When you think of Star Wars it is almost impossible to grasp the scope of such an iconic franchise. It debuted at exactly the right time when audiences were itching for great effects, the abilities of science and space travel, and the very human element of heroes succeeding against impossible odds. Star Wars showed that no matter how far technology, time, and space travel evolution will ever evolve -- we will never lose the basic elements that make us human. Love, hate, greed and redemption will go with us always. It was a bold story mixed with the right amount of imagination to capture decades of fans and enthusiasts.
Over the years there has been an enormous amount of merchandise release celebrating the Star Wars franchise. From action figures to lunchboxes to costumes -- there is little that has yet to proudly wear Star Wars dressing. Action figures have been blessed to be at the forefront of Star Wars merchandise. It has been great for collectors -- Star Wars action figures have scarcely ever left the shelves since the movies debuted. Today we are going to look at some of the more unique Star Wars figures that have captured our hearts.
Easily one of the house favorites is the line of Ralph Mcquarrie signature figures. Released in 2003, these figures are based on some of the sketches done by the early and revered art designers of Star Wars, Mr. Ralph Mcquarrie. Why this matters is that Star Wars succeeded because it had such great design and artistic direction as a franchise, and these figures prove the work and dedication that went into making something into a certified classic. What is neat is that the Mcquarrie figure look so very different from what we all recognize as Han Solo, Boba Fett, and Storm Troopers. It is unbelievably neat to see the origins of these figures in actual toy form that can be put on your shelf. When they were released, they were part of a limited run making them more popular and cherished by collectors. Let's take a look at some of our favorites:
When it comes to G.I. Joe, where to begin? An iconic 1980's story and franchise, it is beloved by many fans and collectors. What's great about G.I. Joe is that the franchise is steeped in both the history of action figures and vintage in its own right. G.I. Joe figures were among some of the first toys that spawned the beginnings of action figures. So if you collect action figures you owe G.I. Joe its due respect. We love that.
Then, of course, G.I. Joe's are awesome because they are not superheroes -- they are each just expertly skilled in their own respective weaponry and fields of battle. That makes it easy to find a favorite character to root for. Flint anyone? G.I. Joe figures are unique because they have been around for what seems like ages now. There are various sizes to collect, from the more lifelike 12 inch size to the rabbid 3 3/4 inch versions. Lots of weapons, lots of accessories and generally lots of variations to enjoy.
It's also neat that G.I. Joe is certified awesome. We don't have to sit here and defend this franchise. It's cultural iconic run in the 1980's helped to ensure that everyone has "The Real American Hero" slogan imprinted in their brain. Even the graphic text is recognizable to many people that aren't die hard enthusiasts.
BATTLE SCENE PRODUCTIONS IS MAKING AN EPIC VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATION AND NOW YOU CAN SEE THEIR 1st TRAILER FOR THE PROJECT.
WE ARE BRINGING LIFE INTO WWII TOY SOLDIERS AT A NEW LEVEL.
Another stall, which caught my attention was stall of the West Norfolk IPMS Scale Model Club. I wish I had taken some more pictures of their models, hopefully next year I will have more time to take more pictures.
I have been the first time to the IPMS event at Telford and was just blown away!In the next few weeks I will share all those photos I took. I will probably introduce the separate SIGs (Special Interest Groups) and other clubs with different posts. So here the first one, the Classic British Kits special interest group, which focuses on plastic model kits from the golden age of the hobby in Britain.