Generation Skywalker
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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Stephen J. Sansweet

Stephen J. Sansweet

September 13, 2020

As book month continues, extra special guest, Stephen J. Sansweet, joins Stuart and Dan to delve into the many books he has written.

Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm for 15 years, Stephen was author or co-author of 18 books, 16 of which were Star Wars books. From Concept To Screen To Collectible was the catalyst book for the Star Wars collecting hobby and impacted everyone who purchased it back in 1992. Since then he has released action figure guides, poster books, encyclopedias, vaults, price guides, scrapbooks and quote books. And take it from us, every one of them is a must in any Star Wars library.

We discuss the impact of both From Concept To Screen To Collectible and The Tomart's Guide in depth as well as looking at Stephens other literary works.

This is a fascinating insight into a pioneer of our much loved hobby and a must listen interview.

Enjoy the show.

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My Expanded Universe : Richard Hutchinson

My Expanded Universe : Richard Hutchinson

September 8, 2020

Joining Craig and Stuart on Generation Skywalker's Book Month is Star Wars fanatic, blogger and podcaster Richard Hutchinson.

Rich is a huge Expanded Universe fan and chooses his five favourite EU books and why they mean the most to him, as well as explaining why he is so invested in the literature of Star Wars.

Enjoy the show.

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The Thrawn Trilogy

The Thrawn Trilogy

September 5, 2020

It's five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights.

In 1991, Star Wars boomed back into fans lives with the release of the Timothy Zahn novel, Heir To The Empire.  It began the start of a trilogy of books, affectionately known as 'The Thrawn Trilogy'.  Stuart and Craig are joined by Mark Mulcaster and Mark Newbold for a roundtable to discuss this trilogy and the impact it had on the Star Wars Universe.  Join us as we reminisce about characters old and new, a plot which perhaps should have been the sequel trilogy on screen and just how much these books changed the Star Wars landscape.

Enjoy the show.

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Book Month Prologue

Book Month Prologue

September 1, 2020

Generation Skywalker invites you to embrace the written word this September as we delve into book month.

On this prologue show Jez, Craig, Daniel and Stuart introduce what is to come this September from Generation Skywalker and celebrate the vast array of books in the Star Wars universe.

Each host brings to the table their favourite book as we open up a busy month of podcasting!!!

Enjoy the show.

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Hitting Your Target (The Running Stormtrooper Podcast)

Hitting Your Target (The Running Stormtrooper Podcast)

August 23, 2020

Generation Skywalker urge you to listen to this very special standalone podcast episode which we're delighted to be part of.

Since February, Jez and Stuart have been producing a short (35-50 minute) monthly Running Stormtrooper Podcast.  An easily listening fresh podcast aimed at sharing some positivity and hopefully some fun.  It's family friendly and of interest to everyone; runners, Star Wars fans, would-be charity fundraisers or people bored of negativity and in need of A NEW HOPE.

We've offered to add their latest episode onto our platform as we think it's so good it needs to be listened to by as many people as possible.

You'll see near the end of the episode exactly how important this is to the lads and we're sure that you'll agree that we've done the right thing by sharing this with you.

If you do anything today, do it whilst listening to this episode.  MTFBWY.

Enjoy the show.

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The Modern Way : Episode IV

The Modern Way : Episode IV

August 6, 2020

On this months 'The Modern Way' there is mixed feelings towards the pieces discussed.

One thing that is unanimously loved however is Tiki Mugs, as Craig takes us through the history of Tiki and how we ended up with Star Wars themed Tiki mugs and other apparel.  It's loved so much there's even a live purchase during the topic.

The loving doesn't flow throughout the whole show though when the team discuss the new Vintage Collection Carbon freezing Chamber, in fact it leaves the team cold (get it, freeze chamber, cold, I'm so funny!)

We take a look at the Vader and Luke Hyper Real figures as well as delving into new announcements for Black Series, Vintage Collection, Galaxy's Edge inspired toys and the beautiful Hot Wheels Dagobah X-wing.  

We look at our favourite Han Bespin molds through the ages before Jez reveals to the lads that he wants to be known as Mr Loverman from now on!

All this and plenty more from this months 'The Modern Way'.

Enjoy the show.

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The Diecast : Part 2

The Diecast : Part 2

July 27, 2020

The second part of the six part Diecast series, sees Stuart joined by Josh Blake to discuss the world of the Micro Collection from 1982.

