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Title: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: jokabofe on May 5, 2005, 11:36 PM
I'm in the process of packing up my collection room for the time being ( :'( ) and was looking at some of my figures... and I was just wondering, what Episode 1 figure did you have the hardest time finding?

For me, since I'm a variation collector, I would have to say the Yoda w/Episode 1 Text was by far the hardest figure for me to find. Even though I am still trying to find an affordable loose Amidala Ascension and Pit Droid 2 pack, I could have had 20 of each back in the day, but didn't feel like paying the $10 each price at FAO Schwartz (if I only knew then what I know now, eh?)....

So what figure was the hardest for you to find?
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Jeff on May 6, 2005, 10:44 AM
My "hardest to find" Episode 1 Figure was the stupid "Swimming Jar-Jar".  I think he was 1-per-case in that box and I kept just missing him.  :-\

I'd find Soft Goods Qui-Gon and Damaged Droideka, but that dang Gungan eluded me to the very end. I lucked out and stumbled into a cache of the HTF Collection 2 and 3 figures (Sio, Ascention Maidala, Pit Droids, R2-B1, TC-14), but that stupid "swimming JarJar" took a while.

The worst part is I was stressing over not having a JarJar figure... ::)

Jeff

Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: YodaCollector on May 7, 2005, 11:26 PM
The episode 1 with text was a bit of a pain but it was those darn non-us figures that were hard. I only collect Yoda and have been working to get a complete run of the Epsiode 1 yoda figures.

(http://www.yodacollector.com/rebelscum/ep1front.JPG)
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: bobafett14 on May 8, 2005, 06:41 AM
As far as the regular release single packed figs, for me the hardest would have to be (in order with 1 being hardest):

1)Amidala ascention
2)TC-14
3)R2-B1
4)Sio Bibble
5)Pit Droid 2 pack
6)Battle Damaged Droideka
7)Swimming Jar-Jar
8)Holo sidious
9)EP I text Yoda


Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Angry Ewok on May 8, 2005, 05:28 PM
TC-14 and R2-B1
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: JesseVader08 on May 8, 2005, 10:46 PM
Darth Sidious - Holograph
Pit Droids (2pack)
Queen Amidala - Battle
Qui-Gon Jinn - Jedi Master
R2-B1
Sio Bibble
TC-14

... cuz I'm still looking for them.  At prices below eBay right now.   ::)
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Ben on May 10, 2005, 02:28 AM
I had to order TC-14 and R2-B1 from an online store since I never found them at retail. Never did see the Yoda with Ep. I text.

I found Amidala w/ Ascension Gun, Sio, and the Pit Droids on sale at Target for $3 a piece, and they had a bunch there. I bought two sets, and traded off the Pit Droids for a Mynock Hunt set that I couldn't find during the Great Purge. I stumbled onto Swimming Jar Jar easily too. I actually had a harder time getting the Droideka from that wave.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Morgbug on May 10, 2005, 12:40 PM
Darth Sidious - Holograph
Pit Droids (2pack)
Queen Amidala - Battle
Qui-Gon Jinn - Jedi Master
R2-B1
Sio Bibble
TC-14

... cuz I'm still looking for them. At prices below eBay right now. ::)


Does that mean below retail? :P

These were never available in Canada, as I'm sure Jesse knows.  Another example of Hasbro Canada dumping the line before it actually stops, most infuriating. But once I began trading I ended up with very few problems finding any of these. 

Amidala was tough and she didn't come cheap trade-wise, though I only paid $3 CAD for my loose version. Actually I got the entire Ep I run for $3 CAD per figure, so while I inherited a lot of crap with it, it balanced out quite well in the end.  I traded a lot of the commons 2 for 1.  One what?  Red ARC trooper. ;D

I've had six holo Sidious go through my hands at one point or another.  I'd always take this kind of stuff as trade fare and he seemed remarkably common on the secondary market. 

