Adding Some Colour To The Haslab Razor Crest

After watching Adam Savage’s video (see bottom of article) where he does some weathering on the Razor Crest (Hasbro Star Wars The Mandalorian Razor Crest Haslab Crowd Funded Project) I decided to give it a go. I probably watched the video 5 times before I got enough courage to start. I’m not as concerned about modding a one of a kind Star Wars vehicle as I am about just screwing it up. But, Adam’s video is very straightforward and there looked to be little chance of me making a mistake since I’ve been doing simple weathering to my Star Wars toys for awhile now.

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Adam uses Rub n Buff paint, Vallejo Black Wash and air brushing throughout the video but I tried doing just the Rub n Buff portion of the video. When I move on to other areas of the ship I’ll try out the Vallejo Black Wash.
You may be asking yourself, “why would this guy modify an expensive and limited edition collectible????” Well, as amazing as the Razor Crest is it’s lacking in paint apps in a few spots, namely:
-engine compartments
-landing struts
-chin guns and rear cannon
-side ramp

Here is a look at two engine compartments on one of the Razor Crest’s rockets. There is zero weathering done to these areas and they look very plasticy. I tackled the engine compartments for this article and will weather the other sections at some point.

I used two different colours of Rub n Buff – Silver Leaf and European Gold. It was super easy to do; all that’s required are a few long crafting cotton swabs and a tiny amount of Rub n Buff.

In the video Adam uses only silver but I had the gold colour on hand as well so I would apply that in different areas. The result was a multi-coloured, multi-shaded engine compartment instead of one boring dark grey colour: It made things POP. The Silver Leaf brought out the details in the area and adding some of the European Gold , which has a dark, almost rusty appearance, added some “age” to the area. It now has a sort of three tone effect and it looks great.

This is a look at one of the two compartments: the left compartment is unpainted.

Here are some close up shots of the compartments after painting them. I love how the gold paint looks worn or even rusted in spots.


The second job I tackled was to use silver Rub n Buff on one of the included carbon freeze blocks, as Adam also did in the video. Again, this was super easy to do. I used a sponge paintbrush and a small amount of the paint and just dabbed it all over the carbonite block. The results were instantly apparent as you can see. After letting the paint dry I then buffed the entire block with a paper towel to bring out some shine. I really like how much brighter and metallic it looks now.

I may or may not paint the other blocks because I realized just how different the paint apps have been over the years on carbonite blocks and rather than have them all look the same a little variety could be nice too. Here’s a look at six different carbonite blocks, the last two being from the Razor Crest.

You can watch the entire Adam Savage: Tested video below, not only to see the techniques I tried out but he goes into alot of detail as he discusses model making and shooting models for movies. It’s super interesting just on it’s own.

Regal Robot Announces The Mandalorian Grogu Concept Maquette

FOR IMMEDIATELY RELEASE – 

REGAL ROBOT ANNOUNCES REPLICA OF THE FIRST CONCEPT SCULPTURE THE LEAD TO THE CREATION OF BABY YODA! 

Regal Robot™, known for their hand-painted, extremely authentic recreations of original props, characters and production artifacts, has released details about their latest concept maquette replica… GROGU!  

This limited, dual-signature edition is part of the company’s Star Wars™ Archive Collection, a continuation and expansion of their work creating authentic replicas with impeccable lineage.

This statue was developed from the original molds for Tony McVey’s concept sculpture for the fan-favorite character. Tony’s a brilliant sculptor, who’s been associated with Star Wars since Return of the Jedi, where he sculpted Salacious Crumb, among many others. 

Tony worked from 2D art crafted by Lucasfilm Concept Design Supervisor, Christian Alzmann and both Alzmann and McVey have signed the plaques that will come with this edition!

Fans can reserve theirs on Wednesday, March 1st starting at Noon EST

For more images and full details about this amazing new bust, you can visit the product reservation page on the Regal Robot website: 

  • RESERVE YOURS March 1st 2023 at Noon EST!
  • Limited Dual Signature Edition, with numbered, metal plaque signed by Christian Alzmann and Tony McVey
  • Part of the Archive Collection, mastered from original molds
  • Includes a wood display base and print of the original concept art
  • Made in the U.S.A. and hand-painted by the talented FX artists in Regal Robot’s NY studio, making each a unique work of art
  • Special up-to-6-Month Payment Plan (with adjustable down payment and term options) available!
  • Fans who don’t want to miss this or our other upcoming releases can join their email newsletter here: https://regalrobot.com/newsletter/

A LOOK BACK AT COLLECTING STAR WARS IN 2022 (AND WHAT I PLAN ON DOING IN 2023)

It has been a very long time since I did this much writing about my Star Wars room or Star Wars collecting in general (although my podcasting mic is always ready to go).  I’ve put together a series of articles highlighting changes I’ve made in my room over the past year.  It’s kind of a time capsule about what was important to me last year as a collector.  Tons of changes but not necessarily a ton of new action figures is what 2022 meant to me.  Thanks for taking a look!

