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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.
Scroll down to see all the episodes in release order or use the top navigation to browse individual sections.
We enhance most of our shows with high quality images and footage to help bring our conversations to life.
If you are looking for shorter edits on single topics, check out our SKYWALKER BLASTS series.
And browse our UNBOXED videos to see us review some key items up close.
Sometimes a topic deserves more in depth analysis and comment.
Our BLOG is a great resource that goes deeper into some unusual, interesting and previously unexplored areas of Star Wars.
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Here are our Top 10 Vader moments based on a good old fashioned debate and our subsequent votes.
Do you agree? Or are you most displeased?
Let us know.
Few movie villains have appeared in as many classic scenes as Darth Vader, but which of his countless moments across the films, TV shows, comics and novels do the Generation Skywalker team consider to be his best?
Join Stu, Craig, Dan and Pete as they debate their picks here or (if you can do without hearing what happened to the Imperial nurse who fell in love with the Dark Lord) head to the video on YouTube or TikTok to watch our final Top 10.
With #Cantina2 on the horizon as the must-attend event at this year's Star Wars Celebration, Stuart and Jez sit down with Martin Keeler, film director/producer/writer Jed Shepherd and Mark Hamilton from rock band Ash to talk about the event that the three of them are putting together.
We look at the success of the first Cantina in 2016 and some of what to expect this time around, but this roundtable is more than that with tales from Mark of playing the wrap party of Episode 1 and a wonderful collecting tale of contacting Toymaster shops and clearing up left over stock. Jed pitches a Star Wars TV show, discusses 'Slashed' and tells us all about Chris Martin's curd joke. There is so much on here to enjoy, from Martin's Zuveum to the mystery Porg at #Cantina1.
Get your tickets for #Cantina2, this is an event not to be missed.
Vintage Collecting 101
As well as a full review of collecting in 2022 and a look forward into 2023, this packed episode of Those Old Fossils has three exclusives.
The first being a brilliant real-time talk through the fascinating Toltoys auction which took place in New Zealand, thanks to David Phillips. Then we have Peter interviewing Chuck Lang regarding the imminent Morphy auction and finally we give one more exclusive which is so hot we won't even write it here!
The perfect vintage collecting episode to listen to before the Morphy auction, on your way to Echo Live or simply because you need that vintage collecting fix in your life, with the entire Generation Skywalker crew.
The 100th edition and do we have an absolute epic show to bring you.
Leaning on our slogan – All eras. All passions. All Star Wars – Generation Skywalker has reached out to the furthest corners of the galaxy to bring you 100 stories from 100 Star Wars fans.
From cosplayers to toy collectors, authors to childhood memories... every tale has its own charm and needs to be heard, and we're delighted to be able to give these stories that platform.
It's our longest show to date, so whether you dip in and out or listen in one sitting, we're sure you'll agree that this one will warm the cockles.
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Do you agree with our hits and misses from Hasbro, Hot Toys and Lego in 2022?
Do you want to see what we've all been adding to our collections?
Do you want the perfect video companion to our latest modern collection round table show?
You are in the right place.
The new year is upon us, but first it’s time to put 2022 to bed with a look back at the best and worst of the key Star Wars toylines from the last 12 months.
Join Stu, Dan, Jez, Craig and new boy, Pete, as they run down their hits and misses from The Vintage Collection, Black Series, Hot Toys and Lego, and discuss where they’re at in their own modern collecting journeys.
For Stu, it's been a busy year picking up bargains and being unable to resist the lure of new Hot Toy releases – Dan’s new Vader focus has informed his modern collecting, though he proves there’s plenty of room for new characters alongside his growing collection of OT sixth scale – Jez remains on the look-out for new TVC carded figures to add to his 'one of every’ logo run – Craig is still convinced there’s some solid logic to his ad-hoc modern purchases – and we get to delve into Pete’s love of Lego and The Vintage Collection as the boys start their campaign to get him to buy his first Hot Toy.
With so much new Star Wars output to look forward to in 2023, the team also offer up their hopes for the latest line-up of TV shows, fan events, books and collectible releases.
Regardless of passions, tastes and opinion – we are all in for a busy Star Wars year.
Our Top 10 put-downs from original trilogy.
How many of these have you dropped into casual conversation?
Put-downs, clap-backs and witty retorts… the original trilogy is full of them, and the Generation Skywalker Committee has reconvened to determine the most cutting lines and sharpest deliveries in a show packed full of Star Wars sass from classic characters and one line wonders.
Listen to Stu, Jez, Dan and special guest Ian Trussler debate the long list here, or head straight to the video to watch our final Top 10.
Laugh it up, Fuzzballs.
Drinks poured and cameras on!
Well, it is Christmas so we are treating you to our pretty faces.
Press play and sit in on the Generation Skywalker 'works do' with Beeline Creative's Brandon Giraldez for some live unboxings, sneak peeks and illustrated history.
