Tuesday, 29 June 2010

General Grievous Action Figure w/ STAP and Battle Droid

This figure of General Grievous may look cool hanging off the back of a STAP but the truth is its such a poorly balanced figure this is the only way I come up with to keep the figure upright, originally it was supposed to be Anakin Skywalker riding the STAP as seen in TCW theatrical movie, still I think Grievous looks cool with his unsophisticated blaster. The two STAP are pretty nice, both have dual firing missiles the release for which is actually the base plate that the figures stand on giving the impression then that the figure has pulled down on the handle bars whenever the missiles are fired.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Droideka Action Figure

Based on how the droidekas aka destroyer droids appear in TCW, this figure has dual firing missiles which is always fun and also compresses most of the way into a ball with a nice button on the side to make the head pop up and arms/guns pop out, see right.

EU: The Force Unleashed Novelization

Much like the movie novelizations, this book retells the story from The Force Unleashed video game but with added insight into character's thoughts etc, what's interesting about this book however is that it's based on a video game and rather than telling new stories about those characters or situations it's literally just a novel adaption of the game, a testament I guess to how good the story is in the game that it is also able to hold up as a novel. Best thing this book adds to the story? More wookiees!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Dengar Action Figure

One of the bounty hunters from the line-up in ESB, Dengar really makes his mark in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy of books... and in Robot Chicken of course.

Shadow Trooper Action Figures

Wish I could remember if these guys were a Valentine's or Anniversary gift, either way they're awesome and prove my girl has great taste!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Grand Admiral Thrawn Action Figure

Considered by many to be the greatest character from the Expanded Universe if not simply the greatest character in Star Wars. To say Grand Admiral Thrawn is a tactical genius is a serious understatement, this man (sorry, this Chiss) can tell all your military tactics simply by studying some of your civilizations artwork.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

John D. Branon (aka Fake Wedge) Action Figure

It's Fake Wedge! This character, John D. Branon appears in the Rebel briefing scene in a ANH and is the guy who complains about having to hit an exhaust port thats only 2 metres and Luke Skywalker famously tells him he used to bulls eye womp rats that weren't much bigger, however the novelization and the original script called for this character to be Wedge Antilles earning Branon the nick name amongst fans of Fake Wedge.

Poggle the Lesser Action Figure

Poggle the Lesser, leader of the Geonosians, first appeared in AOTC then again in TCW season 2. I really like the wingspan on the this figure, the veins catch the light really nicely.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

AOTC Obi-Wan Kenobi Action Figure w/ Delta 7 Starfighter

This was on my first vehicles, only just got the Obi-Wan to sit inside so now I have a figure for all my vehicles. I really like the design of this ship, its one thing in particular from the prequels that really seems to fit along side the tech of the original trilogy. See right for the Obi-Wan action figure itself complete with com-link and his AOTC mullet.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Basic Stormtrooper Action Figures

As with Clone Troopers I also got a load of different Stormtrooper action figures so starting here with just the simple plain troopers. Much like the Vader costume everyone knows exactly who these guys are with no explanation, 33 years later the Stormtrooper helmet still looks awesome.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Zev Senesca Action Figure

Good old Zev Senesca, the rebel snow speeder pilot who finds Han and Luke after their night out in the snow and ice on Hoth. I've blogged him, repeat, I've blogged him.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Orn Free Taa Action Figure

Its the fat Twi'lek Senator, Orn Free Taa seen here in a flying senate pod.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi Action Figure

Hello there! It's Old Ben Kenobi, the crazy wizard who lives in the Dune Sea. Odd accessory with this figure, Kenobi comes complete with table but I guess it makes more sense since it has a holo-Leia on it, he is after all her only hope.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Cad Bane Action Figure

From the Clone Wars TV series comes this incredibly bounty hunter based on Lee Van Cleef's character in the Man with No Name trilogy. The hat is just plain awesome.

EU: The Han Solo Trilogy

As promised in the last EU post, this is the 'real' Han Solo trilogy. Every question ever asked and not asked about Han Solo is answered across these three books, where'd he come from, how'd he met Chewbacca, how'd he win the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, what has Jabba the Hutt got against him?

