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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.

Written by ratherchildish

December 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The Rescue Plan, Step 2.

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The Rescue Plan, Step 2. (Vintage Bib Fortuna, Vintage Leia in Boushh Disguise, Vintage Chewbacca)

The Rescue Plan, Step 2. (Vintage Bib Fortuna, Vintage Leia in Boushh Disguise, Vintage Chewbacca)

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November 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

If It’s a Fast Ship.

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If it's a Fast Ship. (Vintage Millennium Falcon, Vintage Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Vintage Luke Skywalker, Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo)

If It's a Fast Ship.
(Vintage Millennium Falcon, Vintage Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Vintage Luke Skywalker,
Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo)

This Way Out Redux.

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This Way Out Redux. (Vintage Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Millennium Falcon)

This Way Out Redux.
(Vintage Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Chewbacca,
Vintage Millennium Falcon)

This is a much-stewed-over rethink of a recent underachiever. Happy to finally have it off my chest and onto yours. Enjoy!

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March 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

This Way Out.

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This Way Out. (Vintage Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise, Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Millenium Falcon)

This Way Out. (Vintage Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise,
Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Millennium Falcon)

I’ve been itching to see a Millennium Falcon on these pages for quite a while. Now I’ll be the first to admit this shot doesn’t do the old scrap heap justice, but it’s definitely a start. Or if not a start, at least a hint as to where this might go from here.

So we chalk it up to research, and next time I vow to present something that shows a bit more… shall we say… commitment.

Written by ratherchildish

December 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Pair of Aces.

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Pair of Aces. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo)

Pair of Aces. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Han Solo)

Okay, cheating a bit. This one’s an outtake from the archived Koona Chuta, Solo? sessions hammered out last January.

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August 2, 2010 at 8:14 AM

The Wookie Wins.

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The Wookie Wins. (Vintage Chewbacca)

The Wookie Wins. (Vintage Chewbacca)

The 1977 4″ Chewbacca action figure by Kenner. Best. Toy. Ever.

Written by ratherchildish

July 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Chewbacca Redux.

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Chewbacca Redux. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage General Lando Calrissian)

Chewbacca Redux. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage General Lando Calrissian)

This is an evolving process. And looking back it seems that some early photos from last year were shorted by a lack of experience or imagination on my part. Mea culpa! So of course when the opportunity arises I like to take another shot at the ones that are really crying out for revision.

This is undoubtedly one of those situations. Today Chewie and Lando (an epic pairing) finally get some respect after suffering so long in total darkness. Sorry guys, I’ve been really busy.

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February 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM

From Lobot With Love.

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From Lobot With Love. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Princess Leia in Bespin Gown, Vintage Lobot, Vintage Cloud Car PIlot)

From Lobot With Love. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Princess Leia in Bespin Gown, Vintage Lobot, Vintage Cloud Car PIlot)

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January 28, 2010 at 8:02 AM

Chewbacca Unleashed.

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Chewbacca Unleashed. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Stormtroopers)

Chewbacca Unleashed. (Vintage Chewbacca, Vintage Stormtroopers)

Today I used my wife’s piece-of-crap camera instead of my usual piece-of-crap camera. I’m happy to report that hers (a 3-year old Sony Cybershot) puts mine (a 4-year old Olympus 710) to shame. With just one set up I can already see big differences. First, the Sony has a much better auto focus mechanism, grabbing clear focus even for a ridiculously close subject like Chewie here. The Olympus gives up on the extreme close-ups. Second and more importantly, the Sony’s light sensor is much more responsive than the Olympus. With the Sony I’m seeing great color and contrast, even with my hacky LED lights doing their best to blow out the picture. True this isn’t exactly cause for a ticker-tape parade, but I think the quality of my exposures (and the time needed to arrive at them) just improved by a long shot without me having to spend a dime. Here’s to small victories.

Even better, I think this is the first Chewbacca shot that I’m actually pretty psyched about.

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.

Written by ratherchildish

October 1, 2009 at 7:00 AM

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