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.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Last month I was contacted by the lads at The Vintage Rebellion podcast regarding a post I'd made on SWFUK about my Grubee's cup find. They kindly asked if I would like to talk about the cups on their podcast. Would I!!!
So episode 45 of the podcast has now come out and there I am, yakking away from 3:00 to about 3:10. It was great fun to speak with Si and Rich about the cup find and collecting in general. Top chaps and I hope to speak with you again soon.
And if you haven't checked out The Vintage Rebellion... you really need to do so. It's a great podcast and the hosts have some wonderful chemistry. It's very "British" in terms of presentation so if you like their sense of humour, you'll love it. The podcast is available from the usual places - iTunes, Podbean etc.
And might I also give a big thank-you to Si, Rich, Stu, Pete and (even) Jez for all of their hard work on this very entertaining show!
ps I've updated the cups post with some additional information received after posting the find on the forums. Cheers to super-collector Jonathan M. for that additional info!
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
But one of the coolest variants around has to be the YPS Snowtrooper. This little fellow's story begins with "YPS", a German kid's magazine that included "gimmicks" (giveaways) poly-bagged with the book. Issue #510 from 1985 featured the "Stormtrooper des Imperiums" as the gimmick, with a comic story featuring him in the magazine itself.
|Image credit: Comic Vine - Game Spot|
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
...the Snowspeeder has to be one of the greatest vehicles in the whole Original Trilogy. First of all, it's flown by Luke so you know it's going to get shown off to advantage. Second, it incorporates a unique and unexpected weapon in the form of the harpoon and cable, which Luke uses (improbably) to bring down a massive Imperial AT-AT Walker. And lastly, it just looks super-cool.
Monday, February 12, 2018
I always wondered why the playset was called the "Imperial Attack Base" when it would have made so much more sense to theme it as a "Rebel Snow Bunker" or something like that. The Rebels were the guys who dug all those trenches around their base, set up defence turrets, etc. so why wouldn't Kenner have brought this toy out as part of the Rebel defences? All we saw of the Imperials in the Hoth assault was giant walkers and snowtroopers flooding into Echo Base. It didn't seem like the Imperials would have had the time or inclination to set up "Attack Bases" with a certain Dark Lord so eager to Force-choke anybody who didn't step to it with sufficient alacrity. But Imperial Attack Base it is, nonetheless...
"Heavy Laser", sure. "Laser Cannon", makes sense. But "Laser machine gun"???
The Imperial Attack Base has to be one of the most feature-packed playsets released in the ESB wave and I'm happy to have a complete one in nice shape. I still think it a shame that the movie connection wasn't made stronger by branding this as a "Rebel Defence Base" or similar, though - just imagine how cool the box art might have been. By this time the Kenner packaging designers were losing their inhibitions about limiting illustrations to collections that kids might realistically have had - witness the five snowtroopers, four Rebel soldiers and two Tauntauns here. How cool would it have been to see a box front with swarms of attacking snowtroopers and an AT-AT or AT-ST or two!