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Star Wars Mini Retrospective: Clone Wars (2003)

   Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.

Clone Wars - Awesome designs and serious action

Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.

   Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
   Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.

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Now for the wet opinions.

   This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.

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Happy Force Friday

000b0e00-630   [via StarWars.com] September 4, a.k.a. Force Friday — the highly-anticipated midnight release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more — is almost here. It will be the world’s first chance to own official product celebrating the next installment of the Star Wars saga, and several retailers have, to quote Admiral Piett, “something special planned.” Check out StarWars.com’s special event guide below and may the Force (Friday) be with you!

An Art Style From A Long Time Ago, Meets A Galaxy Far, Far Away

   These limited edition, fully licensed, woodblock prints were designed by artist Masami Ishikawa, engraved by master engravers, and hand printed by a master printer.

6 Theories for Crazy Ebay Listings

All of this for $40? Even a tip-less lightsaber? Wow! Shut up and Take My Money!

All of this for $40? Even a tip-less lightsaber? Wow! Shut up and Take My Money!

   Have you ever noticed the crazy listings on Ebay. For example I found a Luke Skywalker (1978) in HORRIBLE condition. The seller wanted a starting bid of $40 (US). $40? Is all that Yellowing actually Gold?

   What a piece of Junk. I wouldn’t even pay point five past $8.99 for this. Now, to be fair, I have seen worse but for far less. This is the kind of thing you find in a rummage bin when every item is less than a dollar. Would I be tickled if I found this for less than a dollar? Oh hell yes. Just ask my wife about my happy dance when I find vintage figures, in any condition, from situations such as a junk pile or box of random nothingness. She’ll tell you, and may even have secret video on her phone to blackmail me with later. Hey, my inner child merges with my outer geek and I gotta dance!

   I digress…

   This is a seller that does NOT do market research. They can’t take a moment to look up their item and see what others are selling their similar condition listings for. Are they lazy? Are they just ignorant of how to use Ebay? I have a few theories.

1. Ignorance: This one is simple. Being ignorant isn’t a negative. Ignorance only means that they just don’t know any better.
Outcome: The item probably won’t sell.

2. Laziness: They can’t be bothered with researching market values of their toy or collectible. This type of seller chooses to be Ignorant, and that is a very negative thing.
Outcome: The item probably won’t sell.

3. Emotionally Attached: This seller either doesn’t really want to sell their item or they are on the fence about letting it go, so they place a higher value on it. It could also be that it is a figure, or whatnot, that they really wanted as a child and never had so it is more difficult to part with. Heck, I’ve been known to do that. Sometimes we must part with certain things because other things like rent and eating are more important, at the time, so I come up with a price that I am willing to part with my treasured piece and then I’ll post it. I’ve always placed a responsible price on my listings and I don’t get too crazy about it, therefore they actually do sell.

My favorite belt buckle that I wore for years. Now, belongs to another it does.

My favorite belt buckle that I wore for years. Now, belongs to another it does.

Outcome: The item probably will sell if you price responsibly and write a detailed listing about it and it’s history. Your treasure will find a good home (see, I’m still being Illogically Emotional about this one)

4. It’s (Insert Product Line Name Here): How many times have you come across something that is a total piece of shit or the company produced one billion more than they could sell, and the seller charges a high price because it is Star Wars? Honestly most of these items don’t even interest me, what does interest me are the idiots who think that just because a property is popular then everything with that property’s name on it is valuable. Annoying seller, pull your head out of your ass and learn about your item before you embarrass us both.
Outcome: The item won’t sell and the seller looks like fool.

5. It’s Old: I don’t know how many times I’ve run into to this type of seller. Just because something is “old” doesn’t automatically mean that it has value. This seller will use words like “Antique” or “Vintage“. Adding those words to anything raises the price in their delusional minds. There was this cat a few weeks ago at a local flea market, here in Southern Oregon, and he had to comic books from the 1970’s laying out. Now these have seen better days, and they weren’t in any type of protection, plus they had some other heavy item on them to keep them from blowing away. I asked “How much?“, he said “I dunno, make me an offer.” So I thought for a second and being fair I said $1. “No way! THOSE are real deal!“, he said. I told him they were only fit for collages and other crafts, then walked off. Oh, and speaking of the word “Vintage“… I don’t really consider anything under 20 years to be vintage. Something from 2006: not vintage, 1999: not vintage, 2011: NOT vintage.
Outcome: The item won’t sell and the seller looks like fool.

