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MASTER_JEDI
01-01-2009, 02:26 AM
Hey guys, long time lurker here. Well, After years of looking afar, I decided to get back into collecting Star Wars, and started with the new Falcon, and Unleashed Rancor. I of course was just blown away by it, but was kinda shocked at the size of Han.

I still have some POTF2 figures, such as Jedi Luke, and when I put that Han next to Luke, he looked like a dwarf!(Han). Are all the new figures so small? His head looked really tiny, so I was just wondering.

If so, no big deal, I can just start buying new versions of Luke, and the rest of the Gang. Also, I'm not going to go back in time and get everything I missed, but if anyone has an opinion on something I SHOULD go ahead and get that I missed, that would be great:).

bigbarada
01-01-2009, 02:52 AM
Hey guys, long time lurker here. Well, After years of looking afar, I decided to get back into collecting Star Wars, and started with the new Falcon, and Unleashed Rancor. I of course was just blown away by it, but was kinda shocked at the size of Han.

I still have some POTF2 figures, such as Jedi Luke, and when I put that Han next to Luke, he looked like a dwarf!(Han). Are all the new figures so small? His head looked really tiny, so I was just wondering.

If so, no big deal, I can just start buying new versions of Luke, and the rest of the Gang. Also, I'm not going to go back in time and get everything I missed, but if anyone has an opinion on something I SHOULD go ahead and get that I missed, that would be great:).

The new figures tend to be more correctly scaled and they don't have the superhero proportions that the early POTF2 figures had. If you think Han looks small, just wait until you buy any Leia figure made after 2001.

As for what you should buy from the past, that would depend on what are your favorite aspects of Star Wars. I'll just give you some of my recommendations of OT (original trilogy) figures, someone else can chime in with some prequel recommendations:

1. Ephant Mon (http://www.rebelscum.com/sagaephantmon.asp) - released in 2002, this figure is HUGE and has amazing detail
2. FX-7 (http://www.rebelscum.com/POTJfx7.asp) - from 2001, one of the most detailed and articulated Star Wars figures ever made!
3. Amanaman (http://www.rebelscum.com/POTJdeluxeamanaman.asp) - released in 2001 as a Deluxe figure.
4. Luke w/ Bacta Tank (http://www.rebelscum.com/POTJdeluxelukebacta.asp) - another 2001 Deluxe and a perfect compliment to FX-7
5. "Vintage style" Han Solo (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vhansolo.asp) - in 2004, Hasbro release a line of super-articulated figures in replicas of the original, vintage Kenner packaging. Not all were great, but some of the best action figures ever came from this line. Often referred to as VOTC figures.
6. Vintage style Chewbacca (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vchewbacca.asp) - 2004, still the best version of Chewbacca, IMO. This figure sports his ROTJ hairstyle.
7. Vintage style Boba Fett (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vboba.asp) - 2004, the first Boba Fett figure released in his ROTJ colors. He was rereleased in 2007 (http://www.rebelscum.com/TACSLbobafett.asp), so that version might be easier to find.
8. Vintage style Bossk (http://www.rebelscum.com/VTSCBossk.asp) - 2007, one of the greatest action figures ever! If not the greatest.
9. Vintage style Snowtrooper (http://www.rebelscum.com/VTSCSnow.asp) - 2007, another candidate for greatest action figure ever if you can ignore the face under his helmet.
10. Darth Vader w/ removable helmet (http://www.rebelscum.com/TLC08Vader.asp) - 2008, if you're just getting back into collecting, then you're probably not sick of Darth Vader like most of us are and this version is the first to feature a two-piece removable helmet. You might still be able to find this one on the store shelves now.

I know there are plenty more, but those are my top ten picks for modern Star Wars figures you can't overlook.

MASTER_JEDI
01-01-2009, 03:00 AM
wow, thank you so much, that was very, very helpful! Can't believe they made Ephant Mon! So cool!

El Chuxter
01-01-2009, 03:20 AM
I'd have to recommend Chief Chirpa (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc039chirpa.asp), by far the greatest Ewok figure ever made.

bigbarada
01-01-2009, 03:24 AM
No problem, just want to be sure that if you are going to start buying older figures then you only get the best of the best.

Another thing you might find cool is the McQuarrie Signature Series Concept sub-line that Hasbro released in 2007. These were all figures based on the early McQuarrie concept paintings and included:

1. Stormtrooper (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC09McStorm.asp)
2. Boba Fett (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC15McFett.asp)
3. Chewbacca (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC21McChewie.asp)
4. Darth Vader (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC28McVader.asp)
5. Starkiller Hero (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC37McStarkiller.asp) - based on the paintings of Luke and Leia when they were one character.
6. Snowtrooper (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC42McSnowtrooper.asp)
7. Han Solo (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC47McHan.asp)
8. Rebel Trooper (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC60McRebel.asp)

obi-dad
01-01-2009, 05:00 AM
I'm going to have to totally agree with bigbarada's & El Chuxter's picks. I'm not one normally into non-movie figures, but I was really impressed with the McQuarrie figures. There have been 3 other ewoks now issued in the correct scale, so I would have to suggest those, to go with Chirpa. They look great all together. And other than the first year of the vintage-styled figures, you really can't miss with them (unless I'm forgetting something).

