Action Figures & Their Beers -- The devil, you say!

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-02-19, 02:30:50


Ever see the movie Legend, with Tom Cruise? Yeah. Masters of the Universe Classics Goat Man (covered briefly in this article, about half-way down the page) is the closest I can get in my collection to Tim Curry’s character, Darkness. And with that tenuous connection out of the ...

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Droids Custom IG-88: Inked!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-02-15, 07:53:02

Hey folks - I'm thrilled to share that I've made some fantastic progress on the IG-88 custom. Inks are all done. That's like record speed! And I had to ink the hell out of this piece. But I got in a groove and the ink just flowed. Check it out... Image

Next up will be scanning and coloring. Coloring can take a few weeks, depending on how much free time I can dedicate to it. I still think I'm easily on track to finish and ship these before Orlando. Finger's crossed!

Well done, "Rogue One"

by Darth Danno
on 2017-02-15, 07:43:13

Ya know, I just hate it when life gets in the way of all the really important stuff, like writing weekly articles for this site! Last week, I had a bunch of conflicts each day that kept me away, and the week before I was sick…the whole week! But now I'm back and we can get down to business!!

"Rogue One" has done quite well for itself, so far it's:

  • The #1 film of 2016 domestically
  • The only film of 2016 to cross the $500 million mark domestically
  • The #2 film of 2016 worldwide ("Captain America: Civil War" is #1, and "Rogue One" would currently have to make $105.3 million more to surpass it.)
  • The #2 Star Wars film domestically and worldwide
  • It's currently #7 on the highest grossing films of all time domestically
  • It's currently #20 on the highest grossing films of all time worldwide

So I guess George handing over the reins to the mouse haven't turned out to be too bad of a decision. Let's just hope "The Last Jedi" and the yet untitled Han Solo standalone film can hold up their ends and keep the hits coming.

Action Figures & Their Beers - Imperial Majesty

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-02-15, 05:24:49


Come on, with a name like that, it’s got to be paired up with the Emperor’s Royal Guards (2012 Vintage Collection). And the copy on the back is sure to appeal to former Royal Guard and ultra-loyalist, Kir Kanos. “Do not fear the Imperial Red who comes in peace ...

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The next great Droids custom has begun! IG-88!!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-02-08, 08:33:41

Hello fellow art fans, Droids lovers, and Vintage collectors! I'm thrilled to announce that I've begun drawing the cardback art for my next Droids custom action figure. And, just in case you somehow missed the bright red headline, I'll let you in on the secret - it's IG-88! Image

Now IG-88 has been BY FAR my most requested Droids custom. Going back a dozen years, people have been asking me to do IG-88. I even get asked all the time if various other Droids custom IG-88s are my work. People tag them on Facebook with my name, thinking I'm the artist. Up until today, they've always been wrong.

The pencils here aren't 100% complete. I have a couple ideas I still want to incorporate. My goal was to depict IG-88 as kind of a lumbering menace while adhering to the Droids art aesthetic; a goal which I believe I achieved. I hope you like it.

And no, you can't pre-order one. They'll be announced for sale when finished, and be sold first-come, first-served. That'll happen sometime before Celebration Orlando 2017.

Action Figures & Their Beers - For Old Times' Sake

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-02-07, 02:39:27


“Heh. Not bad for an old-timer!”TAB— Judd Nelson as Hot Rod, TransFormers: The Movie, 1986

That quote is the first thing that sprang to mind when I saw bottles of this stuff on the supermarket shelf. So, of course I had to buy some and pair it ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers: Doctor, doctor, gimme the brews....

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2017-02-05, 16:26:30


Good ol’ Wychwood Brewery is expanding its repertoire, but trying to find anything new in the supermarkets these days is bloody difficult. I happened upon a treasure-trove of beer & wine at a local Bargain Booze outlet (yes, it’s actually a chain called “Bargain Booze”) and will ...

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Celebration Orlando 70 days away!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-02-01, 13:00:59

I stopped by and saw that we're 70 days away from the festivities. 10 weeks until I'll be down there setting up a booth and then most likely packing thousands of Star Tots into their little plastic clamshells for the last time ever (unless we can convince them to do Droids and Ewoks Tots, which they totally should!). This thing is approaching very fast!

I'm actually feeling pretty great about the status of my prep this far out. All the fundraisers are on schedule. I've completed almost every art project I'll need to do, pending a decision on one last piece. My goal was to have enough completed that I can begin working on a Droids custom and release it sometime before Orlando, and that looks totally doable at this point. The booth looks to be fully staffed. It's going so well I might actually be able to do something crazy - RELAX!

I'll still be counting down the days. This is looking to be one excellent adventure!

The 10 most anticipated movies of 2017

by Darth Danno
on 2017-01-25, 09:29:28

I know one of these is out already, and there really are A LOT of great films coming out this year, but this list only has spots for ten, so here’s what I’m looking forward to most in 2017:

  1. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  2. Murder on the Orient Express (Daisy Ridley is in it, nuff said.)
  3. John Wick 2
  4. Underworld: Blood Wars (Kate Beckinsale in skin tight black leather, count me in!)
  5. Saw: Legacy (Yeah, I’m a fan of the franchise, let’s move on.)
  6. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  7. Alien: Covenant
  8. Wonder Woman
  9. Kong: Skull Island
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.

SCAM ALERT - Now all your Vintage baggies might be fake!

by Bill Cable
on 2017-01-18, 10:33:28

The astute detectives over at SWF.UK have uncovered yet another scammer selling fakes. It's no longer enough to avoid the thousands of AFA-graded ToyToni MOC fake Vintage figures - now you gotta avoid baggie figures as well!

You can read all about it by clicking this handy link, and you'd be wise to educate yourself post-haste! The fakes span a wide swath of baggie options. From SWF.UK's list:

  • SW-a
  • SW-b
  • SW-d
  • ESB-b
  • Meccano red sticker offer
  • ROTJ-a
  • ESB-h - extra wide
  • Palitoy-a - POTF figures

Add to those confirmed fakes, potential fakes of ESB-d, ROTJ-j, and Palitoy-k. That's a ton of different fakes! Among them is the particularly rare Meccano baggie figures, one of which I just happened to add recently to my 3PO collection... Image

Fortunately I purchased mine from a rock-solid source, and I don't have to worry. The red color of the sticker on the fakes is way off as well, easy to spot. So I'm safe in this purchase. But if you've been collecting Vintage baggies, you might have been scammed!

And to follow up - how come all these fakers popping up are British? I know people from England are typically cast as villains in most movies (except when the plot is about Nazis), but are you guys so concerned with keeping up your image that you're resorting to ACTUAL super-villainy?? Come on guys - take after James Bond, not Moriarty! is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!!
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