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Collector's Tips / Removing Bubbles from the Cardbacks?
« on: July 20, 2004, 11:15 AM »
I collect the majority of my figures loose, but I usually use a knife to cut off the bubble, and then keep the cardbacks.  I recently purged quite a few of those, but plan to keep the OTC and VOTC cardbacks for good.  I was wondering if there was a better way to remove the bubble, without damaging the card, but still being able to get all of the plastic off.  I usually carefully cut them off, which just leaves the little plastic "ring" around the figure, but with these OTC cards, it would be nice to have them removed cleanly.  Can it be done?

I'm not usually a 12" collector, but thought I would post this for anyone interested.  I just received the latest issue of Star Wars Insider in the mail today (#77, the new "look" one), and they have confirmation (and a pic) in there of a KBToys exclusive 12" Chewbacca.  It doesn't look too bad from the pic they show, I think I might actually have to pick it up if I can find it too.  If you have the insider, check the Hasbro toys section.

Original Trilogy Collection / VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: July 12, 2004, 02:11 PM »
Well, since it sounds like the OTC (and VOTC) are starting to show up around the country (even here in Nebraska!), I thought it would be nice to see what everyone is finding, buying, or passing on.  What do you have, what do you have left to get this year?  With the massive repacks, I know many will be having a Star Wars figure break here for awhile.

Here's what I've gotten so far:

Vintage Original Trilogy Collection
Han Solo (

Original Trilogy Collection
Luke Skywalker - Dagobah (Wal-Mart)
Yoda - Dagobah (Wal-Mart)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Spirit - Dagobah (Wal-Mart)
R2-D2 - Dagobah (Wal-Mart)
Han Solo repack (Wal-Mart)

I've also seen a few more OTC repacks, but passed on them.  For now, I'm looking ahead to the rest of the VOTC line (maybe 2 of each, we'll see), the OTC Bespin wave, and repacks such as Bespin Luke, Gamorrean Guard, General Lando, Slave Leia, and possibly Bib Fortuna or the Jawas (their repaint looks pretty good).

Saga '02-'04 / Saga Line: The End
« on: July 6, 2004, 03:07 PM »
Although some of us may not have all of the figures from this line that we want, and are still searching (General Lando, where are you? :P)...with the last waves of Saga making their way through stores, and some OTC being found at various parts of the country now....we can begin to start to talk about the Saga line as a whole.  Did you find everything you wanted (or are you still looking)?  How would you grade the line overall?  What were the strong or weak points?  Finally, what are your favorite figures, ships, beasts, etc. from the line (1, 5, 10, however many you'd like to list)?

Other Collectibles / Playskool's Jedi Force Line
« on: June 28, 2004, 11:04 PM »
Check out the front page or the link below...

JediForce Figures

While out shopping this weekend I got to thinking about this.  As far as the lines you collect, which do you feel are the "easiest" or least stressful to get.  As far as finding the figures, price, chases, etc., tying all those aspects in, which work out the best for you?

For me, Star Wars is my first priority and it has always seemed around here that if you see new figures, you buy them then and there, or you might not see them again.  Sometimes they later show up in greater abundance, and sometimes they don't.  As a general rule of thumb, from now on if I see it (and have the cash), I buy it.

Marvel Legends/Spidey Classics - I've just started collecting Spidey a little more, but did find all of Series 9 this weekend.  I passed on Rhino, only because I had already bought two figures this weekend, but I'd like to go back and pick it up (if still there).  I haven't had much troubles finding the Marvel Legends figures I want...although I haven't collected the line in its entirety either.  I will say when I have checked the pegs, I don't think I've ever seen any of the previous "chase" figures (Doombot, Goliath, etc.).  However, the regular releases seem to be somewhat easy to locate.

Lord of the Rings - The only other line I collect much at all right now, and even so, not much of it.  These seem to sell really well around here, Wal-Mart stocks and sells out pretty regularly.  I've been able to find most of what I'm looking for...but again...I don't collect the whole line so it is kind of tough to judge.  Right now it is kind of slim around here, lots of Gollums, King Aragorns, and 8" Treebeards.

I also dabble in minimates, but it doesn't seem like the TRU here carries them at all.  The one we used to visit had the 4 packs, but I haven't seen them here yet.  These will probably be bought online if I continue collecting them.

