a gammorean gaurd only other back tracking I want to do now is a Scout trooper and maybe Tarkin.
I havent got a Boba Fett and never will at that price but I'm hoping they release another one like they have Jango.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on September 10, 2006, 11:25 PM
Just wanted to let you (and everyone else) know that I received a nice surprise from my daugher (and husband) this morning. She secretly bid on a bust for me and when I got home today, she had printed out the auction and emailed me it.

 8)  Family rocks.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 11, 2006, 02:47 PM
Well I just got my Mara bust, after not getting any type of email from GG. I guess I should consider myself lucky.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on September 11, 2006, 04:08 PM
My Mara showed up via Fedex today as well. I was totally expecting not to receive any kind of shipping notice from GG (since it's happened numerous times before) but surprisingly received one on Saturday. Given the speediness of the shipping time I think GG may actually be making an effort to improve their business practices. Now if they could only get that online checkout process working properly...
Title: Utapau Bust from BT. Anyone...Anyone?
Post by: DarhJin on September 13, 2006, 11:48 AM
Well we all know that the FREE, "sorry we screwed ya" white clones are shipping from BT, but has anyone who's order wasn't canceled got their Utapau clone yet? Or has anoyne recieved any sort of tracking or shipping info?

Just curious..... ???
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on September 13, 2006, 12:26 PM
Not a slam or anything, but I don't understand why people continue to order from someone who continues to screw over collectors.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarhJin on September 13, 2006, 12:37 PM
I'm just curious to see how many, if any, BT actually sold to those who pre-ordered.  8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 13, 2006, 04:33 PM
Sorry for asking a dumb question, but who's BT? 

Talesofwonder.com shipped out my case of busts late last week, so should be about shortly.  Thankfully I don't have to chase that stupid Utapau bust. 

And speaking of thankfully, someone graciously has offered me up a Mara bust for cost.  Big thanks to JuvyD/Jim for the assist on that one.  He was on a day off and fortunately was able to order both the Mara and the Shocktrooper, only wanting the latter.  He's already received them so I should have her fairly soon too.  Absolutely awesome help from a great collector. 8)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on September 13, 2006, 04:57 PM
Sorry for asking a dumb question, but who's BT?

BT = Brian's Toys.

Apparently they cancelled a LOT of pre-orders for the Clone Busts because they WAY oversold on them... there is a lot of talk at the other site about it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 13, 2006, 10:39 PM
Thank you.  I should have realized it was Brian's Toys but my mind kept getting stuck with BBTS which of course is probably honoring all of their preorders. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rod on September 14, 2006, 09:05 AM
Did anybody order an Utapau Clone mini bust from Brian's Toys?

As it was mentioned, Brian's Toys took a bunch of orders for the orange clone bust and then when the clones came in, they suddenly told most people that they didn't get enough orange clones to fill their pre-orders. Most people think that due to Brian's Toys "questionable" practices, that they didn't want to let them go for the low price (compared to their current eBay prices) so they made this up to later sell at a price closer to the current eBay prices.

To these people whose order "they were not able to fill", they sent them a FREE white E3 Clone bust.

We are doing an informal poll across all major SW collecting sited to determine if "anybody" at all ever got an orange/Utapau Clone bust from them. It is the general consensus that Brian's Toys didn't actually ship any orange at all to any customers that ordered it. Please reply if you ordered an Utapau Clone bust from Brian's Toys with your outcome

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on September 14, 2006, 01:44 PM
(http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/media/uploads/0/1/0/0/popup_1.jpg)

Limited Edition: TBD
In Stores: April 2007
Designed in 1/6 scale - Stands 7.5 inches tall
Price: $50.00
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 14, 2006, 03:44 PM
And that's all the bounty hunters, correct?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on September 14, 2006, 04:39 PM
No still need to make a 4Lom..... I'm also hoping they make another Boba like they have Jango.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on September 14, 2006, 05:10 PM
And that's all the bounty hunters, correct?

Dengar was shown at SDCC, but I don't think that piece is up for pre-order yet.  The only as yet to be mentioned Bounty Hunter from the Executor after that is 4-LOM.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on September 14, 2006, 08:42 PM
Yeah I'm hoping they redo Boba , there is alot of demand for this guy and redone in a decent pose he'd still go real fast
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on September 17, 2006, 06:19 PM
I would definately be in for a re-done boba. I'm not sure I'll get zuckuss or dengar without another Fett in the works.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on September 18, 2006, 08:27 AM
I think we may see the Boba next year...

They know the demand is there, they will make it happen...

THey may show a new boba with 4-Lom...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: konakazi on September 18, 2006, 11:32 AM
Really looking forward to Grievous, Maul, and the new Jango. It's good to see some characters revisited and given arms! I'd like to see a better Mace down the road, even though I mostly just collect Imperial related items these days.

A classic Lando would make the cut for me! The Jabba one doesn't thrill me and is collect dust at my LCS...  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on September 21, 2006, 01:21 PM
Well. that's it. I've been bitten by the GG bug. I broke down and bought the ESB Yoda bust on clearance from Amazon. Got #4000 of 15,000 and I am HIGHLY impressed with these. This is not good.   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on September 21, 2006, 10:19 PM
Ahhhhh I wish I could take the blame ! lol.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on September 30, 2006, 12:58 AM
Edition size for Plo Koon bust is 4500.  I'm surprised it's that high.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 4, 2006, 04:40 PM
My Mara Jade bust from JuvyD (Jim) arrived today ;D  Jim doesn't post much here, but goes by the same username at most sites I believe and if you get a chance to trade with him, worry not. 

The bust is really nicely done and I'm very happy to have it.  I think it's 1709/2000 for the number and that makes 3/3 on the hard to get stuff for the year thanks to some luck on the BHS bust online and then Darth Slothus with the SDCC shock trooper.  Good year for me thanks to some friends.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on October 5, 2006, 09:59 AM
Well I thought I had a great thing going: Last week, I took a look at Barnes & Nobles website to see if they had any GG mini busts in stock. To my surpise they put up one of these for $45:

STAR WARS MINI BUST YODA (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781593962852&itm=18)

I guess they found one in the stockroom because after I added it to my cart it was sold out. I was a little skeptical since this piece was put out in 2002 but the listing had the AOTC photo and description straight from GG's site. I figured what the heck, i'll try it anyways. Turns out if something looks too good to be true that it is. When the box got here it was in fact the ESB version. Oh well, back to BN it goes. It's nice to dream though....
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on October 9, 2006, 07:06 AM
GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY !!!
(http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f304/JPS1972/00015.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on October 9, 2006, 07:29 AM
That's a pretty good looking statue/bust, but I hope they make his robe a little more "worn" looking, that thing looks like a leather trenchcoat in the photo.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on October 9, 2006, 09:30 AM
I think I found one of my new favorites !
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: boba_fett300 on October 9, 2006, 10:51 AM
Anyone know the exact date for when Grievous and Maul bust comes out?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on October 9, 2006, 06:16 PM
Anytime in November.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 9, 2006, 06:50 PM
GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY !!!
(http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f304/JPS1972/00015.jpg)

Yep, I'll be breaking my Imperial only rule on this one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: ruiner on October 10, 2006, 05:47 PM
Very cool, I wish Sideshow would produce him in 12" scale...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on October 17, 2006, 04:04 PM
Looks like Obi-Wan (http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/?id=163) is officially up on Gentle Giant's site now, estimated release of May 2007.  I'd really like to pick this one up as well, it looks great.  So far, the only mini bust I have is the Han (which was cheapo at Amazon during those clearances), and I also have a Chewie on the way.  I'm really thinking I'd like to see if I could clear up the cash to pick up a few more of these eventually, trying to get a version of some/most of the main characters.  Maybe that Jedi Luke that's coming up, and see if I can find a good deal of Yoda/Vader/3PO that are already released.  Might be out of luck on the Stormtrooper, but that's my ongoing fault of getting into lines too late.  We'll see, I'll add Chewie and go from there.  They sure do look nice though, this Obi-Wan in particular is spifftastic.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on October 17, 2006, 04:11 PM
I ordered my Obi-wan today, been waiting for this one for along time now.

Quote
Might be out of luck on the Stormtrooper

Sandtroopers are still going for relatively cheap if you don't mnd one of those instead.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on October 17, 2006, 04:12 PM
Already put my pre-order in on the Obi Wan. Thats a must have in my book.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on October 17, 2006, 04:17 PM
For those of you who do preorders, do you do them directly through Gentle Giant - or is there somewhere else that is best to go?  I've never ordered one aside from Han, as I mentioned, so I wasn't sure where the best bet was for the mini busts.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on October 17, 2006, 06:04 PM
Most Wanted Collectibles, Razors Edge Collectibles and Tales of Wonder all do preorders.

Gentle Giant only carries stuff that's in stock. Usually when you preorder them you can get them for under retail which is nice.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 19, 2006, 09:55 PM
Going back in time but.... do any of you guys recall if the chrome stormtrooper came with a COA?  I sold my spare to a buddy and he didn't find one in the box so he's curious.  I'm about 90% sure, but can't recall.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on October 20, 2006, 05:08 AM
Going back in time but.... do any of you guys recall if the chrome stormtrooper came with a COA?  I sold my spare to a buddy and he didn't find one in the box so he's curious.  I'm about 90% sure, but can't recall.

Just checked my box and theres no coa in there either so I'm assuming it didn't.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on October 20, 2006, 10:48 PM
Nope, no COA came with mine.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 21, 2006, 11:16 PM
Couple of nice pieces at reasonable prices for anyone looking:

SDCC exclusive shock trooper bust/bustup for $99.99 BIN (http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-SHOCK-TROOPER-CONVENTION-EXCLUSIVE-BUSTUPS_W0QQitemZ290040705740QQihZ019QQcategoryZ101609QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD7VQQcmdZViewItem)

Mara Jade bust for $124.95 BIN (http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-MARA-JADE-GENTLE-GIANT-BUST-GEN-CON-EXCLUSIVE_W0QQitemZ200039395069QQihZ010QQcategoryZ348QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Also saw a black hole stormtrooper end the other day for under $300.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on October 21, 2006, 11:19 PM
Congrats on 10,000 Sir Bug. Old Yoda suits you! :P :-*
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2006, 02:29 PM
Congrats on 10,000 Sir Bug. Old Yoda suits you!  :P  :-*

That is very nice... does he get a free wokling? Or just the free oven mitt Mrs Nuesbaum forgot to take?  ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on October 24, 2006, 03:09 PM
Poke in the eye with a sharp stick is more like it.  Even that is preferable to some other furry-ass thing.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on October 26, 2006, 09:12 AM
I just got my 3rd bust, Gamorrean Guard #1084! One more down for the ROTJ collection...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on November 8, 2006, 03:57 PM
(http://rebelscum.com/gg/LeiaANHMBx.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on November 8, 2006, 04:21 PM
Wow, that Leia mini-bust looks pretty amazing.  With seeing the Obi-Wan (Ben) mini bust and now this one on the way next year, I might have to figure out a way to afford a few more of these and set up a little OT display.  Nice work, and a nice surprise.  Thanks for posting that JayDouble.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 8, 2006, 04:21 PM
Jeez, that's actually a mighty, um, nice, um, piece. I might have to bend the rules yet again and you know where that will lead.....
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on November 8, 2006, 07:14 PM
The face is off. If you put a pig nose on her she'd look like Miss Piggy.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: nitro on November 8, 2006, 10:32 PM
saw the GG Leia bust on another forum. they did a decent job, but i'm going to stick with the PF leia i already have...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on November 9, 2006, 07:27 AM
The face is off. If you put a pig nose on her she'd look like Miss Piggy.

