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Regarding Vader's TIE Fighter, there was one battle-damaged version in the AF Death Star Playset.

Moreover, the bigger X-1 TIE Fighter seems to be the best representation in term of scale, as it matches with other TIEs and with the figures.

As for the Sarlacc base, thanks a lot for the info, I received one in a random lot of MM, and could not figure out where it came from. I just never took the time to take a picture and ask here, but now I know ! It's pretty cheap, as there is no paint, but I think the sculpt is not that bad and could benefit from a few layers of paint.
 
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Happy to help re: the Sarlacc. I have no idea how I ended up with one, either: I don't have Big Arms Boba, just the stand. Yes indeed, it'd look cool painted.


That's really weird, Matt! I'm certain I had 2 different battle-damaged TIE X-1s: one had black battle damage while the other had silver and black battle damage. The damage was moulded slightly differently, too. I never owned the playsets so I must've gotten them in lots. I'll see if I have some pics from the good old days. :)
 
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D_D, I was curious about the DV's TIE issue, so I did my homework and re-checked. Here's what was available in the AF line :

- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (1st "big" version), main line, in scale with figures and other TIEs : 1/65. 1995/96.
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (2nd "small" version), main line, it seems like it is the 1st version that was shrinked, but there are differences in the mold. The cockpit is better scaled towards the rest of the ship than the 1st version. Colour is also clearer. 1/85. 1995/96.
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (2nd "small" version), AVON Exclusive. Repack of the 2nd version, in a white box. 1996 (?).
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (1st "big" version), Flight Controller. Includes DV and an Imperial Pilot, as well as two MM X-Wings which purpose is to be targets for the flight controller. There are slight differences in the applied paint. 1995/96.
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (Battle Damaged), Death Star Playset. Based on the 2nd "small" version, it was modified to feature a damaged left wing as well as laser marks on the body of the ship. 1996.
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (2nd "small" version), Galactic Battle (with Luke's X-Wing), ZAAP! Exclusive (Japan). This one was painted in a dark silver manner. It was supposed to be a 4800 limited run, but only 3000 were produced, of which only 2500 were numbered. 1997.
- Darth Vader's TIE Fighter (Battle Damaged), Hasbro's AF line (blue window boxes). Based on the 2nd "small" version of the ship, the damages on the left wing are molded (less detailed) and painted (silver) differently than on the Playset version. 2002.

So the mystery is solved. The second Battle-Damaged version was the one sold by Hasbro when they rebooted the line in 2002. In total, there are 7 versions of this ship, I think it's quite impressive !
 
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Sorry for the double-post, but I omitted my source : all info were taken in the magazine "Dixième Planète, Hors-Série 8, Action Fleet/MM/Titaniums".
 
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For those who own the Action Fleet Federation Droid Fighter - does the transforming feature work very well? Or does it make problems for the wings not holding together during flight mode?
 
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It works decently. The wings hold pretty well for flight mode, but they don't hold open for attack mode all that well. And when it's walking, it can be a little wobbly.
 
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I had trouble going from flight- to walking-mode, and I think that the latter is not really well done, the legs end up in a weird position. In the end, I got two Droid Fighters so I could display both modes at the same time.
 
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Thanks for the response guys. That makes it a bit less desirable. I will probably wait until the end to get that for my collection. Don't think I wanna spend too much money on it.
 
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Since I acquired a complete set of WotC Starship Battle ships, I thought I would take a few comparison pics with the MM ships, as it might be useful to some people (or at least informative). The MM ship is always first from left, followed by the Starship Battle version(s).

Enjoy !