Josh's knowledge on the subject makes for a fascinating listen with so information to ingest.  Josh takes us through a whole host of Micro Collection topics, from his love for preproduction items in the range to customs and scandals.  We take a look at the production pieces and also unproduced pieces that were planned or just mere concepts

So much to take in on this show, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Check out the facebook page that Josh runs on the Micro Collection too and join in the conversation.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KennerStarWarsMicroCollection/about

Enjoy the show!

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Those Old Fossils : Episode IV

Those Old Fossils : Episode IV

July 7, 2020

Generation Skywalker welcome Stephen Savory as guest to this months 'Those Old Fossils' show as he joins Craig, Jez, Mark and Stuart to discuss the joys of vintage.

On the table for discussion this month is pack-in toy catalogues, posters, instructions etc.  We look at the category system drawn up by Yehuda as well as debating whether a boxed toy is complete without the catalogue and other paperwork that would have been originally included.

Edd Grant off Star Wars Forum UK started an interesting topic thread the other day as he asked about competition etiquette and whether if you research a certain topic you should have first refusal on items that come up for sale with regards to the research.  An interesting topic which the team all fall into the same opinion of.

We take a look at the aftermath of Toy Toni and Baggiegate.  Toy Toni happened way back in 2013, whilst baggiegate was more recent in 2017.  The lads discuss what effect it has had on the Palitoy and Baggie markets as well as debating other points on both scandals.

The Generation Skywalker team then also discuss 'The Fans Strike Back' who pledged money towards an upcoming book kickstarter.  With the sight producing and selling reproduction items we delve into the morals of accepting such money to fund a current project.

The final topic for the month is lighthearted as the boys throw toys into the hat for the most confusing vintage item.  From figures and weapons to vehicles and talking figures, the lads are confused by a few vintage concepts.

All this plus much more on this months 'Those Old Fossils' podcast.

Enjoy the show!

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The Modern Way : Episode III

The Modern Way : Episode III

June 15, 2020

The third edition of 'The Modern Way' drops with a whole host of topics since the last show.

The team settle down to discuss the new packaging for the Black Series 6" range, and everyone seems to be in awe of the new design.

They also close out the Probe Droid discussion which has been discussed since we started 'The Modern Way' as we compare the Black Series version to the Disney Elite.

With Mark getting heavily involved with modern these days, his new purchase of a Black Series Boba Fett helmet sparks a look at the Black Series Helmet range.

Stuart is joined by Christopher Cooke to look at The Vintage Collection petition which is gathering pace, check out the link below to find out more;
https://www.change.org/p/hasbro-petition-for-hasbro-to-make-more-new-3-75-star-wars-vintage-collection-figures-per-year-8d6de221-188f-4b88-99e8-4ea6c7fdab6a

As well as all this the team look at new announcements since the last show, including another Carbonized figure to Marks delight, this time a Darth Vader with a blue rinse!  As well as a new The Child Monopoly set.  The team also delve into Princess Leia Organa in her white gown as they all pick their favourite adaptation of the figure.

All this plus much more

Enjoy the Show!

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Those Old Fossils : Episode III

Those Old Fossils : Episode III

June 1, 2020

Those Old Fossils returns here on Generation Skywalker as the boys celebrate 40 years of Empire Strikes Back with a look at an awesome Hoth Diorama Coffee Table, which inspires the team to discuss other ESB based dioramas they have seen and come up with ones they'd like to make too.  Keeping on the ESB theme they also take a look at the enduring appeal of Boba Fett.

Lockdown continues to see high prices as the team delve into the Vectis auction, whilst they also take a look at the current fad group for selling as the team offer there opinions on 'Deal or No Deal' selling format.

Craig takes us through his latest blog post over on generationskywalker.com, as he explains why he feels the term 'oddball' is derogatory to Star Wars collecting.

All this plus much more, including Jez announcing his favourite part of ESB is Endor!!!!!!

Enjoy the show!

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Ross Barr

Ross Barr

May 13, 2020

We welcome Ross Barr to Generation Skywalker to chat about his vintage collection.

Using the Generation Skywalker rule of five, we asked Ross to curate his collection using just five items from his collection, what he brings to the table are fantastic items, which are beautifully displayed, and the final piece, a loose Darth Vader with frosting, has an incredible back story.

As well as the five items the interview deviates onto Collector Archive Services, his collection room and even other toy lines including MOTU.

Enjoy the show.

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The Modern Way : April 2020

The Modern Way : April 2020

May 4, 2020

The Modern Way returns a little late with the April edition.

This month we see that "I hate Modern" Mark, buys some modern and fancies more!

The boys give some loving to some of the toys Mark Boudreaux designed as he announces his retirement.

New York Toy Fair seems a lifetime ago, but we check out the announcements from there as well as further reveals from Hasbro since, Mark gives his honest opinion on the Carbonized Black Series Fett on the way, not sure he'll be investing in that one.

