If you were to ask me what my very favorite possession is, you may be shocked to discover that it’s not my iPhone or one of my computers. Instead, it would be something that I’ve only had for a few days now – a very rare Star Wars figurine in near-perfect condition. More specifically, this would be an early rendition of the Snaggletooth character which wasn’t quite “correct.”
If you recall, Snaggletooth was one of the bounty hunters affiliated with Jabba the Hutt in the cantina, back in the days of Moss Eisley from A New Hope. He was a weasley looking dude and was much shorter than the humans in the story. Snag was dressed in a red uniform and wore nothing on his feet.
When the very first round of Star Wars action figures came out in stores, the toy designers messed old Snaggletooth up a bit. He was as tall as the other characters, sported a blue outfit and had shiny silver boots on his feet. George Lucas wasn’t very happy with the outcome, and had the “Blue Snaggletooth” pulled from the line. The poor little guy was ripped from the shelves and replaced with a more “correct” depiction.
Due to this snafu, the 1978-made Blue Snaggletooth Star Wars action figure is one of the rarest toys found within the entire Star Wars universe. Yes, you probably think I’m crazy for spending as much as I did on this. However, I’ve only ever seen one other of these little things. I swore to myself as a kid that I would own one someday.
When I happened upon this little gem in a comic store in Seattle, I couldn’t resist. It was Fate – he was staring at me. Only a few people within my Twitter stream knew what I was talking about. Those who did freaked out because you just cannot find these. I’m happier than I can explain to have this in my possession.
What is your favorite thing, and why is it special to you?
How cute is this little guy? Even if you’re not an Android fan, I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t mind having one of these. The Android “guy” is cool, no matter what operating system or device you prefer.
“The term mascot defined as a term for any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck colloquially (informally) includes anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name.” These items and characters tend to be an important part of a company. Take this little Android guy – you see him somewhere, and you just know who he represents. And yes, there are people out there who are loyal to a product simply because they fell in love with the mascot.
You may be wondering if your company needs a mascot. I’d venture to say a definite YES! What better way to have people able to easily identify you and your product or service? When we see that cereal-stealing rabbit anywhere, we know he represents Trix. We grow up knowing these characters before we even understand their role in our society. It’s not only products aimed at kids which can be identified this way. Pay attention to commercials on television: everyone from the insurance agent to the gas station has a mascot.
You still have to have a great product and excellent customer service. But having a way for people to recognize you at a glance is another step in the process to gaining the recognition your company badly needs. Knowing who you are helps give potential customers a sense of security and trust in connection with your brand. Being able to say “ah yeah, that’s Company X” each time they see your mascot builds their confidence in the relationship.
The first Star Wars figurine I ever owned was a TIE fighter pilot. “TIE fighter pilots represent the elite of the Imperial Navy, having undergone grueling physical and psychological testing to achieve their ranks. Only 10 percent of prospective candidates are chosen for duty. The rest are reassigned throughout the Navy as combat gunners and other personnel. ”
Do you still have – or even remember – your first collectible from when you were a child? What was it, and do you still collect things like that today?
I collected all sorts of action figures when I was a kid. My first was the Star Wars AT AT. There were also a lot of GI-Joe figurines lying about our house at any given time when I was little. As an adult, I collect Darth Vader figurines and LEGO mini-figs. I’d probably embarrass myself if I showed you how many of those things I have.
Several months ago, someone reached out to me and asked if I wanted to create an action figure of myself. I had to take photos of my face and upload them to the web. They created this head out of resin which can be stuck onto virtually any action figure I want.
You can order my action figure head for yourself, or get one made with YOUR face on it. I’m not making anything from these, so let’s not go off on that particular tangent. This is just something that’s a lot of fun that I wanted to pass along to the community.
These things are a lot of fun to play with. You can place the heads on any figure, as I said. However, if you want to order a body from them, they do a really good job. They are so life-like. They got my pecs and my six pack correct.
You can’t help but want to play with these things. They’re absolutely awesome – and not just because they have my head on them. The heads pop right off, which can make for hours of creative fun. They fit easily on your fingers…
Or in your ear…
And even in your mouth! I don’t recommend letting toddlers play with them for that reason, though. Apparently my head is big enough to cause a child to choke. I’m just sayin’…
Thanks, as always, to the awesome UncleJohn for capturing all of the wacky moments on my live stream that might otherwise be missed.