Posts Tagged ‘AT-AT Driver’
The End of the Line for those pesky Rebels that is!
And, sad is it may be, it’s also the End of this six-part AT-AT exposé. I said at the onset that taking on the whole toy in one shot wasn’t really feasible but of course that only made me feel the challenge that much more. So here she is in all her chin-to-tail glory, ready to do some serious business on behalf of her Imperial masters. Stomp on, trusty AT-AT, stomp on!
Let’s circle back to the AT-AT’s feet for a minute. I realized after the fact that the earlier shot with the two X-Wing Pilots fell a bit short in only showing two of the AT-AT’s feet instead of all four. This little piece of drama goes the distance.
Voila! As promised, the AT-AT head exterior in all its glory. And of course I’ll own up straight away – the background on this one’s a fake. Sometimes I can’t resist the temptation.
This is fourth in the now burgeoning AT-AT Marathon of Summer 2012! When will it end!?
This is one of two shots necessary to give the vintage AT-AT’s cockpit/head the attention that it deserves. Let’s call this one the interior shot. I’ll post the one focused more on exterior tomorrow.
Third photo in the AT-AT series.
This is second in a series dedicated to capturing the immense pleasure that is the vintage AT-AT. And this time it’s all about the feet.
Buying Notes on the Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot
Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot was a toy sold by Kenner from 1978 to about 1985. So there were (and still are) great numbers in circulation, and a fair number of these are still in excellent shape. But keep a few things in mind when tracking one down on eBay.
The Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot action figure probably had more paint applied to it in the production process than any other vintage Star Wars action figure. Face color, facial features, helmet details, vest, chest panel, hands, leg straps, boots. The guy has paint details everywhere. Be sure to see plenty of photos showing that the paint all looks good.
This was an action figure in the true sense of the word. Luke Skwyalker X-Wing Pilot was played with extensively by little kids in the 70s and 80s. If the seller hasn’t already declared that the joints are tight in the auction description, you definitely want to ask before bidding.
Lastly, the figure’s weapon is the Han Solo pistol type of Kenner blaster. Don’t forget: repro accessories suck. Make certain that it’s authentic if possible. You can check out the Imperial Gunnery for some excellent reference on the topic.
Feel free to add any more thoughts on this in the comments section and drop me a line if you get into trouble!
I debated long and hard about whether to go with this photo or an alternate photo that includes the MTV-7′s steam-rolling wheels in all their glory. On the one hand, by coming in a little tighter like this, the mini rig’s body details really come through with alarming immediacy. On the other hand, without the awesome wheels the MTV-7 loses a significant part of its charm.
Obviously this one took the cake in the end.
About 4 weeks ago I bought a vintage AT-AT walker off of a local seller who was indeed the original owner of the item. It was a little beat up and in desperate need of a cleaning, but the price was right and the seller actually met me at a location equidistant from our respective houses.
Now it’s one thing to buy vintage toys off of eBay. 99 times out of 100 you’re not dealing with 1st generation ownership. But it’s always an odd thing to relieve an original owner of their childhood toys.
In this situation I’ll occasionally interact with the seller and try to find out why they’re parting with such a wonderful part of their childhood — especially considering that they’ve been holding on to it for 30 years. Other times I don’t want to ask questions for fear that they’ll change their mind about the sale. When I do bother to ask, the responses are typically either the ‘need to raise money’ variety or the ‘just no longer interested’ variety. Either way is sad to me. I just have the feeling they’ll regret the decision down the road.
Anyway, that’s my story. That giant AT-AT now has a loving new home and makes his debut on these pages today. See above.
Have a story about buying or selling childhood toys that have only had one owner for decades? Share it in the comments.
Alternate take from the original ‘Stone Cold Storm’ post of a few months back. That image nearly delivers the goods, but ultimately is just a bit too dark. This one’s been begging to see daylight… so voila.