View Full Version : What did you like about SW collecting in '09?

01-08-2010, 04:26 PM
We've got plenty of threads about what's gone wrong in SW collecting for 2009, so I'm curious to see what was good about it for folks. A few days ago I did my '09 write-up and there was plenty to be positive about, and no surprise, plenty to be not so positive about too. But when I asked a friend what he liked about SW collecting in 2009, his answer was vague, like he wasn't sure despite buying EVERYTHING.

So, what did YOU like about Star Wars collecting in 2009?

I'll post my list when the Year in Review article comes out.

01-08-2010, 05:08 PM
2009 was a good year for me for collecting for a few reasons.

Hasbro released the CW Y Wing which is a great vehicle! They also released the Turbo Tank which even though it's much smaller in scale than it is in media, it's a fun toy with lots of features and missiles.

They also released the Republic Gunship turret pods which really complete the look of the Republic Gunship along with extra pilots, I was able to fill out my Clone Pilot ranks for my various fighter craft and gunships, of which I was able to pick up 2 more loose/complete AOTC paint schemed RG's, so now I have a total of 9 Republic Gunships.

With all of that, I would say that for the most part, my army and fleet building for a Grand Army of the Republic is complete. I may pick up a second Y Wing down the road and possibly 1-2 Swamp Speeders, but my collection goal from Christmas 2005 is achieved.

I also received 2 more Marc Ecko SW hoodies for Christmas for my collection as well as a Obi Wan TPM/AOTC Force FX lightsaber, bringing my collection to 5 (6 if you count the MR Construction Kit).

I also expanded into collecting LEGO SW sets (I think my first LEGO purchase of 2009 was within the first few days of January!) and have been collecting the Republic Army sets as well as a few OT sets here and there. The jewel in the LEGO collection being the LEGO Death Star set that my wife wanted us to get as a joint 2nd anniversary gift.

I also got deeper into the Galactic Heroes sets and picked up the various JSF sets, a second MF set from CostCo (the paint on this one is pretty great compared to the WM set from 2008), and the Slave I. The GH Slave I is probably one of the best vehicles in this line yet and I can't wait to get the repainted Jango version as well as the CW Y Wing that we keep seeing pictures of.

All in all, 2009 was a great year for SW for me. 2010 will be more LEGO SW sets, Galactic Heroes, and a much more casual focus for the Hasbro 3 3/4" stuff. ESB (My favorite movie and the best of the 6, IMO) will be the main focus for me with the Hasbro 3 3/4" line. I might even get a Cloud Car or 2(!), 1-2 of the new Snow Speeders for sure. The rumored AT-AT (if it materializes, which I am sure it will) will be on my short list, along with various figures.

For the CW Animated figures, I will continue to pick up 1-2 each of various clones just to have around for my nephews to play with as they get older.

I am sure I missed some things on my 2009 recap, but it was a good collecting year for me.

Thanks for the thread and the chance to share.

01-08-2010, 06:12 PM
I'd say the waves made sense as far as grouping the figures together and there was a nice mix of background nobodies, main characters, iconic scenes (like Cantina 2x, Jabba's Palace) that didn't resort into every wave having Darth Vader for once. I still liked the comic packs and the Evo sets but the more EU you like the more you'll probably like these anyways. And I didn't feel bad for passing on things like in pervious years.

The thing that I'm most interested in is that despite the massive amount of other Toylines that were attempted to launch during their pre- and post movie pushes, it seems only GI Joe (and to a lesser extent Wolverine, but as part of the Marvel line) survived with Star Wars. Star Wars kept on going, despite everythign going on around it.

Darth Metalmute
01-08-2010, 06:46 PM
2009 was an interesting year for Star Wars collecting for me. I gave up the 3.5" line years ago but typically pick up a few figures a year. From what I can remember, I didn't buy a figure until after SDCC. The figures that was shown at Comic Con, made me feel nostalgic for my collecting years. Wedge with an X-Wing, Slave Leia, Turbo tank, EU jedi and Vong. Unfortunately, pricing and availability kept me from getting half of what was on my list. I loved the fact that the AT-TE was at half price. Wish the BMF Falcon would follow.

