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  1. Kind of, sort of. He was really loving The Mandalorian, and I gave him a few loose vintage figures after I showed him where they were referenced in the OT. He has a display in his room with a bunch of different things which include toys. There's a lot competing for their time these days. He's at that age now where he's starting to want to hang out more with friends. Screens are a challenge, whether it's on the console, computer or phone. He's working out every day, so I think girls might be somewhere in the mix. He asked for a guitar this Christmas, which we would love to see develop into a musical interest he pursues.
  2. I don't know where he gets it I have half of the basement filled with spinner racks, floor merchandisers for my carded collection, and a few other shelves where I have my boxed/carded toys displayed. I'm sure he got the idea from seeing them. I told him he had the option of opening them if he wanted to play with them. He said he wanted to think about it. Then I saw him placing them in the corner of his desk, and next thing I know he asks me if he can have the display downstairs. It worked out great all in all. I also have a large tupperware bin of loose figures I've picked-up over the years from large collection lots, with tonnes of Star Wars figures. Some of them he recognizes from watching the older movies and The Mandalorian. He's got a few of those kicking around. I also have a few carrying cases filled with vintage Star Wars if he wants to play with them. Here's an old picture we took when the local paper wrote an article on my collection. This was taken a day or two before The Force Awakens hit the theater. He was only four here, but he loved playing with that Falcon even if it was setup as a photo shoot.
  3. I don't remember. I nearly forgot I had it. It was funny that he spotted it, I am organized, but I have a lot of displays I picked-up over the years. I look for floor merchandisers for this reason, I repurpose them for shows, etc. It just worked out that the colour scheme was the same as the carded line. I just had to create the graphics for the header.
  4. comicwiz


    Had no idea this was going on, so sorry to hear, and glad to hear you're well on the road to recovery man.
  5. My youngest who is 8 now has been going back and forth on a few things. He was big in to LEGO, so I think that was one of his earliest interests. Then a few months back, wanted to collect hockey cards when Tim Hortons ran a promotion. We had a great deal of fun with that, as we attended two card trading events held at Tim's, and the adults in the room were initially seeming to be a disappointment (you know, the kind that want to give you a common card for something rare or more valuable, and are doing it because they're trading with a kid), but then a big turnaround occurred when a few of them saw a few hand drawn cards he drew for more difficult cards he wasn't able to find, and those guys decided to pull out all stops to fill my sons binder. He's finished the set minus a few of the harder ones (and ridiculously expensive in my opinion for something that was just issued a few months ago). There have been a few in-between purchases like the Plamobil hockey sets and advent box which he has displayed in his room. Anyhow, I had already started to hibernate the Batman prototype collecting, and a few Star Wars toys I had collected with him. Then The Mandalorian happened and he suddenly began asking a million questions about characters, and OT Star Wars plot lines, and a few days after we watched The Rise of Skywalker, he spotted a Finn toy figure in one of the stores and the flood gates opened. Next thing I know, I'm running around the town looking for what we could find, which wasn't much. A lot of the stores we found these had a dozen of the same figure, so it started becoming apparent that some of these were going to be harder to find than others. After finding the Finn, Luke, Rey, Kylo Ren and Rose, he walks over to me and says "hey can I have that display you have?" Which I thought was neat because I had snagged that from a store (I can't remember which one) and had planned on using for some diecasts (a collecting focus of mine). It saved me from having to put together a cabinet for his room which would probably end-up with a cracked glass or worse. So I redressed the header with some TROS graphics and the result is below. The nice thing about these floor merchandisers is they take up very little room, so we were able to find a spot for it in his room. The last week, I've been trying to find as many of these locally. I know practically nothing about modern lines, but I think we started this line a little too late. The Toys R Us here are a vacant lot in general, and Walmart is not even worth trying for this kind of thing. I managed to get these all at $4 each, and I think we're up to 11 of the 24. With the exception of Yoda, Leia, C-3P0 and R2 which we don't yet have, I don't really care for the rest we weren't able to find from this line. I'm kind of kidding a bit, because maybe there's a hint of truth in it, but I collected a lot of stuff, sometimes for them, and/or with them in mind. Lately I have given more serious thought to putting my own collecting goals to a halt for the time being. Maybe even paring down and keeping a few things I love, or collected for them, and will look to find a new home for the rest. I'm just not sure that I have the same passion for it that I once did.