You are exactly right! I was trying to figure out that glassy head tilted expression, and you hit the nail on the head.

Looks like Moses may have been involved in her hair work...

 ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 9, 2006, 12:16 PM
The face is off. If you put a pig nose on her she'd look like Miss Piggy.

Oh come on people, next day and no one has photoshopped that thing yet? ::) ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on November 9, 2006, 09:03 PM
The face is off. If you put a pig nose on her she'd look like Miss Piggy.

Oh come on people, next day and no one has photoshopped that thing yet? ::) ;)

If I had photoshop on my computer I would of done it already.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on November 10, 2006, 09:05 AM
 ;D
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3331/leiajv6.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on November 10, 2006, 01:45 PM
LOL!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on November 11, 2006, 08:30 AM
Well done!  ;D

"Help me kermi, you're my only hope!"
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 16, 2006, 07:09 PM
So with porkette there being part of the "30th anniversary celebration" or whatever they're calling it, does anyone else think we might see some other classic characters?  I'm not sure where they can go really, as we already have a classic Obi, classic Han, classic Chewie done.  Luke in Tatooine gear?  Boring.  Luke with removable blast helmet and lightsaber?  Better.

Suggestions?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on November 17, 2006, 10:41 AM
So with porkette there being part of the "30th anniversary celebration" or whatever they're calling it, does anyone else think we might see some other classic characters? I'm not sure where they can go really, as we already have a classic Obi, classic Han, classic Chewie done. Luke in Tatooine gear? Boring. Luke with removable blast helmet and lightsaber? Better.

Suggestions?

I'd like to see a Jawa with Gonk Droid or Tusken Raider...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on November 22, 2006, 12:08 PM
There's bound to be some sort of tatooine luke showing up eventually.  Maybe the classic/bespin lando as well?  As mentioned, a lot of the main characters are being done.  One character that's missing (but could likely never be done as a mini-bust) is r2.
I'm still waiting for a tie pilot too - I thought that one would have been done a long time ago.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on November 22, 2006, 12:51 PM
I'd love to see a Tie Pilot and an AT-AT driver.  Where's my snowtrooper?  Or Royal Guard (a little boring, perhaps). 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: exjedi on November 27, 2006, 10:45 PM
There's bound to be some sort of tatooine luke showing up eventually.  Maybe the classic/bespin lando as well?  As mentioned, a lot of the main characters are being done.  One character that's missing (but could likely never be done as a mini-bust) is r2.
I'm still waiting for a tie pilot too - I thought that one would have been done a long time ago.

I would expect to see a farm boy Luke soon, R2 just is not going to happen in mini bust form according to GG themselves & a TIE pilot would be a welcome addition for me as well!  They seem to be dragging their feet with the Star Wars bust production lately, I think they have way too much on their plates with some of the other lines and formats to keep up with it all.  I have been hoping for something new so bad in bust form that I decided to make my own:

(http://www.geocities.com/radoy/102906b)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: kirk_dougall on December 4, 2006, 09:01 AM
Thats brilliant!
I was considering to a similar thing using a koto kits I knocked up a couple of photoshops:
(http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/8477/untitled2wh5.jpg)  (http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/3236/untitled3zs8.jpg)


Alos my  Chewies arrived!
Its brilliant, It is 8" tall.
Most interesting thing about it is the forearms, there made from a solid but felxible rubbery material so we'll have none of those dangling hairs snapping.
It has definately just become my favourite bust its an excellent piece.
Unfortunately the girlfriends making me wait until my Birthday later in the month for mine so no picsof it next to Han, but I did snap a few photos while I was checking for damage.
 (http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9875/dsc03640mediumxm5.jpg) (http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8517/dsc03648mediumwg8.jpg)
(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/8084/dsc03646mediumgf0.jpg)  (http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/7439/dsc03647mediumxo3.jpg)  (http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/4476/dsc03642mediumol2.jpg)
 (http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/3788/dsc03643mediumpn8.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on December 14, 2006, 02:57 PM
I NEED TO FIND A CHEWIE MINI BUST #4,978...

I know this is worse than finding a needle in a haystack but i'm going to try and attempt to find it. They are just hitting now so I figured getting the word out early couldn't hurt. My birthdate is April 9th, 1978 so i'm trying to get #4978 out of 8,000. I'll gladly pay a premium if anyone finds it...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 14, 2006, 04:03 PM
I'll keep a look out for you. I didn't even preorder this one but give the production number I'm not too worried about finding it cheap. Can't wait! Especially for Maul and Grievous. ;D
Title: EXCLUSIVE ALERT!
Post by: Darthshader on December 15, 2006, 04:09 PM
http://www.shopafx.com/stwadecocltr.html
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on December 15, 2006, 04:28 PM
My firewall at work won't let me order and their phones are all busy. Was this even announced????
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on December 15, 2006, 04:33 PM
This sure was a pleasant surprise.  Got my pre-order in for two of these bad boys this morning.  Gotta love being able to switch brain bucket on or off, or both. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 15, 2006, 11:46 PM
Good thing I got online tonight. Thankfully they still have some available so I was able to get my order in for 2 of these.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 16, 2006, 01:35 AM
Way to spring an exclusive mini-bust of a Clone Trooper on us guys.  As if I wasn't already spending enough on GG product this month.  At least this preorder isn't going to be fulfilled until May.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on December 16, 2006, 08:20 AM
Too bad they check to see if you have money on your card to get one of these. They could of waited until January since its the holidays.  ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 16, 2006, 12:49 PM
What the?!?!  Why is AFX charging for these already?  The availability of this piece is listed as May, so you have to expect that it ships then.  Almost any other place you preorder with charges you when the item ships, not when you place a preorder.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on December 16, 2006, 07:48 PM
What the?!?!  Why is AFX charging for these already?  The availability of this piece is listed as May, so you have to expect that it ships then.  Almost any other place you preorder with charges you when the item ships, not when you place a preorder.

They don't charge fully. They see if you have the money in your account when you put your card on then they put it back.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on December 17, 2006, 03:36 AM
I NEED TO FIND A CHEWIE MINI BUST #4,978...

I know this is worse than finding a needle in a haystack but i'm going to try and attempt to find it. They are just hitting now so I figured getting the word out early couldn't hurt. My birthdate is April 9th, 1978 so i'm trying to get #4978 out of 8,000. I'll gladly pay a premium if anyone finds it...

Got one today that's in the ballpark, 4,508. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 17, 2006, 11:36 AM
Got one today that's in the ballpark, 4,508. 

Jay, did you pick that up at Frank's? How much was it?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on December 18, 2006, 04:35 AM
Jay, did you pick that up at Frank's? How much was it?

Yes, talked my way down to $35.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: bluesnaggletooth1 on December 18, 2006, 04:06 PM
Looks like the 2006 Holiday bust is: Max Rebo.

-Snags
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on December 18, 2006, 06:58 PM
I like the holiday bust. I actually want one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 18, 2006, 10:33 PM
I'd like to have that Holiday Bust but ain't no way I can afford to fork out that kind of cash. With all of the money that I spend on GG they should be kicking me down with a Holiday Bust every year! ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 18, 2006, 10:54 PM
GG is no doubt going to offer a different version of Max Rebo to collectors, just like they offered the Salacious Crumb piece.  They can't afford to tool something like that just to give it away.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on December 18, 2006, 11:08 PM
That what i was thinking as well. My guess will be be just without the hat. I would actually prefer if they did the Rebo band in the animated style, but it like this one just the same.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: David on December 18, 2006, 11:15 PM
awww...how cute. max rebo's so cute!  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on December 19, 2006, 12:00 PM
Jay, did you pick that up at Frank's? How much was it?

Yes, talked my way down to $35.

Damn, thats a really good price.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 19, 2006, 02:32 PM
Jay, did you pick that up at Frank's? How much was it?

Yes, talked my way down to $35.

Damn, thats a really good price.

No kidding! I'm headed down there either Wed or Sat to try for the same thing. Hopefully they have Greivous there too by then.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 20, 2006, 08:48 PM
Picked up the Darth Maul bust at my local comic shop today.  It looks amazing in person.  :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on December 20, 2006, 11:42 PM
Picked up the Darth Maul bust at my local comic shop today.  It looks amazing in person.  :o

Crap I should of ordered my Maul without Greivous now Im gonna have to wait till he comes out.  :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 21, 2006, 12:34 AM
Picked up the Darth Maul bust at my local comic shop today.  It looks amazing in person.  :o

Crap I should of ordered my Maul without Greivous now Im gonna have to wait till he comes out.  :-\

Sorry, but this is one of my biggest message board pet peeves..."should of"?  This is not gramatically correct.  The proper usage is SHOULD HAVE.  The reason this seems to be typed out more and more on message boards is because many American speakers of the English language don't properly enunciate the word have.  End of grammatical rant.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on December 21, 2006, 11:42 AM
I wonder how Gentle Giant feels about the individuals selling their Holiday Gifts.

Max Rebo 1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290064193694&rd=1&rd=1)

Max Rebo 2 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=001&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=110070133224&rd=1&rd=1)

Max Rebo 3 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=004&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=140066909654&rd=1&rd=1)

I would think that they would not be happy about that. I could be totally wrong though, they may not care at all.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on December 21, 2006, 12:13 PM
I wonder how Gentle Giant feels about the individuals selling their Holiday Gifts.

Max Rebo 1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=019&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=290064193694&rd=1&rd=1)

Max Rebo 2 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=001&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=110070133224&rd=1&rd=1)

Max Rebo 3 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=004&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=140066909654&rd=1&rd=1)

I would think that they would not be happy about that. I could be totally wrong though, they may not care at all.



I don't think they care.  People sold past holiday busts like Crumb and the Stormtrooper.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on December 21, 2006, 01:45 PM
I don't think they care either. It hypes up the regular version they offer later.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 21, 2006, 02:00 PM
Pretty much.  These things have been all about generating buzz and not about addressing the desires of collectors.

The thing that I'm wondering about Max Rebo is this:  I'd like to see one compared side-by-side with a mini-bust.  Is it a mini-bust or a maquette?  Because it seems a little too large to be a minibust, even though it's got the circular base that's indicative of most mini-busts.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on December 28, 2006, 04:35 PM
Miraculously I was able to place an order for the clone after returning from holidays.  No indication of being on a wait list, though I wouldn't be surprised to find out I was on one.  I ordered it on the 25th, so a while after it was posted and only 2500 in the edition size.  Weird.

Has anyone opted into the new GG collector's club and ponied up the $50 or whatever it is?  I haven't fully read the information but I presume that if you give up the $50 for the year (btw, this is similar to what the hot wheels collector's club does; don't ask how I know) you'll be on a priority list that others that don't opt in on won't be on (grammar bad, tree pretty)?  Does that seem reasonable?  My guess is with the $50 you'll get a bust of some sort down the road for free or a negligible cost to recover the cost and you'll be on a priority list. 

My hope is they aren't going to operate in the same fashion as before, mailing out a link with a time and still get overloaded as soon as that link is posted to various message boards.  I'm hoping for a username/password opt in function where you have to log in with a unique ID to order whatever is being put up.  That would/should limit multiple orders to some degree, at least better than the current system. 