I needed to give up the 3.5" line with all the great Sideshow figures that have been released. I wish they would stick to a figure a month instead of no figures for three months and then hit you with three at once.

After a light year in '08 for Legos due to costs, I picked it up full steam this year. I liked the fact Lego is willing to do capital ships and playsets. Even though its a 2010 line, I hope that TIE defender will pave the way for more EU ships and sets. Maybe even a coralskipper vs. Shadow X-Wing one day.

My son collects Galactic heroes and the Titanium ships. They have a great vehicle release for GH minus the much wanted TIE fighter. I will miss the Titanium ships but boy did they go out with a bang.

01-08-2010, 06:53 PM
Usually, at the beginning of every year, I look over everything that I purchased in the previous year and think to myself, "Why did I spend so much money on all this crap?"

However, I don't feel that way this year. Some of the best Star Wars merchandise in the history of the brand was released in 2009.

The quality of the figures was consistently high, in fact just about every new figure released in 2009 was of higher quality than most of the 2004 VOTC line. And those were all sold for $10 each and were intended to be "premium" action figures. However, now we are getting figures that blow most of those away as pack-ins for crying out loud!

Seriously, if DS2 Luke was Hasbro's greatest misstep of 2009, then it's been a great year for action figures.

Then we get to the vehicles and I don't think we've ever seen so many high quality vehicle releases in one year. I even doubt that the movies years of 1999, 2002 and 2005 can compare to what we've seen this year alone.

Finally, the Dewback and new Sandtrooper. 'Nuff said. :love:

01-08-2010, 08:19 PM
A lot of cool Legacy figures with Build-a-droids. Not only that but the articulation was better on the redone figures that we saw not too long ago. We paid a little more, but we got a little more. No more swivel elbows on even the most obscure figures. Though I haven't opened everything to check.


01-08-2010, 11:08 PM
I was thrilled to get Warok, Needa, Episode II Owen and Beru, Saurin, Black Bespin Guard. All six are in my Top 30 list I made after Revenge of the Sith. So 1/5 of the list in one year is really good. I think the Owen, Saurin, and Black Bespin Guard figures have their issues, but I'm glad to have them. And there aren't really any unmade figures from Empire that I really want anymore, so that's pretty impressive.

I was also really glad to get the last droid from the droid sale and Leesub. The recent A New Hope Legacy wave was really a great wave for me.

I think the Jedi wave had a lot of fun figures that I was glad to get. I really like the interchangable torso on Slave Leia as I always hated having Leia stand by my vintage Kenner Jabba's throne.

In the Galactic Heroes line I was glad to get Admiral Ackbar, Nien Nunb, Droopy McCool, and Max Rebo. There aren't that many more of the little guys I'd really like. I am hoping they get to Sy Snootles and Salacious Crumb.

I really hope an equivalent of the Legacy line is still going in 2011.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-08-2010, 11:42 PM
In short, 2009 was a great year for SW. For me, what really shone was the vehicles. From the Freeco Speeder to the Y-wing to the Turbo Tank, just about everything was of exremely high quality, and there was a lot of it. I'll post a longer list of highlights later.

01-09-2010, 05:17 AM
In 2008, my interest shifted to Indy, but in 2009 my focus was completely back on SW. Sculpts, detail and articulation continue to reach new heights, and it's consistent across the board... as bigb said, basic figures are better and cheaper than VOTC from a few years ago. Plus we get "free" bonus BADs to boot.

I didn't mind the gap in releases too much - although the end of the year was expensive, I managed, and there was enough other stuff around to keep me going - mainly Lego (highlight - Hoth set, with Lego Tauntaun!) and Galactic Heroes (highlight - Nunb and Ackbar). It also gave me a chance to upgrade my vintage collection, with more variants, and replacing all the repro accessories with originals.

