‘F.A.C.T.S’ 2014 SCI-FI and ANIME Festival this weekend in Belgium!

Just a quick post to spread the word about F.A.C.T.S –  a great science fiction and anime festival on this weekend from 18-19 October in Ghent, Belgium. There will be loads of Star Wars related activities and guests, headlined by Carrie Fisher, so all you Star Wars fans who live in the area should get down there. Unfortunately I can’t make it and of course I’m very disappointed! Not only do I love Carrie Fisher but I’m also a big fan of Dutch actress Carice Van Houten – one of the stars of Game of Thrones and she also seems to pop up in every second Dutch film…

Find out more about F.A.C.T.S at:

http://www.facts.be/

Ghent is also a fabulous place to visit. I’ve been there a couple of times and I always recommend it to my international visitors.

Have fun!

Collector Interview #4 : Wolff aka ‘Wbobafett’

I’m pumped to present an interview with a collector who I sincerely look up to – Wolff aka ‘Wbobafett on Rebelscum, The Imperial Gunnery and Star Wars Forum UK. Wolff is one of the hobby’s leading variant collectors and when I decided to create this blog, he was one of the first people that popped into my mind as potential interviewees. The work he has undertaken on the COO guide is phenomenal, so good in fact that I voted him as one of the Scummers of the year of 2013 (the entire Rebelscum thread is here – http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1105235/). Not only is this outstanding work but he also seems to me to be very modest about it. I’m a variant collector myself so obviously I appreciate the work he has done and hopefully will continue into the distant future

If you haven’t seen Wolff’s COO guide or his amazing website, don’t wait one second longer!

COO Guide 3.0

Now to the questions!

1. Hi Wolff. Welcome to the blog and thanks for joining us. I know you’re a busy man, especially these days, so I appreciate your time. So you’re German right? Germany is one of my favourite places in the world. Where are you from exactly?

W: Yes I am from Germany. I come from “Baden-Württemberg” and was born near Stuttgart. I still live near  Stuttgart…well at least kind of 😀

 2. Is there much of a collecting community there?

W: Oh… sadly not. I guess you have much better chances of finding collecting buddies in the far north of Germany. In the far south of Germany the collectors seem to be more shy and do collect more “off the radar”. Some are on the forums but never post, most are just out there…staying unknown. I met a handful of those collectors in Stuttgart once. All of them mostly collect MOC stuff, AFA and have their loose set but no-one has what “we” call the “variant bug”…hahahaha….pity though.

 The internet is my (only) way to talk to persons with the very same interest :D. So actually only one of the “variant guys” out there  has seen my collection in person: Kenneth_B.

3. Did you get the chance to go to CE2 (Star Wars Celebration Europe 2)?

W: Yes I was at CE2. Only for one day, but it was worth it. I think because I rarely see collectors in person I was a bit too shy to talk to everyone that was there. I just couldn’t do it: Hey Gus Lopez…I am Wbobafett (Wolff) the variant “idiot” from Germany….nahh…that wasn’t really my thing, but I stood next to a lot of the famous guys and listened to them talking to other scummers….great fun though 😀

4.What do you do for work? 

I am an art restorer, mainly paintings and sculptures. I am a freelancer, so I am often on the road. I still don’t have “internet” when I am away from home…no smartphone etc. I can assure you that makes people go crazy….”How can you bid on ebay stuff, read the forums, etc. ???….well it is simple: I just miss it! All the time! LOL!

5. I’ve seen photos of the star wars dioramas that you made. They really are a sight to behold and I don’t think I’ve seen a better collection set up. Is this is a skill you’ve acquired during your professional career or did you just learn as you went along? 

W: Thanks for the kudos. 😀

I would say it is kind of both reasons. I am of course not bad with my hands, otherwise I wouldn’t have studied restoration of art. On the other hand I was never shy to try things and I love to “solve problems” (manual problems of course). I built lots of stuff as a kid and my father built great stuff for me too…always. So it’s kind of a tradition. We both have very messy hobby rooms with lots of stuff laying around that should be repaired, built or just is exploited.

VSWC: Some of Wolff’s amazing dioramas. Take a deep breath before you open these thumbnails!

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W (continued): I really hope that one day every diorama is finished like I want them to be. But it is very similar to my collection. You are always close…but never finished. My current project is building the Khetanna (Jabba’s Sailbarge) for 3 3/4″ of course. I really got this going on but then I was missing some spare time and it was laying around for …hmm…nine months or so. I am now back trying to finish this project….sometimes frustrating but mostly lots of fun and a real challenge.