The only thing I paid above retail for was the pit droid two pack, the last piece I needed.  Then I got my loose version in the set I bought.  Sio was kind of tough, I've only ever negotiated for my loose and one carded.  Never had extras of that.  Never had extras of the swimming Jar Jar either, but never wanted them.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Dressel Rebel on June 26, 2005, 09:19 AM
For me it was pretty much that Sio Bibble, Red Goatee Naboo Guard, Holo Sidious wave.  I did see it at retail once and bought it.  I didn't like the ascension gun Padme or pit droid 2 pack and left those.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 26, 2005, 11:19 PM
The last wave of each collection was universally hard to find, and if you're going to go with the accesory sets as well, since they have the same card size, the second wave is harder to find than any of the figures.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Darth Slothus on July 22, 2005, 11:23 AM
My order went like this (found all of these at stores) I always hit the local 24 hour Wal mart at 2 Am when these got stocked.

Swimming Jar Jar
Tc14 and the astromech
last wave (amidala ascension)
yoda w/text
Holo sidious wave (with red guard)
flat bubble r2

I only saw the Jar Jar wave once in any store; the amidala wave I saw everywhere-I have an extra set of those- I saw the droid wave in 2 different Kmarts- I had a chance to get 4 sets of these but one store got a damaged case that crushed all the cards and bubbles.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Ranat on August 5, 2005, 11:24 PM
The Fambaa is giving me a hard time to locate at a "reasonable" price. And when I say reasonable, I don't mean $120 plus shipping on Ebay. I hope to get mine for around $90.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: evenflow on August 8, 2005, 12:53 PM
The Fambaa was expensive when it came out. I bought it at retail. To be honest with you i totally forgot about it until reading this post.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: TheBlackDog on August 9, 2005, 11:39 AM
Swimming Jar Jar. I picked him up at Disney Orlando's Star Wars store when I was living at Jacksonville at the time. Paid $10 for him.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Matt_Fury on August 9, 2005, 01:40 PM
I would have to say that Light Up Holo Darth Maul.  Although not necessarily considered one of the 3.75" figures, I never managed to get one.

As far as standard carded figures, I would say the later waves (Sio Bibble, Battle Amidala TC-14) were the toughest, but that was when I was ordering cases of figures from Newforce, so it wasn't too hard for me.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: CorranHorn on August 17, 2005, 03:10 AM
I would have to say that Light Up Holo Darth Maul.  Although not necessarily considered one of the 3.75" figures, I never managed to get one.

Wow that's freaky! That was a Walmart exclusive I believe and I had found mine on clearance for a total of, now get this... 50 cents. They had a huge box full of the Mauls, no Qui-Gons though which struck me as odd, since Maul was still gold then.

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As far as standard carded figures, I would say the later waves (Sio Bibble, Battle Amidala TC-14) were the toughest, but that was when I was ordering cases of figures from Newforce, so it wasn't too hard for me.

The last wave (Sio Bibble, Ascension Padme, TC-14, R2-B1, and the Pit Droids)was the hardest for the main figure line for sure for so many. Ironically the only figure I never saw in stores was TC-14 and I only saw the other 4 one time, thankfully I picked those all up in one shot and eventually got TC-14 in a trade. I remember when everyone was raving about the rarity of the Swimming Jar-Jar and how sought after that POS was and I had saw a shelf full of em on vacation in Florida.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Darth Slothus on August 17, 2005, 01:25 PM
Seriously ..the light -up holo darth maul?? My local Walmart had ..about 100 or so of those on the floor...they wouldn't sell so they ended up clearancing them out...I laughed because every time I went in the store they were still there..lower in clearance, until one day I went in and they were under a dollar- I never bought it because I thought it was lame
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Tijuanajedi on September 14, 2005, 05:52 PM
Amidala battle, I still dont have her.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: blaster_e11 on November 3, 2005, 09:29 AM
the only one i miss is r2b1, i've never seen this blue droid :(
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Victor_Von_Doom on November 13, 2005, 01:22 AM
Besides variations, for me its been Eopie w/Qui Gon and Ascension Gun Amidala. I've come across everything else multiple times.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: mr director on February 24, 2006, 09:59 AM
definitely TC-14 and r2-b1.  never saw them on the shelf and still can't seem to get one on ebay.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Clone Commander on February 26, 2006, 07:44 PM
Hologram Sidious.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: roron corobb on February 27, 2006, 12:20 PM
I would have to say Sio Bibble and/or the second wave of accessories sets. Still don't have them.
roron corobb
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Jesse James on February 28, 2006, 12:24 AM
The only thing about the accessory sets was that Toy Maniacs had them for ages...  If ya wanted to go the online route.  That was what I did at the time for those.  If they'd been the first set they'd have blown out the door.

