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Mos Eisley Three.

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Mos Eisley Three. (Vintage Obi Wan Kenobi, Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo)

In early 1978 a dozen Star Wars action figures standing at a mighty 3.75″ hit suburban malls across the United States. These three — Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi, Chewbacca, and Han Solo — were among that posse that led the way. Mind you I was only 7 years old at the time. Still, when I first caught wind of these little guys it felt like 40 years lost in the desert had finally come to an end. Salvation had arrived at $1.99 a pop.

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June 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Brightblack Morning.

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Brightblack Morning. (Ralph McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper)

Brightblack Morning. (Ralph McQuarrie Concept Snowtrooper)

The Ralph McQuarrie tribute figures are all pretty hot. But a few like this Concept Snowtrooper and the Concept Boba Fett really stand out. It makes me wonder why the Empire Strikes Back production team rejected McQuarrie’s original Snowtrooper idea in the first place. The Snowtrooper costume design that they went with for the movie was OK — definitely not an improvement over this baddie. Maybe the Hokkaido Ski Instructor look that McQuarrie was leaning towards just didn’t scare enough?

Apologies to Brightblack Morning Light, the band with the coolest name.

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June 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Into The Woods.

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Into The Woods. (Vintage Biker Scouts, Vintage AT-ST Driver)

Into The Woods. (Vintage Biker Scouts, Vintage AT-ST Driver)


The Biker Scouts from Return of the Jedi were probably my favorite part of that movie. And the original 3.75″ figure from Kenner nailed just about every detail of their badness from head to toe. The AT-ST Driver is nice, but could’ve used a little more love. For whatever reason the sculptor decided to give him a tiny helmet and an extra pudgy face. Not exactly a flattering combo.

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June 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Night Rally.

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Night Rally. (Vintage Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Vintage C-3PO)

Night Rally. (Vintage Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Vintage C-3PO)


The vintage Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight figure has a cape that’s leaves a little something to be desired. With Luke’s face and body drowning in its excess, it’s more like a tent than anything else. So hiding the cape was my motive for going with such restrained lighting on this shot. I have to say I dig the results.

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June 19, 2009 at 8:14 AM

The Emperor.

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The Emperor. (The Emperor, Emperor's Royal Guard)

The Emperor. (The Emperor, Emperor's Royal Guard)

The vintage Emperor and his Royal Guard are among my favorites. If you can still find them in good shape, the red capes of the Royal Guard figure are great design worth checking out. There’s a waist cape as well as the shoulder cape, and they’re both miraculously attached to the figure in a permanent way that I still can’t really understand. Nothing was spared in the detailed sculpt of The Emperor. And with his yellow-eyed piercing stare, he’s got an evil edge making him worthy of his name.

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June 16, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I Am The Walrus.

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I Am The Walrus. (POTF2 Ponda Baba)

I Am The Walrus. (POTF2 Ponda Baba)

Of all the vintage Star Wars action figures, the Walrus Man (a.k.a. Ponda Baba) was probably one of the worst attempts by Kenner to nail down the likeness of a character in the original Star Wars film. Of course nostalgia rules the day and for that reason I still love that figure. But really — he had bright blue limbs, an orange tank-top jumper, and fins for feet. This didn’t come close to resembling the nasty drunk that gets his arm butchered by Kenobi in the Cantina. Kenner eventually redeemed themselves with a gorgeous redesign of Ponda Baba for their mid-1990′s POTF2 line as shown above.

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June 14, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Triple Witching.

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Triple Witching. (POTF2 Boba Fett, Ralph McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett, Vintage Boba Fett)

Triple Witching. (POTF2 Boba Fett, Ralph McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett, Vintage Boba Fett)


It’s difficult to believe that Boba Fett, a character with only 4 or 5 lines of dialogue, remains to this day one of the most popular characters in Star Wars mythology. How? I think there’s only one reasonable explanation: the dude had one killer outfit. And a killer outfit deserves a killer action figure, as demonstrated here by three versions of the Boba Fett action figure spanning nearly 30 years. The version at left from the mid-90′s has some nice details, but I can’t really get beyond the ridiculous barrel-chested thing (Kenner did this for all the figures in that line). Front and center is the strictly awesome Ralph McQuarrie concept Boba Fett from the 30th Anniversary Collection. But it’s the vintage figure at right that will always be most dear to me. I’ve known it since it first arrived on my doorstep through a free mail-in offer in early 1979.

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June 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Admiral Ackbar.

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Admiral Ackbar. (Admiral Ackbar, Han Solo Bespin Outfit, Princess Leia Bespin Gown)

Admiral Ackbar. (Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage Han Solo Bespin Outfit, Vintage Princess Leia Bespin Gown)

How He Got There.

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How He Got There. (POTF2 Jawas, Vintage C-3PO)

How He Got There. (POTF2 Jawas, Vintage C-3PO)

Of course we know every detail concerning R2-D2′s royal zapping by a stealth band of Jawas. But what indignities did C-3PO suffer during his arrest? Whatever the case, it’s unlikely there was much struggle.

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June 2, 2009 at 3:48 PM

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