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The 2nd Annual Photo Contest Winner!

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Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

Congratulations to Chiktabba of Paris, France, for the landslide win! It’s a great achievement and one that’s clearly deserved. I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that this photo is one of my favorite vintage action figure pics of all time.

If you didn’t get around to participating this time, fear not my friends. Planning for the 2014 Contest is already underway and there’s a surprise twist already in the works that will rock your peaceful planet. I’d love to spill more details but I will refrain. So I’ll just say this: mark your calendars and start scheming your masterpiece!

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February 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

The 2nd Annual Photo Contest Finalists are Here. Vote Now!

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The call was made and the call was answered! My profound thanks to all that entered this year’s contest. I’m proud to know that I inspired each of you to show off your own vision of vintage Star Wars love. And whether or not you made it to this stage: keep up the great work.

So it gives me great pleasure to present the eight finalists below. Please take some time to enjoy them and then register a vote for your favorite using the ballot at the bottom of this post. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section as well.

Voting ends Friday, February 8, at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced shortly after!

'Arrival on the Death Star' by Madezra.  New Zealand.

‘Arrival on the Death Star’ by Madezra
~ New Zealand ~


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Ready for Action by Dennis (maniac79).  Germany.

‘Ready for Action’ by Dennis (maniac79)
~ Germany ~


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'The Encounter' by Wbobafett.  Germany.

‘The Encounter’ by Wbobafett
~ Germany ~


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'An Evening with the Ewoks' by Chiktabba.  France.

‘An Evening with the Ewoks’ by Chiktabba
~ France ~


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'Supper Time' by Mr_Corvelay.  Sweden.

‘Supper Time’ by Mr_Corvelay
~ Sweden ~


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'Twin Sons of Tattooine' by Skip. United States of America.

‘Twin Sons of Tattooine’ by Skip
~ United States of America ~


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'Action Figures Sold Separately' by r2witco<br>~ United States of America ~

‘Action Figures Sold Separately’ by r2witco
~ United States of America ~


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'Black Wampa Rises!' by Dr. Dengar~ The Netherlands ~

‘Black Wampa Rises!’ by Dr. Dengar
~ The Netherlands ~



Vote Now!  2013 Rather Childish Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Photo Contest

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They’ve done their hard work, now it’s time for you to do yours: pick a favorite. Good luck with that, ’cause I sure can’t decide. Please don’t forget the winner walks with a vintage 1983 Emperor’s Royal Guard, still sealed to his original card. Fate is in your hands my friend!

Limit one vote per person.
Detection of vote tampering is easier than you might think and will result in instant disqualification of any affected parties.

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February 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM

The 2nd Annual Photo Contest Announced!

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The Rather Childish 2nd Annual Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Photo Contest

The Rather Childish 2nd Annual Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Photo Contest

It’s that time of year again! Last year’s contest was a lot of fun and this year’s promises to be a kick in the Han Solo as well. The way it works will be a little different this time but I think these changes will be for the better. Let’s go over the details.

emperors_royal_guard1. This contest is for photos of vintage Star Wars toys only.

2. Unlike last year (we had a cumbersome vehicle requirement) there’s no theme or structure to where you go with the subject matter. Freestyle all the way.

3. There’s no limit to the number of people that may enter, however there will only be 8 slots available in the voting competition. I will select from all the entries which 8 will qualify to compete for votes. Criteria for selection are simple: A) proficiency in lighting and composition, and B) vintage awesomeness.

4. One winner will be decided from among my 8 selections by votes cast by the website’s audience at large. Unlike last year, a person will be able to vote only once for the duration of the contest.

And the exciting news: this year’s winner will receive the 1983 carded Emperor’s Royal Guard action figure pictured here. It’s not an AFA goldmine but hey it’s a sweet piece of Star Wars history nonetheless.

Entries will be accepted now through January 31, 2013. The competition will be posted morning of February 4 with voting finalized by 5pm PST on February 8. When you’re ready with your entry, drop me a line here and I’ll get you hooked up with further instructions.

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January 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Walking Wookiee Down the Hall.

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Walking Wookiee Down The Hall. (Vintage Stormtroopers, Vintage Chewbacca)

Walking Wookiee Down The Hall.
(Vintage Stormtroopers, Vintage Chewbacca)

Happy New Year to all the passionate followers of this blog. You know who you are. Messing around with all these wonderful toys is fun, but it’s your involvement and encouraging words that really make it worthwhile. So a profound ‘thanks for coming around’ is definitely in order. With your support I vow to keep at it ’til the wheels come off!

