Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#049 Luke's X-34 Landspeeder - 2002 TRU Exclusive Saga Luke Skywalker and Landspeeder

#049: Luke's X-34 Landspeeder - 2002 TRU Exclusive Saga Luke Skywalker and Landspeeder

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Character Name: X-34 Landspeeder (Luke's Landspeeder)
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: The Saga Collection (2002)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2002
Size/Scale: 3.75 inch scale
Original Retail Price: US$19.99 (for set with figure)
First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure Vehicle


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While a more accurate version has come out since, I like the VHS-colored speeder still.  Note mine has a slight bend on the top engine pylon; this was very common on these toys at the time of release.  It took me months to find one in as good as shape as this one is.

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with TLC Obi-Wan and VOTC Luke Skywalker

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All it needs is C-3PO and R2-D2 in uncomfortable positions in the back, and we're good!

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My modest Lars Homestead shelf display in disarray while moving, 2013.

The Luke figure it comes with is useless nowadays, while it is pretty cool, there are several much better versions to buy.

Sources:
Wookieepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/X-34_landspeeder
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/sagalandspeeder.asp

#048: Moisture Vaporator - 2008 Legacy Collection TRU Exclusive Disturbance at Lars Homestead

#048: Moisture Vaporator - 2008 Legacy Collection TRU Exclusive Disturbance at Lars Homestead Set / 2007 30th Anniversary Collection Luke Skywalker (Moisture Farmer)


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Character Name: Moisture Vaporator (Toys R Us Exclusive Disturbance at Lars Homestead Box Set)
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: The Legacy Collection
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2008 / 2007
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$49.99 (for entire Homestead set); US$6.99 (for Luke figure version)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure Diorama Accessory

An amazing accessory.  Great detail and heft for the price.  Even the little control panel is present.  Can you believe they made these?

The more pearl colored version is from the Disturbance Exclusive set.  The more matte one came with a Luke Skywalker figure in 2007, which still holds up pretty well today (it is a little stiff and Anime-style.)  Both can be pricey alone and I've found it's best to wait and find the complete sets for cheap and trade what you don't want with other collectors.  As always, patience will keep your wallet happy.

I need more of them!

Sources:
Wookieepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Moisture_vaporator
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/tlcBPlarshomestead.asp
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC18luke.asp

Monday, December 30, 2013

#047: R2-Q2 - 2006 EE Exclusive Astromech Droid Pack Series 1

#047: R2-Q2 - 2006 EE Exclusive Astromech Droid Pack Series 1

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Character Name: R2-Q2
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Saga 2006 Entertainment Earth Exclusive Astromech Droid Pack Series 1
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2006
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$39.99 (for the whole set)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure

This grey robot was shown twice in the first Star Wars movie, first onboard Leia's ship the Tantive V at the beginning of Star Wars. It's shown captured by stormtroopers being led down a hall with other human prisoners.  Then, later on in the movie, it was also in Luke's friend Biggs' X-Wing fighter when it was shot down.

So is it two different robots, just painted similarly, which would make sense?  Or is it the same astromech, rescued by Biggs when he returns to his Imperial ship and brought to Yavin IV to serve the Rebellion?  Remember there is a cut scene where Biggs is on Tatooine at the beginning of the film, telling Luke about his plans to defect to the Rebellion.  Maybe he returns to his Star Destroyer, and rescues the prisoner Rebels and R2-Q2 in order to find out where the hidden Rebel base is.  But, wait, isn't Darth Vader and a ton of loyal Imperials up there on high alert scouring Tatooine for the Death Star plans?  How could they rescue all these robots and soldiers and get away clean? Or maybe it was just the prop people working on the movie, they thought that R2-Q2's dome was too cool of a design to be used just once, and used it again.  Maybe I shouldn't think about this type of stuff too much.

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A variety of Star Wars robots, circa 2011.

Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R2-Q2
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/tscastros1.asp

Friday, December 27, 2013

#046: WED-15-77 Treadwell Service Droid - 1999 Power Of The Force 2

#046: WED-15-77 Treadwell Service Droid

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Character Name: WED-15-77 (Treadwell droid)
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Power Of The Force 2
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 1999
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$5.99 (came with an Aunt Beru figure)
Character's First Appearance: Star Wars (1977); similar robot appears in Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Character Created by: John Barry
Style: Modern Action Figure

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The figure can twist at the base, and otherwise has no moving parts.  

It was labeled "Service Droid" and was included as an accessory to the Aunt Beru figure released carded in 1999.

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Treadwell was one of the first Tatooine characters seen in original "Lost Cut" version of the film.

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C-3PO for size comparison.

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Sources:
Wookieepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/WED-15-77
Rebelscum:   http://www.rebelscum.com/POTF2auntberu.asp

Thursday, December 26, 2013

#045: Jean-Luc Picard - 1987 Galoob Star Trek The Next Generation

#045: Jean-Luc Picard - 1987 Galoob Star Trek The Next Generation


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Character Name: Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Series/Property: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Toy Line: Star Trek The Next Generation
Company: Galoob
Year Released: 1987
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$---
Character's First Appearance:  Star Trek The Next Generation Episode 1
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Trek The Next Generation Season 1
As portrayed by:  Patrick Stewart
Character Created by: Gene Roddenberry
Style: Vintage Action Figure

P'Kard.  We love you.

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One of the last action figures I bought as a child, Picard has a stern, disinterested look.  All these years later, and it still holds up well.


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This was not one of my childhood toys.  He's in pretty rough shape from many adventures.

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He came with this cellphone... I mean Tricorder.




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The Enterprise D crew, 1987.

Who doesn't love Picard?

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Sources:

Memory Alpha: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Picard






Wednesday, December 25, 2013

#044: Princess Leia (Star Wars) - 2004 Vintage Original Trilogy Collection

#044: Princess Leia (Star Wars) - 2004 Vintage Original Trilogy Collection 

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Character Name: Princess Leia Organa
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Vintage Original Trilogy Collection (VOTC)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2004
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$9.99 (for the set)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
As portrayed by:  Carrie Fisher
Character Created by: George Lucas
Style: Modern Action Figure

Almost ten years old, this figure is still great.

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If it had foot peg holes and ball-joint elbows, it would be perfect.  As it is, I love it.

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Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Leia_Organa_Solo
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/otc-vprincessleia.asp

#043: Luke Skywalker (Tatooine) - 2009 Legacy Collection Resurgence of the Jedi

#043: Luke Skywalker (Tatooine)  - 2009 Legacy Collection Resurgence of the Jedi  (with extra accessories)

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Character Name: Luke Skywalker
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Legacy Collection (from the Resurgence of the Jedi Battle Pack Box Set)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2009
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$23.99 (for the set)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
As portrayed by:  Mark Hamill
Character Created by: George Lucas
Style: Modern Action Figure

This figure is what I guess one could call the "Deluxe" version; it's an excellent basic figure with an assortment of accessories from other figures, to make it "complete" for that version of the character.

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The poncho worn in some scenes.

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His father's lightsaber.

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Obi-Wan's storage trunk.  Luke's lightsaber hilt fits perfectly in the lid, plus there's plenty of room to store mementos.

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The floppy hat.

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Macrobinoculars.  Watch it, they're expensive.


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Luke also has a Rebel pistol and his gold medal.



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The figure has two big faults though.  First, the skirt/belt piece is made of a really hard plastic, so he can't really sit down.  Second, the peg holes in his feet are way too small to be of any use.

I like it enough to ignore its faults.

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Around 2007, I began upgrading all of the figures I have of the main cast of Star Wars and their looks from the various films, to "Deluxe" versions - (mostly) super-articulated figures with great likenesses, and every key accessory.  Sometimes, as with 2012 Darth Vader, you can add one or two little things from the extra parts bin, and get the perfect version.  Other times, as with Luke here, you have to buy three or more other figures just to get the little bits.  While it means making additional purchases, or buying loose gear online, the results justify the extra work, especially if you're making dioramas or special displays.

The set this figure comes with is amazing, and a must have for any modern collector, as it also contains the best version to date of R2-D2, as well as a great Obi Wan Kenobi figure, a poorly-painted version of a great C-3PO toy, and a tea table with a cool Holographic Leia.

Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Luke_Skywalker
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBPResurgenceofJedi.asp
Deep Ancestry: How a Man in 12th Century Japan Created Star Wars:  http://secrethistoryofstarwars.com/deepancestry.html

#042: Darth Vader (Star Wars) - 2012 Vintage Collection VC93

#042: Darth Vader (Star Wars) - 2012 Vintage Collection VC93

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Character Name: Darth Vader
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: The Vintage Collection
Company: Kenner
Year Released: 2012
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$9.99
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
As portrayed by:  David Prowse / James Earl Jones
Character Created by: George Lucas / Ralph McQuarrie
Style: Modern Action Figure

This is an excellent representation of Darth Vader from the first Star Wars film.  The main differences between his appearances in the four films is his helmet (not very symetrical in the first film, different colored eye lenses), his gloves (different pattern), and his Sith robes being over his shoulder armor, as opposed to underneath as in the other three movies.

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This figure is nice as it's tall and imposing over other figures.  The helmet does not come off.  I am not a huge fan of Darth Vader taking off his helmet, it destroys the mystery.

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He does not come with the unlit lightsaber or a hole on his belt to fit one.  This comes from another figure.

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He does however include this lightsaber, and it's a nice deep red (not pink like many other releases.)

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Darth Vader, 1978 and 2012

You can see also that he has ball-jointed hips, a first for a Vader figure in this scale I think.  Since Vader isn't Bruce Lee, and isn't doing splits in any of the movies (he can barely bend over to pick up his dropped car keys!) this is pretty unnecessary in my opinion.  At long as they can sit, stand straight in a neutral pose, and hold/use a variety of accessories, then I am fine with that.  For Spider-Man, or say other more mobile or "agile" characters I like full range hips.  However on this figure, it's really nice, looks clean, and gives it overall a more "Deluxe" feel.

Sources:
Wookiepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Anakin_Skywalker
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/TVC_ANH_DARTH_VADER.asp
History of the Darth Vader costume:  http://secrethistoryofstarwars.com/visualdevelopmentofdarthvader.html
Details of Vader's injuries: http://www.theforce.net/swtc/injuries.html


#041: LIN Droid - 2007 The Anniversary Collection 30-19

#041: LIN Droid - 2007 The Anniversary Collection 30-19

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Character Name: LIN
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Legacy Collection (Target Exclusive)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2007
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$6.99 (included Jawa figure)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure

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Another droid from the droid auction at the beginning of the movie.  Mine has some stress marks at the antennas.  The semi-transparent dome is awesome.  Sadly, no wheels.  This was something I never thought I'd see them make.

Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/LIN_demolitionmech_autonomous_minelayer
Rebelscum:  http://www.rebelscum.com/tac19jawa.asp

#040: Doctor Doom - 2011 Marvel Universe

#040: Doctor Doom - 2011 Marvel Universe

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Character Name: Doctor Doom
Series/Property: Marvel Comics Universe
Toy Line: Marvel Universe
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2011
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$7.99
Character's First Appearance:  Fantastic Four #5 (1962)
Toy Based on Appearance in:  Secret Wars #1 (1984) / Various Marvel Comics
Style: Modern Action Figure

Doom is a great figure.  This is the better single carded release with the retooled head.

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Overall a nice toy to talk in the third person with.

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Great detailing on the boots.  His back also has the rocket boosters on his back like many other Doom figures do.

As of 2013 there are three Marvel Universe Doom figures: Secret Wars (a little more classic green in color, but with a faulty head), this one, and an exclusive digital-comics subscription-only maskless Victor Von Doom figure (with Infinity Gauntlet).

Sources:
Dr. Doom:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Doom
Fantastic Four:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Four
Cool Toy Review:  http://www.cooltoyreview.com/Hasbro_MU_3_015DrDoom.asp

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#039: Power Droid (GONK Droid) - 1999 Power of the Force 2

#039: Power Droid (GONK Droid) - 1999 Power of the Force 2
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Character Name: Power Droid
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Power Of The Force 2
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 1999
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$6.99 (came with a Jawa figure)
Character's First Appearance: Star Wars (1977); similar robot appears in Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983)
Character Created by: John Barry
Style: Modern Action Figure

This figure has a foot-walking motion, which most collectors (like me) rap a rubber band around its feet to keep it standing.

Not much to say as it's a little neat robot.

Sources:
Wookieepedia:  http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Power_droid
Rebelscum:   http://www.rebelscum.com/POTF2CTjawa.asp

#038: Human Torch (White) - 2009 Marvel Universe Negative Zone Variant

#038: Human Torch (White) - 2009 Marvel Universe Negative Zone Variant

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Character Name: Human Torch
Series/Property: Marvel Comics Universe
Toy Line: Marvel Universe
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2009
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$7.99
Character's First Appearance:  Fantastic Four #1 (1961)
Toy Based on Appearance in:  Fantastic Four #256 (1983)
Style: Modern Action Figure

Another member to round out the classic 80's look.

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with Human Torch I.


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Sources:
Human Torch II (Johnny Storm):  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Torch
Fantastic Four:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Four
Cool Toy Review:  http://www.cooltoyreview.com/Hasbro_MU_011HumanTorchVar.asp

Monday, December 23, 2013

#037: R5-D4 (Remote Control) - 2009 Legacy Collection Target Exclusive

#037: R5-D4 (Remote Control) - 2009 Legacy Collection Target Exclusive


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Character Name: R5-D4
Series/Property: Star Wars
Toy Line: Legacy Collection (Target Exclusive)
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2009
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$14.99 (for the whole set)
Character's First Appearance:  Star Wars (1977) (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Toy Based on Appearance in: Star Wars (1977)
Style: Modern Action Figure

This little guy is radio controlled as well as in-scale to the modern Star Wars action figures.  He beeps, the head turns, lights up, and runs around.  The controllers look like lightsabers.  The batteries don't last long and are a pain to get.  Still, lots of fun.

Sources:
Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R5-D4

Friday, December 20, 2013

#036: Invisible Woman (Clear) - 2011 Fantastic Four Box Set (Variant)

#036: Invisible Woman (Clear) - 2011 Fantastic Four Box Set (Variant)

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Character Name: Invisible Woman
Series/Property: Marvel Comics Universe
Toy Line: Marvel Universe
Company: Hasbro
Year Released: 2011
Size/Scale: 3.75 inches
Original Retail Price: US$19.99
Character's First Appearance:  Fantastic Four #1 (1961)
Toy Based on Appearance in:  Fantastic Four #256 (1983) / powers activated
Style: Modern Action Figure

Another great figure.  This one I display with my classic 1980's John Byrne style figures.

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With the standard version.

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The whole 1980's era team.

These white costume Fantastic Four figures are some of my favorites in my collection.

Sources:
Invisible Woman:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_Woman
Fantastic Four:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Four
Cool Toy Review:  http://www.cooltoyreview.com/Hasbro_MU_3pkFantasticFour.asp