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The Legacy Collection / Re: Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:25 PM »
I just go with the standard "the best figure available" line and go from there. Example, VOTC Han, Leia, Tusken Raider, and Stormtrooper,  Saga2 3PO and Tarkin. EB Chewie. (VOTC has that ROTJ hairdo, after all, and I'm going for an "original" Chewie.) "Resurrgence of the Jedi BP" Luke, R2, and Old Ben. Legacy Vader. As far as the Jawas, I would personally go with the Commtech Jawa, just edging out the 30AC version.

Heck, on my 100 list there are still a few figures that haven't been made yet (I still really really want an ESB Chewie that has a sculpted on threepio pack as opposed to all the variatons of loose 3PO parts they've given us.)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 09:40 PM »
Nice Scott. Fascinating to see your list encompassing both trilogies and a little Clone Wars too.

As for everybody's not that hard, is it? I mean, I've played the same game picking the top 12 from each movie, too (Y'know, because of the classic Vintage 12). Would it be easier for you to go that route because it's a more managable list, or harder because it eliminates so many characters?

Here's my dozen from ANH:

1-R2 D2
2-C 3PO
3-Luke Skywalker
4-Han Solo
6-Princess Leia
7-Obi-Wan Kenobi
8-Darth Vader
10-Grand Moff Tarkin
12-Tusken Raider

Lines up pretty identical to the first Kenner line except for the Tarkin/Death Squad Commando either they got it pretty much right or that early exposure warped my priorities (like Greedo is just edged out by the Sand People, and I could really go either way.)

The Legacy Collection / Your "Essential 100"
« on: March 26, 2010, 12:08 AM »
Okay, so the topic was raised as to what figures you would keep in your collection if limited to 100. Here's my's actually easier for me 'cause I have no problem chucking Prequel stuff. If anything it would be harder to part with some of the EU figures I have sought for so long.

Anyway, here's my list...

1-R2 D2
2-C 3PO
3-Rebel Fleet Trooper
5-Princess Leia
6-Darth Vader
7-Captain Antilles
9-Uncle Owen
10-Luke Skywalker
11-Aunt Beru
13-Gonk Droid
15-Tusken Raider
16-Obi-Wan Kenobi
17-Hem Dazon
19-Figrin Dan
20-Momaw Nadon
22-Ponda Baba
23-Dr. Evazan
25-Han Solo
27-Grand Moff Tarkin
28-Stormtrooper Han
29-Stormtrooper Luke
30-Death Star Trooper
31-X-Wing Luke
33-TIE Pilot
34-General Dodonna
35-Medal Ceremony Luke
36-Hoth Luke
37-Hoth Han
38-Hoth Leia
40-Imperial Probe Droid
41-General Riekaan
42-Captain Piett
43-Bren Derlin
44-Echo Base Trooper
45-AT AT Driver
47-General Veers
48-Dack Ralter
49-Zev Senesca
50-Bespin Han
51-Dagobah Luke
53-Boba Fett
54-IG 88
58-4 LOM
59-Lando Calrissian
61-Bespin Leia
62-Chewie w/ 3PO pack
64-Carbonite Block Han
65-Bespin Luke
66-Smuggler Lando
68-Moff Jerjerrod
69-Gammorrean Guard
70-Bib Fortuna
71-Jabba the Hutt
72-Klaatu (Woof)
74-Salacious Crumb
75-Max Rebo
76-Sy Snootles
78-Lando in Disguise
79-Ephant Mon
80-Hermi Odle
83-Ree Yees
86-The Emperor
87-Spirit Obi-Wan
88-Endor Han
89-Endor Leia
90-Admiral Ackbar
91-General Madine
92-Mon Mothma
93-Nien Nunb
95-General Lando
96-Scout Trooper
99-Emperor's Royal Guard
100-DSII Luke

Feel free to share your list.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:13 PM »
And I was thinking Gammorean. ;D

Honestly haven't been all that impressed with Season Two, and this after really really enjoying Season One. Just seems to be floundering without much overall direction. I felt Cad Bane was horribly misused after a promising introduction, and there haven't been many highlights. The Clone farmer episode, maybe, and the inital reinvasion of Geonosis. Mandalore was lame and didn't at all match what I wanted out of them.