But back to Hasbro... the Rancor was incredible. I nearly didn't bother, as it wasn't released over here, and so expensive online, and photos really didn't do it justice. But I found a fairly good deal just before Christmas, and when I compared it to my POTF2, it just blew that one away. I'm sure I'll feel the same about the Dewback when I get one (I have one on its way, thanks to a fellow SSGer).

Finally, here are some of my favourite figures from the year:

Hrcheck Kal Fas
CW Yoda
Kit Fisto (Geonosis Arena)

Yeah, I loves me aliens! :D

Bel-Cam Jos
01-09-2010, 10:28 AM
The Lego (another section on SSG, of course) products were great (Y-Wing, Hoth sets, etc.), the CW cards series and hearing that SWG5 would be out early this year (also another section, but...), and some pretty good 3 3/4" figs (none immediately come to mind, but since I actually BOUGHT several over the year, that says something for me) and vehicles, all made for a strong '09.

That said, I still plan to collect at the if-I-like-it-I'll-buy-it pace, rather than the Pokemon-esque gotta-get-'em-all. I figure (pun always intended) that I will shell out at least $100 on Hasbro SW stuff in The Year We Make Contact (TYWMC), plus much more on books, cards, music (IF IF IF any is produced! :mad: :upset: ), etc.

01-09-2010, 12:06 PM
Actually I loved the film waves this year and the AT-ST. This may sound negative, but the best thing about this year is that it was the cheapest year I ever had in Star Wars. So little had come out that I wanted that it was under $500, usually I spend about 2 k a year on Star Wars. That made it great for me.

01-09-2010, 12:40 PM
Hasbro Star Wars

I bought 96 Hasbro Star Wars products in 2009 and spent a grand total of $942.91. What did I like best? Read on:

Animated Figures
I've always had a soft spot for animated-styled Star Wars figures since the vintage Ewoks and DROIDS days in the mid-1980s. I started watching The Clone Wars cartoon in January '09 and began to collect the basic figure line in earnest just a couple months before. I really enjoy the cartoon and collecting the figures. Though some are inexcusably lacking in articulation, I've become quite fond of them. My first vehicle purchases in 4 years were from The Clone Wars line - I bought the Freeco Speeder and a half-priced Clone Turbo Tank. I may yet pick up a clearanced Octupara Droid too. I really liked the Y-Wing as well, but thought it was overpriced - even a clearance price of $40 kept me away. The bottom line: I bought 39 basic figures, 1 deluxe, 2 battle packs, and 1 vehicle from The Clone Wars toy line in 2009.

Expanded Universe & Obscure Background Characters
After 30+ years of collecting figures from the movies, the only thing that is really keeping me interested is the opportunity to get figure versions of characters that have never been made before. Weird aliens, humans, and droids from any movie or EU source is fine with me. I don't mind the occasional resculpt, though it has to be vast improvement over the original sculpt before I buy. I did buy Malakili, Scanning Crew Trooper, both Ugnaughts, Zuckuss, and the Hoth Trooper. I plan to get the Bespin Guard(s) soon. I liked the BAD droid part pack-ins but it didn't affect my collecting habits - I only buy the figures I like and ended up with random parts and a lot of incomplete droids. I loved the Scramble on Yavin BP with the troop transporter, though that's the only vehicle I bought from the line this year. I was impressed with the AT-ST but the price did not agree with me. I don't think the Dewback is a significant improvement over the POTF2 version to warrant buying it at regular retail price. The bottom line: I bought 41 basic figures, 1 battle pack, 9 comic packs, and 2 multi-packs fom The Legacy Collection toy line in 2009.

LEGO Star Wars

I spent more money on LEGO than any other toy line last year. It's my favorite!

