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  1. OK, Well it has been an agonizing decision for me to make. There are a lot of you that undoubtedly would have been great picks, and I also want to say thanks for all the encouragement I got as well. You've been a great group, and I enjoyed posting/reading things here at TNI. The person I chose is Action Figure Soundwave. I chose him because he already has a huge collection, and posts frequently on TNI. There were other reasons as well. Although he gave me permission to post his name, I do ask that everyone please respect my choice and not beset him with emails. I mainly chose him to try to keep the collection as intact as possible. For everyone else, I wish I had more to give. As I said, there were so many worthy people. Without going into specifics about my condition, this is mainly health related, and I wanted to do this now while I am coherent enough to make sound decisions (please ask nothing more). I'll still "lurk around" for a while at least as long as my health holds up. Thanks again -Ariel
  2. Thank you all for your kind emails. I am close to making my choice (likely by the end of this week). I'll post who I chose IF it is ok with that person. Unfortunately this is a pretty certain thing, as I wouldn't be doing this if there were ANY chance of avoidance.
  3. Due to a cataclysmic event that has taken place in my life (please don't ask me to talk about it), I have decided that I would like to give away YES GIVE AWAY AS IN FREE, my entire GI Joe Collection to ONE individual. This is not a joke or prank in any way. Here are the conditions: 1. The person receiving the collection has to agree to keep it intact (I'm talking ONLY about the key figures/troops, not the myriad duplicates). I'm not looking to line someone's pockets here. I've been a collector since 1983, and have put great time and money in building this collection. Were not circumstances so dire, I would never part with it, but they are, so I want it to go to someone who will appreciate it. 2. I'm looking for someone who hopefully already has a large collection, and is mainly interested in 3 3/4" figures. 3. I won't charge a dime for the collection, but the person moving it must take care of getting it from Greensburg, PA. This is a large collection, so I'd recommend at least a U-Haul trailer or small truck. 4. PRIORITY GOES TO SOMEONE WHO HAS LONG BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF TNI Most of the collection should be intact. Here are a few key items and highlights of what I had: 1. Roughly 5000 figures, mostly older ones. The collection was complete up to this year. lots of duplicates of troop builders and rarer figures 2. India neon-green Zap in the package (probably the rarest India figure) 3.India Snake Eyes (both the light blue and black/silver variety) in the package, along with a loose, perfect condition blue extra 4. Complete set of all 6 Walmart filecards (these are really rare), Nitro-Viper's file card, and a box full of most file cards from 1982 to present (after around 1993, I got lazy and stopped cutting them out) 5. Unopened box of Mission Brazil (~C4), plus at least 6 of each figure loose 6. A near-complete USS Flagg, complete A-10 thunderbolt (Rattler), and a number of other vehicles 7. All Con-exclusive figures from 2002 to present, along with most (not all) of the con vehicles. In addition, there's the 1994 Fighter Pilot exclusive figure, both versions of the "undercover Jinx" figure from 1993. NOTE: I also have all the con stuff from this year on order, along with all 3 of Alyosha's "Uncon" figures prepaid. If these items havent arrived by the time of pickup, I'll have them mailed out to the home of the person gaining the collection. 8. Lots of other foreign figures, some rarer than others, for example almost all the AF variants (including a carded TF Blizzard), The Mexican "Lunatrix" alien figures from 1994 Star Brigade, two carded Satan figures (with different, variant gear) etc... 9. Troop builders galore, especially newer ones, but a lot of older ones too. Only about maybe 1/2 the older ones have all their gear. For example: 52 1985 Crimson Guards, roughly 25 1985 Snowserpents, Around 25 1986 BATS, Close to 30 1986 Vipers, 11 AVAC's, about 10-15 1992 Headhunter Stormtroopers (6 in the package), 47 of the 2002 blue/grey Alley Vipers, 120+ Shadow Guards 10. Lots of rare Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and 1997 Bronze Bomber figures (about5-6 of each along with all gear and 3 of the packages) which I considered part of the GI Joe universe 11. There's lots of other stuff too including merchandise with the GI Joe logo on it, and a number of other GI Joe papers and accessories (large bins full of GI Joe gear). These are just a few highlights I can think of off the top of my head. There's a lot of treasures in the collection, as one person will sure come to realize. I ask that there be no fighting over this matter. Please send me an email telling me who you are and why you feel you should be the one I pick. Again, remember what my parameters are for whom I decide to pick, they are listed above. My email address is Ariel_Cyrus@yahoo.com The time it will take for me to make my choice is dependant upon the response I get, but my time is somewhat limited. Thanks -Ariel
  4. Aren't you planning on making Nemesis Enforcer an Uncon figure for next year? If so, the stand would be a great accessory.