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2022 Year In Review

Star Wars Room 2022 Gallery

2022 Rebel Base Upgrades

As 2023 begins and with prices climbing steadily for Star Wars figures it almost feels like when I was collecting in the period after Revenge of the Sith in 2005 but before The Vintage Collection 1.0 in 2010.  Back then I was buying mainly favourite characters or certain focuses and leaving many figures and vehicles on the store shelf.  I have never been a completist collector and I can recall passing on many figures mainly because I had a previous version of it. Once The Vintage Collection hit in 2011 I was buying more than usual because the figures in most cases were a much better quality.  When you’re paying $10 or less for one 3.75 inch action figure it’s obviously easier to justify buying more. Now that a single 3.75 Star Wars figure costs anywhere from $17.99 to $22.99 CDN I am back to cherrypicking which figures to buy because it’s just become too expensive to justify anymore.  

What does this mean for me as a Star Wars collector in 2023?  It means I will be focusing more and more on the large collection I have already and continue to experiment with customizing and building dioramas.  Have I hit that ceiling where I’ll just say NO to new Star Wars figures? I don’t think so but I have to believe that I will soon.  

Either way I intend on continuing to enjoy my Star Wars figure collection for years to come and as I write this in mid-February I’ve already made some fun changes in the Star Wars room.

Always in motion….

Star Wars Room: 2022 Gallery

Here is a look at my Star Wars room at the end of 2022. Be sure to check out the Star Wars Room page for more!


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SNAPSHOT: THE REBEL BASE EXPANSION 2022

In a word, the best way for me to describe my Star Wars Rebel Base diorama goal in 2022 would be: EXPANSIOIN. At the end of 2021 I found myself with two new X-wing fighters that I needed to find room for. By mid-2022 that total became 4 as I added another X-wing and decided on displaying a B-wing fighter as well. In order to do this I had to expand things: I did so by adding an entirely new section and a second, smaller “building.”

Here’s a look at the diorama in mid-2022:

You’ll notice that grey crate in the bottom right of the photo. This crate is holding up the display “shelf” above it. In the past I had decided that any display that was set up directly on the floor in that spot would be wasted there because the sightlines are bad unless you’re looking at it from floor level. I also set it up this way to sort of reign in any more expansion; I always try to feel like “less is more.” I also always never stick to this motto for very long.

So the plan was to replace the crate with legs to support the “shelf” that was resting on it. My buddy Ryan came over to give me a hand. He cut some legs (that I’lll have to paint someday) that kept the same amount of height as the crate. Then I created a “garage” space with a piece of thin plywood and some styrofoam walls that I could slide in and out of the legs. First thing to do was to move my Legacy Collection Millennium Falcon to this new space.

I treated it like it was a movie set piece where only part of the Falcon would need to be visible and added a couple of styrofoam walls to either side. It looked great (even better when not at eye level). Then it was just a matter of moving the rest of my vehicles around until I was happy with the layout.

As it turns out I couldn’t get the layout of the vehicles in a way that I liked and the problem was that the B-wing fighter has a giant footprint; it takes up alot of room because it’s basically the same length as an X-wing but much wider. Standing it on end wasn’t really an option since I don’t have that kind of height on the rebel base so I came up with a mini garage that I quickly threw together using pink insulation and paint. I sat the B-wing on top of it as if the “roof” of the structure was a landing pad and moved an A-wing fighter inside. This freed up a ton of space and I was able to set up the three new X-wings easily.

Here’s a look at the entire setup with the B-wing pad/A-wing garage in the top left and the new home for the Falcon, bottom right:

But of course “always in motion is the Star Wars room” and I decided a few months later to move the Millennium Falcon completely out of the Rebel Base so it could be displayed with my Haslab Razor Crest. This also allowed me to juggle things around again and hopefully create a little less clutter and chaos for the Rebels.

Here’s a look at the entire rebel base:

This set up lasted me until the end of 2022. And as I write this in February 2023 I’ve already made more changes: Stay Tuned!