Anyone have a clear idea of how the system will work?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on December 28, 2006, 09:01 PM
I joined too Brent.  Not really sure how it's going to work.  Like you I just hope when the exclusives are made available to the public that there's some password or log in to distinguish members and non-members.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on December 28, 2006, 09:11 PM
I just joined myself. I'm a little disappointed to see you don't get an invoice or e-mail receipt or anything when you submit your info ???. I'm assuming that the gift will be a bust but we'll see. GG is always full of surprises... :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on December 28, 2006, 10:56 PM
I hope we get a decent gift.  But I'm going to be pissed if we get a gift from some license other than Star Wars.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on December 28, 2006, 11:07 PM
Well I am not really into the busts but joined anyway becuase i am into the animated lines. I figured that it wouldn't hurt and i want a Max Rebo bust, so i am hoping that a non Xmas version is the free gift or that we will be given the option to purchase one.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on December 30, 2006, 09:25 PM
I just joined myself. I'm a little disappointed to see you don't get an invoice or e-mail receipt or anything when you submit your info ???. I'm assuming that the gift will be a bust but we'll see. GG is always full of surprises... :-X

Um, I received an email from them after joining.  It took several hours to arrive, but I have received one nonetheless. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on January 3, 2007, 01:13 PM
I received my 2nd mini bust at the end of December, Chewbacca.  I think it is very well done, and I have it displayed alongside Han (and a Titanium Ultra Falcon) right now.  I really like these mini busts, I'd like to get some more - particularly the "classic trilogy" ones.  There seem to be some nice ones coming up this year.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DoctorPadawan on January 4, 2007, 07:56 PM
I'm in a similar situation as Brian:  I just got my second bust after Christmas (the Clone Trooper from SWS's sale for 35 bucks; the first was that chrome Jango from MBNA a few years back), and I'm really impressed with it.  I'd been on the fence about getting one of the busts here and there, and now, availability willing, if I see one I like, I'm going to try my best to get them.

Which brings me to my question:  I'm wondering who has the best price/service/overall pleasant shopping experience to get the busts from?  I've looked around and while NFC seems to be the place to for preorders, I didn't know who to order in-stock items (particularly Grievous, which is the one I'm shopping for right now) from.  EE has them for about 5 bucks more than Brian's Toys (who I only deal with as an absolute last resort in the first place), but SWS, NFC, and Action Figure Express have the Grievous in stock at all.  Is there another option that I've missed out on?  How would you bust collectors rate the various etailers overall?

As someone just starting out with these (I will not be a completist, I will not be a completist...  ;) ), any advice you guys and gals could give is very appreciated. :)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on January 4, 2007, 08:22 PM
I found out that my Grievous bust will be in tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to getting this one.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on January 4, 2007, 08:44 PM
Anyone collect the Harry Potter busts?  I picked up a SDCC Sirius Black bust at Suncoast the other day for $49.99.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 4, 2007, 09:22 PM

Which brings me to my question:  I'm wondering who has the best price/service/overall pleasant shopping experience to get the busts from?  I've looked around and while NFC seems to be the place to for preorders, I didn't know who to order in-stock items (particularly Grievous, which is the one I'm shopping for right now) from.  EE has them for about 5 bucks more than Brian's Toys (who I only deal with as an absolute last resort in the first place), but SWS, NFC, and Action Figure Express have the Grievous in stock at all.  Is there another option that I've missed out on?  How would you bust collectors rate the various etailers overall?

As someone just starting out with these (I will not be a completist, I will not be a completist...  ;) ), any advice you guys and gals could give is very appreciated. :)

I've ordered both busts and statues before from Talesofwonder.com and had very good success with them.  Their shipping is quick and often times it's free (not always) always good products, nothing damaged and the prices have been very good in past.  They have Grievous in stock at the moment at $55 with free shipping.  That seems high to me, but I'm cheap.

I've also ordered from NFC in the past as well and had good success with Rick.  Not sure on his pricing, but the only problems I've ever had with NFC is them not getting stock in and only when Hasbro has hosed them.  Never a problem with GG stuff.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on January 4, 2007, 11:33 PM
Anyone collect the Harry Potter busts?  I picked up a SDCC Sirius Black bust at Suncoast the other day for $49.99.

The exclusive!?! Wonder how they ended up with a CC exclusive... and nearly 2 years later ???.

Received my Darth Maul bust today from MWC. Yet another great addition! ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on January 4, 2007, 11:36 PM
I go through my local comic shop and I get a decent discount with them.  But there is THIS ONLINE STORE (http://joesbasementcollectibles.com/GGBust.html) which has some decent prices.  He's pretty new but extremely reliable.  I've dealt with him personally and everyone else that I know who has dealt with him has nothing but good things to say.  So you might want to check out Joe's Basement Collectibles (http://joesbasementcollectibles.com/GGBust.html).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on January 4, 2007, 11:57 PM
There have been some pretty sweet deals to be had on ebay at the moment for current busts too, I guess that could be something you could look at depending on the one you want and its edition size, plenty were going for under retail.
And then you get situations like the blue clone trooper that recently went for over $200??
Shop around and for the newer stuff you can generally take your time, especially with the edition sizes where they are.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on January 9, 2007, 11:59 AM
Not sure why, but I felt slightly underwhelmed with the Grievous. Anyone else ?

Chewie however made up for it. Nice piece.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on January 14, 2007, 05:36 PM
Got my Grievous yesterday. Very nice piece. Thought I was gonna break it putting it together though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on January 15, 2007, 11:14 AM
Got my Grievous yesterday. Very nice piece. Thought I was gonna break it putting it together though.

I agree, it is a very fragile piece to say the least.

I appreciate the weight of Chewie and Maul myself.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on January 18, 2007, 02:34 PM
Up next... Dengar.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-07/gg_dengar.jpg)

$50, headed your way this fall.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on January 18, 2007, 03:15 PM
Not a huge surprise there really.  I've passed on all the bounty hunters except Fett.  Starting to waffle a bit because they sort of fit the Imperial theme...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: drewlam on January 24, 2007, 09:31 AM
Why is it that Dengar, who in my opinion is one of the lamest bounty hunter designs, always has really well done figures/products?  Of the POTF 12" line, he was probably the best done.  In the hasbro 3 3/4 inch line, the one that came out a few years ago was fantastic.  And that bust looks great.
My only bounty hunter bust is Bossk (which is fantastic).  I would get a boba if they ever re-did it, but the ig-88 and zuckuss don't really appeal to me.  That Dengar is pretty appealing though - even if it is a lame character design.
Title: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Ghost of QG on February 9, 2007, 07:01 PM
C4 Exclusive GG Mini Bust... Darth Malak!!!

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/gentlegiant/20070209_picview/img/1.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/gentlegiant/20070209_picview/img/2.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jayson on February 9, 2007, 07:18 PM
Kind of reminds me of Trap Jaw, one of Skeletor's stooges, from He-Man
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 9, 2007, 11:20 PM
C4 Exclusive GG Mini Bust... Darth Malak!!!

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/gentlegiant/20070209_picview/img/1.jpg)


Even though I have no interest in this bust because of the character choice, I can still see that it looks like a very well done piece.  GG continues to impress.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 10, 2007, 12:13 AM
Seriously? Out of all the potential OT busts they could of done they choose a EU video game character for the C4 bust? Wow.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 10, 2007, 12:19 AM
So much for the 30th Anniversary ::)  It's well done and I'm sure the gaming fans will be thrilled.  It won't end up in my collection.  I do think it a bizarre choice though given the event and significance of that event. 

I have to say, it's getting easier and easier to think of missing C4.  The location was the first kicker for me and this was one piece that could have made my decision to attend a must.  Oops, guess not. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 10, 2007, 12:37 AM
I kind of like this.  I felt like there were far too few Sith in our Gentle Giant collections to begin with.  Well, at least since Gentle Giant kind of hit a wall there since they've already made all of the movie based Sith in mini-bust form.  I think this is better than them revisiting Darth Vader again, or making a decrepit ROTJ Emporer.

Plus I think that the character choices are starting to get somewhat limited for Gentle Giant.  They've made a mini-bust of pretty much every major character in the Saga so far, barring Jabba the Hutt and some others.  Do we want them to revisit ANH farmboy Luke?  Or try TESB Han Solo?  Personally I find choices like that boring.  I think the only revision type piece that I might find interesting would be a force spirit of Obi-Wan, and I just don't know that Gentle Giant can make the materials work for a bust like that.

I also think that GG might have gone with a character like this so that people wouldn't be upset about missing out on a major character by virtue of it being an exclusive.  You've got to want this piece if you're going to want to get it.  So making a video game character might not be a bad idea in the grand scheme of things.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 10, 2007, 06:27 AM
Granted making a "main" character for a C4 bust was a given but they could of easily made it a Tie Fighter Pilot, Tusken Raider or Jawa.

I do enjoy the EU but if they were going that route I would of preferred a Quinlan Vos myself.  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 10, 2007, 01:33 PM
The bomb has dropped.  Holy cow!   :o

GENTLE GIANT TRAVELS THE WORLD WITH STAR WARS EXCLUSIVES

Five Special Clone Trooper Commanders, Other Items Only Available on Worldwide Tour

February 10, 2007, Burbank, Ca. Gentle Giant Ltd. is ready to take the world and collectors by storm with an unprecedented five-city worldwide tour. While traveling the globe, the company will make a special, exclusive Star Wars Clone Trooper Commander mini-bust available at each of the five locations.

Why should rock stars and movie celebrities have all the fun? asked Gentle Giant Vice President of Product Development and Design Dev Gilmore. We figure its high time the collectibles industry had its own world tour, so were taking the lead and having a lot of fun. And of course, we want to invite everyone to come join us, so were making it worth your while thanks to some very cool, exclusive Clone Trooper Commander mini-busts.

As amazing as the Clone Trooper Commanders are, Gentle Giant knows that a single exclusive does not a party make. So the company is offering multiple tour exclusives to go along with the specific location exclusives. The Gentle Giant Worldwide Tour 2007 Exclusives include a Yoda/R2-D2 Animated-style maquette and a special Bust-Ups 2-pack of Han and Luke in Stormtrooper armor. There will also be other exclusives at some of the five events, which will be announced soon.

As to those Clone Trooper Commanders Theyll be available in the following cities:

Event #1 -- Star Wars Celebration IV (Los Angeles, CA): Commander Gree
Event #2 -- Gentle Giant @ Blister (Tokyo, Japan): Commander Neyo
Event #3 -- Gentle Giant @ Forbidden Planet (London, England): Commander Bly
Event #4 -- San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego, CA): Commander Cody
Event #5 Special fifth location to be announced!: Commander Baraca
 
This will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity for collectors to score some exclusive Star Wars collectibles, said Gilmore. But we also know that not everyone can follow us around the world, and we figure everyone deserves a shot at these cool mini-busts. So well be making 500 limited edition box sets of all five mini-busts, and those will be available exclusively on our web site at the end of the year.

The Gentle Giant Worldwide Tour 2007 begins on May 24, 2007 at Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles, Ca. and continues throughout the summer. Check the Gentle Giant web site at www.gentlegiantltd.com for tour updates and more information on tour exclusives.