Empire

Imperial Shuttle


Slave I


Star Destroyer


Super Star Destroyer (Executor)


TIE Advanced X-1


TIE Bomber


TIE Fighter


TIE Interceptor


Virago


Rebellion

A-Wing Fighter


B-Wing Fighter


Millenium Falcon


Mon Calamari Rebel Cruiser (Home One)


Mon Calamari Star Cruiser (Liberty)


Outrider


Rebel Escort Frigate


Rebel Transport


Tantive IV


X-Wing Fighter


Y-Wing Fighter


Republic

Naboo Fighter


Republic Cruiser


Tantive IV


Separatists

Droid Fighter


Sith Infiltrator
 
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Thanks for the pics Matt. I don't think I'm just being biased when I say I prefer the overall aesthetics of the Micro Machines over the WOTC versions. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part I think many of the Galoob examples look a lot better.
 
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The MM minis arem, in general, less detailed than their SB counterpart. However, WotC used some very bad plastic to produce their mini, and this hurts a lot the overall aesthetics of the line, with deformed wings/panels.

I like the fact that WotC tried to have some kind of in-game scale for their minis, even if it is not a perfect representation and the ships are not in scale with one another. At least, the fighters are smaller than the capital ships, so it displays better in my opinion.

All in all, I like the MM better because they were a huge part of my childhood and Galoob offered a fantastic line, but the SB minis are not too bad and allowed for many new ships that are not pictured here ;)
 
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What a great resource those pictures are Matt. Nice one.

I would agree that the WotC Starship Battles ships for the most part have more crisp detailing and accuracy vs their older Micro Machines counterparts, but the plastic warping was a big problem for WotC ships, especially TIEs. It can be fixed with some hot and cold water treatment, although I have noticed over time they wil warp again. Nonetheless, as I only needed one of any ship class in my collection I replaced most of my MMs with WotC SB minis once I had them in hand to compare. Since then Fantasy Flight Games popped up with their miniature line which beats all comers in my opinion. I have since replaced my SB starfighters of all classes with the new FFG versions, which are a fraction larger in most cases but have the most gorgeous detailing and are cast in harder plastic so there's none of the soft-wing warping that plagued SB.
 
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The Fantasy Flight miniatures can get a bit spendy though right? I am interested in them, especially since I just started playing the RPG produced by Fantasy Flight.
 
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Another thing that is striking with SB TIEs is that WotC went for a very light grey instead of the blue used on the MM versions of the TIE Interceptor and Bomber. I also believe that SB features the first officially released McQuarrie A-Wing, as the AF from Hasbro never saw production (but there might be a Japanese mini of which I am unaware). It's weird that they went with this paint sheme instead of the traditionnal green.

The SB Virago is quite nice, as its wings are fully deployed, while both the MM and AF versions are bulkier.

Also, I didn't precise it, but the X-Wings are from left to right : MM, Luke's, normal X-Wing, Ace X-Wing, Rogue Squadron X-Wing. Deco is slightly different on each ship, as well as the number marking, and their in-game statistics also vary.
 
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Also, I didn't precise it, but the X-Wings are from left to right : MM, Luke's, normal X-Wing, Ace X-Wing, Rogue Squadron X-Wing. Deco is slightly different on each ship, as well as the number marking, and their in-game statistics also vary.
Yeah, the SB ships are also often mounted at different angles, which can ruin a sense of uniformity on the display shelf but is another way to distinguish between different ships of the same class, like the various X-Wings.

I also loved that the SB ships included never before made classes like some of the Confederacy capital ships and nifty EU craft like the Wild Karrde and Ventress' Tartakovsky CW fanblade fighter. I wish the game had been successful enough to justify a second set. They could have hit some of the really cool, less often made ships in another set.

Another thing that is striking with SB TIEs is that WotC went for a very light grey instead of the blue used on the MM versions of the TIE Interceptor and Bomber.
I loved that about the SB line. It always bothered me that half the MM TIEs were blue and half were grey. I prefer my TIEs all grey.

Trivia - I was actually one of the artists hired to do the stat card sketches for SB. It was a fun gig. :)
 
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I also loved that the SB ships included never before made classes like some of the Confederacy capital ships and nifty EU craft like the Wild Karrde and Ventress' Tartakovsky CW fanblade fighter. I wish the game had been successful enough to justify a second set. They could have hit some of the really cool, less often made ships in another set.
Exactly, they really did a great job by including these ships. I also like a lot of the never-before made fighters, like the Scarab-Droid fighter, Utapaun P-38, SoroSuub Patrol fighter, Cloakshape fighter and Techno Union fighter. I've discovered some of these designs thanks to the game, I believe some come from videogames, other were simply in a background shot and were granted a mini !

