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The Legacy Collection / Re: SDCC Exclusives
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:40 PM »
Looks a little bland, especially the white area behind the figure. Too bad they didn't incorporate a scene backdrop like the OTC/TSC cards had.  :-\

No kidding. That sure is one boring looking card. I didn't like the Legacy cards, and these new ones suck too. I really liked the 30AC cards and the old OTC cards, it's too bad they didn't go back to that.

The cards actually IMO look very neat. I like how the package is smaller, too large packages (like TLC white packaging) look plain strange. As for the SDCC exclusives, the Luke Skywalker was just a stupid idea.   :'( A slot for a different exclusive could have been filled in there. The Luke Skywalker figure should have been a SW Shop exclusive. The choice Hasbro made for the release is strange, but I guess it's what collectors buy. The Stormtrooper Commander figure is a GOOD choice, since many collectors missed out on it. And, actually, one question....


The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:30 PM »
Bought ... a couple more bearded Hoth Rebels (one with skirt, one without).

I found the exact same thing Saturday morning, wave 6 is still coming in pretty regularly.  Mine came from Walmart.

So far I have found it impossibel to find a skirtless Hoth Rebel trooper!  ??? Where have you found these. All aside, Target is doing pretty well with the Legacy Collection, and there has been no short supply of the AOTC wave. Even now they're still re-stocking that wave, even when the new red/white packaging is about to hit. I already got Obi-Wan and Tarados Gon. There's no need for the Greatest Hits wave for me, as I already have the AOTC Anakin from the Evolution set, and Jango Fett is still going to come a few times more.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Funeral Pyre Vader w/ Luke
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:24 PM »
Ahh, that's good to know! This is an interesting "Battlepack". Will be nice to see some close-ups and find out. I know a lot of people have wanted this Vader. And with this pyre, can we expect a Qui-Gon one to follow?

Haha, doing a Qui-Gon funeral pyre would be innapropriate for children, and as such, some parents would feel awkward buying it. :-[ But think about it. The Darth Vader pyre is the essentially burning of his armor, since he passed on to the spiritual plane (if Hasbro makes this, Vader better not have a removable helmet. There's no body in there, it's just his armor and cybernetic bits that Luke burns). Making a Qui-Gon set would be somewhat morbid, since it's the ACTUAL burning of his body. Making a Qui-Gon-on-fire set to sell to kids and collectors would be weird  >:D

Conventions / San Francisco WONDERCON!
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:19 PM »
San Francisco, all the way in California, is pretty far from Toy Fair, but not that far from San Diego Comic-Con. But here, once a year, Wonder-Con draws the attention of endless lines of Star Wars fans! I went twice already, and there I met everyone's favorite Wookie-at-heart, Peter Mayhew. I also saw the man (whose name I forgot  :-[) who officially poses as Darth Vader when it comes to marketing Star Wars. It's a great convention: Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil once did signings there, there's a great little cafe, and endless rows of booths were you can purchase Star Wars memorabilia! Has anyone been there yet?  ???

Collector's Tips / Displaying Figures on Shelves
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:13 PM »
So, I have quite a large action figure collection. I'm not a fan of baggies for my mostly loose colletion, so I place them on shelves. Any figures that have a hard time standing go near the back, near the wall. Any that have no difficulty standing go at the front. But how would YOU do this? Would you make them just stand there in an action pose? Fighting each other? Grouping all the same characters?  ???

How would you display your loose collection on a shelf?

Collector's Tips / Re: Keeping up with figures
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:07 PM »
I actually just write down the figures I have, numbered, under the title of the line they came from. Whenever I get new figures, I just add to the list. May not be as efficient as a spreadsheet, though.
HOWEVER, if you go to REBELSCUM.COM, they feature something called "WEDGE ENGINE." There, they require to simply make a username and password, and you can go through lists of hundreds of action figures and collectibles, and add them to either your loose or carded collection. You can also grade the packaging if they're still carded. Also, the feature will make a complete list of the figures you have recorded, and will give you an average price for how much each item is worth. At the bottom of the list, it will tell you how much your overall collection is worth.