For more information and images on another just announced Gentle Giant Star Wars Celebration IV Exclusive - head on over to Starwars.com.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 10, 2007, 04:21 PM
Wow what a **** up GG has on their hands. One(highly sought after)exclusive bust per event what a great idea! /sarcasm.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 10, 2007, 06:41 PM
As to those Clone Trooper Commanders Theyll be available in the following cities:

Event #1 -- Star Wars Celebration IV (Los Angeles, CA): Commander Gree
Event #2 -- Gentle Giant @ Blister (Tokyo, Japan): Commander Neyo
Event #3 -- Gentle Giant @ Forbidden Planet (London, England): Commander Bly
Event #4 -- San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego, CA): Commander Cody
Event #5 Special fifth location to be announced!: Commander Baraca

Guess Australia still doesnt count as part of the collecting world and wow look at that America is in there twice, Asshats !!! >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on February 10, 2007, 07:18 PM
As to those Clone Trooper Commanders Theyll be available in the following cities:

Event #1 -- Star Wars Celebration IV (Los Angeles, CA): Commander Gree
Event #2 -- Gentle Giant @ Blister (Tokyo, Japan): Commander Neyo
Event #3 -- Gentle Giant @ Forbidden Planet (London, England): Commander Bly
Event #4 -- San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego, CA): Commander Cody
Event #5 Special fifth location to be announced!: Commander Baraca

Well why the hell is there a need for 2 California dates, why couldn't one of those US dates be in NY.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 11, 2007, 12:58 AM
So they'll have two exclusives at C4 then?  Interesting. 

I have to confess, I was getting tired of the clones (partially because I can't/won't chase down the rest of the Ep II clones) but some of those sound fairly nice.  I can probably find assistance for all except Commander Bly. 

Maybe Bacara is in NY? 

This will be a pain though, no matter how you cut it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 11, 2007, 03:22 AM
I know it says 500 of the Clone Set will be available to GG members but that's no guarantee of getting one.  Most people are going to have to go that route to complete the set and there's way more than 500 members.   ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 12, 2007, 05:16 AM
This is pissing people off beyond belief, I think the only ones happy about this are the scalpers who attend these cons and will be able to pay off their mortgages when they sell em on ebay.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on February 12, 2007, 01:18 PM
I don't collect the busts but even I can see that the 5 exclusives is a stupid idea.  GG seems determined to piss off their faithful fans by offering the set of 5 at the end of the year, after all the shows and any opportunities to buy them online.  ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: MetalJedi on February 12, 2007, 05:01 PM
As to those Clone Trooper Commanders Theyll be available in the following cities:

Event #1 -- Star Wars Celebration IV (Los Angeles, CA): Commander Gree
Event #2 -- Gentle Giant @ Blister (Tokyo, Japan): Commander Neyo
Event #3 -- Gentle Giant @ Forbidden Planet (London, England): Commander Bly
Event #4 -- San Diego Comic-Con (San Diego, CA): Commander Cody
Event #5 Special fifth location to be announced!: Commander Baraca

Well why the hell is there a need for 2 California dates, why couldn't one of those US dates be in NY.

Personally Im pissed that Blister keeps getting exclusives. They got 4 last year alone including the Blackhole Stormie. Why do they keep getting exclusives??

I'm sure GG already had this planned out before they announced the location of C4. So that's why there's two CA locations. I could see the Bacara being at Wizard World or end up on SWS.com.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2007, 09:53 PM
These do look great, but I am glad I stopped collecting them a while ago. Too much money, and no place to be displayed. I still may try to get one just to have a ROTS commander bust, but I'm not paying the gentle giant collector fees just to hope to get something. I guess they have chosen the route of having very sought after collectibles, and a very unhappy customer base.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 12, 2007, 11:28 PM
It's a tough call for them though.  They make something really abundant like the recent Maul/Vader/Yoda and you get stuff selling at 60% of MSRP :-\  You may something with an issue size under 2500 and everyone's pissed.  I can see the dilemma for them.  After all, I didn't spring for any of Maul/Vader/Yoda ahead of time and it's doubtful I'll spring for many busts at full retail unless the edition size is 2500 or lower.  Yeah, you can find them for the more reasonable $39.99 often at lots of online retailers, but I saved enough on ROTS Vader and Yoda to consider my Maul free, even at the $39.99 price point.

I'm not going to disagree that they have an exceptional ability to piss off their fans, they do.  Why they do is for that buzz it seems to create, I guess.  I'm no fan, but the products aren't hot or talked about without it.  The ROTS Vader and OT Yoda are spectacular busts really (Yoda's a bit small though) but the demand for them remains low and nobody is talking about them. 

I'm hoping the edition sizes are a little larger, 1500-2500 instead of just 1000.  I'm also hoping they put these up singly, sooner for those of us in the collectors club.  There has to be some merit to dropping that $50, doesn't there?  Two months in I'm not seeing it.  Still, it was that or hyperspace as my throwaway funds for the year, so let's see what it yields.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on February 13, 2007, 09:53 PM
Brent, the rumored PGM gift is Chewbacca with Mynock Mask. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 13, 2007, 11:01 PM
Thanks for that :)

I guess I'll take it, but it sure is a departure from my collection focus.  I guess I'd slot it in between Han Stormtrooper and Salacious Crumb. Cool if it is that though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Brian on February 15, 2007, 03:58 PM
I was just getting a chance to go through the pics again today from Toy Fair, and many of those mini busts coming from Gentle Giant do look pretty amazing.  The exclusive business would be quite frustrating though.  I usually lean more towards OT with most/all products anyways, but I have to admit those Clone Commanders look pretty cool.  I can't afford them either way, but I can't imagine the headache for people trying to keep up with this line (or even the Bust Ups) with all the exclusive nonsense.  I can see why, like Brent mentioned, as it creates some buzz for their lines/products, but like I said, it has to be frustrating for the completists for this line - or even just the fans of clones.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 15, 2007, 04:23 PM
Being a GG Collector would drive me crazy...

Hey Everyone, we're making FIVE new mini-busts, one for each of the VERY popular ROTS Clone Commanders!
...but we're only making about half as many as we should of each mini-bust.
...and we're spreading them out across the country... er, we mean globe.
...don't worry though as we're going to offer 500 through our new website... which will most likely lock-up and crash as result.

I understand trying to keep your product limited so that helps increase demand, but don't you reach a point where the majority of your fan base says "screw it" and just gievs up and walks away?  As an outsider looking in, it just seems like every exclusive they have offered has some bigger headache associated with it than the one before did.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 15, 2007, 04:26 PM
I think that the cool thing to do might have been to space out all of the Clone Commanders.  Having 5 of them as convention exclusives makes things a little tough.  But then *IF* Gentle Giant offers them individually online after the conventions, as well as offering the box sets at the end of the year, then I can see them exercising some measure of due dilligence.

But they really seem to be going above and beyond with the exclusives this year.  Look at this:
MINI-BUSTS
-Chewbacca with gas mask
-Spirit of Yoda
-Spirit of Obi-Wan
-Coruscant Clone Trooper (AFX exclusive)
-Darth Malak (C4 exclusive)
-Commander Gree (C4 exclusive)
-Commander Cody (SDCC exclusive)
-Commander Neyo (Blister exclusive)
-Commander Bly (Forbidden Planet exclusive)
-Commander Bacara (TBD exclusive)

ANIMATED MAQUETTES
-Mace Windu (Star Wars Shop)
-R2-D2 with Yoda (World tour exclusive)

BUST UPS
-Han Solo & Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper armor

It seems to be bordering on out of control.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on February 16, 2007, 10:05 AM
Brent, the rumored PGM gift is Chewbacca with Mynock Mask. 

What's PGM and how do I get this bust? It's the only one I want...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 16, 2007, 10:28 AM
What's PGM and how do I get this bust? It's the only one I want...

PGM = Premiere Guild Member (https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/customer/joinClub)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on February 16, 2007, 10:39 AM
What's PGM and how do I get this bust? It's the only one I want...

PGM = Premiere Guild Member (https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/customer/joinClub)


Ick, so I have to join to even have a chance to possibly buy it? F that! Anyone a member and want to hook a Wookiee collector up?  ;D
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on February 16, 2007, 07:04 PM
Anyone wanna help a guy out who lives on another planet??
Cause the US must be the only bloody country in this world that has starwars collectors apparently.
PGM = not available to anyone outside US= I get assraped on ebay for this.
Starwarsshop = Assraped on shipping internationaly oh and I cant forget the standard surcharge for posting outside the US aswell
Looks like i'm gonna get it it good this year
Oh the joys of being a collector living outside the US, I'm seriously ready to throw this hobby away, it's stopped being fun and is becoming a god dam pain in the ass, YES I AM ANGRY !!!!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 20, 2007, 02:34 AM
Alright... so for the longest time I've had a pair of busts... X-Wing Luke, and IG-88.

Then my dad picks me up Chewbacca for Xmas.  Then I go to Toy Fair and see all the new stuff and get real excited about it and decide that I'm going to slowly start expanding my Mini-Bust collection.

A Vader and a Maul later... I'm starting to get hooked and I want to start playing catch-up, but most importantly, I don't want to miss out on the ones that are coming out soon and will be impossible to get down the road.

So, to save me from having to scrub through 94 pages in this thread - can anyone offer a newbie some fresh advice about getting on top of all of this?  I registered at GG's website and made a wishlist with everything that I'm missing... but that's only helping me get organized.

Tips for ordering from them without missing the boat?

Tips for getting in on convention exclusives when you can't attend?  Easier to find a friend to get one for you or easier to become a premiere member?

Can money be saved by NOT ordering when they're for sale on standard edition busts?  For example, I just got Maul for $35 and Vader for $39 - are edition size and exclusiveness enough to know whether or not one will cost more than or less than $50 later on?

Tips besides eBay for finding busts that are long since sold out?


Lastly... if anyone is unloading any for reasonable prices... let me know. :)

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 20, 2007, 10:59 AM


Can money be saved by NOT ordering when they're for sale on standard edition busts?  For example, I just got Maul for $35 and Vader for $39 - are edition size and exclusiveness enough to know whether or not one will cost more than or less than $50 later on?


Yes, this is my strategy for ordering busts now.  If it's a regular release bust with an edition size of 10,000 or more, no way am I ordering it in advance.  I did this with Vader (paid under $20 pre-shipping for it) and Yoda (OT version - paid $22 or so pre-shipping cost) while both listed at $50 MSRP.  Maul is similar, though he is proving tougher to find for under $30 before shipping.  I've been quite surprised by it to be honest, I thought it would be more readily available at lower prices though the edition size is smaller than Vader/Yoda.  The Stormtrooper is another oddity, owing I think to the multiple poses and some folks wanting more than one.  It was a large issue and it's price is usually above retail these days.

In the mid range of edition sizes is where I get stuck: 4000-7500.  I'm never sure what to do with these.  The sandtrooper busts would be a good example.  I paid only $39 for each on a pre-order (and you can still get them at online retailers for that price) but could have actually picked up each for less than that, just a shade over $30.  Is that worth the grief of sweating and watching ebay?  Probably not, so generally I tend to buy these in advance.  I know Nicklab goes through his local comic store, via Diamond Dist. I think.  I generally order from Talesofwonder.com as their prices are really good usually on pre-order (Leia/Ben are $39) and others go through BBTS or Newforce.  If you miss these, they tend to stay at or around retail for a pretty long time.  One of the first busts I picked up, the Biker Scout, was sold out at retailers yet I still picked it up for under $40 on ebay.  It's finally creeping up though and going over retail now regularly. 

Low edition sizes are almost always a crap shoot and it depends as much on the character as anything else.  Show exclusives seem to settle out in the $90-150 range after the initial rush dies out.  Mara Jade and the Shocktrooper bust from last year seem to fit that pattern and I've seen both go for under $100 lately. 
I think it best to try and hook up with someone at the show if they can help you out, but I try to be realistic about them standing in a line for me.  I know what it was like at C3, so I imagine it's not that different at SDCC or the like.  For me, show exlusive busts are reasonable at $100 or so because I didn't have to pay admission to the show, which probably would run $50 anyway. 

