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  1. #1

    Thumbs up non-completist figure collectors SOUND OFF! :)

    it's clear that the majority of those who contribute to this forum are completists. all well and good, but what about those of you who, like me, don't Want to collect every last figure they make?
    to begin with, which ones do you collect? (or, if it's easier to list the ones you Don't collect, ok, even though that'd make you closer to a Completist than a "discrminator" )
    here's the ones I've deemed cool enough to collect (all non-vintage unless otherwise stated):
    '79 fett
    all 3 current fetts
    '80 ig88
    both current ig88s
    '83 boushh
    sote boushh
    rocket r2
    rolled-up droideka from r2 carrycase (is this considered a true figure?)
    interrogator droid (from commtech dv)
    commtech stormy
    atat driver
    tie pilot
    i THINK that's all of em. i'll chime in later if i remember others

  2. #2
    I'm not a completist

    Here, I should be telling people why some fig I don't collect. Figs like :

    1. POTJ Chocobi Wan
    2. POTJ Anakin Mechanic
    3. POTJ Jar Jar Tatooine

    ... just to name a few.

    All 3 figs mainly wore the same attire in other released versions on EPI cards. For instance the Jar Jar Binks, it wore the same clothes in all its incarnations ie :

    1. EPI Jar Jar Binks
    2. Kaadu & JJB
    3. Gungan Assault Cannon set
    4. Swimming JJB
    5. etc etc

    I don't blame the toy maker but they are only true to the character (as it don't wear any other clothes in the entire TPM).

    I'm not too big into plastic capes and upon removing that from Chocobi, he is the same guy as the EPI Jedi Knight / Jedi Duel versions.

    EPI Ani? All incarnations are about the same.

    That's it, my 2 cents

  3. #3
    I was cured of my need to "collect them all" when I basically ran out of money trying to collect them all. My bills started to get out of hand so I had to stop collecting entirely for like six months just to catch up with my debts. Now I just buy the one or two figures from each assortment that I really like, with priority given to first time resculpts of vintage figures. I don't even bother with the new vehicles unless it's a never before made one like the TIE Bomber.
    Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split. - Robert E. Howard

  4. #4
    Hello, my name is Mandalorian Candidate and I am a recovering completionist. I used to get every figure Hasbro/Kenner put out, but no longer. The early POTJ waves convinced me that sometimes it's just better for everyone involved just to leave the crummy figures on the pegs. Although I do like the challenge of finding new or HTF stuff, there is crap I will just not buy.

    So stand up with me my shortpacked brothers and refuse to buy poorly made resculpts?

    Can I get an amen?
    "I'm just a YES man trying to make my way in the universe." - Jango McCallum

    "Good dialogue and smooth editing are no match for a good YES man by your side, kid." - George Lucas

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Laurel, Mississippi
    Amen, brother!

    It's true that I'm not the same collector of Star Wars figures that I was four or five years ago. Back then, it was at least one carded and one loose of each figure for me, including variations. But the money -- and, eventually, the space -- for all that just wasn't there, and I came to see that much of the stuff ended up in a cardboard box anyway, out of sight and (mostly) out of mind.

    Now I buy mainly POTJ figures from the original trilogy, though I still pick up the odd EpI figure that strikes my fancy (as I plan to do with Shmi Skywalker). I don't generally buy the 12" line any more; most of 'em don't stand up too well, and the sculpts just aren't up to par, for the most part. (I HAVE taken to collecting the Playmates 12" Star Trek line, with great satisfaction.)
    Mond urynn ac alanna, vos ac ceredigion, sleyn vos vuul.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Madisonville, KY
    Since I have all but the last few figures from the original Kenner series (thanks to my parents when I was a wee little lad) I only collect any new figures NOT produced in the original line up. I only buy the vehicles or any miscellaneous items if they contain a new figure, or if the vehicle was never produced (like the TIE bomber). I'd be broke if I tried to collect everything, and my wife would probably divorce me!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Ft Knox/Ft Stewart
    I don't have a problem. I can stop collecting them all anytime I want to. Other people may be addicted completionists, but not me. I am in complete control of my collecting hobby. I am a completionist because I choose to be. I can quit anytime and to prove it, I won't buy the next wave of, wait .....I won't buy the wave after the next!

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    I too stopped buying everything a couple of years ago. Now I stick to just the vehicles (I never saw any of these as a kid - New Zealand missed out on a lot of the toys - so I buy all of them) and any of the Action Collection that catches my eye. I'm not even gonna touch Ep's 1 to 3. As has been mentioned, it anyway all ended up in boxes, (especially in my case as I am now living in the UK and my collection is in Dad's basement in NZ) because there was no room, there were too many financial concerns and quite frankly it's a pain in the *** chasing so much product.

  9. #9
    I am a non-completest, and not due as much to finances as to personal preference. When POTF2 was first released, I wasn't going to buy any at all (mainly due to disappointment in Han, Luke and Chewbacca amoung others. But as more and more cool figures came out, I took on a "got to have them all" approach, with the exception of repeats and the really stupid first release deluxe figures. Now I will only buy a resculpt if it is a marked improvement on a previous sculpt or has much to offer (I personally love the Dejarik Chewbacca, not as Chewbacca himself as a viable figure, but from the standpoint of having that wonderful looking, single scene figure) like the Bespin Capture Han Solo (vs. the Bespin Han) or the new Imperial Troops. Usually I will throw out the poor, earlier version from my display (i.e. first release Han and Luke) in favor of a new one, but some get to stay (original Sandtrooper and Tusken). I am even less of a completest with the 12" figures, buying only those that really do it for me (I do not have a Qui-Gon or Obi-Wan from E1, despite having had two Defense of Naboo sets from which I sold all but one Amidala as loose figures). I look forward to the 12" Death Star Droid and Trooper but have no use for the Han.
    Of course, being a non-completest makes it a much more satisfying hobby. Completests complain that exclusives ruin the hobby making it harder for them as well as having to re-buy the same characters. None of us has a gun to his or her head, you know. I know of one such completest who stopped collecting both Star Wars and, more recently, the Simpsons due to exclusives (most especially the instantly sold-out Wizard Simpsons exclusives).

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    West Hartford, CT, USA


    Well, I have every original figure except Yak Face (including a Telescoping Saber Luke), so I guess I was something of a completist back then. That held true in the early days of POTF2, in spite of my misgivings about the quality of some of the figures. Also, I only collect 3 3/4" figures, not 12", and no vehicles - nowhere to put 'em.

    I've become a good deal more discriminating lately. I did go on a "catching up" spree back in April, picking up a LOT of figures (hadn't really bought anything except a few early Ep1 figures and a select few CT figures in the last few years), but I think Ep1 is pretty much where I draw the line now, though I do make exceptions for the Jedi Council, SA Maul, the Destroyer Droid, R2 units, and TC-14.

    I do have the original Anakin figure (couldn't resist putting him on a shelf next to Vader), Jedi Duel and Naboo Obi-wan and Qui-Gon (wouldn't have bought the JD figures if I'd known the Naboo versions were coming), original Maul and Tatooine Maul, plus the original Dirty Battle Droid, OOM-9, and the Security Battle Droid. No Jar Jar, no Amidala, no Padme, no Nemoidians, no Sidious, etc. As I look at this list, I realize that I will purchase cool droids, cool aliens, and anybody with a Lightsaber

    In the POTJ line, I'm sticking almost exclusively to Original Trilogy figures (finally broke down and picked up Porkins today at WM - still wish they had used his first name from the Marvel Comics (Tono) rather than Jek from WEG, who didn't have any flair for names at all). My big weakness is good sculpts of the main characters in important costumes and nice new versions of "army" figures - wish the new Rebel and Imp Officer figs were a bit more generic. More partial to ANH and ESB figures - the original ROTJ figures were quite nice in a lot of cases, plus the movie is the weakest of the original trilogy, so not quite as important to me (still want a Jedi Luke resculpt, though).

    Okay, this has become a novella - sorry! Best I can say is that there are figures I couldn't care less about (Ketwol, for instance, or K-3PO, just cuz it's an obviously cheap TC-14 repaint, or any new EP1 outside the above exceptions list), and others that I'm really looking forward to, like the new X-wing Luke (in spite of his skyward gaze). It's funny - there are times when I almost forget how important SW was to me as a kid, then the smallest thing will trigger a flood of memory, like something tickling a particular part of my brain. The Jedi Force File from Luke X-wing had that effect - can't say why, it just did.


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