It's the Generation Skywalker Christmas party, and you're invited to join us as we drink cocktails and talk Tiki with Beeline Creative CEO and Geeki Tikis Big Kahuna – Brandon Giraldez.
So grab yourself a ceramic mug inspired by the romance and glamour of the South Sea Islands, mix up your favourite tipple and pull up a chair as we hear how Brandon's love for Tiki and pop culture has led to one of the most creative and stylish product partnerships in Lucasfilm's portfolio.
It's a lively and engaging four-way chat that gives some fascinating insights into the history and workings of Beeline, the design process of the Star Wars line, artist collaborations with Shag, Eric Tan and Paul Briggs, future plans, plus of course a few sneak peeks and exclusive reveals!
Find out how Jez, Dan and Craig's pitches for new mugs go down and watch live unboxings of some of the gifts Tiki Santa left under our tree this year (And make sure stay right through to the very end to see if Stu eventually makes it to the party.)
Massive thanks to Brandon for his time, candour and for bringing his signature enthusiasm to this very special seasonal show.
As always, this visual video version of our latest modern roundtable show allows you to see all the items we discuss, as we discuss them.
Illustrated with hundreds of high resolution images and video clips, we cram a lot in to save you searching.
Catch-up on all things modern, as the team review the pick of the latest releases from our favourite Star Wars brands.
We’ve got toys from Hasbro, Jazzwares, ShopDisney and Hot Toys – models and statues from Kotobukiya, Gentle Giant, Iron Studios, Funko and Regal Robot – all kinds of great new Star Wars product by everyone from Geeki Tikis to Columbia – plus, this month our small business spotlight lands on Crystal Art Buddies and Nerdmatters.
So, if you want the lowdown on the latest Grogu snowglobes, Clone Wars parkas and original trilogy Christmas tree ornaments, you’re in the right place!
Join Stu, Jez, Dan and Craig as they discuss how their modern collecting tastes have developed over the past year, and find out what items from these current releases may (or may not) find a home on their shelves.
What will you be adding to your wants list in 2023?
Princess Leia Organa (Part 2)
Hot on the heels of Episode 18, we bring you even more Leia Organa magic and a large sprinkling of Leia Bespin and Leia Endor.
The show jumps straight in with another brilliant interview with Bruce White. Bruce has a truly wonderful Princess Leia collection, from carded figures and proofs to some fascinating beyond the toys merchandise. He also introduces Jez to Carrie Fisher’s starring role on Saturday Night Live.
Our resident expert from the Star Wars Collectors Archive, Ron Salvatore gives a fascinating insight into the origins of Leia Organa in Bespin Gown, which leads to a really interesting fact on Blue Snaggletooth and Bossk.
He also drops hints about what Leia card art 'brings out the Lando in him'!
Mark Andrews and Jamie Acott from the Variant Villains give us a great rundown of Leia Endor variations and the show is rounded off with an amusing rapid fire round which is far from rapid!
Princess Leia Organa (Part 1)
An enhanced episode dedicated to our favourite Princess? Lots of chat about the classic toys she inspired and fond personal recollections of Carrie Fisher from Bruce White and the team?
What a great excuse to pull together some fantastic clips and images for a two-hour Leia Organa special.
There's also a look around David DeMarchis's mega Leia collection, a dive into figure variants with the Variant Villains and some choice items that go way beyond the toys.
And this is only part one of two Princess Leia focused shows.
Princess Leia Organa (Part 1)
Who is she? She's beautiful. She is Princess Leia, and here's one of two shows dedicated to the Princess from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
First up, Jez is joined by world class Leia focus collector – David DeMarchis – who discusses some choice pieces, including his R2/Leia miscard, some LSAF 'hair rooting samples' and his 12" Leia Bespin box flat.
And then there's the vintage collector everyone thinks of when you say 'Princess Leia' – Bruce White. Jez and Bruce chatted for so long, we've put the first half (focused mainly on the character and Carrie Fisher) in this episode and the second part of the interview (vintage collecting) on the next show! Bruce's enthusiasm and love of both Leia and Carrie is infectious, and he shares some incredible stories including how he has been kissed by Carrie twice and she gifted him a very special 'Intimate Inflatable Love Piggy' as a thank you.
Once again, the Variant Villians are back to share some impressive knowledge and drop some cape information that might make you wish you hadn't binned that suspicious 'repro' cape that you once bought.
Plus Stuart and Craig sit in to tell their stories of when they met Carrie Fisher and what the Princess means to them.
Here's our Top 10 lightsaber battles in a 20 minute video.
Did your favourites make the cut?
Lightsaber fights are a unique highlight of any Star Wars story and over the last 45 years we have seen showdowns between every light and darkside heavyweight across movies, animated shows and, more recently live action TV.
In this show, the Generation Skywalker Committee has gathered, along with special guest Ian Trussler, to determine the all-time Top 10 duels.
