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Vintage Kenner / Re: Price range of Blue Snaggletooth?
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:56 PM »
Wow Jesse, congrats man! Great looking Blue Snags for an amazing price. Only if all Blue Snags looked this good...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 24, 2011, 05:27 PM »
Though my Summer of Vintage ended, the Fall brought its own surprises and acquisitions. So as everyone prepares to receive Vintage for the Holidays, I'd thought I share my latest pickups to get everyone in the mood...

This past October was the annual Kane County Toy Show here in Illinois. It was my first time at the show and besides selling some items, I made some big scores...

This was the starting point, a number of miscellaneous items including a minty Snaggletooth all for next to nothing.

Walking through the various sections of the show, I found a number of quality looking pieces and in the end after some wheelin' & dealin' they were had for a very good price. Of note, the Cantina Adventure set while missing the figures still includes the original inserts and baggies! The X-Wing is supremely pure white, it will make for a great displayed piece someday. All of the cardboard parts from these sets are in near perfect shape, I was really thrilled with all of these scores.

One of the things I need to do as part of my vintage collecting hobby is to go back and pick up boxes for loose vehicles/playsets I've bought over the years. One of those items was a Landspeeder I picked up at The Earth in Cincy about a decade ago. Well recently I was able to get the box off of eBay to finally complete this item.

Earlier this year I got my holy grail, the Imperial Shuttle. After that, the next big thing to get was a Sandcrawler and surprisingly eBay was the place to be again! This is a complete and working set and in great shape, it was also the most I've ever paid for any single vintage piece. So anything else I buy from here on out will be gravy, haha. Next to the Shuttle this is now a key display piece in my collection.

And finally, a set of books my buddy gave me recently. The comic book is in black & white, while the Star Wars novel is an 8th edition print.

So that ends my year for vintage collecting, it was a helluva year. Hopefully 2012 will bring as much excitement for all of you as 2011 did for me.


bumperoonie, many items still available for X-Mas gifts to yourself or your friends!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 3, 2011, 07:32 PM »
Darby, that's an amazing score. Congratulations on such a wonderful looking display piece - now you have to get the rest of the figures to fill it up properly.  ;D

BUMP w/ new items for sale. Buy the stuff!  ;D

Bump with a HUGE update.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: November 11, 2011, 01:05 PM »
This veered way off topic, so apologies to everyone who doesn't give a poop. :P  I used to have great chats like this with darthschroeder and CorranHorn on FFURG's chat program...  I miss these talks.  They were a blast.  You'd have had fun with it Lando.

Good times, good times.  :D

What's that on Bossk's head? That ain't no SW accessory!  ;)

(Awesome pic!)

It's the helmet from the GI Joe ARAH figure Shockwave. That's my first ever custom made when I was 9. :) Long winded story is here -->

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 5, 2011, 12:03 PM »
Great pickups Jesse, that case looks brilliant. With picking up the carded figures in the way you have, have you had any concerns with eventual degradation of the card or bubble? I've had opportunities to pickup some carded figures but passed cause I'm not too sure if I want to go down that path knowing what could possibly happen to the card/bubble.

I was recently thinking about this topic again and took the opportunity to snap a shot of all my childhood toys together. It's been ages since they were all together. Many of the figures are in my display case as they're my best conditioned examples for those figures, others are displayed elsewhere.

It was fun to put all of these together, if even momentarily...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 26, 2011, 09:16 PM »
Wow, you've been on a great run, it's fantastic to have all these pics to look through!  Of all the great items you got, I'd have to say the Cloud City Playset is the coolest.  I'm not sure I've seen one assembled before, it's certainly a fantastic display piece.

Oh, and congrats on the Dagobah Playset having the foam intact!

Thanks guys, it's been a lot of fun picking up the vintage this past summer and sharing it when I have the time.

McMetal - congrats on the nabbing your last boxed item, how's the accomplishment feeling?

Though we're halfway through Fall, there were two more summertime scores...

In Chicagoland, there's a great vintage store called Quake Collectibles. I've been going there for years, though as I move farther away from the city it gets more and more difficult. Anyways, the baggies were a CHEAP pickup - $2.50 a piece! But the biggest deal out of all of this was the moulded face Jedi Luke for only $7!

At the end of the summer, I went out to New England for a few days on vacation. In visiting my buddy Ash, we stopped at a pair of vintage shops known as Toy Vault. There I picked up a snap cape Jedi Luke for the express purpose of giving the accessories to my moulded face Luke I got earlier. Also the boxed MTV-7 was a nice snag as it was only $10!

The Summer of Vintage has ended and allowed me to practically double my collection. But the score is still rising, this past weekend was the Kane County Toy Show and I had some amazing finds there. Soon I'll have pics to share on those as well...


Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 6, 2011, 10:09 PM »
Hi All,

Well the Summer of Vintage 2011 keeps rolling on for me as since my last post I've gotten even more items to fill my collection room. At this point I believe I've pretty much doubled my collection from prior to the summer. Here we go...

