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Bel-Cam Jos
04-10-2004, 09:19 AM
... how are you handling it?

Hello, my name is Bel-Cam Jos (Hi, Bel-Cam), and I used to be a Star Wars toy completist. Recently within the last couple years, my new job as a teacher has me much more busy than before, so I haven't been out to search as often for SW action figures, toys, etc. I now can enter a store and look for (gasp! ) only the figures that I like, instead of a cartful of what I "need" to get.

And you know what, I have no problem with that.

Am I no longer a fan? Have a turned into (gasp! ) an adult now? It wasn't frustration with poor quality or not being able to find any figures, although I know some have reduced their own buying or even quit collecting for those reasons. I just haven't had the time.

So, what have you done and how have you felt?

scruffziller
04-10-2004, 09:44 AM
I, for the most part have stopped because of lack of room in my place and moreso the debt I was getting into. I had to cut it off like a bad habit because it was controlling me. I do still pick up the figs for the cantina and Jabbas palace and looking to get the Silver Aniversary Darth someday but that is where I am drawing the line. I basically just go by the toy rack at WM and look at them there since I almost practically live there so it helps ease the pain. Sometimes I start going through withdrawls seeing all the cool figs to buy but have to bite my toungue to keep myself at bay because if I start again, I will be in big trouble.

Rocketboy
04-10-2004, 09:57 AM
I stopped collecting seriously just before the time of Episode I.
I'll buy the occasional really cool figure now and then, or I get a little crazy when the inital movie figs come out, but that's it.
It costs waaaaay too much and it's hard to find much of anything anymore.

Right now, I want the Clone Wars figures (but $7 a pop!?) and the figures with the glass.

Kidhuman
04-10-2004, 10:17 AM
Well, I have never been a completist. I usually buy the figures Ilike or new figures. Irefuse tobuy rehashes, and such. I have stopped buying vehicles and playsets unless I really want them. One way I found tocut down on the expense is lay a way. I cn pay it off over a two month period instead of dropping all the cash on 8 figures at once. It does help alot with expenses. Putting 5 bucks here and there eases the mind. I no longer have to buy them and take them home right away like some deranged lunatic.

sith_killer_99
04-10-2004, 10:31 AM
Hmmm, well yes, and no. I actually started collecting more, before I started collecting less. LOL

Seriously, after I began collecting (1998) I was into a lot of other lines, Movie Maniacs, Silent Screamers, G.I.Joe, Xena (for my girlfriend, now my wife), I even got into Gundam for a while (mostly because I like building models). I was even collecting $20-$30 a week in comics, and of course, with them several of the figures (Lady Death, LAdy Demon, Green Lantern, etc)

That was back in the day, when my girlfriend/wife and I were D.I.N.K.s (Double Income No Kids).

Since then I have liquidated most of the other collections, mostly for space.

However, Star Wars has always been the main reason I started collecting and my first collecting love. I have not stopped or slowed down, except for the long lulls of empty pegs or peg warmers. But ofr the most part I have always been a completist. The only exception being a few truely horrible figures from the 2002 Saga line.

Truth be told, I wish I had never really picked up any of the other lines, but live and learn I guess. There are still a few neat pieces I have collected over the years that I kept (12 inch Blade from "The Puppet Master", my Green Lantern collection). Unfortunatly, most of the junk I bought was money down the tube. :Pirate:

kool-aid killer
04-10-2004, 02:34 PM
Hmm, two years ago i was strictly a Star Wars collector. Since then ive started to collect three other lines: Transformers reissues, LOTR, and TMNT. With the Star Wars figures i would describe my collecting habit as i get one of every background character, but will pass up on the various Lukes, Hans, Chewies etc. unless i really like them. Same goes with the Transformers, LOTR, and Turtles lines. Of the Transformers i would say im a bit more diverse, im always searching ebay for Beast Wars figures that i missed out on, i pick up a few reissues but not all, i buy a few of the Heroes of Cybertron figures and ive recently bought a few Energon figures (mainly ones that have an animal look to them.) I avoid all comics (with the exception of the More Than Meets the Eye series) and do not pick up one or two figures from other lines even if i like how they look.

chrisc
04-10-2004, 03:20 PM
I have stopped almost BECAUSE I LIVE IN A TOWN THAT IS SMALL I CAN WALK ACROSS IT IN 20 MINUTES AND WE NEVER GET ANYTHING NEW HERE . THIS TOWN LIVES IN THE PAST AND I AM SICK OF IT. WE ARE NOT EVEN ON A MAP FOR GOD'S SAKE THAT IS JUST FREAKIN GREAT. There I feel all better now.

El Chuxter
04-10-2004, 03:58 PM
I was a completist until Sio Bibble, Holo Sidious, and Qui-Gon with Eopie. Not being able to find them, I sank into a deep depression and tried to manufacture death sticks to take away my pain. I continued buying everything I could find until recently, with the tons of reissues (especially of the vehicles). I'm still getting all the new basic figures, at least thus far, and a lot of the better vehicles, but garbage like the TRU Jedi four-pack and the Red Leader X-Wing have pretty much made me feel better in being a noncompletist.

The 'Xir
04-10-2004, 06:50 PM
... how are you handling it?

Hello, my name is Bel-Cam Jos (Hi, Bel-Cam), and I used to be a Star Wars toy completist. Recently within the last couple years, my new job as a teacher has me much more busy than before, so I haven't been out to search as often for SW action figures, toys, etc. I now can enter a store and look for (gasp! ) only the figures that I like, instead of a cartful of what I "need" to get.

And you know what, I have no problem with that.

Am I no longer a fan? Have a turned into (gasp! ) an adult now? It wasn't frustration with poor quality or not being able to find any figures, although I know some have reduced their own buying or even quit collecting for those reasons. I just haven't had the time.

So, what have you done and how have you felt?

DITTO Buddy, Dito!!! well, just not the teacher part ;)

Deoxyribonucleic
04-10-2004, 07:07 PM
I stopped being a "double (one carded, one opened) completist" after the POTJ line; exception being EP1 because most of those figures have no appeal to me whatsoever.

This Saga line has too many rehashes for my taste and now I'd also like to say that I have become an OPENER!! Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyy! And only buy two of a figure if I really, really like it....the figure has to be a great sculpt AND it has to look fantabulous on the card.

As BCJ said, it's really easy to go into a store now when I get the chance and pass on things I don't have simply because I don't like them for whatever reason.

