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We produce two regular roundtable shows – THOSE OLD FOSSILS, covering vintage collecting and THE MODERN WAY, focusing on contemporary collectibles – as well as shows exploring a wide range of topics from Star Wars books to Star Wars beer.
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Sometimes, our enhanced podcasts are close to being two-hour long documentaries – this is one of those times.
Crammed full of stills and footage of everything from the often overlooked Droid Factory winch, to rare cardbacks, it's also a treat for illustration fans, with lots of fabulous artwork by
Arnaldo Putzo, Brian Bolland and Frank Langford.
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.
When it comes to a podcast talking about visual art, of course we are going to recommend you check out the enhanced version.
All of Darren's paintings are here and much more besides.
Songwriter, musician and artist Darren Hayman sits down with Craig to talk about 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.
See all the old EU characters as we discuss them and have a look at just what is going on with those Shadows of the Empire Topps cards, in this enhanced version of the Book Month 2021 round-up show.
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.
Yeah, we had to look-up some of these obscure book and comic figures too!
Don't worry though, they are all collated here in this enhanced podcast so you can watch along.
This edition of The Modern Way celebrates the crossover of modern Star Wars toys and literature.
The boys get together to count down a top ten of figures inspired by the books and comics from the Star Wars galaxy, including a nostalgic look back at the Shadows of the Empire line from the 90s.
From Mouse and Princess Leia in her areobics wear, to the heavy metal stylings of Nom Anor, it's a fun look at some of the more obscure toys from the modern era. Join in and see exactly which figures got the team all excited and straight onto eBay.
Have a peek inside the pages of Stephane's new book 'The Legendary Advertisements 1978-1985' in this enhanced video version of Show 053.
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 – 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.
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You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but if you watch this enhanced version of our Aftermath chat, you can at least see all the images we reference.
It's worth a watch for the beautiful Brazilian covers alone.
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?
The unused Force Awakens Anakin's ghost concept? The Agents of Destruction print? Helmet Off, Heart Gone?
They are all here in the enhanced version of our Becca Benjamin interview.
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.
2021's Book Month Prologue show enhanced with lots of specially shot video and imagery of the books and characters we explore.
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.
The autumn is here and it's time to curl up with some good Star Wars book chat.
The enhanced version of the 13th episode of our modern review that gives you a proper look at all the products discussed with high res images, footage and lots of other good stuff.
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.
The enhanced video version for our 10th vintage show features lots of footage from Echo Live and, as always, images of all the items we talk about on the show.
Those Old Fossils returns to Generation Skywalker with all things vintage – no gimmicks, no games – just straight into the good stuff.
The team cover the return of 'Echo Base Live', after 22 months with no events or conventions. And what an event it turned out to be!
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 – the crew also look at the recent Vectis auction and why the Palitoy 45a Power Droid was so desirable, Adam Buxton's charity auction of his 'as seen on screen' vintage Jabba prompts a deeper look at all the Star Wars toys that have appeared on TV and in movies, and we marvel at the 'carboot sale find of dreams'.
All this plus the origins of the term 'chicken walker' – where else do you find vintage content this good?
Click on this watch-along version of our second trailer show and see all the trailers as we discuss them, in real time, all in one place.
The audio version is there for you to enjoy too, but with a show like this, the video version comes into its own.
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.
If you want to see all the beer can designs as we discuss them, plus clips from all the sketches and ads mentioned and images of all the toys we talk about... watch this.
If that doesn't tempt you, there are a few behind the scenes photos from the live recording too.
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, Northern Monk, 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.
There's an audio version of this show available, but to really get the best out of this discussion we recommend you give the video a watch.
Every trailer referenced is collated here, along with a few bonus extras.
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 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.
What's a review of something without pictures?
Click this video to watch along as we chat about new announcements and recent releases, check out highlights from the GeekiTiki livestream and see just how cool Mark's prints look in Jez's new triple frame.
From Mandalorian 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 out 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.
At just under 2 hours and 50 minutes, this is our longest show yet and the accompanying enhanced version is suitably epic.
Have a look at our cherry-picked lots from the Dave Prowse auction, see our cherished items behind our collecting stories and join Craig for his detailed examination of on-screen weapons and accessories.
It's well worth a look.
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.
Watch along and see all the new announcements as we discuss them.
