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I didn't know he died… I got his autograph on his Hasbro figure back in the day at celebration 2 or 3 and he was really cool to talk to. I really liked him! That's unfortunate that he died. RIP Mr. LeParmentier!

Best of luck on your move!


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Thanks, I appreciate it! I need all the luck I can get. The tough part is getting my dogs over to Europe with me. Richard LeParmentier passed away in 2013. So it's been a while.
 
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Thanks, I appreciate it! I need all the luck I can get. The tough part is getting my dogs over to Europe with me. Richard LeParmentier passed away in 2013. So it's been a while.
You're welcome as you do have awesome signed pieces. I have moved plenty for my jobs (coast to coast in the USA but never overseas) so I feel for you. Godspeed, especially with your dogs. I am looking at (again) getting a job that will require moving to another time zone and my current dog is a rescue and petrified of traveling. Of all the things I should be concerned with, the thing that literally keeps me up at night is how I am going to get her back east with me if I get this position.
 
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Also, your story reminds me of Brewster's Millions with Richard Pryor and John Candy. Pryor finally gets a room perfect, and he says "this is a room I could die in". Literally as soon as he finishes his statement they start to take the room apart. I only bring this up because I can't tell you how many times I got a room perfect and had to pack it up and move. Hang in there!
 
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Also, your story reminds me of Brewster's Millions with Richard Pryor and John Candy. Pryor finally gets a room perfect, and he says "this is a room I could die in". Literally as soon as he finishes his statement they start to take the room apart. I only bring this up because I can't tell you how many times I got a room perfect and had to pack it up and move. Hang in there!
That, good sir, is the PERFECT analogy. Brewsters Millions.... wow. Nice reference.
 
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I still watch that movie when it's on. On of my childhood favorites for some reason.

You would think that GG would give someone their own bust if they did a signing for them.
Glad you have seen it and enjoyed it, my Dad loved Richard Pryor and we went to see ALL of his films when I was a kid (appropriate for kids or not LOL). Now that he is gone those films always remind me of him.

I also agree, that if someone did a signing for you a free bust would be the least they could do. I know actors (and especially players) love that kind of stuff. Whenever I would bring bobbleheads or McFarlane figures for players to sign they always got a kick out of it if they just came out.
 
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Glad you have seen it and enjoyed it, my Dad loved Richard Pryor and we went to see ALL of his films when I was a kid (appropriate for kids or not LOL). Now that he is gone those films always remind me of him.

I also agree, that if someone did a signing for you a free bust would be the least they could do. I know actors (and especially players) love that kind of stuff. Whenever I would bring bobbleheads or McFarlane figures for players to sign they always got a kick out of it if they just came out.
I get it. My father loved Robin Williams. Especially Good Morning, Vietnam. Like you, those films make me think of him.

It's pretty cool how players and actors like and appreciate how people want them to sign something of their likeness.
 
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Good morning Viet-Nam was a great film. So sad Robin Williams did what he did. But folks like him, and the work they do for TV and the movies is a legacy that lives on. Long live the laughter! Funny I was watching last night Harlem Nights with Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and the GREAT Redd Foxx (my favorite).

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ihnken33, I hope you have the most enjoyable life in Belgium and may your most wanted Malakili mini bust be made one day. I will for sure celebrate when that happens!. :)
 
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Good morning Viet-Nam was a great film. So sad Robin Williams did what he did. But folks like him, and the work they do for TV and the movies is a legacy that lives on. Long live the laughter! Funny I was watching last night Harlem Nights with Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and the GREAT Redd Foxx (my favorite).

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ihnken33, I hope you have the most enjoyable life in Belgium and may your most wanted Malakili mini bust be made one day. I will for sure celebrate when that happens!. :)
Redd Foxx was also my favorite. I literally travel back in time every time I put in my DVDs of Sanford and Son. My Dad was Pryor all the way (though he liked Foxx) so I always have a soft spot for Richard. I liked Williams in Good Morning Vietnam as my Dad served over there and used to tell me Williams nailed the DJ pretty well in that role.

