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Jaff
07-26-2003, 02:48 PM
With all the threads on Hasbro/Wal-Mart/Distribution and Availability I've seen allot of aggrivation in many people over their collecting hobby. Today it is bad, but it was not always like this. So I have decided since I love studdying your thoughts as well as the history (besides my who's fan choice figs thread is now slowing down) of our respective hobbies I wanted us all to take a trip back in time to 1995 when SW was finally making a comeback. I want your story over what you couldn't find, how easy it was to find, or if you weren't collecting then. We're going to start out with the month of July 1995, and I will do following months as we go. Yes that's 8 years month by month we're going to cover on this thread so it should be sizeable. Tell us how much you got, and any other details. This isn't a vote, it's a cherishment of our stories about SW. I invite you all to take part, because looking back, SW is a wonderful hobby. I had a lot of fun, let's bath in that. So in 1995 the musclebound figures came out on their cards and the shelves were full and fresh. Here's what was released then.

Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader
R2-D2
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper
C-3PO
Princess Leia Organa
Millenium Falcon
X-Wing Fighter
Landspeeder
TIE Fighter
Imperial AT-ST
Star Wars Official Collectors Case

Although C-3PO and Leia were later releases (september I believe) I did enclose them on this list because our next month covered will be December of 1995.

Jaff
07-26-2003, 02:51 PM
Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader
R2-D2
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper
C-3PO
Princess Leia Organa
Millenium Falcon
X-Wing Fighter
Landspeeder
TIE Fighter
Imperial AT-ST
Star Wars Official Collectors Case

I had no problem finding any of this stuff. It was everywhere and it was exciting. I had a hard time finding Leia in the begginning, because she like 3PO was a shorted figure. I found her while someone was stocking, and it was a real treat even though she looked like a man!!!! The only thing in this list that I did not get was the Official Collectors Case. It was too bulky and cheesy looking.

Kidhuman
07-26-2003, 03:48 PM
I had no problem finding these figures because I worked in Caldor, which was like a Wal-Mart. SO I just went into the stockroom and opened the cases. Easy finds for me.

darthzirock
07-26-2003, 05:27 PM
Actually, the first wave of 1995 POTF2 figures weren't all that hard to find. I even managed to score at least one of every variation (long-saber vs. short-saber for Luke, Obi-Wan and Vader). Even the later POTF2 waves in the orange-carded series weren't that hard to find, except that stupid Lando figure! I think it took me almost a full year to find him on the shelves!

But for real ease of collecting, you must go back to the "Golden Age" period of 1978-85! I lived in New Jersey, within walking distance of a Woolworth's, plus I got the first 4 figures (Luke, Leia, R2 and Chewbacca) in the "Early Bird Special" offer. So, I only had 8 more figures to buy in order to have the first set of 12! At $1.98 per figure, and receiving a $10/week allowance at the time, it only took me 2 weeks! :D

Subsequent waves were pretty easy, too, although I never did manage to find a vinyl-caped Jawa. My high school was in walking distance from a huge Woolworth's main store (2 floors!), plus we had stores like Two-Guys, Valley Fair, Great Eastern, Child World, and Children's Bargaintown (which eventually became something with the rather silly name of ... Toys 'R' Us!). By the time I graduated high school in 1980 (yes, I'm that old!), I think I had every Star Wars figure that came out, plus the first wave of Empire Strikes Back figures, too!

I spent my first two years of college in Boston, and had a pretty easy time of finding subsequent waves of ESB figures. While there were a few people who thought my hobby childish or even weird, most of my classmates thought it was pretty cool. I had a nice display of figures on my bookcases in my dorm room, and it was often the center of conversation--especially after a few beers! After deciding to move back to NJ to finish my education, I had an even easier time of finding figures, because I had most of my old stores to count on ... plus, the town where I was going to college at had it's own K-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, Bradlees, and a few comic book stores that carried the figures. When I made friends with a classmate that worked at Toys 'R' Us, he'd always phone me to let me know when they got in new cases! :p (He also helped me score a Cabbage Patch Kid for my mom, when those things were just about impossible to find without being on a waiting list!)

By the time the last figure lines from Kenner were petering out (I guess those were the tri-logo packs at Kaybee Toys), a lot of my best stores for hunting had closed. Two-Guys was gone, Korvettes was history, Bradlees had filed Chapter 11, and a lot of the Mom'n'Pop stores had been run out by the emerging giant that was TRU. However, I never remember not eventually finding at least one of everything I wanted. I never got into collecting the "Droids" and "Ewoks" animated series figures--except for the C-3P0, R2-D2, and Boba Fett figures from "Droids," just because they were cool variations of established figures.

I don't know what changed in the ten years that Kenner wasn't producing figures, but by the time POTF2 was launched in 1995, the ease of collecting figures became more difficult. After the initial launch of POTF2, I remember having to start driving further and further away from home to find figures. The TRU nearest me would have nothing, while the one out in the boonies over 30 miles away would get everything! Then, they finally opened a Wal-Mart in NJ, and that was figure Nirvana! (Funny how things have changed, huh?) But, I think the thing that effected collecting the most was the rise of the dreaded Toy Scalpers! (In NJ, we called them Toy Pirates, or usually just "loser @$$holes"!) At the time, these characters had plenty of flea markets to set up shop at on the weekends, while spending their weekdays haunting toy sections at the exact moments cases were being pulled out. Lots of money was changing hands so that these morons were getting figures before they ever even reached the pegs, so that a $5 figure at Wal-Mart was selling for $15-30 at the flea markets. Lots of other morons were paying those prices, too, which just seemed to validate the Toy Pirates! :mad: Worse yet, collecting magazines started printing "Price Guides" with secondary market values for current toys, instead of just the "Vintage" Kenner stuff! So, if you said to your local Toy Pirate, "$25 for a Lando? Are you nuts?!" they'd just pull out a "Price Guide" and say, "Well, I could get $40, but I'm just trying to be fair." Fair??? Like they ever even understood the meaning of the word!

Anyone still collecting that started waaaaay back when I did knows that this hobby, while still having its rewards, is a very, very different animal than it was back in the "Golden Age."

Thus endeth the lesson ... :crazed:

plo koon 200
07-26-2003, 05:48 PM
I didn't start collecting in 1995. However, all that stuff is now easy to find.

Banthaholic
07-26-2003, 07:08 PM
I got back into the SW hobby fulltime in '93 when I saw Heir To The Empire at Walden books while cruisin the mall for chicks with my friends.
The book was great, I was once again hooked.

I started picking up OT movie soundtracks, and playing the NES SW games I had. The books continued to be released, and I started to read the DH comics, as well as got into the SW PC games. Just Toys released Bend Ems, which game me my first carded figurees since '84. While now they look humorous, they got me through the 'Dark Ages' when there wasn't much to get at all.
When I heard about Kenner releasing new SW toys I was psyched. Funny, at first people liked the new muscualr scultps. They were very 'unvintage'. I lucked out on a trip to TRU and found the first few figures (minus Leia, 3P0) and the AT-ST. Gradually the Falcon, Tie-fighter, X-wing, and Landspeeder made their way into stores, as well as the Vintage 4 pack rerelease at TRU.

It wasn't too hard for me to find the first wave of figures. Although the publicity SW was starting to get, soon changed this...

Bosskman
07-26-2003, 07:58 PM
I started collecting SW figures in in 97, the year the special editions came out. I was able to get all the stuff at stores, the hardest figures to find were Leia, Vader and the Stormtrooper. I never had a computer then, so on-line buying wasn't even an option. Come to think of it. These thing's we're using right now have REVOLUTIONALZED toy collecting.

Jaff
07-26-2003, 08:57 PM
Thanks for your vintage tales Darthzirock. As for the Longsaber figures I had no luck in finding them or the transition trays on the main market. I got the whole lot later in 1999, but back then finding longsabers weren't that hard in the first month or so. However when September came around with the introduction of the C-3PO and Leia figure they were getting a bit rare.

Also folks don't forget that we will be covering this topic on a chronological basis, so don't jump too ahead. Keep your eyes on this thread and we will get to the point where you started collecting if you weren't at this time. Try not to go ahead of the current posted month (going behind is great) so that we don't stray from the topic wave subject.

Also Bosskman, your right, they have revolutionized the industry.

tagmac
07-26-2003, 09:06 PM
I had no trouble finding the first 8 figures, although I had ordered them from the Jawa Trader, so it was simply a matter of waiting an extra month for them to come in. Leia was out in the initial assortments, but I'll never forget one of the managers at TRU back then who seemed to always stock the SW section being very nasty about the figs - she seemed to revel in telling us that there was no Leia, and I constantly came in to see the only Leia in the hands of scalpers. Luckily, a much nicer employee brought out a few cases when I asked if there were any more, and I was able to get the Leia figure.

As for the vehicles, I had no trouble finding them. I even found the X-Wing at TRU about a month before the figures came out, back when the bend-ems were still eating up a large section of pegs.

Jaff
07-26-2003, 09:13 PM
Yes I seem to remember the store managers being very stringint towards us collectors back then esspecially during late 96 and 97 when Collecting was becoming cool again. I have a really cool story for Dec 96 about this paticular topic.

tagmac
07-26-2003, 11:05 PM
It's funny....even though it had really started years earlier with the Cabbage Patch Kids and Transformers, it felt like scalping had really come into play with the initial wave of SW figures. Remember those $60 Leia's and $80 3-PO's, all because a few idiots bought them all and claimed they were "rare" and "discontinued by Hasbro" (this would later resurface with the stupidly shortpacked Lando). Thank goodness Lucas got wind of this and demanded Hasbro put an end to the deliberate shortpacking. Too bad it started up again with the Bespin Luke figure, but it was nice for a while.

InsaneJediGirl
07-26-2003, 11:40 PM
I had no problem finding all listed above.Although I didnt pick up the Collectors Case,didnt like the design.From what I remember,they really didnt warm the shelves for long either in my area.Guess SW was really something way back.

Old Fossil
07-27-2003, 08:52 AM
At first I refused to buy the new SW figs. I thought them quite nicely done and the KENNER logo spoke volumes, but decided to pass; I guess I thought I was too "big" to be buying action figures.

I worked at K-Mart at the time, and there was a stocker who somehow sensed I was a fan of SW, and kept coming round and telling me that new figures were in, how Leia was "rare" and I should pick one up, yada-yada-yada. Finally, for posterity's sake, I decided to buy a Vader and an R2, since they impressed me most out of the initial wave.

Well, I thought, why not get 2 each instead -- one to open, one to keep on the card, just in case they ended up being valuable? I ended up displaying my loose Vader all over the place: work, my truck, my desk at home. I loved that figure, and still do.

Of course, you can't have an R2 without Threepio...or Vader without at least one Stormtrooper, and a Ben Kenobi to battle... and Ben needs Luke tagging along... and Luke needs a couple of smuggler buddies...

I ended up owning FOUR carded Leia's and FOUR carded Lando's. Some lessons are dearly bought! Turns out that LS Vader I had first bought was the most valuable. I still have him -- the carded figure I have owned longer than any other. The rest is history, and staggering debt.

Turbowars
07-27-2003, 12:58 PM
It's hard to say when I started to collect. What I do know is I was only able to find the short sabers when I started. I kind of just fell into this hobby. I always loved the films, but never had any vintage, but one R2. I was into Trans and GI-Joes. Anyways, I went to a TRU late 95 to find a b-day gift for some kid. As I left I saw a Comic store across the way from TRU. I walked up to the window and saw a bunch of toys so I walked in. I looked to my left and what I saw was the begining to an obsession. I saw most of the Orange cards, but mostly remember seeing Vader. I asked a few qusetions and ran out of the store, back to TRU and bought what I could. I wish I could remember what I found, but boy I was so suprised. So yeah I'd saw It was kid of hard to find the1st waves of figures, because I started late.

BoShek
07-27-2003, 04:33 PM
I got Obi-Wan first at a local fair. Then I got Luke, Han and R2 at TRU a little later. Then the rest except Leia and 3PO. They were hard to find but my mom found 3PO at KB on Black Friday.

It was funny because they had the vehicles months before the figures at the Hills store. :D What a wait!

bobafrett
07-27-2003, 08:29 PM
I honestly have a hard time remembering what figure were harder to find than others, and if this was the time when I had to be selective on what figures I could afford. I must admit that a large portion of my collection is from when the Star Wars toys became popular again, and I haven't looked back since. I couldn't tell you what year that was though.

plasticfetish
07-27-2003, 08:31 PM
I admit, I hated this first bunch of figures and when I first saw them in stores. I laughed and basically ignored them. The muscular Luke and linebacker Han was one thing, but roid rage Vader and big biceps Chewy was ridiculous. I do remember buying C-3PO then R2-D2 and being happy enough with those to loosen up a little. I don't remember any of those first ones as being that hard to find and after a while found and bought them all. I've even come to love ape faced Leia ... I mean after all, she's got a good personality and it's not her fault that she's so damn ugly.

Jaff
07-27-2003, 11:08 PM
So lots of us remember the good old days, and now that our time machine moves forward a little lets keep bringing in those cool tales about the golden age of collecting. So it's fall 1995, and everyone is eating their Fruit Loops because there is a special mail away for a HAN SOLO IN STORMTROOPER DISGUISE figure. No way!!! I couldn't believe when I heard that. They never made him before! Then as Christmas edges around Hasbro releases more figures showing that SW is back to stay. You remember the time: It's November 1995, and Cindy Crawford was showing how horrible she could act in Fair Game, and Pierce Bronson was showing that he could be James Bond in GOLDENEYE. E.R. was bringing in the ratings, and Homer Simpson found out that his mom was alive and well in the SIMPSONS. What was the greatest thing of all? Han in Stormtrooper was shipping, and the new figures were hitting shelves, and here they are:

11/95 - Han in Stormtrooper (Fruit Loops mail away)
12/95 - Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot
Lando Calrissian
Boba Fett

Jaff
07-27-2003, 11:13 PM
For me I did not know that the Han in Stormtrooper existed until I started seeing him for sale at shows in early 96. I had missed the Fruit Loops offer and although that bummed, I did manage to get a Han by buying him at the very show I first saw him at. I shelled out $20, and it was well spent.

As for Luke, Lando and Boba I was really lucky. Somehow a dollar store accross the street from my local Laundrymat in Toledo got a case of these figures by accident and I bought one of each for like $3 (I thought everything in the dollar store was suppossed to be a buck!). Boba was awesome back then, what a sculpt. Lando had to stoop to keep his cape on but he was still better looking than the first despite his bicepts. But all I can say was Han in Stormtrooper. No way!!!!

Hellboy
07-27-2003, 11:46 PM
When the SW line started back up in 95 I started collecting right away just like I did growing up as a kid. The figures were all easy to find around here even long sabers. I debated at this point on how I planned to collect now that I was an adult and really didn't play with toys. I decided to buy one of every standard carded figure and keep it unopened and to buy openers of the figures I felt were good sculpts. I continue to collect this way today but the amount of figures I open has dramatically increased.

I also got the Han Solo Stormtrooper mail-away as soon as possible. I always wanted this figure as a kid and it was the first open figure I had from the new line.

JediTricks
07-28-2003, 12:17 AM
On the first wave, I wasn't really into it at the time. I had some SW Micro Machines stuff, that held me for a long time. POTF2 was everywhere after it came out, but there were some HTF figures too I guess - that started a lot of hoarding of those figs by some. All the vehicles flooded the market for a while. It wasn't until the free Han Stormtrooper that I got into the line, I picked up Vader & Luke, then swapped 'em out for another set because the first ones I bought had these ridiculously long lightsaber blades that I didn't like... whoops! :D Then, I made some collecting friends who helped me get the HTF stuff. The 2nd wave, I have no idea how hard it was to find 'em because I wasn't shopping much for SW because a friend picked 'em all up for me almost instantly.


BTW, my first personal foray into the SW figure market was really in the Vintage line, around ROTJ and POTF1. Back then, the cool core figures like Leia Boushh were super hard to find, but the background aliens like Squidhead were flooding pegs. That was so annoying, left a bad feeling about SW collecting which I think might have been part of what killed POTF1 so quickly.

Dark Marble
07-28-2003, 01:33 PM
As I have seen in some of the posts here, I also didn't start collecting until later. I started in February of 1997. I don't remember having a tough time finding the figures though. I started with Dash Rendar and the Outrider, and then in March I picked up the Falcon with Han, Chewy, Luke, Obi-Wan, and C-3P0. All of them were at TRU and still on red cards and there were tons.
I missed out on R2 and Leia, and actually now looking back, didn't see those figures again for a while. After that the only figure I got was Han Bespin in December. I didn't get going on my Star Wars collecting until 1998. But the Falcon and crew were a must have. Sorry this is a little off the subject Jaff, but it was nice to remember where it all began. :happy: However, I worked at TRU between 1994/1995 when the figures started to hit and they were easy to find.

plasticfetish
07-28-2003, 04:47 PM
I had no idea about Fruit Loops Han either ... frankly it wasn't until I started looking around for sites like this one a bit later that I new what was really going on. I was still ignoring Star Wars toys at this point and for a while.

I will speculate on this though, any big rise in scalping can probably be credited to the rise in eBay's popularity. I think before I started looking for any toy related fan sites, I looked on eBay to see what was selling and for how much ... though entirely for vintage stuff at that point.

tagmac
07-28-2003, 07:14 PM
I sent away for the Han Solo Stormtrooper right away. However, I have an interesting story about the other 3 figures. Back then, I used to get two of each figure, one for me, and one for my cousin (who was 4 at the time). I went into TRU to find tons of new figures 2 days after Christmas '95, finding 3 Leia's (finally got one for my cousin), and a Boba Fett. As I was paying for it, I saw a lady buying the only two X-Wing Luke's, so of course I was ticked off. that night, my aunt called to tell me she had found an open case with new figures and bought them for me and my cousin. As a rule, I came first when we found the figs, since my cousin was so young. Unfortunately my aunt told me she picked up two of each (except Lando, cuz he was 1 per case), and gave my cousin the Lando! She insisted she thought I only needed the other two (remembering the non-existent bend-ems I had been looking for), instead of doing the right thing and asking me first before giving it to him. (As I said, my cousin was only 4 - he wouldn't have cared either way). Of course, Lando was not only impossible, but rumored to be discontinued, and I shelled out 17 bucks to a dealer (whom I knew had bought them all from TRU) out of fear I'd never find it otherwise. How did I know a year later they'd ship tons of them. I was happy to have them all at that point, but ticked at my aunt for a few weeks after that.

On a side note, that dealer eventually moved on to only wrestling figures, and in recent months I haven't seen him at shows anymore. If his crooked ways finally put him out of business, then I feel a small sense of satisfaction.

AdmiralPiett
07-28-2003, 11:35 PM
I remember going to Wal-Mart to buy my first wave of POTF2 figs. I don't remember the month or year but I remember NOT finding C-3P0 or Leia and having my Dad look for Leia in Peru (South America, not Illinois) on his trip to visit my grandparents. He found her on a beat up tri-logo card but I was ecstatic. I remember my favorite figure of the first lot I bought that day at Wal-Mart was the TIE fighter pilot on red card. The only other red carded figure I got that day was Luke. The rest of the first wave was all on green holo cards by then. It felt good to know that I could finally fill in some of the holes that I had in my vintage collection with newer figures (even though I eventually went to Ebay later to fill the holes with the actual vintage figures).
Piett

Jaff
07-29-2003, 10:47 AM
Since Admiral Piett went ahead to the next wave, I thought we could all join him. In February Hasbro releases the Speeder Bike with Biker Scout, and almost too slow for desire they release another ground breaking wave in March. In March the theaters are filled with boring movies like Birdcage, and Fargo, but we're seeing previews for stuff like Independance Day and Dragonheart. The Sony Playstation system is dominating the market, while the Sega Saturn is now bombing big-time. Nintendo has just released pictures of it's new Nintendo 64 system that should go on sale in September. But for us collectors Scalpers are starting to throw fire onto the flame. Leia figures are now very hard to find, and variation hunters are everywhere. People hunt for long sabers, transistion trays, Leia with 2 or 3 belts (either are equally hard to come by), and now with the inclusion of a new 4 figure wave only ONE of the figures is without a variation. This causes many collectors to believe that Hasbro is purposefully making figures with errors to promote the line further. Whether intentional or not it does work, and shelves are constantly rotated, and now at every card or collecting show new star wars figures are there. Collecting is slowly reaching a new level, and will soon recieve a small hic-up.

Feb 1996
Speeder Bike with Biker Scout

March 1996
Yoda
Han Solo in Hoth (With Open or Closed Hand)
Luke Skywalker Dagobah (Long and short saber + transition trays)
TIE Fighter Pilot (with or without warning sticker)

Jaff
07-29-2003, 11:08 AM
I remember the Biker Scout with Bike was very common for me in my area of Toledo, Ohio. It was everywhere and I happily bought it only to find out that the figure itself looked terrible off the bike. It's legs were spread so far apart that I couldn't believe it (foreshadow of Saga :frus: ). So I actually threw the figure away and kept the speeder bike only. I only collected opened figures during February and I liked to stand them beside eachother. The Biker Scout didn't equate.

When March came around I made the big change. I walked in a Toys R Us by Franklin Mall and saw the TIE Fighter Pilot. This figure was unbelievable. This was the best SW figure I had ever seen in my life up to that time. I bought 2 of the pilot. I also bought one Han, Luke and Yoda not caring if they were variations or not. However I did buy the open hand Han that could not hold any weapons (thus I opened up a more valued figure at that time). For two weeks I was mesmerized by the TIE Fighter Pilot as I kept looking at the figure on the card. When the two weeks were over I decided to buy a carded figure of each figure that had been made to date, giving one figure out of package and one figure in package. It took me one trip to nab each one of them. However the Leia figure I could not find. I bought her at a toy show later that year.

LusiferSam
07-29-2003, 12:34 PM
At the time I was getting my figures from some mail order place. So I was always a month or two behind (still am for that matter). But I got Yoda and Dagobah Luke in Washington DC a long with C-3PO. It was at some comic book shop and I over paid for Yoda. That rest of this wave I got in the summer with the SOTE line. Over all I found them pretty easy, but I wasn't really looking that hard either.

tagmac
07-29-2003, 05:02 PM
I don't even remember how I got the Biker Scout. I think I found it in a Bradlees store. As for the new wave of figures, on a whim, I went into TRU one night and found several Hoth Han's, TIE Pilots, and Luke Dagobah's. Bought one of each, and asked a salesperson if they had any more cases in the back so I could get a Yoda. She was actually friendly to me, but told me that the local scalper (same one I mentioned above) had walked out with a cartful of just Yodas, and that a woman with a small child had asked for just one, and the fat pig refused to give it to her! I swore I'd never buy another figure off of this crook, and just waited. A few weeks later, I walked into Bradlees, and they had just put two cases worth on the pegs. Was able to get 3 Yoda's (before you all condemn me, one was for me, one for my cousin, and the other for a friend who only wanted Yoda).

AdmiralPiett
07-29-2003, 09:32 PM
That sucks about that Yoda scalper. He probably made tons of money off of them too. Pure evil! I remember the Biker Scout being more than readily available. I didn't buy it though. I was only interested in the carded figs. My parents one time went to Wal-mart (I think, or maybe it was Target) and bought it for me on clearance. I still haven't opened it. It's sitting in the back of my closet. The figure is pretty goofy looking. I already had the original bike and that was good enough for me.
By the way, the TIE fighter pilot was the most impressive figure of this wave and probably one of the nicest detailed of all the modern line. He's an attractive figure on the red card so I still haven't opened him to this day.
Piett

Kidhuman
07-29-2003, 09:35 PM
Again, I was working in Caldor's, so I found them pretty easy. I found them all pretty easily until 1998 when I stopped working there. And to boot there was a TRU next door to the store.

JediTricks
07-30-2003, 04:54 AM
Yoda was quite HTF, the others were less so. Speederbikes quickly saturated even though they WERE being bought, Hasbro shipped a lot of that piece. A friend picked up Yoda for me, until then my poor Dagobah Luke wouldn't stand on his own and it really bothered me - turned out he was designed to balance with Yoda & the backpack on, after that I appreciated the figure a little more.

Jaff
07-31-2003, 12:09 AM
Wow this site has had over 200 hits but only 30 posts. I'm surprized that not many collectors we're buying figures back in 96. Well hopefully as we move along in history we'll catch up to where most started collecting.

So in an effort to keep time rolling along we have made it to June 1996. The theaters are packed with some of the coolest films since 1993. You can go to your local cinema and watch The Rock, Dragonheart, Mission: Impossible, and Twister. On T.V. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is having it's 4th season finale where Odo is gravely ill, and needs to return home to join his gellatonous gentiles in Broken Link. If you didn't like Star Trek you can watch Home Improvement or the last episode of Fresh Prince because at this time these were the shows on the top of the rating polls.

But in the Star Wars collecting community some new figures were surfacing based on a comic book series named Shadows of the Empire. Many of us knew it, and even more knew that later that year a game would be made based on that comic book. Still it seemed too soon to throw out expanded universe figures. Star Wars had just got back in the game and rather than making core figures Hasbro was going to stuff pegs. As those collecting back then know the Shadow's carded figures would clog shelves for the next year, and in some stores these figures would remain until they were cleared out for a buck in 1998.

June 1996
Dash Rendar
Chewbacca in Bounty Hunter Disguise
Princess Leia as Boushh
Luke Skywalker in Imperial Guard Disguise
Prince Xizor
Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight (Tan and Black Vest)
Han Solo in Carbonite (Block or Freezing Chamber)

So where did you find these figs, did you buy them because you liked them? Did you think they stunk? Did you get that Tan Vested Luke? Or did you not care and went to the movies instead! :eek:

Jaff
07-31-2003, 12:17 AM
Shadows of the What????? When I saw these figs on the shelves at a Toys R Us I was stumped. I never saw them before, and after looking at all of them I just put them back on the shelf. I wanted Star Wars toys at the time, and if all of you will forgive my opinion, I just wanted Star Wars stuff, not some offshoot. However I picked up the comic book to see what was the big deal, and I loved it. Still I didn't love it enough to get figures based on it. I did pick up the Leia in Boushh (finally a real looking Leia figures), and I hunted the shelves for a Luke in Jedi. Although I had no luck finding him I did pick up 2 Han in Carbonite figures (Freezing Chamber card). It took me two months later to find Luke, and I finally found him with Black Vests. I never saw a tan vested Luke on the shelves. But I did find the figure in 2000 when I opened my Star Wars toy shop in Nashville. A collector traded in the figure, and the fine piece enjoyed joining my collection. :D

LusiferSam
07-31-2003, 12:46 AM
The purple carded SOTE figures I again mail ordered (I wish I had name of the catalog). The IG-88 vs. Boba Fett two pack the orange carded figures I found at Wal-Mart. This was my first time in any Wal-Mart and I had gone there just look for figures. My jaw dropped when I was how many figures they had. I dumped the mail ordered BS in favor of Wal-Mart's. I got the black vest version of Luke, it would be another four months or so before I heard of the tan vest (I had just gotten signed up internet service and it took a bit for me think about looking for web's sites on SW figures).

tagmac
07-31-2003, 01:37 PM
I walked into TRU one morning about 1/2 hour after they'd opened, and a guy told me a dealer (same guy as I've mentioned before) had walked out with all that was on the shelf (which was only a case worth). Sure enough, I went to the flea market, and this guy's pulling them out of his bag. Anyway, I went back to TRU the next morning, and got there before they opened. A few oyther people walked in at the same time, including this kid who took a shortcut and just beat me to the aisle. I was able to grab all of them, including Luke with a tan vest. I got the black-vested Luke about a month later in KB, as well as the two-packs.

