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Thanks for asking Jeff, it helps remind them that there are people interested too. I will hope this means something for 2014- hopefully early 2014.

Other Collectibles / Re: 31" Darth Vader
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:18 PM »
I picked one of these up today, and for $30 I really dig it. There was really no good rationale for getting it- it may end up a birthday present for the nephew, or it may just take up residence in a corner of the basement. The price and size just made it too hard to resist.

I also would love to see a stormtrooper and fett. That would be enough though!

Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Prototypes
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:18 AM »
Congrats! Be sure to post a bunch of pics. This was the first test-shot or prototype that I think any of us had seen, so i think you got it for a good price!

Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Prototypes
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:57 PM »
I confess I was the runner-up  :-[ did anyone here win it? I'm hoping we learn more about it-

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:48 AM »
But  as Rob pointed out, ebay is totally skewed toward buyers in these cases.

The buyers are what keep ebay in the money, and Ebay has no interest in actually mediating disputes. Thatwould take time, manpower, and they would still end up with buyers feeling they should take their money elsewhere, which is exactly what ebay wants to avoid. They will let sellers eat it everytime, because it is a single sale. That inept bidder may go on to complete many more successful transactions if they are kept happy.

Despite no return policies, ebay can hold the funds via paypal, or charge the credit card on file, so sellers have no recourse to not return the funds.

I side with you Rob, but I would bet nearly anything ebay sides with the buyer.

Balance is important for the line- and for us too.
I'm one of the dustier monkeys on this branch at 44.
My kids have gotten past the point where they enjoy the hobby with me. That makes it tougher to keep adding new items. If I want something, I sell something else to get it. I limit myself with arbitrary numbers, and space to devote to the hobby. I still enjoy what I own, but it takes up far less of my brain than it used to. I spend more time working, teaching and training karate, reading, with my wife, and my daughters before they get tired of that too (they are 13 and 15).
Don't let what you own define you. If Hasbro turns out great stuff, enjoy it. If not, find something else to enjoy. It's all over way too soon to waste a moment blaming or pestering a multinational toy company- what they do or don't do should have a negligible impact on your life, if any. I know someone with a small hobby store as part of his regular business. He's had more than a few families come to him in the last few years with dozens and dozens of boxes of brand new star wars toys, trying to figure out how to liquidate it as part of an estate. You don't want the biggest thing you pass on to be a bunch of unused toys.

Kubricks / Re: Deluxe Series 3 - Tatooine
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:14 PM »
Hammerhead on the bay for BIN of $400 or bid start at 299-

could be worse....

Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Prototypes
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:17 AM »
I saw it too, but when I realized he had another 70 prototypes for sale, and many more sold, I started thinking 3D printer in my head. Probably completely wrong, but that seems a strange thing to have hundreds of for sale-

All that said, I will probably be bidding.

I clicked on the link, thinking about ordering this-

Then I saw those images of the beat up boxes (complete with dialogue)

Amazon may want to consider taking down those pics...

Other Collectibles / Re: ACME Character Keys
« on: August 14, 2013, 05:16 PM »
I still have a few of these in the collection- they really are nice pieces. It actually shows just how good an animated OT seres could look. Here's hoping some of these artists are involved in Rebels.  ;)

Kubricks / Re: Kubricks: Wishes and Wet Dreams
« on: August 5, 2013, 09:42 AM »
the vintage colors thing could be cool. Ponda baba in 1977 glory on a card would be nice.

Bespin is still too underrepresented in the line, but there is no inkling that there is a line left to add them.  :-\

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:26 PM »
I like the animated format far more than the idea a new galactica or trek show.
Given the expense of movies/live action, the fact that actors age, and the ability to tell more stories, this type of media allows for much more to be done/told.

I know toy collectors were split on (or spit on) the animated CW stuff, but I really liked the line. If I never buy another action figure, I still have plenty.

But if they made a cool animated show, and some toys to go with it, I know I would end up getting some of them. Particularly a cool new ship or two. CW really had some cool designs.

the 3 3/4 inch basic line has mined the Lucas movies to the point that is probably getting close to, if not at, the bottom of the old barrel. Yes there are more they can make, but Hasbro works on the McDonald's theory of scale/numbers. I just don't see much left from the OT/PT that can sell in mass quantities.

Here's hoping Rebels is cool, and Hasbro doesn't lay an egg on their end.   :)

Gentle Giant / Re: Jumbo Kenner Wampa
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:38 PM »
I just realized that Hasbro may have blown it with the 6 inch series. If they had done the kenner retro 6 inch line with cards like the gentle giant ones, I think many of us would have been way tempted. Especially if they essentially promised a full series of the entire vintage line. Then you throw in some droids figures and others as convention/retailer exclusives... I think it could have been gold.

Other Collectibles / Re: Angry Birds Star Wars - The Toys
« on: July 20, 2013, 03:35 PM »
I can't disagree with that one bit. They need a cow to milk if we ever want cheese again. It doesn't have to be our cow- if they can pickpocket parents to finance a nice action figure here and there, we are even better off.  :)

Kubricks / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:10 AM »
You motivated me to catch up on my missing inventory-

Series 2 Indiana Jones- had it but sold it, don't need
Series 3 Logray is a recent cheap ebay version, but that works for me
Fett Series L slot and J slot (just don't feel I need them)
DX 1 Fett (not needed)
DX 2 AT-ST driver (would like)
DX 3 Owen (would like)
DX 4 Imperial officer (would like)
DX 4 R2-Q5 (not needed)

Boxed Jango and little Boba (not needed)

Carded figures I don't have loose that I would like to:
Yoda spirit
Gorj Sacul
Toy Fair Vader
Uzay blue trooper
Droids R2
metallic C-3PO

The first 3 I sold my carded versions a while back, and if I find them loose someday, great. The last 3 I still have carded.

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