The Forceforum.com collectibles?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by jusdrewit, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. jusdrewit

    jusdrewit Active Member

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    I've seen this site just recently, and noticed they sell sabers, blasters, models, buckets etc. Has anyone heard of them? Are they any good? Just was curious if anyone knew anything.

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  2. Aldo The Apache

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    Yeah, I’ve heard of them before, but don’t know really about their own products. I was considering getting a Korbanth Gullwing hilt from them but never did. The weathering on the v2 version looked ok though.
     
  3. eethan

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    curious to know more about that website too. most of the items seems very nice. It seems it's a group of builders present on the RPF or other forums. price seems low for some items though which is a bit surprising.
    some items ship from US, some from Europe, really curious to know more, it looks interesting.
     
  4. Aldo The Apache

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    They seem like they know a lot, has anyone purchased from them before.


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  5. Aldo The Apache

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    Just found their YouTube channel, mostly reviews, and analysis videos.
     
  6. rnbuda

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    From what I understand is they don't make anything themselves. They're a 3rd party that you can buy direct from.

    I personally would rather buy directly from the creators themselves.
     
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  7. jedicri

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    I recently ordered from them. But before doing do, I chatted on FB with Mike Herron, the front man for the Force Forum. He answered every question I posed to him and also provided pictures I asked for since he had an E-11 I was interested in ordering.

    I hope to receive the E-11 within the next two weeks, hopefully sooner since it’s being shipped from within Canada.
     
  8. Synz314

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    They're more of a store front for stuff from different sellers. They don't actually make stuff themselves. I believe Sith Planet is the maker of most of the helmets they offer, based on the photos. The prices on the Force Forum are only slightly more than what they would be by going through the maker directly. So it's fair. My big problem is they refuse to say who the makers are unless they're already stated on there. So there's no way for sure to know if it's from a reputable or quality source unless you can identify it.
     
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  9. Aldo The Apache

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    Do any if you have an idea as to who makes the e11 blaster. They are claiming it’s the most accurate one on the market. So just curious.
     
  10. jusdrewit

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    Let us know how the E-11 is once you receive it, and provide pics if you can please!
     
  11. halliwax

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    Eerrr.... forgot the group... I saw their video on YouTube not too long ago
     
  12. jedicri

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    I also might do an unboxing video, but I’ll post pics for sure.
     
  13. Aldo The Apache

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    That would be great, really curious about it.


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  14. Darthgarth

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    just had a look, some stuff looks ok from photos and fair prices. id be interested to see more from people who had actually bought.
     
  15. moonwalker

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    Following. Some of their helmets look really nice.
     
  16. Shingouki28

    Shingouki28 Well-Known Member

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    I'm the builder/maker of the DL-44s and the Greedo pistol. I can post some pictures of the work I have done with these a little later They haven't been restocked due to other commitments taking up all of my time..I simply can't produce the blasters on demand whilst trying to do home renovations and family commitments.

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  17. Shingouki28

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    Just a few shots from previous commisions [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  18. xl97

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    I personally have never heard of them...

    but -not- stating the makers of the prop is a pretty red flag (for me at least).. because you dont know if by accident you are supporting a recaster or something..

    As long as they are not working the scum bags Vaders Vault (and by the prices of things.. they dont look to be any of the over priced, stolen or hard work of others they normally push)..... then they might be worth investigating more.
     
  19. oblagon

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    They have a page hi-lighting the prop builders. A couple of the items I looked at specifically state the builder (ie the broken Rey graflex).
     
  20. razorsharp192

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  22. ForceSensitvAL

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    If the items they sell are given to them by the makers, then I'm ok with it. It's convenient to get things from various sources through one shop. And if they offer services to paint, assemble, or customize those items, even better. Their paint app for the LS6 V2 doesn't look half bad for the price, and they seem to be getting a lot of helmets to offer.
     
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  23. Shingouki28

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    Thanks man! ☺

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  24. jedicri

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    The blaster was packaged very well. Some assembly is required but very easy to do. Screws are not included and must be supplied by the buyer.

    The build itself is clean. Trigger works but unlike the video posted, the safety switch does not work.

    When fully assembled, the blaster rifle is light. One must take great care not to scratch the surface of the blaster otherwise the black coating reveals the silver coloured surface beneath.

    Advertised as being hollow to allow for electronics. Having assessed the interior, a lot of logistics and work to get it done.

    Overall, for the price paid, it's not a bad blaster.

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    Looks pretty good, but obviously not the most accurate one around, as advertised.


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  28. jedicri

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    For the budget conscious, it's not bad.

    But this is certainly not electronics install friendly.
     
