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We cherish the items that capture the magic.
We are on a quest to know more, go deeper and make connections.
We love Star Wars. We are Generation Skywalker.
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.
The constant announcement of modern collectibles over the last couple of months has made for another show, jam packed with all the latest toy news.
And it's all here, including the the amazing Haslab Razor Crest, the latest Vintage Collection and Black Series releases, Hot Toys, Funko Pops, Force FX Lightsabers, Polaroid cameras and the Regal Robot Rancor statue.
With certain items in hand, the team also review the Lego Cantina, Black Series Heroes of Endor set, Black Series Armorer and the latest Wampa release.
Dan takes us through his love of Steel Books, in reference to his blog post here and the boys also choose their favourite Chewbacca action figures through the ages.
Want to judge at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Closer looks and deeper dives
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!
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.