Looking at battles from the original trilogy, prequels, sequels and TV shows, we cast our net wide for worthy combatants before voting to decide the final 10.
Did your favourites make the list?
Delve into this audio debate here.
A video run-down of the Top 10 Star Wars toys that should have been made in 1977 – according the Generation Skywalker Committee.
The Committee has reconvened to decide the Top 10 toys that Kenner should have made between 1977 and 1979.
Listen in as Stu, Craig, Jez and guests Marc Hockley and Peter Lee debate their choices. Will anyone big up Biggs? Does Porkins squeeze into the rankings? Who on the team will toast Uncle and Owen and Beru?
Enjoy the discussion then watch the the Top 10 video on YouTube and TikTok.
We've not done a 'This Morning' style sofa show before, so have a look and see how the format suits us.
It's a good way to get a closer look at these beautiful pre-production pieces, but there's also a blog here if you'd like to go even deeper.
If ever there were Star Wars items Craig and Mark dreamed of turning up, it would be these.
Listen in on this special one-off sofa chat as they discuss the pre-production find of their lives – from stumbling on an auction listing that seemed too good to be true and building a war chest, to some tense phone bidding and ultimately taking delivery of some of the most amazing original Star Wars art of the vintage era.
It's a candid conversation that explores how connected they are to these items on more levels than just childhood nostalgia, and an opportunity for you to hear about the artwork in more detail.
This represents a landmark discovery for the hobby and a very personal achievement for two incredibly passionate collectors. Some things are meant to be.
The Emperor, his Dignitary and his Royal Guard
Why do we spend time putting these epic videos together?
So you can take a tour of collections like Daryl Whitlow's Emperors and Chris Moorehead's Royal Guards, have a look at treasures from The Star Wars Collectors Archive with Ron Salvatore and get into lots of nitty-gritty detail with the Variant Villians.
Not to mention all the weird and wonderful finds from the GenSky team.
Skip to the bits you want or sit back and watch the whole show. It's all good.
The Emperor, his Dignitary and his Royal Guard
Join the Generation Skywalker team, Daryl Whitlow, Chris Moorehead, Ron Salvatore, Mark Andrews, Mark Baker, Jamie Acott and Will Mellish for a deep dive into our latest three figures.
Ron journeys into the realm of the 'Bald Emperor' prototype and throne room, Jez gets Daryl up at 7am to learn all about his passion for The Emperor and chats with Chris about his fantastic ERG collection – you won't want to miss either interview.
The Variant Villains give us the down-low on variants and Stu, Craig and Dan offer up a mix of Beyond the Toys treasures.
It's a Sith hot feast of greatness, covering Imperial badness.
The comprehensive modern Star Wars collecting podcast you can watch while you listen.
We've sourced, collated and edited together every image related to our chat.
All you have to do is press play.
It’s time to hang out, chat modern Star Wars, and let Stu, Dan and Craig be your guides through all the hottest news and announcements from Hasbro, Hot Toys, Lego, Regal Robot, Gentle Giant and many more.
We discuss the latest developments at Hasbro Pulse and what that might mean to independent retailers, catch up with the highlights from D23 and Hasbro Pulse Con and have a little reminisce about Toys R Us, in light of their recent online relaunch in the UK.
Things take festive turn with a look at some of the best Star Wars holiday offerings for this year and some recommendations of the best Star Wars advent calendars for you to get ordering before December.
From high-end replicas, to pocket money novelties – there’s something for every modern collector.
The Top 10 on-screen, one-to-one relationships in the Star Wars galaxy – according the Generation Skywalker Committee.
Join Stu, Craig, Jez and guests Marc Hockley and Peter Lee as they discuss the best on-screen, one-to-one relationships in the Star Wars galaxy.
In this new format show, you can watch the Top 10 on YouTube and TikTok, but here on the full podcast you can hear us discuss Star Wars duos in a committee!
Find out which pairings were considered and rejected, who's arguments swung the voting and hear Jez make his passionate case for Frog Lady and her husband.
Do you agree with our choices?
Who would you have liked to have seen included?
Fancy joining the committee?
Get in touch and let us know.
Darth Vader with Bill McBride
This enhanced version of our vintage Vader special is packed full of images and footage of Bill's epic collection, as well as photos and clips of all the other rare and interesting items we discuss.
Click play for a vintage Vader visual treat.
Darth Vader with Bill McBride
Universally recognised as the Darth Vader collector, this lifelong Star Wars fan holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Darth Vader Collection in the World’.
We would be honoured if you’d join us for an extra special look at all aspects of Bill's life as a Star Wars fan and a variety of his collecting highlights.
Bill shares some incredible collecting stories and covers all aspects of his Vader Vault from his mushroom tipped double telescoping lightsaber, to his treasured Ralph McQuarrie party favours, and his 1978 Darth Vader beer to his 1999 Japanese Motorcycle Jacket. (The less said about the condoms and Mr. Potato Head, the better.)