I feel so free to not be a completist anymore and to finally be an opener...I think I owe the latter to Tycho really, although he may not know this yet ;)

Hasbro'sBountyHunter
04-10-2004, 08:18 PM
After almost completing the '02 Saga collection, I stopped attempting to get every figure due to certain factors:

-College has taken its toll on me timewise
-Lately been spending my money on anime
-Running out of storage area
-New waves never seem to show up in my area until about 4-6 months after they've been released

Now I'm only buying Obi-Wan figures (since he's my fav character) and any other figure that looks nifty enough to purchase.

dr_evazan22
04-10-2004, 09:00 PM
I stopped being a "double (one carded, one opened) completist" after the POTJ line ...

... This Saga line has too many rehashes for my taste and now I'd also like to say that I have become an OPENER!! Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!

I first started collecting comics when I was 14. Then I started collecting 2 each of the POTF2, just like Deoxy. I then started collecting the 12" around the 2nd or 3rd wave.

I started to have a falling out with comics around '98 or '99, I was tired of the yearly ultimate mutant menace and Metropolis and Gotham getting devastated one ish and back to normal the next. So, for the past 4 years or so I've pretty much only collected Spidey and SW comics.

When POTJ ended and SAGA began, there were just too many figs to buy 2 of each, plus the fact that I thought the quality was not as good. Right now I will only buy multiples if it's an army builder, and I open everything now.

I do still have a slight problem passing on something when I see it. I just found the Dlx Obi and Jango (from the fight on the Kamino landing platform). I picked them up, but talked myself out of them befroe I got to checkout.

sith_killer_99
04-10-2004, 09:37 PM
This brings up another issue. I stopped collecting the Deluxe garbage some time ago. Episode 1 did it for me, though I have collected a few over the years. I do collect the Ultras, but never really got into the regular Saga Deluxe sets.

Though I did buy a bunch of them when they went on sale, mostly for Army Building, Yoda with Super Battle Droid, C-3PO with Red Battle Droid, Mace with Red Battle Droid and Slice 'N' Dice Anakin. :D

I like the Ultras, but I pretty much only buy MOMC, except for Wampa, Reikien, Jabba and Jabba's Denizens.

B'Omarr Monkey
04-10-2004, 09:49 PM
Back when the current SW line first came out (95? 96?) I was buying the Batman Animated line (Just regular Batman & the villains, no fishtank cleaning Batman, etc) and some of the Marvel superhero figures. I've kept th Batman stuff. My son has all the Marvel characters, opened and now played with.

I bought 3 of every figure up until the Mon Mothma wave (one to open, one to keep carded, and one to trade/sell later) and two of all the ships except for the huge ones. Now I only buy one of each and open all of them. Padmé - Lars Homestead is the first figure I bought a second of in quite a while, and that was simply to display one with the cloak and one without. It's almost two different figures. I am still a completist with the 3 3/4" line, but am willing to wait a few years to acquire stuff I've missed, such as the commtech R2 which I finally got about a month ago. Since I open everything, I do not buy recarded figures and generally pass on characters which have been slightly modified or resculpted, unless the change seems significant.

I also bought the 12" line up until pilot Luke came out and have two of everything prior to that. I gave up the 12" line for 2 reasons. 1. the quality went way down hill, and 2. when the exclusives started showing up, I could never find any of them, and getting those on the secondary market was far more expensive than anything in the 3 3/4' line.

While I grumble about the long dry spells where nothing new can be found in any stores, I also enjoy those times as I also collect monster toys. When I can't find SW figures, that means I have money to spend on catching up on my Sideshow toys Universal monsters, or recent Godzilla Toys. Then after a bit of this, I switch back to SW.

I have been tempted to stop buying the SW toys (right now is one such time. I'm moving soon and not having a toy collection would make things a lot easier), but I know that once I do, I'll look through Tomart's action figure digest, or see on the toy racks at Mal-Mart Yarna dal' Gargan, Dannik Jerriko and CZ-3 and I'll not only buy them, but feel compelled to fill in everything I'd missd while I'd quit.

As my wife says, I'm not shooting up heroin or hitting the bar everynight, so what's the big deal if this is how I spend my money.

Kidhuman
04-10-2004, 10:01 PM
I didnt buy any of the deluxes either through out the years. I only opicked and chose what I wanted. I got 3 POTJ ones(didnt get Maul). For AOTC, I have Mace(only because it is a variant) Clone with Speeder, Yoda/SBD and C3PO droid factory, the latter 3 for 2 bucks a pop. I do have all the Ultras sans 3PO pod, I didnt like that one. Ifeel we got ripped on the Rieekan/Kerry one as it should of been a basic. Ican walk past the deluxes and Ultras and pick and choose at will. Most of them look like crap anyways.

LusiferSam
04-11-2004, 12:22 AM
I started collecting the current line of SW figures in late '95 and I never considered myself a completist I do have most everything for '95-'02, 3 3/4" scale. I think I've stopped collecting the current line for these reasons:

Space. My Lego and vintage collections continue to grow.
Hard to find. I barely saw any of the '03 figures when I'd look.
Money. I found myself on a tighter budget last year and Legos call louder.
Vintage stuff. I'm real close to finishing (yeah right) my vintage collect. Two small budgets make for one larger budget.
Lack of interest. Speaks for its self.

CaptainSolo1138
04-11-2004, 01:34 PM
I've scaled back big time on what I spend on SW figures. The last figure I bought (and it was the first in a long time) was the new Snowtrooper w/ E-Web cannon. I really love that they keep releasing so many peripheral figures, but that doesn't mean I'm gonna rush out and buy them (i.e. Captain Antilles: A great figure that should have been made a while ago that I have no personal interest in). But with E3 on the horizon, my spending habits will undoubtedly change for the better. Or worse, if you're my fiance ("Sorry honey. We can't do anything tonite because I'm broke. Want to see all of my new toys?!?!")

JediTricks
04-11-2004, 07:15 PM
First off, let me say that Scruff's post mentioning Toy Fair Vader actually made me think about mine, specifically about how unwise it is to have hung it on the wall by just a thumbtack, especially here in California where we have earthquakes, and more specifically about how even though it's in a star case, the saber blade is so easily broken that there's no way to really protect it, so I moved it down the wall and now it's on cup-hooks while I think of a better place to put it.


