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Other Collectibles / Re: ACME character keys
« on: March 4, 2007, 04:18 AM »
I'm a big fan of the Clone Wars line--I have multiple copies of each (except Sidious).  I'm excited about this new line of animated takes on core characters of the Star Wars.  Does anyone know if this new line is going to be limited to OTC or will it expand into the prequels also?  Additionally, do you know of a retailer where I could obtain some frames appropriate to display these?  I tried contacting ACME Archives in an attempt to obtain there frames 'loose' without success.  Incidentally, if anyone is in need of any of the CW Keys, drop me a PM.

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:24 PM »
Rebelscum has photos of a Clone Wars Mace Windu maquette in what may be the last breath for this line.  Talk is that this will be an exclusive item (although I don't know what the source will be).

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: January 9, 2007, 10:16 PM »
Wicked nice addition.

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: January 2, 2007, 10:57 PM »
I received two Ikea Detlof glass display cabinets for X-mas and am planning on showcasing my animated maquette collection in them.  They were a pain to put together, but the aesthetic effect is very nice and the quality cannot be beat for twice the price.  The Detloff glass shelving does seem sturdy, but I guess I'm concerned that one of the top shelves will break leading to financial and emotional destruction below.  Ikea web-site says these will hold up to 13 pounds, and that seems a tad wimpy for two to three maquettes per shelf.  Does anyone have any experience with these?  I am considering reinforcing the glass shelving although usure how to accomplish that.

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: December 14, 2006, 11:17 AM »
I recently received a B&W Leia and was devastated to find that her blaster barrell was bent posteriorly at about a 30degree angle.  A quick Google search under 'polystone' and 'repair' revealed a few helpful sites.  With the newly found information from those, I made the leap of taking a blow dryer at a medium setting to Leia's blaster.  After gingerly heating on all sides for a total of about 20 seconds, I carefully applied tangential pressure to the barrel while supporting its length every so carefully.  I then repeated this process two or three times more.  Now Leia has an (almost) perfectly straight blaster with apparently no ill effects.  Just thought I'd pass on the tip, if anyone else finds themselves in the same predicament.

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: December 14, 2006, 02:13 AM »
It's hard to say exactly what the Clone Wars Yoda Monument was constructed from.  If I had to make an educated guess, I would say some type of plastic, perhaps PVC, or even fiberglass.  What I can say for sure is that the statue must weight some 40 pounds and that the crack was a clean one.  I've read elsewhere that many of these have been delivered in damaged condition, and I would highly recommend opening for inspection.  The packaging on this item was simply not up to the task of protecting such massive yet fragile contents.  I wrote GG directly about this oversight, and they admitted that fact.  They also said they were 'currently working with dealers and distributors to replace the damaged and defective pieces.'  I, unfortunately, purchased the item from a secondary seller (eBay), and GG's website clearly states that they are not responsible for damaged/defective items purchased in this manner.  As for the fate of my beloved collection cornerstone, that is a big unknown.  The item was insured for the purchase price, and the seller contacted UPS in regards to the damage.  UPS promptly arrived the next day to take my Yoda and his cardboard coffin away into limbo.  I was confused at their gesture (I thought they would just inspect the damage and give me the insured value), and in my discombobulated state, let the delivery guy cart him off into NeverNeverLand.  I have not heard from them or the seller since.  My only hope is that, some day in the distant future, I'll finally see a pristine giant package arrive on my doorstep and open it to find what can only be described as the ultimate Yoda collectible.  Wish me luck (I'll need it).

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: November 6, 2006, 10:51 PM »
I just received a Clone Wars Yoda Monument in the mail--very impressive in both size and mass.  But I'm quite disappointed as there was a 12-inch crack along Yoda's left leg running up towards the left arm of robe.  Am I the lucky winner of this defect, or are others finding similar condition problems with their's also?

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: October 31, 2006, 10:40 PM »
Does anyone have any information on when/where/how the black & white maquettes are going to be released here in the U.S.?

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: October 15, 2006, 03:31 AM »
Does ship to the United States (my Japanese is a little rusty)?

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: October 11, 2006, 02:10 AM »
I'm checking through the boards and realize that there is no thread for Gentle Giant Clone Wars or Animated Maquettes!  Can that be for real???  I figured I was obligated to start one as their absence should just be illegal.  I started collecting these about one year ago, and can say that I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on each of the original Clone Wars maquettes, including the coveted 'Snow Bunny' Padme.  I have since turned my attention to trying to acquire PROMO versions, but this is really taking a toll on my pocketbook.  I can't say enough about the shear sweetness of these bad boys.  What do y'all think?

Other Collectibles / Re: ACME character keys
« on: October 11, 2006, 01:54 AM »
ACME Archives character keys are the Star Wars collectible right now.  I know the earlier keys (Yoda, Grievous, Obi-Wan) command a premium price, but I can't help but think these bad boys have all the qualities that will make them continue to have high demand, and therefore, rising prices.  The newer keys are on the cheap currently and it's my educated opinion that wise collectors would buy several and hold on for a few years.  I just can't see them going anywhere but up.  And just because an item doesn't sell out in a few days/weeks doesn't mean they're no longer a hot item.  I see this as a minor blip on the screen, a position to be taken advantage of.  Don't follow the mindset of the masses.  Be smart, and buy weakness in quality items from quality companies.

Kubricks / Re: Attack of the Kubricks!
« on: October 1, 2006, 10:08 PM »
Thanks for the link to Oscar's Cases.  Speaking of cases, does anyone know how to get a hold of those small acrylic cases for loose Kubricks I've seen on eBay?

Other Collectibles / Re: Padme Amidala 3D Animation Lenticular Poster
« on: September 3, 2006, 01:29 PM »
I too recently recieved one of these and was very impressed.  Given the low edition size, quality of item, and growing popularity of Snow Bunny Padme, this is a no-brainer solid collectible.  Go out and get one while you still can!

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