The show also includes two sections from the Variant Villains who open our minds to the plethora of differences in figures, capes and sabers. And Jez, Dan, Craig and Stu also cover a variety of other Darth Vader items to ensure that the greatest film villain in the Galaxy is truly honoured.
Listen to the chat, see the items, watch the footage.
As our love and knowledge of modern grows, so too does the richness of our enhanced podcasts.
With almost 500 separate images and clips to accompany our latest roundtable show, there's plenty here to inspire your collecting.
Beginning with a peek at what contemporary Star Wars collectibles the team has been buying, this episode of our modern collecting roundtable show takes a look at what happened when Generation Skywalker attended the recent London Film and Comic Con as part of the Star Wars Zone, as well as exploring the supply, quality, packaging and price issues that are angering parts of the Hasbro collecting community.
And of course we run through all the fresh releases from The Vintage Collection, Black Series, Hot Toys, Lego, Funko and beyond.
Where will Dan find the room for a 4 foot N1 Starfighter? Just how far will Jez's 'one from everything' rule extend? Will Stu be buying a pewter Fett bust for his mahogany panelled snooker room?
Click play and find out.
A walrus, a rebel, a biker and a droid
All the visuals, all in one place.
See all the collections discussed, websites referenced, deleted scenes debated and items examined – all from the comfort of one video browser.
A walrus, a rebel, a biker and a droid
With Jez, Stu and Craig along with collecting powerhouse and Star Wars community favourite, Lee Bullock forming the round table.
Alex Pardi joins us to talk all about his Cantina Collection, Ron Salvatore pops in to wax lyrical about his love of Walrus Man (and his collecting pet peeve). Andy Goulding talks 'Hoth Soldier' as part of his Rebel Soldier focus. (He says he's not a focus collector but he's fairly focused).
We also discuss the Biker Scout and Pop-Up Lightsaber R2-D2, with the Variant Villain team (Mark Andrews, Will Mellish, Jamie Acott and Thomas John) joining the crew throughout to run through the figure variants of each of the four chosen characters.
Is this our most vintage figure focused podcast yet? It's certainly our longest episode but it's pure vintage and nothing else.
What does the vintage wild find of dreams look like? Press play and see for yourself.
From a complete Early Bird Kit and an untouched Action Display Stand mailer, to the most pristine SKU footer Stormtrooper you ever saw – this is more a drool-a-long than a watch-a-long.
This is the yard sale find of dreams. Join Jez, as he interviews lifelong fan and collector Paul Jason who has recently managed to get himself an incredible find of vintage Star Wars toys.
Paul’s find gives everyone ‘A New Hope’ that the vintage we crave is still out there to be found.
Lovingly crafted with clips from the show and interspersed with scenes and imagery from the entire saga, this enhanced podcast adds an extra dimension our Obi-Wan Kenobi review and discussion.
Re-live the highs and lows of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series with the Generation Skywalker team as we sit down to discuss the entire six-part story in one, in-depth, spoiler-filled show.
We leave no force-lifted stone unturned as we get into the themes, fan controversies and easter eggs, and breakdown what individual elements really shone and what left some of us cold.
Cross referencing IMDB ratings with our own social media polls, there’s a general consensus, but not everyone on the team sees things the same way.
It was awesome to see Anakin and Obi-Wan go at it again, but have lightsaber stabs lost their sting? Is there more to NED-B? And did the discussion around Leia’s ladder need to have quite so much screen time? Listen in and let us know your thoughts.
We always say that the vintage collecting hobby is a very visual thing, so here’s episode 14 of Those Old Fossils enhanced with over 400 individual images and video clips to bring this month’s Four Figure Focus to life.
Can’t quite visualise a Ben Kenobi first shot? Couldn’t make out Dengar in the shadows of Jabba’s palace? Having trouble picturing an army of Klaatus? Want to see the original artwork for the Anakin cardback?
We’ve got you covered.
Those Old Fossils – our vintage collecting show – is here with the first of our Four Figure Focuses.
This month an incredible nine members of the global Star Wars community join Jez, Stu, Dan and Marc Hockley as they delve into: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dengar, Anakin Skywalker and everyone’s favourite peg warmer Klaatu.
Matt George drops in for a brilliant interview on his beloved Ben Kenobi, giving some incredible insights to pre-production collecting. Jez discovers a brilliant Facebook Group dedicated to Klaatu (The Klaatorium – Star Wars Klaatu and Skiff Guard Memorial & Cocktail Lounge) and interviews three of its most enthusiastic members: Paul James, Barry Lewton and Dave Moore.
Ron Salvatore gives his brilliant take on Anakin Skywalker and Mark Andrews, Will Mellish and Jamie Acott from Variant Villains give the lowdown on each figure.
Lots of voices, lots of knowledge – all looking at these characters, action figures and the Beyond the Toys items that they inspired. Did we miss anything? Let us know and get involved.
Your pictorial guide to all the latest modern collectibles with some juicy video clips thrown in for good measure.