That's about it for me, but I was just curious what you feel are the most stress-free lines to collect.  We all know that each line has their problems here or there, but if there was one or two lines that would be easiest for you, which ones would they be?

Other Toy Lines / Articulation: How Do You Feel About It?
« on: June 25, 2004, 03:15 PM »
I was originally going to post this in the Marvel thread, but it covers other lines as well.  Hope this is ok.  After reading one of MisterPL's posts over at GH, it kind of got me to thinking about articulation.  He was talking about how some Marvel Legends figures almost end up looking like marionettes with the insane amount of articulation, and I can kind of see what he means.  I guess I was curious what some of you thought about articulation, how much do you like, does it depend on the source (Star Wars, Marvel, military, etc.), is there too much in some situations?  How do you feel about it?

For me, I've always kind of liked articulation.  It doesn't have to be "extreme" for me, but I like it better than statue-like figures.  My favorite forms of articulation are on figures that it is either well hidden, or it doesn't seem to detract from the sculpt too much.  In the Star Wars world, examples of this would be what we have seen from the VOTC, as well as figures like the SA Clonetrooper..and even the Dannl Faytonni type figures.  Also with Star Wars, I don't care if they are all super articulated, just the ones that make sense (main character versions, army builder figs).  I don't need super crazy articulated Dexter Jettster or Orn Free Ta.  Toy Biz seems to usually be setting the bar as far as high articulation counts, in both their Marvel and Lord of the Rings lines, and often it works out pretty well.  They do have some that there might almost be too much at points, and others where it is used pretty well.  Another problem I sometimes have with all the articulation in Toy Biz figures, is that it seems some of my Legends figures (as well as my movie Spidey) have gotten kind of loose in spots, and it isn't because they are moved around much.  I basically take them out of the package, put them in a pose, and set them up....every once in a great while I might change it up, but not often.  Anyways, I guess it sounds like a "middle of the road" answer...I do like articulation, when used well, but I don't have to have 50 points of articulation to be happy.  Sometimes it is neat to see what points they can include, but in some instances they aren't necessary.  Anyways, what is your opinion on much do you like, how much is too much, or is there ever too much?

JD Sports Forum! / Boy, Collecting Sports Cards Has Changed...
« on: June 15, 2004, 01:57 PM »
I used to be pretty big into collecting baseball, football, and basketball cards growing up, until I quit collecting them sometime during my high school years.  I think at the time I was getting out of it because packs had gone to the $1 to $3 price range, with less cards in each pack.  Those were some good times though, and I still have many of them.  Boy, has card collecting ever changed since those days....I couldn't believe this article:

Card Collector Strikes It Rich

Original Trilogy Collection / New OTC Rumor List!
« on: June 8, 2004, 09:39 AM » has posted more rumors/rumblings of things that could be showing up within the next year or so.  Nothing is confirmed, but interesting food for thought: Rumor Report

Out of respect for their news, you can visit the link for the entire list....but some of the things on the list (although many are likely repacks), sound good to me simply because I missed them the first time around and many make it sound as if these were pretty good to begin with (such as 4-LOM, Zuckuss, Rancor, Rebo Band).  These are figures I was going to pick up via ebay, but now I just as well wait and see if these rumors pan out.  Any thoughts on the list?  Hopefully the Luke Skywalker - Endor that is listed would be a new version, but I'm not holding my breath.

Other Toy Lines / Which Toyline Do You Feel is the Best Value?
« on: June 7, 2004, 02:06 PM »
Aside from repacks, case assortments, and other issues that so many of the toylines seem to suffer from nowadays, which toy line do you think combines aspects such as sculpt, articulation, accessories, packaging, and overall price point into the best "bang for your buck" if you will?  I'm not familiar with each and every toyline, mainly paying attention to Star Wars and a little bit of Marvel and Lord of the Rings, but while looking through the toy aisles this past weekend, this question popped into my head.  For example, if you look at the new offerings in the Star Wars line this year, the sculpts have been pretty spiffy I think (especially for the smaller scale), accessories have been hit and miss depending on the character, but not too bad overall, and articulation is definitely hit and miss, although better than it has been.  To me, although I'd always take them cheaper, I think $4-5 isn't too bad for these figures, especially remembering the $7-8ish days of Episode I and POTJ while unpacking some things this past weekend.