This is promising, though. Here's hoping Season Three can rebound.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 25, 2010, 12:03 AM »
Sometimes I toy with the idea of dumping everything Hasbro except 100 figures. Which ones would I keep? Isn't 100 figures enough for a 40 year old father of 2? My carded collection is down to the OTC line, McQuarrie's, and about 8 others. That should be enough, considering they spend 99% of their time in a box under the stairs.

I have a top 100 list, too, part of the paring down I did back during the 30AC period. My "collection" stands at about 400 strong, but if/when display space for me goes crashing down (like when a 2nd or 3rd child comes along) I have ideas for what I want to do.

As far as "fixing" the Legends line, I have really hated the way it has been handled thus far, apart from the fact that they tried to value-add with the weapons lockers. I don't think we can honestly ask for the Legends to be a lower price than the other two lines, because kids won't be able to convince Mom to spend an extra dollar or two for "the same thing." Unless we go to something really, since the comic packs failed, why not use the opportunity to reimagine the legends line as a two-pack "versus" line, and line it up at the magic 9.99 pricepoint?

Just combine army builders as you wish, clones vs battle droids/SBDs, snowtroopers vs echo base troops, Endor rebels vs Biker Scouts. Then there would be the non-army builder sets that would sell just as well like Luke vs Vader, Anakin vs Obi-Wan, Han vs Boba Fett, Random Jedi vs Random Sith...they could even get cute with ideas like Sandtroopers vs Tusken Raiders, Imperial Scanning Techs vs Rebel Techs, X-Wing pilots vs TIE Pilots, or Gungans vs Droidekas on occasion. To squeeze in a Threepio or Artoo or Chewie, just throw 'em in vs "vanilla" stormtroopers (until we get that ultimate Rebel Fleet Trooper figure, then make solid cases of that pairing!)

Now theres a line-funding subset I think would work at this point and keep the payout for army-builders down!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Basic Figure Line
« on: March 5, 2010, 09:00 PM »
All I know about the 2011 (!) ANH wave, is that if Hasbro is wise to collectors' desires and is aware of nostalgia as a something that will get poeple to spend, they will put a Grand Moff Tarkin, Rebel Fleet Trooper, and Sandtrooper in that wave on great new/retro cards.  As a child who collected from 1978 to 1985, those were the three figures that we desired more than any others.

Second that, my good man! The only other figures that came close for me were Biggs and Wedge.

I really hope the ANH wave is a big honkin' wave like the ESB wave previewed. And I hope the prequel waves are limited to 3-4 "key" figures that make sense on Vintage cards. Figures wth "ties" to the OT, if you will, like Anakin and Obi-Wan. Though I'm sure everyone is tired of those guys on the shelves.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Nikto Guard?
« on: March 5, 2010, 08:42 PM »
So, hypothetically of course, can you buy 3 Niktos and get a free Nikto during the promotion? That's 30 bucks for four figures. Nope, I guess that still doesn't sound like a deal.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Basic Figure Line
« on: February 27, 2010, 05:17 PM »
I imagine they're including Boba Fett, 4-LOM, & the "fixed" Vader as Greatest Hits so far, and we're not getting an ANH wave this year, so that limits it to seven figures from AOTC, ROTS, and ROTJ.

It would be a cop out for them to repack one of the "new" Ewoks. But I can totally see them rereleasing the new Slave Leia. Can't really see them using any more of the Legacy ROTJ figures, though. Maybe somebody kinda old like J'Quille or Tanus Spijek. Heck, my dream ROTJ repack would be Bubo (even without a Jawa handler, though they should both fit in a vintage bubble).

