Star Wars Collecting – Purchase of the Droids

Hello world! Today I’m showcasing a couple more Star Wars figures that have acquired, specifically from the “Purchase of the Droids” scene on Tatooine.

The Jawas have arrived at the Lars Homestead, and they have just lined up six of their droids to offer for sale to the moisture farmer Owen Lars.

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Owen Lars is thinking of getting a couple of droids to help out at his moisture farm for the current season, and his nephew Luke Skywalker tags along to view the droids.

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Uncle Owen selects the red R2 unit, while Luke is more eager to waste time with his friends over at Tosche Station.

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“Something seems oddly familiar about that protocol droid…” and Uncle Owen dismisses that thought.

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Uncle Owen chats with the gold-plated protocol droid, and finds out that the droid not only understands the binary language of moisture vaporators, and it also speaks Bocce. Uncle Owen decides that this is the droid that he’s looking for.

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“Come on Red! Let’s go!”

“Pop – bang!”

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“Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator. Look!”

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Following the protocol droid’s recommendation, Uncle Owen swaps the red R2 unit for the blue one, who also seems to look somewhat familiar…  naaah!

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“Now don’t you forget this! Why I should stick my neck out for you is quite beyond my capacity!”

Just one more:

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“Yes, the droid speaks Bocce. It told me so.”

Star Wars Collecting – All my Landos

Hi world, today I’m showcasing a couple of Lando Calrissian figures that I have acquired.

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Lando Calrissian was an old acquaintance of Han Solo who had also engaged in the shady business of smuggling and gambling. He once owned the Millennium Falcon before he lost it to Han Solo in a game of sabacc. Since then, Lando had a career switch and he became an entreprenuer, setting up a small mining operation and becoming the administrator of Cloud City on the planet Bespin.

During the Rebels’ evacuation of Hoth, the Millennium Falcon‘s hyperdrive was damaged, and Han Solo sought help from his old friend Lando to repair it.

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“You old smoothie”

Unfortunately the Empire had arrived at Cloud City first and forced Lando to betray the Rebels under the threat of taking over the city. But when Lord Vader kept changing his deal with Lando over the custody of Princess Leia and Chewbacca, Lando decided to help the Rebels escape. However, Han Solo had been encased in carbonite and was taken away by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Now aligned with the Rebel Alliance, Lando joined forces with Chewbacca to track down Boba Fett and rescue Han Solo.

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Many fans ask why does Lando wear Han’s clothes.

Lando then plays a part in Luke Skywalker’s plan to rescue Han Solo from the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Lando infiltrates Jabba’s palace by posing as a guard, and he later helps Luke, Han and Chewbacca escape during their execution.

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And this was part of the plan?

Lando serves the Rebel Alliance with the rank of General, and he volunteers to lead a fighter attack to blow up the second Death Star.

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Lando pilots the Millennium Falcon to lead the attack on the Death Star.

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Lando goes casual for the mission, taking off his cape and gun holster. Even his copilot Nien Nunb changes from his B-Wing uniform to something a little more comfortable.

A task force on the forest moon of Endor, led by General Han Solo, was able to deactivate the energy shield protecting the Death Star. This allowed the Millennium Falcon and other remaining fighters to fly into the Death Star and knock out the main reactor, causing a chain reaction that destroys the entire battle station.

The Rebels then hold a celebration with the Ewoks to celebrate the death of the Emperor and the destruction of the second Death Star.

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It’s hard to be sure, but Lando seems to have changed his shirt and jacket when he joined in the celebrations. The designs of the shirt and jacket are the same as the ones he wore on the Millennium Falcon, but their colours look somewhat different at the Ewok village. It could also be due to the lighting that they seemed (significantly) different though.

