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Offline Brian

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Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« on: September 2, 2008, 04:24 PM »
I know we had a thread going like this in one of the other "line" threads, but I thought with the recent push of the vehicles - plus the introduction/testing out of larger vehicles like the Falcon and AT-TE - it might be a good time to discuss the vehicle subset overall.  It seems like (myself included) when we discuss running out room (or budget) lately, its the vehicles that really eat up the space in collections (whether its on display or in storage).  Has that changed anyone's vehicle collecting habits?  Do you buy them all (at least all new ones, repaints aside)?  Do you stick to one trilogy over the other?  Do you pass them altogether?

Personally, I sort of pick and choose right now - although I will say I've considered dropping the prequel vehicles strictly because of the space (and budget) issues.  I haven't done that yet (nor have I picked up an AT-TE yet), but I will say they definitely take up a lot of room and it makes it difficult for someone like me to display them all (I have a relatively small office to display anything I collect).  Anyways, I think I'd always like to collect the best version of each OT vehicle (if we start getting more "new sculpt" treatments similar to the Falcon), and right now I'm only missing the Sandcrawler and Cloud Car from vehicles that have been made.  I might be facing a bit more of a budget crunch in 2009, so the prequel vehicles - as cool as some of them are - might be something that has to go unfortunately.  I guess you can lump in the new "playset/environment" pieces into this as well, since it is a similar situation of higher prices and larger space takers.

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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #1 on: September 2, 2008, 05:15 PM »
The short answer: mostly no.

The long answer: I collect OT above all, and I have grown bored with reissues of vintage sculpts. I bought the original POTF2 offerings of all the vehicles (except the Falcon and the X-Wing, both of which had aged too badly for my tastes), and only broke my streak when the Target exclusive Skiff and Y-Wing were impossible to find in my area. I did eventually get both via eBay, but right around them I stopped having an active display area, and buying vehicles became too much work/not enough fun.

In the post '99 era, I have bought very few vehicles, namely: Saga Dagobah X-Wing, Saga Landspeeder, Saga TIE Bomber, Saga2 Imperial Shuttle (was actually a gift), the OTC Y-Wing, and lastly the Legacy Falcon.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #2 on: September 2, 2008, 07:22 PM »
The answer for me has always been no. Even as a kid i had little to no interest in vehicles. If i do buy a vehicle now its completely for the pack in figure.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #3 on: September 2, 2008, 07:30 PM »
The answer for me has always been no. Even as a kid i had little to no interest in vehicles. If i do buy a vehicle now its completely for the pack in figure.

Complete opposite.  I've always been a sucker for vehicles (SW, Joes) as a kid and the same holds true today.  The figures were/are just gravy - especially since almost every figure I own nowadays are still locked in their plastic tombs.  Vehicles always get cracked open though.

Going to keep going until I come to the point where I'll need build a second story for my storage unit.  Yes it's a silly way to collect, but it allows me to cycle in new set ups/displays constantly.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #4 on: September 2, 2008, 07:35 PM »
Always loved the ships and such and have a hard time leaving them behind.

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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #5 on: September 2, 2008, 08:43 PM »
I pick and choose my favorites.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #6 on: September 2, 2008, 09:07 PM »
I'm a huge vehicle fan. I don't have many different types, but I tend to army build them, whether it be a couple of fighters or a tank battalion. I currently have 2 AT-TEs, 2 B-Wings, 4 Spider Droids, etc. My goal for June of next year is to have the following to set up a huge tank battle:

4 AT-TEs
2 Republic Gunships
4 V-19s
2 ARC-170s
2 V-Wings

4 Hailfire Droids
4 Spider Droids
12 AATs (4 UBP, 4 Clone Wars, 4 UBP)
4 Droid Tri-Fighters

Now, oddly enough, I like the vehicles more than figures. With my goals you might be thinking that I have a huge army, but it's actually pretty small. I don't have near enough Clones from any one source to fill up an AT-TE, let alone four. As for space, that hasn't been an issue so far. Ships hang from the ceiling, AT-TEs are rigged to the wall (vertically) and the small ground vehicles are on shelves. I probably wouldn't open 2 more AT-TEs or all 12 AATs, but rather save them for literally a rainy day in order to make a cool battle display in a more open area of my house.
I don't go quite as crazy with the Imperial/Rebel ships, but that's mostly due to the lack of ground vehicles. If Hasbro made some Rebel tanks, I'd definitly fleet build both those and Imperial Heavy Weapons. I don't currently own any Imperial walkers as I'm waiting for re-done versions of the AT-AT and AT-ST, in addition to waiting for some good TIE Fighters/Interceptors.

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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #7 on: September 3, 2008, 12:45 AM »
I just sold off most of mine.  I kept a few, ones that could stand or park with landing gear down, and were small enough to fit on the shelves.    As much as I think the BMF and AT-TE are awesome, they don't fit my scheme, so I passed.