The gorgeous photography that Hot Toys do to accompany their new announcements is always worth a look, but in addition to that, this enhanced show also features video footage of The Sounds of Star Wars book and a whole bunch of digitally enhanced shots of the Micro Machines line through the years.
Stuart, Dan, Grant and Jez settle in for this month's 'The Modern Way’.
As usual, there are lots of new announcements, so join us for closer looks at the new Black Series comic-inspired figures, The Vintage Collection, Lego and the latest GeekiTikis rumours, as well as a big old love-fest for the new Hot Toys releases of Boba Fett and Bo Katan.
Since the last show, Gina Carano has been fired from her role in The Mandalorian, so we take stock of the latest prices of Cara Dune merchandise, explore the Hasbro Pulse UK news with regards to their Fan Fest on April 9th and also what the company is considering to reduce the amount of plastic they use to package toys.
Dan takes us through his recent blog on Micro Machines, 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 predictions, 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 We Are Generation Skywalker community page on Facebook.
Seth's set so far, his stunning Collector Displays cabinet and rare footage of two 6-year-olds smashing figures around a 44 year old cardboard Death Star – it's all here to illustrate some great insights into what it is like to start out collecting vintage in 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.
All the best bits from 38 shows, condensed into a handy two and a half hours.
If you only ever watch one of our shows, watch this one.
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.
A faithful reproduction of Show 038, although you can tell it's not the original, because this one is a video and comes with lots of pictures and footage.
Never let it be said that Generation Skywalker doesn't cater for the pro-video / anti-audio members of our audience, as much as it does the pro-audio / anti-video listeners.
Repros in the vintage toy hobby are always a hot topic. 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 and attacking the anti-repro groups. All four of our hosts sit firmly in the anti-repro camp, BUT do the repro supporting members of the hobby have a point?
The team take the main points from the video and discuss them in depth. What damage do reproductions do? Were they more accepted in the earlier days of the hobby? Is there a place for any reproduction part in the hobby? Could the Facebook groups do more with regards to finding some middle ground? Is it time to change our opinions?
Does the conversation change their stance?
You'll have to listen in.
But that's not all, as Craig has come up with an original way to display his loose collection and he goes through it bit by bit. Is it a cool way to display? Or has he lost the plot?
All the chat with all the pics.
See what we've been buying and watch along as we discuss all the new Lucasfilm projects, the latest product announcements and all the toys released on the back of both seasons of the Mandalorian.
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 look at what we've already received, 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 thoughts are from the community.
The team recap all the recent Lucasfilm announcements and predict 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 from Black Series, Hot Toys, Gentle Giant, Toy Box and Funko, as Mark falls head over heels in in love with the newly announced Valentine Pops.
As promised Jez and Stu are back for the final Running Stormtrooper podcast. 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, here are the highlights of the year-long challenge including wthe time he stopped a 747 'Jumbo Jet' in it’s tracks and when a BBC presenter admits live on air that she was getting ‘a little bit sweaty’ when interviewing Jez.
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.
This one is slightly longer than usual but there is a lot to cram in, after all – it's time for the Stormtrooper to end.
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One of our most image-packed enhanced podcasts to date.
Covering all the releases from our favourite Star Wars licence holders this year – we've sourced the best quality images we can and collated them all here for you.
It's the final show of 2020 and what better way to end the year than to review all the highs and lows from the world of modern Star Wars collecting.
Stuart, Craig, Grant and Daniel take us through the 2020 releases for The Black Series, The Vintage Collection, Hot Toys, Lego and much more besides – but were our hits and misses the same as yours?
Join us to close out this dreadful year and welcome in a new one full of hope (and toys!)
Watch along as you listen to this great interview with collector, Zia Rezvi.
This enhanced version of Ep 34 features high resolution scans of his original scrapbooks and MOC runs that have to be seen to be believed.
Generation Skywalker are delighted to welcome Zia Rezvi to the show to discuss his collecting habits and history.
Zia sits down with Stuart to explore what he calls his 'three phases of collecting'.
Phase 1 (1977–1983) – 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 discuss Zia's background – from seeing the movie in Belgium on release, to his five favourite runs in his collection. Some beautiful items and some wonderful tales.
Back during May's episode of 'Those Old Fossils', 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 with something other than 'Princess Leia'? Is Marc Hockley really there to make up the numbers (according to Jez)?
Listen in and find out.
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Watch Nick Owen talk vintage Star Wars on BBC Midlands Today!
