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Customs / Custom 6" Vintage-style Slipcovers
« on: August 04, 2018, 11:32:27 AM »
Hello all,

So let me start off by saying, yes, I know there is a place on eBay selling custom vintage style-slipcovers.  There are several problems I have with them:

  • They charge $17 US (plus shipping and import charges!) PER COVER.  That's ridiculous.  That's nearly the price of a brand new figure!
  • The slipcovers are designed to colour co-ordinate with the insert also that comes with it. This looks really cool (gawd I'm sick of the red), but in order to put the insert in you have to open the box. PASS
  • Some of the older choices were done when it was not known what kind of logo for the movie would be used on a vintage-style card. So for example many Force Awakens and Rogue One figures are using made-up logos in the style of Attack of the Clones.  Of course Rebels doesn't have used logo yet so we're both guessing there.


So, I decided to make make own.  I've re-imagined them a bit as being a six-inch "Vintage Collection". 

Here is where I'm at:


Here are some of the "rules" i'm following:
  • I'm only doing the "red series" boxes right now, not the original black series (with the orange/blue imperial wall stripe in the back).  I like the way those look and they have much less real-estate to redesign on the front anyway.  That being said I will post the figures from that series on the back of the boxes.
  • The back will show figures from only the "trilogy" of movies - Groupings will be Original, Prequel, Sequel, Standalone (Rogue One/Solo) and Non-thearical (Clone Wars, Rebels, Legends).  This is because there are well over 100 figures in regular releases and exclusives which came in standard packaging and believe it or not, the back of a 6" box has LESS real-estate than the back of a carded 3.75" figure and the pics would have to be almost 50% of the size that they are on the back of a POTF-92 back card - in other words, waaaay too small.
  • I guess it goes without saying but I'm looking for components/elements of existing Vintage-style cards to include on the box.  For example, the back is a mash up of the new vintage collection backs (which have just six pics) and the old (which housed many more).

So other things you might be interested in:

  • Yes, I will be doing one for every figure from Finn up to newer ones.  Even for boxes I don't have
  • Yes, I will be making them available.  I don't know how yet.  Let's just say it won't cost you the cost of brand new figures.  Maybe I'll just let people download them for free, we'll see.
  • Yes, I have super-hi res of this on my computer. Nearly all the elements on the page are done in vector drawings, with the obvious differences being the picture on the front, the figure on the back, and actually the border swatch/gradient was too difficult to reproduce without being a scan, so it's a bitmap as well.
  • Unwrapped, the box is 9" x 14".  This is unfortunate because with dimensions like that it means the smallest sheet of paper it can be printed on is ledger (11x17) and most home printers won't do that size.  I'm looking to print on light cardstock or high gloss paper - I'll try both and see what happens 

So, the main reason I posted is I'm looking for suggestions on some of the empty space, especially the red side (which is ridiculously boring in the current boxes) and on the back beneath the list of figures.

Feedback is of course appreciated



EDIT - here is a list of all that I've done.  I'll keep this up to date here

--- RED SERIES ---

4-LOM
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano
AT-AT Driver
Baze Malbus
C-3PO
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca
Chewbacca
Chirrut Îmwe
Clone Captain Rex
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan
Darth Vader
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Director Krennic
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetoriean Guard
Elite Praetoriean Guard (With Heavy Blade)
Finn
Finn (FN-2817)
Finn Imperial Disguise
First Order Flametrooper
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
General Hux
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Moff Tarkin
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo Bespin
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AC-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Imperial Royal Guard
Imperial Shock Trooper
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo
Jango Fett
Jawa
K-2SO
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren (Scarred)
Kylo Ren Unmasked
Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian(solo)
Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)
Maz Kanata
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Poe Dameron
Princess Leia Organa
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Range Trooper
Rebel Fleet Trooper
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey & BB8
Rey Island Journey
Rey Jedi Training
Sabine Wren
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Snowtrooper
Stormtrooper
Stormtrooper Mimban
SupremeLeader Snoke
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider
X-wing Pilot Asty
Zuckuss

--- ORANGE AND BLUE SERIES ---
Anakin Skywalker
Boba Fett
Boba Fett Prototype
Bossk
Chewbacca
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Clonetrooper
Darth Maul
Darth Vader
Emperor Palpatine
Greedo
Han Solo
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
IG-88
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (blue)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (orange)
Princess Leia Organa (Boushh)
Princess Leia Slave Outfit
R2-D2
Sandtrooper
Sandtrooper (Corporal)
Stormtrooper
TIE Pilot
Yoda

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Wampa Cave / Star wars Toys Sales down
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:34:04 AM »
Article from The Star today:

https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/01/18/star-wars-toy-sales-fall-as-movie-tie-in-fatigue-sets-in.html

There's a lot of things to discuss here, but this comment struck a chord:

“Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with in the toy industry,” the brand’s owner, Walt Disney Co., said in a statement. “It remains the leading film-driven property for the entire year."

This quote seems to be a defense quote from the Mouse House justifying the amount of money they charged Hasbro et all for toy licenses.

I'm putting my bet on right now - when that license comes up for renewal in 2020, they won't get 1/10th the offer of what they got the last time from Hasbro.

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Scout Report / Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) Target Exclusive
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:24:34 PM »
"This product is not available for international shipping."

I'm so tired of this kind of crap.  It irks me to no end.

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Star Wars Art / Best artwork in the room...
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:44:33 PM »
So for my birthday, my 13yo sketched me this.  Pic doesn't truly do it justice since the lighting is horrendous to get on a framed pic...

What's more - she doesn't even like Star Wars (the younger one is a huge fan) but she put the effort into it and it was the best present I think I might have ever got!


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Hello all,

------CUSTOM SLIPCOVERS--------

In addition to my Buy & Sell, I'm also offering here a way to get in on the custom Slipcover Action.  For reference, I've developed slipcovers for all of the existing SW Black series 6" figures (in the regular sized boxes - for now)

I'll be selling them at this rate:

Pre-cut and edge-marked:
Single (minimum 5/order) - $5.50
All existing Red Series (currently 89): $400
All existing Orange/Blue Series (30): $135

Uncut sheet (DIY option):
Single (minimum 5/order) - $4
All existing Red Series  (currently 89): $267
All existing Orange/Blue Series (30): $90

Anyone who orders the all existing will get a $1 discount going forward as the series continues.


----------------------------------------------

---- Exclusives for Trade or Sale -----
Dr Aphra SDCC 2018
Han Exogorth SDCC 2018
Grand Admiral Thrawn 2017


---- Black Series 6" for trade or sale ----

40th R2-D2
Slave Leia (US Box)
Boba Fett (US Box)
Ahsoka Tano
Captain Phasma
Emperor's Royal Guard
Grand Moff Tarkin
Captain Poe Dameron

Also I have 3.75 BS of
Emperor's Royal Guard
Admiral Ackbar
Imperial Death Trooper
Ahsoka Tano

What am i looking for?

 ---- Vintage Collection figures I'm looking for -----
  • Grand Moff tarkin
    Ahsoka Tano
    Leia (Hoth Outfit)
    Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony)
    Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing)
    Dr. Cornelius Evazan
    Ponda Baba (Walrus Man)

 ---- Black Series 6" figures I'm looking for -----
Blue - 11 Tie Fighter Pilot
Red - 05 Chewbacca
Red - 09 Constable Zuvio
Red - 14 X-wing Pilot Asty
Red - 29 C-3PO (Resistance Base)




I'm also looking for the 40th Luke X-Wing pilot .

If you want to simply buy, let me know what you are interested in and I'll give you a fair price.

