About Mike Tarkin

Star Wars Fan and Collector.

Final Week of Obi-Wan Wednesdays: Black Series Teeka the Jawa & Obi-Wan Kenobi(Jabim) Figures

The official Star Wars site wraps up the final Obi-Wan Wednesday with the reveal of The Black Series Teeka (Jawa) & Obi-Wan Kenobi(Jabim) Figures.

Pre-orders begin Thursday June 30, 2022. Click the image above to see all of the StarWars.com reveals.


STAR WARS:THE BLACK SERIES TEEKA (JAWA)FIGURE(HASBRO

/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price:$27.99/Available: Fall2022)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6-inch STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES TEEKA (JAWA)figure, inspired by the character’s appearance in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulationin their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes with 3 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order June 30that 1PM ET exclusively at Target. 

STAR WARS:THE BLACK SERIES OBI-WAN KENOBI (JABIIM)FIGURE

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price:$24.99/Available: Spring2023)

STAR WARSfans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6-inch STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIESOBI-WAN KENOBI (JABIIM)figure, inspired by the character’s appearancein the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulationin theircollection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes withaLightsaber accessory. Available for pre-order June 30that 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers.

Coming To Terms With The Star Wars Vintage Collection Carbon-Freezing Chamber

DECEMBER 2020

I have a love/hate relationship with this set .  Even though it’s incredibly detailed there’s a lot to it that falls short of being awesome.  That said, I couldn’t resist and got two of them so I could complete the main platform (and get two packed-in stormtrooper figures).   In December of 2020 I received two of the Carbon Freeze sets and shared my initial reaction to it in this video:

My biggest complaint about the play set is the waste of space that the platform’s support legs are. Yes, you need the height to make the carbon block “elevator” work but that feature doesn’t work well & it wasn’t something I was interested in using. I wanted the main platform to be at “ground level” to save space. The second complaint is how Hasbro didn’t consider that collectors might want to add lighting to the play set.  I’ve seen many people close in underneath the stairs and main platform using foam board or other material in order to keep any added-on lighting focused upward;  and it looks great but I would have preferred that Hasbro either made lights part of the play set or at least consider that people would want to add lighting.  For example, the easiest way to brighten things up is to put any type of LED string or ribbon lighting under the main platform.  The problem is that there isn’t any way to run powered lights underneath without making the platform tilted.  I ended up cutting a small notch in two different spots so I could run lights and then run the power cord from them without unbalancing the set.  A couple of pre-made access spots would have been nice.   

When I decided to move the set from the bookcase I first set it up in to a wide shelf I also decided to light the stairs as well as the main platform and I also cut down some of the support legs. 

I cut some of the longer legs to match the shorter. Super easy to cut through with a hacksaw. The cut height is a little short (I cut at the thicker part) so I’ve glued some black washers to the bottom. They turned out nice and I’ll keep the extra long legs as greeblies for other projects.

So far…so good.  I’ll keep the extra long legs for greeblies in other projects

Today’s attempt is brought to by Gorilla Glue duct tape – so much duct tape. I wanted to use remote controlled, powered LED strip lights so I can turn it on and off like a lamp. It looks so great lit up that I wanted something quick (instead of battery operated lights).

Hasbro really could have made this more user friendly, knowing people would want to light it up. I cut two notches in the main base to pass the light strip through. The different sections should be able to snap together too. Makes it really tough to flip it over to work underneath.

The photo below is what one strip of lights looks like running from one platform, down the stairs and into half of the main platform. I repeated the steps for the right side of the play set.  After setting it up on the shelf I ran the USB cables that power the lights to an extension cord.  When I walk in the room I just grab the remote and turn it on. 

It’s basically a pain in the ass but it does look great once it’s all lit up and displayed. I added some parts from the Power of the Jedi Carbon Freeze as well. As long as the duct tape holds it should be ok.  It’s up out of the way which was important because of how often I would knock it over in its old spot.

UPDATE JULY 2021

After a couple of weeks the duct tape holding the light strips beneath the stairs began to separate so I had to  carefully hot glue some of the looser spots back into place.  One other addition was to add three prints of Ralph McQuarrie concept art that were featured in the vintage Topps trading cards.  

JANUARY 2022 UPDATE

More changes as I struggle to make this play set work in my Star Wars room.  You’ll notice in the above photo that the round platform is hanging slightly over the edge of the shelf.  I could have replaced the shelf with one that was deeper but at the time I wanted as much light from below to shine through the clear, plastic shelf. The light below is a USB strip stuck to the back of the tv.  Over time the front of the platform began to droop over the side and it was time to make the play set as stable as possible so I took the plastic shelving out and replaced it with a wooden one.  I added lighting above the display and it fills the whole display with a nice blue hue. Very cool.

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I also removed the light strips from beneath both staircases.  Apparently duct tape does have it’s limits so my cheap attempt at having strip lighting under the stairs had to go.  I decided to add more lighting beneath the main platform and it looks great; very bright and dramatic.  If I decide to shoot photos involving the staircases I can simply put a couple LED lights underneath them.  