We’re back for our regular round-up of modern Star Wars toys and collectibles. And this time we have a special guest.
Toy shop owner, event organiser and all-round fan ambassador, Dave Tree joins Dan and Jez to look at the new releases, as well as offering up some fascinating insights into the workings of Hasbro and the toy industry in general.
This episode covers all the latest from our favourite licences and a few that have the team scratching their heads. What do we think to Haslab’s Reva Lightsaber project? How many retro prototype variants is too many retro prototype variants? And will anyone be ordering the £2k Lladro porcelain Vader?
Dive in to find out and hear more about the Star Wars Fan Zone at London Film & Comic Con and where Generation Skywalker fits in to three exciting days at Olympia.
The enhanced version of our big Celebration celebration. Lots of clips, lots of exclusive footage. It's a bit like 'Celebration: The Movie'!
Fresh from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2022, Craig sits with Stu, Mark and Jez to discuss our collective experiences of past Celebrations and highlights of the one just gone.
Themed around the latest output from Disney, vintage and modern collectibles, social events and swag – it's a jam-packed show that takes in the key live panels, The Mandalorian Experience exhibition, Collecting Track, the Generation Skywalker-sponsored Hop Wars craft beer event and all the action from the show floor and beyond.
What was the first post-pandemic Celebrations actually like? What new Star Wars playing cards do Theory 11 have up their sleeves? And what are everyone’s plans for London 2023?
Star Wars events don’t come any bigger. Post show round-ups don’t come any richer.13
A visually enhanced tour through some of Jon's stories, projects and outstanding Palitoy collection.
A podcast episode that needs to be seen to be believed.
Generation Skywalker is all about passion, and fans and collectors don’t come more driven than our latest guest – Jon Aves.
In this interview, Jon takes us through some of his memorable Star Wars experiences, from trekking across the desert visiting the film sets of Tunisia, to meeting cast and crew to collect autographs on a very special quad poster in an incredibly short space of time.
But it's his stand-out Palitoy collection that really deserves your attention.
Quality like this doesn’t come without a huge amount of discipline, patience and tenacity, so sit back and marvel at some great collecting tales and guided tour of some world-class carded action figures and a truly outstanding array of unused boxed ships and playsets.
The watch-along version of our latest vintage roundtable with hundreds of images that bring to life our collector stories, auction reports and round-ups from the vintage Star Wars collecting hobby.
Those Old Fossils is back after a bit of a break, with a renewed focus and exciting plans for future shows.
Join us to find out what Jez has in store with his new figure-focused section, then settle in for more collecting stories from the team, a round-up of recent highlights from three major auctions and a look at the Palitoy Facebook Group hashtag that's got everyone posting.
Plus, there’s an exciting announcement about the next event we’ll be attending, that you really won’t want to miss.
After spending 31 days looking at a whole variety of topics in relation to Attack of the Clones, the Generation Skywalker boys reassemble one last time in its anniversary month to discuss what they've learnt, what they've learnt to love and what they've learnt to tolerate.
Have their feelings for Attack of the Clones changed?
You'll be surprised!
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Welcome to a pilot show for a new format where each show will have a topic, a Top 10 countdown and the discussion prior to the vote.
In this episode, Craig, Jez and Stuart debate the most memorable moments from Attack of the Clones, with some very differing views.
This Top 10 highlights that the Generation Skywalker boys like their Star Wars dark.
Don't agree with the countdown? Head over to the We Are Generation Skywalker Facebook group and join in the debate.
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Shows where we discuss lots of toys are always worth a watch on our YouTube channel.
This one is no exception.
Despite being the first theatrically released Star Wars movie not to have a dedicated toy line, Hasbro went all out for Attack of the Clones.
33/4 figures led with innovative action features and were loaded with accessories. The ships, vehicles and creatures were packed full of play value and the Geonosis Arena playset was one of the best in the company’s history.
Launched at a time when background characters received as much love as the heroes, the team take a look at some of the hits and misses from Hasbro and beyond – starting with the very first sneak peak figures and bringing us right up to date with the latest announcements from Hot Toys.
Our fun and insightful look at the costumes of Episode II, supported by some great behind the scenes footage and reference imagery.
We’ve looked at ‘art’, we’ve listened to ‘sound’, and now, as we move towards the end of our special Attack of the Clones month, we are turning our attention to another standout element of the movie – 'costumes'.
Stu, Craig and Dan explore the work of Trisha Biggar and Ian McCaig and their teams, as they appraise a number of key looks from both an ‘in-universe and 'real world' perspective.
It’s not every show where we get to talk 'antique lace', ‘the male gaze’ and ‘cosplay’ – so join us as we explore the costumes of a selection of key players and background characters, and of course, have a good rifle through Padme’s eclectic wardrobe.
George Lucas and Skywalker Sound live by the rule ‘sound is half the picture’.