On the other hand, since the new Trilogy line of LOTR figures has come out, it has been even tougher to leave these on the pegs.  They are bigger, so you're already getting more plastic (although for me, I like the 3 3/4" scale, and have a tough time displaying the bigger figures), usually pretty good accessories, great articulation (even if it becomes loose after awhile), as well as great sculpts more often than not.  All this for around $5 to 6 from what I have seen (closer to $6).

The same holds true for Marvel Legends.  Although they are somewhat limited, not seeing quite as many releases throughout the year (which is ok sometimes), you have overall good sculpts, articulation above and beyond most other lines, some pretty neat characters, usually a comic book included (depending on your neck of the woods), and a decent sized base in most cases.  Accessories are somewhat limited on many characters outside of the book/base though.  These seem to be in the $6-8 price range, usually on the lower end depending on store.

Otherwise, those are the lines I am most familiar with off-hand, and really they aren't too bad of values on any of them to me.  Like I said, I'll always take them cheaper, but the prices aren't too bad (especially considering most were higher priced before).  There are other action figure lines which approach the $10 range per figure, some that have "packs" where the price is spread out (minimates are $2ish per figure in the 4 to 5 packs, but much smaller figures for $2 a piece as well).  Anyways, I guess I was just curious which line or lines out there right now are a good "value" in your opinion?

While reviewing what has/will come out this year, and figuring out what I need to (or am going to) pick up, I got to thinking there is quite a bit of stuff this year.  Granted, much of the stuff is re-carded, re-hashed, re-released, etc....and I'm not a fan of that either, but just looking at what we have/will have the opportunity to get in the year 2004...and its a pretty big number, and believe me when I say I feel very sorry for you completists:

Saga - 21 Basic Figures
Saga Ultra - 6 New, 2 Re-released
Saga "Hall of Fame" - 12 re-released figures
OTC - 7 "new" figures
OTC - 31 re-released figures
VOTC - 12 all-new "ultimate" figures

I may be forgetting a few things, but that's 91 figures for the year...not counting the following:

Clone Wars Animated Figures - Target Exclusive (8 figures)
Multi-packs - Skirmish at Carkoon, Naboo Final Conflict (?), Endor Ambush
Target Cup/Figure Sets - 5 of them
Jedi Council Screen Scenes - 4 additional sets
DVD Commemorative Packs - 3 sets, 10 figures total (repacks)
Vehicles - Red Leader X-Wing (Saga), Darth Vader's Tie (OTC), X-Wing (OTC), Millennium Falcon (OTC), Tie Fighter (OTC), Sandcrawler (OTC - Diamond Exclusive),  Y-wing, Slave 1.
Unleashed Figures - 10 planned for the year (including Clone variant)
12" - 6 figures that I know of (Obi/Jawa/Garindan, Vintage "3")

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, and granted much of these items are re-releases or items that I might skip for one reason or another...but that seems like a whole mess of stuff this year.  I'm not saying its good necessarily, as I would rather see it somewhat toned down in favor of more new sculpts...but it is a lot of stuff to pick up for those of you that want one (or more) of each.  I guess outside of the re-releases, we are still getting 40 "new" figures this year, not counting the repaints in the OTC re-releases.  Also, hopefully there are a few more surprises awaiting for the last part of the year.  Anyways, sorry for the long post, just something I was thinking about today.

Edit: Roughly (not including the DVD sets, don't know price) that is around $1300 potential to spend if you buy one of each of everything.

Saga Collection '06 / The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: May 14, 2004, 12:20 PM »
Not sure if this is the right section, since this is broader than just the OTC, so sorry if it isn't.  After reading a number of posts, and particularly Scott's, regarding the OTC rehash lineup for the rest of this year, it got me to thinking about the future of Star Wars...collecting-wise.