  29. Aldo The Apache

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    Oh yeah for the price it’s not too bad. The RS propmasters blaster is out of stock, and I feel is the most accurate blaster Available, and that was only 180$. Though your right theforceforms blaster is still pretty good.


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  30. jedicri

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    My review of The Force Forum's ANH E-11 Blaster

     
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  31. theforceforum

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    Thanks to JediCRI for the order and reviews. The blaster is supposed to come with a bag of square head screws and a bit that fits for easier assembly. No clue why you didn't get those, but I'm happy to send those out to you asap. You should have also gotten a second black blaster cap to swap out for the orange one. Again, happy to send that out to you if you'd like.

    My philosophy on business is to be as transparent as possible so I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have.

    I am a marketer and I own a number of businesses in that space where we work with some of the largest consumer brands in the world specializing in online sales and digital marketing. Some prop maker buddies knew this and we started to talk about how to sell more of their products using our digital marketing expertise. That is how TheForceForum was started. Michael Tinson of Moon Prop House and I started the company in October as a place where we could bring some of the best prop replicas to on single location so people didn't have to work that hard to find great pieces. Think of us as the Etsy of the Star Wars world.

    While I do not make anything, we as a company do make certain pieces. Michael Tinson, again my partner makes a number of pieces we sell including our helmet stands and broke-flex lightsaber hilt. We also publically state we sell things from other makers as well. Some of those people want to be known and some don't. A lot of our prop makers work in other prop making circles and the beauty of working with us is they don't have to deal with customers, who as we all know can be very demanding. They use us because we handle everything from start to finish and they concentrate on what they do best...make props.

    As Chris, the DL44 blaster builder above can attest to the makers are paid in full before they start to build the product and we drove a great deal of business he most likely wouldn't have gotten without us, because his expertise isn't marketing, his expertise is making amazing blasters. I would give my left arm for Chris to come back to us, as we've lost tens of thousands of dollars in revenue not having his products, they're that good.

    We do NOT deal with recasters and work with prop experts around the world to make sure what we're providing is 100% genuine to the artist. To the gentlemen saying not stating the prop makers is a red flag, we're just following the wishes of the prop makers. We have a number of models they can select from and some simply don't want to be known publicly. That's not our decision, it's theirs. You will notice we do state who the makers are on a number of products. It's just how things go.

    The other gentlemen who mentioned theforce.net I'd like to say our decision to name the company theForceForum had nothing to do with that. In ancient Rome a forum was a public square or marketplace, like a bazaar or outdoor mall. We weren't trying to copy anyone...that is the history of our name.

    Lastly, there are a ton of independent prop makers out there that don't have the skill, or time to properly market and promote their work. Some people might not like our business model, and trust me those guys have been very vocal, but bringing all of these products together in a singular place allows all of us to find products we might have never found before and helps the small business owner who can't afford the type of exposure we're offering them for a small percentage of sales.

    If anyone has any further questions or comments I am super easy to find. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about our business.

    Mike Herron
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  32. xl97

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    Since I'm one of the 'gentleman' mentioned above...

    I'll respond. :)

    While I get some makers might not want to have their names associated with it.. (although I'm not sure of a convincing argument for it)....

    That -does- in fact throw up a red flag for many of us here.. who like/need to know the history of a prop. (at the very least).. or where it came from. (it helps when posting or selling a collection/collectable)..

    I'm also not sure if this does anything in the way of recasters? I know you say you do NOT deal with recasters... but that begs the question: "how do you know"?
    (I'm also not clear on how that follows the companies motto of transparency either?)


    With the prices on some items.. not knowing the maker/lineage doesnt justify the price any more.

    We also help 'self-police' for each other (on these forums) on scammers, recasters, people who have had a jaded past or bad dealings with.. or a way to check on a past build logs... (any number of things to be honest).. and when information is withheld it makes you wonder 'why'?

    You'd think you'd want your name on it.. be proud of the work/prop/item.. (especially if a name is associated with great quality)

    Anywho.. I appreciate you chiming in..

    and if you truly want the backing of this community, then I'd say your own the right track by having an open discussion like this!

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    Hey xl97,

    Appreciate the reply. I totally understand where you're coming from, and while there are a number of reasons people might not want to be known, we have to respect their wishes.

    I also understand the history of the prop conversation but we identify recasters the same way people here on the RPF identify recasters. We study, and do research and learn as much as we can about the nuances of each piece. We also have a number of "experts" that we run things past. Guys who have been on the RPF here for years, doing exactly the same thing for this community. So what I should say is we don't "willingly" work with recasted products or people known to have worked on recasts in the past. There are a number of products we've turned down, for exactly these reasons.

    I sincerely appreciate the dialogue and look forward to having more of it as we continue our venture. Have a great weekend xl97 and let me know if I can ever help with anything in the future.

