Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Minibusts on Pre-order

Today, I Ordered a few minibusts.

From Toynk I ordered Lando and Darth Sidious for 45 each.
From Newforce Comics I ordered a case of the Episode 3 clones for 269.

The good thing about both of these pre-orders is I don't get billed until they come into stock. The Emperor should be in soon, so I may get a 90 dollar bill, but the clone bill won't hit until late summer.

Pictures when they get here of course!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

April Collector's Meeting

As I probably mentioned on my regular blog, Heather and I have just moved into a new house. We're trying to sell our old house, so money is really tight right now. I'm trying to avoid random purchases, so I knew the collector's meeting this month was going to be a tough temptation.

I already knew I had a whole bunch of stuff coming from Chris and Jim. Chris had ordered both of the Remote Controlled R2 units for me from SWS, plus he had some army builders and a couple of the new battle packs. Jim was holding onto a battle pack and some army builders. I figured I was at least 200 bucks in the hole to those guys before I ever got to the meeting.

I ended up buying a few more unexpected goodies down there.

First, the stuff I knew was coming:

Senate Battle Packs (I got 2, but would actually like more than that because of the cool clones and the pods they come with)

My first three VTSC figures. I actually bought 2 more of the Biker Scouts (not shown) but aside from these three figures I still need a Greedo and a Sandtrooper to complete the set and order my mail away George Lucas in Stormtrooper gear.

Two more Jedi Temple Assault packs. These are awesome to me because they come with 3 of my favorite clones. I knew one was coming, but ended up buying an extra at the meeting that I wasn't expecting.

The aforementioned imported remote control R2 units that Chris ordered from Star Wars Shop, plus a Demise of Grievous figure, which just came out today along with the Senate packs. Thankfully, only one of each of these. The droids are 20 bucks and the Grievous was 13.

Last, but certainly not least....a new face at the meeting (but no stranger to Rebelscum where he is named after one of my favorite Sith pop singers) brought these cool Wal Mart figure stands in the back of his car. He offered me one for free, which I promptly brought home and filled with Clones I have yet to open.

Check it!

This box can actually be seen in an earlier picture of my collection (which I really took just this morning and then back dated) it's full and that's how I plan to display it.

Overall, it was a fun night as usual, but I came away with much too much stuff. Over 300 bucks worth to be exact. Let's see how long I can hold off before my next spree.

Monday, April 24, 2006


This morning I unexpectedly discovered 4 more UGHs at Toys R Us. They were Boba Fett, the Snowtrooper, Obi Wan and Anakin. I knew Chris needed at least two of these and I knew to buy them on site. When I got to work and let him know I had them, he informed me he had just gotten some.

I now own four more 7 dollar figures I already have with Silver Stands. Whatever should I do with these things?

Friday, April 21, 2006

My first UGHs

This year, Star Wars collectors have a new bane: The UGH.

What is the UGH?

Other than the expression I made when I first heard about these dumb things, UGH actually stands for something. Ultimate Galactic Hunt is the name Hasbro has given to certain short-packed figures they have created that come with a special silver mini-hologram figure. They also have a shiny silver stand for the full sized figure.

Never mind that a hologram shouldn't be silver, or that no figure needs the "foot bling" of a silver foil stand, this is just annoying. All the completist collectors out there now want every figure on a regular card and on an "UGH" card. Me? I've never even seen an UGH.

Until today.

On the pegs at the Redmond Fred Meyer, I found a couple of Commander Cody UGH figures:

I also found several AT AT drivers on UGH cards:

I ended up buying 2 of each. My justification for buying these things was:

1. They are both good army builders.
2. Local collectors who I'll be seeing in a few days might want them.
3. I can always return them if no one needs them.

I usually don't buy "Trade bait" (commonly referred to as figures I don't need) but since I don't own any UGH figures and these were the first ones I'd ever seen, I figured I'd go ahead and buy em.

If I don't trade them to someone local who needs them, I've decided I'm going to open them all right away. They are army builders after all...and I do love those.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Procrastination has a price

During the "Midnight Madness" event for Revenge of the Sith toys last year, all the retailers opened early to sell Star Wars toys. One of the cool exclusive things Wal*Mart had was this exclusive 4 pack of figures. It wasn't actually a 4 pack of figures, it was a diorama that came with a certificate you had to mail away to get 4 figures. The diorama cost 30 bucks.

Of course, I bought one. It can be seen in the Gallery section on amongst my "haul" for that night. I saved the receipt (which I still have) but somehow, I managed to wait so long that the offer for the 4 figures has expired.

Now....I just have this stupid plastic diorama (still in the package) that I paid 30 bucks for. I'm probably going to have to spend 30 or 40 bucks online someday if I ever want the figures.

Today, I hate me.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The new Star Wars room

Here be the current state of my collection. It's all in boxes, hopefully not for too long. I also brought the shelves from the old house, which I'll probably install here in the new Star Wars room.