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From left:
OTC Lando Calrissian (Cloud City)
TAC Lando Calrissian in Smuggler Outfit
VC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)
TBS Lando Calrissian – which is a repack of VC General Lando Calrissian
The fifth Lando is a custom figure, recipe is as follow:
Head, neck, arms, belt, pelvis & legs – TBS Lando Calrissian
Torso – VC Colonel Cracken

Just one note: If you are thinking of buying a General Lando from the “Tunghori” on eBay, note that he does not come with the gun holster. I should have paid more attention to the display picture.

Bonus picture:
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Here we have a comparison of several Skiff Guard Lando.

From left:
POTF2 Lando Calrissian as Skiff Guard
OTC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) – A repack of SAGA Lando Calrissian (Jabba’s Sail Barge)
VC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) – This figure gets a bad rap for having too light a skin tone, and being much shorter than other Lando figures.

Star Wars Collecting – Anakin Skywalker(s)

SPOILER ALERT !

Okay, in case you still don’t know by now, Darth Vader, the villain from the original “Star Wars”, revealed himself to be Luke Skywalker’s father in “The Empire Strikes Back”. In “Return of the Jedi”, Obi-Wan Kenobi (in the form of a Force ghost) further explained that Vader once went by the name of Anakin Skywalker until he was seduced by the dark side of the Force. And the prequel trilogy dealt with this part of the story.

For my showcase today, I present a couple of Anakin Skywalkers that I have acquired as part of my awesome collection.

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Anakin Skywalker of Tatooine, podracing champion and former slave who has won his freedom and is about to leave for Coruscant to begin his Jedi training.

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Padawan Anakin wears the attires of the Jedi younglings, under the tutelage of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Ten years later, Anakin has grown up to become a handsome young man, a somewhat brash and arrogant Jedi strong in the ways of the Force. Also, Anakin massacres an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders after they had captured and tortured his mother leading to her death, challenged a Sith lord who cuts off Anakin’s right arm, and marry in secret Senator Padme Amidala of Naboo.

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As the Clone Wars rage across the galaxy, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker arrives at Nelvaan in pursuit of General Grevious. While there, Anakin is sent on a quest by a village shaman. In a cave decorated with primitive drawings, Anakin sees powerful visions of his future. To carry the memory of this experience with him, he has the drawings tattooed on his body. (Happened in the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, we don’t actually see the tattoos in Episode III.)

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Anakin Skywalker has become battle-hardened after three years of war, becoming a Jedi Knight and having taken an apprentice during that time. He is a political ally of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who offers to teach Anakin ways to escape death and hopefully save the life of Padme, of whom Anakin has visions of her dying. When a Jedi plot to overthrow the Chancellor is uncovered, Anakin turns to the dark side of the force and become Palpatine’s apprentice. Now known as Darth Vader, a duel between him and Obi-Wan Kenobi leaves Anakin severely injured and disfigured…

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Darth Vader was saved by the Emperor, who provides Vader with his new black armour suit. More machine than man, Vader hunts down the remaining Jedi, serving as the Emperor’s right hand man and enforcing the rule of the Empire across the galaxy. That is until his son Luke made a connection to the good still in him, leading him to turn against the Emperor in a final fight to save his son at the cost of his own life.

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And the redeemed Anakin returns as a Force ghost, wait a second… NOOOOOoooooo!!!!!!!

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Now that’s much better.

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The evolution of Anakin Skywalker.

Star Wars Collecting – Bounty Hunters

Hi world! I’ve recently developed an interest in collecting Hasbro 3.75″ Star Wars figures and, let’s just say that I’ve turned to the dark side and have decided to dramatically expand upon my collection of Star Wars figures, buying the ones that I’m interested in.

This pique in interest actually stems from my concern that the until now released figures are getting harder to find, and as future waves of figures will more likely be based on characters from the new movies instead of from the original and prequel trilogies, now is probably the last chance for me to acquire the Star Wars figures of my interest if I were ever to get them, if they can still be found.

On the bright side, I’m more or less keeping to my pledge of not to collect figures from the newer Disney era Star Wars movies, save for Han and Leia and one or two others.

