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Living the #FigLife Top 5 Power of the Force Figures

When Star Wars got a second life in the mid to late 90’s I was onboard and collected almost every Power of the Force figures because those were my Star Wars toys… After you read my Top 5 stick around to read Michael Carlson from The Awesome 80’s Pod favorite Star Wars figures.

5. Hoth Rebel Soldier

Generic rebel fig that I could be used anywhere in the galaxy not just Hoth. The removable backpack is a good touch as well.

4. Grand Moff Tarkin

Peter Cushing having his own figure meant using him for Hammer Horror bookings. He faced the Universal Monsters from the Ghostbusters line.

3. Darth Vader

The first handful of characters I received Vader was one of them, he was just menacing. Prop his arm up and he could force choke anyone.

2. Rebel Fleet Trooper

Just like the Hoth soldier I could make this trooper join the Force or turn to the dark side. I enjoyed the background characters a lot more than the main cast.

1. Bossk

The coolest reptilian in the galaxy. When it comes to bounty hunters, keep your Boba Fett and give me Bossk any day. When he first showed up in The Empire Strikes Back I hope to see more of him but didn’t. He became my chase figure for a long time but when that time came and I found him, take my money!

Now a word from Michael Carlson…

All of my life adults have been telling me to grow up. To me there is a fine line between being childish and childlike, a line between being irresponsible and just seeing the wonder and joy in the world. To me the wonder and nostalgia of childhood is encapsulated in 3 3/4 inch action figures from the early 1980s, I.e. G.I. Joe and Star Wars.

Since I became a homeowner I have multiple times in my head rationalized some of my childlike collections. Ahhh Hell! there are plenty of old guys into train sets and remote control so forgive me for preaching to the choir. F-those people who don’t get the joy of others and get all superior and judgy. If you spend time judging people for anything you are wasting your life.

I was asked to give a list of my favorite Star Wars figures from the Power of the Force line from the 90s. Some figure critics judge and write the early figures off as being too WWE shaped. For the time the G. I. Joes, the Marvel and D.C. figures plus the WWE figures all had that V-shaped upper body that was cool. It may give boys unrealistic ideas about the kind of workouts they need to do but that was the style.

5. C-3PO with cargo net

Just the memories of being a kid and taking the 80 version apart makes me like this figure. I’m transported to Cloud City there are Ugnaughts everywhere and Goldenrod is being carried around in a bag, I just love it.

4. Chewbacca as Boushh’s Bounty

Chewbacca, acting as a prisoner, and Princess Leia, disguised as the bounty hunter Boussh, infiltrate Jabba’s Palace. As a figure you could use it either for the Death Star Cell Bock transfer or the imprisoned Jabba‘s Palace scene. To me though what makes him great is the hair. He just looks messy, and just watching as the original trilogy progressed and seeing Chewy’s costume just get better and better. I love it. Chewbacca, acting as a prisoner, and Princess Leia, disguised as the bounty hunter Boussh, infiltrate Jabba’s Palace.

3. Leia in Boushh Disguise

I was unable to purchase this figure in the Power of the Force box and I was only able to find it in the Shadows of the Empire box. I just love the visual of the costume and figure and her holding the thermal detonator. She is so badass!Princess Leia Organa disguised as Bounty Hunter Boushh was released on different cardbacks in the Shadows Of The Empire and Power Of The Force 2 toy lines.

2. Bespin Luke Skywalker

Luke’s face had great sculpting! To me when I was pretending to be Luke this is the Luke in my mind I was. Fighting Vader, training with Yoda, going on that adventure.

1. Han Solo Stormtrooper

This Han Solo as Stormtrooper was a mail-away exclusive through Kelloggs in late 1995 through 1996. To me this was my first of the series and I couldn’t help but think about early childhood when I sent away for The G.I. Joe, William the Refrigerator Perry figure and the Anakin Skywalker. This is what collecting figures is all about.

I did want to give an honorable mention to the Power of the Force flashback series. The Aunt Beru, Hoth Chewbacca, floppy hat Luke, and Yoda with fun accessories. Great ones that I just don’t love are the Bib Fortuna, Biggs Darklighter, Han Solo in Carbonite, also the one I have out and about it on my desk is the Han Solo from the Power of the Force Commtech Series.