This was a sizable pick-up from Craigslist that netted me some excellent boxes. Every box here came with an incomplete toy, the TIE Fighter is only missing a strut while the Micro Freeze Chamber is missing a number of pieces. The Dagobah set was a big score in that while all the pieces to the playset are missing, the swamp foam was complete and intact!!! That made for a great upgrade to my loose set.

From the same haul comes all the die-cast Micro figures I picked up. A notable group is the Build Your Army mailer set, though it's missing 2 of the figures.

Not pictured with the Craigslist haul was the Cloud City playset box I picked up. I was shocked to find an empty box w/ instructions for the set so I made sure to nab it. I then went and bought a complete loose set off of eBay later that week to complete the piece. I never saw this playset in person, so I was surprised to find out how small it really is. It's a great piece though, I would have loved to have seen Jabba's palace done like this.

In August, eBay was very good to me - I picked up both Sears exclusive Jabba's Dungeon playsets. The ROTJ set came with all of it's figures, while the POTF set did not. I really bought this for the POTF set since I had a complete ROTJ set, but for the price I couldn't complain about getting extras.  ;)

Not everything from eBay is a winner - I picked up this X-Wing in a bit of haste. The auction was ending, the price was right ($33 after shipping) and the pic looked good to my eyes so I decided to bid and eventually won. Then I got it in the mail and was disappointed - the ship had more yellowing than I expected and was pretty dirty and the box looked like a dog chewed it up and spat it out. I went back to the auction and sure enough the picture did accurately portray the toy, I just saw it with rose-colored glasses. Oh well, the price was good, it shipped fast, and after a thorough cleaning it displays well (the ship, not the box) so I'm holding on to it as a place holder until I find a better one.

This is my haul from my first day at the 2011 Chicago Comic-Con - the figures are mostly for customs or upgrades. The Battle Damaged TIE Fighter was to finally get myself the box for the item as it turned out it had the BD stickers already on the ship so now I have on display a loose TIE with and without the stickers. The real big score is the MISB ATL Interceptor I got for only $100! You never see these guys for sale and when you do never a MISB set, loose ones go for at least what I paid for it so I was quick to jump on it. It's a beautiful piece and displays nicely with my Side Gunner and POTF mini-rigs.

Here's my Day 2 haul from Comic-Con - the Jabba guards are all upgrades and Thall Joben is a complete figure as I now delve into the Droids & Ewoks figures and the Emperor mailer was rather inexpensive (or so I thought - see next pic). The Imperial Troop Transport was the 2nd biggest score of the weekend - I had seen it during my first visit but it was priced higher than I wanted. My buddy sent me a pic of it that he'd seen from another site's coverage with the still too high of a price tag on it. Well my day 2 visit to the show was the last day for the con and it was still available, after some minor haggling I got the price down to something I was more comfortable paying and now it belongs to me.  ;D

And finally just from this past weekend, I stopped by one of my favorite stores in Chicago - Quake Collectibles. I've been going to Quake for a good 10+ years now and as any of you who have been there may know, it's a great place to find hidden treasures and neat items. I've picked up many vintage pieces over there years there and went there explicitly to pickup some weapons I know would be available. What I was surprised to find were several baggie figures of RL C-3P0 and the Emperor for $2.50 ea! I picked them up along with a die-cast Darth Vader TIE and my fave score from the trip - a moulded face Jedi Luke! I was more shocked to find this figure in the cheapie bin than I was the baggie figures, so I quickly picked him up. Now I just need to get a complete set of accessories and my Jedi Luke variants will be all complete!

So there you have it, more vintage greatness for the summer. I'm going out east soon to visit my buddy Ash and I'm sure we'll find more vintage along the way. Getting back so heavily into the vintage has been refreshing and so enjoyable- it definitely trumps all.

I can also confirm the 2 for $10.99 deal at TRU is including TVC. I picked up a couple of Stormtroopers for that price. For under $6 a piece after tax it's much easier to swallow than at almost $10 a piece.

Also I found tonight that the CW Republic Scout Speeder rings up for $4.24 at Target due to the SKU/DPCI retiring. None of the other mini-rigs at the store I was at rang up at that cheap price.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Vintage Figure Release Dates?
« on: August 7, 2011, 09:26 PM »
I can't say that this is 100% solid, but I recall getting ROTJ figures before the movie came out in 83. Now I was only 5 years old at the time and it very well could have been that I got figures before I saw the movie, but it always stuck with me that the figures came out before the film. I have a clear memory of my first time seeing ROTJ figures at TRU in a huge shelf display at the front of the store and I remember thinking at the time how cool it was to see characters before the movie was out.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 7, 2011, 08:49 PM »
Thanks guys, it's been a fun summer so far collecting-wise.

McMetal - I too started collecting just loose items then realized that I should have gotten the boxes as well. Many of my memories of going to a toy store as a kid was seeing all the great displays of the vintage boxed items. And now today a good chunk of my time in my collection room is spent looking at the boxes, lol!

That ATL Interceptor is a rough one to find, I never see one come up on eBay. It's going to be a hunt for me at C6 for that item. Good luck on your hunt for one.

Should have some more pictures taken soon as I've gotten a number of new items.

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