Posted by Curto on April 23, 2005 at 01:54 PM CST
Not only I get a chance to finally meet Vic Wertz (whom I helped out on the Action Figure Archives column last year) in person, but I also was able to attend his collecting discussion on Unproduced Toys from the Vintage and Modern era.

Focusing mostly on action figures from 1977 - 2001, Vic gave a very informative presentation on toys that didn't quite make it to the final stage. Vic split each toy line over the years into different categories: The Famous, The Infamous, and The Virtualy Unknown. Here's a breakdown of what was discussed:

Star Wars (1977 - 1979)
The Famous - Rocket-Firing Boba Fett
The Infamous - Chewbacca's Family (from The Holiday Special)
The Virtually Unknown - R1-G4 (or perhaps known back then as "Sandcrawler Droid")

The Empire Strikes Back (1977 - 1979)
The Famous - Large Sized Action Figures (Lando, Han, Leia, Luke)
The Infamous - Talking Yoda
The Virtually Unknown - The Empire Strikes Back Rifle

Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Famous - Rebel Blockade Runner vehicle
The Infamous - Emperor in Removable Cloak
The Virtually Unknown - Rust-colored Luke Skywalker

The Power of the Force (1984)
The Famous - Yarna d'al'Gargan
The Infamous - Luke Skywalker in robes
The Virtually Unknown - 93-Action Figure Packaging

Ewoks and Droids (1985)
The Famous - EWOKS wave two figures
The Infamous - DROIDS additional waves, The White Witch vehicle
The Virtually Unknown - C-3PO Collector's Case

The Epic Continues (1985 - 1987)
The Famous - New designs for Luke and Han, ALpha Prime, and Clone Warriors, and many vehicles
The Infamous - Kit-Bashed Toys
The Virtually Unknown - Articulated and heroic action figures

The Power of the Force (1995 - 1997)
The Famous - Attack R2-D2 and Attack C-3PO
The Infamous - Talking Yoda (yes, again!)
The Virtually Unknown - Dagobah playset with a new version of Luke and some crates that were eventually used

Shadows of the Empire (1996)
The Famous - Xizor's Virago,
The Infamous - Guri
The Virtually Unknown - More Luke Skywalker figures (Hoth, Pilot, Jedi)

The Power of the Force (1997 -1999)
The Famous - Remote Control Landspeeder "Chaser"
The Infamous - Death Star playset
The Virtually Unknown - 12" Princess Leia collection

Expanded Universe (1998)
The Famous - Mara Jade in Mystery of the Sith outfit
The Infamous - Online Figure Poll
The Virtually Unknown - Combat Vehicles (more from the Expanded Universe)

Episode I (1999 - 2000)
The Famous - Trophy Assortment Obi-Wan Kenobi and OOM-9
The Infamous - Hologram Obi-Wan, Nute Gunray, and Padme figures
The Virtually Unknown - Deluxe Action Toys (Droid Fighters)

The Power of the Jedi (2000 - 2002)
The Famous - Figures on CD-Rom
The Infamous - Commtech Chips 2.0
The Virtually Unknown - Alternative Packaging / Title

Jedi Crusades (2000 - 2001)
The Famous - New POTJ figures
The Infamous - New villans and Aliens figures
The Virtually Unknown - Jedi Justice Fighter

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Poll
The new 75159 UCS Death Star has been announced and it's 99.5% re-release of a set, at an additional $100, that was only retired less than 12 months ago. How do you feel about this addition to the LEGO Star Wars line?
Ecstatic: it's LEGO Star Wars after all!
Great: I didn't get a chance to buy 10188.
Fair to middling: I like to build and it has some nice new additions.
meh: the UCS range is meant to be special.
Harrumph: 10188 is cheaper on eBay.
Fuming: abject failure in market research and imagination.
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