Although I almost always forget about the existance of the Eopie set, which I never tracked down, I was an open figure completist right up until Saga came out. The Saga line - with its scale problems, statue-style figures, action gimmicks, heavy focus on the prequels, and hit-or-miss sculpts thanks in some part to occasionally-questionable uses of Real Scan technology - was largely a massive disappointment to me the minute I saw the first prototype, and even at Midnight Madness I felt no desire to get everything that came out. Though the line has gotten better over the past 2 years, I will never go back to being a figure completist again and I don't miss it at all - in fact, I wish I had done the same with the Episode I line. I don't even feel a little odd at not wanting figures such as Ach-Med Bek, the Hoth Rebel Trooper, J'Quille and Tanus Spijek, and not buying stuff like Ultra Rieekan where I 'sorta kinda' want it but not at the outrageous price.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-11-2004, 07:24 PM
I haven't cut back on Hasbro stuff, but Lego products. I didn't have the money or space to continue with the line, although I still want some more of the Mini sets. I had to cut back on hasbro a little bit after I got "laid off" from my paper route but I just got my allowance raised to $10 a week (woo hoo!) so I'm kinda "back in the game" (of Star Wars collecting, not Levitra). :D Plus, my stores finally started getting in new figures, so I'm well-equipped.

bobafrett
04-11-2004, 09:31 PM
What was the question? Well, I have had to cut back because of the following reasons:

1) Credit cards just about maxed
2) Started working 70 hours a week, not much time to shop even online.
3) been busy getting ready to move to a bigger more expensive apt.
4) On the small chance I do get out to shop, never finding much new out there

I should be able to resume a normal pattern within the next couple of months, once I get settled into my new place, (I'm renting a house with more space!), and get caught up on my bills, (not that I'm behind, just having to make minumum payments to my CC's until after the move) .

dr_evazan22
04-11-2004, 10:06 PM
Yeah, the two main issues that have started me down the path of not being a completist is the quality issue and stores not having new (and sometimes no) product. I probably do about half the shopping now that I used to, and I usually come back empty handed. Add in the fact of some old fig's being reissued... Thanks Hasbro! Your saving me money now.

scruffziller
04-12-2004, 09:13 AM
I was a completist until Sio Bibble, Holo Sidious, and Qui-Gon with Eopie.
That's strange since I found those oh so easily parusing Amazon and ebay!!!:D

Old Fossil
04-12-2004, 10:03 AM
I have cut back considerably over the past year, though I still go to Wal-Mart once every couple of days to check their stock, since it's on my way to work. I also still make a 'toy run' once every month; but though I come up empty-handed 50% of the time, I am not disappointed or frustrated.

I have only resorted to EBay once since January -- I got a loose R1-G4 since that wave never hit my area. I've found everything else I've wanted at stores, which is admittedly not much. The only 12" figure I've bought in the past year was the Lando Skiff guard, though I would've picked up a Biker Scout in a heartbeat, had I seen one on shelves. (If anyone has an extra one MIB for sale or trade, PM me!)

I'm a collector by nature and have many interests. Since Star Wars has eased up, I've been expanding a coin collection I've had for almost 20 years, and have been adding a rare book or two to my library.

Vortex
04-12-2004, 03:10 PM
I'm a cut back kid to some degrees these days.

I still get 2 of each figure, unless its recarded, then I leave it alone. Don't collect the 12" line unless its really cool like the Gam. Guard or the Biker Scout. Never did the F/X junk and didn't collect the EU ship sketch stuff. Didn't do the Ep I playsets either or those other lame sets like swing to freedom or hoth. Never bothered with the FF recards. And don't have any outstand M.I.A figures. I was lucky enough to find them all at some point.

I used to buy cases from EE and split the figs with a friend, but he has stopped collecting and the case breakdowns aren't worth it anymore. There's more garbage there than new figs and its hard enough to push the garbage and peg warms on anyone else. Sometimes a friend who's a toy dealer or show guy buys the extra off me but with the downswing in popularity and star wars being a dog at comic shows and toy shows right now he's stopped asking me for extras.

Now I just ask the toy guy to save me two of the new stuff and he's come through for me, I have to pay a buck more, but with gas prices it's worth it versus tripping all over the metro on hunts at stores that no longer carry or have figures.

I've stopped the store to store hunts, and no longer plan hours of a weekend or make special trips after work to see if a store has a new haul.

My basement is full up with tubs of carded figures and I've reached the storage limit and have no more room. Its rather amazing to see how much crap has been pumped out since 95. 9 years of s**! in 15' x 10' room stacked to the 8' ceiling...and that's not counting the crap stuffed in the closet, or opened in a box.

So come this summer, I'm going to massivly clean house, sell off half of the carded collection, if I can, and think about opening the rest to downsize farther. I want to dump as much as I can while the Ep III feaver is starting catching. I'm also thinking of moving, and I don't want to move tub after tub of figures.

I don't collect any other toy line, so I'm lucky but every so often I'll buy something I think is cool, but I'm reaching my limit with star wars.

I bought a new sports car (RX-8) this winter and with those bills and other things, buying star wars stuff has fallen to the way side. I'm just not as excited about the stuff anymore. Ep I and II were so-so, not overly memorable and the junky figs that came out and constant rehash of bumb figures has sort of spoiled the collecting bit for me. I even let the star wars novels sit on the night stand for weeks if not months before I'm motivated enough to read them.

I'll be glad when the line finally dies out and fades away. But I'm on my way to calling it a collecting career. To steal a line from Obi Wan "I'm getting to old for this sort of thing."

stillakid
04-12-2004, 04:29 PM
While I haven't technically cut back, my enthusiasm for collecting has slowly been tempered. I still enjoy cracking open a new figure that hadn't been done before, but with hopes of a good Prequel series all but gone and some so-so figures in the past couple of years I just don't have that fever I once had. (Ahh, I fondly recall the days of searching to and fro for those elusive Jabba's Palace Band sets...)

Having said that, just as in golf when every once in a while you get a good shot which keeps you coming back, Hasbro puts out a character or two that stands out from the crowd and makes me want to display it somewhere. I've put this much time, money, and energy into the collection thus far so it would be a shame, I think, to call it quits when we're in the home stretch. I figure the hobby has until late 2006 until Hasbro pulls the plug. After Episode III chases off the remaining loyalists, retail outlets won't keep stocking shelves with pegwarmers. Just look at how bad it is right now...and with another film to go no less.

I guess I have cut back some, come to think of it. I don't go crazy with the army builders anymore, particularly when they are Prequel characters. I look forward to the day I can build some dioramas but I can't see myself wanting to relive any of the Prequel moments in miniature.

sith_killer_99
04-12-2004, 06:49 PM
Here's some more food for thought.

Hasbro has put out a lot more figures since the Saga line started. From April 02-Dec 02 alone Hasbro put out 57 basic figures! In just 9 months!

