The Star Wars Action Figures in my house get anxious if they’re stored in the closet for extended periods. They like to get out and strut a bit. And when they do my role is simply to observe and report.
The collection covered in these pages is for the most part vintage, originating during the revered 1977 to 1985 era. Some are from the 1990′s. And some are newer still. I wish I could say that the vintage crew were all mine since childhood. I did actually collect and play with most of those great toys as a child. But – cursed by a blinding fog of pre-teen angst and hormones – I burned, blew-up, deconstructed, reconstructed, and otherwise trashed that collection in late summer 1982. So these figures were all acquired more recently through eBay and craigslist.
Why is there nothing here from the Star Wars prequels? That’s an excellent question.
If it’s not abundantly clear, I’m using crap equipment. The camera is alternately my 4-year old Olympus Stylus 710 or my wife’s Sony CyberShot (actually a relatively nice camera for the low dough). I used to be fond of a little flexible tripod that I was using (the Joby GP1-01EN Gorillapod), but that broke after relatively little use. Doors are opened when you discover small tripods, but only if they don’t fall apart on you.
On occasion the natural sunlight here in Los Angeles illuminates these scenes just fine. But more and more I’ve been mining cheap lighting tricks found at the nearest 99-cents store.