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Tycho
12-18-2004, 12:49 PM
In 1999 or thereabouts, another corporation made its move to ensnare its helpless consumers with another ploy to exploit their weaknesses. This time, the victims were "us."

And here came the Star Wars Buddies: the first run for little plus Beanie-Baby type Star Wars characters including Chewie, Wicket, Salacious Crumb, a Jawa, R2D2 and C-3PO, Watto, JarJar, the Wampa and whatever else you could possibly make "cute" out of the Star Wars universe. And we were suckers for it! (fess up if you collected the Star Wars buddies :rolleyes: - I did. They're cute!)

But in 2002 Hasbro attacked again. Their Playskool Brand released the beginnings of what would later become the Galactic Heroes action figure and accessory line:

An N-1 Fighter, Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Battle Droid, and Anakin Skywalker

with subsequent sets making not only Darth Maul "cute," but Chewbacca who is irresistable to most Star Wars fans, and a Millennium Falcon for him to fly in - complete with an interior with as many features as the mainline Falcon counterpart!

2003 saw the release of the Clone Wars Animated Figures - cartoon versiosn of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Durge, Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku, Clones - and more on the way! Worse yet, there's more coming and the cartoon show became a must-have on DVD (soon to be released).

Now in 2004 get set for the JediForce :crazed: Again, Chewbacca is the most dangerous - one look and you'll have to have him! But they make even Darth Vader look cute, plus there's Luke X-wing and R2D2 and C-3PO for $6.99 each. When will it stop?

In the event it doesn't, are handpuppets next? Too late - a JarJar Binks one that burbs and farts was released in 1999 and when you stick a plush chubba in his mouth, he slurps and finally shuts up. Sad thing is, that while I didn't buy this, I think I might wish I had.

The Truth is - it started in 1983 with cute plush Ewoks, Ewok TV movies that are now DVD hits, and a cartoon show that spawned its own line of figures for Ewoks and Droids that we were all suckers for way back when.

So who here collects:

Star Wars Buddies?

Galactic Heroes ships and figures?

Clone Wars Animated Figures?

JediForce figures and vehicles?

Fess up, suckers! I guess I'm one of you! :rolleyes:

Kyle Katarn
12-18-2004, 05:41 PM
lol You are damn right! Every ime we get one of those figures, we immediately go to the sotre and buy 'em. I think that we are "seducted" by the dark side of the market. What will come next...a Master Yoda that needs to be feed? Or a "TamaChewie"?

Bobby Fett
12-18-2004, 06:29 PM
None of the above, thanks.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-18-2004, 07:06 PM
Star Wars Buddies - I got the complete TPM set through QVC, wish I had gotten around to the OTC ones. Still might, though.

Galactic Heroes ships and figures - No, there's too many, and if I started I'm afriad I couldn't stop.

Clone Wars Animated Figures - Yes, but I think these are cooler than they are cute.

JediForce figures and vehicles - I personally hate the design of the figures, I won't get any.

I bet next we'll get SW Cabbage Patch Dolls. :eek: :crazed:

Tycho
12-18-2004, 07:15 PM
Dang it! SW Cabbage Patch Dolls I'd buy:

Han
Luke
Leia (with buns)
Chewie
Yoda
..........man - stop with the cute ideas! [Hasbro: DO NOT READ THIS THREAD!]

Seriously though: wouldn't a Gamorrean Cabbage Patch Kid be the bomb of cuteness?

I just know I'd crack and buy it. Hope plush Ewoks don't make a comeback....

InsaneJediGirl
12-18-2004, 08:00 PM
Star Wars Buddies?-Just Chewie,he was so cute looking!

Galactic Heroes ships and figures?-I plan just to pick up the Darth Vader and Obi-Wan,just because I'm a fan of both characters.

Clone Wars Animated Figures?-I'm with JabbaJohn,the Animated fgures are pretty cool looking in design then cute.Especially those clones!