When they get around to some ANH figures, I wouldn't be surprised to see them trot out Captain Antilles again. Didn't they recently say how good the sculpt holds up on him specifically? I'd like to see a few out of date repacks there too, like the big R1 droid and the Yavin Honor Guard.

Of course, they can always wedge Wedge in to any of the OT waves.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Wave 10 - A New Hope
« on: February 26, 2010, 05:19 PM »
Any updates on this wave still being in the pipeline? Any recent sigtings of more of these? I saw pretty much everything last year at least once save for this wave...and I wouldn't have thought to look for it if I hadn't seen repacks of Han R2 and the Stormie.

Reading about this wave being found in BOGO packs disturbs me. Hasbro was clearing out their inventory with those but that doesn't mean this wave is all gone now does it?

The way I take what I've read latey (been out of the loop) there ought to be stuff that shipped to the stores and is stll sitting in the warehouses, being bypassed by the "fasttracked" later waves that would have been stuck even further back in the pipeline.

It would be nice to know if they are still making their way out to retail. Are the stores planning on selling us something until Vintage starts?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 26, 2010, 04:39 PM »
Picked up a Thi-Sen at Wal*Mart today. Not a Clone Wars collector (only have a handful of impulse figures so far) but what can I say? I couldn't resist a good Talz figure, and that "Trespass" episode was the best one so far IMHAHO.

Also saw the Anakin and Desert Skiff set and felt a real twinge of POTF2 nostalgia. If only Buff Luke could've had those cool goggles.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Collection Wave 1 - ESB
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:22 PM »
I'll be in on parts of this wave...Dack for sure, my Hoth Rogue Squadron is getting nice and dense with a couple different sculpts which all ought to compliment each other very well.

Hoth Leia is very likely. Bespin Luke I will have to see in person to decide.

ATAT Commander will help me solve the dilemma of where to display Veers...he's on Hoth now but buying this new one would free him up for the Star Destroyer Bridge.

Cloud Car Pilot I am leaving entirely to fate. He is one of my absolute favorite Vintage figures, such an oddball, but I have a handful of the OTC version. Still, this is a different guy with a very 80s 'stache, so maybe...

Dengar, 4-LOM, Han, Vader, Boba, and (especially) 3P0 are all definite passes though. Nice to see a new ESB Han, though.

So a possible 5 figures out of 11...not bad. Looking forward to it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:47 PM »
Thanks, CHEWIE.

Far from being unhappy with the recent offerings from Habro, I have actually really enjoyed seeing the stuff, especially since I have divorced myself from the theory that liking it means I ought to take it home. If everyone took that philosophy, the line would surely die, but as it is I get to enjoy the new stuff for the novelty.

As far as what I'm looking for, it's just odds and ends to fill the gaps in the OT stuff...guys like Bom Vimdin and Grizz Frix. Serious upgrades I'm looking for are sparse, Nien Nunb and Uncle Owen pop to mind immediately. And then there are my pet EU wants, chief among them Heir to the empire characters and Splinter of the Mind's Eye figures.

To address your hypothetical directly I have the ROTS Tarkin repaint from the Imperial Briefing set and I am satisfied with that. I just can't justify buying these incremental upgrades anymore. I was happy to see new Ugnaughts and a good articualted Death Star Escape Han Solo, but I don't feel the need to replace the ones I've got at this point. Upgrades are really a case by case situation for me then. I've taken the upgrade ride for way too many years to get all that excited about them anymore, especially since I broke out of the Collector mindset.

And, on a tangential note, one of the figures I have on my list is Medical Frigate Luke...yet when I saw what Habro offered in that regard last spring I deemed it a subpar attempt (blame the too puffy soft goods, I guess) and passed it up, preferring to not replace the custom version I made years ago.

I certainly don't expect Hasbro to limit what they make to what I want to fill out my collection. I scratch my head at some of the decisions (The B-Wing Nien Nunb and upgraded Malkili, for example) but on the whole I am very happy with where my collecting has left me.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:28 PM »
Hi guys. I'm not new here, but it sure may seem that way.

