June 26, 2022
Generation Skywalker is all about passion, and fans and collectors don’t come more driven than our latest guest – Jon Aves.
In this interview, Jon takes us through some of his memorable Star Wars experiences, from trekking across the desert visiting the film sets of Tunisia, to meeting cast and crew to collect autographs on a very special quad poster in an incredibly short space of time.
But it's his stand-out Palitoy collection that really deserves your attention.
Quality like this doesn’t come without a huge amount of discipline, patience and tenacity, so sit back and marvel at some great collecting tales and guided tour of some world-class carded action figures and a truly outstanding array of unused boxed ships and playsets.
June 15, 2022
Those Old Fossils is back after a bit of a break, with a renewed focus and exciting plans for future shows.
Join us to find out what Jez has in store with his new figure-focused section, then settle in for more collecting stories from the team, a round-up of recent highlights from three major auctions and a look at the Palitoy Facebook Group hashtag that's got everyone posting.
Plus, there’s an exciting announcement about the next event we’ll be attending, that you really won’t want to miss.
May 31, 2022
After spending 31 days looking at a whole variety of topics in relation to Attack of the Clones, the Generation Skywalker boys reassemble one last time for Anniversary month to discuss what they've learnt, what they've learnt to love and what they've learnt to tolerate.
Have their feelings for Attack of the Clones changed? You'll be surprised!
Enjoy the show.
May 29, 2022
The Committee is a new style show format from Generation Skywalker.
Each Committee Show will have a topic, a Top 10 countdown and the discussion that led to the order and what was included in that countdown to begin with.
In this pilot show, Craig, Jez and Stuart debate the most memorable moments from Attack of the Clones, with some very differing views.
The Top 10 highlights that the Generation Skywalker boys like their Star Wars dark.
Don't agree with the countdown? Head over to the We Are Generation Skywalker Facebook page and join in the debate.
May 25, 2022
Despite being the first theatrically released Star Wars movie not to have a dedicated toy line, Hasbro went all out for Attack of the Clones.
33/4 figures led with innovative action features and were loaded with accessories; the ships, vehicles and creatures were packed full of play value, and the Geonosis Arena playset was one of the best in the company’s history.
Launched at a time when background characters received as much love as the heroes, the team take a look at some of the hits and misses from Hasbro and beyond – starting with the very first sneak peak figures and bringing us right up to date with the latest announcements from Hot Toys.
May 21, 2022
We’ve looked at ‘art’, we’ve listened to ‘sound’, and now, as we move towards the end of our special Attack of the Clones month, we are turning our attention to another standout element of the movie – 'costumes'.
Stu, Craig and Dan explore the work of Trisha Biggar and Ian McCaig and their teams, as they appraise a number of key looks from both an ‘in-universe and 'real world' perspective.
It’s not every show where we get to talk 'antique lace', ‘the male gaze’ and ‘cosplay’ – so join us as we explore the costumes of a selection of key players and background characters, and of course, have a good rifle through Padme’s eclectic wardrobe.
May 18, 2022
George Lucas and Skywalker Sound live by the rule ‘sound is half the picture’.
Join us as we look, well… listen to the wonderful work of Ben Burtt, Matt Wood and the masters at Skywalker Sound for a show that takes you deep into the incredible sounds of the Attack of the Clones.
Discover how dolphins, vintage aircraft and mating penguins all played their part in creating the soundscape of the galaxy, as Jez leads an exploration that will change your perception of the movie forever.
May 16, 2022
Star Wars : Episode II : Attack of the Clones premiered 20 years ago today.
We have been celebrating all month, but as an extra special treat we've curated and assembled a collection of behind the scenes clips, archive news and TV footage into one mega tribute to a chapter in the Skywalker story that has sat too long in the shadow of more revered movies.
Come with us back to 2002 for a journey across the stars.
May 12, 2022
In 1977 a Star Destroyer flew over our heads and the Hildebrandt brothers turned in an mesmerising poster to promote a new space fantasy movie. Star Wars has continued to push the limits of visual artistry on and off screen ever since.
And Attack of the Clones was no exception.
Stu, Jez and Craig go deep on this one, as they explore the marketing campaign – from the teaser poster and Drew Struzan's stunning artwork, to the unusual strategy and some of the clever tactics employed to encourage people around the world into cinemas.
The team also look at the concept work of Doug Chiang and his team, examine the influence of Art Nouveau on the film and cherry pick some of the best licensed and unlicensed art inspired by the movie.
Checking out the enhanced version of this one is very much recommended.
May 9, 2022
Episode II? A missed opportunity to be brilliant?
Not for Prequel and Attack of the Clones superfan Matthew Schoenfelder.
Matthew joins Stuart to discuss why this film works for him and why he feels the need to defend the prequels on social media at every given opportunity.
It's a refreshing discussion with a fan who sees the positives in ALL Star Wars, even if it's sometimes flawed.
May 2, 2022
Join Stu, Jez, Craig and Dan for a big watch-along as we start to get into our special month of Attack of the Clones shows.
As longtime fans who are heavily invested in Star Wars, what exactly does everyone think to this film? Which bits work and which bits don’t? And what tidbits of info have stayed lodged in our brains all these years?