JediForce figures and vehicles?-I probably wont,look more deformed than cute.

stillakid
12-18-2004, 09:10 PM
Um, yeah, I get 'em all. If not for me, then for the kids. There's something about the unrealistic-ness of these lines which make them more playable and fun. There's this bizarre thing in my head which distinguishes the normal lines of figures as being "collectables" while the other things are meant to be played with.

Kidhuman
12-18-2004, 09:23 PM
I got one SW Buddy for Sweetrain, brecause she loves Wicket. I do have some of the GH/Playskool line, becuase I liked the figures, but I am able to pass up what doesnt interest me in them. I do want that Vader Wrestling Buddy though.

Ji'dai
12-18-2004, 09:27 PM
I buy all the animated Clone Wars figures; it's a great line.

I also have all the PlaySkool figure/vehicle sets.

So far the only Galactic Heroes packs I bought is the Bounty Hunter wave. GH is pegwarming here so I'll wait to grab more on clearance if at all.

JediForce figures/vehicles have only hit stores here in the last week or so. I'll wait to get these on clearance if at all.

I do have some of the original Buddies but received them as gifts. I would not have bought them myself.

Rocketboy
12-18-2004, 11:14 PM
Galactic Heros - I bought a few (Millenium Falcon and X-Wing, but no new ones...yet). They'll be cool to force onto...err, I mean give to my kids to play with someday.

Star Wars Buddies - Neat, but not my cup of tea.

Clone Wars Animated Figures - Awesome, but too expensive.

JediForce figures and vehicles - I've yet to see any of them, but I may pick up a few...ummm...you know, for the kids...that I don't yet have...

JediTricks
12-19-2004, 10:24 PM
Now in 2004 get set for the JediForce :crazed: Again, Chewbacca is the most dangerous - one look and you'll have to have him! But they make even Darth Vader look cute, plus there's Luke X-wing and R2D2 and C-3PO for $6.99 each. When will it stop? What are you, kidding?!? Chewie looks awful, big smiling doofus. Only Vader looks significant IMO. The light-up lightsabers are the line's best attribute, though I haven't seen the X-wing in action or seen the Luke Endor w/ speederbike set in person.

Star Wars Buddies? - Yeah, I have all the OT ones and I bought Maul on mega-clearance, he sucked. They were different at a time when we needed something a little more fun.

Galactic Heroes ships and figures? - Unlike the crappy SD line, this line in both forms rules, fun and cute and the original was a bargain.

Clone Wars Animated Figures? - Nope, I bought Asajj on clearance simply because of the character, but it found little love in my collection compared to the "real world" version. The rest of the line lacks articulation and is too expensive for me.

JediForce figures and vehicles? - So far, I haven't been even a little tempted by this line, except possibly by Vader, though I only saw him once. The sculpt on Luke is horrid, Chewie is smiling like a doof, and some of those accessories are embarassing. R2 & 3PO might be ok, but I don't feel any draw at all.



Fess up, suckers! I guess I'm one of you! :rolleyes:One of US?!? You are the worst one of all!

Turbowars
12-19-2004, 10:29 PM
I bought the POTF2 buddies, I mean what SW fan could pass up a plush Wampa. That's still the best one.

I passed on the new buddies and the little force figures.

I did buy the Hero bounty hunters, but I stopped there.

Basic figures and busts are my bag these days.

El Chuxter
12-20-2004, 03:15 PM
First, if you're talking about "cute," how did you leave out the Palm Talkers? I love those things. They're adorable! I'd get the ones that were only released in Japan if I could find them at a good price.

Star Wars Buddies: I've gotten a few here and there, only the ones that look really cool or that I've found on clearance: Jawa, Wicket, Padme, Qui-Gon, Watto, Maul, Jar Jar, and Chewie. I don't know how they made Yoda look so crappy.

Galactic Heroes ships and figures: Every last one of them, though I've passed on the vehicle re-issues. These things are truly, truly must-haves. I'd get anything they decide to release, even a Jira/Jocasta Nu two-pack.