I also have an odd fascination with all Vietnam related films as I would watch them with my Dad and grill him on their accuracy. He said most were Hollywood BS but a couple scenes and movies he did like or at least though were accurate. It wasn't something he really talked about obviously but everyone tells me he shared more with me about his time over there than he did with anyone else.

Very off topic, sorry!
 
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I get it. My father loved Robin Williams. Especially Good Morning, Vietnam. Like you, those films make me think of him.

It's pretty cool how players and actors like and appreciate how people want them to sign something of their likeness.
I have seen players go crazy over their figures (A's Eric Chavez literally hugged his McFarlane figure and asked what I wanted for it LOL). Others get a kick out of their bobbleheads or figures if they never seen it before. I think it was Jack Lambert (Steelers HOFer) who just stared at his McFarlane figure and took photos of it with his phone to share. That's always cool to see.

I met Kevin Conroy (Animated and PS3 PS4 Batman voice) when BTAS was still running at a WB Store in San Jose, CA back in the day and got a really nice piece in the animated style for him to sign. He just stared and stared at it, did some Batman voices (literally) and talked to me for nearly 30 minutes about it.
 
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Those are some great stories! When I met Richard LeParmentier he was much the same way. He was excited that his figure was hard to find and sought after and was fetching around $25 or more.
And Redd Foxx, Richard Prior and Robin Williams were some of my favorites as well. I too came from a military family and always enjoyed learning about them, although WWII is the one I find most interesting.
Anyway, good luck on your move, inkhen, and Django, if you move perhaps you couldn talk to a veterinarian about possibly tranquilizing your dog in some form or fashion to relax him/her enough for the trip.


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Those are some great stories! When I met Richard LeParmentier he was much the same way. He was excited that his figure was hard to find and sought after and was fetching around $25 or more.
And Redd Foxx, Richard Prior and Robin Williams were some of my favorites as well. I too came from a military family and always enjoyed learning about them, although WWII is the one I find most interesting.
Anyway, good luck on your move, inkhen, and Django, if you move perhaps you couldn talk to a veterinarian about possibly tranquilizing your dog in some form or fashion to relax him/her enough for the trip.


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My Great Uncle served in WWII and his favorite story when I was growing up was about how he met General Patton and took a photo of him taking a leak from behind haha. I guess the General was furious with my Uncle and took his roll of film out of the camera. He probably would have retired had he developed that photo LOL.

I know Vietnam is the depressing war but my Dad served in it and it always is the one that fascinates me because it helped me relate to him when he was alive.

Lastly, thanks for the advice on the dog. I did the tranq when we moved here and she was still pretty insane the whole way. The second day she was better and slept most of the way but this is more than likely going to be a flight for her as the drive will be a long 2 days or maybe 3 days. She was a rescue so I try so hard to accommodate her but she is my huge concern.
 
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Great collection of busts/statues you have there!

Looks like Wicket is about to get his head lopped off. ;)
 
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Hey man! Glad to see you are back on here and have posted your updated Euro display! Your collection looks better than ever :). Hope the move has been treating you well.
 
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Alright! The collection is looking great. Very nicely displayed, and that Belgium beer at the end... makes me so thirsty! :) So ...

- How difficult was it to get all your collectibles over to Europe?
- Did you send them over all at once or was it something that was done gradually?

I can imagine it wasn't cheap to do as you have quite a lot. I'm happy to see you have it all with you now. Well, not all. There's still that Malakili Rancor Keeper that GG hasn't made, and which I think you want?? :) I think that might actually happen. Reading Chuck's posts from DST, i think there's a new direction, a better way to get to what people want to see made, and you'll get the Rancor Keeper mini bust, even before you come back to the States, so you can get it signed by Peter Booke! B)
 
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Alright! The collection is looking great. Very nicely displayed, and that Belgium beer at the end... makes me so thirsty! :) So ...

- How difficult was it to get all your collectibles over to Europe?
- Did you send them over all at once or was it something that was done gradually?