Jawa & LIN Droid (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC19jawa.asp) - released in 2007, I waited years to finally see this one be made. And, by next year, you can complete the sale of the droids scene.
Elis Helrot (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC23elis.asp) - released in 2007, one of the Cantina aliens I wanted for a long time, comes with part of the Cantina bar...I wasn't overly impressed with the quality of the bar, but there were many people happy to get it (there were 6 straight & 2 curved pieces alltogether).
Hermi Odle (http://http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC29hermi.asp) - released in 2007, you can't recommend Ephant Mon and not Hermi.
Romba & Graak (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC43ewoks.asp) - released in 2007, 2 of the ewoks mentioned earlier.
4-Lom (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC414LOM.asp) - released in 2007... near vintage style perfection for another bounty hunter.
Vintage style Sand People (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC-Vsand.asp) - released in 2006, I love the look of this figure.
Vintage style Biker Scout (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC-Vscout.asp) - released in 2006, this was re-released in Saga Legends for $3 cheaper last year... the best biker scout ever made.
R5-D4 (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc032r5d4.asp) - released in 2006, very nice after that missile firing attrocity they made.
AT-AT Driver (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC009atatdriver.asp) - released in 2006, another nice imperial army troop builder.
Garindan (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc034garindan.asp) - released in 2006, a very nice update to a "Cantina" figure
Hem Dazon (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc033hemdazon.asp) released in 2006, went back and forth on this one, since only the head was in ANH, but collectors have wanted this guy for years
Luke (Dagobah training) (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC01lukedagobah.asp) - released in 2004 with alternate head and arms... great concept and executed fantastically. Luke can do a handstand, pushups, carry Yoda on his back, and the OTC figures came with some cool figures stands.
OTC Screen Scenes (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTCscenes.asp) - released in 2004, here you can see the 6 straight pieces of the Cantina bar and the figures that came with them and the Jedi Council (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/OTC/OTCssJHC1thru4.jpg&text=2004%20Jedi%20High%20Council%20Scenes%201%20t hrough%204), which looked pretty cool when put all together.
Saga Screen Scenes (http://www.rebelscum.com/sagascenes.asp) - released in 2003, including the first 2 sets of the Jedi council, the Geonosian War Room, & the Death Star Trash Compactor
R1-G4 (http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0406r1-g4.asp) - released in 2004, another sale-of-the-droids droid, I was shocked at the quality of this sculpt and paint apps when it first came out.

bigbarada
01-01-2009, 02:44 PM
I'm going to have to totally agree with bigbarada's & El Chuxter's picks. I'm not one normally into non-movie figures, but I was really impressed with the McQuarrie figures. There have been 3 other ewoks now issued in the correct scale, so I would have to suggest those, to go with Chirpa. They look great all together. And other than the first year of the vintage-styled figures, you really can't miss with them (unless I'm forgetting something).

Jawa & LIN Droid (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC19jawa.asp) - released in 2007, I waited years to finally see this one be made. And, by next year, you can complete the sale of the droids scene.
Elis Helrot (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC23elis.asp) - released in 2007, one of the Cantina aliens I wanted for a long time, comes with part of the Cantina bar...I wasn't overly impressed with the quality of the bar, but there were many people happy to get it (there were 6 straight & 2 curved pieces alltogether).
Hermi Odle (http://http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC29hermi.asp) - released in 2007, you can't recommend Ephant Mon and not Hermi.
Romba & Graak (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC43ewoks.asp) - released in 2007, 2 of the ewoks mentioned earlier.
4-Lom (http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC414LOM.asp) - released in 2007... near vintage style perfection for another bounty hunter.
Vintage style Sand People (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC-Vsand.asp) - released in 2006, I love the look of this figure.
Vintage style Biker Scout (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC-Vscout.asp) - released in 2006, this was re-released in Saga Legends for $3 cheaper last year... the best biker scout ever made.
R5-D4 (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc032r5d4.asp) - released in 2006, very nice after that missile firing attrocity they made.
AT-AT Driver (http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC009atatdriver.asp) - released in 2006, another nice imperial army troop builder.
Garindan (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc034garindan.asp) - released in 2006, a very nice update to a "Cantina" figure
Hem Dazon (http://www.rebelscum.com/tsc033hemdazon.asp) released in 2006, went back and forth on this one, since only the head was in ANH, but collectors have wanted this guy for years
Luke (Dagobah training) (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC01lukedagobah.asp) - released in 2004 with alternate head and arms... great concept and executed fantastically. Luke can do a handstand, pushups, carry Yoda on his back, and the OTC figures came with some cool figures stands.
OTC Screen Scenes (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTCscenes.asp) - released in 2004, here you can see the 6 straight pieces of the Cantina bar and the figures that came with them and the Jedi Council (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/OTC/OTCssJHC1thru4.jpg&text=2004%20Jedi%20High%20Council%20Scenes%201%20t hrough%204), which looked pretty cool when put all together.
Saga Screen Scenes (http://www.rebelscum.com/sagascenes.asp) - released in 2003, including the first 2 sets of the Jedi council, the Geonosian War Room, & the Death Star Trash Compactor
R1-G4 (http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0406r1-g4.asp) - released in 2004, another sale-of-the-droids droid, I was shocked at the quality of this sculpt and paint apps when it first came out.