I bought 40 Star Wars sets last year and spent a grand total of $1,961.86 on LEGO Star Wars in 2009. Some of the sets I bought in '09 may have been released in prior years, but here are my top picks in each subtheme (no particular order):

The Clone Wars
AT-TE Walker
V-19 Torrent
Republic Attack Gunship
Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker
Pirate Tank
Republic Fighter Tank
Anakin's Y-Wing Starfighter

Original Trilogy
Echo Base (first Tauntuan!)
Death Star
The Battle of Endor
Tantive IV
TIE Defender
Wedge's X-Wing Fighter
Darth Vader's TIE Fighter

01-09-2010, 12:58 PM
I like that my daughter got more Star Wars toys than I did in 2009, I like that she asked for them and I did not in anyway force her into Star Wars. I like that the Clone Wars television series has renewed interest in Star Wars for a younger generation.:thumbsup:

01-09-2010, 06:32 PM
I was generally pleased with the SW collecting this year. Figurewise, we got some background characters that just a few years ago, we thought would have never gotten made. Even thought I'm not into EU much, we go some really good figures there too.

Vehicle wise, it was another good year. The Turbo Tank tops this category, with the CW Y-Wing not too far behind. I hope sales do well for the vehicle line, cause we're very possibly in the "golden age" of SW vehicles.

Here's some of the items that I really liked from last year:

-Hoth Rebel
-AOTC Obi-Wan
-Owen Lars
-Beru Whitesun
-Nikto Gunner
-Leia Slave
-Major Panno
-Jawa with security droid
-Imperial Scanning Trooper -The only major army builder for me this year.
-Leesub Sirln
-Hrchek Kal Fas
-Concept IG-88
-Rum Sleg
-Gungan Warrior
-Darktrooper Phase III

-Yuuzhan Vong
-Darth Krayt
-Amanin Warrior

-Turbo Tank
-CW Y-Wing
-Octuparra Droid
-SOTE Tie Fighter
-CA Tank Droid
-Republic Fighter Tank
-Ball Turrets for Gunship

I can think of better years than the last one, but all in all, I'd consider it to be a decent year.

01-11-2010, 12:18 AM
One of the best years in recent memory for SW collecting! I really scaled back the amount of stuff I purchased, while at the same time really digging the stuff I did buy. I got mostly Legacy figures, a couple CW, a couple Galactic Heroes, some vehicles/ titanium.

Figure Highlights:

Leesub Sirln (hands down my favorite of the year)
Dice Ibegon
Utris M'toc
Hrchek Kal Fas
Trinto Duaba
Clegg Holdfast
Rum Sleg
Pons Limbic
Willrow Hood
Slave Leia
Nien Nunb
Major Panno
Concept IG-88
Plo Koon (super articulated finally)

Other Highlights:

Max Rebo/ Droopy McCool, Ackbar/ Nien Nunb, Jawas & R2 Galactic Heroes
Octuptarra Droid
Whorm Loathsom
Clone Wars Jawas
Gha Nackt
Target Geonosis Jedi Sets (except the Yoda set, which stank so I left it)
Jabba's Rancor
Qui-Gon & Eopie

Figures that I bought that I actually regret buying:

CW Kit Fisto
CW Jar Jar Binks
CW Magnaguard
CW Padme (white outfit)

01-11-2010, 11:11 AM
Dangit! I keep forgetting about the Republic Fighter Tank! I bought a bunch of these. In my opinion, this vehicle was a lot of bang for my buck! Seats 3 figures and can carry up to NINE! Very awesome EU design and well done by Hasbro.

01-11-2010, 06:15 PM
I figure now is as good as any time to chime in.

This year, it seemed like TLC finally found its legs and delivered a lot more than when it didn't.

