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When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby tobedesu » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:47 pm

£1.49 FIGURES wrote:but certainly the last time I remember buying a figure was when I picked up Luke in Stormtrooper outfit for, as I recall, 49p, in Scotch Corner in Kilmarnock...

Yes, that was THE shop in Kilmarnock for the toys. I reckon that about 90% of my original SW toys came from upstairs in that amazing place. And, of course, it was there in either early 1983 or late 1982 when this bad boy came to visit...

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Great photo. Vader came to Zodiac Toys where I lived.
I remember it being rammed with kids and shelves of Star Wars. I think it was around 1980.

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby Dazza » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:04 pm

I remember a toy shop in Ayr with row upon row of discounted Star Wars stock in 1986. It stuck in my mind because I was totally over SW, but they had loads of the more 'exotic' and difficult to find figures which I had never been able to find in my local shops. I seem to remember a lot of them were Empire cardbacks. They also had shelves full of 70's 8" Mego figures.
I also remember a time in the early 90s when John Menzies on Argyle St. in Glasgow were obviously having a basement clear out. They had loads of 70's and 80's stock on sale. Lots of Sindy and Action Man as well as Star Wars.

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby Nita Nitro » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:38 pm

£1.49 FIGURES wrote:but certainly the last time I remember buying a figure was when I picked up Luke in Stormtrooper outfit for, as I recall, 49p, in Scotch Corner in Kilmarnock...

Yes, that was THE shop in Kilmarnock for the toys. I reckon that about 90% of my original SW toys came from upstairs in that amazing place. And, of course, it was there in either early 1983 or late 1982 when this bad boy came to visit...

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Ha ha, that's a cool picture... probably around the same timeframe I met Vader in a wee toy shop called Abacus, in Irvine.
Strangely enough, me and my brother's were allowed to pick something, not too dear, from the shop and, instead of grabbing a figure, all three of us grabbed Empire logo metal storage chests, with piccies of some of the characters on each side. :D
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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby Grant_C » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:45 pm

The last figures I saw and purchased was Pop-Up R2-D2 and Imperial Dignitary. They were with a bunch of Jedi figures that I must have already had as I choose these 2. A while later I came across 'SPACE FIGURES', now known as Irish 3 Packs in Merrits Toy shop in Abergavenny. They looked shit.

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby SAVORY100 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:11 pm

Spring of 1993

I'd been with my girlfriend (later wife) about a year having met at college and then I went off to Uni. Back at home, my brother was still at school and in his final year and he had a school trip to The American Adventure Theme Park. This place was the last of the big new theme parks of the 1980's and was already in decline. On his trip he came across wall filled with ROTJ MOCs and proceeded to pick me up a couple; he had his £3 lunch money and £3 souvenir money... the MOCs were £1.99 each, so he literally starved (but for a mate giving him a bite of a sandwich) and bought me three he liked the look of.

As soon as he phoned me in London to let me know what he had bought, I made a plan with the lady... we had a beaten up 1960's Beetle and a trip to Derbyshire was not exactly a straightforward drive in that thing, but the next day I skipped Uni and having driven to London from Swindon to meet me the night before, we set off up north at the crack of dawn.
Arriving at the place, we quickly realised that we'd underfunded the trip, the entry fee was eye-watering for a student, but we had paid for petrol (4*!) and were on the door step. In we went, trying to explain all we wanted to do was visit the shop, but no, we had to buy a full price ticket each... I could see the MOC money halving before my eyes.

Straight to the main shop.. and Boom! there it was a wall, maybe 4 meters wide, 1.8 meters tall filled (to be fair a little sparsely) with ROTJ MOCs... there were though only maybe 6 different ones (an ERG (that was stapled), a piss yellow GG, a Chirpa, a Logray, a Teebo, a BBG) that my brother hadn't picked up. I of course, bought ONE OF EACH :lol: and after a quick go on the runaway train rollercoaster (twice), we drove back to Uni.
With hindsight the whole thing was ridiculous... I had a mate at Uni that collected too, didn't cross my mind to get him any and why on earth I didn't just buy multiples anyway I can only assume that fags, hash, beer and the occasional Uni text were still my minds priorities.

I still own all of them and most of them still have the stickers too (a couple have fallen off oddly), in many ways these slightly tatty, over stickered and marked down last vestiges of SW retail are my favourite MOCs of all; if I ever sold up they (and my childhood Biker Scout) would probably be the only thing I'd just have to keep.
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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby Nita Nitro » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:29 pm

Dazza wrote:I remember a toy shop in Ayr with row upon row of discounted Star Wars stock in 1986. It stuck in my mind because I was totally over SW, but they had loads of the more 'exotic' and difficult to find figures which I had never been able to find in my local shops. I seem to remember a lot of them were Empire cardbacks. They also had shelves full of 70's 8" Mego figures.
I also remember a time in the early 90s when John Menzies on Argyle St. in Glasgow were obviously having a basement clear out. They had loads of 70's and 80's stock on sale. Lots of Sindy and Action Man as well as Star Wars.


I remember John Menzies in Kilwinning having figures and speeder bikes reduced, probably mid-80's, and somehow I managed to grab an R5 and a speeder bike, for less than a couple of quid. I don't remember any bigger vehicles, or what other figures there were, but that may be because I had limited funds, (relying on birthday money, etc), therefore I wouldn't have looked at things I perceived to be beyond my budget. :D
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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby Lindo » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:08 pm

My mate got a rebel transport for Xmas I remember thing bugger me that's huge funny how things always seem bigger when you're littler
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Postby rhyfelyser » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:53 pm

[quote="edd_jedi"]At retail, in Grimsby in about 1986/7. I did however win a Bib Fortuna MOC on a hook the duck stall in around 89/90![/qu

This is similar to my last sighting of SW BITD. I saw a Gam guard MOC as a prize in a darts stall at my local travelling fair circa October 1989.
Searched for SW around 1987/88 after having enough of he-man and gobots, got nowhere except for the occasional mini rig. Bought an INT-4 and an Ewok catapult. Got a carded Ree-Yees as a christmas present in xmas 88. That was a huge nice surprise as i thought SW had sold out. Searched early 89 for figures but found nothing in the shops :cry: . Oh for a time machine...
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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby rhyfelyser » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:04 pm

Lindo wrote:My mate got a rebel transport for Xmas I remember thing bugger me that's huge funny how things always seem bigger when you're littler


I remember an older kid brought his AT-AT around 1983 to primary school, it was completely massive toy for a 5 yrs old like me. An X-wing was also big. I remember struggling to press the R2-D2 button with my tiny weak fingers to open up the wings! I remember that older kid i mentioned showing his newly bought trilogo Luke stormtrooper to the younger kids when he returned from a school trip for older pupils. I'm sure that's the only time i ever saw any trilogos.
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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby reddogblues » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:54 am

I remember seeing the last 17 in Redgates in Sheffield - and picked up Luke Stormie and a couple of others. Remember seeing Yak Face and thinking that it was a pointless figure, so didn't get it :(

I also saw the POTF range there later, but was not so interested, so didn't get any, but was tempted by lightsaber R2 and again passed on it!

Then, a few years later, I remember seeing Tri-Logos in a small toy shop in Bridlington and laughing as they *still* had Star Wars figures for sale, which were like so last year!

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby StarWarsFan » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:52 pm

Then, a few years later, I remember seeing Tri-Logos in a small toy shop in Bridlington and laughing as they *still* had Star Wars figures for sale, which were like so last year!


Am in Bridlington right now on my lunch break :)

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Re: When was the last time (first time round1) you spotted the original toys?

Postby timbo72 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:33 pm

My first post for an age but I remember late 84 I was 12 and I remember getting into speccy games but seeing Rotj in two local shops in cleethorpes and Grimsby. Ramsdens and Norman's toys. After that I can vaguely remember a few figures in 85 but I was well into arcade games/spectrum/C64 stuff
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