I'm not sure they could have gone through a second wave of 60 ships though, obscure ships always make people like us happy, but in order to maintain some kind of interest for casual players, they probably would have needed to include new variants of the main ships (or repacks). I'd like to know if there were prototypes for a new extension though.

I loved that about the SB line. It always bothered me that half the MM TIEs were blue and half were grey. I prefer my TIEs all grey.
I actually love that the MM had different colors for the TIEs, it made for a nice little story to tell to people who ask why it is so. The AF line went for the all-blue choice however. Who knows, maybe they would have included a new blue version of each TIE in an extension !

Trivia - I was actually one of the artists hired to do the stat card sketches for SB. It was a fun gig. :)
Between the SB cards (how many, and whoch ones, did you do ?) and the Chronicles books from The Hobbit, I'm starting to have a nice little collection of your work at home :D
 
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I'm not sure they could have gone through a second wave of 60 ships though, obscure ships always make people like us happy, but in order to maintain some kind of interest for casual players, they probably would have needed to include new variants of the main ships (or repacks). I'd like to know if there were prototypes for a new extension though.
Agreed, although the figurative minis in their other sets thrived on EU obscurities. It would be interesting to know whether starships operate on the same principles of appeal. FFG seem to be doing well with their obscure EU craft. I still work with one of the folks who art directed that old SB line. I'll have to ask her what they had planned for a possible future set. That would be an interesting story.

Between the SB cards (how many, and whoch ones, did you do ?) and the Chronicles books from The Hobbit, I'm starting to have a nice little collection of your work at home :D
Hah! True! I did the Tantive IV (which we know now isn't the Tantive IV but the Sundered Heart), A-Wing Stafighter, X-Wing Starfighter Ace, the Falcon, the Rebel Transport, and the Jedi Starfighter. I also did a tonne of the other figurative minis across eth many sets that WotC put out. They were a lot of fun most of the time. :)
 
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Of the small 2005-2009 Star Wars Titanium ships... which ones are considered the most rare & sought after these days?

Trade Federation Landing Ship?
Nebulon B Frigate?
Punishing One?
Mon Calimari Star Cruiser?
Rogue Shadow?

I'm not really sure these days and could use the help. I have a complete collection with many doubles. Times are tough and I might need to let some of them go now. Thanks guys.
 
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Sorry to hear that you're contemplating selling off some TS ships, I hope you can hold onto a complete set at least. :ninja:

You've hit upon the major rares, best to check eBay (check the "Sold Listings" box) to see what they're actually going for. Last time I checked, I was astounded to see how high the prices have gone, even for Venators and JSFs.

The most rare is the Celebration III gold X-Wing then the Rogue Shadow, TF Landing Ship, and MC Cruiser. The Outrider, Malevolence, Tie Defender, and Death Star are also rare. Best of luck, mate.
 
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I'd love to get the Rogue Shadow and/or MC Cruiser...though the prices they go for on ebay are a little ridiculous.
 
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Quick question : a few MM Gift sets were available in the various lines that Galoob didn't develop much, like Indiana Jones and James Bond. I know that the James Bond license also had a few blisterpacks, but did the Indiana Jones theme also get blisterpacks ?

I'm asking because I found this page : TheRaider.net - Indiana Jones Collectibles
which states that 3 different packs were available in Spain, but I never heard anything from these packs before, and ebay shows nothing.

There's also pictures from the set #3, and the back shows two exclusive figures that were not available in the gift set (Young Indy and Machete Indy) :


 
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In addition to my question regarding the Indiana Jones MM line, I have a question regarding the MM Star Wars line.

You may all be aware that in 1997, Galoob changed the cards from the Vehicles and Figure collections and went for the orange cards, respectively featuring the Millennium Falcon and a Stormtrooper.