Super low edition sizes of 1000 or less are just a huge pain in the ass and it's a crapshoot to get one.  I've been really fortunate of late, but I'm not even contemplating getting any of the early (red/white/yellow/blue) AOTC clone busts simply because they run too rich for my blood.  I could probably get the white and yellow (both of which have edition sizes above 1000 btw) and not feel too bad, but I'm not dropping $400++ on the red or blue any time soon.  And with such small sizes, the probability of someone selling one to you cheap is very low. 

Going backwards to fill holes?  Ick, I don't envy you.  Ebay is about it unless you can come across someone getting out.  Even then, it's doubtful they'll just be looking for retail.  I would check what you can online for some of the busts as they may still be available, but that's unlikely for most. 

As for the premiere membership with GG, it sounds as though the really rare stuff is going to be run as a lottery for the premiere members.  With only 500 of whatever it is usually available and 500+ members, they'll let you submit your name and then luck (maybe, maybe not) will determine if you're getting the exclusive you've entered in for.  I'm not sure if I like that better than the usual jam-up-the-server with a first come, first served approach but it seems to be the direction they're going.  So the $50 may or may not have any benefit, though it looks like we're getting that Chewie with Mynock Mask for our $$.  I don't know if it's an outright gift, or if the $50 entitles us to buy the darn thing.  Mine will be up for trade for one of the commander busts though :P  Otherwise it looks to be as though the lottery will be the way.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 20, 2007, 11:39 AM
Playing catchup is definitely going to be expensive.  These pieces alone will run you a pretty penny:

1st edition Yoda
1st edition Darth Vader
1st edition Jango Fett
Boba Fett
Blackhole Stormtrooper
AOTC Clone Troopers (the red and blue being the most elusive)

However GG has been going back and revisiting a number of these characters and the second editions have been more plentiful.  Witness the 2nd editions of Yoda and Vader.  They made huge runs on those and they wound up clearancing out for as low as $20.  So if you don't feel the need to be a completist and just want one of every character you might do a little better.  Besides, some of the second edition pieces (like the new Jango Fett compared with the first one) are superior to the first runs.

Aside from eBay there are some options for catching up.  There probably are a number of older pieces that you can still get from some online dealers.  Try doing a Froogle search and you may just come up with some things that aren't widely available.  Conventions are an option, but you have to go there with cash and you need to be prepared to haggle.  So know your market prices.  As for those market prices, they are definitely set on eBay.  The key to buying mini-busts on eBay is tracking as many items at once as possible.  And avoid auctions that close on a weekend.  There's a weird trend going there, but apparently auctions that close on weekends tend to close higher.  Backtracking is definitely possible.  I backtracked almost every piece from the Biker Scout back to the beginning (I already had the blue Clone because I stepped in **** and got lucky at Wizard World Chicago) and to this date I'm only missing two mini-busts and the holiday edition gift busts.  But you're starting off a couple of years down the road and it's going to make this a little more difficult.

As for current items, I tend to recommend the route that I use.  I've got a good relationship going with a local comic shop.  I pre-order all of the general release mini-busts through them and I get a 20% discount off every order.  So a $50 mini-bust winds up costing me $40 with no shipping costs.  You'll just need to keep up on what's up for pre-order through Diamond Previews which comes out at the begining of each month.

As for exclusives there are a couple of options.  First, you can go to the show.  Can't go to the show?  Hook up with someone who can help you out.  Typically those deals involve trading but some people will do cash plus shipping deals.  Then there's the online offerings from Gentle Giant post convention.  They'll usually do that within a week after a show.  Those can go pretty fast, but it is an option.  It'll definitely cost you less than eBay.

Damn though, have you opened up a can of worms for yourself.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on February 20, 2007, 12:15 PM
I have one bust and thought about getting a few more just do not want to even imagine back tracking. Some of the prices are insane and I really don't want to start soemthing else. They already sucked me in with the animated maquettes. I joined the PG thing at Gentle Giant hoping to get the Yoda/R2 Maquette since that seems to be an exclusive as well. I guess we will see what happens.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 20, 2007, 12:46 PM
Thanks for those replies guys.  Great info.  I signed up for the Premium Whatever-it-is with hopes that a) the free gift will be decent) and b) I'll be able to get my hands on convention exclusives in the future.

I'm going to keep my eye on eBay for good deals, the forums too - and Nick, that's a great suggestion about comic shops - we've got one called Zeus that I'm going to check into this weekend and see if there's anything they can do for me.

As for playing catch-up, I've got two things working for me.  First, patience, I'm not in a rush.  Second, I'm not intending to be a completist on these.  I'm not worried about the early ones with no arms, and I'm not spending $100 to $250 on exclusives.  I'll look for deals, pick up a few here and a few there, and I'll be thrilled about it.  My plan is to just be as current as possible on FUTURE exclusives, rather than break the bank on past exclusives.  We'll see how that goes.

So far I've picked up a pair of busts for under $80 with shipping (Maul and Vader), and I've got my eye on a few more.   No rush though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 20, 2007, 01:14 PM
Playing catchup is definitely going to be expensive.  These pieces alone will run you a pretty penny:

1st edition Yoda
1st edition Darth Vader
1st edition Jango Fett
Boba Fett
Blackhole Stormtrooper
AOTC Clone Troopers (the red and blue being the most elusive)


I own only two of those, the BHS and the Fett, which I managed to score for about $160 something, a remarkable price at the time. 

I don't care to own the Yoda as it is a PT bust of Yoda and I'm fine with the later OT version.  Jango I don't want either. 

What gives me fits from that list is the first Vader.  I do have the chrome Vader (plus the ROTS and the EE unmasked version) which is the same sculpt, so I'm tending to be happy with that.  I do watch every regular version that goes by though. 

As for the clones, they bug me.  Period.  I have the pilot and the green sargeant, but that's it.  I've bid on yellow and white before, but now with so many clones available, I don't even really care to chase these down. 

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And avoid auctions that close on a weekend.  There's a weird trend going there, but apparently auctions that close on weekends tend to close higher.
 
It's always been that way.  I've known that for years and I've only been active on ebay since 2002.  Everyone is available or can make themselves available on the weekend pretty much.  During the week you might be traveling for work, have a meeting, need sleep or whatever.  Anything I sell ends exclusively on a Saturday or a Sunday. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 20, 2007, 03:06 PM
Playing catchup is definitely going to be expensive.  These pieces alone will run you a pretty penny:

1st edition Yoda
1st edition Darth Vader
1st edition Jango Fett
Boba Fett
Blackhole Stormtrooper
AOTC Clone Troopers (the red and blue being the most elusive)


I own only two of those, the BHS and the Fett, which I managed to score for about $160 something, a remarkable price at the time. 

I don't care to own the Yoda as it is a PT bust of Yoda and I'm fine with the later OT version.  Jango I don't want either. 

What gives me fits from that list is the first Vader.  I do have the chrome Vader (plus the ROTS and the EE unmasked version) which is the same sculpt, so I'm tending to be happy with that.  I do watch every regular version that goes by though. 

As for the clones, they bug me.  Period.  I have the pilot and the green sargeant, but that's it.  I've bid on yellow and white before, but now with so many clones available, I don't even really care to chase these down. 

I had to play catchup with most of the things I listed.  In some cases I got good deals.  Patience really was key in that situation.  I paid retail for the white Clone and blue Clone and I got relatively decent deals on the yellow Clone, Jango and the Clone Pilot.  Yoda and Boba Fett ran me a bit more, and I splurged on the BHS.  But to this day I still don't have the red AOTC Clone and the first Darth Vader.  The ROTS Vader seems to have impacted the demand for the 1st edition Vader, but the price is still up there.  And I agree Brent, it's very odd that the chrome Vader sells for considerably less considering that it's the same sculpt as the general release.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 20, 2007, 04:37 PM
Well I managed to land Han and Yoda for $20.50 each - plus shipping.  Same seller, so hopefully he'll combine the shipping and I'll have landed those two for $25 or $26 each.  Not too bad (I think...).

Also, it looks like Amanda from GG made some blog post or something - people at RS are going ape **** over it... not many happy campers it seems.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 20, 2007, 07:01 PM
I think that might be the lottery aspect.  I can't make it through too much Scum at once, even in the higher end stuff. 

Oops, nope.  Appears it's Amanda's response that has 'em in a tizzy.  I'll agree the response was lame, but I don't think it was unexpected.  I'm not sure what people really thought would happen, but I'm fully expecting to get screwed by them.  If I can get a couple of the exclusives through help with friends, that'll work.  I'm guessing edition sizes around 2500 or so for these, so not that bad.  If they do a 1000 for one of them, look out. 

I'm glad you made it home safely Rob, I had no idea that New York weather was so awful it could affect different parties in different years.  Laptops too ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 20, 2007, 07:22 PM
In her defense, people leaving NYC right after Toy Fair (and this happened to Paul) did get in weather trouble... flights were canceled and the other flights were all booked solid.  It took Paul 3 extra days to get home.

As for the laptop - I'm guessing she was being tongue-in-cheek about the weather having anything to do with it.

But either way...

If you're a lucky lottery winner and you get to buy an exclusive from the site, is it just one per customer?  I'm assuming it is - but if you can buy 2 or 3 maybe we could all pool our chances and scratch each other's backs should one of us be so fortunate.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 20, 2007, 07:30 PM
It's best not to wade into the fray that are the RS forums.  I said my piece there and that's that.  Is it going to be tough to get all of these exclusives this year?  Probably.  But I think that GG is providing at least two other avenues to get the Clone Commanders besides going to the shows.  It looks like you should be able to get them individually online after each con and then there's the box set that will be available in the fall.  People seem to keep on glossing over those details.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 20, 2007, 07:35 PM
But I think that GG is providing at least two other avenues to get the Clone Commanders besides going to the shows.  It looks like you should be able to get them individually online after each con and then there's the box set that will be available in the fall. 

That's how I'm viewing it too.  If I can't make it to CIV or SDCC, I'm hopeful someone will be able to help me there.  I'll be asking my friend in Japan if he can help with the Blister exclusive.  I've no hope when it comes to the show in England, so that's a write-off because shipping is terrible for heavy items from there. 

I'll take my chances with the GG website.  Being a guild member should keep some people out, though obviously there's still plenty of members.  I've had decent luck in past, scoring the BHS bust but missing out on the Mara Jade and Shocktrooper fiasco.  I'll enter whatever lotteries I can and I'll make out with what I can get.  I guess it helps that I'm just about cloned to capacity anyway.  No doubt these will look awesome and if I get them all, I'll keep them.  But if I can get one or two, I'll survive. 

Now when they start making nifty OT stuff as uber-hard to get exclusives, then I'll really be bitching.   ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2007, 12:51 PM
Well I finished up my spending spree for now I think (since most of the tax return went into savings, I treated myself to a handful of these).

Since I'm relatively new to this... let me know how I did.  Up to this point I'd bought X-Wing Luke for $12 and IG-88 for $17, but those were special deals at a Suncoast clearance.  Watching auctions on eBay for about a week and a half, I'm guessing I did close to as well as I could have hoped for on these - but I don't really know.

