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PostSubject: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:50 pm

Hi Folks,

My Luke Jedi guide can be found here:

<Craigy's Luke Jedi>.

It hasn't had much of an update in years,I have took a break from collecting to save to get married, buy a house and have a baby.

I am slowly getting back into collecting again and as well as completing my first quest - a mint set of loose figures, I will be updating the Luke Jedi guide.

I am hoping to get better resolution photos in place and also update, correct and share some further info. This will take time but I will be working on it regularly. TIG will always hold a place in my heart so this info and guide will stay exclusive here.

I will use this post to provide any new updates to or open up any new discussion, but as any items get closed-off, I aim to incorporate them (if possible) into the main guide.

Thanks Craig.

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:07 pm

Blog Update #1 (10/09/2017)


I have taken a group photo of all the different MOC variations I have for Luke Jedi. I count 51 on MOCs alone.



I should have had more, but a few variations (4-5 Tri-logos, POTF and a couple of common MOC) didn't escape the sell-off when I had to get some Nursery Furniture. I plan to replace these variations. I am going to recap on what I have, but I believe I now need just 3 Kenner USA variations to complete the core set.

There are some foreign to USA card backs also in the photo; I will start looking at collecting these seriously once I have the main Kenner focus complete.
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:21 pm

Shocked that is a whole lotta Luke's. Wow. Look forward to seeing the update to the Luke guide. What made you choose Luke jedi as a focus? Just curios on how it got started. Did you also collect like a loose set of the whole run then start on Luke or was it a decision from the start? I skimmed the pic, but didn't see a ledy card, is that one that is still missing?

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:33 am

@trappedtexan wrote:
Shocked  What made you choose Luke jedi as a focus? Just curios on how it got started?

I'm guessing because Luke Jedi is the COOLEST VERSION EVER!



lol!

But seriously, what's not to like? Black on black on black with a green saber!
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:50 am

Hi Bryan, Matt, thanks for your kind words as always Smile

There's a lot of Luke Jedi MOCs there I know, but every time I see a variation, I try my very best to acquire it for the reference guide. I'm not really crazy! Honest Governor! Wink But, I do want to try to preserve a complete run for current & future generations of vintage collectors to see and use as a guide when buying or collecting their own.

As my first goal, I plan to complete the remaining USA Kenner combinations that I need. Then I would like to move onto “Foreign to USA” variations and see what gap I need to fill there. You correct, I didn’t score a L. Ledy cardback before and I would love to get one if anybody has one for sale Smile

Time passes by very fast indeed. Here are some photos of my collection back in ~2009



The photo below showed my loose figures at the time - I was a rookie then, so trusted the combinations sold to me. Looking at the photo now, I can see some blatant errors in what I bought. Wanting to get the correct accessories with the correct COO figure was one of the main reasons why I stopped buying AFA graded figures. AFA say they are an authority; but, they can’t authenticate which weapon variation goes with what COO mould family. You have better experts here that have published their hard work here on this great forum, so that you authentic a listing yourself.




Details are a little hazy now, but I started actively going for a Luke Jedi Focus in 2009 after stumbling upon a now friend and fellow collector - Shawn K's website (powerofthetoys.com) and seeing a small but beautifully displayed collection of Luke Jedi. I recall seeing all his loose Lukes in little cylindrical cases and the different MOCs on display. I thought to myself that I didn't realise that there were that many!

That was a long time ago and Shawn K's collection is now mightily impressive too!  In the beginning, I had no experience of forums and networking. Shawn was very kind, he helped point me to the Forums and previous research posts and introduce me to another big Luke Focus collector Bob M. (Luke Jedi.info). It has to be said, if it wasn't for Shawn, I would of have never known about the Imperial gunnery, and so I would most probably wouldn't be here now. So for that, I am thankful to Shawn's kindness during that initial stage.  

Luke Jedi was my favourite figure as a child. As Matt points out he's uber cool: A great sculpt, all black, with cool accessories - that green sabre and gun were awesome to me as a kid. (I love the Super Nes artwork too!) So in the very beginning I already had my own Luke from my childhood, a couple of variants and a lovely MOC that I got authenticated graded in Celebration Europe.

I was planning only to collect the loose variants, but as I started tracking the sales and pouring over other people’s posts, I realised that there were multiple MOC versions, some had different packaging, some had different accessories inside and some had subtle changes that I found interesting as they explained how the loose figures evolved. So, I started taking notes of the Figures I saw and I searched for the MOC, that I needed.

One of the major lessons I learned in the beginning was that not only were there multiple variations and accessories, but more importantly only certain accessories went with certain COO figures and also only went certain variations of the that particular COO. Once I realised that there was a need to share my research, I went ahead and started to build my guide.

A lot of friends and fellow collectors have helped me along the way and are still doing so now; I am very grateful for this.
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:51 am

Craigy that's great you're picking the focus and the guide back up. I know when you were taking your break we continued to refer collectors to your guide who were looking for LJ info - it's an invaluable guide!
And wow to that pic of the moc lineup bow so awesome to see.
I'm a fan of the LJ figure too, cool with all the accessory variations and I love the snap cape! Have a few loose variations now but the one that still eludes me is the moulded face version. Will add that one day. As well as the green saber I remember buying a blue saber loose back in 2009/10 from SuperDan I think his name was who had a number of them for sale. Also have a stitch cape in its green card wrapper and two snaps. Yep, it's a cool variant alright.

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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:55 am

@Craig T wrote:
 

Luke Jedi was my favourite figure as a child. As Matt points out he's uber cool: A great sculpt, all black, with cool accessories - that green sabre and gun were awesome to me as a kid. (I love the Super Nes artwork too!) So in the very beginning I already had my own Luke from my childhood, a couple of variants and a lovely MOC that I got authenticated graded in Celebration Europe.


I just noticed that the SNES artwork has him with two real hands and a blue saber. lol!

Totally goes against the black glove and green saber cool factor.
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PostSubject: Re: Return of the (Craigy's Luke) Jedi    Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:32 pm

Very cool back story Craig. I will keep my eyes peeled for a ledy cardback. Doubt I will see a carded one, haven't seen one in a long time (that I can remember seeing). Shawn's name is familiar and i think i know the website.

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