JediTricks
08-01-2003, 12:35 AM
SOTE was the first real "HTF" wave in my area for a while. However, this was still the innocent age of toys where TRU employees actually helped you over the phone and held figures for you behind the counter before you got there, so that's how I got mine. Dash Rendar and Snoova quickly became pegwarmers though, as did the boxed Swoop with rider. I liked all the figs except the George Clooney bowl haircut on Rendar, and I didn't bother with the ridiculously-inaccurate Outrider (I later bought the MM version and the pewter one from Rawcliffe... they look nothing like the Hasbro version). Luke Jedi and Leia Boushh were 2 of the figures I had wanted since the Vintage days and was thrilled to have 'em... still am to a degree even 7 years later. Chewie as Snoova was pretty neat, I didn't dig Xizor as much but ended up getting him because of his cool weapons. Both 2packs were not "easy" to find but not that difficult either, and both were fairly good buys for me. I actually put back Tan Vest Luke because it was inaccurate, a friend of mine opened his... we both still comiserate on that. ;)

Hellboy
08-01-2003, 08:01 PM
I had no trouble finding the SOTE wave when it first hit but with the news that the SW movies were going to continue with episodes 1-3 people in my area started getting into collecting the new toys. It was the dawn of the scalpers and collecting SW toys was once again HOT as these adults who enjoyed the toys as kids attempted to recapture their youth and maybe make a quick buck at the same time. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found all 5 basic figures at once at my local Target. After that I rarely saw them again but the 2-packs however were a different story keeping pegs warm long through the winter. I passed on the Outrider as well but was tempted just because it was the first new SW vehicle produced since the early eighties. At this point Leia Boussh became one of my favorite figures along with the TIE Pilot and I never saw a brown vested Luke Jedi but ended up buying one 5 years later at 6x retail value. :stupid:

Jaff
08-02-2003, 10:09 AM
One month after the initial release of Shadows of the Empire a plethera of vehicles and accessories started dropping onto shelves. While theaters were busy with the Nutty Proffessor and Independance Day those of us few collecting at this time were busy trying to figure out how we were going to pay for 4 vehicles, 3 deluxe sets, and 2 figure two packs. Of course you could have saved money and only bought the good stuff.

July 1996
Prince Xizor vs. Darth Vader Two Pack
Boba Fett vs. IG-88 Two pack
Swoop Bike with pilot
Dash Rendar’s Outrider
Deluxe Luke Skywalker with Desert Sport Skiff
Deluxe Han Solo with Smuggler Flight Pack
Crowd Control Stormtrooper
Boba Fett’s Slave I
Electronic Rebel Snowspeeder

So where did you find all this stuff, or did you pass on it.

Jaff
08-02-2003, 10:16 AM
All the July stuff was very easy to find. The toys R' Us shelves were clogged with the stuff. I bought the Slave 1 and Rebel Snowspeeder, and because I love IG-88 I picked up the Boba vs. IG two pack. The rest I left sitting. The deluxe figures were laughable toys to me. They looked allot like the Jurrassic park toys, especially that Crowd Control Stormtrooper. I wanted to write a letter to Hasbro reminding them that although all the other toy lines had weapons bigger than their figures it was not necessarily required that they emulate that for the Star Wars line.

At about this time I must honestly say that I was a little worried that the expanded universe would dominate the figure production. Honestly I wanted movie figures because there wasn't enough of them, and I feared that Hasbro was going on a big tangent. I was thankfully wrong, and the next wave of figures would be a shockingly good surprise.

LusiferSam
08-02-2003, 10:31 AM
I skipped the first round of Deluxe figures because I thought they looked lame. Most of the vehicles I got one my first trip to Wal-Mart. The only one I didn't was the Outrider, because at the time I was more into this whole Neo classic, Star Wars renaissance thing. But a few months later (2/97) I bought one.
Honestly I had just the opposite opinion of Jaff. I was hoping for more EU figures. At the time I was really in the EU and read or played just about every book, comic book, and game that came out.

Deoxyribonucleic
08-02-2003, 12:13 PM
Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader
R2-D2
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper
C-3PO
Princess Leia Organa
Millenium Falcon
X-Wing Fighter
Landspeeder
TIE Fighter
Imperial AT-ST
Star Wars Official Collectors Case


I "accidentally" found luke through stormy at a type of rite-aid store for 4.99 on an Island in the Puget sound...there they were, just chillin' on the pegs, needless to say I was stoked. I knew we were going to get new figures eventually, but I didn't know exactly when. c-3p0 and Leia were a bit more hard for me to find...I eventually got 3p0 but had to buy leia at a toy show for 10 :( I do have all long sabers though!

han hoth, boba, yoda and luke x-wing I ordered on line for just a tad above retail and I ordered the biker scout from the fan club as that was the only place you could get it at the time so those were easy peasy.

han stormtrooper was easy too since I lived with 3 other people and we were big cereal fans.

SOTE and jedi luke/han carbonite were a simple find as well, all at FAO, before they charged an arm and a leg for starwars figures there (and everything else).

Lando was hard to get for a while but the tie pilot I found right away.

Summary: most difficult to get was c3p0, monkey leia and Lando Calrissian, but with a bit of patience I finally got all of them.

:)

COOL THREAD Jaff!

EDIT: I didn't buy vehicles back then since most were all rehashes of the vintage ones that I already have. The only exception is that slave one in the purple box, just becuase I wanted another one...it is such a cool ship! Also, I didn't buy figure carrying cases but I remember seeing many many many of them everywhere I turned :)

tagmac
08-02-2003, 01:51 PM
I skipped the deluxe figures, cuz I thought they looked terrible - just a plaything for the kids. I did get all 3 vehicles, as well as the swoop w/ rider, although I have to admit, I was disappointed with that giant cannon on the back of the snowspeeder (which was later corrected, but on the impossible to find exclusive version). But, I never had it as a kid, and at least they gave it some sound, which made up for it. All of these were very easy to find at retail. I got 'em all at TRU.

plasticfetish
08-02-2003, 04:27 PM
Still pretty much ignoring Star Wars at this point ... I'm looking more now.
(Hmm, maybe if some of this stuff goes on sale ... )

JediTricks
08-03-2003, 09:38 PM
I already mentioned half that stuff from the "July '96" section, but as for the POTF2 deluxe figures and vehicles, they piled up pretty quickly around my local TRUs. I bought the deluxe figures because I'm a huge sucker and they entertained my collecting tooth, I guess. I passed on the Slave 1 and Snowspeeder like a doofus because I figured I wasn't going to collect vehicles due to space and financial reasons. 5 and 6 years later, I picked up the Snowspeeder on an auction and Slave 1 via EE's parking lot sale.

darthzirock
08-04-2003, 05:14 AM
OK, you guys are really zipping right along here! Um, as this age-fogged old brain of mine vaguely recalls, after the initial wave in 1995, I think the only figures I had trouble finding were the short-packed Lando and the Jedi Knight Luke. I think it was almost a full year before I ever saw a Lando at retail! Jedi Luke was a tad easier ... it might have been a month before I scored him (although I never found the tan-vest variation, just black-vested Lukes).

I think I saw everything else, but I passed on all the vehicles (storage & display space being a primary concern) as well as on the deluxe Stormtrooper, Han & Luke figures. I remember having a tough time finding the SOTE Boba Fett vs. IG-88 2-pack, but only because most of them had packages that were in really awful shape! I foundly found one that wasn't mangled at a KayBee in Livingston, NJ, as I remember--so I guess I paid $2 more for that unsullied packaging!

At this time hunting was pretty good, because a new Toys 'R' Us had opened, as well as a Target store. I was still hitting Bradlees, K-Marts, KayBees, Caldors, and even a few comic shops that didn't overcharge too badly. (One owner admitted that Diamond Distributing's wholesale price to comic shops was equal to Wal-Mart's retail price, so her figures had to be $2 more just for her to make anything on them. Since she never increased prices on the figures based on "collectibility," I threw her a little business if I saw a figure I still needed at her store. Yes, even as early as 1995-96, direct sales comic shops were starting to feel the "crunch" that eventually drove a great many of them out of business. Another store I frequented did increase prices based on "collectibility," and I started refusing to buy figures from them, as I knew they were hitting the same stores I was and scalping, in addition to getting cases from Diamond!)

Fortunately, there were so many shopping centers in New Jersey that I rarely went too long before finding a figure at one location or another. But, toy pirates were becoming more numerous and unscrupulous, too. I remember complaining about a few of these clowns at various stores, getting results at some stores (my local Caldors and Bradlees started refusing to bring out unopened cases unless the shelves were nearly empty) and contemptuous, hollow stares at others (especially since one K-Mart manager was raking in $$$ scalping toys at a flea market on weekends--until I reported him to the home office and got him fired).

Oddly enough, I remember making toy-hunting allies with those who collected other toy lines: a Barbie collector started giving me store reports and I reciprocated (that walk down the Barbie aisle was always "fun"); a few of my mother's Beanie Baby-collecting friends started checking stores for me, too; and I'd run into the same guys searching out Hot Wheels over and over again at the various stores I hit, so I made deals with them to check out who had new Hot Wheels if they'd swing by the Star Wars aisle and see if anything new was out for me!

Jaff
08-04-2003, 07:39 PM
In November 1996 scalpers became the top story of collecting. Sure during Shadows of the Empire waves they were starting to grab stuff, but now with the release of some really incredible figures scalpers tried to horde everything. And since the first wave of 12" dolls hit the shelves in August 96, with another wave to come in January 97 it was clear that Star Wars was once again emerging as the toys to contend with on the market, despite the McFarlane, and Star Trek figure lines
To make matters worse when we went to go see movies like Star Trek: First Contact, or even that bomb of holiday humor Jingle all the Way audiences were now constantly bombarded with previews for the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition which would be released in late January. On top of that Lays potato chips was advertising that they were offering a special Obi-Wan Kenobi Spirit figure with proofs of purchase, and $1.98. This only drew collecting to a higher level. And did I mention that the November 96 wave was a wonderfully mastered wave, the best that was ever available at that time! I have heard some collectors say that the November 96 wave was the wave that got collectors started again. Is that the case for some of you out there.

So here they are in their glory, did you get them?

10/96 - C-3PO Carrying Case
Death Star Escape Playset
Detention Block Rescue Playset

11/96 - Greedo
Sandtrooper
Death Star Gunner
Tusken Raider
R5-D4
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise
Jawas
Momaw Nadon “Hammerhead”

Please specify whether you nabed the orange or Green cards for these figs!

Jaff
08-04-2003, 08:16 PM
I saw plenty of the C-3PO carrying cases, and the 2 playsets which did not seem as common as most of the other items to date, however the sets did not interest me fully. At about this time I was hunting stores weekly for the first time in my life. I had seen pictures of the upcomming Greedo, Hammerhead, and Santrooper figures and I was salivating. In my impatience I did break down and bought both the playsets with little enthusiasm, only to give them away to someone a few years later for nothing. But the first time I saw these figures on the shelf was a sour moment in my collecting memories.
I walked into one of my three local Toys R Us' at about 8:30 p.m. The managers of all the toys R Us' now stocked randomly and never during the mornings because SW collectors were slated as troublemakers in the Toledo area and they wanted to stock unpredictably. I learned why this night. I walked down my isle and saw a kid (about 11) with his mother picking out two Star Wars figures. The kid was having a hard time choosing between a Prince Xizor, and four new figures! Immediatly my adreneline started pumping. I thought I heard Jawa's mentioned. I walked over casually, but kept my distance looking. The boy had four new figures in his hands (Jawas, Greedo, Tusken Raider, and MOMAW NADON). The boy had a hard time deciding, and I wanted them to have some space as to not pressure the boy. So I decided to look through the the isle for any new figure left behind on the 70 or so pegs. A 20-something guy walked around the corner with glasses on and stopped when he saw me. I guess he thought I was competition for some new figure, although I would never stoop to his levels. What levels am I talking about, well, the mother and son were still debating on what figure they wanted and the new visitor did not look through the pegs like me but hovered over the lady and her boy as if to suggest that he was in a hurry for them to make a decision so he could nab what was left behind. The mother noticed this and seemed uncomfortable so she started to rush her son. The boy could not decide, and in manipulated aggrivation she put down the figures and told her son to hurry up. She put down the Momaw Nadon, Greedo and Jawas, while her son held the Tusken Raider and Prince Xizor. After setting the figures down the mother turned to her son and said. "make a decision, we haven't ..." Before she finished her sentance the collector nabbed the three figures whether the kid was going to choose one of them or not.
The lady turned around and said: "Excuse me!", but the collector ignored her and hugged the figures tightly to his chest. The son started balling angrilly, but the collector (still clinging to his figures) began shoveling through pegs now. The lady told her son to hang onto his two choices and she immediately went looking for a manager. The collector eyed me cautiously and with the mother and child gone we were having our showdown. We thumbed through the pegs on each end going towards each other in the middle. He found a Luke in Stormtrooper, I at least got a R5-D4 on red card. When we were close to the middle the manager and the lady came around the isle. We all know how this ended.
The manager could not side with either party because they were both consumers even though I attested that he did snatch the toys up from the boy. However the collector started showing impatience calling us liars and wanted to know the manager's superior to call and complain. The manager subscribbed to the CYA (cover your a**) method of diplomacy and did not push the subject. The collector then preeced to leave without another word. I did offer the boy the R5-D4 if he wanted it but the boy declined. His mother and I walked to the front of the store to see the collector smilling while he was paying for his goods. By the way, several months later I learned that the collector knew the store manager! After that I never debated the collecting pollicies of stores like Target, even though they could have hindered me. And when managers watched me like a parasite during the Grand Moff Tarkin wave at least I could step out of my box to understand their viewpoint.
The rest of the figures I would find easily the next month on green cards. I managed to get a closed hand Tusken on Red, and a Greedo on red but that was about it. Still, what a wave despite that bad memory.

plasticfetish
08-04-2003, 08:24 PM
OK.
Here's where I gave in a little.
I'm pretty sure with the green cards I picked up Greedo. I always loved my vintage Greedo and even though this one had these really obscene looking quadriceps ... I had to have it. I think I even bought R5-D4 at that point and was like ... "what's going on with this mess?" So needless to say I continued to ignore Star Wars for just a little while longer.

tagmac
08-04-2003, 08:53 PM
I skipped out on the playsets and carrying case, as they were a waste of money to me. However, getting these figures represents one of the few times I was ever helped by a TRU employee. I had stopped in one evening, and asked one of them if they had gotten in any more figures. The woman told me to come back in an hour, and she would bring some out. I did, and she brought out a fresh case of the figures. At the time, there was still the limit of "one of each per person," which was fine by me. I got Stormtrooper Luke, R5-D4, Tusken Raider, Jawas, and Momaw Nadon, all on orange cards! For some reason, I never opened them (still haven't to this day), and the upcoming color change made me glad I didn't. This wave actually ended up being rather plentiful in the toy stores on green cards, and I got all 5 (including Tusken w/ open hand) again to open, as well as Greedo and Death Star Gunner at Wal-Mart. A day later, I went into a local KB, but they only had the older orange carded waves - or so I thought! Near the back of one peg was the only green-carded figure in the store - the Sandtrooper! The best one of the line so far, and I'd found it faster than I'd thought possible!


The lady turned around and said: "Excuse me!", but the collector ignored her and hugged the figures tightly to his chest. The son started balling angrilly, but the collector (still clinging to his figures) began shoveling through pegs now. The lady told her son to hang onto his two choices and she immediately went looking for a manager. The collector eyed me cautiously and with the mother and child gone we were having our showdown. We thumbed through the pegs on each end going towards each other in the middle. He found a Luke in Stormtrooper, I at least got a R5-D4 on red card. When we were close to the middle the manager and the lady came around the isle. We all know how this ended.

:mad: :mad: That was DISGUSTING! It is scum like that that have been the bane of this hobby for a long time! Collector my foot! No TRUE collector would have done that to a young child - and his inability to decide tells me the kid just wanted toys to play with, not a "scalper-in-training," if you know what I mean. I have no respect for managers like that - sad part is, most TRU managers are exactly like that. As for that guy, I have a funny feeling he was just another scalper - it's one thing to do that among other adults, but to practically grab toys out of a little kid's hand is as low as you can go. :mad: :mad:

JediTricks
08-04-2003, 11:22 PM
The 2... ahem, quote-unquote "playsets", immediately rotted on shelves out here. I eventually picked up both at ultra-clearance at TRU a few years later and yet still feel a little jipped. ;) I never bought the carrying case and never looked back. It was less than rare pretty quickly.

I found all the green card versions of those figures really quickly, I didn't care at all about the orange variations. Never the less, a buddy picked me up the DS Gunner, Tatooine Stormtrooper, and 1 other that I don't remember right now on Orange Card and told me to stash 'em in minty mint condition because they'd be rare. I still have 'em, but I still don't know what I'm gonna do with 'em. :D

I originally was floored with Hammerhead and the Jawas, the Sandtrooper and DS Gunner were pretty good and I appreciated them, Luke Trooper was exciting then but I wasn't totally sold on him, and I had a little secret enjoyment for R5-D4, but still knew it wasn't right. I had little patience for the Tusken and his filled hand, and I never liked his sculpt much.

Besides the Stormtrooper from the first wave (who I just remembered was a little HTF), this was the beginning of army building for me. Over the next few years, I bought another DS Gunner, half a dozen Sandtroopers and another 7 Luke Troopers (to fill out my Imperial ranks), 3 more sets of Jawas (maybe more actually), 2 more Tuskens, and 2 more R5-D4s (1 for repainting, 1 because it was super cheap). This was the real beginning for me...

LusiferSam
08-05-2003, 01:21 AM
For some reason I think I got this figures in January or February. It was before the green cards came out because I got all orange cards. Any case I found all of them in one trip, plus the dog of all figures; Princess Leia. The C-3PO case I bought for two reasons. One because I had the vintage version and hoped the new version would be as cool. And second I needed some place to store my growing collecting of figures. As for the playsets I got one in LA visiting some of my family and the other a few months later.

Deoxyribonucleic
08-05-2003, 03:30 AM
I got all of these very easy at that little drug store on the Island...orange and green card both. I did miss out on luke stormtrooper the first time I got them all, but then traded an orange carded greedo for the orange carded luke stormtrooper disguise.

I passed on the carrying case and got the "swing to freedom" playset...which I regret...it's horrible :( But I did see all them aplenty ;)

Dr Zoltar
08-05-2003, 01:30 PM
I was able to find the orange carded versions of Greedo, Sandtrooper, and Death Star Gunner fairly easily. All the rest I got on green cards. This was before I knew that there were going to be variants of these figs. The hardest for me to find where the Jawas. Everyone wanted one because of the glowing eyes. I just had to wait a few weeks and I eventually found one. Target and KB were the places where I found most of them.

Passed on the carrying case and playsets. I wasn't into them at the time. Are the orange carded versions even worth anything anymore?

Jaff
08-05-2003, 08:06 PM
It was very suprising how easily the green carded versions of these figures were to find. I mean when January hit just as the Star Wars Episode IV special edition was released they were everywhere with or without foils. It was nuts, and for at least a year they were almost in every store, and every shelf! Looks like we still have that problem (Jango Pilot) today :sur:

LTBasker
08-06-2003, 09:35 AM
It actually wasn't very hard for me up until about '98. The only figure I missed from '95 to then was the mail-in/net exclusive stuff, except for the Fruit Loops Han figure. Got all the first wave figures and vehicles for my Birthday and Christmas that year, so those weren't a problem.

What amazes me most about it is that I didn't have a computer until '98, but I was able to find stuff very easily on the shelves. It alot of times took awhile but I found'em.. The most I had to pay for a figure then was $25 for Leia in the theater for the THX rereleases cause she still hadn't been around yet. Of course only a few months afterwards we started seeing frickin carts full of her. :(

The first figures I recall having trouble getting was the removeable helmet Vader, Biggs, and the Ewoks packs and I never saw the Bespin Luke wave, Blastshield Luke wave, nor DS Trooper waves in stores.

Sometimes I wish we could go back to the "old days" ;)

JediTricks
08-06-2003, 11:53 PM
I remember when back around the days we're currently talking about as well as for the next few waves, there weren't so many collectors and cases had 16 instead of 12 figures. 3 or 4 collectors would stand around in TRU for half an hour shooting the breeze until an employee would bring out the case of figures and make sure everybody got what they wanted and no scalping occurred. The collectors might then return the favor by facing the pegs or putting out the remaining figures. That was the best, that was the most fun collecting Star Wars for me - even when I didn't get it all right away, I felt like there was something good about hanging out with other toy collectors and having a good rapport with the TRU employees.

Jaff
08-07-2003, 11:41 AM
I have to agree with you Jeditricks. This was the height of my collecting enjoyment. Although 98 would have the coolest figures ever at that time they were not as fun to hunt for. In 97 with the Green back figures as new stuff was announced everything was like: "I can't believe it, new stuff. Star Wars is back." You could sence that on everyone's mind. Conversations like: "Did you hear their making a FIGRIN DAN figure!!!!!!" Were out there, and we were all smilling. Hasbro was really on the ball in 97, and 98. And since we are all excited about what's coming out next lets go on forward.

It's February 1997 and although most moviegoers or going to see SCREAM???? at theaters the Star Wars fans were checking out Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition. Sienfeld and X-Files are tops on tv ratings and Spice Girls are the most heard of group on the radio station. But right upon the release of the ESB Special Edition on a new wave of figures are everywhere to tie in with the movie, and they were pretty cool, not to mention a new vehicle, and the Spirit of Ben was shipping to folks now. Hasbro also releases a new wave of 6 12" figures that are themselves exciting, a Lando, and a Luke and Bespin figure are made thus fulfilling many collector dreams of the prototypes that Kenner never made back in 1980, and the Tusken Raider was preety awesome too. Hasbro also makes some new electronic packs too, but some of us including me never just glanced at them!

12/96 - Luke’s T-16 Skyhopper

1/97 - DeluxeProbe Droid
Deluxe Boba Fett with Wing Blast Rocketpack

2/97 - Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Lays exclusive)
AT-ST Driver
Bossk
2-1B Medic Droid
Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear
Hoth Rebel Soldier
Electronic F/X Darth Vader
Electronic F/X Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Electronic F/X R2-D2
Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker in Endor Gear
Cruisemissile Trooper
Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter

Jaff
08-07-2003, 11:49 AM
I got the T-16 pretty quick. It was a vehicle never made before, and although I only saw the tail of it in Luke's garage in Episode IV I still wanted to have the thing. I could really care less about the Deluxe Boba Fett, but the Probe Droid was pretty cool. It looked nothing like the original PROBOT, and when I found it at my favorite Franklin Park Mall TRU I snatched it. I had found the orange back Probe Droid, but I opened it thus ruining it's value. Nobody yell at me for doing that please!

The real surprise was when me and my girlfriend were on our way to see The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition. We wanted to pick up some candy for the movie, and naturally I said lets get it at toys r us. We walked in the door and there was a FRONT display with a huge millenium Falcon display above it. I ran over and got all of the new figs. 2-1B and Bossk were gorgeous, and although I forgot about the candy, my girlfirend did not.

The speeder Bike with Luke and the Darth Vader Tie Fighter I got later that month, and I was really pleased with both. As for the cruisemissle with (unremovable) trooper it stagnated on the shelves just as the Shadows stuff which was still clogging sections. The electronic stuff was really not impressive at all out of this wave. For instance the Ben looked like a hunchback, so I quickly ignored them.

plasticfetish
08-07-2003, 02:05 PM
Oh those Spice Girls ... I think there's still a big tote full of Spice junk up in the garage some place. The wife figures that if her husband (that's me) can be a toy collecting nerd, then she can too ... and so her shelf in our little toy room is born. And speaking of born ...

It was at this point in the Plasticfetish timeline (early '97) when I discovered that soon I would be a father. Weird things happen when the mind turns to parenthood ... one of them had to do with thinking back to my own childhood and reflecting on what was the most fun. Naturally, the toys and in particular Star Wars came to mind. And so I think ... you know, these new Star Wars toys are pretty cool I suppose. Maybe someday my kid will want to play with them in just the same way that I enjoyed my old ones. Fine, I admit to being a vintage snob ... up until now I was still pretty wary of these new big barrel chested figures, but some of them were starting to look pretty good. A few more Star Wars figures wandered into the house and they started to take their place next to my small lineup of abused vintage figures. Slowly they pushed the other toys across and off to other shelves.

I don't remember any of that list being scarce. I probably only bought Bossk around then ... anything gadgety would have been ignored and vehicles were out of the question because of cost and room to display them. Things are for sure starting to heat up, as the year rolls along I'll be finding myself in TRU more and more.

tagmac
08-07-2003, 02:20 PM
I skipped the FX figures, delux Boba fett, and hte Cruisemissle Trooper. Picked up the Skyhopper, Vader's TIE Fighter, and the Probot pretty quickly, and sent away for hte Spirit of Ben figure right away. How I got the other figures is a funny story.

I went into Wal-Mart where I see two guys complaining to a worker. Apparently, she refused to open a case for them, and as soon as they walked away, she opened them for someone else. I see the two guys each with a Hoth Luke and AT-ST Driver, and another guy with Bossk and two other figures. I also hear the worker telling them she "promises to help them next time." The guy with the Bossk looked like a businessman (scalper IMO), but the other two guys seemed to be just a couple collectors. So, I walked out empty-handed, but knowing these figures were out.

I walk into TRU a couple days later, and of course found nothing. On a whim, I decided to look and see if anyone had hidden anything. In the next aisle, behind some boxes of Star Trek toys, I find one each of Hoth Luke, AT-ST Driver, Hoth Rebel Soldier, Bossk, and 2-1B! I couldn't believe it! Quickly, I grabbed them and bought them, laughing at who I "took" them from. Back then, my TRU still actually enforced their 1-of-each figure policy, and I'm convinced the local scalper bought his share, then hid those to buy later on. I could just imagine how mad he must have been if he WAS the person who'd hid them. Either way, I didn't care. I got my figurse, and that's all that mattered.

LusiferSam
08-08-2003, 01:33 AM
This was not a good time for me. The reason was I was sick from the end of January till the third week of March. For all of the SE releases I was in bed (or should been).
As for the figures I found all the basic figures at my local K-Mart. But that's how K-Mart is for me. Every once in a great while I'll go there and found all or most of a wave or two or it's nothing. I garbed the Probe Droid but skipped Boba Fett and all the F/X figures. As for the spirit Obi-Wan I made a real effort to get him after I learned I had missed the Han trooper.
The vehicles were I bit hit or miss for me. Vader's TIE and the Luke speeder bike were easy to pick and I did so quickly. On a whim I bought the Cruisemissile Trooper and still wish I hadn't. The T-16 was problematic though. Most the time that I could find it I was in school and found it difficult to haul lager items home (home was mostly a dorm room). So a couple of years later I picked one up, at a good price too.

jeffonthego
08-08-2003, 01:55 AM
Never had trouble with original 1995+ lines. However, my lingering regret was always never sending away for Spirit Ben. That is until I found him in a collector's shop in Hong Kong last year for a couple of bucks. Just goes to show, if you're patient long enough, everything will come around eventually - one way or another.

JediTricks
08-08-2003, 02:04 AM
Skyhopper was a great find, I had been looking forward to this and it was a fun toy for me; it came early here. Didn't love attaching stickers though. Vader's TIE appeared with it IIRC, that was a big jazz-up for me but I didn't love the missiles or slide-out junk, or the open-to-space cockpit. Still, a great toy.

Wave 2 Deluxe were a great find, grabbed them right away and loved 'em to death.

My Spirit Of Obi Wan figs took a long time to get to me, that kinda honked me off.

Bossk wave was incredible, found them after like 3 tries or so, NOT all together at once. Most of the figs here blew me away, 2-1b and Bossk are still top of their game figures IMO. This was another wave where TRU employee cooperation in the afternoon really paid off, they brought out cases, looked up case numbers on the next truck, just were really cool and made it fun to spend an hour or so in the store with fellow collectors who helped everybody including the employees avoid the lame scalpers who were still well out of their element (after all, these were SW and they were used to Star Trek and Hot Wheels).

Electronic F/X figs weren't hard to find at all, I really liked 'em but disliked Ben's green saber and made my own custom blue blade.

It was tough to find the Speederbike w/ Luke for a while because the original was kinda not selling, so I picked mine up at a collectors show early and all my friends were a little jealous because it wasn't a jacked-up price and it was the last one. :D

Cruisemissile trooper took like 2 passes to find, I didn't like the stickers but I dug the toy itself a little. After a short time though, this sucker backed up real bad.