With the deeper shelf and more stable lighting, I’m NEARLY positive that I can finally live with this play set. 

JUNE 2022 UPDATE

I just….I don’t know sometimes.   A couple of months later the strip lights began to malfunction where they would work for maybe a half an hour and then turn off.  Out of frustration I simply ignored the entire display and even considered selling it off.  It was driving me crazy.  But, after having numerous conversations with my buddy Brandon who kept telling me “but it looks beautiful when it IS lit up”  I decided to try…to…fix…things…again. (so painful typing that).

This time I knew I needed a better solution than strip lighting. I also knew I wanted to stick with powered lights and not battery operated ones.  I ended up buying HALVKLART LED cabinet spotlights from IKEA.  They are small and very bright and only two of the lights lit the main platform of the carbon-freezing chamger very nicely.  Although, I did keep a short LED strip underneath to fill in some of the corners of the platform.  I also attached one of the IKEA lights under each staircase using a black elastic band. A small amount of tape around the light helped some of the light from bleeding away from the stairs.   

I think I’ve finally done it!  The entire display lights up nicely and looks great.  I’m NEARLY positive that I can finally live with this play set.  But I’ve said that twice before and like a wise Jedi once said, “Always in motion is the future.”  

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Obi-Wan Wednesday Week #6

The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi began airing on Disney Plus today and it was incredible! We’ll save the spoilers for later so for now here’s this week’s Obi-Wan Wednesday offerings from Hasbro. Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images! See more reveals via StarWars.com!


STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI MULTIPACK

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $50.99/Available: Spring 2023)

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH scale classic figures and vehicles feature original vintage-inspired packaging and Kenner branding. This STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI MULTIPACK comes with three figures inspired by the characters in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series including Ben Kenobi (Tibidon Station), Teeka, and Purge Trooper (Phase II Armor). Highly poseable with realistic detail, these 3.75-inch-scale figures can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes 3 figures and 7 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order June 23rd at 1PM ET exclusively at Amazon. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS:THE BLACK SERIES NED-B FIGURE

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price:  $33.99/Available: Fall 2022)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6-inch THE BLACK SERIES NED-B figure, inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes with 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order June 23rd at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers.  Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS: LIGHTSABER FORGE INQUISITOR MASTERWORKS SET DOUBLE-BLADED ELECTRONIC LIGHTSABER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $66.99/Available: Fall 2022)

The hunt for Obi-Wan Kenobi is on! Gear up for the fight with the STAR WARS: LIGHTSABER FORGE INQUISITOR MASTERWORKS SET DOUBLE-BLADED ELECTRONIC LIGHTSABER inspired by the Lightsaber used by Reva (Third Sister) in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series on Disney+. Featuring entertainment-inspired design, deco, and sound effects, this customizable Lightsaber includes 2 extendable red blades, 2 caps, 2 electronic hilts, and 3 clip-on rings for kids ages 4 and up to create their own Lightsaber with 3 modes of play. Available this Fall at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.comfor more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

A SHORT HISTORY OF MY STAR WARS ROOM

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“From small things mama, big things one day come…

-Bruce Springsteen

I’m an original trilogy era kid who saw Star Wars for the first time with my brother and aunt in the summer of 1977. I was nine and a half at the time and like so many other kids I was all in when in came to Star Wars and all the merchandise that went along with it. By the time Empire Strikes Back hit theatres in 1980 i was almost 13 years old and although I loved the movie, I wasn’t playing with toys any more and had moved on to punk rock, Maple Leafs hockey and girls. It wasn’t until the Power of the Force launch in 1995 that Star Wars toys became a part of my life again.

We had a office-style room where my Star Wars collection was first displayed. This then became a nursery in 1998 for our second child. My collection was small but still on display in my son’s nursery:

In 2001 I moved my small collection into a spare room and the rest is history.  You can see how the room started out as a tv room where I was given explicit instructions by my wife and my mother in law that certain items had to remain.  Things like lamps, photo albums, a couch. I dutifully nodded my head in agreement and then slowly (over a few years) I removed all of these so-called “must have.” The last thing to go was a leather recliner that wouldn’t even recline because it had to be pushed against a wall. The only non-displaying furniture in the room now is a small desk I use to podcast, run this site and work on projects.

These photos are from around 2010 to maybe 2012 and are a good example of how my collecting slowly began to grow.  I wish I had photos of when I first set the room up in 2001 but I didn’t start documenting it until social media began to take off. To see my Star Wars room how it looks today, click here.  

Snapshot: The Star Wars Room Spring 2022

I’ve been taking photos of the changes I make to the Star Wars room since roughly 2012, even though the room has been full of Star Wars stuff since 2001. (I wonder what it looked like then?). It’s fun to go back and see the progress over the years. This is what the collection currently looks like and to paraphrase a certain little, green Jedi Master: “always in motion is the Star Wars room.”

