View Full Version : Good Memories - A history of collecting: 1995 and beyond
11-25-2001, 07:15 PM
It was while collecting Star Trek figures that I learned my favorite, my good memories, everything was returning with Star Wars!
Luke, (yes) Leia, R2, and Obi-Wan were my first. R2 was so good I couldn't believe it, and I was so happy to have figures, I thought the new likenesses (versus vintage) were completely dead-on and awesome. I even sold myself on Leia's serious look as being cool.
I couldn't wait for the vehicles, but I think it took me a while to locate the Falcon (which I wanted most), and it was hard finding the Stormtroopers.
Once I did, I found multiples, so I bought them, thinking if I changed my mind I'd return them. Then my dream of doing dioramas like I was a kid started.
For 3 years I didn't stop buying every stormtrooper, and I picked up 3 more AT-ST's to do what I wanted to make for the Battle of Endor.
C-3PO was still allusive, and I was told by other collectors that I was lucky to have Leia.
Once I got my Falcon, I made a shrine to it. My original hero figures are still on board. I bought these to open from the outset!
Oh, and prior to getting the Falcon, I remember leaving my new stuff in my truck until nightfall, then sneaking it into my college dorm in the wee hours of the morning (so none of the girls could see what I was doing). Once I got the Falcon, I had to display all that I had, and as it was a small collection, I was still 'considered cool.' Then my girlfriend found probably 25 stormtroopers hidden in my underwear drawer....
11-25-2001, 07:28 PM
I finally got C-3PO. And I really liked this shiny first figure.
Then Boba Fett came out! I'd loved the sculpt and warmed up to the bounty hunter since my trauma as an 8 year old (he captured my hero, you know... - and to this day I still have a fear of carbonite freezing rooms).
Well, of course I rushed up and got my Boba Fett from a dealer (traded for an extra Leia and C-3PO, and I opened my half-circle Fett on the spot!)
Luke (my head shrunk) X-wing and Lando were fun too. Lando was the first and last new figure I bought from a dealer though. I learned how the game was played (an undisclosed sum of cash later) and soon found myself outside Walmart at God-knows-what-hour in the mornings.
Then my long-time wish came true: all I had to do was eat Fruit Loops and a Han Solo Stormtrooper figure would become real!
You don't know how sick I became of that cereal. Anyway, under a few aliases, I have a few Solos now...
But I knew then, this would be no ordinary collection. Now my dreams for Wedge, Tarkin, and more would one day become true.
Luke Dagobah was my next big surprise, as an extreme first reason to continue collecting was figures they never made before.
I remember thinking Han Hoth was innovative, in that they did a surprising 'off-screen' take on him, but was concerned about a resculpt even before they'd been heard of.
Shadows of the Empire was very cool to me. I think it should have gone further with the toy line, but the movie products were coming for the special editions. Luke was the best figure by far, as Leia Boussh wasn't initially released with the others.
I was late to an Economics mid-term when I found Leia, Luke Jedi, and Han Carbonite. I even took them with me to the exam in my gym bag, so that when I was done, I could find a quiet place on campus and play with those. I wasn't exactly unobserved, and that's how I met one of my best friends I collect with. He saw me on campus playing with those figures, and said he recognized me as that 'a --hole' that cut him off the other morning when Toys R Us opened!
We've been trading ever since then, but help each other out by going to different stores!
11-25-2001, 07:43 PM
When the Han Hoth on TaunTaun was first unvelied in pictures, I knew I was growing up to 12" and fast, if you'll pardon the expression.
I turned down Vader, as he was still awful, and don't have him, even to this day (nor would I want him, either...wait til the 14", huh?)
But I got Luke Bespin and Lando first, then found Tusken Raiders. K-mart still provided me with Han and Luke, but for a few years, I'd go without Obi-Wan.
Meanwhile, the Greedo-DeathStar Gunner through Tusken and Momaw Nadon wave of 8 figures proved to be one of my best memories in collecting. Darn was that wave cool. And the Sandtrooper easily became one of my favorite figures.
