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#1428467
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Star Wars Model Kits - why so expensive?
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The Bandai kits are generally not hard to find for reasonable prices. Bigbadtoystore (among others) regularly adds new stock every few months. The trouble can be if you’re looking for a specific model and it’s been a while since they’ve done a production run of that particular kit, then the aftermarket prices can be high. But usually if you’re patient you’ll see another production run pop up.

The one kit I keep hoping to see restocked is the 1/12 speeder bike w/scout trooper. That one has been OOP for a few years now I think and is tough to find for a decent price.

The best advice is to find some reliable online retailers and keep an eye on their stock at least weekly. The popular kits can sell out fairly quick when they show up. Also, check hobby lobby (they usually have some Bandai kits, but the selection is very limited). And last, if you have any local hobby shops nearby, go scope them out. I’m lucky to have quite a few mom and pop type hobby shops in driving distance and I often see plenty of Star Wars kits for retail prices on their shelves. Including plenty that have become scarce online and command premiums if you do find them.

Oh, regarding size, check the scale of the model. It’s read as a fraction so the larger the second number is, the smaller the kit will be. (1:32 will be a fairly large model whereas 1:144 will be quite small. Basically 1:144 means it would take 144 copies of the model to add up to the length or width of a full “life sized” ship)

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#1425988
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Rodney-2187 said:

Is there something unique about the generation that grew up with the original trilogy? There are exceptions to everything, but for the most part I don’t see older or younger people devoting as much time and disposable income to a movie, especially in the form of plastic figures, ships, and helmets to display on a shelf.

I don’t think so. Do you follow any other fandoms or film franchises? I’m as much a Godzilla fan as I am Star Wars and there’s a very strong collector base in that group and they spend every bit as much (maybe more) as the typical Star Wars collector. And I know there’s also big collecting fanbases for Doctor Who, Star Trek, James Bond, Harry Potter, comics (marvel and DC) and on and on. And many of those groups span multiple generations going back to at least the baby boomers. And prior to pop culture there were collectors of many other things (art, antiquities, fossils, naturalists, etc.)

If anything, I think what’s unique these days is the large amount as well as the incredibly high quality of the items available. And that’s all driven by the demand, which seems to grow more and more every year.

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#1425798
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Discussion: Little Men, Little Wars - Share Your Star Wars Collection
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jidaigekijunkie said:

Some amazing stuff here and some very talented painters. Really wish I could find a good way to learn how to paint models. I’ve built some Bandai anime kits of stuff like Votoms, Gundam and Mazinkaiser but they’ve all been pre-painted. I’d love to be able to find a cheap but cool model kit to practice on that’s not too difficult for beginners. I worry about spending too much money and then screwing it up!

Canofhumdingers: I love your Godzilla collection man, big fan of the big G myself. Got the criterion set of Showa movies for my 40th birthday earlier this year.

Awesome! I can never decide if I’m a bigger fan of Star Wars or Godzilla. Thankfully I don’t actually have to choose!

I wish I could take credit for that Han Solo blaster, but it wasn’t me.

As for painting, YouTube is an absolute treasure trove! I learned basic painting skills in high school and college art classes, but I’ve learned just as much from watching YouTube videos. And the best thing I’d say is to watch as wide a variety as possible. There are so many great tips and techniques out there from so many different disciplines. I personally like to built sci-fi, creature, and airplane models, as well as custom paint action figures. But in addition to videos specifically on those subjects, I’ve also found it useful to watch ANY model building or painting videos (cars, model railroad landscaping, scratch building, etc.) as well as other instructional art videos about painting (especially ones that explain how to use different types of paint like oils, acrylics, and so on), air brushing, sculpting, and on and on. The more skills you can add to your personal “toolbox” the better!

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#1424743
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Star Wars helmets and props
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Thanks guys! The helmets are definitely the highlight of my Star Wars collection!

I know EFX has a deservedly tarnished reputation due to their terrible customer service, but the products that they have managed to put out are really stellar. For the money, there’s nothing else out there that could touch the PCR Vader helmet (the only things better are the far more expensive fiberglass versions from efx or custom fan produced helmets). And it has direct, traceable lineage to THE original screen used Vader helmet from ‘76! It’s as close as I’ll ever get to holding that in person!

And for licensed product, theres nothing even close to the Boba Fett PCR in accuracy. Maybe if efx ever delivers on their promise of making the higher-end fiberglass version…

The stormtrooper is the one helmet where you can find more accurate options pretty easily. It’s cast from the same molds as the previous Master Replicas version which has been heavily sanitized from the original prop (it’s been made symmetrical, when the screen used ones are absolutely NOT) and it has some pretty obvious seam lines when viewed up close. But it still looks GREAT on display. And, despite being symmetrical, it still very much captures the look and presence of an OT stormtrooper. Better than the symmetrical Rogue One stormtrooper helmets (or the awful symmetrical ROTS Vader helmet!).

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#1424122
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Star Wars helmets and props
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I remember scoping out the lightsabers at Borders too, haha.

I have the original Master Replicas ANH Vader saber from when they first came out.

Then several years later I got the Hasbro Luke ANH saber with removeable blade. The removable blade feature is really nice. Makes it much easier to display as a prop replica while still allowing for the fun of a lit blade. I’ve been tempted by the new Sabers available at the Disney parks (which also have removable blades) but haven’t bought any yet.

