Meet Mark Boudreaux, Star Wars Toy Designer for 40 Years

   This article is part of a special StarWars.com series in honor of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary on May 25. With Star Wars celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, fans all over the world have be [read more…]

Source: Meet Mark Boudreaux, Star Wars Toy Designer for 40 Years | StarWars.com

   This is the (right) stuff of dreams! Many of us owe this individual much gratitude for hours of entertainment. I pulled the prototype Falcon image for two reasons, it’s awesome, AND it is a photo that I have personally never seen before.

Hasbro Star Wars Creators Talk New Toy Lines

   We sat down with the toy creators for an exclusive chat about the new Hasbro Star Wars lines out for this year’s 40th Anniversary celebration! [Read More…]

Source: CS Interview: Hasbro Star Wars Creators Talk New Toy Lines

Street Fighter: Dhalsim

   This is a really cool, hyper stylised, Dhalsim is wonderful. I’ve always had an affinity for Monk type characters, and Dhalsim fits the bill.

Diener Space Raiders: Classic Robo-Alien & Spaceship Erasers

Diener Space Raiders

Source: Little Weirdos: Mini figures and other monster toys: Diener Space Raiders: classic robo-alien & spaceship erasers

   Oh Internet, is there anything that I can remember that you can’t locate? I was thinking back on an eraser set I had back when I was 10 (1980). Lo and behold I found them. Not only did I find them, I also found this awesome blog post that,is very informative, about them. The only thing I had to go on was the name on my favorite piece… HORTA. I have fond memories about these erasers. They were toys that were acceptable in the classroom, so it was as if I was getting away with something 😉

    Looking at them now, I am more drawn in by the blue Cyclops Robot.

1973 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog

1973 Adventure Team GI Joe Catalog by Hasbro

Source: 1973 Hasbro GI Joe Adventure Team Catalog : Plaidstallions

   If you, like I, grew up in the early 70’s, then you are probably well acquainted with these stalwart fellows. The G.I. Joe Adventure Team took Joe from his Military roots to a  seeker of danger. I loved this line. I grew up with this line. It wasn’t until Star Wars came out that I had a love for an extensive franchise on a large scale such as this. Joe AT had a shared, cohesive, story. Mego, arguably the biggest line of characters, didn’t offer a singular voice. Adventure Team did that, and more. Head over to Plaid Stallions to check out the great toys from years gone by.

MOONBASE CENTRAL: FOCUS ON S.T.A.R. TEAM


   Being someone who’s extremely fond of the Zeroid  robot  range by Ideal Toys, which appeared in 1968, it’s not  surprising that I also have a soft spot for some of Ideal’s S.T.A.R. Team action figures.

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It’s the New Rebel Trooper!

   I love the retro style figures that the Vintage Studio creates. Done in the Kenner style, these figures are not as much of a What-If, and more of a continuation of the original line. The Rebel Trooper was a glaring omission to the vintage line, and now you can own one (or four) to add to your collection. The price is a bit steep at $30, but considering the amount of work they put into the figures it’s a steal, plus the quality is apparent. Check out their website, it is a visual treat.

Star Wars: What iF Kenner kept Going?

   Ever wanted more vintage style Kenner Star Wars action figures? Or wondered what else they could have come up with in their 5 P.O.A. [five points of articulation] line? I’ve seen companies like Funko make their line of ReAction Figures of properties from the 70’s and 80’s, and hoping that Hasbro might release some throwback style figures is pointless.

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The Vintage Studio What-If page…

   I went on the Imperial Commissary group [a closed Facebook group] and asked the members if they would support such a retro line, and if so which ones would they like to see. The answers were interesting to be sure. More importantly, there were a few posts that told me what I was wishing for was a fact [from a certain point of view].

   They told me about The Vintage Studio! While the site doesn’t host my desired Holiday Special characters, the spirit of this site is vast. Kenner would be proud. They even have a Kenner style product catalog… wonderful!

  The craftsmanship looks to be quality, and I plan on saving up my Imperial Credits to pick up a few. Check out The Vintage Studio… You will NOT be disappointed.

Kenner’s 1979 Battle Damaged X-Wing

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You are cleared for landing, Red 5.

    This last week I finally picked up my very first Kenner X-Wing. This isn’t the 1978 version, it’s the one from 1979. It has the, what seems like the much maligned, “Battle Damage” stickers applied, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The cannons are a bit bent, and the cockpit will open but will fall off if you push it back too far.  I had the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Interceptor, a Twin-Pod Cloud Car, the AT-AT (@@), and an AT-ST when I was a kid. I never owned an X-Wing. Later on I picked up a Micro Collection one, along with some Micro Machine versions. I sold them all, along with a great 2003 Dagobah version that I picked up just for resale (oh the regrets, but it was how I made a living for a while).

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