Darth Vader (Clenched Hand Version) - $37.00 shipped
Darth Maul - $42 shipped
Boushh Leia - $37.50 shipped
Skiff Guard Lando - $42.50 shipped
Han Solo and Yoda (ESB) - $55 and change for the pair, shipped

About $215 for 6 busts - about $30 of which was for shipping on 4 of them (2 had free shipping).

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 21, 2007, 02:38 PM
I think you did pretty well.  I'd have bought the X-wing Luke and IG-88 for those prices :o  Those are amazing deals.

The others are pretty decent.  Vader/Maul are good deals.  I've seen better for Vader (I got it for under $30 shipped but that was when the big glut was on) , but Maul is holding well so that's decent.  I'm still trying to get it for under $40 shipped. 

Leia and Lando I haven't been following, but geez, you're getting them shipped for about what the cheapest places have them for as pre-sales before shipping is added, so I don't think you can complain about that.  Nick might do better with his comic shop but I can't (my guy charges $55 per bust plus taxes :-\ - Cdn dollars though and it's reasonable, but I can beat it). 

Good price too on Han/Yoda too but I think those guys show why they go more often with army builders - they sell better than OT characters.  Kind of a weird trend from my perspective, OT outperformed by PT, but then you have to factor in issue size.  Han too suffers from having a Stormtrooper version out there to compete with as well. 

Overall, nice work.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 21, 2007, 03:35 PM
Darth Vader (Clenched Hand Version) - $37.00 shipped

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2007, 03:56 PM
Thanks Brent, good to know.

Leia and Lando I haven't been following, but geez, you're getting them shipped for about what the cheapest places have them for as pre-sales before shipping is added, so I don't think you can complain about that.  Nick might do better with his comic shop but I can't


If you're interested - I bought those two from this site:  http://www.scifigenre.com/ 

They're running free shipping on orders over $70.00 - but as I type this I remembered that it might not apply to international orders.  They've got some decent prices nonetheless.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2007, 04:17 PM
Darth Vader (Clenched Hand Version) - $37.00 shipped

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

What's the problem?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 21, 2007, 05:48 PM
Darth Vader (Clenched Hand Version) - $37.00 shipped

 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

What's the problem?

Are you referring to the ROTS version with the lightsaber?  Because the original one routinely sells for roughly $250 - $300.  The older one can be seen HERE (https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/catalog/product/detail/7).
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2007, 06:56 PM
Looks like you're right - must be saber version.  I only saw the picture of the boxed item and the hand is up like that but with nothing in it.  Looking at it again it seems like it's not even the same hand.

My bad.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 21, 2007, 07:44 PM
If it's a window box then it's definitely the ROTS version.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 21, 2007, 08:17 PM
Yep - I didn't bother looking too closely because I had neither, wanted a vader, and was happy enough winning it for 29 plus shipping, regardless of which one it was.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 21, 2007, 09:49 PM
It's still a reasonable price as it has started climbing now (finally) and most I watch end in the $30s.  It's also a very nice piece.  I remember seeing it first at C3 in the display there and thinking it was pretty darn impressive. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 12:10 PM
Great call on Froogle.... I looked there and I looked in Yahoo's shopping thing and I just found Grand Moff Tarkin for $35 shipped.

My shopping spree is winding down, but I'm still looking for good deals on Threepio, Greedo, Bossk, Biker Scout, Stormtrooper, and Sandtrooper (orange).

And I just worked out a trade for the Gamorrean Guard.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 22, 2007, 12:38 PM
Looks like you are doing well on this quest.

It's a dangerous path you have taken... But I am glad you are enjoying it...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 08:52 PM
Hey Guys,

What's the deal with this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/BRAND-NEW-STAR-WARS-DARTH-VADER-17CM-BUST-FIGURE-RARE_W0QQitemZ110094892211QQihZ001QQcategoryZ83719QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Is that the first darth vader or is it some knock off?

He doesn't say Gentle Giant and I don't know if that's because this is some rip off or because it's lost in translation.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 08:55 PM

(http://www.rvmshop.net/kenny/vader/DSCF1624.jpg)(http://www.rebelscum.com/gg/gg02darthvaderloose.jpg)

They look the same - is there something I'm missing or is this guy selling these way too cheap?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DSJ on February 22, 2007, 09:19 PM
Fake, the chain around his neck is missing. 

Fake ESB Vader busts?  (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=ggbusts&Number=2295765&Forum=f117&Words=vader%20fake&Searchpage=0&Limit=100&Main=2295765&Search=true&where=bodysub&Name=&daterange=1&newerval=0&newertype=w&olderval=1&oldertype=d&bodyprev=#Post2295765)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 09:19 PM
Thanks Dale...

Is this a common problem with Gentle Giant Mini Busts?

I'd think that people would charge more if they were trying to rip people off.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Jeff on February 22, 2007, 09:19 PM
Is that the first darth vader or is it some knock off?

He doesn't say Gentle Giant and I don't know if that's because this is some rip off or because it's lost in translation.


That is the bootleg - you can tell because it's missing the chain around his neck -

It's not easy to tell the difference, but like Gundam said, the bootleg doesn't have the chain around his neck, as seen in RS's pic here (http://www.rebelscum.com/gg/gg02darthvaderfront.jpg) (which is still tough to see in their dark picture).

(http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBustTN.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/jwall/pics/Vader/IMG_2988-VaderMiniBust.jpg)

Other than the chain, it's pretty hard to tell the difference (when looking at pictures anyway, I don't have the real GG bust) unless you look at the bottom.  Interestingly, it has a Lucasfilm copyright from 2005 as The Encore Group (http://www.the-encore-group.com/).  I'm not sure if that is legitimate or not since I haven't been able to find out much about the company besides their website under construction.

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02tn.jpg) (http://www.jedidefender.com/image.pl?http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/5-06/GGBustVaderKnockoff02.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 09:20 PM
Thanks Jeff - yikes.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 22, 2007, 09:21 PM
The listing seems a little sketchy even though the guy has decent feedback.  I would email him and ask for the following:  The serial number and/or a photo of the base.  Also to see if the original packaging is included.

There have been cases of people painting the chrome Vader's to look like the original edition Vader.  So be cautious, because this piece will routinely sell for over $250.

***EDIT - I hadn't seen the replies immediately above mine.  Plus, look at the chest plate and compare it to the RS image that you linked to.  You'll notice that the controls on the chest plate aren't painted well, and there are some slight paint inconsistencies there.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 09:24 PM
I already emailed him - we'll see what he says, but now I sort of have the answer to the question and he won't be getting a dime from me.

Thanks for the replies everyone....  Are there any other notorious knockoffs in this line?



In other news, my Grand Moff Tarkin order ($35 shipped) was cancelled... turns out the 'in stock' status on the website I ordered it from was a mistake.  Shame.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 22, 2007, 09:25 PM
Who was the e-tailer?  If it was Toyglobe, then watch out.  They've got a rep for screwing people over.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 22, 2007, 09:26 PM
For the Tarkin?  It was Finar Comics (www.finarcomics.com).

The guy was apologetic in his email and offered me some discounts on comics trying to get my business... he seems legit.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 23, 2007, 04:53 PM
Love my Chewie bust I got the other day; he's absolutely huge!:

(http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid224/p8bb697156cf5469bef3f6ba117e1d8e0/ea8d8a09.jpg)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on February 23, 2007, 05:12 PM
Chewie is awesome !

I love him. I am glad to see they took the care to add flexibility to the ends to avoid breakage.

Great piece  !
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 23, 2007, 05:23 PM
No doubt the Chewie is great.

I just ordered myself a Tarkin finally - him and Greedo are probably the two I'm the most excited about getting at the moment.

If I can just find a Greedo for a reasonable price that is.   :P
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 12:11 PM
I just placed an order, but I have a feeling that I'm about to get a phone call saying that these were on their website by error just like the Finar Comics thing, but this site seems to be accepting orders for lots of the older busts at original prices:

http://www.nostalgia50splus.com/catalog_c252702.html

This looks like another too-good-to-be-true scenario:

Biker Scout 45$
Greedo 45$
Boba Fett 50$
First Vader 50$
Dooku 45$
E2 Yoda 45$
etc...

They've also got Anakin, Obi-Wan, Zam, Stormtrooper, Bossk, Tarkin, Gamorrean Guard, and a slew of others listed for similar prices.

Thoughts?



I figured I'd post it just incase it is legit - even though it almost certainly isn't.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 25, 2007, 12:31 PM
I went all the way through to the billing but it didn't come up as a secure page when I went to enter my credit card info, so no matter how much I want those first release busts, I can't do it.  If you succeed, lmk and I'll place an order, but I'm just too scared of putting my CC info out there without the little lock appearing at the bottom :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 12:36 PM
There's no lock, but the http: turns into an https: - that's supposed to mean they're secure...

I wasn't too worried about that when I ordered - I was more worried about them being some shill company that was going to take my money and not send product - but I've got total security protection on the Bank of America card I used... and I was careful not to give them debit information so I could always contact my bank and Visa if anything goes awry.

I made a big order.... you can't beat those prices, not in a million years - but like i said, I fully expect to find out today that the listings were in error and that they just haven't updated their site in 2 years or some crap like that.

No way do I get my hands on Boba Fett for $50 - way too good to be true.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 25, 2007, 12:41 PM
Aaaaaaaaaargh, so tempting.  I have Fett, but getting the Vader and Yoda would be so sweet.  I hope you get them so I can kick myself in the head later.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 12:44 PM
Well they're on the west-coast.  So I don't expect them to be open for another hour or two.  They might not be open at all on a Sunday.  The photograph of the store looks like it's in a mall though - so I'm going to call them again in an hour or two and see if I can get someone to confirm (or cancel) my order.  There is a hold for the amount that I ordered showing up on my bank page... so as long as they actually have those items, it seems to be all good - not that they're going to actually have any of that in stock of course.   :-\

I'll update when I get solid info.


Looks like the mall opens at 1:00 my time, 11:00 on the west coast... going to call soon.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 25, 2007, 01:58 PM
If they have them, order a couple of Vaders and Yodas. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 02:02 PM
If they have them, I'll ask them to add whatever they've got of each to my existing order - don't get your hopes up though.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 25, 2007, 02:06 PM
No, hopes not up, but it sure would be cool.  My luck would be they'd have one of each.  LOL.  And I'll get you to send them to Jim in Minneapolis and have him send them up to me ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 02:13 PM
Well no answer so far - I did manage to find the mall they're at, and call the mall - the mall opened at 11:00 pacific (pacific right?), and the Nostalgia store is still listed in their directory.  All indications are that it's a real business.

The inventory question still stands though.

I'm going to call them again at 30 past the hour.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 02:27 PM
Well I just spoke with Ken at Nostalgia in the Temecula Promenade Mall.

He was real friendly on the phone and he says that the website inventory was in a warehouse, and not in the store, so he couldn't guarantee that the items were in stock.  He took my name and number down and said that he or Doc (who handles the website) would call me sometime tomorrow with confirmations of what they do or do not have in stock.

So, no answer today - but they did promise me a full refund if I want it for any reason.

Everything about it says legit - there is just of course that one pesky thing of...is it really possible that they have these 2 and 3 year old items in stock still and that no one else snatched them all up before now.

I still doubt it.

I'll post whatever I find out when I find out.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 25, 2007, 04:29 PM
I doubt it too, it's extremely, extremely unlikely.  But it can happen.  I've been talking with someone that quite likely has only the second known carded vintage 12 Back DT Obi-Wan Kenobi that they just found in a box (not locally) and how bloody likely was that to happen? 

