View Full Version : Look at the clear stands for ships at Toy Fair...couldn't we use them?
02-12-2002, 06:28 PM
I have a black book case full of ships dedicated to my Battle of Endor - the space version of it anyway.
2 TIE Interceptors
4 TIE Fighters
Most are currently supported on cardboard struts that came with other vehicles. For instance, 2 cardboard inserts from 2 ATST's support my B-wing "flying."
Yes, I have other ships hanging from the ceiling, but I don't feel safe doing that all over my house in earthquake-land California.
At Toy Fair, we see the Republic Gunship, Slave-One, the Jedi Starfighter, even Anakin and Zam's speeders on specially built support struts.
I know there are currently 32+ vehicles created for the modern Star Wars collection since 1995, and there are plenty more they could do.
I want Hasbro (with the Fan Club?) to step up and begin selling stands for these vehicles to display them flying. They did this for the 12" speederbikes - smartly making them poseable with ball joints so they could be posed maneuvering however you wanted them.
It is obvious Hasbro has made stands to display their stuff at Toy Fair, things are cheaper the more the units are produced and sold. Economies of Scale for those of you Economics majors. You achieve this state of economic efficiency by lowering average cost. So gee Hasbro, would you like to make more money? Sell us the stands!
If not, I vote Ultarama branches into this display arena also.
02-12-2002, 06:34 PM
I thought it would be cool if the figures came with those little action stand. But yes I like!:D
02-12-2002, 07:07 PM
I second the vote for ultrarama to make them.I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for Hasbro.Ultrarama would be a good company to do it
02-12-2002, 08:14 PM
I always thought they should have made some type of stand for the ships. It would look better then just sitting around.
02-12-2002, 08:26 PM
Great idea, Hasbro jump to it. ya right. It takes an act of congress for Hasbro to do anything. I really dont see it happening, it's just to easy, but hell of a idea!! [/COLOR]
02-12-2002, 10:37 PM
That is a great idea Tycho.Ultrama would pick up the idea...
it would be great if they made a space one,so my ceiling
isnt so cluttered with ships.:D
02-12-2002, 11:29 PM
This idea is picking up steam. Good! We need this.
I also posted the exact same opening thread in the Dear Hasbro seciton:
and I recommend all of you that want to treat this as a petition of sorts, also reply over there, if only to say you support the idea, too.
I happen to know someone very well who began the Ultarama breakthrough into the collecting scene. It is a very reliable, caring, and conceptually ahead-of-its-time company ran by VERY good people. I've alerted them to the fan support we have here, in this thread and the other one. However the link above is a great place to post your support, as this is a popular forum, but a SPOILER forum in a movie year. This thread is good to stay here, since the E2 toys forum is so busy, but Hasbro might venture into both of them, so let's keep the count high.
My final thoughts are this: Hasbro has the molds for those stands - or the physical things. They packed them up and took them to Toy Fair. If they want to stay only in the strictly toy business per se, then fine, they can sell or loan those stands to Ultarama, a company almost made to support Hasbro's Star Wars line - and one with the backing of so many fine talents in the Star Wars industry such as the actors behind faces like Aurra Sing, Admiral Motti, and Boba Fett! Ultarama has done well so far without buying into the pricey Star Wars license, so they can market these as Fighter Ship Stand 1, Stand 2, etc. versus directly calling them Republic Gunship Stand, or TIE Bomber Stand.
You know, we are having a terribly detrimental effect on the fishing industry and their ability to go to the store and get a new reel without running into some Star Wars fan that would rather hang the T-16 than an earthworm - but if Ultarama made these stands before Hasbro makes a giant Space Slug, we'll all be doing just fine!
Let them know how you feel!
and right here:
Why not make your own?Why does Hasbro have to make it?
02-13-2002, 12:13 AM
You want a TOY company to make stands to DISPLAY your toys?
That juts reeks of nonsense!
You might as well just beg them to stop putting the articulation in the figures too, since you're only going to display them.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I collect Star Wars Toys. Not Star wars collectables.
02-13-2002, 12:27 AM
You want a TOY company to make stands to DISPLAY your toys?
Not all of them. I like the idea of vehicle/beast stands, so you have a sense of stability, action, and dimention. They made a stand for the STAP, which wasn't that bad, and it gave a nice height so you could interact with a 'flying' enemy.
Of course, the STAP wouldn't break if it fell, while some of these other vehicles might. It's probably just a matter of liability now that's keeping them from doing this.
02-13-2002, 05:02 PM
I'm kind of new to the forums scene, so I'm still getting used to reading and navigating around the site. I ahve to say though that I am so glad to hear that other people are displaying and hanging and making dioramas with their collections!
My family or friends come over and get this look in their eye...
02-13-2002, 09:51 PM
The TOYFAIR stands are just perspex sheet warmed and bent to shape then glued together in rough panels to make a stand. Anyone can do that. They aren't exactly high tech those TOYFAIR stands y'now. Any mug with half a brain could market them if theyhad a large workshop and a bandsaw and a heater and a big tub o' superglue...... D'OH!:crazed:
Seriously those stands are just cbbled together and not very specialised in construction. it's just perspex sheet and rods. Although, they would be mighty expensive if you wanted them for all your ships. Perspex aint cheap y'know.
