By jadedsabre | May 1, 2001
By Mary Jo Fox
Just What Is This Anyway?
Welcome to the world's first page devoted to the chick who collects. Well, the first one that I know of, anyway.
It's a real privilege to bring you "She's Gotta Have It" and I thank Miss Jedi and the rest of the SWC Council for taking a chance with me-especially since I have almost no previous internet experience! Just to tell you what SGHI is all about, the goal is to create a collector's site that is chick-friendly. I'm not going to do a "daily news" type of thing. There are already dozens of excellent news sites that update all of the time with new product info. What I want to do is focus on collectibles old and new with special chick appeal (but not exclusively "girly" products either) and to address the many issue female collectors face all of the time. I want to cover everything from how to bid on auctions without getting ripped off to ideas on how to store and display your collectibles to dealing with sexism from dealers and other collectors. I plan on putting up columns by guest authors. You can also personally contact me at Alderaan69@aol.com or email@example.com. Your feedback is really important, so if you have a great idea or if your dad is president of Hasbro, don't be shy to tell me!
I cannot do appraisals a la "Antiques Roadshow." If you're wondering what your stuff is worth, consult the best and most comprehensive collectors' guide, "Tomart's Worldwide Guide to Star Wars Collectibles" Second Edition (1998) and issues of magazines like "Star Wars Galaxy Collector," "Toy Fair," and "Action Figure Digest."
Okay, a little about me. I have been a SW fan since The Beginning, when I first saw ANH in June 1977. The very first SW item I owned was a t-shirt I got for Christmas 1977. Santa brought a 12" Princess Leia doll and the Escape From the Death Star board game in 1978. Sure I acquired a few action figures, all of the novelizations, some posters, and some of the Marvel comics. But I wasn't what you'd call a SW junque-a-holic back then. By the time ROTJ rolled out in '83, I was more interested in clothes and tapes than toys or other SW stuff. But all of that changed when I was a freshman in college. I had an epiphany. I looked back at all of the stuff I missed out on and said, "What the hell was I thinking?!" I ripped off all of the SW goodies my brother still had. He liked Indiana Jones more anyway! I bought L'Affiche's poster depicting all of the SW one-sheets from 1976 through 1984. I wandered into a gaming supplies store in February 1988 and nearly dropped dead when I saw the first SW Sourcebook from West End Games. It cost the princely sum of $14!! For the remainder of my college years I scrimped and saved whatever cash I could to purchase new sourcebooks even though I never actually played the game. I found a Darth Vader necklace in a vintage shop and actually put it on layaway for three weeks, scrounging together the $15 I needed to possess it. Then one spring day in 1991, a tremor in the Force directed me to a Waldenbooks and there was a huge pile of Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire." A similar tremor in the Force directed me to a comics store in January 1992, where I found the now-classic "Dark Empire" #1. SW was back-and over the next several years more goodies trickled into the stores.
As I look at the stuff cluttering my room and stored in containers in my basement, it's hard to believe that less than a decade ago, I could afford to buy every new SW item that came out. I bought the Bend-Ems. I bought boxes of all three SW Galaxy card sets. I remember how impossible it was to find the first wave of the POTF2 action figures in 1995, even the gorilla-ugly Princess Leia figure. I went to Taco Bell every week for six weeks in 1997 to get every toy offered during its Special Edition promotion. My figure still hasn't recovered! I was at my local Toys R Us 12 a.m., May 3, 1999--and I nearly fainted at the sheer volume of TPM stuff crammed in the front aisles.
It's amazing that now we have so many choices in what we want to collect and how we can look for the treasures we want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can actually afford to comparison shop and wait for clearance sales. It's my hope SGHI will help make the wild and woolly world of SW collecting a little less chaotic and a lot more fun.
I plan on updating within a couple of weeks. But before I go, here are my inaugural Gotta Have It updates:
Say goodbye to POTF2 and Episode I...this fall, the action figure lines are consolidated into the Power of the Jedi line. Hasbro recently unveiled some of its upcoming products with the brand new packaging, featuring a bright yellow-green color scheme and funky artwork featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi. Among the many new figures slated for fall are Chess Table Chewbacca (a.k.a. "Macarena Chewbacca"), Mas Amedda, Power Generator Darth Maul, Jek Porkins (!!), Dagobah Darth Vader (comes with mask that pops off), and the lone chick figure, Military Dress Leia. But what's really got collectors excited is the 300th figure in the line (since 1978), Boba Fett. This special edition (of course) features Boba in an action pose and it looks fantastic. Retailing for $10, they may as well put wings on the box, because it will fly off the shelves.
As for the 12" line, the second set in the Portrait Edition 2000 line, a two-pack of Qui-Gon and Amidala in her battle wear, is now available from Entertainment Earth and soon from MosEspa.com. Both are selling it for around $79.95, but Entertainment Earth is offering free shipping and MosEspa.com is giving some special cards as a gift with it. MosEspa is currently taking orders for an exclusive two pack of Chancellor Valorum and Republic Guard for $69.95. For the Sith Chicks, Hasbro will offer this fall a two-pack of Darth Vader and Darth Maul.
The Interactive Yoda is here! Described as a "fanboy's dream," Yoda is retailing for anywhere between $32.99 at Suncoast/Sam Goody to $44.95 at FAO Schwartz. I got mine last week and let me tell you, this is one of those Must Have items. If I could just master that "Yoda Says" game...
All three of the high-end special collectors edition sets-Darth Vader's TIE Fighter, the X-Wing, and the Millennium Falcon-are now available. Each are selling for $99.95 at TRU.
Sets of the mini-figs packs are also slowly appearing and are currently available from the fan club.
Chronicle Books will release the third of its Masterpiece Edition series this fall, "Bounty Hunters" ($75). The book's text is by Josh Ling and Daniel Wallace, but the kicker is that it will include a 12" doll of everyone's favorite Bad Girl, Aurra Sing.
Hallmark will release in July its Dream Book 2000 Keepsake Ornaments. The Star Wars line includes Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul, a stormtrooper, (old) Obi-Wan Kenobi, an electronic Gungan submarine, and a Jedi Council miniature three-pack. Right now you can find for $9.99 smaller-scale "retro" style TESB and ANH lunchboxes.
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