SCAM ALERT - Now all your Vintage baggies might be fake!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-01-18, 10:33:28

The astute detectives over at SWF.UK have uncovered yet another scammer selling fakes. It's no longer enough to avoid the thousands of AFA-graded ToyToni MOC fake Vintage figures - now you gotta avoid baggie figures as well!

You can read all about it by clicking this handy link, and you'd be wise to educate yourself post-haste! The fakes span a wide swath of baggie options. From SWF.UK's list:

  • SW-a
  • SW-b
  • SW-d
  • ESB-b
  • Meccano red sticker offer
  • ROTJ-a
  • ESB-h - extra wide
  • Palitoy-a - POTF figures

Add to those confirmed fakes, potential fakes of ESB-d, ROTJ-j, and Palitoy-k. That's a ton of different fakes! Among them is the particularly rare Meccano baggie figures, one of which I just happened to add recently to my 3PO collection...

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Fortunately I purchased mine from a rock-solid source, and I don't have to worry. The red color of the sticker on the fakes is way off as well, easy to spot. So I'm safe in this purchase. But if you've been collecting Vintage baggies, you might have been scammed!

And to follow up - how come all these fakers popping up are British? I know people from England are typically cast as villains in most movies (except when the plot is about Nazis), but are you guys so concerned with keeping up your image that you're resorting to ACTUAL super-villainy?? Come on guys - take after James Bond, not Moriarty!



The best of 2016, then and now

by Darth Danno
on 2017-01-12, 09:03:39

This was the list I posted way back on Feb 9th as to what I thought the 10 best films were going to be in 2016:

10. Captain America: Civil War
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
8. X-Men: Apocalypse
7. The Boy
6. The Conjuring 2
5. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
4. Suicide Squad
3. Deadpool
2. Ip Man 3
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Now that 2016 is over, this is the “OFFICIAL” list of the 10 best films of the year ([I]in my humble opinion[/I]):

10. Eye In The Sky
9. The Magnificent 7
8. The Accountant
7. The Conjuring 2
6. The Boy
5. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
4. Ip Man 3
3. Suicide Squad
2. Deadpool
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So some films moved up, others moved down, some surprises made the list, and other blockbusters dropped off the list completely. Now that’s not to say I didn’t like certain films, it’s just that there were ten other films I thought were better. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings, but I feel that a certain film opening in December will be taking the #1 spot yet again.



Star Wars Figures Worst to First - ROTJ65: Part 2!!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-01-11, 06:47:10

Happy New Year Vintage Star Wars figure collectors! My brother and I are ringing in the new year by revealing the second half of our ROTJ65 Worst-to-First countdown. You've already seen the bottom half (unless you're a slacker!), now enjoy the best the first wave of Jedi figures had to offer!

You can view Part 1 of the ROTJ65 countdown right here!!



DCSWCC announces seventh charity pin

by Bill Cable
on 2017-01-11, 06:36:21

The Washington DC Metro Area Star Wars Collecting Club (DCSWCC) wishes to announce their seventh biannual charity lapel pin. The 2017 pin features beloved droid BB-8 projecting a missing map section including the club’s signature Washington Monument. Seventh in the series of high-quality cloisonné pins, and officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd., each pin is individually stamped and numbered – only 500 will ever be made!

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All proceeds benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one who served in the United States Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

DCSWCC has a rich history of supporting children’s charities in the Washington DC region. Their other charity pins featured Yoda, Chewbacca, the animated Boba Fett, Luke on his tauntaun, R2-D2, and Commander Cody, and have raised over $25,000 for organizations including DC Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Inn at NIH, and Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

To order your pins, visit http://store.dcswcc.org today!



Wrapping up 2016

by Bill Cable
on 2017-01-04, 08:13:25

I almost wrote this up last week, but then I realized pretty much everyone would be on holiday and avoiding the web and social media and all that, and it'd be missed entirely by even more of my friends and colleagues than my normal CC.com articles. So I decided to ...

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In memoriam

by Darth Danno
on 2017-01-04, 07:34:39

Was very sad to hear of the passing of Carrie Fisher (died 12/27/2016), and subsequently her Mother, Debbie Reynolds. I had thought that Ms. Fisher, Kenny Baker (died 8/13/2016), and Erik Bauersfeld (died 4/3/2016. For anyone who doesn’t know, he voiced Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna) were the only Star Wars celebrities we lost in 2016, but sadly I was mistaken, we also lost:

  • Alethea Mcgrath (died 2/9/2016) – Jocasta Nu in "Attack of the Clones".
  • Gordon "Drewe" Henley (died 2/14/2016) – Red Leader in "A New Hope"
  • Tony Dyson (died 3/2/2016) - the R2-D2 builder
  • Peter Sumner – (died 11/22/2016) - Lt. Pol Treidum in "A New Hope"

My thoughts are with their family right now, and even though they have become one with the Force. They each have left holes in the hearts of fans worldwide that cannot be filled. So a big thank you to all of them for what they have contributed to the Star Wars universe, and may they all rest in peace. It’s comforting to know that even though they have left us, they live again each time the films are played somewhere, be it on the screen of a huge multiplex, or on the television screen in someone’s home, and that alone makes them immortal.



Downer

by Bill Cable
on 2016-12-28, 09:52:38

It sucks to end the year with nothing funny to say. But sometime's life's that way...



Action Figure Advent Calendar Micro-Review Day 25: Merry Christmas!

by Tresob Yr
on 2016-12-24, 20:21:44

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Figure Name: Baby Jesus

Figure Nickname: Immanuel; the Anointed One; Messiah; Wonder-Counselor; Prince of Peace; Son of God; the Word; etc.

Line: Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set

The good: Eternal life. Forgiveness for sins. Generally good stuff is associated directly with the Baby Jesus. Just don’t do bad ...

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A Visit from Santa the Hutt

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2016-12-24, 06:25:14

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the stars,
Not a monster was stirring, not even rathtars.

Our stockings were hung by the fireplace with pride,
In hopes that some presents soon would be inside.

Collectors were nestled all snug in their beds,
As visions of Star Wars toys danced in their heads.

And ...

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Advent Calendar Micro-Review: Day 24 “Better Call Maul”

by Tresob Yr
on 2016-12-24, 06:21:34

Here we are, readers! Christmas Eve! Can you believe it! Christmas is just a day away!

And can you believe I actually posted 24 consecutive “micro-reviews” for 24 straight days. I can’t, and I wrote them.

Even scarier, I didn’t even manage to open everything in that storage tub. Of course, I ...

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