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Paul Smith’s Dining Room
Yup, you read that title correct. Let's let Paul fill us in. He writes, "Hi Guys, I'm Paul from Cambridgeshire, UK. I have my own Star Wars dining room...how I ever talked the wife into it I'll never know lol!"
Clearly Mrs. Smith should be nominated for "Wife of the Galaxy!"
We asked Paul a few questions about his amazing and colourful collection. The vintage Kenner display of boxes are actually "all MIB with unused contents – unapplied sticker sheets, unplayed with but boxes open at one end (with the exception of the Imperial Shuttle, I was lucky enough to pick up a MISB example which was awesome!)
His incredible Han in Carbonite piece was purchased "from a very talented guy called John from Whitby in the east of the UK, He makes these as a hobby, he casts, paints and makes the frame which is illuminated by LED lights, I have installed a rechargeable spot light above so I can change the color and effects by remote control, so it makes it more of a feature piece!"
The three crossed lightsabers that are mounted above his Stormtrooper display are the “room or nightlight” versions, the only down side to these is that they do switch themselves off after around 15 minutes which is not ideal… but they do come with a remote control."
Speaking of the Stormtrooper display, we asked Paul about that particular focus: "I suppose I have always loved Stormtroopers after the impression made by them seeing Star Wars for the first time aged four and a half in 1977 with them exploding onto the screen, I have always tried to pick up a stormtrooperwhen I seen them in their different incarnations… The helmet is again a fan made repro, modelled by another very talented artist called David from Widnes in the UK, he makes several Star Wars props and this is his latest updated Mk 3 mould. He has been trying to perfect the Stormy Lid for 20-30 years so definitely a labour of love! He also has several happy customers around the world, me being one of them! One day im hoping to get the armour to go with it…but unfortunately at the moment “ I’m a bit too Fat to be a Stormtrooper…!”
One element that stands out in Paul's dining room is the different types of bright colours that just make everything in the room stand out. From the yellow/orange walls to the multiple lightsabers with green, red and blue blades to the ominous lights coming from the Han in Carbonite the entire collection just shines.
Thanks for sharing with us Paul!
Matthew Scott: Greedo Shrine
Matthew's collection is just amazing. White cabinets and shelving to highlight his action figures, and a table overflowing with Lego are exactly why we love featuring collector's Star Wars rooms here on The Sandcrawler but there's something else about this collection we can't quite put our finger on. Oh wait! That's right, it's the GIANT green shrine to everyone's favourite Rodian and one of the Original 21 Kenner Star Wars figures: Greedo! Kermit the Frog said, "it isn't easy being green" but clearly Matt's collection doesn't have the same problem. Not only is green the primary colour when we think of Greedo but in this display, the hapless bounty hunter who NEVER GOT A SHOT OFF at Han Solo is literally framed in green lights. Matthew has a variety of Greedo figures in this display and what we especially like about it is the two large prints featuring Greedo and those glassy eyes, staring down at effigies of himself. If you have a particular passion for a particular character, be like Matthew and be BOLD!
Derek Spier of 'Raising Fangirls'
There is so much to love in the collection of Derek Spier of Raising Fangirls. Let's start with the choice of shelving, namely the bright red bookcase. More and more we're beginning to realize how important the colour of the furniture used in displaying our collections. Regular woodgrain just doesn't do the action figures justice but a vibrant red? It just makes the toys look that much more fun! And Derek's choice of a bookcase with randomly placed cubbies just adds to the funkiness and fun of the display. He's made good use of his carded figures as background pieces on some shelves which helps add different colours throughout.
There's a definite focus on the Rebel Alliance in his collection (which suits me just fine-Mac) but there's a also a lot of smaller focuses, like the wide shelf full of Empire-themed figures and the one cubby full of Disney Parks merchandise--see the Raising Fangirls website for lots of Disney content. Also fitting then, Derek's collection also favours items with a "family" feel: The statue of Darth Vader being hugged around the leg by a young Princess Leia (inspired by the "Vader's Little Girl" series) is a lot of fun.
