Generation Skywalker
Retracing Trailers : Part 1 : The Original Trilogy

Retracing Trailers : Part 1 : The Original Trilogy

June 14, 2021

Jez guides the team through a look-back at the cinema trailers of the Original Trilogy, in the first of a three-part series exploring how the promotion of the Star Wars saga has changed through the years. 

From the cheese fests of the 70s, through to the current trailers on Disney+ – we start our journey with a palette-cleansing sample of big movie trailers from 1977, before moving on to the very first Star Wars teaser.

Join us as we discuss how the art of the trailer has grown from editing a few clips together with some stand-in music and a voiceover, to the kind of thing that has halls full of people crying real tears at Star Wars Celebration.

The Modern Way : Episode XII

The Modern Way : Episode XII

May 29, 2021
From pinball machines to Aztec-inspired Bobas – as Star Wars merch continues to come thick and fast, we explore all the latest announcements from Hasbro, Hot Toys, Funko and many more – including a special peek at what went down on the GeekiTikis May the 4th Livestream.
 
The team discuss what they’ve been buying and offer up some in-hand reviews of the Mando Retro Collection and the Tantive IV corridor, we take a look back at the Gentle Giant Jumbo vintage figures and give a shout to Misao Soaps & Candles – the independent makers we are championing with our competition this month.
 
Jez’s trip to the framers inspires a more in-depth showcase of Mark’s creative work, we discuss the #TimeforTonnika campaign and Stu unearths a decade old copy of SFX magazine which features a very fresh-faced member of the Generation Skywalker team.
Those Old Fossils : Episode IX

Those Old Fossils : Episode IX

May 3, 2021
Join Stuart, Mark, Craig and guest host Marc Hockley for a packed vintage show.
 
The boys celebrate the life of John Kellerman and look at the impact his book 'Star Wars Vintage Action Figures' had on our hobby. We also review some of the choice lots from the David Prowse Estate Auction taking place on May 4th.
 
The team share some collecting stories, one of which features the unique perspective of Ali Martin, whose chance discovery of a rare Helix item led him into the world of high-end vintage collectibles.
 
After last month's movie-led loose line-up, Craig returns to examine just how accurate Kenner's accessory allocations were. The team also breakdown the last 17, with a close look at each figure and an exploration of prices and how they've risen vastly over the years. Is the £2.5k that is often offered as the going price on social media accurate?
 
We also take a look back at Episode 8 of Those Old Fossils and explain where we will be taking the reproduction conversation next.
 
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The Modern Way : Episode XI

The Modern Way : Episode XI

April 6, 2021

Stuart, Dan, Grant and Jez settle in for this month's 'The Modern Way'.

This months announcements give the team loads to sink their teeth into as they delve into the four Black Series Comic Inspired figures.  We look at other announcements for Black Series, The Vintage Collection and Lego, as well as heaping more love on the latest Hot Toy announcements, with Fett and Bo Katan central to the teams praise.

Since the last show, Gina Carano has been fired from her role in 'The Mandalorian', we take a look at this and how it has affected the price of Cara Dune merchandise.  We also look at Hasbro Pulse news with regards to their Fan Fest on April 9th and the news that Hasbro Pulse will expand to the U.K.  The boys also take a look at the news that Hasbro are reviewing their packaging for the Black Series, as they try and reduce their plastic usage.

Dan takes us through his recent blog on Micro Machines, which you can find over at www.generationskywalker.com, as the boys reminisce about the 90s and Galoob's part in the Star Wars Universe (and yes we are aware it is Galoob, even though the author of the blog often refers to them as Galoop!).

As well as all this we have Potato Tent Pegs, Formula One Cars, toys in the Star Wars movies and a wonderful Rey print from the brilliant Nerd Head Designs, which you could win by heading over to the Generation Skywalker community page on Facebook.

Loads to get involved in on this month's The Modern Way.

Enjoy the show.

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Seth Elwell

Seth Elwell

March 25, 2021

As older collectors, we sometimes wonder where the next generation of vintage obsessives will come from.

Meet 11 year old Seth and hear how a chance encounter with a Rebel Commando in an old toy box set him and his dad, Richard, on a path to complete a loose run.