At this point, sharing my SW dollar got a little more difficult, I had a tiny bit more money than before but also was getting into SW 12" and Action Fleet which was just hitting its stride. Also, seeing the Special Editions was great but costly, me and my buddy Rick saw all 3 on opening days at the history Chinese Theater at the first show (ok, 2nd show for ANH but we were first in line and made it on the news because of that) back to back each movie (except ROTJ, which was back to back to back - the 3rd viewing was so I could get my SE Luke figure straight out of their case, they weren't giving out the figs till the 7pm show but let me take mine early for a few bucks).

plasticfetish
08-08-2003, 02:48 AM
(after all, these were SW and they were used to Star Trek and Hot Wheels).
Off topic, but now that you mention it ... that was about when I started finding it hard to find certain Star Trek figures also.

tagmac
08-08-2003, 01:12 PM
Left this one out before, but I picked up the Luke Speederbike out of luck. I went into a Bradlees store, and they had a ton of the regular speederbike. Near the back of one row was a lone green box - Luke! At the time I'd heard rumors they were just one per case, and with scalping so bad at the time, I was surprised I'd pulled it off.

Jaff
08-09-2003, 09:21 AM
When the ROTJ Special Edition was released in March, select theaters that screened the movie recieved one case of Special Edition Luke Skywalker in Jedi Knight Figures. The package itself had several new figures pictured and some old figs too. These promotional figures were to be given away to the first 50 people who walked in the doors to see the movie. Of course we know that this was not entirely how things worked. Several cases were simply taken by employees of theaters or even thrown in the dumpster. For those theaters that did the promotion some collectors recieved prizes, but many other guests were creasing their mint carded figures to oblivion not that interested, or if they had kids they were ripping open the special packaging and playing with the figures.
For the next six months Theater Edition Luke would be the top hot piece at toy shows. The theater edition Luke was valued at $80 initially but would spike to $150 between July and November, until it would find it's standard value of $75 in December when more Theater Edition Luke's came surfacing on the second hand market. The following month the ROTJ wave was released. Although fans were expecting the case to be packed with the new Rebel Fleet Trooper figure they were in for a small disapointment. Since the figure was A SW figure it did not belong in the ROTJ assortment. So Kenner delayed that figure for the first month of this cases assortment, and would then reissue this case with the fleet Trooper in it later. A few of the Rebel Fleet Trooper cases did ship early, and these cases included a Collection 1 Trooper and a Collection 1 Emperor which variation hunters sought redily

3/97 - Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Theater Edition

4/97 - Bib Fortuna
Han Solo in Endor Gear
Emperor Palpatine
Lando Calrissian as Skiff Guard

Jaff
08-09-2003, 09:44 AM
I was not at a theater on opening night of ROTJ so I never got the Theater Edition Luke. I did enquire at the local theaters and only one in 6 theaters seemed to carry through with the promotion. At the Showcase Cinemas in Toledo the manager said that kids were playing with the figures, while a few collectors were desperately trying to buy every Theater Edition figure they could see. It was like an auction in the auditorium. I would not get a Theater Edition until three years later, not really caring about the item. Variations were everywhere nowadays and it was really obvious that Hasbro was doing it on purpose.
Every assortment to date had multiple variations. Take the last four months: The Red card wave with Jawas and Greedo not only changed their package format, but the raider had a open closed hand issue. The R5-D4 had a straight or L latch. The Probe droid had a orange or green back. All of the ESB wave had Collection #1 errors. The Luke in Speeder Bike had a flesh colored hand/glove error on the picture of the box. Worse of all the variations was Darth Vader's TIE Fighter. You could not even see the variation unless you opened it up. Early Darth TIE's had blue missiles that matched the color of the TIE so they could not stand out. Hasbro changed this because they blended in too well, and could endanger eyes of young kids so they changed the missiles color to GREEN which did not match the color of the TIE at all. Now with the new Emperor wave the Collection errors would continue, not to mention rumors that there was a brown pants Han in Endor that never existed until November 1996 with the introduction of the Luke in Ceremonial Wave. So I was pretty tired with variations. I had two of every figure at the time and if I was to see two Lando in Skiff figures I would hunt for an obvious error, and if I found one I would buy it for my packaged figure. If I did not find one I did not care really. It was really luck of the draw for me. Later in 2000 when I owned my own shop I would trade my old non variation figures for rarer figures, thus by 2002 I think I hade every variation ever made. But that would make little difference to the value of my collection overall.
As for the new figures I walked into Toys R Us (don't you miss how you used to walk in these stores and found something new every month) and lo and behold the new figures were out. I got Bib (col 1), Han in Endor and Lando, but no Emperor. I looked around for dude but he was not with the figures. It was soon discovered that he was shortpacked in the initial cases, but I would find him a few weeks later in Target. It's hard to believe that the pegwarming Emperor was rare once. Also at about this time I placed my order for the upcoming Cantina Band Member from the Fan Club, and with some of the rumored figures comming they were not making these figures fast enough for me.

tagmac
08-09-2003, 10:59 AM
I never got the Theater Edition Luke, but then to me, it was the same Jedi Luke figure I already had. I did love the stories of grown men crying and begging little kids who were ripping open their figures, all because now they couldn't scalp them.

As for the new wave, I was in TRU, and looked in the hiding places again to find nothing but a ripped Endor Han card. That day, however, there were Hasbro reps stocking the pegs. Why they were there, I don't know, but after seeing one of the local scalper's buddies walk away with a bunch of figures in his hand, I went up to one of the workers and asked if they had any more. After explaining that they didn't work there, but were from Hasbro, the woman let me pick through what was left, and I managed to get an Endor Han and Skiff Lando. She then told me to wait while she went in the back, and she pulled out two fresh cases. I got Bib Fortuna and The Emperor out of there, but passed on the older figures now on green cards. Since I open mine, I was happy just to get the 4 new figures.

Kidhuman
08-09-2003, 12:29 PM
Those figures were a pretty easy find for me. I got them at the TRU in Queens. Back then they had about 50 pegs with figures. It was always tough to choose which ones you wanted because there were many to choose from. The way I did it was getr the coolest looking one and then get the main characters because they would be easier to find later on down the road. The Emperor, Bib Fortuna and Lando I got on the same day. Han I picked up a few weeks later.

Deoxyribonucleic
08-09-2003, 01:11 PM
again, all those were easy for me to get at either TRU in Poulsbo or that great lil rite-aidish store on Bainbridge Island.

As for the theatre Luke, I didn't even try to get it because it was a resculpt and I didn't need it then. I still don't have it and honestly have no desire to ever hunt one down...it's just not my bag of tea since it's the same fig as Jedi Luke just on a different card and I'm interested in the figure, not the cardboard ;)

I was very happy when I found skiff lando...what a great figure...he was always one of my favorite vintage ones too!

LusiferSam
08-10-2003, 02:05 PM
The theater Luke I have never try to get. It's a recarded figure and I open all my figure, so there is no point.
This wave gave me a bit of trouble. Endor Han and Bid Fortuna I found at Wal-Mart in about June. Skiff Lando I found in a local toy store a month later. And the Emperor I didn't find until October at a TRU. At this point I was going to school in Boulder, CO.

Jaff
08-11-2003, 02:56 PM
It's June 1997 and radio's are booming with Hanson, Tim McGraw, or even Paul McCartney. But at about this time movie lovers are going gaga (especially Star Wars fans) when George Lucas has officially announced the cast for the new Star Wars film which he plans to release in 1999. They have announced Liam Neeson as a jedi Master, Natalie Portman as the mother of the twins. Ewan McGregor will be Obi-Wan and Jake Lloyd will be Anakin. Also announced in magazines Sam Jackson is noted as having a cameo in the new movie, and on the rumor table Claudia Ramirez, and Harry Connic Jr are supposed to appear as well! For now film fans need to settle with Jurassic Park: The Lost World, The Fifth Element and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (I would root to go see Austin).
On the collecting side of things we are all excited (for those who were in it back then, there doesn't seem too many of us back then). Hasbro has announced in the latest Lee's that a Luke in Ceremonial is coming, and if you go to Hasbro.Com you will see a calander of figures for the rest of the year showing EV-9D9, Snowtrooper, and you can also print up a B'Omarr Monk order form. Great things are happening now (then)!
To tide us over to until the Grand Moff Tarkin, Dengar waves Hasbro (via the fanclub) begins mailing out the Cantina Band Member figure). They also release Hong Kong sets to get collector completests into a frenzy, and they finally pack in the Rebel Fleet Trooper into Emperor cases. It's about this time that shelves start looking the same. Same old stuff for a month or two. Hasbro also releases two new (really cool) deluxe figures, and the very first Cinema Scene three pack. This three pack is pegged as a Toys R' Us exclusive and although it was suppossed to be released with the Cantina Showdown three pack with Dr. Evezan it is just shipped by itself six to a case. Later this three pack would become a general retailer release around late August. But the coolest thing out of the bunch (for me) was the A-Wing. Complete with a pilot, it was a sight to see, because in vintage terms this puppy was rare, and although this vehicle became common, it was still a treat to get.

5/97 - Cantina Band Member (Star Wars Fan Club Exclusive)
Hong Kong Commemorative Rebel Set with Princess Leia,
Luke Skywalker and C-3PO
Hong Kong Commemorative Imperial Set with Darth Vader,
Boba Fett, Stormtrooper

6/97 - Rebel Fleet Trooper
Death Star Escape Three Pack: Han and Luke in disguise with
Chewbacca in shackles (Initial
Toys R Us exclusive)
Deluxe Snowtrooper with E-Web Heavy Repeating Cannon
Deluxe Hoth Rebel Soldier with Anti-Vehicle Laser Cannon
A-Wing Fighter with A-Wing Pilot

Jaff
08-11-2003, 03:01 PM
I got 5 cantina band members right off, and when they arrived it was happy days. I had to go through a dealer to get a hold of the Fleet trooper because he was pretty rare. Shelves were clogged with figures and since there was no new assortments retailers did not buy more cases of the same old stuff even if there was just one new figure in it (can anyone say Ephant Mon). It wasn't until about early August when I finally saw the Fleet Trooper on a shelf. The A-Wing and the Deluxe figs I had no problem getting. I was also really lucky with the Death Star Escape. I actually came in my Toys R Us while they were opening up a new case during the afternoon stock. Although I had all three figs Han and Luke could be used as army builders for stormtroopers. However the Han in Stormtrooper was acctually better than the original one so I displayed the new Han in Stormtrooper.

tagmac
08-11-2003, 03:20 PM
I immediately joined the fan club and ordered one Cantina Band Member figure. Had npo trouble finding the A-Wing, but got extremely lucky to find one Delux Snotrooper and Hoth Rebel Soldier on a rare trip to Wal-Mart. Didn't find the Rebel Fleet Trooper yet, nor did I even care about the Hong Kong exclusives. As for the Death Star Escape 3-pack, I had no trouble finding it, but passed on it until a few months later, when it became a general release item.

darthzirock
08-12-2003, 01:25 AM
Wow! I've missed posting on 11/96 through 5/97??? Well, let me play catch-up here, OK?

11/96 -- Greedo, Sandtrooper, Death Star Gunner, Tusken Raider, R5-D4, Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise, Jawas, Momaw Nadon “Hammerhead”: the only ones I got on the red card were Luke and the Tusken Raider; everyone else was green-carded, and I found them fairly easily!

1/97 -- DeluxeProbe Droid & Deluxe Boba Fett with Wing Blast Rocketpack, found them both without too much hunting.

2/97 -- Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Lays exclusive), AT-ST Driver, Bossk, 2-1B Medic Droid, Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, Hoth Rebel Soldier, Electronic F/X Darth Vader, Electronic F/X Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Electronic F/X R2-D2, Speeder Bike with Luke Skywalker in Endor Gear: as I remember it, these I had to kinda hunt a bit for. I was so disappointed in the Spirit of Obi-Wan figure, as it wasn't articulated! However, I got 3 of them at a great price, because I frequented a newsstand that had little 75-cent bags of chips, so I think I ended up paying less than the standard $4.50 per figure! :p Cruisemissile Trooper & Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, I passed on both of them.

3/97 -- Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Theater Edition: never got one, and I watched them rot on the pegs with $125-$200 price tags on them at local comic book stores that have all since closed!

4/97 -- Bib Fortuna, Han Solo in Endor Gear, Emperor Palpatine, Lando Calrissian as Skiff Guard: Bib & Han were kinda hard to find at first, but the rest I found right away.

5/97 -- Cantina Band Member (Star Wars Fan Club Exclusive), I was already a fan club member, so I ordered my 5 with no problem. Hong Kong Commemorative Rebel Set with Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and C-3PO; Hong Kong Commemorative Imperial Set with Darth Vader,
Boba Fett, Stormtrooper: I had no interest in these at all.

6/97 - Rebel Fleet Trooper, Death Star Escape Three Pack: Han and Luke in disguise with Chewbacca in shackles (Initial Toys R Us exclusive): I found these at my local TRU with no problems! Deluxe Snowtrooper with E-Web Heavy Repeating Cannon & Deluxe Hoth Rebel Soldier with Anti-Vehicle Laser Cannon: I think I found these in early July at Wal-Mart. A-Wing Fighter with A-Wing Pilot: like all the ships, I passed on it.

Yes indeed, it was during this period that the dreaded Toy Pirates were becoming very irksome! In Northern New Jersey, I believe the rule was that if you caught one of these slimebags hording fresh toys, you were perfectly within your rights to either key their cars or let the air out of their tires! :D Of course, most of these freaks were driving things that looked like they'd been recently hauled out of a scrap yard because they were embarassing the other wrecks, so keying their cars wouldn't have made any difference. ;) However, having to get 4 flats fixed cut into their toy-buying "capitol" (yes, the freaks really talked like that! -- I blame Donald Trump!), so that was always the preferred method of vengeance against them.

OC47150
08-12-2003, 01:18 PM
Here's my tale ....

Back in the summer of '96, I went through a broker to buy two orange carded Obi Wans and one Leia. Cost -- $80. I don't regret it.

The most I've paid for a figure (ROJ theatre Jedi Luke) is $60. It was a present to myself for starting a new job.

When the hobby was still young ('96 - '98) I've bought figures at inflated prices at the flea market, meaning the $10 - $20 range. Haven't done that in a while, though.

I've bought some of the harder to find cinema scenes -- Rebel pilots and Watto's box -- from fellow fans online.

Excluding extras of hard to find figures, the only figure I've had to purchase from online companies was the DS trooper.

Other than R2-B1, TC-14, Rhee Hees, Sio Bibble, Admiral Motti, swimming Jar Jar, battle Padme (with the ascenion gun), I've been fortunate to find most of my figures in stores.

LusiferSam
08-13-2003, 01:26 AM
The Cantina Band was one of my favorite figures at the time. I too bought five of them. About a month before I know of the Cantina Band Member I joined the Fan Club. The Fleet Trooper I got with the Emperor in October. The Deluxe Snowtrooper and Rebel Trooper I found at Wal-Mart in December and January. The A-Wing was a easy find at TRU in late September. Of all the vehicles I had up to that point, I enjoyed this one the most. But at the same time disappointed because of the stripped electronics.
I skipped the Hong Kong figures. There was just no interest there. And I never saw the Death Star Escape in stores. It was only a few years ago that I bought one. This was the first item I had trouble getting.

Deoxyribonucleic
08-13-2003, 01:22 PM
5/97 - Cantina Band Member (Star Wars Fan Club Exclusive)
Hong Kong Commemorative Rebel Set with Princess Leia,
Luke Skywalker and C-3PO
Hong Kong Commemorative Imperial Set with Darth Vader,
Boba Fett, Stormtrooper

6/97 - Rebel Fleet Trooper
Death Star Escape Three Pack: Han and Luke in disguise with
Chewbacca in shackles (Initial
Toys R Us exclusive)
Deluxe Snowtrooper with E-Web Heavy Repeating Cannon
Deluxe Hoth Rebel Soldier with Anti-Vehicle Laser Cannon
A-Wing Fighter with A-Wing Pilot

Cantina band members I ordered ASAP, 5 of 'em because that's what was going around that there were 5 in the band, then later I hear there are 6 LOL, that's ok, I got the sixth one from the sy snootles 2 pak LOL

Not interested in the hong kong sets and didn't pick up the A-wing, even when TRU was actually using them to build the store there were so many and they were only 9.99. I never did get "Death Star Escape...to this day it's the only cinema scene I don't have and I'll eventually pick it up from somewhere.

The deluxe figs I got lucky on again at TRU and those were what I was mostly interested in + the Death Star Escape scene.

Jaff
08-14-2003, 01:11 PM
Well this summer we've seen Batman fall apart in it's final film (Batman and Robin), a remake of testosterone fare (Con-Air), and that stories are not needed in films if you have good effects (The Lost World). July had much more to offer though. We had the unique spoof Men in Black during July 4th, and the intelligent Contact. On T.V. Scully has discovered that she has a brain tumor that she recieved from aliens in X-File. Other popular shows at this time are Oz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Seinfeld. Music was still poor at the time with teenage bands being the bill of fare, but July held one of the most anticipated waves up to that time. I'm talking about Grand Moff Tarkin, and Garindan!!!!!

7/97 - Grand Moff Tarkin
Weequay Skiff Guard
ASP-7 Droid
Dengar
Ponda Baba
4-LOM
Garindan
Admiral Ackbar
Speeder Bike with Leia in Endor Gear
Electronic F/X Emperor Palpatine
Electronic F/X Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker

Jaff
08-14-2003, 01:19 PM
Shelves were full at every store with Emperors and Lando's at this time, and I hadn't searched for figures in weeks. Finally for some silly reason I decided to stop at a Toys R Us by Northtown Mall in Toledo, and when I entered the SW Isle I noticed PONDA BABA. This figure was awesome. I started digging and found Weequay, Garandan and Grand Moff Tarkin. I bought two of each, but did not see the Ackbar Wave. This was some find and I was in la la land for another day or two. After finding them I searched over 10 different stores looking for Ackbar, but had no luck. Nor would I. After a few weeks I ordered 4-Lom and the rest of the figures through a local dealer friend of mine named Bill Griffung. The Leia in Speederbike was a real tough find for me. I ordered her through John's Toys for like $27 bucks around september. I would only see one of these on the shelves in my life. Was it that rare everywhere? As for the Electronic figures I passed on them without even giving them too much attention. They looked uninteresting, and statues never grabbed me. However one interesting note was that when I searched the multiple stores after finding Ponda Baba I did find a Kay Bee with 5 12" Luke and Han in Stormtrooper disguise. I bought one of them, thus beginning my 12" collecting.

LusiferSam
08-14-2003, 01:31 PM
This wave wasn't to hard for me to get. It took two trips to TRU to get all but Admiral Ackbar, who I got in December. The speeder bike with Leia was an easy find for some reason. I just walked in to Wal-Mart and there she was. Again I skipped the F/X figures.
And as side note it was at this time that I began to coming to SSG exclusively for SW toys news and before long it was became my first stop on the internet.

tagmac
08-14-2003, 04:20 PM
I walked into TRU oneday, andthey had a ton of cases of the Tarkin wave. Picked up Tarkin, Ponda Baba, Weequay, Garindan, and Rebel Fleet Trooper. There were about 4 of us going through the figures (in a very civilized manner), and we even got an employee to open up a couple more cases for us. Immediately, one of the crooks (er, managers) yells at us to not open the cases, even though we told her it was an employee. She then proceeded to start wheeling the cases away. As it turned out, the rest were put out the next day, and it was all the same figs.

I never did find the Ackbar wave at retail, and stupidly bought into a story that a dealer/scalper told me, that these figs weren't gonna ship anymore after a couple weeks, and would thus be rare (this guy tod the same story about ost stuff, and recently - FINALLY, went out of business). Anyway, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I bought Ackbar, Dengar, Zuckuss, and ASP-7 Droid that day.

I found a Princess Leia w/speederbike at Caldor, except there was one problem - someone had stolen the figure and left the rest! :mad: And to make matters worse, the employee insisted there weren't any more in the back. I ended up buying it from that same dealer, as I never saw it at retail until months later.

As for the FX figs, again I had no interest, and skipped on them.

yngadult
08-14-2003, 06:50 PM
The first six months of 2003 have been pretty dry. Store shelves were either empty or peg warmed with old stuff.

Kidhuman
08-14-2003, 09:02 PM
That wavew was an easy find. I found most in TRU and caldor where I was working. It was pretty easy considering the stores were about 20 feet from each other in the mall. If I had to be there early in the morningI would take my break when TRU opened up and get them.

plo koon 200
08-16-2003, 01:01 AM
Around this time I got my first new Star Wars figure, an R5-D4 (unfortunately) as a present. At first, I was 12 or so and actually thought the missile was part of the droid and in the movie we just never see it fire the missile. So actually, in a way I thought it was from a cut scene and that was okay for me.

plasticfetish
08-16-2003, 03:36 AM
I remember happily buying Ackbar and being pretty excited to buy Tarkin. Don't remember if any of it was too hard to find ... probably not.

I was still just picking and choosing the occasional figure and at this point, wasn't interested in collecting carded figures at all. I was working up in Hollywood at the time which was an hour plus commute from my house (groan.) On the way home, I'd pass 2 or 3 TRUs, a few Targets and K-Marts ... if the traffic was brutal I'd get off the freeway and poke around to see what was new. At this point, I'm 2 months away from being a parent and my days of spending money on fancy things like clubs and bars are LONG over. I'd been playing the eBay game for vintage Japanese toys for over a year now and the shelves in my den were filling up with colorful plastic, vinyl and diecast heroes, monsters and robots. Back in the "Dining Room", the Star Wars shelf was just starting to bulk up and command attention. The new stuff I was finding looked great displayed with the Star Trek, Mars Attacks, Lost In Space and Aliens toys that covered the walls. A great time to be collecting toys.

Jaff
08-16-2003, 10:00 AM
Like Plastic Fetish said it was a great time for collecting. The market was definately geared towards collectors and not many companies "claimed" that they were making toys for kids because they admitedly knew that most adults were buying them. McFarline was big with Spawn stuff since the movie was just released, and even Beinie Babies were quite popular. Playmates was still rolling out figures like Saavik, Kahn and Nurse Chapel for their Star Trek line. And wherever you went each store had it's own multi-exclusives on almost every kind of toy. Sure there were some stinky shelf clogging toys like Lost World and Batman & Robin toys, but the Star Wars stuff seemed always changing at about this time.
By now most of us who were collecting big time knew that a slave leia was comming out. She was the talk of Lees, Toyfare, and even Tomarts figure guides, and it was announced that she and Han would be released sometime in late September. However Hasbro suprised us all by releasing her in the second week of August. Immediately Scalpers started buying her up, leaving most of the Han in Bespin figures sitting on shelves. It was not uncommon to walk in a store and see tons of Hans and not one Leia. Shows were pretty prevelant at this time, and scalpers started selling her off for $25 to $40 and people who feared that she would be rare paid it. Leia's case assortment #69570.25 had only 2 Leia's, 2 Han's, and the rest were old figures (16 to a case). Leia would not be repacked in a case until late October (after two waves was released) in Assortment 69570.27 that had Luke in Ceremonial in it. For the first month of release Leia was perhaps the hardest figure to find in history. Letters were being sent out in protest on how the Leia slave case was packed, and Hasbro assured us they would make her more easily available. They claimed that since female figures did not sell that well (after all it's a boys market) they did not anticipate for her to be in such demand. They assured us that she would be more readily available later in 1996. Back then Hasbro really worked with collectors and made sure they got the figures they wanted in quantity. And they weren't kidding when they said they would make her available. A year later Leia in Slave was too common to be worth anything except a salavation bank for those of us who dreamed of having this figure to put next to our vintage Jabba the Hutt!

8/97 - Princess Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner
Bespin Han Solo
Jabba the Hutt with Han Solo
Ronto with Jawa
Dewback with Sandtrooper
Endor Attack Playset
Hoth Battle Playset

Jaff
08-16-2003, 10:18 AM
I was one of the lucky ones: In the second week of August after seeing Air Force One I stopped at my Toys R Us and found two Han in Bespin and one Leia in Slave hanging proudly on the shelves. I was quite excited, and there was a toy show the following weekend in my area, so I went to it hoping to find another Leia. I ran into one of my dealer friends named Bill Griffung and he sold me all three Beast Assortments for $20 each. I didn't mind paying extra, especially when I opened up the Dewback. Finding another Leia in Slave was very hard to do. I would not see another Leia in Slave until the end of the year except for crazy mark ups by scalpers in toyshows. Finally I got Leia through chance by embarking on to what was the beginning of my own STAR WARS Toy Store in 2000. My brother called me from Germany (where he still lives-I was born there) and I started talking about how I was collecting Star Wars toys. My brother giggled a little, but he was nice enough to ask if I was looking for anything he might help me find. He had seen some Star Wars stuff at a old second hand shop by Bad Kreausnach. I said any of the old vintage stuff, and maybe one or two green tri-logo figures. In early September he called me and said he found a bunch of the figures that I used to play with as a kid in packages sitting in a box for about 30 marks, which is about $15 to me. I said get them expecting some old figures and some junk. When I recieved the package it had, hold your breaths!!!!!...............4 Yak Face with Coin, 2 Anakin with Coin, and 7 Tri-Logo figs from POTF line. Yak face and Anakin were marked for about $1600 at this time, and although one package was damaged the rest were in great shape. Imediately I shipped these figs off to two dealers to sell. I managed to get a $4,000 credit at one, $3000 at another, and I used part of the credit to get my Leia with a $25 pricetag. I also blasted $1000 immediately on collecting all of the 12" up to date including the new FAO Shwartz Grand Moff Tarkin and Gunner. Over the course of the next three years I would use my credit to buy wholesale cases from one dealer and then sell a case to another dealer. I rarely used my credit's for new figs, rather I invested these figures to increase my credit value at dealers, but one dealer went out of buisness and I lost about a thousand so I quickly started doing C.O.D. orders from dealers with the exception to one or two dealers who had a mind for buisiness. Anyways this story will come in to big time later with my collecting stories, and I cannot describe what it was like to actually handle 4 Yak Faces with coin at once!!!! It felt allot better than finding those Hoth and Endor playsets. I bought them as they were easy to find, but I didn't like the hoth set that much, but I loved the Endor even though we did not have many figures to make a diorama with it!

tagmac
08-16-2003, 11:47 AM
I skipped the playsets, but picked up the Dewback/Sandtrooper & Jawa/Ronto from a local dealer (the only one whom I occasionally still buy from today), as new stuff by me was still constantly getting grabbed by scalpers and difficult to find...or so I thought. I ended up finding tons of the beast assortment a week later. Luckily, I'd only overpaid by about 5 bucks each which, considering FAO's prices, wasn't too bad. I initially skipped on the Han/Jabba set until it was on sale months later, when it was the only beast pack I was missing, and decided to complete the set.

As for Bespin Han and Slave Leia, I too expected them to be out in September, and was shocked to find them at my local flea market a month early. Figuring they were gonna be rare, I shelled out 20 bucks for the set. As crazy as that was, I don't recall seeing these at retail until months later, when they were re-released with the freeze-frame insert. In truth, with scalpers and store managers/employees hoardig all the supposed "rare* figures (namely, all the new ones at the time) as bad as they were in my area, this and the Ackbar wave marked the beginning of my buying almost all of my figures from the same two dealers at my local flea market.

plo koon 200
08-16-2003, 11:03 PM
Incredible and almost unbelievable story Jaff. But, I know it is too good not to be true. WOW! You sure were lucky! :) :) :)

darthzirock
08-17-2003, 12:06 AM
7/97: Grand Moff Tarkin, Weequay Skiff Guard, ASP-7 Droid, Dengar, Ponda Baba, 4-LOM, Garindan, Admiral Ackbar, Speeder Bike with Leia in Endor Gear, Electronic F/X Emperor Palpatine, Electronic F/X Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker.

The ones that were easiest to find in Northern NJ were Tarkin, Ponda, 4-LOM, Garindan, and the two Electronic F/X figures. It took me a couple of weeks to finally find Ackbar and Weequay (I think I got them at a Bradlees), and I think I got Speeder Bike Leia at a Wal-Mart maybe about 3 weeks after she first hit stores.