The final two photos in this Collector's Spotlight are of what Derek says is his most expensive item in his collection. He is currently modding his car into what he's calling his X-wing, "Jaina." We can't wait to see how it turns out!
A Collection of Collections
So many different ways to display the Star Wars things we love. Whether it's a small focus on Itty Bittys, books or a combination of carded or loose figures, there's never one "right" way to display. Thanks to everyone featured here for giving us a taste of how you collect! Thanks to: Erin Gaudette, Hasan Scarborough, Michael Nipp, Nigel Cox, Stephen Chopchik and Woodrow Hull! If you would like to see a part of your collection featured in these highlights, send a photo to SANDCRAWLERPODCAST@GMAIL.COM.
One thing we really love about Bryan's collection, apart from all the awesome Stormtrooper helmets, is how he uses so many types of shelving in order to pull his various displays together. Whether it's glass IKEA shelving for larger pieces or a baseball bat display case for his Kenner figures, each display stands out from each other. It's an eclectic mix of props, figures and vehicles that also includes carded Stormtroopers from most of the history of Star Wars action figures.
Michael Heicken (@Augusth1138)
We reached out to Michael on his awesome Instagram account when he posted a collage of his action figure photography, He was kind enough to share the full-sized photos with us and we are thrilled to present them here! Michael told us, "Here is a little of what I call MY "action figure therapy." He then mentioned that the Boba Felt photo was taken in the late 90's and wasn't, "one of his best." Well, it looks pretty darn good to us Michael! Thanks for sharing some action figure therapy with us!
J.J. GOOD (@Loafandjug)
THE GREAT THING ABOUT JJ'S COLLECTION IS THAT IT'S:
1-NOT JUST A BUNCH OF CROWDED SHELVES AND
2-IS A VERY NICE MIX OF STATUES, HELMETS, TOYS AND PRINTS.
3-IT'S A REALLY GREAT DISPLAY THAT IS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE PRINTS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE ROOM. INSTEAD OF LARGE POSTERS DOMINATING THE WALLS, THE SMALL FRAMED PRINTS GIVE THE ROOM A LESS CROWDED FEEL THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT. IT'S A WELL THOUGHT OUT USE OF VARIOUS TYPES OF SHELVING TOO.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU FIRST SEE STAR WARS?
PERHAPS MY EARLIEST MEMORY IS OF HAN SOLO BEING FROZEN IN CARBONITE. I WAS THREE, AND I BELIEVE THE SHOWING WAS AT A DRIVE-IN IN CALIFORNIA. WE ALSO HAD A BOOTLEG VHS OF A NEW HOPE THAT HAD BEEN SMUGGLED OUT VIA SOME INSIDER CONNECTION WHEN WE LIVED IN HOLLYWOOD. I THINK WE ACQUIRED THAT TAPE AS EARLY AS '78 OR '79, AND I WATCHED THAT VERSION THROUGHOUT THE 80'S. IT HAD WARBLY SOUND, NO EPISODE IV CHAPTER TITLE, AND WOULD FUZZ OUT DURING THE SCENE WHERE THE DROIDS ARE HIDING IN A MOS EISLEY DOORWAY, SO I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT SCENE EXISTED UNTIL ABOUT ’92.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE STAR WARS FILM?
DEFINITELY THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY A NEW HOPE AND THEN THE FORCE AWAKENS. I FIND VALUE IN ALL OF THEM, BUT THOSE THREE ARE DEFINITELY TOPS. I HAD ALMOST BOUGHT INTO THE IDEA THAT NOSTALGIA OR EXPECTATIONS WERE, APART FROM QUALITY, PREVENTING ME FROM ENJOYING A NEW STAR WARS FILM AS MUCH AS I DID THE ORIGINALS, BUT EPISODE VII REALLY BLEW THAT CONCEPT TO BITS. I LOVE IT. AMONG ITS MANY OTHER QUALITIES, I JUST FIND EMPIRE TO BE SO WELL LIT. I DIG GOOD LIGHTING.