  5. I guess if everyone says it's the aborted eel, it must be so. I had thought that figure was going to be blue like the vehicle. In any case, I wonder how the heck this figure ended up in the cheap joe bin? Were any of these released accidently? Or maybe the guy got it somehow from a collector and dropped it in the bin by error? And the other figure (Big Ben), what does he look like?
  6. I originally found this figure a few months ago at a 2nd-hand " nostalgia" store here in Greensburg. He was in a bin full of various other Joes ranging from the mid 80's to VvV. I didn't want to say anything to the owner, since he has some figures in his case that are really expensive and this guy was out of the $3 bin. He uses the Electric Eel mold, but he's molded red with grey and yellow trim (this isn't a custom, the red is the color of the plastic). The figure has all the regular markings. so where and when was he released??? The first EEel was clear green, of course, and then a grey on with red trim came out with that little mini sub/plane thing. The wave 6 EEel was grey with blue trim. So was this guy some kind of club exclusive or mail in I somehow missed hearing about????
  7. I stopped by my local Toys R Us today and found a CG that had a plain red chest. Now I have a number of factory errors where a paint application is missing (like a 85 Shipwreck with the belt buckle not painted), but looking at one of my regular CG's I noticed there are 3 colors not painted (the black scarf, the darker red on his collar, and the silver buttons on the jacket). Oddly, I noticed that on the rear chest piece, the silver buttons are painted. Has anyone else come across one of these?? Would it be a factory error or a wierd variant?
  8. They've been selling well here in this area too.
  9. I use them as infiltration specialists. The specialized suits Sand Vipers wear to keep cool in the desert also makes their heat/infrared signature practically nil, so the ones wearing black get this special role (plus they come with Firefly's backpack!)
  10. Some of this guy's customs are pretty good. I particularly like his idea for making Headhunter Stormtroopers for example. And the female Crimson Guard chick is awesome!
  11. Take a look at the date on the waist piece of the tan scarlett and see what it says. If it says "1982", then it went to a non-swivel Scarlett, which tend to be a bit more tan. If it says "82-83", then it came from a swivel arm Scarlett and is probably discolored due to fading. Oh and a figure can fade all the way through if it was exposed to warmer temperatures (not just sunlight). I have a few Stormshadows that are evenly yellow like that, even on the inside.
  12. There is a difference between the swivel-arm and nonswivel-arm versions of Scarlett. The swivel arm one does tend to be a bit more cream colored, so that might explain what you're seeing, although the difference is slight. More likely, if the difference is pretty noticable, it may be due to fading on one of your scarlett figures. The tan plastic is almost as prone to fading as the white plastic used on Stormy or Snow Job. One final note: There was a Brazillian version of Scarlett, called "Athena", I believe. I don't have this figure yet in my collection, but I know the colors are a bit off. However if I remember right, her tan is almost a white. Hope that helps!
  13. All 3 figures are awesome, but I like the Budo the best (maybe because he is so original). My one regret is that I couldn't reserve any more than one each of these figures.
  14. I was actually pleased they chose Cobra Mortal as one of the figures. Maybe that will lower the price of the real one enough to where I can get one. As far as the MC con figures being sort of cheesy frankensteins, there's always Alyosha's "Uncon" figures! Unlike their con figure counterparts, Alyosha's figures are well-worth the money and great-looking for display.
  15. I have all the UK figures except for Hunter (the cobra Officer repaint), and I like them a lot. Quarrel, Blades, and Moondancer were available at one of the early cons (maybe mid 90's??, probably the 94 con when I got the Fighter Pilot figure). The con figures were bagged with different gear, but the figures were otherwise identical to the UK release (probably overstock). Incidentally, if anyone has a hunter for sale, let me know!
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