8/97: Princess Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner, Bespin Han Solo, Jabba the Hutt with Han Solo, Ronto with Jawa, Dewback with Sandtrooper, Endor Attack Playset, Hoth Battle Playset.

The Beast Assortment stuff was just everywhere at once! Jabba and Han sold like lightning, with the Ronto and Dewback clogging shelves for months afterwards. When new cases came in, Jabba/Han quickly became pegwarmers, too.

Bespin Han was easy enough to find (I think I nabbed mine at a K-Mart), but Slave Leia was just impossible to find in Northern and Central NJ. Toy piracy was at an all-time high at this time, and the dirtbags were really going wild. They'd hit TRU at 8:30AM, then head on out to Bradlees, Caldors, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc. My local comic book shop finally got a case with Slave Leia in August, and I paid the $6.50 she was getting (I think TRU was getting $4.99 and Wal-Mart had just gone up to $4.76) for one. This was her standard price for all her Star Wars figures--she did not increase prices on new figures based on "collectibility," which was why I was always happy to throw her my business. Another comic shop I frequented did get Slave Leias and jacked up their price to $10.99! :eek: When he ran out of his case from Diamond, he turned to toy piracy and started hitting the stores early, as his shop didn't open til 10:30AM. Once he was pirating the figures, he raised Slave Leia to $15 ("I gotta recoupe my gas money, ya know!"). :mad: I never bought any figures from him, and actually denied I was still collecting when he once asked me why I never got any figures from him! :happy:

Of course, a few months later Slave Leias became fairly easy to find in NJ. A lot of toy pirates got stuck with ones that never sold at inflated prices, and many of them refused to lower their prices below the $10 range. Once the figure came out on the Freeze-Frame cards, these guys were royally screwed--and it made my heart glad to see it happen!

Jaff
08-17-2003, 02:29 AM
I remember that same thing DarthZirock, when slave Leia's became common those toy-jackers got some pay back. It was really nice to see common dealers get nipped in their wallets for hording the Leia's.

LusiferSam
08-17-2003, 12:55 PM
Bespin Han was an easy find. I got him in December at Wal-Mart a long with all three Beasts. Slave Leia was an other story. I ending up buying one in March of '98 from was mom and pop online toy store. They were very nice people to deal with, but I still paid an inflated price. In the end I didn't see a Slave Leia in stores for another six months.
As I said I got the Beasts in December. Two were gifts and the third one, Jabba the Hutt, I bought. The playsets I put off buying because I wasn't all that impressed with the Death Star sets. Hoth I acquired in February at TRU. But Endor I waited so long that by the time I wanted one, no one had them any more. Two years ago I got one from Brain's Toys.

fishyfett
08-17-2003, 01:00 PM
I don't know how I missed this one, but please, all me to tell how I started w/ Star Wars. 1995-All were easy to find, except 3-PO, of whom I had to fight, of all people, a TRU stocklady. Yes, a Stocklady!!! I saw her hanging all the new figures, but the 3-PO's in the boxes. I ask her why, she said rudely "Well, that's not your concern, buy what you see that we have on display. Besides, these are for the rainchecks people have placed prior to our orders." Back then, ToysRus have this raincheck policy for people who can pre-order stuff that's not available but will be soon. So, I said, "But why not leave some for us already here??". And she just kept ignoring me. I asked politely if I can buy at least one. That's all I need. NO!!! I feel like Force-choking this lady with all my circuits overheating. So, when I saw the manager, I mentioned this to her and she was a little hesitant at first whether or not to sell me one. I said "Look, you will get some more 3-PO's in and then, you can fulfill the rest of your raincheck orders. Meanwhile, I'm already here and I got the dough to pay for it." So, she finally agreed and told the stocklady to let me buy as many 3-PO's as I want. I ended up buying 2. After that, I avoided 3-PO like a plague. I did used the Force to play with the manager's head. Good thing she wasn't a Hutt or a Toydarian. Otherwise, I'd have to Force-choke both of 'em. :D

Anyway, every figure, up until they changed the card from red to green, were easy to find. After that change, its been a hit-and-miss, hunt-and-kill situation. Until now. But I've learned a lot. Like Hasbro's pattern or releasing everything to make up for the shortage of popular figures. And patience is something I won't take for granted in this hobby. With that, I was finally able to get the ones I've been looking for. I may take me awhile, but I will eventually have it. :cool:

The only ones that I really have to pay big money for because of extreme scarcity was: the entire expanded universe line; Mynock Hunt; the Freeze frame Fan Club exclusives; Sio Bibble, TC-14, R2-B1, Motti, Fambaa Set and of course, the Eopie w/ Qui-gon. Everything else falls in between too easy, reasonably priced or just plain blind luck. I never thought I'd find a Watoo's Box Cinema Scene at KB for 7 bucks. So, all in all, it's been a good, fun ride so far. At least, it keeps me from getting bored and insane with everyday's routine crap. :happy:

TheDarthVader
08-17-2003, 11:08 PM
At the request of Jaff, I am here. I am just starting to get involved in this thread so please forgive me if I get a little ahead or etc etc.

First of all, I began collecting in 1995. I was only 15 years old. I did not know that SW was making a comeback. I never had many vintage figures...maybe one or two. My parents did not buy me a lot of toys. My dad, at the time, was the only working parent. Anyways, I was surprised and excited to see them at Wal Mart one day. I could not believe my eyes. My mom was with me and I said..."Star Wars?"
I started to get han, kenobi, and vader. Then my mom said...lol... "Why don't you get one of each?" I asked, "Do you think I should?" She said, "That's the "thing" isn't it?" I was like, "OKAY!! Whatever you say!" So I then got R2, 3PO, stormtrooper, chewy, and Luke. I had a hard time finding Leia for a while but I eventually found her...and I was soooo excited. Then, for a little while, for some reason I didn't buy many. I missed red card tusken, momaw nadon, r5-d4, death star gunner, luke stormtrooper, greedo, jawas, and sandtrooper. Luckily, I got another chance to get these on green cards. I have recently started trying getting these on red cards...I only lack Momaw Nadon and R5. (holes in my collection)
The others that have been discussed, have been bought finding them in stores like KB, Target, K Mart, and Wal-Mart. When a TRU opened up around here, I was finally able to find ANYTHING that I wanted.
I was young when slave leia came out and at the time, I was working at K mart. I was able to get 2 slave leia on green card. I was so proud of them. Oh yeah!! I just remembered...when going through my collection about 2-3 months ago, I noticed that I had 3 or 4 red card leias. I must have been so excited to finally find her that I stocked up. LOL :)
I will keep posting as more figures are added. Cya. ;)

Jaff
08-18-2003, 03:41 PM
O.K, in September 1997 the media is at a low point. Movies are dismal if not just fair. You can go see The Peacemaker, In and Out, or the Edge, but the two suprise films are The Game and L.A. Confidential. Rap is the music of choice, on the top six record charts there is Puff Daddy: No Wad Out, Bone Thugs: Art of War, 311: Transistor, Spice Girls and Hanson still!, and the Men in Black Soundtrack. The good news is that T.V. is starting new seasons of X-Files, Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine, and the Simpsons. And if you don't like any of that stuff you can watch Seinfeld, Suddenly Susan, or Touched by an Angel. As for Video the newest releases are Beautician and the Beast, Inventing the Abbots, Dante's Peak and ......... THE STAR WARS TRILOGY SPECIAL EDITION BOXED SETS in wide screen or Fullscreen. I personally suggest widescreen even if you have a small tv. So naturally all of us collecting at this time are thinking about new figures, and so was Hasbro. This months list is a bit long, and I put in the 12" figs only for you to visualize the maddening frenzy of collecting at this time.

9/97 - Nien Nunb
Malakili (Rancor Keeper)
Saelt Marae “Yak Face”
Gamorrean Guard
EV-9D9
Millennium Falcon Carry Case with Wedge Antilles
Cantina Showdown Three Pack: Dr Evezan, Ponda Baba
and Ben Kenobi (Initial Wal-Mart Exclusive)
12” Chewbacca
12” Admiral Ackbar
12” C-3PO
12” TIE Fighter Pilot
12” Cantina Band Members (Wal-Mart exclusives):
Figrin D’an with Kloo Horn
Ickabel G’ont with Fanfar
Doikk Na’ts with Fizzz
Tech M’or with Ommni Box
Tedn Dahal with Fanfar
Nalan Cheel with Bandfill
12” Sandtrooper with Orange Pauldron (Diamond exclusive)
12” Greedo (Initial J.C. Penny exclusive)
12” Darth Vader vs Ben Kenobi (Initial J.C. Penny exclusive)
12” AT-AT Driver (Service Merchandise exclusive)

For the next 2 months it would be the craziest, busiest, most expensive hunting to get all that you needed. Scalpers were everywhere searching for exclusives and as a result newer stuff started dissapearing. If you wanted the exclusives you had to shell out at least $250, and there was allot of hurried collectors trying to race to the next booth at collecting shows. Thankfully in the 3 3/4 line there was only one exclusive at the moment and that was the Cantina Showdown three pack. Initially a Wal-Mart exclusive this set would later be generally released in 1998. This set was a hard item to get at the starting line.

Jaff
08-18-2003, 03:47 PM
I was pretty impatint for the Saelt-Marae wave so I got in touch with a dealer in Lima, Ohio and paid $7 plus shipping for each. I knew that exclusives were going to be a big problem in the fall seasons so I wanted to get a head start. The Wedge Antillies with Falcon case I did not get until October. When I got the wedge figure I was quite disapointed as it was just a Luke in X-Wing with a new head. The case was even more disapointing as it could not fit many figures, nor enough of them. The Cantina Showdown was impossible for me to find. I had no Wal-Mart in Toledo, Ohio, nor was there any in driving distance, so I swallowed my pride, contacted one of my dealer contacts who I had credit with and paid $50.00 in credit for it. It seemed my only option at the time, but it did not really sting seeing how I established the credit in the first place.

As for the 12", that's another thread. If any of you want me to start a thread on that now, just drop me a private message, otherwise I will start it much later.

LusiferSam
08-18-2003, 09:29 PM
This wave I had a bit more luck with. I don't 12" so they weren't a problem. On my post X-mas trip to Wal-Mart I found all but the Gamorrean Guard. I really wanted the Falcon case, not as much for Wedge but for the case. Not a great buy over all. And the cantina 3 pack I got right a way after my bad luck with the Death Star. As for the Guard I found him at TRU about about a month later. Boy I knew I was always on finding items but this really has been bringing it home.

darthzirock
08-19-2003, 12:29 AM
9/97 - Nien Nunb, Malakili (Rancor Keeper), Saelt Marae “Yak Face”, and Gamorrean Guard were all fairly easy to find. Man oh man, did I ever have to hunt high and low for EV-9D9, though! Yeesh! Millennium Falcon Carry Case with Wedge Antilles also took a few trips to the stores (I think I finally got mine at a Bradless, one waaay out in the boondocks of Nothern NJ that was actually a fairly good place to hunt for stuff because it was too far out for most of the toy-pirating scum). The Cantina Showdown Three Pack: Dr Evezan, Ponda Baba and Ben Kenobi (Initial Wal-Mart Exclusive) I never did find at Wal-Mart. I finally got it when it showed up--many months later--at TRU. I never got any of the other things, as I wasn't collecting the 12-inchers on a regular basis (and that 12" plush Chewbacca was just sad-looking!). I do remember seeing the Cantina Band member figures at the one Wal-Mart we had in Central NJ at the time, but I don't think I ever saw all 6 of them together in the store. Had I been collecting them and not been able to get all 6, that would have been ... unpleasant!

TheDarthVader
08-19-2003, 12:48 PM
97 - Nien Nunb--easy to find. excited that habro keeps shootin 'em out the factory
Malakili (Rancor Keeper)--once again, an easy find
Saelt Marae “Yak Face”--hard at first, then easy. cool figure!
Gamorrean Guard--great figure, easy to find
EV-9D9--easy to find for me
Millennium Falcon Carry Case with Wedge Antilles--got lucky and picked up the first one with the rebel symbol helmet. Never opened it...eventually sold it after hearing about the poor case...Jaff is right, it can't hold many figures!!
Cantina Showdown Three Pack: Dr Evezan, Ponda Baba
and Ben Kenobi (Initial Wal-Mart Exclusive)--easy find and got one in mint condition...had to shell out $20 plus tax for it though!!!!!! But I was happy to have a Dr Evazan! ;)

tagmac
08-19-2003, 02:56 PM
Scalping was still a horrible problem in Central Jersey, so I ended up getting Saelt-Marae, Gamorrean Guard, Nein Nunb, EV-9D9, Malkilli, and the Snowtrooper all at once from a dealer (we'll call him Dealer B). Picked up the Royal Guard a week later from the same guy. Later also got the Cantina Showdown here, and the Falcon Case with Wedge. Unfortunately, it was the Wedge with the wrong helmet, which I realized right after I'd handed the guy the money - and he would not take it back after only 2 minutes because "the sign says no refunds." Even though it was rarer, I didn't care - I open my figures, and wanted the correct green helmet. Luckily, the other dealer at the flea market (the one I still go to, Dealer A) traded me the corrected version straight up, so it worked out. At this point, I realized just how crooked the first guy was, but at the time, he was the only guy who had the new figures (and would hold me one of each when his cases came in), so I begrudgingly still went there.

I know this isn't a 12" thread, but I do wanna mention the one stroke of luck I had at the time. I used to stop at a comic shop near my colllege campus between classes every Wednesday, when the new stuff came in. I walked in looking for the newest SW comics, and right there in the SW section was one 12" Sandtrooper! These were among the rarest, shipping only 2 per store, so I was thrilled! Later on, I told dealer B about my find, only to have the guy next to him (the dealer who used to clean out TRU of SW, now dealing in only wrestling figs) walks over and says, "oh, that's not so rare like people think." To this day, I think he only said that cuz he figured I wanted to sell it, and would get squat for it, while the dealer B would then charge $100+, calling it "extremely rare."

Jaff
08-19-2003, 04:51 PM
Tagmac you need to give us the name of your dealers so that members of SSG can form a lynching mob and round up these guys.

tagmac
08-19-2003, 11:32 PM
Tagmac you need to give us the name of your dealers so that members of SSG can form a lynching mob and round up these guys.

No need to, Jaff. The two crooked ones are out of business, as far as I know. The guy I still deal with sells mostly dolls and military toys, but orders Star Wars and McFarlane stuff directly from the company to sell. His prices are fair, and he'll hold stuff for me if I can't get there when the flea market opens. That's the only reason I still buy from him.

Jaff
08-21-2003, 03:01 AM
Whether you like it or not in November 1997 everyone loved Titanic. Even science fiction films were slobered in blatent attempts at romance, like Starship Troopers. But if you have a grim side you can go see Devil's Advocate, but I was patiently awaiting to see Alien Resurection which was opening in just a few weeks. The Spice Girls are still the talk of radio as they are just putting out a new album. However the spice girls did not catch my attention, the slim pickings of collecting for the rest of the year was what was on my mind. There were only 5 3 3/4 items released from november 97 to Jan 98, and while Hasbro was busy getting ready for their new packaging for 98, they seemed to forget to release stuff for the rest of the year. Hasbro was also busy getting ready to ship the B'Omarr monks for the start of 98 so we had a lot to look forward too. Little did we know that in 98 we would see one of the greatest SW lines ever to be released.

10/97 - Emperor’s Royal Guard
Snowtrooper
AT-AT Walker with AT-AT Driver and AT-AT Commander

11/97 - Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Mos Eisley Cantina playset (Initial fan club exclusive)

Jaff
08-21-2003, 03:14 AM
10/97 - Emperor’s Royal Guard
Snowtrooper
AT-AT Walker with AT-AT Driver and AT-AT Commander

11/97 - Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Mos Eisley Cantina playset (Initial fan club exclusive)

The Emperor's Guard and Snowtrooper were quickly mail ordered when I heard they would be only two to a case with a bunch of repacked figures. The AT-AT was not hard to find as it was huge and expensive. I got mine pretty much the week of it's release and it was my pride and joy up to that date. The AT-AT Driver has to be one of my favorite figs even to this day. Bubble head Commander didn't impress me that much, but the vehicle itself was something I never attained as a kid back in the vintage days so I was very happy to have it.

The Luke in Ceremonial I found in a comic shop for $10. He was pretty rare at that time, in fact he would not be seen by many on the shelves with a green card. I was lucky enough that the shop had two, so I left with two. The cantina set I did order from the Jawa Trader, and it was O.K.. At that time there was not many figures to put in it, so I just stuck it in my packaged figure storage cases.

I was also still trading vintage stuff with dealers, and collecting 12", and at about this time the dreaded Wampa and Luke was released making our lives as a collectors dreadful. At my Target upon the announced release date of the Wampa's folks were lined up when Target opened, and after opening nothing was on the shelves. Collectors came back the next day only to find out that the manager purposefully stocked them around 3 p.m. to give people other than collectors a chance. The next day collectors showed up and there were only three on the shelf, and about ten of us. Two dudes actually fist fought over the dolls and were kicked out. There was a newspaper article about the incident, and it was a complete mess. And wouldn't you know Target put into practice a written notice of procedure that Target had the ability to limit the number of figs one bought. Hows that for a kick in the head.

tagmac
08-21-2003, 01:33 PM
I'd already managed to get the Snowtrooper with the Yak Face Wave from my flea market Dealer B, and picked up the Royal Guard a week later (as he was "sold out" of it the previous week). I had no trouble getting the At-At from TRU, and ordered the Cantina Playset through the Fan Club. As for Ceremonial Luke, I picked him up from Dealer A as he was impossible to find in stores, being the only new figure in a case of repacks.

Luke/Wampa.....boy do I regret that one. Not the fact that I got it, but the fact that I paid Dealer B $200 for it, because it was so Impossible to find. Over a year later, I found 6 of them in the Target store that had recently opened up near me. Like the Han/Tauntaun in TRU, it seemed the stores suddenly "found" cases of these figures after so many of us had either fought or overpaid for them. Horrible job by Hasbro with the Exclusives, which should have been called "limited edition" if you wanna talk "truth in advertising."

And speaking of managers pulling fast ones, the Wal-Mart by me did this with the Cantina Showdown. Someone I knew who worked there told me they had gotten in just one (ONE??!!) case of 6 of them, and raffled them off to the employees. Disgusting!

Kidhuman
08-21-2003, 02:34 PM
I saw all of these in abundance. The figures I bought right away. I waited for the AT AT to go on clearance for 30 dollars before picking it up. Seeing the priceof 70 dollars retail made me know how my parents felt about getting me a vintage one when they first came out. The onlything I didnt get was the cantina playset.

JEDIpartner
08-21-2003, 03:29 PM
The struggle of finding figures begins way back in late January 1978 (possibly February… hey! I was 10) for me. I remember walking into a Kiddie City toy store on a Saturday afternoon with my dad and passing all of the party favours and “junk” toys they had at the front of the store. We rounded the corner of this display wall that stood about 4.5 feet high and my eyes just glazed over. There were pegs and pegs and pegs of the first twelve figures. They also had the TIE Fighter, X-Wing and Landspeeder. My mission was to find See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo. After poring through pegs of practically every character, I finally scored the two I was looking for. Little did I know that, down the line, I would have the hardest time finding some of the figures I wanted.

I was unable to find a Jawa figure until October of that same year since they had changed the design of its cape early in the run. I’m kinda wondering if I passed one of those up on my hunt for the droids. :rolleyes: Another difficult to find figure was the Tusken Raider.

I had a pretty easy time finding figures throughout the period of ESB to ROTJ. I never managed to find a TIE Pilot on the pegs nor was I able to find many of the figures from 1985 on-ward.

I started collecting the figures again around the time the Special Edition films were released. I purchased the new Tarkin and the ASP-7 droid as well as a new Artoo and Threepio. I wasn’t into “re-purchasing” my collection with new sculpts considering most of the new sculpts were so bloody horrid. The one thing that had eluded me for years was the AT-AT. I had seen them at TRU but was not going to pay the high price they were asking for them. I guess I stopped looking for them and the next thing I knew—they were all gone! I didn’t realize they had been clearanced off for $10 a pop. Well… I finally acquired one two months ago thanks to Jedi Drew. :happy:

It was during the Episode I releases when I started to collect again. I discovered that the further away from the release of the film, the harder it was to find the figures. I traveled miles (I mean, over a hundred) to pick up TC-14 and R2-B1 from a movie themed store. I even took a list with me to Japan in 2000. It was interesting to see what figures they had lining the pegs as opposed to what we had here in the USA. They had loads of Sio Bibble, Padmé (w/Ascension gun) (I passed on that since I wasn’t really crazy about the sculpt) as well as all of the other soft-goods figures and other figures from those last couple waves. They had the Battle for Naboo 12” sets by the palette and loads of Electronic See-Threepios and even the elusive Obi-Wan Lightsaber. I ended up returning home with a suitcase full of these figures and other toys. Had I not found them there, I probably wouldn’t have found them in the USA. Basically, I had to take a 15 hour flight to find figures that SHOULD have been readily available in the our stores in North America. The funny thing is that they weren’t sitting on any of the pegwarmers we had!!

Not long after that, the POTJ line was released and I saw a similar pattern to the releases. I was then that I decided to order from KEBco. As it is, our stores are still lacking product that should be easily found. I WAS able to find the new Throne Room Luke and Vader as well as the Snowtrooper back in June. Strangely though, the stores at which I had gotten these hadn’t ordered in any of the previous 2003 waves. It seems pretty hit or miss with stocking here.

There are only a few other figures I have jumped through hoops to get:

* Artoo-Detoo w/Leia Hologram. I found a good deal on-line and jumped when the price was $14.00 USD.

* Darth Sidious Hologram. I was able to pick two of these up on-line for $12.99 USD each. Those took the longest for me to find for a reasonable price.

* Commtech Stormtrooper. This was the original carded release. I feared that I would never find this figure. The troopbuilder packs hadn’t been released at the time. I finally was able to cobble a loose one together (w/chip) for $16.99.

LusiferSam
08-21-2003, 06:17 PM
The snowtrooper I got with the deluxe version at Wal-Mart. The royal guard I don't remember when I got. It was at Wal-Mart and I'm pretty sure after the new year ('98). Ceremonial Luke I found with the Princess Leia Collection
figures in March (which is like when I got the guard).
The AT-AT I saw in lots of stores, but its size was problematic me. Where I was living at the time I just had no room for it. But I did get one in the fell of '98 for about $45 off of eBay. And the cantina playset I got at TRU also in the fall of '98.

fishyfett
08-22-2003, 12:06 PM
Ah, here we go again. I had a choice of getting either the Mynock Hunt or Wampa w/ Luke. At this point, I'm updated with all the basic carded 3-inch figures. I only had enough dough for one, but not both, so I said well, I already have a Hoth Leia, Bespin Han and a Chewbacca, but the Wampa should complete my Beast gallery (two weeks earlier, I found a lone Han w/ Tauntaun in TRU). I came back one week later to see if I can find the Mynock Hunt there in Wal-mart. It was gone. I spent many months hunting it from one end of Dallas to another. Finally, I ended up buying it from the Fan Club, for 29.99!!!! Ten dollars more than retail. Again, sometimes, it was better to do that than being constantly frustrated from empty hunts. :)

Next story, EU figures, how hard and expensive were they for me to collect................ :frus:

jjreason
08-22-2003, 05:15 PM
Actually, the first wave of 1995 POTF2 figures weren't all that hard to find. I even managed to score at least one of every variation (long-saber vs. short-saber for Luke, Obi-Wan and Vader). Even the later POTF2 waves in the orange-carded series weren't that hard to find, except that stupid Lando figure! I think it took me almost a full year to find him on the shelves!

But for real ease of collecting, you must go back to the "Golden Age" period of 1978-85! I lived in New Jersey, within walking distance of a Woolworth's, plus I got the first 4 figures (Luke, Leia, R2 and Chewbacca) in the "Early Bird Special" offer. So, I only had 8 more figures to buy in order to have the first set of 12! At $1.98 per figure, and receiving a $10/week allowance at the time, it only took me 2 weeks! :D

Subsequent waves were pretty easy, too, although I never did manage to find a vinyl-caped Jawa. My high school was in walking distance from a huge Woolworth's main store (2 floors!), plus we had stores like Two-Guys, Valley Fair, Great Eastern, Child World, and Children's Bargaintown (which eventually became something with the rather silly name of ... Toys 'R' Us!). By the time I graduated high school in 1980 (yes, I'm that old!), I think I had every Star Wars figure that came out, plus the first wave of Empire Strikes Back figures, too!

I spent my first two years of college in Boston, and had a pretty easy time of finding subsequent waves of ESB figures. While there were a few people who thought my hobby childish or even weird, most of my classmates thought it was pretty cool. I had a nice display of figures on my bookcases in my dorm room, and it was often the center of conversation--especially after a few beers! After deciding to move back to NJ to finish my education, I had an even easier time of finding figures, because I had most of my old stores to count on ... plus, the town where I was going to college at had it's own K-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, Bradlees, and a few comic book stores that carried the figures. When I made friends with a classmate that worked at Toys 'R' Us, he'd always phone me to let me know when they got in new cases! :p (He also helped me score a Cabbage Patch Kid for my mom, when those things were just about impossible to find without being on a waiting list!)

By the time the last figure lines from Kenner were petering out (I guess those were the tri-logo packs at Kaybee Toys), a lot of my best stores for hunting had closed. Two-Guys was gone, Korvettes was history, Bradlees had filed Chapter 11, and a lot of the Mom'n'Pop stores had been run out by the emerging giant that was TRU. However, I never remember not eventually finding at least one of everything I wanted. I never got into collecting the "Droids" and "Ewoks" animated series figures--except for the C-3P0, R2-D2, and Boba Fett figures from "Droids," just because they were cool variations of established figures.

I don't know what changed in the ten years that Kenner wasn't producing figures, but by the time POTF2 was launched in 1995, the ease of collecting figures became more difficult. After the initial launch of POTF2, I remember having to start driving further and further away from home to find figures. The TRU nearest me would have nothing, while the one out in the boonies over 30 miles away would get everything! Then, they finally opened a Wal-Mart in NJ, and that was figure Nirvana! (Funny how things have changed, huh?) But, I think the thing that effected collecting the most was the rise of the dreaded Toy Scalpers! (In NJ, we called them Toy Pirates, or usually just "loser @$$holes"!) At the time, these characters had plenty of flea markets to set up shop at on the weekends, while spending their weekdays haunting toy sections at the exact moments cases were being pulled out. Lots of money was changing hands so that these morons were getting figures before they ever even reached the pegs, so that a $5 figure at Wal-Mart was selling for $15-30 at the flea markets. Lots of other morons were paying those prices, too, which just seemed to validate the Toy Pirates! :mad: Worse yet, collecting magazines started printing "Price Guides" with secondary market values for current toys, instead of just the "Vintage" Kenner stuff! So, if you said to your local Toy Pirate, "$25 for a Lando? Are you nuts?!" they'd just pull out a "Price Guide" and say, "Well, I could get $40, but I'm just trying to be fair." Fair??? Like they ever even understood the meaning of the word!

Anyone still collecting that started waaaaay back when I did knows that this hobby, while still having its rewards, is a very, very different animal than it was back in the "Golden Age."

Thus endeth the lesson ... :crazed:

And what a great lesson! Thanks for that... I'd corroborate the vintage luck here, even up in Canada we had no problem eventually finding everything (I didn't collect the Droids or Ewoks lines either, so I can't comment on those). We could always count on Consumers Distributing, Sears (for exclusives sometimes, too), Eaton's, Simpson's, and the then-popular "mom and pop's toy shop" to carry SW figures. The only vintage figs I remember having to wait for (anxiety inducing, to be sure) were Zuckuss and 4LOM, whom I didn't find until the TIE Pilot and Cloud Car Pilot wave, even though they were on the cards prior. Once TRU finally opened, my brother and I had switched loyalty to GIJoe, but we still browsed the SW aisle, I remember a moment of remorse looking at the POTJ Luke Stormtrooper figure, sad that I wasn't collecting them anymore. Then I went and bought a Dreadnok. Stupid JJ.........