See the boxed ships that 'look like they've been stored in a jacuzzi'!
Marvel at images of Mark as a young child and a teenager!
It's all here in the enhanced version of Those Old Fossils Episode 7.
Grant, Mark, Craig and Stuart settle down to discuss vintage Star Wars with a focus on the state of the hobby at the end of a horrendous 2020.
With the pandemic hitting hard, unemployment on the rise and uncertainty around when all this will end, the team admit that they all thought the hobby would take a battering over the year, but with prices spiralling out of control, how wrong they were.
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 – delving into the highlights and looking at some of the insane prices certain items went for.
Are current market values actually sustainable? It's a hot topic that gets some great discussion flowing.
This YouTube video really is the format we'd recommend to watch this particular episode.
Go on... watch it along with us. You know you want to.
Following on from our Holiday Special 'Special', Dan, Craig, Stuart and Jez get together to watch the Holiday Special in it's entirety.
What new insights and observations will they offer up?
At the time of recording, none of them have watched it for many years (apart from Jez who made his wife watch it just 24 hours before!) and we're inviting you to listen along to their reactions as they happen.
There's even a little bit of post show analysis as they each give it a rating out of ten. Will there be high scores all round? Or will there be detractors?
The perfect companion to SHOW 030.
Experiencing The Star Wars Holiday Special with your ears is one thing – actually witnessing it with your own eyes is another thing entirely.
This enhanced version fuses clips from the much maligned 1978 TV special with stills and other material to bring our indepth overview to life.
"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 "
We could go on, but is The Star Wars Holiday Special really as bad as its reputation? Jez, Craig and Stuart to try to answer that question as they look into variety shows of the time, the plot, the music, the cast, crew and much more.
The boys also draw up their own Holiday Specials for a post-Force Awakens Disney release – 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.
Some people like to listen to our shows whilst driving, or walking the dog, or dodging covidiots in the supermarket, and that's great – our regular podcasts have got you covered.
But if you're at home and want to occasionally glance up to see what we are talking about, stick this enhanced version on your telly or other device. It'll save you Googling 'Tiki Farm George Lucas mug'.
Continuing our run of shows for the festive season, Generation Skywalker brings you the latest edition of 'The Modern Way'.
Once again the team covers all the latest announcements, as we see yet more reveals for the Black Series and Vintage Collection lines – though the majority of this month's love is directed at the Hot Toys Tusken Raider and the four new Episode One Tiki Mugs.
Keeping with a seasonal theme, we delve into the world of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and discuss our favourite ever Christmas related figures, along with a look forward to what we're hoping to see in 2021.
What's better than an audio guide to Star Wars beer?
How about a guide where you can watch along and see all the cool can and bottle designs as we discuss them? Give this a whirl on YouTube and discover some great tasting (and great looking) beers.
Beer and Star Wars – they are more connected than you might think. Welcome to 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 tasting of five Star Wars themed beers from Moor Beer, Tiny Rebel, Brew York and Original Stormtrooper breweries. She really knows her stuff and takes the boys out of their comfort zones, as she teaches them how to appreciate what they are drinking. We learned a lot, you might too.
Between drinks, Craig takes us through his latest blog post, which looks at drinking culture as portayed in the movies, TV shows and expanded universe, as well as a tour of Star Wars-themed beers from around the world, while the team suggests suitable ways of storing, serving and enjoying your beers.
Go deeper into our Christmas gift guide with this bumper production, filled with images, videos and on-screen links and prices.
We can't help you 'try before you buy', but this is the next best thing.
Need help with what to buy the Star Wars fan in your life? Generation Skywalker kicks off its festive schedule with this helpful guide for parents and partners.
Breaking things down into to five age ranges - Pre-school (up to 5), Primary (6-10), Teenage/Secondary (11-16) and Adult (17+) – Stuart, Craig, Dan and Mark give you suggestions of items that are readily available this Christmas, plus where you can purchase them and what you can expect to pay.
From this year's hottest toys, to creative gifts sourced from small, independent businesses – there really is something for everyone in this fun and inspiring guide.
With so many versions of The Mandalorian and The Child being announced in every scale, it can be hard to keep track of what's what.
Watch along as we discuss all the latest releases and check out some cool old footage from 1999 too.
Hover Pram. That's the word of the month on this Modern Way.
Stuart, Craig, Mark and Dan are joined by founding Generation Skywalker member Grant Criddle, as he is welcomed back to hosting duties.
