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    I still really enjoy my 95 power of the force 2

    I have Han Luke Leia Chewie and some stormtroopers out.

    Only six points of articulation and big chests And oversized weapons.

    I was so excited to get these way back when.

    I still love mine for the memories.
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    I have to admit, there is some nostalgic value there, because this line is almost 18 years old now. In August, POTF2 will be old enough to vote.... and buy cigarettes. (I'm assuming it was released in August 1995, because Hasbro usually debuts their new lines in August).

    That's not to say that I have any urge to collect them all again. Although, occasionally I find one or two on eBay that spur up some fond memories. I think POTF2 was my "golden age" of collecting, because I was out on my own and had enough disposable income to buy practically whatever I wanted. By 1998, I was starting to burn out and gravitate more towards N64 video games, but I still have some really fond memories of all the figures released between 1995 and 1998.

    In fact, the Slackers store near me has an entire wall of carded POTF2 figures for sale and that's fun to look though and reminisce about the carefree 1990s.

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    As the Crowd Control Stormtrooper and Cruisemissile Trooper have not been updated, the line can never die in our hearts.
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    I used to look through Steve Sansweet's Action Figure Archive to compare how much better the POTF2 figures looked than the vintage ones. It's crazy to think how things have progressed since then - and to realize that the time difference between the end of the vintage line and the start of POTF2 is the same time between the blue-and-gold "saga" line look and now.

    I became a fan and started buying the figures in 1997 when I was seven years old, so my earliest SW memories involve POTF2 (my first figure was the EU bounty hunter Chewie, but still). Almost all of the stores where I would get the figures back then are now gone, and the only store that still remains is a Target that was almost completely remodeled. I remember making the decision to get the single-carded Han even though I had the one from the Jabba beast pack, so I can actually pinpoint the moment my completism started.

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    I find that the more I look at the POTF2 figures, the less I like them. There's something pleasing about the ability to do so much with so little that is found on the vintage Kenner line, and the sculpting quality kicked up considerably at POTJ. But the bulky 'roid-rage '95 figures with their giant oversized accessories feel like they're trapped in an era of crass commercialism, like they could have been better but instead tried to be something they weren't (look at what McFarlane did with the 2nd wave of Spawn figures, for example). Very few POTF2 figures remain in my good graces - just 2-1B, Jawas, 8D8 (I can't even say EV-9D9 because that's a retool of the Kenner vintage mold!), Bossk (there are better Bossks, but that POTF2 one is still pretty good), Death Star Droid, Pote Snitkin, and that's about it. And even there, only the Death Star Droid and Pote Snitkin really feel up to a quality level of deco and sculpt.
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    It's about the memories and the hopes for a new line:

    1) since we only had 80's vintage to compare them to, with flat-line eye slits and skinny bodies to fit on coffin cards, the 1995's, looking somewhat more like the movie actors who portrayed our beloved characters, were something awesome to get all excited about. In fact, it's what started THIS WEBSITE, SSG, as we were all crazy about SW's return.

    2) Not too long after, with Dagobah Luke and the Han Solo Stormtrooper mail-away, we began to wonder what this rebirth entailed for us that we'd never gotten before: Vader Removeable Helmet, Wedge, Tarkin, Slave Leia, Wuher, Piett, a Rebel Fleet Trooper, Garindan.

    These were but a few I'd always dreamt I could've had in the 1980's.

    Just to get those in 1996 - 1998 I was thrilled that SW was back.

    Also, as some here pointed out - I had my own money, credit too, and could drive my own butt to the store to get these without my mom's help. Thus I could have as many stormtroopers as I'd ever had wanted and could start buying to accumulate the parts to dioramas I wanted to build, like I made "play bases" for my figures back in my childhood.

    And as pretty darn psycho-wierd with a need for committment to psychiatric help as that was, I made friends - a lot of them - who were completely like-minded people. (Oh yeah - I'm talking to a lot of you right now, hehe).
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Very few POTF2 figures remain in my good graces - just 2-1B, Jawas, 8D8 (I can't even say EV-9D9 because that's a retool of the Kenner vintage mold!), Bossk (there are better Bossks, but that POTF2 one is still pretty good), Death Star Droid, Pote Snitkin, and that's about it. And even there, only the Death Star Droid and Pote Snitkin really feel up to a quality level of deco and sculpt.
    What about the POTF2 B'Omarr Monk mail-in? Yeah the sculpt isn't movie accurate, and the paint job wasn't movie accurate (at least when compared to the "slightly more accurate" paint job of the B'Omarr Monk re-release from Saga's Jabba's Denizens multipack). Still, its probably one of the most unusual and unique figures to come from the modern SW toy line (POTF2-Present Day), or any toy line for that matter.
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