Mace Windu Action Figure

Jedi Master Mace Windu, seen here looking pretty relaxed for the man.

Covert Ops Clone Trooper Action Figure

Original designed purely as an action figure, these Clone Troopers make an appearance in the Republic Commando novels when they are sent in to hunt down a Clone deserter.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Phase 1 ARC Trooper Action Figures

Amongst the most bad-ass of all my Clone Troopers are these two red ARC Troopers in phase 1 armor, i.e. based on the Clones from AOTC however I believe this design only appeared in the Dark Horse comics. Awesome accessories and a nice big gun on the one on the left.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Watto Action Figure

He's a Toydarian, mind tricks don't work on him. Love or hate the prequels, Watto is awesome and this action figure has one of thee best paint jobs I've yet to see, love the character, love the figure.

EU: The Lando Calrissian Adventures and The Han Solo Adventures

Two trilogies condensed into two books. These some of the very earliest Expanded Universe novels and as such they come across as very weird in places and not particularly Star Wars-esque, I mean just look at some of the titles in the Lando trilogy, 'Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu', it's as strange as it sounds. The Han Solo books are definitely the better of the two trilogies but neither stands out as must reads, unless like me you just have to read everything.

Next EU post will be the REAL Han Solo trilogy...

Tycho Celchu Action Figure

This character was made famous for his role in the X-Wing series of novels and with a nice bit of retcon appears very briefly in ROTJ flying an A-Wing in the Battle of Endor hence he's dressed here in an A-Wing pilot's uniform. Not many figures come complete with smug grin making this one extra cool.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

I-5YQ Action Figure

As mentioned in previous posts, this is I-5YQ. First appearing in Darth Maul: Shadowhunter, then showing up in the Medstar Duology and finally in the Coruscant Nights trilogy, I-5YQ maybe a protocol droid but due to some vaguely explained tinkering with his processors he has achieved true sentience. Really entertaining character, as soon as I-5 shows up you knows it gonna be an awesome book, one plot in particular had me in stitches when I-5 was feeling left out at a bar and wrote himself an algorithm to get drunk.

Imperial Probe Droid w/ Snowtrooper Action Figure

Two figures from the ESB here. A snowtrooper on the left and an imperial probe droid on the right.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Clone Pilots Matchstick and Oddball Action Figures

Two Clone Pilots from the Clone Wars TV Series here. On the left is Matchstick who first appeared in the season 1 episode, 'Shadows of Malevolence' and on the right is Oddball who made his first appearance flying alongside Skywalker and Kenobi in the opening sequence of ROTS but has appeared retroactively in TCW. As I understand it Matchstick is part of Anakin's fighter squadron and Oddball falls under Kenobi's command but with the two Jedi constantly working together its hard to say for sure.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Titanium Delta-7 Collection

After I exhausted the titanium TIE fighter collection I moved on to the these Jedi Starfighters, also known as Delta-7s, above are two of Anakin Skywalkers fighters, the yellow model on the right is from the ongoing CG Clone Wars TV series and the blue model, complete with built in hyderdrive generators, is from the original Clone Wars mini-series.

Left of this text is Obi-Wan's Delta-7 as it appeared in AOTC complete with hyperspace ring, this was the first model I bought in this series but far from the last. The hyperspace ring can be removed making this model look the same as the two pictured above.

On the right is a green Delta-7 belonging to Kit Fisto. Below on the left is Saesee Tiin's orange starfighter and on the right is Plo Koon's blue starfighter.

Both Kit's and Saesee's star fighters first appeared in the original Clone Wars mini-series and Plo Koon's ship appears during the Order 66 sequence in ROTS.

Bossk Action Figure

It's Bossk, one of the bounty hunters from ESB. Excellent sculpt this, looks exactly as he does standing on the bridge of the Executor. While he gets very little screen time in the original trilogy, Bossk gets a lot of coverage in the EU and recently made an appearance in the TCW.