In 2003 they put out 41 Basic Saga plus 10 Clone Wars figures plus 8 Animated Clone Wars figures (though 4 of them didn't really ship 'til 04) that's still 55 basic figures! More than the entire run of the Episode 1 line!

2004 has 33 basic Saga figures scheduled for release before June! Add to that the VOTC line (12) plus the OTC line (???).

What you end up with is Hasbro milking the cash cow before it starts to run dry, sometime in late 2006. :cry:

It will be a sad day, but I will finally be able to put a finite number on how large my collection will be and fill in all those annoying holes cheap! I may even pick up some of those horrible 2002 Saga figures for like 50 cents, just for fun. ;)

Since soo many plan on selling off that "valuable" collection, to put little Johnny through college, I should be able to clean house on Ebay. LOL (Not refering to anyone here, just in general)

:Pirate:

Kidhuman
04-12-2004, 07:15 PM
Since soo many plan on selling off that "valuable" collection, to put little Johnny through college, I should be able to clean house on Ebay. LOL (Not refering to anyone here, just in general)

:Pirate:

You're preaching to the choir here. Hopefully all those lame and not so lame figures will drop in price. SHopuld have fun being a completist then shant we?????? :beard:

JediTricks
04-12-2004, 07:50 PM
I forgot about the 12" line, Saga has totally cured me of that junk. I used to really look forward to 12"-scale figs, but Hasbro got cheaper and cheaper with the outfits and accessories, and when the Saga head sculpts turned out to be total yuck, I threw in the towel. I did want Ultimate Jango, but never found one at my price.

sith_killer_99
04-12-2004, 07:54 PM
Yeah, sometimes I wonder if '85-'90 were the real haydays of collecting. I hear about all those great deals that collectors from back then were finding. Vintage stuff showing up at the DAV, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, etc.

Sure, they still show up at Flea Markets, but now they are highly priced and placed on tables as center pieces!

Ah, to find Vintage POTF figures on clearance in bargain stores!

B'Omarr Monkey
04-12-2004, 09:45 PM
My basement is full up with tubs of carded figures and I've reached the storage limit and have no more room. Its rather amazing to see how much crap has been pumped out since 95. 9 years of s**! in 15' x 10' room stacked to the 8' ceiling...and that's not counting the crap stuffed in the closet, or opened in a box.

So come this summer, I'm going to massivly clean house, sell off half of the carded collection, if I can, and think about opening the rest to downsize farther. I want to dump as much as I can while the Ep III feaver is starting catching. I'm also thinking of moving, and I don't want to move tub after tub of figures."

I'm moving in 4 weeks and have roughly 600 loose figures carefully packed in a 3'xroughly 1' x 1' plastic bin. It's heavy as can be, and I might have to split it up, but it is sure going to save space on the truck.


"I'll be glad when the line finally dies out and fades away. But I'm on my way to calling it a collecting career. To steal a line from Obi Wan "I'm getting to old for this sort of thing."

I agree. As much as I enjoy it, and as many characters as there are that I'm hoping Hasbro gets around to making, I'm also looking forward to the day Hasbro puts the SW line to sleep. Unlike in 1995, I will not start up again if 20 years down the road, Hasbro introduces a third line of figures.

plasticfetish
04-12-2004, 10:48 PM
... how are you handling it?
I would say that as of late, I've maybe been buying more than I have in a while, but in general I started cutting way back about two years ago. I've never been a completist with the Star Wars line... though I've managed to act like it from time to time. At around the time Episode 1 hit, I saw myself trying to snatch up one or two of everything. I'd say it was mostly to do with the excitement of having all new characters and stories to support them. With the POTJ line, I became more selective... sometimes weirdly so, but then I figured I could always go back later and find something I'd missed. The Saga line really killed any desire to have two, or even one in many cases, of everything. It was a time to reevaluate what and why I was collecting Star Wars toys. I'd just finished moving into a new house, where I had more and better storage options, but after moving something like 50 totes full of various toys collected over a 15 year period of time, I decided to thin things out quite a bit. I sold off all sorts of boxed and carded figures and vehicles that I didn't have the room to display, as I knew someone else would probably enjoy them more. (Hopefully that stuff is out somewhere, and not just trapped in another bunch of totes in someone else's garage.) I weeded my Star Wars collection down to sensible number of just the loose figures that I really loved, giving my son a very large percentage of the rest to play with. It was nice forking over a lot of really great figures to him as well, as it's really nice seeing a good toy being appreciated in the most "appropriate" manner... by a kid.

My routine changed to where I will not collect (loose or cared) figures that I simply don't like. If they don't score as being at least average in quality, then I'll pass on them. I primarily buy to open, as that's what I can display or store sensibly. If something ends up being really special, then I may buy one to ad to my collection of carded or boxed items. I really try to avoid boxed items where you can't see the toy... though I try to keep one example from each different line boxed up. That's mostly what it's about, I like to have a carded or boxed sample from each run to display.

If a figure really stinks, I may never buy it. If it's mediocre or poor, then I'll wait 'til it goes on clearance (if it doesn't, then I pass... but most everything usually does.) If it's good, but not great, then I may wait for a sale or get just one to open. If it's great -- something really unique, or an OT character that's never been done before -- then I'll try to grab one to open and maybe one to keep carded.

The 12" line has turned dismal, but I've found maybe one figure from each run to interest me. Sometimes if they're $10 or less, I'll grab them on impulse... others I wouldn't buy for a quarter.

In general, and this goes for just about all toy collecting with me and always has... it has to be fun. This is a hobby. If it ever starts to feel like "work" then I stop. With eBay (which I haven't touched in over a year) and hunting at retail but only finding shoddy toys, it can really start to lose it's novelty. Since we're talking about basically collecting novelties, it should never be anything less than fun. If the modern line dies off, and I suspect it will sooner than later, I'll go back to collecting vintage... or simply something else. I will say this though... the last few months have been really fun for me. My disposable income has seen a tiny boost, and we've been getting (when you can find it) some really cool stuff. I've managed to score or re-score a lot of older figures that I'd either skipped or handed over to my son in the past for really good prices. When things got super dull a short while ago, I started opening things that I'd kept carded/boxed so that I could enjoy and display them better. It's very liberating to go over and tear open something that you've been protecting and fawning over for 5 years... trying to keep the card from being scratched or dented... seriously, forget it... not everything's a treasure.

It's good to feel that plastic. ;)

TeeEye7
04-13-2004, 05:46 AM
...my new job as a teacher has me much more busy than before, so I haven't been out to search as often for SW action figures, toys, etc....