For me, the toughest finds were figures i never saw in stores...

-Sio Bibble
-TC-14
-R2-B1
-Swimming Jar Jar
-Ascension Amidala

I found a Pit Droid 2-pack and holo Sidious but only once...  So for me they're close seconds in the running.  The others I had to trade for.  I still dont' have Ascension Amidala out of those...  :(

These are just basic figures though.  They're at least findable...  Stuff like Eopie w/Qui Gon, or Bonus Pit Droids...  That's stuff I want but man I just doubt I'll ever get it. :(
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: roron corobb on March 1, 2006, 12:00 AM
JJ,
I feel you there with the bonus Pit Droids, have been looking on ebay for two years now with no luck on find some that are decent in price. I also would like to get an Eopie, but I don't need the Qui-Gon.
roron corobb
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: tonphanan on March 20, 2006, 12:29 PM
I am still in need of TC-14. I saw the droid once and passed it up cause I figured it would stick around, course I was wrong.  Got accession padme off of ebay for $20 the card was a little bent but at this point I don't care.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Jesse James on March 20, 2006, 08:34 PM
I was at the Pitt Toy Show here a weekend ago or so, and saw TC-14 at it...  $50 was the dealer's asking price.  I just laughed and moved on...  Not that I needed TC-14 but when I saw the price I was just amazed.  This guy had that same figure for like $30 the last show.  Prices are jacking up on everything.  Even old pegwarmers that sold for $1.99 clearance are going back up at Toy Shows in some lame attempt to capitalize quickly.

Same stuff'll come back down in price...

Tonphanan, make sure you put out want lists (and what you have too) around our classifieds boards.  You'll find what you're looking for perhaps.  I get some good leads on stuff now and then and I'm not even allt hat active in online trading (not as active as I would like to be anyway).

The Padme's my last need (other than an Eopie really) from E1, and it's a figure I don't even care to have, haha.  Sad really.  I just need that loose set complete or it bugs me, haha.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: blaster_e11 on June 26, 2006, 11:35 AM
the only one i miss is r2b1, i've never seen this blue droid :(

my quest is over now, i've purchased one of these babies MOC and i'm relieved, now i can focus on army building lol
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 27, 2006, 10:34 PM
Seriously ..the light -up holo darth maul?? My local Walmart had ..about 100 or so of those on the floor...they wouldn't sell so they ended up clearancing them out...I laughed because every time I went in the store they were still there..lower in clearance, until one day I went in and they were under a dollar- I never bought it because I thought it was lame

I guess I should've explained that I was living in Fairbanks, Alaska at the time and the nearest Walmart was about 600 miles away.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Jesse James on June 28, 2006, 02:04 AM
That'd make it a tougher toy run I suppose...

Who'd you piss off to get stationed there? :)

I recall those solid holo's being abundant as well, and I need a set myself.  Never bought them on clearance even.  I assume they're reasonably priced on Ebay these days.  The Maul really has no substitute.  I mean, the upcoming one is comical in comparison.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Nick on June 29, 2006, 03:22 PM
TC14 for me.

I managed to get it a few weeks back for the whopping price of 25!

Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: IshiTib on November 30, 2006, 04:27 PM
tc14, but maybe we can buy her next year ;D
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: JedioftheNorth on December 1, 2006, 01:56 AM
Acension gun Padme she's the last one I need for the episode 1 set. I did manage to get the pit droid 2 pack last week for $6.99 (that includes shipping) off ebay  ;D.
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: Mainland05 on October 6, 2007, 11:26 PM
Queen Amidala (Battle w/Ascension Gun)

Still have never spotted more then one ever!
Title: Re: Hardest Episode 1 figure to find?
Post by: tonphanan on October 8, 2007, 11:48 AM
I saw Tc-14 once and passed cause i figured it would warm the pegs. Guess I was wrong and I missed my chance at that one. Battle Acession Padme I got off of ebay for $20 in slightly damaged package.