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The Modern Way : Episode XIV

The Modern Way : Episode XIV

October 13, 2021

This edition of 'The Modern Way' celebrates the cross over of modern Star Wars toys and the literature.

The boys get together to countdown a top ten of figures inspired by the books of the Galaxy, whilst giving nods to various other areas, including a nostalgic look back at 'The Shadows of the Empire' line from the 90s.

Checking out these different figures, the team all got excited and started searching eBay.

Enjoy the show.

Stephane Faucourt

Stephane Faucourt

October 10, 2021

Stephane joins Generation Skywalker during Book Month to discuss his stunningly beautiful new book, 'The Legendary Advertisements 1978-1985' which looks at Star Wars advertisements during the vintage era, and covers everything from toys through to Milky Way chocolate bars.  

 

Stephane gives us an insight into where the idea from the book came from, through to its completion and we also also discuss his previous books and working relationship with co-author Yann Leroux.

From One Squid Head to Another

From One Squid Head to Another

October 8, 2021

From one Squid Head to Another – a truly endearing interview.

 

The Star Wars community was saddened this week to learn of the passing of one of the friendliest actors in the franchise, Gerald Home who is best known for playing the ROTJ character Squid Head. Gerald always had time for the fans, would greet everyone with the biggest of smiles and was clearly happy to share his stories and experiences. 

 

In 2015, he was kind enough to be interviewed by Jez’s son Leo who was 9 years old and had been given the nickname Squid Head by Jez several years before! 

 

This interview beautifully encapsulates Gerald’s involvement with the fans. Even though the sound quality isn’t the best, the GS crew feel that the Star Wars community would love to listen to this interview. 

 

May the Force be with you Gerald.

The Aftermath Trilogy

The Aftermath Trilogy

October 6, 2021

The Aftermath books tell the 'official' story of what happened after Return of the Jedi. And for Book Month 2021,  we've invited Mark Mulcaster and Brian Cameron from Fantha Tracks to  join Stuart and Craig to take a closer look at the trilogy.
 

From the general story arc and key characters, to the cover designs and the initial reaction of  fans and  detractors – it’s a series of books that divided opinion at the time, but how do they stand up six years and three sequel films later?

Becca Benjamin

Becca Benjamin

October 3, 2021

Stuart and Jez chat with Becca Benjamin – host of 'Tarkin's Top Shelf' and 'Kanata's Castle' podcasts.

 

Becca is one of the busiest people in the community – whether it's podcasting, writing reviews, penning articles or titling artwork, Becca has always got a project on the go.  

 

Her passion for Star Wars and especially the books and  literature really comes across in this interview as we discuss her background and the areas that inspire her the most.

Book Month Prologue 2021

Book Month Prologue 2021

October 1, 2021

Book Month is back! And here's your primer for the next few weeks of shows, videos and blog posts. Join Stu, Jez, Dan and Craig for a quick look back on what went down last year and a run down of what's in store for October.

To get us in the mood, the team discuss what they have been reading over the past year, each bring one of their all-time favourite Star Wars books to the table and Craig launches our new Legends Expanded Universe knock-out competition.

Autumn is here and it's time to curl up with some good Star Wars book chat.

The Modern Way : Episode XIII

The Modern Way : Episode XIII

September 23, 2021
The Modern Way is back with a round up of new products that reads like a 'who's who' of contemporary Star Wars licence holders – Hasbro, Hot Toys, Lego, Funko, Gentle Giant, Kotobukiya, GeekiTikis, Regal Robot and even a joyful look at Dr Squatch soaps.

 

We also discuss Haslab, with a look at their previous efforts, whilst breaking down their latest Star Wars offering. Fair to say, that the Rancor doesn't quite get the loving from the Generation Skywalker team that the Razor Crest got on its announcement. And seeing as we are all such experts, we give Haslab some pointers on things they could explore in the future.

 

As well as all this, we offer our own hot takes on the Slave 1 name change and finish with look at the UK indie music legend who has turned his hand to Star Wars art.

Those Old Fossils : Episode X

Those Old Fossils : Episode X

September 7, 2021

Those Old Fossils returns to Generation Skywalker to discuss all things vintage.  No gimmicks, no games, this show jumps head first into vintage from the moment it begins.

The team cover the return of 'Echo Base Live', after 22 months with no events or conventions, Echo Live returned on August 7th, and what an event it turned out to be.  We discuss the success of it's return whilst hearing from Craig Smith, Paul Davis, Peter Lee and Andy Goulding, whom were all attending the event.

Jez brings up two areas of collecting to discuss thanks to two recent purchases, as we examine both four packs and Tsukuda M.O.C.'s.

And that's just for starters as the crew also look at the recent Vectis auction and why the Palitoy 45a Power Droid was so desirable, Adam Buxton's Charity auction which saw a Jabba with a dolls arm sold off, a fantastic boot fair find, and whilst all this is going on, the boys wonder where the term 'Chicken Walker' was first mentioned in relation to the AT-ST vehicle.

All this plus much more on this edition of 'Those Old Fossils'.

Enjoy the show!

We Are Generation Skywalker!

Retracing Trailers : Part 2 : The Prequel Trilogy

Retracing Trailers : Part 2 : The Prequel Trilogy

August 23, 2021

If there was a shortcut to a Star Wars master's degree, this episode could be the primary dissertation and a really enlightening and enjoyable one at that.

Take your seats with the Generation Skywalker crew as they conduct a deep dive analysis of the Prequel trailers from the very first teaser for The Phantom Menace, to the hidden ‘mystery’ trailer for Attack Of The Clones and the arguably show-all spoiler trailer for Revenge Of The Sith.

Add in a selection of fan-made trailers and you have the full set. Jez is joined by Grant, Craig, Stu and Dan to dissect the trailers and give everyone a new hope for the prequels. This will make you want to rewatch them all! Seriously.

Come, Let Me Get You Something : Round 2

Come, Let Me Get You Something : Round 2

August 5, 2021

It's time for another beer show, and our drinks expert Kimberley is back from the bar with another round for us all to try.

Featuring Star Wars-themed beers from S43, Full Circle, Fallen Acorn, J Wakefield and new offerings from Brew York and Original Stormtrooper Beer, there’s plenty for the team to sniff, taste and appraise as they collectively discuss the Mos Eisley Cantina and its various appearances in toys and other media through the years.

It's a big old Generation Skywalker extended family get together, with the regular team joined by Lee Bullock, Marc Hockley, Emma Burgess and Stu’s son Toby.

Recorded live in Stuart’s garden, what the recording occasionally lacks in clarity, it makes up for in good vibes.

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.

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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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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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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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.

We Are Generation Skywalker! 

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

Enjoy the show.

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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.

We Are Generation Skywalker!

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