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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Megamixer » Mon May 21, 2012 5:51 pm

Is that the Tie-Fighter where you can press a button (or something) to make the wings eject? I had one of those in the 90's I think and it was quite big.

It er...went in the bin though I think :oops:
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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon May 21, 2012 5:59 pm

The ejecting wings have always bee a feature on these, I remember it being on my cousin's original Vader one in the late 70s/early 80s.
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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by StickHead » Mon May 21, 2012 6:15 pm

Nice one, bear! He looks well chuffed.

Mickey cake and huge Star Wars toys, what more could a lad want? :D
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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Megamixer » Mon May 21, 2012 6:35 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:The ejecting wings have always bee a feature on these, I remember it being on my cousin's original Vader one in the late 70s/early 80s.
Learn something new everyday :)

Mine was this one though, 99% positive it was anyway:

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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Mire Mare » Mon May 21, 2012 6:41 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote: I have TIE Fighter envy now :mrgreen:
:lol: Exactly!

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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon May 21, 2012 7:14 pm

I'm used to envy on this forum, so many people with cool games and systems, but its particularly galling to envy a 5 year old.

I shall console myself by staying up past bedtime without asking tonight.
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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by thingonaspring » Tue May 22, 2012 8:35 am

heh - great pic.

think this is a good price if you want some lego star wars stickers with it?

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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:15 pm

Thought I'd bump this rather than start another thread seeing as it's on a similar theme...apologies to the OP

Just got my lad these. A few months ago he had one of those awful cheap lcd games with the mirror and he loved it, so I thought I'd splash out on a couple of more classic versions for him. They're in very good nick but no doub will get bashed, dribbled on (by his younger brother) and god knows what, but what the hell. They're for PLAYING not sitting on a shelf!

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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:33 pm

The Galaxy Invader 1000 is a nice choice, a real classic.

The Entex machine is yet another invader clone though, so it'll be interesting to see which he prefers.

There's some more info on them here (since I couldn't quite make out the details on your pic):
http://www.handheldmuseum.com/CGL/GalaxyInvader1000.htm
http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Entex/SI.htm
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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:35 pm

Yep they're the ones Ant.
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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by ootini » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:30 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:I'm used to envy on this forum, so many people with cool games and systems, but its particularly galling to envy a 5 year old.

I shall console myself by staying up past bedtime without asking tonight.
:lol: Wholeheartedly agree there. Though I'd be more envious of actually being able to play and enjoy these toys, using my imagination without feeling like a total oddball.

I was out shopping there with the missus and when the inevitable decision came for her to go off an look in Pennys and Boots I said right I'll meet you at X time in X location and wandered off. I giant inflatable pirate captured my attention, turned out to part of a temporary pirate themed play ground for kiddies (again more Envy as I'd love to be five again and have a go on the slides etc). Aaaanyway. Beside this place was a brand new comic/nerd/collector shop which I made a beeline for. As I was browsing the comics a Father came in with his 4 year old who I assume had been promised a toy. It was Batman this and Batman that, the little tyke was beyond excited at the prospect of there being so much Batman stuff, and so many different ones. He made his choice and the dad was not sure if it was suitable. He asked the guy at the counter about the suitability of the selected toy for his child as it said on the packet "Not suitable for children over the ages of 4" Followed by the line "14 Years upwards". They guy was quite honest and went into the whole subject of how most of this stuff, like 90% of it, upon purchase is never opened. He could not guarantee that the toy was 4 year old proof.

Its kinda sad, from multiple viewpoints. That these toys are never being opened and played with, that they are only being purchased to linger in their packaging. That Toys are being manufactured whole scale so they can remain in their boxes on some nerdy collectors shelves? I could be entirely wrong but it seems to me that the whole action figure industry seems to have shifted its focus on selling to adult collectors rather than kids. It just seems so bloody pointless. Surely in this day and age with so much being hoarded in anticipation of its appreciation in value that in years to come the abundance of such vast amount of it will render the appreciation negligible? Is the reason that so much of the stuff from the 60's. 70's and 80' goes for so much when still intact in the boxes is because the vast majority of them were actually played with, damaged and destroyed?

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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by psj3809 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:07 am

Same for so many other things, i like graphic novels (okay comics !), i dont buy single issues, normally buy the compilations. But i'm amazed at seeing now all these different covers for issue 1's which they release as they know adults will buy these up, keep them in some dust proof cover for years and never open it as they want to have their full unopened collection.

But its a huge shame with toys or figures when theyre never opened and are kept there on a shelf/box. Going to be so weird watching Antiques Roadshow in 30 years time and seeing some priceless unopened Luke Skywalker figurine for £4000 etc.

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Re: Look what I just bought for my son!!

Post by Sega2006 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:36 pm

In my youth I had countless items that would have made collectors scream, 60's action man and accessories, Lesneys (basically matchbox cars back when matchbox was just a series of toys and not the actual brand), Corgis (that poor poor Thames Ice cream van), some flying plane thing (cant remember its name and yes it did break) and an original coffin bank which I miss.
The way I see it is they are just fulfilling their purpose, yes they are valuble but they also will usually be valued by the child sentimentally aswell and most of the time kids will contrary to collectors fears acctually look after their toys if they are fond of them, just dont hand them really old ones as they may no longer be safe.

And yes I am sad enough to keep alot of old toys, Im a natural hoarder much to my girlfriends disgust :lol:
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