The T-16 was fun because they never made it before, and Vader's TIE was a vast improvement.
I'm pretty sure when I got the 12" Han Hoth on TaunTaun, and Chewie's first Collector's Edition (with the flapped box), that made my year.
It's a tough call, as I remember the 21-B Hoth wave being the last surprise (before I was online and regularly informed by SirStevesGuide all the time) so that was a lot of fun, going to Walmart and not knowing what was coming, but finding Bossk that morning.
Slave Leia, Tarkin, and Wedge (in a carrying case) all came out that year - and they were had to forget too.
The Dewback rocked! I don't know. 1997 seems to be at first glance, the very best year!
11-25-2001, 07:50 PM
A 14" Removeable Helmet Talking Darth Vader is to this day my favorite piece in the Action Collection (closely followed by the best piece, the BikerScout!)
Expanded Universe figures didn't look perfect (save for Luke and Leia being very cool), but they were a dream come true and far better than Shadows of the Empire, in terms of hope for the line's continuing and the extent of its reach and scope.
Vader with Removeable Helmet for the Freeze Frame wave came out and I think still challenges any Power of the Jedi for a most-wanted, best executed sculpt!
Ishi Tibb and Lak Sivrak, our first Ewoks and Biggs started those always wanted figures coming. And Luke Bespin had the first removeable hand! Leia Ewok Princess would later be a peg-warmer, but I loved her from the start, as another Never-Made-Before.
The Bantha was another dream come true. Uncle Owen finally saw production, though he's far from perfect.
But the line coughed on resculpts and the Flashback wave disappointed save for Vader and Palpatine (in my opinion).
The Leia Collection's Bespin pack gave us a nice Princess in my opinion, too. But I like cloth. Though not on Han and Luke! (save for Jedi robes?)
11-25-2001, 07:55 PM
I too was engrossed in Star Trek figures when I got the news of Star Wars figures making a return. I haunted stores for months before I finally saw the figures anywhere. Initial disappointment eventually led to obsession. I had never been a completist before but I found myself collecting for two because my brother was stationed in Saudi Arabia and couldn't get any of the figures.
My first figures were Luke, Ben, Artoo, Han and Chewie. My first vehicles were the AT-ST and TIE Fighter.
11-25-2001, 08:00 PM
This was probably one of the most hectic years of my life, my brother was almost killed when Kobar Towers was bombed in June and I shipped off to Bosnia in October.
I had no place to store my collection so I decided to return the favor from 1980. I boxed EVERYTHING up and donated it to the Santa's Workshop toy drive. I hope it made some kids happy.
Of course, I just ended up buying everything again when I got back to the states in May 1997. I had completely missed the release of the Special Editions:mad: except for ROTJ. To this day I have never seen ANH or ESB on the big screen.:cry:
11-25-2001, 08:04 PM
As I mentioned, upon returning from Bosnia, Star Wars fever hit once again and most of the money I made being overseas went into rebuilding my collection. My brother was now in Germany and had been buying stuff from the German stores, so everything I now bought was for me and me alone. I think finding the A-Wing and AT-AT were the highlights of my collecting this year.
11-25-2001, 08:08 PM
Star Wars colecting kind of cooled off for me this year, I think I was a little tired of all the searching and scalpers. Removable Helmet Vader was the only figure I actually looked for and I happened to stumble upon a ton of Han TaunTauns, Death Star Troopers and Ree-Yees's at the Army PX by Christmas time. I had no idea these would become the rarest of the rare and only bought one Han TaunTaun, one DST and passed on Ree-Yees so I could buy the new likeness Leia.:stupid:
I think Legend of Zelda for the N64 eclipsed my excitement for Star Wars enough that I didn't even know the trailer had been released until Christmas.
11-25-2001, 08:24 PM
1995, the year of the return of Star Wars.
I originally had collected as much as a could as a kid, but had sadly moved on to other toys around a year after ROTJ opened.
