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jad
02-10-2004, 10:49 AM
With the hint of vintage style packaging we've seen i'm seriously in star wars toy bliss. I've actually been hoping Hasbro would go back to the roots for sometime now. You see my fondest memories are of my late great grandmother taking me to the local payless drugstore (which was an awsome place to get toys back in the day) and picking up such awsome toys as Jabba The Hutt Action Playset, and the Max Rebo Band.

I remember I would stay in the star wars section for a half an hour each visit checking everything out, and especially studying the fantastic store display signs. For some reason even as a child I was fascinated with store displays and toy packaging. Perhaps thats why i'm a graphic artist today?

Anyway to get to the point, I wanted to open up a discussion about the unlikely event that Hasbro produces cool vintage style store displays to go along with the original trilogy collection. If your not familiar with vintage store displays, here's a couple of the cooler ones from my era (As I was born in 1981 and therefore mainly exposed to ROTJ toys.)

http://www.toysrgus.com/images-kenst/kenner-stand-figures.html
http://www.toysrgus.com/images-kenst/kenner-stand-toys.html

Wanna check out a whole slew of store displays check out this link:

http://www.toysrgus.com/images-storedisplays.html

With that I open up the floor for discussion :)

DarthQuack
02-10-2004, 11:04 AM
I think it would be pretty sweet to see figures on displays instead of pegs. You never know what will happen.

-Matt

bobafett07728
02-10-2004, 11:09 AM
That would be great! I always loved the Vintage Toy Displays, and would love to have one of them today. Unfortunately, I don't think many of the major chains would go for it. I would love to be able to buy my figures, and then take them home and have a sweet looking cardboard display to put them in! I'll keep my fingers crossed!!!

Kidhuman
02-10-2004, 11:48 AM
Ah the memories come flooding back..........I remember all the displays. I also remember walking into TRU or Child World or Two Guys or TSS or wherever and seeing pegs filled to the goard(sp?). Shuffling through themto find the elusive figure that was evading my grasp. To be a kid was wonderful.

bobafett07728
02-10-2004, 12:19 PM
Ah the memories come flooding back..........I remember all the displays. I also remember walking into TRU or Child World or Two Guys or TSS or wherever and seeing pegs filled to the goard(sp?). Shuffling through themto find the elusive figure that was evading my grasp. To be a kid was wonderful.

For me it was the local "Fun Town." More figures than I've ever seen. They had it all. Ahhhh. . . beautiful memories.

jad
02-10-2004, 12:36 PM
Theres a sporting goods store in Spokane Washington that had a huge toy section in it. It actually still does, tons of old toys, but no vintage star wars anymore. It's called White Elephant. They actually still had vintage star wars toys up into the mid 90's. And in the late 80's they had tons because the collecting craze hadn't quite caughten up yet.

I used to love going there when I was a kid. My grandparents lived in spokane, so every time we came for a visit we knew 2 things for certain. 1. Grandpa would be giving each of his grandkids 100 bucks! and 2. we'd be using that 100 bucks to buy tons of star wars toys at white elephant.

I got to go check out white elephant a few months ago when I was visiting and they actualy still had all the vintage store displays up, including a glass display case containing the vintage micro collections hoth world playset! It had a big sign on it saying not for sale. Hehe I guess they've had a lot of requests to sell it.

bobafett07728
02-10-2004, 01:50 PM
I got to go check out white elephant a few months ago when I was visiting and they actualy still had all the vintage store displays up, including a glass display case containing the vintage micro collections hoth world playset! It had a big sign on it saying not for sale. Hehe I guess they've had a lot of requests to sell it.

Sweet!!!!!!! :D

B'Omarr Monkey
02-10-2004, 03:08 PM
The best thing about the vintage line vs the current line (for several years now) is that when the SW figures finally showed up in stores, you could find them. I remember that when everything after the early bird set (which I got) came out, I was on vacation with my family in Florida. I went to TRU with my mother and there was a huge display with hundreds of carded figures, and she generously bought me one of every one they had. There were no peg warmers, and characters like the Death Star Trooper were in plentiful supply. It wasn't all Lukes and Vaders.

If only it were like that now. I remember not being able to go to the Midnight Madness when TPM came out and going the next morning when TRU opened. There was nothing. I finally found a sole Ric Olie at one of 2 Targets I hit that same morning. This was my first and only TPM figure for over a week, and I checked every day, sometimes more than once a day. I couldn't believe it.