6. You also seem to be a master at identifying paint discolouration, issues with plastic degradation etc on vintage figures. Where did you pick up this skill?

W: Uhmm…wow…okay….I think master is a bit too much. I do my best!

In general it is a mixture of common sense and decades of experience. I grew up in a family of collectors. I’ve been going to flea markets and  toy markets almost every weekend since I was born. I am very familiar with every kind of damage to tin toys, celluloid dolls, wind-ups toys, trains, action figures, comics etc.

I also started collecting “Kinder-Ferrero” figures when I was a kid. There were lots of high priced accessories that were nearly perfectly faked in the 90s. People started to use the UV light for those already in the 90s.

And of course it is again my profession that helps me a lot. You need to know every chemical process on colors, adhesives and other materials before you start restoring a painting. I am very good with colors on paintings therefore, but most of the theoretical and chemical reactions can be transferred on the figures’ paint as well.

8. Do you get much time for other hobbies?

Other hobbies?? I don’t have other hobbies. Well I have my own family now and I like to watch movies and television series. All my spare time I have I spend with my daughter right now….and sometimes sneak out to quickly check what’s going on in the SW-universe 😀

9. You are the one of a handful of people that really are active on the three main forums – RS, TIG and SWFUK. Do you have a favourite? 

W: Aren’t there more people active on all three forums?? If I think this through you might be right. Well there are some “issues” between TIG and SWFUK so most people choose only one of those….just a guess though.

I personally do not have a favorite and when I do have one it can change any time.

TIG is known for its variant guys and experts on loose weapons. Rebelscum just has gathered the largest wisdom on all stuff surrounding the SW vintage collecting. SWFUK is the most “honest” forum out there. You can meet nice people and friends in all three forums so why not be a member on all three….and honestly I am member on quite a few other forums… 😉

VSWC: You’re right. There are many other forums, I should have said ‘English speaking forums.’ From what I know there is a pretty popular German SW forum and also a big Spanish one, not sure about languages. I would have also mentioned Joe’s fantastic forum Trilogo.info but this is more of a niche forum. 

I’ve always been curious why there is so much discussion about variants on TIG. Is there a reason why so many variant collectors are so active on that forum? I mean why not on RS for example? 

W: The discussions on RS were pretty much “useless” when it came to variants. It mostly got out of hand and the majority of the variant hunters didn’t post anything anymore. The newly formed and published TIG was a kind of a collecting pond for frustrated variant hunters I think?

10.  I haven’t seen you around the Facebook groups though? Have you given them a try?

 W: I am not on Facebook…not even private. I quit Facebook eight years ago or so for several reasons. I have no interest at all joining it again. It might be fun but from what I am hearing it is even worse with all the hassle and stuff?!?!?

VSWC: I can’t argue about there being a lot of dramas on Facebook. Something definitely has to be done to improve the experience but I guess these groups are all quite nascent so hopefully they will improve over time. Facebook is a great way to meet other collectors though. Maybe we’ll see you back one day 🙂

11. I have a few questions about your variant collecting now. How long have you been doing it and how did you get so utterly deep into it in the first place?

W: That is a good question. I have been asked this a lot of times and the answer can’t be given exactly.

I am way too young so I actually only had one figure from the stores: Klaatu. The rest of my childhood figures came from my father who bought them at flea markets and gifted me one from time to time, you know…for washing the bicycle or dusting his collection etc.

When I was older I started to recognize variants on those. I had a Trilogo Fett and I was able to buy a vinyl cape Jawa at the flea market myself. So I was always looking for Stormtroopers and variants.

I started to collect online around 2000. I already had a big collection with about 200 figures and several ships from flea markets. First mistake: I bought repro weapons to complete my childhood collection…..just to burn them all five years later….Dooooohhhhh.

From then on I collected on ebay, always looking for variants. I browsed webshots for pictures to learn about variants. In 2008 I joined RS and from then on I really learned a lot and it took me to a much higher level.

So over all you can say:

1986-1999: Trying to build a complete set (only missing Blue Snag and Luke Stromtrooper)

2000-2008:  Buying main variants and foreign variants (GL, TT, LL)

2008-today:  Research research, research. Trying to bring light to several collecting areas: weapons, coos, Lili Ledy, PBP, Poch etc

12. So how many variants do you actually own then? 

W: Hahaha…good I just updated my Excel-file! 😀

But the answer isn’t that simple after all. Coo-research is done for me. I am trying to downsize and I am sorting out many figures, back to the roots if you will. I am trying to build a variant collection again with the bonus of what I have learned by doing the coo research. What is left is making those final Coo-sheets. Some are done…some not. So being in the middle of a change I have exactly 1003 figures plus 55 bootlegs and of course fodder box and spares. Most of them are complete. I am guessing that 250-300 figures will need to go….though. The more interesting question is what is really left??

