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This time I want to showcase my newest additions: First of all I got an excellent Jabba’s Palace diorama from my friend Bram from the UK which he custom made for me. The detail and work he put into it are really amazing, I saw pics of it before it came to me, but it looks a lot more amazing in person. And as if that wasn’t enough already, I got 3 Boushhs along with it, one of which I bought from Bram, the other 2 Boushhs were a free gift. Wow! In addition, I again scored 2 new Lili Ledy Boushhs. Yes, I just can help it, I see a Mexican Boushh and I’m all over it. Last but not least, I can also add 2 new Lando Calrissian Skiff Guards to my collection, one of which is Lili Ledy too.
By the way, all of the figures come with original accessories, even the staffs/vibro axes are included, they are just not pictured here.

hat better way is there to show off my new Boushhs/Lando Calrissian Skiff Guards standing in the new diorama? P.S.: Because of all the excitement it seems I forgot to take a full shot of the diorama, oh well.

 

Leia, about to release Han.
Look at all the little details, amazing.

Hohohoho… I can literally hear him laugh…

From left to right:
Hong Kong COO, No COO, Taiwan COO, Lili Ledy, Lili Ledy

Left: Lili Ledy, right: No COO

Hey fellow readers and collectors,

usually I only blog about my newest acquisitions, but today I want to talk about something completely different. Today it’s all about: the man Kim Simmons. If you don’t know him by now, he is the man who took many of the photos for Kenner’s packaging, sales slides and those images used for internal use of all the different figures / spaceships / packaging / prototypes / whatever-you-name it. He has had all the sought after prototypes in hand, to name a few: Rocket firing Boba Fett, the black cape + golden belt Squidhead and red cape Bib Fortuna. I can remember all kinds of ads from my childhood that made me tell my parents that we need to go to the city NOW to get all the different figures. And he’s also responsible for the photos that were used on the packaging of our beloved toys of Star Wars up through 2000. Until this day I remember standing in front of the toy shop, looking at the box of the B-Wing, wishing I could own one to recreate the scenes pictured on that box. But unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to have one. (Side note: Now that I’m grown up, of course I have fixed this. ;))

Kim goes by a nickname: TheManwhoshotLukeSkywalker. This very cool nickname was first given to Kim in the first edition of the Star Wars Galaxy Collector magazine. I own a copy and I can only encourage you to grab a one too if you are interested in Kim’s work. Among other interesting things, in the interview in this magazine he talks about setting up the shot below:

Some of you who know me to some extent or have followed my blog for a while, you know that I became addicted to Kim’s work and have started a small collection. Sometimes I’m lucky and some of his work becomes available for sale, but unfortunately this doesn’t happen very often. I am trying to acquire everything that I can get my hands on, but sometimes other people are just faster than me and I believe that a lot of stuff is sold ‚behind the curtain‘ and not in public so to speak. Since I have started collecting I have missed out on a few occasions, much to my demise. So far I have acquired 3 8×10″ transparencies and 16 35mm slides that Kim produced back in the days and I’m proud to own them. As I’m writing about 20 new items are on their way to me, but much to your surprise maybe these are not Star Wars related. 🙂 (Hints can already be found on my blog.)

The coolest thing about Kim is, that until to this day he is still passionate about his old work too, just the same way as we collectors are, and he will email you with answers to some of those questions you have had. He has painstakingly done as many high-res scans as he could and archived most, if not all, photos he took in the past. Plus if you have film that was sold to you, if you loan it to him he will more then likely give you a serious discount on a print you order when he returns your film. He offers a great service: You can buy prints of his work in different sizes, so for example you could display them together with your focus figure or print a poster of a pic used in your favorite ad from the past and hang it on your wall. You can view a selection of prints you can get on his website, so head over there now and take a look: http://themanwhoshotlukeskywalker.com/. If you don’t find that image you have been looking for, don’t despair and show no fear, there is a huge chance that Kim can provide you that print. Simply head over to his Facebook page and leave a comment – Kim will read it and help you out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Themanwhoshotlukeskywalker/423659341026868?fref=ts

As always – thanks for reading. 🙂

Hi fellow readers,

maybe you have already read or heard about it, there’s a great vintage SW figure photo contest going on at ratherchildish’s blog. I’m proud to say that my submission made the cut to be among the top 8 pictures. The winner will be determined by vote and the price is an Emperor’s Royal Guard MOC, which I could really need for my collection. 🙂

Anyhow, all the entries are great (the Black Wampa is a classic :)), so head over there and have a look. And if you like, vote. My submission is the one with the Hoth Stormtroopers, called „‚Ready for action“ by Dennis (maniac79)“.

Click >HERE< to join the voting fun.

Below you will see selections of outtakes, that I made for the contest, but didn’t send in as a submission.

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Those who really know me are aware of the fact that I’ve got 2 hobbies. One being Photography, the other being Star Wars as such, but especially the vintage Kenner toy line. It took a while until it hit me, but I thought: Why shouldn’t I combine both hobbies? And this is what this blog is all about.

Please browse the pages on the side menu to find out more background information about me, this blog’s topic, the toys involved or the equipment used.

This is the first picture I wish to share with you.

Maybe you’ll get the point. This picture shows a scene that has not been included in Return of the Jedi: The recording of the secret message for Jabba the Hood without C-3PO knowing. After I took this shot I realized that when R2-D2 later played the secret message to Jabba Luke was not wearing his cape, but oh well…