6. Waiting for the proverbial Sucker: I try not to read into other peoples motivations but… You’ve seen a ton of these shady dark siders, I am sure. They charge insane prices. Why? It could be due to any combination of the aforementioned theories but I think it is more like they are waiting for that “Sucker Born Every Minute”. I’ve viewed so many listings like this over the years that I have become numb to them. They elicit zero emotional response from me any more. I have only so many fucks to give in a day and they don’t merit any of them. Avoid these irresponsible sellers. Laugh at them and move on. One day we may even be able to block certain sellers from our treasure hunt searches on the site.
Outcome: The item won’t sell to any of your target collectors so hope for that Grandma buying a ‘RARE” Jar Jar for her Granddaughter’s 5th birthday.

   Now none of these even take into account Shipping and Handling charges. Don’t get me started on douche-bags who charge $20 for shipping something that is light enough to be shipped First Class (13 oz and under, at the high end charge of under $5 for an item that goes from coast to coast). Those fucktards are trying to buck the system, rip collectors off and should be banned for fraud.

   Well that is all I have, unless you want to read my RANT on people who use the word “RARE” and don’t know what that word actually means. To me “Rare” is defined as – when I run search on Ebay or Etsy, I’ll find maybe one or two of the subject that I am looking for… NOT 10 pages of listings. If you have stuck with me and my horrible writing style this far then you know ALL about that. Then there are the Flea Market and Garage Sale sellers who, more often than not, say “Well, on THE EBAY it costs…“. I drift off that point and my parting jab is “Well, sell it on Ebay then.” This has almost become my default replacement for “Thanks” as I walk away. Perhaps I’ll get into detail about that another time 😉

   I was thinking about making a YouTube video to share my thoughts with whomever would listen. I envisioned it in the vein of a RetroBlasting style video, full of great imagery and sardonic wit. Alas, I am not comfortable with making public videos since I am too self critical. That and I couldn’t match their production value by a long shot.

   Thanks for reading (putting up with me) and may your toy & collectible hunting always be successful!

Crazy Ebay Listing: Vintage Star Wars Figures, 1977 Set w/Original Mailing Box and Fliers

You be the judge...

You be the judge…

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#StarWars: The Clone Wars, The Rest of the Story

#StarWars: The Clone Wars, The Rest of the Story

   So the Clone Wars will wrap up loose ends in this last season, supposedly, on Netflix. Does this mean I am going to fire my old NF account back up just to bask in all of the Clone Wars Nerdly Glory? Nope. I really want to see it but not bad enough to rejoin a service that has been a slow-to-grow let down. I’ll find other avenues to watch the show. Perhaps if they offered more than just that then I may be enticed to return but until then I just can’t go back.

   I really am surprised and a bit disappointed that Disney 😄 didn’t step up and offer up 30 minutes a week to air the program.

Star Wars: Episode VII News Makes Me Sad

I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

  So here is the thing… Star Wars was cast with a load of, what were essentially, unknown actors. Sure They did other things before Star Wars but Harrison, Mark and Carrie were still fresh faces. Along with those three newcomers there were two strong anchors, Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing. These last two actors gave the film some “gravitas”. This is a winning formula. It even served the franchise well in the prequel films, albeit to a much larger scale.

   This brings me to my sadness. All of these reports/rumors about large name actors being placed in main character roles is really depressing. I realise that since George sold off the Galaxy, Far… Far Away, that the corporate monster that is Disney (no longer the heart filled warm and fuzzy machine that Walt built) now wants to capitalise on every part of the Star Wars universe and make as much as they possibly can out of the future films. I don’t have any issues with making money. I do have issues with assembly line garbage being trotted out to the mass market consumer. Just because there is a pretty face selling the shiny content in a stunning package doesn’t always mean that is it worth the price.

   I am a geek, I understand other geeks. I also get that some of these big named actors are geeks too. If that is the case then my tone changes. If they want to be in a Star Wars film then I can more than understand that since I would too. If it is just another job and they are being attached to the film to boost the money potential with their “star power” then we have a problem.

I could be totally wrong. This could be the way to go forward and bring Star Wars to even more people. Honestly, though, if you have not “gotten” Star Wars yet then you never will. There is a concept here that works on several levels and it has never faltered. Disney Studios needs to recognize this and allow it to be as organic as it was meant to be. You don’t need big names in anything but supporting roles. Star Wars is about the little unknown, unremarkable, individual who becomes more than he/she, or anybody else, believed he/she could be (bad or good).

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