Agreed 100%. My motto is if I can't pay cash for it, I don't buy it. There are those things one feels they must have, but in those cases I put in a 3 month rule. Meaning if I charge it, that charge HAS to be paid off in 3 months or it wasn't worth it. Also why I have a focus as you touch on.The problem starts when folks with not much income decide to collect things that exceed what they can afford. Hence why having a budget for what a person chooses to collect, and saving for what they like is so important. Yes, buy what YOU like, not what someone else tells you to buy, But do so when you have the funds to do it, without taking it away from your life essentials, even more now during this world crisis. Best thing to do is to have a focus or you'll soon be overwhelmed with items you really did not care about, and lacking space. Take time to research prices, to look around for best deals. Collecting is not a life or death situation. Collecting is a hobby, a pass time, entertainment to keep us away from the everyday routine and life problems. Like so, it could be addictive, thus people need to be able to make a distinction and realize when things are getting out of hand. Again, I think having a collecting focus and saving for what you want , is the way to go to keep the hobby alive, without resulting to TV dinners because most of your funds went to some statue. Be realistic, not emotionally driven.
Thanks Paul. The flag has metal rods (not flimsy plastic), solid base and good quality thick fabric, it is well crafted all together. It is about 15 cm tall, so perfect for display, not taking much space. And the rank badge can be customized with the different colored squares included in the package, it is not 100% accurate, but still a really beautiful piece, excellent for costuming or display on a shelf.These are great!
Thanks Paul. The EFX has its charm as well and a special place in the collection, especially in my case, as it was my first experience with EFX and Bryan, and it was a truly fantastic experience, completely different to what we get these days from EFX. How things have changed alas...Congrats Sergiu! I know the materials are different in the builds, but the MR looks really good here.
What's your TK lid count at now?
Thanks TravSerg, outstanding addition to your helmet collection! Congrats!!
There are a couple niche ones like MkII, but don't think I'll get them, as my display space is limited.Is there any styles or variants of the OT Stormtrooper helmets you're missing?
My favourite style is the ANH stunt and my least is the ROTJ.
Do you feel the RS ANH Hero has the correct flare? I've read some collectors wedge a piece of wood inside the helmet ear to ear to achieve a wider appearance, just wondered if you thought it necessary?
Thanks Trav. There are quite many good books about Star Wars I recommend buying: The Making of Star Wars (all 3 books), Sculpting a Galaxy (regular & deluxe), Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Blueprints (regular & deluxe), Star Wars Chronicles (both the 90's edition, and the new Japanese "Vehicles" one), Star Wars Costumes, Star Wars Archives the new large version, the old Star Wars Archives aka From Star Wars to Indiana Jones - different from the new one, Star Wars Storyboards, Star Wars The Visual Dictionary, Industrial Light & Magic (2 books), Star Wars Objets Du Mythe, etc.You always get the best books, Serg! I have bought many a book after seeing you own it .
Nice list. I already own Making of ESB, Star Wars Chronicles, Star Wars Costumes, Star Wars Archives the new large version, Star Wars The Visual Dictionary. I also own the PT Chronicles, Dressing a Galaxy from the PT and ROTS Making of, Rogue One Making of. All are excellent as you said.Thanks Trav. There are quite many good books about Star Wars I recommend buying: The Making of Star Wars (all 3 books), Sculpting a Galaxy (regular & deluxe), Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Blueprints (regular & deluxe), Star Wars Chronicles (both the 90's edition, and the new Japanese "Vehicles" one), Star Wars Costumes, Star Wars Archives the new large version, the old Star Wars Archives aka From Star Wars to Indiana Jones - different from the new one, Star Wars Storyboards, Star Wars The Visual Dictionary, Industrial Light & Magic (2 books), Star Wars Objets Du Mythe, etc.
Just the pleather/faux leather. And I used my hand and a cloth to add that liquid over the parts, then cleaned up with another cloth. The figures look shiny, but natural. Forum members on SSF and other boards used this, but I only got it earlier this week, so I decided to try it too.Did you just spray the whole figure or carefully just the elements of pleather that required it?
This 303 Aerospace protectant might some have an effect on the MR saber grips, but it will be better if you clean the top rubber coating that started to degrade, and remain only with the ABS underneathI see, thanks for that.
I've got both my Vader's on display. Got quite a few figures boxed (EP3 Anakin, Obi Wan, Dooku. Emperor and Luke Jedi)
I can't think of any of them that have pleather/faux leather.
I may use it on my displayed Vaders. Can't hurt to do so.
My next project is to try and get rid of the sitcky residue on my MR ESB Vader lightsaber. Took it out of it's display case and got black marks all over my hands!