You guys, something has happened. I don’t know when, I don’t know how, and I don’t know exactly WHAT it is just yet, but SOMETHING has definitely happened. Something that has me questioning who I even am now. Something that has shaken me to my foundation. Something…
Ok, so, I know a new Star Wars movie just premiered a few days ago. However, since not everyone has seen it yet, and I cannot possibly discuss it without spoiling some things, I will continue my previously planned series. This time out, we’re discussing my favorite BEASTS from the original Kenner run of Star Wars toys. I would like to thank my Talking Toys co-host, Taylor Lymbery, for reminding me that beasts DO belong in their own category. (Check out Taylor’s art work at www.TaylorLymbery.com).
Last time we discussed my favorite playsets from each segment of the vintage Kenner Star Wars line, so this time, we’re getting mobile: It’s time to talk VEHICLES! This topic gave me a bit of a headache because I couldn’t decide of MiniRigs counted or not. I ultimately decided against it, but only because they didn’t actually appear onscreen. I personally LOVE the MiniRigs, and I will bare-knuckle box anyone who disagrees. And by “Bare-knuckle box” I mean “respectfully agree to a difference of opinion.” Unlike last time, we have vehicles from each of the four Star Wars lines, so this will be fun. Go strap yourselves in, I’m preparing to make the jump…
Welcome to part two of our journey through Jeff’s favorite vintage Star Wars toys. You’ve been anxious for more, haven’t you? I knew it. Last time, we looked at my favorite action figures. This time, let’s take a gander at my favorite playsets, shall we? Yes, I think we shall.
This has always been a blog about my thoughts on collecting as much as anything. The fact that I am a HUGE fan of Star Wars, and that it appears on a Star Wars-related site, means I usually work in references to the Galaxy Far, Far Away as a matter of course, even if the subject isn’t DIRECTLY related to anything from the mind of George Lucas. This time out, however, the Star Wars connection is VERY direct, because this is part one in a series. I don’t know how many parts will comprise the series, because I don’t believe in limiting myself. Either that or I’m still formulating the whole thing in my head. Probably that last thing. Either way, starting this month I’m going to talk in some depth about my favorite Star Wars toys, one category at a time. Up first: ACTION FIGURES (What else would it be, really?)
On the latest episode of Coffee With Kenobi, Dan and I spent some time discussing what would happen to our collections after we have shuffled off this mortal coil. It’s something that I’ve thought about from time to time, but never really formulated a plan of attack before. I realize it might seem like a morbid train of thought, but bear with me.
The guys from Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff took some time to debate cloth vs vinyl capes and sing the praises of Kenner’s Jawa action figure on the latest Action Figure Exclusive! Check it out here!
Our friends over at Talking Toys with Taylor & Jeff continue their discussion of the vintage Kenner Star Wars line with a dissection of the baddest man to ever sport a salad bowl on his head: The Death Squad Commander! Is he as dangerous as his name suggests? Only one way to find out, click here.
In part one of my look at the original Kenner Star Wars action figures I came to a partial conclusion that I had made the realization that this vintage line of toys deserved my attention and a place of honour amongst my modern collectibles. But was this fueled only by my childhood memories? In my conclusion to this series I’ve come to another realization apart from nostalgia: that the Vintage Kenner Star Wars era toys reveal the essence of the characters of the Saga and I would argue do so even better than their modern counterparts.
To be honest I stopped playing with toys (Star Wars or otherwise) by 1980 or so, so I had only a short few years that were occupied with the Kenner line. In retrospect I didn’t actually ‘collect’ these toys, rather (like most kids) I played with them and at some point put them aside for other pursuits. So why did I jump at the chance to collect modern versions almost twenty years in 1995 after I stopped playing with toys?
Vintage Star Wars Figures: How I Rediscovered My Old Toys
My blog, Looking Away to the Horizon, tends to focus more on the personal side of Star Wars. The majority of my articles deal with my Star Wars Room, what a certain part of the movies mean to me, and how Star Wars has become a positive influence in my family. Basically what Star Wars means to me as an adult fan. Oddly enough, my two previous guest posts for Coffee With Kenobi were more historical examinations of vintage items that helped to explain where George Lucas was coming from when he set out to create our favourite saga. In the spirit of my own blog, I would like to explore something much more personal to me, namely, why it took me nearly twenty years to find a place in my fandom for vintage Star Wars toys.
Also, I’m getting a little tired of non-news and rumours clogging up my Twitter feed. What do I do when it feels like being a Star Wars fan is becoming work? I talk about toys.