Collector's Tips / Re: Storing Loose Figs
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:01 PM »
I just display my figures on a shelf. It's cool, cause you can look at them and admire your own collection. I make sure to keep the ones that fall the most at the back of the shelf near the wall, and the figures that have no difficulty standing I put in front of the shelf. I have two average-sized shelves, and one can hold up to 100+ figures!

Collector's Tips / Re: removing stickers from card/bubble
« on: August 12, 2009, 12:57 PM »
To get the sticky stuff off of the bubble, I have never actually tried Goo Gone. Instead, I lightly dampen a paper towel, and rub the stuff off the bubble. If it's stubborn, I gently use my nail to slightly scratch the goo off. If you're careful, there will be no scratches on the bubble, and the goo comes off!

Haven't tried getting goo off the card, though....

Collector's Tips / Re: Temperature effects on figures?
« on: August 12, 2009, 12:54 PM »
You REALLY have to be careful with heat, sometimes. It was over 90 degrees one day, and anything made of soft plastic (CP DEII Clone Emperor Palpatine's Sith Lightning,TLC General Grievous) began to warp and droop. Good thing the next day was cold!

As for sunlight, it's best to keep your collection away from it. The paint basic action figures, if in sunlight, will begin to fade, and look somewhat yellowish. So be careful!

I was surprised that Whorm Loathsom wasn't included in the set ... he could have gone with the tank! Anakin sports a darker paintjob that looks somewhat weird. It's a good UBP, as far as UBPs go.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: August 12, 2009, 03:58 AM »
Hey Hasbro, Celeste Morne was the star of Star Wars: Vector. She played such an influential role, and, as such, she deserves the action figure treatment. But when? A Comic Pack (featuring any of the Vector Comics) would be nice! She could be packed in with either Darth Vader, a Rakghoul, or even Karness Muur himself! This is even a great oppurtunity for a new KOTOR Zayne Carrick! For Celeste, super articulation would be key, and a removable Muur Talisman would be neccessary.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Survay
« on: August 12, 2009, 03:52 AM »
I would say my favorite character is without a doubt Asajj Ventress. Although she's 100% EU-based, her back story, visual concept/appearance and motives all clearly represent what Anakin could have been were he, say, just a Dark Jedi and not a Sith Lord (losing his mentors/loved ones, wanting to become more powerful). She's a tragic villain, in the way she lost her Jedi Master, and the way that, in the end, Dooku completely betrayed her (Treachery is the way of the Sith. Asajj wants to be a Sith and Dooku betrays her, and eventualy Palpatine betrays Dooku  :-\). You can understand why she's so lost. At the same time, she's this Jedi-killing Dark Jedi with two lightsabers! How cool is that! She also has this sexy, seducing side to her that she almost looks like she uses on Obi-Wan in the new cartoon 3-D series. She has just enough back story to understand her, unlike Darth Maul or Sidious, and that she has that cool Dark Side appearance that makes fans want to know about her. Also, she helps contribute to Anakin's story. He just HATED her. He seriously wanted to kill her, since she threatened to kill Obi-Wan and Padme. She even gives him that scar over his eye! She helps make Anakin Darth Vader.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Oola figure
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:01 AM »
What the heck, Hasbro, MAKE OOLA! She should definitely come with a chain ... hopefully this release pushes Hasbro even more to make a new Jabba with a dais/throne. IT'S ABOUT TIME!  ;D

(Wouldn't it have been funny if the 2009 OT Rancor came with Oola instead of Luke?  >:D Just wondering...)

Count me in on wanting a new SA Zam Wessel. She's way overdue.

2009 Wave 7 of TLC could have done with a Zam Wesell. Everyone's favorite Clawdite needs a resculpt....with a few accessories. A new Boba Fett would have been nice as well ... why did the 2002 Saga release include Jango's helmet, jet pack, and blasters? Psychotic kid with guns ... kinda freaky.  :o Beru and Owen surely could have been released later on. With the demand for the OT Owen and Beru, the PT releases could have waited for a later wave.

The remaining Evolutions sets are on clearance for $5 plus tax at some local Target stores. Three figures for $5? WHAT A DEAL!  ;D

Head on over to your local Target and see what you find!

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