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Darth Cruel
06-07-2002, 05:55 PM
I have a buddy, with whom I work. He is an avid action figure collector, but only buys the ones he likes. He doesn't go after a complete line. He accompanied me to Wal-Mart when I was getting my AOTC figures and decided that he really liked the Yoda figure. Of course who wouldn't, it being the first of him with a lightsaber. And of course we had a very hard time finding one and he lost patience quickly.

Seeing that he was about to go down the collecting Dark Side, I figured (figuratively speaking) that I had better take him as an apprentice quickly before he gave strength to the Scalper Lords. He laughed as I went from shelf-to-shelf looking at the "secret" spaces that the scalpers (and some legitimate collectors who are short of funds) like to hide them until I lifted one and found three figures that I was looking for including the "Final Battle Jango Fett", and one the Royal Guards that he wanted besides Yoda. The laughter quickly left his face. And for the next two days we went and looked under the shelves until...much to even my surprise...he lifted one and found not one, not two, not three. but four Yodas. I had his attention for sure and I could see his potential was beyond even my expectations.

However he soon again became impatient and wanted to buy Mace, and Dooku at Frank-n-Scalpers, But I calmed him by teaching him a collectors' mind exercise and convinced him to wait. Sure enough, three weeks later we found them on the pegs. His awe at my wisdom was profound and I could see the first signs of a Collecting Master of the very highest ability.

His Collector abilities needed more honing, though. I had to be sure that he had the kindness and helpfullness of a Collecting Master and not the greed and cruelty of a Scalper Lord. So I waited, and I watched for some sign that he would do the right thing when the time came...that he would hand the hard to find figure to the collector who was too short to get it from the peg...or tell the young enthusiast at what store to find a better selection of figures. Or to find the figure of his dreams while he has no money to by it and leave it hanging on the peg for the next one who does.

A tear came to my eyes when he brought me a Taun We that he found and would not take any money from me for it. I think he is ready for The Trials.

Jedi Juice
06-07-2002, 06:15 PM
That is an awesome story, relating the growth experience of becoming a Jedi to collecting action figures. That was cool. Do you have any more apprentices?

Darth Cruel
06-07-2002, 06:54 PM
Actually yes. This same person is married to a lady who is on the same path as he is. She is actually the one who picked up the figure. And then he brought it to me.

odi-wan windu
06-07-2002, 07:44 PM
but if he could be turned....

humsup
06-07-2002, 08:49 PM
I hate scalpers. If all collectors can practice restraint and patience, scalpers will be no more. DO NOT BUY FROM SCALPERS!!

odi-wan windu
06-07-2002, 09:18 PM
that is why the anger from not finding a figure must not explode into buying from scalpers and ultimately turning to the dark side.:Pirate:

saladin
06-07-2002, 09:36 PM
I have nevre bought from a scalpre and never will, when the cantina 3-pack came out back in the day i missed it, now my Toys' r us has like ten they found for only 6.80.

Hasbro'sBountyHunter
06-08-2002, 02:20 AM
Learned much, your apprentice has.