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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #8 on: September 3, 2008, 01:36 AM »
A real key to vehicles is how willing are you to go the route of hanging crap from your ceiling.  In my one room I have half the ceiling covered in 1:18 airplanes...  If you think Hasbro toys take up room, check out an Avenger Torpedo Bomber, or a P-47 fighter...  They make Hasbro toys look lame by comparison.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #9 on: September 3, 2008, 01:44 AM »
Vehicles have kind of become the focus of my least where Hasbro items are concerned.  I have shelves and tables covered with TIEs, X-Wings, Jedi Starfighters, Snowspeeders, AT-STs, Speederbikes, and even a few Falcons.  One display I have in the center of my collection room/office is a makeshift Alliance hangar with the BMF, X-wing, B-wing, Y-wing with pilots and droids milling about.  I hope to have pictures up in the near future.

It could be an Air Force thing....but I really like the fighters.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #10 on: September 3, 2008, 09:17 AM »
Yes. Although I'm definitely short on space, I pick up the vehicles. Mercifully, I've stopped doing boxed, so I'm not picking up the 5th repack (exaggeration) of Obi-wan's starfighter this year.
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #11 on: September 3, 2008, 09:51 AM »
Yes and no.  I do not buy all of them but close.  I do not buy every variation either.  I am happy with one TIE fighter.  I will not buy the grey, blue, white, grey, etc.  I did upgrade to the new larger winged version but won't go out and buy another color variation or that new EU version.  I still have to get the BMF and AT-TE but the price and trying to lower my min payments on credit cards won't allow for that right now.  But I do try to pick up the $20 vehicles like once a month. 


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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #12 on: September 3, 2008, 12:24 PM »
I have always supported vehicles even though the majority of them are in storage bins (and more recently kept in the box because of lack of space). I will continue to support them, but going forward, especially with CW, I will become more picky. With the repaints/re-releases of ships that we all have already a few times over, it has finally hit the point of pure overkill. In the past I would always buy every single vehicle no matter what repaint deco was on it, even multiples of a choice few. Now when I see the Arc with Space Whale Deco or the Wampa deco I do not feel compelled to buy them again. When I do I will seriously examine getting rid of an older version if the deco level suropass the older one.

I think I will always support any OTC offering vehicle wise as they have become few and far between. I do not mind getting another A-Wing and would love to see more X-Wings. I am really over the prequel/CW thing, I still regret buying Aayla's starfighter and am more than content with the prequel fleet I have:

Prequel Fleet
ROTS Jedi Starfighters x7
EP2 Jedi Starfighters x6
Arc Fighters x3
Gunships x4
V-Wings x2
V-Torrent x1
AT-TE x2
AT-TP Walkers x2
TAC Trade Tanks x4
TAC Staps x4
Hailfire Droid x2
Homing Spider Droid x2
Droid Tri Fighter x1
CW Trade Tank x1
Vulture Droids x8
Faambas x2
Gungan Chariot with the Beast pulling it
Gungan Bird Horses x2
Grevious Fighter
Grevious Wheelbike
Speeder bikes x4
Barc Speeders x4
Anakin's Yellow Hot Rod
Maul's Starship
Maul's Speederbike
Jango Slave 1
Geonosian Starfighter
Dooku Speederbike
Anakin Speederbike
Queens Royal Starship
Pod Racers x2

Compared to my OTC fleet the prequel **** dwarfs it, therefore I am not jonesing for more prequel vehicles. I did not even include all of the Beasts!!! I sure I missed some stuff too…...

OTC Fleet
Larger X-Wing x2
A-Wing x2
Y-Wing x4
B-Wing x2
Tie fighters x3
Tie Bombers x2
Tie Interceptor x2
Vader Tie Fighter x1
AT-AT x2
AT-ST x1
Shuttle Tydyrium x1
Speederbikes x3
SnowSpeeder x3
Boba's Target Slave 1
Luke's Skyhopper
Tattooine Skiff

It would be a fun game if we were able to pit our Toy armies against each others in some kind of collectors video game battle. Collection vs. Collection, that's another topic I may start…….
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #13 on: September 3, 2008, 01:16 PM »
I very rarely buy a vehicle mostly due to space limitations. When I do, it has to be something very cool. I have all of the vintage vehicles and will only buy a new repaint of the vintage mold when my vintage one is too broken up. I do however, plan on putting my vintage falcon in storage for the new Falcon. I typically don't collect prequal vehicles except maybe one to represent the movie or might be fun for my boys to play with outside. (ie AT-TE).
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Re: Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« Reply #14 on: September 3, 2008, 02:14 PM »
I've bought every new vehicle, repaint, resculpt to come down the pipe in the new era. Up until last year I've purchased a second sample of each when packaged in a window box, or with figures. The sheer volume of product that's been coming out and the price that comes with it has forced me to cut back on that mint in box collection. Still, I never pass up an opportunity to pick up a "fleet" vehicle discounted at 75% off.

What's supposed to fly, I hang up, older sculpts (small wing ties, vintage x-wings...) go into storage. For land vehicles I have 2 dioramas going, Battle of Hoth and a non-cannon Seperatist/ Republic battle, I also have a couple of mini scenes as well. What doesn't fit in these are put in storage. I have to admit that prequel battle is getting pretty crowded.
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