I really liked the new Obi-Wan ANH and Luke Death Star 2
nearly all the build-a-droids (even if it was a flawed concept, hard to complete many of these)
a lot of the background aliens came out quite satisfyingly
the sculpting quality on all of the build-a-droids impressed me separately from the concept itself, especially once we got U-3PO and R2-L3.
there were quite a few greatest hits figures that were enjoyable too, like Evo Fett and Evo Padme
the entire ROTJ and ESB Dec '09 waves were fantastic, there's rarely a whole wave I dig, this year there were 2
TLC vehicles were light this year, but the AT-ST and SOTE TIE Fighter were absolutely fantastic
mail-away Eopie was a quiet but nifty program
a lot more hard-to-find stuff available on HTS
the Rancor
very few regrettable purchases this year

While Titanium Series did end this year, and it felt like a whimper, some of the best molds were released in '09, and it brought our TS group together helping each other out.

New Force FX lightsabers finally, including the awesome Obi-Wan TPM saber.

Clone Wars really came alive in '09, becoming something more than a second thought line the way it was in '08.

figures that were hard to find in '08 were reshipped satisfyingly in '09
getting the AT-TE for half price, this is a great toy but I didn't have room for it in my collection at full price - half that forced me to make room, and it was worth it, plus I bought a ton more clones to shove into it
the Y-wing Bomber is fantastic, overpriced yes, but one of their best works ever, great sculpting, great features, lots of fun
all 3 space suit figures are great work, a clever concept and the new focus on show accurate heads and bodies plus improved articulation makes for a better buying experience
Rishi Moon Battle Pack was a great set, just what any fan would want
'09 was all about vehicles, the new TX-130 Republic Fighter Tank, the Octuptarra Droid, new Vulture Droid that really does what it should, the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid with moving tread and 2 cockpits, even the sleepy Magnaguard Fighter is decent.
very few regrettable purchases this year for this line as well

Finally, I really liked that Star Wars - even while its feet were shifting in the moving sand of the market - was able to hold its own against big name movie toys like Transformers and GI Joe and much more.

01-11-2010, 06:40 PM
Here's what I got in the SW universe for '09:

- LC basics
Luke Trooper
Han Trooper
Jawa w/ WED treadwell droid
2x Ben Kenobi ANH
Pons Limbic
Trinto & Dice
Luke Medical Frigate
Emperor Palps ESB
Leia Medical Frigate
Hoth Rebel Soldier
Ugnaught 1
Obi-Wan AOTC
Obi-Wan TPM
Gungan Warrior
Rum Sleg
Clegg Holdfast
2x Luke DS2
2x Leia Slave
Nien Nunb B-wing
Major Panno
Nikto Gunner
Ugnaught 2
R2 Jawa capture
Chewie Co-pilot
Imp Scanning Tech
Hrchek Kal Fas
Jawa & security droid
Padme AOTC
Boba Fett evo repack
IG-88 Concept
Clone Commander Cody
Plo Koon
concept Snowtrooper
AT-AT Driver
Cloud City Wing Guard, Edian
Luke Snowspeeder

- Other stuff
SL Super Battle Droid
Falcon Chewie (via trade)
Geonosis Assault
Comic Packs Kyle Katarn (via trade)
Crimson Empire Crucible set
Rebel TIE Fighter
Qui-Gon & Eopie mail-away
TIE Fighter SOTE
Force FX Obi-Wan TPM lightsaber
SWTF Magnaguard Fighter
Sideshow 12" Stormtrooper
Sideshow 12" Vader
Sideshow 12" Lando

- Titanium Series
Trade Fed Landing Craft
Republic Fighter Tank
V-19 Torrent
Ep 3 JSF w/ Hyperspace Ring
Neimoidian Shuttle
Republic Attack Shuttle
The Twilight
Hound's Tooth
CW Y-wing
Hyena Droid Bomber
Mist Hunter
Punishing One
CW Republic Gunship
Nebulon-B Escort Frigate