Above lies the answer!

I'm sure BCJ is like all other teachers in this state: using his own money to augment the pathetic resources of his school district as well as grappling with the "No Child Left Behind" lunacy mandated by the Feds. (Can you say, "teach to the test"?).

That's why collecting has taken a back seat. How do I know? It's easy when you're married to a teacher and see it first hand!

:neutral:

InsaneJediGirl
04-13-2004, 08:30 AM
I was never a completist but my collecting has "temporarily stopped".This is by my choice,but the last new figures I saw in stores was the Hoth wave on December 26th.Now there are two figures sitting on the pegs at my Wal-Mart and the town is too small to have anything else.Buying anything new online is far too expensive ($10 without shipping,no thanks)

As for handling it,not collecting was a problem in the beginning.However,I'm now catching up on buying books and some older figures I need to flesh out the collection.Doesnt compare to new plastic though..*Sigh* ;)

Emperor Howdy
04-13-2004, 09:27 AM
Cut back? Stopped!? Bwaaahaaahaahahahahahaha! :D


You guys should be ashamed! :mad:













(psst...anybody got $20 I can borrow? I found the new Jabba and couldn't make my insurance payment :nerv: )


What? :mad:

Tycho
04-24-2004, 11:31 PM
2004 Collection Offered (and how much I'm getting of it):

(1) Luke Hoth
(2) Hoth Rebel Midgits
(ZERO) R-3POs

(2) Luke Jedi
(1) BarToo-DeeTwo
(4) R1-G4

(ZERO) Luke Hologram
(ZERO) Lando Skiff
(2) Rappertune (Shadda 'Ub)
(9) J'Quille (Whipid - have only 4, sort of worried)*

(9) Tanus Spijek (Elom - have only 2, sort of worried)*
(2) General Jan Dodonna
(1) Captain Colton Antilles
(ZERO) TIE Fighter Pilot
(1) Dutch Vander (Gold Leader - might keep, might return)

(1) Admiral Ozzel (still need a paint job I'd actually buy)*
(1) Dengar with backpack
(ZERO) Bossk

(ZERO) Han Solo AT-ST Driver
(ZERO) Lando General
(1) General Crix Madine

(1) Dagobah Luke
(1) Dagobah Yoda
(1) Dagobah R2D2
(1) Dagobah Spirit Ben

(ZERO) Bespin Leia
(ZERO) Lobot
(8) Twin Pod Cloud Car Pilots

28 figures offered, I'm actually buying 49 individual figures. Diorama building...


I'm not interested in any of the Hall of Fame re-cards, and probably won't go for the OT Vintage-Styled-Carded-Collection.

Like I said, diorama building is my hobbie.

So if we add those figures, maybe at least the 12 vintage... we get 40 figures offered, with me still buying 49 Hasbro basic action figure products.

Change that to add (I don't know how many Hall of Fame's there are) and soon I'm buying less figures (of any kind) than what they are putting out this year (by variant quantity).



*I'm rarely going out hunting. I'm not that inspired any more. Once the next wave hits, I'll only need to come up with 1 lousy Madine. How hard could that be? My friends on my team are still out there looking, but haven't seen much in the way of J'Quille or Tanus - the only 2 I really chastise myself for not hunting down more of. They've said that a repack assortment will ship with Tanus and J'Quille being 3 per case (only 1 alien type per case) in a later box that has R1G4, Ozzel etc - sort of a combo of all the waves before Endor.

But I really don't care all that much. With little to collect, I could spend more to obtain my aliens online if I have to resort to that. But I like getting them out of the stores. Going early tomorrow as a matter of fact. But it'll be the first time in a long while.

plasticfetish
04-24-2004, 11:57 PM
Gee Tycho... I'm really surprised that you're buying no R-3POs at all. Why's that? I'd figure that they'd be useful as a background droid or something at least.

Zero Tie Pilots and Zero on Lobot also? All the others I understand, but why not those?

(Happy hunting BTW.)

DarthBrandon
04-25-2004, 01:16 AM
I like Tycho's breakdown so I'll try it that way:

(1) Luke Hoth (have)
(1) Hoth Rebel (have)
(1) R-3PO (have)

(1) Luke Jedi (have)
(0) R2-D2 Bar (none)
(1) R1-G4 (have)

(0) Luke Hologram (not warranted)
(1) Lando Skiff (have)
(0) Rappertune (same as Luke)
(0) J'Quille (same as Luke)

(0) Tanus Spijek (same as Luke)
(3) General Dodonna (1 carded, 2 to open and customize) (have)
(3) Captain Antilles (1 carded, 2 to open & customize) (have)
(3) TIE Fighter Pilot (have)
(4) Dutch Vander (1 carded, 3 to open) (have)

(2) Admiral Ozzel (2 to open) (have)
(1) Dengar (have)
(1) Bossk (have)

(2) Han Solo AT-ST Driver (have, need another for custom)
(1) Lando General (have)
(2) General Madine (have, need another carded)

(?) Dagobah Luke (depends how it looks when I see them)
(?) Dagobah Yoda (same)
(?) Dagobah R2D2 (same)
(?) Dagobah Ben (same)

(1) Bespin Leia (1 carded, wanted)
(1) Lobot (same)
(4) Cloud Car Pilots

I may buy some O.T. figures to keep carded / a few ships and anything else that I may like, but I have cut back quite a bit in the last couple of years. I buy a lot of army builders (pilots, officers, Clones etc) but a lot less of the others as before. Bills, a wife and kids (toys for kids) will do that, you know. :D

TC & Peace

sith_killer_99
04-25-2004, 09:53 AM
Hmm, well my breakdown is quite different, the 2004 stuff has really shown itself to be worth buying. Here is what I came up with:

(2) Luke Hoth (1 carded, 1 loose to go with my Wampa) (have)
(3) Hoth Rebel (1 carded, 2 loose freebies from TRU) (have)
(2) R-3PO (1 carded, 1 loose) (have)

(1) Luke Jedi (carded) (have)
(1) R2-D2 Bar (carded) (have)
(2) R1-G4 (1 carded, 1 loose...eh) (have)

(0) Luke Hologram (hidious! the worst figure of the year, so far) (pass)
(2) Lando Skiff (1 carded, 1 loose) (have)
(1) Rappertune (carded) (have)
(2) J'Quille (1 carded) (have) (1 loose, if I happen to see it in the store) (keeping an eye out)