  6. The ad for the "Darling Pet Monkey" is one of the greatest, if for nothing else, the comedy relief as it's retold in an NPR story of two brothers who ordered this monkey in 1968. If you haven't ever heard or read this story, you must - it is comedy gold!
  7. The economics are tough on loose figure grading, and then you'll realize after going through the rigamaroll that all you have for buyers is someone looking for an all AFA 85 run of figures, and chances are high they already have the figures you graded. MOC's are a different story. I wouldn't recommend grading anything below 80 though, with the exception of rarer character/carded or foreign variation.
  8. I prefer buying ungraded, as do many of the people I know who collect. There are very few exceptions where I would prefer graded, and in the SW hobby in particular, you're buying into the reputation of the person selling.
  9. @BrooksR post photos of the MOC's you've been told are recards, I'll offer my opinion on them if that helps.
  10. @F For Fake you might be thinking of this imposter grader, which I won't even dignify by naming them. Like I said earlier, AFA is your best bet.
  11. Hi @BrooksR AFA is the only company, provided you are in the U.S. If you are in the UK, then UKG is your best bet. Stay far away from any other company calling themselves a "grader." The economics of grading still remain most viable with rarer toys where impartial grading assists most through its authentication function, and any assignment of grade is secondary. The market still has high grade chasers, but there's been an overall softening across the board. Even some of the premium stuff isn't moving as fast as it once did. Loose figure grading I'd reserve for higher value, rarer, foreign or prototypes. You're less likely to see any return after grading fees and shipping on your run of the mill figures. Variants have sort of dropped off the cliff as well, they aren't selling as strong or as fast as they were even a year ago. If you just want to protect or display your stuff in cases, there's plenty of sliding bottom acrylic cases for loose figures and MOC's that will do just as good a job of preserving your collection. You or anyone here wondering about any of the above can PM me anytime. I'd be happy to direct you to the right resources and reputable people that offer supplies and casing solutions.
  12. Here's an anecdotal example to illustrate the manner UG's are overlooked, take from it what you will. Yesterday I watched a Netflix produced television series on a subject that interests me - it mainly covers toys made for the North American consumer market. The series is called The Toys that Made Us. Episode one for season 3 covers Laird and Eastman's Ninja Turtles. I've never really had more than a tepid interest for this toy line, however in one of the early photos of Kevin Eastman, he is seen surrounded by UG comix and mags. I found that part of the segment a bit puzzling since they show this photo and then he talks about the influence comics had on him. I always welcome anyone mentioning Kirby as an influence, but to show that image and not even mention the apparent influence Corben, and even more so, the underground comix movement had on the alternative and independent publishing scene and the eventual formation of Mirage Studios was disappointing. I'm sure the folks who produced this will chalk it up to an editing decision that was absent of historical context, or that it was a choice to cater to a PG 13 audience - it is what it is, but just one of the modern day examples of how missed opportunities, giving the artists and scene the respect it deserves, still occur to this day. Figured I'd show some love anyway, and one of the comics on the back wall I outlined/highlighted is one of my favourite Corben covers - Up From The Deep #1
  13. @Buzzetta hey Andrew, I'm hardly the best person to give a read on this. I'm stuck in my world of 70's and 80's toys. I did see something about an feeBay listing for a crochet baby Yoda selling for $2K, and that it caught the attention of Disney, who are frantically trying to produce toys for something they seemingly bet pretty big on, but also look badly unprepared for with the gift giving season around the corner. Everything Disney has done up until seems to suggest they are looking to control every aspect of their licensing and merchandising, though it's a pretty complicated business as well. Funko gets away with it by producing "bobbles" which are technically not an action figure and aren't seen as competing with other license holders. I think by May 2020 (and possibly earlier) when the baby Yoda is released we will know the answer on whether Hasbro lost it, or Disney is willing to hand out license like a shared lollipop.