Sure, we know Hasbro has the license until 2018, but we don't know exactly what it means.  It might just be "just in case", it might be so other companies don't have it, who knows.  We also know that there might be a TV series (cartoon or live action) coming up after the movies are said and done with.  And, of course, there will be more DVD/DVD set marketing pushes in the future with the Episode III disc as well as the inevitable "super duper spectacular fantabulous ultimate edition six disc set extravaganza" in the future.  My question is, do you think Star Wars figures (or other collectibles) will still be available in retail stores, come down to just specialty shops, just online, or nothing at all?

Personally, I think we'll always have some sort of Star Wars.  We may not have it at the retail level, like Scott mentioned, MOTU and Simpsons both have their die hard collectors as well, but they got dropped this year too.  However, with so many smaller, more specific lines still going through various direct market sources, you would think some sort of Star Wars would be able to last (maybe even through, since they have such a great track record {sarcasm}).  Do you think we will continue to see 3 3/4" figures, ships etc., just more limited in scope (instead of 40-50 a year?).  Do you think it will move to more specialty, collector-driven pieces such as the Unleashed line (which I like), Gentle Giant's statues and busts (which look great as well, although I don't have any), or another avenue?

I was just curious what some of your opinions are on the future of Star Wars collecting.  Of course there are always things to catch up on, vintage or otherwise, via ebay or other sources...but I was thinking more of the "new" product future.  What will we see come, where will we be able to buy it, and what would you like to see happen realistically?

Watto's Junk Yard / How Often Do You Watch the SW Movies?
« on: May 7, 2004, 05:17 PM »
Just curious, how often do you think you actually pop in the tape, DVD, laserdisc, or whatever form of the various movies you might have.  Do you watch one more than the other?  Which one do you watch most...or do you watch them at all?  Personally, I can honestly say I don't really watch Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones all that often....although I watched AOTC a few times right after we got the DVD.  I tend to watch the OT much, much more.  I haven't watched any of them for awhile, but I think I tend to watch Empire Strikes Back the most, followed by Return of the Jedi.  I watch Star Wars (or A New Hope) once in awhile too, but not as much since it is on TV every now and then.  Anyways, how often do you watch the movies...which do you enjoy watching the most?

Watto's Junk Yard / If You Lost Your Collection....
« on: May 7, 2004, 01:33 PM »
I wasn’t sure where to put this, since it doesn’t “specifically” apply to vintage, or Saga, or OTC, but collections in general.  Hopefully this is an ok place to put it, sorry if it isn’t.  I don’t mean for this to be a negative post, just something I was thinking about.  If you ever lost your collection, due to theft, flood, fire, natural disaster, etc…..would you try to get it back?  Would you just go after a certain focus?  Would you try to pick up your favorites from your collection, maybe 10-30 figures, a couple of ships, a couple of beasts and just have one nice little display shelf?  Would you just start collecting from what figures were currently out and in the future?  Or, would you just hang it up and quit?  I guess when I was thinking of this, I was thinking mainly of Star Wars collecting…but it can apply to anything and everything you might collect.  I think honestly, if for some reason I ever lost my collection…I wouldn’t try to replace each and every bit of it.  Not that I don’t enjoy it now, I just don’t know if I would.  I’d probably get a condensed collection using one of a few options….(1) a handful of figures from each movie - favorites (2) focus on Original Trilogy collecting only, or (3) pick up “ultimate” type figures (such as upcoming VOTC figs), and main ships from the OT.  As far as other collecting, I don't have much else...mainly Marvel stuff.  With what little I have, I'd probably try to pick up what I had...or at least a Spidey, and a few X-Men.  I hope no one here ever has to go through anything like this (not just because of collection reasons), this is more just a hypothetical question and I was curious what some of you thought.

Although I know these waves are both relatively new, I just thought I'd post in case anyone has happened upon extras of these figures in their areas.  We, along with many others, have been experiencing a dry spell and don't really have anything past the Tatooine Wave here (Hoth wave really in most places), we're in the middle of packing/moving over the next month so I don't think I'll have a lot of time to go out looking either.  I was hoping to pay retail for these figures, and card condition isn't a big concern to me since I'm an opener.  I'm looking for the following:

Saga Dengar
Saga Bossk
Saga General Madine
Saga General Lando Calrissian
Saga Han Solo in AT-ST Disguise
Saga Ultra Ewok w/Glider

If anyone has extras to spare, please just let me know.  Thanks!

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