VSWC: Wow that is amazing! You have a couple more variants than me…So can you make a guestimate about how many are left for you to find?

W:  There will be always figures I urgently need to upgrade, but really missing is only one figure at the moment. 😀 Well maybe five or six more minor ones but mainly one. What is missing mostly here is some of the rare accessories I really would like to add, i.e. my second pair of LL CCP (Cloud Car Pilot) accessories and a lot of PBP weapons. And of course I am still missing a few grail pieces bootleg wise….if I only could find that Polish Leia.

VSWC: Some of Wolff’s breathtaking collection!

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13. To your mind what is the hardest to find variant?

 W: Depends what you call a variant 😉

Coo-wise and variant wise it should be the scarred out PBP Luke Farmboy. There are lots of figures out there that are extremely rare but to be honest 99 percent are just mass produced. Some are rare but can always be found, most are just common. But as said: some you have one chance in your lifetime to get them….better be there 😉

VSWC: How many scarred out PBP Luke Farmboys are confirmed to actually be out there?  

W: Difficult question because rumours and people claiming to have one are out there from time to time! Uncracked with original PBP saber – there is only one IMO and it is mine. But there must be more in collections still in the dark. I have seen pictures of three loose ones in collections. There are many more MOC figures especially because this variant is a) very unknown and b) seemed to have appeared on several cardbacks (PBP, German and Palitoy) but thanks to TT (Toy Toni) we will never know for sure….

To make it short: I have seen three confirmed loose ones and I have seen about 10 MOCs (only two are PBP MOCs)….the figures are confirmed whereas the seals (some are “ironed”) are not….sadly

14. I know that variant prices have dropped in the last couple of years. In your opinion will this trend continue?

W: This is not completely true in my opinion. It always depends on what you are looking for.

PBP, POCH and Lili Ledy went down. Some more, some less. Common variants also went down, maybe because they are really common?? Glasslite and TopToys took a huge step upwards in the last few years. Similarly for bootlegs – Mexican and Polish went down, Uzay and Polish originals went up. It is and will always be the “taste of the month”. I can see why many people are a bit fed up with the things that went down. Many, many important people turned their back on variant collecting. Very new ones are filling these gaps. In my opinion there is a lot of information that was lost between these two generations. There are a few guides and webshots albums that are not known these days, this information is lost forever if you will. Newer collectors are confused because of that lack of information. I can see that especially with Spanish figures: the overall view and the developments made since 2008 can’t be seen…which is kind of sad.

But on the other hand I cannot see why some of the PBP figures that are clearly different have dropped that much. Seems like most collectors do not appreciate those figures that much anymore. Kind of sad, because I would have killed (nearly.. 😉 ) for some of those a few years back.

15. Thanks for that market analysis Wolff! Very informative. So now to your COO guide. When did you first start working on it?

 W: Must have been in the early part of 2008. I noticed that combining my finds with Rog’s guide was already huge and wondered what more would be out there.

16. Is the COO Guide 3.0 finished yet? 

 W: It isn’t finished yet…sadly. For me personally it is very boring to do those COO sheets. I have examined COOs for nearly a decade and I know them all. The first guide was a journey, and with the help of fellow collectors there were lots of new things that were discovered. The COO guide 3.0 is simply writing down what’s in my collection and head. But never say never…..especially Patrick (pattejan) and Alex (General Kahn) could find a few minor variants I didn’t know about. So especially ANH was great fun to finish.

VSWC: Do you think you’ll continue producing these guides? I hope so, as I’ve pretty much learnt most of what I know about COO variants from your site.

W: I am not sure if I will make further guides. With the COO guide 2.0 I just wanted too much. It should include 1) COO variants 2) side by side comparison 3) mold comparison 4) color comparisons etc. I simply gave up, especially because the templates were horrible to change if something new popped up. I can see now a few guides that are in the making I always wanted to do, and I think they are in good hands.