As well as all this we take a look at the second wave in the Retro line and we delve into General Grievous as we take a look at the range of figures that has been released for the cyborg.

All this plus much more on this months 'The Modern Way'.

Enjoy the Show!

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Those Old Fossils : Episode II

Those Old Fossils : Episode II

April 27, 2020

Generation Skywalker return with their latest Vintage roundtable show - Those Old Fossils.

With everyone across the globe in different levels of lockdown, the team discuss various ways to spend your isolation involving Star Wars and most importantly collecting. 

They look at the Palitoy Top 5 thread which ran over on the Star Wars Palitoy Facebook group where people showed off their five favourite Palitoy items, the conversation spirals off in all directions, including a look at a couple of Craig's childhood photos from Christmas and Halloween.

Talking of Palitoy, a beautiful collection containing mainly Palitoy items was sold recently by C&T Auctions, with the sale rooms closed the auction was online only, but the uncertainty of current day to day life didn't stop the items reach their potential. The group look at the auction and the results, and how well C&T did.

After a great blog post over on the Star Wars Collectors Archive by Ron Salvatore, the team look at the Argentinian Pepsi promotion and the items it included before moving onto Ron's article and the reproduction of the stickers from this promotion.

During lockdown we've seen some amazing collections show cased on Facebook, majority being from the States where space is more readily available, but the boys discuss displaying with limited space and making the most of the little space you have. This is an open ended topic as we will return to this in May, so please show us your collections and how you display when you don't have much space, do you have any inventive ways of displaying?

All this plus much more.

Enjoy the show.

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Helix Reborn : The Full Story

Helix Reborn : The Full Story

April 22, 2020

We're fortunate to have both Craig Spivey and Mark Daniels as part of the Generation Skywalker team.

In 2017 Helix released a 40th Anniversary Star Wars range to celebrate their line from back in 1977. This came about thanks to Craig, Mark and Grant Criddle.

This podcast takes you through the journey on how the 40th Anniversary range came to be, from connecting with Helix through a Twitter post to the release of the 40th Anniversary range. But that is only half the story and half the journey, join Mark and Craig as they relive the entire tale including a presentation on the Collecting Track at Celebration Europe in 2016 and presenting the same talk to ALL of the Helix work force.

This is a tale of three fans passion and where it can lead.

Enjoy the Show!

 

This show is also available as an enhanced podcast over on our YouTube account, the images that go alongside this show are well worth checking out and the preferable way to get the most out of this podcast.

https://youtu.be/IbMigjWlhuY

The DIEcast : Part 1

The DIEcast : Part 1

April 6, 2020

Generation Skywalker welcomes you to join them in the first of a 6 part series all on the world of Diecast toys over the years.

The first episode looks at the Vintage range of Diecast vehicles.  Stuart is joined by Andrew Norton, a Diecast focus collector and owner/editor of www.vintagestarwarsdiecast.com, as the pair take a look at the range that was released and discuss each one on it's merits, as well as looking at the packaging, licenses, mailers and everything in between.

Join us for a fun ride through the land of Die Cast Metal and all it's wonders.

Enjoy the show!

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The Modern Way : March 2020

The Modern Way : March 2020

March 31, 2020

Generation Skywalker introduce the first of their monthly Modern Roundtable shows - The Modern Way.

Daniel Burgess joins Simon, Mark, Craig and Stuart to discuss a few topics that have been in discussion over the last few months.  They chat about the sad end to the 5 p.o.a. line, where is best to purchase modern items in the UK, delve into the 5" line before looking at a selection of Mandalorian items that have either been released or announced.

Will Dan allow his child to open some modern figures?  Will Mark allow himself to like anything modern?  Will Stuart weaken and buy a Hot Toys?  Listen in as the team all deal with their own modern issues.

Enjoy the show!

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Collecting Hot Toys with Christopher James Leddy

Collecting Hot Toys with Christopher James Leddy

March 27, 2020

Generation Skywalker welcomes their very first ever guest, as Christopher James Leddy, one of the nicest guys in the universe joins Stuart to discuss collecting Hot Toys. A discussion which has since made Stuart order a couple of Hot Toys himself!

The interview follows the golden Generation Skywalker rule, five items that curate your collection, although Christopher was a little loose with the images he supplied as you hear! Chris tells us what Hot Toys mean to him and why he collects the line, we discuss his own podcast channel - Sixth Scale Scavengers, and delve into his favourite items from his collection and what he's looking forward to that's coming out later this year.

Enjoy the show!

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