It's a Mandalorian and Phantom Menace feast this month, as the team look at the latest update on the Haslab Razor Crest, the Mandalorian Retro Collection line and many other announcements.
The team also celebrate The Phantom Menace trailer – released 22 years ago this month – with a trip down memory lane to discuss all the hype, toys and merchandise from around the release of Episode One.
The enhanced visual version of our Island of Dr Modesto Halloween Special.
If you are not fully up to speed with the physical differences between the Cantrosians and the Catumans, or the Nazzar and the Sivreni, then this is the version to check out.
Though it's worth it for a look at Mark's sketch of 'Gibbonfella' alone.
Our 2020 Halloween Special takes a break from the usual format, with a look at 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, it's very early science fiction horror story telling the tale of a man trapped on the island home of a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings by experimenting on humans and animals.
But how does all that relate to Star Wars? We are 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 we explore some of the creatures of Star Wars, while reimagining Lucas as a mad scientist surrounded by his creations.
‘The Island of Dr Modesto’, if you will...
See all the latest items as we discuss them in this enhanced version of our modern roundtable.
In an episode so full of new releases, this visual video will help you better understand the distinction between your Carbonised Caras and your Credit Collection ones.
It's the podcast your Amazon Echo Show was made for.
Want to judge the Confronting Covers, as we discuss their relative merits in minute detail?
Of course you do!
Click the link below to see and hear how the tournament unfolded, along with other highlights from the last month.
As a busy book month for the Generation Skywalker team draws to a close, the lads get together to discuss the highlights from an action-packed few weeks.
Craig also takes us through the Confronting Covers competition, which has been running over our social media during the entire month of September. Hear how the shortlist was drawn up, who championed which cover and why each member of the team made the choices they did.
Not only is the winning cover announced, but also which listener will be receiving our big prize bundle of books.
Is it you?
What, with Early Bird baggie types, different sticker styles and a close look at colour-in posters, this episode of Those Old Fossils is a very visual affair.
If you want to see the items we're discussing in glorious colour, this is the link to click.
Those Old Fossils returns with an in-depth look at the Early Bird certificate and kit and Jez springs a different opinion on why Kenner may have released a cardboard certificate for children's Christmas presents in 1977.
Craig takes us through his latest purchase-inspired blog post, as he delves into the wonderful world of Pen-a-Poster, and a super rare unproduced piece.
(Check out the blog post to go along with the audio below)
A recent Palitoy Landspeeder find with an ultra rare Boba Fett sticker is also up for discussion, which prompts Dan to present his favourite five toy stickers from the vintage era.
The movie of the podcast, based on the original books.
Want to see all the covers and some inside pages of all the books discussed in our show dedicated to collecting guides?
You're in the right place.
The team continues their look at books, with a deep dive into collecting guides.
There are so many collecting books out there – from outdated price guides and encyclopedias, through to volumes on some very niche areas of the hobby – there really is something for every collector.
The boys look at what makes a good collecting guide and discuss some of the standout authors, while each bringing three books to the table.
Discover the guides that had an impact on them through the years, along with the ones that are just among their favourites.
Our enhanced podcasts really come into their own with a show like this.
In an episode where we cover tonnes of new and freshly announced items, it's nice to see exactly what are discussing – that's why we go to the effort of crafting these visual versions.
It's packed full of images, stills and little touches you don't get on the audio version, so If you've not experienced one of our YouTube extravaganzas before, this is a great one to start with.
The Modern Way is back with an announcement-heavy show as Stuart, Craig, Mark and Dan dissect all the latest news from the world of modern collecting.
Is the Tantive IV playset is better than the Freezing Chamber set? Have a listen and find out.
The Mission Fleet toys have just hit UK shelves and we give our full and frank opinions on the range.
Plus we discuss all the latest Black Series, Vintage Collection, Funko Pop and Hot Toys news, as well as taking a look at the new Lego Mos Eisley Cantina, which has got the team frothing at the mouth. In a good way.
Without execption, Stephen J Sansweet's collecting books have all been visual guides, so what better way to celebrate his work than with a visual podcast?
We've lovingly grafted a wealth of imagery onto what was already a great interview, to make this special chat even more special.
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 Steve's other literary works. This is a fascinating insight into a much loved pioneer of our hobby and an essential listen for any collector.