For my figures at the time I spent more money than is reasonable but I loved it every step of the way…I was a very happy addict and owning over 90% of the entire line. As a child every time I would run around the corner of a hallway I expected a group of storm troopers to be there. Every time I climbed a ladder I was climbing a ladder inside the falcon to shoot at Tie-fighters. But, these figures were not my figures even though I had the receipt. My figures we sold at a series of garage sales. I was piecing out my childhood one IP at a time. One garage sale, there goes the He-Men, six more months there go the Transformers, the Star Wars…the G. I. Joes. From 1995-99 there was no question with every paycheck I was going to set aside a portion to just buy action figures. Specifically 80s G.I. Joes and 90s Star Wars was my main focus with my 80s ethos going through my mind. I’m a big Goonies fan and the scene where Mouth is it at the old Lost Garden Wishing Well collecting coins he says something. “This is my wish my dream and it didn’t come true and I’m taking it back I’m taking em all back”, that was my mantra. Who is anyone to tell you what you like isn’t awesome regardless of what it is, and I was getting them all back. To me my dream was to stay young forever and feel like I’m riding Falcor from The Never Ending Story, and these 3 3/4 inch figures do that for me.

Matt The Radar Tech Makes His Way To Star Wars Battlefront II

Its been, objectively, almost a decade since SNL has been at the top of its game, but now that the show is back in the lime light, a popular sketch may be soon considered “canon” in the Star Wars Universe.

Adam Driver appeared in an Undercover Boss sketch as Kylo Ren, infiltrating Star Killer Base to find out what the crew really think of him during his hosting gig last year. The sketch became so popular that now you can take his “Matt the Radar Tech” character into the massively popular Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Star Wars HQ has released footage of the orange vest’ed, blonde haired Kylo Ren as Matt tearing his way through enemies on different maps.

If you want to take Matt into action yourself, you can can get the mod  from GameTSF here, and the Fire Saber one from DeathsStrokeYT at this link. Check out the reveal video below.

 

Geek Nerdery: The Last Jedi

I’m joined by both of my co-horts from The Midnight Drive-In as we relish in our geek love for Star Wars in talking about The Last Jedi.  This entire conversation is a spoiler review so be warned before turning on the podcast.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

Carrie Fisher Tribute Video Debuts At Star Wars 40th Annversary Panel

The Star Wars 40th Anniversary celebration is currently underway at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Of course no celebration happening this year would be complete without giving tribute to the Princess that lead the Rebellion against the Empire. Check out the tribute to Carrie Fisher below, and you should get some tissue ready, because, you know, the feels…

Following the tribute, composer John Williams lead a live orchestra in a performance of Princess Leia’s Theme.

Carrie Fisher To Appear In Episode IX

The sudden death of the beloved franchise great Carrie Fisher left many in the Star Wars fandom stunned and saddened. Thankfully, it was well known that Fisher’s role in Episode VIII had already been filmed, but many have been wondering just how Fisher would be written out of the franchise since Disney had pledged not to use a CGI version of her much like they did for Peter Cushing’s Governor Tarken. Well, we now have the answer. She won’t be.

Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd and Brother Todd Fisher has confirmed that Fisher will make an appearance in Episode IX saying “Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher at the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles. “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful,” Fisher also said. “I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”

“She’s in [Episode] VIII, and we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger of the upcoming “The Last Jedi” movie. “Her performance, which we’ve been really pleased with, remains as it was.”

It seems that Disney plans to re-purpose deleted scenes from both prior entries to create her role for the final film in the new trilogy. However it is not known how, to what degree or if they will eventually kill her off in the last installment to correspond with her potential absence in any further movies.

Star Wars Rebels Brings Fan Favorite Legends Story Into Official Lore

Oh Star Wars: Rebels, you really are winning my heart. After a jump-out-of-your-seat appearance by Grand Admiral Thrawn from Timothy Zahns trilogy of Star Wars Books known as the Thrawn Trilogy, more lore from Star Wars past is now official canon once again.

Zahn’s popular trilogy of books launched a line of over 100 canonical books that expanded on the universe created by George Lucas and with Rebels introducing one of the most memorable characters, Grand Admiral Thrawn, into the official canon, we wouldn’t have to wait long before Disney started to bring in more of the beloved stories into this new expanded universe.

In episode 13 of this season (season 3), comic.com noticed that an ancient conflict known as the Mandalorian War was quickly slipped in under our radar when Kanan Jarrus drops the bomb saying that “History lesson: The Jedi won the war with Mandalore,” bringing the bloody war first introduced in Bioware’s epic Knight of the Old Republic video games into Disney’s fold and of course that also could potentially bring Darth Revan who, spoilers mind you, gave gamers one of the biggest twist endings since The Sixth Sense.