Join us as we look, well… listen to the wonderful work of Ben Burtt, Matt Wood and the masters at Skywalker Sound for a show that takes you deep into the incredible sounds of the Attack of the Clones.
Discover how dolphins, vintage aircraft and mating penguins all played their part in creating the soundscape of the galaxy, as Jez leads an exploration that will change your perception of the movie forever.
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Experience our lovingly crafted rich media Attack of the Clones tribute as it was designed to be experienced.
Star Wars : Episode II : Attack of the Clones premiered 20 years ago today.
We have been celebrating all month, but as an extra special treat we've also curated and assembled a collection of behind the scenes clips, archive news and TV footage into one mega tribute to a chapter in the Skywalker story that has sat too long in the shadow of more revered movies.
Come with us back to 2002 for a journey across the stars.
An episode exploring the Attack of the Clones creative campaign, concept work and fan art – it's shows like this that are the reason we enhance most of our podcasts.
In 1977 a Star Destroyer flew over our heads and the Hildebrandt brothers turned in an mesmerising poster to promote a new space fantasy movie. Star Wars has continued to push the limits of visual artistry on and off screen ever since.
And Attack of the Clones was no exception.
Stu, Jez and Craig go deep on this one, as they explore the marketing campaign – from the teaser poster and Drew Struzan's stunning artwork, to the unusual strategy and some of the clever tactics employed to encourage people around the world into cinemas.
The team also look at the concept work of Doug Chiang and his team, examine the influence of Art Nouveau on the film and cherry pick some of the best licensed and unlicensed art inspired by the movie.
Episode II? A missed opportunity to be brilliant?
Not for Prequel and Attack of the Clones superfan Matthew Schoenfelder.
Matthew joins Stuart to discuss why this film works for him and why he feels the need to defend the prequels on social media at every given opportunity.
It's a refreshing discussion with a fan who sees the positives in ALL Star Wars, even if it's sometimes flawed.
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Pull up a chair, we're sticking the Clones DVD in our HD ready widescreen surround sound TV.
Fair warning, we do plan to talk through it.
Join Stu, Jez, Craig and Dan for a big watch-along as we start to get into our special month of Attack of the Clones shows.
As longtime fans who are heavily invested in Star Wars, what exactly does everyone think to this film? Which bits work and which bits don’t? And what tidbits of info have stayed lodged in our brains all these years?
Consider this your formal invitation to hang out with the boys for 2 hours and 25 minutes as they candidly air their views in real time.
Setting the scene for our special Attack of the Clones months with some actual scenes from the movie, photos of what Stu, Jez, Craig and Dan looked like in 2002 and much more besides.
May 2002 saw the release of the second chapter in the Skywalker saga, and Episode II : Attack of the Clones instantly rocketed to the bottom of a lot of fans’ lists of their favourite five Star Wars movies.
Its detractors are often quick to point at the bad dialogue, wooden acting and poor cgi, so why would Generation Skywalker dedicate a whole month to exploring a film most people are lukewarm about at best?
Because we we are convinced there’s more too it – things we’ve maybe missed and elements that certainly deserve closer examination with the hindsight of 20 years.
So join us as we set the the scene, with this short episode to kick-off 31 days of shows, unboxings and social posts that will explore the best and worst of the movie and its legacy.
Think you know Attack of the Clones?
We talk about it, you get to see it on screen.
And there's always lots to watch in the enhanced versions of our modern roundtables.
Our modern collecting shows are always crammed with news and reviews of the latest Star Wars collectible releases – and this one is no exception.
We have all the latest on Hasbro’s Star Wars licence renewal, a watch of the Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer, a look at how recent TV shows are affecting the prices of older toys, thoughts on our freshly landed Razor Crests and of course, a run down of what’s new from Hasbro, Lego, Sideshow and all the other things we like to chat about.
So join us to hear Mark get nerdy over Nerf, Stu get geeky about new tikis, Craig get a teeny bit excited for tiny toys and for Dan's hot take on Hot Toys stands. This is the Modern Way.
Packed with footage taken at Echo Base Live, this enhanced version of our round-up is great for those who want to re-live the event and essential for those who missed it!
Echo Base Live returned to Redditch at the start April and Generation Skywalker were there to capture what went on at the biggest and best Echo show yet.
Join us, as we discuss everything from what we spotted on the dealer tables and what we bought, to the guests, cosplay, swag, fundraising and other activities.
It was a great event, but you don’t have to just take our word for it as we have Mark Baker, Richard and Seth, Chris Lawrence, Dan Adey, Nick Dykes, Adam Pemberton, Phil Parker, Lee Gregory and Michael Havens all giving their views on the show too.
How much did we end up raising for the Echo charity? Do we think the £38,000 carded Palitoy VCJ was worth the money? What did Femi think to Mark’s Rancor impression? Listen and find out.
The 10th Echo Base Live Star Wars show comes to Redditch on April 2nd 2022 and what better way to celebrate, than a special look back at past events and a peek at what to expect this time around?
