With less than a week to go on their Kickstarter campaign, former toy designer Bob Brechin and art director Brian Hickey join Dan, Craig and Pete to discuss 'My Palitoy Story'.
10 years in the making, the book charts the rise and fall of one of the most iconic toy manufacturers of the 20th Century and creators of some of the most sought after vintage Star Wars playsets in the world.
And this is your opportunity to hear directly from the writer and designer about how the book came be, the meticulous work that has gone into it and what's in store for everyone who backs the project.
Bob and his team's contribution to so many childhoods is immeasureable and the Palitoy story is one that needs to be told.
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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.
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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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.
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 discuss how the re-discovery of his childhood Star Wars figures has inspired a new set of paintings, some tentative steps into collecting and his first ever attendance at a Comic Con.
From his beginnings with much-loved indie band, Hefner, to a solo career that has seen him bring his enquiring mind and unique creative perspective to everything from open air swimming pools to the Essex witch trials, Darren’s latest project sees him tapping into the magic of vintage Star Wars.
Join us for a tale of action figures loved, lost and found again, Darren's memories of experiencing Star Wars in the UK in the mid 70s, his thoughts on the success of The Mandalorian, and discover how he is adapting his painting style to produce work that not only captures the look of his old figures, but their spirit too.
It's work made with acrylics and a lot of love.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.