A regularly updated blog about my vintage Kenner Star Wars toy collection. Some stuff that I've recently acquired; some stuff that I've had since I was a kid. Some rare, some common, but all sharing the warmth, charm and character of the "first generation" of Star Wars toys - the ones we played with as kids in the late '70s and early '80s.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
That's the infuriating part. The awesome part is that with the insane expansion of subsequent Star Wars waves, vintage enthusiasts now have the tools to roll their own vintage figures! One of the hobby's greatest proponents in this regard is Matt of Iron Cow Productions, whose business I've featured on the blog before. Matt makes some amazing customs and isn't afraid to share the recipes, which is admirable. I took him up on one yesterday to make my own custom vintage Garindan ("Long Snoot"), the snitch who ratted out Han and Chewie to the Imperials in Mos Eisley.
Here's another one I made earlier...
Have fun kids!!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Oh man... where to start with this one. Released in 1979, the Falcon was the biggest ship by far in the Star Wars wave. For me as a kid, this was the ne plus ultra of Star Wars toys. The Falcon! It's huge - it has a smuggler's compartment - the ramp goes up and down - laser cannon - WOW!!!
As usual, I've set up some figures to replicate the box art. As I've said before, the Kenner packaging is just so outstanding in terms of its art direction. I can imagine the designers coming up with the ideas for photography illustrating the play features they built into the toys.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
But it was expensive... according to rebelscum.com, it retailed for $29.99. That's the same as the Millennium Falcon for Pete's sake! And the Falcon has a lot more perceived play value than the Sandcrawler, which appears in only a small part of one movie.
on Rebelscum when I referred to "a rare Canada-only item"...? Bingo! Remote control with French decal. This is a bit strange, isn't it. Apparently the ESB-branded version of the Sandcrawler was only marketed by Kenner Canada - there was no US version of the ESB Sandcrawler.
The only part that's missing from my Sandcrawler is the often-lost battery cover on the remote, but fortunately it displays well even without that. I feel pretty fortunate as a Canadian collector to have obtained an example of the Canada-only ESB variant remote - especially since eBay vendor was in Texas and appeared to have no idea that this Sandcrawler was unusual in any way. Collecting is funny like that sometimes!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Much as I love the vintage Kenner line in all its imperfect glory, it always bothered me a bit that some very important characters were left out. I'm not alone in this, as the Internet is awash with nerdrage on the subject.
Some, however, have resolved to do something about it... I've delved into the world of customs myself a couple times, making custom vintage Grand Moff Tarkin and Cantina Star Pilot (Bo Shek) figures. But this guy has taken it to a whole 'nother level...
Check out these custom figures by Iron Cow Productions. Simply mind-blowing and for the most part, simple recipes. I know I'll be cribbing some of these ideas to make some more customs of my own! Thanks for the inspiration, Matt!
Monday, March 10, 2014
Once everything arrived, the first order of business was to disassemble the ship by removing six screws.