1995 was the year of my wedding, the year I sold my vintage collection to a guy at the local mall (ironically, the very same mall where I got my original Luke 12 back back in 1977 at the age of 5). We needed some money to secure the reception hall, and this sale did the trick. The guy who bought my collection showed me a copy of SW Galaxy Magazine #2, with the new-look figure preview. I had mixed feelings, and decided I didn't want to preorder the first wave with him (turned out to be a good decision, they weren't hard to get like he was promising they would be).

I managed to find the first wave at retail, got my Leia from the Bay free of charge when I complained they showed her in their flyer and couldn't make good by getting me one, they found one and mailed it to me! No kidding. I got a second one put aside and drove an hour to get her. C3PO showed up in time, but was the last of the first 9 I got. I lost patience waiting for wave 2, when I saw them on display at a comic shop I broke down at bought a bunch from the fanclub. I managed to sell the extras for a really good profit, covering my expenses. I was hooked.

The SOTE and green carded stuff started showing up good and early, I had no problems getting all of the figures I wanted I didn't frequent the net back then, so I was using only my magazines as a checklist for what figures and vehicles were coming out, and the pace was getting quicker. I paid quite a bit to finally get that Han in Stormtrooper armor Fruit Loops deal, and had 5 Spirit of Obi Wan's mailed to a friend in Manhattan. The fanclub was willing to mail their exclusives to Canada, so I had no trouble getting the Band member, Oola, Muftak, etc.

My first trouble finding figures came with the Freeze Frame stuff. We went right from 8D8 and Gammorrean Guard to the Flashback series. The blue (coll 3) figures were tough, and we in Canada got skipped over for the most part when it came to that tough Darth Removable, Zuckuss, Piett, Ishi Tib wave. I had to resort to ebay for these - pricey.

Episode I is what caused the Canadian market to dry up the way it is now. Our big retailers ordered way too much, and took a beating on the first waves of stuff. Subsequent replenishments were a lot more scarce.

POTJ only ever made Wal Mart and TRU (one wave hit Zellers, oddly enough, but it was hit and miss). It was around this time I started hanging out here (not on forums, but reading the news). I started to get desperate and looked to friends south of the border for help. Thanks to one great fan-friend near Chicago, I managed to stay current.

Saga never really took off here, the first waves sat too long at Wally and TRU, which led to NO reorders for the current 2003 stuff. We stalled at Han Endor, and only a few stores have seen ANY 2003 figures whatsoever. Hasbro Canada has come out and said we won't be getting any more, or any Clone Wars stuff. I keep up to date by using Kebco. They've been very good to me so far, I think I'll stick with them.

That's my long story, thanks for listening.

Jaff
08-22-2003, 05:46 PM
Wow, how are you guys getting stuff like Luke and Wampa, Mynock Hunt, and slide figures months before their release dates. Especially the Mynock hunt seeing that it won't be released for at least 8 months from this date in time. And 2003 is 5 years away, how are all of you doing all this time traveling, I'm jelous. The next releases will be posted tomorrow.

darthzirock
08-23-2003, 04:07 AM
10/97 - Emperor’s Royal Guard
Snowtrooper
AT-AT Walker with AT-AT Driver and AT-AT Commander

11/97 - Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Mos Eisley Cantina playset (Initial fan club exclusive)

At this time, Toys 'R' Us had opened up a TRU Concept 2000 store in Parsippany, NJ. I found all of these figures there, during initial week of release! The AT-AT, like all of the vehicles, I passed on! Didn't think much of the Mos Eisley Cantina playset (Initial fan club exclusive), until it was later released to stores with the Sandtrooper, so I passed on ordering it from the Insider. Problem with Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit--he tended to want to tip forward! I finally took my display one and sanded down the heels on his boots until he would stand up correctly! (Only later did I learn about figure stands! :eek: )

Jaff
08-23-2003, 06:04 AM
Although Hasbro was releasing EIGHT 12" figs in January 1998, the 3 3/4 line had leftovers that were not released in 1997. All collectors knew that anyday now the new package change was coming, and with it would be new three packs, and the princess Leia collection. To keep us from storming hasbro corporate Hasbro was now shipping the B'Omarr Monks, and released some expanded universe vehicles that were based artist renderings. Among the released stuff for January was a very hard piece to find, the Luke with Tauntaun. At this time the beast assortments were clogging shelves, and Hasbro shipped the new Tauntaun only two to a case with repacked beasts. Naturally many stores did not get new cases of the poorly cased beast, so most of us (including me) would not see this beast on the shelves until late summer, early fall of 98.

1/98 - B’omarr Monk (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)
Tauntaun with Luke Skywalker
Airspeeder with Pilot
Cloudcar with Pilot
Speeder Bike with Pilot

And for this months Time Capsule President Bill Clinton is being pursued by tabloids over his over-televised affair with Monica Lewinsky. So the news was in the top watched event on television. Third Rock from the sun has just beaten Frasier for the 3rd spot in ratings. The Titanic Soundtrack is the most popular CD in America, as is Celine Dion's album Lets Talk About Love. Right behind the fadish drama album is the still strong Spice Girls. At theaters the Spice Girls get their own movie Spice World (enough with those freaky brits allready!!!!!!). If you don't want to see that movie (like me) you can go see the newly released Phantoms, Replacement Killers, or Fallen. However if you didn't guess Titanic is still in theaters for those who just need to cry, and express their sympathetic side.

Jaff
08-23-2003, 06:10 AM
My B'Omarr Monk actually arrived during the first week of the year, and boy it was a real treat to get. The expanded universe vehicles did not impress me at all, so I passed on all of them, and so did allot of other folks. For the next year they would be sitting on shelves. A testament that EU stuff really does not sell well despite some collectors zeal for those products. But for you EU fans there is hope, because later in 98 a great marketed wave of EU figures would mark the only successful EU line to date. The Luke in Tauntaun was a nightmare for me. I would not see this fig on the shelf for a long time. I would later find it in late summer, some six months after release sitting on a shelf after I went through a dealer to get it. Buying it through a dealer was worth it since the wait would have been murder. It was a really nice Tauntaun.

tagmac
08-23-2003, 10:42 AM
I got my B'omarr Monk in relatively quickly, but passed on the three vehicles. Just had no need for them. As for the Luke/Tauntaun, I bought it from a dealer. Aside from one severely damaged box (that I think was missing pieces) in a KB store, I didn't see this at retail until nearly a year later in FAO Schwarz, and once in TRU.

As for Titanic still playing, thank all those little girls who saw it over an over again because they thought the "love story" was real, and decided DiCaprio was the greatest "actor" ever. :rolleyes: Much thanks to our fellow Star Wars fans who booed loudly during the trailers before Phantom Menace, as Leo's ugly face appeared in a preview for that waste known as "The Beach." :D

Deoxyribonucleic
08-23-2003, 11:36 AM
1/98 - B’omarr Monk (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)
Tauntaun with Luke Skywalker
Airspeeder with Pilot
Cloudcar with Pilot
Speeder Bike with Pilot

I got my B'omarr monks about 2 or 3 weeks before Christmas which was perfect because I used one as a gift for a friend of mine.

I saw luke tauntaun once at that funky bainbridge island drug store and didn't have the cash on me to get it and then I never saw him again :( To this day that's one of my only missing items.

As for the EU vehicles with pilots, they were everywhere, forever!! LOL but I never picked them up as I was not interested in them.


:)

Sorry for the MIA there Jaff, thanks for the pm and getting me back on schedule ;)

LusiferSam
08-23-2003, 12:55 PM
I don't remember my B’omarr Monk coming fast or slow. Because there were like three ways them, win one, a certificate with some jello mold Obi-Wan, or order one from Hasbro's web site, I'd assume my came slow.
The Tauntaun with Luke I saw once in TRU and then never again. This was late February and I didn't buy it. Two years ago I grabbed one from Amok Time.
And I hate to admit it but I did buy the EU vehicles. For some odd reason I found the speeder bike and airspeeder in January. The cloud car I picked up in March. I'm still not sure why I bought them.

Jaff
08-23-2003, 01:21 PM
Quoted by Lusifersam

And I hate to admit it but I did buy the EU vehicles. For some odd reason I found the speeder bike and airspeeder in January. The cloud car I picked up in March. I'm still not sure why I bought them.

You were probably anxiously awaiting the stuff that was coming out next month, and couldn't help yourself. I had those same desires. It was pressure, itchin to buy something. :D

fishyfett
08-23-2003, 01:25 PM
Hey, I like those welfare ships!!!! :D I got all of them. At least one of them is a Cloud Car that doesn't look like a pair of oversized orange baby shoes. I love the AirSpeeder's pop-up brakers. The Bike, eh, just for completing the line. I do like the generic figures that came w/ the vehicles.

As for Tauntaun Luke, I grabbed one as soon as I saw it at TRU. Seen it only once in KB. That's it. Good thing (Hasbro) will be reissuing one, with an open belly to boot!!! The Monk I got from the SW Fan Club. I had no Internet back then, so I called the 800 number and got it within a month. It's now kept in a Ferrero chocolate Pyramid Case. Nice display for an awkwardly shaped figure. :D

Kidhuman
08-23-2003, 04:33 PM
I passed on the vehicles and never saw Luke w/ Taun Taun. I got my B'omarr Monk about three weeks ago on ebay. Didnt do to badly as I picked up 3 mail-aways and 2 orange card figures for 18 dollars. B'omarr, Han trooper and Spirit ben. OC Stormy and Obi Wan SS/ST.

darthzirock
08-23-2003, 10:58 PM
1/98: B’omarr Monk (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive), Tauntaun with Luke Skywalker, Airspeeder with Pilot, Cloudcar with Pilot, Speeder Bike with Pilot.

I'm not sure just when I got my 3 B'omarr Monks, but I remember thinking they were pretty nifty, even if they weren't 100% movie-accurate. It took me several months (probably March or April) before I finally scored a Tauntaun with Luke set--I think that was either a Bradlees or K-Mart find. I thought the EU vehicle/figure sets were really nice, so I bought all 3 right away. I especially liked the Speeder Bike and Airspeeder! I always hoped for things like the concept art-based TIE-fighters or X-Wings, but the failure of the EU concept art line at retail meant that such treasures were just never meant to be!

plasticfetish
08-24-2003, 06:05 PM
OK.

10/97
Emperor’s Royal Guard
Snowtrooper
AT-AT Walker with AT-AT Driver and AT-AT Commander
11/97
Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Mos Eisley Cantina playset (Initial fan club exclusive)

Yep! October of '97 was an insane month for me. My son had just been born ... I was working my first "union" showbiz job and I was getting NO sleep. My first grey hairs started showing up and I can't remember exactly what it was that I could or couldn't find at retail. I can't remember anything from then ... I was very very tired.

None of my money ever went to exclusives ... and if I couldn't find it in a store, then I didn't need it. I'm pretty sure I bought Ceremonial Luke and two Snowtroopers. I remember seeing plenty of AT-ATs around ... but I couldn't toss down $100 for one at that point. (Well, I could ... but the kid would have to do without formula for a bit.)

Come January, the "union" job died off and I was just starting to get some sleep. A new gig turned up right away ... one that amazingly (for Hollywood) I could milk for over 3 years. I started to pick around at TRU again ... waiting for those after X-Mas clearance sales to kick in.

TheDarthVader
08-24-2003, 11:13 PM
MY Comments:
10/97 - Emperor’s Royal Guard- easy to find. even though this figure just "stands there" I have always loved the royal guards
Snowtrooper--easy find. I only bought one...should have gotten more for my fairly recent purchase of a loose AT-AT, but the new snowtroopers will work better because they are better figures than the old snowtrooper. I need five more snowtroopers for my AT-AT. I hope I can find that many some day.
AT-AT Walker with AT-AT Driver and AT-AT Commander- bought this loose in box from a forumite. it was a good deal because the item arrived in great shape and with those two elusive figures. I love the General Veers figure. he just looks... MEAN

11/97 - Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit--hard to find for me at first. I am not sure why...oh well, I found him marked down at a KB one day and quickly made the purchase
Mos Eisley Cantina playset- saw it at TRU a couple of times but never bought it. easy to find? yes. I had bought the jabba palace diorama with the unique solo. I didn't need another sandtrooper with probe droid...or whatver kind of droid it was LOL.

JediTricks
08-25-2003, 01:35 AM
Luke Jedi Theater Edition - easy to find, but a pain in the rump. Since theater was saving them for later show, I had to buy it off the manager for a few bucks. He was selling them to a few people, I got to take mine out of the case - nobody else has ever touched it. The night before, the same theater had a special screening (it was a prepaid ticket that got you into all 3 SEs the night before opening) where everybody who came got a figure and there was open packaging everywhere, employees said a few people actually opened theirs and left them in their seats.

Bib Fortuna wave - not that hard to find wave for me, I found Han and the Emp first, then Bib, then Lando Skiff, all within a week of each other. Or maybe it was Han last and Lando first.

Cantina Band Member - ordered 6 or 7, got 'em all after a while. Didn't really care how long it took, and so I don't even remember now.

Rebel Fleet Trooper - hard to find for a while, a buddy picked up a bunch at a collectors show and got me 1 or 2. Then eventually, since it sucked, they started to stick around.

Death Star Escape Cinema Scene - I was in the right place at the right time, got this one the minute it hit the store.

Deluxe Snowtrooper & Hoth Rebel Soldier sets - Hoth soldier, easy, Snowtrooper, not quite as easy at first.

A-Wing Fighter with A-Wing Pilot - when it was supposed to be out, it was hard to find, but that turned out to be because retailers weren't shipping it to stores in my area because of too many T-16s. When it finally shipped here, it was slightly harder to get than the Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, but not for long. Found a few of 'em at TRU hidden behind T-16s and DV's TIEs.

Tarkin, Weequay, ASP-7 - I liked the ASP-7 even though nobody else did, so it was easy to find. Weequay was a little harder to find but TRU paid off fairly quickly. Tarkin was a little tougher, mainly because the first one I got had gray hair on half his head and white on the other, thus had to go back. Soon after, this wave started backing up and I replaced it.

Dengar, Ponda Baba, 4-LOM, Garindan, Admiral Ackbar - Around this time with these figures, I started getting them early from the aforementioned collectors show, the prices were barely over MSRP and they came in much earlier than waiting for shelves. Either I or one of my friends would get the hot figure in the wave, the others would drool and eventually get it too. Ackbar and Garindan were consistantly harder to find than most of the figures out at this time.

Speeder Bike with Leia in Endor Gear - I was pretty jazzed about this one, and it was running late in this area so I bought the *only* one at the collectors show and paid a few bucks over MSRP for that.

Electronic F/X Palpatine & Luke - Same as Leia Speederbike, except even earlier. That meant a lot to me then.

Leia as Jabba’s Prisoner & Bespin Han - A buddy had picked up Leia at the collectors show (it's a semi-weekly regular show) and was showing us how great it was when I stopped into the recently-opened TRU by my house and found both of them buried behind other figures. I call that "easy", but for nearly everybody else, these 2 were anything but.

Jabba the Hutt with Han Solo - Easy as cake with 2 TRUs to hit.
Ronto with Jawa - Slightly more difficult, but then it showed up en masse.
Dewback with Sandtrooper - Found this at the show super duper early, all my friends wanted one after seeing mine. I think in this area, this was the hardest to find for quite a while.

Endor Attack & Hoth Battle Playsets - Found these unexpectedly on an otherwise dry run to one of SoCal's few 24 hour Wal Marts. Since they both looked kinda lame, I let the buddy I was with buy them instead. ;) We checked them all out at Denny's on the way back to the city at like 4 in the morning, and I decided I had saved my money well. I think I bought the Endor one on super clearance years later.

Nien Nunb wave - Found 'em all at TRU, but there wasn't enough Saelt figs to go around, so I lost out there but got the others. A few more days and there was Salty Mary.

Falcon Carry Case with Wedge - I think I picked this up at the show early.

Cantina Showdown Three Pack - Since there are no WMs in LA city, it took me a few weeks of late night trips to 24 hr WM to get this.

I'm not going to comment on the 12" even though I collect 'em except to say that the 12" Cantina Band Members were impossible to find forever, both at WM and aftermarket.

Emperor’s Royal Guard & Snowtrooper - I think they were hard to get at first, so I caved and got 'em at the show.

AT-AT - Instantly found this at that TRU by my house, I still remember which shelf it was on. I was concerned about the figures inside being possibly stolen so I bought it and opened it on the spot to make sure.

Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit - I don't remember clearly, but I think I waited to find this in stores and it took a month or so. It took me a while to realize the figure was sculpted to stand while posed bowing rather than standing upright. Up until this point, all my figures were loose and standing on their own, but this one absolutely refused so I had him against a wall.

Mos Eisley Cantina playset - Ordered 2, I don't remember how long it took.

B’omarr Monk - See previous, though I was more excited about this one showing up.

Tauntaun with Luke Skywalker - Got it at the show, didn't wait a second to make that decision.

EU Airspeeder & Cloudcar - Easy as cake at the store. Carrotmobile w/ Celeryman was a definite shelfwarmer, I cut out a piece of plastic for the figure to sit on so he could see out the canopy.

EU Speeder Bike - No stores were ordering this case, so I got it from the show.


BTW, release dates were usually off, especially if they were on the ol' Kenner website, but I made my TRU employees try to stick to them as much as possible, so this got me many of the figures and items. However, as more and more scalpers were learning how to make it work for them (thanks in small part to my impatience by fueling them) and the collector base was growing in leaps and bounds in my area, I began depending less and less on stores and more on dealers & scalpers at the collectors show. However, I was getting so much stuff early that the rewards were worth it to avoid the collecting nightmare that LA was entering.

Jaff
08-25-2003, 02:49 PM
This is the month most of us have been waiting for for over 3 months now. The new packaged figures were released in force along with the new three pack with OWEN LARS. Not to mention the Princess Leia assortment was a new concept that was nice (especially with the Bespin Leia figure), but did not continue due to poor sales. During the first week of February the Leia assortments, and the three packs were released and quickly followed by the figures during the third week of February. In the beginning the Collection 1 figures had errors with the misspelling of Saelt Marae's name, but that error was quickly corrected.

2/98 - Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Gear
Endor Rebel Soldier
Luke Skywalker in Bespin Gear
Lando Calrissian in General Outfit
Biggs Darklighter
Lak Sivrak
Ewoks: Wicket and Logray
Princess Leia Assortment: Princess Leia Organa and R2-D2
Princess Leia Assortment: Ewok Celebration Leia and Wicket
Princess Leia Assortment: Bespin Leia and Bespin Han Solo
Princess Leia Assortment: Ceremonial Leia and Ceremonial Luke
Final Jedi Duel Three Pack: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader
and Emperor Palpatine
Purchase of Droids Three Pack: C-3PO, Luke Skywalker
and Owen Lars

Jaff
08-25-2003, 02:58 PM
I was very lucky to find both three packs during the first week of January after watching As Good as it Gets at the theater. The following week I started calling around the stores on a weekly basis asking them if they had any of the new packaged Star Wars figures. Finally a Kay Bee across town told me that they had some new princess Leia figures and I jumped in my car for a half hour drive. When I got there they had all the Leia collection, but I only bought the Leia Bespin and Ceremonial Leia. The rest were either rehashes, or figures that were suppossed to be released later that month, especially the Leia Celebration and Ewok. I never could figure out why Hasbro released that so close to the release of the carded figures!

Anyways I kept hunting stores and found the Lak Sivrak wave before the Bespin Luke Wave. I went to a local comic book shop called Monarch Cards and Comics in Toledo, and the manager was a real nice guy who upmarked his figures about one dollar. He ordered three cases or so from diamond every month. I walked in to see three fresh cases of Lak, and bought two of each figure hapily, however I did pass on the repackaged old figures. The Luke in Bespin wave was finally found at the end of the month. I found all mispelling of Yak Face cards, but since I really didn't care I cracked open three of the figures.

The Bespin Luke figure itself would annoy me for the next 3 weeks. There was only one of this figure per case during it's initial run, and since I was impatient for this figure I just decided to go through Brian's Toys to get the fig. It cost me an inflated $25, but I didn't regret it even after he was clearly on shelves two months later.

Kidhuman
08-25-2003, 04:54 PM
I found allof those fairly easy. I passed on the three packs at first. I never got the Leia collection. I had those figures already and didnt need them again. I eventually got the 3 packs on clearance at KB for like 3 dollars. The other figures were bought at TRU.

tagmac
08-25-2003, 11:00 PM
What with Bespin Luke being only 1 per case, I bought him, General Lando, Endor Leia, and Endor Rebel Soldier from Dealer B the day he got them in (I only saw that Luke at retail ONCE, months later in TRU). Also bought the Jedi Duel and Purchase of the Droids 3-packs from him.

As for the rest, I actually got very lucky for a change. I picked up Lav Sivrak, Wicket/Logray, and Biggs from Kay-Bee, and found all 4 of the Princess Leia packs at Wal-Mart. It was nice for once to actually NOT have to pay dealer prices on these for a change.

LusiferSam
08-27-2003, 12:17 AM
It was right about at this point were my luck start to run out. It started pretty good. I found the Princess Leia 2 packs in late March. I did buy all 4 because I like the cloth cloths better then plastic. Ewok Leia, Lak Sivrak, and Biggs got at varies points in. The Endor Rebel Soldier and General Lando in June and the Ewoks in July. So far all at Wal-Mart. Bespin Luke I never saw in any store. 11 months later I bought one from the Fan Club, the first of many I bought this way. As for the 3 packs, both were easy finds. I found Purchase of Droids at Kee Bee and the Final Duel at Wal-Mart.

darthzirock
08-27-2003, 01:17 AM
2/98 - Princess Leia in Ewok Celebration Gear, Endor Rebel Soldier, Luke Skywalker in Bespin Gear, Lando Calrissian in General Outfit, Biggs Darklighter, Lak Sivrak, Ewoks: Wicket and Logray.

Princess Leia Assortment: Princess Leia Organa and R2-D2, Princess Leia Assortment: Ewok Celebration Leia and Wicket, Princess Leia Assortment: Bespin Leia and Bespin Han Solo, Princess Leia Assortment: Ceremonial Leia and Ceremonial Luke.

Final Jedi Duel Three Pack: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader
and Emperor Palpatine, Purchase of Droids Three Pack: C-3PO, Luke Skywalker and Owen Lars.

As I remember this, it was pretty easy to find Lando, Biggs, and the Endor Rebel Soldiers. Ewok Celebration Leia was fairly difficult to find the first few weeks, but once the frickin' toy pirates were finished with their raiding parties, they started popping up (maybe about 3-4 weeks after initial release--of course, a year later they were everywhere, getting blown out the doors at TRU for $1.97!). Luke was pretty difficult up in NJ, as everyone wanted the new pop-off hand, hiney-kicked version of him! Being short-packed didn't help things out at all, either! Fortunately, the TRU Concept 2000 store got in a case just as I walked in. Unfortunately, the only Luke in the case had crossed eyes! I still bought him, but got a better paint-apped one a month or so later. Lak Sivrak took me a month of hunting to finally find, and the Ewok 2-pack I think I finally found at a Bradlees in late March.

Purchase/Droids I found right away at a K-Mart, but Final Duel took me at least 2 weeks to track down at a Kay-Bees. I really kinda hated to pay KB's inflated prices, but didn't want to risk missing it! I think I finally saw these in TRU in late April.

The Leia Collection was a funny animal. No one store ever had all four sets at one time upon initial release! I think the toy pirates were buying up all of just certain sets in different areas, based on perceived interest from collectors. I think K-Mart was the first store I saw any of them at--back when K-Mart was actually still in the running as a collector's hot-spot! ("Before the Dark Times ... before Martha Stewart!") I remember having difficulty finding a Han/Leia set until I finally spotted them at my favorite Bradlees that was out in the middle of nowhere on Route 10! Of course, after the initial collector and toy pirate frenzies, the Leia Collection rotted on the shelves as late as the release of Episode I figures!

plasticfetish
08-27-2003, 04:25 AM
This was a hot time. This was when the dam broke and I gave in to Hasbro in a big ugly way. Up until Bespin Luke, I had been strictly a loose collector. With the freeze frame cards and with the one that had "with detachable hand" stickered on the bubble ... I was stabbing push pins into the walls and hanging carded figures. I bought Bespin Luke pretty much right away, had it loose and wanted another one carded .... but couldn't find another one. (Grrrrr.) It was probably at about that time when I started looking around the Internet for fan sites with info about what was out and coming out soon. (Hello?) At this point also, my daily commute from work was nearly an hour and 45 minutes ... cool huh? Along the way, from one end of L.A. county to the other, I had scores of places that I could stop at to look for new toys. I remember wandering into a Target and finding all of the "Sealt-Marie" versions of these new figures waiting for me. All but Bespin Luke ... I found him later with the corrected "Sealt-Marae" version. I suppose it was at about this time ... what with me hitting so many stores and spending so much time looking to see what was available that I really started to notice some things being difficult to find. I found the Jedi Duel set and bought it right away ... never saw another one after that. Real happy that I bought it then, I like that set a lot. I passed on the Leia sets ... passed on a few things that I was able to pick up later on clearance. I was still trying lamely to have some self control.

I also remember at this time being seriously excited about something that was to be coming out very soon. If "with detachable hand" was good ... "with removable helmet" was gonna be great.

Jaff
08-28-2003, 02:46 PM
This is it, the moment we have been waiting for, and the figures most of us have been waiting for for several months now. The Darth vader wave was about to hit the market, and even though vader was 4 to a case he was very tough to find, or next to impossible.

3/98 - Ishi Tib
Captain Piett
Darth Vader with Removable Helmet
Zuckuss

In the media: Leonardo seems to be the big actor to talk about. Titanic is still #1 in the box office, and now his Man in the Iron Mask shares a spot in the top five grossers for the month. If your not looking for over drama, cutie boy movies than you can see U.S. Marshalls with Tommy Lee Jones. Madonna has released a new album, despite the lines on her face are more memorable than the lines in her music!

Jaff
08-28-2003, 02:49 PM
I am one of the very few who can say this wave was incredibly easy to find. I walked into Monarch Cards and Comics in Toledo on a Wednesday, and three boxes of figures containing this wave were just being priced. I bought two of each and could not believe how good they looked. Darth was incredible, and Zuckuss was beyond belief. For weeks, even years these two figures would be among my most prized possessions. I never saw Darth or Zuckuss on retail store shelves again, however I did see Ishi and Piett. In shows these figures were relatively common to see, but very over priced.

cdatkins
08-28-2003, 03:45 PM
This wave was easy for me to find too. I went into WM to find two cases of this wave on the pegs...picked up two of each and went on my way!

One of my DV's had a see through lightsaber, though.

The Bespin Luke and RH DV went very well together...

darthzirock
08-28-2003, 04:56 PM
3/98: Ishi Tib, Captain Piett, Darth Vader with Removable Helmet, Zuckuss.

Wanna hear something funny? I found all of these right away, except for Capt. Piett! For some reason, he was really hard to find, but I think I finally got him at a Caldor's in West Orange, NJ (although it might have been a K-Mart by then, as K-Mart bought out many Caldor's locations when they went belly-up).

Vader w/ Removable Helmet (and pop-off hand, too!) was the figure we'd all been hoping and wishing for since ROTJ opened in 1983! Now, I'd be a liar if I didn't say that, while I was really glad they finally made the figure, I was just the tiniest bit disappointed that the right arm didn't have wires sticking out of the wrist stump when you popped that right hand off! Yet, I still ended up buying SIX of the blasted things! :crazed:

Ishi Tib looked great, even if he was a blink-and-you-missed-him alien. Zuckuss was finally the actual Zuckuss from TESB, not a mis-identified 4-L0M as was the case in the vintage Kenner line!