A fun zip through some of some highlights from 35 year's worth of Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, with one of the fandom's most well respected figures.
All brought to life in this enhanced version with tonnes of cover images, character illustrations and much more.
Joining Craig and Stuart as part of 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.
The chat covers a wide cross section of novels and is ideal for anyone looking to dip their toe in Star Wars Legends, as well as those wanting to revisit these stories.
See exactly what we are discussing on this lively, one-off roundtable about the original Thrawn novels.
Packed with covers and character art, this enhanced podcast is ideal if you are unfamiliar with the books and are keen to learn more.
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 burst back into fans' lives with the release of the Timothy Zahn novel, Heir To The Empire, which 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 to discuss this books and the impact they 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.
While this shorter, intro to our book month, might not cover as many items as our regular roundtables, we know people still like to watch along on YouTube.
So with added pics and video, here's a rich media alternative to the straight audio for your viewing pleasure.
We invite you to embrace the written word this September, as we bring you Generation Skywalker's 'book month'.
On this prologue show Jez, Craig, Dan and Stuart introduce what's to come and how we plan to celebrate the vast array of books in the Star Wars universe. And to kick off a busy month of podcasting, each host has brought in their favourite book to discuss with the rest of the class.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin...
Generation Skywalker urges you to listen to this very special, standalone 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 easy 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.
Their latest episode is so good it needs to be listened to by as many people as possible. You'll hear near the end exactly how important this is and we're sure that you'll agree that we've done the right thing by sharing this with you.
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If our 14th podcast was a feast for the ears, this enhanced version is a feast for your ears and your eyes.
Lots of pictures, lots of video clips and lots of love have gone into its creation.
There were some real 'hits' and 'misses' discussed in this month's modern roundtable.
Though one thing that's unanimously loved is Geeki Tiki, 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.
Though the love doesn't quite extend to the new Vintage Collection Carbon Freezing Chamber, which leaves everyone cold!
We also take a look at the Hyper Real figures and Han Bespin sculpts through the years, as well as discussing the new announcements for Black Series, Vintage Collection, Galaxy's Edge-inspired toys and the beautiful Hot Wheels Dagobah X-Wing.
One of our most comprehensive and detailed enhanced podcasts to date.
Honestly, this is like 'Everything you wanted to know about the Micro Collection but were afraid to ask.'
Buckle up for a couple of hours of indepth diecast goodness.
The second part of the six-part diecast series sees Stuart joined by Josh Blake to discuss the Micro Collection from 1982.
Josh's knowledge on the subject makes for a fascinating listen as he takes us through a whole host of topics, from his love for preproduction items to production pieces and unproduced items, as well as customs and scandals.
Check out Josh's Micro Collection Facebook page and join in the conversation.
Our fourth vintage roundtable in a fully watchable format. Where we talk about an item, you'll see it on screen.
These really are turning into a halfway house between podcast and documentary. Maybe Nextflix will commission a 12 part series.
Or maybe not.
With top runner Stephen Savory, guest starring in this bumper episode, the team cover a lot of ground in the latest vintage roundtable.
Up for discussion this month are pack-in toy catalogues and paperwork – including a look at Yehuda Kleinman's excellent write-up on the SWCA and a debate around whether a boxed toy is complete without the papery bits?
The team also discuss the aftermath of Toy Toni and Baggiegate and what effect such scandals have on the market.
Repro peddlers 'The Fans Strike Back' are also put under the microscope and the boys highlight the Star Wars toys from their youth that left them confused.
Coming in at two hours, it's our biggest show yet, so dive in and let us know what you think.
The third modern collecting roundtable, jam-packed with imagery and video clips to bring the content to life.
Probots, the new Black Series packaging and helmet range, all the latest releases, plus a look at the team's picks for the best ever Leia figure – it's all here.
Well, it's all on YouTube.
The third edition of 'The Modern Way' sees the team settle down to discuss the new packaging for the Black Series 6" line, while Mark's latest purchase of a Black Series Boba Fett helmet sparks a look at the entire helmet range.
They also close out the Probe Droid discussion which has been rolling ever since we started our modern roundtable.
Stuart is also joined by Christopher Cooke to look at The Vintage Collection petition which is gathering pace, check out the link here to find out more.
As well as all this, the team look at all the new announcements since the last show, and also delve into the history of Princess Leia Organa figures as they all pick their favourite adaptations of her in her white gown.