I always made guides for my own fun, not to manifest an investment. With my family growing and me being finished with my collection (nearly) I think I won’t start new guides in future. the younger ones are faster anyway 😀 😉

17. Do you feel that your work on the guide is appreciated in the collecting world?

W: Depends. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I get lots of positive feedback, mostly in private via PM. On RS I always missed the support from the “inner circle”. On TIG I was never asked to be in the Dev Team ….etc. I know I have my outs here and there and I won’t complain…..but I would have wished for more support from time to time. I cannot thank enough Shawn_K for the possibility he gave me. Also Joe_O and Chris_B always supported me, even though none of them has the variant bug or collect COOs. A few of the guides wouldn’t have been possible without them!

18. You are arguably one of the variant collecting masters, which I’m sure you’re too modest to admit but who are the other big variant collectors out there? 

W: Hahahaha…oh well. First of all: I am not the only variant collector out there. There are lots of great collections out there and by far better ones as well. I personally love focus collectors, they do know their stuff much better. So General_Kahn (Luke Bespin), psybertech (Leia Bespin), cocofstar (Yoda), M4K3R1 (Vader) and many more have great collections!

Some of the variant guy’s collections are known (mostly), like Kenneth_B, Mike_Skywalker and some stay unknown, but I can assure you “just wow” like Lee_M, Ilseeker (Carlos) or Javiswspain and Sergio.  I am sure there are many people out there with incredible collections…..not sure how many grails DrDengar and Walkie already have hoarded…though.

I personally think HWR (Henrik) is going the best way. He is patient….god is he patient…..he only collects true and significant variants (whatever that means)…is slowly building and never gets tired! I like this way of collecting….he takes his time….whilst all the new guys always seem to be in a rush….and you never know when someone is selling it all again looking for new goals…..Henrik will keep his collection forever I am guessing…..so will I hopefully!!

19. Before we finish I have to congratulate you on your latest hard to find variant. Do you want to tell us a bit about that?

Oooooohhhh…..you must mean my little babygirl…not that Palitoy three-legged R2 I just found….. 😀 😀 😀

Kidding aside, she is the love of my life! It is great to be a dad, and especially a girl I am guessing. I never understood other parents reporting every little step their kids do, but I do understand now….”WOHOOO….she turned around the first time!!! “..”Wohooo….finally the diapers are…..” well… guess you do not wanna hear this, but it is correct: You are happy with every little step your miracle does. It never gets boring!

VSWC: Well thanks Wolff for joining us. Has been great to pick your brain a bit and to learn more about you, your collection and your views on the hobby. 

W: It was a pleasure and an honour Christian. I have to thank you for giving me this opportunity. Thank you and thanks for reading everyone.

Posting photos of your vintage collection – showing off or sharing?

Okay the question in the title is not a hypothetical one that I’m going to be able to answer in this post. I sincerely don’t know the answer and am curious what others think.

I often see collectors posting their SW vintage items on the forums and on Facebook and personally I can’t get enough. I love seeing what people have and I’m a huge fans of limelighting our collections and getting involved in the collectible of the week and recent acquisitions posts. The thing is, sometimes I feel that some collectors are showing off a bit – mine is bigger than yours kind of sentiment. But  I often also sense they are simply sharing their passion with us and are modest about what they own. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your collection, I’m damn proud of mine. Then again, I don’t think this makes me a better collector than those who have smaller collections. There is always the risk of excessive-pride.

I can’t really define exactly what makes someone a show-off but I have some examples of behaviour that puts me off a bit. I recently met a contractor here at work who I found out is a SW collector. It was the first time I’d ever met a collector other than through the usual SW channels so I was pretty excited. The first thing I said I said to him was “That’s great that you collect, I do as well.” He instantly ran though everything he owned and how much it was worth. I asked him a couple of questions and mentioned again that I collected vintage. Not once during the whole chat, well monologue, did he bother to ask me what I collect. When he left the room, one of my work colleagues said “That was hilarious listening to you Star Wars collectors showing off about your collections, I always imagined that’s how that type of conversation would go.” But the funny thing was that I did not once talk about my collection! Anyway the collector is a pretty nice guy and I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt but unfortunately I think this one-way boasting reflects poorly on other collectors.

Similar examples to the above involve collectors bombarding me with photos (unsolicited) of their collection without even asking what I collect. This has happened many times to me, especially since starting the blog, and most seem to assume that I don’t have a collection worth talking about. There are many though, who generously share photos with me but are also always asking about how my own collection is going; so I feel it’s a mutual appreciation of our collecting. You guys know who you are! The last couple of paragraphs are not indicative of me having a huge gripe with this issue, I just thought some personal examples would highlight what I’m trying to wrap my little brain around.

