When I began Monday Mons-Day, I said I wanted to use this space to talk about collecting things in the real world in addition to bits of data. The main thing I can be considered to be actively collecting at the moment is Star Wars Vintage action figures.
Quick recap for those not in the know: The Vintage series is a line of (mostly) super-articulated and (mostly) superbly sculpted Star Wars figures released on cardbacks in the style of the classic Kenner figures from the original releases of IV-VI. Those characters from that era get the exact same cardbacks as their previous incarnations, while new variations and characters from I-III get a mock-up of how it would look if they came out 30 years ago.
Now, notice I said "Mostly" up there. There are a few misses in each department, though they are rare. Off the top of my head, I snatched up an AotC Padmé that had articulated arms and that was it. On the other side, I saw an Anakin Skywalker in the store that was supposed to be a realistic take on his outfit from the Clone Wars animated series, but he didn't look like Hayden Christiansen as much as a balding Matthew McConaughey. Also, I've yet to see a Yoda that looks anything near the character since my 1995 Power of the Force one.
Nevertheless, I've been slowly and surely replacing key characters and expanding my collection to characters I missed. This year especially has been a good one in that we had a dearth of new TPM characters in time for the 3-d rerelease, plus some others I had been waiting for.
However, I'm worried about Jar Jar.
I had been waiting for a Vintage Jar Jar for a while, and they debuted him at this year's Toy Fair several months back. While a differently-painted and somewhat less-articulated version of the same basic sculpt got released with the regular wave of figures, the Vintage version was supposed to be released in the summer, not too long from now.
Yet I don't see any pre-order info, any specific release date. All searches I do come up with the same Toy Fair reveals.
Not that the figures usually arrive with much fanfare. Another highly-anticipated figure of mine, Grand Moff Tarkin (hence the EP IV tag), just became available on Amazon and I wouldn't have known it if I hadn't been looking for Jar Jar.
Still, with the "treatment" Binks usually gets, I can't help but be paranoid. I want this figure so bad, and I really hope Hasbro doesn't chicken out.