Yes, the dreaded toy pirates had a field day pillaging the pegs at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, TRU, KB, Bradlees, and anywhere else that sold these figures! I saw Vaders going for $25; if I was at a flea market and saw a kid about to plunk down cash for an inflated Vader, I always tried to pull them aside and tell them, "I just saw these at (insert store name here) for $4.99--don't waste your money! You could get FIVE of these at that store for what this weasel wants for ONE!" Usually, the kid ended up buying it from the pirate anyway, not wanting to risk the toy not being there by the time they got to the store I had just named. On more than one occasion, though, they did take my advice--I only hope they got there in time! :sur:

plasticfetish
08-28-2003, 08:02 PM
I don't remember any of these, except maybe Piett, as being too terribly hard to find. I was having super luck at one of my local Targets at the time ... and yeah, I remember buying a bunch (5-6?) of Vaders. (I also remember taking all but two of them back and thinking ... hold on there guy, calm down ... it's great but you don't need that many of them.) I still don't have those other 3 figures. My buying was still sporadic and I probably kept saying ... "I'll get it next time", until I didn't see it anymore. In retrospect, I don't remember seeing Piett very often at all and it's one of a handful of figures that I'd still really like to own carded.

I've also never seen the movie Titanic.

tagmac
08-29-2003, 12:23 AM
Once again, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I picked these up from a dealer right away. Scalping was still so bad in my area, it was my best chance. Unfortunately, I ended up seeing all 4 at KB a few weeks later, but I think that was the ONLY time I saw them at retail, so I didn't feel TOO bad.

LusiferSam
08-29-2003, 12:41 AM
Well my luck continued to go down with this wave. Vader and Ishi Tib I did find at Wal-Mart in August. At the time I saw lots of both. As far the figure, for a long time I thought this Vader was one of the best done. Captain Piett I won't find until December and of all places at Disneyland (long story as to why I was there). They didn't charge me too bad, minus the sales tax (which we don't have in Montana) it was only about a dollar more then Wal-Mart at the time. Zuckuss I never saw in stores. I looked high and low for 4-LOM (vintage joke), but he never turned up. More then a year later I bought one off of eBay for a reasonable price.

fishyfett
08-29-2003, 01:48 AM
These were fairly easy to find when they first came out. However, if its a fight Wal-mart employees were looking for, they got it from me. I was at one Wal-mart pretty early and saw a stocker put a pallet of SW boxes by the aisle. I ask him if he can open one for me to look and he rudely said no. I'll just have to come back later. Hell, NO!!! As soon as he's gone, I crept into one of the boxes and behold, the figures I've been looking for. I want Zuckuss more than any of them cause he's magnificently sculpted, plus he completes the bounty hunter lineup. Later on, the stocker came back huffing when he saw what I did and called his boss. I had to fight both of them to keep my figures. This is too early to mess w/ me. And you don't want to get in between a desperate fan and his/her most sought after figures. So after an ugly exchange of words, I walked out w/ my prize. After the unpleasant incident left a bad taste, I didn't buy anymore duplicates. I should've gotten at least one more Zuckuss and Ishi Tib when they sold them for clearance. Afterwards, they all but disappeared. Never to be seen again, except in comic book stores and online. Still mad. :mad:

Jaff
08-29-2003, 05:08 PM
Good for you fishyfett, that stock boy was probably a scalper, and customer service is the religious word in retail, even though it is not always practiced. I clap my hands at your actions.

Kidhuman
08-29-2003, 05:15 PM
I found Vader and Zuckuss pretty quick. I kept looking at Zuckuss and thinking this is 4-LOM. I dont know if I have Piett though. I cant recall. I know I dont have Ishi Tib. The Vader at the time was the best Vader I had ever seen.(outdone by Dagobah Vader and EW Vader)

fishyfett
08-30-2003, 01:31 AM
Good for you fishyfett, that stock boy was probably a scalper, and customer service is the religious word in retail, even though it is not always practiced. I clap my hands at your actions.
Actually, I don't think he is a scalper. It's worse. A disgruntled employee who was probably tired and looking forward to going home before I ruined his day. Still, I felt there's really no need to be rude. I know I asked him politely, but wasn't treated the same in return. Doesn't matter now. People like him and that TRU stocklady during my C3-PO encounter only makes me more determined to keep on collecting. Remind me to recharge my Blastech P21 blaster next time I go hunting. Unruly stockpeople, 'Resistance (to my grin) is futile'. :D

Jaff
08-30-2003, 10:34 AM
After releasing the Imperial Collection 3 wave in March Hasbro took a break from releasing blister card figures. After all in the past 5 weeks they had released 11 figures not including the Leia Collection. So Hasbro released allot of new unique stuff to fill shelves with.

4/98 - Han Solo in Bespin with Millenium minted coin
Chewbacca with Millenium minted coin
Snowtrooper with Millenium minted coin
Gunner Station Han Solo with Falcon Gunner Station
Gunner Station Luke Skywalker with Falcon Gunner Station
Electronic Power F/X X-Wing Fighter

5/98 - Complete Galaxy: Dagobah with Yoda
Complete Galaxy: Death Star with Darth Vader

Current Events: Most film lovers were now going out in masses to be disappointed in Lost In Space (I liked it though), and Bruce Willis was equally unimpressing with his new film Mercury Rising. On television the Acadamy Awards has just wrapped and boosted the highest ratings. Also announced was the debate over Tim Allen's paycheck. It was forclosed that he made $1.25 million per episode. If he was a Star Wars collector he would have it made!

Jaff
08-30-2003, 10:39 AM
I passed on almost every piece mentioned when I saw them. The FX X-Wing was everywhere, but for $50, and a stationary figure in the Cockpit I passed. Later in 2000 when these vehicles were on sale at Toys R Us for $10.00 I picked one up. The Millenium Minted coin figures, and the Complete Galaxy with figure and planet concept elluded my interest as well, how many resculpts does one need!

The only thing I bought in May (out of collector boredom) was the Gunner Stations with Luke and Han. The figures had their head-gear, and Luke had his white belt, and these figures seemed like a different sculpt so I still have them in my collection. I threw the actual gunner stations away after I opened up the package.

At about this time I really focused on my 12" hunting.

fishyfett
08-30-2003, 11:24 AM
Never bought most of these. The X-wing, I got for $20. at KB. I bought the CG Vader cause its as close as it can get for a meditation chamber scene. And even though its not mentioned in the lineup, I got me the Cockpit Vader for his TIE fighter. I threw away the station. And that's it.

LusiferSam
08-30-2003, 01:33 PM
I wasn't unimpressed with the Millennium coins. And the Gunner Stations held no interests as they looked like less then half hearted attempt at a playset.
The CGs I did, but I was unimpressed by the so called map on each planet. And I did get the F/X X-Wing. All three I found at Wal-Mart in late July.

tagmac
08-30-2003, 02:43 PM
Picked up the FX X-Wing from TRU right away. Bought the gunner stations pretty quickly, too, as the figures were a bit different, and for once we were getting the correct Falcon quads. As for the Millenium Coin figures, I bought the Snowtrooper, but left the others. The Complete Galaxy Vader and Yoda I initially didn't bother with, but bought them a year later when KB had them on clearance.

Kidhuman
08-30-2003, 03:07 PM
I passed on all of them. I really dont get too many deluxes unless they impress me. I didnt like the gunner stations or the coins. I took a luittle break to focus on some bills I had topay off in this off period for me.

Jaff
08-30-2003, 03:23 PM
Quote from Fishyfett

And even though its not mentioned in the lineup, I got me the Cockpit Vader for his TIE fighter. I threw away the station. And that's it.

The Vader Gunner Station would be a late release in 9/98. This was a nice gunner, but for now we had to settle for the falcon stations.

darthzirock
08-31-2003, 01:39 AM
4/98: Han Solo in Bespin with Millenium minted coin, Chewbacca with Millenium minted coin, Snowtrooper with Millenium minted coin, Gunner Station Han Solo with Falcon Gunner Station, Gunner Station Luke Skywalker with Falcon Gunner Station, Electronic Power F/X X-Wing Fighter.

I passed on all of this stuff. I never saw most of the TRU coin figures (maybe I saw Han and the Snowtrooper once); the gunner stations seemed kinda lame; and the X-Wing was too big to fit in my collection, as well as being too expensive!

5/98: Complete Galaxy: Dagobah with Yoda, Complete Galaxy: Death Star with Darth Vader.

Picked up the CG Vader, because ... well, it's Vader! :cool: Saw the CG Yodas right away, too, but never bothered with it. Today, I kinda wished I'd gotten it, because I really like Yoda, too. The Vader I spotted right away, too, got him at a Wal-Mart. Months later, these things were still hanging around the shelves. In fact, I think you can actually still find them every so often at a KB or outlet stores.

Jaff
09-01-2003, 05:08 PM
After almost two months of buying nothing new stuff was released in June, and it was awesome. The two beast Assortments were stuff that was really remarkable, and the Bantha was something collectors have dreamed about for sometime. Although the blister figures were pretty much re-releases they were much needed to replace muscle Leia, and Luke (unless you had already purchased the Purchase of Droid three pack). The R2 and 3PO were superior sculps, but the R2 was the most common figure of this bunch in the near future.

6/98 - Luke Skywalker with Blast shield Helmet
C-3PO with removable limbs
R2-D2 with Datalink and Periscope
Princess Leia Organa
Bantha with Tuskin Raider
Rancor with Luke Skywalker in Jedi

Timeline: Although the X-Files and Truman Show are the big hits at the moment, Mulan and Dr. Dolittle are taking the #1 spot as far as revenue goes. Mad about You and Sienfeld are the top shows according to the nielsens, and the Soundtrack for City of Angels is the most bought album in the country right now.

Jaff
09-01-2003, 05:23 PM
I was very anxious in June to find some new stuff. Since I was caught up with everything I wanted back in April I was very bored and excited to find something new, much like a month ago with the horribly available 2003 line. At about this time I would travel to two toys r us, 2 Meijer's, my local comic shop, and 2 different targets twice a week. Yes I was that into finding the stuff then. Besides I didn't have a job then, my only income was on side jobs that got me about $500 a month, and my rent was cheap, my food was enough, and the rest was for SW.

So in mid-June I walked into my local comic book shop and found the Entire new Luke case. I bought two of each, and was excstatic despite the fact that they were rereleases. Then from the store I drove to Meijers down the street, and JACKPOT Bantha and Rancor in one shot. I have never had such luck finding everything on one day. Usually I have to make trips to find everything that's being released. That Bantha was godly!!!!

What a great time to be collecting at this time. It was magical.

tagmac
09-01-2003, 06:31 PM
I bought all 4 figures from a flea market dealer the first time I saw them, which was a good thing. I didn't see any of these figures in stores until more than a year later, when KB was getting tons of them in (at which time I bought a second C-3PO so I could display one standing, and the other in pieces).

The Bantha and Rancor I feared would be so popular, they'd be impossible to find by me, so I bought them as soon as my dealer got them in. Although I only paid an extra $10 for the two, I ended up finding them in TRU a few days later. At that point I decided that I would only buy figures from the dealer from then on, as they were hte only things being scalped regularly.

LusiferSam
09-01-2003, 06:48 PM
This wave came out in June of '98! I never saw any of the basic figures in stores, not one. In May of '99 I broke down and bought them with some others from the Fan Club. It was the only place that had them and wasn't going to charge an outrageous price.
The Beasts were a different story. I bought Bantha from a local toy store. The box was a little beat up and it was on sale, so I got a good deal. Rancor was a problem. I always saw one when was I traveling and the box was too big for my luggage. A couple years ago I did get one from Amok Time at a reasonable price.

darthzirock
09-02-2003, 02:58 AM
6/98: Luke Skywalker with Blast shield Helmet, C-3PO with removable limbs, R2-D2 with Datalink and Periscope, Princess Leia Organa, Bantha with Tuskin Raider, Rancor with Luke Skywalker in Jedi Gear.

Okay, this was a fairly easy assortment to collect. I know I got Luke, 3P0, and R2 right away. Leia might have taken me a few days, possibly even a whole week, to finally score. I picked up the Rancor/Luke set about a month later, after seeing it come and go a few times. Never did get the Bantha/Tusken set, because it was even bigger than the Rancor and I just knew I wasn't going to have any place to put it!

cdatkins
09-02-2003, 09:45 AM
6/98: Luke Skywalker with Blast shield Helmet, C-3PO with removable limbs, R2-D2 with Datalink and Periscope, Princess Leia Organa, Bantha with Tuskin Raider, Rancor with Luke Skywalker in Jedi Gear.

This was one of the first waves that I had a hard time finding.

At this point in my life, I basically lived right next to a Wal-Mart, and would hit it every morning on my way to classes (right after they stocked too). I NEVER found this wave at Wal-Mart, and wouldn't find it at all until around October or November of 1998 at Hills.

The creatures I found pretty quickly.

Kidhuman
09-02-2003, 12:14 PM
I never found 3PO or R2 in this wave. But it didnt matter as I still have the vintage 3PO w/ limbs. R2 never bothered me because they are still making him. Each one has a new feature. If Hasbro wants to impress, make a 12" R2 with all the features that have come out so far.

fishyfett
09-02-2003, 01:47 PM
I found all these figures right away. Bought them on the spot, too. The Bantha is a delightful addition. No expense was spared to make this toy life-like. It was the Ephant Mon of its time. Though not as cheap and hard to find. The new Leia is better than the first one, despite her weird thumbs. All in all, these are nice figures. Till the next lineup. :D

plasticfetish
09-02-2003, 03:18 PM
I found/saw all of these pretty quickly also. Luke might have been a little harder to come by, but not much. I passed on the bigger sets, didn't want to spend the money at the time figuring that I'd find them on clearance later. Never did end up getting them ... wish I'd gotten the Bantha with Raider, never did see them on clearance I think.

TheDarthVader
09-02-2003, 04:02 PM
Unfortunately, I took some time off from collecting during the release of these figures. I do not know why. I had the money and a job...I just didn't buy these figures. I went back about 2 years ago and picked all of these up on ebay. The prices were not bad either! I know have everything here! A member of this board sold me bantha with tusken raider X 2 one loose with box the other in box as well as a loose Rancor with Luke and bone (no box). The price was not bad at all. I suspect he was able to get these on clearance. Anyway, I have enjoyed these figures...the rancor is awesome! The bantha is actually easily over-looked but was "well done" (in my opinion). Anyways, the figures below were very easy for me to find and I enjoy them immensely!

Luke Skywalker with Blast shield Helmet
C-3PO with removable limbs
R2-D2 with Datalink and Periscope
Princess Leia Organa
Bantha with Tuskin Raider
Rancor with Luke Skywalker in Jedi

Jaff
09-03-2003, 08:57 PM
In July some very rare stuff was released. The rarity of some of this stuff at that time parallelled waves like Ashla and Jempa, and the rest of the 2003 stuff. The Ree Yees and Death Star Trooper were initially released in a case with just 2 Death Star Trooper, 2 Ree Yees, 2 Darth removable, and 1 of each of the Ishi Tibb, Captain Piett, Zuckass. There were a few other really standard blue slide figures, but this was the case that also had the really rare AT-ST Driver and Sandtrooper slide figures. The case only circulated for July and August, and was quickly dwarfed by Collection 1 figures. The Wampa with Luke was severely rare because once again it was issued with repacked beast assortments. The good news was that for those of you who missed the Luke with Tauntaun beast pack, it was now more common thanks to the Wampa's release.

7/98 - Ugnaughts
8-D8 with Torture Rack
Ree Yees
Death Star Trooper
Oola and Salacious Crumb (Star Wars fan club exclusive)
Jabba’s Dancers three pack: Rustall, Greeta, and Lyn Me
Wampa with Luke Skywalker in Hoth Outfit

In Entertainment Saving Private Ryan is causing veterans to cheer and cry, and for those not interested in realism or drama Lethal Weapon 4 is out and Armageddon is showing just how far one liners and explosions can grab audiences. In the news GM is on strike, and is costing the company $75 million a day.

Jaff
09-03-2003, 09:04 PM
The Ugnaughts, 8-D8, Jabba's Dancers were a breeze to find. They showed up at my local Northtowne Toys R Us, and I was quite overjoyed and surprised because it was the first week of July. Oola also popped up in the mail, and I was very stoked to have her! She was just fabulous. The Luke and Wampa was impossible, I had to order the set from one of my dealer friends who I had a credit with.

The worst of this bunch was the Ree Yees wave. I went out weekly, and one week I even went so far as to take a trip for two hours checking out stores in Lima. I went in the store and saw the Tattoine Sandtrooper, AT-ST Driver, and allot of other blue card figs. I was bummed that I missed the wave, and bought a Sandtrooper, and passed on the AT-ST. :frus: After I bought the Sandtrooper I cracked it open. :cry: Not knowing that in a few months it would value past the $100 mark.

Finally in August at the Toledo Omegacon show I found Ree Yees and the Death Star Trooper for $15 each. I paid up and smilled, because in the end it was worth it. These figs would sell through the fan club a year later for around that price. It was a mess trying to get this wave.

tagmac
09-03-2003, 09:37 PM
I was pleasantly surprised with the first two figures. I found the Ugnaughts in KB, and within a week found 8D8 at TRU. Unfortunately, the rest were nearly impossible. I ended up buying The Luke/Wampa and Jabba's Dancer's from the flea market (the only time they ever had the wampa there). In got the Death Star Trooper there shortly after, but Ree-Yees almost eluded me. I was on my way out, and decided to stop at the flea market at the last minute. Sure enough, one dealer had a single Ree-Yees left, so I immediately bought it. Oola and Salacious Crumb I got pretty quickly, ordering it as soon as it became available.

Kidhuman
09-03-2003, 10:02 PM
I found all with ease except the fan club exclusive. I didnt have a comp.so I never joined the fan club. I picked them all up except for Lukeand the Wampa. I saw it once and never got it. Most of the three packs I picked up on clearance from KB for like 7 dollars.

darthzirock
09-04-2003, 12:28 AM
7/98: Ugnaughts; 8-D8 with Torture Rack; Ree Yees; and Death Star Trooper -- I found all of these within about a week of each other, although I think I got the Uggies and 8D8 at Bradlees, and Ree Yees and the DS Trooper at Wal-Mart.

Oola and Salacious Crumb (Star Wars fan club exclusive) -- I ordered like three of these the first time around, then ended up ordering a 4th when the price got cut from $12 to $7.99! One of them is even autographed by actress Femi Taylor (who, I must add, is even sexier when not painted bright green!).

Jabba’s Dancers three pack: Rystall, Greeta, and Lyn Me; Wampa with Luke Skywalker in Hoth Outfit -- Yup, I really had to hunt for both of these! The 3-pack I finally snagged -- sometime in August, I think -- at a Wal-Mart. I picked up another two like a year later when KayBee was blowing them out the doors for $9.99 to make way for Episode I stuff. I'm pretty sure I got the Wampa/Luke set at the TRU Concept 2000 store in Parsippany, NJ. Just got one, because it was all I ever saw!

And weren't these all pretty darned cool figures??? Man, I can't remember if it was still Kenner or not back then, but these were really decent figures!

fishyfett
09-04-2003, 01:58 AM
Man, this wave gave me the run for my money. All were fairly easy to find. Until I passed up on the DS Trooper at TRU cause he had a bent up card. I bought Ree-Yees though, his card is not as bad. From then on, it was a living nightmare trying to recruit another DS Trooper. It went on and on, till I finally caved in and bought him and another Ree-Yees at the Fan Club, for a dear price. You had to buy them both. To this day, I still have the first Ree-Yees w/ the bent corner. I ended up buying the Saga DS Trooper Target exclusive just for being upset. :mad: So I can open one up without messing with the FF version.

All the others I had no problem. I bought the Wampa w/ Luke over the Mynock Hunt scene cause I have no need for another Bespin Han, Hoth Leia and Chewie Chewie. Another bad move. I ended up buying the scene pack from good ol' Fan Club, once again!! I hate being a completist. But it's in my blood. :D

LusiferSam
09-04-2003, 12:26 PM
Again I never saw these basic figure in stores. 8D8 and the Ugnaughts I bought off of eBay in April of '99 after looking high and low for months. Now somebody correct me if I'm wrong but I thought Hasbro canned the DS Trooper and Ree-Yees very soon after their release. Then a few months later the Fan Club pick them up as an exclusive. In any case I did get my DS Trooper and Ree-Yees from the Fan Club in the spring of '99. Oola and Salacious Crumb I did get in the fall of '98. I think mine arrived in later September or early October. Jabba’s Dancers I'd find in DisneyLand that December. And the Wampa I'd buy from Entertainment Earth in April of '99 only to see them in TRU a week later.

fishyfett
09-04-2003, 02:35 PM
Now somebody correct me if I'm wrong but I thought Hasbro canned the DS Trooper and Ree-Yees very soon after their release. Then a few months later the Fan Club pick them up as an exclusive. In any case I did get my DS Trooper and Ree-Yees from the Fan Club in the spring of '99. You're quite right, Sam. Not only that, but Kenner also canned the AT-AT Driver, Hoth Leia, DS Droid, Pote Snitkin (and the entire EU line :frus: ). Only to surface later on, as SW Fan Club 2-pack exclusives. So we both lucked out on this one. :happy:

darthzirock
09-05-2003, 02:32 PM
FishyFett and LusiferSam, you're getting ahead of yourselves! Just an FYI, though, the EU figures weren't canned--these figures were released to retail outlets, because that's where I got all but 2 of them.

cdatkins
09-05-2003, 04:15 PM
I found all of this wave fairly easy...my mom found DST and Ree Yees at a KMart...Luke and Wampa was an easy find too.

fishyfett
09-06-2003, 01:09 AM
FishyFett and LusiferSam, you're getting ahead of yourselves! Just an FYI, though, the EU figures weren't canned--these figures were released to retail outlets, because that's where I got all but 2 of them. Whoa there, buddy Zirock, Sam had nothing to do with it. I was the one who mentioned the advance info. Didn't mean to, though.

As for EU figures getting canned, well I called Kenner and that's what I was told. I couldn't find these figures for months after seeing them released in magazines. That's when I called in and got the surprised reply. You wanna hear something weird?? After I got all my EU from the Fan Club, I found an EU Thrawn and Luke two weeks later at clearance in Target. Funny how that always happens. :D

Ooopps!! Sorry, got ahead of myself again. Dang it!!!!! Later, Z. :)

Jaff
09-06-2003, 12:06 PM
For those curious about the details on the DST and Ree Yees case, here is the exact list of the assortment, and what was in the case:

July 1998
Assortment 69705.26
2 Death Star Trooper
2 Ree-Yees
2 Darth Vader Removable Helmet
2 Stormtrooper
1 Captain Piett
1 Zuckuss
1 Ishi Tib
1 Stormtrooper Hoth Gear
1 Emperor Palpatine
1 AT-ST Driver
1 Tatooine Stormtrooper
1 Darth Vader

This wave was released only in July 1998, and Hasbro cancelled the DST and Ree Yees because they had several more waves to release that year and wanted to push the New Expanded Universe figures, and Flashback carded figures later in 1998. With only 5 more months in the year, and a new Col 1 assortment scheduled for August Hasbro nixed the Slide wave in a hurry. This is why the Pote Snitkin wave which was scheduled originally for a October release became floating in the air (like the Wal-Mart Ktik Ktak figures). Later negotiations with the Fan Club opened up an opportunity to nab these figures. A funny thing was during the rest of the year in 1998 the DST and Ree Yees were marked with a value of $50 on the card. It dropped significantly in early 1999.

Let's go on with our next month

In August 1998 Hasbro released the last official retail slide figures. Although many collectors vainly searched for DST and Ree Yees Hasbro purposefully started shipping less figures to stores, and held the majority of ther figures in their warehouses. The August (Mon Mothma) wave was the foremost of those held. After making a deal with Toys R' Us, most of these figures would be sold off in late 1999, and that was why these figures were dominantly on the shelves around that time. Thus in 2000 all of the overproduced collection 1 wave were everywhere. Hasbro's reasoning at this time was to hold back on slide releases so that they could thin out some shelves for their upcomming releases of EU and Flashback figures for the final quarter of the year. The 12" line was pushing forward with an exclusive doll comming out practically every month, and Hasbro decided to keep this trend with the 3 3/4 line. This month they released the highly anticipated Droopy McCool, and Sy Snootles Band two packs. These figs hit wal-Mart quickly, but Hasbro decided not to release Max Reebo until the end of the year to create high anticipation for that particular pack. This annoyed many collectors who could buy the first two band members but not the coolest one of all. The ploy did not work, as will be seen in November 1998.

8/98 - Lobot
Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty
Orrimaarko “Prune Face”
Mon Mothma
Droopy McCool and Barquin D’an deluxe 2-pack
Sy Snootles and Joh Yowzah Deluxe 2-pack

In theaters There's Something About Mary is the hot ticket. For those not interested in gross out jokes Ever After, and The Negotiator were some good choices. In music Snoop Dog's new Album Da Game.... is number one in the charts.

Jaff
09-06-2003, 12:08 PM
I had no Wal-Mart in Toledo, Ohio so I had to turn to one of my dealer friends to hook me up with the two-packs. They charged an enormous ammount towards my credit but it seemed like the only way I was going to obtain the figs. The Orrimarko wave was fairly easy. I seem to remember getting these at Meijers all at once.

fishyfett
09-06-2003, 12:59 PM
Let's go on with our next month

In August 1998 Hasbro released the last official retail slide figures. Although many collectors vainly searched for DST and Ree Yees Hasbro purposefully started shipping less figures to stores, and held the majority of ther figures in their warehouses. The August (Mon Mothma) wave was the foremost of those held. After making a deal with Toys R' Us, most of these figures would be sold off in late 1999, and that was why these figures were dominantly on the shelves around that time. Thus in 2000 all of the overproduced collection 1 wave were everywhere. Hasbro's reasoning at this time was to hold back on slide releases so that they could thin out some shelves for their upcomming releases of EU and Flashback figures for the final quarter of the year. The 12" line was pushing forward with an exclusive doll comming out practically every month, and Hasbro decided to keep this trend with the 3 3/4 line. This month they released the highly anticipated Droopy McCool, and Sy Snootles Band two packs. These figs hit wal-Mart quickly, but Hasbro decided not to release Max Reebo until the end of the year to create high anticipation for that particular pack. This annoyed many collectors who could buy the first two band members but not the coolest one of all. The ploy did not work, as will be seen in November 1998.

8/98 - Lobot
Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty
Orrimaarko “Prune Face”
Mon Mothma
Droopy McCool and Barquin D’an deluxe 2-pack
Sy Snootles and Joh Yowzah Deluxe 2-pack

I got all these at retail as soon as they were out. Thank God. :cool:

Kidhuman
09-06-2003, 01:38 PM
The only ones I didnt get were the 2 packs of the band members and Chewie. The rest were found with ease. Never saw the others.

LusiferSam
09-06-2003, 01:46 PM
Yet another wave of basic figures I never saw in stores. And yet again I bought them from the Fan Club in May of '99. I'm rather jealous that so many of you were finding these last couple of waves so easy when I was having no luck.
But I did find the Droopy McCool and Barquin D’an 2-pack and Sy Snootles and Joh Yowzah 2-pack in January of '99 at Wal-Mart.

darthzirock
09-06-2003, 04:53 PM
8/98: Lobot; Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty; Orrimaarko “Prune Face”; Mon Mothma; Droopy McCool and Barquin D’an Deluxe 2-pack; Sy Snootles and Joh Yowzah Deluxe 2-pack.

I think I got all of these as soon as they came out. The basic figs were Bradlees finds, while the 2-packs I got at the Route 1 Wal-Mart in Middlesex, NJ.

Lobot was fairly straightforward, with a nice, neutral pose. Chewie looked better than any previous figures of him--the sculpting on his fur was nicely detailed, and the chain hung nicely from his throat. Mon Mothma, of course, really didn't look all that exciting, but it did a good job of capturing a passing likeness to the actress that played her. Orrimaarko was definitely the best of the bunch, here, with really nice sculpting and paint apps.

The Max Rebo Band 2-packs had awesome detailing! Like many collectors, I wasn't aware that the Max Rebo figure itself was being held back, and was going nuts hunting for it! At the time, we only had the one Wal-Mart in my area of NJ, and I was hitting it at least once a week, if not more often! I wouldn't find the final Rebo 2-pack until early 1999, when I moved from NJ to North Carolina. In NC, there were like 5 Wal-Marts all within a half-hour's drive from my apartment, including one that was just five minutes up the road! :D The funny thing is, I only ever found the one Rebo 2-pack on the pegs, the one that I ended up buying! It wasn't too long after this that Wal-Mart moved all the leftover band 2-packs to the clearance aisle to make way for Episode I toys!