I was insanely happy upon hearing of their return, and watched the stores like a hawk for them to finally arrive. My very first figure was "Obi-Wan Kenobi", he had fallen behind a shelf at Kay Bee Toy Store, and was all that was left out of their shipments.
I later acquired the others, though I had a hard time finding a Leia and a C-3PO...as everyone did. I picked up one of each of the vehicles, except for the AT-ST, which I bought on clerance in '96. :)
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks
11-25-2001, 08:35 PM
I hope when all the prequels come out, they will do some kind of 12 hour movie marathon (on the big screen) and you will get to see them.
You're a good man for donating your toys, and I hope that it sets an example for me and others too, this Christmas. For anyone who hasn't read BigBarada's 1980 post (I believe it is) this is how Star Wars captures a kids heart at Christmas!
11-25-2001, 08:40 PM
1996, Year two of the return of Star Wars.
I found ways to hunt the stores for the latest figures, ensuring that I aquired everything I needed. I ate enough Fruit Loops that to this day, I can't stand the bloody cereal anymore. Same thing occured with Lays and the Ghost Ben a year later.
I picked up the new figures, sadly disapointed in the quality of Lando, though the rest were great. Shadows of the Empire figures hit and I enjoyed them greatly, other then the fact Hasbro had cancelled the Xizor's Virago ship.
Rumors of Attack C-3PO and R2-D2 started to come, only to be later changed into the abomination known as R5-D4. (Geez this long and we still need a rescult of him, hopefully the rumors of him in Episode 2 are true).
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks
11-25-2001, 08:47 PM
1997, The year the Star Wars comeback really took off.
Wow, what a year this was, so many wonderful figures to collect. So many never before made fingures graced the shelves, it was apperant that Star Wars was back, and nothing (we thought) was gonna stop it.
The T-16 vehicle was wonderful, I had hoped that this would be the start of numerous new never before done vehicles, as well as the Vader Tie gave hope to new versions of old favorites. Sadly new vehicles, or even re-issues weren't in the cards for the line, atleast until later when it went to exclusive.
So many things, and my memroy isnt that great for when stuff came out, but I have to say, 1997 was the banner year for the line.
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks
11-25-2001, 08:50 PM
Yes, JarJar. I too really wanted the Virago. That was a major disappointment that year. Especially since it could be done to scale with Xizor, versus the proportions mess they made of the Outrider (should be the size of the Falcon toy, and Han's ship should be much bigger!)
Anyway I bought the Virago's model kit and still have it under my bed. I'm telling myself that one day I'm going to use the model kit to recreate the pieces to a 1:1 scale for the action figures, and build my Xizor a ship. This one I'd bet we have a 98% chance we'll NEVER see from Hasbro. I hope I'm mistaken.
11-25-2001, 08:55 PM
Yeah, we've had alot of dissapointments in things that were sceduled and later cancelled. I still have a Kay Bee Toystore ad somewhere that lists next to The Outrider (Also Avaliable Prince Xizor's Virago).
You can bet I called KB that very minute and asked if they really had one, to be met with a huh? by the guy on the phone. I also called Hasbro and talked to Jen, asking her where the Virago was.
Sadly it had gotten as far as foamcore model, I think they posted a picture of it in a toy magazine at one time.
MTFBWY and HH!!
Jar Jar Binks
11-26-2001, 12:05 AM
So Barada, did you continue to collect Star Trek figures after Star Wars returned? For how long?
I did, but only the plastic ones scaled the same size as the first 10 that were released. I never got into the talking ones, or cloth -clothed ones. I'd still buy the original carded size today, if Playmates were making them, but it's a relief on the budget to just concentrate on Star Wars. I did Trek dioramas too, you know. - A lot of Borgs and Jem Hadar!
When the figures came out in 95 I found them all by surprise,total shock,I was so happy to have Vader and all the others that were released, I even *gasp* opened them when I got to the car, If only I waited as Vader,Luke and Obi Wan had the really long lightsaber blades!!!!! :mad: It was nice to get some after a 10 year wait.
