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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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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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Grail Acquisition: Vintage Dagobah Playset

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When I was a kid I always wanted “Yoda’s House” playset; this was one of the mighty grails that I never got. But now I’ve restored one and collected all the figures on the packaging, I’m ready to celebrate and show off. I had been eyeballing purchasing a vintage Dagobah playset for some time, but it was finding a mostly complete set with a box in good condition that made this too hard to pass up. Not only is the box in reasonable condition, but I love the retail stickers on it. Not only was this particular box clearanced, it ended seems it ended up at $3! THREE DOLLARS?! Holy crap.

Click below for a ton more pics, including my attempt at recreating this packaging shot.
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Vintage Playmobil Space

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It took quite a few eBay auctions and connecting with collectors all over the world, but I finally completed these two vintage Playmospace sets from Playmobil. I have plenty of time right now so I worked to replicate the general look of the 1980s catalogs in the studio. Click below to see more 80s playmobil goodness!
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Glow in the Dark Aliens in slime

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I recently bought a display box of Diamond Select’s Glow-in-the-Dark Aliens on eBay. Each Xenomorph minifig comes blind packed in a plastic egg with glow in the dark slime. I couldn’t pass up the deal and I got a display box to boot! I was super psyched and couldn’t stop checking the online tracking. Once I got the set in my grubby little hands on the box, I started cracking open eggs, and I was heart broken.
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Grayskull Restoration Project: Elevator Rail

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For Christmas this past year I received a vintage 80s Castle Grayskull. This was one of the very top items from my childhood that all my other friends had and I did not. Apparently it was gained for $35 at a comic book shop on Black Friday (20% discount was in full effect).
I’ve decided to start restoring it the best I can, using non-traditional methods when appropriate. Follow along as I restore this Grayskull to its full glory. In this article, I 3D printed the elevator rail. …continue reading Grayskull Restoration Project: Elevator Rail


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Total Toy Zone 1: Transformers (special edition)

I posted the original video back in February. Back then, I was able to get the original digital file onto VHS, but had no reliable means to get VHS back into my computer, so I just focused the camera on my big screen TV. Anyway, I now have a VHS-PC connector, and I just used it on this. It’s much cleaner, and you should be able to see the transformers better. I’m working on “unearthing” additional episodes. Enjoy!


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