Everything looks better in Vintage. The latest product to receive a Kenner packaging homage is Funko’s POP! bobblehead line. These custom vintage boxes were created by the talented designer John Lucas Reyes at Riverspoons Studios. Head on over to their Facebook page for the full gallery.
Announcing the Celebration Europe 2016 Collector Track Medallions! Continuing with the tradition of awesome giveaways, the Collecting Track will be handing out enameled medallions at the panels! Absolutely free! Each pewter medallion shows a detailed view of a vintage Kenner Star Wars toy! They will make awesome companion pieces to both our popular Star Tot and Celebration Medallion giveaways of the past, and are something that you can appreciate for years to come! Collect all 12!
Now with almost 50 points of articulation!
Star Wars action figure collectors have a wealth of options. Whereas once we had only Kenner/Hasbro action figures, these days there are options in every scale and price point. One of those new figure lines is Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts 6-inch line. The price is double that of a Hasbro 6-inch figure, but is it worth it? On this episode of Star Wars Action News, Marjorie and Arnie give an in-depth review of the S.H. Figuarts First Order Stormtrooper, and tell you if it’s worth the price they paid!
Things are looking much brighter, and fuller, in the toy aisles as store continue to receive new product. On this week’s episode, Flyguy and I discuss several store reports coming in from all over the US and Canada. Medicom’s MAFEX has stepped up to the plate offering their own take on 6″ scale figures from The Force Awakens. How do they rank against the likes of Hasbro and S.H.Figuarts? Listen on to find out. Gentle Giant is back with another new figure for their Jumbo Kenner line and Anovos debuts their new Kylo Ren ensemble! All of this plus our recent acquisitions on Episode #90 of The Realm Recap.
Rumors are rolling regarding upcoming products to be featured at Celebration Anaheim. The latest is that Gentle Giant is planning on releasing R2-D2 as part of their Life Size line of Kenner figure statues. Look for more info on this in the coming days.
* Image above is representational only, not of Gentle Giant product.
Preorders are now open for A New Proof: Kenner Star Wars Packaging Design 1977-1979 by Mattias Rendahl. This must-have book for vintage fans is limited to only 500 copies and features full-color imagery as well as interviews with the design team responsible for developing the signature Kenner line look. You can check out sample pages of the book at dearpublications.com.
For Celebration Anaheim attendees, Mattias will be having a panel on this book Sat., April 18, 1:30–2:30PM on the Collectors Stage (210AB)
Continuing a tradition that started in 2005 and has carried through all U.S. Celebrations since, six regional Star Wars collecting clubs will be giving away custom patches at their booths at Celebration Anaheim 2015. Each Lucasfilm-approved patch is fully embroidered and depicts an action figure from the vintage Star Wars line by Kenner. Collect all six to complete your set of Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back!
Jedi-Bibilothek has posted the action figure variant cover for Marvel’s Star Wars #3. The “Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi” variant joins, Luke Skywalker (Star Wars #1), Han Solo (Star Wars #2), Darth Vader (Darth Vader #1) and Princess Leia Organa (Princess Leia #1).
A Star Wars collector has dropped some serious credits on a very rare Palitoy Boba Fett. Craig Stevens put up for auction several vintage Star Wars items with Boba Fett selling for an amazing £18,000.
Sideshow is now taking preorders for their Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale figure. It features a detailed fight suit and helmet, interchangeable gloved hands and the exclusive version includes a very cool vintage Kenner style blaster pistol. Preorder is set for $199.99 and is scheduled to ship late 2015
PROS: This was one of the figures I missed in early 2014 (due to “last wave syndrome” of the previous line look in the US). Thankfully, Hasbro recognized the problem and reissued it for the first wave of Rebels/Saga Legends assortment. The figure itself is quite possibly the best 5 POA Luke figure ever done in terms of capturing the classic Kenner aesthetic while using modern sculpting techniques. Like most offerings in the Saga Legends line, there are some issues with paint apps but this figure (at least my sample) seems to have faired pretty well. They really seemed to have nailed the specific “Jedi” details of his outfit as well – namely the chest flap and the cool little pouch on his belt.
CONS: As we mentioned, the paint apps for this figure can vary from figure to figure so finding one with decent eye/eye brow deco may be the hardest part about collecting the figure. Otherwise there really isn’t much to complain about unless you just don’t like “cheaper” toys aimed a younger generation.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.
Gentle Giant updates today announcing preorders for the Jumbo Kenner Ugnaught figure.
Digitally scanned from mint 3 ¾” Kenner originals and reproduced in 12” scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced tool kit, as well as it’s fabric apron.
To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Empire Strikes Back-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display this limited edition figure.
Estimated release: Q3 2015
Our show returns this week as Flyguy and I discuss the latest in Star Wars collecting. All has been quiet on the Black Series front in the US, but our neighbors to the south recently had a huge roll out of the Black Series line at Walmart that included the Prototype Boba Fett as well as a slick Limited Edition lithograph. On the other side of the pond, UK collectors are getting Star Wars Rebels action figures by way of Disney Stores as US collectors are still coming up empty. Sideshow and Medicom give us some “Rebels” teases of their own and we highlight a few notable custom pieces — all on Episode 37 of The Realm Recap!
Also, if you prefer an audio-only version, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys is now up for preorder on iTunes with a release date of Nov. 4.
When Star Wars landed in the theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared… Unless you had all the toys. In which case, the adventure never had to end. Like no toys before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and ultimately creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over its fans. Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Stephen Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.