(2) Tanus Spijek (1 carded, 1 loose) (have)
(3) General Dodonna (1 carded, 2 loose one to customize) (have)
(3) Captain Antilles (1 carded, 2 loose one to customize) (have)
(14) TIE Fighter Pilot (2 carded, 12 loose) (have)
(3) Dutch Vander (1 carded, 2 loose) (have)

(2) Admiral Ozzel (1 carded, 1 loose) (have)
(2) Dengar (1 carded) (have) (1 loose) (need)
(2) Bossk (1 carded, 1 loose) (have)

(2) Han Solo AT-ST Driver (need)
(2) Lando General (need)
(2) General Madine (need)

That's 43 figures I have purchased from the 2004 line (not counting the 2 freebies), though I did buy the first wave back in December of last year. ;) That leaves 8 figures for me to buy before the OTC/VOTC lines hit.

bigbarada
04-25-2004, 02:04 PM
When the POTF2 line first premiered in 1995, I had no intention of being a completist. However, frustration at not finding the figures I wanted led me to spend money on "consolation figures" (figures I hadn't planned on buying but I would buy, just so I wouldn't have to leave the store empty handed). So, I got sucked into completism and it wouldn't be until late 1999 that I would have to give up trying to find everything.

Now that Ep1 is about five years old, I've started to notice that the Prequels have made no lasting impact on me. It's the Original Trilogy that has always been the driving force behind my collection, and I feel no urge to spend anymore money on Prequel toys (although if there is an Ep3 Darth Vader and several 'Wookies-who-aren't-Chewbacca' in the works, I might have to make some exceptions). I think it was the Clone Wars cartoon that fully killed the prequels in my mind, so I no longer consider the PT toys a part of my Star Wars collection.

I am still holding onto my Action Fleet AT-TE since I love the vehicle so much, but I no longer display it with my Star Wars stuff. It goes on my miscellaneous toy shelf (along with my LOTR Treebeard, my 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime, vintage Mutt & Junkyard and my 'Extreme Athletes' Brian Urlacher figure).

Although I have essentially given up most of my hobby, there are still the occasional figures who come out that pull me back in. Recent examples were Throne Room Vader (although he turned out to be a HUGE disappointment), the Imperial Dignitaries and the Saga TIE Fighter Pilot (who is my current favorite figure).

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Vintage-style figures, namely Darth Vader (who I plan to buy two of so that I can do a head swap with that awful Throne Room Vader and hopefully create the 'perfect' Removable Helmet Vader).

I also have a Saga Imperial Shuttle in the mail, which will be the largest Star Wars purchase I have made since fall of 2001 (which was, ironically enough, a vintage Imperial Shuttle).

As it stands right now, unless Lucas surprises everyone and actually pulls a decent prequel film out of his 'fourth point of contact,' I am totally uninterested in about 99% of what's out there and most of what's coming up.

I'm not sure how long the line will last after Ep3, but I'm guessing that Star Wars fans are still a larger demographic that something like Star Trek or Aliens and toys are still being made based on those films/TV shows. So who knows? Maybe Hasbro will drop the liscense and some up-and-coming toy company will pick it up.

stillakid
04-25-2004, 05:18 PM
...his 'fourth point of contact,' ...


What's that? :confused:

Tycho
04-25-2004, 10:54 PM
I don't know what a fourth point of contact is either, but I'll answer the questions directed to me, and ask a couple.

PlasticFetish

R-3PO as a background droid. Hmmm. Good idea actually. I don't know why I hadn't thought of that. I mainly didn't buy him because there is no more room in my Echo Base Command Center I made some years ago. I was finally able to add General Rieeken in a space I reserved just for him, and that was all the room I had.

What do you think of R-3PO being in these backgrounds:

Coruscant - outside streets near Club Outlander. Would a droid there get stolen?

Mos Espa - is R-3PO in too good of condition? Wouldn't I want a more busted-up version? Plus what would a protocal droid in his shape be doing in Mos Espa?

Jawa Sandcrawler - ditto. A more junked droid would be better, and with RA-7 I'll have a junked one - and hopefully CZ-8 or whatever that white droid from the sandcrawler's name is.

Working in R-3PO outside of Echo Base is actually hard for me. Suggestions welcome - with the rationalizations.

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TIE Pilot - don't need any. I got all the ones I ever needed in 1996. I don't set up an "Emperor's Arrival" scene either - since everyone else does that one, and it leaves me something new to enjoy when I look at other people's collections.

Lobot - I bought 2 in 1998: Han blasts Vader at Dinner scene, Bespin Escape Collage. In either case, he looks like he's reacting to the action around him, and so I actually prefer his exaggerated pose to add more excitement and movement to my scene. In my custom carbon freezing chamber scene, there's no room for any more figures, and the Ugnaughts were better being placed there than Lobot. I simply don't need another figure of him (though I do think the new one is nicely done).

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Brandon

Thanks for appreciating my list-style. It does make who's buying what clear in our discussion now, doesn't it?

Who are you customizing out of Jan Dodonna?

Out of Captain Antilles?

You seriously don't like the J'Quille and Tanus Spijek figures? I've waited for Hasbro to make those characters since they were Kenner and I wanted more Jabba guys since way back in the '80's! What's up with that?


What are you doing with the extra Admiral Ozzel? You bought 2 of him...

How did you get Han AT-ST Driver, Madine, Lando General? Are they out in any retail stores yet? (Walmart, Target, TRU?)



Sith-Killer


With the TIE Pilots - why so many? Are you doing an Emperor's Arrival Scene and did you never get them, or were you not collecting, in 1996? Big fan of the Empire, right?


Who are you customizing out of Dodonna and Antilles?


Big Barada

No Antilles, Dodonna, Elom, or Whipid? Most of us fans from back in the Old Days have waited forever for them to make these figures. You're not interested?

plasticfetish
04-26-2004, 12:14 AM
I assumed "fourth point of contact" meant his 4th shot at directing one of these films. Eh?

What do you think of R-3PO being in these backgrounds
I like this droid because it's basically primer color. For any of those scenes you could modify, repaint or distress R-3PO to fit in... if it doesn't already.

I've bought 2 of them. One to display and one to keep carded, but I'm really hoping that since there's a few of these lingering around, that they'll end up on clearance for $2. That's when I'll pick up a few more to hide away for the day when I have the room and time to build any kind of real dioramas... and when I'll need some good droids for scrap parts, etc.

For the same reason, I'm kind of hoping that the Bar2-D2s will be around for the next Target clearance... it'd be nice to have a few for fiddling with.

DarthBrandon
04-26-2004, 12:58 AM
I don't know what a fourth point of contact is either, but I'll answer the questions directed to me, and ask a couple.