It's been an online, locked-down journey of discovery for Seth and is proving an enjoyable nostalgia trip for Rich too. Though, with both of them being brand new to the hobby, there have been the inevitable mis-steps along the way. 

It's enlightening to hear such fresh perspectives on collecting as Seth chats about repros, grading, the Dagobah playset and his indifference towards Jar Jar Binks and animated Clones. This boy has a vintage head on his young shoulders.

Along with some choice reminiscences from Rich and reflections on Craig’s attempts to spark the collecting bug in his own children, it's an interview that will strike a chord with anyone whose parent/child bond has been strengthened by a shared love of old Star Wars toys.

The First 12 (Months)

The First 12 (Months)

March 14, 2021

It’s our one year anniversary and to celebrate our 'first 12' months you’re invited to party with us as we look back on a jam-packed year of fascinating stories, enthusiastic debates and in-depth showcases.

As well as all our best bits, we lift the lid on the whole Generation Skywalker project with an informal look behind the scenes of everything we do, why we do it and what we plan to do next.

And with contributions from over 20 fans and collectors, it’s a great overview if you are new to us – and a fun look back, if you have been with us from the start.

Most of all, it’s a big 'thank you' to anyone who has clicked and listened since we got things off the ground last spring. We really appreciate it.

Those Old Fossils : Episode VIII

Those Old Fossils : Episode VIII

February 14, 2021

Reproductions in the vintage toy hobby has been a source of topic once again recently.

Stuart, Craig and Mark are joined by special guest Lee Bullock to discuss the issue.

Retroblasting's, Michael French, recently posted a video defending the use of reproduction items in the hobby and attacking the anti-repro groups.  All four of the hosts on this show sit firmly in the anti-repro camp, BUT, does the repro supporting members of the hobby have a point, a reasoned argument so to speak.  The team take the main points from the video and discuss them in depth.  What damage do reproductions do to the hobby?  Were reproductions more accepted in the earlier days of the hobby?  Is there a place for reproduction in the hobby?  Could the Facebook groups do more with regards to reproduction?  Is it time to change opinions on reproductions?  The boys discuss all these issues and many more and try to give a balanced discussion with regards to reproductions.  Does the conversation change their stance?  You'll have to listen in.

But that's not all this month as Craig has come up with an original way to display his loose collection away from the norm.  He goes through it bit by bit.  Is it a cool way to display?  Or has he lost the plot?  

All this plus much more from this months Old Fossils.

Enjoy the show.

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The Modern Way : Episode X

The Modern Way : Episode X

February 3, 2021

The Modern Way returns as Craig, Mark, Grant, Dan and Stuart get together to look at a whole host of modern topics.

Now the dust has settled on the second season of The Mandalorian, the boys take some time to revisit the toys from the show.  They delve into what we've already received and then discuss their hopes for what we could see in the future.  We also take a look at a poll that ran across several collector Facebook groups and what the general hopes are from the community.

The team revisit all of Lucasfilms announcements back in December and discuss the impact that so many projects will have on the world of toys.  Will we see a flooded market place with just main characters?  Are background characters now a thing of the past?

As well as all this, we look at the recent announcements for Black Series, Hot Toys, Gentle Giant, Toy Box and Funko Pops, as Mark falls deep in love with the Valentine Pops that have been announced.

Enjoy the show.

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The End of The Running Stormtrooper (The Running Stormtrooper Podcast)

The End of The Running Stormtrooper (The Running Stormtrooper Podcast)

January 6, 2021

As promised Jez (AKA The Running Stormtrooper) & Stu are back for the final Running Stormtrooper podcast episode: Did he complete the 1000 miles in armour in 2020 challenge for Make-A-Wish and Spread-A-Smile charities? or was the final push of 143.5 miles in 20 days just too much? You’ll have to tune in! Regardless of the outcome, join Jez & Stu as they go over some of the highlights of the year long challenge including when Jez explains how his Stormtrooper running stopped a 747 'Jumbo Jet' in it’s tracks and at one stage he thought he might end up as dog food!

The lads are joined by Steve Buckley of the UK Garrison who takes us back to 2015 and explains the origins of the UKG and wider community support for this crazy project, he also fills us in on what the UK Garrison have been up to this year.