From the bottom of my heart: to all a happy, safe, and prosperous 2013. Cheers everyone!

Buying Notes on the Vintage Stormtrooper

Check out the current vintage Stormtrooper listings here.

The vintage Stormtrooper is among the most iconic of the vintage Kenner figures. The good news is they’re plentiful and you can pull a gorgeous, like-new one off the auction table for not much dough. Certainly no more than $15 delivered. But you’ve got to be a bit careful as you go.

First it’s common to see reproduction accessories. The vintage Stormie came with a beautiful little imperial blaster that helped him shoot up jawas and rebels alike. But small and fun often equals small and lost. Enter the repro accessory makers and with them a lot of confusion on how to keep things straight. How to tell? Thanks to the good guys over at Imperial Gunnery, this is a nut easily cracked. Check out their awesome guide first before you buy something your unsure of.

Second, take a good look at the photos to spot yellowing. The vintage figures molded in white plastic are the ones most prone to a change in color due to plastic degradation. Some are yellowing and some aren’t, just keep a keen eye on what the seller is showing you and ask for more or better photos if its unclear.

And lastly be sure to inquire on whether or not the figure has loose joints or not. Stormtroopers saw a lot of play in their day and the limbs became loose quickly. If this is important to you (it’s important to me) drop the seller a line through the eBay message system before bidding.

Feel free to add any thoughts in the comments and drop me a line if you run into any trouble!

Check out the current vintage Stormtrooper listings here.

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December 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Soldiers of Fortuna.

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Soldiers of Fortuna. (Vintage Weequay, Vintage Nikto)

Soldiers of Fortuna. (Vintage Weequay, Vintage Nikto)

Weequay and Nikto. Two criminally underrated action figures out of the very large array of Kenner toys from 1983′s “Return of the Jedi”. Told you these cats would be back!

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November 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

The Hunting Party.

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The Hunting Party. (Vintage Nikto, Vintage Boba Fett, Vintage Weequay)

The Hunting Party. (Vintage Nikto, Vintage Boba Fett, Vintage Weequay)

Yes, yes… I know Weequay and Nikto aren’t bounty hunters. It felt like a cool title just the same. And by the way, hauling out the vintage Nikto and Weequay figures for this reminded me of just how underrated those two ROTJ guys really are. You’ll be seeing more of them in the very near future.

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November 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Il Imperatore.

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Il Imperatore.  (Vintage Emperor's Royal Guard, Vintage The Emperor)

Il Imperatore.
(Vintage Emperor’s Royal Guard, Vintage The Emperor)

The sculpt of the vintage ‘The Emperor’ action figure kind of gives me the creeps. Compared to most other vintage Kenner action figures, it’s remarkably detailed. Under normal light and with the naked eye, you don’t really notice it. But turn out the lights and get up in his grill with a magnifying camera lens? He really looks like he’s staring me down and ready to wipe that smirk clean off my face. Another excellent example of Kenner doing extraordinary work in the later years of the original Star Wars toys.

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November 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM

a.k.a. Little Big Gun.

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aka Little Big Gun. (Vintage AT-ST, Vintage Imperial Stormtroopers in Hoth Battle Gear)

aka Little Big Gun.
(Vintage AT-ST, Vintage Imperial Stormtroopers in Hoth Battle Gear)

The AT-ST. Is it heavy artillery or just a lightweight little bro to the AT-AT? Difficult to say!

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October 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Effective Collective.

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Effective Collective. (Vintage Jawas, Vintage Death Star Droid)

Effective Collective. (Vintage Jawas, Vintage Death Star Droid)

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October 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The Rescue Plan, Step 3.

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Rescue Plan, Step 3 (Vintage Gamorrean Guard, Vintage Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Outfit)

Rescue Plan, Step 3
(Vintage Gamorrean Guard, Vintage Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight Outfit)

Last night my two year old daughter pointed to a vintage action figure and asked “Dada, this one?”

I said, “That’s Gamorrean Guard”.

She paused and replied in her best sing-song voice: “HI ‘GOOD MORNING’ GUARD!!”.

This one’s for you, kiddo.

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October 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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