Clone Wars Animated Figures: Dern tootin'! I'll get the next wave, and I hope there's more for Season 3, and that they pick up a few characters they missed (topless grinnin' Kit, Darth Sidious, and Obi-Wan in Clonetrooper armor at the top of the list).

JediForce figures and vehicles: I finally found Vader just this morning. I'm more ambivalent about this line and will probably collect it the same way that I do 12" figures or Buddies. I've easily passed on that stupid-looking Luke several times, but I'm glad I have the others.

evenflow
12-20-2004, 03:56 PM
I collect the CLone Wars animated series and Galactic heroes. But the cutest and most dangerous of all star wars collecting are Kubricks. I am so hooked its not even funny.

Darth Jax
12-20-2004, 08:39 PM
Playskool/Galatic Heroes figures and vehicles are great. i've gotten all of them that i can, even the stormtrooper 2 pack.

Buddies i've passed on, but can see their appeal.

Clone Wars animated figures haven't looked worthy of the increased price. for a figure with no articulation they should've been half the size and half the price and i might've picked them up.

JediForce look truly ridiculous and i shudder each and everytime i see them at retail. The speeder bike and x-wing don't even help to generate any interest from me in these figures.

bobafrett
12-21-2004, 12:32 PM
So who here collects:

Star Wars Buddies?

Galactic Heroes ships and figures?

Clone Wars Animated Figures?

JediForce figures and vehicles?

Fess up, suckers! I guess I'm one of you! :rolleyes:

Star Wars Buddies Got em all, back when they were first released, including TPM line, including Jar Jar

Galactic Heroes ships and figures Yes, I have all of these too. I still haven't opened them yet, including the Falcon with the Stormtrooper. Were they called "Galactic Heroes" when they were still made by PlaySkool? The new line doesn't have the Stormie with it Hans ship, otherwise I'd probably by that Falcon.

Clone Wars Animated FiguresYes, I'm a sucka!

JediForce figures and vehiclesStarted to collect these. So Far just have the eBay exclusive X-Wing that comes with Luke and R2, and bought the Chewbacca, and 3PO with R2 from Target.

Sucker, you bet I am! Making George Lucas richer by the minute! :classic:

Droid
12-21-2004, 02:16 PM
Star Wars Buddies - Bought the Cantina Band Member to put on my bed. I only wanted one iconic character.

Galactic Heroes ships and figures? - I have bought the whole line of Playskool and Galactic Heroes. Keep 'em coming Hasbro!

Clone Wars Animated Figures? - Nope. Haven't watched the cartoon. Don't like the way the figures look.

JediForce figures and vehicles? - Think they are really deformed. Will pass on all of them.

plasticfetish
12-22-2004, 05:01 AM
One of US?!? You are the worst one of all!Hahahahahaha!

Sitting next to Tycho at the Hasbro panel thing at Comic-con, when they showed the pictures of Galactic Heroes, I think -- if I'm remembering correctly, Tycho actually gasped. :D OK, maybe he didn't gasp. (Was it a squeal? Hahaha!) He was excited anyway. ;)

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From the lot of them, I've bought only ONE thing. I bought my son the Ewok Star Wars Buddy. (That's it.) There's a chance that I'd buy him other Star Wars Buddies, he's a sucker for plush toys, and I think the idea is funny enough.

Neither of us really care for the Galactic Heroes line. They're kind of cool, but he has tons of regular figures -- he's just too old for the GH line. (Maybe if they'd come out a few years ago, but now it's too late.) I really doubt these are made for kids anyway. They're adult collector "toy crack." Lord knows there's plenty of other impulse buy stuff (**cough, cough, Star Wars Miniatures, cough**) that I've gotten sucked into, so I don't need these.

The JediForce line has generated zero interest from my son, and honestly, I think they're lame. I don't understand why there is two different "little kid" lines going at once now. What are the age groups for all of their lines? Oh wait... it's all aimed at adult collectors isn't it? :ermm:

The Clone Wars Animated Figures are decent, but I wouldn't lump them in with the rest of the "cute" stuff. They're guilty of being overpriced and boring to play with, but cool to display and luckily they end up on clearance after a while.