The Figure Collection cardbacks featured all the sets available at the time (Classic Characters, Echo Base Troops, Ewoks, Imperial Naval Troopers, Imperial Officers, Imperial Pilots, Imperial Stormtroopers, Jawas, Rebel Fleet Troopers, Rebel Pilots, Tusken Raiders), so we can call these 11-back.

However, around mid-1997, the Classic Characters pack was changed and the figures replaced with brand new sculpts. The cardback was changed as the new Classic Characters set replaced the previous one. This cardback will be called the 11-back-b.

Now, I guess that all sets were available with both types of cardbacks, but I'd like to know if people who possess these kind of sets could check their cards and confirm which one they have.

So far, this is what I have been able to confirm :
11-back (1st version of Classic Characters) : Classic Characters, Tusken Raiders.
11-back-b (2nd version of Classic Characters) : Classic Characters 2, Imperial Officers, Imperial Stormtroopers, Jawas.

Moreover, in 1998, 3 new sets of figures were available at retail (Bounty Hunters, Endor Rebel Strike Team, Imperial Scout Troopers), and the cardbacks were modified to 14-backs where all sets available at the time were featured. I have yet only found these 3 new sets of 1998 with this kind of cardback, and would like to know if previous sets of figures were also available on this version.

Thanks ! :D
(and if everything goes according to plan, we may all benefit from these information very soon)
 
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Does no one here own a few MM figure packs ? Come on guys, I know you can do better than let me hat trick my messages ! :D
 
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I do, but they are all opened...no cardbacks to check. I am 99% sure that none of the other sets I bought featured the 14-backs apart from the 3 sets you mentioned. Although, most of the figure sets I bought were of the 1st version "Falcon" cardback.
 
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Hi, I just joined up and wasn't sure where to ask about this, it's been kind of bugging me for a while now.

It's about the supposedly upcoming Eaglemoss STSS special issue, which they say is likely to be the Vengeance. For those in the UK, it's been several months now since the last special issue was released, which was the alternate reality Enterprise. I also read somewhere that they were planning to release around 4 of these special issues per year? It's kind of odd, I thought we'd have heard or seen something of it by now, or even that would have been released already. I would have asked on the facebook page but I don't have an account with them, don't use it. Feels as though I'm the only person on the whole internet who is bothered about this and everyone else has forgotten about it. Have also asked elsewhere but no reply.
 
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Not sure but I suspect demand may have prevented more specials. I know that whilst I like them, don't get me wrong, personally I don't think they're anywhere near good value for money. Particularly here in Australia where they cost 2.5 times the amount of a regular issue and are only slightly larger.
 
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I have a quick question regarding the Titanium Ultra's. The TIE Fighter, Vader's TIE and the Snowspeeder came on a black stand, can they be removed from them?
 
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I don't know about those specific ones, bu tI have the ARC-170 Titanium Ultra and it's held on by a couple of screws if memory serves, pretty easy to remove.
 
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Thanks Darth. I took a look at them and saw its the same stand. I got a screwdriver and removed them no problem. I never really liked those stands and honestly I don't have the room for them.
 
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Question for the rs titanium collector experts - all feedbck welcomed!

So roughly 10 years ago I worked for someone who claimed she was dating a guy who was employed as a designer for the SW Titanium line... OK.

Long story short: she gifted me a Slave I complete with the Boba Fett figurine (but not a display stand) and said that it was used for display purposes at Toy Fair/SDCC/... whatever... But I have no way to authenticate this.

The vehicle has no manufacturer stamp anywhere so aside from this, is there anyway to confirm?

Thank you in advance.
 
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Hope I can help. Assuming you mean the 6" Titanium Ultra Slave I, the retail version didn't come with a stand, nor would it sit on an Action Fleet stand, IIRC.
The retail release has a stamp here, pic courtesy of gunship_mechanic:



So if yours doesn't have a stamp there, it might well be a prototype or test shot. If you post some pics, we can probably tell you how yours differs from the production version. :)
 
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No stamp on mine so it looks like her claim was legit... Many thanks, Darth_Duranium!
 