So does anyone know what the difference is between showing off and sharing? I sense a disparity but I can’t quite articulate what it is. Is it the attitude of the collector? What the hell is it? Are they mutually exclusive or do they cross over to an extent? Or am I just thinking too much?

Do I sound confused? Well that’s because I am. I’d love someone to clear this up for me!

Collector Snapshot #3: Dennis Vleugels aka ‘Stargeezer’

Welcome to the third installment of our regular segment, where a vintage collector is given 10 short questions to answer. The same questions will be given to the next collector appearing on the segment.

Next up, is my Belgian friend Dennis Vleugels, known on the forums by his real name but also by his screen name ‘Stargeezer’. Anyone on the forums know Dennis to be an extremely modest, friendly and helpful collector. He was actually a bit embarassed when I invited him on the blog but to my mind, he is the kind of collector who merits some positive attention. He is always one of the first to help out a newbie and has been very active in efforts to resolve various scams (i.e. Debergate).

Dennis is 32 years old, works in IT (MBR Editor) for a pharmaceutical company and is very happily married to his wife who sadly does not really understand his passion for collecting. They have a two year old son, a second baby on the way (expected mid-September) and live in a house they built themselves in Rijkevorsel, Belgium.

Me at CE2xxxx

Funnily enough, when Dennis was a kid, he actually missed out on the Star Wars toy phenomenon and  grew up playing with He-Man, Gi Joes and other toy lines. He was though a fan of the films and does remember seeing SW toys in comics but unfortunately they had already disappeared from the stores by the time he was into them.

Before we get to the questions, has everyone heard of the new phenomenon, Ross’n, sweeping the SW Facebook groups?

  Me Ross'n my collection

1. How long have you been collecting?

Around 13 years ago, I don’t remember how or why, I went online looking for those old Star Wars figures from my memories and so the journey began, that day I bought my first loose figures which is where my collection began…

2. What do you collect?

I started off collecting loose figures (I used the figure list on Rebelscum for reference) and slowly I built up a complete loose collection with all the major variants listed on Rebelscum (minus the DT figures off course). I then moved onto the more expensive variants, before finally selling off some of my loose collection to fund my newly acquired MOC habit. These days I have downsized my MOC collection to 12 backs but I also collect other various items, such as Belgian movie posters.

VSWC: Dennis’ previous  limelight is here: http://forum.rebelscum.com/t1072671/ (you can see his crowded display case where he displayed both loose figures and MOCs). Also check out the photos below, the first is of Dennis’ current collection of 12 backs and the others are of his past collection.

My current 12 back collectionMy old Cardback collectionMy old display MOC+LooseMy previous Moc display cases

3. What’s your grail?

My grail hasn’t really changed over the years but I don’t think I will ever be able to get hold of it. It is the 1979 Sears Canada 12-Pack Set which can be seen here: http://web.ncf.ca/cn333/swfigs.htm and if i ever can get it, I hope I can also get the 1979 Sears Canada 9-Pack Set. The cool thing about these sets is that all 21 figures came carded on Canadian 20-back cards – including Boba Fett.

4. What collectors inspire you?

I have seen many collections over the years and there are too many people to mention. I like  focus collectors, but also people who collect foreign runs. Then some have amazing loose collections whilst other have amazing carded collections. If you collect loose, carded, coins, foreign items, prototypes, proof cards, bootlegs, crew items, oddball stuff, have a focus on a certain figure or just a mixed collections with something of everything, it doesn’t really matter, just by limelighting your stuff, you are already inspiring me. 

5. What is your most embarrassing moment as a collector?

I cannot recall having an embarrassing moment in the hobby, I might have asked dumb questions when I was new, but that’s something many of us go through, so that’s not so embarrassing. I have always tried to be straightforward in the hobby, I’ve never ripped someone off or lied, rather I’ve helped others where possible and just enjoyed the hobby we share.

6. What is your favourite Star Wars film?

Empire Strikes Back, followed closely by A New Hope.

7. What would you change about the collecting community?

I would like collectors to take more time to research the SW collectibles they plan to buy.

8. Forums or Facebook groups?

I grew to love both now, I used to be a forums only guy, but Facebook has much more traffic and there are some great collecting groups on there (of course many bad ones as well, but if there is too much drama in a group I just unsubscribe from it). However I  do consider the forums my information database for collectibles.

9. What Star Wars character do you most resemble?

According to Richard, who runs “the Detention centre” on SWFUK, I have a Star Wars likeness match with Ki-Adi-Mundi???

VSWC: Okay I had to google this guy. Ummmmmmmmmm. 

