Sunday, November 18, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story - Kessel Mine Diorama

I had this plastic mountain from some knock off Marx dinosaur set. The mountain is a recast of the Comanche Pass sets from the vintage Marx sets. A very strong orange made a perfect setting for the Mines of Kessel.

Qi'ra begins her bartering with Quay Tolsite and his guards. (The guards were a nice clearance pick up from Walmart).

Friday, November 16, 2018

Star Wars Figures: Then and Now Comparison

I'm not sure what I was trying to accomplish when I started this. I guess I was trying to see if there was a change in design or character type distribution when comparing Kenner's original vintage figures to Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. 

One thing that made the original vintage Star Wars figures so much fun was the diversity in characters - you had humans, good and evil, military, droids and aliens. The aliens were a huge hit because they were so different. Also, from movie to movie, the main characters changed their outfits. This is one thing that frustrated me from Force Awakens to The Last Jedi.

I did not include the Prequel Trilogies. Don't know where to start. May add Solo Story and Rogue One later. I really liked the design and characters in both those movies. Maybe next time.

So let's take a quick trip down Star Wars figure memory lane.

The Early Bird Set

The First Wave of the Original 12

The Original 12

Wave 1 and Wave 2
Check out all those cool and colorful aliens!
And more robots!
And a secret bounty hunter! (Forgot to photograph him separately)

The first Secret mail a way offer for the upcoming Empire Strikes Back. Bossk - the Bounty Hunter.

First Wave of Empire Strikes Back - I forgot the Rebel Hoth Trooper

Compare the main characters in different costumes or armor.

Wave 2 - Empire Strikes Back - forgot to add Rebel Hoth Commander

Comparing A New Hope with Empire Strikes Back

Adding Wave 3 - Empire Strikes Back

A New Hope vs Wave 1 - Return of the Jedi

Lots of cool aliens from Jabba's Palace

Oops! The full set of Wave 1
 A New Hope vs Return of the Jedi
Lots of Ewoks

A New Hope and Power of the Force

A New Hope vs The Force Awakens - Wave 1

A New Hope vs The Force Awakens Wave 1 and 2 (roughly - don't have a perfect list)
Figures and playsets that were cut from the movie.
How do they compare?

A New Hope vs All of Force Awakens

The most frustrating thing between Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Main characters in basically the same outfits. Wait, Finn now has a white shirt.

A New Hope vs The Last Jedi
Force Awakens and The Last Jedi had decent numbers. What went wrong? 

Four exclusives that came with ships or Force Link garbage. I forgot to add the original Snoke that came with the $200 BB8 playset.

Cool pilot outfits and cool characters.

Like I said - not sure what I was trying to accomplish, other than to figure out why Last Jedi figures are rotting on the pegs. In the mid 80s, Kenner figures were rotting on the pegs, but certainly not a month after the movies. I am not a fan of The Last Jedi at all but won't go into details. I did like Force Awakens, but definitely think it was a carbon copy of A New Hope.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story - Target Exclusive Six Pack

This is the Target exclusive Solo Story six pack. Nice to see another Mimban Mudtrooper. If you didn't find it on Force Friday, likely you never saw it again. Also great to see the Patrol Trooper, Stormtrooper and Solo in Stormtrooper outfit. This is a great set that helps build out the Solo Story army.