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Excessive is definately a tough word to toss around on a website with dozens of individuals with thousands of figures!
If Hasbro wanted to put a limit on them, they sure could have as they have in the past (5 per household or whatever).
At least with the mail away, it's not leaving anyone in the cold like army building at retail. I don't blame anyone that does it, because we all have our desires for what our collection looks like. I was a big army builder for a long time, but that takes figures off the shelves for others (and is nearly impossible in an age of 1 figure per case, sometimes in only one assortment).

I haven't heard of anyone not getting a Fett, or getting one of the dreaded "unavailble" post cards that have been part of some mail-aways.

With the mail away, all anyone had to do was send in the $7 and some cardboard. I wish they would make more army builders available that way- Rebel fleet trooper, gamorrean, imperial commander, good stormtroopers,  etc.

Found some of these at a Minnesota Target this morning. Picked up my Hoth Luke, but didn't see the Navy commander.

I found this wave at Wal Mart (Minnesota), and didn't even know there were variations until I went to post the find. I found a non-painted scar evazan, and both Kithabas have the brown sweatband.

no wonder Evazan only has one good eye. He's packaged with the gun facing himself, secured with a rubber band.  ::)

My last run was 7. We addressed them to my daugters, and the pets. That way the mailer box is collectible too (at least from our perspective).  ;)

My last batch of checks were cashed on 4/27 (I had mailed some on that Saturday the 31st), so I expect to get those fetts in the next week or two. I do like mail-aways  :)

Modern Classifieds / TAC coins wanted
« on: April 26, 2012, 07:57 AM »
Just looking to finish off a set-

# 10 Han Pilot
# 11 Luke ceremonial
# 45 Anakin spirit
# 46 R2 with net
# 47 Han concept
# 51 R2-b1
# 52 Naboo soldier

I have coins to trade, mini-figures (some silver) a few build a droid parts, extra figures, cash, etc.

There is something about an active hobby versus a passive collection- As I find myself looking less and less for star wars items at retail, I feel less connected to the collection. I don't want to just echo myself, but as I see myself picking less up, I feel like I can let more go and not miss it-  I have to think the vast majority of us are in the same boat, where most of the collection is either in boxes or plastic tubs anyway. Speaking for myself, I far outcollected what I anticipated or can ever realistically use or enjoy in any signficant way. 

Another question for the thread might be "what does your final collection look like?"  I'm starting to spend a lot more time contemplating that question.

I'm a hoth luke and Dr Evazan away from thinking I'm 99% done with the retail figure game.

The next step is to figure out what I really want to keep for future displays, what the kids/nephews/nieces might want to have someday, and the rest will slowly be put up for sale or away in storage for a decision at a later date.

It's been a fun run, and I'll probably hang around and pick up an item here and there. I don't harbor any bitterness toward Hasbro- my collecting was going to come to an end at some point no matter what. Now it is time to figure out which parts to keep, and which to send to someone elses collection-

Kubricks / Re: 2012 Darth Maul w/Sith Speeder
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:41 AM »
Good list, I would maybe add Boss Nass as a chase option in the Gungan box-

Kubricks / Re: Vader / 501st Clone 2-pack
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:39 AM »
Jumping the shark indeed...

Make it two clone commanders, (Bly, Bacara, Cody, etc) and I am actually really interested. If I get this pair, it will be somewhat reluctantly, and that isn't the way I want to collect.

Kubricks / Re: 2012 Darth Maul w/Sith Speeder
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:55 PM »
With this being the year of the Phantom Menace release, it makes some sense. But it would have made a lot more sense in January or February.

Nute Gunray would have been a nice piece to get from Episode 1, and maybe padme tatooine. There's not much from that movie that I would feel need to be done in kubrick form- Maybe a head-swap so you can get Anakin without the racing goggles.

Well, I think it would be better received a year or two after the 3 3/4 line goes away for a bit. You have to create some hunger if you are trying to sell plastic food- Look how excited some of us were when bend-ems and little metal action masters showed up, because we hadn't seen anything Star Wars at retail in years. Those were painted bird-poop compared to what we get now, but the lack of anything else made them look like gold.

If I had known in 1995 how many figures would be produced, and how many versions of them, I would have said "I guess in 2020 I'll go back and pick up the ones I like." If a new line showed up now, I would simply say "I guess in 2025 I'll go back and pick up the ones I like." Not to mention that 80% or more of these things are worth less a year after their release, not more. Patience and passion seem like strange partners, but I get a lot more bang for my buck on the aftermarket than I do at retail.

Clone wars was the main line drawing my interest the last couple of years. I like the stylized look, because they are toys, and it fits with the cartoon. I would actually like to see them re-do the entire movie series in animation at some point, with a toy line to support it. Some of gentle giants animated statues are fantastic, and a toy line like that might draw me back in. 

With that being said, my own kids are growing up, and the window of time I intend to spend gathering too much more stuff is closing. Even if they came up with something completely different, it is really going to be aimed at a different demographic than the one I am headed toward-

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Fighter Pods
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:37 PM »
OK, the Target deal this week is making these too good to pass. The $20 set has 2 ships and 16 figures, and you can use the 50% off coupon, plus stack the playsaver $2 coupon. For $8, they are down to 50 cents each, plus the two ships as a bonus.  ;D

Now to make sure it doesn't become a habit....

Kubricks / Re: Deluxe Series 2 - Hoth
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:27 PM »
Holy fricken' lick!  US $598.99!  Da ****... over!

Star Wars Kubrick DX 2 Hidden Secret AT-ST PILOT DX02 Chase 1P

Hmmmm, it does have free shipping....

My wish is that they never produce another single carded figure for retail from this movie. If they do, they should lie about the movie title to see if it is slightly less poisonous if it is labeled as just "Star Wars." And release it in November when people shopping for kids who don't know the difference between a Jawa and a Jabba will buy them for gifts.

Kubricks / Re: DX Series 5 - ?
« on: March 24, 2012, 05:27 PM »
the vinyl has been a great direction IMO, and getting Lando (vinyl), bespin Leia (vinyl), Lobot, and another shot at shiny 3-PO in parts would be nice. Plus the Bespin guard and Ugnaught are still waiting for their bricky release. I have a feeling Luke would end up in the wave, maybe in a little rougher shape than the series 4 release. I don't know what would make a good BAF though- the circular walkway where Vader tells Luke about that two faced Obi-Wan would be pretty cool, but seems pretty unlikely.

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