Consider this your formal invitation to hang out with the boys for 2 hours and 25 minutes as they candidly air their views in real time.
May 1, 2022
May 2002 saw the release of the second chapter in the Skywalker saga, and Episode II : Attack of the Clones instantly rocketed to the bottom of a lot of fans’ lists of their favourite five Star Wars movies.
Its detractors are often quick to point at the bad dialogue, wooden acting and poor cgi, so why would Generation Skywalker dedicate a whole month to exploring a film most people are lukewarm about at best?
Because we we are convinced there’s more too it – things we’ve maybe missed and elements that certainly deserve closer examination with the hindsight of 20 years.
So join us as we set the the scene, with this short episode to kick-off 31 days of shows, unboxings and social posts that will explore the best and worst of the movie and its legacy.
Think you know Attack of the Clones? Think again.
April 23, 2022
Our modern collecting shows are always crammed with news and reviews of the latest Star Wars collectible releases – and this one is no exception.
We have all the latest on Hasbro’s Star Wars licence renewal, a watch of the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, a look at how recent TV shows are affecting the prices of older toys, thoughts on our freshly landed Razor Crests and of course, a run down of what’s new from Hasbro, Lego, Sideshow and all the other things we like to chat about.
So join us to hear Mark get nerdy over Nerf, Stu get geeky about new tikis, Craig get a teeny bit excited for tiny toys and for Dan's hot take on Hot Toys stands.
This is the Modern Way.
April 15, 2022
Echo Base Live returned to Redditch at the start April and Generation Skywalker were there to capture what went on at the biggest and best Echo show yet.
Join us, as we discuss everything from what we spotted on the dealer tables and what we bought, to the guests, cosplay, swag, fundraising and other activities.
It was a great event, but you don’t have to just take our word for it as we have Mark Baker, Richard and Seth Elwell, Chris Lawrence, Dan Adey, Nick Dykes, Adam Pemberton, Phil Parker, Lee Gregory and Michael Havens all giving their views on the show too.
How much did we end up raising for the Echo charity? Do we think the £38,000 carded Palitoy VCJ was worth the money? What did Femi think to Mark’s Rancor impression? Listen and find out.
March 31, 2022
The 10th Echo Base Live Star Wars show comes to Redditch on April 2nd 2022 and what better way to celebrate, than a special look back at past events and a peek at what to expect this time around?
We hear about Echo Live's origins along with some personal highlights from Adam Pemberton, and Wayne Totty also drops by to discuss how the event has evolved, the tremendous charity work Echo Base does and which guests will be in attendance.
Plus trader Tom Scaife pops in to tease a few items he'll have for sale, as well as discussing former events including his first show where he rocked up two hours late to set up!
We also catch up with Echo's resident DJ Trev, who will be providing the soundtrack for the event and talk to Andy Preston about why he loves Echo Live so much.
All this, plus our own views on the show and what we are each looking forward to on the day.
March 2, 2022
Now that the dust, sand and spice has settled, the Generation Skywalker syndicate takes an in-depth, spoilery look at all seven episodes of the recent The Book of Boba Fett TV series.
We chart the highs and lows, shine a light on the main references to the wider Star Wars saga and painstakingly try to capture the bulk of the nods the show constantly makes to other classic movies.
With the benefit of few week’s distance and repeated viewings, the team also bring their personal stand-out moments to the table, as well as their own interpretations of some of the many themes the series explores.
It all makes for a great podcast.
And an even better video!
(Which you can find here)
February 4, 2022
Lee Ward is a collector and independent retailer of Hot Toys. On this show he sits down with Dan to discuss his Star Wars collecting journey, from seeing The Empire Strikes Back in a Weybridge cinema in the early eighties, through to performing Instagram Hot Toys unboxings with comedian Keith Lemon.
He discusses the genesis of his store The Good, The Bad and The Robots and how Paddy McGuinness, as well as many other celebrities came to be his customers.
As well as selling Hot Toys, he collects furiously and admins several Hot Toy groups on Facebook. Join us as we discuss the trials and tribulations of Hot Toy collecting, from sequel troubles to the dreaded customs charges.
December 9, 2021
The UK's premier Vintage Collecting show returns after a two year hiatus.
Stuart, Grant, Jez, Mark and Dan sit down to reminisce about previous events and as they discuss highlights, purchases, social stories amongst other things, the excitement for the return of the show can be heard in all their voices.
Dave Tree, Mr Farthest From himself, joins us to discuss the origins of the event, his personal highlights and what to expect from this one – whilst Dave Shorter, Marc Hockley and Jason Smith all drop by to share their memories too.
December 3, 2021
Buying Christmas gifts for the Star Wars fan in your life gets harder each year, so here's the team to help make the task easier this festive season.
Breaking the guide down into four age ranges – Pre-School (up to 5), Primary (6-11), Teenage/Secondary (11-17) and Adult (17+) we are offering up give three main gift ideas (over £25), three stocking fillers (under £25) and a left field item, whilst also revealing the best places to purchase things and the current price you'd expect to pay.
Although the team do get a litte distracted with a nostalgia trip over video rental shops and the Kays and Argos catalogues.
From the hottest gifts on the market to creative fun items – there is something for everyone in this fun filled festive Star Wars guide.