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I hope they fixed the crappy joints on the hips. I have the Endor version and the flimsy plastic in the joints snapped on both sides of the hips. I think I only posed it once or twice before the first hip snapped.

Wampa Cave / Re: What are kids collecting today?
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:39:57 PM »
I think there are way more options (franchises) available for kids now-a-days too. When Star Wars figures first launched they were really awesome because they were something unique and right off the screen from a mind-blowing movie I just watched. I can't even think of an "action figure" that was around when I was a kid, besides green army men and maybe some generic cowboys and indians (indigenous people)... or farm animals. Lego was also really simple, not the fancy stuff we have today.
Most kids are just used to being inundated with toys from large franchises - My Little Pony, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Barbie, Pokemon, Power Rangers, Super Heroes.... they are numb to it and not inspired by it. (I live in Toronto and have not been to the CN Tower in the 20 years that I've been here yet people travel from all over to see it because it's something cool, I think)
I've tried to get my girls interested in Star Wars but that lasted a year at most. They like the movies but just don't care to engage in the playing of the toys. I can get them to build Lego with me but they never do it on their own or even ask for any as gifts. My youngest loves going to FanExpo with me and loves Bat Girl, and Harley Quinn but still has no interest in things like the DC Girls dolls. She's bought a few "collectibles" but there's no passion for it like I had growing up. We used to watch Power Puff Girls together and I couldn't even get her to have an interest in the toys they put out. She's a tough sell. Sorry, she does collect Beanie Boos... forgot about those...
My oldest daughter... forget it. She lives on her phone. She watches the 2 idiots from England on YouTube who play video games... I cannot, for the life of me, understand spending hours watching somebody else play video games... I'd rather be yelling at her to stop playing video games than to stop watching someone playing video games... finally had to kick her off the data plan and block her internet usage.  >:(

Sadly I already have most of the figures. The Vintage packaging is a big seller for me but the price point just doesn't make it worth my while. I would like to track down the Vader regardless... And the Jawas.

Oh, we're here... just none of us are crazy enough to part with our vintage stuff.  :winking0071:

When they talked about larger accessories or electronics and things like the Rancor my immediate thought was "they are already too expensive". Could you imagine the price point on a Rancor?????
I still ranked the Dewback as a must have! I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

Off Topic / Re: Great App for Collectors!!
« on: May 15, 2016, 11:40:32 PM »
They said making an Android version means programming from scratch so while they know the importance of the Android market they are currently trying to get "noticed" through the Apple app first. I believe their "buy and sell" feature uses Apple Pay but I've not tried to sell or buy anything as of yet.

Off Topic / Re: Micronauts
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:18:11 PM »
Issue #1 of the new Micronaughts comic just released last week if anyone wasn't aware.

Off Topic / Re: Great App for Collectors!!
« on: May 10, 2016, 04:15:54 PM »
The website version is really only good for admin and browsing right now. They are working on making it more functional like the app but I think that's a secondary focus. I'd prefer to be able to upload from my computer too.

If anyone else signs up let me know! Send me a message on Boxes to say hi!

Off Topic / Great App for Collectors!!
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:49:57 AM »
Hey guys! I've been using the smartphone app Boxes to archive my collection and it is developing into quite the resource community for not only Star Wars stuff but other collectibles in general. I've been upgraded to a Boxes Leader so anyone using my personal invite code 9EPJ7 should get a free premium membership.
They run contests to get people to upload all their stuff and there are some pretty nice cash prizes for the enthusiastic members.

You can find me as Hellboy

They are also keen on helping local collectors have get togethers.

Wampa Cave / Re: The future of 3 3/4
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:27:30 PM »
I think you can look at the actual value of a figure based on the sale prices (actual retail worth). Companies don't lose money on sales. Hell, TRU thinks a "clearance price" is the same as a MSRP. If they were willing to lose money on old inventory there would never have been pegs full of Greedos and Yarnas, Bumblebees and Bayformers for the extended periods of time that kept new merchandise (which would sell) from being stocked. Pure and simple it is greed. TRU likes to hedge on old ladies buying birthday gifts and other ignorant shoppers grabbing something they know nothing about during non-sale periods.
Everyone has been sold a big fat lie. Sales prices are the going rate. Regular prices are inflated profit. Back in the day sales were to clear out old stock and it was a good deal. Today sales are marketing gimmicks. It's why there is one every week and it's just a tool to get you in the door because everything is on "Sale! Sale! Sale!".

Scout Report / Re: Walmart Clearance on TFA product
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:09:19 PM »
The Lego Black X-Wing?

Wampa Cave / Re: Christmas Morning 1978
« on: May 01, 2016, 11:13:14 AM »
I got the TIE Fighter and Landspeeder and a few figures that I don't remember which ones they were. I know Han Solo was the first figure I ever bought with my own money... I had 2 Vinyl caped Jawas but... I hated them... the cloth capes looked so much more realistic and I traded for them.  :(

Wampa Cave / Re: The future of 3 3/4
« on: April 25, 2016, 01:49:33 PM »
I would think that the incredibly awful prequels cause the first massive die-off of the 3 3/4 line... then there was the second plague of stupidity from Lucasfilm that thought making TPM 3D would do something positive to the Star Wars franchise and the toys didn't sell.
Retailers are gun-shy now... and they were never too smart in the first place. Look at the wave distributions we've been handed over the decades. I can walk into a store now and see the same disaster repeating itself with endless 6" Finn figures and Flamethrower Troopers clogging the shelves. Anybody want a Greedo? I'm pretty certain there are pegs still out there with his corpse hanging on them. And, yes, the prices are too high and the figures are less articulated. More money. Less value.

The new movie did very little to create character hype... Rey is about the only decent character and she's a girl so Hasbro/Disney thinks she won't sell and have skipped on her in production. Finn... annoying as s**t. Poe... trying too hard to be Han. Then they killed Han. Nobody is looking forward to an old, chunky, slurring Leia. Chewbacca, R2 and 3P0 are the same figure we've had for 30 years. BB8 is cute but he's just a soccer ball with a hat and he's being a little douche trying to steal R2's spotlight. Luke? Missing like in the movie. Kylo? Sadly a whiny bitch shadow of Darth Vader and not even an intimidating bad guy.

I enjoyed The Force Awakens, don't get me wrong, but Abrams did exactly what he did with the Star Trek franchise. Re-hashed it with prettier packaging and that doesn't work for selling new toys. Vader is still the flagship of the franchise. Luke is still the hero. Everyone else is secondary and that's 30 years worth of fandom you are trying to push to the side and hand a "new and improved" synthetic meal to.

I honestly think Hidalgo needs to take into consideration the short-falls of the franchise rather than claiming kids have no interest in 3 3/4" figures. They have no interest because they aren't interesting.

Just checked my Vader box and it has instructions so one would presume the Anakin one does too...
Dang. Now I have to search for it.  :mad0137:

How certain are you that there are instructions? I just checked my box and there are no instructions in it. I'm usually a stickler for keeping all the packaging.

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