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LED Lights/Eyes Mod – Power of the Force Jawa Action Figure

The Power of the Force Jawa action figure from the 1995 Star Wars line has a cool feature where there is a “window” on top of the figures head. When light is shone into the window the Jawa’s eyes light up just like their onscreen versions. In this video we show you how to add LED lights to the figure so that they can light up instantly

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Obi-Wan Wednesdays Week 5 – New TVC, Black Series & Mission Series – UPDATED Pre-Order Dates

Today, in honour of Obi-Wan Wednesday, Hasbro announced three new additions to The Black Series, a new Vintage Collection figure and a new Mission Fleet set, all inspired by the Obi-Wan Kenobi series streaming on Disney+. The new figures include 1-JAC (Walmart exclusive), Purge Trooper (Phase II Armor) (also a Walmart exclusive), Tala (Imperial Officer) and Darth Vader. Visit starwars.com for more Obi- Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

——UPDATE: 1-JAC and Purge Trooper (Phase II Armour) will now be available for pre-order on July 21 at 7AM PST at Walmart. ——

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER (THE DARK TIMES) FIGURE (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2022)

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH scale classic figures and vehicles feature original vintage-inspired packaging and Kenner branding. This STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH DARTH VADER (THE DARK TIMES) figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-inch-scale figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 3 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order June 16 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment EarthGameStop and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES PURGE TROOPER (PHASE II ARMOR) (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $27.99/Available: Fall 2022)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6- inch THE BLACK SERIES PURGE TROOPER figure, inspired by the troopers in phase II armor in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes with 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available exclusively at Walmart. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 1-JAC FIGURE
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $27.99/Available: Fall 2022)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6- inch THE BLACK SERIES 1-JAC figure, inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes with 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available exclusively at Walmart. Visit starwars.com for more Obi- Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES TALA (IMPERIAL OFFICER) FIGURE (HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2023)

STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6- inch THE BLACK SERIES TALA (IMPERIAL OFFICER) figure, inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES figure comes with 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order June 16 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

Blast off into galactic action with the STAR WARS MISSION FLEET AIRSPEEDER SHOWDOWN action figure set! This STAR WARS toy includes a 2.5-inch-scale Sully Stark action figure with fully poseable arms, legs, and head, as well as design and detail inspired by the OBI-WAN KENOBI live-action series on Disney+. OBI-WAN KENOBI is set years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Kenobi faced the corruption of his friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned Sith Lord Darth Vader The playset comes with the T-47 Airspeeder STAR WARS ship, featuring an opening cockpit so kids can imagine epic battles and galactic adventures. It also includes action figure accessories — projectile, projectile launcher, tripod, and a handheld blaster. (Additional products each sold separately. Subject to availability.). Available Fall 202 Available for pre-order June 16 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment EarthGameStop and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

Obi-Wan Wednesdays: WEEK 4 – LEGO, Funko and RETRO Collection

Lots of new product announcements this week for the 4th round of “Obi-Wan Wednesdays.” LEGO, Funko Pop and plush from Mattel were all revealed today but for this site’s purposes there were five figures announced for the Hasbro Retro Collection line. We’re particularly interested in the newest droid on the block: NED-8. It’s entirely possible that this figure won’t see a Vintage Collection reveal so it could be the only chance to get this new droid in our 3.75-scaled collection. You can also see the entire reveal at StarWars.com

The Retro Collection figures from Obi-Wan Kenobi go up for pre-order on June 9, 2022 at 1PM EST.

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH OBI-WAN KENOBI (WANDERING JEDI) FIGURE

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2022)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH OBI-WAN KENOBI (WANDERING JEDI) figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order June 9 at 1 p.m. E.T at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH GRAND INQUISITOR figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre- order June 9 at 1 p.m. E.T at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi- Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH DARTH VADER (THE DARK TIMES) FIGURE

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2022)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH DARTH VADER (THE DARK TIMES) figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI- WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order June 9 at 1 p.m. E.T at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

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STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH FIFTH BROTHER FIGURE

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2022)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH FIFTH BROTHER figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre- order June 9 at 1 p.m. E.T at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi- Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH NED-B FIGURE

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2022)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH NED-B figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI series. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order June 9 at 1 p.m. E.T at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Obi-Wan Wednesdays product reveals!

X-Wing Fighter Photo Reviews

Our photo reviews page is really just an excuse to take cool photos of Star Wars toys we love. Here’s an in-depth, close-up look at three Star Wars X-Wing Fighters (our favourite Star Wars vehicle).

Lock S-foils in attack position! (and click a link below).

THE VINTAGE COLLECTION – POE DAMERON’S X-WING FIGHTER FROM THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE POWER OF THE FORCE – ELECTRONIC POWER FX LUKE SKYWALKER’S RED 5 X-WING FIGHTER
THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ROGUE ONE ANTOC MERRICK’S X-WING FIGHTER