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Feedback A-G / fishtifer
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:45:00 AM »
Completed a great deal with fishtifer, super-fast payment no troubles.  Thanks again enjoy the X-Wing.

Off Topic / The Reason(s) I Haven't Been Around Much For Awhile
« on: April 15, 2007, 07:47:28 AM »
I haven't been around the boards very much for months, and I have been very bad about answering PM's, etc.
But I swear I have a good reason:

Wolfgang Alexander Hildebrand
Born March 26
9.1 lbs

Between his arrival and renovating to prepare for it, I have had very little time for SW unfortunately.
But I'm back now and I might even post a trade thread that I will actually reply to! :P

Wampa Cave / Figure Stashing
« on: April 22, 2006, 12:30:29 AM »
I know this is an old chestnut, but I thought I'd bring it up again with the Coruscant wave starting to hit.
What's your opinion of figure stashing?
I think it has to be one of the most inconsiderate, stupid things that collectors do to one another.
Today I found 2 Vaders stashed in 2 different Zellers.  One was a regular, and one was an UGH.  Neither was hidden in a very imaginative place, it took me about 5 seconds to find both.  But I'm sure there are some stashers out there with enough intelligence to hide things better, or at least hide them more than 2 feet away from the SW pegs.
I just think it sucks that you show up to a store, see evidence that new figs were there, and then walk away empty-handed because some idiot was there before you and decided to hide figures instead of leaving them on the pegs.
Hunting is part of this hobby.  So is having a job/money to buy the stuff you find.
If you don't have the cash, don't bother hunting.  Leave the figs for another collector to find. :maul:

Announcements / Toy Shows / Contests / Streamlining the Forums
« on: April 18, 2006, 11:25:13 PM »
First off, I want to say kudos to the people who run this site for the excellent job they do.  It's by far my favourite site on the web, I've been here since the beginning and I visit as often as I can.
My suggestion is this:  I think the number of forums should be reduced to make navigation easier and avoid duplication.  Here's my proposal:


Snowtrooper Recruitment
Wampa Cave (Anything Goes Here)
Scout Report
Jedi Archives
Snowtrooper Collections


SAGA/Clone Wars
Toy Reviews


SW/General Art
SW Movies and TV
Non-SW Entertainment
Video Games/Computer Talk
Non-SW Toys


Same as before, love it!


Same as before, love it!


Same as before, love it!


Awesome, don't change a thing!

Anyway, I think this minor re-organization would eliminate around 10 forums without eliminating any content. 
It would also lessen the confusion about where to post.  The way things are set up now a lot of non-SW stuff gets posted in the cave and not in Off-Topic and vice-versa.
Anyway, just my 2 cents.
Anybody else have any thoughts?

Sports / 2006 Blue Jays
« on: April 04, 2006, 10:16:10 PM »
Well, they've won the home opener.
The team is carrying a lot of expectations into the season this year, and the opener couldn't have gone better if it was scripted by J.P. himself.
The new guys (Glaus, Overbay, Molina) all get hits.
Halladay pitches a good, if not great, game.
B.J. Ryan closes out with authority and passion.
The most positive sign, IMO, is Alex Rios knocking one out.  If this guy improves this year and starts hitting consistently for power, look out.
Anyway, it's great to have baseball back, especially with the Leafs hitting the golf course even earlier this year than usual.
Only 161 games to go :speechless-smiley-004:

"We're born again, there's new grass on the field."

The Toys - Snowtrooper Reviews! / Tac-Ops Trooper
« on: March 19, 2006, 12:38:24 PM »
Just got back from a trip to Florida.  Along the drive I convinced the wife to let me stop off at various Wal-Marts, Targets, and Toys-r-Us if we could see them from the highway and they were close to the off-ramp.
Long story boring, I managed to score 5 Tac-Ops in Megabuy packs from TRU.
Now, after having opened my troops and displaying them, I have to say that it's a good thing I'm not a kid who wants to play with his figures.
All I did was open the packages, pose them, and stand them up.
These guys are incredibly fragile.  The plastic of the guns is the worst I've seen from Hasbro yet, they are so soft they are deformed in the package before you even touch them, and they are VERY difficult to get back into the clone's hand after they fall out as you remove him from the package.
2 of my clones had left arms that fell off immediately upon removal from the package, and 1 had a pauldron that did the same thing.  Needless to say once they fall off they don't want to go back on again.
This problem doesn't seem to be exclusive to the 501st, I've had arms falling off my AT-TE Gunners as well.   Just really chintzy manufacturing by Hasbro.
These figs wouldn't last 2 minutes with a kid playing with them.  But they do look cool as hell set up on display. :artoo:

Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / The Things You Find in Random Ebay Lots
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:08:47 PM »
So the other day I won a "Darth Vader Head" auction as I like to call them.  You know the kind I mean, a lot consisting of a Darth Vader carrying case and a bunch of miscellaneous figs.  Usually someone dumping their childhood toys.
This one was nothing special, 27 figs, no weapons.  I kind of won it by accident for the grand total of $27.
I picked up the stuff in person as it was a local seller.  When I got home I opened the case and was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of Snowtrooper guns in the accessory bin.
Then I noticed this:

What a sweet find!  He wasn't in the picture on the auction.  His stickers are gone and he doesn't walk too well, but he's in super shape, nice and clean and white.
Not something I ever thought I would have, and not something I ever would have actively sought out.  But now that he's mine it's kind of cool to have this little piece of Canadian SW history.... :artoo:

Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / Vac-Formed Luke Hoth Auction
« on: March 01, 2006, 11:25:47 AM »

Interesting that there is a K-Mart price sticker on it.  Was the big K buying up Sears' unsold stock?

Announcements / Toy Shows / Contests / What's Going On Around Here????
« on: February 22, 2006, 12:22:16 AM »
So I ran into the interesting "Mulvey Market/Scalping" thread today in the Manitoba section.
Then the discussion moved into the Wampa's Cave in the "Guests" thread.
Now the Mulvey thread is locked and posts have been deleted from the "Guests" thread, which is locked as well.
This is not the Snowtroopers I'm used to.
I agree with Ian(Barada)'s now deleted post about both sides of this "fair market value/scalping/sponsor/non-sponsor" debate.
It seems that this Manitoba flea market guy was kinda playing loose with the site's rules, but he was strictly a local dude and the Manitoba people were happy with him.
Two sides to every story.
HOWEVER, I did not notice the changes to the Buy/Sell/Trades section until Ian pointed them out.  It seems that maybe the Mulvey guy wasn't breaking any rules after all.
It seems to me someone wants it both ways.  In my opinion, either scalping is allowed or it isn't.  Vague pronouncements about "extreme" scalping don't cut the mustard.  It's either scalping or it isn't.  It's either allowed or it isn't.
As Ian also pointed out in his now deleted post, he warned that there would be problems like this if the rules changed.  And it didn't take long.
AND I don't understand why debate on this topic, which you would think would matter to a lot of people at a toy collecting site, is being stifled.

The Toys - Snowtrooper Reviews! / SAGA R2-D2 and Power Droid
« on: February 14, 2006, 10:10:08 PM »
Got these today and opened them. 

R2:  very nice detailing.  The rotating dome that raises his sensorscope is a neat idea, but limits posability.  Disappointed that the third leg is not retractable.
Still a pretty good R2.  8/10.

Power Droid:  basically the same as the Gonk that came with the commtech Jawa years ago, only with extra snap-on sensors.  Same "walking" feature as the old Gonk, this is annoying from a display standpoint as he can't stand on his own.  The good thing is the enclosed figure stand which helps.
Also comes with a Treadwell droid, which is pretty much what you would expect.   But it's always good to have more droids.

Snowtrooper Collections / My Collection NEW Updated Pics
« on: January 29, 2006, 08:11:29 PM »
Updated pics.  First off, carded vintage.  You can't really tell in the pics, but almost all cards are Canadian, the exceptions being Vader, the Scout Trooper, Cloud Car Pilot, and SW Stormtrooper.  The empty header cards are ones I still have from my childhood.

The SW bed:

Miscellaneous stuff:

My shuttle set-up:

My loose vintage collection, almost complete:

My loose figs from childhood along with a couple boxes:

My snowspeeder from when I was a kid, along with some ebay acquisitions:

Vintage Canadian lunchboxes:

Cantina set-up:

More miscellaneous:

One of my favourite pieces, the 12" Scout Trooper with Bike:

Grand Army of the Republic:

12" Bounty Hunters:

Vintage Walking R2:

Thanks for looking. :r2d2: :artoo: :snowtroopers:

Feedback O-T / Torres
« on: June 25, 2005, 02:16:32 PM »
Met up with Bryan for a local trade...very nice trooper and smooth transaction!  Trade again anytime! :-*

Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / Looking for Canadian Plastic Lunchboxes
« on: June 18, 2005, 12:51:19 AM »
I am looking for the Thermos PLASTIC lunchboxes that were available in Canada.
I have the orange SW box with the X-Wing/Tie Fighter picture as well as the Jedi box with Luke at Jabba's Palace.
I am looking for any different boxes, especially any ESB boxes.
If you have any for sale, PM or email me.

Wampa Cave / ROTS seems to be really selling
« on: May 16, 2005, 11:24:26 PM »
In my travels on the weekend and tonight after work I have noticed a buzz around the SW section in stores that I have not seen since the early days of TPM before everyone realized it sucked.
I have seen many, many kids looking at SW toys.  A great sign for the line.
And the stuff seems to be selling.  Tonight at Wally in the east end of the GTA the SW figure section was wiped out.  The pegs were three-quarters empty.  The lightsabres were low too.  Saw lots of people buying these on the weekend.
All in all, things appear to be looking up for the line and SW collectors in general.
May the Force Be With You!  :-X

Vintage Kenner (1978-1985) / Check out what this new seller has to offer
« on: February 08, 2005, 08:16:10 PM »

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