- CW basics
2x 41st Elite Clone Trooper
Mace Windu
Admiral Yularen
Obi-Wan Space Suit
Commando Droid
2x more dirty Clone Trooper
2x Denal
Anakin Space Suit
Cad Bane
Ahsoka Space Suit
2x Matchstick

- Other Stuff
dlx Freeco Bike
Rishi Moon battle pack
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Magnaguard Fighter
Vulture Droid
Republic Fighter Tank
CW Y-wing
Octuptarra Droid

The sale prices at WM and TRU really fueled a lot of purchases. Vehicles and specifically the AT-TE fueled a number of basic figure purchases as well. I had (and needed) ample assistance this year from friends, family, and fellow forumites; HasbroToyShop came through a few times as well. I nearly forgot about the Sideshow line, my interest in there took a big hit from the new pricing and made that stuff forgettable, you might notice it's not mentioned anywhere on my "what I liked about '09 collecting" post above.

01-15-2010, 12:12 PM
for me 2009 showed me that Hasbro still can release some great product that leaves the fans wanting more. for me the few items that I can think of off the top of my head that I loved most would be:

SA Slave Leia
SA Luke Jedi Duel
Holo Sidious on Mech-Chair
Rum Slegg
Captain Needa
Kyle Katarn vs Yuzzen Vong
AT-ST (love this vehicle)
Imperial Scanning Trooper

i sure there are others but I'm drawing a blank at the moment

01-15-2010, 05:30 PM
I put my response in the Annual SSG Year In Review but I'll come back to this thread and participate following my staying focused on that for the time being.

I think we are waiting for responses from SirSteve and PlasticFetish (we've been doing this for 12 years now!).

Then we have rebuttals and JediTricks publishes the completed "masterpiece."

I will say this: I noted

Hasbro offered more figures in 2009 than in 2008
I bought more figures in 2009 - and a larger percentage of the figures offered than in 2008
2 years ago (2008) I actually bought less figures than were offered, even when counting multiples I purchased for dioramas! I wanted to scale back. This year I could not. Good job by Hasbro!
There were quite a few figures I stockpiled for diorama use, and hardly all were army-builders.
Overall, I was quite impressed with 2009.

Sinscia Fat'o
01-21-2010, 06:38 AM
Wow, Kyle Katarn, and a Vong two pack, Lumiya from marvel, Young Anunt Beru and Uncle Owen, Willrow Hod, The Jawa with soft goods skirt, AT-ST, the Dew Back, All the Wal-Mart Evo. sets, I even like the Coran Horn X-Wing Pilot from the Wal-Mart two packs! I was just happy to get Mr Horn, as now i had at least a basis to work with as i made a jedi body for him. Even Darth Krayt was a great figure!

There wasn't a new Vader every line, every figure was given enough articulation to be considered an ultimate figure of that said character. I love the BAD concept, and it's one of the things keeping me in the line for the moment. All in all 09 was one if not the best years ever to be a SW collector. Everyone says the OTC is the best offering of figures ever from hasbro, but i gotta say 09 had it all. Now ask me this question next year...

01-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Wow, Kyle Katarn, and a Vong two pack, Lumiya from marvel, Young Anunt Beru and Uncle Owen, Willrow Hod, The Jawa with soft goods skirt, AT-ST, the Dew Back, All the Wal-Mart Evo. sets, I even like the Coran Horn X-Wing Pilot from the Wal-Mart two packs! I was just happy to get Mr Horn, as now i had at least a basis to work with as i made a jedi body for him. Even Darth Krayt was a great figure!

There wasn't a new Vader every line, every figure was given enough articulation to be considered an ultimate figure of that said character. I love the BAD concept, and it's one of the things keeping me in the line for the moment. All in all 09 was one if not the best years ever to be a SW collector. Everyone says the OTC is the best offering of figures ever from hasbro, but i gotta say 09 had it all. Now ask me this question next year...

gotta say..totally agree with you. this year the line was a major + and hopefully Hasbro will continue the thread of this well into the future:thumbsup: