Favorite Star Wars Collectibles from 2012

Discussion in 'Collecting' started by PadmeLeiaJaina, Dec 16, 2012.

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  1. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    May 23, 2002
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    So another year is about to depart us and the years are now dwindling until we're about to get invaded by a whole new era of SW merchandise offerings to make our wallets groan as the Sequels creep forward.

    Let's take a few to look back on 2012 and tell us what were your favorite items that you picked up this year? (Items can be new or new to you.)

    In no particular order for me:

    • I fell in love with 1/6 scale figures from Hot Toys. I'd picked up a couple of their True Type nude custom figures before but had never purchased full figures. The arrival of my beautiful Bespin Luke Skywalker figure forever changed my love of 12" figures. Once I got him I ran out and found myself a Christopher Reeve Superman figure and a Wolverine from Wolverine Origins. I'm going to be very excited to see what their Han Solo looks like and who will be coming down the line!
    • Sideshow Tusken Raider - Sideshow has gotten in this horrific rut of making nothing but Clones, so when I saw that they were going to make a different non-Bounty Hunter or Clone figure - I jumped at the opportunity to pick him up. He turned out quite nice! I'm very pleased w/ his level of detail. I'm looking forward to my Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi showing up next year and hope that Sideshow goes back to expanding their 1/6 line w/ more different characters, lord knows there are plenty left for them to make!
    • Custom 16" Padme Robert Tonner Dolls & Custom 1/6 scale Padme figures - Thanks to Star Wars being a bit on the back burner for most of the year I was able to pick up a couple of lovely custom repaint Padme dolls by 2 talented doll artists. Since Robert Tonner hasn't managed to secure the Star Wars license since he did that ultra rare 19" Queen Amidala set for FAO Schwartz- this the best option I had. A friend made a couple of outfits for me and now I have Padme dolls to go with my 1/4 scale Diamond Select Anakin & other figures. I also found the means to assemble a couple of 12" scale dolls who's faces have been sculpted to look like Natalie Portman - they're not perfect since I have to put wigs on them but they work and finally give me some much needed Padme dolls for my other prequel shelves. I also made with the help of my friend a custom 12" Shmi doll since I know no other toy manufacturer will ever make her in that scale.
    • Gentle Giant Mini-Busts - Gentle Giant continues to be my favorite collectible manufacturer. They are rather blind on who they decide to sculpt and make busts based on who their artists feel like making rather than paying only attention to fans. New busts this year that were standouts for me were Logray & Wicket, Watto, my Wondercon exclusive 3D movie theater Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, and at some point my Jar-Jar and Wald will be shipping. I also picked up Aalya Secura.
    • Kellogg's Phantom Menace Pens - I'd rather missed the thrill of hunting for random Star Wars collectibles in cereal boxes or kids meals - it was fun trying to get all of these. Still missing Yoda though.
    Those were my highlights - what were yours?
  2. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    May 25, 2002
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    Haven't bought a lot other than books/comic tpbs this year. I need to hit Forbidden Planet after the holidays at some point.
  3. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Apr 4, 2011
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    Sideshow's prices are a big deterrent for me. Though, if they announced a Zuckuss figure, I would seriously consider using their payment plan. I just can't justify plunking down a triple-digit amount for a figure, though if I want the Kotobukiya figure, I will need to. Thus, my buys tend to focus on cheaper things.

    Though, I was able to bulk up my collection with my very first mini-bust, and Zuckuss is displayed on the pie safe in my living room. I also have Zuckuss and 4-LOM miniatures from the Official Figurine Collection, the Galactic Heroes figures (picked them up loose at CVI), a loose Zuckuss 12-inch figure that I picked up at CVI and plan to use for stop-motion (I plan to get a loose 4-LOM some day), a Grenadier Models bounty hunter miniatures set that I got at CVI, and hanging on my Christmas tree are those hard-to-find-without-selling-your-first-born Zuckuss and 4-LOM ornaments. It's great to have connections.
    Last edited by TrakNar, Dec 18, 2012
  4. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2002
    star 6
    That's a good start to your collection! RE: SS's prices - thankfully they've reduced the actual # of 1/6 scale figures that they make per year that I'm interested in, means I can actually afford to budget out for the few more expensive items. Instead of trying to get 5-6 per year I might only pick up 2 figures. The Hot Toys figures are the worst on the wallet - but if you're like me and you love 12" figures, I'd rather forgo picking up 3 3/4" figs almost entirely so I can save up for the deluxe 1/6 scale figures.

    I'm guessing Zuckuss and 4-LOM will be coming someday from SS - they love making Bounty Hunters.
  5. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    Apr 4, 2011
    star 5
    And they will send me into debt!
  6. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    May 23, 2002
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    They are good about the payment plans though, I even got an email from them when both my Luke and Tusken were hitting the warehouse at the same time, they asked if I wanted to delay payment on one by a month or so in order for me to be able to get both of them.

    Wish they did that years ago when they used to have 5-6 figures that were supposed to be available in Fall all hit in the summer and I had to cancel all of my orders because I couldn't afford them :(
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