This was one panel I had planned on waking up early for but unfortunately sleep kept me in bed. When I woke to the awesome coverage by Star Wars Action News I began to realize that sleep was the better choice. I did not expect them to reveal anything major but I had hoped they would reveal some new items. Unfortunately the panel was a bit of a let down. Many of the things they shared were things previously shared with fans at San Diego Comic Con. Here is a brief run-down of the panel: Continue reading
Hunting For Fighter Pods
The month of September was spent looking for my new favorite line of Star Wars toys. The Star Wars fighter pods series is now in its 3rd wave as of this month in the United States. Series 1 originally was released in February of 2012 and the 2nd wave began hitting stores in August 2012. I began hunting them down in September and my quest was to find as many of Series 2 as possible before the month was out. I consider myself very lucky because I actually was able to get my hands on every figure that was not in a special exclusive pack.
In the midst of hunting down Series 2 I also was on a quest to complete my Series 1 collection. I was actually able to find the last set that I needed to complete the set of vehicle launchers, the Jedi Starfighter. I am missing a few figures from Series 1 still but not many. The one thing that is hindering that collection is the exclusive Darth Maul tin that can be found at Target. I have been looking at my Target stores but I have yet to find the tin. For obvious reasons the tin is needed so that I can complete the collection however, I really want the pack for the Darth Maul figures and Ziro the Hutt.
This is how I went about collecting Series 2. I first went out to a Target that I know does not get a lot of toy traffic just to see if they even had any fighter pods in stock on the shelf. To my surprise they actually had quite a few of the 4 packs. They did not have the blind mystery bags or any of the vehicle packs. So I grabbed a few and began checking them off of the checklist that they give you in the package. The next time I went out to get some I went to a bigger Target that was more likely to have more product but also gets shopped more. Turns out the selection was pretty sparse but they did have mystery bags, the 4 packs and that is where I found my series 1 Jedi Starfighter. I picked these up and was very excited to open the mystery bags. There are 6 exclusive figures in this wave that can be found in the mystery bags and I was fortunate enough to get 2 of these figures. I picked up 4 mystery bags and I got 2 exclusive figures. The 4 packs I got were mostly new figures but it was at this point that my duplicates started accumulating. I made a video to show the opening of the mystery bag figures and it can be found right here.
The next outing to find the ominous fighter pods was with my 11 year old nephew. We first went to Toys R Us and that was a pretty disappointing trip. Not only did they only have a few series 1 fighter pods but their selection of Star Wars merchandise was not that impressive. I have begun to really not hold much stock in Toys R Us or at least the one closest to me as it is always trashed and does not have much in stock. They did have the Ewok set though which I almost bought. My only reasons for not picking it up are because I am on a fighter pod only mission.
From here we went to a different Target and we were able to find a few 4 packs of Series 2 and the BARC Speeder Bike/Pirate Speeder Bike Pack. The next day and last day of the month I went one more time to one of the Targets I had been to already and I found a spectacular find, Series 3 mystery bags! There were only 2 but I was shocked and very excited so I picked them up and 2 more 4 packs.
These last 4 packs would complete the collection of individual figures with hologram Palpatine and a Shock Trooper. It is safe to say that the one major dealer I did not go to was Wal-Mart and had I gone to one I may have been able to find the other vehicle packs that I am missing and possibly more blind bags. I believe I am missing 8 figures in total from Series 2. The figures I am missing are exclusive to the vehicle packs and the mystery bags. I am also fortunate to have my hands on 4 figures from Series 3. All this means for me is that October may be a month of hunting down Series 3 and I am still looking for that Darth Maul Tin from series 1.
The most interesting thing I found with Series 2 was that there is a variant of Cad Bane. I first found out about this via Adam Pawlus at Galactic Hunter.com he posted some pictures of it so I knew to be on the lookout and I was actually able to get my hands on both versions.
It is still unclear if this was done on purpose but the version that has silver guns and silver bands on his hat was in a 4 pack and the version with black guns was in the speeder bike pack. However, I did see the Cad Bane with black guns in a 4 pack as well. If you can find both I would definitely try to get them both.
It was a fun month of hunting but it looks like I am in for another month of it with wave 3. I will keep you updated over at Fangirl Next Door with videos of my collection, pictures and updates. If you are looking for these cute little guys then happy hunting they sure are fun to knock over!
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Why Collect Star Wars Merch?
Why would anyone collect anything? That is the real question for any person that does any kind of collecting. There has to be connection between the person and the items they are collecting. For everyone in the world of Star Wars there are different reasons for collecting. Some people collect based on character, some collect a certain type of item and still there are others that collect because family and friends give them items so often a collection forms.
So why specifically collect Star Wars? Many people can argue that to collect Star Wars means that you are potentially buying an item that will undoubtedly go up in price over the years. This is not the reason for all people though because true Star Wars fans know that Star Wars merchandise is held to a high standard and while not every piece is of an amazing quality it usually is good quality and will hold some monetary value in the future. Most Star Wars collectors are the toy collectors that focus much of their energy on action figures. The action figures were the first real merchandise made for Star Wars but as we all know the awesome bed sheets, T-shirts and books were soon to come. Still there are other collectors that collect books, comics, T-shirts, keychains, marbles, puzzles, posters, kitchen items and more.
So to really decipher why anyone would collect Star Wars I can start you off by explaining why I collect Star Wars. Collecting for me is not just about buying limited edition pieces orautographed items. It is not about trying to buy anything and everything that has the Star Wars label. To me it is an art and if it is done right and placed well in the home it can create great conversation pieces. In addition to this I collect Star Wars because of my passion and love for the saga. My connection between the saga and my soul is something that drives my collecting to wonderful places. Over time I have decided that I have to focus my collecting and try to really hone an area that is truly me. I am not the typical collector in that I don’t collect the action figures. Well, at least not the traditional ones. This does not mean that I don’t know all about them because I definitely do it just means that they are not my focus. I primarily focus my art of collecting on Star Wars LEGO, Fighter Pods, Playing Cards, Disney Star Wars Vinylmations, Hallmark Ornaments and certain character items. My character collecting centers on R2D2, Darth Maul, Bounty Hunters, Aayla Secura and Ewoks.
Collecting in and of itself can be very taxing. The work that goes into collecting and finding the right items can be very hard and sometimes you can only find those special items atconventions. The flip side of it though is how rewarding it can feel when you do finally get that one missing piece. Then there are the times when a collection is officially considered discontinued because the company has decided to move on to a new line. This moment can be very sad especially if a collector has not completed the collection. It is always sad to see a line of collectibles end but the sunny side is that eventually a new line will be announced and collectors will have new items to focus on.
The best part of collecting is the community. When you have friends that collect the same itemsthere is a camaraderie that is special and valuable. I have found through my years of collecting that the other collectors in the world appreciate the same things that I appreciate about the items we collect. Collecting brings people together in much the same way that our fandom for Star Wars does. So I ask the world “Why NOT Collect Star Wars?”
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