Great news if it works out, no surprise if it doesn't. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 25, 2007, 05:55 PM
I called the store regarding the first edition Darth Vader.  They looked up the stock number in their computer and it came up as out of stock.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 25, 2007, 06:08 PM
That's what I expect to happen, although the guy insisted that he couldn't tell what was in the warehouse from his store.

So I'm going to hang onto a slim possibility until I hear from the warehouse - but like I keep saying, my expectation is that I'll be canceling my massive order once they get back to me tomorrow.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on February 26, 2007, 06:10 PM
If they do have those items in stock hopefully they have enough to go around for the lot of us who want them.  I have a few looking at that list I want/need for cheap prices.

Edit: Just took a look and it seems that none of them appear to be in stock. 
Here's the information for the Yoda
Quote
Item Id: 6017227
Price: $45.00
In Stock: 0
Qty :    

All of them seem to be like that. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 26, 2007, 08:40 PM
Well aren't I the jackass... I didn't even notice the quantity instock # right there.

Although it's a little irresponsible of them to leave that crap on their website when there is a zero percent chance that they'll ever get them in again.  And I think it's pretty dumb that my order was allowed to go through when nothing is in stock.

Oh well - as noted many times, seemed way too good to be true and I didn't expect it to actually happen.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 26, 2007, 10:28 PM
While I was speaking with one of these guys on the phone I overheard him telling the person who I think is his webguy to update the website with some sold out indications.  Oh well.  :(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 26, 2007, 11:49 PM
As well they should.  I think they were reluctant to cancel mine right away for hopes that they could call up the distributors and just order more.  It's pretty clear that Star Wars is a small bit of their overall business and they don't really know too much about the GG products.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 27, 2007, 04:04 PM
Well I just spoke with Ken again - he says that they did have to pull everything from their website, but that was because after I talked about it here they got 15 or 16 orders all at once that they can't fill.

He said that when he spoke to the warehouse yesterday, he was told that they think they can fill 60 to 70% of my order.  I'm sure that if there's anything left it won't be the Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, or Biker Scouts... but at least this saga is interesting still.

Most of me still expects to be told that the entire order has to be canceled - but we'll see.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on February 27, 2007, 04:32 PM
What all did you order Rob? 

I can see the Vader/Yoda/Fett team being long gone from stock, but maybe not some other stuff.  Strange things pop up in strange places, so who knows. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on February 27, 2007, 04:48 PM
I ordered everything except for Gammorean Guard, Tarkin, and X-Wing Luke.  But I'm going to re-tool my order when I find out exactly what they do or do not have.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Deanna Rash on February 27, 2007, 05:09 PM
 :( I was wanting the Obi and Mace,but out of stock :( I do hope GG does a ROTS Obi.I could have picked all those up at CII 75.00 for the Obi and Mace.I could kick myself now >:( :-X
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on February 28, 2007, 09:32 PM
Moving forward to the present, the Plo Koon mini-bust is now in stores!  I picked up mine at my local comic shop today.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Deanna Rash on February 28, 2007, 10:06 PM
 ;D Good! mine should be arriving anyday now!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 1, 2007, 02:49 PM
There's finally a worthwhile update to my ongoing saga with Nostalgia.

He's got a Threepio, a Greedo, and a Bossk.  I'm going to take the Bossk and Greedo at $45 each.

So, not the deal of a lifetime, but a solid price for Greedo nonetheless.

He has a supplier who is on vacation this week that he will be trying to contact when he gets back on Sunday to see if there's anything else he can scrape together (because he clearly wants to sell me these things...) but I doubt there will be any more to it.

He's going to credit me for the entire order, and then re-charge me for the pair.



Here's the details of this get-started shopping spree I've been on.



Already Had:

IG-88
X-Wing Luke
Chewbacca


Have now added:

ROTS Clone (White)
Leia (Boushh)
Lando (Skiff)
Han Solo
Yoda (ESB)
Darth Maul
Sandtrooper (White Pauldron)
Grand Moff Tarkin
Gamorrean Guard


Have won or purchased and already paid for:
Greedo
Stormtrooper
Threepio (Gold)
Vader (ROTS Version)
Grievous
Plo Koon
Qui-Gon
Sandtrooper (Orange)
Biker Scout
501st Clone
Bossk


And I've got a local place all lined up to do pre-orders on future busts.  They do 15% off for pre-orders.  I'll pay tax, but save a bunch on shipping...


My short list that I'm targeting now is the Biker Scout, and if a freelance job I'm hoping to land next week comes in, Boba Fett.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Famine on March 4, 2007, 12:08 AM
That's quite the build up ya got there Rob. How do you have them displayed (or will you have them displayed)?

Kevin
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 4, 2007, 11:51 AM
I bought some 8" shelves yesterday.  I'm going to move the Large Legos to the top shelf of the other wall above the regular legos, then put 3 or 4 of these 8" deep shelves where the big legos were - it will be just GG busts in that spot.

I'll update the photos once it fills out a little.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: ruiner on March 5, 2007, 09:35 AM
Rob's on a mission!

You've got balls going down a new avenue...but it's a nice one to travel...from what I've seen.

 ;)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 5, 2007, 11:27 AM
I did a little bit of a garage sale on ebay the other week... so while I've spent a lot on busts at this point, only about a third of it was out of pocket, which I can stomach.

It's definitely a very expensive end of the hobby though, especially when you missed out on lots of these at their initial prices. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Madcow on March 5, 2007, 11:34 AM
It's definitely a very expensive end of the hobby though, especially when you missed out on lots of these at their initial prices. 

And it's that which made me drop this line as quickly as I started it. They're great pieces but at the rate that GG is pumping them out and the amount of exclusives on top of trying to catch up, I figured I was saving myself a headache. I kept Yoda and Chewie and i'm done, well until the Chewie exclusive comes out...  >:(
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 5, 2007, 01:31 PM
You've definitely blazed an impressive intial trail into the mini-bust line, Rob.  I got into this line in a big way back in 2004 with the Biker Scout.  I had lucked out the year before when I got the blue Clone Trooper mini-bust at Wizard World Chicago.  Talk about LUCK!  If I knew then what I know about the mini-bust line now, I would have been doing backflips the whole way home from Chicago.

Backtracking is definitely a little tough.  I guess I've had it a bit easier since I got every mini-bust release since the summer of 2004 at retail price or lower with the exception of the Blackhole Stormtrooper.  But backtracking on pieces like the AOTC Yoda, Jango Fett, AOTC Clone Commander and Boba Fett definitely cost me.  I still have two backtrack pieces left on my own list:  the 1st edition Darth Vader (which I've got a great lead on) and the red AOTC Clone Trooper.  That one is going to take some considerable time/effort/cash.  As for your own list of HTF mini-busts?  Save the searches for those on eBay and get email notifications on them.  Track them and decide for yourself which ones are worth bidding on and which aren't.

The good thing you've got going for you is that with this years's line somewhat well laid out, you can plan for some of the exclusives if you're really hot to get them.  The Clone Commanders might prove a bit of a challenge, but they shouldn't be priced to crazily.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 5, 2007, 01:50 PM
Do we know edition sizes for the clone commanders yet?  I could see a couple of them being 1000 or so (Blister exclusive) but expect 2500 or more for most of them. 

As for backtracking, I've resolved myself to not needing the AOTC Clones I missed.  Blue/red/yellow/white = $1000+ and I like the styling of the ROTS clones more.  Though even at that I'm getting cloned out between everything that's been released and what's yet to show up.  I even still have a spare regular white ROTS clone to offload. 

Yoda's first release is a very nice piece and I'm often tempted.  Vader's first would be very nice to own as well, but I won't buy the cheap knockoff and do own the chrome version.  So I have a hard time resolving buying that one. 

This line isn't nearly as irritating to me as the damn missing smoked Anakin variant from the bustups line :-\
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 5, 2007, 01:54 PM
I'm not terribly interested in the EII clones myself either - unless I find a great deal on some of them.

The other ones that don't interest me right now are the first run busts that lack arms.  The Dooku I want, because with the cape it doesn't look like the arms are cut off - but the others I'm in absolutely no rush on.  I could see the completist in me taking over at some point - but that's most certainly not now.


Nick, I got a reply from your friend last night, he asked me to send him a list - it was a pretty short list but I sent it nonetheless.

Thanks again for forwarding me that.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 5, 2007, 05:20 PM
Today was a fun mail day - Vader, Greedo, and the Stormtrooper came today. 

This week I don't think I'm ordering any unless some real crazy deal pops up.  I'm going to be looking for things to auction to raise enough for a Fett.  The goal is to have ordered that Fett by this time next week.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 5, 2007, 07:49 PM
Do we know edition sizes for the clone commanders yet?  I could see a couple of them being 1000 or so (Blister exclusive) but expect 2500 or more for most of them. 

No official word yet.  Word is that there will be 500 of the box sets.  And I would figure that at least 500 would be sold at Blister and Forbidden Planet.  And GG is likely to sell the same number of those pieces online as they sell at the site.

They also made a point of saying that there would be plenty of busts available.  I'm guessing that they'll probably have the same edition sizes for each of the 5 pieces, and they'll probably make at least as many of these as they made of the C3 Sandtrooper.  So 2,500 each or more seems about right.

As for backtracking, I've resolved myself to not needing the AOTC Clones I missed.  Blue/red/yellow/white = $1000+ and I like the styling of the ROTS clones more.  Though even at that I'm getting cloned out between everything that's been released and what's yet to show up.  I even still have a spare regular white ROTS clone to offload. 

I'm still gonna try getting the AOTC red Clone Trooper.  It's one of the last pieces I need to complete my mini-bust collection.  I'm trying to be as frugal as possible and I'm searching out the best deal possible.  But it's definitely not going to be cheap.

Rob -- glad to hear that you got in contact with him.  I hope it works out for you.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 5, 2007, 11:48 PM
Nick,
If I were in your shoes and had the rest of the AOTC clones, I'd probably finish off as well.  As for me, the only AOTC clones I have are the green sargeant from SWS.com that I got for cost and the Clone Pilot, which I bought on ebay for $100 shipped.  I still think that one is really neat.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 6, 2007, 12:21 AM
It's definitely a goal that's within my sight with only 2 older mini-busts left to go.  And I think it's realistic with a decent ammount of planning.  I'm probably going to take my own advice and wait until Christmas time to buy a red Clone.  That's probably when the best deals will be out there.

As for the Christmas gift mini-busts, I haven't even bothered to look at what they go for on eBay.  And frankly when I did see what the silver & gold Sandtrooper was selling for, I gave up.  It was just too expensive to pursue buying one.  Not sure about the Christmas Salacious Crumb either, but again these are pieces that are not within a reasonable person's grasp so that is where the limit lies.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 6, 2007, 10:07 AM
IIRC the last time I saw an xmas Salacious Crumb it was about $1000.

But I could be wrong on that, I wasn't paying too much attention.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: ruiner on March 6, 2007, 10:13 AM
Being that you guys collect these (and I don't) how would you feel if GG re-released some of the now 'hard to find' busts (including ones you already have)?

I wish companies would re-think their strategies and try to make popular characters (or props, in my case) available to 'casual' collectors.

I'm trying to collect MR 1:1 lightsabers from ANH and have run into a roadblock with the Obi Wan saber.  Even the Vader is a little tough to find.

With the 30th Anniversary now here, I think some of these marketing gurus should have tied in some of their cooler, ANH related collectibles into the occassion.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 6, 2007, 10:48 AM
IMO, as much as it sucks shelling tons of money for an older one, re-releases would kill the collectible nature of these. 