Other “Rebel Base” articles you might enjoy…!

Rebel Base Expansion: 10 Years In 25 Seconds

Adding Runway Lights & More

A Garage For A Y-Wing

3 Big Additions


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STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM HASBRO’S FEBRUARY 1 LIVESTREAM

Hasbro revealed a whole slew of Star Wars action figures via their YouTube channel, many of them celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi. Check out the info below, including a few pipeline reveals. Oh and one of those pipelined releases is the N1 Starfighter from The Mandalorian!

UPDATED FEBRUARY 3, 2023: PRE-ORDER INFORMATION UPDATED

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Hasbro reached out to us today with the following update to their Livestream pre-order information: Following the Star Wars fanstream on Wednesday, we wanted to clarify the availability of the revealed items. We’ve heard your earlier feedback on the number of pre-orders, and we have decided to adjust the number of them in the new year. With the exception of the Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II Clone Commander Jesse, all of the items revealed on February 1 will not be going on pre-order. The products will be available on shelf and online during the scheduled dates. Please see those dates below and note they are subject to change.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SCOUT TROOPER PREMIUM ELECTRONIC HELMET – Available: Summer 2023

STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION THE MANDALORIAN PROTOTYPE – Available: Spring 2023 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION PHASE II CLONE TROOPER MULTIPACK –  Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES DARTH VADER (REVENGE OF THE JEDI) – Available: Star Wars Celebration

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES KI-ADI MUNDI  – Spring 2024

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER (DEATH STAR II)–  Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION HAN SOLO– Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION WEEQUAY– Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CLONE CAPTAIN HOWZER- Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION PHASE II CLONE TROOPER– Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ADMIRAL PIETT – Summer 2023

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION STARKILLER – Spring 2023

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES REBEL TROOPER (ENDOR) – Summer 2023)

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES PHASE II CLONE COMMANDER JESSE – Available for pre-order March 16 @ 10AM ET as part of Walmart’s Collector Con and on-shelf this Summer.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION PHASE II CLONE TROOPER MULTIPACK (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $55.99 / 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 PHASE II CLONE TROOPER MULTIPACK figures inspired by the members of the 212th legion from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS in time for the animated series’ 20th anniversary. So symbolic were Clone Troopers of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: the Clone Wars. These figures feature premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco and a special 20th Anniversary logo on the packaging. Includes 4 figures, including Waxer and 6 entertainment-inspired accessories. 

Available this Summer exclusively at Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER (DEATH STAR II) (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2023) 

Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of Darth Sidious for decades, seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, and the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION DARTH VADER (DEATH STAR II) figure. 

The figure is inspired by the iconic scene in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI when Darth Vader has his helmet removed by Luke Skywalker. The 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, Lightsaber accessory and removable helmet to reveal his face so fans can recreate the poignant scene on the second Death Star. 

Available this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION HAN SOLO
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2023) 

As captain of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, and the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION HAN SOLO figure. The 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 blaster accessory. 

Available this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION WEEQUAY
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2023) 

Weequays are a species with rough, wrinkled skin, often in a brown hue, who wear their hair in a topknot. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, and the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION WEEQUAY figure. The 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 this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CLONE CAPTAIN HOWZER
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / 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 CLONE CAPTAIN HOWZER figure inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH animated series. Having been deployed by the Republic to Ryloth during the Clone Wars, clone Captain Howzer now serves the Empire on the planet as it promises to protect and defend its people. The 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, including a removable helmet. 

Available this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION PHASE II CLONE TROOPER
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / 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 PHASE II CLONE TROOPER figure inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: ANDOR live-action series. In an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue, Cassian Andor embarks on a path that will turn him into the rebel hero who will challenge the 

evil Galactic Empire. The 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 3 entertainment-inspired accessories, including a removable helmet. 

Available this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ADMIRAL PIETT
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Summer 2023) 

An ambitious Imperial officer, Piett rose through the Empire’s ranks and was granted a battlefield promotion to admiral – and given a grisly warning of the penalty for failure. Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, and the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ADMIRAL PIETT figure. The 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 blaster accessory. 

Available this Summer at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION STARKILLER
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99 / Available: Spring 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 STARKILLER figure inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED video game. Galen Marek, code name “Starkiller,” was a Force-sensitive human who became Darth Vader’s apprentice during the Galactic Empire’s reign. The 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 10 entertainment-inspired accessories, including 2 Lightsabers. 

Available this Spring at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. 

PIPELINE REVEALS

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

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