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10. Is there one thing that collectors may not know about you?

Another hobby which I really enjoy is Kobudo, an Japanese martial art which is basically the armed variation of Karate. We practice with many different weapons like the Bo, Tonfas, Kamass, Sais, etc…

Well thanks Dennis for coming on the blog and it was a pleasure to learn a bit more about you. See you around the groups and forums!

Star Wars street art in East London!

Last weekend my wife, my mother and I travelled from The Netherlands to London to meet up with my Australian cousins. I was pretty keen to check out some famous comic stores like Forbidden Planet and Orbital, hoping to find some vintage SW and old Superman comics. I was pretty disappointed in the end with what I saw in regards to SW vintage – lamely spearheaded by a loose Taun Taun without its accessories that was selling for 18 pounds at Orbital. I guess they have their overheads to cover…

We did though go on a street art tour around Shoreditch in East London, an area that ‘Banksy’ helped to make famous for street art.  We saw three very cool works related to SW and we were extremely impressed.

If you ever come across any cool SW street art, send it in and I’ll post it on the site!

The first piece was my favourite and was put up by a famous Parisian street artist named ‘Space Invader’. What I particularly like about this work of art is that Luke (Farmboy) is actually holding the correct colour lightsaber, unlike his vintage figure representation.

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Visit  Space Invader’s site if you want to see more of his great retro style street designs:

http://www.space-invaders.com/

The second piece was an awesome stencil by the very well known artist Paul Don Smith. Batman fans will also love this…

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Check out Paul Don Smith’s site here:

http://www.graffikgallery.com/gallery

I’m not sure who the artist was of the below pieces though. I’m pretty sure Bruce will like one of them….

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Review: SWFUK Podcast

Hi guys,

Well we finally have another SW vintage podcast! I’m a huge fan of the CHIVE Cast but it just wasn’t enough for me. As good as it is I need more SW vintage chat!

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I was following the initial thread on SWFUK where the idea of this podcast was floated and I have to say that it is impressive how quickly this idea developed into action. What an effort.

The podcast was released last month and features forum regulars Stuart Skinner (Boba Skinner), Grant Criddle (Maulster79), CC4rhu (Richard Hutchinson). Ben Coomber (Mr-Shifter) and Peter Davis (Naughty Jedi). It was immediately obvious these guys were all good mates and the recording seemed like a bunch of friends sitting around talking about vintage, which translated to a comfortable and intimate experience for the listener. There was definitely chemistry between them and what was also attractive is that they all seemed modest, not one of them was pretending to be a super collector or to know more than others. It was quite funny as well and I found myself laughing out loud several times. I was having a crap day at the time so thanks lads for the cheering up!

Check out this photo of a few of the podcast guys hanging out with the SWFUK fellas at a recent convention.

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Straight off the bat the podcast grabbed me. I loved the mix of regional accents on the podcast. Being an Aussie, we all pretty much sound the same so this mix was a lot fun for me. I got a bit lost as to who was who but I guess it will take a few podcasts before we recognise the voices.

What I liked most about the podcast was that it was crammed to the brim with interviews. While I love technical talk about figure variations and all of that I also love the personal side of collecting. All of the interviews were great, such as those with Paul Tree, Paul Bateman and Mark Newbold but I did particularly like the one with Iain Sanderson. I’ve had quite a bit of contact with Iain and he has always seemed to be an honest and down to earth bloke. It was great to see that he also came across that way in the interview and it was cool to learn more about one of the most popular members of SWFUK. I hope the podcast continues with these interviews but obviously it will be a lot of work for them to maintain this intensity every month.

The podcast was long – over three hours, but I loved that. The more the better. I know that some have complained about the length of the CHIVE Cast but for me there is a simple solution – fast forward the segments you are not interested in! It can’t be that hard.

One thing I’m curious about is whether the podcast will appeal to non-Brits. The hosts are all from the SWFUK forum as are several of the guests. Further, a lot of the topics discussed are linked to the forum so I guess I can understand if say Americans for example may not be initially attracted to it. However to be fair, it is the SWFUK podcast after all and the hosts don’t dress it up as anything else. I’m an Australian yet I still found it fascinating and at the end of the day they are still simply talking about what we all love – vintage SW toys. What could go wrong?

I encourage everyone, including non-Brits to whack your earphones on and absorb yourselves in the first podcast. Really it is a great effort from a good bunch of fellas and it is no doubt going to get better and better. I’m already hanging out for my next hit!

Thanks again to the boys for putting this together for us all.