Kidhuman
02-10-2004, 05:57 PM
I am not to keen on the Midnight madness things. For EP1 Iwas in NYC and that was crazy. I fought my way up through 200 people to the front, because I knew someone up there. Its the only way to get a decent jump on the figures we need to get.

Back in the day like it was said, there were NO pegwarmers what so ever. The only pegwarmers there were, was about 2 years later when you had most of the ones up there, and by then you needed the new Luke because you beat yours to death playing with him.

DarthQuack
02-10-2004, 11:26 PM
Not to jump off topic or anything, but I wasn't collecting when Episode 2 came out, but was there a midnight madness for that as well? Thanks

-Matt

Kidhuman
02-10-2004, 11:36 PM
Not to jump off topic or anything, but I wasn't collecting when Episode 2 came out, but was there a midnight madness for that as well? Thanks

-Matt


Yes, I dont know if TRU had one, but the Wal-MArt by me is 24 hours soIwent there at midnight. They had the aisle roped off until midnight and there were about 20 people there.

DarthQuack
02-10-2004, 11:39 PM
Thanks, looking forward to the E3 if they have one as well.

-Matt

jad
02-11-2004, 09:15 AM
Back for Episode II I was living in a much smaller town than I am now. I went to the walmart midnight madness, there was about 4 other people there, including an older lady and her husband. I think they were buying everything for their grandson or something. Anyway it was pretty sweet because we basically had the whole section to our selves, no one left without everything they were looking for. Now for EIII I'm not sure what to expect because i'm back to my home town which is much larger, and I've never atteneded a midnight madness sale here. Hopefully it won't be too crazy.

B'Omarr Monkey
02-11-2004, 10:28 AM
I live in a different locale than I did when TPM came out. There was no Midnight Madness for AOTC at TRU, and our Wal-Mart is not 24 hours. I did hit Wal-Mart the next morning and I think I was able to get everything I wanted with one or two exceptions which I found just a few days later elsewhere. It was a sweet feeling, in spite of the huge dent in my wallet. It's also the last time I had that feeling, since most of the same merchandise could be seen for months afterwards (at our KB they still have that initial wave and nothing since). Since that day, my SW collecting has gone through long dry spells with occassional surges of discovery which keep me from giving up. I'm more behind now than I've ever been, though not as badly as I could be. The main thing that irks me is being forced into spending up to $10 a figure (including shipping) online and seeing that as a bargain, when this stuff is allegedly being shipped to chain stores across the nation.

Sorry to get so off topic, but all this talk of vintage displays has made me nostalgic for the days when TRU (or Bradlees, for me back then) would run out of Millennium Falcons and then....order more! Imagine that!

jad
02-11-2004, 10:53 AM
Sorry to get so off topic, but all this talk of vintage displays has made me nostalgic for the days when TRU (or Bradlees, for me back then) would run out of Millennium Falcons and then....order more! Imagine that!

I know what you mean. My area has been getting new stuff in, but not enough. They will only order like one case and within an hour it's gobbled up and then there is nothing on the shelves for a week. You'd think they'd figure out that people are buying this stuff fast. If only these retail chains actually had people doing the buying that were knowledgable about the latest toys, whats hot with collectors and kids. If I actually ran my own toy store each department head would have the responsibility of researching on the internet what was most popular and they could make buying decisions based upon that.

And it's ok if people get off topic a bit, the whole point of this thread is to remember how good it used to be and discuss how things now could be the same if changes were made.

bobafrett
02-11-2004, 11:19 AM
Yes, I am old enough to remember some of the vintage displays. I actually had a small book display from when the Empire Strikes back came out. Unfortunatly it got lost or thrown out by my parents. I also remember going into a local record store which was pretty close to wear I currentlt live. Anyways, they had this huge mobile display, with gigantic pictures of Star Wars charcters hanging from it. I wanted it, and the stores manager told me it was mine, that was until I guy offered him $100 for it. I was not even making $100 a month being as I was in early High School, but I remember the manager telling me, if I could offer him more, he would sell it to me.

Now with the release of Episode I, I was working at Wal-Mart, and I got three wonderful displays. One has Darth Maul standing next to a display that holds EPI DVD's. It's a little bent because I have to move it around to get to my older Star Wars toy closet. I also have, still in the box, a giant Anakins Pod racer, with the inflatable pod car, and cardboard thrusters. I also have still in boc, a huge animated (I think) Pepsi display. It's to large to display in my current residence.

But I do agree, some of those vintage displays take me back to my childhood, where I could only gaze at the Star Wars toys, and if I was lucky, I could talk my mom into buying me a couple.