Over an hour and a half of vintage chat, cram-packed with accompanying imagery and video clips.
Episode III of Those Old Fossils is loosely themed around The Empire Strikes Back with a look at some amazing ESB dioramas and a discussion around Boba Fett's lasting appeal to fans and collectors. There's even a little quiz based on the film's most popular toys.
You can also see highlights from recent auctions and have a look at what items have caught the team's eye on the 'Deal or No Deal' Facebook pages.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a look at the enduring appeal of Boba Fett and an inspiring Hoth diorama coffee table.
And while lockdown continues to see high prices, the team delve into the recent Vectis auction and explore the latest Facebook fad – 'Deal or No Deal' sales pages.
Plus Craig takes us through his latest blog post, as he explains why he feels the term 'oddball' is derogatory to some areas of Star Wars collecting.
All this, plus much more, including Jez announcing his favourite part of ESB is Endor!
When a top collector sums up his collection in five items, you want to see them right?
This enhanced version of our interview with Ross Barr gives you plenty of opportunity to look over the five key pieces (and a couple more besides) as he and Stuart chat through the items and the stories behind them.
Esteemed collector, Ross Barr takes us through his vintage collection in just five items.
He brings some fantastic, beautifully displayed treasures to the table and the final piece – a loose Darth Vader with frosting – comes with an incredible back story.
The interview also covers his involvement with Collector Archive Services, his amazing collection room and even other toy lines, including Masters of the Universe and GI Joe.
All the great audio of show 008 peppered with lots of high quality imagery to save you having to go and Google pics of the new Teebo.
From Mark Boudreaux's back catalogue to all the upcoming figure releases, plus our latest purchases, Grevious memes and more.
If we talk about it, we show it.
In this month's episode, the boys give some love 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. 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 explore the best General Grievous figures released of the cyborg so far.
The enhanced video version of show 007 that lets you see, as well as hear, what we are discussing this month.
Includes lots of great Palitoy imagery, highlights from the C&T auction, and even a great photo of a 7 year old Craig under his Christmas tree – though it's worth a look for a glimpse at the current collections of our core hosts alone!
With everyone across the globe in different levels of lockdown, the team discuss various ways to spend time with your collections in isolation.
They look at the Star Wars Palitoy Facebook group's recent Top 5 thread, alongside a discussion around the Palitoy items sold recently by C&T Auctions.
After a great blog post over on the Star Wars Collectors Archive by Ron Salvatore, the team look at the Argentinian Pepsi promotion and recent fake sticker discovery.
And they begin their drive to discover and showcase collectors working with limited space to create kick-ass displays.
A special, enhanced video presentation of show 006 featuring a wealth of imagery and video content, including all the work that went into creating the range and the ideas behind the promotional campaign.
The show is available in our usual audio formats, but this really brings the story to life with never-seen-before concepts and visuals.
In 2017 Helix released a 40th Anniversary Star Wars range to celebrate their line from back in 1977 – and Craig, Mark and Grant Criddle played a big part.
This podcast takes you through the journey of how the 40th Anniversary range came to be – from connecting with Helix through a Twitter post, to the release and promotion of the line.
But that is only half the story. Join Mark and Craig as they relive this great story of fan passion and where it can lead.
Generation Skywalker welcomes you to join us for the first of a six-part series on the world of diecast toys over the years.
In this first episode, Stuart is joined by Andrew Norton – a diecast focus collector and owner/editor of www.vintagestarwarsdiecast.co.uk. Together they look at the first range of diecast vehicles, judging each one on its merits, as well as discussing the packaging, licenses, mailers and everything in between.
Join us for a fun ride through the land of die cast metal and all its wonders.
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In first of our monthly Modern Roundtable shows, Daniel Burgess joins Simon, Mark, Craig and Stuart to chat about the sad end to the 5 p.o.a. line, where's best to purchase modern items in the UK, and the new Galaxy of Adventures 5" line, before looking at a selection of new and recently announced Mandalorian items.
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 figure? Listen in as the team all deal with their own modern issues.
Generation Skywalker welcomes its 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 prompted Stuart to order a couple himself!)
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 and what he's looking forward to from the upcoming releases later this year.
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Our first Vintage Roundtable, and this month we're asking, 'why the hell do I collect this stuff?', as well as discussing Circus World and some special value yellow tape – which raises more questions than the team offers answers.