Here’s a couple of denizens from “The Empire Strikes Back”:

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Bounty hunters: Dengar, IG-88, Boba Fett, Bossk, 4-LOM, Zuckuss

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When the Millennium Falcon slips from the Empire’s clutches yet again, Darth Vader decides to hire the services of bounty hunters to capture the Millennium Falcon and her crew.

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“… I want them alive. No disintegrations.”

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Dengar is a cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter who held a grudge against Han Solo, who he blames for causing the accident which disfigured him. Dengar had just been captured by the Empire for his illicit activities, but Darth Vader offers him a reprieve in return for his services to hunt down the Millennium Falcon.

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IG-88 is an assassin droid who had somehow gained “sentience programming”, he is actually one of four identical droids, together they escaped from Empire custody and took control of a droid production facility. To hide their true operations, IG-88 decides to pursue a career as a bounty hunter as a cover.

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Boba Fett has a reputation as being one of the galaxy’s deadliest bounty hunters. The clone son of the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett, Boba is highly skilled in combat and weaponry, and it is said that one of his favorite technique was to disintegrate his enemies.

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A Trandoshan bounty hunter, Bossk is renowned and feared for his prowess at killing Wookiees. Bossk held a vendetta against Chewbacca and Han Solo, as the duo had previously destroyed Bossk’s ship during one of their encounters.

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4-LOM (left) was a former protocol droid who, because of logic glitches and personality software corruption, was able to override his programming and become a bounty hunter. He is often partnered with Zuckuss (right), a Gand bounty hunter renowned for his ability to track down his hidden quarry.

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And here I tangentially veer off into the awesomely cute Star Wars Galactic Heroes universe! Here’s a picture of the assembled bounty hunters, each one a Galactic Heroes counterpart!

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There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive…”

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“No disintegrations.”
“As you wish.” *grumble*

Awesome Toy Collection – 1:18 The Ultimate Soldier XD “Fallschirmjäger” Series

Hi world! Welcome to my first post for 2017! And this post is actually a follow-up to my previous showcase of 1:18 scale WWII German soldiers. I had recently acquired the one “Fallschirmjäger” soldier that was missing from my collection, and so now I have all six figures of 1:18 The Ultimate Soldier XD “Fallschirmjäger” series.

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The “Fallschirmjäger” series – “Fallschirmjäger” is German for “paratroopers”.

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Major Von Schnitzel

I’m assuming that Major Von Schnitzel is the leader of this team of Fallschirmjäger since he is of the highest rank. He wears a peaked cap, holds a submachine gun with a wooden stock, and proudly displays his Iron Cross medal. Unfortunately, some accessories have been lost by the previous owner. Von Schnitzel is missing his helmet, binoculars, and a pair of straight arms.

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Major Von Schnitzel without his peaked cap.

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Private Krieger

Private Kreiger is dressed in full paratrooper attire, and he wields a MP40 submachine gun.

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Private Krieger wears a parachute harness, complete with a bundled parachute on his back. Check out the ripcord that extends over the shoulder.

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Sergeant Jaeger

Sergeant Jaeger is also armed with a MP40 submachine gun.

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Corporal Wenzel

Corporal Wenzel slings his ammo pouches over his neck as he goes into battle. I’m leaving Corporal Wenzel helmet-off as the rubber straps are extremely brittle and will break easily. On the other hand, some of the other figures are already wearing their helmets as their previous owner had somehow managed to fit the helmets onto the heads, and similarly I have decided to leave the helmets where they are to avoid breaking the straps.

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Private Keitel

Private Keitel is armed with a panzerschreck. The figure is missing a rocket projectile.

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Private Keitel aims his panzerschrek through the window on the blast shield.

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Lance Corporal Mayer

Lance Corporal Mayer lugs around a GPMG equipped with a double drum magazine.

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Lance Corporal Mayer also comes with a anti-aircraft tripod for the GPMG.