Jaff
09-07-2003, 01:26 AM
Quoted by Darthzirock

Lobot was fairly straightforward, with a nice, neutral pose. Chewie looked better than any previous figures of him--the sculpting on his fur was nicely detailed, and the chain hung nicely from his throat. Mon Mothma, of course, really didn't look all that exciting, but it did a good job of capturing a passing likeness to the actress that played her. Orrimaarko was definitely the best of the bunch, here, with really nice sculpting and paint apps.

I have to agree that Orrimaarko was the best of this wave, but my second love was Mon Mothma. She was a figure never seen before, and I love new unseen figs. However I still have no love for "disco" lobot. He looks like he's doing the gig!!! :crazed:

tagmac
09-07-2003, 02:12 AM
I ended up buying all the figures in this wave from one of the dealers ay my flea market. I never saw the Droopy McCool or Sy Snootles 2-packs at retail, and I didn't see Cheiwe, Lobot, Mon Mothma, or Prune Face until 2000, when they were flooding KB stores. Even so, I was glad I'd bought them from the dealer, cuz I never expected to see them at retail in the end.

cdatkins
09-08-2003, 01:00 PM
I ended up getting all these figures through the JC Penney catalogue.

Jaff
09-08-2003, 02:49 PM
In September 1998 most collectors (even the 12" collectors) were getting a short respite. In 1998 SW toys were being pushed out of production faster than ever, and on average about 5 items were being released a month. Although the 3 3/4 line was getting only 4 items in September, most were not that highly anticipated with exception to the very ellusive Mynock Hunt Three pack. This three pack had allot of trouble hitting the shelves because it came in a case with Jabba's Dancers, Final Showdown, and Purchase of Droids Three packs which were clinging to shelves. So retailers did not order much of these three packs, so they too sat in warehouses. Later Kay Bee bought most of these three packs and put them on clearance in 2000 for $10 in their stores. However in 1998 and 1999 if you wanted to buy the Mynock Hunt three pack from anywhere besides retail shelves, it's going value was $50.00. After dealer prices and shipping it was a costly thing to get!
October was a little different though. The final sets to the complete galaxy line was out, and although many were looking forward to the new Ewok in the set it turned out that the fig was nothing more than a Wicket repainted and with a hole in his back. The Millenium Falcon Carrying case with Scanning officer was also a hot comodity in 98/99, and although the case was little value to many, the rare figure was.
But the good news for EU fans was that the Grand Admiral Thrawn wave was now out. The new packaging was readily accepted and impressed many, and although sales were not stellar for these figs, the rarity of many of them still demands much respect in the collecting community. Many of these figures still retain triple+ their value today!

9/98 - Luke Skywalker in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin
Princess Leia in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin
Mynock Hunt Three Pack: Chewbacca, Han Solo, and
Princess Leia with Mynock
Gunner Station Darth Vader with TIE Fighter Cockpit

10/98 - Grand Admiral Thrawn
Imperial Sentinal
Luke Skywalker from Dark Empire
Leia Organa Solo
Clone Emperor
Kyle Katarn
Mara Jade
Spacetrooper
Darktrooper
Complete Galaxy: Endor with Ewok
Complete Galaxy: Tatooine with Luke Skywalker
Millenium Falcon Carrying case with Imperial Scanning Officer

Current news for the time was that Calista Flockhart has just entered a clinic for treatment of her anorexia causing immediate shut down of her show Ally McBeal causing serious problems for her show and the studio that supported it. In theaters the pickings are not greatly appealing: Currently in the top ten is Antz, What Dreams May Come, Rush Hour, A Night at the Roxbury, Ronin, Urban Legend, There's Something About Mary, One True Thing, Saving Private Ryan, and Simon Birch. Where was Sci-Fi when you needed it at this time. Thank god for SW figures. In music the top performers are Jay-Z, Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and N'Sync according to the pop album charts!

Jaff
09-08-2003, 02:57 PM
9/98 - Luke Skywalker in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin
Princess Leia in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin
Mynock Hunt Three Pack: Chewbacca, Han Solo, and
Princess Leia with Mynock
Gunner Station Darth Vader with TIE Fighter Cockpit

I hunted for two months for the Mynock, and finally buckled, going through one of my dealer buds. The Darth Vader TIE Fighter Cockpit I ignored, but the two coin figures I decided to buy even though I passed on all the other ones. The Leia and Luke were far superior renderings than the one's that came with the Speeder Bike, and my loose collection was my priority!

10/98 - Grand Admiral Thrawn
Imperial Sentinal
Luke Skywalker from Dark Empire
Leia Organa Solo
Clone Emperor
Kyle Katarn
Mara Jade
Spacetrooper
Darktrooper
Complete Galaxy: Endor with Ewok
Complete Galaxy: Tatooine with Luke Skywalker
Millenium Falcon Carrying case with Imperial Scanning Officer

All the EU figs I just showed no interest in. I saw all of them on the shelves a few times, but only during October and November. These had a real short shelf life. The Spacetrooper, Dark Trooper, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Clone Emperor were appealing to me but I passed on them thinking that if I bought one I would want them all. At this time I had read every single SW book to date, and I knew who the characters were. Still I thought most of the books were lame, so I passed on the figs because I didn't really accept the books that much. Sorry EU fans!

I found both of the Complete Galaxy figures very easily and I bought the Endor (passed on Luke) happily only to find out that the figure really stunk, and had a hole in it's back. I actually threw this item in the garbage. :frus: However I was quickly appeased when I found a lone case with Scanning officer at Toys R' Us. Man I loved that figure. I bought an extra case through a dealer just to have two of them holding a scanning box!

Kidhuman
09-08-2003, 03:07 PM
Didnt pick up any of them. The EU stuff I had no interest in(although after reading a few books, I wish I had a few of them) and the rest I didnt care for except the Mynock hunt which I never saw

tagmac
09-08-2003, 07:32 PM
I found cockpit Vader and the Ewok and Luke Complete Galaxy figs in KB and picked them up right away. Was a little disappointed with the Ewok, but was excited to finally get the Sarlaac in toy form, even if it was in such a limited state. I picked up MMC Luke and Leia in TRU, as I, too wanted better versions than the speeder bike versions. I had one of my rare extreme luck moments with the scanning crew trooper. I was in Target, and found three of the Falcon cases on the shelf. Bought one right away. Interestingly, I never saw it again, not even from dealers at shows.

The Mynock hunt was another story. I bought from my regular dealer the one time he had it. I don't think I ever saw it in KB when they had all the other 3-packs on the shelves months later. The EU figures were also a pain. Aside from finding a Luke, Clone Emperor, and Mara at Target several months later, I never did find these at retail. I bought Luke, Mara, Leia, Clone Emperor, and Kyle Katarn from the same dealer. Weeks later, I found out Katarn was among the rarest ones, so I was glad to have it. For some reason (don't know if it was money or stupidity), I passed on the darktrooper and space trooper. A couple weeks later, he got the space trooper in again, and I bought it. The darktrooper almost made me panic, as the fan club had sold out of it, and it seemed to be the rarest one. Thankfully, within a month, the dealer got one in, and held it for me til I picked it up. At the time, that was the toughest wave for me to complete.

LusiferSam
09-09-2003, 12:17 AM
Well I start with the stuff that I skipped, which were the coins and gunner station. They didn't interest me then and they don't interest me now.
The Mynock Hunt and EU figures I never saw in stores. Around March of '99 Fan Club had all the EU figures but Thrawn, so I bought them on the spot. Thrawn I would get off of eBay a few weeks later. The Mynock Hunt I would also get from the Fan Club, but that was the summer of '99.
The Complete Galaxies were hit and miss. Tatooine I'd find in Canada on a ski trip in December of '99. And Endor I'd never see in stores. Two years I bought from one of the sponsors. The only real luck I had was find the new version of the Falcon case. I picked one up at Wal-Mart in January of '99.

LusiferSam
09-09-2003, 12:27 AM
A quick last thought, did we skip the STAP? I know they came out in the fall of '98. And I'm very sure I got mine in early October.

plasticfetish
09-09-2003, 01:23 AM
Going back a bit and then forward ...

From July '98, Ree Yees and Death Star Trooper I never got (may never have seen them.) Wampa with Luke I didn't find or get. Ugnaughts, 8-D8 and Jabba's Dancers turned up at Target eventually.

Found the Sandtrooper Freeze Frame at a K-Mart, was pretty happy because I had passed on it the first time around ... so I took it home and cracked it open. Found out a short while later that I'd never see another one ... and that I probably could have turned up an older version pretty easily. That K-Mart probably had the AT-ST driver also, but I'm sure I passed on it because I still wasn't too fond of the "big chest" figures. (Duh.)

August '98, found Chewbacca, Orrimaarko and Mon Mothma ... super happy with all. Passed on Lobot. Never saw the Droopy McCool or Sy Snootles sets ... pretty sure it's because at that point we had no Wal-Marts near by, (boy has that changed!) Did get Max Rebo later.

September and October '98, I never cared about and passed on the Millenium Coin stuff. Mynock Hunt Three Pack, I wanted and never saw. Vader Gunner Station wasn't too easy to find at first ... but that's something I'd wait too get on clearance anyway. Complete Galaxy sets could also wait until they went on clearance. The Falcon case with Imperial Scanning Officer I passed on ... like a dope (another big chest figure I didn't want, 'cause I figured we'd have gotten a better one by now.)

The EU figures were extremely hard to find around here. I assume that they were either simply not around or being scalped pretty hard. I had (and still really don't) very little knowledge of who the characters were. I'd never read any of the stuff, but was really interested in the idea and in the packaging style. It was unique ... I wanted to see them, but only ever found/bought Thrawn and the Clone Emperor. Oh well.

darthzirock
09-09-2003, 03:04 AM
9/98: Luke Skywalker in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin; Princess Leia in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin; Mynock Hunt Three Pack: Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Princess Leia with Mynock; and Gunner Station Darth Vader with TIE Fighter Cockpit.

Got the MMC Luke & Leia right away at the TRU Concept 2000 store in Parsippany, NJ. I passed on the GS Vader originally, until he was reduced to like $5 at TRU in 1999. Never saw a Mynock Hunt 3-pack at retail anywhere, and I just wasn't about to pay $50-$75 for it from scalpers or online stores. The thing is, it must have been produced in extremely low numbers, because I just never even heard of it being spotted at KB in my area after they bought the remaindered stock on it.

10/98: Grand Admiral Thrawn; Imperial Sentinal; Luke Skywalker from Dark Empire; Leia Organa Solo; Clone Emperor; Kyle Katarn; Mara Jade; Spacetrooper; Darktrooper; Complete Galaxy: Endor with Ewok; Complete Galaxy: Tatooine with Luke Skywalker; Millenium Falcon Carrying case with Imperial Scanning Officer.

Got all of the EU figures at Target except for Kyle & Darktrooper. Ordered those from the Fan Club as 2-packs, thereby getting extras of Luke and Thrawn (as well as the Fan Club's Vader ID badge). Thought the Endor CG looked terrible, but I picked up the Tatooine one. Never saw the 2nd version of the Falcon case with the Scanning Officer, and I wasn't about to buy another case that wouldn't even hold figures just to get a figure of a blink-and-you'll-miss-them character. (At least Wedge was in all three OT films!)

I was really shocked at how the EU figures never caught on. The books and comics and games were all hugely popular--I myself was a big fan of Dark Horse's Dark Empire series. The Clone Emperor figure was awesome--it almost looked like a younger version of the pictures of Ian McDiarmid as Senator Palpatine that were hitting the Net around that time. The Spacetroopers were actually briefly seen outside the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope--The Special Edition, but they still got dissed by the majority of the collectors! Too bad ... had the EU figures done well, just think of all the cool figures we might be complaining about not being able to find now! :D

Jaff
09-09-2003, 07:31 AM
Quoted by Lucifersam

A quick last thought, did we skip the STAP? I know they came out in the fall of '98. And I'm very sure I got mine in early October.

It's quite possible you could have got your STAP in late October Lucifersam. The STAP was released in the second week of November to coincide with the Episode I preview that was playing with Bug's Life. Sometimes, very rarely some stuff gets out very early. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones to pick up one earlier than it's release date. It doesn't happen much, but it is possible!

Kidhuman
09-09-2003, 07:54 AM
I got my STAP as well in October. We were in Oneonta for a Hallowen party and it was at the Wal-Mart there so I got it.

OC47150
09-09-2003, 08:55 AM
I saw the mynock hunt once in the store. One corner was buggered but I bought it anyways. Never saw it again.

My only beef about MMCs was the packaging. At my TRU, almost all of the boxes I saw had diagonal slices from where the boxes were cut open either at the store or the warehouse. That made finding a mint MMC a chore.

Jaff
09-10-2003, 01:32 AM
In November fans were buying tickets to A Bugs Life to see the first preview of Episode I. The preview was perhaps one of the coolest sights on screen at the time, and Hasbro was taking advantage of that. They released the STAP to cross promote excitement for the film, and were ready to push out a new Flashback package concept for the month of December. The final wave of Coined figures were finally released, but did not generate enough excitement to continue the line, but the STAP was accepted immediately by anxious fans. Hasbro shipped this item heavy anticipating a big demand and although sales on the piece were better than average for a vehicle, it did clog shelves for several months.
The Max Rebo band member pack was finally inserted in band member cases at Wal-Mart, but now Max was quite in demand. Hasbro shipped this figure with the older band member sets which were still hanging abundantly on shelves. Thus it was very hard for Wal-Mart to make room for the new bandmember (This was an ode to Ephant Mon). Although the figure was not overpacked in cases it did obtain immediate value. However this quickly died in 2000 when Wal-Mart could finally sell off more Droopy and Sy sets to augment space for the Max sets.

11/98 - Emperor Palpatine with Millinium minted coin
C-3PO with Millenium Minted Coin
Sneak preview: STAP with Battle Droid
Max Reboh and Doda Bodonawieedoh Deluxe 2-pack (Wal-Mart
Exclusive)

This list was intentianal small because I did not want to insert the month of December for this session. The month of December boosted over 12 new items!

Of course we're all checking out the preview of Bug's life at this time, but are any of you going to the movies to see films like Meet Joe Black, I Still think I choulc have known what you did last summer but didn't care to ask. Enemy of the State was a very popular movie at the time, but the best following for a film at this time was Adam Sandler's Waterboy!

Jaff
09-10-2003, 01:37 AM
I easily found the coin figures but passed on the figs entirely. The STAP was also an easy find but I passed on it to because I was not yet sure if I wanted to collect the prequel toys. Currently I was collecting 12", every vehicle, and 2 of every blister card figure to open and keep in package. If I went Episode I it would be a very big commitment for the next few years. I never purchased the STAP preview figure!
There was no way I was going to mess around with the Max Rebo figure, as I thought it would be impossible to find. Once again I had no Wal-Mart in Toledo, so I ordered it right away through one of my dealer friends. Arguably this was the best of the three sets even though I was particularly fond of the Doda Badawehdo set.

darthzirock
09-10-2003, 03:35 AM
11/98: Emperor Palpatine with Millinium minted coin; C-3PO with Millenium Minted Coin.
Passed on both of these. The only MMC figs I ever thought were worth getting were the Endor Luke & Leia, which I got when they first came out. Palpy and 3PO with coins just didn't do it for me.

Sneak preview: STAP with Battle Droid; Max Rebo and Doda Bodonawieedoh Deluxe 2-pack (Wal-Mart Exclusive).
Had no trouble finding the STAP--they were everywhere! Max Rebo I wouldn't find until February of 1999. I moved from New Jersey to North Carolina in January 1999, and there were tons of Wal-Marts in NC, as opposed to the one I had access to in NJ! Still, it was an exhaustive hunt for this final 2-pack. I found one and only one, bought it, and never saw another. About two weeks after I found mine, Wal-Mart started just getting rid of the Rebo Band Pairs! You'd walk in the store one day and they'd still be there, then go in the very next day and they'd all be gone! Creepy ... :eek:

TheDarthVader
09-10-2003, 01:31 PM
Prune face- got it from Brian's toys for a reasonable price when it was a *hot* figure. I never tried to find it in stores because I had taken a break from collecting and I no longer looked for toys.

Lobot--Same story as above...in the end got him off ebay for $1.99 plus s&h.

Chewy Boussh's bounty--same story...ebay...$2-4...

Mon Mothma--same as above $2-4-

Luke Skywalker in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin--never saw it. might have bought it
Princess Leia in Endor with Millenium Minted Coin--never saw it...might have bought it
Mynock Hunt Three Pack: Chewbacca, Han Solo, and
Princess Leia with Mynock--ebay after this pack "cooled" down...I think I paid $15 plus s&h
Gunner Station Darth Vader with TIE Fighter Cockpit--found it...was not interested even though I am a big Vader fan...do not want it now...not a bad set but I'd rather have CG vader (complete galaxy)

Kidhuman
09-10-2003, 01:55 PM
The only thing I got was the STAP. I never saw the 2 pack of the band or I would of got it. No interest in the coin thingies.

LusiferSam
09-10-2003, 02:35 PM
Again I skipped the coins. Max Rebo and Doda Bodonawieedoh I'd find in January of '99 (with the rest of the band) at Wal-Mart. I'll respectful disagree with Jaff's release data for the STAP and simple say I bought mine at a TRU shortly after it was released. My finding of the STAP was the first time I'd find something not long after its release data, rather than waiting months for one to show up.

tagmac
09-10-2003, 11:46 PM
I picked up the STAP in TRU, as they were quite easy to find. I skipped on the MMC Emperor, but couldn't find C-3PO at first. Being shiny with the silver leg made it a sought-after figure, and I ended up buying it at a collectibles show. I never saw Max Rebo/Doda B. at retail, and bought from a dealer at my flea market.

Jaff
09-11-2003, 10:30 AM
December was one month that surprised everyone. For the past three years Hasbro released main package changes to the beginning of the year, and although everyone expected the Flashbacks to arrive in early 1999, it was a shock to see these on the shelves during the first week of December. Most Flashbacks were pretty common thanks to Hasbro's efforts to thin out shelves. The Muftak and Kabe 2-Pack was mainly being shipped out at about this time, as was the mail away Mace Windu sneak preview figure. Unlike older three packs the Jedi Spirits, and the Classic Cantina were not that hard to find as Hasbro really wanted to push the availability of the Flashback line. However only one item this month was super hard to get and that was the Tauntaun with Han Solo. Hasbro stopped producing the Han quickly after the Wampa was realeased, and beast sales were down. Rather than continuing massive production they stopped, and packed what they made in cases for final shipping. Even today many have never seen the Han and Tauntaun and is considered very rare!

12/98 - Darth Vader (3rd sculpt)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (2nd sculpt)
Luke Skywalker with Tatooine Hat and Binnoculars
Yoda (2nd sculpt)
Hoth Chewbacca
Princess Leia in Ceremonial Gown
R2-D2 with pop up lightsaber
Emperor Palpatine with force lightning
Muftak and Kabe 2-pack (Star Wars Fan club exclusive)
Sneak preview mail away: Mace windu
Jedi Spirits Three Pack: Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, and Ben Kenobi
Classic Cantina Three Pack: Zutton, Labria, and Nabrun Leids
Tauntaun with Han Solo

In theaters Star Trek Insurrections is disapointing fans, and films overall were generally dissapointing with choices like You've Got Mail, Shakespeare in Love (what was the big deal with this lame movie?), Psycho, and Stepmom. However there were two popular cult movies at this time that eased the holiday film pains. One was the humorous Office Space, and the other was the teen scream/sci-fi horror film The Faculty.

Jaff
09-11-2003, 10:38 AM
When I walked into my Franklin Park Toys R Us in early December I could'nt believe my eyes. There were so many figures to pick up. I grabbed one of every one, and then doubles of the one's I planned to open which were Ben, Hoth Chewie, Yoda and Luke. Later I regretted not picking up an emperor during 2000, and during that time he was rather hard to find. I finally got another emperor around 2001 through my buisness Scene 70.

The three packs were surprisingly easy to find. I picked them up and adored the jedi spirits. The Classic Cantina figures were o.k. with exception to the wonderful Nubrun Lieds.

My Muftak and Kabe arrived on December 2nd, a notable date in my life, but the Mace Windu was never ordered by me. Once again I was still debating whether or not I was going to collect Episode I stuff. Thank god they released this figure in their first wave of Episode I stuff, or I may have missed this one. It's funny how many Mace's there are today compared to it's release in late 1998.

The Han and Hoth I got through one of my dealer friends in December 98. I knew how rare it was going to be and I traded in $65 + shipping in credit to get it. The price was crazy, but I have never seen one of these on a shelf.

Kidhuman
09-11-2003, 10:41 AM
12/98 - Darth Vader (3rd sculpt)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (2nd sculpt)
Luke Skywalker with Tatooine Hat and Binnoculars
Yoda (2nd sculpt)
Hoth Chewbacca
Princess Leia in Ceremonial Gown
R2-D2 with pop up lightsaber
Emperor Palpatine with force lightning
Muftak and Kabe 2-pack (Star Wars Fan club exclusive)
Sneak preview mail away: Mace windu
Jedi Spirits Three Pack: Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, and Ben Kenobi
Classic Cantina Three Pack: Zutton, Labria, and Nabrun Leids
Tauntaun with Han Solo

Some of these I passed on seeing how I had them already. Since I am a MOC collector I thought I would never find Mace. I was in a collectors shop and saw himfor 30 dollars(price of 5 fig and shipping)so I got him. I got the Leia and Luke as there were tons of them at TRU. Vader I got also along with the emperor. I didnt get Kabe and Muftak since I didnt have a computer to order one and wasnt a member of the fan club. I never saw Solo or R2. The 3 packs I got on clearance about a year later at KB.

cdatkins
09-11-2003, 02:24 PM
I found all of these fairly easily. The biggest problem at this time was getting enough receipts together to send in for the Mace Windu. I think you had to send in receipts showing proof of purchasing like 4 figures, and I couldn't find a NEW figure for the life of me. I think it was the Luke Blast Shield wave (which I finally found) that allowed me to send in for the Mace.

Back to a previous wave: the EU figures were pretty tough to find but I got about half of them at the Fan Club, which was a great resource back in 98-99 for tough to find figures. Too bad you can't use them anymore...

tagmac
09-11-2003, 06:38 PM
I picked up the Jedi Spirits and Cantina Aliens from a dealer pretty quickly, but it took me months for him to get in the one Han/Tauntaun that I bought. I only saw it once at retail more than a year later, in a game stop store. I ordered and received Kabe/Muftak and Mace right away.

The other figures marked the first time in two years that I'd found the entire wave at retail in one shot. I walked into TRU one day, and saw what looked like the remnants of new figures, the way the pegs were half empty. On a whim, I decided to go back the next day when they opened, since I had a day off from work. I walked over to the section, and did a double take, as the new Ben Kenobi fig was staring right at me. I looked up, and there was the new Darth. I then started looking through the pegs and found one each of Luke, Ceremonial Leia, R2, Hoth Chewie, Yoda, and The Emperor. I was actually in a bit of shock, as I couldn't believe I'd actually scored the whole wave, even more so because there was only one of each on the pegs at the time.

darthzirock
09-12-2003, 12:30 AM
12/98: Darth Vader (3rd sculpt); Obi-Wan Kenobi (2nd sculpt); Luke Skywalker with Tatooine Hat and Binnoculars; Yoda (2nd sculpt); Hoth Chewbacca; Princess Leia in Ceremonial Gown; R2-D2 with pop up lightsaber; Emperor Palpatine with force lightning.
I remember being pleasantly surprised at seeing these figures. Vader looked really powerful, and at last could hold his lightsaber with both hands! Obi-Wan was pretty cool, too. The only ones that weren't plentiful were R2, the Emperor, and Yoda, but I was lucky enough to score all of them at once in a Bradlees out on Route 10.

Muftak and Kabe 2-pack (Star Wars Fan club exclusive); Sneak preview mail away: Mace Windu.
Earlier in the year, Hasbro had done two mail-away offers for the Stealth-Mode Predator (clear plastic) from their Aliens vs. Predator line, as well as a 2-pack of armored Batman & Superman figures from their Superman: The Man of Steel line. Both of these required register receipts as well as proof-of-purchase seals, plus $1.99 shipping and handling. Y'know what? I sent them the 4 proof-of-purchase seals and my checks for $1.99 for each offer, but no receipts--and I got my figures anyway! So, it was exactly the same with Mace Windu; I sent the p-o-p seals & the shipping check, and got my figure without the register receipts. Kabe & Muftak I ordered through the mail--you could print out an order form off the Internet and send it in along with your check. But, weren't these guys StarWars.Hasbro.com exclusives, like the B'morr Monk, and not Fan Club exclusives?

Jedi Spirits Three Pack: Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, and Ben Kenobi; Classic Cantina Three Pack: Zutton, Labria, and Nabrun Leids; Tauntaun with Han Solo.
As I recall, the Jedi Spirits 3-pack was just slightly harder to find than the Classic Cantina one, but I got them both pretty quick. Han & Tauntaun I searched and searched for, but I never saw one except at a flea market in South Jersey that wanted $100! Noooooooooo flippin' way!!!

Also going on at this time was prep for my big move from NJ to NC. We would be leaving on New Year's Day 1999, so it was kinda tight, hunting for toys at the same time as packing to move. Glad to say, I didn't miss anything other than the impossible-to-find Han & Tauntaun!

LusiferSam
09-12-2003, 02:47 PM
Something weird happened to me with this wave, I found stuff pretty easily. Luke, Leia and the Emperor I found at Wal-Mart in January. As side note these would be the last basic figures I'd find in stores until the Episode 1 figures were released. Vader, Obi-Wan, Chewy and R2 I'd buy from the Fan Club later that spring. The Jedi Spirits and the Cantina three packs I got a Wal-Mart in March of '99. The Tautaun I got very lucky on. I never saw one in stores, but Entertainment Earth was sell a two pack of the Tauntaun with Han and the Wampa for under $40.00. So that was less the $20 for each of them. I bought a Mace Windu off eBay for around $15 in May or April, but later that summer the Fan Club send me one for free. And final I got Muftak and Kabe from the Fan Club.

fishyfett
09-12-2003, 08:10 PM
Strangely enough, I found all these fairly easy. However, I felt uneasy because I still haven't seen any EU figures, which I want to complete. I knew this is the end of Kenner's SW line with Hasbro's taking over. I got all of these before I got my EU figures. Vader is awesome cause now he can hold his saber w/ both hands. Ditto w/ Kenobi. The upraised hood was a plus. Bought 2 of each. Opened one of each and posed them on my computer. I'll take this Kenobi figure over all the other Kenobis. Hoods rule. Speaking of hoods, the Emperor is so cool with all that lightning crap. And even though Chewie looks like pigeon's bullseye in the middle of Central Park, I bought him as well for his icing.

The Han w/ Taun, I found one time in Wal-mart. Snagged it right away. Never seen it again. Whew.....

3-packs were all plentiful as well.

Jaff
09-13-2003, 07:54 PM
With Episode I toys less than one month away Hasbro was relesing less and less during the 1st quarter to help thin shelves out for the big day in April. Fans were still hunting now more than ever. In January Hasbro released a retooled Sandtrooper with white pauldron in the Cantina Diorama playset. This playset was a paper playset that was at one time a Fan Club exclusive. In February the long anticipated Pote Snitkin wave was shipping out from the fan club. These figures were originally the last collection 3 wave of the slide line, but were released as an exclusive. In 2000 the Fan Club starting having financial troubles and Wizards of the Coast bought out the club. In an effort to clear out the inventory in the Fan Club they sold all of the remainder figures of this wave to Toys R' Us. When early 2001 hit these figs could be found on Toys R Us shelves for just $1.99. What a steal. Naturally these only stayed on the shelves for a short time. Perhaps the rarest figures of this time were the Aunt Beru Wave. Not a tremendous ammount of these figures were made because of the upcomming Episode I line, but there were still plenty to be found. The problem was not many found this wave on the shelves, dealers were the real sources for this wave!