I can imagine it wasn't cheap to do as you have quite a lot. I'm happy to see you have it all with you now. Well, not all. There's still that Malakili Rancor Keeper that GG hasn't made, and which I think you want?? :) I think that might actually happen. Reading Chuck's posts from DST, i think there's a new direction, a better way to get to what people want to see made, and you'll get the Rancor Keeper mini bust, even before you come back to the States, so you can get it signed by Peter Booke! B)
To answer your first question, it wasn't hard at all. Once I packed the busts away into their individual boxes, and then the boxes were neatly packed away into moving boxes, the process was easy. Then the moving company came and took the boxes that had the boxed up busts, loaded them all in to our shipping container set for Europe, and boom, off it went. The next time I saw them, they were being unloaded out of the crate at the rental house in Belgium! And it was all a very smooth process. Took a while (like 2-3 months) but it all got here safe and sounds.

As for DST, it started as a joke, to see how far I could take them before they blocked me as some kind of troll or whatever. I've been blocked on facebook by Gentle Giant before, and was able to be let back in. The rancor keeper bust thing just kind of happened. I figured I'd make my voice heard (but in a respectful and sometimes funny manner) by commenting on everything they post> Eventually they will either block me or make it. Either or, I'll get the message out. Then 1 or 2 others kind of jumped on the bandwagon as well, and it so far has gotten their attention. I honestly doubt they will do it. But if they do, I'm taking FULL credit!
 
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Hey man! Glad to see you are back on here and have posted your updated Euro display! Your collection looks better than ever :). Hope the move has been treating you well.
Thanks man! Glad to be back on here. I appreciate the kind words on the collection. I've added quite a few since I've been here. So it just keeps growing! The move has been awesome in some aspects and a bummer in others, but overall, I'm in Europe and making the most of my time when I can!
 
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Thanks man! Glad to be back on here. I appreciate the kind words on the collection. I've added quite a few since I've been here. So it just keeps growing! The move has been awesome in some aspects and a bummer in others, but overall, I'm in Europe and making the most of my time when I can!
That's great to hear, glad you have still been able to add and are enjoying (some) aspects of living over there. Enjoy the experience while you can, you'll always have the interesting stories for the rest of your life if nothing else :).
 
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To answer your first question, it wasn't hard at all. Once I packed the busts away into their individual boxes, and then the boxes were neatly packed away into moving boxes, the process was easy. Then the moving company came and took the boxes that had the boxed up busts, loaded them all in to our shipping container set for Europe, and boom, off it went. The next time I saw them, they were being unloaded out of the crate at the rental house in Belgium! And it was all a very smooth process. Took a while (like 2-3 months) but it all got here safe and sounds.

As for DST, it started as a joke, to see how far I could take them before they blocked me as some kind of troll or whatever. I've been blocked on facebook by Gentle Giant before, and was able to be let back in. The rancor keeper bust thing just kind of happened. I figured I'd make my voice heard (but in a respectful and sometimes funny manner) by commenting on everything they post> Eventually they will either block me or make it. Either or, I'll get the message out. Then 1 or 2 others kind of jumped on the bandwagon as well, and it so far has gotten their attention. I honestly doubt they will do it. But if they do, I'm taking FULL credit!
That's awesome, man! Thank you for explaining the process. Half of my family on my father's side is Spaniard and they live in Spain, in the Province of Leon. My Mom's family is from Caserta in Italy. Life is a much more laid back in Europe than over here, and it's always been a possibility for my family to move to either country after retirement ( quite a few years from now, though). In any case, it has always been a concern of mine figuring out how to get my collection over there in case we would decide to make the move. Now that you explained it to me, it seems quite easy so. I'm happy to hear you got everything safe and sound.

I don't do social media any longer, but I did go a few days ago to Gentle Giant's facebook page and noticed they where asking what Legends in 3D large scale busts people wanted to see made, but they made sure to say "anything but the Rancor keeper" haha! I figured it had something to do with you! and I think I now understand why they made sure to write that there. Like anything in life, if you want something to happen you make an effort to get there, you talk about it, you let others know, you work on it and do what you think is necessary, and I know that's what you are doing and I commend you for your effort. Personally, I would like to see the Rancor keeper made, why not? I just don't want him to have the same facial expression as the one with the Rancor statue, but if they were to give him a meaner face and have him posed holding the staff or part of the chain, I'd buy the mini bust. And yes, every time I would look at him I would call him "ihnken33" :)
 
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