Brandon

Thanks for appreciating my list-style. It does make who's buying what clear in our discussion now, doesn't it?

Who are you customizing out of Jan Dodonna?

Out of Captain Antilles?

You seriously don't like the J'Quille and Tanus Spijek figures? I've waited for Hasbro to make those characters since they were Kenner and I wanted more Jabba guys since way back in the '80's! What's up with that?


What are you doing with the extra Admiral Ozzel? You bought 2 of him...

How did you get Han AT-ST Driver, Madine, Lando General? Are they out in any retail stores yet? (Walmart, Target, TRU?)



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Hey Tycho,

it does make everything quite clear & precise to read. As for the customs, they are just Dodonna war room & an extra fleet trooper with a longer coat. (Just like everyone else is doing)

JQ & Tanus
It's not like I don't like them, it's just that they don't suit my needs at the moment, if that changes then I'll buy them.

Ozzel I'm thinking about making a custom General Veers & another imperial officer with the left over parts.

I got the General wave from a friend of mine who lives in Miami, they (General Wave At Stores) are not here yet and I have my doubts that they'll show up at all. I have another friend looking for another Madine & Han AT-ST (custom Veers parts) for me & I hope that he finds them soon so I can start customizing. I love building an army figures but I hate them looking the same, that's the reason behind the extra Han & others. :)

stillakid
04-26-2004, 01:04 AM
I assumed "fourth point of contact" meant his 4th shot at directing one of these films. Eh?.


I did go down that road, but this would be his SIXTH directorial effort, the first of course being THX and the second being American Grafitti. However Episode III will be his fourth effort where he is essentially the sole writer (THX, TPM, AOTC, Episode III). See any similarities in quality amongst those anyone? ;)

Jargo
04-26-2004, 04:45 AM
I've quit collecting. Turned to Muppets instead. excellent QC and more bang for your buck. I'm tempted by occasional figures like Rappertunie but apart from that meh! not interested no more. too expensive for a blister full o' nothin'. I'd sooner spend my money on something that doesn't bend all over the place and support a smaller company that tries real hard to get things right. The larger companies like hasbroken can go hang.

sith_killer_99
04-26-2004, 11:25 AM
his 'fourth point of contact,'

Military terminology for his rear end. ;) There are six points of contact.

T,

I wasn't collecting in 1996, I started in 1998-99, but only recently started "Army Building" outside Stormies. I eventually want to do an Emperor or Vader arrival scene. Besides, the new TIE Pilot kicks!!! I didn't think it would be sooo much better than the POTF2 one, then I opened it and had to have more! ;) I have managed to pick-up 1-2 here and there, I never take more than half the number sitting on the pegs, that way I leave some for other collectors. I also take the ones on banged up cards and bubbles. It has taken several trips. I may buy a few more, still undecided on exactly how many I will need. :D

Kidhuman
04-26-2004, 01:51 PM
Thanks SK99. I like your style of collecting. You are looking out for the smaller collector like me who only gets one of each. 2 :beard:'s up to you.

bigbarada
05-01-2004, 06:15 PM
Military terminology for his rear end. ;) There are six points of contact.


That's it. :cool: I didn't realize it was a military exclusive term. :eek:

Tycho - I already have Elom and I actually forgot to add Whiphid to my wishlist since he was always one of my favorites as a kid. Antilles and Dodonna seem alright, but they're not exactly setting my pants on fire right now. So, if I happen to see them at Wal-Mart, I'll pick them up. Other than that, I'm not worried about them.

I did pick up Bar2-D2 yesterday and the Ewok Glider, cuz they're just so cool. I must say, Hasbro is making it very hard to stay resolved about not buying stuff. But that's a good thing right? :confused:

Kidhuman
05-01-2004, 06:49 PM
Its a very good thing BigB. All these figures that we wanted for decades are finally seeing the light of day.

CaptainSolo1138
05-01-2004, 08:24 PM
2 :beard:'s up to you.
Your innovative use of the beard still astounds me. Something new everyday. :crazed:

Kidhuman
05-01-2004, 08:35 PM
Your innovative use of the beard still astounds me. Something new everyday. :crazed:


Thanks man, it is hard work, but I do it for you guys.

B'Omarr Monkey
05-01-2004, 09:31 PM
Maybe Hasbro will drop the liscense and some up-and-coming toy company will pick it up.

If that happens, I'm out. I don't want to have to start all over again from the beginning. I'd only even consider picking stuff up from a new company if it were compatible with the Hasbro stuff and they made characters that Hasbro didn't. I don't really want to go through 40 new versions of Luke, etc. at this point.

Kidhuman
05-02-2004, 11:52 AM
I hear trhat B'Omarr. I would not be a completist if they did that by a long shot.(nt thayt I am now) but it would could down my spending tremendously

Ji'dai
05-29-2004, 11:35 PM
Never really been a completist, but I wanted to at first. The POFT2 product line just fragmented into so many different areas that I had to give up trying to get everything. I can afford it, but I try to keep a tight rein on my toy spending.

My enthusiasm for collecting Star Wars has been affected most by:
General quality seems dimished in some (but not all) things
Gimmicks (don't like push-button or 'action' levers on figures)
Repacks (kinda of confusing on what's new, what's changed, and what's not)
Competition (I've strayed into other toy lines occasionally, but it's gotten worse in the last year or so)

JON9000
06-04-2004, 03:55 PM
I have recently decided to buy only OT figures. The only prequel figs I will buy are extraordinarily cool ones. I usually stay clear of resculpts now unless I feel the new one is a big improvement (like resculpts of 95-98 figures). I just cannot afford it anymore and so much stuff is coming out.

Mike Troxell
06-05-2004, 12:13 PM
Though I tried, I was never a true completist. Until about February of this year, I hadn't seen a single new figure since the end of 2002, and not for lack of trying...I missed the whole 2003 line. At that point I just gave up the hobby (because most of my fun in collecting comes from searching it out in stores, I don't order online and I definitely don't go to comic shops). I packed all of my Star Wars stuff up in big cardboard boxes and put them in my attic. I have a few pieces I've found that are from after 2003 sitting in my room--AOTC Deluxe C-3PO, the new Jabba, HOF Stormtrooper, Boba Fett Carkoon. The OTC is looking really good to me, though, so I may start collecting again real soon.

So that's how I gave up being a completist cold turkey...wham.

Kidhuman
06-05-2004, 02:59 PM
Its not like you had a choice though. No product is not your fault. It is kind of like a doctor yanking you off your meds.