    MH
     
  34. jedicri

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    Mike and the builder of the blaster have been in touch with me and have offered after service support. Even as I write this, I am chatting with him with some concerns I expressed in my review video posted above and has provided me with much needed solutions, advice and suggestions.

    Due to my negligence, I did not thoroughly inspect the box but the necessary screws and the optional black barrel tip were indeed included with the shipment of the blaster. I will update via post on the Youtube site, this oversight of mine.
     
  35. xl97

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    Perfect. I think this helps 'us' understand your process more.. (instead of the original thought process of we just list products for prop makers, who may or may not divulge who they are..etc)

    Thanks again for the feedback.
     
  36. zjunlimited

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    It looks to be right? https://www.theforceforum.com/collections/helmets/products/classic-white-trooper-helmet

    Anyone have history to the origins of this helmet?
    I've basically written off eFX and Anovos. Still researching RSProps so another alternative would be good.
    Price-wise seems be on par with eFX/ Anovos.

    Also is the "droppy right eye socket" one of the asymmetries the ANH lids were known for?
    Overall they look good but the 2-3 week lead time is a concern has I've heard this estimate before and it ends up being a 6-12 month wait from other vendors.

    Worst case, I'll just get a BS lid and call it a day. It'll only be a shelf queen..and risk is low at $70-ish and I know it's available now.

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  37. BlandoCalrssian

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    Anyone know if your able to use more than one gift card at a time when ordering? The DL-44 looks tempting and theres a promotion where you buy 100.00 gift card get 25.00 card free.
     
  38. Hall86

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    I've just ordered a complete built Korbanth 2.5 graflex from theforceforum.com with a 5-6 week build time (May the 4th be with you!!). Firstly, I know Korbanth sabers are the real deal and build quality is regarded as fantastic, and the site support was really helpful in answering any questions I had pre-purchase. Plus the electronics they're including in my build - it seems they really know what they're talking about in this regard and it seemed to be priced pretty fairly.

    I'll post some pics when it lands and let you guys know what the experience is like.
     
  39. chubsANDdoggers

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  40. Aldo The Apache

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    I just wanted to know your opinions on this. It seems they have the Luke compass from Star Wars battlefront 2, and last Jedi for preorder.
     
  41. oblagon

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    Just got my Wedge X-wing helmet from these guys. Thought I'd post pictures of it as a cautionary tale to others.
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  42. zjunlimited

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    Well, some recent drama unfolded today between Force Forum's owner Mike Herron, and members of the FB Blaster group as well as one or more of the prop builders who's products were offered on the website. Ultimately it led to claims of recasted products from one prop builder....and from an unrelated prop builder, banned from selling products on the Force Forum, for apparently not supporting (actually taking a middle road) Force Forum and it's owner, Mike Herron, in those exchanges. All details in the SW Blaster Build Group.

    Buyer beware as the Force Forum has many different types of props. Please do your research as product details on the website are limited at best.
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  43. ichnob

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    Man that was a hell of a weekend seeing all that drama unfold.
     
  44. Shingouki28

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    The first two messages were to the admin of a well known collecting group on FB. Needless to say, Herron was removed. It is clear he sees the community as his own cash machine.

    The last screen shot was from a PM he sent me when I was building the first wave if DL44 blasters. Needless to say, I was livid and parted ways immediately after.

    Fast forward to the begining of June and I discover his new builder Michael Castro of Irmao Custom Models is using 3rd generation recast parts on $15 mauser toys and charging $200 + for them. When asked about electronic specs and a few other standard questions as you would when making such a person, a smoke and mirrors game ensued, being deliberately evasive with answers and then Mike resorting to goading and an insulting manner towards the guy asking genuine questions.

    It's also been alleged that physical threats were made to at least one member who didn't tow the FF line of sycophantic ***** kissing, members booted or banned for stating a neither positive or outright negative review of products...
    The list of problems and issues is long indeed...a quick search on Facebooks Star Wars Blaster Builder group should give you all the answers you need.

    So basically, stay away from the Force Forum. Do you research, and buy direct from the builder/maker of each prop.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  45. xl97

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    dead to me now.
     
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  46. ichnob

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    So very gross
     
  47. Morannon

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    Yuck. Wish I was surprised.
     
  48. Shingouki28

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  49. Aldo The Apache

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    First of all those aren’t even good insults. Second of all there mean, and have no good reason to be said to you.
    What an immature jerk.


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    Seems that there's a plant on the RPF Facebook group page. As someone posted twice about how The Force Forum is his favorite place for "lightsabers and other Star Wars Swagg" (yes, two g's). First time posted, comments were left on, and he turned them off. Second time posted with comments already turned off.
     

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