Now, Revan isn’t officially official yet, but the mere mention of the Mandalorian War brings all kinds of possibilities to the table for expansion of dozens of stories and characters from the much beloved Legens universe back into the Star Wars family but giving Disney the freedom from being restrained by all that lore.

Episode 8 Gets A Name – The Last Jedi

It is just under a year away from the release of Star Wars Ep. 8 and Disney is just starting to get the hype machine rolling by revealing what the official sub-title will be – The Last Jedi.

The name implies what we already know , that Luke is officially the last Jedi in existence, sine Rey is not yet a Jedi, but known to be force sensitive. However that is all that Disney is telling us by keeping the mouses lips sealed tight.

If this implies that Luke dies and leaves Rey as the last Jedi or could refer to them both  since Jedi is both singular and plural. Of course that is all speculation at this point.

Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15th.

The Awesome 80’s Podcast podshort for Rogue One. (Spoiler Heavy)

Last night, like so many of us at the GeekNerdery, I attended the late showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (in ultra realistic ultra 3 ultra D no less) with one Michael James Carlson, one of the fine gentlemen that runs The Awesome 80’s Podcast. Afterwards, we took to Steak N Shake and laid down our thoughts on the movie over steaks and shakes.  The bedlam that followed is below for your listening pleasure. 

Big thanks to Michael and Glen from Awesome 80’s for letting me back in the Co-Host game!

Podshort – Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

REVIEW: I Am Your Father

A little while ago, in a city within driving distance of my home, I met David Prowse –the one and true Darth Vader– for upwards of a minute after I paid either him or his handler the mandated $15 for an autographed picture. There is photographic proof of this encounter somewhere. Of course I knew who he was, but frankly at the time, I was more excited to meet Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and of course, Ray Park, whose face was on my undergarment at the time of meeting him…full if not completely unnecessary disclosure.

I digress.

My point being any Star Wars fan worth their salt knows who David Prowse is. That he spends almost every weekend (according to the documentary) at a con or fan festival does nothing but further reinforce this fact.

So why I Am Your Father feels as though it needs to redeem the man behind the most recognizable mask in the known world had me curious. And with Rogue One less than a month away, I gave it a shot.

The documentary itself has a few thesis points that it wants to make. Questions they want answered are: Who is David Prowse the man? Why wasn’t his the face we saw at the end of Jedi? Did Lucasfilm wrong him? Who or what is the…ahem…”force” responsible for David Prowse not yet receiving an invitation to any of the official Star Wars Celebrations?

Writer/Directors Toni Bestard and Marcos Cabota do their best to answer these questions along the way while trying to build up the mystery of whether or not David Prowse will be part of the unmasking Vader scene re-shoot.

I’m not sure how I feel about the overall success of their mission. Yes, they fill in the blanks to all the questions they want answered (to the best ability of anyone willing to talk to them) , and SPOILER ALERT: Mr. Prowse totally agrees to be in the re-shoot, but the whole thing feels a little scattershot in the end. As though they’re telling you the story first hand, but keep going off on tangents before getting back to their focus,  and “oh but also we forgot this part which may or may not be relevant by the end”.
The filmmakers say they wanted to give back recognition to him for his contribution to the Star Wars legacy. With the exception of the official Star Wars cons snubbing and infamously being replaced as Anakin by Sebastian Shaw, I personally don’t see where he isn’t getting it, even within the doc itself.

Yes, there seems to be a still open wound inside of him about his face and voice being switched that just doesn’t want to heal. And yes,maybe the filmmakers want to help repair that by re-shooting the final scene and showing it to a small group of people, but end of the day, if you’re holding on to a grudge for THAT many years, will re-shooting that scene with new actors only to be viewed by a handful of people ever really fix you?

It’s an interesting watch as it gives you a brief recap of his life and career (I took special joy in finding out that his wife considers Star Wars to be an intrusion on their life together…even HIS marriage isn’t immune). The film itself doesn’t give any big reveals to Star Wars buffs who might be looking for extra behind the scenes details. Also, due to rights, you never actually see all of the finished re-shoot. Still, I’ve spent an hour and a half doing much worse things. (Looking at you Episode I.)

I Am Your Father is currently streaming on Netflix.