When you talk about collectors whose interest has dropped, you are referring to me. I collected Star Wars as a kid back in the early 80s right up till the bitter end of the original Power of the Force. I jumped right back in in '95. I bought everything up until the prequels started coming out, and then started to pick and choose, while maintaining an OT interest that precluded me passing any of that stuff up. I have fond memories of POTJ and even fonder of OTC in '04. Looking back on it, I didn't buy much of that year's offerings, but it was a joy to see the stuff at the store.

I took off most of '05 due to disinterest in the ROTS line, although some stuff like Tarkin and 3P0 kept me checking the pegs. I bought a few Wookiees to use as placeholders for the Thrawn trilogy characters I have longed for.

'06 was fun, the new Saga was made a lot more interesting to me because I avoided the forums and the websites and stumbled on figures for the first time at the store like I had as a kid. I'll never forget seeing Foul Moudama at the store...a Talz at retail!!!

By '07 I came back to the web and followed the 30AC from here, never getting too involved and happily finding everything I wanted. It was around this time that I had my collector epiphany: Hasbro was never going to stop making figures, and didn't seem about to slow down either. I didn't want everything they made, but I was still emotionally invested in every new wave and wanted to support the line. JACKOFTRADZE called it an abusive relationship and he's right: we just keep on playing the role of codependent. To make sense of it all I made a Master List of all the figures I ever wanted, figuring that in due time Hasbro will make all of them (plus a whole lot more that I could remain emotionally disinterested in.) This did wonders for my collector angst, and help me really focus in on what my collection was to me.

'08 Found me watching the Legacy line's arrival with trepidation. There was pretty much nothing announced that fit my new criteria (except the impressive Falcon) and I had to settle for the thought of having the year off. Once the stuff started hitting I really lost interest with keeping up with the updates and basically bailed. I blamed a lot of my disappointment on having gotten so involved here again, and having spoiled the new figure finds. So I stopped paying so much attention. I knew up through the Tatooine wave of earlier this year, and after that and the Yavin Battle Pack I was happy as "done until I see something still on my Master List."

The past few months have shown me some Empire figures I resisted except for Needa (from the List!) and just a couple weeks ago a Snowspeeder Luke. The master list is holding at 30 or so strong. I still look in the toy aisles, and checking out the Toy Fair coverage here I like the looks of the new stuff I saw even if I know I won't buy any of it except Dack.

In short, I still feel like a collector (little c for sure) but one who has gotten little support from Hasbro these past few years. I can't justify buying the same things again (Legends) or the new cartoon toys (since that's a separate entity to me), I no longer get even a few of the prequel figures, and the OT stuff I "need" is not lining up very well with what Hasbro is producing. In effect, I am what is killing the line. Sorry.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: February 8, 2010, 10:06 PM »
After a lull of several months (not to mention a year or so break from the boards here!) I bought my first figure in quite a while...the new Snowspeeder Luke.

I haven't taken him out of the package yet, and I have this strange guilty feeling that I ought to actually return it. Time will tell, he is one of the figures missing from my refocused collection, but are my collecting days over for real?

TV-9D9 / Re: Animated OT-Era Show: Would You Like To See It?
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:50 AM »
I myself would be much more interested in a series simply called "Star Wars" than a "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron" series, but stick it in the timeline between ANH and ESB and that gives plenty of opportunity for Rogue-centered stories, as Luke and Wedge were the leaders of the group at the time. Just let's not make it a show about Janson, Hobbie, and Zev from the get-go.

The show absolutely would have to get into minor characters to make it work in the long run, but the whole appeal to me of an OT-era show is the original heroes in further adventures, something that (other than the Marvel comics) has been sorely overlooked in the EU. And I know kids would eat up more of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie. It almost writes itself.

I also would be disappointed to see a "Shadows of the Empire" series, as that would discount Han Solo from the mix, and pretty much that whole story-arc has already been told.

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