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The Modern Way : Episode XV

The Modern Way : Episode XV

January 11, 2022
Generation Skywalker delve back into 2021 in the first edition of 2022 for The Modern Way.
 
We delve into the failure of the Haslab Rancor project, we dissect what went wrong, what could have been done better and the effect this will have on future Haslab projects.
 
The team also look at the highlights from the toy range releases in 2021 and also what they all thought was a massive miss. Dan takes us through the numbers on figure releases for 2022 in regards to The Vintage Collection, Black Series and Hot Toys, before guiding us through what has been announced in recent weeks.
 
All this and plenty more.
 
Enjoy the Show.
 
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Farthest From : A Celebration

Farthest From : A Celebration

December 9, 2021

Farthest From, the UK premium Vintage Collecting show returns this weekend after a two year hiatus.

Stuart, Grant, Jez, Mark and Dan sit down to reminisce about previous shows, 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 the show 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 drop by to discuss their memories of the show as well, from proposing at the event to wanting to sing Mandy at a future show, the memories flow.

So to ramp up your excitement of the show, stick this on in your car and head down to Fordingbridge, Farthest From is back baby!!!!!!

Enjoy the show!

Gift?  What Gift? : 2021 Christmas Present Guide

Gift? What Gift? : 2021 Christmas Present Guide

December 3, 2021

Buying Christmas gifts for that Star Wars fan gets harder each year. The team from Generation Skywalker offer suggestions to make that task easier for 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+). In each age section the boys give you three main gift ideas (over £25), three stocking fillers (under £25) and a left field item, whilst also revealing the best places to purchase the item and the current price you'd expect to pay.

Although the team do get distracted at the start as they go off on a nostalgia trip over Video Rental shops and the Kays / Argos catalogue.

From the hottest gifts on the market to creative fun items - there is something for everyone in this fun filled festive Star Wars guide.

Those Old Fossils : Episode XI

Those Old Fossils : Episode XI

November 20, 2021

This episode of Those Old Fossils takes some deep dives into specific topics – Grant looks at focus collecting, with reference to his own TIE Fighter Pilot focus, Jez explores the vintage Droid Factories and their legacy, Craig's new blog has made him very nerdy about Look-In magazines, and Mark runs through the evolution of Star Wars Palitoy ads of the 70s and 80s.

It’s a packed show that also takes time to discuss Mark’s recent appearance on Toyshop On Tour, Jez raises the confusing issue of historical toy line classification and we have a little look at our plans for December’s Farthest From.

Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman

November 11, 2021

Songwriter, musician and artist Darren Hayman sits down with Craig to discuss how the re-discovery of his childhood Star Wars figures has inspired a new set of paintings, some tentative steps into collecting and his first ever attendance at a Comic Con.

From his beginnings with much-loved indie band, Hefner, to a solo career that has seen him bring his enquiring mind and unique creative perspective to everything from open air swimming pools to the Essex witch trials, Darren’s latest project sees him tapping into the magic of vintage Star Wars.

Join us for a tale of action figures loved, lost and found again, Darren's memories of experiencing Star Wars in the UK in the mid 70s, his thoughts on the success of The Mandalorian, and discover how he is adapting his painting style to produce work that not only captures the look of his old figures, but their spirit too.

It's work made with acrylics and a lot of love.

Book Month 2021 Epilogue

Book Month 2021 Epilogue

October 31, 2021

Join Stu, Craig and Jez as they look back on all the highlights of Book Month 2021, which this year featured Becca Benjamin, Brian Cameron, Mark Mulcaster and Stephane Faucourt.

 
Has a month of shows focused on Star Wars literature influenced the team? What has Stu been buying? What has Jez got on his reading list? Just how much sex and violence is portrayed on Craig’s new Shadows of the Empire trading cards?
 
The answers are all here, plus there’s a blow-by-blow recap of our Eulogising Legends knockout competition, exploring which Legends characters you think are worth bringing back into future Star Wars movies, TV shows, books and comics.
 
Things get tense and friendships are tested as Craig reveals the ultimate winner of the nail biting final.
 
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 2021 Prologue

Book Month 2021 Prologue

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!

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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.

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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.

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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