Slipcover pics

6 inch Vintage Collection (TFA-on)

4-LOM
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano
AT-AT Driver
Baze Malbus
C-3PO
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca
Chewbacca
Chirrut Îmwe
Clone Captain Rex
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan
Darth Vader
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Director Krennic
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetoriean Guard
Elite Praetoriean Guard (With Heavy Blade)
Finn
Finn (FN-2817)
Finn Imperial Disguise
First Order Flametrooper
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
General Hux
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Moff Tarkin
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo Bespin
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AC-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Imperial Royal Guard
Imperial Shock Trooper
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo
Jango Fett
Jawa
K-2SO
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren (Scarred)
Kylo Ren Unmasked
Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian(solo)
Luke Skywalker
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)
Maz Kanata
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Poe Dameron
Princess Leia Organa
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Range Trooper
Rebel Fleet Trooper
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey & BB8
Rey Island Journey
Rey Jedi Training
Sabine Wren
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Snowtrooper
Stormtrooper
Stormtrooper Mimban
SupremeLeader Snoke
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider
X-wing Pilot Asty
Zuckuss
 

--- ORANGE AND BLUE SERIES ---

Original Blue and Orange 6-Inch Vintage Collection

Anakin Skywalker
Boba Fett
Boba Fett Prototype
Bossk
Chewbacca
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Clonetrooper
Darth Maul
Darth Vader
Emperor Palpatine
Greedo
Han Solo
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
IG-88
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (blue)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (orange)
Princess Leia Organa (Boushh)
Princess Leia Slave Outfit
R2-D2
Sandtrooper
Sandtrooper (Corporal)
Stormtrooper
TIE Pilot
Yoda

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The Toys - Snowtrooper Reviews! / Kylo Ren's Tie Silencer
« on: September 07, 2017, 06:28:38 PM »
I'm gona keep this short and to the point - If you buy any vehicles at all, do not miss this one!

It's got a great design, the "rocket firing that may not actually ever happen in a movie" are well hidden (you don't ever have to see them, and they take nothing away from the design). and the sheer blackness of the vehicles just makes it look badass.  To be perfectly honest, if the ship wasn't even in the movie, I'd still want it.


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The Black Series (2013-2018) / Last wave of 6" in Canada?
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:00:04 PM »
I'm not sure the 2017 Wave 3 (Qui-Gon, Lando and ERG and Tusken Raider with repack K-2S0 and Krennic) is gonna show up in numbers in Canada - possibly not on any shelves at all.  While I've seen a few on sale from eBay members in Canada, not really sure that they got theirs on the retails shelves.

With The Last Jedi figures on their way in less than 1 month and the clearance on all the figures on the shelves not actually clearing these out, If you are looking to get these figs I'd look to online retailers soon.

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Wampa Cave / Premium Elite Figures
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:03:30 AM »
So The Nerdist is reporting new Premium Elite Figures.

Pound for pound so far I've found these to be the best deal out there - even at full price.  You get a 10-11" figure, super-posable and most with incredible likeness for $42 CDN.   It's a sweet spot right above a 6" figure (costing $30) and an Art FX figure (costing WAY more).  At least it was those prices for a single one beforehand.  Looks like the new ones are a two-pack?

I wish Disney would release more of these. A Jedi Luke would be tops on my list followed by Boba (of Course) and Han Bespin.


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Scout Report / What did I just buy here?
« on: March 18, 2017, 09:28:52 PM »
I found these things for $8.99.  6" with what looks like 2 points of articulation (at the shoulders).  Like mini versions of 12" Figs.  Are there any others of these?  The painting is atrocious on Han (on like all 6 of the ones there).  Maul actually looks OK.

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The Black Series (2013-2018) / Am I alone here? The Red Inside sucks
« on: February 18, 2016, 01:28:13 PM »
Ok, I feel the need to cut past the obligatory "your supposed to open them, derp" comments.  I don't open.  And yes, the packaging matter when you display without opening.

Am I the only one who thinks the Black series inside packaging is just awful?  Aesthetically, It could be worse than the flat red they've chosen, but as a backdrop for figures, I think it's just awful.  The packaging previous (orange stripe or blue stripe) looks far superior.

But more than that, this is supposed to be a premium product.  The flat red just looks lazy.  I don't collect the 3.75 WM line (gawd I can't beleive they charge $5 more for that) but on both the 3.75" and 6" lines it's just .. well not good.  Disappointing, especially placed beside the older packaging for the 6".

I dearly hope they come up with something else soon.  I'm finding myself cutting back on this product simply because I can't stand to display these. 

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