The winner of the Brooks running shoe giveaway is announced, and a BBC presenter admits live on air that she was getting ‘a little bit sweaty’ when interviewing Jez.

This one is slightly longer than usual but there is a lot to cram in, after all; it is time for the Stormtrooper to end.

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https://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/

 

The Modern Way : Episode IX

The Modern Way : Episode IX

December 31, 2020

It's the final show of 2020 and what better way to end the year than to review the highlights in the modern world.

Stuart, Craig, Grant and Daniel take us through the 2020 releases for The Black Series, The Vintage Collection, Hot Toys, Lego and some miscellaneous toys, highlighting their favourite releases and also the bad.

Join us to close out this dreadful year and welcome in a new one full of hope (and toys!!!)

Enjoy the show.

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Zia Rezvi

Zia Rezvi

December 28, 2020

Generation Skywalker are delighted to welcome Zia Rezvi to the show to discuss his collecting habits and history.

Zia sits down with Stuart to delve into what Zia calls his 'three phases of collecting'.  Phase 1 (1977-83) - books, magazines, scrapbook, trading cards and stickers.  Phase 2 (1994-2005) - Topps trading cards, vintage and modern.  Phase 3 (2011-present) - Vintage Toy Collecting.  The pair also delve into Zia's background with regards to Star Wars, seeing the movie in Belgium on release, before moving onto Zia's five favourite runs in his collection.  Some wonderful items and some beautiful tales.

Enjoy the show.

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He’s The Brains, Sweetheart!

He’s The Brains, Sweetheart!

December 24, 2020

Back during an Episode of 'Those Old Fossils' in May, Jez made the statement; "Give me a quiz on the original trilogy movies and I'd pan the lot of you", and so here we are to see if his arrogant boast can be backed up.

Jez takes on Craig, Grant and guest Marc Hockley as they go head to head in Classic Original Trilogy Trivial Pursuit.  

Join in and answer the questions before they do and see how you get on.

Will Jez deliver? Will Grant send that email to Parker Brothers? Will Craig answer a question that isn't Princess Leia? Is Marc Hockley really there to make up the numbers (according to Jez)?

Listen in and find out.

Enjoy the show.

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Those Old Fossils : Episode VII

Those Old Fossils : Episode VII

December 22, 2020

Grant, Mark, Craig and Stuart settle down to discuss vintage Star Wars, and focus on the state of the hobby at the end of a horrendous 2020.

With the pandemic hitting hard, unemployment on the rise, uncertainty to when all this will end, the team admit that they all thought the hobby would take a battering over the year, but how wrong they were as prices spiraled out of control.

The boys look back at some of the stand out auctions from 2020, from C&T Auctions early lockdown Palitoy heavy sale, through to the final ever Astons auction, they delve into the highlights and also look at some of the insane prices certain items went for.  They then discuss the price rise and ponder if the current price structure of these much loved toys is actually sustainable.

It's a hot topic that gets some great discussion flowing.

Enjoy the show.

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The Holiday Special Reaction Show

The Holiday Special Reaction Show

December 18, 2020

Following on from our Holiday Special 'Special', Dan, Craig, Stuart and Jez get together to watch the Holiday Special in it's entirety. 

Offering their opinions they delve in with discussion, even though some of that is through a grimace.  None of them have watched it for many years, well apart from Jez who made his wife watch it just 24 hours before!  What insights can this rabble offer that hasn't been said before.  And stick around as each of them give it a rating out of ten, surely it scores highly, surely.

To get the full enjoyment head over to our YouTube channel and watch the Special in it's entirety with our Commentary edit.

SHOW 031 : THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL COMMENTARY - YouTube

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The Holiday Special ‘Special’

The Holiday Special ‘Special’

December 13, 2020

"It makes us smile, but only because we are laughing at the utter horror.  We laugh to avoid the pain." (Mark Beall)

"Words have not been invented to describe how bad it is." (Alex Carter)

"So astounding in its lack of anything that could be considered reasonably watchable that it achieves something of an unintended, surrealist nightmare vision." (Rob Humanick)

 

We could go on with more and more reviews similar to these opinions.  But is The Star Wars Holiday Special really as bad as reported?  Does it really justify the reputation that it has?