Tycho
12-22-2004, 02:24 PM
Very funny.

Today I actually resisted:

I found:

- Jedi Force X-wing Fighter vehicle (gold stripe, no Luke or R2 figures included) at Wal-Mart for $19.99.

- Jedi Force Speederbike with Luke Endor / Death Star II figure for $14.99.

I had trouble seeing the appeal. The speederbike doesn't really "do" anything, but Luke comes with a laserblade buzzsaw tool that he can tree-trim with, plus his poncho and helmet. Still the set sort of doesn't completely flop. I think I liked the idea of getting the Death Star II Luke the most.

If the line gets other vehicles, especially Imperial ones, I might be prone to collect them - but not if they just repeat what Galactic Heroes / Playskool Adventures did (and by the way JediTricks, I lump those together as the same line, because Playskool now means Jedi Force).

In any case my choices are:

1) Return the 4 Jedi Force figures I bought from TRU (save $30 for other SW toys)

2) buy the X-wing and Speederbike sets (for what?)

i) Open the JediForce stuff if I'm going to bother with vehicles
ii) don't open the stuff - which makes it really silly to buy vehicles then (if you can't play with them)

3) Decide to just buy the Jedi Force figures - and yes they are mis-shapen, that's the appeal for some reason :rolleyes:

JediTricks
12-22-2004, 09:21 PM
Hee hee, squealed at the G.Heroes, I hope nobody giggled at him during the show. :D


he's just too old for the GH line. (Maybe if they'd come out a few years ago, but now it's too late.) I really doubt these are made for kids anyway. They're adult collector "toy crack."PF, the G.Heroes line *did* come out a few years ago, when they were the cooler "Star Wars All in One Adventures" line which was most definitely made for kids which is why retailers unfortunately didn't order enough of and didn't know what to do with.


I don't understand why there is two different "little kid" lines going at once now. As you pointed out, the G.Heroes line isn't marketed for little kids anymore, it's aimed squarely at adult collectors now rather than really aiming at both markets at once. The Jedi Force line, on the other hand, is done by a different division marketing it primarily to kids who like the Fisher Price Rescue Heroes and Spider-Man & Friends figures, articulated figures with big chunky accessories, and then is secondarily marketed to collectors.


Galactic Heroes / Playskool Adventures did (and by the way JediTricks, I lump those together as the same line, because Playskool now means Jedi Force).Let's be clear on something, the "Star Wars All in One Adventures" line was managed by Playskool, the preschooler division of Hasbro, while the "Galactic Heroes" line is managed by Hasbro which is why it's marketed differently. Playskool now manages the Jedi Force line which is geared towards a different market than the All in One Adventures line was.


Tycho, nice finds on those 2 vehicles, first I've heard. Are you sure the poncho is removable from that Jedi Force Luke Jedi though? Personally, if I were in your shoes, I'd pick and chose the pieces I liked, open 'em, and return the rest.

Rocketboy
12-22-2004, 09:47 PM
Just a quick question: Where are you all finding the Jedi Force figures? More specifically, what aisle (regular figs, little kiddie figs, ect.)?

JediTricks
12-22-2004, 09:53 PM
I've been finding them at Target almost exclusively, and usually either next to the regular SW figures or on the second Action Figure aisle with the TMNT and sports figures.

Tycho
12-23-2004, 02:09 AM
Yes, at Target, they are by the Sports figures. At Wal-Mart, there were by the HotWheels and toy cars and trucks isle.

JediTricks, the back of the Speederbike box shows that Luke's helmet and poncho are removeable with words like "Remove Luke's Endor Accessories to create Luke Skywalker as a Jedi Knight!" or something to that affect and they show the picture.

Luke is not wearing his helmet in the non-blister packaging on the speederbike. You can touch him, the bike, and use the "Try Me" lightsaw, which is a green spinning wheel hedgetrimmer for all you "Better Home and Garden" fans, but in SW, they use trimmers with crystals from Illum apparently (I'd love to check out the Craftsman section at the mall on Coruscant).