Tycho
06-05-2004, 04:59 PM
I got figures. I actually bought a lot in 2003. Later on, and still today, '03 figures like Aayla Secura made it to the pegs. Same with the Secret Ceremony Anakin (if you're into main characters).

Today in '04 new figures like Dodonna are relatively easy to pick up, if Classic is your thing.

Being a completist could be kind of rough. And lately it's been difficult to be inspired to go out hunting.

I find the latest stuff only by being at the stores before they open, rushing in to find ....nothing (or maybe one time a week some new stuff, which either myself or whoever else is shopping at that time, promptly wipes out).

Once the morning market is satisfied, new stuff that continues to ship trickles down so it's on the racks when people who don't care that much can more easily get it.

However, distribution right now isn't at its greatest: I've never seen Luke Jedi hang on the pegs. I got 2 one morning when the store opened, and myself and other collectors wiped them out.

Now I only wanted 2 - but I'd take notice if the figure is ever being left behind. It isn't. Because theoretically, myself and the other earlybirds only want so many - then we leave them. I got 2 and now I don't touch a Luke if I seem him (unless it's to look behind him for a Whipid or Elom).

But I do want more Whipids and Eloms, yet I'm not so inspired to drive to the store every day at 6:30 in the morning (heck I get up after 8 o'clock, most days now) - and it's no fun making the maximum effort and arriving that early to find nothing. (though I hear Target is now the store to search for this wave...)

Still, beyond these 2 Jabba aliens, and 8 Cloud Car Pilots I want to pick up, I find myself caring less about the SW product Hasbro decided to put out.

I'll get the Dagobah wave: 1 of each (if I find them all together at once). But I won't go searching for it.

Can't wait until they show the Episode 3 product...

There's still a lot of Classic Star Wars that's never been made before that could be exciting. Hasbro just isn't doing much of it.

But I give them credit for the start of this year:

R3PO
R1G4
Bar2D2
Whipid
Rappertune
Elom
Dodonna
Antilles
Dutch Vander
Ozzel
Madine

These are a lot of the figures I've been waiting for.

B'Omarr Monkey
06-05-2004, 11:52 PM
I agree, Tycho, there have been a lot of great figures made this year. My hitting the stores when they open stopped when I had kids. Trying to get a 5 year old and a three year old into a car in less than 1/2 and hour is almost impossible. Then once I get to the store, i've got to get them in a cart, etc. By the time I'd hit the aisle, anyone else going in would have beat me anyway.

Right now, I'm in a particular bind. Of the more recent waves, I'm only missing J'Quille and Madine, so it's tough to think about driving around to 4-6 stores in the hopes of possibly finding 1 or 2 figures. Particularly when gas is so pricey.

I've seen Madine at decent prices online, but when the etailer only has one figure I need, the shipping often exceed the price of the figure and I just can't convince myself to pay $10-$15 for one recent wave toy that could still appear on shelves.

Tycho
06-06-2004, 02:17 AM
Madine will eventually be left on the pegs. Not a pegwarmer, most likely - it's a good figure and highly customizable, but he's not going to sell like an army builder.

I'd be worried about the VOTC Stormtrooper if I were you. I worked my butt off to get SA Clones.

Deoxyribonucleic
06-06-2004, 10:44 AM
I'd be worried about the VOTC Stormtrooper if I were you. I worked my butt off to get SA Clones.

Hey Tycho :)

Have you seen the VOTC Stormtrooper??? I can't wait to see what it looks like! I've only seen the ones in the current toyfair but I don't think the stormtrooper was in there. (Unless I've completely lost it) :crazed:

Kidhuman
06-06-2004, 11:16 AM
Any Stormtrooper or CLonetrooper I worry about finding. Especially these VOTC line. Any figure from these waves will be VHTF IMO. I would be happy to find 5 of these figures at retail.

Tycho
06-06-2004, 11:56 AM
Hey Tycho :)

Have you seen the VOTC Stormtrooper??? I can't wait to see what it looks like! I've only seen the ones in the current toyfair but I don't think the stormtrooper was in there. (Unless I've completely lost it) :crazed:

No. I haven't seen any pictures of the stormtrooper yet.

I expect to see the CommTech trooper - or most of him anyway - with maybe even more articulation added (if that's possible).

I also recollect what the vintage card looked like (the 2 stormtroopers on the lightbridge with a pink blast going off behind them from Luke's shot while he and Leia are trapped on the ledge before they swing to safety). It's a red background on the trooper's blister.

So that's what I expect to see. How different can a stormtrooper look? It's supposed to look one way, and I think Hasbro nailed it before.

It's just that he's an army builder and I think that even at $10 a pop, folks will army buid with him because they'll say he's superior to the CommTech or whatever.

Reefer Shark
06-06-2004, 05:11 PM
I can't wait for the VOTC trooper. I expect articulation to be along the lines of the SA clone, except hopefully with peg holes in his feet this time! I just want 2. 1 opener, 1 to keep sealed. $10 each is too much to army build if you ask me (although I did go a little nuts with the $6.99 animated clone).

I'm actually thinking about joining the Kebco club to make sure I get the whole VOTC line.

What does his have to do with cutting down on figures? Well if I join the club, then hopefully I won't go hunting anymore. Problem with me is if I go hunting and don't find any new SW stuff, I'm likely to look around the toy aisle and buy something else (and I do that all the time, it's a weakness).

So committing to buying every SW figure at slightly inflated prices actually helps me cut back.... right? ...uh... right? :nerv:

Kidhuman
06-06-2004, 05:21 PM
SAve the time of Kebco and just order cases from EE. There are plenty of choices and alternates to choose from. Then you can trade your extras and build an army that way.

Reefer Shark
06-06-2004, 05:55 PM
Yeah, I've thought out that option too. Hell, EE is just a few miles from my house, I would save on shipping. I do buy from them from time to time. The thing is, I don't really want to run around and try to trade or sell off extras.

Ah crap, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. The only thing I know for sure is that I spend way too much on this hobby, more than I ever have on any of my other vices.

Maybe I should just drop it altogether and concentrate on fishing :smoker: (yeah right, I'll probably collect until the day I die).

Kidhuman
06-06-2004, 08:11 PM
Try nothing to trade. Just post em here. SOmeone will snag em.

JediTricks
06-07-2004, 04:50 PM
Getting cases sucked for me, I still have a bunch of CTC figs and a few Aurra Sings and whatnot from cases I had pre-dealt-out and then got burned on almost every figure. The Aurra Sing case was one I walked in and bought at EE too.


BTW, unexpected it was to see Trox posting on the board after all this time!