We hear about Echo Live's origins along with some personal highlights from Adam Pemberton, and Wayne Totty also drops by to discuss how the event has evolved, the tremendous charity work Echo Base does and which guests will be in attendance.
Plus trader Tom Scaife pops in to tease a few items he'll have for sale, as well as discussing former events including his first show where he rocked up two hours late to set up!
We also catch up with Echo's resident DJ Trev, who will be providing the soundtrack for the event and talk to Andy Preston about why he loves Echo Live so much.
All this, plus our own views on the show and what we are each looking forward to on the day.
(Unavailable as an enhanced video version.)
Our most detailed and live action-y enhanced podcast to date.
A highly recommended watch for anyone wanting to re-live the show and look deeper into its themes and influences. (Although if you click the link and it goes nowhere, Disney's legal team clearly didn't agree.)
Now that the dust, sand and spice has settled, the Generation Skywalker syndicate takes an in-depth, spoilery look at all seven episodes of the recent The Book of Boba Fett TV series.
We chart the highs and lows, shine a light on the main references to the wider Star Wars saga and painstakingly try to capture the bulk of the nods the show constantly makes to other classic movies.
With the benefit of few week’s distance and repeated viewings, the team also bring their personal stand-out moments to the table, as well as their own interpretations of some of the many themes the series explores.
It all makes for a great podcast.
And an even better video!
Dan's interview with Lee Ward peppered with lots of spicy Hot Toys pics and clips.
Lee Ward is a collector and independent retailer of Hot Toys. On this show he sits down with Dan to discuss his Star Wars collecting journey, from seeing The Empire Strikes Back in a Weybridge cinema in the early eighties, through to performing Instagram Hot Toys unboxings with comedian Keith Lemon.
He discusses the genesis of his store The Good, The Bad and The Robots and how Paddy McGuinness, as well as many other celebrities came to be his customers.
As well as selling Hot Toys, he collects furiously and admins several Hot Toy groups on Facebook. Join us as we discuss the trials and tribulations of Hot Toy collecting, from sequel troubles to the dreaded customs charges.
Our latest Those Old Fossils covers such a broad spread, that we have illustrated it all here so you can see what we are talking about.
Letraset counter top displays? Yep.
Wallace Berrie medals? Sure.
Huffy Speeder Bikes? You bet!
It’s the first Those Old Fossils of 2022 and the team have assembled to review their most exciting purchases of last year.
From vintage jewellery displays to Clipper mailers, there are some fascinating items and great stories brought to the table for discussion, before Dan takes us on a deep analytical dive through the results of January’s C&T Auction.
As vintage gets harder to find and more expensive across the board, our main topic explores the idea of community and ‘networking’ as the team share old tales, past examples and tips for new collectors.
As Boba says: 'You can only get so far without a tribe.'
We round off with a look at what’s on everyone’s wants lists – from the common, to the do-able, to some la la land items the lads have their eyes on.
If you couldn't be at December 2021's Farthest From, this is probably the next best thing.
Many thanks to Jason Smith for letting us use his photos, this enhanced version of the podcast wouldn't have been the same without them.
Two years since the last Farthest From had taken place, December 2021 finally saw the return of the much loved event and Generation Skywalker were in town to capture everything that went on.
Now, a month after the event, the team look back at what was an amazing return to the vintage Star Wars collecting gathering.
Not only do we get the thoughts and memories of the Generation Skywalker team, but we bring back a host of interviews recorded at the event. David Tree, Steve Davies, Rob Marsh, Peter Lee, Chris Mann, Mark Newbold, Marc Hockley, Wayne Totty, Jason Smith, Jon Aves, Lee Bullock, Drew Tegg, Darren Hayman, Andrew Norton and Andrew Karnecki all stop by to discuss their experience of the weekend.
Who even attempts to illustrate a two-hour overview of a whole year of modern releases, with photos, screengrabs and videos plus items from their own collections?
To kick off this year's run of Modern Way episodes, we are looking back at 2021 and forward to 2022.
Dan tots up all the figure releases from The Vintage Collection, Black Series and Hot Toys, before guiding us through what else has been announced in recent weeks, whilst the team are on hand to offer up their top picks from the whole bunch.
And of course, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't examine the failure of the Haslab Rancor project. What went wrong? What could have been done better? What effect this will have on future Haslab Star Wars projects?
All this is topped and tailed with some personal collecting highs and lows from 2021 and plans and hopes for the new Star Wars-packed year.