Anyway, Luke and the bike are just twist-tied into the cardboard packaging, but it looks nice.

Maybe I'll buy them...this is getting very dangerous though.

plasticfetish
12-23-2004, 02:40 AM
Very funny.You're a good sport. ;)

In any case my choices areOh heck! Just buy and open (or not) whatever you want. This whole hobby is based on impulse buying, and if you like something go for it. I'm only "happy" I don't care for them because it'll save me money. Though I have to admit, I was tempted to get that Vader toy.

Hee hee, squealed at the G.Heroes, I hope nobody giggled at him during the show. :D No, he didn't really squeal. :) For the record, it was fun sitting with him at the Q&A, though I would have rather been there the time he wheeled in his Tantive IV.

PF, the G.Heroes line *did* come out a few years ago, when they were the cooler "Star Wars All in One Adventures" lineThat's right, I forget about that line. It's funny, because when it first came out my son was right on the line between liking both the basic figures and those. I suppose if he hadn't already had a bunch of basic SW figures, he would have gotten more into the others. Same goes for Transformers actually. When they came out with those first "Go-Bots" figures, I think I even bought him Cheetor and Optimus Primal. He kind of liked them, but he only played with them once.

They're weird. They look like they're geared toward a 2-3 year old, but what kid that age is gonna know anything about either Star Wars or Transformers characters? They're more to please parents that are fans of the lines I suppose. (Oh no! I'm giving away Hasbro's marketing secrets. :sur: )

Reefer Shark
12-23-2004, 01:39 PM
Just a quick question: Where are you all finding the Jedi Force figures? More specifically, what aisle (regular figs, little kiddie figs, ect.)? Mainly at Target for me too, but only in the Targets that have two action figure ailes. It's always in the next aile over from the regular SW stuff (usually next to Spider-Man and freinds/TMNT stuff).

I've also seen them once or twice at TRU next to all the regular SW stuff. I've only seen Vader once though (at Target).

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Star Wars Buddies? - Nope, don't have any interest in these at all.

Galactic Heroes ships and figures? - Yes, I've bought everything that's been released so far from GH and the "all in one adventure" sets (except the duplicate vehicles).

Clone Wars Animated Figures? - Absolutely! I love the cartoon, and the line. I can't wait to get the new stuff. Two of each for me with this line (except the clone trooper, I have 11 of him - 10 are loose and on display).

JediForce figures and vehicles? - Originally I was only going to buy Vader, but ended up getting all 4 figures. I'm a sucker for small lines, and I like the deformed stuff. I'm not sure if I'll get the vehicles yet or not, will have to see 'em in person first.

kool-aid killer
12-23-2004, 03:11 PM
Star Wars Buddies: I like how they look, i remember when they first came out wanting to pick them all up, but a lack of cash derailed all that. Im skipping them now.

Galactic Heroes: I love how they look but again will not pick them up. I really dont need another vice. But if a Gamorrean is released...

Clone Wars Animated: I do collect these. Something different than the typical figures. And seeing how there isnt many of them, the price isnt really a bid deal anymore.

Jediforce: NO. I dont really care for the Rescue Hero look they have. I took one look at Luke and immediately knew it wasnt going to happen.

Reefer Shark
12-23-2004, 04:41 PM
Galactic Heroes: I love how they look but again will not pick them up. I really dont need another vice. But if a Gamorrean is released...
Hey KAK,
A Gamorrean has been released! He comes in a two pack w/Jedi Luke.

kool-aid killer
12-24-2004, 02:33 PM
Aaaaargghhhh!!!

*begins to kiss his money goodbye*

JediTricks
12-24-2004, 03:33 PM
Has the G.Heroes Tatooine wave actually hit stores yet? I thought it was still on the boat.

Reefer Shark
12-24-2004, 03:37 PM
Yeah, I've seen them at online stores, but I have yet to see them in my local stores. It's gotta be any day now though.