Craig delves into the Chinese bootleg comic world of lianhuanhua, we explore the unproduced Kenner Sandspeeder and also take an appreciative look at the wonderful imagination of the Imperial Commissary members as they dress up as cardback art.
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An introductory show and your chance to meet the five core hosts, learn a bit more about the concept behind Generation Skywalker and find out what we'll be offering over the coming weeks, months and years...
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Closer looks and deeper dives
Discover the wacky world of vintage 'lianhuanhua' comics – they are Star Wars, but not as you know it.
A random eBay find of unused concept art prompts Craig to look into its history in the context of other vintage colour-in posters.
In 2020, a garage crammed with bin bags full of vintage toys were left to an elderly couple in their neighbour's will. Mark runs through the find and the resulting auction.
A quick history of tiki culture, Disney's long association with the movement and why its crossover with Star Wars is something to celebrate.
Dan runs down everything you need to know about collecting Star Wars SteelBooks in under 20 minutes.
Rogue Wonky or Rogue Wonderful? Dan unboxes Antoc and his X-wing.
Stuart is strong with it. Now Jez can feel the power of the Force too.
Hello, what have we here? It's Dan's new Hot Toy.
Stu-tinni! Can Mr Skinner abide this disgusting creature?
Watch Grant bust out his new Greedo from 1997.
Craig has a 'look in' his latest parcel and discovers a unique piece of someone's history.
IGs don't come any more high end. Dan unboxes a new Hot Toy.
Stuart, Craig, Dan and his son, Harrison, all weigh in with their opinions of the new Mandalorian Retro Collection.
Brew or brew not... Stu unwraps some vintage Yoda teabags from Denmark.
Join Craig as he visits Chris Malbon at Metropolis Toys for a real-tme rummage through the book collection of the late Star Wars collecting pioneer, Jim Stevenson.
When it come to the new Mandalorian release from Theory 11, Craig holds all the cards.
Finally, Craig has somewhere to stash his bling. If he can work out how it fits together.
As corridors go, they don't come more iconic, but what does Dan think to the new Hasbro Tantive IV playset?
Join Grant as he 'unenvelopes' some paperwork from the production of Episode 1.
Dan's Hot Toys Boba Fett has arrived. Here he is with all the facts. No disinformations.
Craig videos the progress of his first custom. Find out if it has a good End(or) not?
The Falcon lands at Craig's pad.
Craig reckons Geeki Tiki punch bowls are where it's at (-AT).
The is the way Dan(dalorian) Burgess opens his toys.
Greetings, Exalted One. Stuart welcomes a new tiki mug to his collection.
Dan gets tanked up.
Dan locks his S-foils in attack position and launches into his latest delivery.
Craig digs into the SDCC 2020 exclusive Black Series Heroes of Endor boxset. And what a box it is!
When it comes to checking market value, there's only one resource – Star Wars Tracker is the ultimate price guide and portfolio management service for collectors of Vintage Star Wars action figures.
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How do you tell a geniune vintage action figure accessory from a fake one? The Imperial Gunnery is a good place to start. Go for the unrivalled weapon variation guides, stay for the vibrant online community.
Lots of detail accompanied by stunning imagery – www.jedibusiness.com is an invaluable online database containing every vintage and modern action figure ever made by Kenner/Hasbro.
The original and most detailed Star Wars collecting database on the web. Whether you are looking for Uzays or underoos, it'll be on The Archive.
The place to go for all things Hot Toys – news, reviews, checklists and discussions on all the figures produced for Star Wars and beyond.
Generation Skywalker provides an online resource of information and entertainment for anyone interested in Star Wars and its cultural legacy. Presented across key channels our content is as diverse as it is digestible and presented by upbeat and expert ambassadors of the fan community.
Our team is made up of podcast veterans, seasoned collectors, and online fan site admins.
Chances are you'll have encountered at least one of us on your Star Wars travels. And if not, please meet Stuart Skinner, Jez Allinson, Grant Criddle, Mark Daniels, Craig Spivey and Dan Burgess – we're looking forward to getting to know you.
We're all about passionate people talking about the things they love.
We're also about providing managable chunks of content that people can dip in and out of without overstaying our welcome. So, to that end, we are adopting a 'Rule of 5'.
Tour a collection in 5 objects... Learn the history of a topic in 5 photos... Here are 5 reasons why 'this thing' is better than 'that thing'... You get the idea.