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Vintage Star Wars Sarlacc Pit

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I’ve been diving deep into my old love of Star Wars and gathering up whatever I can get my hands on. My latest scene collection includes recent releases, vintage figures, custom figures and a ton of kinetic sand. Click below and check out my favorite scenes from Return of the Jedi!
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HyperReal Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker

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I spotted Hasbro’s HyperReal Luke Skywalker at GameStop awhile ago. I was intrigued, but the price was a little high. These have actually been around for about 2 years now. I also definitely wanted the Vader, and knew the Luke would just sit for a bit in my basement if I only got the one. Then somehow they ended up at Ollie’s Discount stores for $30. I drove about 30 minutes to get to my closest one and was able to snag both Luke and Vader. I admired them for awhile, but hesitated opening them up. But then between quarantine and the snow, I had a few days to hunker down in my studio and really have some fun with these figures. Click below for more photos and final thoughts.
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LEGO Bespin Duel

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Join me… and we can build one of the coolest LEGO sets in recent history. I have been searching high and low to get this particular LEGO building kit. Luke’s duel with Darth Vader is not only one of the biggest moments in Empire Strikes Back it’s one of the biggest reveals in cinematic history. This set was very difficult to obtain, but a lot of fun to put together and looks fantastic on display
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Carbonite Photoshoot

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My favorite part from Empire Strikes Back is the entire Bespin sequence. Last post I showed you the vintage Micro Collection Bespin sets I recently found. Now I want to show you some photos taken with vintage Kenner Star Wars figures, using the 2000s Power of the Jedi Carbonite Playset. Click below for more photos. …continue reading Carbonite Photoshoot


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Vintage Star Wars Micro Collection Bespin Playsets

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Ed Note: This article has been updated with new photos of the complete Bespin World playset!
I got a great haul at the Nov 2021 Pasadena Toy Show in Maryland last weekend. Among other treasures, I nabbed these two complete-in-box vintage Kenner Star Wars Micro Collection Bespin playsets, the Control Room and the Gantry. Click below to see more pics!
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Vintage Kenner Star Wars Photo Shoot

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Continuing on an earlier post about recreating the Dagobah packaging photo, I’ve kept the ball rolling (I have tons of time on my hands) and continued to photograph my vintage Star Wars collection in the style of the 1980s Kenner packaging. Click below for a lot more! …continue reading Vintage Kenner Star Wars Photo Shoot


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Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

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Poe Dameron’s X-Wing fighter, seen in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is currently at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center (Dulles), in their restoration hangar. It’s only visible for the next few days, come Monday it gets packed up and won’t be seen again until unveiled at its new permanent home in Washington, DC. Click below for more pics.
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R2-3X (300% 3D Printed R2-D2)

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I’m starting to dabble in the world of Kenner-style Star Wars customs, after restoring a rough 3.75″ R2-D2, dubbed Repro-D2, I got the bug and wanted a slightly larger project. 3 times as large. I purchased an STL file of the original Kenner R2 and had it 3D printed at 300%, roughly the size of a beer can. This size allows for cool photos, that would be impossible to take with an original size R2 action figure. Read on for some progress photos during construction, and more creative photography with my R2-3X.
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Repro-D2 (step by step)

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I’ve been surviving quarantine by purchasing vintage toys and taking studio photos. I felt like my original Kenner R2-D2 was showing his age and wasn’t looking his best in photos. It worked great for Dagobah and some Tatooine photos, but if I were to properly emulate Kim Simmons’ catalog photos, he would appear pristine. I found a beater R2 at a comic shop for $10 and finally got around to restoring him. I 3D printed a third foot to boot. Click below for the step by step.
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Virtual Walk Through of my Gallery Show

Were you unable to make it to Richmond, VA in May for my gallery show? Here is an 11-minute walk through where I give a fun fact about each piece! Lots of pop culture

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