Now, what they did with Yoda and Vader (and soon Jango) where they just re-sculpt and put out a new (larger) edition of a popular figure is fine by me... the older ones retain their value.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 6, 2007, 11:07 AM
The limited editions add to the collectibility of the mini-bust line.  I actually broached the same subject with an exec at Gentle Giant a couple of years ago.  His response was that they want to maintain the collectibility, and that includes maintaining the integrity of the limited editions.  He said that if they went back and did that they would wind up alienating most of their customer base. 

BUT, that wouldn't keep them from going back and doing new versions of characters that were very popular.  Witness the multiple versions of Darth Vader and Yoda.  And also take notice of just how big the edition sizes were on those second editions.  Vader was around 20,000 pieces and Yoda was in the neighborhood of 15,000.  They sold very well, but they also wound up selling at greatly discounted prices in a number of cases.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Darth Kenobi on March 6, 2007, 02:59 PM
I happy with the limited editions of the bust and hope GG don't re-release any of the older bust.  I like the fact that these bust are something that alot of people don't have in they collections since alot of the Hasbro stuff most of us have.  These Limited Bust are something that make my collection unique compared to anyone elses.  Now this hurts me too since I didn't start collecting these until after AOTC clones came out so I have a bunch of the older Ep2 ones, Vader, Fett, and Red Clone to get caught up with the first released bust.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Hemish on March 6, 2007, 08:27 PM
Or ya can do what I chose to do and just go OT only, only proplem is still tracking down that dam Fett !!
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 7, 2007, 02:15 AM
Just ordered an Anakin Revealed Bust... I paid $46 plus shipping on a Buy it Now - but there haven't been many on eBay lately and I started getting worried that they aren't going to get any easier to find...  I saw one that ended for $31 a few days ago, but all the rest (by the time you factor shipping) have been more than this one.

Maybe I could have done a few dollars better - but I figured what the hell...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JesseVader08 on March 7, 2007, 02:25 AM
I'd be interested in seeing some pictures of it when you have the time Rob.  It's not often I pass on a Vader item of any kind, but the face sculpt looked pretty bland to me.  However, any pics I've seen so far make it very difficult to make a fair assessment.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 7, 2007, 02:26 AM
By the time this one gets here, most of the ones I ordered will be here already - so I'll take some pictures of everything and get them up here.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 7, 2007, 10:44 AM
It's a better price than I paid Rob ::)  I ordered mine directly from EE at full retail, so you definitely beat what I paid on it.  I should have known better, given the edition size. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 11, 2007, 11:57 PM
Well, here's a photo of where I'm at now:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/rfoster/031107/Star_Wars_031107_0003.jpg)


I've also got Dooku, Bossk, 501st Clone, Threepio (OT), Anakin Reveal and Palpatine on the way.  I've got funds set aside for Boba Fett now - if any of you know anyone selling one... 

I've gotten to the point now where all the ones I'm looking for run from $75 to $125, so I'm going to be slowed a little bit unless I find some good deals at the show this weekend.   My shortlist looks like this now:   Boba Fett, Han Stormtrooper (Brent?), Luke Stormtrooper, Utapau Clone, Shock Trooper, Gray AFX Clone, Sandtrooper Corporal, Salacious Crumb.

Also, I updated with all new photos of my whole collection today... link is in my sig if anyone is interested.


Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 12, 2007, 12:09 AM
Nice collection Rob. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on March 12, 2007, 08:20 AM
Very nice collection, gives me the urge to start buying them.  ;D I'll just keep telling myself i don't need them, i don't need them, i don't need them...
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: ruiner on March 12, 2007, 08:51 AM
Man, I love that camera you have.

Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DarkKnight2k4 on March 12, 2007, 09:47 AM
Looking good ! Talk about a jump start !

I like that you have them lined up and spaced across.

It allows you to take it the piece as a whole and enjoy it.

Very nice !
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 12, 2007, 03:31 PM
Biker Scout question for everyone.  The one I got over the weekend has some crusty looking white stuff on his hand.  The seller tells me that this is part of the statue, part of the digital imaging process they went through and that it's minty mint.

Just wanted to see if you guys had stuff like that on yours.

You can see it a little bit in this image, but I didn't take it with that specifically in mind:

(http://www.jedidefender.com/rfoster/031107/Star_Wars_031107_0042.jpg)

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: DualSaberMaster on March 12, 2007, 03:38 PM
Some of the earlier busts came rapped in tissue like paper, it looks as if some of it gets stuck or melted on the busts.

I know I've had alot of mint/unopened busts come with this stuff on it.  The stuff usually comes off with some lukewarm water with a soft terry cloth towel.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 12, 2007, 04:05 PM
Whatever this stuff is, it's down in the little lines etched into his hand, and it does not seem to come off.  I even gently ran the back of an x-acto (nothing that would cause damage) through there to see if it would scrape off and nothing moved.  It definitely seems to be part of the resin or some similar material, whatever it is.  It's not so bad that it ruins the bust or stands out too much, but I was curious enough to email the guy about it.

I'll try to get a better picture tonight.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 12, 2007, 06:16 PM
That's probably the tissue paper that the bust was packed in.  That has definitely been an issue with some pieces, and seems to have been limited to early releases.  It seems to be a case of the tissue paper being applied while the paint may not have been completely dried.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Bobafett77 on March 12, 2007, 10:14 PM
That's probably the tissue paper that the bust was packed in.  That has definitely been an issue with some pieces, and seems to have been limited to early releases.  It seems to be a case of the tissue paper being applied while the paint may not have been completely dried.

Hit the nail on the head here. My Biker Scout bust doesn't have any white residue on the hands but do have another bust with this same issue. I bought it brand new and when I opened it the paper was definitely adhered to the paint. Luckily it was on the base and towards the back of the bust.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 12, 2007, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the tip Nick.  It isn't really bad or anything - and with a number like #0028, I'm okay with it.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 13, 2007, 10:47 AM
Back with more questions....

I'm trying to come up with a game plan to get my hands on the 5 clone commanders and Malak.  I've got at least one person who's going to try to help me out at C4, but I certainly don't know anyone at Blister or the one in the UK.

So, my question is, if I'm not able to find help on these, and I don't win the raffles (a very likely possibility) and I'm not able to secure duplicates of any of the US ones for trade bait, how much do you guys think these things are going to cost on eBay?

And, is it better to jump in and buy one on eBay right away, or do the prices on things like this settle down a little bit later on?
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 13, 2007, 11:28 AM
These will hit eBay in several waves.  First there will be the pre-sells.  You can write every single one of those off.  They'll all be overpriced, so don't even bother.  Then there will be the ones that get listed right around the show.  The prices there will fluctuate on those, and you may find some bargains.  A few weeks after that the prices will settle out and you can figure out what the market price is going to be.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 15, 2007, 01:33 PM
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on March 15, 2007, 02:41 PM
I have to say your determination really makes me think i can back track too and get into this. I am standing strong and not doing it, but i do have one lonely bust, Salacious Crumb. Makes me think i should get a few more. I actually wanted the BHS and Mara but that didn't work out. I think that I would like Malak as well. So who know what this line holds for me, but i am still standing strong. Either way, great job of playing catch up and your set up looks great.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 15, 2007, 03:28 PM
I am standing strong and not doing it, but i do have one lonely bust, Salacious Crumb.

I could end your dilemma if you want to just sell him to me.   ;D


I kid of course.  It was really helpful to do what I did... I threw a bunch of old SW junk on eBay.  It was one part garage sale, closet clean out, one part collection upgrade.  Once the money hit the Paypal account, I just used it on other auctions.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Morgbug on March 15, 2007, 04:04 PM
Rob,
I do have that Han Stormtrooper, it's only a question of digging it out and that won't happen prior to April.  Otherwise it's yours so feel free to cross it off. 

Otherwise your list looks like about $600-800 to complete.  The Utapau was a huge pain, so much so I ordered a full box of six to get it for relatively cheap.  I sold off one of the white clones and the blue clone already, but still have another white clone lying around ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 15, 2007, 04:25 PM
If I'm able to find a Han for less than you paid for yours plus shipping before April, I'll probably pick it up.  So I'll leave it on the list for now. 

I'm thinking it breaks down about like this give or take $10 or 15 on each:

Han - $75
Utapau - $110
Shock Trooper $100
Sandtrooper - $110
Salacious Crumb - $100
AOTC Threepio - $75

So yeah - I think my estimate is on the low end of yours.  I've seen all of these end at prices near or below what I'm estimating - it will just be a matter of finding the right deals.  Even though most of me hopes I don't find any good deals, I may end up with one or two of these by the end of the weekend if I can find them at Phillip's con.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 18, 2007, 10:06 PM
My local shop just got in the Jedi Knight Luke bust.  I'm going in tomorrow to pick one up.  I also ordered Salacious Crumb and am working on a deal for a Shock Trooper.

Just when I thought I'd learned to control myself.

Also, I went to Phillip's convention yesterday looking for good deals.  There were only a handful of busts at the entire show, and the only one that I didn't have was a lone Mara Jade - but it was an AP and he wanted $200 for it.  Mara Jade is near the absolute bottom of my wants list as it is.  So there you go.

Edit:  Shock Trooper and Sandtrooper Corporal are bought.  If you believe eBay's completed auctions are an indicator of what they're worth, I got pretty good deals on both.

Utapau Clone, Stormtrooper Han, and AOTC Threepio - then I'm done except for new releases, I swear.  ::)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: evenflow on March 19, 2007, 10:43 PM
Utapau Clone, Stormtrooper Han, and AOTC Threepio - then I'm done except for new releases, I swear.  ::)

HAHAHA, thats what i sadi after i bought the glasslite 3PO, and then i bought the vinyl Jawa, i was actually one click away from buying a Takara C-3po but i really couldnt do it. We are all so addicted its not funny. Its great, but not funny. I am broke and still looking for something to buy tonight.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 20, 2007, 10:49 AM
I'm really really taking a break on these last 3 for a few weeks.  The only way I'd consider buying now is if someone dropped a Utapau Clone in my lap for under $100 shipped, or a ST Han for under $60 shipped (Same for Threepio).  Both are unlikely.

Jedi Knight Luke will be in stock locally tomorrow - so there goes another $45. 

It's definitely gotten ridiculous. 
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 23, 2007, 12:40 AM
Also the Royal Guards are up too:

(https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/images/product/12/218/Product_SW_RoyalGrd/productDetail.png)
(https://www.gentlegiantltd.com/images/product/12/219/Product_SW_SenateGrd/productDetail.png)
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Rob on March 23, 2007, 01:03 AM
I'm all over those.  I'm going to have to resist the temptation to buy a pair of the Royal Guards to flank Palpatine.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: Nicklab on March 23, 2007, 01:37 AM
The guards are a very nice addition to the mini-bust line.  I don't know that I'll get more than one of each, but these are definitely very cool.  I'm a little curious about why they went with the ROTS era Senate guard.  He only appears in one scene, and very briefly, whereas the TPM and AOTC Senate Guard has a little more screen time.

As for the classic line?  I'm probably going to pass on it unless there is something completely amazing offered.  It's a significantly smaller series of busts, and doesn't really mesh with the mini-bust line for me.  I see it as something of a gateway offering, an attempt to get people into Gentle Giant's product line but at a lower price point.  I also think they're using it to get into a wider array of retail outlets, since the suggested retail price is supposed to be $29.99.
Title: Re: Gentle Giant Busts
Post by: JayDouble on March 23, 2007, 01:42 AM