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So I took a peek at the RS Photo Archive (which I probably should have done in the first place) and the other differences are that the colors on mine aren't anywhere close to being as vibrant as the retail release and (per the archive) the Boba Fett figurine IS removable.

Anyone have a guesstimate as to what the collector's value on this might be (realizing that everything is only worth what someone's willing to pay for it)?

Thanks, again.
 
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Value check: 90s Star Wars Micro machines playsets

Hi,

I've come across a huge lot of unopened playsets from the 90s. It's basically one of every Star Wars playset produced by Galoob. Except the very large ones like the Millennium Falcon.

The series I have are the transforming playsets with character faces, the transforming vehicles like the Star Destroyer and the Slave I, and also the non-transforming playsets like Hoth and Endor. I don't know if they are american or european versions, but I think american. I have roughly 20 of them, so almost every one. I wouldn't say they are mint condition, but the boxes are unopened and in good shape except a few marks here and there. Also, some figures have loosened from their wires and fallen "into" the box, so they aren't displayed in the box window any more.

So my question is: What could I charge for these boxes in USA or Europe? Are they worth more as a lot or should I sell them one by one? And perhaps the most important question: SHOULD I sell them now or will they be worth thousands of dollars in 10 years? What do you think?

I apologize if this is the wrong forum, please move the thread if so.

Thanks,
Daniel
 
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I have the Yavin Rebel Base in the white mailer box. I assumed it was an Avon exclusive since they had the Battle Pack #7 and a couple transforming head playset exclusives as well as a couple non Star Wars Micro Machines mailer box sets, but it could just as easily be a JC Penney's exclusive. I just somehow came across this post and so I was motivated to take pics of it, I can't believe I got it 12 years ago, but the postage is still there and dated. I've still never seen another, so now I'm even more upset that the seller applied all that tape and stickers to the box. He even added the Fragile sticker since I asked for it to be packed very well.

Yavin Rebel Base Box Front

Yavin Rebel Base Box Back

Yavin Rebel Base Box Side
 
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Quick question : a few MM Gift sets were available in the various lines that Galoob didn't develop much, like Indiana Jones and James Bond. I know that the James Bond license also had a few blisterpacks, but did the Indiana Jones theme also get blisterpacks ?

I'm asking because I found this page : TheRaider.net - Indiana Jones Collectibles
which states that 3 different packs were available in Spain, but I never heard anything from these packs before, and ebay shows nothing.

There's also pictures from the set #3, and the back shows two exclusive figures that were not available in the gift set (Young Indy and Machete Indy) :



They were released in Spain and show up very infrequently. sometime last year someone had 2 of the 3 sets up on ebay. That was the first time I saw them since I got mine many years ago, and they went for much less than I paid.

I have a page displaying my Indiana Jones, James Bond and other Non Star Wars Sci Fi Micro Machines carded sets
 
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The Action Fleet Hoth Rebel Base (the one that came with the battle damaged Snowspeeder), was there a variant that came with 2 Rebel pilots? I thought maybe I saw it in Lee's Guide to SW AF, I just checked and that wasn't it. Maybe it was another magazine unless I'm totally wrong.
 
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The Action Fleet Hoth Rebel Base (the one that came with the battle damaged Snowspeeder), was there a variant that came with 2 Rebel pilots? I thought maybe I saw it in Lee's Guide to SW AF, I just checked and that wasn't it. Maybe it was another magazine unless I'm totally wrong.
Yes there is, I don't remember if It was in Lee's or not though. As far as I know the Yavin Rebel Base didn't have an extra figure version.

Ice Planet Hoth with Extra Figures

Death Star Playset with Extra Figures
 
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I knew it! Interesting. The extra pilots, do you know if they are just basic Snowspeeder pilots with the gray markings on the helmet, or is one a Luke pilot figure maybe?
 
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