You can explore all of our shows by category using the navigation bar at the top of the page, but here's a handy sequential list of links to our early episodes:
059 : FARTHEST FROM : A CELEBRATION : Audio
058 : GIFT? WHAT GIFT? : 2021 CHRISTMAS PRESENT GUIDE : Audio | Enhanced
057 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 11 : Audio | Enhanced
056 : THE DARREN HAYMAN INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
055 : BOOK MONTH 2021 : EPILOGUE : Audio | Enhanced
054 : THE MODERN WAY 14 : THE TOYS OF THE EXPANDED UNIVERSE : Audio | Enhanced
053 : THE STEPHANE FAUCOURT INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
052 : THE GERALD HOME INTERVIEW : Audio
051 : THE AFTERMATH TRILOGY : Audio | Enhanced
050 : THE BECCA BENJAMIN INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
049 : BOOK MONTH 2021 : PROLOGUE : Audio | Enhanced
048 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 13 : Audio | Enhanced
047 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 10 : Audio | Enhanced
046 : RETRACING TRAILERS : PART 2 : THE PREQUEL TRILOGY : Audio | Enhanced
045 : COME, LET ME GET YOU SOMETHING : STAR WARS BEER 2 : Audio | Enhanced
044 : RETRACING TRAILERS : PART 1 : THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY : Audio | Enhanced
043 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 12 : Audio | Enhanced
042 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 9 : Audio | Enhanced
041 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 11 : Audio | Enhanced
040 : THE 11 YEAR OLD COLLECTOR INTERVIEW : Audio
039 : THE FIRST 12 (MONTHS) : Audio | Enhanced
038 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 8 : Audio | Enhanced
037 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 10 : Audio | Enhanced
036 : THE END OF THE RUNNING STORMTROOPER : Audio
035 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 9 : 2020 REVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
034 : THE ZIA REZVI INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
033 : HE'S THE BRAINS, SWEETHEART! : TRIVIAL PURSUIT : Audio
032 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 7 : Audio | Enhanced
031 : STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL COMMENTARY : Audio | Enhanced
030 : THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL 'SPECIAL' : Audio | Enhanced
029 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 8 : Audio | Enhanced
028 : COME, LET ME GET YOU SOMETHING : STAR WARS BEER 1 : Audio | Enhanced
027 : GIFT? WHAT GIFT? : 2020 CHRISTMAS PRESENT GUIDE : Audio | Enhanced
026 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 7 : Audio | Enhanced
025 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 6 : Audio | Enhanced
024 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 6 : Audio | Enhanced
023 : BOOK MONTH 2020 : EPILOGUE : Audio | Enhanced
022 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 5 : Audio | Enhanced
021 : COLLECTING GUIDES : Audio | Enhanced
020 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 5 : Audio | Enhanced
019 : THE STEPHEN J SANSWEET INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
018 : MY EXPANDED UNIVERSE with RICHARD HUTCHINSON : Audio | Enhanced
017 : THE THRAWN TRILOGY : Audio | Enhanced
016 : BOOK MONTH 2020 : PROLOGUE : Audio | Enhanced
015 : HITTING YOUR TARGET (The Running Stormtrooper Podcast) : Audio
014 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 4 : Audio | Enhanced
013 : THE DIECAST : PART 2 : Audio | Enhanced
012 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 4 : Audio | Enhanced
011 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 3 : Audio | Enhanced
010 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 3 : Audio | Enhanced
009 : THE ROSS BARR INTERVIEW : Audio | Enhanced
008 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 2 : Audio | Enhanced
007 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 2 : Audio | Enhanced
006 : HELIX REBORN : THE FULL STORY : Audio | Enhanced
005 : THE DIECAST : PART 1 : Audio
004 : THE MODERN WAY : EPISODE 1 : Audio
003 : COLLECTING HOT TOYS with CHRISTOPHER JAMES LEDDY : Audio
002 : THOSE OLD FOSSILS : EPISODE 1 : Audio
001 : AN INTRODUCTION TO GENERATION SKYWALKER : Audio
Closer looks and deeper dives
Jez gets the heads up on a new trooper treat.
Almost fully armed and operational! Stu checks out the final Paleetoys prototype.
Find out more at www.paleetoys.com
Glue or glue not. There is no try. See how Dan fares with his first ever reseal.
Jez has been standing by for Red 5 for almost half a year. Was it worth the wait?
Craig unboxes a new Princess Leia Or(ga)nament.
Dan's Mandalorian, upgraded and upscaled – but is bigger better?
Funko! Ho! Ho! Stu is stocking up for Christmas.
A ceramic Vader, based on some stationery, which was based on the action figure – Dan's money box is the tops.
Stu-per Trooper lights are gonna blind you.
If you think Grant's premiere paraphernalia is impressive, wait until you see who signed it!
More random stuff has turned up at Craig's house.
Dan reviews his latest Hoth Toy.
Is your Hoth Leia missing a blaster? Don't worry, she didn't have one in the movie either! Join Craig for a look at just how movie accurate the accessories given to vintage Star Wars figures really were.
Craig goes against convention and arranges his display of vintage figures 'from a certain point of view'.
Jez takes the team back to 2002 for another watch of the original trailers for Attack of the Clones.
A wild find for Jez leads to closer look at the phenomenon of European action figure 4-packs.
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.
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