MOPA Episode V – The Rediscovered Country

STAR WARS HOTNESS!

Ever since Leia sported that metal bikini in ROTJ, Star Wars has been attracting hot women to be involved. We see it at many a convention when droves of scantily clad young ladies COSPLAY Slave Leia, or wear modified Trooper armor that shows off their, um…”assets”. Anyways, a bright new star has been added to the constellation of gorgeousness that has sprung up in the galaxy far, far away. Lacey Chabert, known for her roles in Mean Girls and Party Of Five, lended her voice to the character of Mako a bounty hunter in SWTOR.

FINALLY KNOW WHAT CHEWIE’S SAYING!

Chronicle Books just came out with How To Speak Wookiee: A Guide To Intergalactic Communication and I am looking forward to picking it up. The folks over at Chronicle put up a pretty funny video about how this book could help with some Wookiee romance.

HARRISON FORD’S NEW JOB AS AN EXTERMINATOR

Star Wars Alumni Harrison Ford, has signed on to the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, due out in 2013. He’ll be playing Col. Hyram Graff, the “drill instructor” at the title character’s battle training school teaching young genius Ender Wiggin how to defeat an alien insect menace.

DARTH PLAGUEIUS MINI-EXCERPT

DelRey has posted a special bonus excerpt from the upcoming Darth Plagueius novel:

“For the Jedi, Mastery was conferred when one attained a true understanding of the ways of the Force; for the Sith, that level of under-standing was merely the beginning.”

BAPE + STAR WARS = GREAT MERCH

Japanese company A Bathing Ape has partnered with Lucas to come out with a line of Star Wars themed merchandise featuring the BAPE mascot Baby Milo. The majority of items will be graphic tees, but there are many other items such as the Star Wars glass set that I intend to get as soon as it’s available.

R.I.P

Bob Anderson

September 15, 1922- January 1, 2012

DREAMING OF A PLASTIC GALAXY

I recently had a chance to contact Brian Stillman, Director and Producer for Plastic Galaxy: The Story of
Star Wars Toys
. A documentary that takes us into the arena of Star Wars toys and collectibles, and how they’ve influenced fandom over the years. He graciously agreed to answer a fer questions a bout his Star Wars fandom, love of collecting, and what he hopes to accomplish with this in depth look at the world of Star Wars Toys. The scheduled release date is August, 2012, on DVD. It’ll be sold online, as well as through select brick-and-mortar stores.

Here’s the Q&A:

> 1. How did you first become a Star Wars fan/collector?

Well… First a little background.

I’ve been a life-long fan of the original movies, and saw them all in the
theater — though I’ll admit, I saw Star Wars in a 1979 re-release.

I also had a lot of the toys as a little kid, including the Millennium
Falcon, AT-AT, some of the playsets, and a lot of the figures. Of course,
as I got older, they all disappeared — I’m sure I destroyed a bunch of
them, and others were either thrown away or sold at yard sales. The perils
of getting older!

Fast forward to maybe 10 years ago when I started collecting vintage
robots and ray guns — and when I say vintage, I mean toys from the 1930s
through the early 1960s. These were the first generation of space toys,
stuff with tie-ins to Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Space Patrol, and other
mid-century properties.

My collecting was pretty much dominated by those toys for a long time…
Until a couple years ago when I started to re-discover Star Wars toys. I’d
remained a hardcore fan of the original trilogy for all that time, but for
some reason, the toys never really interested me — they were too new, I
think. But for whatever reason, one day, it was like a switch was flipped
inside my head and I decided to start buying them again.

It was partly nostalgia and a desire to reconnect with some of the toys of
my youth. It was also a way of collecting something from the films, since
props and the like were out of my price range (generally speaking).

I’ll admit, I kind of resisted them at first. I didn’t love the idea of
spending “robot and ray gun money” on anything other than robots and ray
guns. But eventually I gave in — the toys are too cool, my love for Star
Wars is too strong.

Now I split my money between three hobbies!

> 2. What is the main focus of your collecting?

My focus is a little unfocused, actually…

First, I pretty much only collect vintage Star Wars stuff, whether you’re
talking about toys or movie-related ephemera. If it’s not vintage, I’m
*probably* not too interested in owning it. (There are always exceptions,
of course.)

What’s more, I’m really interested in that moment when Star Wars went from
being a movie to being a movement, if you know what I mean. So generally
speaking, not only do I limit myself to vintage, but I try to stick to the
period between 1976 and 1979. (I know the toys didn’t come out until 1978.
But I also collect movie-related items like Lucasfilm letterhead, press
books, and cast/crew patches and stuff, much of which goes back to the
early days of production.)

Second, I’m a robot guy, and I’m really drawn to droids — particularly
the ones from the first two movies. R2, of course, but also R5, Power
Droid, and 2-1B. If something is droid-related and vintage, I’d probably
like to have it on my shelf.

This includes foreign toys, stuff from companies like Glasslite (Brazil),
Lili Ledy (Mexico), and *especially* Takara (Japan).

Lastly, I collect — with varying degrees of success — Kenner
pre-production stuff. So I’ve got a first-shot Probe Droid (cast in a
lighter shade of grey) and a prototype double-telescoping lightsaber. And
all my focuses really come together with my Power Droid focus, which
includes four proof cards and a first-shot figure (which has a hand-cut
sticker).

Of course, my collection is full of toys and other items that break the
above rules. I’m not going to turn away something cool just because it
doesn’t fit into a focus!

> 3. What do you hope to accomplish with your film?

I want to tell the story behind these toys — their history, how they’re
made, why we think they were important 30 years ago, and why we think
they’re important today.

But I want to satisfy long-time collectors, too. So I’ve got interviews
with people they might only know from books — like former Kenner
employees, authors, and other experts — as well as inside looks at
amazing collections filled with rare toys and prototypes.

I’m hoping to include a lot of special features, which will be geared
towards the more hardcore collector. The really geeky stuff that people
like myself want to see.

That said, I know that this won’t be the final word on the subject. People
learn new things about the toys and the hobby every day, and I’d love it
if this film inspires someone else to dig into an area of the hobby that I
might have missed. And if that happens, I’d be happy to help them out any
way I can.

> 4.How has making this film impacted your view on Star Wars and collecting?

Well… In some ways, it really hasn’t. What I mean is, I’m a fan. I love
these toys, I love their history, I love the films, and I think the
community that’s grown out of the hobby is great. Making the movie hasn’t
changed that at all!

But I’ve obviously learned so much about these toys. And of course, it’s
been a thrill to see some eye-popping collections. I’ve also met great
people, some of whom have become good friends.

I guess you could say that making the film has caused my appreciation for
the hobby to grow more than I would have imagined.

> 5. What’s your favorite Star Wars toy?

Well… I don’t think I can name just one. And I’m pretty sure my answer
changes every time someone asks! So I’ll say SOME of my favorite toys
include:

• The Early Bird set with the double-telescoping Luke (Even though it
includes four figures, I’m counting it as one toy!)

• The original Kenner R2-D2, R5-D4, and Power Droid figures

• Takara’s missile-firing R2-D2 (Imagine how quickly the movie would have
ended if R2 could actually fire missiles!)

• Lili Ledy’s large R2-D2 figure (It looks just like the standard Kenner
figure, but much, much bigger. It’s a really weird toy.)

I hope this answers your questions. Thanks a lot for having me on your
podcast — I really appreciate the support!

-Brian-

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Merchandise, Podcast, Star Wars, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s