Ah 1996 a good year,but not the best :)
I got Boba Fett (full circle version) and *gasp* opened him up as soon as I bought him(I regret opening him now) and he was placed next to my original version :)
Go the speederbike with scout,I was happy to get this but was very disapointed with the pose he makes when he stands up :(
SOTE, I was really excited to see a new card colour,It was a moment i'll never forget,I just had to get them and so I went out and bought them and opened them all up :)
11-26-2001, 01:43 AM
The first year I started to collect SW.
My good friend who owned a small comic book store had started to get in the original '95 line. I started to pick them up cause at that time I collected all cool action figures. Then I went home one day, and dusted off the old family copy of the original trilogy(pre-THX release) and watched all 3 in a row. This was the first time I saw them since I was like 10. I had some of the original POTF figs, but had forgot about them.
I really started to get into SW then, and my friend and I would spend hours talking about SW at the store. Then we got news of the special editions, and things really started to fly.
Then I hit the motherload. I was helping my grandparents clean there basement when I found an old box. Low and behold, inside were all my uncle's vintage figs. He had almost everything, even most of the boxes for the vehicles and playsets.
From then on, I was hooked.
11-26-2001, 08:35 AM
Wow, this thread is totally confusing after the merger. In answer to your question, Tycho, I bought a few Star Trek figures after SW rebooted in 1995 but eventually all my money went to SW with little left over for other toy lines. The cancellation of TNG helped to cool my interest in any new Star Trek toys.
11-26-2001, 11:11 AM
Tycho, Barada ... great stories about your POTF2 memories. I laughed when you mentioned your college exploits Tycho, I would bring new figures back to the dorm, but I would use my shelves to display them, no use hiding. However I wouldn't go as far as to bring figures with me to tests.
My best memory is being home for my birthday and getting the Snowspeeder, Slave I, Darth Vader Removable Helmet, and Uganaughts. It was just surprising that my family would buy me Star Wars without having to bring it up.
That Darth Vader has been unequaled since, with Dagobah Darth a close second. The Uganaughts languished in my collection until recently when the carbon freezing chamber came out and they could be put to display use. And Slave I has been out on the shelf since the day I got it, Boba Fett either loading Solo or fighting his way through bounty hunters.
"A little human compassion"
11-30-2001, 04:48 PM
Great story Snake, and nice birthday, too.
Yeah, I like it when people try and please you by actually knowing your interests and getting you gifts you'd really enjoy!
Just to be sure, I don't have any 'lucky figures' that I take to tests on a regular basis, but I was going to that exam directly after returning from the store, so I had the figures in my truck, why not bring them along? (especially if nobody knows)
BIG BARADA: in terms of Star Trek toys, I actually got into Deep Space Nine the most, once the 4th season was going and the war was raging on for 4 more years. DS9 brought to Star Trek a lot of what appeals in Star Wars, and I think that was what was the primary appeal. So I collected until the end. I turned down Riker and Troi etc, in their First Contact / Insurrection uniforms as I already had a Borg Hive display and couldn't afford (nor find) that many more Borg to do another diorama with them (and still have some for Voyager dioramas with Seven and Species 8472.
What I should have done, or now wanted to do, was customize the DS9 crew in their final season uniforms. There will still original DS9 figures available for their heads in some discount stores, and I was not interested in the 7.5" size representations of the Defiant's crew. I liked everything the same size, and additionally, if I did do a 7 1/2" diorama (plastic), where was I going to get a Major Kira? I think Toy Palisades has the license now and they did that Kirk/Gene Roddenberry figure. I'm not interested. It's also off-scale I think to Playmates' figures. What I really want is Playmates' sized 4 3/4" plastic figures to fill in the missing characters (mostly from DS9's great Dominon Wars).
Now back to Star Wars collecting, 1995 to 1998 - and Darth Vader Removable Helmet being better than almost anything discussed before!
10-26-2009, 03:16 PM
But do you remember rock & roll radio?
10-26-2009, 04:20 PM
1995-2000 seemed like great years for collecting.....loved the POTF2 and POTJ lines.
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