02-14-2002, 03:23 AM
I'll try to get to all of you:
Jargo: I don't have the time or the plastics knowledge to make my own stands. Next, my B-wing and TIE Interceptors are vintage and I don't care to jeopardize them by trying to mold something that fits their particular shapes. The Interceptors don't really need stands per se, because their wing shapes can support them posed in a variety of ways, but other ships would be nice to pose "flying."
Dr. Evazan - welcome to the forums. To answer your concerns, I have a 2 bedroom apartment so full of Star Wars dioramas that I've recreated every Classic Star Wars scene with my toys - even lacking the space to properly set up my Sarlaac Battle until I buy a house. I've used every room here, (but never the bathrooms due to mold from shower steam concerns) and that does include a temporary Gungan Battle going on in my country kitchen in a 6 foot long display case, complete with Trade Federation Tanks and Faamba - (but soon a Geonosis Beast Arena Battle!)
I have friends from work, my baseball team, karate, politics, work, volunteer causes I support, jet skiing competitions and more who all do not give a rat's bodypart about Star Wars. They will be lifelong friends but I will never care what they think about my collection. I could care less about what anyone in my family thinks about it, though when my mom's come to town to visit, she's been impressed by my creativity and untrained ability as an artist (to make paintings, or sculpted scenery and backgrounds for my larger displays - I even engineered a 5 foot long Blockade Runner you can see in the Collections on this website!)
About the only thing I care about is what girls in their 20's think when they come over to my place. In a nut shell - they might suppose I'm immature, a space-nerd, way too self-absorbed (with my own interests), or not "domesticated enough" to let them into my life, move in, and redecorate. Well I've learned to not care too much about that either. This is my life and I'm living it for me, and publically, you'd be surprised if you knew what I volunteer for and how I give back to my community. Anyway, girls I date can leave in the morning and I'm not looking for someone to enter a bargain with me so I get what I want, and they get half my income, all the say in my interior living space's planning, and dictate what I can spend my money on. I'm earning it by myself, while my grandma married my grandfather at age 19 and helped him start his clothing business (men's business suit industry) that grew into 5 chain stores and then since he's sold it, turned into a national brand by the new owner. My grandmother was a partner in that marriage. Romance seems dead in the 21st century, though I still hide hopes that it could be otherwise. But meanwhile, I have a lot of other fun interests that I can share with my girlfriends that enter my life from time to time, but they didn't earn any partnership with me, and I'm finally prospering, so come April 22 I'll have a cool $1,000 to spend at Toys R Us and no one is going to stop me!
Speedermike: when I got my AT-AT, I lined up some Rebel Troopers and shot the missles at them to see how many I could knock down. It lost its appeal rather quickly - maybe after two trials (4 missles). While the new Slave-One with rapid fire quadmissles may be more fun for knocking Jedi down for a while, it took me days to mold and shape my Battle of Hoth display, get overhangs molded to attach my speeders over the battle to (by fishing wire of course) and hand paint my mountains and snowcaps, plus the shield generator and flight-launch tubes for Echo Base. That was a lot of fun and I'm proud of what I made - it's in my bedroom and what I see every night when I go to sleep. So I open my toys and play with them in my own way, but even as a child, when I started building my 25+ years experience with playing with Star Wars toys, my mother taught me to pick them up when I was done with them and it was time to get back to (home) work in the real world. But I just care to keep my ships and toys where I can always see and appreciate them - on display. Incidently, I don't buy any Star Wars to keep packaged or collect because I think it will be worth something. My half-circles Boba Fett is open, engaging Luke Skywalker in combat, on one of my skiffs I have in a display scenerio I've been forced to assemble in the cupboards above my refridgerator! (Until I can set up something like a pool table sized Sarlaac battle with the mold and parts I've created for my actual Sarlaac, and I've waited (unitl 2007?) to see if Hasbro makes a Sailbarge, or in the spirit of my Blockade Runner, I build my own 3-decker I've designed, with cargo sled launch bays, exploding in half feature, etc!) [you can tell I'd want to try and make my design - for a TOY - myself actually. But I think all the fans deserve a Sailbarge!]
But yes, display stands are very important to me for my vehicles!
GNT - Hasbro doesn't have to make it. But my E2 toys will cost a Grand, my custom Sailbarge is estimated at $700, and to plexiglass wall hanging scenes for stuff like my Jabba's Throne Room (the cardboard one they sold and I customized), it will take more cash. I work at one of my jobs literally 7 days a week, 16 hours a day lately. I'd rather spend my money doing new Star Wars projects or buying new toys, than wrecking my vintage B-wing or Tyderium Shuttle trying to mold stuff specifically designed to support these crafts. It's hard enough tracking down sellers of these vintage pieces and finding them in good condition, let alone coughing up the cash for them with what I'm already spending on Star Wars. - and I'm not married and have no children, but I'm not rich either. So since a lot of us would like to display our ships, vintage or not, it would be convenient to just sell us ready-made stands. I'd rather spend my money on a 4 foot custom SailBarge, but a lot less people would be down for that if they were to know the cost. Don't you think it would be a good "convenience" idea if somebody made the stands for us and we could just order them when we bought new vehicles?
02-14-2002, 08:12 AM
Well.... even if we can't get ship stands and such, they could at least market the figure stands that we see at Toy Fair and with the bubble size we're gotting on the new packaging, the stands could easily fit behind the background piece.
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