I can vouch for most of those! :thumbsup:

Everything but the Screen Scenes. Not because I don't like them, I've just never owned any of them.

obi-dad
01-03-2009, 03:00 PM
I can vouch for most of those! :thumbsup:

Everything but the Screen Scenes. Not because I don't like them, I've just never owned any of them.

Ok... the screen scenes... I'm going to say more, because I've been vocal on multiple forums complaining about these same screen scenes that I just endorsed. First, let me say I think these are all very cool diorama pieces and great ideas, but Hasbro could have executed some of these much better, so it depends if the things I'm about to bring up bother you. I know JT dismisses these as me being picky, which I will not deny. Some of these things, I'm no longer even sure that I first noticed them on my own... it may be that someone else on one site pointed them out in a forum post and since then, I can't look at these without noticing.

1. Jedi Council: Look at the screen shots at the floor... one is how it should look and the other shows wide gaps between some of the painted decco on the floor and on some of the same decco pieces, then tip is cut off. [ok, I couldn't fit another image in the post, but I assume you can imagine how it should look with everything symetrical on the floor design & evenly spaced] The other thing is the seat on the Jedi chairs is too low, so instead of the Jedi's thighs being parallel to the floor, their knees are higher than their @sses. Both points are picky... I love the set, but I can't look at it without noticing, so I can't recommend without pointing it out. All of this is pointed out in the picture.

2. Geonosian War Room: very cool set and I'm fairly certain at the time, at least 4 out of 6 of the figures were new and I can't remember if they were all re-released, though I think both Passel Argente & Shu Mai were repainted and released as other characters... only one thing wrong - the table is maximally 1/4 the size it should be. This should be obvious comparing the screenshot from the movie and Hasbro's table.

3. Cantina bar: not the best sculpted Cantina figures and the bar itself leaves something to be desired. Part of the reason is that the straight pieces were produced over a year before the curved section, so the design & paint color don't match perfectly. Also, Hasbro, who often leaves out details in accessories, decided to add some this time... bar stools! Maybe I'm watching a different version of ANH than Hasbro, but there were no bar stools! The last thing to point out, is that the curve was WAY too tight, not leaving room for the rumored center distillary and barely enough room for Wuher. This can be seen in the picture... I couldn't find a good one to see the paint app differences looking at a straight piece & curved side by side. Many have bought a redundant straight piece to put in between the 2 curved pieces... not exactly accurate, but at least there is more room inside and room for the center piece, if it ever comes (which as of the last Q&A that it was brought up with Hasbro, they maintain they are looking for a way to get it out there.

4. Death Star Trash Compactor: When these 2 sets are placed together, it makes a really nice little diorama. The only issue is that these figures don't have much articulation, but in this case, it's fine by me since I use the set as a mini-diorama...

So, there you go... a lot of nit-picky complaints for some of the few sets I thought were good enough to single out to get from the past. I still do, but since I'm recommending them, I also wanted to point out their shortcomings, just in case it makes any difference to you.

Old Fossil
01-04-2009, 12:01 PM
So, obi-dad... what did you use for those custom Tonnika sisters???

DarkArtist
01-04-2009, 10:16 PM
So, obi-dad... what did you use for those custom Tonnika sisters???

yeah, obi-dad. nice stuff. did you make them or are the customs that were bought at a show or something. post some more pics of them if you get a chance

obi-dad
01-04-2009, 11:44 PM
So, obi-dad... what did you use for those custom Tonnika sisters???


yeah, obi-dad. nice stuff. did you make them or are the customs that were bought at a show or something. post some more pics of them if you get a chance

I wish... I actually found that pic in a forum post from some site about the time the curved bar pieces came out. I have a feeling I remember who posted it, but since I don't know for sure, I'll let him come forward if he reads this, as (if I remember who it is correctly) this is one of the many sites he posts on.