About Mike Tarkin

Star Wars Fan and Collector.

Customizing The Vintage Collection Dark Side Vader & Episode 2 Anakin

Two recent additions to The Vintage Collection, VC244-Anakin Skywalker Padawan and VC241-Darth Vader The Dark Times both come with great looking soft goods robes and capes. But even these great looking figures can use a little help in looking more accurate. That’s where Tyler of the SWTVC podcast and on Instagram as @swcollector3.75 comes in. He posted a tutorial on how to fix the front of Anakin’s robes and Vader’s oversized cloak. Both mods are farily easy to do so take a look at Tyler’s tutorial:

@SWTVC March Madness 2023 – Last Chance Today!

Head over to Instagram to our friends, swtvc and have your voices heard for March Madness 2023! For the past few years SWTVC has hosted a March Madness-style vote for the most wanted Star Wars figures for The Vintage Collection. It’s a huge event that has even caught the attention of Hasbro so put your list of most wanted 3.75 scale Star Wars figures by following the info below:

Comment below with a ranked list of your most-wanted ALL-NEW Vintage Collection figures! You can select up to 25 choices.

@SWTVC on Instagram will be using the results to build this year’s #SWTVCMarchMadness bracket, so choose wisely.

‼️Please follow these guidelines!‼️

1. Rank your choices in order, with your most-wanted figure at #1.
2. Be as specific as possible. For characters that wear multiple outfits, include details such as the movie, TV season, and/or planet or scene where they appear.
3. Focus on newly tooled figures. They can be never-before-made characters or updates to existing figures, but be mindful of what already exists, and please do not include repack requests.
4. One character per slot. Other than two-packs of small characters, please do not put multiple characters on a single line. If you want the Bad Batch or the Ghost crew, for example, list the characters individually. The ONLY exceptions here are the Tonnika sisters, who we will be combining into one choice for the bracket as we did the past two years.

You have from now until 11:59 pm PT on Tuesday, January 31 to create and submit your lists. You can do so here on this post, or on one of the other participating sites, or create your own Instagram post and tag @SWTVC and #SWTVCMarchMadness. Please only submit in ONE location to avoid duplication.

Be sure to spread the word! The more people who participate, the better the results will be. Last year we received over 400 lists covering over 1,200 different figures, and we’d love to get even more this time.

Please note: this is just for fun, to see where fans’ priorities are with The Vintage Collection. This is not officially involved with Hasbro in any way.

Galaxy of Toys Podcast Celebrates 10 Years!

This week Galaxy of Toys released their 108th podcast episode where they roundtable the topic: The Best and Worst Star Wars Toys of 2022. With this episode Galaxy of Toys also celebrates 10 years of being, in my opinion, the best Star Wars collecting podcast in the galaxy! I have had the pleasure of guesting on the show a few times over the years and I can say that they are a very large reason why I made vintage Kenner Star Wars a priority in my Star Wars room. Always knowledable and always fun to listen to!

Congratulations on 10 years!

REGAL ROBOT – NEW Embossed Metal Art!

Our friends at REGAL ROBOT have added some very cool embossed metal art to their already awesome collection. Check out the info below and CLICK the first image for more!

We’ve added a great new line to our decor, including 3 new Star Wars designs and 2 based on our retro-robot logo. 

The Star Wars pieces use some really great vintage poster art from ANH, ESB and ROTJ. These almost have a classic “metal lunchbox” vibe that really sparks nostalgia in me. The pricing is great and the shipping’s good on these too! They’re in stock and I hope folks love ‘em

Regal Robot Launches NEW Facebook Group!

From our friends at Regal Robot:

The official Regal Robot™ group is the place for fans and collectors to share their collections, discuss Regal Robot replicas & decor and the films & shows that inspire us all! The company will also be very active within the group, running polls and giveaways as well as sharing sneak peeks at upcoming editions!

CLICK the image below and join today!

