what was your first ep1 figure????

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Humans quickly turn savage when survival is on the line. :hmm:

I was cruising a Wal-Mart soon after the Han Bespin and Slave Leia figures started hitting the shelves. An employee must have just finished filling an end-cap because there was a guy with about 25 Slave Leia figures lying bubble-to-bubble flat at the bottom of his cart. He picked the pegs clean; leaving not one. He was searching through the Hot Wheels (looking for Treasure Hunt cars no doubt) when I asked him, very politely, if he would give up one of his Leia figures. Without even looking, he grunted through a barely discernible, "No I got here first you should have been earlier." You won't give up one of them? "No."

So a walked two aisles over, picked up one of the heavy boxed vinyl swimming pools, and dropped it into his cart. Bubble crunch galore. He wasn't happy. I was. He put most of them back on the shelf. I got one.

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Was that back in the poft2 days?

I was even younger back then, and I remember having the hardest time locating monkeyface leia. This was still during the red card era.

I remember my Mom driving me to every store in town for what seemed like weeks(maybe months), to no avail. Then one day, my mom wanted to go to the garden center at WalMart, so I excitedly went with her in the hopes of finding Leia. When I perused the aile, I was disappointed to find the same figures I'd seen for a year. I wasn't going to give up that easy, and promptly began pushing boxes on the baseboards in the hopes that somebody may have hid her behind a larger toy. Nope, nothing there. I then looked up, and thought I saw little white feet poking out over the top of the overstock. This was the pre christmas stock up, sometime in August I think, and the boxes were probaly 12 - 15 feet high. There was no way a customer would have been able to hide her up there, and I quickly deduced it was some resourceful employee. I decided not to ask for help, because I didn't want to get the employee who had hid her in the first place, so I went to work climbing the aile. Luckily it was early enough in the day that nobody else was in that section of the store, because I knocked so many toys and boxes over into the aile, I am sure I'd gotten kicked out if I was caught. I felt like achilles scaling the walls of Troy!

When I got my hands on her, I held on for dear life, and I remember looking around feeling like some employee would run up and take her from me. When we finally got out of the store, I felt like I had just won the lottery!
 
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I got Darth Maul a few days after midnight madness followed by Watto. I didn't get that many Episode 1 figures right away. I got Chancelor Valorum for the first time at a yard sale about 5 years ago. I finally got naked Threepio and Nute Gunray a few months ago
 
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I did the midnight sale when they were first released. Got pretty much everything except 12" Maul. Eventually found that thanks to a friendly Toys r Us employee. Actually, now that I think about it, I got the preview POTF figures before that. Sadly, sold it all several years ago.
 
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Maul was hard to get by me and the secondary market was like $20. A friend had her mom send 3 up to her from FL for me. Cost about $20 for all 3
 
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Not counting the preview figures, my first figures were Obi Wan, Qui Gon, Maul, and Amidala. I didn't go to Midnight Madness because it was a school night, but I did check them out at Walmart the next morning before class and knew I'd have to be selective since they were a whopping $6.74 a piece. Ahh, the good old days.
 
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Not counting the preview figures, my first figures were Obi Wan, Qui Gon, Maul, and Amidala. I didn't go to Midnight Madness because it was a school night, but I did check them out at Walmart the next morning before class and knew I'd have to be selective since they were a whopping $6.74 a piece. Ahh, the good old days.
The price was a challenge for me too. I still think the line would have been way more successful if the figures were $4.99.
 
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The price was a challenge for me too. I still think the line would have been way more successful if the figures were $4.99.
yeah like back when the episode III line was new they were five bucks a peice!! wish they would do this for VII...but yeeaah not gonna happen..
 
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Jar Jar Binks was my first one, and also my first Star Wars action figure overall, also my only figure till 2005.
 
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I got the complete first wave and everything that came with it all the night (midnight ) the toys were released .....long sold
 
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NONE. And I thought Episode I was terrible; it only continued to get progressively and almost impressively worse from there.
 
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My brother got me the Ep1 mail-away Mace Windu figure, so I guess that would count as my first. However, the first figure I bought at Midnight Madness in 1999 was Anakin with the brown backpack (anyone remember the whole brown/blue backpack thing?). Being a huge Darth Vader fan at the time (the Prequels quickly cured me of that), Little Annie was the number one figure that I wanted to get that night. I also picked up Watto and Anakin's Podracer before heading back to the barracks.
 
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Mace Windu mailaway would be my first then Darth Maul. I got caught up in the madness, but never truly liked the line. Some of the later waves had better sculpts but nothing amazing. Would just laugh at that time of my collecting phase in life.
 
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Mace mailaway; the few I stood in line for at Celebration I...then the rest at TRU Midnight Madness after getting off the plane from Denver with my exhausted wife & child.
 
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Mail away Mace was first and then the STAP with Battle Droid set. I think at Midnight Madness the first figure I grabbed was Darth Maul.
 
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The Blue Droid-(can't remember his name-B1?) and TC-14. Actually a couple of good figures from a very bad Movie.
 
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Mine was Obi-Wan Kenobi. I still have the arm, but the rest was chewed up by my dog long ago.
 