DID YOU COLLECT ACTION FIGURES AS A CHILD?
YES, BUT I WAS NEVER A STAR WARS FIGURE COLLECTOR FOR SOME REASON. I WAS REALLY INTO G.I. JOE, HAD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND EVERYTHING.
YOUR COLLECTION IS AN AMAZING MIX OF BLACK SERIES 6-INCH AND SH FIGUARTS. WHAT IS IT THAT DRAWS YOU TO THIS SCALE OF ACTION FIGURE?
I LOVE THE BUMP IN DETAIL AND PRESENCE YOU GET OVER THE 3.75-INCH LINE, WITHOUT (IN THE CASE OF HASBRO AT LEAST) TOO MUCH OF A PRICE HIKE. I THINK DEEP DOWN I ALSO PROBABLY LIKE HOW THE SCALE IS RELATIVELY VEHICLE FREE, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS OF SIZING. IT'S KIND OF CLARIFYING AND SELF-LIMITING.
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DO YOU HAVE OTHER FOCUSES? DO YOU COLLECT 3.75 ALSO OR JUST THE LARGER SCALE?
I HAVE A SMATTERING OF FIGURES AND VEHICLES FROM THE LATE 90'S POWER OF THE FORCE 3.75-INCH LINE, RIGHT UP UNTIL THE PHANTOM MENACE CAME OUT, WHICH KIND OF KNOCKED THE COLLECTING URGE OUT OF ME FOR A GOOD LONG SPELL. MY CHILDREN HAVE FREE REIGN WITH THEM NOW, AND I'VE BOUGHT A FEW MORE FIGURES & VEHICLES IN THAT SCALE SINCE, ADDING AN A-WING, A NABOO STARFIGHTER, AND AN EPISODE III JEDI STARFIGHTER (LOVE THAT DESIGN) TO THE MIX. I TRY NOT TO GET TOO PRECIOUS ABOUT THEM, AND REALLY VIEW THEM AS TOYS.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT HOW YOU’VE CHOSEN TO DISPLAY YOUR COLLECTION
YEAH! MY SIX-INCH COLLECTION IS AT WORK. I WORK IN FILM RESTORATION, AND THESE GUYS ARE ALL RIGHT OVER MY DESK. IT'S REALLY NICE TO GLANCE UP AND MEDITATE ON THEM WHILE I'M SOLVING THE DAY'S PROBLEMS. THE STEPPED RISERS ARE TWO TELESCOPING SPICE RACKS FROM THE CONTAINER STORE. BEFORE I GOT STANDS FOR EACH FIGURE, I HAD A REAL PROBLEM WITH THEM FALLING DOWN, AND SPECIFICALLY FALLING BACK BEHIND MY DESK, SO I HAD THE IDEA OF CONNECTING THE BOX INSERTS WITH THAT CLASSIC IMPERIAL LIGHTING PATTERN IN ALTERNATING BLUE AND ORANGE ALONG THE BACK SO AT LEAST THEY WOULDN'T TUMBLE BACKWARDS. I INITIALLY TRIED TO LIGHT THE SPACE WITH ADHESIVE, AAA BATTERY POWERED TOUCH LIGHTS ALONG THE TOP, BUT KEEPING THE BATTERIES CHARGED PROVED TO BE A NUISANCE. I FOUND INEXPENSIVE ADHESIVE LED STRIPS ON AMAZON THAT PROVED TO BE A GOOD LENGTH AND COULD PLUG INTO THE USB PORTS ON MY WORKSTATION FOR POWER. I CAN CHANGE THE COLOR FOR ADDED MOOD, BUT MOSTLY KEEP THEM A RATHER NEUTRAL BLUEISH-WHITE.
IS THERE A METHOD TO HOW YOU’VE CHOSEN TO GROUP THEM? STORIES YOU’RE TELLING? A HIGHLIGHT FOR US IS HOW YOU’VE RECREATED THE SCENE FROM ESB WITH VADER, LANDO AND FETT—IT LOOKS AMAZING!
