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Jkno's collection - from Transylvania

Discussion in 'Collectible Figures' started by jkno4u, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. jkno4u

    jkno4u Active Member

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    As you maybe know from my few posts here I'm from Transylvania Romania.

    My Star Wars focus are Original Trilogy Imperials with minor exceptions, I also collect Terminator 1 & 2 Endoskeletons, Predator 1 & 2 and anime (mostly Masamune Shirow stuff - the creator of Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed).



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  2. jkno4u

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    Converted Sterling MK4/L2A3 Stormtrooper E-11 blaster with genuine M38 (& M40) tank scope, accurate T-tracks, real Hengstler Eagle counter and PWC accurate cylinders, and with special made metal display stand:


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    Life-size LAWS AT-AT Driver helmet and armor on custom bust. Chest-box comes with LED's that have 2 different lighting effects.


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    Elm-Studios ROTJ Emperor bust with Official Pix Ian McDiarmid C6 autograph:


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    My Master Replicas AT-AT Signature Edition #693/750 display. Added 4 custom made plaques autographed by Julian Glover (General Veers), Ian Liston (AT-AT Driver), Richard Bonehill (Snowtrooper) and Doug Robinson (Snowtrooper), plus a tall plaque with AT-AT info, next to the original plaque signed already by Phil Tippett (visual effects producer - stop motion animator for AT-AT's in ESB)


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  3. jkno4u

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    Fantastic collection and set-up, Just picked up the Obi-Wan vs Vader Circle Is Now Complete dio, Will have to get some pics up.
     
  5. jkno4u

    jkno4u Active Member

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    Thank you :) That is a cool dio, I was thinking of getting it myself in the future.


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    CD collection - there are about 1500 CD's, 99% original CD's (not bootlegs or CD-R) with ambient, electronic music, ethno, world, movie soundtracks, new age music, fusion, jazz and other related genres. They are from the times I worked at radio in 1998-2003. Example of artists and musicians I like: Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Kitaro, Mike Oldfield, Enya, Sarah Brightman, Pink Floyd, Gheorghe Zamfir etc., to name just a few better known artists.


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    Brilliant collection room, the Imperial theme is great :thumbsup:
     
  7. jkno4u

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    Thanks Viper! :)

    I'm mostly a Star Wars collector because living in a former communist country before 1990 Star Wars was one of the few things that helped the children in Romania cope with the Soviet regime. I watched SW (ANH) and ESB in cinemas late 70's and early 80's, but Ceausescu (the communist leader) didn't allow ROTJ to be in cinema (the Emperor being thrown off his throne maybe was a signal for him LOL), and I watched it on a VHS tape at a friend. Star Wars was like a light beacon of freedom for me in my childhood. So that's why Star Wars is different for me compared to many other collectors, and also that is why I never got into too many other lines.

    Thus coming from a country that was under communist rule for about 40 years, means that it was hard to get into collecting back then. Even after the communist regime fell (1990) it is still hard to get collectibles in Romania for the reasons enumerated below.

    Why is hard to be a Romanian collector:

    - very few people understand your hobby
    - problems with paypal (they ask Eastern Europeans to open US Bank accounts or limit the amount of money one can send through paypal)
    - problems with ebay (because of paypal)
    - huge shipping quotes because of international transport costs
    - 22% VAT tax (soon to be even 25%)
    - customs charges
    - problems with people thinking everyone from Eastern Europe is a thief
    - foreign stores that don't ship to Romania (Star Wars Shop)
    - no sci-fi or comic conventions (we can't even think of a Star Wars convention yet)
    - no SW toys or rarely a few SW toys in local stores
    - 99% of the trades/buying are happening outside the country
     
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    I just got my Shepperton Design Studios (SDS) 1:1 Stormtrooper armor and Hero helmet, and put them on a flexible mannequin, still no boots yet, but they should arrive by next month:

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    Awsome!, your Star Wars collection just went up another level, I'd love to get my own Storm Trooper one day :thumbsup:
     
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    Thank you Viper. I have to thank my girlfriend fopr helping me with it. The neck seal arrived yesterday and now I'm only waiting for the boots.
     
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    Some shots of my collection in the blue lighting:


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    Sweet Jesus, I have loved the stuff you have shown us before but this thread is bloody awesome. That video was great too. Well done mate.
     
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    Thanks a lot for the kid words Mr Quint :hiya:
     
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    I just received 2 Imperial Code Cylinders (radiation dosimeters) which I will display next to my Imperial stuff:

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    And an Adidas Stormtrooper T-Shirt from a friend:

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    Just got an over-sized Gentle Giant TIE Fighter Pilot bust

    Just kidding, it is in fact the life-size SDS TIE Fighter Pilot helmet and chest:

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    The Tie Pilot looks awseome, one of my favourite figures as well when i was a kid :smashin:
     
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    Thanks Inzaman! The Imperial Code Cylinders above are going to be displayed next to this bad boy. I'm also getting TIE hand gloves and Imperial logo patches for it.
     
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    Wow thats a seriously impressive collection you've got there jkno, I'm loving the pictures!

    Your Stormtrooper armor also looks fantastic.

    Intrestingly my parents live just around the corner from Shepperton Design Studios in Twickenham. When I was younger I would pass it on the way home from school and would often see all theses cool moulds of film props, though sadly not Starwars stuff. More reacently I've often admired the SW pieces in the window since they've had the shop.
     
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    Thanks vinvader!!:hiya: It is so cool to see al this stuff in the store window :thumbsup:
     
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    A good friend of mine knowing I'm a Stormtrooper freak made me a nice present: an old and mint in box ugly Stormtrooper room alarm, which I love a lot. :D It is so much fun!! :D:clap:

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    You have one of the best Star Wars collections I have ever seen, and an awesome Terminator collection too. :smashin:
     
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    Gentle Giant TIE Fighter Pilot mini bust - will join my TIE display when ready:

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    Impressive. Most impressive.:thumbsup:






    I hope you get that quote.;)
     
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    Thanks Ian! :hiya: BTW what quote please?
     
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    with a collection theme like that I'm surprised you didn't catch the quote,

    I'm not that great at film quotes but I can clearly hear vader saying it in my head, pretty sure it was to luke during their fight on bespin

    made me smile when I read it :smashin:
     
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    It's right there.:D
     
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    Since I'm not a native English speaker I missed it. I was thinking of some kind of price quote or something ;) If there was only the Impressive line then I would have known what was it about. The "I hope you get that quote" text was confusing
     
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    "Obi Wan has taught you well"


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    But sense it would make not.;)
     
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    Awesome additions.
     

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