I’d love to get an accurate ANH Obi-wan Kenobi saber but to accommodate a working blade they always have to make the “neck” of the hilt way too thick. I’d also be down for an ESB Vader saber. I actually prefer the ESB hilt to the ANH one.

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#1423710
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Star Wars helmets and props
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I just received the Efx PCR Boba Fett helmet yesterday. So excited to have this in my collection and it completes my “trinity” of PCR helmets. I’ve also got some force fx lightsabers in storage that I will eventually figure out how to get back out on display.

Anyone else collect props or helmets? I always love seeing “lifesize” Star Wars. It makes it feel even more real.

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#1422035
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<strong>Jedi Knight</strong> games | Dark Forces, JK: DFII, JK: MOTS, JKII: Jedi Outcast, JK: Jedi Academy
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The main plot from Jedi Knight is still possibly one of my favorite EU stories out there. And of course the game was amazingly cool for its time. Mysteries of the Sith was also lots of fun.

Jedi Outcast completely blew me away with its visuals and the gameplay mechanics of force powers and lightsaber combat. As captainsolo says, it remains the pinnacle of lightsaber and force use in the video game world.

Loved those two games.

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#1416801
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<strong>Rogue Squadron</strong> - N64 / GC / PC video game series thread
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Eh, “difficult” is relative. I’ve been playing through the single player story on Veteran and have progressed just fine. But I grew up playing a lot of flight sims (many that were far more complicated and difficult than this). In the world of flight sims, Squadrons is actually rather simplified and pretty easy.

In any case, as it is an actual flight sim and not an arcade shooter, I cannot stress enough how much I highly recommend playing it with an actual joystick. Playing it with a game pad or (God forbid!) a mouse and keyboard significantly hinders the simulator immersion aspect of the game. It’s supposed to make you feel like you’re in the cockpit. And a cockpit has a stick (or yoke, but I digress…).

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#1413459
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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Cthulhunicron said:

fmalover said:

Strip away all the supplementary material, and judging him exclusively on the movies, I must say Boba Fett is amongst the most overrated characters in Star Wars.

The only thing he has going for him is the undeniably cool looking suit of armour. Apart from that he does absolutely nothing noteworthy, and in TESB they only call him “bounty hunter”, just to show how little Lucas thought about him.

I sincerely don’t understand why he’s so popular with fans as he’s pretty much a nothing character.

I agree, completely. I never really gave Boba Fett much thought when I watched the movies when I was a kid. When I discovered Star Wars fan websites around 1997, I was kind of shocked to find out that he had this massive following.

I understand this view, but I feel like it misses some critical things.

One is the marketing. Boba Fett was introduced multiple times to the public as the “cool new character in the upcoming Star Wars sequel!”. He was in a parade with Darth Vader. He was in the best part of the Holiday Special. He was this exciting mail away figure that was SUPPOSED to have a firing rocket pack. He was cool, new, mysterious, and exciting.

Second, he DOES do some cool stuff in ESB. He actually talks back to Darth Vader. Twice! And he gets away with it! All while imperial officers are dropping like flies for the slightest infractions throughout the movie. Plus he sees through Solo’s trick. He looks AWESOME. He even SOUNDS awesome (adding the spur sound effects to his walk was a stroke of genius). He’s this intimidating, mysterious “Clint Eastwood/man with no name” “strong silent type” guy in a cool armor suit who does a super cool job (bounty hunting) and even has to get singled out by the big man himself to be explicitly warned not to disintegrate his target!

Oh, and he has a flipping jet pack!

Of course he resonated with little nerds around the globe and developed a fan base. He was specifically engineered to do exactly that!

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#1409849
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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While I’m not sure how much we’ll actually get to see, I’m very curious about what goes on with Luke training Grogu and where Grogu ends up.

I’m also very much looking forward to seeing how the Dark Saber “issue” plays out, as others mentioned.

On a more random thought, I would LOVE to see Hasbro bring out some Mando themed Micro Machines. I had a blast getting back into Star Wars Micro Machines when TFA came out and was very sad they canned the line after Rogue One (though I’m glad we got MMs from R1!).

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#1407209
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Vader's voice change in the OT
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Well, I’ve never watched the dvd or Blu ray versions. And I only watched the D+ version once in a massive marathon building up to seeing The Rise of Skywalker, where I watched the “official” versions of the entire saga (including Solo and Rogue One) in chronological order. I hadn’t watched any version of the SE beyond the ‘97 version (which I hadn’t watched since the prequels theatrical releases) and I hadn’t watched the prequels themselves in over a decade so there was a LOT of new stuff to take in. Heck, the audio mixes themselves on the OT were so different from what I was used to that I’m not surprised I missed a detail like Vader’s voice being tweaked (especially when it’s the same recordings just mixed differently).

But listening to it in a short clip by itself, yeah it’s very obvious it sounds meddled with.

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#1403322
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How often do you watch the Original Trilogy?
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I probably watch them once a year. Maybe twice. But now that my kids are old enough it’s always a family event. And it’s always the OOT (currently 4K77, ESB DE 2.0, and 4K83).

I’m in the planning (and saving up for) stage of building a home theater so I’m hoping my next watch will be sometime in late 2021 as the inauguration of sorts for the theater. And if so, that’ll be my first time watching 4K77 in actual 4K!

JEDIT
Whoops, I forgot that D+80 has supplanted the despecialized edition for ESB in my lineup.