Jez, Craig and Stuart sit down to answer these questions. The three delve into Variety shows of that time, the plot, the music, the cast and crew amongst other areas to see if there is any charm and positives from this unappreciated 1978 special.

The boys also draw up their own Holiday Specials, with a 'what if' type discussion, if Disney had released a similar type show after The Force Awakens. Will Poe and BB-8 deliver salt from Crait to the Resistance to save Christmas Dinner?  Will the 60 minute makeover team be able to rebuild Maz's castle?  Will Han Solo's send off be as crazy as Ackmena using a conga to clear a Cantina, listen in and decide for yourselves!

Enjoy the show.

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The Modern Way : Episode VIII

The Modern Way : Episode VIII

December 10, 2020

Continuing on this festive period of shows, Generation Skywalker brings you the latest edition of 'The Modern Way'.

The team once again delve into the latest announcements as we see yet more reveals for the Black Series and The Vintage Collection, but the majority of this months loving goes towards the Hot Toys Tusken Raider and even more so, for the four Episode One Tiki Mugs.

Keeping on a seasonal theme, we look into the world of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and discuss what we're hoping to see in 2021.  And being Christmas, the team obviously have to delve into the modern archives to find their favourite ever Christmas related figure.

Enjoy the show.

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Come, Let me get you something…

Come, Let me get you something…

December 6, 2020

What goes hand in hand with Star Wars? It's beer of course, and we welcome you to join us for the first ever Generation Skywalker Beer Show.

Stuart, Craig, Jez, Dan and Mark are joined by beer expert Kimberley Owen, who takes us through a beer tasting of 5 Star Wars beers from Moor Beer, Tiny Rebel, Brew York and Original Stormtrooper breweries. Kimberley really knows her stuff as she takes the boys out of their comfort zones as she teaches them how to appreciate what they are drinking.

Craig takes us through his latest blog post over on www.generationskywalker.com where he looks at the drinking culture on screen from the movies, TV shows and expanded universe, before taking us on a Star Wars beer trip of beers based on the franchise from independent breweries.

We also look at drinking vessels, bottle openers, ways of keeping your beer cool and other Star Wars beer merch during this tasting delight.

Be sure to check out the enhanced version of the show over on our YouTube channel where you will be able to see exactly what we're discussing and tasting whilst we chat.  

Be sure to check out Kimberley's work on social media, search for @craftbeerpinup and follow her blog at Craft Beer Pin Up – A blog with a love of Craft Beer & Pin Up Style

We also have a fantastic competition at the end of the show, where you can win yourself a whole host of beer related goodies for you to try yourself, so be sure to get involved.

Enjoy the show.

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Gift, What Gift?

Gift, What Gift?

December 1, 2020

Generation Skywalker kick off their festive schedule with a helpful guide for parents and partners, on buying those all important Star Wars presents.

Stuart, Craig, Dan and Mark, give you suggestions on items that are readily available this Christmas, where you can purchase them and what you'll expect to pay, and they've broken the guide down to five age ranges - Pre-school (up to 5), Primary (6-10), Teenage/Secondary (11-16) and Adult (17+).

They also look at the more creative gifts too as they delve into small independent businesses and there offerings, some of these items are beautiful and different, there really is something for everyone in our Christmas guide.

Enjoy the show. Oh and happy shopping.

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The Modern Way : Episode VII

The Modern Way : Episode VII

November 14, 2020

Hover Pram.  That's the word of the month on 'The Modern Way'.  Stuart, Craig, Mark and Dan are joined by founding Generation Skywalker member Grant Criddle as we welcome him back to hosting duties.

It's a Mandalorian and The Phantom Menace feast this month as the team delve into the latest update on the Haslab razor Crest, The Mandalorian Retro Collection line and many other announcements, majority of which surround the Mando.

The team then take a trip down memory lane as they celebrate The Phantom Menace trailer which was released 22 years ago this month, before reminiscing about the hype on the build up to the film as they talk early Episode One toy memories as well as delving into the Midnight Madness event.

All this plus the usual smatterings of toy indulgence.

Enjoy the Show.

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Those Old Fossils : Episode VI

Those Old Fossils : Episode VI

October 31, 2020

The latest episode of 'Those Old Fossils' lands and what could be more fitting than a Halloween Special for Halloween.