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I don't think there was a Kit Fisto in the Ep I assortment... do correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't recall which figure I laid my hands to first at the midnight opening for the toys, probably Darth Maul. Everyone I bought that night.. I think; which was Maul, Qui-Gon (jedi duel), Obi-Wan (jedi duel), Nute Gunray, Rune Haako, Dirty Battle Droid, and Wattoo.
 
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I picked up all of the figures available at midnight madness in 1999. It was an amazing event, unlike the recent Force Friday fiasco.
 
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At the time I picked up Maul with his speeder, because it was the only non 5 poa.

Next one I picked up was 10+ years later when I needed a Watto for a video I was making. (Even that might have been the ep 2 version)

EDIT: In case you are interested the video is in my signature.
 
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Obi Wan Kenobi. It wasn't at Midnight Madness but the following afternoon. Still one of my favorite figures...
 
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Mine was Rick Olie. Being in 7th grade I had no chance of midnight release so got to toys r us fallowing evening and everything was picked threw. Nothing remotely I wanted. He atleast had a helmet and a gun. I remember being disappointed at selection and surprised that the figures where from a few different collections not just the first for the release. So being said Rick was a surprise.
 
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my 1st and quite possibly one of my all time favorites of the Episode 1 line has to be the awesome sculpting on C-3PO. seeing the way Threepio (and I'm not a C-3P) fan) looking in that 1st teaser trailer was just pure awesome and upon seeing Golden Rod sitting on the shelf at that 1st Midnight Madness I knew I had to snag him 1st. While everyone was tackling each other for Darth Maul I was in awe at how much detail and sculpting Hasbro put into this figure. Seeing all the parts and gears, wires etc and than hearing the iconic line in the film "My parts are Showing?" was just amazing.


 
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That is indeed a great sculpt, one of the most retro is appearance, yet packed with detail. It was among my first TPM figures as well, but I never collected them when the movie was released. I didn't jump into modern collecting until the POTJ line, and it was after those had already been in stores too. My younger brother collected some POTF2, TPM, and Saga from AOTC that I later was given when he lost interest. I suppose I have him to thank for my now obsession, lol. My favorite from the TPM line would have to be Rune Haako though - love the design and colors they used. Ki Adi Mundi is a close second, as I love that the movie delved into alien Jedi.
 
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I can't honestly remember -- I want to say it was Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, and/or Jar-Jar, as I remember having all of those as far back as I can remember E1 merch. Watto, Sidious and Anakin may also have been early purchases but I doubt were first. A lot of the others I don't remember finding until later, i.e. Yoda and C-3PO.
 
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Come to think on it, my first figures were preview Mace Windu and the Preview S.T.A.P. with Battle Droid. For the OFFICIAL launch though, it was def. Maul, Qui Gon, Obi Wan, the Kaadu with Jar jar, and Sebulba and Anakin's pod racer. For me, I already had C-3PO (though true he looked different but wasn't exciting to me...plus now, as an adult, the whole notion of Anakin makig him is one of the dumbest ideas in SW IMO), I alredy had R2's, I wanted the NEW characters.

IMO the best Episode 1 figure was the Destroyer Droid and the Neimoidians. Nute and Rune made awesome figures, I want to say they were wave 2 or 3? But that Destroyer Droid STILL holds up to this day. I also really liked Captain Panaka (still never remade) and Captain Tarpals (also never remade).
 
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when the line ended, we got the best figures. Sio Bibble looks amazing. The firsts were indeed the mail away Mace, and the sneak preview STAP. I still to this dsy do not have TC-14 and R2-B1....was never able to find them,
 
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when the line ended, we got the best figures. Sio Bibble looks amazing. The firsts were indeed the mail away Mace, and the sneak preview STAP. I still to this dsy do not have TC-14 and R2-B1....was never able to find them,
that last wave was almost impossible to find at retail. I was living up in Boston MA at the time and remember finding them at the FAO Schwartz on Bolyston Street and being super excited to finally have them in hand. you can find both TC-14 and R2-B1 for fairly reasonable prices now on eBay. I think both are under $15.00 each plus TC-14 and R2-B1 was both released in the 30th Anniversary line (bought a second TC-14 just for the accessories and the coin at the time as well as R2-B1)

I'd love to see Hasbro perhaps release the red R2 unit from the Royal Starship playset again.
 
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Those and the FAO fanba are the only things i never had. Regrettibly sold my mib royal ships😞
 
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Another one of my favorite TPM figures has to be Nute Gunray. The Neimoidians were an awesome new alien design and the details that Hasbro achieved on both Nute Gunray and Rune Haako were just beautiful miniature works of art. I also loved the evil and sheer folly of Nute Gunray.. how he was both a villain in the sense of what he was doing to the people of Naboo but also a bumbling buffoon in a way as he always panicked when the going started to get hairy. I love the expression on his face when he sees Qui-Gon's saber cutting through the blast doors to the command bridge as well as his little victory chuckle in AOTC when Padme is scratched by the Nexu in the arena

 
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Mine were the Battle Droid on STAP and Mace Windu Mail Away. I have mentioned this elsewhere, but I was at an ad agency that did marketing for the toys, games, etc. so I got to photograph the prototype figures. So I knew which ones I wanted right away.

I got 3 3/4" Maul, Obi Wan at Midnight Madness along with the 12" Maul, which was very hard to come by.

Though not figures, I also got a Maul vinyl applause statue at Macy's and a Maul head that opened up and was a storage dish the next day.
 
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