I LIKE TO KEEP THEM FAIRLY CHRONOLOGICAL MOVING LEFT TO RIGHT, TO CHART THE VISUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERIES, BUT AS I REFRESH THE SPACE TO ACCOUNT FOR NEW FIGURES I OFTEN CHOOSE SOME NEW INTERACTION FROM THE FILMS THAT I PARTICULARLY ENJOY TO REPRESENT IN THE SPACE; THE THREE-WAY PHANTOM MENACE DUEL, KRENNIC AND HIS DEATH TROOPERS, VADER'S UNMASKING, FINN VS. FN-2199, OR AS YOU SAW RECENTLY, THE HALLWAY SCENE FROM EMPIRE WITH VADER, LANDO, AND FETT... ONE OF MY FAVORITE SCENES FOR REASONS OF COLOR, LIGHTING, AND THE CHARACTERS INVOLVED.
THERE ARE JUST A TON OF FIGURES IN THESE PHOTOS. DO YOU PLAN ON “COLLECTING THEM ALL” AS THE SAYING GOES?
OKAY... SO THE FORCE AWAKENS CAME OUT, AND I WAS INSPIRED TO PROCURE REY, AND MAYBE OLD HAN. THEN I WAS LIKE "I'LL JUST ROUND OUT THE MAIN CREW" AND GOT FINN. THEN, WITHOUT GETTING TOO POLITICAL, THE CAMPAIGN OF 2016 STARTED GETTING ME DOWN, AND THIS ALL SPIRALED INTO SOME SORT OF RETAIL THERAPY. AS IT STANDS NOW, YES, I'M COMMITTED TO BEING A COMPLETIST IN THE BLACK SERIES SIX-INCH LINE (APART FROM THE VEHICLES, MOUNTS, AND LARGER SCALE MONSTERS). FIGUARTS BLOWS ME AWAY BUT MY INTEREST IN IT EXTENDS MAINLY TO THE PREQUEL CHARACTER RELEASES THAT I SEE NO INDICATION HASBRO WILL BE GETTING TO ANY TIME SOON.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES IN YOUR COLLECTION?
FIGUARTS MACE WINDU AND MULLETED OBI-WAN ARE JUST ACES. I'M ABOUT TO OPEN THEIR ATTACK OF THE CLONES PADME AS WELL, WHICH I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. HASBRO CAN BE UP AND DOWN, AS I'M SURE YOU'RE WELL AWARE, BUT I FIND ALL THEIR ARMORED STUFF TO BE REALLY ON-POINT, AND PARTICULARLY ADMIRE BOTH THE ESB AND TFA SNOWTROOPERS FOR SOME REASON. I LOVE THE "REALISTIC" TAKES ON THE CARTOON CHARACTERS THEY'VE GIVEN US WITH SABINE, AHSOKA, KANAN. ALONG THOSE LINES I'D LOVE TO SEE A VENTRESS FIGURE, AND I'M CURIOUS TO SEE WHO TAKES ON THE VENERABLE COUNT DOOKU FIRST... HASBRO OR FIGUARTS? X-WING LUKE IS ALSO A GREAT LIKENESS, A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF HASBRO PUTTING THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD. BAZE AND CHIRRUT ALSO FEEL LIKE STANDOUTS AMONG RECENT RELEASES. THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY VADER GIVES REALLY GOOD EPISODE IV VADER, BUT I FEEL LIKE NO ONE'S NAILED THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK VADER IN THIS SCALE YET.
MY LEAST FAVORITE RELEASES IN THIS SCALE WOULD HAVE TO BE A TIE BETWEEN THE LEGENDARILY SHABBY POE DAMERON IN HIS FLIGHT SUIT AND FARMBOY LUKE, THE LATTER OF WHICH THEY MIGHT BE ATTEMPTING TO RECTIFY IF THE PREVIEW PICS OF THE UPCOMING LANDSPEEDER-ACCOMPANIED VERSION ARE ANY INDICATION.
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR AMAZING COLLECTION WITH US SETH! FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER!