Hi forum, been away for a bit, so just catching up on the news, I've missed so much, some great announcements, nuBSG ships, next years wave of SW Titaniums, a super detailed ARC-170 Titanium Ultra, its like christmas already!
I travelled back to the UK last month and picked up a few things I found. Firstly, I found the ROTS Micro line ships in a Forbidden Planet in Birmingham. They were selling them for a slightly steep £15 a set, but I couldn't resist, and so picked up quite a few Jedi fighters, tri fighters and arc's, and the mini figs got put in a box somewhere. After finding those, I also picked up the original trilogy microline, which although at first I thought were crap, decided they were ok, not for display certainly, but ok, plus they were cheap from TRU. The ROTS micro's though, I was very pleased with, especially the almost old MM style ARC-170.
I also discovered a Joyride studios oldBSG Viper, also in Forbidden Planet. I was very impressed with the look of it, after previously deciding they didn't look interesting enough to order online, so I gave in and bought it. Unfortunately when I got it hope to begin its Combat Air Patrol its wing came off in my hands. So next day it went back, and they had no more left so I had to go for a refund as they weren't being restocked until I came back to France. Was very dissapointed, so may pick one off ebay if I can spot one.
I also made time to see some friends, one of which is a bit of a Trek/Star Wars ship collector, and he had a gift. None other than an opened Invisible Hand playset. He'd bought it and got it home to discover that it did indeed look rubbish, and he donated it to me. I promptly grabbed the Vulture Droid mini, added that to my collection, and stuffed the invisible hand in a cupboard. There it will stay until I stick it on ebay, terrible version of a grand warship!
Also on my travels I happened upon a model shop in my town of birth, and in a display in a corner for some unknown reason they had a Furuta Reliant ship from Wave 1. Now, I'd previously traded mine with the very good forum bounty hunter in return for an MM I'd been after for sometime. It was a ship I'd missed since trading it, more because it left a hole in my Wave 1 Furuta line up. So I gave in, and for £5 it was a bargin.
Then, while he was getting it out I spotted a mini Eagle Transporter from Space 1999, I never even knew they did Space 1999 so I picked that up too. For £5 that was another bargin. Anyone know what they did in that line up, and who it was made by, these passed me by. I'm presuming it was another Japanese Candy producer?
And then, when I returned to France I had gifts. A French friend had visited the US and had decided to grab me a present I'd been raving on about. A small selection of Titaniums! The ARC-170 and Republic Gunship, and also the Gift Set 1! I was over the moon, these Titaniums are great, I can't believe just how wonderful they are. Star Wars mini ship greatness. I am now eager to grab the rest, I need more squadrons of Jedi Fighters, repaint away hasbro, I need a blue fighter a purple mace windu fighter the works!
And it doesn't stop there, while walking back from work last week I discovered a local collectors store had in a Finemolds Jedi Starfighter model. At €40 I didn't grab it right away, but I am thinking about it, would look great next to my Venator Class SD model.
Anyway, hope all is well, I may sound like an excited child, but gee guys, we are in a time when finally some great stuff its being released, how far we've come since the depressing summer 2003 when our collecting world crashed down. Rejoice!