Join Jez for this very special episode of Those Old Fossils, as he interviews Gaz Bond and Tony Kai from the Darkside Alliance – one of the most successful Facebook pages dedicated to selling vintage Star Wars toys and figures.
Jez quizzes Gaz and Tony on how the Alliance was formed and how they constantly seem to source a never ending supply of great vintage items, so if you ever wondered how to set up and run a hugely successful selling page this is the episode for you! Gaz and Tony spill the beans in a very open and insightful way.
Never underestimate the power of the Darkside!
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Guide to Palitoy : Part 1
Welcome to the first of a planned trilogy of Those Old Fossils specials, where we celebrate Palitoy and the Star Wars products they released in 1978 and 1979.
Join Dan and Pete, along with guest hosts Jon Aves and Dave Tree as we step back in time to the late 1970’s, for a Death Star-sized slice of nostalgia, UK style. Dave sets the scene and helps us understand the landscape of the UK toy industry in 1977 and provides context to the lengths Palitoy had to go to, to convince retailers to stock their Star Wars line ahead of the movies December release.
Then the team work their way through the Star Wars toys Palitoy released in 78 and 79 and explore changes made to a number of the items for the UK. market. They gush over the Palitoy Death Star and try to find answers for long standing mysteries around some aspects of the range from those initial years.
As well as the items Palitoy did release, we also cover the Kenner items that didn’t make to the great British shores during those years. Craig also drops in to tell us all about the early Palitoy items that went beyond the toys and covers the advertising and point-of-sale materials the company deployed to sell us those wonderful toys. Along the way they share memories of the toys from their youth and as adult collectors.
It’s a Palitoy extravaganza we hope you can join us for.
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The End of the Line
What happens when a popular toy line starts to wane? In this episode we are joined by two collectors with a keen interest in the unique ways vintage figures were packaged for the clearance aisles. Gary Smith (almost certainly owner of the best Palitoy Star Wars collection in the world) joins Jez to discuss his collection of miscards and how these were 'intentional mistakes' to get rid of old stock. And Thorsten Greth pops in to discuss German Power of the Force three-packs and the recent addition of an amazing wild find to his collection.
Jez also takes a closer look at one of the forums that really helped to build the community prior to the Facebook takeover. Will other social platforms ultimately spell the end of the line for Star Wars Forum UK? We don’t think so.
In other news, Dan is on hand to highlight key lots from some recent big hitting auctions, the team go over the Vintage Figure of the Year poll, and Craig reports on his special access visit to UK Graders and his Toyshop on Tour experience filming with the Leicester vintage & old toy shop crew.
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.
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'!
Headline 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 routing 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) in 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 Villains are back to share some impressive knowledge 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.
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 Villains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 its 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?
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.
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.
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...
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 here)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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