Stretching That Star Wars Collecting Budget in 2023

When prices really started climbing for Star Wars figures I knew something had to give. I couldn’t continue to buy like I used to with a clear conscience; after all it’s a hobby. One of the first things that I stopped doing was army building. Not that I would go out and buy 10 of the latest trooper, but I would get at least enough for a small squad. Or over time buy one or two and have the troops grow that way. For years it worked with stormtroopers, cantina aliens, Jawas, tusken raiders and rebel pilots but now when figures are costing $23CDN and more I have to be extremely picky.

With the Din Djarin and Migs Mayfeld Transport Trooper figures (VC251 and VC229), I decided that I would settle for two and at least have a driver/co-driver. In fact I bought one and waited a couple months before getting the second. Not wanting to waste the heads underneath, especially the ONLY Migs head we have, I used some beater GI Joe heads so the helmets could be used and repurposed the Migs and Din heads for quick customs. Now the troopers can pilot an Imperial Troop Transport or act as a guard for a random imperial.

Not ideal but that’s modern StarWars collecting.

TWO COMIC BOOK INSPIRED BOBA FETT FIGURES ANNOUNCED FOR THE VINTAGE COLLECTION: PRE-ORDERS 12/14/22 1PM EST

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION BOBA FETT (VINTAGE COMIC ART EDITION)

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with this premium 3.75-inch scale BOBA FETT (VINTAGE COMIC ART EDITION) figure inspired by the character’s appearance in the 1970s Star Wars comics. With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared hunters in the Star Wars galaxy. This figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order 12/14 at 1pm ET exclusively atTarget. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION BOBA FETT (COMIC ART EDITION)

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Fans can celebrate the STAR WARS publishing legacy, with this premium 3.75-inch scale BOBA FETT (COMIC ART EDITION) figure featuring the blue-green-hued palette inspired by the character’s appearance in the 1990s Star Wars comics. With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared hunters in the Star Wars galaxy. This figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order 12/14 at 1pm ET exclusively at Target. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

BLACK SERIES “SCORCH RC-1262” & 40TH ANNIVERSARY ROTJ GAMMOREAN GUARD-PRE ORDERS 12/14/22/ 1PM EST

Two new pre-orders for Star Wars: The Black Series go live in just a few hours today with the announcement of Elite Clone Commando “Scorch” and a 40th Anniversary Return of the Jedi Gammorean Guard.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMORREAN GUARD RETURN OF THE JEDI 40TH ANNIVERSARY

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $33.99 / Available: Spring 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this GAMORREAN GUARD figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch GAMORREAN GUARD figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail, multiple points of articulation and movie-inspired axe and spear accessories, in their collections. Includes figure and 3 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order 12/14 at 1pm ET exclusively at Target. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS RC-1262 (SCORCH)

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $27.99 / Available: Spring 2023)

RC-1262, nicknamed Scorch, is an elite clone commando who serves under the Galactic Republic’s clone army as part of the Delta Squad, a squad of Republic Commandos created to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy. Scorch acts as Delta Squad’s explosive’s expert and is quick with a joke even when combat is at its hottest.  STAR WARS fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS galaxy with this premium 6-inch scale RC-1262 (SCORCH) figure, inspired by the Star Wars: Republic Commando video game. Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation, in their collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order 12/14 at 1pm ET exclusively at GameStop. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

Clone Arc Commander Blitz Revealed For Final “Bring Home the Galaxy”

Every Tuesday, Bring Home the Galaxy revealed new products inspired by the Star Wars saga and showcased the best galactic gifts this year for the whole family. Plus, in collaboration with UPS this holiday season, special Star Wars Bring Home the Galaxy-themed wrapped UPS trucks will appear along regular delivery routes in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, and Atlanta.


Commander Blitz was first released in 2011 minus a removable helmet and sculpted in animated form rather than realsitic. This new version includes a realistic sculpt, removalbe helmet and an amazing looking face sculpt underneath.

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!