1/99 - Cantina Diorama playset with White pauldron Sandtrooper

2/99 - Death Star Droid with Mouse Droid (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)
AT-AT Driver (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)
Pote Snitkin (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)
Princess Leia in Hoth Gear (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive)

3/99 - C-3PO with shopwear detail
Aunt Beru with Treadwell Droid
Anakin Skywalker

In entertainment the first pictures of Episode I are starting to show up in all kinds of magazines as the excitement builds. Also in the news hollywood has just announced that Jim Carrey will be playing the Grinch, Spider Man is finally going to make it into theaters, and that Charlies Angels would be spurned into a film. In theaters Analyle This is #1 with crap films like Wing Commander, Deep End of the Ocean and Carrie 2: The Rage are competing for unnecessary film stock of the year award!

Jaff
09-13-2003, 08:07 PM
The Cantina Diorama was too easy to find. It was at almost every store I visited during these times.

The Pote Snitkin wave I allready had before the Fan Club started placing orders. My contacts in Germany, and through dealers allowed me to get in touch with a fellow who got stuff straight from Hong Kong who traded heavy on tri-logo pieces!!!!! I knew back in April 1998 that with Episode I stuff comming, the fall figure line up would be hard to get. Since Darth w/removable Helmet wave was rare, and Ree Yees was impossible this wave would have to be hard to get. So I asked this fellow to look out for the Pote Snitkin wave. Sure enough in late July 1998 he found them, and I bought 2 of each for $15 a piece. I actually got this wave before the Death Star Trooper. For awhile this guy would help me find vintage trade deals, and foreign figs, mainly the Japanese 8" figs, but the pote wave was the real prize for me since I was into the new stuff. Man it was awesome having these figs so early. It would be like if I you just got the General Riekan figure today!!!!

The Aunt Beru wave was fairly easy for me to find because I was starting to learn how to guess the market. When Hasbro released figures for Episode I, I knew that stores would have to stock new figs on their shelves for Classic films because they were getting bare. When they opened their doors everyone was looking at the new Episode I stuff, while I went straight to the POTF stuff to grab 2 Beru's and one of the 3PO, and Anakin. It worked out pretty good!!!

But the real jolt is Episode I stuff, coming on my next post!

tagmac
09-13-2003, 08:54 PM
I had no trouble with this wave. Ordered Pote Snitken, Hoth Leia, Death Star Droid, and AT-AT Driver from the fan club and got all 4 pretty quickly. Found C-3PO and Anakin at TRU, ubt had to get Aunt Beru from a dealer, as well as the Cantina w/ Sandtrooper.

fishyfett
09-13-2003, 08:59 PM
All the FF figures here I had to buy from the club. Thank God for them. Gave me a chance to round out my FF lines.

Cantina Sandtrooper, well I found him at a flea market 1 year after he was released. I paid 4 bucks for it. Didn't care much about the diorama. But I want the trooper w/ the patrol droid.

Flashback Beru, Anakin and 3-PO, I found these real easy. But never seen them in great numbers afterwards. About time for Aunt Beru to have a figure that's not charbroiled. Someone else can have that BBQ version.

darthzirock
09-13-2003, 11:08 PM
1/99: Cantina Diorama playset with White pauldron Sandtrooper
Found this everywhere, but didn't finally pick it up until KB had them reduced to like $4.98 after the release of Ep. I.

2/99: Death Star Droid with Mouse Droid (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive); AT-AT Driver (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive); Pote Snitkin (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive); Princess Leia in Hoth Gear (Star Wars Fan Club exclusive).
Got the lot through the Fan Club, but $10 per figure (plus shipping! :mad: ) was a ridiculous price to pay! I don't think I'd ever do it again.

3/99: C-3PO with shopwear detail; Aunt Beru with Treadwell Droid; Anakin Skywalker.
Found 3PO & Anakin right away, but it took a bit of hunting to find Beru. Once again, the Route 10 Bradlees saved my hide!

Kidhuman
09-13-2003, 11:15 PM
Out of all these I only got Beru and Anakin. Fairly easy finds at TRU.

LusiferSam
09-14-2003, 02:20 AM
The Cantina playset I'd find pretty easy at TRU in late January or February. I was very unimpressed after I bought it. The Pote Snitkin wave I did get from the Fan Club right away because I felt that all the figures but the AT-AT driver were must haves. I already had a driver for my AT-AT but I figured the cockpit holds two, so why not. 3PO and Anakin I found at Wal-Mart in late May. And Aunt Beru I'd never see in stores, but got from the Fan Club.

Jaff
09-15-2003, 11:29 PM
Well it's the first week of May, and by now most of us are going to see the Matrix several times. The real question is how could we handle our every day lives thinking about anything but the 2 biggest days of the year for us. The first was the upcomming release of the toys on Monday, May 3rd, 1999, and the other was the Theatrical release date for Episode I. So what was it like for you at 12:01 a.m. on May 3rd, 1999, or did you miss the big event.

On a side note I am really stunned that only a dozen or so folks on this site was collecting at this time because that's about all the folks that have responded to it. Is this true? Are there only a few veteran collectors on this site or are some of you a little shy to share your tales? If you don't want to post your thoughts just submit a private message to me, because believe it or not we do want to hear your experiences too? Sharing our pride and failures at collecting only heightens our nostalgia!

5/3/99 - Darth Maul
Anakin Skywalker
Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Padme Naberrie
Queen Amidala
Jar Jar Binks
Battle Droid (4 paint types)
Watto
Darth Sideous
Gasgano and Pit Droid
C-3PO
Ric Olie
Senator Palpatine
Boss Nass
Chancelor Valorum
Mace Windu
Ki-Adi Mundi
Deluxe Darth Maul with Lightsaber action
Deluxe Qui-Gon Jinn with Lightsaber action
Deluxe Obi-Wan Kenobi with Lightsaber action
Kaadu with Jar Jar Binks
Opee with Qui-Gon Jinn
Naboo Fighter
Anakin Skywalker with Podracer
Sebulba with Podracer
Sith Speeder with Darth Maul
STAP and Battle Droid
Trade Federation Droid Fighter
Naboo Accessory Set
Sith Accessory Set
Tatooine Accessory Set
Commtech Reader

Jaff
09-15-2003, 11:34 PM
I took my camera at 12:01 a.m. awaiting to be shuffled in, and when I went in it was a dream come true. Collectors big and small, smelly and clean were laughing, sharing finds, and standing next to dump bins while employees were pouring out fresh new cases of SW figs in front of them! :crazed: It seemed that the employees were having fun with it too! Even today as I reflect on that day I admire how nice it was. It seems so far from the way it is today. It was annalogous to a fairy tale. But it was a good fairy tale. The best part of the fairy tale was that everything released was way too easy to find. Now that's a dream I would like to wake up to nowdays!

As for all the stuff I picked up two of every carded figure, 1 of every vehicle, but I skipped the Accessory sets, and the Commtech reader. I might have picked up the Commtech reader but Toys R Us had a display reader that I tried out to see just how bad the sound chips were.

After my initial Midnight run at Reynolds rd Toys R Us in Toledo, I wanted to bath in the magic for a little while. I drove up to my Monroe Toys R Us on the way hame just to stare at the full pegs for a little while longer. Even though the store was dead at 3 a.m. it sure felt alive to me! :happy:

TheDarthVader
09-16-2003, 12:19 AM
Beru was like a thorn in my side for a while. I could not find her anywhere. I ended up getting her off ebay for a reasonable price. When I got her, I was so glad to finally have a Beru in my collection. She is probably my favorite flashback figure.

All of the EpI items were easy to find. Although I was not in any store at 12:01am, I was still able to find most everything I wanted. It was a great sight when I laid my eyes upon the new red Episode One cards. The design was cool and I like it from day one. The figures were a little pricey for what some of them offered. Nonetheless, I still bought them and have every EpI figure on card to this day. I love my EpI collection. Some of the harder to find EpI figures I got off ebay or traded the holiday C-3PO/ R2-D2 for three hard to find figures (ie TC-14, R2-B1, holograph Sidious). Anyways, that is my story........ :)

tagmac
09-16-2003, 05:48 PM
I picked up all of the Ep. 1 figures available at the Midnight Madness in TRU except for Darth Maul. It seemed every idiot in there had to buy 5-6 of him, and so there were none left. I ended up going to KB the next morning at 6am, and got one right away.

I didn't need another STAP, so I skipped that, but I did get Maul with the Sith Speeder. Also picked up the Naboo Fighter, both Anakin's and Sebulba's podracer, the Trade Federation Droid Ships, and the Comm-tech reader at midnight.

I skipped out on the beasts initially, but bought them months later when they were on sale. Over the next week, I also managed to complete the set of 4 Battle Droids.

The deluxe figures and accessory sets I skipped entirely.

Kidhuman
09-16-2003, 06:22 PM
I got most of the figures that night at midnight madness. Me and my friend Jim went there, each armed with a shopping cart. We filled themupwith action figures and went off to a corner of the store and sorted through them. I got about 15-20 figures that night along with the Opee. I picked up the rest of it over the nextfew weeks. I never saw the Kaadu, no interest in deluxe or accessory packs. I also never got a comm tech reader. The one figure on that list that eluded me for months was Ki-Adi-Mundi. I put himback that night due to lack of funds and didnt see him again for months. I finally got himat a comic shop(paid 20 bucks for him). And the next week I saw him everywhere.

I remember thjat night somewoman came upto us and asked if we got a baby Skywalker. She grabbed like 10 of him and gave me one of them. That was a fun night. The store was packed with people. Another friend of mine Brian was there with his grandfather. His grandfather was/is a scalper. I was so irked that they were there too. He bought almost 1000 dollars of stuff that night just to sell on Ebay. Aint that something.

tagmac
09-16-2003, 10:50 PM
Where do you think most of the 3 3/4" AND 12" Mauls ended up? That's why they were so tough to find, especially the 12" one.

darthzirock
09-16-2003, 11:01 PM
5/3/99: Darth Maul; Anakin Skywalker; Qui-Gon Jinn; Obi-Wan Kenobi; Padme Naberrie; Queen Amidala; Jar Jar Binks; Battle Droid (4 paint types); Watto; Darth Sidious; Gasgano and Pit Droid; C-3PO; Ric Olie; Senator Palpatine; Boss Nass; Chancelor Valorum; Mace Windu; Ki-Adi Mundi; Deluxe Darth Maul with Lightsaber action; Deluxe Qui-Gon Jinn with Lightsaber action; Deluxe Obi-Wan Kenobi with Lightsaber action; Kaadu with Jar Jar Binks; Opee with Qui-Gon Jinn; Naboo Fighter; Anakin Skywalker with Podracer; Sebulba with Podracer; Sith Speeder with Darth Maul; STAP and Battle Droid; Trade Federation Droid Fighter; Naboo Accessory Set; Sith Accessory Set; Tatooine Accessory Set; Commtech Reader.

No way was I even going to attempt to deal with the Midnight Madness thing! Went the next morning to Wal-Mart down the road and got everything I wanted, no problem! I got all the basic figures, but only picked up one of the Battle Droids. Of the Deluxe figs, I only bothered with Darth Maul, as I didn't care for the action features on Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan. Passed on all the beats and vehicles, too, except for the Sith Speeder. Plus, I already had the STAP in the Episode I Preview box, so I didn't need a second. I got all the accessory packs, too, as I liked the idea of having extra lightsabers and handles.

I was told at Wal-Mart by a collector who had been there at midnight that it was really pretty sedate. No frenzies, no fights, and not even that big of a crowd. Our local TRU didn't stay open too much past 2 AM, either--there just wasn't that big a crowd. Our mall-based KB didn't do the midnight deal, but the KB Toyworks out by the movie theaters said it was quiet, too. Man, if they only knew just how long those huge quantities of Midnight Madness figures would be haunting the pegs & shelves!!! :crazed:

OC47150
09-17-2003, 08:29 AM
Midnight Madness '99. What memories!

My friend and I arrived back in town from attending Celebration 1. It was about 11:30 p.m. or so. My dad was there to pick us up since we didn't have a car. There were about a dozen or so other SW fans on the flight from St. Louis to Louisville, and there was a mad dash to the baggage carousel to get luggage. Most of those guys were going to the closest TRU, about two or three miles away, while my friend and I went to the Clarksville, Ind., store, which was closer to home for us.

The crowd at the Clarksville store wasn't as bad as the Shelbyville Rd. TRU, which was the high-volume TRU in my area. My friend grabbed a cart and we threw figures into it and went down a side aisle to sort through them. I bought just the basic figures and bought extras later.

LusiferSam
09-17-2003, 11:28 AM
12:01 am 5/3/1999, I was in bed. Reason one, I had class the next day. Reason two, because I was going to school in Boulder, CO and I figured with extra fans in the area I won't even try.
I finally went to Wal-Mart in search of the mother load a few weeks later. Of the basic figures I found all but Darth Maul and two of the Battle Droid variations. The three of these I got have the Fan Club. Months later I would see of them in stores. Both Beasts and all the vehicles but Sebulba's Podracer I bought on this trip to Wal-Mart. For some odd reason I never Sebulba's Podracer in stores and also got that from the Fan Club. The Accessory Sets I'd get from Amazon and the Commtech reader from Wal-Mart.

Jaff
09-18-2003, 11:20 AM
Star Wars Episode I is out in theaters, and just to enjoy the event further I got a second job at a theater to experiance opening night. It was a blast, and for the months to follow I seen it nine times. Perhaps one of the coolest movies released this great summer was Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, I could not help laughing at this movie several times. Other big movies in June were South Park, Big Daddy and Instinct. But on the toy side of things May was a really slow month. June however offered three more figures, a three pack and 2 larger accessory sets.

5/99 - Jabba Palace Diorama with Han Solo in Carbonite

6/99 - Captain Tarpals
Ody Mantrell and Pit Droid
OOM-9
Mos Espa Encounter Three Pack: Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and
Anakin Skywalker
Flash Cannon
Gungan Energy Ball Set

Jaff
09-18-2003, 11:22 AM
The three figures were really a dime a dozen, and were no challenge to get. This was the same for the Mos Espa Three pack, which I only bought for Sebulba. The Podracer Sebulba figure did not look good outside of his podracer. I passed on the Flash Cannon and Energy balls as they did not really demand my attention.

LusiferSam
09-18-2003, 12:29 PM
Jabba's Palace I found pretty easily at Wal-Mart.
As for the basic figures, I had trouble finding them. All three of these I got from the from then Fan Club because they had them in stock when I was ordering some other POTF figures. Before the end of the year I would see all of them in stores. Mos Espa Encounter I got from eToys, but saw lots of them on stores shelves.
Now as for the Gungan Catapult and Flash Cannon, I'll again respectful disagree with your date and said that I did buy them. It was late December on my trip to Canada. The catapult looked like something from TPM, but I'm still not sure what or where the Flash Cannon goes. Oh well I never said I was immune from impulse shopping.

Kidhuman
09-18-2003, 02:09 PM
5/99 - Jabba Palace Diorama with Han Solo in Carbonite

6/99 - Captain Tarpals
Ody Mantrell and Pit Droid
OOM-9
Mos Espa Encounter Three Pack: Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and
Anakin Skywalker
Flash Cannon
Gungan Energy Ball Set


I passed on the Palace diorama. The three figs found easy enoought at TRU. Got the 3 pack somewhere(dont remember where) and passed on the rest.

OC47150
09-18-2003, 02:39 PM
My buddy bought Jabba's palace diorama at an exorbinate price at Celebration 1 since it was hard to find in my area. I held off and found it on clearance at Target later that summer.

darthzirock
09-19-2003, 12:43 AM
5/99: Jabba Palace Diorama with Han Solo in Carbonite. Believe it or don't, but this was very hard to find in western North Carolina. Eventually, a bunch of them popped up a year later at KayBee, marked down to $4.98. Jumped on one the first day they came in, and never saw another one again. When I went back 2 days later to pick up a second one (wanted the Han figure for a custom job), they were all gone! :(

6/99: Captain Tarpals; Ody Mantrell and Pit Droid; OOM-9. These showed up at Wal-Mart in large quantities, but the scalpers were getting them at 6AM! I think I finally got them at a small Wal-Mart up in the NC mountains, where there weren't nearly as many collectors or toy pirates!

Mos Espa Encounter Three Pack: Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and Anakin Skywalker; Flash Cannon; Gungan Energy Ball Set. These never appealed to me. The 3-pack can still be found in some KayBee stores, marked down to $7.98 or so. :rolleyes:

Jaff
09-19-2003, 01:23 AM
I totally forgot about the Jabba Palace Diorama set. It took me two years to get this set. I didn't get it until I found it on clearance at Kay Bee in spring 2001.

plasticfetish
09-19-2003, 03:55 AM
Time to try and catch up. Going back to November with Max Rebo and the STAP ...

I ended up with Max Rebo because my wife spotted him a Wal-Mart that had opened out in the desert some place. This would have been maybe the second time ever that she would buy me a Star Wars toy ... I was pretty darn happy to have it. When the Stap hit the shelves, I grabbed one instantly ... I was getting excited about the episode 1 toys.

December ...

Never saw and don't own the Tauntaun with Han Solo (would have liked one, still do.) Found everything else easily ... the Flashback stuff was exciting. I ordered 2 Maces, and was very excited about Sam Jackson as a Jedi.

January to March ...

Death Star Droid, AT-AT Driver, Pote Snitkin and Leia in Hoth Gear I didn't buy for some reason. Probably figured that I'd "buy them later", but never did (weird.) Aunt Beru and Anakin Skywalker I found at TRU ... there where a bunch of each, but someone had folded a corner on each card. Cool huh? I managed to find one of each in good shape from a case that had just been opened. Very nice.

OK! Episode 1 ...

No midnight madness for me. I had work very early the next morning and I figured that there wouldn't be a shortage on the new stuff anyway. Luckily I was right. Walked into a KB in lovely Sherman Oaks the next morning and found pegs full of figures. I honestly only purchased a few figures at first, C-3PO was a must have. I tore it open in the car like a big dork and he rode on my dash for a while until he started to melt a little. Over the next week or so, my commute home at night would be punctuated by frequent stops at TRU, KB, K-Mart and Target. I'm pretty sure the only things I didn't buy where ... the Deluxe figures, the Kaadu and Opee sets, the Naboo Fighter and Anakin with Podracer.

June ...

saw it all, bought some of it. OOM-9, Captain Tarpals, Ody Mandrell ... the rest I could buy later if I wanted. Much excitement looking for 12" figures also at this time ... found my Darth Maul at a K-Mart! No muss no fuss.

tagmac
09-19-2003, 04:12 PM
I picked up the Jabba's palace diorama from a flea market, but found Tarpals, OOM-9, and Ody Mandrell in one shot at Target. Picked up the Mos Espa Encounter at TRU, but skipped on the flash cannon and energy balls.

Jaff
09-20-2003, 10:33 PM
July brought us the crappy Blair Witch Project movie (did anyone honestly enjoy this film?), more junk films from this time was Eyes Wide Shut and Wild Wild West. If you like popular movies you could see American Pie, or Deep Blue Sea, but honestly not much good was new this month in theaters. Although I saw all the movies above I wanted to go see SW again instead. Despite the movie choices there were some new figures, and they were anything but dissapointing.

7/99 - Yoda
Rune Haako
Nute Gunray
Destroyer Droid
R2-D2

Jaff
09-20-2003, 10:35 PM
These were too easy to find, but when I first saw them: WOWWW! Rune Harko and Nute Gunray were better than expectations, and the Destroyer Droid was great too. I picked them all up at Toys R' Us with ease.

fishyfett
09-20-2003, 11:59 PM
Never did get crazy with this Ep1 plague........got them all easy. Got tired of staring at them in the stores. Wait till we get to the tail end of this line........... :frus:

tagmac
09-21-2003, 01:34 AM
I found Rune Haako and Nute Gunray at Electronics Boutique, and found R2 and Droideka there a week later. I also found Yoda there...only he was sitting in the stockroom, and I saw from the open door. When I asked if they had any more figs than what was out, they lied to me and said no...the worker also closed the door. I ended up picking up Yoda from a dealer a couple weeks later for $15, worth it as I didn't see one at retail for a couple months.

plasticfetish
09-21-2003, 03:09 AM
July brought us the crappy Blair Witch Project movie
Hahahahahahaha! (Yeah, that was a complete rip off.)

Anyway ... found and bought all of those figures with ease. Rune Haako and Nute Gunray are some of my favorites.

darthzirock
09-21-2003, 03:47 AM
7/99: Yoda; Rune Haako; Nute Gunray; Destroyer Droid; R2-D2. These were easy finds at Wal-Mart.

Wow ... it sure feels odd typing that sentence these days!

Yes, "The Blair Witch Rip-off" ended up as my Litmus Test for retards. Anyone that said to me, "Oh, I was so scared by that movie!" automatically got the Scarlet R branded on their foreheads. Scared by what, exactly?! Overuse of the F-word? Non-existant plot and the worst cinematography in history? No, what was truly frightening about TBWP was just how many morons were suckered into thinking it was real! "Oh, but I saw a documentary about it!" Hello! It was on the frickin' Sci-Fi Channel, you boneheads!!!

Thus endeth the rant ... for now.

LusiferSam
09-21-2003, 05:34 PM
I would see all of these figures in stores for a long time, I did the dumb thing and bought them from the Fan Club. Again it was because they had figures that I was looking for when ordering others.

Kidhuman
09-21-2003, 06:32 PM
Again, all in one fell swoop at TRU.

Jaff
09-22-2003, 07:25 AM
In August 1999 we had the complete comfort of going into almost any store and finding anything we wanted. Everytime I heard that something new was out I would just walk into a store and would buy it without effort. My attitude towards hunting at this time was "I'll go to the store when I get a chance, the new stuff will be there!" Yet because of this period we would soon get a bitter taste of impossibility for upcoming waves that would appear at the begginning of the year 2000. For the August releases the only thing hard to find was the extremely ellusive Accessory Sets. Many stores were still clogged with the old Sith, Tatooine, and Naboo sets and did not opt to order anymore. Thus Dealers charged an arm and a leg for these sets.

8/99 - Darth Maul (Tatooine)
Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Naboo)
Queen Amidala (Coruscant)
Anakin Skywalker (Naboo)
Underwater Accessory Set
Tatooine Disguise Accessory Set
Hyperdrive Repair Accessory Set
Flash Speeder
Theed Hanger with Qui-Gon Jinn and Battle Droid
Theed Generator Complex with Battle Droid

Although we all don't seem to think much of The Blair Witch Project it is still playing strong in theaters (nabbing over $80 million to date. Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin has just been released, but the real cult hits are Mystery Men and the magnificent Sixth Sense! Hollywood has just announced that they have casted parts for the X-Men film, and Robert Downey Jr. is not satisfied with making million of dollars and being a film star, so he has just been sentanced to three years in jail as a result of his childish drug problem. Boy I wish I had his problems (minus the drugs of course).

Jaff
09-22-2003, 07:27 AM
I bought the Flash speeder, and all of the figs. I was very pleased with this assortment. The obi-wan and qui-gon are the best in this line. The maul was cool for the time, but was later replaced by the soft goods, and exclusive k-Bee version. As for the Amidalla she rocked, the anikin I could really care less. Nice cloak, I keep looking for it in the movie! As for the accessory sets and the playsets I passed on them, they just weren't my bag baby! Did I mention that I found these very easy! :happy:

Kidhuman
09-22-2003, 11:26 AM
Well, I got the figures and the Theed complex w/ droid. All were relatively easy to find. Passed on the acc. packs

darthzirock
09-22-2003, 12:57 PM
8/99: Darth Maul (Tatooine); Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo); Obi-Wan Kenobi (Naboo); Queen Amidala (Coruscant); Anakin Skywalker (Naboo); Underwater Accessory Set; Tatooine Disguise Accessory Set; Hyperdrive Repair Accessory Set; Flash Speeder; Theed Hanger with Qui-Gon Jinn and Battle Droid; Theed Generator Complex with Battle Droid.

The basic figures were easy pickings at Wal-Mart, although Target, KayBee, K-Mart, Toys 'R' Us, all had them, too. I passed on the Flash Speeder, as I don't get vehicles (usually). Passed on the Theed Hanger playset, too, although it looked pretty cool. Never, ever saw the second wave of Accessory Sets, anywhere--I always thought they got cancelled until I started seeing them listed online at ungodly prices! Yes, this would be the start of an alarming trend: old things on shelves preventing new product from ever even reaching retail outlets!

tagmac
09-22-2003, 09:20 PM
I walked into KB one night, and found one each Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Amidala on the shelf. I almost gave up, but decided to check behind some boxes, and found a Maul that someone had hidden. For the next couple days, I went nuts looking for Anakin, thinking I'd overlooked him the first night. However, Hasbro decided to release him a couple months later as the only new figure in the case. I bought him from my usual dealer, and never saw it at retail until about a year later when TRU started getting tons of that case in. I skipped the Flash Speeder, playsets and accessory sets completely.

LusiferSam
09-23-2003, 12:21 PM
Anakin and Queen Amidala I found at Wal-Mart. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul I'd buy from eToys, but I would see lots of them in stores. The two playsets I also got from eToys. The Theed Generator Complex I'd see lots of at Wal-Mart months later, but never saw the Theed Hanger in stores. The Flash Speeder was an easy find at Wal-Mart. The accessories set were a little hit and miss. The Underwater and Tatooine Disguise sets I got at eToys, but would see later in stores. The Hyperdrive Repair set I'd never see in stores, but got at Amazon or the TRU web site (what ever they were in '99).

TheDarthVader
09-23-2003, 04:06 PM
8/99 - Darth Maul (Tatooine)
Qui-Gon Jinn (Naboo)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Naboo)
Queen Amidala (Coruscant)
Anakin Skywalker (Naboo)

All of these were easy to find. I only collect figures, not playsets or vehicles. TRU, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart had all of these figures. This was in the "good ole days" when figures were easily found. How I miss these days!! *sniff, sniff*

Jaff
09-24-2003, 12:23 PM
Finally September had some new classic trilogy figures and boy were they nice, and easy to find. After a year of begging for a Power Droid to go with the 8-D8 droid our wishes were answered. The new Han Solo and Greedo were terriffic sculpts facinating many. The Luke was really no big deal, hence he was the easiest to find, and what was best about this wave: IT WAS EASY TO FIND TOO. But not all can be perfect. The Rebel Pilots, and Jabba Skiff Guards three packs were released and were found almost nowhere. Because of the backstock of Mos Espa Encounter, Purchace of Droids, Jedi Spirits, and Cantina Alien three packs retailers did not get many of these three packs. Instead dealers gobled these up and charged $50 for an individual set. It was crazy. Finally in the fall of 2000 Kay Bee started pushing these sets out on sale for $10 a piece. For all those who paid $50 it was bitter tears, but that's the way it is sometimes.

9/99 - Jawa and “Gonk” Droid
Han Solo (2nd sculpt)
Greedo (2nd sculpt)
Luke Skywalker with T-16 model
Rebel Pilots Three Pack: Ten Numb, Wedge Antillies, Arvel Crynyd
Jabba Skiff Guards Three Pack: Klaatu, Barada, Nikto

In theaters American Beauty was extremely popular. Double Jeopardy was on top, For Love of the Game was the new flop!

Jaff
09-24-2003, 12:29 PM
At this time in my life I decided to move to Nashville, and it was a great idea. Not only was Nashville a collecting hunters dream come true (several stores), but the weather was less cold, and it had allot more space than most cities.

My welcome to Nashville was the new wave, and I jumped for joy. I bought two of every figure in one shot, but searched high and low for the holograph R2-D2 figure to no avail. I thought it was somewhere but it wasn't. Later I discovered that it was released months later, but frenzied collectors talking about it's rarity would soon make this figure the hottest collectible of the year! The three packs were about as non-existant as the rumored R2. When I walked into a store called the Great Escape I nabbed the Rebel Pilots in surprise. They were charging $25 for it but it was a bargin to me. The Skiff guards I would not find on shelves for another year. I paid $40 in dealer credit for this set and had little regrets. It truly is one of the best sculpted figures ever made!