Thinking about Halloween and scary stories... there’s an element of Star Wars that always puts Craig in mind of the famous HG Wells book (and subsequent movies adaptations) ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’.

Written in 1896 its a very early science fiction horror story telling the tale of Edward Prendick who is shipwrecked, rescued by a passing boat and is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings by experimenting on humans and animals.

But how does all that relate to Star Wars? Craig is thinking, of course, of George Lucas’s fascination in creating alien races by taking earth-bound animals and turning them into human-like beasts.

So looking at things in that (rather grim) context Craig thought it would be a bit of Halloween fun to explore this while reimagining Lucas as a mad scientist surrounded by his creations.

‘The Island of Dr Modesto’, if you will...

 

Enjoy the Show.

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The Modern Way : Episode VI

The Modern Way : Episode VI

October 11, 2020

Modern collectors will have been foaming out the month the last couple of weeks with the constant announcement of modern collectibles.  And it's made our show jam packed with the latest toy news.

We delve into the amazing Haslab project, the Razor Crest, and what a stunning project it is.  We look at all The Vintage Collection and Black Series releases, including Mark's favourite Holiday special figures.  We discuss Hot Toys, Funko Pops, Force FX Lightsabers, Polaroid cameras and the amazing Regal Robot Rancor Statue.  Mark also declares his love for the Lego the Child.

With certain items in hand the team can give their opinions of their latest purchases as we look at the Lego Cantina, Black Series Endor Heroes Set, Black Series Armorer and the latest Wampa release.

Dan then takes us through his love of Steel Books in reference to his blog post on the subject over at www.generationskywalker.com, a fascinating subject.

The boys also choose their favourite Chewbacca action figure through the ages, however, the love of Chewie action figures had a lot to be desired and for one team member the love of Chewie himself!

Enjoy the show.

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Book Month Epilogue

Book Month Epilogue

September 30, 2020

As a busy book month for the Generation Skywalker team draws to a close, the lads get together to discuss their highlights from an action packed month.  They delve into their favourite moments and shows, whilst revealing that it has whet all their appetites as their love of the books is reignited. 

Craig also takes us through the 'confronting covers' competition which has been running over our social media during the entire month of September, revealing the winning book art.  We also hear why each member made the choices they made, and the winner of our big book bundle competition is revealed, is it you?

 Enjoy the show.

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Those Old Fossils : Episode V

Those Old Fossils : Episode V

September 28, 2020

Those Old Fossils returns to delve into all things Vintage Star Wars.

Craig takes us through his latest purchase inspired blog post as he delves into the wonderful world of Pen-a-Poster, a super rare colouring poster!  Check out the blog post to go along with the audio!

https://generationskywalker.com/f/pending-approval-poster

The team takes an in depth look at the Early Bird Certificate and kit, where Jez springs a different opinion on why Kenner released a cardboard certificate for children's Christmas presents in 1977.

A recent Palitoy Landspeeder find with an ultra rare Boba Fett sticker is also up for discussion, which also sparks a debate when Dan reveals his favourite five toy stickers through the Vintage era.

All this plus much more for listeners to sink their teeth into.

Enjoy the show.

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Collecting Guides

Collecting Guides

September 23, 2020

The team continue on their look at books this month, this time delving into Collecting guides.

There are so many Collecting Guides out there, from outdated price guides and encyclopedias through to specific topics and design books, there really is something for everyone that collects.

The lads look at what makes a good collecting guide, discuss some of the stand out authors in this realm and then they all bring three collecting books to the table that either made an impact on them through the years or basically just their favourite collecting book.

Enjoy the show.

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The Modern Way : Episode V

The Modern Way : Episode V

September 18, 2020

The Modern Way is back with an announcement heavy show as Stuart, Craig, Mark and Dan dissect all the latest news from Modern Collecting.

Surely the Tantive IV Playset is better than the Freezing Chamber set? 

Mission Fleet hit UK shelves and with it our opinions on the range.  

We look at all the latest Black Series, Vintage Collection, Funko Pop and Hot Toys news, plus we take a look at the new Lego Mos Eisley Cantina which has got the team frothing at the mouth.

All this plus much more.

Enjoy the show.

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