Confessions of a ‘Star Wars’ Collector: Gathering the Endor Variants of Luke, Leia, and Han Together (& Other Observations)

I received Princess Leia Organa (Endor) yesterday afternoon. Photo Credit: Hasbro Official Website. (C) 2020 Hasbro and Lucasfilm Ltd.

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, April 23, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 50% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H), the heat index is 83˚F (28˚C). It’s hotter than the forecast high of 81˚F (27˚C), and it’s a bit cloudier than the partly sunny conditions we had earlier. Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 67˚F (20˚C).

Photo Credit: Hasbro. (C) 2020 Hasbro and Lucasfilm Ltd.

My Star Wars The Black Series action figure of Princess Leia Organa (Endor) arrived yesterday afternoon; the Amazon Prime driver dropped it off at our front door around five o’clock, and even though I brought the Amazon box into my room not long after that, I didn’t extract the green-black bStar Wars The Black Series package with the six-inch scale action figure till this morning.

Princess Leia Organa helped the rebels organize a plan to destroy the Empire’s new Death Star: knocking out the space station’s shield generator on Endor. – Package blurb, Star Wars The Black Series Princess Leia Organa (Endor)

I don’t have time – or the energy – to write a review of my new Star Wars collectible, but I’m glad I have it, because now I have the Star Wars The Black Series Endor variants of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in one place. It’s almost like when I was getting the smaller (and less-detailed) Kenner action figures of these characters between 1983 and 1985; I got the Big Three Star Wars heroes!

 I don’t think I’ll be buying any more figures any time soon – this month I’ve bought four, and that’s not something I do on a regular basis. I had forgotten how expensive collecting figures can be – the Star Wars The Black Series – Chewbacca & C-3PO Deluxe Set cost me $75.24 ($69.99 plus Florida sales taxes) – and I need to be a bit more…temperate about this hobby.

Interestingly, while I was on Amazon looking over my old orders from last year, I was astounded to learn that the Emperor Palpatine with Throne (and Sith lightning) I bought for $58.20 in February of 2020 to put up on my Ikea floating shelf above my TV now costs…ready?  Between $240 and $260!

Yep. Just as I thought when I was trying to decide whether I should buy The Emperor or not; a lot of Amazon customers who bought this Star Wars The Black Series deluxe figure were not buying it for themselves. They were buying them for the Amazon price (it was an exclusive release, too) for the lucrative resale market. Now, 14 months later, three online sellers want collectors to shell out $240, $259.99, and $260 for one of these figures.

What a racket!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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