EU: Coruscant Nights Trilogy

From the same author as the Medstar dulogy and Darth Maul: Shadowhunter, Michael Reeves. Whereas Medstar was M.A.S.H but in Star Wars, this dark and moody trilogy is a Film Noir set on Coruscant in the wake of Order 66.

IG-100 MagnaGuard Action Figure

One of General Grievous's elite body guards, this figure is based on their appearance in the Clone Wars TV series.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Darth Sidious Action Figure

The finally entry for Darth week, the greatest of all the Darths, Darth Sidious. Whereas the Emperor Palpatine figure I posted previously was based on his appearance in ROTJ, this one comes complete with lightsaber and is based on his appearance in ROTS in his duel with Yoda.

Friday, 4 June 2010

VIDEO: Action Figure Collection Setup

Hey, today I picked up a new set of lights for my action figure collection and some glossy black backing card for the shelving I use for my display. So in order in to set up the new lights and attach the backing card I had to take all my figures down first.

This stuck me as a cool opportunity to show off the sheer number of figures I now have, which is approaching 250 figures by recording a time-lapse of me setting up the figures again after making my modifications, hope you enjoy.

Darth Krayt and Darth Talon Action Figures

From four thousand years before the movies with yesterdays posts to one hundred and forty years after with today's. On the left is Darth Krayt, ruler of the galaxy in the Legacy comics, Krayt does away with the rule of two and rather than one apprentice has many, one of which is Darth Talon, seen on the right.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Knights of the Old Republic I and II

Couldn't post Revan and Malak without posting these video games as well, Knights of the Old Republic is thee greatest Star Wars game of all time, arguably the greatest video game of all time, certainly my favourite.

In the first game you take on the role of a Republic soldier who gets swept up in galactic events, eventually becoming a Jedi and saving the galaxy from the Sith, assuming that's what you choose. Choice is a big part of these awesome RPGs letting the player decide between dark and light every step of the way. No spoilers but I will say that the plot is incredible, as good as if not better than any of the Star Wars movies.

The second game, subtitled The Sith Lords, takes place a few years after the first game and you take the role of an ex-jedi who has lost their connection to the force, suffice to say throughout the game you earn it back but same again, no spoilers. While the story isn't quite up to the level of the first game, the gameplay itself is nicely refined and still does a great job of making the player feel like an active part of the story.

Darth Revan and Darth Malak Action Figures

Darth Malak on the left and Darth Revan on the right. Almost four thousand years before the Star Wars movies these two ex-jedi ruled the galaxy with Revan as the master and Malak as his apprentice. First appearing in the original Knights of the Old Republic video game they have both had constant references and mentions in other EU sources and provide the inspiration for Darth Bane's 'rule of two'.

May not look like anything spectacular to the untrained eye but the Darth Revan is by far the most expensive single action figure I own due the figure's rarity and the character's popularity, if you don't understand why you need to play the KOTOR games.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Darth Bane Action Figure

Hopefully from the previous post you've gathered I love Darth Bane and if you've been following this blog you've figured out by now that if I love the character I have to have the action figure.

Can't for wait for the paperback release of the third Bane novel, hurry up Del Rey, hurry up!

EU: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Rule of Two

Two of the greatest and freshest Star Wars books ever written here. Anyone familiar enough with the prequel trilogy will know that when it comes to Sith, always two there are, a master and an apprentice, well these books are the reason why.

It's hard to talk too much about these books since they're all about the twists and turns and I wouldn't want to spoil anything for anyone who might read them, suffice to say they're both awesome books and Darth Bane is a brilliant character, a true anti-hero you root for the whole time.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Darth Maul Action Figure

Cool looking figure this but not too much articulation making this about the only decent pose he can pull. Keep checking back as Darth week continues and the best is yet to come!

Darth Tyrannus/Count Dooku Action Figure

TCW style Count Dooku aka Darth Tyrannus. Nice sculpt this, it's not often robes look better in plastic than fabric but this one is a definite exception, awesome face sculpt on this one too, the brow is simply bad-ass.