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Fallschirmjäger squad ready for action!

Awesome Toy Collection – Year End Showhand 2016

Hello world! 2016 has drawn to a close, and I’m back with my Year End Showhand, showcasing items from my awesome toy collection that I had acquired over the course of the year or even earlier.

In fact, let’s go all out Marvel for this showhand. Specifically MCU.

Being a Marvel fan, I have collected many of the 3.75″ figures that were released in conjunction with each Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. In most cases I collect only the figures that made an actual onscreen appearance, and I avoid the figures in variant outfits that do not appear in the movie. These fruitcake variants are usually released by toy companies as a marketing ploy, to grab more money from the completist collectors. There are some exceptions, such as when other characters from the comic books are also released together with the movie figures.

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My acquisitions for the movie “Thor”.

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Acquisitions for “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Captain Britain, US Agent, Winter Soldier, and Crossbones, are examples of the comic books figures released, when they didn’t actually appear in the movie.

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My acquisitions for “Marvel’s The Avengers”.

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My “Iron Man 3” figures, except for the unmasked War Machine, who is an unreleased “Iron Man 2” figure.

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“Thor: The Dark World” had only five figures. No figure was released for Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves.

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I’ve acquired these “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” figures. Red Skull belongs to the first Captain America movie, it is a new sculpt and better resembles the onscreen appearance than the previous figure. I don’t think that silver-blue shield appeared in TWS.

Let’s skip “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the figures released for that film were 2.5 inch sized, not my usual interest of 3.75 inch.

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My figures for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Hawkeye is from the first Avengers movie, while Thor comes from “Thor: The Dark World”. Hulkbuster is a bootleg.

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Ant-Man and his ant “Anthony” !

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Rival sides for “Captain America: Civil War”

You know what? Let’s not skip “Guardians of the Galaxy” after all.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeap, these are the comic book versions.

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Here’s looking forward to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

And on that note, Goodbye 2016! Hello 2017!

Just one more:

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Star Wars 3.75″ Han Solo (TFA Smuggler’s outfit, and Starkiller Base)

Hi world, I’m showcasing a couple more 3.75″ Han Solo figures that I have recently acquired, at a bargain.

Warning: SPOILERS ahead!

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Han Solo (TFA Starkiller Base), and Han Solo (TFA Forest Gear)

Both Han Solo figures are based on his appearances in The Force Awakens, with Forest Gear Han Solo (that’s the name given to him by http://www.rebelscum.com) wearing the familiar smuggler’s outfit, while the other Han Solo wears the snow jacket as he infiltrates the Starkiller Base.

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Han Solo (smuggler’s outfit) has 5 POA (points of articulation), which is sadly the trend for some of Hasbro’s more recent Star Wars 3.75″ releases. He appears standing tilted in this picture, having been fixed in this pose while stuck in the packaging for quite some time.

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Han Solo (Starkiller Base) is part of Star Wars The Black Series 3.75″ figures, which are highly detailed and have much more articulation than just 5 POA.

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Here’s a snapshot of ROTJ Han Solo together with TFA Smuggler Han Solo, and TFA Starkiller Base Han Solo. ROTJ Han Solo was previously showcased here.

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And we have a special appearance by Indiana Jones (KOTCS), placed here so that we can make comparisons of Harrison Ford’s likeness in his more recent film outings. To be honest, I had bought the Han Solo figures as I was exploring the possibility of using them as custom fodder for more of my Indiana Jones customs.

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Han always shoots first.

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“Chewie, we’re home.”

Just this again:

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It would be possible to customize a super-articulated The Force Awakens smuggler Han Solo from the above three figures.

Recipe:
TFA Han Solo (smuggler’s outfit): head, jacket
TFA Han Solo (Starkiller Base): legs, gun holster
ROTJ Han Solo: torso, arms

More instructions can be found on this entry at customsforthekid.blogspot.com.