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Newbies / Re: Greetings!
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:51 PM »
I guess my folks thought it'd be a cool way to give me my first figures. I still remember it though, nearly 30 years later. My figures were so abused it's pathetic. I never blew any of them up, but a number of them were frozen a number of times. I'm surprised any of them survived. I still have some. I've been trading them off over the past few years. I had the bed sheets, socks, a few shirts. My worst SW moment though was about 1980 or so when my sister destroyed my X-Wing. I had my stuff out in the middle of my bedroom floor, setting stuff up to play. My sister was jumping on my bed at the time. I don't know if she decided she was done or miscalculated, but she landed on my X-Wing, snapping off the top right wing.

Newbies / Re: Greetings!
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:37 PM »
Thanks. I really like the site, especially the figure reviews. I still remember my first 2 figures: Luke & Chewbacca, their feet stuck in the frosting of my 7th birthday cake. I also got a blue t-shirt w/ Chewbacca on it. Kids these days don't know how good they have it figure wise. I remember the days of static poses, 5 POA, non-removable helmets. We only had one version of Chewie & Vader. No EU stuff unless you count the Droids & Ewok lines. Highly inaccurate sculpts, no action features (which in retrospect is a good thing). Those were the days...

I see your point. I agree on the articulation. Not a fan of the swivel elbows myself, but I tend to let it go if the overall figure is a good one. But things like the decision to use the Commtech trooper body for the GL in trooper armor still has me baffled. That and the Ambush at Ilum set. Why use the inferior Bartoo sculpt when the new one is light years better?

I suppose my position is that I'm ever the optimist, sometimes to a fault "If I didn't get it this time, I'm sure it'll turn up again." In that regard I've been very lucky. I've managed to get waves 1 & 2 of the TAC. But even as optimistic as I am about getting the McLuke & McDroids, it's still not a done deal. I told my friends to hook me up if it's possible. I was sure to reinfore the notion that they're out there to have a good time and not shop for me & the other 2 or 3 poople in our group who have requested stuff too. I gave them the money for the goods and Force willing, they'll be able to come thru.

Granted, my example is a radical over-simplification, but the principle remains the same. Only selected places are going to have a specific item. I guess what it comes down to is the fact that I don't get being so upset as to drop the hobby. I'm not trying to be snide or poke fun. I honestly don't get it. There have been plenty of exclusives I've missed out on due to either short ordering, scalpers or lack of a local store. FAO is a prime example. They had the Faamba which I wanted nearly as much as I wanted the AT-AT when I was a kid, but price point and the fact that the nearest FAO at the time was at least a 6 hour drive from me. The Wal-Mart snowspeeder is another example. It was gone almost before it hit the shelves. I never did see one in the store. Saw plenty in a local comic shop for twice the shelf price though. Hell, when I worked @ TRU 1 year (which felt like a century. a year in hell I'll never get back, but that's another story), I nearly missed the chrome Artoo.

I'm just trying to be an optimist. Yeah it sucks that the figs are exclusive, but they will turn up. Either on Ebay, trade or online. My money is on them being available thru both SWS and HTS. If you're patient, the secondary market prices will drop dramatically to something that resembles an affordable one. There'll be enough people who horde them for the purpose of scalping them and they'll end up flooding the market with them. Seems to happen with just about every other exclusive.

JediJman- Would you be willing to ship them (postage provided of course)?

I admire the passion demonstrated on both sides of this issue. I'm pretty ambivalent about it all myself. I'm getting 2 of each only because some friends are going and have promised to hook me up. I know between the number of people from my Fan Force who are going, I'll get them one way or another. That could be why I'm not getting worked up. They're cool figs and I'd want to get them one way or the other. Sadly, money constraints and a new child on the way have conspired to keep me home tending the homefires.

I compare the con exclusive figs to fast food promos. You can (typically) only get them by either going to that place or knowing someone who goes there. For example, I was in college when the Special Editions came out and Taco Bell had the toys. My college town was small and there was no Taco Bell so I had to either drive 35 miles to the nearest Taco Bell or have family and friends here in town hook me up much the way my friends who are going to C4 are. Bottom line: I wanted them enough that I found a way to get them.

For some reason I really can't get pissed about exclusives save for the the fact I can't go myself to get them. 

To quote Peter Griffin- "Freakin' sweet!"

I recognize them all but the one in the lower right corner. Is that the Starkiller Hero?

*****Updated w/Holo haves*******

$4.98!? Holy Schnikes!!! I hope that price hits around here. I'm glad I held off getting those. I had a feeling they'd end up on clearance fairly quick.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC Wave 4 - Jabba's Palace
« on: May 18, 2007, 03:04 PM »
I can't wait for this wave. The McVader, CZ-4 & Elis are definitely going to be my primary "must haves". That McVader is gonna look great w/ McLuke.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 30AC "Vintage" Wave
« on: May 18, 2007, 01:43 AM »
Yeah. I tend to straighten up the Star Wars section too. If we take care of it maybe the employees wil be more apt to be cooperative.

Newbies / Re: Greetings!
« on: May 18, 2007, 01:09 AM »
Sorry about that.  :-[ It's late.

Newbies / Re: Greetings!
« on: May 18, 2007, 12:30 AM »
Thanks DJS. I'm sure you've heard this before, but that is one of the coolest avatars ever! Where did you find it?

Other Collectibles / Re: R2-D2 Laptop?
« on: May 18, 2007, 12:28 AM »
If the Artoo laptop is like those Spidey/Bats/Barbie, etc... things I'm getting one for my son. Maybe he'll leave my daughter's Barbie one alone. I have no problem with him playing with the thing (He's 2). I just can't stand the damn thing. That chick's voice gets annoying.

Newbies / Re: Greetings!
« on: May 18, 2007, 12:18 AM »
Thanks Ryan. It's good to be here. I'd like to hear about your Omaha connection sometime.

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